As the South Pacific’s longest-running superyacht regatta, the Millennium Cup saw five superyachts and a selection of North Sails experts race in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Occasionally joined by the lively local dolphin pod, the sailors enjoyed a fun yet competitive regatta, which marked the close of an exciting season of racing in New Zealand.
Throughout the regatta, the 36.2-meter Alloy Yacht Miss Silver maintained the overall lead, powered to victory after winning every race with her new North 3Di OCEAN sails. North experts Richard Bicknell and Matt Kelway, onboard as trimmer and bow, sailed on Miss Silver during the Millennium Cup. Both were delighted with the team’s result and the performance of the new sail inventory. Bicknell remarked: “We are all thrilled with the win and in particular our fantastic racing on Day 2. Owner Chris Meehan and Skipper Wayne Avery have put together a great program, with one of the upgrades being a complete set of 3Di sails. The Millennium Cup win tops off a fantastic season that includes collecting second-place at the Mastercard Cup earlier this year. At the prize-giving, Chris mentioned he would be back, so exciting times lie ahead for Miss Silver.”
Tawera and Sassafras finished in second and third place overall, respectively. Onboard Sassafras was Sales Manager Andrew Wills: “Conditions were different from the typical Bay of Islands weather, likely because the regatta got postponed by over a month due to weather conditions” he comments. “The light wind was paired with lumpy swell and overcast skies, but despite this, a lot of fun took place both on and off the water!”
Sit back and enjoy browsing the awe-inspiring images captured by Jeff Brown of these beautiful boats in action: