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NZ Millennium Cup 2016

A little insight into one of the most prestigious Yachting events of the year…

Superyacht enthusiasts around the world will be preparing themselves for the annual New Zealand Millennium Cup. The races will commence on the 27th January, as some of the world’s finest yachts are getting ready to sail across all manner of race courses. Boasting beautiful cruising grounds and magnificent superyachts, the prestige cup promises to exploit the Bay of Islands’ sailing week in a more beautiful manner than ever before.

This is an opportunity to explore New Zealand, a country known for its natural beauty. Expect a showcase of deep emerald coves, glistening blue seas and overall, one wild adventure. This is New Zealand by yacht. Owners, guests, Captains and crews will experience an array of races. Careful planning by the NZ Marine Exporters ensure that no matter what the conditions, a race can take place. The courses are tailored to adapt to inevitable changes in both the weather and water, this will test every yacht and crew’s professional ability, giving pundits an exceptional show. So far, sponsors include, Integrated Marine Group, Robinson Interiors, Breed Media and North Sails/Southern Spars. Many more are expected to join as the event continues to grow considerably.

If you’re lucky enough to be going, be sure to appreciate the sheer beauty of each superyacht. Every crew member is particularly passionate and equally as competitive about their job, so sit back and watch each yacht perform to its full potential – what a scene it will be.

Confirmed to be racing in the already picturesque venue is: ‘Janice of Wyoming,’ ‘Tawera,’ ‘Silvertip,’ ‘Kealoha,’ ‘Shamoun,’ ‘Steinlager II,’ ‘Allegro,’ and ‘Antaeus.’ With more entries than ever, the race promises to be a close one. All contenders will be looking for a podium finish in what promises to be a compelling race.If you’re looking to get involved, check out the race page HERE

Share your experiences! If you have been/are going to the NZ Millennium Cup, get in touch with us via social media, we’d love to hear from you.


From 2006 to 2007 Tim was lucky enough to spend two years as a deckhand on MY Sai Ram and MY Leander, two excellent charter yachts. Quay Crew was formed in 2013 and is proving to be a great success: Tim covers the deck department predominantly working on Captain and Officer roles.

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