The first superyacht regatta of the year in the lens of Jeff brown
New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is not in vain got its name: its waters are next to each other there are more than 140 pieces of sushi. 30
January to 2 February this natural labyrinth was the venue
the annual sailing regatta NZ Millennium Cup. This year the Cup has United
race Race Orams Marine, NZ Marine International Boat Race and Race Day.
After the first race due to technical problems the team’s 34-metre Royal Huisman Sassafras had to refuse from participation in the regatta. Fight
continued between 27,7-foot Nautor’s Swan of Freya, the 33.8-metre
Yachting Developments ‘ Silvertip, the 48.5-metre Vitters Thalia
and 28.1-meter Alloy Tawera, whose crew won the Cup in 2017
consistently won first and second place crews Tawera and Freya rivalry was especially fierce. Despite all the efforts of the team of Freya, at the end of five races Tawera remained undefeated and again won the main prize of NZ Millennium Cup.
Barely held on rewarding teams as organizers of the Cup said that
has opened reception of applications for participation in the competition in 2020 and 2021
. In the future the audience will watch competitions including yachts
1 / 9
To celebrate victories, the team Tawera could due to the peculiarities of calculation of results of races in which account was taken of differences in the design of boats.
2 / 9
If we take into account only the order of crossing the finish line during the competition, the first place unchallenged belonged to the crew of Freya, and the second Silvertip.
3 / 9
Only once, during the second race, first was Thalia, even after time correction bypassed Freya for 8 minutes and Tawera forced down to third place. During the third race the team Thalia made a sad mistake, starting from 4 seconds ahead of time. Judges punish the crew with a fine in 5 minutes, 9 seconds, and although Thalia still remained the third leading position Tawera and Freya strengthened. During the next race Thalia started with a delay of 4 minutes, 43 seconds and finished last.
4 / 9
Such different boats
With a motor yacht can comfortably watch the competition. If you’re lucky, in order to keep up with the participants and to look at them closer, don’t even have to get on a tender. Here, Tawera, it seems, she “came to visit”.
5 / 9
The Gannet is watching Silvertip. Looks like it will be disappointed: it is unlikely that during racing the boat has something to make money…
6 / 9
Under the supervision of
On the tail Tawera — Silvertip. The judges alert.
7 / 9
When you need to get or clean up the Spinnaker, a pair of hands road. The photographer caught, apparently, the team Silvertip.
8 / 9
Thalia in harmony with nature
Islands, between which the organizers of the race paved trails partially replaced yachtsmen artificial milestones-signs.
9 / 9
Who sport, and who is fun!
The dolphins always accompanied the boats participating during all races. While hunting for a beautiful frame photographers want it!