The famous regatta in New Zealand, during tree days, for the first time adds in its programme super yachts and tornado yachts.
In the previous year, the super yacht competition used to be an independent event, but now the annual New Zealand Millenium Cup for super yachts will be held in conjunction with the tree day New Zealand’s regatta, from 21st to 23rd of January.
About six super yachts from around the world will race up and down the bay on a course decided on the day, organiser Ray Hasler said, each super yacht having over 100 feet (30m) and first class accommodation onboard for the owner, crew and guests.
The yachts will travel 28 nautical miles a day, in a Mark Foy pursuit or timed race, and go as far out as Ninepin rock.
Tornado yachts, a 20 foot (6m) class of catamaran, will race as part of a group start with the first across the line declared the winner.
With more than 80 yachts taking part from around New Zealand, spectators can catch the action from around 10am each day at Tapeka Point in Russell, but organisers say the best time is between 3.30pm and 4.30pm as the yachts come in.