As long-term supporters of the South Pacific's premier superyacht regatta, The Millennium Cup, Yachting Developments is pleased to be returning once again as a sponsor of the 2017 edition of the event. Held for the third consecutive year in the stunning setting of the Bay of Islands the cup takes place over four days, running from 24-27 January 2017. A fleet of eight yachts is already signed up take part, including fellow long-term regatta participants 33.8m Silvertip, built by Yachting Developments in 2001, and Steinlager 2, which underwent a refit at the yard in 2014. With just over two months to go until racing kicks off we are looking forward to watching the racing and wish good luck to all the fleet.
2016 has gotten off to a busy start for New Zealand shipyard Yachting Developments. With two new build superyachts and a major refit underway, the first new build – 33.7m Hull 1012 – is set to launch at the end of April this year and lamination work on the second new build – 38.7m Hull 1015 – has just begun.
2016 began with the yard continuing its long-term support for the New Zealand Millennium Cup regatta, held in the Bay of Islands. Two of the yard alumni, Silvertip and Steinlager 2 were racing, with Silvertip performing consistently and Steinlager winning the Pacific Cup division for the second year running. Yachting Developments was well represented on site at the regatta with four of the team, including managing director Ian Cook racing on board the iconic Steinlager, which underwent a significant refit-restoration at the yard in 2014.
Now into its final few months, the build of the 33.7m Frers sloop Hull 1012 is progressing well. The bespoke interior, designed by Adam Lay, has all been put together and built in house by the yard’s specialist interiors team and is now being expertly fitted, giving tantalising glimpses of how she will look on completion. The lifting keel, which will allow the owners complete freedom with access to even the most shallow of anchorages on their adventures around the world, has now been attached and final electrics and engineering work will ensure the yacht is fully powered before leaving the shed. A launch ceremony will take place in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour in late April.
Work on 38.7m Hull 1015 has also made significant progress with moulds for the huge Michael Peters-designed sportsfisher now complete and lamination work commencing. The yard is now able to release the first in-build photos of the project, which show the true scale of this unique yacht.
The long-term refit of 21.3m 1948 classic yacht Windhaven is also set to complete in 2016. Purchased by a Kiwi family the yacht has been carefully restored to her former glory. In a story that is fitting as tribute to the yard’s dedication to ensuring the future of many of New Zealand’s most iconic yachts, Windhaven currently sits in the shed alongside another restoration project Erewhon, which was built alongside Windhaven in in 1948.
“2016 is going to be a busy year for the yard and we are enjoying these last few months of work on Hull 1012 and the refit of Windhaven; it is always gratifying to see projects come together and go on the be enjoyed by their owners,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.
The South Pacific's premier superyacht regatta will be hosted in the beautiful Bay of Islands on 27-29 January 2016.
As a long-term supporter of the NZ Millennium Cup, Yachting Developments will be returning as Gold sponsor of the regatta once again. The event is an ideal opportunity for visiting superyachts to enjoy three days of racing in the Bay of Islands, some of New Zealand's most beautiful waters.
"The NZ Millennium Cup is the perfect showcase of all that New Zealand has to offer superyachts and we are proud to show our ongoing support for this popular regatta," says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.
Entrants to the 2016 edition include regatta stalwart 33.8-metre Silvertip, built by Yachting Developments in 2002. Twice a winner of the regatta Silvertip has a fierce reputation for being one to watch on the course. Also returning for the 2016 racing is iconic Kiwi yacht Steinlager 2 which underwent a refit restoration at Yachting Developments in 2014. Having won the Pacific Cup division in 2015 Steinlager 2 will similarly be coming in to race looking for a win.
Media and visitors in New Zealand for the NZ Millennium Cup are warmly welcomed to pay a visit to the Yachting Developments yard. Please contact Blanche Cook - firstname.lastname@example.org - for more information.
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