Biggest and best at Millennium Cup

The Bay of Islands is playing host to some of the world’s biggest and most expensive yachts, many of which sailed to New Zealand just to take part in the Southern Hemisphere’s top superyacht race — the Millennium Cup, part of Bay of Islands Sailing Week on January 27-29. Competing yachts included the 40-metre sloop Janice of Wyoming and the maxi ketch Steinlager II, made famous by Sir Peter Blake during the Whitbread around the world race, but in Thursday’s six-hour race it was the New Zealand-owned Tawera that claimed victory. Steinlager II won the Pacific Cup division for yachts not quite big or luxurious enough to meet superyacht criteria. Photos by Peter de Graaf.