Video of the NZ Millennium Cup 2012
After three days of racing, 33.8 metre Silvertip, built by Yachting Developments, has been declared the winner of the NZ Millennium Cup 2012. Also competing for the title were 32 metre Eclipse, 48.5 metre Georgia, 44 metre Imagine B and 39.6 metre Janice of Wyoming, all built by Alloy Yachts.
Providing a real spectacle for viewers onshore the battle for the Cup took place over three days of racing in the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. Despite an ominous weather forecast the New Zealand weather came through and delivered sunshine for the entire event. Day One saw Georgia take home line honours, and Day Two Silvertip took first place in both races. By the end of the second day, with three races complete, it was clear that short of a major upset on Day Three the regatta belonged to Silvertip, who lead with just four points out of a possible 15. With Silvertip in the lead, the point differences between Georgia, Imagine, Janice of Wyoming and Eclipse were small, and Day Three was highly anticipated as a real decider race in the fight for the podium places.
Unfortunately, calm conditions on the final day led to the abandonment of the final race mid way through which meant that the results as of the end of Day Two stood, and Georgia was awarded second place overall, followed by Imagine, Janice of Wyoming and then Eclipse. The end of the regatta was celebrated with a Gala Dinner and Prize Giving at the Cloud on Auckland's waterfront.