The 56m superyacht Zenji is now a confirmed entrant in the 2009 Millennium Cup Pacific Series superyacht regatta, bringing the total number of division one entrants to five. "S/Y Zenji is in Auckland with her high profile owner," says Mark Wightman, chairman of the Millennium Cup Pacific Series organising committee.
"We are absolutely delighted to have a superyacht of Zenji's calibre involved with the Millennium Cup - you can tell the passion for a great on-the-water duel during our three-day regatta will notch up another level with their involvement!"
Co-designed by Italy yacht builders Perini Navi and Ron Holland Design, the superyacht was also built by Perini Navi and launched in 2004 as Santa Maria, but then had her name changed to Zenji. Two other Millennium Cup entrants, S/Y Thalia and S/Y Naos are also Ron Holland Design superyachts.
Wightman says that excitement is building amongst the event's organising committee. "With just five days until we start sailing, we're down to the finer details of refining the race courses, coordinating guest tickets and the like. This is going to be a fiercely contested Millennium Cup and we welcome Zenji to the competition," concludes Wightman.