Taking line honors for the third day in a row, the 28-meter/91-foot Ron Holland designed yacht Tawera captured a win at the 2017 Millennium Cup. After three days of competitive racing amid beautiful blue skies, plentiful sunshine, and good winds in The Bay of Islands, she sailed well and proudly, gracefully taking the winner’s spot. Built by Alloy Yachts in 1995, the boat lived up to her name, translating to “star” from the native New Zealand Maori tongue, shining brightly amid the field of beautiful sailing yachts.
Second place went to the Claasen built Hoek designed yacht, Kealoha, and third to the distinctive Janice of Wyoming, easily identified by the Wyoming bucking bronco on her kite.
Three days of racing saw some beautiful starts, but none as faultless as Cavallo’s, crossing the go line with less than a half second to the gun on the Mark Foy start, illustrating that practice pays off. Handicapped to International Sailing Yacht Rule by Jim Teeters, the races saw thrilling tacking duels, boat-to-boat challenges, tight maneuvers around Nine Pin Rock, and crackling bursts of color as the yachts released their kites.
Gathering to celebrate on board Tawara, all toasted to the impending 70th birthday of respected yacht designer Ron Holland. Organized by the New Zealand Marine Export Group, assisted by pre-eminent New Zealand superyacht industry personalities, the race has attracted experienced owners as well as neophytes since its inception in 2000, bringing them together to enjoy a competitive race with legendary Kiwi hospitality in a stunning location.