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Mastercard Superyacht Regatta 2021: Everything you need to know

8 January 2021

The 2021 Mastercard Superyacht Regatta is the official superyachting event of the 36th America's Cup, offering sailing yachts over 25 metres over a chance to take part in the racing action. We break down everything you need to know about the upcoming regatta.

When is the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta?

The regatta will take place over four days, from February 24 to February 27, 2021. Before the start of the racing, registration and a skippers’ briefing, as well as a welcome function, will take place on February 23. There will be one or two races each day, depending on racing conditions.

The regatta will take place from February 24 to February 27, 2021
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Where will the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta be taking place?

Hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the course for the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta will see yachts racing through the Hauraki Gulf area near the city of Auckland on North Island. The racetrack will feature windward-leeward marks and outer harbour marks including natural islands. Each race will last between two and three hours.

Alongside the racing, social events will take place at the club’s headquarters in Westhaven, Auckland.

The city of Auckland in New Zealand will host the regatta.
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Which yachts will be racing in the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta?

There are 10 confirmed entries for sailing yachts racing in the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta. The largest is 66.9 metre Baltic yacht Hetarios, while the smallest in the field is 26.01 metre Oyster sailing yacht Firebird.

The 34.2 metre Royal Huisman yacht Sassafras will be returning for the 2021 regatta.
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How can I watch the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta?

For those watching the racing on shore, the best viewing points will be at North Head, Devonport and Bastion Point in Orakei. The best spot to watch the yachts cross the finish line will be along Westhaven Drive, Westhaven or at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron base.

Superyacht owners will also be able to watch the action from their own deck. To secure a superyacht berth in the surrounding area, contact the official marinas of the 36th America’s Cup – Viaduct and Silo Marinas – at www.ac36hub.co.nz. Alternatively, owners can contact John Matla (john.matla@viaductmarina.co.nz) and yachts under 40 metres LOA should contact John White (john@viaduct.co.nz).

Alloy Yachts' 28 metre Tawera will also be competing in this year's regatta.
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When will the winner of the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta be announced?

The overall winner of the regatta will be awarded The Mastercard Superyacht Regatta Trophy presented by BOAT International. Prizes for first, second and third place in each of the racing classes will be presented at a prize-giving ceremony after the final day of racing. Taking place in the evening of February 27, the celebrations will showcase local cuisine and kiwi hospitality.

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