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The 6 sailing yachts hoping to win the 2018 Millennium Cup

The 6 sailing yachts hoping to win the 2018 Millennium Cup

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The tenth edition of the New Zealand Millennium Cup gets underway in the Bay of Islands later this month (January 23-26) and the fleet is the strongest it has been with six yachts hoping to come out on top.

Making her Millennium Cup debut, 24.72 metre Ammonite was launched as recently as 2016 by South African yard Southern Wind. With exterior design by Nauta and naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, she has all the makings of a serious contender, being fitted with a high modulus carbon mast, EC6+ carbon rigging and racing winches.

Owner Marcus Blackmore said: "We will have a crack crew assembled for the cup including Olympians Matt Belcher (one gold and one silver) and Will Ryan (who won silver at Rio 2016). That said, we are still learning about the yacht after only three regattas. Ammonite has recently been cruising in the Pacific before coming to New Zealand. We are keen to do well and really looking forward to being in the Bay of Islands."

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