Preparations are well underway for the 2021 Mastercard Superyacht Regatta, a four day racing event from February 24-27, just days before the start of the America’s Cup. Hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the regatta already has 10 competitors confirmed, comprising veterans of the global racing circuit and new contenders hoping to emerge victorious. In the lead up to the event, BOAT rounds up the sailing yachts hoping to lift the trophy of the 2021 Mastercard Superyacht Regatta.
Yachts racing in the 2021 Mastercard Superyacht Regatta
First delivered in 2000, the 34.14 metre Derecktor sailing yacht Kawil has proved her mettle on the racing circuit, having won the 2020 New Zealand Millennium Cup as a brand-new entrant to the competition. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Kawil accommodates a total of six guests with five crew members.
Measuring in at 66.87 metres, the Baltic-built sailing yacht Hetairos is the largest taking part in this year's regatta. Delivered in 2011, Hetairos was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects with an interior by Rhoades Young Design and features accommodation for a total of 10 people and 10 crew members.
Built by local Kiwi yard Yachting Developments, the 33.83 metre yacht Silvertip was launched in 2002 and features exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects. She can accommodate a total of seven people with a crew of four and is well versed on the racing circuit. Silvertip is also set to compete in this year’s Millennium Cup, which takes place from February 15-18.
This classic cutter-rigged sloop was first delivered by Dutch yard Royal Huisman in 2012. The 37.33 metre sailing yacht features modern naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects and a classically styled interior by Rhoades Young Design. Accommodation on board Pumula is for a total of eight guests in a double cabin, two twins and a master suite.
Another familiar face on the racing circuit, Sassafras is also set to do battle at both the Millennium Cup and Mastercard Superyacht Regatta. The 34.2 metre aluminium yacht, which was launched by Dutch yard Royal Huisman in 2000, features naval architecture by Ted Hood and exterior design by Ted Fontaine. Sassafras can accommodate a total of eight guests with five crew members.
This 27.08 metre luxurious Oyster 885 RS superyacht is well known for traversing some of the most remote locations on earth, including adventures in the Norwegian Fjords. But Firebird is fit for regatta racing too and preparing to take on the Auckland-based racing circuit of the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta next month. Firebird can accommodate up to six people with three crew members and was designed by Rob Humphreys Yacht Design.