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's confirmed competitors are comprised of veterans from 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
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.
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.
Aschanti IV of Vegesack
Vitters sailing yacht Catalina was designed by Dubois Naval Architects and first delivered in 2001. The interiors on board the 44.8 metre superyacht are designed by Barbara Halstead and John Munford, and can accommodate eight guests together with seven crew members. Having previously won prizes at the Palma Superyacht Regatta as well as at the Antigua and Dubois Superyacht Cup races, she may well be one to watch.