Yachts racing in the 2021 Mastercard Superyacht Regatta

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.

Silvertip

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.

Imagine D

First delivered in 2010, the 44 metre Alloy Yachts-built sailing yacht Imagine D was designed by Dubois Naval Architects. Accommodation on board is for a total of eight people and six crew members.

Sassafras

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

A veteran of the world's classic yacht regattas, the 34.8 metre classic sailing yacht Aschanti IV of Vegesack is currently listed for sale. Launched in 1954 as Aschanti of Saba, Aschanti IV of Vegesack was built to a design by Henry Gruber and has several transoceanic journeys under her belt.

Tawera

Based in Auckland, the 28.1 metre Tawera is well versed in navigating and racing in these waters. Tawera will also compete in the Millennium Cup, an event it has won on numerous occasions. The 28 metre sailing yacht was delivered in 1995 by Alloy Yachts and is currently offered for sale.

Catalina

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.

Miss Silver

First delivered in 1995, the dark-hulled Miss Silver was built by Alloy Yachts to a design by Dubois Naval Architects. The 36.2 metre sailing yacht can host up to eight guests and six crew on board, and features classic interiors by RWD.

Whirlwind XII

Built by Royal Huisman and first delivered in 1986, the 31.36 metre Whirlwind XII is a a late entrant to the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta. Designed by Ron Holland Design, Whirlwind XII can accommodate a total of six guests on board with five crew members.

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