The two Claasen builds taking part in the Millennium Cup shined on New Zealand waters during the final day of event. With light winds delaying the race start, Shamoun was raring to go when she eventually bounded away from the line at 13.10.
She tore out into the Bay of Islands with the rest of the fleet spread out behind her and nothing but a solitary whale fluke breaking the expanse of the horizon. A bold line decided on by tactician Matt Bridge of Doyle Sails New Zealand saw Shamoun take a wide approach to the Ninepin mark while the chasing pack cut in closer.
The decision paid dividends as the fleet, including fellow Claasen-build Kealoha, fell behind. The advantage wasn't to last long however. By the fourth mark Kealoha and fellow competitor Tawera were catching Shamoun, and on the final stretch for home the three yachts were neck and neck.
As the finishing line approached Kealoha and Tawera just eased out Shamoun, with Tawera eventually taking out line honours and the series. Kealoha took second place and a special recognition for being the first superyacht to visit the South Pacific nation specifically for the Cup. And Shamoun received the respect of all who took part in the Millennium Cup for the way she had set the pace during this race and on previous days.
This event has once again reinforced the fabulous fun and excitement for owners and their crew in regattas around the world. Claasen superyachts are ideal for both performance racing and comfortable cruising. The best of both worlds wherever you may sail.
Photo credits: Jeff Brown