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21 Jan 2015

'Silencio' takes the honours on 'Dubois Day'


The first day of the NZ Millennium Cup - Dubois Day - provided light winds of 10 knots, but nonetheless, competitive racing. SuperyachtNews.com was on board S/Y Silencio to partake in the action. And it turned out to be a fortuitous decision, as she came out on top.

Speaking to the owner of Silencio, he was thrilled with the result:

"I love the atmosphere of this regatta because you are sailing with a small number of boats, but with big a motivation because sailing in New Zealand is a way of life.

"So compared to the St Barths Bucket, there are a lot less big yachts but it doesn't matter because it is all about the mood when you go on shore. Everyone is very happy and I think it is because New Zealand has something different to offer."

The traditional 'Haka' dance, on board Silencio.

New Zealand has "something different to offer", in the words of Silencio's owner.

The racing on day one was dedicated to Ed Dubois, who has designed 37 yachts to be built here in New Zealand, bringing over 1 billion dollars to the NZ economy. The Dubois fleet at this regatta alone consists of Janice of Wyoming, Silvertip and Bliss.

Silencio under sail.

Attending the event himself Dubois said, "As we all know this phenomenon that is the New Zealand yachting industry has become an extraordinary icon of yacht building in the world. The yachting industry comes and goes - it relies on a good feeling of confidence in the world.

Tactician, Dawn Riley in race mode.

"The last few years, with the GFC, have seen a downturn but all of life is cyclical - we had a downturn in 1995 and by 2000 it had come back again - I am quite sure that the same thing will happen now because New Zealand can't be ignored. The yacht building skills are top quality and we I'll come back to what we were approximately ten years ago."

The jubilant winning crew.

The result of the first day's racing was: 1st Silencio, 2nd Silvertip, 3rd Bliss, 4th Janice of Wyoming, 5th Sassafras.

The Millennium Cup.

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