The Bay of Islands showed its full natural charm as it played host to the 2015 Millennium Cup. From dolphins racing alongside to the majestic scarlet-hulled maxi ketch and ocean racing legend Steinlager 2, photographer Jeff Brown distils the highlights in this vibrant gallery of pictures.

The Millennium Cup 2015 regatta was won by the 50m Perini ketch and five-time circumnavigator Silencio. Steinlager 2, previously skippered by Sir Peter Blake and the only yacht to have ever won all six legs of the Whitbread Round the World Race, won the Pacific Cup division.

Millennium cup 2015 New Zealand

Sir Peter Blake’s old ketch Steinlager 2 at the Millennium cup 2015 New Zealand

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