The 30th edition of the St Barths Bucket will sail back into St. Barths March 16-19. This year the fleet is 38 beautiful superyachts including six J Class boats battling it out for the historic Bucket trophy. Beyond the sailing, there’s a strong emphasis on ‘winning the party’ rather than the race, and as such, owners, guests and crew can look forward to celebrating in unparalleled style after hours.
In 1995, the beautiful French island of St Barths hosted its first Bucket Regatta and it has done so in March every year since then. Although the size of the yachts and competing fleet has grown significantly, the spirit of the event has remained unchanged. In recent years, 40 or more superyachts have gathered to compete for the Bucket in glamorous St Barths.
The magic in St Barths takes place both on and off the water, when the owners and crews fill the yacht haven before and after racing, with the special yacht Hop taking place on the Saturday evening. In keeping with the tradition, Perini Navi will host owners and guests at Casa Perini for memorable evenings overlooking Gustavia throughout the week.
The entire fleet will compete to take home the ‘Bucket’ trophy. While the stunning silver Perini Navi trophy will also be presented to the best classified Perini Navi competing in St Barths, won in 2016 by the talented crew onboard P2.
“We continue the commitment to maintaining the legendary “Spirit of the Bucket” — that wonderful balance of camaraderie,competition, sportsmanship and, of course, fun,” say the Event Stewards.
“Magnificent yachts from around the world are here for incomparable racing in the unspoiled waters off St Barthélemy. With many of the world’s most elegant and impressive superyachts in attendance, a fantastic J Class, and the debut of the Les Voiles Blanche (Corinthian Spirit) class, together we will write another distinguished chapter in the history of this regatta,” added the organizers.
“We try hard to keep the same crew, because continuity is important to everything,” said Seahawk’s captain Gerhard Veldsman. “The more you can keep the same people, the better you end up sailing the boat, because everyone ends up knowing its limitations.”
“The Superyacht game is heating up at a pretty rapid pace, and all in a good way,” said Peter Holmberg, helmsman of Rosehearty . “The owners are wanting to play harder and faster, so the competitive side of it is going up and up and up. But like any segment of a sport that grows at this rate, you always have parts that are not up to speed. A while back, safety was our first concern: we didn’t have clear rules to keep us all safe, so we realized that was a weakness in the game. (Ed: ISAF’s Appendix SY and heightened overall awareness has helped). Then the rating became the challenged portion of this game and the ORCsy Rule was developed and brought in here last year to fix that.”
About the ORCsy Rule
“We’re happy with the system and how it rates the boats, because it’s creating exactly what we want out of pursuit superyacht racing, where it’s all about the tactics and good sailing coming into the finish,” said P2’s tactician Tony Rey. “Considering how different these boats are from each other, it’s quite an achievement for the ORCsy to have done this in one year, to be able to step back and just let us race each other and have it be this close on the score sheet and on the water. The basic concept is that they’ve used much more of a database analysis of the performance of the boats; there has been great transparency in terms of how they are coming up with the ratings; and they are listening to the owners and sailors.”
About the experience:
“It’s almost heart stopping when you duck another J, because the helmsman turns the wheel and it’s 10-20 seconds before anything happens other than working out his arms,” said Ranger’s navigator Peter Isler, “The delays in ducking, close tacking or making any quick maneuver are just wild; it’s not like driving your sports car. It’s all judgement.”
What They Said… about the 016 St Barths Bucket Regatta
“It’s a gathering, a rendezvous: a celebration of these great yachts, the owners , the crew and friends, with a regatta in the middle.” -Bruce Brakenhoff
Charities helped each year by the Bucket Entrants
The Youth Sailing Program at the St Barths Yacht Club will receive the 2017 donation.
The St Barths Yacht Club is an active sailing school and their priority is the youth of St Barths. Here the children learn to respect each other and their environment, the sea. They also learn how to be responsible and cooperative in the pursuit of their goals.
SBYC offers many programs starting at very early ages. On an island learning to sail is as important as learning to swim. The St Barths Yacht Club tries its best to motivate and support its young people. Over 400 children participate every year.
The SBYC is not a conventional yacht club. Resources and budgets are far more limited than what one would expect to find in a typical club. The Bucket donation makes a significant and meaningful difference.
What They Said… about the 2016 St Barths Bucket Regatta
“It’s a gathering, a rendezvous: a celebration of these great yachts, the owners , the crew and friends, with a regatta in the middle.” -Bruce Brakenhoff
38 yachts will race in this year’s event, ranging from 30 – 88 metres in length and with a speed differential from the fastest to the slowest in fleet of over four minutes per mile. Entrants for 2017, divided into five different classes, include; Unfurled, built by Vitters in collaboration with designer German Frers and the winner of last year’s race; Maltese Falcon, the biggest (and arguably most recognisable) yacht in the regatta at 88m, built by Perini Navi for the late Tom Perkins; and the elegant 48m Wisp, launched by Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman back in 2014. This year’s event also marks the debut of the Corinthian Spirit Class (Les Voiles Blanche), which offers a more lighthearted alternative to what is becoming an increasingly competitive race. Yachts in this class, which include the 56m Perini Bayesian and the 43m Koo by Vitters, will have no spinnakers and will require far less race preparation – which organisers hope will address a downward trend in entry numbers. This year also sees a record six J Class boats (originally introduced in the 1930s to compete in the America’s Cup) taking part in the race, including the 43m sloop, Topaz and the 44m Lionheart, both built in the last decade using unrealised designs from the 1930s.
|Action (37m)||Royal Huisman||Dykstra NA||sloop|
|Adela (55m)||Pendennis||Dykstra NA||schooner|
|Aquarius (47m)||Perini Navi||Perini Navi||ketch|
|Axia (38m)||Palmer Johnson||S&S||ketch|
|Danneskjold (32m)||Performance Yacht||Dixon||sloop|
|Elena of London (55m)||F.N.M.||Herreshoff||schooner|
|Elfje (46m)||Royal Huisman||Hoek||ketch|
|Ganesha (46m)||Vitters Shipyard||Dubois||sloop|
|Huckleberry (39m)||Alloy Yachts||Langan||ketch|
|L’ondine (30m)||Southern Wind||Farr||sloop|
|Maltese Falcon (88m)||Perini Navi||Dykstra NA||schooner|
|Meteor (52m)||Royal Huisman||Dykstra NA||schooner|
|Nikata (35m)||Baltic||Nauta / J/V||sloop|
|Ningaloo (45m)||Vitters Shipyard||Dubois||sloop|
|P2 (38m)||Perini Navi||Briand||sloop|
|Perseus^3 (60m)||Perini Navi||Ron Holland||sloop|
|Rosehearty (56m)||Perini Navi||Holland||ketch|
|Sojana (35m)||Custom Farr||Farr||ketch|
|Spiip (34m)||Royal Huisman||Frers||sloop|
|Sunleigh (33m)||Jongert||Tony Castro||sloop|
|Unfurled (46m)||Vitters Shipyard||German Frers||sloop|
|Varsovie (31m)||Nautor Swan||Frers||sloop|
|Visione (45m)||Baltic Yachts||Reichel-Pugh||sloop|
|Win Win (33m)||Baltic Yachts||Javier Jaudenes||sloop|
|Wisp (48m)||Royal Huisman||Hoek||sloop|
|Zenji (56m)||Perini Navi||Ron Holland||ketch|
Pursuit Class Entries – ORCcs Les Voiles Blanche (Corinthian Spirit)
|Bayesian (56m)||Perini Navi||Perini Navi||sloop|
|Escapade (37m)||Fitzroy Yachts||Dubois||sloop|
|Koo (43m)||Vitters Shipyard||Dubois||sloop|
J Class Entries — J Class Association Rating Rule
|Hanuman (42m) J6||Royal Huisman||Dykstra NA||sloop|
|Lionheart (44m) J1||Claasen Jachtbouw||Hoek||sloop|
|Ranger (42m) J5||Danish Yacht||S&S / Dykstra NA||sloop|
|Shamrock V (37m) J3||Camper / Pendennis||Nicholsons / Dykstra NA||sloop|
|Topaz (43m) J8||Holland Jachtbouw||Frank C. Paine||sloop|
|Velsheda (40m) J7||Camper & Nicholson||Nicholsons / Dykstra NA||sloop|
A record-sized fleet of the world’s largest performance yachts is readying itself in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for next week’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association (IMA) with Rolex as title sponsor, this year’s event takes place over 4th-10th September and has 52 entries. Of these, 25 belong to members of the IMA, the body which since 1979 has been guiding and structuring maxi yacht racing globally, in collaboration with the world’s leading yacht clubs.
In terms of length, the fleet spans the giant 49.7m Ohana to entries at the shorter end of the IMA’s permitted size range – 60 footers such as Gérard Logel’s Swan 601 @robas and the Wally 60 Wallyño.
The biggest class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will once again be the Wallys (an associated class within the IMA), which features 13 examples of the modernist high performance luxury yachts. Leading the charge off the Costa Smeralda will be the two Wallycentos, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed and the latest example launched last October, David Leuschen’s Galateia, plus the elongated version, (now 32.7m) Open Season of International Maxi Association President, Thomas Bscher.
The Supermaxi class has a formidable line-up including Irvine Laidlaw’s new Swan 115 Highland Fling 15, plus two Baltic Yachts-built high performance carbon fibre one-offs: the Nauta 115 Nikata and the Javier Jaudenes-designed Win Win – both making their Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup debuts. This year sees the return of Sir Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 ketch, Sojana, following a lengthy refit.
The Js are back this year. Lionheart and Velsheda will match race their way around the race track.
The Maxi class (79-100ft) will see two high profile yachts making their Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup debuts. Best known for her offshore program, Mike Slade’s Farr 100 Leopard 3 has travelled to the four corners of the earth to compete in races such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Fastnet Race, in which she has twice scored line honours victories.
Despite only being two years old, George David’s Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed Rambler 88, also has notched up thousands of sea miles. This year alone she has won the IMA’s annual Volcano Race (from Gaeta, Italy, south around the volcanic Aeolian Islands off northeast Sicily) and last week claimed line honours in the Palermo-Montecarlo race, the fourth and final event of the IMA’s inaugural Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge.
The Maxi class also includes four entries from Southern Wind Shipyard, including the Farr-designed 100ft Blues and Michael Cotter’s Windfall. There are two SWS 82s: Massimilano Florio’s Grande Orazio was winner of the IMA’s Volcano Race in 2015, while Ammonite is brand new, campaigned by leading Australian skipper Marcus Blackmore.
Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship
As ever a major feature of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. This year six examples of the ultra competitive, owner-driven, grand prix racers will be lining up, their challenge being to dislodge Hap Fauth’s dominant Judel Vrolijk design, Bella Mente. The reigning Rolex Maxi 72 World Champion goes into this year’s Worlds straight from victories at Copa del Rey MAPFRE and the inaugural Maxi 72 North American Championship held in Newport, RI in June.
“This is our favourite regatta,” commented Fauth, who is President of the Maxi 72 Class, which is affiliated to the IMA. “There will be six 72 footers and competition will be fierce. It is always challenging conditions both for the around the buoys and the coastal race. It is normally all you want.”
As to Bella Mente being favourite for a third World title, Fauth added: “We have the oldest boat and I am the oldest helmsman, but we have got a very good team. Our execution over the course of a regatta has been good and if there is one reason why we might have a small advantage it is because of that. But it is a very small advantage: The margin of victory in this fleet is two or three seconds – the boats are very close.”
The Mini Maxi class (60-79ft) also has a strong line-up. Roberto Lacorte’s Mark Mills 68 Supernikka returns to defend her title, while she will be up against another Mills 68, the more thoroughbred racer, Prospector, which as Alegre and then Caol Ila R was one of the most competitive boats in what is now the Maxi 72 class. Also to be watched will be American Bryon Ehrhart’s Reichel Pugh 63, Lucky. Winner of last year’s Transatlantic Race, Lucky in her previous life was Loki, winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.
In 2015 the Mini Maxi Racer-Cruiser class had one of the tightest finishes and the top four boats return this year, including winner, Riccardo de Michele’s Vallicelli 80 H2O, which finished on equal points with Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf (which this year will face stiff competition from new IMA member Marietta Strasoldo’s Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer.)
Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the IMA commented: “It will be an exciting year with a number of new boats competing, especially in the SuperMaxi division where a new generation of more race-oriented boats are appearing. The challenge of manoeuvring these huge craft around the tight courses around the islands of the Maddalena makes for a great spectacle and keeps so many sailors coming back year after year.”
Racing will take place over a mixture of windward-leeward and coastal courses. As usual there will be a magnificent social programme including the annual International Maxi Association Dinner and parties sponsored by Rolex and Audi.
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The majesty of the J Class era will return to the America’s Cup eighty years after the class last raced for the oldest trophy in international sport.
The J Class Association (JCA) and the America’s Cup Event Authority have agreed to stage a J Class regatta in Bermuda in June 2017 between the conclusion of the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and the America’s Cup Match.
“The J Class era of the America’s Cup is widely recognized as being among the high points in Cup history,” said Russell Coutts, director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).
“When racing for the America’s Cup in the 1930s, the J Class boats embodied grace and power with cutting-edge design and engineering. Having the J Class join us in Bermuda will create a spectacular blend between the old and new.”
The J Class boats will be moored in the America’s Cup Village in Dockyard at Bermuda, providing as elegant a sight at rest as their beauty and power are impressive under sail.
Louise Morton from the J Class Association (JCA), commented: “The America’s Cup organizers have offered the J Class a unique opportunity to be part of the America’s Cup for the first time in eighty years. On behalf of the Owners, Captains and crew, we are delighted to be part of this spectacular event.”
Racing in the J Class regatta will be organized by the America’s Cup race management team with the final two days of racing expected to straddle the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match.
The current J Class fleet comprises seven boats, including three original Js, two of which raced for the America’s Cup. The seven J Class boats currently sailing are: Endeavour, Hanuman, Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V, Velsheda. An eighth J Class yacht is expected to be launched in May 2015.
The 2013 St Barths Bucket Regatta action starts on March 28. This annual yachting spectacular will feature the latest in superyacht designs along with true classics. Thirty-five yachts are ready to join the festivities and racing.
Racing begins on Thursday March 28 when five J Class yachts head for the starting line. This will be the first gathering of five or more J’s since 1937!
Three more races are planned, with all yachts racing in four separate classes –Les Mademoiselles des Mers, Les Grandes Dames des Mers, Les Gazelles des Mers, and the J Class.
The largest yacht is the 88m Perini Navi built schooner Maltese Falcon. Eleven of the current entries are 50 meters or larger. Among new boats to the St Barths Bucket is the 31m Dubois Naval Architects designed Sarafin and the 31m Newport Bucket winner Indio.
The around the island courses create spectacular opportunities to view these breathtaking vessels under sail. The racing format has been modified somewhat, with the start times set so that the classes should finish together. This change is designed to make the racing both more competitive and safer.
Now in their 27th year, the Bucket regattas attract the crème de la crème of yacht builders from every sailing nation, with several builders boasting multiple entries. The “Big Five” sailing yacht builders (Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, Holland Jachtbouw, Alloy Yachts and Vitters) have for many years supported the Bucket Regattas, playing a meaningful role in growing the Bucket and helping maintain the non-commercial atmosphere, another significant hallmark of Bucket races.
One of Executive Director Tim Laughridge’s goals is to ensure that the renowned Spirit of the Bucket is retained while providing participants with great class racing. He’ll be helming Parsifal III and racing to win, but reminds everyone that the overriding theme is to sail safe and win the party!
The four class winners of the 2013 St Barths Bucket will each receive a Ship’s Bell Clock from Chelsea Clock.
|Hanuman||42m||sloop||Royal Huisman||Dykstra Naval Architects|
|Lionheart||43m||sloop||Bloemsma/Claasen Jachtbouw||Hoek Design|
|Rainbow||40m||sloop||Holland Jachtbouw||Dykstra Naval Architects|
|Ranger||41m||sloop||Danish Yacht||Sparkman & Stephens|
|Velsheda||40m||sloop||Camper & Nicholson||Nicholson|
|les Gazelles des Mers|
|Baiurdo VI||35m||sloop||Abeking & Rasmussen||Gilles Vaton|
|Cape Arrow||30m||sloop||Southern Wind||Farr – Nauta|
|Indio||30m||sloop||Wally Yachts||Frers Naval Architecture|
|Leopard3||30m||sloop||McConaghy||Farr Yacht Design|
|P2||38m||sloop||Perini Navi||Philippe Briand|
|Rebecca||43m||ketch||Pendennis||Frers Naval Architecture|
|Unfurled||34m||sloop||Royal Huisman||Frers Naval Architecture|
|Visione||45m||sloop||Baltic Yachts||Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design|
|les Mademoiselles des Mers|
|Adela||55m||schooner||Pendennis||Dykstra Naval Architects|
|Athos||62m||schooner||Holland Jachtbouw||Hoek Design|
|Koo (non spin)||43m||sloop||Vitters Shipyard||Dubois Naval Architects|
|Lady B||45m||sloop||Vitters Shipyard||Dubois Naval Architects|
|Prana||52m||sloop||Alloy Yachts||Dubois Naval Architects|
|Salperton IV||45m||sloop||Fitzroy Yachts||Dubois Naval Architects|
|Sarafin’||31m||sloop||Oyster/RMK Marine||Dubois Naval Architects|
|Symmetry||29m||sloop||Yachting Developments||Frers Naval Architecture|
|Wild Horses||24m||sloop||Brooklin Boat Yard||Joel White|
|Zefira||50m||sloop||Fitzroy Yachts||Dubois Naval Architects|
|les Grandes Dames des Mers|
|Andromeda La Dea||48m||ketch||Perini Navi||Perini Navi|
|Axia||38m||ketch||Palmer Johnson||Sparkman & Stephens|
|Blue Too||34m||ketch||Alloy Yachts||Ron Holland Design|
|Georgia||48m||sloop||Alloy Yachts||Studio Scanu Sri Butch|
|Luna||52m||sloop||Perini Navi||Perini Navi|
|Maltese Falcon||88m||schooner||Perini Istanbul||Dykstra Naval Architects|
|Panthalassa||56m||ketch||Perini Navi||Ron Holland Design|
|Parsifal III||54m||ketch||Perini Navi||Ron Holland Design|
|Rosehearty||56m||ketch||Perini Navi||Ron Holland Design|
|Salute||56m||sloop||Perini Navi||Ron Holland Design|
|Silencio||50m||ketch||Perini Navi||Perini Navi|
|Zenji||56m||ketch||Perini Navi||Ron Holland Des|