St Barths Bucket Regatta 2015 final day (Photo©2015 by Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com )

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2015 final day (Photo ©2015 Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com )

 

St Barths, FWI – Perseverance was the key to victory today in four classes (Gazelles, Elegantes, Mademoiselles, Grande Dames) sailing their last and final race at the 2015 St Barths Bucket Regatta. Sailing the “wrong way around” course meant the 35 competing superyachts launched their massive spinnakers at the start and took a clockwise tour of the island, testing sailing skills with a particularly lengthy beat up the backside. And though the superyachts, for safety’s sake, sail by rules that keep them at least 40 metres apart at all times, the competition was as close as anyone could wish for.

Winning the day in Gazelles was the 44.9-metre sloop Visione, which also took overall regatta honors to win the coveted “Bucket,” which was held high with victor’s pride by owner Hasso Plattner at the final awards ceremony.

“When P2 was winning, we knew we had to be second,” said Visione’s tactician Jens Christiansen, explaining that in the pursuit-style format used here, Visione had started 18 minutes after the 38.1-metre Perini Navi sloop P2 and 15 minutes after the 33.4-metre Vitters Shipyard sloop Inoui, which had been second and third, respectively, behind Visione going into today. “Things got tense when we broke a code sail sheet on the way to the first mark. We got another sheet on and thought we had it under control when bang, it broke again. We really had it highly loaded; we didn’t lose boats but we lost 400-500 metres.” Thankfully, things went uphill after that. “We caught them (P2) quite quickly and passed them on the other side of the island, beating them by quite a lot in the end. The 10-11 knot winds suited us well. We were sailing very fast on the long beat, going farther out because we are that much faster than anybody else and staying clear of other boats in other classes so as not to get entangled in them tacking on each other.”

 

Meteor Day 3 (Photo ©2015 by Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com )

Meteor Day 3 (Photo ©2015 by Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com )

Visione’s first Bucket was in 2004, and the yacht has competed in half a dozen or so Buckets since. Built in 2003, well before many others here, she is still the boat to beat on principle. “We are the fastest, and we always start last. With the old rating, however, we always had to sail more than a perfect race to be able to win. We’ve been close by finishing second overall once or twice, but never winning. Now with the new rating system (captured within the new ORCsy rule), we can win.”

P2 took a sixth in the race to fall behind Visione and runner-up Inoui (which finished second today), in the overall standings.

The 30.2-metre sloop Cape Arrow, chartered by Pier Luigi Loro Piana, turned in all second-place finishes to top the Mademoiselles.

“We did two very good races on the first two days and managed to stay in front of boats that were faster upwind than we were,” said Cape Arrow’s tactician Thomaso Chieffi, veteran of four America’s Cup campaigns and a Volvo Ocean Race winner (as tactician aboard ABN Amro). “Today, we weren’t hoping to win the series; we were looking to maintain our second, but with the little change of rating that occurred overnight to the leading boat (Bequia, which won both race one and race two and took on five more minutes of handicap for race three, in which she finished sixth) and the fact that today was more our race, it made us eventually score a second and win the series overall. We are very pleased with the result. It came a little bit out of the blue, but we feel somehow that we deserve it. For peace of mind we checked the results, and we would have won the series regardless of the rating change.”

 

The 46.4-metre Royal Huisman ketch Elfje started 21 minutes behind the 44.6-metre schooner Adela and edged her out at the finish by eight seconds to win in Elegantes today. The two boats ended up sharing overall class victory in the interest of an amicable resolution to a safety rule debate, while close contender Marie, the 54.6-metre Vitters Shipyard ketch that had been tied with Adela and Elfje going into today, finished sixth for a third overall.

 

” This was one of the more interesting dilemmas I have come across in my 22 years of race management, ” said Race Chairman Peter Craig. “In short, the new ORCsy rule rounds to 30 seconds for starts in the interest of safe racing – a requirement for superyacht racing. When the first 2 races were rescored because of an inadvertent measurement issue with one certificate, the rounding factor was the difference in determining the class winner. With the two yachts overlapped at the finish of the final deciding race, the suggestion for dual class winners by Elfje and Adela is an example of good sportsmanship that is in line with the spirit of the Bucket. The two owners and crews are to be commended.”

 

As for the ORCsy rule that is in its infancy and was being closely analyzed here, Elfje’s tactician Mike Sanderson said, “It’s going to be brilliant. It’s going to take superyacht racing from being pure entertainment to something where we can compete properly and know how to change things each year to perform better.”

 

Taking overall victory in Grand Dames, the 37.6 metre ketch Axia was spot-on with its timing at today’s start and went on to turn in an equally brilliant performance over the course of the day to beat out yesterday’s leader, the 55.9-metre Perini Navi ketch Rosehearty.

 

“Today was by definition, truly a medium-wind day,” said tactician Robbie Doyle. “If it had been a light-wind course, we would have owed Rosehearty more time, and it would have been really tough for us. They would have had another five or six minutes, which is what we beat them by.” Doyle was explaining the race committee’s choice each day, under the new rule, to officially designate the wind conditions as light, medium or high, which in turn effects starting times and sometimes order of starts within classes. “When the medium-wind flag went up, we knew it was going to be a good race for us, especially because it was on the bottom edge of medium, which favors us. Still, it was a tough day, Rosehearty sailed a good race. We caught her at the top mark by setting ourselves up on a lay line that was right on, knowing that if they tacked right in front of us they may not make it. They decided to continue on to do a conservative approach to the lay line, and we just got our bow through them and were able to squeeze them up and hurt them, forcing them to sail right.”

 

St Barths Bucket Fleet at dock (Photo by Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com )

St Barths Bucket Fleet at dock (Photo by Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com )

In addition to the ORCsy rule being used here for the first time, the 2015 Bucket Regatta this year featured new stewards in ownership: Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, Vitters Shipyard and Rybovich.

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2015 St Barths Bucket Regatta
Series Results 22 March 2015 1930
Results for class A – Les Gazelles des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
VISIONE 1 2 1 1 4
INOUI 2 4 3 2 9
P2 3 3 2 6 11
WINWIN 4 1 8 DSQ 3 12
GHOST 5 5 4 4 13
RAINBOW 6 6 5 7 18
BETTER PLACE 7 8 (RET) 6 5 19
Results for class B – Elegantes des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
ADELA 1 3 1 2.5 6.5
ELFJE 1 2 2 2.5 6.5
MARIE 3 1 3 6 10
GANESHA 4 4 5 1 10
REBECCA 5 6 4 4 14
LADY B 6 5 6 5 16
BELLA RAGAZZA 7 7 7 8 22
KOO 8 8 8 7 23
Results for class C – Les Mademoiselles des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
CAPE ARROW 1 2 2 2 6
BEQUIA 2 1 1 6 8
FREYA 3 4 4 1 9
DRUMFIRE 4 5 3 5 13
LUSH 5 6 5 4 15
MOONBIRD 6 3 7 8 18
WINDFALL 7 10 6 3 19
VARSOVIE 8 7 12 7 26
ALTAIR 9 8 9 9 26
WAVELENGTH 10 9 8 10 27
SUNLEIGH 11 11 10 11 32
Results for class D – Les Grand Dames des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
AXIA 1 3 1 1 5
ROSEHEARTY 2 1 2 2 5
ZENJI 3 2 3 5 10
METEOR 4 5 5 6 16
ELENA OF LONDON 5 4 10 3 17
STATE OF GRACE 6 9 7 4 20
PARSIFAL III 7 6 8 7 21
SEAHAWK 8 8 4 10 (DNF) 22
THALIA 9 10 (SCP) 6 8 24

 

St. Barth's Bucket  Fleet Day One ( Photo © Claire Matches  www.clairematches.com )

St. Barth’s Bucket Fleet Day One ( Photo © Claire Matches www.clairematches.com )

St Barths, FWI – Fort Oscar, directly across the harbor from the Capitainerie headquarters for the Bucket, provided the perfect perch for watching the start of the first of three races planned over the next three days here in St. Barths. And by the crowd that turned out there, it was clear that the word had spread about the spectacle 35 superyachts would create on the water as they started their opening-day counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the island. In medium winds and flat seas, Gazelles and Elegantes (Class A and Class B, respectively) took to the long course of 25.2 nautical miles, while the Mademoiselles and Grandes Dames made the medium course of 20.9 nautical miles their pleasure.

With four classes there could be only four winners, and today those were the 33-metre sloop Win Win, the 54.6 Vitters ketch Marie, the 27.7-metre Bequia and the 55.9 metre Perini Navi Rosehearty.

Marie, which won her class and the coveted overall “Bucket” title last year, edged out long-time rival, the 44.6-metre Adela, in Gazelles by a minute and a half, even though Adela started 11 minutes ahead in the pursuit-style start.

“We were closing on her quite quickly on the penultimate leg when we were both running with our chutes toward the last bottom mark,” said Peter Wilson, one of Marie’s sail trimmers, “but it wasn’t until the last beat and 10 minutes before the finish that we actually got by her. We were both trying to lay the finish, and we had to get past them, so we put our bow down and tried to sail through them. We were abeam of them for quite a while.” Wilson explained that a left-hand shift helped Marie finally take the day. “We were clear ahead at that point, but it all depended on whether we had to tack to the finish or not. Had things gone a slightly different way, Adela could have beaten us, so the boats are well-matched and well-rated. ”

Rosehearty, winner in the nine-boat Grand Dames class, beat out Zenji by about 13 minutes. Her tactician Paul Cayard said key to the crew’s success was practice, making no mistakes, and pushing the boat to its full potential.

“One of the biggest tricks with this boat is maneuverability,”said Cayard, who made his name in the Star class and as a skipper of America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race boats. “Maneuvering takes 10 times longer, so the key is to plan 12 minutes ahead. Having everyone know their roles and executing well is important.”

Though 15 seconds late on the start, Rosehearty tacked early at the first mark, which was critical to the entire race. “We were spot-on, which set us on a confident course.”

Class runner-up Zenji had started four minutes prior, and crew man Mike Toppa said it was when Rosehearty “cut the corner on us on the first beat” that they were first passed. “We caught up with them, got bow-to-bow, but they put their spinnaker up quicker,” he said. “They deserve to win.”

As for the first try here using the ORCsy rule, Toppa said, “I love it. We saw last week at Loro Piana that it was really accurate, and the test was the bigger boats and ketches – boats with more than one mast…how was it going to go? It was a really good starting point, much better than it has ever been before. Everyone’s positive and happy about it.”

Tom Whidden, another America’s Cup veteran with 12 or more Bucket regattas under his belt, agreed. (He is serving as tactician on the 37.2-metre Vitters sloop Ghost, which finished fifth today among the Gazelles.)

“If you didn’t like today, you don’t like sailing,” he said, describing conditions as “typical of St. Barths, with easterly trade winds ranging from 13-16 knots. “Change is always good, and owners are enthusiastic to see if there is a more equitable system than what we’ve been using. These boats are very difficult to handicap properly, and there are a lot of good, smart people who are trying to do that. As long as we have people who care about this involved (with the rule), we’ll do well. Afterall, you can’t find a more fantastic place to sail or more beautiful big boats in the world, so if we can find a way to make the racing better, more people will do it and everybody benefits.”

“Our goal was to keep this the way it always has been: an event by the industry for owners,” said Bruce Brakenhoff of Perini Navi, which joined Royal Huisman, Vitters Shipyard and Rybovich as joint stewards of the Bucket Regattas (a summer edition is held in Newport, R.I.) when the former owners were ready to pass the torch .Sponsors of the St Barths Bucket Regatta are Alloy Yachts and Holland Jachtbouw. Supporting sponsors are Affinity Management Services, Burgess, Camper & Nicholsons, Doehle Yachts, Doyle Sailmakers, Dubois NA, Dykstra NA, Future Fibres, MTN, Newport Shipyard, North Sails, Pantaenius, Pendennis, Skuld Yacht, the Superyacht Report, Tradewind Aviation, US Trust, Willis, ZIS Insurance.

For more information and entries and results, visit bucketregattas.com/stbarths/.

For a second year, TracTrac’s live race tracking will enhance the Bucket experience for friends, families and Bucket fans. Access it at bucketregattas.com/stbarths/results.html

Barby MacGowan  Media Pro International’s Barby MacGowan is reporting daily from St. Barths. Read her 2015 St Barths Bucket recaps and her Bucket Blog. bucketregattas.com/stbarths/.

height=”14″>Results for class A – Les Gazelles des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
VISIONE 1 2 1 3
P2 2 3 2 5
INOUI 3 4 3 7
WINWIN 4 1 8 DSQ 9
GHOST 5 5 4 9
RAINBOW 6 6 5 11
BETTER PLACE 7 8 (RET) 6 14
Results for class B – Elegantes des Mers Revised March 21 1800 hrs*
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
ADELA 1 3 1 4
MARIE 2 1 3 4
ELFJE 3 2 2 4
GANESHA 4 4 5 9
REBECCA 5 6 4 10
LADY B 6 5 6 11
BELLA RAGAZZA 7 7 7 14
KOO 8 8 8 16
*Certificate corrections to Marie and Adela
Results for class C – Les Mademoiselles des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
BEQUIA 1 1 1 2
CAPE ARROW 2 2 2 4
DRUMFIRE 3 5 3 8
MOONBIRD 4 3 7 10
FREYA 5 4 4 8
LUSH 6 6 5 11
WINDFALL 7 10 6 16
WAVELENGTH 8 9 8 17
ALTAIR 9 8 9 17
VARSOVIE 10 7 12 19
SUNLEIGH 11 11 10 21
Results for class D – Les Grand Dames des Mers
Yacht Name Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Points
ROSEHEARTY 1 1 2 3
AXIA 2 3 1 4
ZENJI 3 2 3 5
METEOR 4 5 5 10
SEAHAWK 5 8 4 12
ELENA OF LONDON 6 4 10 14
PARSIFAL III 7 6 8 14
THALIA 8 10 (SCP) 6 16
STATE OF GRACE 9 9 7 16

Provisional Results – Race # 2 OPTION A

Class A – Les Gazelles des Mers 21/03/2015
Course: Not So Wiggley. Course Length: 25,20 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 VISIONE 14:41:40 281.4 12:18:00 1,00
2 P2 14:42:10 333.0 11:57:00 2,00
3 INOUI 14:42:50 324.7 12:00:00 3,00
4 GHOST 14:47:36 321.5 12:01:30 4,00
5 RAINBOW 14:50:07 353.2 11:48:00 5,00
6 BETTER PLACE 14:50:49 316.6 12:03:30 6,00
WINWIN DSQ 313.9 12:04:30 8,00

Class B – Les Elegantes des Mers 21/03/2015
Course: Not So Wiggley. Course Length: 25,20 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 ADELA 14:36:10 394.0 11:21:00 1,00
2 ELFJE 14:36:20 331.5 11:47:00 2,00
3 MARIE 14:37:07 373.2 11:29:30 3,00
4 REBECCA 14:38:37 344.7 11:41:30 4,00
5 GANESHA 14:44:48 327.8 11:48:30 5,00
6 LADY B 14:47:48 331.0 11:47:30 6,00
7 BELLA RAGAZZA 15:00:25 404.5 11:16:30 7,00
8 KOO 15:22:36 424.7 11:08:00 8,00

Class C – Les Mademoiselles des Mers 21/03/2015
Course: Not So Wiggley. Course Length: 20,00 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 BEQUIA 14:10:04 463.2 11:22:00 1,00
2 CAPE ARROW 14:14:04 363.3 11:55:30 2,00
3 DRUMFIRE 14:15:40 454.1 11:25:00 3,00
4 FREYA 14:17:33 363.3 11:56:00 4,00
5 LUSH 14:21:03 409.5 11:40:00 5,00
6 WINDFALL 14:21:10 345.4 12:01:00 6,00
7 MOONBIRD 14:29:29 381.6 11:49:00 7,00
8 WAVELENGTH 14:30:53 470.4 11:19:30 8,00
9 ALTAIR 14:53:31 508.5 11:07:00 9,00
10 SUNLEIGH 14:58:10 397.4 11:44:00 10,00
VARSOVIE DNF 362.6 11:56:30 12,00

Class D – Les Grand Dames des Mers 21/03/2015
Course: Not So Wiggley. Course Length: 20,00 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 AXIA 14:04:07 418.9 11:26:30 1,00
2 ROSEHEARTY 14:09:17 473.9 11:09:00 2,00
3 ZENJI 14:12:08 483.7 11:05:00 3,00
4 SEAHAWK 14:18:41 443.0 11:18:30 4,00
5 METEOR 14:26:41 464.3 11:11:30 5,00
6 THALIA 14:32:39 463.1 11:12:00 6,00
7 STATE OF GRACE 14:34:19 412.5 11:29:00 7,00
8 PARSIFAL III 14:50:01 474.0 11:08:30 8,00
ELENA OF LONDON DNF 418.8 11:27:00 10,00


Provisional Results – Race # 1 – updated 21 Mar

Class A – Les Gazelles des Mers 20/03/2015
Course: Around the Island. Course Length: 25,20 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 WINWIN 14:26:38 313.9 12:11:30 1,00
2 VISIONE 14:27:22 281.4 12:25:00 2,00
3 P2 14:28:20 333.0 12:03:30 3,00
4 INOUI 14:29:14 324.7 12:07:00 4,00
5 GHOST 14:32:23 321.5 12:08:30 5,00
6 RAINBOW 14:33:03 353.2 11:55:00 6,00
BETTER PLACE 316.6 12:10:30 8,00 (RET)

Class B – Les Elegantes des Mers 20/03/2015
Course: Around the Island. Course Length: 25,20 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 MARIE 14:18:37 366.7 11:39:40 1,00
2 ELFJE 14:19:09 331.5 11:54:00 2,00
3 ADELA 14:19:23 394.0 11:28:30 3,00
4 GANESHA 14:21:18 327.8 11:55:30 4,00
5 LADY B 14:21:34 331.0 11:54:30 5,00
6 REBECCA 14:25:29 344.7 11:48:30 6,00
7 BELLA RAGAZZA 14:31:39 404.5 11:23:30 7,00
8 KOO 14:42:58 424.7 11:15:00 8,00

Class C – Les Mademoiselles des Mers 20/03/2015
Course: Around the Island. Course Length: 20,90 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 BEQUIA 14:08:32 463.2 11:22:00 1,00
2 CAPE ARROW 14:13:49 363.3 11:57:00 2,00
3 MOONBIRD 14:16:02 381.6 11:50:30 3,00
4 FREYA 14:16:14 363.3 11:57:30 4,00
5 DRUMFIRE 14:17:59 454.1 11:25:00 5,00
6 LUSH 14:19:25 409.5 11:41:00 6,00
7 VARSOVIE 14:22:15 362.6 11:58:00 7,00
8 ALTAIR 14:22:40 508.5 11:06:00 8,00
9 WAVELENGTH 14:26:17 470.4 11:19:30 9,00
10 WINDFALL 14:30:53 345.4 12:03:00 10,00
11 SUNLEIGH 14:58:52 397.4 11:45:00 11,00

Class D – Les Grand Dames des Mers 20/03/2015
Course: Around the Island. Course Length: 20,90 nm ORCsy: Medium Wind
Flat Sea
Pos Yacht Name Finish Time ToD Start Time Points
1 ROSEHEARTY 13:52:23 473.9 11:09:00 1,00
2 ZENJI 14:03:13 483.7 11:05:00 2,00
3 AXIA 14:04:28 418.9 11:27:30 3,00
4 ELENA OF LONDON 14:05:16 418.8 11:28:00 4,00
5 METEOR 14:10:54 464.3 11:11:30 5,00
6 PARSIFAL III 14:12:13 474.0 11:08:30 6,00
7 SEAHAWK 14:20:01 443.0 11:19:00 8,00
8 STATE OF GRACE 14:29:55 381.9 11:40:30 9,00
9 THALIA 14:12:14 463.1 11:12:00 10,00 (SCP)