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.

St Barths Bucket 2015 Photo Galleries 

 

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)

 

Silencio: Ketch_Perini Navi_Perini_50.0m  Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Silencio: Ketch_Perini Navi_Perini_50.0m
Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 (Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi)

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This morning, dockside at The Bucket, it sounded rather funny for sailors to be talking about a “Not So Wiggley Course” with such reverence, but when the day was done and a second of three races had entered the 2014 regatta history books, it was quite clear why. Mademoiselle, Elegante and Gazelle classes took on the long version (27.1 nm) of the course, which started on the west side of St. Barths and wound its way around smaller islands and rocks to the north, while the Grande Dames sailed the shorter version (22 nm) in winds that were a few knots less than yesterday’s yet just as feisty. The “not so” in the course description was obviously tongue-in-cheek, as the 38 superyachts -ranging in size from 27.5m/88′ to 66.7m/216′-zigged and zagged more than the usual number of times while crews executed numerous sail changes as well as spinnaker hoists and takedowns, alternately winding their charges up to gain advantage, then dialing them down to safely share close quarters at rounding marks with their magnificently sized competitors.

Saint Barth Bucket 2014  Gustavia Port in Saint Barth Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi — at Saint Barth.

Saint Barth Bucket 2014
Gustavia Port in Saint Barth Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi — at Saint Barth.

Leading in the Elegantes class after finishing third today and combining that with a first from yesterday is the 54 m/180′ Vitters Ketch Marie, whose tactician Tony Rey, in describing his day, was beaming like a little kid who had just gotten away with something bigger than he expected.

“Anybody who says superyacht racing is champagne and cocktails and taking it easy hasn’t been to The Bucket,” he said. “It’s an absolutely spectacular exercise in teamwork to get these things around the track.”

Rey said he was pleased with Marie’s start and the first third of the leg but then encountered the classic situation of gaining so much that suddenly the team was in the mix with way more boats than he was comfortable with. “It was just mildly terrifying, which is a typical feeling in the afterguards at Bucket Regattas,” said Rey, who counts this as his fifth Bucket Regatta aboard Marie. “This means we’re having a good day.”

Adele: Ketch_Vitters_Hoek_54.6m Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race 1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi  at Saint Barth.

Adele: Ketch_Vitters_Hoek_54.6m
Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race 1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi at Saint Barth.

Marie’s crew had a few missteps with its maneuvers (including “breaking a spinnaker and putting it in the water”), but others in the class did, as well, and six boats were abreast coming around Roche Table.

“It was absolutely spectacular; there were 40 meters on each side,” Rey said, alluding to the International Superyacht Rule that requires boats to leave 40 meters in all directions between themselves and their competitors. “I didn’t need sun screen because there was shade from all the sails.”

 

Seahawk: Ketch_Perini Navi_Holland_58.6m  Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi  at Saint Barth.

Seahawk: Ketch_Perini Navi_Holland_58.6m
Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi at Saint Barth.

Seahawk, in Grande Dames class, hit the rocks off Roche Table but was able to clear itself and sail to fifth, nevertheless, claiming the top spot on the leaderboard for a second day.

When Clan VIII briefly lost its steering at the same spot, it infringed on the rights of Zenji, causing Zenji to miss a turning mark, but, as is the case in most such Bucket instances, the Clan crew gracefully accepted its penalty and no doubt plans to supply some drinks to the Zenji crew at the Bucket Bash later this evening.

“This was the kind of day that taxes bow and mast teams first because of the physical hoists and drops,” said Jonathan Kline, the safety officer aboard Clan VIII, “then safety officers and tacticians second because of the close quarters of the ‘wiggly’ course, with the fleets converging and crossing.”

Silencio: Ketch_Perini Navi_Perini_50.0m  Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Silencio: Ketch_Perini Navi_Perini_50.0m
Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi

Cape Arrow won the Gazelle class today with less than six minutes separating her from second-place finisher Nilaya, but the two are inverted on the overall scoreboard for Nilaya’s advantage going into tomorrow’s final race.

 

Moonbird has the most consistent finishes (2-2) in Mademoiselle class to lead overall, with Bequia having fallen to second from first yesterday.

New to the 2014 Bucket –  The Golden Pineapple Award, Sponsored by Hotel St Barth Isle de France. The Bucket Directors have added this award to the 2014 edition of the St Barths Bucket to reward an essential element of the event, who will WIN THE PARTY?For more information, and the full list of entries, visitbucketregattas.com/stbarths/Racing concludes on Sunday March 30.Live race tracking by TracTrac enhances the Bucket experience for friends, families and fans of the Bucket. Access that link atbucketregattas.com/stbarths/dailyupdate

Whitehawk: Ketch_Neilson_King_28.0m  Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi — at Saint Barth.

Whitehawk: Ketch_Neilson_King_28.0m
Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Race1 Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi at Saint Barth.

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 The Bucket Directors are pleased to announce The Golden Pineapple Award. Since the very beginning, the Bucket Regattas have been focused on great sailing competition, seamanship, sportsmanship, a large dose of creative left-field fun and most of all, hospitality and sharing the joy of this magnificent sport among the fleet.This year our good friends aboard Yacht AXIA; the yacht that has shown up at past events as everything from fully clad Spartans in uniform, to the complete line-up of Greek Gods including Poseidon, Thor, a thunderbolt and live goat, pirates, spreader dancing sea horses and all manner of creative fun and frolic, have raised the bar once again. This year it seems that 007 will be lurking in the shadows of Gustavia and, who knows what havoc that may wreak!! Be forewarned, AXIA is locked and loaded to put yet another full spin on the Party concept! As you will see from the attached invitations to Friday’s “Yacht Hop”, they’re not going half-way!!Without a doubt, the challenge is on for quite simply, the best hospitality for the St. Barths Bucket Yacht Hop on Friday, 28 March. Aboard many yachts in the past the parties have been theme based on the full spectrum of fun but the simple question to be resolved is this: Who can throw the best party?? The Bucket Directors are somewhat abashed to admit that in many years of managing this event, we’ve failed to reward the most essential element of the Bucket. The last line in our sailing instructions says it clearly. . . WIN THE PARTY!!! Consider that problem solved. Since the very beginning, the Bucket Regattas have been fully focused on sharing the boundless fun of this magnificent sport, with hospitality among the fleet a core value. Hence, the Pineapple Logo, the symbol of hospitality. Therefore, this year in St. Barths, the yacht that puts forward the best “Open Boat” party spirit will be the recipient of the GOLDEN PINEAPPLE AWARD! Given the fact that we are a little short on time to grow a golden pineapple. . . Let’s say that the winner of this award will be “wined and dined” with eight guests at the Bucket’s expense, at the finest restaurant in St. Barthelemy. The judging in Bucket Tradition, will be ad-hoc but fair. Do note that as usual, the Open Boat Party is limited to race participants wearing event wristbands. Invitees are absolutely at the Owner’s discretion, as directed by those tending the boarding gate.

.New Launches to Compete 

The fleet will include a number of the latest launches from the world’s premier superyacht builders.Two recently launched Perini Navi yachts designed by Ron Holland will join the fleet: the newly designed 40m Sloop, STATE OF GRACE and a new 60m Ketch. SEAHAWK will be easily distinguished not only by her magnificent profile, but also by her crimson Aramid standing rigging by Future Fibers, supporting her towering spars.Making their Bucket debut are competing 2012 launches from the Royal Huisman Shipyard. The classic Spirit of Tradition 38m sloop, PUMULA and the 49m Ketch KAMAXITHA are both Dykstra Naval Architects designs.INOUI, the brilliant green 36m carbon fiber sloop by Vitters Shipyard will pace the fleet around the various courses. Also from Vitters, the 46m Sloop GANESHA will join us for her racing debut.These six new launches will join their thirty two competitors, most of which have sailed in numerous Bucket Regattas, to comprise yet another Bucket superyacht fleet of historic proportions.

Schedule Updates  Registration will open at 0900 on 27 March, with a “Rules Review” seminar beginning concurrently. After a day of practice sailing, learning and taming the ropes (lines), the Skippers Meeting, Welcome Party and Owner’s reception will follow.After Friday’s racing, at 1700 the Bucket will host a presentation by the Environmental Agency of St Barths and the NGO Megaptera, to educate the community on a concurrent scientific project, tagging and tracking whale migrations. The symposium will be followed by the Fleet Open House, a traditional highlight of all Bucket events.Saturday night will host the annual Bucket Bash on the Quay in Gustavia. With a tropical theme, there will be dining, dancing and music by the very popular Soley into the night!This year for the Sunday evening awards, the Government of St Barths has extended an invitation for the Awards Ceremony to be held on the grounds of the Hôtel de la Collectivité, the Government offices across the harbor from the Capitainerie. We have gratefully accepted the invitation and look forward to sharing Bucket Hospitality with the entire racing fleet and our friends in St Barths.

Racing and Awards  In the Bucket Tradition, racing will be pursuit style with the slowest rated yachts starting first and finishes determined by the order of finish. The fleet is divided into four classesLes Grandes Dames, Les Mademoiselles, Les Elegantesand Les Gazelles des Mers and we will continue the successful focus on competition within the classes. All yachts share the same starting and finishing line and sail the assigned course for their specific class. The starting times are structured, such that the classes finish at different times – in the interest of safety, the gap between class finishes will likely be approximately 10 minutes as it was last year.Live Race Tracking is an exciting addition to the race coverage. Details on how to connect and view the races will be provided in our next update and will be posted on the web site.Daily awards will be presented to the top finishers in each class. Handcrafted, limited edition Chelsea Clocks will be awarded to the four class winners, with second and third place in each class also receiving elegant trophies. The overall winner will be recognized as well. The yacht’s name will be added to the perpetual St Barths Bucket trophy and they will receive a beautiful crystal Bucket keepsake trophy.As usual, we will pay particular attention to the traditional Bucket discretionary awards for meritorious acts and the occasional eyebrow raising behavior that perpetuates the “je ne sais quoi” spirit of the event. These include the Wolter Huisman “Spirit of the Bucket Award”, the Vitters Seamanship and Sportsmanship Trophy, the Holland Jachtbouw Cool Crew Award and the coveted Skulduggery Cravat, for the yacht or crew that demonstrates the best and most fun, ‘left field non-adult behavior”.

St. Barths Charity Donation  Each year, the Bucket Regatta designates a portion of the entry fees for donation to a meaningful non-profit program in St Barths. This year the St Joseph School and their grounds improvement project will be the recipient of our donation.One of the oldest educational institutions on the island, The St Joseph School is a private Catholic institution that welcomes more than 200 students ages 3-11, from kindergarten through primary school. The school is in need of funds to improve the schoolyard/playground, where the clay coated sand is a health risk to the children and must be upgraded.The 2014 St Barths Bucket is pleased to be able to help the St Joseph School and allow the children to continue to learn and grow in a healthy environment.We are grateful to be joined by several new supporting sponsors. They will help us to continue the Bucket tradition that celebrates the superyacht industry and recognizes the yachts and their owners as they perpetuate this marvelous sport.Skuld Yacht brings a major marine underwriting firm to the superyacht arena with tremendous capabilities for innovation and tailoring coverage to our owner’s specific needs.Tradewind Aviation has also joined the Bucket fleet with generous support, while providing by far a most efficient way to get to our favorite Caribbean destination.

RACING CLASSES AND  ENTRIES


  
LES GAZELLES DES MERS  (8) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Hetairos Ketch Baltic Dykstra NA 1.718 66.7 9.0 245 52.1 42.3 80.9
Visione Sloop Baltic Reichel Pugh 1.649 44.9 6.7 125 59.4 39.2 77.7
Saudade Sloop Wally Tripp 1.552 45.0 6.6 174 75.7 33.3 65.2
Kamaxitha Ketch Royal Huisman Dykstra NA 1.527 55.0 6.8 245 91.0 36.7 60.0
Inoui Sloop Vitters Briand 1.467 33.0 5.4 85 90.0 29.2 64.2
Nilaya Sloop Reichel Pugh Baltic 1.462 34.1 5.5 87 79.7 31.9 64.8
Rainbow Sloop Holland Jachtbouw Dykstra NA 1.388 40.0 5.0 237.1 29.8 46.4
Cape Arrow Sloop Souther Wind Farr-Nauta 1.235 30.0 6.7 64.8 92.4 28.5 48.8
  
LES ELEGANTES DES MERS (10) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Ganesha Sloop Vitters Dubois 1.472 45.9 6.6 252 99.6 26.7 55.7
Ohana Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 1.360 49.7 5.5 361 110.6 23.3 45.1
Lady B Sloop Vitters Dubois 1.336 44.7 6.1 266 104.0 23.8 51.8
Varsovie Sloop Swan Frers 1.264 30.5 4.1 86 117.8 26.8 50.5
Unfurled Sloop Royal Huisman Frers 1.256 34.1 5.8 135 137.4 23.6 46.9
Marie Ketch Vitters Hoek 1.240 54.6 4.8 315 133.9 27.5 51.2
Hyperion Sloop Royal Huisman Frers 1.233 47.5 4.8 337 129.6 21.7 45.4
Twizzle Ketch Royal Huisman Dubois 1.202 57.5 10.9 562 123.5 26.2 39.0
Adele Ketch Vitters Hoek 1.176 54.6 4.8 340 133.0 25.7 45.8
Adela Schooner Pendennis Rest. Dykstra NA 1.138 54.9 5.0 285 150.2 25.9 41.8
  
LES MADEMOISELLES DES MERS (11) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Pumula Sloop Royal Huisman Dykstra NA 1.259 37.4 5.0 128 157.7 17.3 29.9
Sarafin Sloop Oyster Marine Dubois 1.165 30.8 3.9 120 141.7 19.0 39.4
Moonbird Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 1.160 37.1 4.1 179 141.8 24.0 37.1
Lush Sloop Oyster Marine Humphreys 1.160 27.5 3.5 77.7 148.2 21.2 34.0
Axia Ketch Palmer Johnson S&S 1.143 37.6 3.7 168 155.4 21.2 34.1
Whitehawk Ketch Neilson King 1.057 28.0 4.5 77 156.8 23.8 40.4
Marama Ketch N2A Preslec 1.029 30.9 3.5 70 100.2 25.2 25.2
Bequia Yawl Brooklin BY Stephens 1.021 27.5 2.8 67 228.7 21.0 43.2
Genevieve Sloop Alloy Dubois 0.978 36.9 3.4 190 157.7 17.3 29.8
Blue Too Ketch Alloy Holland 0.977 33.8 3.5 143 196.3 21.6 30.9
Wavelength Sloop Pendennis Holland 0.938 27.4 3.3 81 222.5 19.2 32.4
LES GRANDES DAMES DES MERS (9) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
State of Grace Sloop Perini Navi Holland 1.130 40.0 9.0 233 160.2 24.5 34.9
Seahawk Ketch Perini Navi Holland 1.096 58.6 12.3 551 118.6 17.9 31.1
Clan VIII Sloop Perini Navi Holland 0.992 45.1 4.0 362 189.8 18.8 31.2
Meteor Schooner Royal Huisman Dykstra NA 0.965 51.6 4.3 315 176.3 24.7 36.3
Parsifal III Ketch Perini Navi Holland 0.917 54.0 4.5 469 141.9 22.8 35.4
Altair Sloop Derecktor S&S 0.914 29.2 2.7 112 204.2 15.6 25.6
Zenji Ketch Perini Navi Holland 0.910 56.0 3.9 530 137.5 20.5 27.6
Silencio Ketch Perini Navi Perini 0.882 50.0 3.2 422 183.7 16.6 22.4
Andromeda la Dea Ketch Perini Navi Perini 0.868 46.5 3.4 391 189.2 14.2 23.2

 

 

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The entries are in for the 2014 edition of the St Barths Bucket Regatta and we have a great fleet heading to the beautiful island of St Barthélemy. Thirty eight of the world’s largest sailing superyachts will gather in Gustavia for three days of great trade wind sailing, wholesome competition, shore side camaraderie and shenanigans St Barths style.New Launches to Compete

The fleet will include a number of the latest launches from the world’s premier superyacht builders.

Two recently launched Perini Navi yachts designed by Ron Holland will join the fleet: the newly designed 40m Sloop, STATE OF GRACE and a new 60m Ketch. SEAHAWK will be easily distinguished not only by her magnificent profile, but also by her crimson Aramid standing rigging by Future Fibers, supporting her towering spars.

Making their Bucket debut are competing 2012 launches from the Royal Huisman Shipyard. The classic Spirit of Tradition 38m sloop, PUMULA and the 49m Ketch KAMAXITHA are both Dykstra Naval Architects designs.

INOUI, the brilliant green 36m carbon fiber sloop by Vitters Shipyard will pace the fleet around the various courses. Also from Vitters, the 46m Sloop GANESHA will join us for her racing debut.

These six new launches will join their thirty two competitors, most of which have sailed in numerous Bucket Regattas, to comprise yet another Bucket superyacht fleet of historic proportions.

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LES GAZELLES DES MERS  (8) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Visione Sloop Baltic Reichel Pugh 44.9 6.7 125 59.4 39.2 77.7
Hetairos Ketch Baltic Dykstra NA 66.7 9.0 245 52.1 42.3 80.9
Saudade Sloop Wally Tripp 45.0 6.6 174 75.7 33.3 65.2
Kamaxitha Ketch Royal Huisman Dykstra NA 49.0 6.8 245 91.0 36.7 60.0
Inoui Sloop Vitters Briand 33.0 5.4 85 90.0 29.2 64.2
Nilaya Sloop Reichel Pugh Baltic 34.1 5.5 87 79.7 31.9 64.8
Rainbow Sloop Holland Jachtbouw Dykstra NA 40.0 5.0 237.1 29.8 46.4
Cape Arrow Sloop Souther Wind Farr-Nauta 30.0 6.7 64.8 92.4 28.5 48.8
LES ELEGANTES DES MERS (10) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Ganesha Sloop Vitters Dubois 45.9 6.6 252 99.6 26.7 55.7
Ohana Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 49.7 5.5 361 110.6 23.3 45.1
Lady B Sloop Vitters Dubois 44.7 6.1 266 104.0 23.8 51.8
Varsovie Sloop Swan Frers 30.5 4.1 86 117.8 26.8 50.5
Unfurled Sloop Royal Huisman Frers 34.1 5.8 135 137.4 23.6 46.9
Marie Ketch Vitters Hoek 54.6 4.8 315 133.9 27.5 51.2
Hyperion Sloop Royal Huisman Frers 47.5 4.8 337 129.6 21.7 45.4
Twizzle Ketch Royal Huisman Dubois 57.5 10.9 562 123.5 26.2 39.0
Adele Ketch Vitters Hoek 54.6 4.8 340 133.0 25.7 45.8
Adela Schooner Pendennis Rest. Dykstra NA 54.9 5.0 285 150.2 25.9 41.8
LES MADEMOISELLES DES MERS (11) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Sarafin Sloop Oyster Marine Dubois 30.8 3.9 120 141.7 19.0 39.4
Axia Ketch Palmer Johnson S&S 37.6 3.7 168 155.4 21.2 34.1
Moonbird Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 37.1 4.1 179 141.8 24.0 37.1
Pumula Sloop Royal Huisman Dykstra NA 37.4 5.0 128 157.7 17.3 29.9
Lush Sloop Oyster Marine Humphreys 27.5 3.5 77.7 148.2 21.2 34.0
Whitehawk Ketch Neilson King 28.0 4.5 77 156.8 23.8 40.4
Marama Ketch N2A Preslec 30.9 3.5 70 100.2 25.2 25.2
Bequia Yawl Brooklin BY Stephens 27.5 2.8 67 228.7 21.0 43.2
Wavelength Sloop Pendennis Holland 27.4 3.3 81 222.5 19.2 32.4
Genevieve Sloop Alloy Dubois 36.9 3.4 190 157.7 17.3 29.8
Blue Too Ketch Alloy Holland 33.8 3.5 143 196.3 21.6 30.9
LES GRANDES DAMES DES MERS (9) HDCP   Max   SA/DP SA/DP
Yacht Rig Builder Designer (med) LOA (m) Draft (m) Displ (mt) DLR Up Down
Seahawk Ketch Perini Navi Holland 58.6 12.3 551 118.6 17.9 31.1
Clan VIII Sloop Perini Navi Holland 45.1 4.0 362 189.8 18.8 8.5
Zenji Ketch Perini Navi Holland 56.0 3.9 530 137.5 20.5 27.6
State of Grace Sloop Perini Navi Holland 40.0 9.0 233 160.2 24.5 34.9
Meteor Schooner Royal Huisman Dykstra NA 51.6 4.3 315 176.3 24.7 36.3
Parsifal III Ketch Perini Navi Holland 54.0 4.5 469 141.9 22.8 35.4
Silencio Ketch Perini Navi Perini 50.0 3.2 422 183.7 16.6 22.4
Altair Sloop Derecktor S&S 29.2 2.7 112 204.2 15.6 25.6
Andromeda la Dea Ketch Perini Navi Perini 46.5 3.4 391 189.2 14.2 23.2

Schedule Updates

Registration will open at 0900 on 27 March, with a “Rules Review” seminar beginning concurrently. After a day of practice sailing, learning and taming the ropes (lines), the Skippers Meeting, Welcome Party and Owner’s reception will follow.

After Friday’s racing, at 1700 the Bucket will host a presentation by the Environmental Agency of St Barths and the NGO Megaptera, to educate the community on a concurrent scientific project, tagging and tracking whale migrations. The symposium will be followed by the Fleet Open House, a traditional highlight of all Bucket events.

Saturday night will host the annual Bucket Bash on the Quay in Gustavia. With a tropical theme, there will be dining, dancing and music by the very popular Soley into the night!

This year for the Sunday evening awards, the Government of St Barths has extended an invitation for the Awards Ceremony to be held on the grounds of the Hôtel de la Collectivité, the Government offices across the harbor from the Capitainerie. We have gratefully accepted the invitation and look forward to sharing Bucket Hospitality with the entire racing fleet and our friends in St Barths.

Racing and Awards

In the Bucket Tradition, racing will be pursuit style with the slowest rated yachts starting first and finishes determined by the order of finish. The fleet is divided into four classesLes Grandes Dames, Les Mademoiselles, Les Elegantes and Les Gazelles des Mers and we will continue the successful focus on competition within the classes. All yachts share the same starting and finishing line and sail the assigned course for their specific class. The starting times are structured, such that the classes finish at different times – in the interest of safety, the gap between class finishes will likely be approximately 10 minutes as it was last year.

Live Race Tracking is an exciting addition to the race coverage. Details on how to connect and view the races will be provided in our next update and will be posted on the web site.

Daily awards will be presented to the top finishers in each class. Handcrafted, limited edition Chelsea Clocks will be awarded to the four class winners, with second and third place in each class also receiving elegant trophies. The overall winner will be recognized as well. The yacht’s name will be added to the perpetual St Barths Bucket trophy and they will receive a beautiful crystal Bucket keepsake trophy.

 

As usual, we will pay particular attention to the traditional Bucket discretionary awards for meritorious acts and the occasional eyebrow raising behavior that perpetuates the “je ne sais quoi” spirit of the event. These include the Wolter Huisman “Spirit of the Bucket Award”, the Vitters Seamanship and Sportsmanship Trophy, the Holland Jachtbouw Cool Crew Award and the coveted Skulduggery Cravat, for the yacht or crew that demonstrates the best and most fun, ‘left field non-adult behavior”.

 

St. Barths Charity Donation

Each year, the Bucket Regatta designates a portion of the entry fees for donation to a meaningful non-profit program in St Barths. This year the St Joseph School and their grounds improvement project will be the recipient of our donation.

One of the oldest educational institutions on the island, The St Joseph School is a private Catholic institution that welcomes more than 200 students ages 3-11, from kindergarten through primary school. The school is in need of funds to improve the schoolyard/playground, where the clay coated sand is a health risk to the children and must be upgraded.

The 2014 St Barths Bucket is pleased to be able to help the St Joseph School and allow the children to continue to learn and grow in a healthy environment.

Welcome, and Thank You, New Bucket Sponsors!

We are grateful to be joined by several new supporting sponsors. They will help us to continue the Bucket tradition that celebrates the superyacht industry and recognizes the yachts and their owners as they perpetuate this marvelous sport.

Skuld Yacht brings a major marine underwriting firm to the superyacht arena with tremendous capabilities for innovation and tailoring coverage to our owner’s specific needs.

Tradewind Aviation has also joined the Bucket fleet with generous support, while providing by far a most efficient way to get to our favorite Caribbean destination.

Thank you to all Bucket Sponsors

It is with great pleasure and thanks that we acknowledge all of our Bucket sponsors.

Major sponsors are Alloy Yachts, Holland Jachtbouw, Perini Navi, Royal Huisman and Vitters Shipyard.

Returning supporting sponsors are Burgess, Camper & Nicholson, Doehle Yachts, Doyle, Future Fibres, Newport Shipyard, North Sails, Pantaenius, Pendennis, Rybovich, the Superyacht Report and ZIS Insurance.

Taittinger Champagne and Barbeyrolles Rose are official suppliers.

For More information: BucketRegattas.com
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This Is Us Crew  at award ceremony  (Photo by Billy Black)

This Is Us Crew at award ceremony (Photo by Billy Black)

By Norma Trease

As The Bard said “parting is such sweet sorrow”, and that is exactly the way everyone feels at the end of another fantastic edition of the Saint Barths Bucket. With every hug, every single-double-triple goodbye kiss, every sincere “I love you” a piece of your heart leaves with each friend and sailing companion who departs for their home ports by plane, ferry – or indeed by yacht. Yet we all know that in this world, we will all meet again, whether in another country, surely another regatta, boat show, wedding, or quay encounter in another port town. ‘Tis the nature of our biz! The upshot is that we carry with us, one and all, amazing memories of another Bucket, bigger and better than ever.

Michael Bradfield, owner of the superb Dubois-designed, Royal Huisman built Twizzle, summed it up as well as I ever could. “What a superb and exciting Bucket Regatta. The sailing was varied and challenging and brilliantly planned. The four categories were spot on and the exciting and tight finishes were a testament to the superb rating by Jim Teeters. Peter Craig as PRO and the team did a superb job of promoting a rich and varied regatta with a strong emphasis on safety and good nature. It was a privilege being able to take part.”

 

With forty seven yachts of this value and calibre, all competing for prizes, glory and bragging rights, racing can sometimes get a little hairy. Yet with the intense professionalism of both permanent and racing crews, once again, Bucket racing in Saint Barths remained safe, and with other than a few protest-enducing close calls, and some gear failure, everything turned out well in the end. However, there were some incidents of the yacht air-kiss variety.

On Day Three of racing, “Round the Island the Other Way”, with the four classes separated into two parallel courses, there were less of the mega-million-dollar-baby pile ups we all gasped at on Day Two. Day Threes’ biggest heart thumping moments happened at the finish line, which went between a marker buoy, and the lovely Burger yacht committee boat, Ingot. Blue Too, who had a great race, coming in 2nd in Class and 3rd place overall, narrowly avoided becoming the filing in a Perini panini. It was an exciting race for Perinis today, as Fidelis, and Parsifal III came across the finish line within inches of each other, and Andromeda also came exceedingly close to the committee boat.

BTW, a sincere “Merci Bucket” must be given to our three graciously loaned committee boats Rena, Krisujen, and Ingot. They are an integral part of Bucket racing, providing excellent hospitality and a great environment for our hard-working Race Committee officers, while also serving as appropriately elegant foils to the superb sailing yachts who pass them twice each day. Thanks very much!

It’s virtually impossible to fairly rate a gigantic fleet of this magnitude and diversity. No one has more data available, or crunches those numbers more assiduously than our ratings guru, Jim Teeters. Yet unfortunately, despite achieving the goal of many excitingly close-to-photo finishes, you can never please everyone in this super knowledgeable and experienced crowd. Amy Laing, who has for many years managed the complexities of the very busy Whisper program, delicately explained their frustrations at the ratings they received this year (which saw them start three from last on Day Three, for instance.) “The racing format needs work!” She further explained, “the size and number of yachts has rendered the objective of an overall winner impossible to fairly determine. The committee should be applauded for running this Bucket Regatta as competitively as it did given the obsolete format. I am sure Peter Craig will solve the format issue and Jim Titters will fairly rate the fleet in the future.” Extremely constructive criticism, and it is obvious that the Bucket racings need to be as varied and flexible as are the entries themselves.

Excellent racing and cruising skipper Dean Maggio, who unfortunately was involved in one of the few protests, looked at it from a historical perspective “this used to be resolved with a case of champagne, but no more! Maybe we could go back to that!” Capt. Johnno Johnson of Antara, always the Bucket host-with-the-most, also shared his frustrations too, “not matter how well we sail- and we’ve had some cracking good sailing here, we simply can’t get ahead of all of these bigger, newer boats. Sure, the owner and guests are having the time of their lives – but we like to at least be in the middle of the fleet.” Antara was this year awarded the Skulduggery Cravat for their always-excellent good humour, and much appreciated hospitality.

The All-Star Crew went to Endeavour ­- who were so much admired as they decorated the courses daily, and also came in top in the J-Class, with a very respectable 23rd overall. The Vitters Seamanship Trophy was given to Race Committee member Don Gunning, who worked night and day to keep this race safe, and enjoyable for everyone.

Lots of awards going around: Perini Navi Barracuda, took home the always coveted Escargot Cup – whose title is self-explanatory. The Alloy Yacht Award for the top performing Alloy Yacht went to Blue Too. In a charming speech, Alice Huisman presented the Wolter Huisman Memorial Award, given to the yacht or person who best exhibits the ‘spirit of the Bucket’ to Capt. Richard Archer of the Swan Virago, well-known for their competitive spirit, and intense emphasis on safety. The Perini Navi Cup, which had a lot of potential winners in this years bumper-crop, was given to Panthalassa, who had an excellent race, coming in 2nd in Les Grandes Dames class, and 4th overall.

 

BRAVO, BRAVI, BRAVE to every one of us all lucky enough to part if this always totally awe-inspiring event – or as Don Tofias, that yacht-loving, and Bucket-loving sailorman says “the 2012 edition of the St. Barths Bucket is now complete, and as always – Yachting was the Winner.”

Blogger Norma Trease, one of the most sincere Bucket fans ever, is  celebrating her own 25th Bucket Regatta – but who’s counting?

St Barths Bucket Photo  (Photo by Claire Matches)

St Barths Bucket Photo (Photo by Claire Matches)

Overall Winners

First

This Is Us

Second

Lady B

Third

Blue Too

Les Gazelles Winners

First

Mari-Cha III

Second

Firefly

Third

P2

Les Grandes Dames Winners

First Parsifal III
Second Panthalassa
Third Axia

Les Elegantes Winners

First

This Is Us

Second

Blue Too

Third

Windcrest

Les Mademoiselles Winners

First

Lady B

Second

Ganesha

Third

Twizzle

J Class

Endeavour

Skullduggery Award

Antara

Escargot Cup

Barracuda

Alloy Cup

Blue Too

All Star Crew Award

Endeavour

Wolter Huisman Memorial Spirit of the Bucket Trophy

Virago

Perini Navi Cup

Panthalassa

Vitter’s Shipyard Seamanship Trophy

Don Gunning – Race Committee

Descriptions of Awards

Best Performance by an Alloy Yacht

All Star Crew Award

At each Bucket Event, every yacht is asked to cast a ballot for the yacht crew among the fleet that demonstrates the most professional service in all tasks, while maintaining the best voie de vivre, camaraderie, teamwork and respect among the crew.  This is the crew that displays the pinnacle of the profession and has the most fun at it – the yacht that everyone wants to work aboard.   Because the award is earned by peer recognition, it has earned serious stature within the marine industry.

Spirit of the Bucket Trophy

This award is presented each year by Alice Huisman, to the yacht that best exemplifies the spirit of the Bucket Regattas.  The selection is absolutely subjective, but considers sportsmanship, safe seamanship, best hospitality and overall contribution to the event.

We have created a lot of humor around the premise that “Bribes can get you anything in the Bucket” and this is where the truth comes clear.  The Bucket Regatta was really started as a Club of yacht owners who loved nothing more than sailing their yachts well, getting the best out of them, and then sharing great yarns and libation at the end of the day.  There are a group of owners who have contributed a lot to the event over the years, from tenders to parties, committee boats, etc.  It is this Spirit that sets this event apart from all others.  It is in recognition of this Spirit that the Wolter Huisman Memorial Trophy is awarded.

Perini Navi Cup

Perini-Navi Yacht with the best result.

Vitters Seamanship Trophy

Awarded to the yacht that demonstrates the best seamanship and sportsmanship in the interest of promoting safety on the race course.  All participants in the Bucket acknowledge that superyachts have serious limitations operating safely in close quarters and therefore, the RC has always valued safety well above performance.  This award will recognize the yacht that best demonstrates that understanding.  It also goes to prove that nice guys don’t always finish last!!

Skullduggery Cravat

The Skullduggery Cravat is a perfectly tied Admiralty Noose, framed, with instructions in elegant calligraphy on how to tie a proper, 13 turn noose.  This was originally awarded to the owner of SARIYAH in 2002, so his captain, Timothy Laughridge (Bucket Committee) could be hung at the pleasure of the Fleet.

The award was renamed and put forward by the Committee to reinforce the Bucket premise that we are NOT here to promulgate adult behavior.  The Cravat will be awarded to the yacht and crew who display the best bucket humor.  As a guideline, we again focus on SARIYAH, where one year they spent the evening prior to the last race, slaughtering a down feathered mattress, then they packed the feathers in with their spinnaker so when they set their ‘Chute with the Hawk logo the following day, they not only dusted the horizon with feathers, but left a rubber chicken hanging from their spinnaker pole!!!

 

 

Breathtaking photos, results and more on the web site: http://www.bucketregattas.com/stbarths/index.html

Cumlative Results

St. Barths Bucket Day One (Photo by  Claire Matches)

St. Barths Bucket Day One (Photo by Claire Matches)

 

By Norma Trease
 
My mother used to say “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The Saint Barths Bucket version of this was heard at the end of today’s very rainy race from Rebecca’s helmsman saying “well, at least we don’t have to wash down – or chamois!” The other upside of this unseasonable – even cold – rain falling in buckets all day was that it brought wind. Albeit the gusty, the fluky, variable winds we saw proved as much a challenge as an asset. So Day One of the Saint Barths Bucket proved to be very interesting indeed, a dramatic start to an always fascinating racing spectacle.
 
To begin with, this incredible fleet, featuring 47 of the worlds’ most impressive sailing yachts, hailing from every yacht building nation on earth, with a LOA of close to two kilometers in length total is mind boggling to any normal human being, even us hundreds of die-hard Bucketeers. Add in a new, fourth ratings class, and the ever-present discussions which surround the Bucket Ratings System, and the stage is set for a lot of excitement.
 
Day One as usual featured the ‘Round the Island Race’ clockwise. The races here are based on the pursuit racing theory which has yachts begin at staggered times based on predicted performance, which when figured correctly (as if this were possible with a fleet of this breathtaking diversity), and counting in slightly differing courses for some of the classes – could, or should result in all of the yachts coming across the finish line at the same time. Great concept, and there’s doubt that no one does it better that our ratings guru Jim Teeters, but can you imagine the fear factor in that amount enormous, and hugely valuable fleet of floating assets bearing on the same finish line at the same time? Needless to say, it rarely happens just that way.
 
Todays’ Bucket racing proved about as good as it gets, despite the unseasonable weather. Most of the yachts had great starts, with many of them right on the money, or bare seconds behind their allotted times. Throughout the race, which was either 20.8 or 24.5 miles depending upon your class, there was some seriously thrilling sailing. The finishes – proving that the years of data crunching behind the Bucket Ratings system actually does produce results – were in a few cases almost too close. The final mark proved a bottle neck, which saw several encounters of the heart-stopping variety, including a couple of clusters of Perini Navis coming within drink-sharing distance of each other. A definitely too intimate meeting of Whisper, Rebecca and Salperton – which came very close to producing the seriously frowned-upon protest – was averted at the last minute by the usual gentlemanly discussion. No T-bones today!
These yachts, although increasingly built to perform on the race course, are still at heart cruising vessels, and invariably, the rarely seen stresses that racing places on the yachts can – and does – cause some damage. Depending on who you spoke to, there were anything from four to eight spinnaker sails shredded, including those on Barracuda and Meteor. Most seriously damaged was the largest yacht in the fleet, the very impressive 67m Baltic Yacht Hetairos, designed by one of hottest current yacht design collaborations possible, Dysktra and Reichel/Pugh. She unfortunately hit a submerged rock and did quite a bit of damage to her keel – yet finished the race to the bitter end.
 
This was a race where experience really counted. The gorgeous classic 43m ketch Rebecca, which was designed by German Frers, and built at Pendennis Shipyard, has participated in many yacht races worldwide. Their well-rehearsed team, composed of experienced former and current yacht skippers, has brought them onto the winners’ podium at numerous Buckets. They chose the conservative route, carrying up on deck and rigging three different spinnakers, and in the end, although they could have chosen a more aggressive approach, went with a heavier sail, but at least, brought it back on deck safe and sound. From my point of view riding on board as an ‘extra’, the swath she cut through the eleven vessel Elegantes de Mer class, with a start as second-to-last place, and finishing right in the middle provided a fantastic view of the entire fleet as we chased and caught up with most of the yachts on the course today.

St. Barths Day One (Photo by Oskar Kilborg)

St. Barths Day One (Photo by Oskar Kilborg)

 
The newly formed Mademoiselles de la Mer class, dominated by no less than ten Dubois designed beauties, saw a very excited Ed Dubois chortling over his very first ever Bucket race win on Lady B, snagging both first in class and first over all. Ganesha and Salperton IV came in at 2nd and 3rd place respectively. With the vast quantity of yacht owners they make happy year after year – not to mention the aesthetic satisfaction they bring to their legion of fans worldwide – they deserve lots of prizes. Congrats to him and his great Dubois team!
 
In Les Grandes Dames, a/k/a the Perini Navi class, there was a battle of titans, as two of the Bucket founder captains, Tim Laughridge and Ian Craddock did guest helmsman duty on Parsifal III and Antara. The light variable winds did not at all favor these elegant, stately beauties, yet that did not stop them from battling mightily all throughout the race course. Capt. Timmy snagged a First in class with some quite aggressive driving. Axia, with her multi-generation family team, their dogged hard work, and long-time Bucket participation, well merited their close 2nd in class. The sleek Panthalassa rounded out 3rd place in Les Grandes.

Symmetry Spinnaker (Photo by Pim Van Hemmen)

Symmetry Spinnaker (Photo by Pim Van Hemmen)

 
Adela, another long-time favourite Bucket boat, swept to first in Les Elegantes, with Blue Too and This Is Us chasing them closely. Overall winners were Lady B, Adela, and Mari-Cha III. The newly instituted daily prize givings were well-attended by many still soggy Bucketeers.
 
The rain stopped just in time for the chamois to be wielded, the champagne popped, and hors d’oeuvres to be prepared for the Yacht Hop, which due to some serious security measures, remained very civilized. Very popular were Bliss, Barracuda and Parsifal III, but as usual – the party winner favours always go to those dancing fools on Antara. Their theme this year was Motown, and they had the sound system, the tunes, the bling and the hairdos to carry it off in style.
 
The sun is out for Day Two of the Saint Barths Bucket 2012. We’re all looking forward to enjoying another great day out on the water. See you on the race course!

St. Barths Bucket  2012 (Photo by Claire Matches)

St. Barths Bucket 2012 (Photo by Claire Matches)

Meteor   (Photo by George Bekris)

Meteor (Photo by George Bekris)

By Norma Trease

Emails are already flying back and forth from yachts, to skippers, owners, race crew, the Race Committee, to hotels on island and everything in between, just a short week in advance of the always breathlessly anticipated Saint Barths Bucket, March 22-25, 2012. Soon, yachts, owners and crew will be descending on this verdant little slice of Caribbean heaven, eager to share the tremendous excitement and pure sailing joy that is Bucket Racing.

Beautiful Video of Saint Barths Bucket Regatta 2011  by Superyacht Media

Just announced by the Race Chairman Peter Craig is a spectacular fleet of more than 40 vessels, representing builders and designers worldwide. Once again, the fleet will be split into three classes: Les Gazelles, Les Grandes Dames, and Les Elegantes.

Needless to say, there will be a huge variety in the fleet, which this year will range from 27 to 62m LOA. He has published a detailed description of the various factors involved in the devilishly complicated task of calibrating the classes, so for more details, please do check    St.  Barths Bucket

2012 Entries

Les Elegantes des Mers
Yachts (12) Type Builder Designer LOA
Adela Schooner Pendennis Shipyard Dykstra & Partners 55m
Athos Schooner Holland Jachtbouw Hoek 62m
Bequia Ketch Brooklin Boat Yard Stephens 28m
BooToo Sloop Pendennis Shipyard Holland 27m
Marie Ketch Vitters Shipyard Hoek 55m
Meteor Schooner Royal Huisman Dykstra & Partners 52m
Paraiso Sloop Alloy Yachts Fontaine 33m
Rebecca Ketch Pendennis Shipyard Frers 43m
This is Us Schooner Holland Jachtbouw Hoek 42m
Whisper Sloop Holland Jachtbouw Fontaine 35m
William Tai Ketch Royal Huisman Hood 40m
Windcrest Ketch Hogdon Fontaine 30m
Les Grandes Dames des Mers
Yachts (17) Type Builder Designer LOA
Andromeda la dea Ketch Perini Navi Perini Navi 47m
Antara Ketch Perini Navi Perini Navi 47m
Axia Ketch Palmer Johnson S&S 38m
Baracuda Ketch Perini Navi Holland 50m
Blue Too Ketch Alloy Yachts Holland 34m
Clan VIII Sloop Perini Navi Holland 45m
Destination Sloop Alloy Yachts Dubois 41m
Fidelis Ketch Perini Navi Perini Navi / Holland 56m
Ganesha Sloop Fitzroy Yachts Dubois NA 39m
Genevieve Sloop Alloy Yachts Dubois 37m
Helios II Sloop Perini Navi Holland 45m
Hyperion Sloop Royal Huisman Frers 48m
Koo Sloop Vitters Shipyard Dubois 43m
Moonbird Sloop Fitzroy Yachts Dubois 37m
Panthalassa Ketch Perini Navi Holland 56m
Parsifall III Ketch Perini Navi Holland 54m
Zenji Ketch Perini Navi Holland 56m
Les Gazelles des Mers
Yachts (18) Type Builder Designer LOA
Bliss Sloop Yachting Developments Dubois 37m
Endeavour Sloop Camper & Nicholson Thomas Sopwith 40m
Firefly Sloop Claasen Jachtbouw Hoek 35m
Hanuman Sloop Royal Huisman Dykstra & Partners 42m
Hetairos Ketch Baltic Yachts Dykstra / R/P 67m
Lady B Sloop Vitters Shipyard Dubois 45m
Mari-Cha III Ketch Sensation Briand 45m
P2 Sloop Perini Navi Briand 38m
Ranger Sloop Danish Yachrs Burgess & Stephens 42m
Salperton IV Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 45m
Sojana Ketch Green Farr 35m
Symmetry Sloop Yachting Development Frers 30m
Twizzle Ketch Royal Huisman Dubois 58m
Unfurled Sloop Royal Huisman Frers 34m
Varsovie Sloop Nautor Swan Frers 30m
Velsheda Sloop Camper & Nicholson Nicholson 38m
Virago Sloop Nautor Swan Frers 30m
Zefira Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 50m

CLASS BREAKS

J-Class Hanuman  (Photo by George Bekris)

J-Class Hanuman (Photo by George Bekris)

 

Everyone has a soft spot for one repeat Bucket boat or another, and back this year will be fleet favourites Antara, Andromeda La Dea, Axia, Parsifal III, Ranger and Sojana to mention but a few. A couple of newer beauties will be making their second Bucket appearances including Huismans Twizzle, and Hanuman; joined by Hoek-designed Marie, who fired up the crowds last year with their spectacular air shows of historic WWII planes. Making Bucket debuts this year are Holland Yachtbouw schooner Athos, at 62m the largest Bucket Boat 2012; and of course, it wouldn’t be a Bucket without a couple of brand-new Perini Navis,  Clan VIII and Fidelis.

 

So, Bucket fans worldwide, prepare yourselves for the best week of the year coming up very soon, an annual treat for racing fans, and lovers of beautiful yachts alike. So it’s Bon Voyage and A Bientot until we see you next in Saint Barths!