Bequia - Candy Store Cup 2017 Overall and Class B winner (Photo © George Bekris)

Bequia – Candy Store Cup 2017 Overall and Class B winner (Photo © George Bekris)

 

 NEWPORT, R.I. (July 31, 2017) – Sailors couldn’t have asked for a sweeter experience at the 2017 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition. The event showcased some of the world’s most spectacular and technologically sophisticated luxury sailing yachts racing off Newport, R.I. on Thursday through Saturday (July 27-29) and provided three days of wildly varied conditions, courtesy of Mother Nature, as well as a full slate of colorful social events, courtesy of co-hosts Bannister’s Wharf and Newport Shipyard, the latter of which was headquarters for the event and home to most of the fleet while not racing.
 

 

At Saturday night’s prize giving at a Newport estate on Ocean Drive, the 92-foot yawl Bequia was declared overall winner and awarded the silver Candy Store Cup Trophy in addition to its Class B victory prize of a glass vase filled with penny candy. Until then, no one was quite sure who would take the overall honors, due to the close racing that had taken place over three races, held one-per-day and covering from 12 to 26 miles each.

 

 

Thursday, in a 23.7-mile race that started off Castle Hill and featured Brenton Point and the Cliff Walk as scenic backdrops, the enormous superyachts struck imposing silhouettes against an overcast sky that every so often allowed the sun to peek through. The mid-range southwesterly winds allowed Bequia to set the pace with a 58-second win over Freya at the finish line, which was set just off Fort Adams as a “first” for the regatta, which debuted last year as a combination of two individual regattas previously known as Newport Bucket Regatta and Candy Store Cup.

 

Freya (Photo © George Bekris)

Freya (Photo © George Bekris)

When the wind switched to an ever-so-light northerly on Friday, Freya returned the favor by beating Bequia by a mere 43 seconds at the traditional finish line off Castle Hill. With the two boats now tied, it meant that Class B’s winner would be determined with Saturday’s final race. This was the case, also, in Class A, where Action and Sunleigh had three and four overall points, respectively, and Class C, where MeteorWhitehawk and Naema were tied with four points each.

Sunleigh (Photo © George Bekris)

Sunleigh (Photo © George Bekris)

 

On Saturday, a dogs-off-chains nor’easter demanded that the Candy Store Cup winners be especially deserving…and they were. Bequia handled the 25 knots like it was 15 and won the race after Freya was forced to retire with a split mainsail.

 

 

“We had a wonderful week sailing against Freya,” said Bequia‘s tactician Tom Whidden at the awards party. “We’re quite different boats, but obviously the handicap rule is doing a good job, and we had some really close racing. We felt badly they had a breakdown on the last day; we were looking forward to seeing how we’d do, and I think we would have been very close.”

Ranger (Photo © George Bekris)

Ranger (Photo © George Bekris)

Bequia‘s overall victory was contingent first on class victory, next by lowest point score among class victors (Action and Bequia both had four points each), and then by traditional sailing tiebreaker rules, but when the latter failed to clarify the winner, the race committee deferred to the regatta provision of “starting prowess” as the final determinant. That trait, it turns out, the extraordinarily well-sailed Bequia possessed in spades.

Meteor (Photo © George Bekris)

“How spectacular to have a medium-air, a light-air and a heavy-air race,” said Whidden, noting that despite the whipped-up seas on Saturday, the course allowed them to sail in relatively flat water. “They couldn’t have planned it better.”

Dan Meyers, the Newport/Boston resident who won Class C, skippering his 170′ schooner Meteor to finish positions of 1-3-1, agreed: “The first day was a perfectly moderate day, so nobody could complain. Friday, much to our detriment, it was light and a struggle for us but kind of fun to try to keep Meteor going on the track. And Saturday was full-on. A kite up in 30 knots keeps your attention, but it was fun. We had it all!
Wild Horses (Photo © George Bekris )

Wild Horses (Photo © George Bekris )

“This is different than any other superyacht regatta in the world,” added Meyers. “It’s run by a team of people who know how this is supposed to go; the courses were really well conceived, the classes were really well conceived…They made everything better: the social events are better, the racing is better, the new Thursday-through-Saturday format is better. It’s more fun…more friendly, but they don’t sacrifice on the sailing.”

NAEMA G Schooner (Photo © George Bekris)

NAEMA G Schooner (Photo © George Bekris)

 

Ian Walker, tactician aboard Class A winner Action, a 121′ sloop, said that for a boat that was built for cruising, Action was raced pretty hard. Action had to beat Sunleigh on Saturday to win, but Sunleigh chose not to sail in the conditions. Ranger had a problem with its mast track and had to retire, leaving Action as the default winner.

“I’ve really enjoyed this regatta,” said Walker. “I love that the boats are so close together on the docks here; it’s well supported by sponsors; there is lots of hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere; and obviously Newport is a beautiful place to be this time of year. You couldn’t wish for a better superyacht regatta, and in a way the fact that the Candy Store Cup is smaller and more intimate is its unique selling point.”

Shore-side parties included an owner’s dinner at the famous Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf; a “yacht hop” on Friday at the Shipyard where hundreds of sailors milled around the M. GEMI pop-up store selling Italian leather shoes and sharing gelato in addition to a food truck that provided a hearty dinner for the hungry sailors.

Candy Store Cup headquarters ( Photo © Robert W. Kranz )

Candy Store Cup headquarters ( Photo © Robert W. Kranz )

 

 

Saturday’s prize giving hosted 400 people who got their last thrills of the regatta dancing to an Eagles cover band that could have easily been mistaken for the real thing.

Royal Huisman, Perini Navi, Vitters and Rybovich, which are major players in the superyacht industry and were all stewards of the Newport Bucket, are presenting partners of the Candy Store Cup. Supporting partners of the event are KVH Industries, North Sails, Sentient Jet, Southern Spars / Future Fibres, Willis Towers Watson, The Marshall Islands Registry, and M. Gemi.

Candy Store Cup Newport Results  
July 27-29, 2017

Class A Winner - Action at start crossing the start line Thursday's race. ( Photo © George Bekris )

Class A Winner – Action at start line Thursday’s race. ( Photo © George Bekris )

Class A
1. ACTION, 121′ (37m) Royal Huisman/Dykstra Sloop, 1-2-1, 4
2. SUNLEIGH, 105′ (32m) Jongert/Tony Castro Sloop, 3-1-4/DNS, 8
3. RANGER, 138′ (42m) Danish Yachts/S&S Dykstra Sloop, 2-3-4/RET, 9
Class B Winner - Bequia at race start on Thursday ( Photo © George Bekris )

Class B Winner – Bequia at race start on Thursday ( Photo © George Bekris )

Class B
1. BEQUIA, 92′ (28m) Brooklin Boat Yard/Stephens Yawl, 1-2-1, 4
2. FREYA, 88′ (27m) Nautor’s Swan/Frers Sloop, 2-1-5/RET, 8
3. WILD HORSES, 75′ (23m) W-Class Yachts/White, 3-3-2, 8
4. AUDREY II, 89′ (27m) Jongert Ketch, 4-4-5/RET, 13
Class C Winner - Meteor at the Breakers ( Photo © George Bekris )

Class C Winner – Meteor at the Breakers ( Photo © George Bekris )

Class C
1. METEOR, 170′ (52m) Royal Huisman/Dykstra Schooner, 1-3-1, 5
2. WHITEHAWK, 104′ (32m) Lie-Nielsen/Bruce King Ketch, 2-2-2, 6
3. NAEMA, 118′ (42m) Graafship/Hodgdon Yachts G Schooner, 3-1-4, 8
4. ZENJI, 184′ (56m) Perini Navi/Ron Holland 4-4-3, 11

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Adix Passing by Meteor © George Bekris

Adix Passing by Meteor © George Bekris

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 2, 2016) – The transition of the former Newport Bucket into the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition appeared effortless and suitably fabulous when a dozen of the world’s grandest sailing yachts competed off Newport, R.I. from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 and benefitted from the combined forces of co-hosts Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf. In true Bucket fashion, social activities included a “yacht hop” on Friday night aboard the participants’ yachts, a gathering at Newport’s famous Clarke Cooke House, and a regatta dinner with live reggae music on the grounds of a Newport estate.

“There was an easy camaraderie in the air as sailors from around the world renewed old friendships, but the real story was the spectacle on the water as superyachts such as Adix, Meteor, Columbia, Zenji and Ranger unfurled their sails off Castle Hill to begin racing,” said Newport Shipyard’s Owner Charlie Dana, who also sailed in the event. “It was a jaw-dropping sight.”

Bequia wins first place Class B in the Candy Store Cup , Newport RI

Bequia wins first place Class B in the Candy Store Cup , Newport RI (Photo by Billy Black)

After three races over three days, the 92-foot (28m) yawl Bequia won the overall Candy Store Cup (filled with candy and champagne) for having the lowest point score for the regatta. With Tom Whidden (Essex, Conn.) as its skipper and tactician, Bequia also won its Class B with four points earned on two race victories on Friday and Saturday and a second-place finish on Sunday.

Tom Whidden skippered the 92-foot (28m) yawl Bequia to win Class B and the overall Candy Store Cup at the inaugural Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition.

Bequia (Photo by George Bekris)

Bequia (Photo by George Bekris)

Tom Whidden skippered the 92-foot (28m) yawl Bequia to win Class B and the overall Candy Store Cup at the inaugural Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition.

“There are a lot of great sailors here and the racing was really close, especially when you consider it was mostly light air,” said Whidden at Sunday’s awards at Newport Shipyard. “The top-five finishers in our class (Bequia, Wild Horses, Sirona, Sapphire and Sejaa) were all within seven minutes on corrected time today after the 13.6 nautical mile race, and yesterday, the top three were within three minutes of each other after a slightly shorter race.” (Friday’s race was the longest, at 15.6 nm.)

Adix wins first place Class A in the Candy Store Cup , Newport RI (Photo by Billy Black)

Adix wins first place Class A in the Candy Store Cup , Newport RI (Photo by Billy Black)

 

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Schooner Adix passes Castle Hill during the Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Newport’s newest superyacht race has begun with a bang.  As the first start guns fired at Castle Hill in Newport history was in the making. The inaugural Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition in Newport, Rhode Island first day is on the books and is destined to be a classic yearly desirable race for superyacht owners from across the globe to gather and compete in the historic waters off Rhode Island.   Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf have consolidated the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup to create this fabulous superyacht event.

This edition brought in eleven beautiful sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners. As time goes on this race will continue to attract the most beautiful boats in the world to Rhode Island and continue and grow the tradition of Superyacht racing in Newport and the New England coast.

 

Though the first day started with a bit of rain the boats all took to the water and completed the racing as the skies brightened over the Narragansett Bay.   More racing will continue on Saturday and Sunday with a promise of sunny skies and lovely weather.

Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

The result of Day 1

RACE 1
Class A: Course Length: 15.60 NM – ORCsy: Flat Sea/Light-Moderate Wind
Position Yacht Name LOA
1 RANGER 42 m
2 METEOR 48 m
3 ADIX 56 m
4 ZENJI 56 m
5 SUNLEIGH 33 m
6 COLUMBIA 44 m

CLASS B: Course Length: 15.60 NM – ORCsy: Flat Sea/Light-Moderate Wind
Position Yacht Name LOA
1 BEQUIA 28 m
2 WILD HORSES 23 m
3 SIRONA 20 m
4 SEJAA 25 m
5 SAPPHIRE 23 m
6 AUDREY II 27 m

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Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

Zenji, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Adix and Ranger, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Meteor, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Sejaa, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Sungleigh and Ranger, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Sunleigh, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Ranger, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

Adix, Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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Candy Store Cup 2016 Day 1 (Photo © George Bekris)

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Schooner Columbia © George Bekris

Schooner Columbia © George Bekris

One week until the start of the “Candy Store Cup”
The Candy Store Cup 2016 Superyacht Edition will be hosted and organized by Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf and will take place July 29-31, 2016 in Newport, RI.  Below are some of the beautiful superyachts entered in this year’s racing.

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 22, 2016) – From July 29-31, eleven of the world’s largest and most glamorous sailing yachts will race for the inaugural Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf have consolidated the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup to create this fabulous superyacht event.

W-Class Wild Horses © George Bekris

W-Class Wild Horses © George Bekris

Initially, the Candy Store Cup was a quick race around Newport Harbor with 12 Metres and any other boats that wanted to join in, and the Bucket was more of a party for the biggest sailing yachts that had no races to enter,” said Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana. “It’s exciting to fast forward several decades later and have this opportunity to bring back the fun, casual atmosphere that was present during those original events and match it with the imagery of these spectacular superyachts.”

Meteor © George Bekris

Meteor © George Bekris

The Candy Store Cup is all about sportsmanship and camaraderie, as the pristine superyachts must race to rules specially formulated to keep them safe distances from each other. The format calls for pursuit-style (staggered start) racing on Rhode Island Sound, with one race planned for each of the three days, leaving plenty of time in the afternoons and evenings for socializing. Racing begins at noon off Castle Hill and will provide a stunning visual for those watching from vantage points along the shore of Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, south of the Pell Bridge.

Sejaa © George Bekris

Sejaa © George Bekris

Royal Huisman, Perini Navi, Vitters and Rybovich, which are major players in the superyacht industry and were all stewards of the Newport Bucket, remain sponsors of the Candy Store Cup Newport. Supporting sponsors of the event are Pantaenius Insurance, North Sails, Sentient Jet and Southern Spars / Future Fibres.

Schooner Adix © George Bekris

Schooner Adix © George Bekris

The 2016 Candy Store Cup entries are:

Class A

Adix – Schooner – 213’ (65m) – Astilleros PdM / Pendennis – Holgate & Dykstra NA
Columbia – Schooner – 141’ (43m) – W. Starling Burgess / John W. Gilbert & Sons
Meteor – Schooner – 170’ (52m) – Royal Huisman – Dykstra NA
Ranger –  J Sloop – 138’ (42m) – Danish Yacht – S&S / Dykstra NA
Sunleigh – Sloop – 105’ (32m) – Jongert – Tony Castro
Zenji – Ketch – 184’ (56m) – Perini-Navi – Ron Holland

Sunleigh © George Bekris

Sunleigh © George Bekris

Class B

Bequia – Yawl – 92’ (28m) – Brooklin Boat Yard – Stephens
Sapphire III – Sloop – 75’ (23m) – CNB 76 – Philippe Briand
Sejaa – Sloop – 82’ (25m) – JFA, Chantier Naval – Judel & Vrolijk
Sirona –Sloop – 72’ (22m) – Martin Marine – Tripp
Wild Horses – Sloop – 75’ (23m) – Brooklin Boatyard – White

 

Meteor © George Bekris

Meteor © George Bekris

Meteor, the 170’ (52 meter) schooner built by Royal Huisman will compete in the 2016 Candy Store Cup.

Newport Shipyard, one of the most popular and recommended shipyards in the U.S., is a full-service marina and shipyard with over 3,500 linear feet of dock space that can accommodate yachts up to 300+ feet. Its amenities include a dockside café, ship store, fitness center, courtesy vehicles and crew housing. With its friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and event planning capabilities, Newport Shipyard also is host to many other prestigious yachting events, including the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race Crew Party and the Newport Charter Yacht Show in June.

Newport Shipyard © Billy Black

Newport Shipyard © Billy Black

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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)

 

 

Maiden sail of Maxi Racer "Comanche", skipper by Ken Read on Rhode Island Sound off Newport, Rhode Island  (Photo by George Bekris)

Maiden sail of Maxi Racer “Comanche”, skippered by Ken Read on Rhode Island Sound off Newport, Rhode Island (Photo by George Bekris)

Ken Read skipper of  the new Maxi 100′ monohull racer hit the ocean running as the sails are on and sea trials have begun.  She will be seen for the next week or so around Newport before she heads south.

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Comanche Maiden Sail (Photo by George Bekris)

The shore crew will finalize  the preparations for Comanche and ready her to set sail for Charleston.  From Charleston she will be shipped to Australia and begin training for her inaugural race against 4 other Maxi’s and the rest of the fleet in this year’s  Sydney-Hobart Race.

More Photos of Comanche by George Bekris Photography  HERE

 

Challenge and Adventure Video of First Sail  of  “Comanche”  HERE

 

Ken Read putting Comanche through her paces on Rhode Island Sound, October 13, 2014 (Photo by George Bekris)

Ken Read putting Comanche through her paces on Rhode Island Sound, October 13, 2014 (Photo by George Bekris)

RMaxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 on Standby at Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI (Photo by George Bekris)

Maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 on Standby at Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI (Photo by George Bekris)

 

After a month on standby in Newport (Rhode Island), there has still been no launch window. Spindrift racing remains on the starting blocks, all set to attack the New York to Lizard Point record of 3d 15h 25m. The weather conditions, however, are delaying the start, forcing the team to be patient, despite their desire to set sail. As Yann Guichard explains, these accomplished sailors have but no choice but to accept the wait, unusual as it may be for an elite sportsman. Imagine a football team entering the locker rooms before a crucial World Cup match…without knowing when they will play. All they can do is wait nervously in anticipation. The experienced crew of the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 know only too well that they must sit and wait, but the wait to attempt such a prestigious record as the North Atlantic crossing is a challenge of its own.

RMaxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 on Standby at Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI (Photo by George Bekris)

Maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 on Standby at Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI (Photo by George Bekris)

“Despite enduring the standby at home, as opposed to on the quayside, we are fully alert and mentally ready to drop everything and jump on a plane as soon as possible,” explains Yann, who sends a message to his teammates every day to keep them informed about the latest conditions. “Dona and I are obviously following the weather very closely. Together, with team navigator Erwan Israël, we check the two daily American and European forecast updates. The first come in before 5am and, whilst there is still not really a departure window on the horizon, we inevitably check each weather update religiously. We are as ready as we can be with a good technical and sporting potential, but the weather is out of our hands. That is what makes record attempts so frustrating…but also so special. When you are on standby, it can at times be stressful, as any athlete waiting for a big match can understand. In addition, we know that when the day of reckoning comes, once we get out on the ocean, conditions will be extreme.”

ice service

ice service

Three factors blocking the route.

In June, drift ice in the Labrador Current created the first natural barrier – a harsh winter has meant that icebergs are lasting longer than normal. They are melting, slowly but surely, but the large ice sheets are only disappearing gradually from satellite photos.

The other obstacle at the moment is the Azores High, an anticyclone centred over the Azores and spread like an insurmountable mountain across the entire North Atlantic. “To make the crossing in record-breaking conditions you have to leave ahead of a depression on the American coast and ride it up to Newfoundland, where you pick up another and accelerate for the rest of the crossing. You then have to stay in front of the system, which must not catch you up or wane before you reach the finish line,” adds Erwan Israël. “With such a huge (3,000 km wide), powerful (1,036 hPa) anticyclone at the moment, the depressions are not making any headway, and neither can we!”

And then there is Arthur, a highly active cyclone that formed over Miami before moving up the east coast of America. On 4 July, a national holiday, 100 mph (160 km/h) winds hit North Carolina. “Fortunately, the cyclone shifted course, with its centre moving to 150 nautical miles (300 km) from Newport, where Spindrift 2 is currently on standby. However, it is affecting the order of the weather systems in the New York area, where the anticyclone is pushing the depressions north and blocking our path,” adds Yann. “But it is early July and the standby can run through to mid-August if necessary, so we still have plenty of margin to look out for a good departure window!”

Virtual Regatta – your turn to play !

Virtual Regatta Spindrift

So whilst you wait to follow the real record attempt, why not mount your own challenge – the popular virtual regatta game is sporting the colours of Spindrift racing for the occasion! Starting today and continuing throughout the summer, you can attempt to beat the 12-day record set by the pioneering Charlie Barr and his 50-man crew back in 1905. Furthermore, you can try as many times as you like! Since 1905 some of the world’s greatest skippers have held this legendary record: Marc Pajot, Patrick Morvan, Philippe Poupon, Serge Madec, Steve Fossett, Bruno Peyron, Franck Cammas and the current record-holder Pascal Bidégorry, who set a time of 3 days, 15 hours. So, do you have what it takes to join this elite group? Select your boat and your weather window, and watch out for the best window to attempt this record before 1 September 2014…or set sail at the same time as Spindrift 2 !

In the mean time, keep following us on www.spindrift-racing.com/atlantic/ and www.virtualeregatta.com as well as on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and YouTube).
IN NUMBERS: the crewed record attempts by Spindrift racing – 2014 season.
Crewed record to beat: 3 days, 15 hours and 25 minutes; 32.94 knots.
Zenith by Spindrift racing 24-hour record: 908 miles; 37.84 knots.
Holder since August 2009: maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V (now Spindrift 2); held by Pascal Bidégorry and his crew.
Route: 2,880 miles (5,333 km) between Ambrose Light in New York and Lizard Point, on the southwest tip of Cornwall, England.
Spindrift 2 : the largest racing trimaran in the world (40 metres), architects VPLP.
Skippers: Yann Guichard (FRA) and Dona Bertarelli (SUI).
Crew : 14 people on board for this record, plus routing onshore (final crew to be confirmed).
Standby dates: June 3 to mid-august, 2014.