St Barths Bucket is coming up!

Taking place March 28 to 31, this year’s St. Barths Bucket is fast approaching. The fantastic yachts, the glorious sailing, the unparalleled venue, the raucous parties, the perfect weather, the cast of characters…you simply can’t beat the Bucket.
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From the 2012 Bucket

From the 2012 Bucket

Taking place March 28 to 31, this year’s St. Barths Bucket is fast approaching. The fantastic yachts, the glorious sailing, the unparalleled venue, the raucous parties, the perfect weather, the cast of characters…you simply can’t beat the Bucket.

For the uninitiated the “Bucket” is an owner-driven sailboat race for mega-sailing yachts— generally over 100 feet in length (with a few exceptions). Besides the fact that Bucket rhymes with Nantucket, there are a few theories as to why theses regattas are called Buckets. A dictionary definition would tell you a bucket is “a vessel with a flat bottom for collecting or carrying or holding things—water, sand, whatever.” Regarding boats, some have been known to use the epithet ”that old bucket couldn’t sail to windward for anything!” Another theory is that the Bucket was named after a champagne bucket and this makes sense since, after all, champagne is quintessential Bucket currency. Slip the race committee some Dom or at least some Veuve, and you might just get a better handicap rating. In the early years, to file a protest was you had to provide the race committee with a case of chilled champagne. In the beginning of the Buckets, spontaneity and shenanigans ruled.

The Nantucket Bucket ceased to exist after 15 years when the event’s virtual founder, Peter Goldstein, felt they had a lot of good years without any accidents and it was enough already. But the participants would not let the event die, and Newport took up where Nantucket left off. Now, both the Newport and St. Barths Buckets live on, but the informality has been infused with a dose of professionalism. With so many very large yachts jockeying for the starting line, safety has become paramount. Veteran sailboat racing authority Peter Craig was brought in as event director and race chairman to manage and conduct the regattas. All efforts are made to keep fun at the core, but also to keep yachts and crew well within safety margins,” says Hank Halsted, one of the original Bucket directors.

This year’s St. Barths Bucket has approximately 38 yachts signed up to participate so far.

Look for a follow-up report on the results and rewards of the 2013 St. Barths Bucket.

For more information, visit bucketregattas.com

2013 Entries as of 25 February 2013

Yacht

LOA(m)

Builder

Designer

Adela

55m

Pendennis

Dykstra & Partners

Andromeda La Dea

47m

Perini Navi

Perini Navi

Athos

62m

Holland Jachtbouw

Hoek

Axia

38m

Palmer Johnson

S&S

Baiurdo VI

34m

Abeking & Rasmussen

Gilles Vaton

Blue Too

34m

Alloy Yachts

Ron Holland

Cape Arrow

30m

Southern Wind

Farr – Nauta

Chrisco

30m

CNB

Luca Brenta

Georgia

52m

Alloy Yachts

Studio Scanu Sri Butch

Hanuman

42m

Royal Huisman

Dykstra & Partners

Indio

31m

Wally

Frers

Koo

43m

Vitters Shipyard

Dubois

Lady B

45m

Vitters Shipyard

Dubois

Lionheart

44m

Bloemsma/Claasen Jachtbouw

Hoek

Leopard3

31m

McConaghy

Farr

Luna

52m

Perini Navi

Perini Navi

Maltese Falcon

88m

Perini Istanbul

Dykstra & Partners

Moonbird

37m

Fitzroy Yachts

Dubois

P2

38m

Perini Navi

Briand

Panthalassa

56m

Perini Navi

Ron Holland

Parsifal III

54m

Perini Navi

Holland

Prana

52m

Alloy Yachts

Dubois

Rainbow

40m

Holland Jachtbouw

Dykstra & Partners

Ranger

42m

Danish Yacht

S&S

Rebecca

43m

Pendennis

Frers

Salperton IV

45m

Fitzroy Yachts

Dubois

Salute

56m

Perini Navi

Ron Holland

Sarafin'

30m

Oyster/RMK Marine

Dubois

Silencio 

50m

Perini Navi

Perini Navi

Sojana

35m

Custom Farr Ketch

Farr

Symmetry

29m

Yachting Developments

Frers

Unfurled

34m

Royal Huisman

Frers

Velsheda

39m

Camper & Nicholson

Nicholson

Visione

45m

Baltic Yachts

Reichel-Pugh

Wild Horses

23m

Brooklin

White

Zefira

50m

Fitzroy Yachts

Dubois

Zenji

56m

Perini Navi

Ron Holland

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