, 2022-03-16 02:00:00,
Often regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious superyacht regattas, the St Barths Bucket welcomes some of the finest sailing talent from around the world to the port of Gustavia each year for three days of racing around the breezy Caribbean islands. After a two year hiatus, the Bucket is back from March 17 to March 20 with an impressive lineup of thirty yachts, each vying for the top prize.
The 66.8 metre Hetairos is back at the St Barths Bucket to defend her crown after storming to victory in 2019. The Baltic Yachts flagship is the largest entry in the competition this year, and her carbon composite hull, lifting keel, and nearly 3,000 square metres of sails will keep her speedy on the circuit. Naval architecture comes courtesy of Dykstra Naval Architects and among her expansive repertoire of features is a lifting rudder that enables her to achieve maximum sailing potential. The classic ketch was delivered in 2011 and most recently refitted in 2014, with Vitters overseeing the refit.
Delivered by Perini Navi in 2015, the 58.6 metre Perseus^3 was built to a design brief that called for the tallest carbon fibre masts ever constructed, which tower 78 metres above the deck. A carbon fibre bowsprit helped to create one of the largest ever downwind sail areas ever seen on a sloop, while state-of-the-art captive reel winches and furlers are fitted on board to handle the sailing system. She features all-aluminium construction and both interior and exterior design have been completed in-house by Perini Navi.
Fresh off the circuit at the Antigua Superyacht Challenge, the 42.4 metre Rebecca is heading north to try her luck at the St Barths Bucket. Designed by Germán Frers and built by Pendennis, she balances classic appeal with impressive performance. Rebecca took to the seas in 1999 and she features a number of noteworthy design details such as her sole, which is made from antique Heart Pine that was salvaged from a North American mill built in 1711.
First hitting the water in 1933, the 42-metre J-Class yacht Velsheda was built by Camper & Nicholsons as Charles Nicholson’s second J-class design. Her second season on the regatta circuit saw her enjoy a winning streak, triumphing at over 40 racing events and firmly sealing her position as one of the most technologically advanced examples of rigging and sails at the time. She will be joined in St Barths by fellow J Class racers Hanuman and Ranger.
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