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A spectacular feeling
Jan-Berend van der Heide, foreman at Vitters Shipyard, has a passion for sailing yachts that is and has always been reflected in every aspect of his life.
“My grandpa was a boat builder in the village of Heeg, Friesland. I spent my childhood between the oak hulls at his yard. We built my first rowing dinghy when I was seven, and as soon as I was old enough he helped me upgrade it with a mast and a sail. This was the beginning of my love affair with sailing and the construction of sailing boats, which I have fully indulged during my work at Vitters. One of my favourite things is passing on my knowledge to the next generation of craftsmen at the yard.
I learned about the forces endured by normal sailing boats a long time ago, but working with the loads experienced by a superyacht of over 60 metres is a something more exciting altogether. When a sailing yacht comes to life after months or even years of hard work, and everything works flawlessly, that is the most spectacular feeling for me as a builder.
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Seven Dutch-built superyachts competed at this year’s St Barths Bucket, with several coming in near or at the top of the various classes of this mythical regatta.
Held from 15 to 18 March, this year’s St Barths Bucket saw the usual roster of the world’s most extravagant sailing yachts converge in the harbour of Gustavia for several days of racing and socialising. Always one of the highlights of any year’s sailing season, the Bucket brings together first-class racing against a spectacular Caribbean backdrop and exclusive social events shoreside on gorgeous Saint Barthélemy.
After three days of pursuit racing, Royal Huisman’s Spiip came second in class C, Les Mademoiselles des Mers – consistent with her fantastic result at last year’s regatta, when she was first in class and the overall Bucket winner. Built in 2000, this 34-metre performance sloop has time and again proven herself to be among the top contenders wherever the great sailing superyachts gather.
Two other Dutch boats put in great performances in class E, Les Voiles blanches (for Corinthian sailors): Vitters Shipyard’s 33-metre Missy and 43-metre Koo came in first and third, respectively. In another triumph for Vitters, the magnificent 43.6-metre Svea ruled the roost in the J-class fleet, beating out tough competition from Velsheda and Topaz over five races for a well-deserved first place.
Honourable mentions go out to Vitters’ Unfurled in the high-performance class A, Les Gazelles des Mers, and Huisman’s Kamaxitha and Wisp in class B, Les Élégantes des Mers.
The organisers and participants also gave generously of their time and money to support the official St Barths Bucket charity donation St Barths Bucket donation, which this year went towards the ongoing rebuilding efforts in the area following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
Photo credits: Vitters Shipyard
The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe, a favourite with yacht owners, friends, captains and crew who visit Palma de Mallorca annually for the four day event. With warm early summer conditions and reliable sea breezes, the Bay of Palma offers some of the most idyllic racing conditions in the Mediterranean. The racing is run by the highly experienced international Race Officers and the team at Real Club Nautico de Palma. The participating superyachts are all moored together stern-to in the Superyacht Cup Regatta Village located at Muelle Viejo with the iconic Palma Cathedral and Palm tree lined Paseo Maritimo providing a stunning back-drop.
Meet the Dutch, and especially the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, during this beatiful event in Palma!
Racing for the J Class is 20-23 June 2018
Racing for the Superyachts is 21-23 June 2018
Click here for the official website of the Superyacht Cup.