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