"A congenial corinthian spirited Regatta in the West Indies"
The St Barths Bucket Regatta once again drew some of the largest and most beautiful yachts around, with 39 entries gracing this well known Caribbean island for three days of great sailing and camaraderie!
The disparate fleet this year had a LOA range from 23 -90 metres, displacement between 23-550 metric tons, and a speed differential from the slowest to the fastest yacht of 6 minutes per mile, focusing the Bucket tradition of popular pursuit racing into 5 classes, with the J Class yachts starting first!
The Class winners were as follows...
CLASS A: Les Gazelles des Mers - Unfurled
CLASS B: Les Elegantes des Mers - P2
CLASS C: Les Femmes des Mers - Axia
CLASS D: Les Mademoiselles del Mers - Freya
CLASS E: Les Grandes Dames des Mers - Rosehearty
The coveted Bucket Trophy went to SY Unfurled this year..The overall winner who prevailed in the ‘most competitive, closely contested class’.
Special Awards that exemplify the spirit of the Bucket went to SY Rebecca (Wolter Huisman Memorial Trophy), SY Alexa Of London (Vitters Seamanship Trophy), SY P2 (Perini Navi Cup) and SY Seahawk was presented with the prestigious Rybovich All Star Crew Award. This is the crew that displays the pinnacle of the profession and has the most fun at it – the yacht that everyone wants to work aboard! The award is earned by peer recognition, so has serious stature within the marine industry…well done Sea Hawk!
Velsheda came out triumphant in the J Class series at St Barths Bucket 2016, holding off rival Ranger, with new J Topaz coming third, this her first J Class Regatta.
It was two wins and two seconds a piece for Velsheda and Ranger, as they went head to head in the final showdown, with Velsheda at the finish line after a 24 miles round the island course, some 2 minutes up on Ranger. Tactician Tom Dodson reiterated that is was a team effort with engineers working until 4am on primary winches to ensure Velsheda sailed in her final race!
"All our trimmers and our Owner-helm did a good job today," continued Dodson, "Some of us have been sailing together 15 years and so that helps, but the boat is also going well."
That's now two big wins in succession for this experienced Velsheda team; having won the RYS Bicentenary Regatta last season in Cowes. They will be trying to peak for the America's Cup J Class Regatta in Bermuda next year, another chance for us to see these sensational beauties out on the water together!
Race information courtesy of 2016 St Barths Bucket Regatta.