The St Barths Bucket is one of the highlights of the superyacht sailing regatta calendar and, amid eager anticipation from the international yachting community, the event returns from 16th-19th March 2017. The regatta provides a congenial atmosphere as seafarers from the world over gather for the opportunity to sail large yachts to peak performance against a beautiful Caribbean backdrop. Sailors must apply to enter the St. Barths Bucket, which usually limits the number of participating yachts to a maximum of 30-40. This annual Caribbean regatta is especially renowned for the sportsmanship of participants, its fun atmosphere, and the magnificent array of vessels on display.
The Sailing Yachts on Display
The fleet of yachts that congregates on the stunning French island of St Barths comprises a variety of classic and contemporary vessels, which are designed for both racing and leisure. The yachts are divided into four classes: Gazelles, Elegantes, Mademoiselles, and Grande Dames. Specific courses are determined on the day of the race, but most routes lead participating to circumnavigate the island. Generally speaking, each competing vessel exceeds one hundred feet in length (30.5m); but despite these restrictions, some smaller boats are invited under the ‘Grandfather Clause.’ This means that they are allowed to race according to the discretion of the Race Committee, whose primary concern is the safety of all those involved.
Despite the polite gentlemen’s spirit of the event, there is still plenty of competitive action to keep crews alert and the crowds entertained. The superyachts that surround the island during the St Barths Bucket are just as eye-catching as the competing vessels. Spectators are dazzled by an exceptional display of seamanship and yachting performance, as spectacular yachts vie against each other on the sun-dappled Caribbean waters.
Viewing the Action
Spectators on board a Leeward Islands yacht charter enjoy enviable views of the St Barths Bucket from their sun decks, as competing vessels battle it out to be crowned champion. Those who do not have the privilege of viewing the race from a luxury vessel can watch the action from numerous onshore lookout points: the best place to catch close-ups of the yachts is at the starting and finishing point – Gustavia Harbour. Alternatively, guests can gain a bird’s eye view of the event from the island’s many peaks and cliffs. Fortunately, the fun doesn’t end when the yachts stop sailing; the festive atmosphere continues as night falls and after-parties and fundraising events commence on the yachts and in the port’s bars and restaurants.
Charter S/Y STATE OF GRACE
The beautiful, sophisticated superyacht S/Y STATE OF GRACE will be chartering in the region. Built in 2013, S/Y STATE OF GRACE is a 31m charter superyacht that was built by the highly regarded Italian shipbuilder, Perini Navi. She accommodates up to nine guests across four staterooms and boasts a split-level salon with a skylight and master cabin, which contains a hammam and gym.
Her stunning interior features walnut floors and maple inlay, which complement the Ralph Lauren carbon fibre armchairs, Matteo Grassi-designed seating and beautiful artwork. S/Y STATE OF GRACE is perfect for charterers who love to explore the sea since she comes with a full water toy collection and deep-sea fishing equipment.