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St Barths Bucket Regatta – March 19th-22nd, 2020

St Barths Bucket Regatta – March 19-22, 2020

St Barths regatta update – In 1995, the beautiful French Caribbean island of St Barths hosted its first Bucket Regatta,  and it has done so in March every year since then.  The first St. Barths Bucket was held with a fleet of 4 yachts; SARIYAH, the 131’ S & S ketch, Tom Taylor’s 108’ Ron Holland ketch, GLEAM, Nelson Doubleday’s 130’ Palmer Johnson ketch, MANDALAY and PARLAY, the Alden design 127’ Ketch.

The Bucket has always been about spirited yet gentlemanly competition – no money is at stake, no advertising or sponsorships are involved, only honor and the prize cup itself. The primary reason for the success of the Bucket Regattas is that the emphasis is more upon competing for fun than about winning. The stated goal is to “win the party”. The job for the Race Committee is to convince the most competitive owners on planet (demonstrated by the fact that they own these spectacular yachts in the first place) that winning isn’t important!!

What makes the Bucket regatta so unique is that it is an invitation only event,  for classic sailing boats that exceed 100′ at length at the waterline. Today they organizers call this class of sailing boats “super yachts”. Although the size of the yachts and competing fleet has grown significantly, the spirit of the event has remained unchanged. In recent years, 40 or more superyachts have gathered to compete for the Bucket in glamorous St Barths. This year the world’s most spectacular superyachts will gather in Gustavia’s harbor for the prestigious St. Barths Bucket on March 19th – 22nd.

The regatta organizers divide the participating boats into categories based on how similarly they perform in the water. There are many factors that they take into account when determining class breaks including, Displacement/Length Ratio (DLR), Sail Area/Displacement Ratios, race series ratings, furling jibs when tacking, etc.  The goal being to group yachts with relatively similar sailing characteristics together – that is to have yachts which perform in a similar fashion in a variety of different conditions compete in the same class. The 2019 regatta had six racing classes. The 2020 regatta will also offer a ‘Corinthian Spirit (Les Voiles Blanche)’ class.

This three-day invitational regatta features top-notch racing and exclusive shore side social events, all in a breathtaking Caribbean setting.

Find the Schedule for the event below:

The popularity of the regatta, and its winter break timing make St Barths Bucket week the second biggest week of the year after only their famed New Year’s Eve festivities!

During the day, sailing fans cluster at villas in Gustavia, Point Milou, Colombier and Flamands, ideal view points for spying the passing fleet. Any one who is interested in taking in a few minutes of the racing can pull over at any number of spots to see the boats competing as they circle the island.

The scene continues at night as many of the participating yachts are moored along the quai in Gustavia, and an events tent springs up alongside, playing host to music and food stalls. Each night, Bucket parties for owners and their crews are held at private villas and at local restaurants. Anyone visiting St Barths during this week can’t help but catch “Bucket fever”.

Interested in vacationing in St Barths during the 2020 Bucket Regatta?  Browse St. Barths Villas

Note:

WIMCO Villas is the official villa rental and concierge services partner of the St Barths Bucket Regatta.

Results from 2019 St Barths Bucket regatta

Winner  CLASS A: Les Gazelles des Mers – Hetairos

Winner CLASS B: Les Mademoiselles del Mers – Sojana

Winner CLASS C: Les Elegantes des Mers – Aquarius

Winner CLASS D: Les Femmes des Mers – Blue Too

Winner CLASS E: Les Grandes Dames des Mers – Rose Hearty

Winner CLASS F: Les Voiles Blanche – Ohana

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