Focusing more on fun than about winning, the St. Baths Bucket Regatta has grown year on year ever since its primary event with the world's most spectacular superyacht's gathering in Gustavia harbour for the prestigious event.
Organised overnight in 1986, the first Bucket Regatta ran a 15-mile course on the Nantucket Sound where seven sailing yachts raced an impromptu competition. The intention was to highlight the pleasure and enjoyment of camaraderie formed at sea. As a result, over 30 years later, the world's premier sailing yachts reunite to commemorate that racing accomplishment.
The first St. Barths Bucket was held in 1995 with a tiny fleet of four motor yachts. Within a decade, the regatta had expanded beyond expectation and a limit of 30 yachts had to be put in place by local authorities in order to keep a handle on the event - a necessary requirement as the Bucket has been full almost every year since 2005.
Recently, the fleet has been inundated with applicants before even the Notice of Race has been published, showing just how popular the St. Barths regatta has become. Despite the growing evolution of the Bucket, the organisers have kept a tight focus on maintaining the original, non-commercial atmosphere of the event.
The primary reason for the success is the emphasis on wholesome fun rather than winning. The stated goal is to “win the party” as opposed to just the race. The consistent overriding conundrum, however, is to persuade the most competitive sailors on the planet that winning isn’t important.
Due to its popularity, St Barths Bucket Regatta sees an ever-growing fleet of charter yachts arrive to witness the magic of this competition, and take in the electrifying energy while enjoying a Caribbean yacht charter.
The primary reason for the success of the Bucket Regattas is that the emphasis is more upon wholesome fun than about winning
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