Focused more on fun than about winning, the St. Bath's Bucket Regatta has grown year on year ever since its primary event.
The first St. Barths Bucket was held in 1995 with a tiny fleet of just 4 yachts; SARIYAH, the 40m S & S ketch, Tom Taylor’s 33m Ron Holland ketch GLEAM, Nelson Doubleday’s 40m Palmer Johnson ketch MANDALAY and PARLAY, the Alden designed 39m Ketch.
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 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, and that is a challenge in itself.
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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