In Class A, also known as Les Gazelles des Mers, the 33m/108ft sailing yacht WINWIN sailed to success, winning two out of three days of racing to secure first place on the leader board.
Launched by Baltic Yachts in 2014, WINWIN faced stiff competition in her class from last year’s overall winner, the 46m/151ft sailing yacht UNFURLED. Yet the Vitters-build was unable to replicate her 2016 form and was awarded third place in her category.
SPIIP, a 2000-delivery from Royal Huisman, was winner of the heavily contended Class B – or Les Elegantes des Mers – after three exciting days on the water.
She fought of competition from eight other yachts, including fellow charter yachts, the 34m/116ft sailing yacht SOJANA from Green Marine and the 46m/151ft sailing yacht GANESHA from Vitters. Overall, in Class B, the pair was placed in second and third position respectively.
Yet, it was ROSEHEARTY, also built by the Italian shipyard Perini Navi, who took home the first place trophy after strong racing performances on the two final days of the regatta.
The 2017 edition also welcomed the new ‘Corinthian Spirit Class’, which aimed to encourage more yachts to get involved in superyacht racing and create a more relaxed approach to regattas for owners and captains.
In its debut year, the new class was won by the 43m/141ft charter yacht KOO, another build from Vitters. Hot on her heels, however, was another charter yacht, the 52m/170ft sailing yacht Q from New Zealand yard Alloy Yachts, which came in in second place.
Another feature of the regatta was its electric social scene, with the Bucket days being St Barths second biggest week of the year after only their famed New Year’s Eve festivities. The island’s most iconic beachside establishments, private villas and local restaurants all joined in the fun.
The 2017 St Barths Bucket brought a 38-strong fleet of majestic superyachts to the sun-drenched Caribbean island of St Barths