Gustavia harbour is currently buzzing with activity, as a fleet of sailing yachts prepare to take to the waters of the Caribbean to compete in the prestigious St Barths Bucket Regatta. With St Barths enjoying plenty of sunshine and a moderate breeze, the conditions are expected to be ideal for sailing over the next three days.
While the event officially opened its doors yesterday, the first race will kick off today at 11.30am AST. Divided into six classes, this morning’s race will see the most performance-orientated Class A, or Les Gazelles des Mers, go head to head.
This class features a number of new additions to the line-up, including Baltic Yachts’ 54m/177ft sailing yacht ‘Pink Gin VI’ and the 40m/ 130ft sloop ‘My Song’, also built by Baltic Yachts. They will be going for the gold alongside last year’s overall winner, the 34m/112ft luxury yacht NILAYA.
This year’s 32nd edition has pulled in a number of charter yachts, including the second longest on the line-up; the 60m/197ft charter yacht Perseus^3. A Perini-Navi designed sloop with a 75.8m carbon fibre mast, she’s sure to draw in plenty of attention on the water.
Among the other competitors, the 32m/104ft charter yacht FARFALLA will be going head to head with Green Marine’s 35m/114ft sailing yacht SOJANA in a bid to defend their 2018 titles when they raced in separate classes. This year, both will be competing in C class, also known as Les Mademoiselles.
Sunday will see E class take to the waters, with the popular 56m/184ft charter yacht ROSEHEARTY out to replicate her winning streak from past editions of the St Barths Bucket Regatta. She will be battling it out for the crown alongside fellow Perini-Navi build, the 59m/192ft superyacht SEAHAWK, and Royal Huisman’s 47m/155ft sailing yacht HYPERION.
While the event officially opened its doors yesterday, the first race will kick off today at 11.30am AST.
Alongside exhilarating races, the St Barths Bucket Regatta will feature a variety of social festivities, with a yacht hop and awards ceremony taking place this evening.
First hosted on the island in 1995, the 31-year-old invitation-only regatta is one of St Barts’ most iconic events, and still maintains a spirit of camaraderie and united love of sailing. This, coupled with a focus on social events makes the St Barths Bucket Regatta an excellent option for undertaking a private yacht charter, either as part of a yachting vacation watching from the sidelines, or getting into the thick of the action with a regatta charter.