Once again the St Barth Bucket was quite a nautical experience. With 36 yachts on the roster, most of them over 100ft long (the formula for this exceptional event), the Bucket celebrated its 18th edition in Saint Barth on March 29-31. After three days of racing, the big winner, racing in Les Mademoiselles des Mers Class, was the 55-meter schooner Adela, designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and built by Pendennis Shipyard.
Another Dykstra design that took top honors was the J-Class replica, Hanuman, built by Royal Huisman. Hanuman won all four of the separate J-Class regattas, which was one of the highpoints of the Bucket. Five J-Class beauties — replicas Hanuman, Ranger, Lionheart and Rainbow, plus the 1933 Velshelda—all racing together, was a rare sight indeed. Hanuman sailed to an easy victory, much to the delight of owner Jim Clark and skipper Greg Sloat, with Sir Richard Branson part of the winning crew.
As a regatta that gives back to the island of St Barth every year, the Bucket presented a check for 18,000 Euros to the Saint Barth Yacht Club.
The 19th edition of the St Barth Bucket takes place March 27-30 2014. For a list of all 2013 St Barth Bucket Awards, visit: www.bucketregattas.com/stbarths/awards.html
Ellen Lampert-Gréaux lives in Saint Barthélemy where she is editor-in-chief of Harbour Magazine. She writes regularly about entertainment design and technology for Live Design magazine, and about Caribbean architecture for MACO, a Trinidad-based lifestyle magazine