St Barth Bucket 2018: Annual Regatta Confirmed for March
If you were waiting patiently to hear about the 2018 St Barth Bucket, here’s good news to report: The annual superyacht regatta is still on. To catch the action, be in St Barths March 15-18, 2018.
Peter Craig, the regatta’s Event Director and Race Chairman, delivered the welcomed news, noting that despite the devastation of Hurricane Irma, promoters never considered missing this year’s edition of the Caribbean’s most spirited yachting event.
Held each year since 1995, the regatta draws some of the most famous boats, crews and captains to this idyllic French-speaking island. Over the course of three days, crews compete in a series of action-packed races in several classes.
This year looks to draw a large field of competitors. Already, nearly 40 superyachts (greater than 100 feet in length) have committed to the race, making this another year with impressive turn-out.
Some of the most recognizable names in boating are already registered to compete. Current entrants include favorites like last year’s overall winner SPIIP from Royal Huisman (which just so happens to be available for charter), as well as iconic yachts like GENEVIEVE and SEAHAWK. You can see a full list of Bucket entries here.
One of the Caribbean’s Favorite Yacht Races
The Bucket Regatta has a storied history in superyacht lore. As the story goes, the first regatta was held in 1986 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, after several yacht owners boasted about sailing prowess and ideal yacht design.
The following day, seven yachts competed in the first impromptu Bucket, and annual event was born. For 30+ years, superyacht owners have been coming together to compete. From 1986 to 2001, for instance, an annual Bucket was hosted in Nantucket, Massachusetts, before moving to Newport, Rhode Island until 2014.
The St Barths Bucket was the first event held outside the U.S., and it has grown since the first race was held more than 20 years ago. These days, the field of competitors regularly tops 40 superyachts.
But although the event has grown in size, the Bucket still retains its competitive spirit, camaraderie and focus on the pleasure of superyachting.
Bottom line, if you’re a fan of superyacht sailing, St Barths is the place to be. As Mr. Craig noted, race fans can start looking forward to the “superb competition, fantastic shoreside socials, and the Bucket hallmarks of camaraderie and sportsmanship.”
St Barths and the Caribbean Gearing Up for the Winter Charter Season
St Barths (and much of the Caribbean) continue to bounce back from Hurricane Irma. And as Mr. Craig noted, that made this year’s Bucket that much more special.
Hosting the event this year, he said, shows that “St Barths is clearly on the road back,” and highlighted how important the regatta is in supporting the local economy.
Already, many of the region’s hotels, restaurants, and villas are gearing up to “welcome visitors,” Craig said, while saying that most will be online and ready for visitors at the start of the winter Caribbean yachting season.
Plan A Winter Charter Get-Away in St Barths
Are you heading to St Barths for the 2018 Bucket? A variety of charter yachts will be available to bookend your stay. Contact a Worldwide Boat charter broker now to learn more about your options.