Every year the world’s most spectacular superyachts gather in Gustavia’s harbour for the prestigious St. Barths Bucket. The 32nd edition of this four-day invitational regatta features top-notch racing yachts and exclusive shore-side social events. As one of the Caribbean’s most hotly-anticipated sailing meets, the Bucket Regatta will attract some of the world’s best sailors and sailing yachts to the idyllic waters of St Barths. In such a relaxed atmosphere, it will give participants the opportunity to sail large yachts to peak performance in a safe venue and in wholesome competition whilst giving a great deal of pleasure to owners, guests and crews.
A Bit of History
In 1995, the beautiful French island of St Barths hosted its first Bucket Regatta and it has done so in March every year since then. Although the size of the yachts and competing fleet has grown significantly, the spirit of the event has remained unchanged. In recent years, 40 or more superyachts have gathered to compete for the Bucket in glamorous St Barths.
Over the years, many of the world’s most notable and accomplished sailors have participated in the racing. Nonetheless, as the Bucket Regatta has evolved, the organizers have kept a tight focus on maintaining the original camaraderie and non-commercial spirit of the event. It was, and still is, an event conceived and hosted purely for the pleasure and enjoyment of the sailing superyacht owner. There is no other regatta of magnitude on the superyacht racing circuit with the same goals, and the event organizers consider themselves the stewards of a most worthwhile tradition. Every year, invitations are extended to like-minded individuals.
This year’s regatta will also see the introduction of a ‘Corinthian Spirit’ – or Les Voiles Blanche – class, for owners and crews seeking out more laid-back competitive experience.
The first racing day at the St. Barths Bucket is always full of excitement and color, first at the docks in Gustavia and on moorings in the outer harbor where 1500-plus sailors can be seen preparing their giant rides for battle; then on the race course where the stunning sailing machines that have gathered here for competition strut their sky-high masts and glorious spinnakers; and finally, on shore again where a joyful evening “yacht hop” rocks the waterfront.
The shoreside social activities during the St Barths Bucket Regatta are unparalleled with the Bucket days being St Barths second biggest week of the year.
During the day, race viewing parties are held daily at some of the island’s most iconic beachside establishments. Each night, Bucket parties are held at private villas and at local restaurants in typical St Barths tradition. Many St Barths regulars passionately proclaim that Bucket Week is their favorite time of the year!
To finish off this exciting event in style, there will a be Saturday ‘Bucket Bash’ and final awards ceremony party, which is traditionally held at the five-star Eden Rock Hotel.
Whilst wishing the best of luck to all the paricipants, let’s enjoy the magnificent sailing superyachts slice through the azure-blue waters of the Caribbean on race courses around and through the rocks and isles surrounding St. Barths.