From March 15, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Bucket Regatta 2018
In march will take place as it does every year, impressive regattas reuniting wonderful sailing boats in St Barts. At this period of the year, the weather is perfect for this type of races. A lot of curious or passionated visitors, locals or island's neighbors come to St Barts to admire the gigantic sailing boats in the harbor of Gustavia
A brief history of the Bucket Regatta (source : Official website of the Bucket Regatta)
" [...] The first St. Barths Bucket was sailed in 1995 with a fleet of 4 yachts; SARIYAH, the 131’ S & S ketch, Tom Taylor’s 108’ Ron Holland ketch, GLEAM, Nelson Doubleday’s 130’ Palmer Johnson ketch, MANDALAY and PARLAY, the Alden design 127’ Ketch.
[...] It was at this time the local authorities suggested that it appeared there was an annual regatta happening on their island and it would be best for all involved if the event was formalized with all appropriate permissions requested and requirements followed with the hosts, the St. Barths government, and the Federation Francaise de la Voile for formal permission to hold a Regatta in French Waters. This was the dawn of the modern Bucket format.
Within a decade, the St. Barths Bucket expanded beyond all reasonable expectations. With a limit of 30 yachts required by the local Authorities to keep a handle on the event, the Bucket has been all but full every year since 2005. In recent years, the fleet has overflowed with applicants even before the Notice of Race is published!
[...] The primary reason for the success of the Bucket Regattas is that the emphasis is more upon wholesome fun than about winning. The stated goal is to “win the party”.
The omnipresent, over riding conundrum for the Bucket Raced Committee is to convince the most competitive owners on planet (demonstrated by the fact that they own these things in the first place) that winning isn’t important "
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