Bucket regatta concludes with 3 days of racing


20 March 2017

  Three days of racing at the St Barths Bucket Regatta attracted 32 Superyachts divided into five classes, and the racing was close: In Class A for Les Gazelles des Mers, a protest by WinWin resulted in a disqualification for the Unfurled team, who wound up third overall behind second-place Visione, while WinWin was declared the overall winner. “The whole series it was tight racing with all three of us,” said WinWin’s tactician Mark Sadler. “In this last race, we were close together with Unfurled all around the race course. It was fantastic racing, and we finished 11 seconds behind them in second place, but Unfurled unfortunately broke the 40-Metre Rule, which is a superyacht safety rule. It was great competition, and it was so down to the wire, it’s unbelievable. That’s probably why the guys were pushing so hard.”.

In the Les Elegants des Mers class, Ganesha was poised to win on the strength of two bullets, except a DNF in Race 2 allowed Skiip to take the prize. In the Les Mademoiselles des Mers class, Wisp dominated on scores of 1-2-1, in the Les Grand Dames des Mers class Rosehearty won on scores of 3-1-1, and in the Les Voiles Blanche class it was Koo on scores of 2-1-1 that took the top honors.

Before racing started the SuperYacht Racing Association meeting was held as an annual gathering of who’s who in the yachting industry. Representatives of member yachts, superyacht events and industry organizations went about the “housekeeping” of keeping superyacht racing on an even keel soon after SYRA’s Executive Committee Chair Kate Branagh and Executive Director Peter Craig presented this year’s Chelsea Ship Bell Plaque to the ORC Technical Team (represented by Nazareth Alessandro) for its contributions to fair sailing.

More precisely, the citation referenced an ambitious initiative, started in 2014, to develop a rating system for superyachts. In eight months, the team developed the new system, designed to meet the goals of transparency and fair sailing.

Due to the team’s extraordinary efforts, the new rule made a successful debut at the 2015 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and at the St. Barths Bucket after that. What’s more, the team continues to apply its talents and diligent efforts to ongoing improvement efforts and refinement of the ORCsy Rule.




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