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Vitters sailing yacht MARIE wins St Barths Bucket 2014 in her class

April 04, 2014

Superyacht Marie has won the popular St Barths Bucket Regatta 2014 in the Elegantes class. Sailing yacht Marie is a majestic 55-metre ketch, built by the premier Dutch shipyard Vitters in 2010.

55m Vitters superyacht Marie - Photo credit to Vitters Shipyard -Claire Matches

55m Vitters superyacht Marie - Photo credit to Vitters Shipyard - Claire Matches

Luxury yacht Marie’s tactician Tony Rey described the excitement of 38 of the world’s finest superyachts racing around the island as follows: “I didn’t need sun screen because there was so much shade from all the sails around us.”

With her good results in the Elegantes class, Marie superyacht ended up first overall in her class. These spectacular race results also won her the overall honours, based on turning in the best cumulative score among all classes. Vitters’ 55m luxury yacht Adèle came in 3rd in the Elegantes class and the newcomer all-carbon bright green Inouï finished 4th overall in Les Gazelles. Also 46m superyacht Ganesha (2013) and 42m sailing yacht Lady B (2010) reported on a fantastic bucket regatta: fair winds at sea and good fun ashore.

Marie Yacht - Image credit to Vitters Shipyard - Claire Matches

Marie Yacht - Image credit to Vitters Shipyard - Claire Matches

Vitters Shipyard is very proud to sponsor the famous St Barths Bucket regatta.

(With thanks to Barby MacGowan’s Bucket Blog “As the Winch Turns”)

Specifications of superyacht Marie

Type: ketch
LOA: 55 m
Beam (max): 9,5 m
Draft: 4,8 m
Sail area: 3300 m2
Naval Architect: André Hoek

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Vitters.

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2014 attended by six MCM yachts achieving two overall wins

April 01, 2014

A total number of six MCM yachts participated in the 2014 St Barths Bucket Regatta, achieving two overall wins. MCM vessels included four that MCM managed the construction of – Adele, Lady B, sailing yacht Marie and superyacht Nilaya – and two under yacht management – Blue Too and charter yacht Wavelength.

Luxury superyacht Marie

Luxury superyacht Marie - Image credit to Ingrid Abery

Luxury yacht Marie, built by Vitters, won the Elegantes class and overall honours from among all classes. MCM’s Peter Wilson was racing aboard Marie serving as her safety officer.

40 metres is the minimum distance under the rules that yachts must maintain between each other, to avoid collisions, and Wilson confirmed that they were “40.1 metres” apart at the finish! Safety officers have a big say in the strategy and tactical decisions of the afterguard, decisions often having to be made very quickly. “We got in the traffic of the Perinis and that was an enormous part of our strategic plan for what happened next”, said Wilson, explaining how they pushed a rival, Unfurled yacht, into the bad air of a Perini.

Luxury yacht Nilaya

Luxury yacht Nilaya - Image credit to Ingrid Abery

Luxury yacht Nilaya, whose construction management was overseen by MCM’s Nigel Ingram, won the Gazelles class overall. MCM’s Mike Drake was aboard Wavelength and Mark Dauplaise superyacht Lady B.

MCM has managed the construction of over 70 yachts in the last 26 years.

Dubois-designed sailing yacht MOONBIRD takes first in class at Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2014

March 28, 2014

Dubois Naval Architects congratulate to luxury charter yacht Moonbird (ex Midnight). Sailing yacht Moonbird placed first in her class at the recently concluded Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, which took place in the fabulous Caribbean yacht charter destination – Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

Luxury charter yacht Moonbird, Division C winner. Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014. Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Superyacht Media

Dubois-designed luxury charter yacht Moonbird, Division C winner. Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014. Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Superyacht Media

The Dubois fleet put in a great performance, with superyacht Ohana finishing 3rd overall in Class A, luxury yacht Twizzle taking 2nd overall in Class B and sailing yacht Sarafin took 2nd position overall behind Moonbird in Class C.

The focus now moves to the St. Barths Bucket where this fleet of Dubois designs will be joined by the 46m superyacht Lady B and 37m sailing yacht Genevieve.

Below is a selection of other luxurious charter yachts with design by Dubois.

Five Vitters superyachts to participate in St Barths Bucket 2014

February 24, 2014

Plans for the popular St Barths Bucket are well underway. There are already 37 entries confirmed for this year’s edition, set to run from March 27 to 30. These include 5 luxury superyachts built by the leading Dutch shipyard, Vitters.

St Barths Bucket 2012 - Photo by Tim Wright

St Barths Bucket 2012 - Photo by Tim Wright

Five Vitters yachts to attend the 2014 St Barths Bucket include two ‘newcomers’, sailing yacht Inouï and superyacht Ganesha, both delivered last year, in addition to luxury yacht Adele, Lady B yacht and Marie superyacht.

Luxury yacht Inoui - side view - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Luxury yacht Inoui - side view - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Vitters is proud to sponsor this famous regatta and is looking forward to a fun and spectacular saling event!

Below is a selection of the oustanding charter yachts built by Vitters.

Windward Islands Sailing Yacht Charter

October 04, 2013

Windward Islands Sailing Yacht Charter will leave you with unparalleled life-time memories of this fabulous Caribbean boat rental destination, full of lush tropical islands, palm lined sandy beaches and misty rain forests. Cruise the beautiful Lesser Antilles and its islands of Martinique, Saint Lucia, Mustique, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, whilst fully enjoying the luxury and comfort of your own  charter yacht carefully chosen for that Windward Islands yacht holiday you always dreamed about.



MARTINIQUE is a wonderful destination to begin a Windwards Islands boat rental or to simply enjoy a one week sail around the island. It’s capital, Fort-de-France represents one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean. You will find a strong French influence here, with quaint little streets with Parisian style bistros and restaurants; as well as a huge variety of plants, trees and flowers.

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

SAINT LUCIA is an ideal destination for charter guests seeking romance, rejuvenation, but also excitement and adventure. Relax pampered by the natural landscape with gorgeous palm-lined beaches, unspoiled rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and even more breath-taking views.

Topago Cays - Image credit to St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Board

Topago Cays - Image credit to St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Board

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES is made up of 32 idyllic islands, scattered around the Caribbean Sea, boasting white sand beaches, crystal clear waters gently washing the shores with barely a soul around. St Vincent is the largest island in the group, with capital city Kingstown and a hub that most tourist will visit on their Caribbean holiday. BEQUIA, on the other hand, is a refreshing change, offering remote beaches spreading wide as well as fine restaurants and traditional shops.

Pigeon Island and Beach - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Pigeon Island and Beach - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

A cruise to TOBAGO CAYS will reveal a small deserted group of islands protected from the sea by Horseshoe Reef. The water here is so beautiful you will almost certainly want to jump right in and maybe snorkel to the nearest reef.

Image credit to St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Board

Image credit to St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Board

One of the most exclusive ports of call in the world is the island of MUSTIQUE, with paradise like beaches, ultra-luxurious villas with spectacular scenery and crème de la crème enjoying their holidays.  The island is also famous for meticulously preserving its natural beauty.

Mustique - Image credit to Mustique Island

Mustique - Image credit to Mustique Island

Known as the ‘Spice of the Caribbean’ GRENADA is a romantic, natural and very authentic destination to visit on your next Windward Islands yacht charter. Another fabulous place for snorkelling and diving, discovering the colourful coral reefs, spectacular and intriguing ship-wrecks, exhilarating drift dives and the unique underwater sculpture park.

Photo credit to Grenada Tourist Board

Photo credit to Grenada Tourist Board

A visit to TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO unveils a multicultural melting pot stirred by the descendants of settlers from Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. As well as having lively carnivals and friendly locals, there is an abundance of palm-fringed, untouched and secluded beaches, breath-taking scenery, and a wide range of activities and water sports such as scuba diving and kayaking or sailing.

Photo credit to St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourist Board

Photo credit to St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourist Board


Below is a selection of outstanding and luxurious Windward Islands Charter Yachts available this season. For more information, please contact our charter brokers.


Sailing yacht ATHOS is a fantastic double-masted schooner available for Caribbean Windward Islands luxury yacht charter this season. She was launched in 2010 by Holland Jachtbouw shipyard, created based on the design by Hoek Naval Architects. Her contemporary and elegant interior features a fabulous combination of woods and is complimented by supple leathers, stylish fabrics and traditional flair.

Sailing yacht ATHOS -  Main

Sailing yacht ATHOS - Main

The vast upper saloon represents a great area for relaxation and socialising, with a formal dining table and opposing seating area with U-shaped sofa and coffee table. She also boasts ample exterior deck space. Athos’ charter guests will find elegant and comfortable accommodation in 5 cabins, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, full-entertainment systems and unique tasteful decor. More about ATHOS YACHT

Sailing yacht ATHOS -  Aft Deck

Sailing yacht ATHOS - Aft Deck


PANTHALASSA yacht is a wonderful Caribbean rental yacht and a creation of the prestigious Foster + Partners architecture firm together with Perini Navi and Ron Holland Design. She represents a perfect blend of modern living with the finest in nautical heritage. Fantastic attention to details, and in particular to the light, penetration of light and lighting has been paid aboard this magnificent luxury superyacht, resulting in a light and airy interior.

Perini Navi Sailing yacht Panthalassa -  Main

Perini Navi Sailing yacht Panthalassa - Main

There are flexible and multifunctional spaces on board, well suited for intimate gathering or entertainment. Panthalassa ketch offers beautiful accommodation to 12 charter guests in 6 luxurious cabins, and is managed and maintained by a crew of 10. She also boats ultimate in communications and entertainment and is perfectly equipped for charter with a large selection of water sport toys. More about PANTHALASSA superyacht

Panthalassa - Dining

Panthalassa - Dining


Featuring naval architecture by the renowned Dubois studio and built by Vitters Shipyard, luxury yacht LADY B is another spectacular sailing yacht, combining high performance with exceptional comfort. Her elegant and well designed interior by Rhoades Young offers a fresh and clean ambience, with an emphasis on open spaces and light.

Lady B Port Side Sailing

Lady B Port Side Sailing

The feeling of space can be perceived in the massive split-level upper and lower salons and dining area, where natural sunlight inters through the large windows of the upper salon. LADY B is able to accommodated up to 7 lucky charter guests in 3 fabulous cabins, including a full width, split-level master stateroom with a private companion way aft, leading to a private cockpit seating and dining area. She is maintained and serviced by a professional and friendly crew of 6. More about LADY B yacht

LADY B -  Salon

LADY B - Salon


The outstanding J-Class sailing yacht RAINBOW was launched in 2012 and was designed by Dykstra & Partners based on the original William Starling Burgess sailing yacht from 1934. She is constructed in aluminium with a carbon mast and rigging with 3-Di racing sails. Her decks are clean and flush, boasting a mahogany deckhouse and skylight only.

40 m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

40 m J-Class superyacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

The skylight is a beautiful contrast to the elegant black hull and gold leaf cove stripe. The art-deco inspired interior offers de-luxe accommodation to 8 charter guests in one master cabin, one double cabin and one twin cabin. There are also 2 additional pullman births. A crew of seven professionals are there to cater for your needs. More about Rainbow Yacht

40 m sailing yacht Rainbow - Cabin

40 m sailing yacht Rainbow - Cabin


Built by the prestigious New Zealand shipyard Fitzroy Yachts, LUDYNOSA G yacht represents a fabulous Dubois designed vessel, with sleek lines, exceptional sailing performance and comfort. Close attention to details has been paid, resulting in a very stylish and voluminous yachts. Her elegant interior was designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, offering accommodation to 10 charter guests in four luxuriously appointed cabins. These include two twins with pullman berths, one double cabin and one full-beam Onwer’s suite, situated aft. The vessel boasts spacious exterior deck space.



Her large tender sits in a well forward of the mast, while the crew tender is stowed in the lazarette along with her great selection of toys. Informal dining setting is offered by her aft cockpit, seating eight to port and two cocktail tables to starboard. More about LUDYNOSA G superyacht

LUDYNOSA.G -  On deck

LUDYNOSA.G - On deck


Built by RMK Marine and launched in 2012, Penelope yachts is the second Oyster 100 vessel, developed by the renowned Oyster Yachts in collaboration with Dubois Naval Architects. Her hull shape is performance oriented, powered by a sport rig, carbon spars and North Sails Spectra Carbon sails. She is known for excellent performance even in light winds. This fast and very responsive yacht also offers vast living spaces, including a spacious flush deck and voluminous interior.

Sail Yacht PENELOPE -  Main

Sail Yacht PENELOPE - Main

Accommodation is provided for 6 charter guests in three staterooms, situated aft of the saloon. These include the master cabin and two guest staterooms, with an additional fold-down bed. The upper salon provides comfortable seating and the formal dining table, with surrounding panoramic windows, guests are presented with fabulous views and plenty of natural light. Further forward and below decks, a generous second salon offers an additional lounge and entertainment system. More about SAILING YACHT PENELOPE

Sail Yacht PENELOPE -  View from lower Salon

Sail Yacht PENELOPE - View from lower Salon


Measuring 27.70 m, luxury superyacht Nefertiti is one other exceptional sailing vessel amongst Windward Islands charter yachts, constructed by Nautor’s Swan and launched in 2010. This high-performance sloop boasts an elegant composite hull, a beautiful flush deck, combined with great performance and utmost in comfort. The interior can be described as contemporary and light, where designers have used natural woods and a Scandinavian theme. Her vast main saloon can seat up to eight charter guests in the dining area.



Accommodation is provided in four cabins, including a queen sized master stateroom, a double stateroom with a pullman berth as well as two additional cabins with twin beds. Both featuring extra Pullman berth. Her flush deck spaces are ideal for entertainment and socialising, or can be transformed to create space for an al fresco dining experience. More about NEFERTITI yacht




Sailing yacht SKIP’N BOU was built at the Southern Wind Shipyard and launched in 2003, boasting sleek lines and great performance. She is available for Caribbean yacht holidays this season, including Windward Islands sailing yacht charter. Her naval architecture is by Farr Yacht Design, combine with impressive exterior styling and interior design by Nauta Yacht Design.

Luxury sailing yacht Skip'N Bou

Luxury sailing yacht Skip'N Bou

Her spacious panoramic deck offers charter guests a spectacular 270° view. Accommodation is provided to 6 guests in two twin cabins and one master cabin, situated forward with en-suite shower room. The yachts and her guests are catered for by a professional crew of three. More about SKIP’N BOU YACHT

Skip'N Bou yacht

Skip'N Bou yacht


Designed by Philippe Briand, sailing yacht SPIIP is a CNB86 yacht, exuding performance, luxury and opulence. The yacht boasts great performance enhancing design elements, including the almost vertical bow and hull sides for fast beating. She has a generous upwind sail area of 400 sqm, further enhancing her speed and performance.

Spiip -  Main

Spiip - Main

There is a large deck house with plenty of light penetrating the interiors. In addition the comfortable central cockpit offers 360° views to her charter guests. Accommodation is found in three cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. These include a large master cabin, situated aft and two guest cabins located on each side of the deck salon. More information about SPIIP yacht

Spiip -  Dining

Spiip - Dining


Measuring 21 metres luxury sailing yacht MORE MAGIC was designed by Ron Holland and launched in 2010 by Discovery Yachts. The yacht boasts welcoming interior and is air conditioned throughout. She also has an open plan dining and saloon, with the formal dining area on the starboard side. In addition to her light and comfortable interior, Moremagic’s guests will enjoy her spacious exterior areas.

Discovery Yachts More Magic - Sailing 2

Discovery Yachts More Magic - Sailing 2

Accommodation is provided in three luxury double cabins, each with en-suite bathrooms, flat screen TV and home entertainment system which can play DVDs, CDs and iPods. More about charter yacht MORE MAGIC

Yacht MORE MAGIC -  Salon

Yacht MORE MAGIC - Salon

Windward Islands luxury boat rental represents an ideal yacht charter holiday, with plenty of sunshine, warm winds, splendid beaches, palm trees and crystal clear waters. There is no better way to unwind and relax than sailing the beautiful islands of Martinique, Mustique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines as well as Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information about Windward Islands yacht holiday or other breath-taking Caribbean destinations, please contact our experienced charter brokers here.

Another success for Dubois-designed yachts in the Caribbean

April 05, 2013

Dubois-designed luxury yachts once again featured strongly in the recent Caribbean regattas. Charter yacht Salperton has become the overall winner of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in the popular yacht charter destination – Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

A huge success of Dubois designed superyachts in the Caribbean - Photo by J. BrownSuperyacht Media

A huge success of Dubois designed superyachts in the Caribbean - Photo by J. Brown/Superyacht Media

Sailing yacht Zefira also sailed beautifully and put in a great performance, coming in second on Day Two.

In Class B, the Oyster 100 by Dubois, luxury yacht Sarafin, showed well and came in third overall. Her first regatta, this was a great performance and promised much for the yacht’s future!

Hot on the heels of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous came the St Barths Bucket and once again Dubois designs were prominent.

Six Dubois-designed sailing yachts joined the ‘Mademoiselles des Mers’ class.

The classic styled yacht Adela was beautifully sailed and took first in class with Salperton winning the race on the last day to clinch second.

Luxury charter yacht Salperton designed by Dubois - Photo by J. Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury charter yacht Salperton designed by Dubois - Photo by J. Brown/Superyacht Media

Superyacht Zefira also sailed extremely well, particularly during the second race where she was first of the Dubois designs, overtaking luxury yacht Koo on the final stretch and beating her by only one minute, forty seconds!

Charter yacht Lady B, whcih excelled so brilliantly in the 2012 event once again showed her exceptional pace and good sailing. A headboard car failure in the last race forced retirement.

Sarafin yacht followed up her good showing in the BVI regatta and this says much for this design – the Oyster 100 by Dubois.

Luxury yacht Prana, the largest Dubois design on display, was also well sailed for much of the time and did well, especially for a larger yacht where sail-handling can sometimes prove a challenge!

The 2001-built Koo yacht, sailing with no spinnaker, had a great regatta and finished off the Dubois group with great style.

All in all, another success for Dubois in the Caribbean!

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013: A Day for Testing Teamwork

March 30, 2013

Today, March 30, saw the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2013 kick off with pouring rain and segued into one of the windiest here yet, taking the wind gauge to 28 knots and the luxury sailing yacht Athos to speeds as high as 15,8 knots.

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013 - Photo by Ingrid Abery

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013 - Photo by Ingrid Abery

“Main-mast staysail up. Do not unfurl. Raise your hands if you hear me.” Captain Tony Brookes calmly called his instructions into a hand-held from one of his dual on-deck navigation stations near the aft quarter of mega yacht Athos, the 62 meter Hoek-designed Holland Jachtbouw that he commands. His crew with headsets faithfully obeyed, shooting their hands in the air before quickly jumping into action.

The owner and his rep Gary Veenman from Holland alternated at the helm, giving each other much-needed breaks from the giant wheel that played tug of war with them. Three trimmers scooted among the 40-some-odd crew, working the joy sticks on their remote control “God boxes” that controlled the hydraulic operations of winches for hoisting and dropping sails as well as sheeting them in and letting them out. For someone who normally sails 40-footers, it surely would have been something strange and wonderful to behold, but for those who regularly sail in this rarified world of superyachts it was just another approach to racing one of the most magnificent sailing yachts on the oceans today.

Athos superyacht’s closest competitor today in the Mademoiselles class at the annual St. Barths Bucket was the 55 metre twin-masted yacht Adela, the steel hulled Dykstra designed Pendennis build that represents a historically significant salvage and rebuild of the 1903 original. Adela had won this 10-boat class yesterday, the first day of racing, and won again today, crossing the finish line first, after the traditional pursuit start had the smallest and slowest boats starting first and the larger and faster boats starting at specific time intervals afterward to try and catch up.

Luxury yacht Athos, which had finished seventh yesterday, was quite pleased with a second-place finish after being fifth in the pursuit-start lineup. That moved them to fifth overall behind superyacht Zefira, charter yacht Salperton, and Lady B yacht.

“No one caught us from behind and we passed two others, so we must be doing something right,” said Athos yacht’s Brookes. “It was a hard-work race today. Windy and wet, and everyone’s uncomfortable but they still have to concentrate on the job they are doing. We had some problems (with the spinnaker hoist) but we dealt with them. It was more like the North Sea instead of the Caribbean there for a while.”

Aboard superyacht Adela, Kim “Shags” Morten conceded that the Adela team can sail well in any direction and in any conditions because they have the choice of sails to make the right calls in any given situation. “Our biggest competition is Athos; we think it comes down to the crew performance,” said Morten, adding that he has competed in every Bucket to date, the last three on Adela. “We now have top-of-the-line sails, a carbon fiber mast and a team that has sailed together in the last three superyacht regattas.”

In Grand Dames class, charter yacht Georgia rose to the top of the scoreboard after taking today’s race. Luxury yacht Blue Too, which was leading going into today, retired after a crew was injured and fell to seventh with a finish score today of 13.

In the Gazelle class, Visione maintained its first position overall with a fifth-place finish today. However, they are tied on point score (6) with both charter yacht P2 and superyacht Cape Arrow, with Unfurled yacht only one point behind.

Hanuman claimed another bullet, its third, in the J Boat class today. When asked what was different about today, tactician Kevin Burnham joked, “Nothing, we won the race!” But in all honesty, the win didn’t come easy. “The biggest challenge in pushing that type of machine around the race course (in today’s conditions) is that stuff gets shocked-waved,” said Burnham. “We blew up a kite – it just exploded into a million pieces.”

The crews on all 36 Bucket boats are glad to be back on terra firma for tonight’s pirate-themed “Bucket Bash.” The party should do its part to prepare them for tomorrow’s Wrong-Way Around (the island) Course.

Vitters luxury yacht LADY B to compete again in St. Barths Bucket 2013

February 12, 2013

Plans for the popular St Barths Bucket in March are moving ahead at full speed. A total number of 38 entries have already confirmed their participation in the 2013 edition. Contestants comprise the 45 m Vitters sailing yacht Lady B. Designed by award-winning Dubois Naval Architects, luxury yacht Lady B dominated ‘Les Mademoiselles’ class last year.

St. Barths Bucket Superyacht Regatta

St. Barths Bucket Superyacht Regatta

Superyacht Lady B won all three race days and took the second place overall in the last year’s race.

Dubois designed 45 m Yacht Lady B by Vitters competing in St Barths Bucket 2012

Dubois designed 45 m Yacht Lady B by Vitters competing in St Barths Bucket 2012 @ St Barths ’12 by Tim Wright

Luxury sailing yacht Lady B

Luxury sailing yacht Lady B @ St Barths ’12 by Tim Wright

45 m superyacht Lady B by Vitters

45 m superyacht Lady B by Vitters @ St Barths ’12 by Tim Wright

Vitters Shipyard is proud to sponsor this famous regatta and is looking forward to a fun and spectacular saling event!

Dubois to sponsor the 2013 St Barths Bucket

November 26, 2012

The prestigious UK yacht design studio, Dubois Naval Architects, is pleased to be sponsoring the 2013 St Barths Bucket. With an impressive display of 11 Dubois-designed superyachts this year, the studio is very much looking forward to the next year’s edition of this popular race that will take place from March 28 to 31.

Vitters sailing yacht Koo designed by Dubois to participate in the 2013 St. Barths Bucket

Vitters sailing yacht Koo designed by Dubois to participate in the 2013 St. Barths Bucket

The 2013 entries as of 15 November 2012 include 7 Dubois-designed vessels: the 43m sailing yacht Koo, as well as the 45m Lady B, both constructed by Vitters Shipyard; three splendid Fitzroy-built vessels: the 37m charter yacht Moonbird, the 45m charter yacht Salperton IV, and the 50m superyacht Zefira; the 30m RMK Marine luxury yacht Sarafin, as well as the 52m Prana (ex Konkordia, Kokomo) by Alloy Yachts.



Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts with design by Dubois.

Newport Bucket Regatta 2012: Class and overall honors for the 102ft superyacht INDIO by Wally and Frers

August 27, 2012

This year’s Newport Bucket Regatta, running from August 24 to 26, was attended by 17 magnificent yachts. The ideal weather conditions featured well sailed races completed on each of the regatta days. The class as well as overall honors went to the 102ft sailing yacht Indio. Frers designed and Wally constructed Indio superyacht won both races in the very competitive Gazelles class.

2012 Newport Bucket Regatta - Photo Credit Billy Black

2012 Newport Bucket Regatta - Photo Credit: Billy Black

Luxury yacht Sejaa was well-sailed on both days and won top honors in the Mademoiselles class. A good light air boat, conditions were on their side. The Grandes Dames trophy went to luxury yacht Tenacious – another well sailed yacht.

Saturday’s race presented light but very sailable conditions and the Race Committee sent all classes on more lengthy courses. The Gazelles had a 26nm course and the Grandes Dames and Mademoiselles were sent on a 22nm one. The course was set to challenge all with beat, run and reaching legs. The tacticians rose to the challenge and the best sailed boats rose to the top. The first four boats crossed the line within 45 seconds, making for a very exciting finish.

Sunday’s weather projections were for very light air, with some saying that the Bucket would be very lucky to get a race underway. After a half hour delay the wind did fill in and two short courses were set. The Gazelles were sent on an 11nm course and the other two classes on a 9nm one. Halfway through the race the breeze abated, making it of a bit of a struggle for some, but the racers hung in there and sailed their very best.

Vitters superyacht Lady B - Photo by Billy Black

Vitters superyacht Lady B - Photo by Billy Black

Race Director Peter Craig remarked that despite the light conditions, there were “two fun races, and as is usually the case, the best sailed boats were on the podium.”

Bucket Regattas are famous for their 26 years of shoreside fun and camaraderie. The 10th edition of the Newport Bucket was no exception. Friday and Saturday night socials at the Newport Shipyard marquee were filled with enthusiastic partygoers. Live music kept people dancing and the laughter and libations were in great supply! The ALLY Foundation was honored on the first night and their supporters and organizers joined in the welcoming celebration.

The Sunday awards ceremony took place at Salve Regina’s beautiful Ochre Court Mansion. A gorgeous sunset and gleaming crystal trophies made for a lovely presentation. In addition to the coveted perpetual Bucket trophy, Indio received a spectacular custom inscribed Mariner Chelsea Clock. Second and third place overall winners received beautiful Ship’s Bell Chelsea Clock trophies.

Special Trophies were awarded to three very deserving yachts. The Wolter Huisman Memorial Spirit of the Bucket Trophy was presented to sailing yacht Lady B. Both ashore and on the water, their hospitality, enthusiasm and energy were in evidence. The Vitters Seamanship Trophy was awarded to MITseaAH in recognition of their great sportsmanship. Last but not least, the Chippewa Bomb was awarded to Wild Horses for their creative and fun “branding” of the other yachts.

The 2013 Newport Bucket Regatta Dates are August 23 – 25.