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Charter Sailing Yacht HYPERION for St Barth Bucket in the Caribbean

January 19, 2016

One of the best known sailing yachts, HYPERION is currently available to compete in the popular St Barths Bucket in the Caribbean. Built in 1998 by the renowned shipyard Royal Huisman, HYPERION recently underwent a substantial 9-month refit, where she received a new paint job of the hull and superstructure, new teak decking, her saloon windows were replaced, one of the onboard diesel generators were removed, a new shore power converter was installed, she has received a new refrigeration system, overhaul of the HVAC system, renewal of the compile alarm-monitoring system and numerous other maintenance works have been carried out.

HYPERION available for St Barths Bucket Regatta in the Caribbean

HYPERION available for St Barths Bucket Regatta in the Caribbean


She is available for US$91,000/week in low season and US$112,000/week in high season. Do enquire about her availability or the possibility to charter her for the upcoming regatta.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Aft Deck 2

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Aft Deck 2

HYPERION boasts naval architecture by German Frers, measures 47,4 metres and features beautiful traditional lines combined with the latest in technology. She can provide unforgettable charter experience for a group of six guests, accommodated in three comfortable deluxe cabins. Accommodation is situated below deck and includes one queen-bed, one king-bed and one twin cabin with single beds.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Pilothouse

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Pilothouse

Interior of this outstanding vessel was penned up by Pieter Beeldsnijder and is represented by warm mahogany panels with inlaid marquetry, beautiful Moroccan marbles, fine custom-made fittings and spacious, luxurious and comfortable interior areas.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Lower Salon

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Lower Salon

There are three lounge areas: the pilot house has two vast seating possibilities with tables, and offers fabulous views. The upper deck boasts plenty of windows, a formal dining area and another area for relaxation and socialising. Lowe saloon is perfect for evening entertainment, also offering plenty of space to unwind, including occasional chairs and even a piano.

lower saloon - Hyperion

lower saloon – Hyperion

The yacht provides spacious exterior living with the aft deck providing a covered seating area, dual helm stations alfresco dining option and plenty of possibilities to entertain. A removable Bimini cover adds additional comfort, regardless of the weather or occasion. HYPERION has a substantial beam of 9.5m (31.4ft). Her wrap around wide decks provide comfortable access to the vast, flush foredeck and ample relaxing areas.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Master Cabin

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Master Cabin

HYPERION is fitted with a carbon fibre mast, which stands at 59m (193.5ft) in length and exerts some 200 compressive tons at the base. She has 59 km of wiring and 13,000 square feet of sail area. Unique indoor amenities include a state of the art temperature controlled wine rack for some 200 bottles and over 500 billion bytes of computer technology. Royal Huisman received a prestigious Showboats International Award for the best sailing yacht over 38 metres (125ft), while the yacht and crew were the winners of the Super Yacht Millennium Cup Yacht Race in New Zealand.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  From Above

Sail Yacht HYPERION - From Above

There is a great selection of water toys aboard this fabulous vessel as well as an extended hydraulic swim platform. Those who are after a more active vacation will find making use of the water toys effortless, while others may wish to simply soak up the warm Caribbean sun.

Sailing Yacht 'Hyperion'

Year:1998 (Refit 2015)  L.O.A.:47.42m (155' 6")  Beam:9.56m (31' 4") 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:10 knots  Engines:1x 1,100 hp (809kW) 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

Luxury Superyachts celebrating New Year’s Eve in St Barts

January 07, 2016

Annie & Captain Eric Bergeron from the beautiful 106’ GALILEE have made an amazing video below, showing luxury superyachts during the 2016 New Year’s day in Gustavia Harbour, nestled in the fabulous St Barts, a popular Caribbean island. 

This great drone footage captures such outstanding vessels as the imposing 162,5m ECLIPSE – the world’s second largest private yacht, as well as the breath-taking 138m RISING SUN, the beautiful 92m TATOOSH, and the striking 78m C2, to name but a few.

56m Luxury Yacht MY SEANNA 25% Off Last Minute December Charters in the Caribbean

December 18, 2015

Luxury yacht MY SEANNA is offering a fantastic 25% off of any last minute December charters in the Caribbean. So, if you are in search for that fabulous offer to spend your Christmas holidays with friends and family, than this could be the right yacht and the right destination for you!



MY SEANNA measures 56,38 metres (185ft) and was constructed by Delta Marine in 2001. She was refitted in 2014 and provides accommodation to twelve guests in six deluxe and well-appointed cabins. She has an outstanding, friendly and professional crew of 12.

Delta MY SEANNA - Master cabin

Delta MY SEANNA – Master cabin

Delta MY SEANNA - Master ensuite

Delta MY SEANNA – Master ensuite

Caribbean’s St Barths is the centre of Christmas celebrations with the world’s creme della creme gathering to celebrate this beautiful time of the year. MY SEANNA is a fantastic choice when it comes to festive seasons, offering a secured berth over Christmas. She is available until the 26th December and offering a 25% discount on all last minute December bookings.


Delta MY SEANNA - Sundeck

Delta MY SEANNA – Sundeck

MY SEANNA offers expansive deck areas, ideal for entertainment and social gatherings. Some of the main features on board include an oversized Jacuzzi with a waterfall, plenty of relaxation areas as well as possibilities for indoor or al fresco dining.

Delta MY SEANNA - Main aft deck

Delta MY SEANNA – Main aft deck

Delta MY SEANNA - Salon

Delta MY SEANNA – Salon

Amongst the highlights is her fabulous beach club with an approved RYA waterspouts centre which stores an array of various water toys, such as a 15-metre water slide and a 12.2-metre (40′) Van Dutch tender.

Delta MY SEANNA - Yoga

Delta MY SEANNA – Yoga

Delta MY SEANNA - Gym

Delta MY SEANNA – Gym

For more information on motor yacht MY SEANNA or other fantastic vessels currently available for last minute Caribbean charters, feel free to contact us.

MY SEANNA (ex NEWVIDA, Gallant Lady)

Year:2001 (Refit 2009, 2014)  L.O.A.:56.39m (185')  Beam:9.02m (29' 7") 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:13 knots  Engines:Caterpillars 1,100 hp ea. 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:11 


Award-Winning 46m Motor Yacht ENTOURAGE now Available for Caribbean Yacht Vacations

October 08, 2015

The award-winning 46,55-metre motor yacht ENTOURAGE is now available for Caribbean yacht vacations following her very successful Mediterranean charter season. Join Captain Ben and his outstanding crew of eight highly-professional and skilled members on a holiday of your dreams on board the 2014 Admiral Yachts-constructed charter yacht ENTOURAGE. Entourage is also available for Christmas and New Years yacht charters in pure luxury and style.



ENTOURAGE was delivered only a year ago and is still in a brand-new condition, offering spacious interior and exterior leisure and entertainment areas, with an expansive main-deck master suite, spreading the width of the yacht and offering such commodities as a private shower room, dressing and office/seating area.

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Dining

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Dining

ENTOURAGE Yacht - Main Saloon

ENTOURAGE Yacht - Main Saloon

Fitness conscientious guests will surely enjoy the benefits of an on-board gymnasium, as well as the health benefits of the Turkish steam room, located on the main deck.

ENTOURAGE sundeck - looking aft

ENTOURAGE sundeck - looking aft



Guest accommodation layout comprises two beautiful VIP and two convertible double rooms situated on the lower deck. All guests accommodation is equipped with private en suite bathrooms.

ENTOURAGE - Master Cabin

ENTOURAGE - Master Cabin

ENTOURAGE - master cabin - ensuite

ENTOURAGE - master cabin - ensuite

Guests holidaying aboard the fabulous ENTOURAGE yacht will find the 134-square-metre sun deck as the place to enjoy some leisure sunbathing, socialising or relaxing in the popular Jacuzzi. The sun deck also has a TV and a wet bar, as well as a massive selection of sun pads and beds.

ENTOURAGE - Sundeck Jacuzzi

ENTOURAGE - Sundeck Jacuzzi

Luxury yacht ENTOURAGE holds a variety of water toys and equipment to further enhance guests’ on-board experience. The boat holds a large 31ft tender, jet skis, sea bobs, kayaks, bikes and other equipment.

ENTOURAGE - Fwd deck

ENTOURAGE - Fwd deck

Guests comfort is ensured thanks to ENTOURAGE’s zero-speed and at-anchor stabilisers, exceptional WiFi and an economical fuel consumption.


Year:2014   L.O.A.: 47.00m (154' 2")  Beam:9.10m (29' 10") 
Max Speed:16.3 knots  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2 x CAT C 32 ACERT Commer 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:


Caribbean is renowned for being one of the preferred yacht charter destinations and a fabulous escape during the cold winter months. The Caribbean Sea is full of fabulous destinations to explore and enjoy, including Antigua, St Bats, Anguilla, St Martin, the British Virgin Islands or the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, St Lucia, St Thomas, Martinique and many many more.

Jetty at Curtain Bluff - Photo Charmaine Spencer - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Jetty at Curtain Bluff – Photo Charmaine Spencer – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Sailing and motor yacht holidays in the Caribbean can be fully customised incorporating any activities, stopovers or events that you might like to take part in. It is a great destination for all types of yacht charter, be it a family holiday, a getaway with friends or a corporate get-together with your partners or colleagues. Caribbean offers both tranquil natural surrounding with crystal clear warm waters, great diving, fantastic sailing and fabulous grounds for various water sports, as well as plenty of bars, restaurants, night-clubs creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

Couple ScubaDiving - Photo Charmaine Spencer - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Couple ScubaDiving – Photo Charmaine Spencer – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

If you would like to know more about the lovely motor yacht ENTOURAGE or a list of the latest yachts available in the Caribbean according to your budget and other requirements, please contact out experienced charter team here. Our knowledgable team of brokers have access to all the yachts available and will put together a fully-personalised selection – free of charge.

Impressive PERINI NAVI Sailing Superyacht SEAHAWK at St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2014

October 07, 2015

Perini Navi has shared a great video below, produced by Pigeon Vision, showing the impressive 60-metre sailing superyacht SEAHAWK (hull C.2193) at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2014, which hosted an amazing fleet of 38 sailing yachts gathered in Gustavia for three days of exciting trade wind sailing, wholesome competition, shore side camaraderie, as well as shenanigans St Barths style. Acclaimed Ron Holland was responsible for the superb exterior design of the voluminous charter yacht SEA HAWK, providing a luxury mega yacht charter vacation in the fabulous Florida and Bahamas yacht holiday locations.

Created by Christian Liaigre, the elegant contemporary interiors of luxury super yacht SEA HAWK (hull C.2193) can sleep up to 12 charter guests in utmost in luxury. There is a lavish full-beam master stateroom aft and amidships, with a port and starboard queen bed. This cabin can be easily converted into 2 guest cabins, each with private en-suite facilities.

Externally, the aft deck of luxury yacht SEA HAWK offers a shaded area with al-fresco dining, wet bar and additional seating. Side decks lead effortlessly to the after deck and forward to a vast foredeck, complete with additional built in seating and cocktail tables. There is also a gorgeous upper flybridge deck, where guests may relax in shaded comfort or on the custom sunpads. The upper deck also provides an amazing exterior home cinema for ultimate outdoor entertainment.

There are more charter yachts built by Perini Navi here.

Super-fast 100’ COMANCHE Yacht smashes record at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015

April 30, 2015

The recent debut of the striking 100-foot Comanche yacht at the 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 has been a huge success. This year’s Caribbean regatta, hosted by the fantastic St. Barth yacht holiday location, was attended by an amazing number of 70 teams, competing in 10 classes.

100ft superyacht Comanche at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Photo by Christophe Jouany

100ft superyacht Comanche at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 – Photo by Christophe Jouany

Maxi yacht Comanche has surpassed all expectations and performed excellently in the match-off between the newest, fastest, and most sophisticated racing yachts in the world. Commissioned by experienced sailor Jim Clark and constructed by Hodgdon Yachts, Comanche was built as a sailing vessel capable of breaking records.

Sailing yacht Comanche at full speed - Photo by Michael Gramm

Sailing yacht Comanche at full speed – Photo by Michael Gramm

Superyacht Comanche set the first record during construction at Hodgdon Yachts, when becoming one of the of the largest single-hull infusions undertaken stateside. Subsequently, she smashed the second record during Les Voiles de St. Barth on April 15, when she established a speed record of 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 4 seconds in the Maxi 1 class.

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Photo by Christophe Jouany

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 – Photo by Christophe Jouany

During the four-day regatta, Comanche superyacht claimed all the line honors in her division and took second place, just behind sailing yacht Rambler 88, with 12 points on the scoreboard according with the corrected-time performances. This year’s regatta was the first time that Comanche and Rambler 88 were seen competing against each other, providing an amazing competition.

Superyacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht - Photo by Christophe Jouany

Superyacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht – Photo by Christophe Jouany

Comache’s skipper, Ken Read, said:Unreal sailing with the “Fat Bottom Girl” (Comanche) at the Voiles St Barths. When the rivals all go home happy the stars aline. Comanche wins line honors 4 for 4. Mission accomplished. Rambler wins rating handicap in class 1. Mission accomplished. The first meeting of the monsters a huge success. These boats are changing how we look at sailing. A special thanks to the owners who are making it happen.”

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Wrap Up

April 21, 2015

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 came to an end in the breath-taking Caribbean yacht vacation location – St. Barth on Sunday, April 19. Established in 2010, this year’s 6th edition of the popular regatta hosted an amazing fleet of 70 yachts, including speedy multihulls such as Lloyd Thornburg’s Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3, as well as technologically sophisticated new-builds such as George David’s sailing yacht Rambler 88 and Jim and Kristy Hinze-Clarke’s superyacht Comanche.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Fleet © Jouany Christophe

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Fleet © Jouany Christophe

In the Maxi 2 class, sailing yacht Selene won on corrected time, and charter yacht Lupa of London placed second on the final day of the regatta to secure the class victory overall. Lloyd Thornburg’s U.S. entry in Multihull class, Phaedo 3 yacht, won once again on the last day for a fourth time over four races. Maxi yacht Comanche and sailing yacht Odin established the records for Maxi 1 and Maxi 2 classes, respectively.

The event’s largest, fastest yachts sailed in Maxi 1 class, and it was George David’s superyacht Rambler 88 that won the four-race series there. All eyes had been on Rambler 88 and the larger Comanche during the first two race days, since no one had yet seen the two yachts sail against each other. The powerful superyacht Comanche showed blazingly fast speed, taking line honors in every race. Rambler 88, however, took three first-place finishes in a row on corrected time.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Winners © GRAAM Michael

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Winners © GRAAM Michael

By Day 4, when Rambler 88 took second to Hap Fauth’s sailing yacht Bella Mente, the focus had returned to who was doing the best on ratings. Rambler 88 maintained her place at the top of the scoreboard, but Bella Mente was able to replace Lucky as runner up. Bella Mente, Lucky and Comanche had all shared the same point score after Day 4 race, but Bella Mente’s performance handed the tiebreaker to their team.

During the prize giving, Principal Event Partner Richard Mille presented George David, who has also become the overall winner of the Maxi division, with a Richard Mille Caliber RM 60-01 Regatta watch.

Start of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015

April 15, 2015

Following a glamorous opening party held on the Quay General de Gaulle, it was a spectacular start to Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 yesterday, on April 14, 2015, marked by 15-20 knots of wind. Being hosted by the fabulous Caribbean yacht holiday destination – St. Barth, the popular regatta has welcomed 70 teams, racing in 10 classes.

Superyacht Rambler 88 at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Day 1 © Jouany Christophe

Superyacht Rambler 88 at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Day 1 © Jouany Christophe

On Day 1, the seven-boat Multihull class, which was the last of the 10 classes to start, was won by the Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3. Phaedo 3 finished the long course in just over two hours and 25 minutes, approximately 34 minutes ahead of the next fastest boat in the fleet, superyacht Comanche. Though Comanche beat Rambler 88 yacht by ten minutes in real time, Rambler won on corrected time (5:04:48 compared to Comanche’s 5:11:30).

Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3 © Jouany Christophe

Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3 © Jouany Christophe

In the Maxi 1 class, sailing yacht Bella Mente, a favorite here, unfortunately was unable to participate in the race on Day 1, because of an equipment failure that occurred only a few minutes before the start. In the Maxi 2 class, charter yacht Lupa of London led the way on the opening of day of the regatta.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 to see record level of yacht participation

April 08, 2015

With almost 80 entries, roughly a dozen more than last year, this year’s 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth will see a record level of participation. To run from April 13 to 18, the event has become one of the most important events on the Caribbean sailing circuit, combining good-vibes racing with stylish shore-side pursuits on the delightfully small yet enormously sophisticated French island of Saint-Barthélemy (aka St. Barth), a popular Caribbean yacht charter destination.

The new Voiles de Saint Barth's Poster - Photo credit to DR

The new Voiles de Saint Barth’s Poster – Photo credit to DR

“With lots of cooperation from many, many people we have been able to exhibit that St. Barths is a valid destination for serious race teams,” said Competition Manager Annelisa Gee, noting that seven 40-foot team containers are being accommodated this year. “That’s huge, because it means logistics of getting boats and equipment here are getting better with each edition. Bigger and better – that’s  the common theme each year, whether it’s referring to the number and quality of boats that come, the amenities and on-shore events for the teams, or adding – in the case of this year – an offshore racing option to the tried-and-true tactical inshore race courses that everyone likes so much.”

Sailing over four racing days (Tuesday-Wednesday, April 14-15, and Friday-Saturday, April 17-18) will be Maxi, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Racing Multihull, and One-Design classes negotiating various distance courses that typically snake through and around the reefs and smaller  islands surrounding the 9.5 square miles of volcanic island that is St. Barths.

Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

Superyacht Comanche and sailing yacht Rambler 88, both sporting the newest in sail racing’s technological advancements and measuring in at 100′ and 88′, respectively, will surely be the most gripping to watch in the ten-strong Maxi division, especially if organizers choose to showcase the power of these thoroughbreds with a newly designed super-sprint option of 40 plus miles to Tintamarre Island off St. Martin. Dependent on sea state and weather conditions, the other Maxis (and possibly Multihulls) could also sail this course, and they would certainly be no less ambitious about optimizing the reaching legs to achieve a maximum speed – and fun – factor. The Maxi group includes returning teams on the Maxi 72 sailing yacht Bella Mente, which just won overall honors in the Caribbean 600; the Swan 80 superyacht Selene; and the Marten 72 yacht Aragon, while newcomers are the Farr 73 yacht Maximizer, Swan 90 superyacht Odin, the Baltic 78 charter yacht Lupa of London, and the RP 63 Lucky.

With Lupa of London (skippered by Great Britain’s Jeremy Pilkington) fresh off class wins at Giraglia and the Maxi Worlds as well as line honors and overall IRC victory at the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, she may be the new team to beat, but not if Lucky has any say in the matter.

“We’ve been around for eight years racing a TP 52 and just transitioned to the RP 63 this spring, so Les Voiles de St. Barth will be our first event in the boat,” said Lucky’s owner Bryon Ehrhart (Chicago, Ill.), who won the 2010 Middle Sea Race (with his TP 52, also named Lucky) on his first try and followed through with impressive finishes at a slew of other “bucket list” sailing events, including Hong Kong to Vietnam (which he won in 2013) and the China Sea Race (second in 2014). Now it’s time for Ehrhart to check off Les Voiles de St. Barth; he says the regatta’s reputation put it squarely in his sights. “I understand it is very well run and in a beautiful setting with great breeze,” he said. “The class includes some of the best competitors in the world, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we match up against them.”

Luxury sailing yachts competing in Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

Luxury sailing yachts competing in Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

In the Spinnaker division, 49 boats will compete, including David Cullen’s J/109 Pocket Rocket and Eamonn Rohan’s chartered Solona 44 Ramanessin, both defending class champions. As in all divisions, it won’t be known until closer to the event how classes will be split exactly, but a sure bet for tough competition will be new contender Spookie, a Carkeek 40 known for cleaning up in IRC and HPR racing in the States. Spookie’s Steve Benjamin (Norwalk, Conn.), who co-owns and sails the boat with his wife Heidi Benjamin, concedes that the CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Rule prevailing at Les Voiles de St. Barth may not be as favorable for his boat, but he respects it nevertheless.  “We don’t race just for rating, we race for the competition and the sport,” he said.  “We competed in Les Voiles a few years ago with Decision (also a Carkeek 40) and had a great time. The racing is spectacular; we like the combination of the courses, and of course, the atmosphere in St. Barth can’t be beat.”

Benjamin claims Spookie is very strong sailing downwind and reaching: “The challenging part for us is going to be upwind against the bigger boats, which is what got to us last time we raced here with Decision. We are pretty sure that boats like the TP 52s (Vesper, Sorcha, Conviction-Team Vag) will have a strong advantage upwind.”

Another Spinnaker division competitor returning with a different boat is Jim Madden (Newport Beach, Calif.).  He’ll be sailing his Swan 601 Stark Raving Mad VII with a crew of 16 versus the nine he raced with last year when he won his class on his J/105 of the same name.

“I usually like to have two sizes of racing boats,” said Madden, who sailed the Swan 601 to victory in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race and the Onion Patch Series that preceded it. “For the larger boats, I focus more on their ability to ocean race and do coastal point-to-point racing, like what we’ll be doing at Les Voiles de St. Barth. I hadn’t heard much about Les Voiles until last year when a few of my crew suggested that we do it. I went there not knowing what to expect, and it actually turned out to be one of the best events I’ve ever done. The island is beautiful, and the race organization did a really good job running the event with clear communication and fair races. It was also windy for the most part, and more breeze makes for more fun.”

The Non Spinnaker division currently has 10 entries, ranging from Matt Dana’s 31-foot J/95 Shamrock VII to Steven Schmidt’s 70-foot Hotel California, which returns each year clearly to have the most fun out of any, sailing with family and friends.

Melges 24s are expected to have their own one-design start, with returning teams Budget Marine/Gill, Island Water World, and Boost’n Sail leading the charge, while nine Racing Multihulls will compete, giving the new Gunboat 55 Toccata a chance to show its wares against the MOD 70 Phaedo 3, which just smashed the Carribean 600 record; the equally powerful Nigel Irens 63 Paradox; the sleek, flying French GC 32 Le Carré/Diamond Genesis, and Gunboat’s newest foiling G4 Timbalero 3.


Another successful St. Barth’s Bucket for Stephens Waring-designed sailing yacht BEQUIA

April 07, 2015

Stephens Waring Design sailed aboard their 91’ sailing yacht Bequia in the granddaddy of superyacht regattas, the St. Barth’s Bucket. This year’s edition of the popular Caribbean regatta was once again marked by idyllic sailing conditions, gorgeous island scenery, and the vast spectacle of some of the finest yachts in the world.

Stephens Waring-designed Bequia Yacht at the 2015 St. Barths Bucket

Stephens Waring-designed Bequia Yacht at the 2015 St. Barths Bucket – Photo by

Superyacht Bequia is almost toy-like among these huge multi-decker sloops and ketches, yet the elegant and restrained design turns heads while standing proudly at the top of the heap that make up much of the superyacht fleet. However, this year there were several entrants about her own size to spice up the competition, including some decidedly racy additions to the fleet— superyacht Freya, a 91’ Swan, and luxury yacht Cape Arrow, a 100’ Southern Wind sloop, both sleek and slippery modern upwind machines.

Luxury sailing yacht Bequia

Luxury sailing yacht Bequia – Photo by

Day One featured the “Round the Island” race, a short beat up the southern side into 14-16 knots, followed by a bear-away to a jib reach then pop the kite for a long run to the western corner of the islets, culminating with a close reach to the finish. Bequia yacht is a witch on the reach and run, and the crew steam-rolled to the finish with a first in class—third in fleet.

Superyacht Bequia

Superyacht Bequia – Photo by

Day Two was the “Not So Wiggley” course, winding around the starkly beautiful islands to the west of St. Barth’s, and again the crew pulled away on the reaches and runs, celebrating another first place finish. On the dock that night, it was rewarding to hear passing yachties call her, “by far the prettiest boat there.”

Luxury yacht Bequia

Luxury yacht Bequia – Photo by

Day Three—the “Wrong Way Round”: features a long upwind leg in a sloppy sea, with little reaching and running.  On a long, shallow keel and yawl rig, the light winds at 9 kts, Bequia superyacht wishes for more. In a pursuit-style race, the time handicaps are assigned at the start, with each yacht having its own start time—the first across the finish is the winner. The crew slugged it out for sixth place to place 2nd in class. Mounting the podium the second year in a row was a good feeling.

The St. Barth’s Bucket Regatta—the sailing can’t be beat, and the fleet’s astounding.