St. Barths Bucket Regatta was the venue as well as host of the first J Class superyachts´ gathering and racing event of this year. It has been the first time that four Dykstra Naval Architects designed J’s competed together since 75 years.
Dykstra Naval Architects is proud to be the designer and re-designer of all 4 J´s that raced the J Class Exhibition Race. The 130´ charter yacht Endeavour, the 129´ sailing yacht Velsheda, the 138´ superyacht Hanuman and the 41.55m charter yacht Ranger competed and showed their beauty and performance to all yacht and J Class lovers. Endeavour crossed the line first and won the race, followed by Velsheda 2nd, Ranger 3rd and Hanuman 4th.
Endeavour recently completed an intensive refit; Dykstra Naval Architects have been instrumental in the design of the new sail plan, deck layout and structural engineering. In total 7 vessels designed by Dykstra Naval Architects are racing the St. Barths Bucket 2012: the 55m superyacht Adela, the 67m megayacht Hetairos, the 52m charter yacht Meteor, the 130´ charter yacht Endeavour, Velsheda, Hanuman and the 41.55m charter yacht Ranger.
Some of Dykstra crew will be joining the yachts as well, Thys Nikkels (Managing Director) will race on Meteor, Jeroen de Vos (Naval Architect) on the charter yacht Endeavour and Erik Wassen (Naval Architect) on the sailing yacht Hetairos.