Your complete guide to the St Barts Bucket Regatta

Bucket Regatta
Bucket Regatta
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Yacht aficionados know that Buckets are the best. Held in St Barts every year, this fine traditional gentleman’s sailing regatta attracts a fleet of 30 beautiful sailboats and is a popular event on the yachting calendar. Baroque Yachts finds out all the details


St Barts Bucket Regatta combines a great opportunity for socializing, meeting like-minded yacht fanatics, designers, owners and boat builders and showing off hip new yachts. Those on vacation in St Barts enjoy a rare opportunity to admire some magnificent vessels that are anchored in the harbor, and can also attend these fun social events, which include numerous parties on the water.

Unlike other yachting events, this one is extremely relaxed and non-commercial. In fact, the organizers always select a charity to which they donate a share of entry fees each year.


This year marks the 30th consecutive exciting event; St Barts has hosted this exciting event for 30 years in a row. The St Barts Regatta combines outstanding yacht racing with a fine selection of glam social activities that are held on Gustavia Harbor. The event has become one of the most established and prestigious invitational sailing yacht races in the world; it lights up this jet set Caribbean island for three glorious days.


The annual event comprises four different competitions arranged by the Bucket Association when 30 yachts that are at least 100 feet long or longer will compete around the island. The regatta is considered unique as both yacht owners and crews can experiment with their yachts’ capabilities in an extremely safe, not to mention very beautiful, environment.


This regatta has its own very fascinating set of rules. For instance, any yacht on the water that is considered too aggressive or competitive will be immediately excluded from the race. At the beginning of the race, all yachts have to rely on sail power only. If the crew or owners want to complain about anything, they have to accompany this complaint with champagne. As we said earlier, this is a gentleman’s race!



Highlights of St Barts Bucket Regatta Schedule

Thurs 16 March

11am: First Signal J Class yachts (2 W/L races scheduled)

5-5.30pm: Captain’s briefing

5.30pm: Bucket Bar open

7-9pm: Fleet welcoming party

7-9pm: Owner’s reception – invitation only


Fri 17 March

11am: First signal – Race 1 pursuit fleet

1.30pm: First Signal J Class (1 W/L Race scheduled)

7pm: Daily awards presentation

7-11.30pm: Bucket bash


Sat 18 March

11am: First signal – Race 4 J Class

11.25am: First signal – Race 2 Pursuit Fleet

7pm: Daily awards presentation

7-9pm: Yacht Hop


Sun 19 March

11am: First signal – Race 5 J Class

11.25am: First signal – Race 3 Pursuit Fleet

6.30-9pm: Final Awards Ceremony & Cocktail party


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