A fleet of nearly 40 sailing yachts jostled at the start line off the island of St Baths yesterday for the start of the oldest annual sailing regatta in the world. Day 1 of the 2016 St Barths Bucket saw the field take on a 20+ nm course around the island. Our friends at Breed Media is on the ground this week, and sent us these exclusive images.
In Class A it was Vitter’s brand new Unfurled that took the honours, outrunning Visione and Nilaya with mere seconds separating the top three. Rosehearty once again proved to be the fastest between her Perini Navi sisters, holding on to a lead in Class E over Fritzroy'sOhana and Seahawk. The largest yacht in the field, Athena, was unable to take part on Day 1.
Yesterday was the second day of racing for the J Class fleet. Ranger was the first across the line in race 1, with Velsheda returning the favour yesterday. The Holland Jachtbouw-built Topaz finished last in both races, but is not yet out of the race. With tight race times and two further races remaining, anything can happen in this exciting class.
Enjoy these exclusive photos by Jeff Brown of Breed Media