Meg Toppa Reports from St. Barths Bucket Regatta

It is an absolutely spectacular sailing event here in beautiful St. Barths. I was able to sail on Meteor,  a valiant 167 ft. Royal Huisman and watched as the crew practiced tacks and gybes,  raised the spinnaker and practiced  fleet-handed maneuvers.  Schools of flying fish and a daring humpback whale were playing in the surf, while overhead, a fleet of planes from the Texas Flying Legends Museum (owned by the owner of ketch Marie, also sailing in the bucket) dazzled crowds.

Celebrity sightings: David Letterman and Jimmy Buffet.  Jimmy is a friend of the owner of Meteor and will be sailing with the team.  He came on board and warmly shared a toast with us!  He seems to know several of these yacht owners and has no lack of invitations to sail!

Meteor won the regatta 3 years ago, she was fresh from the factory.  Last year they didn’t do so well so this year they’re ready to redeem themselves.  They have as their tactician, a veteran of four America’s Cups and three Volvo ‘s (formerly the Whitbread).  For up to the minute events please visit  St. Barths Bucket Regatta.

For information on races and regattas worldwide please see our overview on Regattas and Sailing Events and the Yachting Events Calendar.

Leave a Reply