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.