2018 Awards

Overall 2018 Bucket Winner: NILAYA



Wolter Huisman Memorial Spirit of the Bucket Trophy: Visione

Photo © 2018 Ed GudenasThis award is presented each year by Royal Huisman, to the yacht that best exemplifies the spirit of the Bucket Regattas. The selection is absolutely subjective but considers sportsmanship, safe seamanship, best hospitality and overall contribution to the event.  

The Bucket Regatta was really started as a Club of yacht owners who loved nothing more than sailing their yachts well, getting the best out of them, and then sharing great yarns and libation at the end of the day. There are a group of owners who have contributed a lot to the event over the years, from tenders to parties, committee boats, etc.  It is this Spirit that sets this event apart from all others. It is in recognition of this Spirit that the Wolter Huisman Memorial Trophy is awarded.

Photo © 2018 Ed GudenasPerini Navi Award: Rosehearty

The Perini Navi trophy is awarded to the best placed Perini Navi yacht competing in the St Barth’s Bucket. Designed and handcrafted by Italian silversmiths, Perini Navi owners the world over aspire to take this prestigious trophy home.


The All-Star Crew Award, presented by Rybovich: Rebecca

Photo © 2018 Ed GudenasAt each Bucket Event, every yacht is asked to cast a ballot for the yacht crew among the fleet that demonstrates the most professional service in all tasks, while maintaining the best voie de vivre, camaraderie, teamwork and respect among the crew. This is the crew that displays the pinnacle of the profession and has the most fun at it – the yacht that everyone wants to work aboard. Because the award is earned by peer recognition, it has earned serious stature within the marine industry.

Award photographs by Ed Gudenas


Chelsea Clock

For more than a century, the Chelsea name has been as much a part of the sea as the tides; as much a part of the sailing life as the call to explore and discover.

The Class Winners of the 2018 St Barths Bucket Regatta will be awarded Beautiful Ship’s Bell Clocks from Chelsea Clock

This distinctive, handcrafted timepiece signals the passing of time with gentle, rich-sounding chimes – eight bells at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock to mark the end of a mariner’s four-hour watch, with one bell the first half-hour after, plus one additional bell with each subsequent half-hour. Behind its classic, hand-silvered dial, 364 precision brass parts – many plated with gold – and an 11-jewel movements, all of which are made in Chelsea, Massachusetts, ensure accuracy in time and enduring quality for years to come. Since the first patented Ship’s Bell left our factory in 1900, it has been held as the standard by which all other Chelsea clocks are measured. 4.5” dial; lacquered solid forged brass case; hinged bezel; solid American hardwood mahogany base. Dial custom engraved with Bucket Regatta insignia.



The Bucket Stewards collaborated in 2016 to establish a new criteria for the coveted Bucket Trophy.  With the racing format having changed in recent years, the emphasis is now directed to class racing. This has provided an opportunity to reestablish a quantitative criteria for the overall winner of the Bucket Trophy.

The ‘Bucket Trophy’ will be presented to the overall winner of the 2018 St Barths Bucket. Yachts eligible for the prestigious award will be the class winners. The class winner who prevails in the ‘most competitive, closely contested class’ will be the overall winner.

The class with smallest series point differential between first and third place finishers will receive 1 point with each class in succession receiving 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 points. Additionally, the class with the least overall time differential (total time/total distance for all races) between the first and third place finishers will receive one point, with each class in succession receiving one additional point as above.

The above mentioned points will be added together for the overall competitive class score. The class with the lowest number of points will be considered the ‘most competitive, closely contested class’.

The winner of this class will be the overall winner of the 2018 edition of the St Barths Bucket.  

Should there be a tie, the class winner with the most yachts in class wins. In the event the tie remains unbroken, starting prowess will determine the overall winner (total time for all starts, from scheduled start to crossing the line – with the smallest total time prevailing).

Formulas and the 2015 Bucket results using these criteria are posted here.