Overall Bucket Winner: SPIIP
Wolter Huisman Memorial Spirit of the Bucket Trophy: DANNESKJOLD
This award is presented each year by Alice 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.
Vitters Seamanship Trophy: ELFJE
Awarded to the yacht that demonstrates the best seamanship and sportsmanship in the interest of promoting safety on the race course. All participants in the Bucket acknowledge that superyachts have serious limitations operating safely in close quarters and therefore, the RC has always valued safety well above performance. This award will recognize the yacht that best demonstrates that understanding. It also goes to prove that nice guys don’t always finish last!!
Perini 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: PERSEUS^3
At 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.
The Class Winners of the 2017 St Barths Bucket Regatta were awarded Beautiful Ship’s Bell Clocks from Chelsea Clock:
WINWIN — Les Gazelles des Mers
SPIIP — Les Elegantes des Mers
WISP — Les Mademoiselles des Mers
ROSEHEARY — Les Grandes Dames des Mers
KOO — Les Voiles Blanche (Corinthian Spirit)
HANUMAN — J Class
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.
OVERALL WINNER CRITERIA
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 quantitive criteria for the overall winner of the Bucket Trophy.
The ‘Bucket Trophy’ will be presented to the overall winner of the 2017 St Barths Bucket. Yachts eligible for the prestigious award will be the class winners with five or more yachts in class.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 fourth place finishers will receive 1 point with each class in succession receiving 2, 3, 4 or 5 points. Additionally, the class with the least overall time differential (total time/total distance for all races) between the first and fourth 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 2017 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 this criteria are available here