My final day in St Barths was a deliciously leisurely one, spent on board S/Y Alexa of London, a real beauty of a boat inspired by the original Britannia. British owner Mark Denning, who was clearly thoroughly enjoying his first ever Bucket, summed up his thoughts on coming in behind everyone else, saying "I've never had so much fun coming last in my life!"
As for the crew, they were 'over the moon' to take home the Vitters Seamanship trophy, awarded to the yacht that demonstrates the best sportsmanship – something I can vouch for having witnessed first hand.
Owner and crew on board S/Y Alexa
I must admit I was quite grateful for such a relaxed owner and crew, as I was suffering slightly from the Yacht Hop the night before. Despite there being fewer yachts taking part than usual thanks to the surge, I found plenty to entertain on Zenji, Rosehearty, Meteor, Seahawk and the Gatsby-themed Perseus.
The entertainment continued on Alexa of London of course. As we sailed across the finish line, Mark ensured the boombox was blaring so that we could sip champagne to the tongue in cheek tune of 'We are the Champions.' It seems he has already got the hang of the unofficial Bucket motto - 'win the party, not the race.'
The fun continued well into the early hours, starting at the Awards ceremony, where the 34m Vitters S/Y Unfurled won the coveted Bucket Trophy, and continuing, for me at least - at Casa Perini, where live music and poolside dancing overlooking the twinkling lights of the yachts in the port seemed a perfect finale for a pretty perfect sailing event.
See you next time, St Barths.
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