A month on since the Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on many of the Caribbean islands, the organisers of the St Barths Bucket have confirmed that the 2018 edition of the superyacht regatta will go ahead as planned.

“As we have stated before, the people of St Barths are resilient and the recovery progress is ongoing,” says Peter Craig, St Barths Bucket's event director and race chairman. “Many restaurants, villas and hotels plan to be ‘open for business’ and ready to welcome visitors in November and for the holidays. The airport, roads, and port are open with services already restored to many.”

In a statement issued to yacht owners, captains and friends of the Bucket, Craig confirmed that the Bucket stewards are committed to a 2018 St Barths Bucket that will provide all that the storied event is famous for: superb competition, fantastic shoreside socials, and the Bucket hallmarks of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

At this early date, 25 superyachts have already indicated their intent to participate, with the current entry list including many regular Bucket supporters such as Axia, Rebecca, Rosehearty, Unfurled, Visione and Zenji. There will also be representation from the J-Class fleet, with Svea and Velsheda having signed up already. The organisers will be posting and emailing the Notice and Conditions of Race shortly and will email the entry application to those programmes that have accepted their invitations.

At a time when many questions linger over the success of the upcoming Caribbean season in the wake of a catastrophic hurricane season, this is a positive outlook for one of the industry’s most-loved events in one of its most-treasured destinations.

Photography by Tim Thomas

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