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We are thrilled to announce that our 46-metre high performance aluminium sloop, Unfurled has won the 2016 St Barths Bucket.

The win is particularly exciting as this is the first St Barths Bucket Regatta she has competed in. It was with great excitement that we saw her presented with the Bucket Trophy as the pursuit class winner which prevailed in the ‘most competitive, closely contested class’.

Unfurled takes that title after a thoroughly exciting and hotly-contested few days of racing by the fleet of Les Gazelles des Mers, which today saw her win the 24.3nm ‘Wrong Way Around’ course. The win over second-placed Visione, and third-placed Nilaya, means the regatta closed with Unfurled at the top of the points table following her win on the first day of racing, and a fourth placing in yesterday’s race. Fellow Vitters’ projects, Inoui and Galateia finished fifth and sixth respectively in the division after three days of great racing in champagne conditions.

In Les Elegantes des Mers class, 46-metre Ganesha swooped in to take second place in today’s race and second place in the series behind class-winner P2. She was followed across the line by 45-metre Lady B in third place; a performance which saw her placed fifth in her class for the series.

Les Femmes des Mers class were sent on a course of 20.08nm which gave Bella Ragazza time to overhaul members of the fleet for third place on the day, as well as securing third place for the series behind Axia and Hyperion.

Back on land, celebrations were just beginning to crown an exceptional regatta. Prize giving saw not only the fastest yachts awarded, but also those which displayed that certain something extra which makes the Bucket special.

The Vitters Seamanship Trophy is awarded each year to the yacht which displays the best seamanship and sportsmanship in the interest of promoting safety on the race course. This year that yacht was Alexa of London who received the award in recognition of her crew’s understanding of those qualities.

As the day closes on another brilliant St Barths Bucket Regatta, the festivities look set to go long into the night. 2016’s event saw fierce racing, in champagne conditions, and with the Bucket spirit that characterises this event, on full display.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s regatta from the 16-19 March – you can catch our full recap of this year’s racing, on our race blog, Bay-log.