2019 St. Barths Bucket Regatta Showcasing The World’s Most Exceptional Superyachts

Co-Founders Jim Pugh and John Reichel will be racing in the Bucket Regatta and look forward to seeing you in St. Barths. To sit down for coffee or a cocktail during the event week please email: jim@reichel-pugh.com or whatsapp Jim at: +1.619.200.2972. John can be reached at john@reichel-pugh.com.

Reichel/Pugh Maxis

Dominance, performance, longevity—they define Reichel/Pugh, and they’re why our team consistently produces some of the world’s most distinctive, rewarding, and enduring sailing yachts. For each Superyacht design, the studio is committed to providing a luxurious and safe experience for the helmsperson, crew and guests with the reassuring feeling of stability and control even in arduous wind and sea conditions.

At the forefront of Maxi Yacht design for over 30 years, Reichel/Pugh designs have dominated many of the world’s historic races, continually setting new standards for innovation across classes. These designs have names known throughout the sailing world – 100’ Wallycentos Magic Carpet ³ and Galateia, 2018 Sydney-Hobart Race 1st and 2nd place finishers (on elapsed time) Wild Oats XI and Black Jack, and the iconic Cruising Superyachts Visione, Nilaya, Hetairos, and My Song. These winners weren’t just designed with the latest technologies and built to withstand the rigors of blue water cruising and high-performance sailing. They’re considered cutting-edge decades after launching and continue to be both perennial podium finishers and magnificent cruising yachts.

These achievements stand as a testament to our designs, whether a 220' superyacht or the new Melges 14, it's the performance that drives and inspires us on each new generation of yacht we develop.

In 1995, the beautiful French island of St Barths hosted its first Bucket Regatta and it has done so in March every year since then. Although the size of the yachts and competing fleet has grown significantly, the spirit of the event has remained unchanged. In recent years, 40 or more superyachts have gathered to compete for the Bucket in glamorous St Barths.

Over the years, many of the world’s most notable and accomplished sailors have participated in the racing. Nonetheless, as the Bucket Regatta has evolved, the organizers have kept a tight focus on maintaining the original camaraderie and non-commercial spirit of the event. It was, and still is, an event conceived and hosted purely for the pleasure and enjoyment of the sailing superyacht owner. There is no other regatta of magnitude on the superyacht racing circuit with the same goals, and the event organizers consider themselves the stewards of a most worthwhile tradition. Every year, invitations are extended to like-minded individuals.

Reichel/Pugh Superyachts Racing in the 2019 St. Barths Bucket Les Gazelles Class A

  • 112' Nilaya
  • 130' My Song
  • 147' Visione
  • 220' Hetairos
NILAYA | At the 2018 St. Barths Bucket, Reichel/Pugh-designed 112′ Nilaya - helmed by owner - won the most competitive Les Gazelles des Mers class with triple class wins and was named the overall regatta winner.
Nilaya started off the 2019 season taking 1st in the Corsairs Class of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua.



Built by Baltic Yachts - Launched 2010

Interior and Deck Style by Nauta Yachts

Naval Architecture by Reichel/Pugh

  • 2019 - Superyacht Challenge Antigua - 1st Place Corsairs Class
  • 2018 - St Barths Bucket - 1st Place Class A - 1st Overall
  • 2017 - Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta - 1st Overall & Winner of Boat International Media Trophy
  • 2017 - Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta - 1st Place Class A
  • 2017 - St Barths Bucket - 1st Place Class A
  • 2016 - Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta - 1st Place
  • 2014 - St Barths Bucket - Gazelles Class - 1st Place
  • 2014 - Loro Piana Superyact Regatta and Rendezvous - 1st Overall
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Super Maxi Class - 1st Place
  • 2011 - Les Voiles de Saint Tropez - Class A - 1st Place
  • 2011- Superyacht Cup Palma Winner - 1st Place

sailing photo by Jesus Renedo

MY SONG | Reichel/Pugh designed My Song to be the most remarkable, state-of-the-art, all carbon superyacht ever launched. She is recognized for her record-breaking performance in the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race last December and double win of first in class and silver jubilee trophy at the 2018 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
My Song is ShowBoats Design Awards 2017 “Most Innovative Yacht of the Year” and World Superyacht Awards 2017 “Sailing Yacht of the Year.”



CFD studies, Hull development and Naval Architecture by Reichel/Pugh

Engineering by Reichel/Pugh and Gurit

Concept, Superb Exterior & Interior Design by Nauta Yachts, Milan

Construction by Baltic Yachts, Finland - Launched 2016

  • ShowBoats Design Awards 2017 “Most Innovative Yacht of the Year” and World Superyacht Awards 2017 “Sailing Yacht of the Year”
  • 2018 - RORC Transatlantic Race - Monohull Line Honours and New Course Record
  • 2018 - Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - first overall in Class “A”, Silver Jubilee Trophy (top yacht over 100’), Award for the Top Placed Yacht Owned by a YCCS Member

photos courtesy of carlo borlenghi

HETAIROS | 1st Place in Race 3 Gazelles Class at the 2014 St Barths Bucket.



Tank Testing, CFD Studies and Naval Architecture by Reichel/Pugh

Co-designed by Dykstra

Interior Design by Rhoades Young

Built by Baltic Yachts

  • 2014 - St Barths Bucket - 1st Place in Race 3 Gazelles Class
  • 2011 - Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta - Overall Line Honors Winner
  • Hetairos won the judges' special award during the the World Superyacht Awards 2012: 'Notable contribution to the technical advancement of sailing superyachts'.

photo courtesy of baltic yachts

VISIONE | 2018 St. Barths Bucket R/P’s iconic 147’ Visione took second and also won the All-Star Crew Award following nominations from each yacht for the most professional service, the best camaraderie, teamwork, and respect. Visione was overall Bucket winner in 2015.



Naval Architecture and Exterior Design by Reichel/Pugh

Built by Baltic Yachts - Launched 2003

Interior Design by Design Unlimited

  • 2017 - St Barths Bucket Regatta - 2nd place Class A
  • 2016 - St Barths Bucket Regatta - 3rd place Class A
  • 2015 - St Barths Bucket - 1st Overall
  • 2015 - Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2nd Overall and 1st in Class 1
  • 2014 - St Barths Bucket - Gazelles Class - 2nd Place
  • 2009 - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Super Maxi Class - 1st Place

photo by ingrid abery

RANGER | In 2000 Reichel/Pugh were commissioned as the Naval Architect to recreate the iconic Starling Burgess / Olin Stephens designed J Class Yacht Ranger. The original Ranger successfully defended the 1937 America’s Cup. Reichel/Pugh was a co-designer of the America³, the winner of the 1992 America’s Cup.



Naval Architecture by Reichel/Pugh

Original Naval Architecture by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens

Built By Danish Yachts In 2004

  • 2016 - 1st Place Overall J Class St Barths Bucket 2016

photo by onne van der wal

In other News

42m S/Y E-VOLUTION | The latest superyacht design from the Reichel/Pugh Studio which combines aluminum and carbon to deliver superior performance. Builder Perini Navi has announced the sale of its second yacht this past winter.

The 42m S/Y E-VOLUTION is a collaborative project with Perini Navi design group with R/P being responsible for the Naval Architecture.

Melges 14 | Chosen as Sailing World Magazine's 2016 Best Dingy, the Melges 14 has joined the Melges World League along with the Reichel/Pugh designed Melges 20 and Melges 32 Classes.

Designed to increase rivalry and enhance the worldwide racing experience, the Melges World League (MWL) is the global racing platform and ranking system for Melges owners around the world. The MWL includes the Melges 14, Melges 20 and Melges 32 Classes. All three boats were designed by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design.

The Melges 14 was designed by Reichel/Pugh and is built by Melges Performance Sailboats - USA

Whether it is a Superyacht or a racing yacht, Reichel/Pugh designs have produced unparalleled results for their owners and made a distinctive mark on the sailing industry. The portfolio encompasses more than three decades of work and contains designs which have long defined many of the world’s historic races and set new standards of innovation. Reichel/Pugh designs have not only stood the test of high performance racing, but continue to be perennial podium finishers around the world.

2924 Emerson Street / Suite 311 / San Diego CA 92106 / office +1 619 223 2299

Co-Founder and President / jim@reichel-pugh.com / mobile +1 619 200 2972

Senior Naval Architect / tony@reichel-pugh.com / mobile +1 619 818 8478

photo credits

© Ingrid Abery, Claire Matches, Rolex/Borlenghi Studio, Baltic Yachts, Perini Navi

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