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54 Days at Sea — The Bucket Regatta continues


St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

As you’ll recall, we were aboard MS Prinsendam anchored off the port of Gustavia, capital of St Barthélemy.

Gustavia, St Barthélemy

And, as luck would have it, we arrived here for the annual Bucket Regatta. Here come the yachts now, rounding the back side of the island:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta rounding the back side of the island

Here the yachts approach us during their race for the bucket:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

Yachts passed along both sides of our ship, so I was able to get both port and starboard images of different yachts:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

But some of the best images were of the yachts sailing away from us:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

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54 Days at Sea — The St. Barts Bucket Regatta Yacht Race


St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

That’s a lot of yachts out on the water above. Last week I brought to you images of our visit to Gustavia, St Barthélemy, or simply St. Barts/St. Barths. But to our pleasant surprise MS Prinsendam made port on a very special occasion. Every March in St. Barts is the famous Bucket Regatta Yacht Race, and we just happened to hit this charming French island during that year’s event.

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

There must have been close to a billion dollars racing around the island that beautiful late March day, and we had ringside accommodations on the decks of the MS Prinsendam to soak it all in.

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

Readers of my mysteries may recall that St. Barts plays a critical role in The Globe (Kindle edition; Nook edition), as it is the home of Capitaine Louis Guignard of the St. Barthélemy Gendarmerie. So, now you know how I came to include St. Barthélemy in that novel. Warning, The Globe is quite explicit and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If humor is more you mystery style, then stick with Decisions (Kindle edition; Nook edition)

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

Now that we have the commercial break out of the way, let us return to St. Barts and the Bucket Regatta. Not all the yachts here are modern, sleek, and under sail. Below is the charter yacht Steel. Don’t let the retro look fool you, though. This beauty was built in 2009.

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

We’ll continue looking at more magnificent sailing yachts on Wednesday. Until then, I’ll leave you with these four photo:

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

St Barthélemy Bucket Regatta

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