Mak­ing Waves

News, notes and new yachts

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Four com­pa­nies that have been long­time sup­port­ers of the New­port and St. Barths Bucket re­gat­tas have ac­quired own­er­ship of the events. It was an­nounced dur­ing the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show in Novem­ber that Perini Navi, Royal Huis­man, Vit­ters and Ry­bovich have col­lec­tively bought the re­gat­tas from their orig­i­nal or­ga­niz­ers. The group pledged to re­tain the re­gat­tas’ core fo­cus on fun and ca­ma­raderie rather than on win­ning.

“As the new custodians of the St. Barths and New­port Bucket re­gat­tas,” a state­ment from the new own­ers reads, “we can­not em­pha­size enough that our sole ob­jec­tive in tak­ing this ini­tia­tive is to en­sure that the spe­cial character of the Bucket is pre­served for own­ers, their guests and crew now and well into the fu­ture. The Buck­ets will con­tinue to be an op­por­tu­nity for great rac­ing in great venues, where so­cial­iz­ing and net­work­ing, rather than sales and mar­ket­ing, will set the tone for the in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als who par­tic­i­pate.”

“The Bucket re­gat­tas are in a good place based on feed­back from yacht own­ers and we are fully com­mit­ted to the goals and ob­jec­tives of the new own­er­ship group,” said Event Di­rec­tor and Race Chair­man Peter Craig. Craig will con­tinue in his roles un­der the new own­er­ship. Dates for the 2015 St. Barths Bucket are March 19-22.

above: Com­pet­ing in the Gran­des Dames class, 171-foot (52-me­ter) Royal Huis­man Me­teor races in the wa­ters off St. Barths dur­ing the 2014 Bucket re­gatta.

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