Rosehearty – the American 56–metre (184-foot) Perini Navi powered exclusively by Doyle Sails – stormed to a runaway victory in Class E today in Saint Barths on the second day of the spectacular superyacht Bucket regatta taking place on the tiny Caribbean island.
“It was dynamite!” said Doyle Sails’ representative on the boat Tony Rey, describing the Rosehearty crew’s thoroughly enjoyable day on the water.
“We had fourteen to 16 knots of wind all around the “not so wiggly” course, which tuned out in fact to be quite wiggly. We had three hoists and two drops on the kite: we had the A3, then the A2, then the A3 again – so we had all the fruit in the air at some point.
“The 50 or so people on board all joined in and helped with pulling the kites down when required and in the end we won the race. It was great fun and the owner is obviously thrilled.”
To avoid busy start lines and the incumbent the danger of collisions between the competing superyachts , racing at the Saint Barths Bucket uses a pursuit-style format with the fastest boats in each class starting last.
Based on her rating Rosehearty started third in the race and after quickly overhauling the two boats ahead of her pulled out an impressive lead in at the mid-point of the race.
“Once we got ahead we were focused on not letting the chasing boats catch us,” Rey explained. “Our tactician Paul Cayard did a great job for us as did our navigator Bruno Zirilli.
“We manged to put our elbows out on the long final beat from the last island rounding to the finish. That was twenty minutes of nervousness wondering if we could stay ahead of those guys, but happily we were able to do it.”
Rosehearty’s win today along with a third place in Race 1 yesterday sees her top Class E – Les Grandes Dames des Mers, with one final race of the regatta to be sailed tomorrow (Sunday March 24).
The American boat goes into the final day in a three-way tie with the winner of yesterday’s opening race ‘Perseus 3’ – a 60-metre (197-foot) Perini Navi, also using Doyle sails – and the 48-metre Royal Huisman ‘Hyperion’, all on four points.
“So it all comes down to what happens tomorrow in the final race,” Rey commented. “That’s a great way to end any regatta.”
A second place today in Class C – Les Elegantes des Mers for the 100 per cent Doyle-inventoried 56-metre (184-foot) Royal Huisman ‘Aquarius’ sees her in second place in the class but tied on points with the class leader, the impeccably-sailed J-Class ‘Velsheda’.
Meanwhile, in Class F – Les Voiles Blanche (White Sails) another Doyle boat, ‘Ohana’ tops the rankings after winning both races in the regatta so far.
Racing at the 2019 Saint Barths Bucket comes to a close tomorrow Sunday March 24 with the third and final race scheduled to start at 1130 local time.