J Class Yachts to Sail Head to Head at St Barts

Five J Class Yachts will race against each other at this years St Barths Bucket Regatta. It will be the first time five J Class yachts have lined up together since the 1930’s.
will take place from 28-31 March 2013. The St Barths Bucketis organised by The Bucket Association, St Barths, which is affiliated with and sanctioned by the Federation Francaise de Voile (FFV).
The Regatta is a congenial, invitational regatta set in the Corinthian spirit and renowned as one of the best run Superyacht Regattas on the international circuit.
The five J class yachts taking place are:
  • Hanuman
  • Lionheart
  • Rainbow
  • Ranger
  • Velsheda
Racing will take place in the vicinity of St Barthélemy and its adjoining islands. The courses are expected to be coastal courses using islands, rocks, inflatable and government buoys as marks of the course.
Trackers enable spectators to follow race progress in realtime using equipment installed on board the yachts by TracTrac Live Tracking.
Results will be calculated using the JCA handicap.
The Bucket is well known for its popular pursuit racing format, with the first boat to finish winning the day.
In a departure from tradition, and in the interest of safety and fair racing the J Class will have their own fleet start just prior to the pursuit class yachts.
With five J’s gracing the same starting line and with St Barthélemy as the backdrop it should make for some spectacular racing and race viewing.