Lynn Reilly enjoys St Barth's Bucket Regatta in style
Not many people get the chance to spend time on board luxury sailing yachts, but Howth's Lynn Reilly recently sent us some details from her continuing sailing adventures - this time from the St Barth's Bucket Regatta where she is onboard the magnificent Perseus^3 - the Ron Holland designed 200ft super yacht.
Lynn has spent the past year combining career and love of sailing by working as a physiotherapist on board the slightly smaller(!) Ed Dubois designed 'Destination' as it sails in some of the world's most beautiful cruising waters. She discarded all that last week to take part in the St Barth's Bucket, an event specially designed to give some of the finest sailing yachts the opportunity to race in a fun-based event as they sail around the Caribbean island of St Barths. Invitations to the event are extended to yachts whose LOA is 30.5 meters (100 feet) or greater, or to ones that qualify under the ‘grandfather clause’. The Notice of Race states: 'The invitation matrix is comprised of many factors including the yacht’s size and past participation, with consideration given to contributions to the spirit of the event, sponsor affiliation and other factors. A primary goal for the event is the yacht owner’s enjoyment; hence chartered yachts receive a lower priority.'
The entry fee of €8000 per boat obviously goes a long way to fund the prizes, and Lynn's team on Perseus^3 won a tub of caviar worth €4000 by finishing 4th in Class E (the class was called Les Grandes Dames des Mers).
Lynn told us that she spent much of the race on the 'spinnaker trim deck' with 3 other crew each tending the electric winches for the 2900 square meter spinnaker!