It is, by geographic standards, a tiny island but in terms of impact, it is huge. St. Barthelemy, the eclectic French collectivite tucked into the Leewards of the Caribbean, maps only 24 square kilometers, perhaps nudging to 25 at low tide. In terms of people, places, and things, however, it is miles beyond destinations ten times its size.
Every March, an elite group of sailing yachts gathers here for a spirited race, The St. Barths Bucket Regatta. Conceived by handful of Nantucket sailors in 1986, the event was nurtured by a cast of many into a spectacular celebration of superyacht racing. The St. Barths edition, loosely christened in 1995, found solid navigation through its own managerial tactician, with guidance from local authorities. The result is this magnificent race that draws fans from around the globe to an unforgettable event, surrounded by a reef of wit, skill, technology, fascinating people, and a beautiful island.