St. Barths Bucket
Four Hoek-designed superyachts sailed in the St. Barths Bucket, held at the end of March. _This Is Us_–a 43-meter classic schooner that was launched in 2006 at Holland Jachtbouw–took the win in her class and was named the overall champion of the 47 superyachts competing.
“This Is Us is the only schooner ever built with a lifting keel and sail extremely well in both light winds and heavy airs,” explains Andre Hoek in a press release from Hoek Design. “To come first out of an exceptional fleet of vessels is a major achievement for the owners and crew.”
Other Hoek Designs also excelled at the Bucket. Firefly, a 35-meter prototype of the new one-design F-class, came in second overall in her class. The 55-meter ketch Marie finished fourth in her class and eighth overall. The 62-meter Athos also participated, and was one of the most spectacular sights as the largest yacht on display.