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Winning Style | R/P Superyacht Wins Overall at St. Barths

March 25, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Hetairos 200’ Ketch Wins the St. Barths Bucket Overall. My Song Wins Final Race for 3rd in Class one point behind Hetairos.

My Song and Hetairos approaching finishing of Race 3 – St. Barths Bucket 2019

Gustavia (March 24, 2019) – On the final day of racing at the St. Barths Bucket, Reichel/Pugh Superyachts My Song and Hetairos took first and second place. Hetairos’ win in the first race of the regatta was a good omen as she went on to earn the overall Bucket for winning within the most competitive class. John Reichel raced on a different R/P design each day: Nilaya, Hetairos and Visione, with partner Jim Pugh sailing on the My Song.

Pigi Loro Piana the owner of My Song and tactician Tommaso Chiefe – St. Barths Bucket 2019

My Song

Baltic Yachts built 130’ MY SONG, with naval architecture and engineering by Reichel/Pugh with a spectacular exterior and interior design by Milan based Nauta Yachts sailed up through the ranks in the St. Barths Bucket “Les Gazelles des Mers” class, with 4th, 2nd, 1st places in the three races, missing overall victory by just one point. Had she placed 3rd instead of 4th in the first race, MY SONG would have been overall winner. MY SONG, launched in 2017, is currently Nauta’s and Reichel/Pugh’s sailing yacht flagship. A spectacular lightweight carbon composite construction, this blue-water thoroughbred sets a new and very high standard for her combination of performance, comfort and style. My Song was awarded “Most Innovative Yacht of the Year” and “Sailing Yacht of the Year” at the 2017 World Superyacht Awards. My Song set a new course record for the 2018 RORC Transatlantic last year.

The 220’ Hetairos, with naval architecture by Reichel/Pugh is considered the world’s most spectacular ketch, winning a judges’ special award during the 2012 World Superyacht Awards for the “Notable contribution to the technical advancement of sailing superyachts”.  The sailing yacht Hetairos is an astonishing cutting-edge ketch that is both innovative and retrospective, were carbon meets traditional.  Hetairos took line honors in the 2011 Transatlantic Race from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda, at an average speed of 15.12 knots.

Click for profiles on each of the Reichel/Pugh superyachts who competed at The Bucket.

Pigi Loro Piana, My Song – St. Barths Bucket 2019


  • Hetairos 200’ Ketch Overall winner of the St Barths Bucket in 2019
  • Nilaya RP/Nauta 112’ Sloop Overall winner of the St Barths Bucket in 2018
  • Visione 147’ Sloop Overall winner of the St Barths Bucket in 2015

photos courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi
Click for all St. Barths Bucket photography from Studio Borlenghi

Reichel and Pugh to attend the 2019 St. Barths Bucket Regatta

March 16, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Co-Founders Jim Pugh and John Reichel will be racing in the Bucket Regatta and look forward to seeing you in St. Barths March 21-24. To sit down for coffee or a cocktail during the event week please email: or whatsapp Jim at: +1.619.200.2972. John can be reached at

The R/P Team wishes everyone a fun event and safe racing!

Click for more details about the four R/P superyachts racing and in production.

2019 St Barths Bucket

R/P-Designed NILAYA and VISIONE Premier Yachts at 2016 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

February 1, 2016 · Posted by kate

Antigua_TransparentAntigua (January 31, 2016) – The sixth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua kicked off the 2016 superyacht regatta season and featured four races for eleven 80 to 151ft yachts all racing under the superyacht rule ORCsy.

In Class A: Corsairs, racing was incredibly close with seconds deciding the outcome in many of the races. The Reichel/Pugh-designed 112’ Nilaya took 1st place in Class A and held off 2015 winner Reichel/Pugh-designed 147’ Visione, which took 2nd place. Visione and Nilaya were built by Baltic Yachts and launched in 2002 and 2010, respectively. Read More …

2015 Bucket Regatta: A Fine Ending To A Grand Event

March 22, 2015 · Posted by kate

StBarthsBucket_NoDateSt Barths, French West Indies (March 22, 2015) – Perseverance was the key to victory in four classes (Gazelles, Elegantes, Mademoiselles, Grande Dames) sailing their last and final race at the 2015 St Barths Bucket Regatta. Sailing the “wrong way around” course meant the 35 competing superyachts launched their massive spinnakers at the start and took a clockwise tour of the island, testing sailing skills with a particularly lengthy beat up the backside. And though the superyachts, for safety’s sake, sail by rules that keep them at least 40 metres apart at all times, the competition was as close as anyone could wish for. Read More …

R/P-Designed Nilaya and Visione Prevail at 2014 St Barths Bucket

April 1, 2014 · Posted by kate


St Barths (March 29, 2014) – Of the 38 superyachts raced, Reichel/Pugh-designed Nilaya finished fourth today in the Gazelles class, and that performance, combined with two second-place finishes from Friday’s and Saturday’s racing, was strong enough to give her class victory. Read More …

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