Yacht Blog – Summer of Superyachts ends in Newport
From St Barths Bucket to Loro Piana, from Palma to Bermuda, superyachts have been racing steadily this summer. The time of the 2017 regatta is now over, but one last race remains: VHR takes a look at the Candy Store Cup in Rhode Island.
The Beginning of the Superyacht
Between 1930 and 1983, Newport welcomed the esteemed America’s Cup, where the most famous skippers raced for the Auld Mug. The Newport Bucket Regatta has organised the regattas since 2015, but 2016 has been the turnover and the birth of the Candy Store Cup, and after a rewarding first edition, the Newport marina decided to renew the experience.
The Candy Store Cup has been created on the foundation of the 1986 Nantucket Bucket Regatta, which although intended as an informal regatta became the basis of many famous editions. Its begetter Nelson Doubleday then created the Nantucket Bucket Regatta with the purpose of ‘sailing for sailing’ with the absence of competition. It was quickly followed and replaced by the Saint Barth’s Bucket Regatta, which was informal for the first edition until local authorities enforced an official status. The original spirit remains: as the event crew says, the main point is ‘to convince the most competitive owners on the planet that winning isn’t important!’ The last Nantucket Bucket took place in 2001, and was moved to Newport for the 2002 edition.
The Newport Shipyard took up the torch since 2016, renaming the regatta the Candy Store Cup. However, a similar spirit remains and the purpose is the same: having fun.
Candy Store Cup 2017, 2nd edition
The first edition reunited 12 superyachts, including famous names such as J-Class Ranger and Meteor built by Royal Huisman, that had the opportunity to be surfing the same wave of success as its predecessor. Participants of the Newport Bucket such as Bequia, designed by Stephen Waring, and Sejaa by JFA decided to sail for the first Candy Store Cup.
This year, superyachts Action, Ranger and Bequia will face each other for the 2nd time, after competing together at America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. They ended respectively 1st overall in Class B, 1st overall in Class C, and 2nd Overall in J-Class. Freya by Nautor’s Swan also proved its worth, finishing first overall at Rolex Swan Cup in March. Needless to say that the competition will be tight.
We look forward to seeing the results of the last regatta this summer between 27th and 29th July.
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