Hetairos wins the Bucket

Hetairos Overall Bucket Winner 2019!

With a 1-2-3 scoreline to show for its crew's strong execution of plan, the 66.9m ketch Hetairos (Dykstra Naval Architects / RP designed), won the six-yacht Les Gazelles des Mer class and the Bucket trophy.

We were very proud to have 5 Dykstra designed yachts competing in this year's Bucket Regatta: Adela, Aquarius, Aurelius, Hetairos and Velsheda. This year's regatta was a special one for the Dykstra team as the company celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

The top two yachts in the six-strong Les Elegantes des Mers class exchanged leads on the first two days of racing and were knotted up in Sunday's race until the 56.2m ketch Aquarius untangled it all, winning to edge out the 39.3 J Class yacht Velsheda (Dykstra refit and optimization design) by one point in final scoring. Aquarius, built by Royal Huisman and designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, was brand new to racing.

"If you won your class at the 2019 St. Barths Bucket, you were doing something right and can be very proud," said Race Director Peter Craig at Sunday evening's Awards Ceremony. "Across the board, we had incredibly competitive racing."

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2019 was a great success thanks to the Bucket organization, Stewards and Friends of the Bucket... and last but not least all owners and crew participating!

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Dykstra Naval Architechts @ St Barths Bucket 2019

As an official Friend of the St Barths Bucket Regatta, Dykstra Naval Architects is pleased to see that 5 Dykstra designed yachts will be competing in this year's Bucket Regatta.
This year's regatta will be held from 21 - 24 March. A special one for the Dykstra team as the company celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

A Dykstra team of six, Thys Nikkels, Hilbert ten Have, Jeroen de Vos, Erik Wassen, Edwin Luijf and Anneliek van der Linde, will be joining the Regatta.

For more information about the St Barths Bucket: www.bucketregatta.com

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The team that created SY Black Pearl was awarded with the "Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yacht" Award at the Boat International Superyacht Design Symposium 2019 in Cortina.

Dykstra Naval Architects created both the hull envelope and the advanced DynaRig sail plan. At 106.7m overall SY Black Pearl is an enormous yacht built by Oceanco, with a hull that still manages to look sleek with enormous loads generated by a sail area in excess of 2,900m2 spread over three unstayed, rotating masts. The design mission was to deliver a top speed of 25 knots under sail and achieve it on a yacht with a 7.23m draft and 2,550 tons displacement at full load. In addition, the owner wanted a "zero impact" yacht capable of emissions-free cruising. To this end, the yacht has a sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system optimized with an assist by Lateral Naval Architects using two main diesel engines and electrical motors connected to variable pitch propellers. Substantial battery capacity provide for house loads and peak shaving. Shaft generators powered off propellers that can be adjusted for optimal pitch at any sailing speed return carbon-free electricity to the batteries when the boat is under sail.


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SY Aquarius and SY Black Pearl FINALISTS ​Boat International Design and Innovation Awards 2019

  • The Boat International Design and Innovation Awards 2019 Finalists are announced and we are proud to see two Dykstra Naval Architects yachts among them:
SY Aquarius :
  • Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yachts
  • Best Interior Design Sailing Yachts
  • Best Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts
SY Black Pearl :
  • Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yacht
  • Best Exterior Styling Sailing Yacht

We look forward to see the results on January 27 2019!

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Dykstra Naval Architects Newsletter 2018

Read more about SY Aquarius, an interview with Capatain of SY Black Pearl Chris Gartner and more Dykstra Naval Architects News

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