Finishing first overall both for the regatta and in her Elegantes class the 43m Holland Jachtbouw schooner THIS IS US proved her outstanding performance at this year’s St Bart’s Bucket which took place from 22nd – 25th March 2012.
With 38 yachts competing THIS IS US Captain Robin Winn puts her superb results down to an outstanding team effort, keeping out of trouble and keeping in clean air. With the helmsmanship of her veteran guest skipper Patrick Wetter along with navigator & tactician Nick Lykiardopulo and a well-run and motivated crew THIS IS US warmed up with a respectable 5th place in the race 1 Around the Island, conditions were a little damp and a tear to the spinnaker foot slowed progress but this was quickly repaired for the following races.
THIS IS US, still aiming for a class win, then exceeded expectations, picking up to pace to sweep to victory in the Not so wiggly race 2 and Wrong way round race 3, bringing home an overall 1st not just in class and a glittering array of silverware and crystal as well as a beautiful barometer.
This spectacular charter yacht will be competing again with her Owners at the Superyacht Cup in Palma in June but charter can be booked in and around this for those wishing to enjoy her cruising onboard.
THIS IS US was launched in 2005 and refitted 2011 with her carbon spars, sophisticated rigging and modern underwater shape she has been designed and built with cruising performance in mind. Designed by André Hoek, THIS IS US has slim low-freeboard lines, long overhangs and a modest pilothouse. Her sail plan follows the trend for high-aspect mainsails and roached foresails, while a lifting keel offers access to shallow waters without compromising performance. THIS IS IS has also been optimized for family sailing and was built to the MCA commercial code to enable her to charter. She has an ideal layout for charter, with an owners’ stateroom, VIP suite, two guest cabins and generous amounts of deck space.
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