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The biggest yachts to look out for at the 2024 St Barths Bucket

19 March 2024 • Written by Gabrielle Lazaridis

St Barths is the epicentre of superyacht racing during the Caribbean season, often with an impressive array of superyacht spectators in tow. In the final days leading up to the 2024 St Barths Bucket (21-24 March), BOAT rounds up the largest yachts seen pulling into Gustavia for the famed regatta, beginning with Lürssen's 138-metre Rising Sun...

Rising Sun

Credit: Tom van Oossanen

Builder: Lürssen
Length: 138.01m

If not for her sheer size, Rising Sun will be easy to spot from the shores of Gustavia thanks to her distinct glass panels running across the two upper decks. The yacht was the last ever design of Jon Bannenberg and boasts 8,000 square metres of living space that includes a wine cellar, double-height cinema and a basketball court. Rising Sun was originally commissioned by American business magnate Larry Ellison, who later sold the yacht to media mogul David Geffen. 

Multiverse

Builder: Kleven
Length: 116.15m

One of the largest explorer yachts in the world, Multiverse (ex Ulysses) was commissioned by New Zealand's richest man, Graeme Hart. She is equipped with a heli-hangar on the top deck for a Bell 429 helicopter, as well as a large swimming pool, cinema and spa for the ultimate guest experience. Inside, the yacht's massive 18-metre beam provides accommodation for an owner's party of up to 66. 

Maltese Falcon

Builder: Perini Navi
Length: 88m

Fresh out of a full-scale refit, Maltese Falcon is undoubtedly one of the most unique and technologically innovative sailing superyachts in the world – kitted out with radical unstayed masts made of "weapons-grade" carbon fibre, a FalconRig and computerised sail and mast control system. Be sure to look out for the yacht's eponymous emblem on its middle sail, which also appears in the form of a bronze sculpture next to the indoor cinema. 

Read More/Maltese Falcon: Inside the refit of a yachting icon

Kenshō

Builder: Admiral – The Italian Sea Group
Length: 74.85m

Instantly recognisable, Kenshō''s flowing lines and metallic green-blue hull took six years to create with design from Dutch firm Azure Yacht Design and Naval Architecture and Berlin-based archineers.berlin. The Admiral flagship was awarded the coveted Motor Yacht of the Year title at the 2023 BOAT International World Superyacht Awards and picked up another Neptune at the 2023 BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards for Best Interior Design. Onboard highlights include a glass-fronted spa pool on the sundeck, a sunbed shaped in the image of a manta ray and a diesel-electric system based on five variable-speed generators that earned the yacht its Eco classification. 

Illusion

Builder: Heesen Yachts
Length: 65m

The multiple award-winning Illusion (ex Galactica Star) was delivered by Heesen in 2013, featuring the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) developed by Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen & Associates. Her streamlined appearance and generous guest amenities have made her a favourite on the charter scene, with Beyoncé and Jay Z among her list of returning clients. Illusion was also singled out by Dickie Bannenberg – who designed the yacht's interior – as one of his most memorable projects owing to its considerable onboard art collection. 

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St David

Builder: Benetti
Length: 60m

Another popular charter vessel, St David will once again appear on the hit reality TV show Below Deck, but this time with a new captain at the helm. The yacht is characterised by a classic Baroque theme with intricate marquetry made from satin woods, and a mosaic floor on the skylounge that draws inspiration from a "Tuscan palazzo". While St David is known to frequent high-profile events such as the Cannes Film Festival, she has also ventured to off-the-beaten-path locations including the Seychelles, Red Sea and Abu Dhabi. 

Read More/St David: Captain Lee replaced on season 11 of Below Deck

Imagine...

Builder: Trinity Yachts
Length: 58.83m

Launched in 2016, Imagine... is one of the largest yachts to be built in the United States. The tri-deck vessel was penned by long-time collaborator Geoff Van Aller, with both the hull and superstructure built from aluminium to AB classification. The yacht's primary social area is found on the sundeck, where guests can relax in the Jacuzzi, on multiple sun loungers or at the bar. Inside, Imagine... also has a bonus cabin that doubles as a massage room. 

Mary A

Builder: Feadship
Length: 55.5m

This Feadship superyacht has sailed under a litany of names since her 2005 delivery, including Twizzile, Drizzle, Issana, Madsummer, Cynthia and most recently, Mary A. In 2018, her owner joined forces with American interior designer Claudette Bonville Associates to give Mary A an exhaustive makeover that included a top-to-bottom paint job, technical tweaks and a brand-new interior – all while carefully preserving the yacht's pedigree. 

Read More/Double take: The refit that left 55m Feadship Cynthia unrecognisable

Lady B

Builder: Benetti
Length: 52m

Lady B (ex Latitude) appears to be making the most of the winter cruising season, with back-and-forth trips between the British Virgin Islands and St Barths since early December 2023 according to BOATPro's Global Fleet Tracker. Before that, the yacht spent the off-season touring fan-favourite destinations in the South Pacific, such as Fiji, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia. She is consistently ranked among the most popular charter vessels with amenities such as an outdoor cinema, a Jacuzzi and a recently updated dive centre. 

Read More/The largest yachts competing in the St Barths Bucket 2024

More about this yacht

Lurssen   138.01 m •  2004
Trinity Yachts   58.83 m •  2016

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