4 April 2012
The St. Barths Bucket, which spanned four days at the end of March, was a great success for the four Hoek Design superyachts that participated.
Proving that boats from the Hoek drawing boards perform equally as well as they look, the 43 metre classic schooner This is us - launched in 2006 at Holland Jachtbouw as Skylge - won the overall prize for best performing yacht. Not only was This is us first in her class, she also triumphed over all classes on handicap out of a fleet of 47 superyachts.
“This success underlines the way large sail yachts are becoming more performance oriented,” says Andre Hoek. “This is us is the only schooner ever built with a lifting keel and sails extremely well in both light winds and heavy airs. To come first out of such an exceptional fleet of vessels is a major achievement for the owners and crew.”
Also racing around the stunning island of St Barthélemy to great effect was the 55 metre ketch Marie, completed by Vitters in 2010. “Marie had an exceptional week, coming fourth in her class and in eighth spot overall,” explains Hoek. “She had to start as one of the last boats on the race course and most days caught up with over forty yachts, some of which started an hour ahead on a two-hour course.”
Making her Bucket debut was another extraordinarily innovative boat from Hoek Design. The 35 metre Firefly is the prototype of the new one-design F-class, the second of which is already under construction. “Firefly showed her mettle by beating four J-class yachts on elapse time in most of the races and coming second overall in her class. She also outperformed many superyachts that are way larger both upwind and downwind in light and heavy airs.”
The fourth Hoek Design yacht to feature in St Barths had the distinction of being the largest on display. Also built by Holland Jachtbouw, the giant 62 metre Athos was one of the most spectacular sights on the whole course. “It was marvellous to see this stunning schooner wow the crowds for the first time in a Bucket regatta and her potential is now clear for all to see,” concludes Hoek. “Everyone at Hoek design is genuinely proud of the achievements of our vessels in St Barths and reminded of what a privilege it is to partner with such ambitious owners.”
Athos and Svea at the Superyacht Cup Palma
25 June 2018
The Superyacht Cup in Palma last weekend displayed excellent conditions for racing, with sun, 15 knots of average breeze and calm seas.
A trio of Wally Nanos race in the Palma Vela
10 May 2018
SVEA storms in for a win ...
19 March 2018
Yachts created from the drawing boards of Hoek Design Naval Architects have once again been turning heads in St. Barths.
Lionheart J-Class World Champion
31 August 2017
Lionheart was the convincing winner of the J-Class World Championships last week
Lionheart wins the triple!
22 June 2017
Lionheart wins all 3 America's Cup J-Class events
The J-Class Lionheart recorded the biggest victories in her four-year racing career
J's at the Superyacht Cup in Bermuda
16 June 2017
6 J Class Yachts were racing in Bermuda this week, Svea, Lionheart, Topaz, Velsheda, Ranger and Hanuman.
TC 90-3 Acadia racing debut in Antigua
8 February 2017
The latest Truly Classic 90-3 ‘Acadia’ had her first racing debut in Antigua last week during the Antigua Superyacht Challenge
Lionheart winner of the J-class regatta in Falmouth
30 June 2015
Last week Lionheart proved to be back on the winning track.
Marie winner of SYC Palma 2015
22 June 2015
The mighty 180ft ketch 'Marie' wins the triple in Palma Mallorca this weekend during the Superyacht Cup!
The annual Bucket regatta this year was a great success for Hoek Designed Yachts.
The Hoek Design 180 ft Ketch “Marie” built by Vitters has just won the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta
Lionheart Crowned King of the J's
1 July 2014
Hoek Design are celebrating yet another extraordinary win, after the J-Class Lionheart won the fourth and final race at the Palma Superyacht Cup last weekend
Hoek Design extends Winning Streak!
10 June 2014
Following yet another straight win victory for a Hoek Design yacht, the Claasen built F-Class Firefly has taken home the Boat International Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2014 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
Hoek Design Yachts on a Winning Streak
3 June 2014
It has been an exceptional first half of the year on the results board of Hoek Design yachts, showing the world that their extraordinary performance belies their classic looks.
SY Marie wins the St. Barth's Bucket 2014
31 March 2014
After a tantalizingly close finish on day 3 of the 2014 St Barth’s Bucket, the 180ft Hoek Design ketch Marie secured her victory to win not only the ‘Elegantes’ class but also to take overall honours.
The Hoek Design fleet was well represented at this year’s Superyacht Cup with 6 yachts joining the event.
J-class pride: Lionheart shows her heels in St Barths
19 April 2013
After a phenomenally successful 2012 that included winning the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup in Cowes, the 44-metre J-Class Lionheart started the new season with a splendid performance in the St Barths Bucket Regatta 2013.
Athos captures the Spirit of Loro Piana
5 April 2013
The 2013 edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous welcomed no less than twenty top sailing superyachts and seven marvellous motoryachts to the British Virgin Islands.
Golden year of regatta performances for Hoek Design
21 September 2012
J-class Lionheart roars around the Isle of Wight
27 July 2012
The J-class yacht Lionheart has won the historic Kings Hundred Guinea Cup and came within a whisker of winning the Corinthian Kings Cup during the Solent regatta around the Isle of Wight.