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Hurricane Spoils Race, but Party Goes On [VIDEO]

Bucket Regatta canceled due to Hurricane Irene 2011 - book now for next year

As a dozen or so Mediterranean yacht charter vessels prepare for a regatta in Sardinia, across the pond in Rhode Island another race is canceled abruptly due to the threat of a hurricane.

Preparations in Costa Smeralda, Sardinia continue as a fleet of Perini Navi yacht charter vessels are poised to compete in next week’s Perini Navi Cup.  Meanwhile, race organizers of Rhode Island’s 25th annual Newport Bucket Regatta, August 25 – 28, 2011, have called off Saturday’s main event as Hurricane Irene bears down on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Although the actual race has been cancelled, the spirit and camaraderie that surrounds this special 25th anniversary event shines on.  The big post race party, known simply as "The Bash,"  will go on, although it will be shifted from Saturday night (August 27), to Friday night (August 26).

On Wednesday evening, the captains of the yachts participating in the Newport Bucket Regatta met with event director Peter Craig and bucket director Hank Halsted. It was the consensus that Hurricane Irene’s potential threat has made a no-race decision on Saturday the only choice. Transitioning from race mode to storm mode for a superyacht is extremely time-consuming, and the decision was made to safeguard the luxury sailing yacht charter vessels and their crews.

While yachts will be preparing for the storm, some owners and their families and guests will be able to enjoy the gala Bucket Bash at the Newport Shipyard. The Bash, which has been moved from Saturday to Friday will feature all the food and festivities planned for this special 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Flying Texas Legends - Texas Legends Airshow

Also cancelled was the Texas Legends Airshow, held in conjunction with the Bucket and sponsored each year by the owner of the yacht, Tenacious.

All eyes (not Hurricane Irene’s) now look ahead to the 2012 Newport Bucket Regatta!

Chartering a sailing yacht to participate in a regatta is a unique experience filled with excitement and fun.  There are dozens of friendly regattas around the world.  Contact SailAway Yacht Charters HERE 
for more regatta information.

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