The 2015 St Barths Bucket Regatta has come to a finish and after three days of exciting racing the results are now in. With the 35 yacht entries divided across four classes, racing was close and proved for some memorable viewing for spectators and competitors alike.
Built by Claasen Shipyards in 2004, 24m Drumfire was up against ten other competitors in the most popular class: Les Mademoiselles des Mers. Proving her mettle on the regatta scene, she more than held her own and performed consistently throughout the event.
Having achieved fifth place on day one and third place on day two she closed the regatta’s final race, the ‘Wrong Way Round’ course, with a very respectable fifth place securing her fourth position overall within the class. Congratulations to the owner and crew of Drumfire and to all involved in the Bucket for making the event such a success.
In this 1945 photo, test pilots (from left) Mel Gough, Herb Hoover, Jack Reeder, Steve Cavallo and Bill Gray stand in front of a P-47 Thunderbolt. The photo was taken at the then-named Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, which was a research facility for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or the NACA.
The NACA was the main institutional basis for creating NASA in 1958.
On March 3, 1915 – one hundred years ago — the U.S. Congress established the NACA in order “to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution.”
From humble beginnings with a $5000 budget, no paid staff and no facilities, the NACA won the Collier trophy five times. Its researchers made critical contributions to victory in World War II, spawned a world-leading civil aviation manufacturing industry, propelled supersonic flight, supported national security during the Cold War, and laid the foundation for modern air travel and the space age.
Learn more about the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NACA at www.nasa.gov/naca100.
Image Credit: NASA