5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Duration:  2.5 - 3 hours

Ever dreamed of sailing a real racing yacht? Well don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to race in the warm blue waters and brisk trade winds of the Caribbean. Book this once in a lifetime adventure now!

Highlights

  • Sailing adventure on a professional race boat
  • Crew training, position and shirt
  • Complimentary water, soda and beer on board
  • Fruit / rum punch

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What You Can Expect

St. Maarten 12 Metre Challenge

St. Martin's America's Cup 12 Metre Challenge

Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime as you slice through the waters of the Caribbean aboard a multi-million dollar race boat! Upon arrival, you will be assigned a position on the crew as well as receive crew training before heading off to the racecourse. Revel in the blue waters and cool tradewinds as you grind a winch, trim a sail and punch a stop watch. Or, just sit back, relax and enjoy the complimentary refreshments.

Learn the history of the prestigious yacht racing, which dates back to 1851 during the reign of Queen Victoria. The New York Yacht Club held the trophy for 132 years before being defeated by the Australians in 1983, who were then beaten by Dennis Conner after 354 individual races.

Connor's boat, Stars and Stripes, is a member of the 12 Metre Challenge Fleet. Also included are the Canada II, True North I and True North IV, all of which were other contenders in the America's Cup.

Minimum age for this excursion is 12 years old. However, children aged 7-11 are allowed with parental permission. All tours are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Come and experience the thrill of sailing aboard these world famous yachts! And get your shirts after the regatta.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The staff and crew were amazing and we had great weather conditions to really get the true racing experience. We would go again in a heartbeat!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Awesome experience. This was our second time sailing with the 12 meter challenge. We highly recommend this tour and will do it again the next time we are in St. Maarten. The staff and crew were very friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Trip was great. Weather was perfect and the beaches and water were to die for. Best tours were the 12 meter yacht challenge (we won) and an all day snorkel tour with Billy Bones boat (our captain was Belage and he was the best - I highly recommend this tour as you get to see two sites, one with sea turtles, and another with a coral reef - also we had the best lunch ever). Finally, the absolute best place to eat on the island, based on location (right on the water), quality of food, service, and price is Cherterfields.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This is a must do for anyone going to St Maarten. You actually learn something and enjoy the thrill of the competition. You will want to do this again and again. The crew is great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Experience of a lifetime to be on the actual 12M yachts! Staff/crew very nice. Easy location whether coming from cruise ship or driving in from resort.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great experience and highly recommend. I remember watching these boats race in the 80's wishing I was on one of them. We sail little Sunfish and Zuma boats so it was fun being on a 12m racing yacht. We won our race by about a boat length, and I can assure you that on the last leg our captian was seriously wanting to win. I plan on doing it again if I ever get back to St. Maarten.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This adventure is well worth your time and the expense is very reasonable. For someone who knows very little about sailiing it was also a learning experience. This is a very rare opportunity to sail on an authentic, historic vessel and also learn something about sailing whether you elect to remain passive or participate as one of the actively involved crewman. I highly recommend including this activity in your itinerary for both adults and young children. M. Curry, Missouri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Great experience! The entire crew had a responsibility, I was the wich wench...so much fun!! Then after the race, they pass out cold sodas and cold brews to enjoy on the sail back to the dock.

JennyC
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

This was too much fun! I was nervous about having to work, but at the end of it, I was so glad that I did! The job assigned to me was a 'Winch Wench' and I was told exactly where to sit and what to do and I'd like to think I performed and didn't let my crew on the Canada II down! Although we lost to Stars & Stripes, it was only by a second or two. The crew were very helpful and made this a truly fun experience for everyone...
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

This was a very unique experience. It was a great opportunity to be aboard one of the boats that actually sailed in the America's Cup. The beauty of the ocean and the surroundings also added a lot to the tour.
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