Very exhilarating! The people who opted out of sailing the boat got quite wet at the front. The ones at the back held on for dear life when the boat keeled over, so far that the water wet them up to their waists. The ones doing the work looked exhausted and had trouble staying in place with the boat keeled over so far.The crew rotated them to other positions when they began to look worn out. I would do it again. You need to keep in mind that this is a race. If you want a relaxing tour, take a catamaran trip.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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...
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.
It was well worthwhile, likely the best excursion we had on the entire trip.
William D USA
Trip of a lifetime, the captain was helpful in training the crew. I would take this trip again.
A fun trip - well organized and well run! Great customization for all comers - from young to old! I'd definitley recommend this trip. And Viator's price was considerably less that what those who booked through the cruise paid - CONSIDERABLY LESS! Nice!
John L USA
Great experience. Fun to be on the 'real' thing. Experienced sailboat racers should approach the event as more choreography than racing, and enjoy the ride.