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Slice through the waters of the Caribbean aboard a multi-million dollar race boat on this 3-hour excursion from St Maarten. If you've ever wanted to compete in a sailing race, this is your chance to board one of the Caribbean's fastest boats and be part of the crew. Get pre-race training, a sailing history lesson and a spot on the crew, then zoom through the aqua waters with sea spray in your face. Enjoy complimentary refreshments onboard.

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

Make your way to Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg to meet your racing instructors. Make sure to wear soft-soled shoes appropriate for climbing around on board a million-dollar yacht.
Upon arrival, undergo sailing instruction and a safety orientation before getting your crew assignment; you could be grinding a winch, punching a stop watch or trimming a sail as you slice through the aqua Caribbean waters. If you're more of an observant type, just find a spot on board to relax and enjoy the complimentary refreshments.
Climb on board one of the yachts: you may sail on the 'True North IV', the 'Canada II', the 'True North I' or the 'Stars and Stripes', all of which have been contenders in the America's Cup in the past. Learn about the history of yacht racing from your guides, which dates back to the 19th century.

Please note: 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.

Customer Reviews

Marina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great time! The crew was great and the experience is once in a lifetime. A must do on St. Maarten!

Edna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great Trip. We had a wonderful time!! The staff was great and Captain Morgan did a great job teaching us to sail.

Barbara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it! Went just to sail on a 12 meter boat, ended up really enjoying the whole racing aspect.
Signed, Winch Wench

Patrick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I am a sailing enthusiast and going on this excursion was something I wanted to do for several years. I was NOT disappointed! The crew made sure everyone: understood what it takes to sail a boat like this we're comfortable and had a good time. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone sailors or non-sailors.

Jane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

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.

Kimberly R

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!

Paul D

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.

Richard L

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.

Michael P

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.

Linda C

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.

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