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 What is a 12 Metre Class Sailboat?

12 Metre Class sailboats are so called not because of their overall length, but because they must conform to a formula. The formula takes into consideration various measurements of the boat and the result must not exceed 12 metres. In fact, a 12 Metre Class sailboat is approximately 70 feet long with masts 86 feet high and they weigh in at about thirty-five tons.


 When did 12 Metre Class racing begin?

The 12 Metre Class was first established in 1906, and became competitive in Europe and North America.


For the 1958 America’s Cup Trophy, the contestants and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee agreed that it was time to move on from the pre-war era of the “J Class” boats. A lighter, more maneuverable design, it was argued, would allow for closer, more exciting racing. The very popular 12 Metre Class, possibly the most successful race boats ever designed, were adopted.


 How many races does 12 Metre Racing run each day?

There are currently five races, or “regattas” run each day. Start times are 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm & 2:30pm.


 How long is each race?

Each Regatta takes approximately two and a half hours. On some days, this is subject to wind and water conditions, but every effort is made to keep to this schedule.


Guests are requested to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.


 How should I dress?

We recommend you wear soft-soled running shoes. T-shirts and shorts over a swimsuit is ideal. You will be exposed to our beautiful Caribbean sun, ensure you bring your sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat!

There is ample storage space below for beach bags and towels. You can bring your camera, which should remain in your bag (below decks) until after the race, when there will be time for photos on your sail back to the tender.


 Are there any restrooms on board?

The fleet of 12 Metre yachts are race boats in their purest form. There are no toilets on board, although there are plenty back at the 12 Metre Clubhouse.


 Can guests with mental/physical limitations participate?

Every effort is made to accommodate guests with special needs. However the nature of the 12 Metre Race is very participatory, and the dynamic motion of the race boats during the race may cause problems for some.

We request that any guest with special needs be accompanied by a companion who has the capability of assisting the guest on and off the boats.


For safety purposes, the 12 Metre Regatta reserves the right to pull any guest off the tour at any time if we feel there is a safety issue.


 Are there any age limitations?

Our suggested minimum age is nine years old. However, there are definitely some people under nine who are capable and competent; typically they are members of a sailing family with considerable sailing experience and an understanding of the requirements and potential hazards of sailing. In this case, children between 6-8 years of age will be welcomed with guardian’s consent.


We also suggest a maximum age of 70 years old. However, for some, age is but a number. We have had guests in their eighties thrive on the water and activley participate. If the guest is in good health and can sit, stand, and walk independently, we are happy to accommodate them on tour.


For safety purposes, the 12 Metre Racing reserves the right to pull any guest off the tour at any time if we feel there is a safety issue.



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