Every day, we run authentic head-to-head races (called "challenges") on an America's Cup race course set in the beautiful Great Bay of Sint Maarten.
A 12 Metre Challenge race is for everyone ages 12 or older and no prior sailing experience is necessary! Our expert crew will provide you and your party with all the knowledge needed to safely enjoy this sailing adventure of a lifetime!
What To Expect
1. The Pre-Race
Prior to boarding the America's Cup race yachts, guests form into teams and receive an introduction to these unique boats and the incredible racing event they are about to experience. Guests are then tendered out to the yachts anchored in the bay.
2. The "Challenge" Race
Guests have the option to actively participate - griding winches, trimming sails, punching a stop watch - or to sit back and enjoy the thrill ride! For guests who elect to participate, they are provided a task along with clear instructions from one of our professional 12 Metre Challenge crew members. These instructions will include the voice commands to expect during the race and what to do when these commands are heard. Guests have a chance to hone their skills while the boats sail down to the starting line for the Challenge race.
Yacht racing requires significant cunning, tactics and experience. The skippers and 12 Metre Challenge crew members will outline their strategy for winning the race. Then its "go time" and the head-to-head match race around the America's Cup course is underway!
Under the watchful eyes of the 12 Metre Challenge crew, guests enjoy the adrenaline rush of sailing these fabulous thoroughbreds of the sea. After the boats round the first mark and head off towards the next leg, the excitement aboard each yacht is palpable. These agile America's Cup race boats slice through the clear blue waters of Sint Maarten at surprising speeds that have everyone grinning from ear to ear!
With the two America's Cup yachts racing towards victory, a professional photographer on our safety boat captures the action.
It's truly a dream come true for fans of the America's Cup and the legendary 12 Metre Class yachts, as well as an exceptional thrill for seasoned sailors and novices alike.
Please note that the 12 Metre fleet are pure race boats and they have no washroom facilities. Total time on the water is 2.5 to 3 hours, so please make sure you've made arrangements "to go" before you board!
3. The Victory Celebration
Every race must have a winner, and only one race boat will cross the finish line first. However, after such a uniquely thrilling racing experience we assert that there can be no losers!
For all competitors there is a victory celebration in the form of a rum punch party. This celebration takes place at the 12 Metre Challenge dock just outside the "America's Cup" compound.
Smiles abound... lifelong memories are formed!