12 Metre Challenge is a spirited, authentic America's Cup race experience on Sint Maarten.
Founded by owner and America's Cup enthusiast, Colin Percy, 12 Metre Challenge operates in Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, and Cozumel, Mexico. It provides both experienced and novice guests with a unique and thrilling opportunity to race some of the most magnificent and famous race yachts in the world.
Designed for speed and maneuverability, 12 Metre Class yacht designs ushered in a new era of America's Cup racing when the format was introduced in 1958. The fleet operated by 12 Metre Challenge is an unprecedented collection of 1987 vintage boats that represent the pinnacle of the marque.
Each vessel is the result of multi-million dollar R&D programs and years of testing and refinement. They are regarded as some of the fastest 12 Metre Class sailboats in the world, including the beautiful world reknowned Stars and Stripes 87 US-55, which under the brilliant command of Dennis Conner returned the America's Cup back to the United States from Australia during the 1987 America's Cup.
Except for some guest safety enhancements, all yachts in the 12 Metre Challenge fleet have been exquisitely maintained in original form. They deliver the same calibre of performance and racing experience that the boats were originally designed to handle as potential challengers for the 1987 America's Cup.
For guests to Sint Maarten / Saint Martin, 12 Metre Challenge is a showcase adventure that should not be missed.