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The Race Yachts

In St. Maarten, our classic sailing thoroughbreds, nearly seventy feet long with masts the height of an eight-story building, take you on a duel of a lifetime for that split-second advantage and the glory of being the first to cross the finish line!

12 Metre Class race yachts were built between 1907 (when the class was defined) and 1987 when the last America’s Cup was sailed on this specification. Approximately 170 12 Metre Class vessels were built, of which only approximately 100 of exist in the world today. We are lucky enough to count four of the beautiful 1987 “great 12’s” as our fleet, including Stars and Stripes (US-55) – considered among the most famous sailing vessels in the history of the America’s Cup.

The 1987 America’s Cup is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, but this story begins in 1983.  Dennis Conner, who had already defended the cup twice, was once again sailing for the New York Yacht Club against the Australians on their revolutionary 12 Metre Australia II.  With the newly introduced winged-keel, the Australians were able to come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Conner, and for the first time in it’s 132 years of existence the America’s Cup left the United States.

Over the next four years a disgraced Dennis Conner vowed to bring the cup back home, and after a grueling competition involving over 350 individual yacht races earned the chance to do just that.  Aboard Stars & Stripes 87 off the coast of Fremantle, Australia Conner earned his redemption, defeating the Australians on Kookabura III four races to none, and solidifying one of the greatest comeback stories of all time.

Our America’s Cup race yachts represent the zenith of the 12 Metre marquee. They are maintained in pristine condition and kept in authentic race format, with only minor modifications to ensure guest safety. Learn more below.

Our Fleet

Stars & Stripes 87 (US-55)

The very yacht that defeated the Australian defender Kookaburra III by 4 races to nil to win the America's Cup back for the USA. Experience the jaw-dropping speed and precision with which Stars & Stripes 87 (US-55) cuts through the ocean on one of our daily regattas in St. Maarten.
Stars & Stripes 86 (US-56)

Stars & Stripes 86 (US-56)

Built to withstand the heavy seas and winds expected in Fremantle, Australia, this incredible vessel was designed with a different keel and more sail area than her predecessors. Join us daily for a memorable race on Stars & Stripes 86 in the warm blue seas surrounding St. Maarten.
True North IV (KC-IV)

True North IV (KC-IV)

"Ivy" as she is affectionately named, is heavier and longer on the waterline. In fact, True North IV holds the record for the longest waterline length for a 12 Metre Class vessel ever. Ivy is in a league of her own within our St. Maarten racing fleet, and she offers you a race experience you'll never forget.

Canada II

Generally regarded as being the fastest light-air 12 Metre Class boat in the world, Canada II competed in the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. She delivers a superb dose of speed as she takes on her challengers in daily regattas along the coast of Sint Maarten.