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America's Cup Yacht Racing

Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
+1 721-542-0045
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Visitors can participate in a mini-America's Cup boat race in actual boats from the 1987 competition, including Dennis Conner's famous Stars & Stripes.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good7%
  • Average2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
+1 721-542-0045

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We took this as an excursion from our cruise ship. We were on True North. What great fun !!! Never been on a sailboat before but would definitely do this again. My husband and I decided we would be workers. He was a grinder and...More

Thank Cindy N
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I, together with our two kids (ages 16 and 18) had an amazing time! While I was a bit scared at times (I had never sailed like this before and was worried we were going to tip), it was such a rush!...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 12 September 2017

We have been on 8 cruises and we take a shore excursion at every port. This 12 Metre regatta is our favorite. We have actually chosen to do this 4 times. We won't miss it. Loved participating in the sailing process. Captain Tom was laid...More

Thank Colleen P
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Someway somehow we scheduled this cruise excursion by mistake. What was great is we were on a world famous yacht "Stars and Stripes" and the experience itself was worth doing. That being said--there was more than one opportunity to get hurt on this excursion. I...More

Thank XSNRG87
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed this excursion so much we are planning to return. The guides teach you everything you need to know for your position. Neither of us had any prior experience- very easy to learn. If you get sea sick easily you may...More

Thank fries2go
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This was our second time and we look forward to our next opportunity. This is a must!! We are in our 60s and had a blast! Hubby worked the grinder and loved it! Captain Morgan was great- very knowledgeable and a terrific leader!More

Thank pencetomjill
Colin P, Owner at America's Cup Yacht Racing, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hello, Pencetomjill. Thanks thanks for coming back to sail with us again. . I, too look forward to your next visit ....hopefully I'll get to meet you. I hear your husband was a grinder...but what was your job? Were you the invaluable time keeper...or were...More

Reviewed 27 August 2017

If you have a few hours in St Maarten try racing a sailboat that won the America's Cup. Our family never sailed before and we were part of the crew. It was a fun morning. Thank you to Captain Morgan and the 3 professional crew...More

Thank emmmail2000
Colin P, Owner at America's Cup Yacht Racing, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hi emmmail2000. Thanks for taking the time to review our St. Maarten 12 Metre Regatta. I'm glad you had a fun morning...and I will certainly pass your kind remarks on to the crew. We really believe that being a part of the crew and performing...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

The Twelve Meter was the highlight of out SXM vacation this year. Captain Ernie was great with his knowledge of the Americas Cup. I recommend for all ages. Big shout out to the girls from the Netherlands that were doing a trip report on St.Maarten...More

Thank Richiehdsxm
Colin P, Owner at America's Cup Yacht Racing, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Hi Richie, So glad our 12 Metre Challenge was the highlight of your SXM vacation this year. And thanks for the kind words about Ernie. Ernie has been with us for ever. He and Mikey are the longest members of our 12 team. It is...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017

This was a wonderful experience if you like boating. We like to sail, but I have never been on a boat this size. It is an entirely different experience. Well worth the money and you get to do the work.More

Thank Jayna C
Colin P, Owner at America's Cup Yacht Racing, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Hi Jayna. Thanks for this review. It sounds as though you are a sailor, but on something a tad smaller....usually a lot more fun. So often, on a big boat, you just get to sit and watch. But we reckon that being given a task...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

I recommend to anyone who likes sailing. Ones in a lifetime experience. I was on the main grinder duty on True North, and had great fun. Crew was fun and made sure everyone did their job properly. We won by a few yards, was very...More

Thank SerhatAtli77
Colin P, Owner at America's Cup Yacht Racing, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Hi SerhatAttli77, Thanks for this review and thanks for the recommendation. I am so glad you and your wife had a great time....and please tell her that next time you come down, we will send her out twice on one ticket !! Keep smiling. .......More

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James C
23 September 2017|
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Response from Perry B | Reviewed this property |
I am unsure as I was a patro. and do not work there. May I suggest you try to reach out to the business via their website.
2 September 2017|
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Response from Merv01 | Reviewed this property |
It didn't seem to take much wind to get these moving, it was an awesome experience and I would love to do it again! If you are getting there by cruise ship and wait until you arrive, you might miss out! Enjoy!
30 August 2017|
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Response from Eugenio M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, 13 crew including master, two seconding and 10 people / tourist as crew members to sail the boat in a race, a hard work for ea of sailors !!!