A Brief History - click here to Print page
all goes back to 1851 and Queen Victoria. Since then, men have spent small
fortunes to win this most prestigious and oldest sporting trophy in the world.
For 132 years the New York Yacht Club would not be beaten; then, in 1983 it
was the Australians. They took the "Auld Mug" "Down Under"
and set up the greatest America's Cup of all time. After 354 individual yacht
races, it was Dennis Conner with his fabulous Stars & Stripes campaign
who won the trophy and brought it home to the U.S.A.
Is this the boat you will be racing? Could be.... for this is where it is, leading the fleet of the St. Maarten America's Cup 12 Metre Regatta.
us to experience an adventure of a lifetime; the thrill of competition and
a slice of history.
Location - click to Print page
location is the St.MAARTEN
“AMERICA’S CUP” REGATTA dock
at Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg.
Timing - click here to Print page
Each Regatta takes approximately three 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. As these boats are pure race boats, they have no toilet facilities aboard. Guests should make prior arrangements.
Guests with Special Needs - click here to Print page
Every effort is made to accommodate “Guests with special needs”. However the nature of the St. Maarten “America’s Cup” 12 Metre Regatta is very participatory and the motion of the boats may cause problems for some. We therefore request that a guest with special needs be accompanied by a companion who has the capability of assisting the guest onto and off the boats. If the companion feels at the point of departure that the experience will prove to be too much for the guest, we will be happy to refund both tickets.
Age Considerations - click here to Print page
The minimum age is twelve years old: however, there are some young people, typically in a sailing family who have considerable sailing experience; are well aware of the potential hazards of sailing and have been trained to perform accordingly. In these cases, if the young person is accompanied by their parent, we will be pleased to accept young people to a minimum age of seven.
What to Bring - click here to Print page
We recommend you wear soft soled running shoes. T-shirts and shorts over a swim suit is ideal. There is ample storage space below for beach bags, etc., and a small plastic bag to prevent a camera being splashed is a good idea.
are not required and there is no departure tax. The only money you will require
is for souvenirs and for (optional) crew gratuity.