The race boats of the St.Maarten 12 Metre Challenge are the last of the legendary “12’s" and represent the zenith of the marque. Maintained in pristine condition, and kept very authentic, the yachts have only been modified to improve guest safety.
These boats were exclusively designed and built for the last America’s Cup using 12 Metre Yachts, the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia. In the knowledge that the winds in Fremantle would be far stronger than previous America’s Cups, the 1987 boats were designed and built larger, more powerful and stronger than ever before. Everything onboard is authentic; these are Formula One machines where even the simplest component is designed to produce the best performance.
Although each yacht has a professional crew, including local and international dinghy champions and offshore racers, none of the visitors is along as a passenger. Those who are fit and fearless are assigned to the 'grinders', meaning that they will be operating the winches that move the huge sails. Those who want to take it easy can take care of two essentials: the timekeeping and the beer cooler.
No sailing experience needed.