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America's Cup Yacht Racing

Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
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Best excursion in the Caribbean

We have done the 12 Meter Regatta race many times over the past 12 years, and it is always a great... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2018
Elaine D
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Livonia, Michigan
Would have been great, but....

"Upon arrival we were told we would not be racing due to 8 people from the ship who "canceled... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2017
LisaWmsAZ
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Williams, Arizona
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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.
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  • Very good7%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“grinder” (88 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

We have done the 12 Meter Regatta race many times over the past 12 years, and it is always a great experience. We stopped by in early March and learned that the boats are being refurbished after the hurricane, and will be back in action...More

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Reviewed October 30, 2017

"Upon arrival we were told we would not be racing due to 8 people from the ship who "canceled". I've never been able to cancel on a cruise without forfeiting $. Then of the two yachts, we were sent out on the one that had...More

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Reviewed September 14, 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

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Reviewed September 13, 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
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Reviewed September 12, 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
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Reviewed September 3, 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

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Reviewed September 3, 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

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Reviewed August 28, 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

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

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Reviewed August 27, 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

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

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Reviewed August 16, 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

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

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James C
September 23, 2017|
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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.
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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!
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