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June 9, 2017

Sailing with America’s Cup Champions

By Lauren Jade Hill

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Those in search of a once-in-a-lifetime Bahamas experience will find it with the help of Black Tomato, the London-based luxury tour operator known for masterminding insanely over-the-top itineraries around the world. “The Bahamas has always been synonymous with glamour and exclusivity,” says the company’s co-founder Tom Marchant. “And with some of the best coastal views and landscapes in the world, they make the perfect destination for a sailing adventure. This is the ultimate way to gain insight into what it’s like to race in America’s Cup, the prestigious competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.”

$124,230 per person for a three-night sailing experience, accommodation on B&B basis, winner’s dinner and presentation, blacktomato.com

DAY 1

Morning: Fly into Nassau by private jet. A guide will transfer you to the One&Only Ocean Club, which will be your base for the next few nights.
Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxed lunch, then unwind by the beach. Snorkel or
take a guided dive in the Great Bahama Bank to view the incredible
underwater reefs and marine life.
Evening: Before dinner, guides will brief you on your sailing activities for the next few days. After dinner, explore the historical port of Nassau and its famous nightspots.

DAY 2

Morning: Get acquainted with the aerodynamic boats you’ll be sailing for the next two days and meet your America’s Cup crew and skippers.
Afternoon: Go out on the water and try your hand at sailing the boats alongside your expert crew.
Evening: An exclusive private dining experience for you and your crew at the Graycliff restaurant, renowned as one of the best on the island.

DAYS 3-4

Morning: For the next two days you’ll be part of a championship winning team. You’ll take part in four different races, experiencing it just as the racing teams do in the annual competition. To chronicle every moment as you glide across the waters of the Caribbean, a video team will film each race,while drones flying overhead will capture each maneuver from a bird’s-eye-view.
Afternoon: After a truly exhilarating two days out on the water, you’ll be presented with your very own Baccarat limited series trophy, designed especially for you.
Evening: The grand finale: a special supper and party hosted at the Ocean Club villa’s private beach for you and the crew to relive the magic of your time at sea.

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