Most superyacht slips for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda are already booked. Among the takers is the sailing yacht Marae. But, you can experience the action from her decks. She’s offering charter guests a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience.
Marae has one of the prime berths. In fact, it’s within the America’s Cup Race Village, across from the finish line. It’s also alongside “pit row” for the America’s Cup racing yachts and teams. It will be interesting to compare and contrast her styling and amenities with those of the racing catamarans. The 108-foot (33-meter) Marae, delivered in 2004, has a classic profile and equally classic walnut interior. Among the accommodations for six, the master has direct access to the aft cockpit. Wherever you are onboard, if you take photos with your own Apple device, you can view them via the entertainment system. It uses iPads and iPod Touch devices, which further let you control the TV and music and select movies.
Whatever you decide, surely the stew, a skilled mixologist, will provide you with a special drink to kick off your stay aboard. Marae’s three-person crew and captain get high marks for their creativity and professionalism. The captain even lets guests take the wheel on occasion.
Since Marae has secured a VIP package for the America’s Cup, you have a number of attractive opportunities. First, she’ll be able to take you out to the dedicated VIP viewing area along the course’s edge. You’ll get tours of the pit lane base and a seat at the post-race press conferences. You’ll also get to attend the prize-giving ceremony. Furthermore, the VIP package provides access to Club AC, the hospitality area on land, plus America’s Cup parties. If you wish, you can additionally take advantage of concierge services provided by BWA Yachting. The firm is coordinating on-land and on-water needs for yachts and their guests.
Since Marae will be in Bermuda for the qualifier races as well as the finals, she has two rates. For the former, running May 26 to June 12, the rate is $89,000 per week. For the America’s Cup finals, June 17 and 18 plus 24 to 27, the rate is $118,000 per week. Some things, such as Bermuda taxes, are additional costs. Consult Nicholson Yachts, which holds the central charter listing for Marae, or your preferred charter broker.