All eyes in the sailing world are on Bermuda, where the 35th America’s Cup will be raced during June 2017. Plenty of yachts will be available for spectator charters, and Nicholson Yachts has two boats in its fleet that have been granted VIP Flags from the America’s Cup official Superyacht Program.
Yachts with these VIP Flags get front-row access for watching the races. According to the Nicholson team, only 50 yachts have received the flag overall, and only a fraction of those will be open for charter at the America’s Cup. (The rest with VIP Flags will be used by their owners.)
The two Nicholson charter yachts available with VIP Flags are the 93-foot CNB sailing yacht Savarona and the 108-foot Alloy sailing yacht Marae. Each accommodates six guests in three staterooms, with prime-event weekly base rates ranging from about $50,000 to $65,000.
I have not had the pleasure of getting aboard Savarona, but I’ve been aboard Marae (that’s her in the photo) a number of times over the years. She’s one of my favorite sailing yachts for charter.
Marae is elegant in decor, well-run by her captain, Frank Ficken, and has a great chef in Sue Ficken. I wrote this article about Marae for the March 2016 issue of Yachting magazine.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Savarona or Marae, or help you book these yachts with VIP Flags for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda.