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America's Cup Sailing: the top attraction in Los Cabos, Mexico
Commands like "forward grind" and "backward grind" are guaranteed to elicit a chuckle, but when you're deep in the throes of a sailing race, the laughter is pushed to the back of your mind. At the Cabo Adventures America's Cup Sailing experience, recreation is seasoned with competition. Head out onto the water in Los Cabos, Mexico, and test your mettle against other visitors to Baja California Sur. Don't worry, experts will be on board to help you along. And, yes, they keep score against each other, so the fix is never in.
Cabo Adventures is among the most interesting attractions in Los Cabos, and the America's Cup excursion is at the top of the list. Skip the party scene for a little bit to do something for your body. The entire staff consists of experienced race crews who are more than happy to orient you to the tasks of sailing and winning out on the windy seas.
Those interested in watching the hard work can certainly find ways to abstain from the manual labor of cutting across the water, but the real fun is in grabbing a handle and putting your back into the quest for victory.
As you push back from the slip, the first part of the voyage consists of a safety briefing and a general familiarization of what you can expect. In addition to showing you where ropes connect and explaining what your roles will be, the staff picks up a board and diagrams the basic racing tactics you'll execute when the games begin. A bit of tradition is thrown into the mix, as well, from the countdown to start to the encouragement of trash-talking (all in good fun, of course).
And then, the race begins.
As part of your Cabo Adventures experience, you'll race twice. The notion that each boat will claim victory once is wishful thinking for some, as the crews do keep score. If one of the men aboard your boat has suffered a recent losing streak, expect him to pull out all the stops to bring that disappointment to a close. Adding a bit of contention, one craft is named for Australia and the other for New Zealand. Old rivalries are perpetuated off the Cabo shore.
Throughout the competition, the staff is pleasant, helpful and understanding. You won't be pushed; whips are not extracted from below deck to motivate you. The purpose, above all else, is to have a good time, and the team will help guide you through the challenges that await. It's not easy, but you'll be able to swap out with other guests during each race.
Once the second race has come to a conclusion, you'll head back to the marina. Enjoy a cup of bear, stretch your shoulders and listen to the accented memories of the Australian, Kiwi and Mexican crew members. To call them experts is an understatement. Feel free to ask them about their own histories. They'll talk willingly, but you won't find boasting in these sea stories – just the untainted facts of professionals recounting the joyful pains of pursuing glory.
Oh, if you want a turn at the steering wheel, just ask.
From start to finish, the America's Cup Sailing team was nothing short of a pleasure to be around. They are able to deliver a high-touch, insightful experience without even approaching obsessive or overbearing. The point of the excursion is to experience something you wouldn't back home. They grasp this and make it a reality. Without a doubt, it has the potential to be the highlight of your Los Cabos vacation.
Back on land, check out a few of the other attractions that Cabo Adventures offers. A glass dolphin tank sits right in the lobby, and there are opportunities to swim with them, too. Special programs exist for kids, and there's a "Dolphin Trainer for a Day" package that allows you to get your hands dirty wet with the staff.
If you're headed to Los Cabos, this is the first attraction you should add to your itinerary.
Disclosure: The Los Cabos Tourism Board picked up the tab for this trip. But, if you know me, you know I don't do anyone favors. The opinions are definitely my own.