America's Cup Legends

French Kiss & South Australia

January - December 2024

Sail, Compete, Unite: Team Success

Sail to Success: Team Building with America's Cup Legends

Elevate your corporate events to an unprecedented level of excitement and team spirit by hosting your next team-building experience aboard two legendary America’s Cup yachts, FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Imagine the thrill of competing against your colleagues on the high seas, where strategy, teamwork, and leadership skills are not just valuable—they’re essential for victory.


Set Sail on a Sea of Opportunity

Embark on an unforgettable journey where the competitive spirit of the America’s Cup infuses every aspect of your corporate event. FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA are not just yachts; they are symbols of excellence, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of success. By stepping aboard these iconic vessels, your teams will engage in a dynamic environment that challenges them to communicate effectively, collaborate closely, and lead decisively.


Join the Ranks of Champions

Don’t miss this chance to elevate your corporate events with an unforgettable sailing experience on FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Contact us today to plan your team-building adventure, where the legacy of the America’s Cup becomes the backdrop for developing your organization’s next generation of leaders. Set sail towards success, and let the spirit of competition and teamwork guide your journey to new horizons.


Utilizing two boats grants a rare chance to authentically engage in the match racing that defines the America’s Cup, aboard legendary vessels that have been integral to the Cup’s history.

Why Choose a Yachting Adventure for Your Team?

  • Unique Team-Building Experience: Move beyond conventional team-building activities. Racing on historic yachts offers an unparalleled opportunity to bond, develop interpersonal skills, and foster a strong team ethos in an exhilarating setting.
  • Competitive Edge: Harness the competitive spirit that drove these yachts to the forefront of international sailing. Engage in friendly races that mirror the challenges and triumphs of the America’s Cup, inspiring your teams to new heights of achievement.
  • Leadership Development: The dynamic and unpredictable nature of sailing requires quick thinking, adaptability, and decisive leadership—qualities that are invaluable in the corporate world. Cultivate these skills as your teams navigate the complexities of sailing these magnificent yachts.
  • Memorable Experiences: Create lasting memories that enrich your corporate culture and strengthen bonds among team members. The experience of competing on these historic yachts will be talked about long after you return to shore, reinforcing a sense of camaraderie and shared achievement.

Full-Day Team Sail Challenge

FRENCH KISS & SOUTH AUSTRALIA (2 Boats): € 14.990,- per day  

One-Day Exclusive Match Racing Event: FRENCH KISS vs SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Date & Location:
  • Venue: Nice port
  • Date: All Year
  • Duration: 9:00 AM – Approximately 6:15 PM

Event Schedule:

Morning Session

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Arrival and Welcome

    • Participants are greeted at the port of Nice.
    • Introduction to the legendary yachts French Kiss and South Australia.
    • Overview of the day’s activities, safety briefing, and role assignment.
  • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Training on the Water

    • Departure from Nice port for hands-on training aboard French Kiss and South Australia.
    • Participants will learn sail handling and teamwork under the guidance of experienced skippers and crews.
  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Shore Time and Lunch

    • Return to shore for a debriefing session.
    • Lunch provided, featuring sandwiches and drinks, with options starting from €35 excl. vat/person, drinks included.

Afternoon Session

  • 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Match Racing Regattas

    • The highlight of the day: Match Racing between French Kiss vs South Australia.
    • Participants apply morning training in a series of exciting regattas.
  • 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Closing Ceremony

    • Return to Nice port for a final debriefing.
    • Prize-giving ceremony to celebrate the day’s achievements.

Included in Your Day:
  • Access to Two Legendary Yachts: French Kiss and South Australia, each with a capacity of up to 8 guests in addition to the professional crew.
  • Support Vessels: A motor dinghy dedicated to assisting with manoeuvres, setting up the race course, and optional embarkation of photographers or staff.
  • Professional Crew: Each yacht is manned by an experienced crew and a confirmed skipper to ensure a safe and enriching experience.
  • All Necessary Equipment: Including buoys for race setup and safety gear.
  • Catering: Drinks included. Lunch is provided, starting at €35 per person, excluding VAT, with upgrade options available.

Join us for an unparalleled day of sailing, competition, and team-building aboard the historic yachts of the America’s Cup. This exclusive event is designed to inspire teamwork, leadership, and a competitive spirit, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Mediterranean.

What's Included in Your Sailing Adventure

Embark on a journey unlike any other with our exclusive sailing packages aboard the iconic yachts, FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Designed to deliver a seamless and unforgettable experience, our offering includes everything you need to enjoy the thrill of the sea with comfort and style. Here’s what’s included:

  • Legendary Yachts Access: Dive into the world of competitive sailing with access to two historic yachts, FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Each is ready to welcome up to 8 guests, ensuring a personalized and intimate adventure on the waves, alongside our professional crew.

  • Support Vessels at Your Service: Navigate with confidence knowing a motor dinghy is always nearby, aiding in manoeuvres, setting up the race course, and facilitating the optional boarding of photographers or staff to capture every moment of your nautical journey.

  • Guidance by Experienced Professionals: Benefit from the expertise of our professional crew and confirmed skippers on each yacht. Their knowledge and skills ensure not only your safety but also enrich your sailing experience, making it enjoyable and educational.

  • Essential Equipment Provided: From buoys for race setup to safety gear, we’ve got all the necessary equipment covered. This means you can focus on the experience without worrying about the logistics.

  • Catering: Drinks are included. Lunch is provided, featuring sandwiches and drinks, starting from € 35 per person excl. VAT. 


For those seeking an even more customized experience, additional services are available to make your event truly one-of-a-kind.
Please explore our “Tailored Extras for Unforgettable Events” section further down for more details on how we can personalize your sailing adventure further.

2024 Yacht Availabilities: Nice to Barcelona

January – December 2024
FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA are based in the vibrant city of Nice, serving as perfect starting points for sailing events along the French Riviera.
Destinations such as Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, and Porquerolles are also available options.

September 2024
Take advantage of a special opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the America’s Cup, which is making a rare appearance in European waters. This September, we’re bringing our yachts to Barcelona for unique client events, and from September 8-15, we’re open for exclusive sailing experiences. This is a chance to enjoy the thrill of sailing alongside the excitement of the America’s Cup in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Barcelona.

In Barcelona, you also have the choice to select from other historic regatta yachts in our fleet, including:

This allows for exciting competitions between yachts from different generations of the America’s Cup.

Tailored Extras for Unforgettable Events

To ensure your event is not only memorable but also seamless and luxurious, we’ve curated a suite of additional services designed to cater to every aspect of your needs. Here’s what we can offer to elevate your event:


Personalized Accommodation and Transportation

  • Accommodation Booking Service: Secure your stay in the finest local accommodations, from luxury hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, with options to suit every taste and budget.
  • Transportation Coordination: Enjoy hassle-free transportation, including airport transfers, shuttles to and from the event, and any additional travel needs, ensuring your time is focused on enjoyment and relaxation.


Exclusive Event Enhancements

  • Event Hall Rental: Access beautifully themed event spaces for any pre-event meetings, briefings, or post-event celebrations, creating the perfect atmosphere for your sailing adventure.
  • Welcome Reception: Kick off your event with an elegant reception, allowing guests to mingle and get excited about the adventure ahead.


Bespoke Experiences and Wellness

  • Custom Itineraries: Explore the locale with personalized itineraries that include cultural tours, sightseeing, and unique local experiences.
  • Spa and Wellness Packages: Unwind with exclusive spa treatments and wellness activities, perfect for relaxation after a day of competitive sailing.


Gourmet Dining and Social Engagements

  • Exclusive Dining Experiences: Indulge in bespoke dining options, from private gourmet dinners to casual beach BBQs, showcasing the best of local cuisine.
  • Cultural and Sightseeing Tours: Immerse yourself in the local culture with guided tours and excursions, tailored to your interests.


Professional and Leisure Enhancements

  • Professional Photography/Videography: Capture every moment with professional photo and video services, ensuring you have lasting memories of your experience.
  • Team Building Workshops: Enhance team dynamics with specialized workshops focused on leadership and collaboration, delivered by expert facilitators.


Custom Crew Outfitting and Apparel

  • Tailored Crew Outfits: Elevate the team spirit and unity with custom-designed sailing apparel. This includes personalized jackets, hats, or polo shirts featuring the event’s branding or the logos of the legendary yachts, French Kiss and South Australia. These outfits not only enhance the team’s appearance but also serve as a memorable keepsake from the event.


VIP Services

  • For those seeking the ultimate in luxury and convenience, we offer VIP services including personal assistants, exclusive access to certain areas, and custom-tailored experiences to meet your exact desires.


Our commitment is to provide a fully immersive and hassle-free experience that exceeds your expectations. Each service is designed with your comfort, enjoyment, and unique needs in mind, ensuring that your event is as rewarding as it is memorable.


Additionally, we are proud to offer the option to make your event a “green” event, aligning with sustainable practices that protect our marine environment. You can read more about our eco-friendly initiatives and how we incorporate sustainability into our events on our blog.


We look forward to the opportunity to make your sailing event a truly unforgettable experience. Please feel free to contact us to discuss these options further or to tailor a package that perfectly suits your needs.

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French Kiss

The racer FRENCH KISS is notable for its participation in the America’s Cup, a prestigious yacht race that has a rich history dating back to 1851. The America’s Cup is considered the oldest international sporting trophy, and it has been a platform for sailing innovation and intense international competition for over a century.


FRENCH KISS competed in the 1987 America’s Cup held in Fremantle, Australia. This event was particularly memorable for the strong winds and challenging sea conditions that tested the design and sailing capabilities of the competing yachts. The 1987 America’s Cup was also significant for being one of the last to feature 12-metre class yachts, a class that had been synonymous with the America’s Cup since 1958.


The French Kiss campaign was led by French sailor Marc Pajot, who had previously competed in the America’s Cup and was a well-respected figure in the sailing world. The team behind FRENCH KISS was a mix of French maritime talent, including designers, engineers, and professional sailors, who all contributed to the yacht’s innovative design and campaign strategy.


Despite facing stiff competition from the defending American team and other international challengers, FRENCH KISS performed admirably, showcasing the skill of its crew and the design qualities of the yacht. The French team’s efforts were seen as a significant achievement, especially considering the resources and historical dominance of the more established teams.


While FRENCH KISS did not win the America’s Cup, its participation in the 1987 event left a lasting legacy. The campaign demonstrated the competitive spirit and innovation of French sailing, contributing to the country’s strong reputation in the sport. The story of FRENCH KISS is remembered as an inspiring chapter in the history of the America’s Cup, highlighting the global nature of the competition and the relentless pursuit of excellence in the sport of sailing.

Innovative Legacy

FRENCH KISS, a famous yacht that competed in the 1987 America’s Cup, is celebrated for its innovative design and competitive spirit. While much is known about its participation in the iconic race, a lesser-known fact is its role in advancing yacht technology and design.

The team behind FRENCH KISS was pivotal in introducing cutting-edge materials and sail technologies, which not only enhanced its performance but also influenced future yacht construction standards. This legacy of innovation extends beyond its race achievements, making FRENCH KISS a symbol of technological advancement in the sailing world.

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South Australia

SOUTH AUSTRALIA was one of the challengers designed and built to compete in the 1987 America’s Cup held off the coast of Fremantle, Western Australia. This event was notable for many reasons, including the introduction of the 12-metre class yachts, which had been the standard since 1958, and for being one of the most competitive and technologically advanced Cups of its time.


The 1987 America’s Cup marked a significant shift in the competition, both in terms of the venue and the international participation it attracted. For the first time, the Cup was defended outside the United States, in the waters of Fremantle, Australia, after the Australian II’s historic win in 1983 ended the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year winning streak, the longest in sports history.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA was part of an Australian defense effort that saw multiple yachts being designed and built to defend the Cup on home waters. The yacht represented the State of South Australia and was backed by a consortium that aimed to bring the Cup to South Australia if successful. Like her contemporaries, SOUTH AUSTRALIA was the product of significant research and development, incorporating the latest in yacht design technology, materials science, and sailing strategy of the time.


The design of SOUTH AUSTRALIA and its campaign reflected the intense national and state pride in Australia surrounding the America’s Cup. The event itself was a catalyst for significant economic and infrastructural development in Fremantle and helped to put Australian yachting and its associated industries on the world stage. Despite the innovative designs and the high hopes of its backers, SOUTH AUSTRALIA did not win the Cup. The competition was fierce, with the eventual winner being the American yacht STARS & STRIPES ’87, skippered by Dennis Conner, which successfully reclaimed the Cup for the San Diego Yacht Club.


The 1987 America’s Cup is remembered for its spirit of international competition, the technological leaps in yacht design it fostered, and the way it showcased the sport of sailing to a global audience. The story of SOUTH AUSTRALIA is part of this larger narrative, highlighting the dedication and innovation of teams from around the world in their pursuit of the oldest trophy in international sport.

Technological Marvel

SOUTH AUSTRALIA, a contender in the 1987 America’s Cup, epitomized the apex of yacht design and national aspiration. Representing South Australia, she was engineered with pioneering technology, utilizing advanced materials such as carbon fibre and kevlar to enhance performance. Amidst the intense rivalry and the demanding seas off Fremantle, she faced formidable opponents, including the victorious STARS & STRIPES ’87.

Though she didn’t win, SOUTH AUSTRALIA left an indelible mark on the sailing world, showcasing the spirit of innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence that define the America’s Cup. Her legacy continues to influence yacht design and inspires sailors globally.

Understanding the 12 Metre Class Yachts

The Stars of the 1987 America's Cup

The 12 Metre Class yachts, often abbreviated as 12mR or 12 MJI, played a pivotal role in one of sailing’s most prestigious competitions, the America’s Cup, especially noted in the 1987 event held off Fremantle, Western Australia. But what exactly is the 12 Metre Class, and why was it so significant in the world of competitive sailing? Let’s dive into an accessible explanation that demystifies these legendary yachts for everyone.

The Essence of the 12 Metre Class
Firstly, the term “12 Metre” does not refer to the length of the yacht, which is a common misconception. Instead, it relates to a formula, developed in 1907, that determines the eligibility of a yacht for this class. This formula takes into account various dimensions of the yacht, including length, sail area, and displacement (the weight of the water displaced by the yacht’s hull), to produce a value that must not exceed 12 metres. The result is a range of yachts, typically 65 to 75 feet in length, designed within a specific set of constraints to ensure fair competition.

The Role in the America’s Cup
From 1958 to 1987, the 12 Metre Class yachts were the standard for the America’s Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy. This era is often celebrated for its blend of tradition and innovation, as yacht designers pushed the boundaries of materials, design, and sailing tactics within the strict limits of the 12 Metre rule. The goal was to create a yacht that was fast, agile, responsive, and capable of handling the demanding conditions of match racing.

The 1987 America’s Cup
The 1987 America’s Cup, held in Fremantle, is particularly remembered for its fierce competition and the technological advancements it spurred in yacht design. The challenging conditions of the Indian Ocean tested the 12 Metre yachts like never before, highlighting the importance of design innovation, crew skill, and tactical prowess.

Design and Innovation
Designing a 12 Metre Class yacht was as much an art as it was a science. Designers had to meticulously balance the equation of the rule, optimizing each element of the yacht’s design to gain speed without exceeding the class limit. This led to innovative hull shapes, keel designs, and rigging techniques that significantly influenced yacht design beyond the America’s Cup. 

Legacy and Impact
The 12 Metre Class yachts left a lasting legacy on the America’s Cup and the world of sailing. They embodied the spirit of competition, innovation, and international camaraderie. The class helped to standardize yacht racing and contributed to the professionalization of the sport, setting the stage for the high-tech racing seen in today’s America’s Cup.

12 Metre Legacy: Sailing’s Golden Era
Though the America’s Cup moved on to other classes after 1987, the 12 Metre yachts continue to be celebrated and raced in regattas dedicated to preserving their heritage. They represent a golden era of sailing where design, technology, and skill intersected to create some of the most exciting races in the history of the sport.

Today, Noblesse Yachts® offers the unique opportunity to charter two of the legendary America’s Cup yachts, FRENCH KISS and SOUTH AUSTRALIA. These iconic vessels, which once competed on the world’s grandest sailing stage, are now available for those seeking to experience the pinnacle of sailing heritage and performance. Step aboard and sail into history with Noblesse Yachts®.
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Riviera Gem


Nice, nestled along the French Riviera, is a captivating blend of natural beauty, historical depth, and vibrant culture. It’s famed for its stunning coastline, the Promenade des Anglais, where azure waters meet pebbled beaches and sun-soaked tourists. The city’s heart beats with a rich history, visible in its well-preserved architecture, from the Baroque churches in Vieux Nice (Old Town) to the opulent Belle Époque buildings. Cultural aficionados revel in its many museums, including the Marc Chagall National Museum and the Matisse Museum, which celebrate the city’s influence on these artists.


Nice’s culinary scene is a reflection of its Mediterranean locale, offering a fusion of French and Italian cuisines, best experienced in bustling markets and charming bistros. With its mild climate, Nice is not just a summer destination but a year-round haven for those seeking the blend of city life with the serene beauty of the Côte d’Azur.

Beaches & Nature

Step onto the pebbled beaches of Nice and let the gentle Mediterranean waves whisper to your soul. The sun-kissed Promenade des Anglais invites leisurely strolls with breathtaking views, offering a tranquil escape where time seems to stand still. Here, nature’s beauty is your companion, promising moments of serene bliss.

Elevate your Nice experience by visiting the Colline du Château, where the remnants of an ancient fortress offer unparalleled views of the city against the backdrop of the sea. Then, find a peaceful retreat within the city at Parc Phoenix, a sprawling garden home to thousands of plant species and a variety of wildlife. It’s an ideal spot for nature lovers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a moment of tranquillity.

Restaurants & Shopping

Start your journey in the heart of Vieux Nice, where local bistros and open-air markets, such as the bustling Cours Saleya, offer everything from fresh seafood to the iconic Niçoise salad. Each restaurant and café provides a unique taste of the region, promising an unforgettable dining experience. Don’t miss the chance to savour socca, a local chickpea pancake, a true taste of Niçoise cuisine.

From luxury boutiques on Avenue Jean Médecin to the quaint shops in the Old Town, Nice caters to every taste and budget. Explore the artisanal craft markets for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or browse the latest fashions in the city’s chic boutiques. Whether you’re searching for high-end fashion, local crafts, or unique antiques, shopping in Nice is an adventure in itself, offering a glimpse into the city’s stylish and sophisticated side.

Culture & Entertainment

Begin your cultural pilgrimage at the Musée Marc Chagall, housing the largest public collection of the artist’s stunning biblical works. Next, venture to the Musée Matisse, nestled in the Cimiez neighbourhood, to explore the evolution of Henri Matisse’s groundbreaking artistry. Don’t overlook Vieux Nice, where Baroque churches stand as silent witnesses to centuries of history, and galleries showcase contemporary talents.

Nice comes alive at night, offering entertainment options that cater to every taste. Jazz fans will revel in the intimate clubs dotting the city, where live performances create a sultry backdrop to evening escapades. The annual Nice Jazz Festival, one of the oldest in the world, transforms the city into a hub of musical innovation. For those seeking a more visual spectacle, the Promenade des Anglais becomes a nightly stage for street performers. 

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