The following are some packages for adults that offer the opportunity to participate in sports adventures:
America’s Cup Challenge (San Diego, CA; www.nextlevelsailing.com)
• Next Level Sailing rents the Stars & Stripes/USA 34 – one of several racing boats to bear the legendary Stars & Stripes name in recent decades – for four-hour private charters. This version of the boat, built for seafaring legend Dennis Connors’ 1995 America’s Cup challenge, is 79 feet long and can hit speeds of up to 18 knots when heading downwind.
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Old Course Experience (www.oldcourse-experience.com)
• The St. Andrews Links Trust, which manages the famous Old Course at St. Andrews Links – the frequent home of the British Open Championship – offers a package that includes guaranteed tee times at the Old Course and other St. Andrews courses, along with lodging and meals.
Reds Baseball Heaven (Goodyear, AZ;
(http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/fan forum/fantasy camp.jsp)
• During spring training each year, the Cincinnati Reds invite fans to participate in an eight-day fantasy camp. Participants receive coaching on the game’s fundamentals from former Reds players, play daily intra-squad games, get their own clubhouse locker, and play in a game against a team of Reds greats. These $4,000+ camp sessions typically sell out a year in advance.
Tour de France Biking Tours
• Trek Travel (www.backroads.com) offers Tour de France biking tours where participants ride just hours ahead of the pros before stopping to watch the racers pass. The five- to nine-day trips are available for all ability levels. The cost is $5,500 per person.