Published: Wednesday, 04 May 2011

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Sanya, Hainan, along China’s southern most reaches, is quickly staking a claim as one of Southeast Asia’s yachting centres. The ambition is certainly there, and it is coming to shape in the form of the new Serenity Marina, nearby downtown Sanya. The marina is located on a peninsula of land that forms part of Sanya Bay, and is in the middle of an enormous development that will ultimately see a whole new neighborhood of Sanya form up.

The marina is being managed by Godefroy Zwygart, a former French Navy Captain who once handled the support and maintenance requirements for Azimut China, who is optimistic about the marina’s prospects. The marina will have over 300 berths once completed, with a number of berths for yachts up to 40 metres, and a visiting berth for yachts up to 70 metres. Owing to preparations for the marina to host the Volvo Ocean Race fleet when it arrives in early 2012, the minimum depth in certain portions of the basin will be 6.5 metres – 3.5 and 4.5 metres in other sections for smaller yachts. This makes the marina an inviting stopover point for visiting sailing superyachts.

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Work on the marina is progressing at speed, and it is clear that it will be the centrepiece of a new marina city. The breakwaters are already in, with dredging underway. Seawalls have been built, and the new buildings that will contain a raft of bars, restaurants, offices, retail outlets and chandlery stores are under construction. The marina and its surrounds sit in the middle of an enormous property development that includes high end apartments and villas. The Intercontinental Hotel is located in the middle of the development, and will offer five-star treatment for visiting yacht owners. Crews of superyachts will find a fine three-star hotel to cater to their needs. The whole development is owned by one company, with Camper and Nicholsons Marinas acting as consultant to the marina development. CNM has been expanding its role in Asia, with the firm acting as consultant to marinas in Tianjin and potentially in Shenzhen as well.

The Serenity Marina is meant to be up and running by the end of 2011, and the owners of the marina expect that property buyers in the development will be encouraged to buy a yacht to go with their vacation home in Sanya.

Though the size of yacht may be limited to 70 metres, Zwygart points to the bay that is formed by the marina, just up the peninsula. There is a potential anchorage for very large yachts just outside the breakwater, and Zwygart adds there is the possibility of setting down some moorings for large yachts in future, should need dictate it.

The marina environs are good, with direct access to Sanya bay. Boaters will also enjoy the faster navigation to the other bays nearby that are so popular with resorts. Once complete, the marina will have two berths for yachts up to 40 metres, three for up to 35, seven berths for up to 30 metres, and an additional 321 berths for yachts between ten and 25 metres. Berths will be available on a long-term leasing basis