It seems renting a luxury yacht charter vessel for the upcoming London Olympic Games is the easy part. Securing a place to dock your megayacht will be the real challenge.
Event organizers are expecting a scramble for berths along the Thames river and its series of meandering canals. Some of London's waterways pass within 100 meters of the Olympic stadium at Stratford, and last minute space is unlikely to be available.
Some vessels like the 99 meter legendary Mediterranean yacht charter motor yacht CHRISTINA O have already arrived in London to stake out a berth, nearly five months in advance of the Games.
One vessel, the 175 meter luxury cruise liner MS Deutschland berthed in South Quay as part of a 36 hour warm-up visit last July. With the trial run a success, MS Deutschland now has a confirmed berth for the Games and will provide accommodations for the German Olympic Committee.
Back in May, 2011, we reported on berths being offered at the Royal Docks, adjacent to the ExCel Centre (the venue for Boxing, Wrestling, Fencing, Taekwondo, and Table Tennis). As of March 1, local authorities report less than half of the 50 premium superyacht berths remain available.
"One thing is certain." says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters. "For the month of August, 2012, London will be the luxury mega yacht charter capital of the world."
The 2012 London Olympic Games take place from July 27 through August 12. For a list of available yachts and up-to-date dockage information, contact SailAway special events coordinators at http://www.1800sailaway.com/special_events.php.
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