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The Olympics. The pomp. The circumstance. A graduation of sorts. Once again, we are glued to our televisions. Fifteen thousands (15,000) talented Chinese performers on the field of the “Bird’s Nest.” China kicked off the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Olympic games. Amazing.
Here we are again. One year before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games.
Meanwhile, the notion of renting a yacht for the London games is considered. In other words, marina reservations are well under way. Additional berths have been added to accommodate the expected visitors arriving by superyacht.
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“We are very excited to see such levels of interest from yachts so far,” says Mark Upton, Director of MGMT. “We were always confident yachts would book for the Olympics but expected this to happen later in the year once the summer charter season ended. We have made a huge effort to keep the industry informed of our concierge services and also the fact that the popular tickets, hospitality, and services will sell out very quickly. It seems our efforts are paying off and the bookings are being made early to ensure visiting yachts receive the full benefit of all the services available.”
“One thing is certain.” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants.
“For the month of August, 2012, London will be the luxury mega yacht charter capital of the world. Based on the early inquiries we have received, we estimate at least 30 superyachts will be in London and on the Thames for the Olympics next summer.”
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The Marina at the London Docklands plays host to dozens of the newest and largest motoryachts in the world during the Olympics. The facility is two miles from Olympic Park and other venues for the games.
“The Docklands can house yachts up to 170 meters (558 feet) with a 23-meter beam and eight-meter draft (75 feet and 26 feet, respectively).”
The number of available slips will ultimately depend on the sizes of vessels that make reservations for the games. Says Stephens,
“We are looking to accommodate a mix of cruise vessels and superyachts.”
Minimum dockage reservation period is 21 days. London Olympics run from July 27 to August 12. The required minimum booking period is July 24 to August 14. Stays starting before and/or ending after the minimum period are available.
It is touted as one of the largest flotillas assembled on the Thames. Approximately 30,000 people waving flags and cheering Her Majesty the Queen attend. In addition, rowed boats, working boats, and pleasure vessels join luxury mega yacht charter vessels on the river.
Taking place just 6 week prior to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, the yachting spectacle will be enhanced with music barges, boats spouting water cannons, and pyrotechnic barges launching daytime fireworks. There will also be specially-constructed elements like a floating belfry – its chiming bells answered by those from riverbank churches.
Thames piers, riverside roads and bridges will be closed to traffic. At the same time, 40 to 50 giant screens will be erected along the flotilla route. The public can also enjoy the pageant from multiple vantage points to the left and to the right of the river. The flotilla concludes at Battersea Park. The conclusion includes music and artist-led Jubilee-themed entertainment.
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