London, England is gearing up to become a great superyacht venue for the 2012 Olympic Games.
According to www.YachtsLondon.com, a UK company that offers services to help yachts visit in 2012, London is one of only a handful of capital cities that can accommodate superyachts.
A legacy of London’s maritime past is its remaining docks, which will provide stern-to mooring for 50-100 large yachts as demand warrants.
The Canary Wharf financial district will be the centre of this, with added space in the Royal Docks next to City Airport. Yachts up to 200m (656ft) LOA and 30m (98ft) beam can be accommodated.
“Many parties will be involved including dock owners, landowners, pier operators, PLA, MCA, security and suppliers,” says Hugh Agnew, one of the principals of YachtsLondon. “We can help with all of these, but the key at the moment is early decisions so that sufficient dock space is put in place for 2012.”
Several other sailing events are due to take place in the UK in 2012, including the Superyacht Cup, J Class regattas and the Westward Cup.