More than 125 superyachts are expected to visit Yas Island marina in Abu Dhabi to view the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix being held next weekend. The race is the 19th and last in the 2010 series.
The marina makes up part of the race circuit so yachts berthed there can get a good view. It will be an exciting race as the world championship still has to be decided among a number of possible contenders.
Yas Marina manager Cedric Le Rest told the local National newspaper that: “Last year there were 131 boats in the marina. This year, 140 of the 143 spots are already filled. Nearly everyone who used the marina last year has returned.”
Among the yachts there for the race will be the 110m (360ft) Dilbar. Her captain Tim Armstrong commented to the newspaper that: “We are happy to be back.”
An estimated 80 per cent of the yachts at Yas are thought to be based in the UAE with another 5 per cent from surrounding Gulf countries. The majority of the rest are said to be from the Med. As to cost, the Dilbar will have to pay around