Yas Marina Expands to Cash in On Volvo Ocean Race

Yas Marina to add more berths to cope with demand for entertainment at  Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Yas Marina is according to reports in Abu Dhabi’s TheNational preparing to add between seven and 30 berths to the existing 175 by October of this year.
The marina can accommodate yachts between 8 metres and 150 metres and currently 90 per cent of all berth holders are locally based.  Now in its fifth year of operation has been managed by Camper and Nicholsons Marinas since 2011, who have improved occupancy levels from just 19 in 2011 to around 100 now.
The aim is to increase occupancy from 69 per cent in the first quarter of the year to reach full occupancy next year to coincide with the hosting by Abu Dhabi of the Volvo Ocean Race from mid-December 2014 to January 3, 2015
The Gulf state hosted the global race last January and generated 32,000 room nights from 124,000 visitors. The next edition is expected to generate US$61 million, 30 per cent more than in 2012,