Why stay in a hotel for the upcoming summer Olympic Games in London when you can do so aboard your own yacht? The London Docklands, about two miles from the Olympic Park and other venues for the Games, will play host to yachts and megayachts of all sizes.
The London Docklands already accommodates everything from pleasureboats to naval vessels and cruise ships on an annual basis. A handful of megayachts like the Delta-built Laurel have visited over the past year, so it’s well versed in the needs of large vessels.
Gareth Stephens, the harbour and waterspace manager for British Waterways, the agency overseeing the UK’s inland waterways, says that a variety of berths are being made available and have already attracted interest. Specifically, the London 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 final number of available slips “really depends on the sizes of vessels we have,” Stephens explains. “We are looking to accommodate a mix of cruise vessels and superyachts.”
While stays can be tailored to meet your requirements, Stephens does state, “We are looking at a minimum booking period of 21 days.” Since the Games run from July 27 to August 12, the required booking period would run from July 24 to August 14. Stays starting before and/or ending after the minimum period are also available. The per-day charges are dependent upon the LOA of your yacht. They range from a daily rate of £1,000 ($1,547 at press time) for yachts of less than 25 meters (82 feet) to £11,000 ($17,011 at press time) per day for 125- to 150-meter (410- to 492-foot) yachts. For megayachts larger than 150 meters,
The London Docklands has full servicing facilities, such as water, sewage, bunkering, and garbage. It also has both riverboat and Tube connections, making it even more convenient to both the Games themselves as well as major city attractions.
To inquire about berth availabilities, contact Stephens: +1 (44) 207 517 5550 or via email.