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Winning formula on the deck: Yacht tales at Yas Marina

The Marina is an integral part of the Yas Marina circuit as fans flock to watch cars zip by

  • By Jaydip Sengupta, Deputy Editor-Sports, XPRESS
  • Published: 22:50 May 8, 2013
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Abu Dhabi: If you have ever been to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, you must have marvelled at the stunning yachts parked at the Marina. They come in all shapes and sizes and are berthed at vantage points to offer the best views of the Formula One cars whizzing by.

The 175-berth marina caters to yachts from 8 to 150 metres in size and, in addition to competitive annual berthing packages, the marina offers standalone Race Week berths that put local and visiting boat owners in the centre of the Grand Prix action. The Formula 1 week is easily one of the hottest tickets of the international sporting calendar and this year, the November 1-3 action promises spectacular action like it has done every year at the Yas Marina circuit.

“If you want fun, family-friendly entertainment year round and want to be close to the excitement of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, then Yas Marina is the best place to be,” Yas Marina General Manager Cedric Le Rest told XPRESS even as the Formula 1 season moves into another gear with four of the 19 races already held and hardly anything to separate the top drivers.

Arguably the best viewing area, yacht slots at the Marina are available as part of an annual berth or as a standalone rate. Race Week berths can include views of on-track action and, dependent on berth size, include a generous allocation of guest and crew passes that allow boat owners to extend the excitement of the weekend to friends and family.

Race Week berth holders also gain access to exclusive off-track entertainment including the highly anticipated after-race concerts, which in previous years have hosted world-class artists like Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Eminem and Britney Spears perform each night of the weekend. On land, Yas Marina also hosts special events to complement the weekend’s festivities, and thanks to its proximity to the host venue, its restaurants become an F1 weekend meeting point.

Also by the time the Formula I week begins, Yas Marina will have completed an expansion project that will transform the Marina into a vibrant dining and entertainment precinct with eight restaurants offering panoramic views of the Marina, a pedestrianized promenade, an interactive musical fountain and a children’s playground.

“Abu Dhabi is a great place to go for friends and families,” said Kurt Fraser Sales & Marketing Director for Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd, the company that operates and manages Yas Marina. “You will experience the best of Arabian hospitality, one of the world’s finest yachting and racing experiences, and will be within reach of amazing entertainment options. There is no more exciting time to be in Abu Dhabi than during the Grand Prix, and there is no better way to experience that weekend than with the team at Yas Marina.”

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Annual berth rates for Yas Marina start at Dh16,455 and include a race week berth with non-track view and Dh34,223 for track view.

Race week rates start at Dh11,435 for non-track view and Dh27,103 for track view.

For more information about Yas Marina’s Race Weekend or annual berths, please visit http://www.cnmarinas.com/en/marinas/yas-marina

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