Superyachts, up to 120m, will also be able to dock within the port and utilise the marina’s facilities, via an on-site ferry. Facilities include service facilities, shops and restaurants, a dry dock, yacht cleaning, watch-keeping and absentee yacht management.
The marina is part of the newly established Imeretinskiy resort, which previously served as the athletes’ village at the recent Sochi Winter Olympics. Imeretinskiy is a subsidiary of Basic Element, a Moscow-base, diversified investment company, owned by Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska made the headlines in a yachting context, when his superyacht, the 72.6m Queen K, played host to then EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, and later-Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, in 2008.
The total level of investment in the project has been estimated at between €50-100 million. “With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, lush greenery, 90 miles of coastline and European-level services in Imeretinskiy, Sochi is a great cruising destination, and we are glad to launch the marina four months after the Olympics”, Elinson added.
The opening of this marina offers some tangible support to a claim by Russian government spokespeople that the country wanted to boost superyacht activity in the Black Sea region. Earlier this year, claims were made that Crimea would be the subject of a large yachting infrastructure investment.