Marina and Yacht Service Trogir, Croatia has become the latest addition to Camper & Nicholsons Marinas' 1782 Club. Located close to Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Marina Trogir began operations this summer providing 133 berths for yachts up to 60m.
The service centre at Marina Trogir has long established maintenance and refit facilities, with the dry dock capable of dealing with superyachts up to 8,500 tons.
Speaking to Superyachtnews.com, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas sales and marketing director, Kurt Fraser explained that the marina network is made up of independent marinas and “we are free to select marinas in strategic locations, non-competitive to one and other, that are of high interest to our clients.” In this way marina Trogir’s positioning - 25 minutes from the Split city center, 10 minutes from the international airport and two minutes from the old town of Trogir - make it a the next logical addition.
Fraser compared the programme to having a “luxury hotel collection”, aimed at promoting and maintaining high levels of quality internationally. Before a member can join the club, they undergo an entry audit and annual audits, to ensure that standards are maintained and the “programme serves as quality endorsement for their customers,” Fraser added. “They benefit from participation in our global network of marinas and it is an excellent promotional vehicle for members to promote their destinations.”
Fraser explained that there had not been an intentional movement further east and that “perhaps Grand Harbour Marina in Malta was the starting point from which many clients were seeking our advice for onward journeys”, this being in response to what he described as “increased movement of yachts of all sizes making the journey to enjoy the Adriatic.”
“Our new marina near Bari (Cala Ponte) is a great first link in the chain, followed by Dukley Marina in Montenegro - the first major port of entry in the Adriatic," Fraser rationalised. "It made excellent sense that Trogir Marina join the network near Split as it is a natural end point, or mid way point for onward journeys to the north Adriatic to visit locations such as Porto San Rocco in Trieste or Venice.”
Fraser described the initiative as being “highly effective” so far, with their recent partnership with Sunseeker London and Pantaenius adding to the benefits of being a member by offering preferred rates and services at C&N facilities. Fraser emphasized that this “speaks to trust and confidence in the C&N brand”
So far, the initiative has been a success, with interest on the rise. Fraser explained that what was interesting about the progamme is that it has “brought together independent marinas who recognise a link or benefit in working together, be it Palmarina with Cesme at opposite ends of Turkey. Or Cesme and Sani whose locations are complementary. Or Dukley Marina in Budva who will send clients to Trogir and vice versa.”
Plans to expand further afield include the Caribbean, western Mediterranean, eastern Mediterranean, the Middle-East and further.