With just weeks to go before the 2017 America’s Cup competition in Bermuda, the first phase of the island’s largest superyacht marina has opened for business. The new Caroline Bay marina, a key part of the Morgan’s Point resort complex will offer 110 berths and is anticipating catering for more than 20 superyachts during the AC race series.
In a statement Craig Christensen, president and chief executive officer of Morgan’s Point Ltd, said: “The completion of the Caroline Bay Marina Docks is a significant milestone for us considering the aggressive schedule and challenges faced since November 2016. I am delighted that we have reached this stage and am confident that we will be ready for the America’s Cup.”
Ralph Richardson, CEO of Caroline Bay Marina Ltd, added: “The first visiting yacht would arrive in the middle of next month. Structural completion of the docks brings confidence that we will be able to provide the service that is expected of a facility of this type. We have assembled a team of professionals that is looking forward to serving our clients, some already en-route to Bermuda.”
The marina will be able to accommodate superyachts up to 76m (250ft) as well as some 80 berths for yachts in the 12-24m (40-80ft) range. Marinetek has provided the pontoons in the marina. Richard Murray, Managing Director of Marinetek North America commented when the project was announced: “Standard slips are available for vessels of 40ft-80ft; 950ft of side-tie dockage is offered for megayachts up to 250ft; and a Med Mooring arrangement covering an area of 1,120ft has been incorporated for vessels of varying sizes. All mooring has been designed to meet appropriate hurricane loading regulations.”
In a specific move to meet the needs of superyachts Caroline Bay Marina has partnered with BGA to provide provisioning services for boats and superyachts visiting Bermuda during May and June. BGA will offer a full-service package including web-based ordering capabilities. In addition to yachts berths at Caroline Bay, the company will also cater for its clients who have yachts anchored in the Great Sound, Little Sound and Granaway Deep mooring area.
In addition to provisioning BGA will also be able to provide a range of additional services including client charter registration assistance, bunkering, Customs & Immigration clearance facilities, berth reservations, concierge services and more