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Making a splash on Yachting Day

BOATING enthusiasts can now open up the throttle when they sail down the Huangpu River on a designated “Yachting Day.”

For while yachts are usually limited to a maximum speed of 8 knots, on Yachting Day this is increased to 18 knots on designated sections of the river.

Some 16 yachts took part in Yachting Day on Tuesday, sailing along a stretch from the Bund to Xupu Bridge between 2 and 4pm.

The event was first held in September and is now to become a monthly occurrence.

According to Huangpu District Maritime Safety Administration, the date of Yachting Day will vary each month, as river conditions must be taken into consideration.

Officials said they will put up notice in advance and take reservations.

Yacht owners who take part in Yachting Day can avoid routine procedures and paperwork, said officials.

Boat builders welcomed the initiative, saying it made it easier to show their vessels to would-be customers.

“Yachting Day can help our business considerably,” said Ni Dacheng, manager of the Yihong Yacht Co.

Two of the company’s yachts took part in Tuesday’s event, with potential customers on board for the sail along the Huangpu River.

Vessels taking part in Yachting Day don’t have to complete some passengers documents, making it much easier to take potential buyers out on the water, explained Ni.

“And customers are much more likely to buy once they’ve  sailed in the yacht themselves,” added Ni.

Yihong sells three to four yachts every year. The cost ranges from 5 million yuan (US$821,500) to 20 million yuan, depending on the size and specifications.

Shanghai has around 30 registered yachts, most of which are owned by members of local yachting clubs.

Yacht owners interested in taking part in Yachting Day should speak to their clubs, which are responsible for application procedures, said officials.

The maritime authorities communicate and coordinate with departments managing shipping lanes to ensure normal shipping operations are not affected, added officials.

Yachting Day is intended to make full use of the river resource in Shanghai, contribute to tourism on the Bund, as well as giving a boost to the yachting industry, said Huangpu District maritime authorities.



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