350-berth Amsterdam Marina opens in 2013
AMSTERDAM _ Lonely Planet lists Amsterdam as the top 2013 destination, after San Francisco, citing its canals (400 years old!) and the Rijksmuseum (reopening after renovations!). Had the travel guide known anything about boating, it surely would have mentioned the opening of Amsterdam Marina and made the city its No. 1 travel destination. Yacht&Coast is pleased to set the record straight!
Amsterdam Marina is to open April 1 on an ex-shipyard site in the center of Amsterdam, a short public transit ferry ride from the city’s Central Station and drop-dead gorgeous canal-laced heart. The marina is part of a broader urban development. Its neighbors will, in time,include housing, retail outlets and yachting-related businesses. The main harbor building will house a restaurant, a yacht club and the head office of HISWA, the Dutch boating trade federation. The new marina greatly enhances yachting opportunities in and near the Dutch capital. It will be most welcomed by owners of boats of over 12- who find entering the cozy but easily overwhelmed Sixhaven, east of Amsterdam Marina on the IJ-waterway _ a tad challenging.
“We will have 350 permanent berths for both members and visitors,” Ronald Dominicus, manager of Amsterdam Marina and 3 sister marinas across the Netherlands. “Beyond those 350 spaces in Amsterdam we can make room for another 100 boats.” Partially open in 2012, the new marina accommodated 3 yachts of up to 30 meters for the 2012 Hiswa In-Water boat show: 2 20-m Oysters and ‘Tulip’ _ at 27-m, the biggest-ever sailing yacht by Holland’s K&M Yachtbuilders.
In September, Amsterdam Marina was the site of the 2012 Hiswa In-Water boat show. As of 2013, it will be held annually there. Amsterdam Marina is a gateway to sailing on the North Sea and the IJsselmeer and Markermeer _ 2 large lakes off Amsterdam. Its partnership with 3 other marinas across the country_ Regatta Center Medemblik, Marina Stellendam en Marina Schokkerstrand _ offers members free docking in participating ports. “This opens up great deals,” says Dominicus. “If berth holders from the other 3 marinas want to keep their yachts in the water in winter they can come to Amsterdam Marina and use their yacht as ‘pied à terre’ for a city visit. Or a yacht from Amsterdam Marina going south can already tie up at Marina Stellendam ahead of the trip. From Stellendam (in SW Netherlands) you can be in Britain or northern France within 24 hours.’’
To visitors, Amsterdam Marina offers peerless access to the gems of the Dutch capital. The city’s canals are a unique decor to a slow afternoon of meandering through the city in a dinghy. And, of course, in 2013 the new Rijksmuseum opens its doors (7 days a week!) displaying Dutch masters and historical objects.
- Amsterdam Marina: http://www.amsterdammarina.com/. Twitter: @AmsterdamMarina.
- Regatta Center Medemblik: http://www.regattacenter.com/
- Marina Stellendam: http://wwww.marinastellendam.nl/
- Marina Schokkerstrand: http://www.marinaschokkerstrand.nl/