Yachts in Asia this winter can enjoy a new yacht-friendly scheme, which has just been approved for Hong Kong registered vessels. Yachts can now call on the Shenzhen Bay Marina in China, tax-free, for up to 183 days.

The Marina, just a short 25 nautical miles from Hong Kong, boasts over 250 berths that can accommodate yachts up to 158 feet. The facility is a fully equipped marina, and guests and crew will love the water sports opportunities right at the marina including dragon boating, flyboarding, and canoeing.

At the time of publishing, the Shenzhen Bay Marina is the only port that has been granted the “Guangdong Kong Macau Yacht Free Travel” scheme; however, there are potentially six more marinas in China that may be granted this distinction in 2018.

We spoke to AYSS council member and Executive Director Asia of Northrup & Johnson, Sytske Kimman, to get a better sense of what this means for yacht development in the region.

“This is a major step forward to begin to create yacht-friendly legislation in the region. While today the maximum number of passengers permitted on board for any size of yacht cruising in China is a maximum 12 people (which includes both crew and guests), we hope this will also change in the future.”

This news is also just in time for the arrival of Volvo Ocean Race participants in Hong Kong. The region will take centre stage later on this month with sailors taking advantage of the natural beauty that is often overlooked in this busy metropolis.

Image credit: volvooceanrace.com

Want to learn more about all the region has to offer for visiting yachts? Check out our previous blog on the region or get in touch with the team at Northrop & Johnson Asia.