Yachting in Sri Lanka is just about to receive a huge development, thanks to the organization of marinas. Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa, a local capitalist has joined forces with marina expert Simon Arrol and Sebastian Devonshire to embark on Marina Lanka, an innovative corporation devoted to tune up the yachting industry. Mr. Rajapaksa spoke on the subject saying, “Sri Lanka is about to get a major boost in its pleasure boating industry. Although the port of Galle has for long been a port-of-call for yachtsmen from around the world, it has lacked the infrastructure and modern facilities. We plan to mobilize some of the best experience in the industry to give a major boost to yachting inSri Lanka.”
Sri lanka, as a steady competitor in the spectrum of international tourism has a great deal more to offer and the prospects are further buoyant by a sturdy flow of tourists arriving into the country. However, despite the fact that seaside holidays and tourism along the coastline is soaring, the accessibility to quality water sports and pleasure boating are inadequate. The whole snag will revolutionize when Simon Arrol, managing director of Marina Lanka gets into work. He has successfully lead marina projects in more than 40 countries and is alleged to be a huge potential for the future of water sports in the country.
He is fondly acknowledged as the “Marina Guru”, and he has spent his 40 year professional stint as a maritime engineer and for the past two and a half decades he has been concentrating in the expansion, maneuver and design of yacht marinas. He joined forces with Sebastian Devonshire and Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa, who between themselves boast a significant knowledge and experience inSri Lankato launch Marine Lanka PVT LTD. The decision was subsequent to his appearance at the boating conference held in 2012.
Sebastian Aroll added, “Marinasare the infrastructure of the boating sector, without marinas it is really very inconvenient to own and operate a boat. Not only does a marina provide a place to berth your boat safely, it also offers supporting services to help you maintain and service it. We intend to collaborate with BAFF (Build a Future Foundation) and with the BTI (Boat-Building Technology Improvement Institute) so that people can be trained in the necessary skills.”
Arrol is pleased that the government has accepted the need for marinas and water activities. The Marine Lanka exhibition stand at the Commonwealth Business Forum had many eminent guests including VIPs of the CHOGM and local ministry officials. Arrol was excited about the investigations and was questioned when the marina would be launched. “There is also a very important and pleasurable social aspect to marinas”, persisted Arrol. “A well-designed marina should have a yacht club, or if not a formal yacht club then at least a lounge bar where yachtsmen can meet.”
Sri Lankaboasts a coastline stretching for about 1300 km with several bays, lagoons and beaches, but with the exception of whale watching and surfing there is no pleasure boating activities. With the introduction of marinas around the coast, tourists and locals can experience a wide assortment of activities like motor boating, blue water fishing, sailing and yachting trips. The move will not only provide a brand new sporting segment for visitors but will increase the allure for foreign guests. Arrol estimates that this project will merit millions of dollars annually.
The specialist maritime engineer is ardent in the significance of training. He made clear that they hope to manage a yachting academy where prospective boatmen and other can be skilled in the areas of sailing, handling of the vessel, navigation and many others. The academy will install the curriculum of the Royal Yachting Association as their credentials are renowned globally.
Arrol points out thatSri Lankais not yet recognized in yachting societies but with last year’s Optimist World Championship Regatta in Trincomalee, it is likely that many more events will result. When quizzed on whether he expects the government to finance the project to construct marinas, he said, “Not at all. The private sector can be relied on to build the marinas and waterfronts. As a marina developer, the only thing I ask is that the government facilitates the release of suitable sites and draft modern regulations so that yacht owning and operation is hassle-free for both domestic owners and foreign tourists.”
Marina Lanka has launched its website at www.marinalanka.com