Long Voyage

Jan 23, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Galle port is sprucing itself up with a new yacht marina in a bid to attract the high-spending sailors who sail past the island’s south coast on their round-the-world voyages.

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“The facilities in Galle now are rather limited for yachts,” declared Richard Bolt, head of Blue Water Rallies, a company which organises round-the-world voyages for yachtsmen

“We gain protection from the weather,” he said in an interview on the Galle jetty as a variety of sleek vessels with gleaming white hulls and tinted glass windshields lay moored alongside.

“But you don’t have good mooring facilities for yachts or other facilities. So we’re delighted to see the marina being built.”

Construction work on the yacht marina at Galle began on January 15, 2009 and coincided with the arrival of 42 yachts sailing across the Indian Ocean, a variety of boats, from single hull vessels to catamarans.

In the first phase of the project to be done in six months, basic berthing facilities for 50 yachts of 15 metre length and three-metre draft will be built at a cost of