Jan 27, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Sail Lanka Charter hosted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and his wife on-board their 53ft sailing catamaran, Sapphire, during the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
The vessel reflects local talent as it was built in Sri Lanka using local materials, the company said.
Established in 2014 as part of the Sri Lanka Yachting Group, Sail Lanka Charter aims to enhance local boat building skills and expand its presence in the Sri Lankan tourism industry.
“We are proud to have had the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka grace our boat during his private visit to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, and wish to thank him for taking an interest in the dynamic boat building industry and for appreciating our company’s efforts to add value to the sector,” Pierre Pringiers chairman of Sail Lanka Charter said.
“I believe there is tremendous scope to grow the boat building industry while simultaneously introducing aquatic tourism in this beautiful island.”
Sail Lanka Charter was founded as an initiative of “Building A Future Foundation”. The foundation initiated Sail Lanka Charter (SLC) by rebuilding boats and infrastructure destroyed in the tsunami of 2004.
In 2007, the foundation expanded into creating employment in sustainable socioeconomic industries related to the ocean.
In 2008, they formed the first whale watching company in Mirissa, Mirissa Water Sports, giving rise to the Whale Watching industry with over 60 licensed boats in operation today.
The company is the pioneering force of luxury aquatic tourism in Sri Lanka. Sail Lanka Charter is the first chartering company in Sri Lanka with more than 5 boats in operation around the island, offering cruises from three hours to ten days.
Sail Lanka’s 3-day and 6-day trips to Jaffna are fast gaining in popularity amongst local and foreign tourists, the company said.