Jeddah Yacht Club welcomes first yachts for Saudi Grand Prix

JYC MARINA-CIRCUIT-SKYLINEC Jeddah Yacht Club Saudi Arabia

The new Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina in Saudi Arabia has welcomed its first yachts, just six months after construction on the project began.  

Situated in northern Jeddah, the JYC Marina is the first along the coast of the Red Sea that can accommodate over 100 superyachts up to 120 metres in length.

During the controversy-filled inaugural Saudi F1 GP weekend, which took place 3-5 December, JYC Marina welcomed megayachts including 95m O Pari, built by Golden Yachts, the 85m Oceanco Sunrays and the 82m Abeking & Rasmussen RoMEA, alongside over 40 superyachts and smaller units.

The official opening of the Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina will take place in March 2022, around the time when the Saudi F1 GP returns for the 2022 season – less than a year since the project began. Once fully operational, JYC Marina will also provide repair and maintenance facilities within the marina precinct. Guests will also be able to enjoy retail and F&B outlets on the marina boardwalk around the basin. 

A rendering of the JYC clubhouse

As an official port of entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the new facility offers customs clearance and immigration services to all vessels, making it a strategic location for foreign-flagged superyachts that will charter in the area, or stop off on their way to the cruising grounds of the East Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. 

The members-only Jeddah Yacht Club features a 5,000sqm ‘mast-and-sail-themed’ clubhouse, located by the entrance channel of the marina. Facilities for members include restaurants, a wellness centre, a business centre, lounges, concierge services, sailing and nautical activities and a beach club with an infinity pool.

Saudi Arabia is positioning itself as a superyacht hub in the Red Sea. Sela, the developer behind Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina, says the project is the “first step into major yachting developments that are to take place in the Kingdom over the next 10 years,” stretching from Neom in the North to Amaala and the Red Sea Project further south down to Jeddah and beyond. 

Separately, in October 2020, Madinah Municipality revealed plans for the 722,000sqm Yanbu Marina, to be located next to the waterfront of the Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah city.

Oliver Rees, general manager for Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina says: “JYC Marina and the Jeddah Yacht Club will be a perfect home port for private yachts, but also a great place to meet, enjoy sailing and water sports and revel in the quality of services we have on offer. It will also be a gateway to the wonders of the Red Sea, and we are confident that this fantastic new facility will rapidly become a prime waypoint on the global yachting map.”

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