LANTAU YACHT CLUB (LYC), on Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay, has joined an elite group of superyacht marinas by receiving the coveted Five Gold Anchor Marina accreditation from the Marinas Industry Association (MIA).
It comes after the major redevelopment of the site to now include 148 berths ranging from 10 to 60 metres in a typhoon-sheltered environment, making it the first yacht club in Hong Kong capable of accommodating superyachts up to about 100 metres in length.
Five Gold Anchors, administered by Australia-based MIA, is among the highest accolades that the industry awards and is reserved for marinas that offer their customers consistently high standards of service and facilities.
MIA CEO Suzanne Davies noted, “Gold Anchor is a simple and credible way of communicating to potential customers the marina’s commitment to quality facilities and services.
“Gold Anchor is to marinas what the Michelin Guide is to restaurants,” said Davies.
On receiving the Five Gold Anchor award, Ivan Lee, Vice President of Lantau Yacht Club, said: “We’re delighted that Lantau Yacht Club is accredited as a Five Gold Anchor Marina on its first anniversary.
“At LYC, all infrastructure and facilities were designed and built according to the most stringent requirements, while the system, procedures and customer service were carefully crafted to attain the best marina quality, offering an outstanding environment and experience to our members and crew.”
LYC is not without controversy. When it closed in 2019 to undertake the redevelopment, several long-term berth holders were displaced, they say, without regard or proper due process.
While the local boating population may not flock back to the redeveloped marina, LYC is certainly an asset to Hong Kong as a major superyacht hub.