Boating is big business at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Thailand’s Eastern seaboard has long been blessed with optimal sailing conditions. The winds are perfect, the islands are beautiful, the waters are clear, and the weather is generally sunny. In 1957, the Varuna Marine Club opened in Pattaya—later to be renamed the Royal Varuna Yacht Club when it was bestowed royal patronage—and the first national sailing championship recorded in the Kingdom was the ‘Enterprise Nationals’, held here in 1962. The history of yacht racing, sailing, and cruising in Thailand is closely aligned with this club, and their current premises formally opened in 2003 (near the base of Pratumnak Hill).
Amazingly, however, it wasn’t until 1995 that a full marina for yacht lovers finally opened in Pattaya. Today, the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, located in Na Jomtien, ranks as one of Asia’s largest marinas, and one of the few that offers full facilities for yachts. The marina currently provides 380 floating berths capable of accommodating yachts up to 200 ft, and features a variety of shops pertaining to marine related products, services, and accessories.
The marina also offers those wishing to charter boats easy access to some of the most spectacular and underrated islands in the Gulf of Thailand. A total of five yachts are offered for exclusive charter, including a 26 ft. catamaran for six people, an elegant 53 ft. catamaran for groups of 20-25, and two power boats, measuring 36 ft. and 48 ft. respectively. Food catering is also provided, ranging from simple picnics anchored off a secluded white sand swimming beach, to full meals with attentive staff on hand.
For overnight guests, the Yacht Club has 51 nautical-décor guest rooms, as well as meeting rooms and a sports complex facility, while bungalows are also provided for guests looking for long-term economic stay. And for some post sailing snacks, both the Captain’s Table restaurant and the Sailor Bar provide dining and drinks with incredible panoramic views of the bay. Ocean Marina does offer membership, and members receive discounts on berthing, boat storage, yacht charter, and special rates in the Yacht Club’s food and beverage outlets.
NOTE: Throughout the year, Ocean Marina Yacht Club hosts many small and large scale events, from private receptions, music concerts, yachting regattas and large expos. This year, from November 23rd to 26th, don’t miss the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, Thailand’s biggest outdoor lifestyle boating event. Past shows have seen attendance of well over 5,000 visitors and up to 100 exhibitors—showcasing everything from luxury boats and cars, to property, jewellery, luxury toys, fashion, and more!