The idea of Russian billionaires and luxury private yachts go hand in hand; unfortunately, the reality is somewhat different.
Regulations regarding foreign vessels entering ports in Russia are very strict and often change; special permission must usually be obtained in order to enter the port of St Petersburg. Many of the delightful waterways of the city and the rest of Russia are considered out of bounds. However, for those that are willing to persevere through the troublesome process of obtaining permission, they will find St Petersburg a delightful place to sail in. The two marinas to offer berths to foreign guests are well equipped, and St Petersburg is ideally located in the Gulf of Finland to allow for sailing to several Scandinavian countries.
Located just 500m (1,640ft) to the east of the St Petersburg River Yacht Club, the Krestovsky Marina opened in 2010 and was designed to bring European standards to the city.
There are toilets, showers, free Wi-Fi, a laundry and electricity available. As well as 150 berths and room for yachts up to 40m (131ft), the marina has a shop and a repair facility. There are a host of fantastic restaurants within a five-minute walk. Make sure you ring ahead to ensure berth space.
+7 812 715 3888
Juzhnaja doroga, 4 building 1
ST PETERSBURG RIVER YACHT CLUB
One of two marinas in St Petersburg to allow foreign visitors, the St Petersburg River Yacht Club has existed in one form or another since 1858.
The marina has some 350 berths, with space for yachts up to 40m (131ft) and mooring facilities for yachts up to 30m (98ft). There are repair facilities in a separate harbor, as well as a 12.5-tonne crane for lifting boats out of the water. The marina also has a wealth of services available, including showers and toilets, electricity, Wi-Fi access and a floating gas station, as well as the use of the club facilities. There are several restaurant options available, including premier eatery ‘The Sea’, which has a beautiful view over the harbor and is especially delightful during the summer months. This marina is located between the mouths of Malaya Neva and Malaya Nevka, and is just a short drive from the main areas of St Petersburg.
+7 812 235 6636
Petrovskaya Kosa, 9, 197110