Monday, October 21, 2013

Top 20 World Marinas by unique AIS visitors tracks the number of times a Pleasure Craft (code 36 and 37 of the AIS classification) checks into a marina, anchorage or other sailing destination. Below is the ranking of the most popular destinations during the month of September 2013.

Destination Type City State Country Unique Visitors
1 20648905 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Anchorage) Anchorage Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 70
2 Laspalmas Puerto Palma Marina Palma Islas Baleares Spain 60
3 91484475 Fort Lauderdale (Harbour) - Las Olas Circle Marina Fort Lauderdale Florida United States 49
4 85331741 Port Hercules Marina Monaco France 36
5 50535928 Port de Plaisance Cap D Ail Marina Cap-d'Ail Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 36
6 79136805 Monaco (Anchorage) Anchorage Monaco Monaco 36
7 13936027 Heikendorf (Anchorage) Anchorage Heikendorf Schleswig-Holstein Germany 31
8 28279899 Baia di Porto Venere Anchorage Porto Venere Liguria Italy 30
9 43610558 Oneglia (Harbour) Marina Imperia Liguria Italy 25
10 1309458 Antibes (Anchorage) - Rue des Saleurs Anchorage Antibes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 25
11 13556965 Cannes (Harbour) - Jetée Anchorage Cannes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 25
12 48314346 Marina di Imperia Marina Imperia Liguria Italy 24
13 11778381 Antibes (Anchorage)- Route du Bord de Mer Anchorage Antibes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 24
14 21589566 Antibes (Anchorage) - Boulevard Maréchal Juin Anchorage Antibes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 24
15 91173659 Port Vauban Antibes Marina Antibes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 24
16 11333197 Cagnes Sur Mer (Anchorage) - Promenade de la Plage Anchorage Cagnes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France 23
17 43850153 Calvià (Harbour) - Carrer Antoni M. Alcover Marina Calvià Islas Baleares Spain 23
18 61078734 Marina di Sestri Ponente Marina Sestri Ponente Liguria Italy 20
19 9383232 Falls At Marina Bay Marina Fort Lauderdale Florida United States 20
20 50379847 Fort Lauderdale (Harbour) - Southwest 20th Street Marina Fort Lauderdale Florida United States 20

Those Côte d'Azur destinations were pretty busy this last summer! Time to head to the Caribbeans? We expect things to get pretty busy over there too once the 2013 hurricane season is over. Look forward to the December report to see how many of those sQuidders have headed over to the warm waters of St Barth!

Granted, when the ITU refers to these boats as "Pleasure Crafts", the emphasis is on the word pleasure: some of these boats are over 100mt in length, have a helicopter landing pad and gold-plated shower faucets, but, regardless, the number of recreational boats (i.e. the type you and I are likely to ever own) using AIS is increasing by the day. More on that subject in a later post.