Applications for yachting licenses are soaring in Sanya as the city promotes itself as a major yacht resort.

The Sanya Maritime Bureau said increasing numbers of people are attending sailing courses and applying for yachting licenses.

According to the Hainan Genesis Yacht Crew Training Ltd, the training company has seen some 80 people applying for yachting licenses. To get the yachting licenses, the applicants need to take a Chinese theory and practical yachting test.

On 28th February, Sanya started issuing the new yachting licenses and a total of 31 applicants, including one female applicant, received the licenses after passing the training activities.

Holders of new edition yachting licenses are able to sail in China’s open waters (excluding the open waters of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao)

As of now, around 650 people have received training and passed the tests to obtain licenses

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