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.