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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Afilias
Type: Generic
Category: Lifestyle
Priority #: 217 - Dominion Enterprises (DERYachts, LLC)

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.yachts is a gTLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant and now Registry Operator is Dominion Enterprises (DERYachts, LLC).[1] Their application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 22 May 2014.[2]


GAC Early Warning

The application was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[3]

The warning states that the applicant is "seeking exclusive access to a common generic string .. that relates to a broad market sector," which Ms. Dryden notes could have unintended consequences and a negative impact on competition.[4]

Contract Signed

On 09 January 2014 Dominion Enterprises received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .yachts after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[5]

Delegation and Availability

.yachts was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 22 May, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]