Largs Yacht Haven voted Marina of the Year 2017
14 Jan 2017
UK boat owners have voted for Largs Yacht Haven as UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017 as part of the prestigious Yacht Harbour Association (THYA) annual awards.
The award was proudly received by Carolyn Elder, Largs Yacht Haven's Marina Director, at the London Boat Show. The ceremony was hosted by TYHA with sponsors GJW Insurance and British Marine.
The prestigious award is the highest accolade in the marina industry with only Gold Anchor accredited marinas nominated. After reaffirming its position as Scotland’s Finest Marina in late-2016 after being awarded Five Gold Anchors again for an unprecedented third successive time, Largs Yacht Haven has now gone one step further to be crowned the UK’s finest.
Commenting on the accolade, Carolyn Elder said, “What a way to start 2017, we’re absolutely thrilled! I must praise our entire Haven Team for their hard work. It is our staff who really set our marina apart by setting extremely high standards and delivering an incredible service to our berth holders.”
“What makes this award extra special is that it was voted for by boat owners in the UK. We have been overwhelmed by the comments and votes we received. We’re extremely grateful to our berth holders and visiting boat owners who voted for us.”
Once described by Olympic sailor Shirley Robertson as “the perfect sailing venue”, Carolyn is hopeful this award will bring a new wave of sailors to Largs, saying, “Largs and the Scottish west coast offers incredible sailing and motorboating opportunities for every type of boater. I really hope this award puts Scotland on the map for offering quality boating experiences.”
Sarah Hanna, the Chairman of TYHA, commented, ”Customers voted in unprecedented numbers for Largs Yacht Haven proving that this 5 Gold Anchor accredited marina provides an exceptional experience for its customers. The marina team, led by manager Carolyn Elder, should be very proud of this achievement.”
What makes Largs Yacht Haven so special?
The family-owned marina, part of Yacht Havens Group, is located on the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland. With the stunning waters of the Clyde and the isles of Cumbrae and Arran within easy reach, Largs arguably offers the most stunning cruising ground in the UK.
With over 700 marina berths, 24 hour staff, on water fuel, quality washrooms and a comprehensive boatyard operation, Largs has all the facilities a boat owner would need. Furthermore, with a stunning collection of waterfront eateries, shops and an active Sailing Club, the marina is at the heart of the community.
As the Scottish base for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Largs will also host the start and finish for the Trust’s Round Britain 2017 adventure which sees 100 young people in recovery from cancer taking part in a 2000 mile national sailing relay.
Carolyn Elder summed up, “Largs Yacht Haven is more than just a marina. We have created a social hub for boat owners, boat enthusiasts and visitors from the local communities. With an active Sailing Club, dinghy and yacht racing scene, a sociable group of motorboaters, and a range of national and international events throughout the year, we hope we offer a service that meets the needs of all types of boaters and generations.”
About the award
TYHA was established to develop the marine industry; supporting Marina members of British Marine and helping boat users find quality marinas and marina businesses to improve their services and operations.
The Gold Anchor award scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is well known as a credible measure of the marina quality. Any rated marina will have been subject to a series of rigorous tests including a marina audit, mystery shops and berth holder questionnaires.
For more information on the awards and associations mentioned, please visit the TYHA website: http://www.tyha.co.uk/
About Largs Yacht Haven
Largs Yacht Haven has over 700 fully serviced berths for yachts up to 25m making it the largest marina in Scotland.
It offers extensive free parking, boatyard services, chandlery, shops and eateries, and free Wi-Fi to all visitors.
Largs hosts regattas and events every year with Championship standard dinghy facilities and comprehensive deepwater berthing. After hosting the Optimist Nationals, Laser Championships and Dragon Open in previous years, Largs is building up to future events including Largs Regatta Week and the RYA Youth Championships.
See www.yachthavens.com for more details.