THYA has joined up with Australia’s MIA to create a global standard for rating marinas under the Gold Anchor Scheme

Marinas from the UK and Australia will be rated by the same standard in the future, as the Gold Anchor Scheme is going global.

Under a new agreement, announced today by the Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), the 25-year-old marina ratings system will be harmonised with Australia’s Marina Industries Association (MIA).

As well as giving each marina a Gold Anchor rating out of five, the scheme offers support to improve facilities and customer service. The worldwide scheme will be rolled out over the next three years.

Sarah Hanna, chairman of TYHA, said: “This is a momentous moment for the Gold Anchor Scheme. It is the beginning of the future for us, and the start of a long partnership between TYHA and MIA. Collaborating together will hugely benefit marina operators worldwide.”

More than 30 marinas in the UK have achieved the highest five-anchor award, including Brighton Marina (pictured above) and Cobbs Quay Marina in Poole.

To get a Gold Anchor rating marinas have to carry out a bertholders questionnaire and they are visited by a mystery shopper.

Beyond the UK, the Gold Anchor Scheme has rated marinas in a number of countries, including France, Spain, Italy and Greece.