The Yacht Harbour Association challenges quality of marinas

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) has relaunched its ‘Gold Anchor’ marina quality standard.

Marinas are judged on items including the condition of pontoons, marine and landside access, toilets and showers, security, access for disabled sailors and staff training.

Chris Windsor, marina supervisor of 400-berth Dover Marina, which climbed an anchor in the rankings last year, said: “It’s a standard that is looked upon quite favourably. We upgraded facility blocks and improved working practices to get that fifth anchor.”

Sixty-seven marinas have participated in the scheme to date, including some in Turkey, Holland, Singapore and Australia.

Sam Bourne, chairman of TYHA, said: “Twenty-two marinas have been assessed or re-assessed during 2005, all awarded between three and five Gold Anchors.

“Boaters are becoming increasingly aware of the quality assurance from marinas that have received Gold Anchor awards. The growing participation in the scheme is a sign of the marina industry adopting a professional approach to quality standards.”