Largs Yacht Haven has been awarded the marina industry’s highest accolade, Five Gold Anchors, while sister marina Troon Yacht Haven has achieved Four Anchor status as part of a new marina accreditation scheme.
The two Scottish marinas, part of the Yacht Havens marina group, are the first two marinas to be tested under the new ‘Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation Scheme’ which creates a new worldwide standard for marinas. The new scheme, which issues Gold Anchors in a similar way to Stars for hotels, is more rigorous and stricter, and tests the marina’s facilities, customer service standards and operational procedures.
Largs Yacht Haven has retained their status as Scotland’s finest marina by receiving the industry’s highest award for the third time. Commenting on the award, Marina Manager Carolyn Elder said, “We are delighted to receive this result again. We’ve improved our facilities and standards since our previous inspection so we’re very proud to achieve Five Anchor status in the new scheme.”
Also located on the west coast of Scotland, Troon Yacht Haven has had an eventful year after welcoming visitors from around the world who were visiting Ayrshire for the Open Golf Championships held in July. Marina Manager Stephen Bennie said, “We knew 2016 would be a busy year with a big influx of visiting yachts. The team have done extremely well to maintain their high standards of service and this award is a tribute to their superb efforts this year”.
About the Awards
The Gold Anchor Scheme is a new worldwide rating system for marina achievement. The new system evaluates the standards, efficiency and service of marinas, issuing ‘Anchors’ in a similar way to the allocation of ‘Starts’ for hotels. The scheme has been in existence for over 25 years but it has recently undergone a major overhaul to create a new worldwide benchmarking scheme for marinas. It is managed and administered jointly by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and the Marina Industries Association (MIA).