21 October 2019
Largs Yacht Haven has been awarded the industry's top accreditation, the Five Gold Anchor award, for the fourth time in a row.
The Gold Anchor award scheme rates the quality, level of service and overall standard of a marina’s offering. Marinas are assessed every three years meaning that Largs Yacht Haven has now carried the industry’s highest accreditation for over 12 years.
Since their previous inspection, Largs Yacht Haven has had major capital investment to ensure the marina remained at a high level. Recent investments included a new surfaced car park with a number plate recognition service for berth holders, new finger pontoons and an upgrade of all Wi-Fi hardware and infrastructure. These investments have helped ensure the marina remains an option for national and international events with various sailing fleets visiting Largs over the past few years.
New for this year’s assessment, marinas are highly scrutinised over their environmental impact. Particular attention is paid to the range of events and general awareness of environmental impacts. The assessor paid credit to Largs’ efforts in this area saying;
“Largs Yacht Haven is a true water sports centre; a nautical village in its own right. Largs Yacht Haven and Largs Sailing Club have helped put Largs on the map as a water sports destination with international allure. Largs Yacht Haven breathes respect for nature… it is green in both the literal and figurative sense. Environmental awareness is obvious throughout the marina, while the marina manager and marina team lead by example.”
– TYHA Assessor, 2019
Marina Manager Carolyn Elder has managed Largs Yacht Haven for over 30 years. Carolyn believe this year’s accreditation is extra special due to the current economic climate; “Just like many other businesses, we’re being forced to find new ways to attract customers, while working more efficiently and ensuring our business is as environmentally-aware as possible. Marinas need constant care, maintenance and improvement so we’re delighted that our efforts have been recognised across the board.”
Next year promises to be another exciting year at Largs Yacht Haven. The Visit Scotland Year of Coast And Water 2020 will coincide with the return of Fife Regatta in June, as well as D Zero Nationals, Optimist Nationals, Largs Regatta Festival and the RYA Zone Championships.
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 Yacht Haven is part of the award-winning Yacht Havens Group. Established in 1972, Yacht Havens Group has become one of the leading marina owners, operators and waterfront developers in the UK and Europe with sites including Lymington Yacht Haven, Plymouth Yacht Haven, Troon Yacht Haven and Jachthaven Biesbosch, Netherlands.