Plymouth's Mayflower Marina named 'British Coastal Marina of the Year'

South West coast marinas dominated at the first ever marina awards held by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina was voted ‘British

Coastal Marina of the Year” by the award judging panel – following a vote by marina customers across the country.

The independent marina, owned and operated by Sailport PLC, is situated at the entrance to the River Tamar in Devon.

Marina

managing director, Charles Bush was presented with the top accolade by CEO of the

Royal Yachting Association, Sarah Treseder.

Mr Bush said: ‘What a fabulous way to start 2014, especially after all the awful

weather.’ He added that his all of his staff are “beaming with pride.”

The

awards were announced at the London Boat Show and sponsored by GJW Insurance, one of the largest insurers in the

marine trade.

Cara Hodgson-Read from

Wiltshire marina, Caen Hill was named Employee of the Year and described by berth holders and visitors as ‘extremely friendly,

efficient, approachable and very welcoming.’ She evens provides treats for

visiting dogs!

With her husband Rob, Cara was

delighted to go on to scoop the Inland Marina of the Year award. Caen Hill marina is located on the

Kennet and Avon canal and hosts up to 250 narrow boats.

TYHA, which originated in the UK, and works to support and develop the marina industry is now in 27 countries.

The International Marina of

the Year went to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, a picturesque marina at the

entrance to the sea of Cortez.

Libby Gordon from TYHA said: ‘These

awards are an excellent way to acknowledge the hard work that marina staff do

not only in the UK, but all over the world.

‘We are grateful to our sponsors GJW

Insurance for supporting this year’s awards and hope to build on the awards in

future years.’

Pictures: Charles Bush, MD of Mayflower Marina, with Sarah Treseder from the RYA. Credit: TYHA

Chairman of GJW Insurance Mike Pope presents the Employee of the Year accolade to Cara Hodgson-Reed of Caen Hill marina. Credit: TYHA

Aerial image of Mayflower Marina.