UK. MalinWaters supports Active Marina programme in Scotland

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


 MalinWaters is lending its support to the Active Marina programme, launched in Scotland by RYA Scotland last year, to help increase participation and also competence in boat owners within marinas.

The programme encourages and supports increased berth holder activity by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to be able to unshackle some of the long term berth sailing boats, to get people out on the water and to increase their skills and knowledge,” said Visit Scotland’s Regional Director David Adams McGilp.

“Sailing is an extremely enjoyable and popular activity and this is an opportunity to demonstrate what RYA Scotland can do in terms of improving people’s skills.”

Kip Marina and Largs Yacht Haven were the first two marinas to be officially recognised by RYA Scotland as an Active Marina. MalinWaters’ sponsorship of the programme, launched on Saturday (23 February 2013) by London Olympic Games silver medallist Luke Patience during the Big Weekend in Largs, means another three marina in Scotland will join the Active Marina programme which is proving successful at Largs and Kip.

Duncan Chalmers, Kip Marina General Manager, said:  “We are very pleased to be associated with the Active Marina programme.  This is something that we needed to do and RYA came along at the right time and. Being one of the elite marinas, it’s critical that we are part of it.

“For Kip Marina itself this support will help bring the customers close to us and I feel our berth holders will be able to interact better with us.  Having Seatrek Training, our base for all the RYA courses sail and power, on board and bringing them in to do more training and giving the customers more training will benefit everybody.”

Carolyn Elder, Director of Largs Yacht Haven, added her endorsement of the programme. “The Active Marina programme has been a good initiative and having more funding from MalinWaters is a good thing.

“It’s all about better marketing and more active sailing, so this funding will help promote it wider and further.  As a brand, Active Marina is something our customers talk about.  Over the winter we did a whole series of talks that we have never done before and we have programmes out now for the summer.”

To find out more about the Active Marina programme in Scotland please visit www.ryascotland.org.uk

Rob Eyton-Jones

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 )