Practical Boat Owner has teamed up with The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) to find the ‘GJW Marina of the Year’.
Nominations are open to any Gold Anchor rated marina but are made exclusively by customers. The number of berths in a marina is taken into consideration when counting nominations and they are calculated on a percentage of capacity basis.
There are four categories:
British marina of the year – available to UK coastal (tidal) marinas
Inland marina of the year – available to UK inland (non tidal) only
International marina of the year – available to non-UK marinas only
Employee of year – an international award, nominated by the boater
All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges, who will decide on the winner based solely on the customers’ feedback.
Category winners and the three runners up in each category will be announced at TYHA annual general meeting on 5 February 2014.
The award is also sponsored by PBO’s sister magazine Motor Boat & Yachting.
PBO Editor David Pugh said: ‘Over the last five years PBO’s Marina Price Guide has become established as the number one source for boat owners to find competitive berthing in their area.
‘The GJW Marina of the Year awards complement this by allowing customers to vote for their best marina, based on the facilities they enjoy and the services they receive. ‘We’re delighted to be involved.’
All about the boaters’ experience
TYHA General Manager Gareth Turnbull said: ‘This award is about the boaters experience and through our Gold Anchor Award Scheme we have inspected the marinas to ensure they are well managed and eligible to be nominated for marina of the year.
‘Whoever the winner is, they will certainly be offering something special to their customers.’
Award recipients have the right to use the logo and they will receive a framed certificate and trophy.
As well as having the rights to use the branding, winners and runners up will be announced in Practical Boat Owner, Marina World and Motor Boats and Yachting and through a press release issued by TYHA.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org who will register your marina for the award. All nominations must be received by TYHA by the 1 January 2014 and the panel will confer during January to select the winner of each category.
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