RCYC wins world’s best ma­rina award

Irish Examiner - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

The old­est yacht club in the world has been voted as hav­ing the best ma­rina in the world.

Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) in Crosshaven, Co Cork, which was founded in 1720, has been awarded the pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade by the the Yacht Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion (TYHA).

It beat of the chal­lenge of 160 other mari­nas world­wide at the NMU Ma­rina of the Year Awards an­nounced at the Lon­don Boat Show yes­ter­day.

Now in their fifth year, the awards, spon­sored by spe­cial­ist in­surer NMU, are voted for by berth hold­ers across the globe.

RCYC gen­eral man­ager Gavin Deane said they were de­lighted to re­ceive such a sig­nif­i­cant award from TYHA.

“Hav­ing been run­ners-up in the cat­e­gory last year it spurred us on to im­prove our stan­dards even fur­ther over the last 12 months.”

He pointed out that RYCC is look­ing for­ward to host­ing Volvo Cork Week from July 16-21.

“We will wel­come vis­it­ing yachts from all over the world and also, as gate­way to the Cool Route we are par­tic­u­larly pleased with this recog­ni­tion from the end users of our fa­cil­i­ties,” said Mr Deane.

TYHA chair­man Si­mon Haigh said the awards have built huge mo­men­tum since they were in­tro­duced.

“They re­ally mean some­thing be­cause it is ma­rina cus­tomers who are vot­ing for their ma­rina, recog­nis­ing the ex­cel­lence of fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided, and the lever of ser­vice which they re­ceive,” Mr Haigh said.

Gen­eral man­ager of the Yacht Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion, Jon White, said yet again, the com­pe­ti­tion for these much-cov­eted awards was fierce.

“The win­ners, run­ner­sup, and all the mari­nas voted for in this year’s NMU Ma­rina of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion, de­serve a huge round of ap­plause,” said Mr White.

Right around the world, we are see­ing mari­nas rise to the chal­lenge of meet­ing the mod­ern ber th holder’ s needs, en­sur­ing they re­ceive both ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices,” Mr White said.

IT may be dif­fi­cult as the tail-end of a mi­nor Jan­uary storm passes over the coun­try to re­mem­ber how very lovely this coun­try can be for most of the year and how lucky we are to have so many won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties that al­low us to en­joy the great Ir­ish out­doors.

One of those fa­cil­i­ties won in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion yes­ter­day when the old­est yacht club in the world was deemed to have the best ma­rina in the world.

Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) in Crosshaven, Co Cork, was so hon­oured by The Yacht Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion (TYHA) at the Lon­don Boat Show. The club, founded in 1720, topped a list of 160 con­tenders from all around the world.

Ev­ery in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lade like this ben­e­fits this coun­try and this peer-recog­ni­tion can­not be achieved without con­sid­er­able ef­fort and com­mit­ment.

Those re­spon­si­ble for win­ning this en­vi­able gong can take a bow, as their ef­forts will res­onate far be­yond their im­me­di­ate environment and hope­fully lift far more boats than just those moored at Crosshaven.

Pic­ture: De­nis Scan­nell

The Royal Cork Yacht Club ma­rina at Crosshaven, Co Cork.

From left at the Lon­don Boat Show yes­ter­day: Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche, RCYC ma­rina man­ager Mark Ring, Si­mon Haigh, chair­man of The Yacht Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion, and RCYC’s Gavin Deane.

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