Another Award for the Delightful Whitehills Marina 06-08-2013
Whitehills Marina is an award-winning, village owned marina on the Moray Firth coast of North-East Scotland. Having won the Grampian Awards for Business enterprise and the Alick Buchanan Smith spirit of Enterprise Award in 2004, they have also been awarded one Gold Anchor from The Yacht Harbour Association, being the UK’s first self-assessed one Gold Anchor marina.

Whitehills Marina is the first marina to undertake the self-assessment producing all the necessary paperwork to assure TYHA that they have met the criteria specified in the scheme.

Jimmy Forbes, one of Whitehills Harbour’s Commissioners, says of this award “Myself and the other Harbour Commissioners are over the moon with the result. Everyone has pulled out all the stops and been so enthusiastic about gaining this accreditation. The process was very straightforward and the TYHA team were always on hand should I have any queries about the paperwork and evidence that was required. We are flying our One Gold Anchor flag with great pride and delighted that we are not only the first self-assessed gold anchor marina on the Moray coast, but also in the world.”

Presentation of Gold Anchor Certificate
(From left to right)
Alan Downie - Chairman, James Forbes - Harbour Commissioner, Libby Gordon - The Yacht Harbour Association,
Willie Milne - Harbour Commissioner, Bertie Milne - Harbour Master.

With 40 berths, Whitehills can boast a full marina with a few visitor berths for those sailors looking to sail along the coast to Inverness, down the Caledonian Canal and onto the fabulous sailing waters of the West Coast of Scotland; and the marina attracts many Scandinavian sailors looking to do just that.

Their ‘comments’ book is full of compliments from sailors passing through making them really extremely proud of their marina. The recently opened fish restaurant, The Galley, is a great addition so along with their clean facilities, comfortable crew lounge and kitchen, washing machines and tumble driers, you don’t have to go too far to enjoy this delightful marina.

James Forbes being presented with Gold Anchor Flag by Libby Gordon.

TYHA’s General Manager, Gareth Turnbull responded, “Whitehills Marina is a great example of a community based business and where they take their service to visitors seriously. To commemorate the 1 Gold Anchor award the team have painted a large anchor gold which in pride of place at the marina entrance.”

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Stage 1 for 1 Gold Anchor

This stage is reached by completion of the self-assessment questionnaire included with the application form. Successful completion of Stage 1 affords the Marina the Award of 1 gold anchor.

For this stage all participating marinas are required to undertake to TYHA that they are constructed to be secure, built to be operated to a satisfactory standard with suitable facilities and offer a minimum standard of customer service; as well as confirming that they are compliant with all statutory and regulatory requirements.

Evidence is submitted by completion of the Application Form including self assessment questionnaire. This will be reviewed by the TYHA General Manager and if the requirements have been satisfied the marina will be awarded 1 gold anchor.