Steeped in history, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, prides itself on being the oldest Yacht Club in the world and now, they’ve gained another title, as a 5 Gold Anchor Marina as well as an ICOMIA Clean Marina Award – an internationally recognised sure sign of a quality marina. ICOMIA is the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and represents the recreational boating industry worldwide.

The Yacht Harbour Association Gold Anchor award scheme is a voluntary assessment programme focused on customer service and providing quality assured berthing for boat owners. Ratings range from one to five gold anchors, with the number of anchors indicating the facilities and services available to berth holders. Quality is judged using a comprehensive set of criteria that is checked and surveyed by an assessor as well a “mystery shopper” visiting the marina and, importantly, berth holders are invited to complete an anonymous online questionnaire.

Gavin Deane, RCYC General Manager, says the awarding of both the 5 Gold Anchor status and the Clean Marina Award is a reward for the hard work put in by the Club. “The marina management have shown their commitment to improvement by making substantial investments in the marina with new bunkering facilities and by enrolling the Club Racing and Marina Co-ordinator Mark Ring on the Advanced Marina Managers course in Poole, England this coming spring.”

The awards come in a busy period for the Royal Cork as it gets ready to host the biennial Cork Week event in July and preparations are well underway says Gavin. “Cork Week 2012 is gearing up to be an exciting event, already there are a number of international entries and it promises to be one of the most competitive events yet with the relaxation of the professional sailor rule. Cork Week 2012 will also host the J109 Irish National Championships following the very successful European Championship at Cork Week 2010.

The week will kick off with the Cork Week Festival on the 7th and 8th of July which we know will be attractive to competitors, their families, and other visitors. It will be a celebration of locally sourced Irish food and crafts together with an abundance of entertainment and activities including harbour trips. For more information have a look on our website at” 

For more information about the Gold Anchor Scheme visit The Yacht Harbour Association’s website
Cork Week 2012 takes place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co. Cork from July 7th to 13th. For more information see
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