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Revised masterplan for Edinburgh Marina approved

January 04, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Last month saw the revised masterplan for the all-new Edinburgh Marina in the enchanting Scotland get the green light from The City of Edinburgh Council planning committee. The 300-berth marina is expected to feature up to 6 berths devoted to luxury yachts measuring 70 feet and above.

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To be the focal point of Granton Harbour’s regeneration, located just 2,5 miles from Edinburgh City Centre, the Edinburgh Marina development will deliver new homes for over 4,000 residents as well as local employment opportunities for up to 800 people, whilst the new masterplan provides for improved marine services, including a community boatyard and improved facilities for the Royal Forth and Forth Corinthian yacht clubs.

Aerial view

Aerial view

A spokesman for the developers, Granton Central Developments Limited, said back in December 2015: “We are thrilled that consent has now been granted for the revised masterplan, due in part to the fantastic support of the local community who we would like to thank for their ongoing support. This is a wonderful Christmas present for the people of Granton, who have been forced to live for far too long with Granton Harbour in its current state. We’re very excited to start working towards bringing Granton Harbour to life.”

Scotland’s Marine Tourism Strategy

November 04, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The marine tourism in the enchanting Scotland yacht charter location is an important contributor to the Scottish Economy, but with little previous strategic input it is still one of Scotland’s sleeping giants, producing £101m from sailing tourism alone. Therefore BMF Scotland, a group association of the British Marine Federation (BMF), has recently met with the other industry experts, user groups, public agencies, as well as enterprise bodies to develop the Marine Tourism Strategy.

The beautiful Scotland yacht rental location

The beautiful Scotland yacht rental location

By 2020 they want Scotland to be distinguished “A marine tourism destination of first choice for high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience delivered by skilled and passionate people.”

The Scottish Marine Tourism Development Group (including industry groups, BMF Scotland, RYA Scotland and Sail Scotland as well as VisitScotland, The Crown Estate, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Scottish Canals, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Firth of Clyde Forum) has produced this draft strategy. Focusing on the sustainable growth of Scotland’s marine leisure sector, it is the first of its kind to identify a clear path forward with achievable step by step actions.

Steven Dott, Highlands & Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) Senior Development Manager comments: “Given the massive growth potential of sailing tourism and the potential impacts on communities right across our region, one of our most important areas of work is to grow this sector. Having a more coordinated approach across the sector will help build on recent investments in projects such as Portavadie, Stornoway, and across the Highlands and Islands. BMF Scotland, RYA Scotland and Sail Scotland have played key roles in contributing to the growth and reputation of Scotland’s marine tourism businesses. As a world class sailing destination, we at HIE on behalf of the enterprise agencies are delighted to provide financial assistance to continue this work at a critical time of the sector’s development.”

Scotland’s marine environment is one of its crown jewels and encompasses some of the world’s most beautiful and varied boating waters. With the whole industry behind this strategy, the Development Group firmly believe marine tourism in Scotland can achieve its full potential. Whilst they believe this draft strategy to be substantial they are very keen to hear other’s views.

As Martin Latimer, Vice Chairman of BMF Scotland and Non-executive Director of Scottish Canals explains: “Although the Scottish marine industry has been a major contributor to the tourism economy, only recently has the government and agencies grasped its real potential for growth. This strategy will inform, develop and raise the profile of our industry further.

To be fully representative, we are asking all those in the leisure marine industry or closely related to it to provide relevant input to the consultation. Thereby ensuring the strategy is the most accurate and powerful tool it can be in moving the industry forward in 2015 and beyond.”

The draft strategy was launched at Scotland’s Boat Show in October and the consultation process will run until January 2015.

Fife Regatta 2013: Day 7

July 05, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The final day of this year’s Fife Regatta saw the fleet cast off with a moderate wind. With glistening seas, they executed a race format known as the Kings Course, dating back to 1891.

The final day of racing of the Fife Regatta on the King's Course North of Great Cumbrae

The final day of racing of the Fife Regatta on the King's Course North of Great Cumbrae - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

This is when the development of yachts in Scotland was gaining worldwide recognition and such prestigious yachts as Latifa, Astor and Kentra  are fine examples of the William Fife legacy.

Watching boats such as Tringa, built in 1904 sailing a course which unknown to us her predecessors may have done is moving. The small class 3 boats took the inner diagonal loop of the course while class 1 and 2 did an outer square starting and finishing in Largs Bay.

First boat across the water taking line honours was Mignon, 1898, co owned by Barry Dunning and Bob Fisher. This was a great achievement along with her five wins in the series.

Classic sailing yacht Astor - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Classic sailing yacht Astor - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

This seven day regatta with 5 race days has been a wonderful collection of heritage and fine sailing and the Kings Course was appropriate to close the racing programme. Event Director Fiona Houston commented “ It has exceeded our expectations and has been a privilege to have been involved in assisting these yachts return to Scotland. For those fortunate enough to own or sail a Fife yacht it is super that they choose to accept our invitation to our event.”

The final scores convey the close racing in class 1 with a single point separating winners Latifa (ITA), 8pts, and second position sailing yacht Astor (USA), 9pts. In third place was Saskia (SCO), 11pts, who had dominated in the early part of the week and despite having to leave in order to attend another event she remains on the podium.

Tringa, Fiona, Oblio Yachts - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Tringa, Fiona, Oblio Yachts - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Class 2 was won by Mikado (ENG) finishing on 4pts followed by The Truant (SCO), 11pts and Viola (FRA), 11 pts.

Class 3 winner was Mignon (ENG), 4pts, with Coralie (ENG), 8pts and Rainbow (ENG), 13pts.

The event concludes with a prizegiving party and we wait another five years when the Fifes may return once again to Fairlie.

Fife Regatta 2013: Day 6

July 04, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

A sail to be remembered was documented today for all participating in race 4 of the Fife Regatta 2013. Pushed to their limits, the attending yachts demonstrated how a century of the extraordinary skills of William Fife created strong, efficient as well as spectacular vessels.

Day two of the Fife Regatta,Passage race to Rothesay - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Day two of the Fife Regatta,Passage race to Rothesay - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Leaving the shelter of Portavadie Marina they gathered in Loch Fyne with sun peaking through dramatic skies reflecting beautifully off the varnished decks of American yacht Astor as she set off in her quest of victory on Independance day. Waking to a day of sunshine and wind between 15 – 20 kts is very pleasing for a sailor and most were not disappointed.

Latifa and  Kentra  powered through the start line giving a fine spectacle of classic quality. Continuing with her were class 1 boats Sonata and Solway Maid. These yachts share the same hull design but differ in their rigs. Sonata is the only yacht with an Aluminium mast and was completed in the 1950s with this more modern approach. Solway Maid having recently been lovingly refurbished was looking stunning surfing downwind with her spinnaker flying requesting everything of her crew onboard.

Class two boats followed suit in wonderful breeze and were a splendid sight against the back drop of Arran and the mountain ridge of Goatfell and the “warrior”. Truant and Mikado were tussling it out at the front of their class with incredible boat handling and making exceptional speeds. Challenging each other with their sail plan Mikado remarked later in the sailing club bar that they used almost every sail they had and had not forseen so many sail changes to maximise on their days racing. Asked to sum up the day they said “if the week hadn’t been extreme enough then today certainly topped it – it had everything”.

Day five of the Fife Regatta, Race from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to Largs - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Day five of the Fife Regatta, Race from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to Largs - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

The class 3 boats started separately in the East Kyle between Bute and Inchmarnock island. Being an hour later they dovetailed into the race and enjoyed phenomenal sailing close into the Bute shore and across into the home straight to Largs. It was not without eventuality as the breeze built with squalls exceeding 30kts.

This was on the edge for these small yachts and they were forced to tack round instead gybing in order cope with the power in the sail, the rig and the sea. Oblio, owned by Gordon Turner, spectacularly took on the challenge of gybing and as an eye witness there were definitely a few wet wellies and assistance required from each other to keep all crew onboard.

Rounding the final headland of Millport Bay brought the yachts into more sheltered waters in the Largs Channel. It is a welcome feeling after what was described by one competitor as a “screaming sail, the type that is a fine line between exhilarating and terrifying!” It is without doubt that this will be a race remembered and talked about for a very long time and will find its own place in the archive stories of the great Fife yachts.

Results of Race 4 on the Fourth of July will give cause for celebration for Astor as she claimed 1st place and is tied on points with Latifa as they approach the final race of the series tomorrow. Mikado scored first in class 2 and leads overall and Mignon won continues her winning streak in class 3 with straight firsts.

Class 1: Saskia 4pts, Latifa 7pts, Astor 7pts
Class 2: Mikado 3pts, The Truant 5 pts, Viola 9pts
Class 3: Mignon 3pts, Coralie 6pts, Rainbow 11pts.

Fife Regatta 2013: Day 4

July 02, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Latifa yacht’s stunning port tack start across all of the other  Class 1 yachts was an exciting start to another day of competing for the Fife Regatta 2013. Sailors from as far as Italy and California dressed for Scottish Sailing in full waterproofs and enjoyed a true experience of the country’s west coast. The strong south westerly wind achieving 30 mph at times provided exciting sailing for those on board and amazing sight for those watching from the shores.

Day three of the Fife Regatta, Cruise up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Day three of the Fife Regatta, Cruise up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Class 1 and 2 boats left behind the lovely villages of Kames and Tighnabruaich after a superb visit. The village had hosted a BBQ, wooden boat skiff rowing races, a meal for 100 guests and a ceilidh. Yesterday a sunny cruise was enjoyed through the scenic Kyles with boats cross taking through the ‘narrows’ on their way from Rothesay. John Aitken sailing onboard Solway Maid described it as “fantastic and an absolute privilege.” CNN camera man has been thrilled by his experience of classic yachts in Scotland and loved Sundays sailing when “Mother Nature took charge and gave dramatic sailing.”

Mother Nature influenced class 3 today and their race was cancelled due to the strong winds and sea state. Prior to this announcement, Ayrshire Lass,  the oldest of the fine Fifes had set off having made her decision to cruise to our destination, Portavadie marina. At 126 years she was the first to reach Portavdie after four hours of sailing, loving every minute of it and feasting on a fine supply of Glasgow made Tunnocks treats.

Fife Regatta Day 3, Cruise up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Fife Regatta Day 3, Cruise up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

The Scottish owned, sailing yacht Saskia, the elegant 8m pure racing boat, has achieved some excellent results, but due to other racing commitments at Cowes this weekend, she is unable to complete the regatta and sadly we have to say goodbye to her tomorrow.

The famous dragon emblem of Fife’s creations has been much admired and being worn with pride by all competitors and supporters of the regatta. Commemorative clothing is available through the regatta shop at Portavadie and Largs Yacht Haven for the remainder of the event.

Day two of the Fife Regatta,Passage race to Rothesay - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Day two of the Fife Regatta,Passage race to Rothesay - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Tomorrow sees a well earned lay day where crews can explore the local area, take a trip on the paddle steamer Waverley or simply take pleasure in visiting each other’s yachts.

Class 1 winner was Latifa, the first of the regatta, now lying second overall. Class 2 continues to be closely contested between The Truant and Mikado, with Mikado claiming first place.

Fife Regatta 2013: Day 2

June 30, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The second day of the currently running Fife Regatta saw the action in the Largs channel as Solway Maid yacht’s spinnaker ripped in the first few minutes after the start of Race 2. Following an amazing sail to the line right on the start gun, she was looking fantastic, however, the classics are challenged by winds of up to 25 knots.

Sailing yacht Astor on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Sailing yacht Astor on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

If it is a challenge on the large yachts then  consider the extremes on the smaller Fife’s with freeboard of 2ft. Being so close to the water is exhilarating and very much a feature of these well designed craft. Bob Fisher, attired in his blazer and tie, was getting the very best from Mignon with crew Barry Dunning working hard as the yacht was surfing downwind.

Stephen Bennie, from Troon Yacht Haven commented that the boats were pushing the drawing board with great sailing and Viola breaking her top speed of 10kts. The fleet headed north form Largs upto Skelmorlie bank buoy, across to Toward Lighthouse and then towards the beautiful harbour of Rothesay where they anchored.

Viola Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Viola Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Yacht Latifa, with a good percentage of Clyde based sailors, have been welcomed by their skipper Mario Pirri. Mario’s journey to Scotland is an example of sheer determination and strength. Sailing his 75ft yacht singlehandedly, he unfortunately suffered injury. He was not to be discouraged and got friends and family to safely deliver the boat to Scotland while he addressed his medical needs. Mario is now back on board and racing with his crew in all weathers here in Scotland. He is relishing every minute of sailing his fine vessel on home waters. It is such passion and dedication that keeps these yachts afloat which provides pleasure for those aboard and watching from ashore.

The Bilgewater Gin Media boat hosting the international press representatives were blown away by the dramatic sailing and how boats as old as 126 years old are still strong enough to handle such conditions. Bilge water would be something most of the yachts would have experienced today unfortunately not in the form of Invergordon distilled gin!

Ayrshire Lass Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Ayrshire Lass Yacht on the Clyde Day 2 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Todays results showed one of the guests yachts, Rainbow, a Lynton Hope design, chasing the class winners Mignon. Mignon scored her second first and continues to lead class 3. Class 2 saw a change in the leader board with Mikado, 1904, stamping their mark on the class with Truant having to settle for 2nd. Class one was again dominated by Saskia, with Sonata and Astor yacht finishing behind her.

Monday will be a day to cruise together through the Kyles of Bute, famed as one of the beauty spots of Scotland. Argyll Secret Coast will host the Fife Regatta in Tighnabruaich for a celebration ashore to embrace this unique event.

Fife Regatta 2013 kicks off

June 29, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Celebrating William Fife’s Classic yacht design, this year’s Fife Regatta set sail for the first race of the week tour along Scotland’s Clyde coast. This is the fourth edition of the event, which will be marked by amazing racing from some of the world renowned Fife yachts.

The Fife Regatta 2013, Classic sailing on the Clyde Day 1 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

The Fife Regatta 2013, Classic sailing on the Clyde Day 1 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Put these beautiful yachts against the stunning backdrop of Scotland’s west coast and you have a recipe for one of the top, classic sailing events of the year.

Astor, Latifa, superyacht Kentra are some of Fife’s finest along with smaller yachts such a mignon which was created as a scale model to create the famous charter yacht Shamrock which completed in the America’s Cup. Astor was built for the first Commodore of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sydney, and this is her first time back in the Atlantic since her delivery to Australia in 1923. She has competed in and won the America Schooner Cup five times in succession. She has also won the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Opening Day Race eight times. She has been based in the Pacific for and has come back to the Clydeto celebrate her 90th birthday which is a great honour for the Fife Regatta Committee. The skipper kindly invited double gold medallist Shirley Robertson onboard as she is attending the regatta to compose a legacy film piece for CNN.

The race started in a south westerly with light, challenging conditions and throughout the day local knowledge came into play.  The Truant, skippered by Ross Ryan of Crinan Hotel, took the early advantage from the tide close to the shore. As the breeze built the 8 metre Saskia, moved out ahead and her crew of upper Clyde sailors applied their skill and experience of their home waters to their advantage. In class three, the smaller Fifes, were in close competition and at the end of the day Mignon, owned by renowned yachting journalist Bob Fisher, secured first place. Among the Mignon crew is Largs based sail maker John Highcock whose local knowledge of the Clyde waters would be invaluable.

William-Fife designed Yacht Saskia built in 1931 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

William-Fife designed Yacht Saskia built in 1931 - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

With a great day’s racing, circumnavigating Great Cumbrae was an excellent way to kick off  the event. The results of the day represent the local input with Class 1 winner Saskia, Class 2 winner The Truant and Mignon leading Class 3. Tomorrow the yachts will cast off and race to Rothesay before venturing through the Kyles on Monday.

Fife Regatta 2013, June 28 to July 5

June 05, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

A total number of 20 yachts have confirmed their participation in the prominent Fife Regatta, which is now less than four weeks away. Making passage from California to Scotland will be Fife’s 1923 86-foot yacht Astor. The lovely sailing yacht Astor is a Schooner design, two masts, with a very attractive sail plan. She will be a major attraction to enthusiasts as well as admirers.

Fife Regatta 2013 - Preview - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Fife Regatta 2013 - Preview - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

The event will commence on the 28th June with the yachts congregating in Largs Yacht Haven and larger vessels anchoring in the Largs channel. This is only 2 miles north of the village of Fairlie where the Fife Boat Yard once stood. Racing and passage cruises will take place through to Friday 5th July with an itinerary offering great sailing, scenery and Scottish hospitality.

William Fife followed in the footsteps of his father who designed many yachts including Ayrshire Lass who dates back to 1887, making her 126 years old.  She will be the most senior participant in the event and it is with great excitement that she will set sail after a few years of rest ashore. The event not only includes the oldest sailing Fife yacht but also the last yacht built by William Fife III at the Fairlie yard in 1938, Solway maid. She will be sailing with her sisters on the Clyde for the fourth time and together with Mignon they will be the only Fife yachts to have competed in all four Fife Regattas, hosted every five years since 1998.

 Classic sailing yacht Mariquita - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

Classic sailing yacht Mariquita - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

After seven years ashore superyacht Kentra, a stunning 100ft Gaff- Ketch, was re-launched at Fairlie Quay on the 29th April. This was a very symbolic occasion given the close proximity to her place of build and launch in 1923. Fairlie and Fife are synonymous and it was a very special way to greet our first entrant of the 2013 Regatta.

Luxury yacht Kenta is now berthed in Largs Yacht Haven and will soon be joined by Astor, (sail number 88), who together shall celebrate their 90th birthdays this year.

Celebrate the event and support this exceptional collection of vintage sailing vessels which display grace and power in equal proportions with their beauty.

1931 luxury yacht Altair - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

1931 luxury yacht Altair - Photo credit Marc Turner /PFM

The itinerary of the event is as follows:

Day/Race details/Overnight destination

Friday 28 June No racing Largs Yacht Haven

Saturday 29 June Round Cumbraes Race Largs Yacht Haven

Sunday 30 June Largs to Rothesay Race Rothesay

Monday 01 July Cruise Rothesay to Tighnabruaich Tighnabruaich

Tuesday 02 July Portavadie/Inchmarnock Race Portavadie Marina

Wednesday 03 July Lay Day Portavadie Marina

Thursday 04 July Portavadie to Largs Race Largs Yacht Haven

Friday 05 July Kings Course Race & Prize giving Largs Yacht Haven

William Fife designed yachts to attend The Fife Regatta 2013 this summer

April 19, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

To take place in the Firth of Clyde, situated in the enchanting yacht charter destination – Scotland, the 4th edition of The Fife Regatta will be once again attended by prominent William Fife designed classic yachts. The event will run from June 28 to July 5, 2013.

Luxury sailing yacht Moonbeam of Fife (ex Moonbeam III) designed by William Fife - Image courtesy of Fife Regatta

Luxury sailing yacht Moonbeam of Fife (ex Moonbeam III) designed by William Fife - Image courtesy of The Fife Regatta

The work of William Fife was acclaimed in his lifetime and continues to be so, celebrated this year by the The Fife Regatta 2013. During the golden age of the Victorian era through to 1938 when his yard at Fairlie, North Ayrshire built his last yacht Solway Maid, Wm. Fife was a master of his craft. Twenty of these Classic Yachts are set to return to the Clyde again.

The inaugural Fife Regatta was held in 1998, and thereafter in 2003 and 2008. A number of owners with a shared passion and enthusiasm for Fife yachts have made this pilgrimage back to their home waters. The Dragon and Wheatsheaf emblem engraved in the bow of Fife’s yachts is symbolic of the level of craftsmanship in each creation. Fife yachts continue to attract attention worldwide with exacting restoration projects and the sheer pleasure of sailing them.

Two fabulous boats, sailing yacht Kentra and Astor, celebrate their 90th birthdays this year. Kentra, a 100ft Gaff- Ketch has been in storage for nearly seven years, is being re-launched for the regatta. Astor, an 86ft Schooner, will be coming all the way from California for the occasion. Hatasoo, the 19ft Gaff sloop build in 1894 will be the oldest yacht. She will be the local Clyde entrant from McGruers yard, Clynder on the Gareloch. The larger yachts will include superyacht Moonbeam of Fife (ex Moonbeam III) (105ft), Aventuress (100ft) along with Kentra. Seabird and Oblio are more recent builds from William Fife drawings and confirm how these yachts have a place in modern times.

For some of their Owners and Crew this will be their first visit on the Clyde. For Mignon, it will be her fourth Fife Regatta and she will be the only yacht to have competed in all of these special events.

To be enchanted by these fine creations under sail keep your diary free from the end of June. The yachts will begin in Largs and will have passage races to Rothesay, Tighnabruaich and Portavadie before returning to Largs.

The itinerary of the event is as follows:

Day/Race details/Overnight destination

Friday 28 June No racing Largs Yacht Haven

Saturday 29 June Round Cumbraes Race Largs Yacht Haven

Sunday 30 June Largs to Rothesay Race Rothesay

Monday 01 July Cruise Rothesay to Tighnabruaich Tighnabruaich

Tuesday 02 July Portavadie/Inchmarnock Race Portavadie Marina

Wednesday 03 July Lay Day Portavadie Marina

Thursday 04 July Portavadie to Largs Race Largs Yacht Haven

Friday 05 July Kings Course Race & Prize giving Largs Yacht Haven

In conjunction with the Year of Natural Scotland this event embraces the Scottish natural environment through water, wind and scenic surroundings. It is a show case of Scotland’s heritage and the sport of Sailing. This will be a classic seven-day event and one to enjoyed from many of the beautiful vantage points on land or sea.

The Crown Estate completes an £800,000 upgrade at Rhu Marina

July 27, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Providing total investment at the facility to over £2.3 million in the last two years, the Crown Estate has successfully finished an £800,000 programme of work at BMF member, Rhu Marina on the Firth of Clyde.

Aerial view of the Rhu Marina in Scotland

Aerial view of the Rhu Marina in Scotland

The Crown Estate’s Chief Executive Alison Nimmo visited Rhu on Friday 20 July to mark the completion of the work, and said: “This latest investment provides new state-of-the-art facilities for local customers and the wider boating community. It is part of our ongoing commitment to help the Scottish marine leisure sector grow, delivering benefit to the Scottish economy and to coastal communities around Scotland.”

The latest investment has replaced wooden-decked walkways and pontoons with more robust concrete-decked equipment, which follows last year’s investment of £1.49 million, which not only provided a new floating breakwater and toilet/shower block, but increased the number of berths from 189 to 249.

Varis Engineering, based at Forres in Moray, and Rollins Marine Services supplied the new marina equipment with installation carried out by GSS Marine Services, based at Rhu.

According to Tourism Intelligence Scotland, within the total leisure marine economic contribution of some £300 million, sailing tourism alone generated just over £100 million a year for the Scottish economy in 2011 – and this figure is expected to rise to £145 million by 2021.

Hugh Henderson of the Scottish Boating Alliance said: “The Crown Estate’s continued programme of investment in Rhu Marina is warmly welcomed.”

Mike Balmforth, President of British Marine Federation Scotland, added: “It is crucial that boating facilities around the Scottish coastline are improved and developed in order to ensure the marine tourism sector continues to grow.”

Simon Haigh, Managing Director of Quay Marinas, said: “Thanks to The Crown Estate’s investment, boats can now be berthed within the more sheltered areas of the marina during winter and the upgraded equipment will provide a more modern and robust pontoon system.”