RYA and marinas: Berthing without embarrassment

O no there’s a crowd in there watching!
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I've heard it said by a circumnavigating cruising sailor that sailing across an ocean is sometimes not as nerve racking as getting into a difficult berth without embarrassment.

Just the fact that other boat owners are watching nervously is enough to put you off your best performance, not to mention all the other marina wanderers who have nothing else to do but watch the berthing skills of the latest arrival.

So Sutton Harbour Marina in Plymouth, UK has decided to do something about it with a new programme.


Thirty berth holders this week brushed up on their boating skills following the official launch of the programme.

The skills session was part of a series of events run by the Royal Yachting Association in partnership with marinas.

It aims to provide training, cruising and social events to help boat owners make the most out of their boat.

Sutton Harbour Marina's programme kicked off with a series of hands-on courses to help berth holders build confidence when entering and exiting Sutton Harbour lock, and manoeuvring their sail or power boats around the marina.

Sutton Harbour Marina Manager Mark Brimacombe said: 'Boat owning is all about freedom and having fun and these events are tailor-made to help berth holders boost their knowledge and confidence in a social setting.

'Our first sessions were heavily over-subscribed but we have various events planned throughout the year.'

What a good idea!