Queensland’s award-winning Southport Yacht Club (SYC) has this week been presented with internationally recognised 5 Gold Anchor accreditation. At its most recent meeting the Marina Industries Association (MIA) approved SYC’s Gold Anchor status as part of its MIA International Gold Anchor Rating Scheme for marinas.
Southport Yacht Club General Manager Brett James said it was an honour to be first recognised as a Gold Anchor marina back in 2014, and again with an increase in accreditation in 2017. “The Club is committed to continual improvement of its facilities and services adding another increase to our accreditation to 5 Gold Anchors. The MIA’s Gold Anchor Scheme provided a valuable assessment tool for measuring performance and we are proud the join the ranks of MIA’s accredited Gold Anchor marinas across Australia and overseas.”
“The marina’s popularity continues to exceed our expectations with a number of Superyachts continuing to select SYC as their choice destination”, adds Waterfront Manager, Mark Riddell.
With the inclusion of the Club’s marina in recent months also appointed as a Boarding Station for the purposes of the Customs, Biosecurity and Migration Acts for international arrivals and departures of small craft, securing extra security provisions on the marina, and easy access for International visiting vessels.
Gold Anchor marinas are subject to desk top and site audits as well as structured feedback provided by marina berth-holders. Once accredited an MIA Gold Anchor marina is subject to periodic ‘mystery shopper’ checks to ensure service is being maintained at or above the designated rating.