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2021 July August Marina World

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MIA MARINA OF THE YEAR Taking the stage for awards and initiatives The 2021 Marina Industries Association (MIA) Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards were held in May at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) . A COVID-capped, sell-out crowd of over 120 enjoyed the event and dozens watched remotely – often with drinks in hand! Suzanne Davies launched three MIA initiatives aimed at further boosting potential in the buoyant Australian market. Eighteen finalists were in the running for nine hotly contested awards. Winners frequently praised teams, rather than assets or individuals, for their accolades, and Phil McGowen CMM, marina manager at Birkenhead Point Marina, NSW did just this when accepting the Marina of the Year Award over 140 berths. “This is not about the marina, it can’t win it, it is about the people who set this facility apart,” he said. “It is the best marina in the world; we set the benchmark for [5 Gold Anchor] Platinum Marinas.” In the other big awards, bespoke Koolewong Marina on the Brisbane Water, NSW took out the Marina of the Year under 140 berths. Owner, Les Binkin, recognised the 16-year journey he had been on with his business partner Symantha Suprain when they first bought Marmong Point together before embarking on the development of Koolewong from a greenfield site. He, too, gave the credit to the team running the marina and caring for his customers. One of the most celebrated wins of the night was secured by Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay (RMYC BB) for Club of the Year. In accepting the award, Commodore Chris Lee Birkenhead Point Marina won Marina of the Year over 140 berths; a team effort worthy of a 5 Gold Anchor Platinum marina. Club of the Year Royal Motor Club Broken Bay has been transformed in recent years to become a lifestyle destination. The entire marina team received the award. acknowledged that the RMYC BB has undergone a transformation in recent years to create a vibrant, world class boating lifestyle destination that caters to the needs of all boaters. He again gave the credit to CEO Jayson McDonald who, in turn, passed it on to his team who were all on stage sharing the moment. Andrew Fenwick of Fenwicks Marina in Brooklyn, NSW dedicated his Best Boatyard under 20 Boats to his father, who passed away very recently. Andrew, who developed the site with his father from a greenfield site in the 1970s, proudly shared the stage with his son Tim, who joined the business seven years ago. His acceptance speech was a moving tribute to a true family business. Sydney Harbour Boat Storage at White Bay 6 Marine Park on the shores of Balmain, NSW took out the Best Dry Stack Storage Facility award in recognition of its innovative customer service initiatives, ease of booking and its exceptional culture around work health safety. General manager, Lorraine Yates, sung the praises of the business benefits of going through the application process, saying “I would recommend to any marina to go through the Awards submission process as it is a great opportunity to really scrutinise your business performance against a criteria and reflect on what is great about it and what can be improved. We really enjoyed it.” The coveted Marina World International Marina of the Year Award presented a difficult decision for the judges as the finalists, One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove Singapore and Westhaven Marina in New Zealand, were both exceptional but very different entries. Nicky Vaux – who Les Binkin and Symantha Suprain developed Koolewong Marina from a greenfield site. The marina won Marina of the Year under 140 berths. www.marinaworld.com – July/August 2021 39

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