Scotland voted 'World's Best Sailing Destination'
Scotland has been voted the 'World's Best Cruising Ground' in the prestigious Sailing Today Awards - beating even the warm weather destinations of Greece, Turkey, Canaries and St Vincent and the Grenadines!
The inaugural awards invited Sailing Today's readers and sailors throughout the UK to vote in 15 categories via an online poll - the results of which were announced in a ceremony at Southampton Boat Show attended by the great and the good of the sailing industry.
Scotland was announced as the winner of the prestigious Cruising Ground of the Year award which was collected by Gavin McDonagh, Chairman of Sail Scotland, the national marketing organisation for Scottish sailing and marine tourism.
Sail Scotland together with the Scottish Government, Visit Scotland and other key stakeholders has developed a National Marine Tourism Strategy called 'Awakening the Giant', which aims to grow visitor revenue to £145 million by 2020 and increase the value of the sector to £450m in five years. It seems that the giant is already stirring, and sailing enthusiasts are taking notice of just how attractive a propostion it is to sail in Scotland.