The marina, less than a cable from Tower Bridge, has been welcoming boats of all sizes and descriptions for many years, and now as re-development is about to change the face of the marina, what better time to introduce the RYA Active Marina programme.  

Colin Trowles, principal of the Blue Lamp Afloat training centre in the marina, says: "For some years now there's been a St Katherine Berth Holders Association, a small RYA affiliated club promoting the interests of berth holders with various social events over the year, and with the our steadily growing and popular training centre offering a wide selection of RYA courses, and with a flourishing waterside community of businesses and residents, it seemed the right time to launch the RYA Active Marina programme within the docks."  

Guy Malpas, RYA Active Marina Manager, adds: "The RYA Active Marina programme is all about helping people get the most from their boating. It partners with marinas, RYA training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs to offer people the opportunity to take short bite size workshop training, to expand their cruising horizons, and organise social opportunities to meet other boaters, and make friends in their marina.  

"We've enjoyed working with Colin and the others involved to introduce the programme and are pleased to have them on board."  

Events planned for 2016 include a flare demonstration, ladies day powerboat workshops, first aid taster sessions and a visit to the Port of London Authority. The Classic Boat Festival in September is always a popular showpiece.   

St Katharine Docks is renowned worldwide and with many global sailors starting and finishing their epic round the globe adventures there.  

Colin says: "We're very pleased to be operating our training centre in such a prestigious location, and if we can promote the activities of the RYA in London, and attract more of our local community into our sport, so much the better. St Katharines is shortly to be given a makeover with new pontoons and facilities planned, so exciting times ahead!"  

Useful links:

RYA Active Marina default.aspx

St Katherine Docks http://www.skdocks.co.uk/

Blue Lamp Afloat Training Centre http://www.powerboattraining.blue/

St Katherine Docks Berth Holders Association www.skdbha.org.uk