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
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
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!"
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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