Poole Quay Boat Haven was a winner at this year’s Southampton Boat Show after being announced the UK’s number one Marina/Harbour at the 2015 Sailing Today Awards.

The Poole marina, which is run by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), was shortlisted among four other finalists with the casting vote being chosen by the public. Thousands of the magazine’s members voted for their favourite boat, sailing kit and destination, with the winners being acknowledged at a prestigious champagne reception on the opening day of the Southampton Boat Show.

The award-winning boat haven was recognised for its coveted five Gold Anchor achievement from The Yacht Harbour Association and for its organisation behind this year’s inaugural Poole Harbour Boat Show, which attracted more than 15,000 visitors.

Marina manager John Binder, who accepted the award, said:  “We are very proud of this award and to be recognised for our efforts. It has been a busy year with the first-ever Poole Harbour Boat Show and everyone at the marina should be proud of their achievements, this is such great recognition. Thank you everyone for your support.”

Editor of Sailing Today, Sam Fortescue added: “With so much investment going into providing new berths and new services in marinas across the UK, this was always going to be a close-run category.

“The marina has recently won five Gold Anchor status and just launched its own boat show. Located in the stunning natural surroundings of Poole Harbour, close to the historic centre of a town that is undergoing major regeneration, it makes an excellent spot for short-term berthing.”

To find out more about Poole Quay Boat Haven visit www.poolequayboathaven.co.uk