International Superyacht Business Awards announce Coral Sea Marina as a world finalist

As voted by superyacht captains and crew, Coral Sea Marina has been announced as Runner-Up in the ACREW Superyacht Business Awards 2021 in the category of Best Superyacht Marina. 

The ACREW Superyacht Business Awards is a global awards program, with a network of over 15,000 captains and crew, who are invited to select the best businesses within the superyacht sector and vote on those that provide exceptional experiences, recognising them as top in their field.

Arnold Venki, ACREW Head of Business-to-Business Sales explains, “I am delighted to congratulate Coral Sea Marina Resort for being Runners-up for the Best Superyacht Marina Award.  This confirms the hard work of the team towards assisting Yachts and Yacht Crew. Keep up with the good work, the Superyacht industry highly values your professionalism.”

Port of Montenegro were announced as overall winner in the highly competitive category of Best Superyacht Marina where Coral Sea Marina found themselves in noteworthy company amongst iconic marinas from across the globe.

“We are honoured to be recognised within this prestigious category,” said Coral Sea Marina CEO, Kate Purdie. “This comes after receiving the Australian Superyacht Industry Service Provider of the Year earlier in the year and we couldn’t be more delighted to continue to support the superyacht industry.”

“At Coral Sea Marina we pride ourselves on impeccable facilities and outstanding service, but also providing a superyacht experience that exceeds expectations on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef”. 

This is the second consecutive year Coral Sea Marina have been named as Runner Up and the recognition is timely for the award-winning superyacht marina, after a solid year of domestic superyacht visitation to the Whitsunday region. With international borders closed, Coral Sea Marina has proven to be the perfect port for Australian superyachts enjoying the cruising potential of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Domestic superyacht visitation to the marina is up 13%, with many yachts choosing to remain in the Whitsundays as domestic border closures and lockdowns continue to disrupt travel plans.

Captain Peter Cook, MY Playpen reviews their recent visit, “Motor Yacht PLAYPEN has just had the most enjoyable visit to the wonderful Coral Sea Marina Resort. As a world travelling superyacht it is a pleasure to stopover in such amazing spots around the world and this marina is definitely a hidden gem. The facilities are terrific with a crew lounge and all the facilities you could imagine. Location is right on the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef and the superb cruising grounds of the Whitsundays and the staff are just wonderful. This is a definite stop on any yacht’s itinerary.”

With berthing capacity to 80m and a range of dedicated superyacht services, Coral Sea Marina has been redeveloped with this luxury yacht sector in mind. A vibrant resort village, access to mainland services and the addition of a 77-room boutique hotel, Coral Sea Resort, has positioned the marina as a premium superyacht facility at the heart of the Whitsunday and Great Barrier Reef. 

James Kennedy, Captain of Lady E (75m), who visited the marina this year, explains of his time in the Whitsundays, “Coral Sea Marina was an excellent staging point for our most recent Whitsunday’s charter.  The marina managers, maintenance team and security detail were friendly, accommodating and went out of their way to ensure our provisioning, extensive deliveries, crew changeovers, and guest welcome was efficient and professional.”

Coral Sea Marina Resort, through its commitment to growing the Australian superyacht industry, has become a superyacht hub in one of the world’s most untapped and breathtaking yachting destinations.

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