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Article published 03/07/2020

Marine Tourism Industry calls on boaters to Respect Rural and Island Destinations

As lockdown continues to be eased across Scotland a joint plea has been made by marine tourism and sports groups for boaters and water users to have full consideration and respect for the destinations they plan to visit.

#RespectTheDestination has been launched today by; Sail Scotland, RYA Scotland, British Marine Scotland and Wild Scotland. The campaign will be promoted across social media channels to reach leisure and commercial boaters reminding them that different arrangements, levels of service and local access controls may in place at popular sailing and boating destinations.

Key messages within the campaign

Plan ahead

  • Make sure the planned destination is open to visitors as there may be reduced services such as limited or no fuel supply, water, showers, or step-ashore might not be welcomed. Some moorings may not yet be in commission and launching or landing places will have some form of hygiene regime.

On arrival

  • Approaching pontoons should be carried out after prior approval and allocation of a berth by the operator of the facility. Vessels anchoring or mooring should follow local access guidance.
  • Consider wearing gloves or apply additional cleaning measures when launching and landing or handling mooring or berthing equipment.

Think local

  • Crew and guests should adhere to local guidelines regarding ability to leave the vessel and go ashore. Consider wearing a facemask and above all respect local restrictions and controls.
  • Local businesses can arrange supply of produce to visiting yachts. Check ahead and where possible buy local. This campaign is released ahead of potential relaxation of Scottish Government lockdown guidelines on 15 July, dependent on the science, which would allow yachts and boats to visit remote areas and island communities.

RYA Scotland has produced the following video to support the campaign and promote safe sailing as people return to the water as lockdown is eased.

Safe Sailing guidelines

#RespectTheDestination emerged from the Covid-19 guidelines developed by Sail Scotland and RYA Scotland which reach across the commercial charter and leisure boating sectors respectively.

These provide specific guidelines to operators and recreational boaters to comply with Scotland’s route map.  During the development of the documents and listening to coastal and island communities, the need emerged for a clear message for boaters to respect the wishes of these more remote communities.

Sail Scotland advise water users:

  • Check if the intended destination is open to visitors, or running a reduced service
  • Consider if amenities such as showers, fuel stations are available on-site or locally
  • Check for any restrictions on the water or on going ashore
  • Approach pontoons only after prior approval and allocation of a berth
  • For vessels anchoring or mooring to follow local advice

For health and safety, Sail Scotland advise wearing gloves or applying additional cleaning measures when launching and landing or handling mooring or berthing equipment.

Read: Safe sailing guidelines.

Read: RYA Scotland return to boating guidance.

#RespecttheDestination poster

Published July 2020