Haven Knox-Johnston makes a splash at Southampton Boat Show 2023

Thanks to the launch of Haven Knox Johnston’s new marine business unit, the Southampton Boat Show delivered a wave of marine excitement with Haven’s newly expanded team shining the spotlight on several key industry events, including the headline sponsorship of the annual TYHA Marina Awards.

The well attended awards ceremony was co-hosted by Paul Knox-Johnston, Jonathan White of TYHA and Steve Arber of Tingdene Marinas and current chairman of TYHA. The event brought together industry leaders and representatives from many of the 200 plus Gold Anchor accredited marinas from around the world. Together, they celebrated the winners and rightfully acknowledged those who have demonstrated excellence in the marina sector, creating one of the highlights of the boat show.

Southampton Boat Show Awards

And the winners were...

TYHA, Sustainability Award 2023 (a new award for 2023)
Winner – Haslar Marina (Boatfolk)

TYHA, Coastal Marina of the Year 2023 – Under 250 Berths
Winner – Emsworth Yacht Harbour
Runner up – Poole Quay Boat Haven

TYHA, Coastal Marina of the Year 2023 – Over 250 Berths
Winner – Royal Quays Marina – boatfolk
Runner up- Kip Marina

TYHA, Inland Marina of the Year 2023
Winner – Campbell Wharf Marina
Runner up – Shepperton Marina

TYHA, International Marina of the Year 2023
Winner – Marina de Vilamoura
Runner up – Portonovi Marina

TYHA, Superyacht Marina of the Year 2023
Winner – Yalikavak Marina
Runner up – Porto Montenegro Marina

TYHA, Marina Team of the Year 2023 (a new category for 2023)
Porto Montenegro

TYHA, Employee of the Year 2023
Winner – Daniel Mellor, Assistant Marina Manager, Kip Marina

Alongside the TYHA Marina Awards, the “Haven Beach and Watersports Lake” flagship feature also proved a real showstopper, introducing Southampton’s first sandy beach to the boat show audience. It was the perfect place to spend some time relaxing (especially when the sun came out) or trying out an array of water sports activities. It was only fitting that the beach experience was served up with free ice cream, courtesy of the Haven Knox-Johnston crew.

The two substantial sponsorships were also paired with sponsorship of “Marine Trade Tuesday” and “Women in Marine Day”, underlining Haven Knox-Johnston’s steadfast commitment to the marine industry and its determination to support and build strong relationships within the boating community.

Sustainability Boat Award
Marina Employee

Paul Knox-Johnston, Marketing Manager at Haven Knox-Johnston, shared his enthusiasm, stating, ‘The Southampton Boat Show was the perfect stage to introduce our new marine business unit. We are immensely proud of the collective expertise and knowledge within the Haven Knox-Johnston, Haven Knox-Johnston Specialist and Haven Knox-Johnston Commercial teams. Southampton Boat Show is one of the biggest events in the UK boating calendar, and it offered a fantastic opportunity to connect our talented insurance specialists with the marine community. From “The Beach Haven and Watersports Lake” to our sponsorship of the” TYHA Marina Awards”, we were delighted to showcase our dedication to meeting the needs of the marine industry while having plenty of water-based fun along the way’.

The new marine practice will operate under three distinctive trading styles, as Haven Knox- Johnston, Haven Knox-Johnston Specialist and Haven Knox-Johnston Commercial bringing together the expertise from established brands such as A-Plan Marine, A-Plan Commercial Marine, Howden Fastnet, Euromarine Insurance Services and Curtis Marine. With a highly experienced team, including some of the industry’s most recognised professionals, plus more than 70 insurance specialists across five office locations, Haven Knox-Johnston is ideally positioned to address the insurance requirements of inland, coastal and ocean-going boat owners, as well as support the commercial insurance needs of sole traders, small businesses owners and national operators that service the needs of the marine community.

Haven Knox-Johnston’s sponsorship of the TYHA Marina Awards continues for 2024 and nominations can be made from now until the 30th August 2024. Visit https://www.tyha.co.uk/marina-awards for more details.

Marina Team 2023