London calling – bringing the city to Scottish waters

Scotland’s fastest growing marine tourism resource, has announced a new partnership with London’s biggest Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training associate City Sailing London.  This association puts directly in the heart of the UK’s capital, and at the fingertips of City Sailing London’s clients. Under the leadership of Paul Brew, a highly experienced skipper and RYA examiner for more than a quarter of a century, City Sailing London provides classroom based RYA courses.  Their use of digital technology in the form of online teaching resources was a perfect fit for the digital technology used in the former Marine Blast Scotland app, now  Paul, who is no stranger to Scottish waters explained why this app technology is such an … Read more


RYA Scotland are excited to announce that the after dinner speaker at the Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday 23 January 2016 will be Tony Bishop from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). Bart’s Bash and the ASSF are a great example of the power sport can have and the impact it has. Tony Bishop is the founder of Bart’s Bash, the global sailing event in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Having sailed with Andrew in Optimists during the 1980′s he like many wanted to do something following the events in 2013. The Bash was established in 2014 with unprecedented support, and set a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race in 24 hours. In two years the … Read more

THE COOL ROUTE PROJECT conducting International research on Cruising Preferences

We’re delighted to share this on behalf of the Cool Route project and ask all our readers to share it too.  The more people who complete the survey – the better the data. The Cool Route project investigates all aspects of the practical logistics and business potential to establish a bi-directional yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area. The cruising ground is one of the most attractive globally and stretches from Cork in the South of Ireland to Western and Northern Ireland on to Western Scotland and then to the Faroe Islands And Western Norway. The project, includes all of the National Sailing Organisations in Ireland and the UK and has strategic partners in the … Read more

First Sailing Scotland regional marine tourism group takes to the water

The Argyll and the Isles Marine Tourism group was officially launched today (Thursday 19 November) as the first of four regional groups covering the whole of Scotland, which come under the Sailing Scotland banner.   The group is now looking to build on Sailing Scotland’s current 1,700 member database, and is actively calling from anyone in the marine tourism industry, whether on land or sea, to get themselves listed.   Whether you’re running a sailing school, operating a marina or have a coastal coffee shop, if you welcome marine tourists into your Argyll and the Isles based business then the Argyll and the Isles Marine Tourism group wants to hear from you.   As Sailing Scotland founder Iain Hurrel says:  … Read more

UK’s remotest outpost brought into focus as first St Kilda yacht race departs North Uist

  First ever St Kilda Challenge yacht race will take place Thursday to Saturday, June 9-11 2016   The fleet of yachts will berth at Lochmaddy Marina on North Uist   A spectacular parade of sail to the start line in the Sound of Harris will take place   Race will begin on June 10 and will cover a total of approximately 100 nautical miles in 24 hours, sailing out to the remote archipelago, using the islands as a turning point before returning to the finish line. Event will also include a cruise-in-company option for those who would like to be part of the excitement but do not wish to race   2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the designation … Read more

Marine Blast MultiMedia rebrands as Sailing Scotland

  The founder of the newly rebranded Sailing Scotland (formerly Marine Blast MultiMedia) is on the crest of a wave this morning (Monday 16 November) as he announced his new open source project for the marine industry.   Having spent the last three years developing multi media platforms specifically aimed at serving the industry, the new Sailing Scotland project allows anyone to feed in and promote their business.  Whether you’re a commercial business, activity provider or tourism group, you can share the mapping information of over 1700 listed marine tourism businesses in Scotland.   Simply by adding a tab to their existing website, any business or event can access the mapping information – without having to navigate away from their own … Read more

Scotland wins best cruising grounds

Scotland has been voted by readers of the Sailing Today Magazine as best cruising ground of the year.  If you would like to pre plan your next sailing trip to Scottish waters we have included some helpful links  that will help you identify many stop over points and marine services that might be required along with helpful links to make your journey. The app is currently only available on iPhone and is the single biggest marine tourism resource covering Scotland and  Northern Ireland and is packed with information covering everything you need to know to help plan your next trip. Link to the winners App download code : Video app trailer : Web : Free Marine tourism or and Industry … Read more

New alliance between Marine Blast and Malin Waters creates biggest mobile marine directory for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Fresh from a recent meeting with Business, Energy and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing MSP, Marine Blast Multimedia has now widened the ‘app’eal of their marine app, thanks to an alliance with Malin Waters.   This new relationship means the Marine Blast Marine Directory Scotland app now covers marinas on the north coast of Ireland and gives a wider audience for this powerful marine tourism tool.  Acting as a series of stepping stones, it doesn’t lead you on a fixed route, but gives you options to design your holiday in the way you want.   The app has been designed with the sailor, whether experienced or recreational, in mind.  Easy navigation is essential and is delivered either by tapping on a … Read more

Marine Blast sets course for ‘app’ointment with Minister

Marine Blast Multimedia swapped the waters off the west coast for Glasgow’s Pacific Quay on Tuesday (21 July) when they were invited to meet Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Minister with more information on the Marine Blast Scotland iphone app which has become the biggest and fastest growing marine tourism/industry resource in Scotland. The app has over 1,700 listings and has more than 7,000 downloads. Linking the marine industry with tourism in this way makes the app a very powerful tool, but it has to be useful too. That’s where the app really comes into it’s own. With clear maps which pinpoint the location of the services you … Read more

Campbeltown Marina Upgrade Complete

A major re-development project to expand the existing pontoon facilities at Campbeltown Harbour is now complete, resulting in a smart new marina for the town. The project has been funded by Argyll and Bute Council, together with contributions from Highlands & Islands Enterprise and other partners. The brand new Campbeltown Marina now offers 54 berths on finger pontoons, main pontoons and breakwaters. It can accommodate boats of up to 33 metres with a draft of 3 metres. Each pontoon has hook-ups for water and electricity and ashore there is a brand new dedicated shower and toilet building. Access to the marina is available at all states of the tide. Visitor and long term berths are available, with prices starting at … Read more