Mylor is top VisitEngland Holiday Spot

A historic Cornish port is proudly home to some of the best holiday experiences in the country as it celebrates Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School and its charitable arm Mylor Sailability scooping double gold in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Mylor Yacht Harbour and its picturesque cluster of waterfront associates have hung out the bunting for the School’s owner Tracey Boyne and her team who consistently punch above their weight and this year beat the mighty Alton Towers to take the golden gong for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism.

Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School was also named top Experience of the Year in the awards run by VisitEngland for more than 30 years to “celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice in tourism”.

“Tracey’s sailing school on Admirality Quay and the associated charity she founded have been integral members of the Mylor Yacht Harbour community for nearly 20 years,” says MD Neil Salter. “We’re honoured to have been able to support the school’s growth and expansion into a truly inclusive set of waterborne experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

“Mylor is a jewel of a harbour with a wide range of services and facilities and Tracey’s Sailing School plays a very important role in making boating available to everyone.”

The Sailing School operates alongside Mylor’s marina, full-service boat yard and chandlery, its boat and watersports hire, luxury self-catering cottages and two outstanding eateries – all overlooking the Carrick Roads waterway near Falmouth amid the peerless coast and countryside of the South Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“We are so lucky to have our home base at Mylor Yacht Harbour on one of the most beautiful and safe stretches of water anywhere in the world,” says Tracey. “But as an inclusive sailing and boating academy we never stand still and we’re always looking at ways to stretch further into our communities – which is why it is fantastic for our team to be recognised at the highest level.

“We went through a slew of very rigorous assessments through the Cornwall and South West stages of the awards – and to pip Alton Towers in the nationals for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism is quite amazing…they were lovely afterwards and have asked us for tips!”

Tracey and team are no strangers to major accolades and the VisitEngland awards will not be the last. She is currently focussed on developing more accessible sessions and increasing the number of private weekly sessions for a racing team and for groups with specific conditions including Parkinson’s, Dementia, MS – as well as the Good Day Promise project that offers free sessions for people with terminal illnesses and their loved ones.