2019 BYA winner: Weymouth Marina

At the centre of a resort, which on a hot August weekend is teeming with holidaymakers, lies an oasis of calm. Weymouth Marina is almost overlooked by the tourist hordes that descend on this handsome harbourside town in the summer and that’s pretty much how boat owners like it. Dean & Reddyhoff run the marina in friendly and orderly style and clearly enough of you have shared a laugh with marina manager Alistair Clarke and his team to vote this your favourite in a shortlist of excellent marinas. Weymouth’s high concentration of world class pubs and fish’n’chip shops does no harm to the marina’s appeal. Those who fancy a day on one of the south coast’s rare sandy beaches will favour Weymouth too. Add into the equation the fact that Weymouth sits at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a world class cruising ground if ever there was one, and you have a safe haven amid a heady cocktail of delights.