What is Sail Scotland?

Sail Scotland is the national marketing organisation for sailing and marine tourism.

What does Sail Scotland do?

Sail Scotland delivers a range of strategic marketing activities, aimed at bringing more sailing visitors to Scottish waters, in order to grow the sector and deliver benefits to members businesses and the wider economy.

This directly supports delivery of Scotland's National Tourism Strategy 2020 and Scotland's National Marine Tourism Strategy, Awakening the Giant.

Who runs Sail Scotland?

Registered as a Private Limited Company (SC154190), Sail Scotland is owned and operated on a not-for-profit basis by an industry board. On a daily basis Sail Scotland is led by Chief Executive, Alan Rankin. The work of Sail Scotland is guided by a Board consisting of eight Directors from the marine industry in Scotland:

Gavin McDonagh (Chairman), Managing Director, Holt Leisure Parks - BIOGRAPHY
Stephen Bennie, Director, Troon Yacht Haven - BIOGRAPHY
Mark Cameron, Director, MC Yachts - BIOGRAPHY
Jamie Hogan, Managing Director, Inverness & Caley Marinas - BIOGRAPHY
Alasdair Burns, Director, We Do Fruition (former Director of Marketing at Scottish Canals)
Glenn Porter, Director, Ocean Sailing Scotland - BIOGRAPHY
Hazel Pearson, Operations & Business Development Manager, Flamingo Yacht Charters - BIOGRAPHY
Mike Whyte, Sail Orkney and Sail West Coast Yacht Charters - BIOGRAPHY

Our History

Sail Scotland was originally set up in 1994 by the local enterprise network and based on the following objective: “To provide improved marketing and additional promotional opportunities for members of the marine industry throughout Scotland, by co-ordinating joint campaigns, particularly in markets previously beyond the financial capabilities of the majority of trade members”.

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