Boat ownership, female
participation and canoeing all on the rise in North West
ACCORDING to new
research 348,000 adults in the North West (6.1% of the local population) took to
water by 1 or more of 12 boating activities1 in 2014. This reflects an increase
of 0.5% in the number of participants from 2013. Whilst in the region,
participation in any Watersports activity in addition to the 12 core boating
activities2 stands just over 1 million (18.4% of local adults), a slight
decrease of 4.7% points (compared to 23.1% in 2013). But more importantly, these
figures reveal significant growth within certain demographics and boating
activities. The Watersports Participation Survey is conducted annually by
a consortium of leading marine bodies including British Marine Federation (BMF),
RYA (Royal Yachting Association), Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal
National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and Marine
Management Organisation (MMO).
► Gender; nationally female participation in:-
'any boating activity' continues a steady increase since 2010 and is now
at the joint highest (6.2%, 2007) it has been since the study began in 2002.
Males are more likely to be enthusiasts than females with 28% participating more
than 6 times per year, compared to 17% for females.
► Age; nationally participation in 'any boating activity' amongst
those over 55 has been steadily increasing since 2011 and it is now at its
highest volume since the survey began; the volume increase since 2002 stands at
66%. For the 16 to 34 and 35 to 54 age groups, participation rates have remained
fairly stable over the past 6 years.
► Activity; with 171,000 people in the North West taking to the water in a canoe
(3.0% of the local population) the region's canoeing participation rate rises by
0.9% for 2014 (compared to 2.1% in 2013). Other boating activities to see a rise
in local popularity are yacht cruising and power boating with increases of 0.4%
and 0.2% respectively.
► Casual v enthusiast; following a UK rise last year in 'casual'
participants in boating activities (less than 6 times), there has been a shift
this year with a slight fall in:- 'casuals' and a corresponding
rise in the proportion of:- 'enthusiasts' (more than 6 times a
year), returning closer to previously seen levels at 77%.
► Boat ownership; more than 1.2 million boats are owned by households in the UK,
an increase to 1,214,154 in 2012-14 (from 1,163,726 in 2011 to 2013), with
49,872 households in Scotland owning one or more boats, of which at least 23,564
canoes/kayaks are owned by local residents.
The figures form part of a national picture which saw 3.5 million adults take to
the water in core boating activities, matching 2013 at 7.1% of the total adult
population in the UK.
Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of British Marine Federation said:-
"The figures for the number of people participating in boating
and watersports are encouraging but there's also plenty of room for growth.
Getting out on the water is a hugely enjoyable pastime whether you're a casual
participant or much more of an enthusiast, and the marine industry is in great
shape to provide plenty of opportunities to enable this."
Wirral Hotel and Restaurant
gets 4 Gold Star AA rating again!
STAFF at an Italian restaurant and inn
in Bromborough are celebrating after being awarded a 4 Gold Star AA Hotel Rating
for the 3rd year in a row. Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn was awarded the 4
Gold star accreditation following a recent mystery inspection which looks at
whether the hotel meets a stringent set of criteria on a variety of quality
standards. The inn and restaurant on Dibbinsdale Road has already proved popular
with local residents after bringing Pesto's trademark 'piattini'
dining experience to the Wirral, where diners can enjoy an authentic selection
of small Italian dishes during one meal. The report, which evaluated the dining
offering as well as the accommodation standards of the 12 room inn, also saw the
restaurant win a special Dinner award for the 2nd year in a row. Simon
Numphud, Head of AA Hotel Services commented:- "We're very pleased that
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn has retained its 4 gold star status. It's a well
run establishment offering guests comfort and high-quality facilities in a
peaceful setting and is set apart by its excellently presented restaurant which
offers a unique informal Italian dining experience. It truly deserves its
The star rating scheme was introduced by AA Hotel Services in 1912 to recognise
and reward establishments for their quality and range of services and
facilities. These standards are also shared with the three national tourist
boards to ensure consistency of quality and service throughout the UK.
Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards comments:- "As 1 of the few 4 star
hotels in Bromborough, we're very proud that the hard work and dedication of the
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale team has been acknowledged by the AA with these 2