Nominations Invited For the Sailing Experience of a Lifetime

Posted: 16th December 2014

We’re inviting you to nominate deserving young people for the trip of a lifetime, with nominations now open for the 2015 Sail Training Awards.

We are proud to have run the awards in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years. The annual awards are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.

The winners will receive an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South’s training yacht, John Laing from Monday 13th April for six nights. They will spend their time living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.

Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who never had the chance to travel abroad, and those with added family responsibilities.

Anyone working with young people can send in their nominations, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers. Anyone can nominate, apart from parents, guardians or close family. If this sounds like you or someone you know, click here for further information or to make your nomination.

All nominations must be received by Friday 16th January 2015.


MDL Teams Get Into the Christmas Spirit - But We Need Your Help!

Posted: 16th December 2014

You might already have noticed some Christmassy additions to your local marina recently as our teams get into the Christmas spirit! This year, we’re running a special competition to recognise the MDL marinas that pull out all the stops to spread Christmas cheer among our berth holders - and we need your help.
 
Our teams will be posting pictures of their festive efforts on social media throughout December and asking you to like and comment on how well you think they have done. Competition categories include: the Best Dressed Christmas Tree, Best Overall Christmas Decorations and the Best Christmas Team Selfie. Your response on our marinas' Facebook and Twitter pages will help us decide which of our marina teams should be awarded the exciting prizes we have on offer…
 
Our competition will be running right up until Christmas Eve and we will announce our winners in the New Year!

Find your marina's Facebook page!
 

Bray Marina

Brixham Marina 

Chatham Maritime Marina

Cobb's Quay Marina

Hamble Point Marina

Hythe Marina Village

Mercury Yacht Harbour

Northney Marina

Ocean Village Marina 

Penton Hook Marina

Port Hamble Marina

Queen Anne's Battery

Saxon Wharf

Shamrock Quay

Sparkes Marina

Torquay Marina 

Windsor Marina

Woolverstone Marina

 

 


London Boat Show 2018

From 10th January 2018 until 14th January 2018

The new 5 day London Boat Show is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. Re-defined and re-imagined, this year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.

Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, pick up the latest marine technology, and spend quality time with some sailing legends.

Bringing a world of inspiration, on water experiences and exclusive deals, the London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with global, national and boutique brands, first looks, loads of retailers and even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.

Come and visit us on the Which Marina? stand, WE012.

For More Information
Call: 01784 473377
Email: National Boat Shows
Website: http://www.londonboatshow.com

Free Storage Offer

From 1st November 2014 until 31st March 2015
S. D. Marine, Hamble Point Marina
If you buy one of the boats S. D. Marine Ltd have available for sale at Hamble Point Marina, you qualify for free storage ashore until 31st March 2015. This gives you the opportunity to purchase the boat you want, have it stored over the winter before preparing for the new season. Helping you to cut the cost during the expensive months of winter. Call us for more details on 023 8045 7278.

WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva Marine Generator

From 13th October 2014 until 31st December 2014
Sailfish Marine, Shamrock Quay
Special introductory price on this compact and quiet running marine generator New! WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva variable speed marine generator - special introductory price of £3,695.00 plus VAT and delivery until the end of December 2014. We're also offering special prices on installation packages. Full details can be found on our website.

10% Discount on Winter Lay Up & Service

From 10th October 2014 until 30th November 2014
Golden Arrow Marine, Shamrock Quay
IT’S TIME TO WINTERISE It may seem odd with the sun not long gone down at the end of a fantastic summer of boating, but it’s time to think about winter servicing and winterisation. Winter service is essential to the long term health of a marine engine no matter what size or type or how much use it has had. During use the oil absorbs contaminants and condensation from the combustion process and the harsh environment in which it operates. This contaminated oil should be removed and replaced with fresh clean marine grade lubricating oil and the best time to do this is before the winter layup. Leaving contaminated oil in the engine over the winter will lead to greater wear and tear and reduced engine life. Combining an end of season service with winterisation is the best care you can give your engine to maintain your investment. Arranging your winter service and winterisation now takes away the worry and sleepless nights when the weather forecasters predict a sudden cold snap. If you also book your recommissioning at the same time you can be sure your boat is up and running when you want it at the start on next season. For bookings received before the end of November 2104 we are offering 10% discount on parts used. So whether you have an outboard motor, a yacht auxiliary or a pair of high performance diesel engines it is time to get your winter maintenance booked. And don’t forget the generator if you have one fitted, they need the same maintenance as a propulsion engine.

PSP Southampton Boat Show Highlights

Posted: 25th September 2014

It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.

It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...

  • We raised over £2,000 for Ocean Youth Trust South, which will go towards the brilliant work they do and their initiative to raise money for a new boat – thank you to those of you who made additional donations at the bar!
  • We welcomed five young people to our stand who were presented with their MDL Sail Training Awards by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht. The five deserving young people returned from a trip at sea for six days in April this year in and around our marinas.
  • Dave Wilson, AKA “Dogfish Dave” presented a cheque to Heroes on the Water for £637.20 following the fantastic annual fishing competition at Cobb’s Quay earlier this year.
  • We LOVED all of your Selfies... and taking a few of our own... thanks to all of you who got involved in the campaign! 
  • We presented the winners of our annual photo competition, with MDL’s Photographer of the Year being presented to Neil O’Donoghue, who took a stunning landscape picture at Torquay Marina and will receive a one-day photographic shoot and tuition session with Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography. The winning image in the under-16s competition was captured at Brixham Marina – a beautiful sunset taken by Dan Parrish. Dan received the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera.
  • We rewarded our green fingered marinas as part of MDL in Bloom with Saxon Wharf in Southampton sweeping the board, scooping the ‘X’ Factor title, best hanging baskets and the coveted best overall award thanks to a hanging boat from a hoist which was the deciding factor that put the marina in the top running.
  • On Friday 19th September our international team hosted an ‘Italian Day’, with boat owners given the chance to uncover the many advantages of berthing and visiting our Italian Marinas – two exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network – Marinara in Ravenna and Marina di Stabia in the Bay of Naples.
  • We received a fantastic response to Freedom Berthing and lots of enquiries to berth at our marinas next season – we look forward to welcoming you, our valued berth holders, as well as seeing some new faces over the coming months.


We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!

Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.


Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

On the 26th September 2014

This is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, where we ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2013, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £20 million. Several of MDL's marinas will be hosting these mornings:

  • Cobb's Quay Marina, Poole (10am to midday)
  • Ketch Rigger at Hamble Point Marina (10am to 2pm)
  • Shamrock Quay, Southampton (10am to 1pm)

 

So come along for some coffee and baked goods in order to support this brilliant cause.

For More Information
Call: 0845 602 1246
Website: http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx

Avid Anglers Raise Over £600 for Heroes on the Water

Posted: 19th September 2014

Following a fantastic charity fishing event in June, the team at MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina and the Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club were delighted to present a cheque for £637.20 to Heroes on the Water at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Now in its 6th year, the popular Open Species Fishing Competition is run annually by ‘Dogfish’ Dave Wilson, Regional Director of the Western Region at MDL Marinas. The competition saw 57 anglers enjoy an exciting day on the water, reeling in, photographing and then releasing as many species of fish as possible, with the winning team photographing 22 different fish. This year, Cobb’s Quay Marina teamed up with the Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club for the first time, raising money to help offer kayak angling to aid rehabilitation of wounded heroes who have suffered while carrying out a public duty. 

Dave Wilson commented: “Everyone really enjoys the competition and it’s a fantastic day out. This year, with the support of the Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club, we decided to also do our bit for charity, and are delighted to have raised over £600 for such a brilliant cause, which we are committed to supporting.” 

For more information about Heroes on the Water please visit www.heroesonthewater-uk.org.


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