Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers, thanks to a range of great discounts on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas, giving owners the opportunity to ensure their boats are in top condition for the summer ahead and sample the MDL experience.
During July and August, boat owners can enjoy MDL’s ‘Summer Afloat’ offer of two months berthing for just £499 (inclusive of VAT) for boats up to eight metres, at any one of ten MDL marinas.* Participating marinas include Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble and Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton.
What’s more, the ‘Summer Afloat’ gives boat owners the opportunity to benefit from a secure pontoon berth with fresh water and electricity during the prime summer months from a choice of MDL’s beautiful locations at a fantastic price. This package also includes free car parking and free trailer storage at the majority of sites. A full list of participating marinas is available at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat.
In addition to the summer berthing offer, MDL’s boatyards along the south coast, in the West Country and on the River Thames are offering great discounts on hull scrubs and storage throughout July and August. Boat owners can enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of MDL’s leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £15 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery. Furthermore, with each boatyard offer booked, boat owners will take away a voucher of 20% off a winter lift & storage at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be offering these substantial savings on boat care and berthing. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers and to help them make the most of their time on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK, spending more time boating and less time towing and launching.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-offers.
* Available for boats up to 7.5 metres at Queen Anne’s Battery.
MDL berth holders and local diners in Poole can now enjoy quality dining on the quayside, following the reopening of Cobb’s Quay Marina’s onsite restaurant and bar. Renamed Cobb’s Yacht Club, the restaurant offers a brand new menu, a new outdoor decking area and an elegant new interior, thanks to new owners Julia and David Sweatman.
The restaurant’s new menu offers everything from a hearty breakfast to a lunchtime snack or three course evening meal, overlooking beautiful views of Cobb’s Quay and Holes Bay. Cobb’s Yacht Club places a special emphasis on fish and seafood, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create outstanding seasonal dishes.
The outdoor decking area is the perfect place for diners to soak up the summer sunshine, or relax with friends after a day on the water, with a glass of something cold from the new bar menu.
Julia Sweatman, Owner of Cobb’s Yacht Club, said: “Cobb’s Quay Marina is the perfect location for us, thanks to its idyllic waterside surroundings. Our team has worked hard to create an exciting range of new dishes and the restaurant itself is looking great. Now that the summer is nearly here, we’re looking forward to customers really making the most of the outdoor decking area, which offers fantastic views over the water.”
Neil Salter, General Manager of Cobb’s Quay Marina, said: “The Cobb’s Yacht Club restaurant is a real asset to the marina and we have enjoyed seeing the work unfold at the restaurant. The new menu is proving very popular among staff and berth holders, many of whom have already become regular customers.”
Cobb’s Quay Marina was brimming with activity at the weekend as it welcomed local residents, boating enthusiasts and MDL berth holders and their families to its open weekend event.
Taking place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May, the open weekend was held in conjunction with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme and offered a jam-packed line-up of events and activities. With so much on offer, visitors were kept entertained for hours in the spring sunshine from the likes of hula hoop workshops, RIB simulator rides, remote control boat races, a climbing wall and a fire juggling show, while a local choir provided the soundtrack to the bustling event.
Powerboat Training UK provided training sessions, which included man overboard rescue scenarios and correct flare procedure, while the RNLI provided onshore demonstrations covering sea safety, lifejacket checks and boat maintenance. Poole Boat Hire was also on hand offering boat trips and boat rentals throughout the weekend.
Paul Glatzel of Powerboat Training UK who ran various on water and shore based events, commented: "What a great weekend for berth holders, tenants and of course potential boaters who visited the event. There were lots of things to do for all ages - Cobb’s Quay was buzzing with activity and people enjoying themselves in the sun.”
The marina also hosted the Clipper Marine Used Boat Show, allowing visitors to browse a range of new and used boats on sale both ashore and afloat. Peter Keats from Clipper Marine said: “The Cobb’s Quay activity weekend was a great event; we’ve already agreed a couple of sales. Cobb’s Quay has a unique family atmosphere that extends to the onsite businesses and berth holders alike; the activity weekend provides the perfect setting for us all to meet up in an enjoyable and relaxed setting.”
The crowds took full advantage of the warm, sunny weather with many paying a visit to Cobb’s Yacht Club Bar & Restaurant. Owner Julia Sweatman, commented: “We were very pleased with the open weekend. We received lots of compliments about our newly refurbished bar and lots of customers enjoyed our new outside decking area overlooking all the boats. At one stage there was only standing room in the garden as it was so busy! Without doubt, though, the highlight of the weekend was the 55-strong Just Sing Choir. Their song selection and beautiful voices were very moving and enjoyed by all!”
Neil Salter, General Manager at Cobb’s Quay added: "We’re thrilled with the turnout the marina has seen over the weekend. It was brilliant to be able to showcase Cobb’s Quay and the facilities and services available. The weather was glorious which helped put all our visitors in fantastic spirits to enjoy the many activities on offer, but it was great to see the interest not only in the family activities and the boats on sale but also in the safety aspects of boating from training services and the RNLI.”
Visitors to the open weekend equally enjoyed the activities on offer:
“We totally enjoyed our afternoon here and it was an added plus that all of the children’s’ activities were free. The remote control lifeboats were the best! Cobb’s Quay is a new discovery for us and we will certainly visit again.” - Mrs Selby
“We had a thoroughly enjoyable day. It’s easy to forget how lovely it is to be out in the sunshine after a long winter but the setting here is fantastic. It felt like we were on holiday!” - Mrs Buckley
“We always look forward to exhibiting here. The atmosphere is fantastic and it's good to talk to so many happy boat owners.” - Nigel Oates, Below Decks custom boat carpets
The open weekend was part of the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, which encourages and supports increased berth holder activity including training, cruising and social opportunities, by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs.
For more information, call Cobb’s Quay Marina on 01202 674299 or email email@example.com
MDL Marinas is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Salter as General Manager of Cobb’s Quay Marina in Hamworthy. Neil will be responsible for daily operations at the 850-berth marina, ensuring the marina continues to offer berth holders and visitors the very best in customer service and high quality facilities, as well as driving further development and investment in the site.
Neil joined MDL 16 years ago in 1998 and has previously managed seven marinas in the company’s portfolio, including Sant Carles Marina in Catalonia - MDL’s first marina venture outside of the UK. Neil relocated to Spain in 2008 to help establish the site and was instrumental to the initial development and success of the marina. Neil has also provided marina consultancy support in Spain, France and Italy, on behalf of MDL.
Neil holds the internationally recognised Certificated Marina Manager qualification, awarded by the Global Marine Institute, as well as an NVQ in Management and a Diploma in Industrial and Operations Management.
Commenting on his new role, Neil said: “I’m excited to be taking on this role and looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that managing the company’s largest marina will bring. Cobb’s Quay Marina is situated in a beautiful location, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, with first-class facilities. We’re inviting the local community to come and see the marina for themselves during our open weekend on the 17th and 18th May. We’ll be running a wide range of onshore and offshore activities for all the family to enjoy and hope to see as many people there as possible!"
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May, MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina will be opening its facilities to local residents, boating enthusiasts and MDL berth holders and their families for a fun-filled activity weekend.
Held in conjunction with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, this event offers a great day out for all the family, with a range of boat training sessions, stands and demonstrations on offer from 10am to 4pm on both days.
The marina will also be hosting the Clipper Marine Used Boat Show over the weekend, allowing visitors to browse a range of new and used boats on sale both ashore and afloat. Powerboat Training UK will be running training sessions which are open to all visitors. Sessions will include man overboard rescue scenarios and correct flare procedure, as well as onshore demonstrations held by the RNLI covering sea safety, lifejacket checks and boat maintenance. Poole Boat Hire will also be offering boat trips and boat rentals throughout the weekend.
A choice of international cuisine will be available from the new Cobb’s Quay Yacht Club bar and restaurant and there will be a number of activities to keep younger visitors happy, including a climbing wall and face painting. Visitors will also be able to have a go on a RIB simulator, enjoying all the exhilaration of being on the water without getting wet, take part in juggling and hula hoop workshops and experience a fire juggling show!
Cobb’s Quay Berth Holders’ Association will be on hand to answer any queries about becoming an association member and will also be running a boat jumble. Marina Staff will also be available to talk to visitors about berthing options and the facilities on site. Visitors will be able to enjoy free parking throughout the weekend, as well as free berthing for those visitors staying for the weekend (subject to availability). Entry will also be free.
Neil Salter, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay Marina, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming as many of our berth holders and members of the local community into the marina as possible, for an action-packed weekend. The event gives visitors the chance to enjoy an exciting range of activities and explore the fantastic facilities that we have on offer.”
The open weekend is part of the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, which encourages and supports increased berth holder activity including training, cruising and social opportunities, by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs.
For more information, visit the Cobb's Quay Marina Open Weekend website, call Cobb’s Quay Marina on 01202 674299 or email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards are now back on dry land, after setting sail from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina on 16th April for six days at sea.
The MDL-sponsored 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 a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Joining a team on board the ketch 'John Laing' were Callum Archibald, 14, from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The 230 nautical mile trip saw this year's MDL award winners first heading for an anchorage in Studland, from where they motored into Poole on the Friday evening. Next morning they had a fabulous sail round the south of the Isle of Wight on a glorious day, ending up in Haslar. They sailed to Cowes for lunch, came out, anchored an Osborne Bay and planned a final pilotage exercise up to Southampton. RYA Start Yachting certificates were awarded to all participants.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our Sail Training Awards winners following their exciting journey. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the young people selected, rewarding them for their achievements or inspiration and support to others.
“Over the years the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the 'John Laing', something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that it carries out”.
One of the scheme’s recent success stories is 17-year-old Toby Hunt from Bognor Regis who was one of the lucky winners selected to take part in last year’s trip, and has since been busy working as a volunteer, assisting Ocean Youth Trust South with its winter refit of ‘John Laing’. In addition, Toby has been working hard as a volunteer trainee Bosun for the 2014 trip and is looking to become a volunteer member of the sea staff for the future.
The six young winners from this year will now be invited to attend the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be officially presented with their trophies at the MDL stand by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe.
Nominations for next year’s awards will be announced in December 2014.
For more information please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.