Exciting Developments at Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 16th July 2014

Officially opened in 1986, Ocean Village Marina in Southampton is one of the world’s most prestigious and renowned marinas. Owned by Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas, Ocean Village Marina boasts a fantastic location, situated in the heart of Southampton water and surrounded by restaurants, cinemas and bars. The marina is central to some exciting new developments including a £50m luxury spa hotel complex, the tallest residential building in the city, and exciting new restaurant and retail openings. 

The basin, formerly used for commercial ships, is deep enough to offer mooring facilities for tall ships and superyachts up to 90 metres. It also offers direct access to the Solent, as well as easy links to Southampton train station and airport – making it a welcome home and visiting port for thousands of boaters each year.  Ocean Village Marina is famous for hosting the start and finish of a number of global yacht races, and benefits from being overlooked by the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club. There are plentiful facilities for berth holders and visitors at the marina, including toilets, showers, laundry facilities, electricity, WiFi and fresh water.

Landmark developments at Ocean Village Marina

There are some really exciting developments taking shape in the city including a superyacht inspired five-star hotel set to open in 2016. The luxury hotel will extend out into the marina and feature a spa, champagne bar and rooftop restaurant with stunning views. The development will also feature 12 luxury duplex apartments on top of the hotel, 82 flats, a basement car park and a number of new shops and restaurants.  In addition, Ocean Village Marina will soon house the tallest residential building in the city!  Admiral’s Quay, a prestigious development of apartments will include a landmark 26 storey residential tower and promises many properties with views of the marina. Planned to be complete by January 2015, it will also host up to eight new restaurants and bars – making Ocean Village Marina even more of a first-class destination.

Southampton – A beautiful city to explore

Southampton has been an important port for centuries and is a fascinating place to visit. Not only is it one of the premier venues for sailing and watersports, it also makes for an ideal base to explore the New Forest and the Isle of Wight.

Just some of the highlights of things to do and see in Southampton include:

Fabulous food and entertainment
There is an endless choice of restaurants in Southampton and visitors will be spoilt for choice whether dining al fresco by the water at Banana Wharf and Pitcher & Piano, or discovering wonderful cuisine at the likes of Oxfords and the White Star. There is also plenty of evening entertainment in a wide choice of bars, theatres and clubs.

West Quay Shopping Centre
Over 100 food and retail brands all under one roof including John Lewis, Karen Millen and Cath Kidston, as well as a fabulous food terrace featuring brands including Wagamama, Cafe Rouge Express and Yo! Sushi.

The Old Town and Cultural Quarter
Areas of significant cultural attractions including the Mayflower Theatre and the SeaCity Museum. The city is also home to the second largest medieval walls in England that are still standing.

PSP Southampton Boat Show
Held annually in September with over 600 exhibitors. The event runs for 10 days at Mayflower Park on the city’s waterfront, where it has been held since 1968 – visit the MDL stand, E52.

Why settle for less?

You get more with MDL Marinas.  As Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas is proud to offer the most comprehensive berthing package in the marketplace. The Freedom Berthing package gives owners far more than a superb berth and marina facilities, it’s a passport to extra rewards, benefits and savings, such as FREE stays at over 90 other marinas both in the UK and Europe, discounts on boatyard services and fuel at cost.

Berth Holder's Summer Party at Cobb's Quay Marina

On the 19th July 2014

The team at Cobb's Quay Marina invite you to our fabulous Summer Party to be held on Saturday 19th July from 7.00pm. Tickets are £5 each and are available from the marina office. This includes a welcome drink, food and live music with ICARUS.

The party is being held inconjunction with the Cobb's Quay Berth Holders Association.

For More Information
Call: 01202 674299
Email: Kerry Waters

Discounted RYA Sailing Courses to all MDL Berth Holders

From 4th July 2014 until 4th July 2017
First Class Sailing, Shamrock Quay
First Class Sailing is offering 10% off RYA Practical Yachting Courses to all MDL berth holders and their families. 10% off Competent Crew, Day Skipper practical and Coastal Skipper practical courses. Does not include courses that include a Bank Holiday.

Start the Summer with Fantastic Offers from MDL Marinas

Posted: 24th June 2014

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.

15% Off Boat Portfolio and Framed Print

From 1st April 2014 until 31st March 2015
Fitz Marine Photography
- Exclusively for Freedom Berthing customers - We’re pleased to announce a special new Freedom Berthing offer thanks to professional photographer Fitz Marine Photography. With bases in Falmouth and Portsmouth, Brendan Fitzgerald and his team can provide stunning photography and videography for projects on the water. If you like the idea of commissioning a personal portfolio of your boat, Brendan has the ability to capture images that truly reflect the movement and exhilaration of being on the water. From now until the end of the berthing season, Freedom Berthing customers will receive a 15% discount when booking a Boat Portfolio, as well as a free framed print up to A1 in size from the project. To book your shoot call Brendan on 07976 276772 or send an email quoting 'Freedom Berthing'.

Summer Boatyard Offers

From 1st July 2014 until 31st August 2014
Fantastic MDL Boatyard Prices for July and August
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. MDL’s marinas along the south and east coast are offering great boatyard 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 marinas, 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 package at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014. See http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-boatyard for full details

Quality Waterside Dining at Cobb's Quay Marina

Posted: 21st May 2014

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 Open Weekend Draws in the Crowds

Posted: 21st May 2014

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 cobbsquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk

30% off MDL Boatyard Services

From 13th May 2014 until 31st March 2015
MDL Marinas
Freedom Berthing members enjoy a standard discount of 30%, the most generous discount of any boatyard service provider, on any MDL Boatyard Service. This could mean you a saving of £100 on a lift, hold, relaunch and pressure wash* whilst keeping your boat in tip top condition. Click below to find your closest MDL Marina Service Centre Special promotions during the course of the season will see even greater savings at our twelve designated boatyards and marine service centres in the UK. *based on a 10m boat at Hamble Point Marina

Cobb's Quay Marina Appoints New General Manager

Posted: 12th May 2014

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!"