Free visitor berthing at Cobb’s Quay this summer
By popular demand, boat owners looking to cruise the stunning Dorset coastline this summer can now take advantage of free visitor berthing on Saturday nights at Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole.
Dubbed Saturday Night Fever, the initiative means that visitors can try out the lively 1,090 berth marina every Saturday in June, July and August. Cobb’s Quay Marina is a favourite with yachtsmen and motor cruisers alike. Situated within the world's second largest natural harbour, Cobb’s Quay Marina offers access to some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK, with visitors able to explore Brownsea Island, the Solent, the Isle of Wight, Studland Bay and Swanage amongst many other cruising opportunities.
Bookings for the free visitor berths are subject to availability and spaces must be reserved in advance. For more information or to reserve your berth this summer call 01202 674299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have the 2013-2014 Tide Table booklets available to purchase from our marina offices. They are being sold at £1.00 per booklet and all proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South), a charity that we have supported for many years with the Sail Training Awards.
In celebration of our 40th anniversary, MDL is supporting OYT South throughout 2013 by hosting a series of charitable events including raffles and prize auctions. We’re also encouraging marina tenants and businesses run by berth holders to get involved and choose Ocean Youth Trust South as their nominated charity for 2013.
Poole Quay hosts a unique, themed car event every Friday evening from May to August from 6pm – 9pm , putting a great selection of popular car marques in the spotlight. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles. The schedule for 2013 is as follows:
|03 Open top sports cars and convertibles||05 Open top sports cars and convertibles|
|10 Beetles and Combis (T1 & T2)||12 Beetles & Combis (T1 & T2)|
|17 Porsches||19 Porsches|
|24 4x4s||26 Lotus 7|
|31 Audi TTs|
|June||02 Open top sports cars and convertibles|
|07 Open top sports cars and convertibles||09 Minis|
|14 Minis||16 Best of British pre 1983|
|21 Best of British pre 1983||23 American Dreams|
|28 TVRs||30 Italian Stallions|
Rockley Park Quay for my Car creates a bustling, lively atmosphere that can be enjoyed by owners as they mingle with fellow enthusiasts and spectators who want to catch a glimpse of the line up. All who attend will be spoilt for choice with the Quay’s great selection of continental café bars, traditional pubs and fine dining restaurants.
MDL owned Ocean Village Marina in Southampton will be opening its doors on Saturday 18th May, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to come and have a go at watersports. The leading marina is one of the locations across the country taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend, which will see hundreds of people enjoy free on-the-water activities, and benefit from expert advice on matters such as marina berthing and sea safety.
All the family can enjoy an action-packed day with free RIB rides and jet ski experiences from 10am. There’s also plenty to see and do on land with an on shore sailing simulator – giving visitors the chance to experience dinghy sailing before even taking to the water. In addition, as part of the RYA Active Marina Programme, boat owners and MDL’s berth holders can enjoy tuition to help improve manoeuvring in and out of the marina, engine maintenance, sea safety and first aid. These sessions are free of charge but booking is recommended as a limited number of spaces are available. There is also the opportunity to book a motor boat own boat 90 minute training session for just £35.
Debbie Burns, Marina Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting our local community to get involved and have a go at watersports, which for many may be their first experience of being out on the water. It is set to be a fantastic day and there will be something fun for all the family to enjoy, as well as lots to benefit our berth holders.”
The open day at Ocean Village Marina is part of the RYA’s Active Marina Programme which encourages and supports increased berth holder activity by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holders groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities.
The open day will run from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 18th May 2013. For further information contact Ocean Village Marina or visit www.solentboattraining.co.uk/rya-active-marina.
This year at the Devon County Show, MDL Marinas will, for the very first time, be exhibiting at the biggest show in Devon. Amongst the cattle showing, cup-cake decorating and a Royal visit, MDL Marinas will be onsite enjoying the sunshine alongside Sunseeker and Bentley. Why not pop by and meet Mike Smith from Torquay Marina who will be manning the stand along with Sunseeker Torquay. Come and speak to us about the benefits of being an MDL Annual Berth Holder as well as our latest benefit of Passeport Escales, offering you even more free cruising destinations off the coast of northwest France.
The Devon Country Show takes place at Westpoint, just 3 minutes from junction 30 of the M5, at Exeter. It runs for three days on 16th, 17th and 18th May and is a show to entertain the whole family.
If you would like to know more about the Devon Country Show, please visit www.devoncountyshow.co.uk.
Following the great news that MDL Marinas has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor, giving berth holders access to an additional 55 marinas this season, MDL is delighted to announce its first customer using Passeport Escales arrived in France on Sunday 5th May.
Simon and Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith embarked on their cruise from MDL’s Brixham Marina aboard their yacht Fenicia, arriving at the first marina in Camaret-Sur-Mer in northwest France. They have since been enjoying the delights of the coast of France and taking in a number of marinas, enjoying stays at Port Louis before setting off to Port Haliguen in Quiberon and back to Port Joinville in lle d'Yeu. They are planning to return to Brixham Marina on 2nd June.
Simon Wilmshurst-Smith, commented: “We had a great journey and have received a fantastic welcome from all the marina teams. They have been very efficient with the Passeport Escales arrangements when we arrived and were very excited that we were their first British customers. The arrival couldn’t be easier and we’d highly recommend others get out there and use it.”
Passeport Escales was launched on 1st April 2013 and gives MDL’s UK annual berth holders a completely unique package to gain free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee. Berth holders can take advantage of the scheme for the rest of the season, which is an easy-to-use, fully automated system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.
More information on the scheme can be found here and if you would also like to take advantage of Passeport Escales then please speak to a team member at your home marina.
Annual berth holders at MDL Marinas this season are set to benefit from being able to access a whole host of boating information at the touch of a button with the launch of the innovative MyMDL system.
MyMDL will now allow annual berth holders to book their Freedom Berthing free visitor nights online, where the system will automatically check availability and confirm the reservation should a visitor berth be available.
For those looking for a longer stay away, the new Berth Swap function allows members to experience another marina by agreeing to swap their berth with another berth holder as part of their Club Outlook membership. MDL Berth Swap is open to annual berth holders at no additional berthing cost, with no restrictions on where users can travel, opening up a whole host of fantastic new cruising grounds to MDL boat owners.
For annual berth holders staying closer to home, MyMDL’s personalised content will also provide users with exclusive, tailored offers from their home marina and marina tenants. Boat owners logging in will also be able to access details of news and events related to their home marina as well as extensive weather forecasting and tide times, invaluable when planning their next cruise.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to launch the new MyMDL system, which has been designed to give our berth holders even greater control when it comes to getting the most out of their berth and their Club Outlook membership. This is all about adding value for our customers and gives 24 hour access to a wealth of information and services all at the touch of a button, with easy access to not only the latest news and offers, but also opening up our marina network like never before with the online Freedom Berthing and Berth Swap booking system.”
Cobb’s Quay Marina will be opening its doors to visitors on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April, with a fun-packed open day in conjunction with the RYA as part of the Active Marina Programme initiative. This free event is open to all, and promises to be a great weekend for all the family.
Cobb’s Quay Marina – a 1,090-berth marina, located within Poole Harbour - is opening up its marina facilities from 10am to 5pm across the weekend, for boating enthusiasts and local residents to come along and explore the marina for themselves, whilst enjoying the fun activities, stalls and demonstrations on offer.
The RNLI will be showcasing a selection of its lifeboats, with the team carrying out boat safety checks, lifejacket checks and giving tours of the facility. Chalis will be giving fire extinguisher demos, and Sunseeker will have its apprentices stand on site, as well as a number of boats on display. Other models will also be on show from Ancasta, EP Barrus, Gibbs Marine, Stingray Sports Boats, Boatylicious and Fine Design.
For visitors who like to get active, PTUK Powerboat Training will be carrying out a number of exciting powerboat training sessions across the two days, and will be on hand to discuss any training requirements boaters or potential boaters may have. Cobb’s Quay Marina has also arranged a climbing wall and will offer have-a-go sessions with remote controlled boats and dry stack forklift trucks.
For the children, there will be a bouncy castle and a colouring competition as well as fairground attractions, and for the ladies there will be nail painting. A treasure hunt will also be arranged, giving away a free RYA Powerboat Level 1 course as first prize.
The Cobb's Quay Berth Holders Association will be on hand to discuss and answer any queries regarding being a berth holder at the marina, and the team will be running a boat jumble in front of the marina office.
Peter Hogsden, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay Marina, said: “The open weekend at Cobb’s Quay Marina is all about letting people see for themselves what our marina has to offer. We have a lot of exciting plans for the weekend and urge anyone interested to come along and experience the great atmosphere for themselves.”
Free berthing will be offered across the weekend for visitors who wish to attend the Cobb’s Quay Marina open weekend by boat. Please call Cobb’s Quay Marina in advance for details and availability on (01202) 674299.