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.
In celebration of our 40th birthday, we are aiming to host a series of fundraising events for Ocean Youth Trust South throughout 2013. As well as this, nominations are once again open for MDL’s Sail Training Awards, offering deserving youngsters the opportunity to experience a week aboard a sailing yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
MDL Marinas is pleased to announce that we have selected Ocean Youth Trust South as our chosen charity for our 40th anniversary year, with 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.
MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney commented: “We’re proud of our continued commitment to Ocean Youth Trust South, and are delighted to be providing the charity with even greater support this year through our 40th anniversary events. The Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred youngsters to experience something truly exceptional.
Mark Todd, Chief Executive from Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “MDL’s support has been absolutely critical to us for many years. The staff in MDL marinas do a great job and go out of their way to be helpful and welcoming to vessels including our own John Laing. And the young people who come to us through MDL’s sponsorship are always exceptionally deserving – and some are truly inspirational. Ocean Youth Trust South is very proud to be working with MDL and honoured to be the chosen charity for their 40th year: with their generous support and that of their berth holders and marina tenants, we can go on to provide adventure under sail to many more young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. We wish MDL a happy birthday and many successful years to come!”
MDL Marinas is marking its 40th anniversary celebrations by giving one lucky boat owner the chance to win an incredible one year’s free berthing at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the renowned River Hamble, as well as membership of Club Outlook and all its exclusive benefits.
Boat owners can enter the competition online to be in with a chance to receive free berthing at this sought-after Hamble marina. Open for entries for 40 days, the competition closes at midnight on 25th March 2013.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to launch this competition in recognition of our 40th anniversary. We have had many happy customers over the past 40 years, so it’s great to be offering one more boat owner the chance to experience our renowned customer service and exclusive benefits for free over the coming season.
“The competition is one of the many activities we have planned to celebrate our ruby anniversary. It’s certainly going to be an exciting year.”
The prize includes membership to MDL’s Club Outlook, which offers UK annual berth holders a range of outstanding benefits including unlimited visitor nights, fuel at cost, discounted boatyard services and access to MyMDL, MDL Marinas’ new online customer portal where members can book visitor berths, arrange berth swaps, receive exclusive offers and more, which is set to launch in April for the start of the new season.
The winner will receive a full year’s free berthing from April 2013 until March 2014 at Mercury Yacht Harbour, situated on the famous River Hamble. Originally built by Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Mercury Yacht Harbour offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoys deep water at all states of tide. Among its excellent facilities are a fully-stocked chandlery as well as a welcoming bar and restaurant with waterfront views.
We are delighted to announce that MDL has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor to offer unparalleled cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders. This completely unique package sees our annual berth holders join “Passeport Escales” to gain access to free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee.
This deal, which was signed at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, will allow our Club Outlook members the opportunity to visit more than 70 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming our clear market leader position.
All of our annual berth holders will be able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online 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.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been working hard to expand our European marina portfolio and we are delighted to have signed a deal with Sagemor. The private marina operator has a collection of wonderful marinas to explore in some beautiful and interesting areas of France, from Granville on the Normandy Coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde.
“This is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It also immediately opens up brilliant cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to carry out their boating freely and effortlessly without any additional bills to worry about.”
The established scheme will be backed by our proven experience, knowledge and professionalism, and will not only give our customers a very simple solution to cruising, but will also give owners access to discounts and offers at local tourist destinations and places of interest during their stay.
Pictured above (from left): Glidas Mottais, Mike Gates, Arnauld Devys, Jon Eads, Nicolas Gonzales and Xavier Labouret
Cobb’s Quay Marina has become the home of Poole RNLI’s repair and maintenance operation as the charity begins work on its new state-of-the-art All Weather Lifeboat Centre. Located just across the water from the RNLI headquarters, the marina will play host to several lifeboats and the RNLI’s repair and maintenance team who will continue their work, uninterrupted, while the development gets underway.
Peter Hogsden, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay, said: “We are delighted to welcome the RNLI to Cobb’s Quay. The lifeboats provide an essential service to sailors and others that use the sea in the local area, so it is great to be able to help them while their new facilities are being constructed. It also gives visitors and our berth holders at the marina a great chance to get up-close and see the day-to-day care of the RNLI’s fleet.”
The RNLI’s Head of Construction and Refit, Angus Watson, said: “Having a suitable location on the doorstep to continue our vital work on the fleet allowed us to have a seamless transition of work. We will remain at Cobb’s Quay while we develop the All-weather Lifeboat Centre where the next generation of lifeboats will be built and others already in service around the UK and Ireland will be maintained; some will be refitted to extend their lifesaving capability for many more years.
“The support and cooperation extended to us from MDL Marinas has been excellent over the past few months while we moved and established our operation at Cobb’s, we look forward to working alongside everyone that utilises Cobb’s Quay during our stay.”
Need bits for your boat? Then the Hythe Marina Boat Jumble is the answer! The event will be held on the car parking spaces along the marina sea front from 10.00 - 12.30. FREE entry for buyers! Car boot or table – you decide. Items can be donated to charity if desired and refreshments will be available. The RNLI will also be in attendance for lifejacket checks.
Bring your own table (and chairs), or hire a 6' trestle for £10. You can even hire half a table if you only have a few items. There is no admission charge for buyers and those selling items will be requested to make a voluntary contribution of £5 minimum. All proceeds will be donated to Help for Heroes. Set up time will be from 9.15am, ready to start selling at 10am.
MDL Marinas is preparing for a year of celebration as it marks 40 successful years since the opening of its first marina. Purchased in 1973, Penton Hook Marina in Surrey has since been joined by 18 marinas and boatyards in prime locations across the UK, as well as two first-class marinas in its MDL Mediterranean network. A third Mediterranean site, Marina del Gargano in Italy is due to open this spring, with the new addition seeing the network of marinas grow to 22.
A series of events and activities to mark this important occasion are now being planned throughout 2013, including a celebratory event at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. The search is also on for berth holders who have chosen to keep their boat in an MDL marina from the very beginning - if this is you then please let us know!
Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are very pleased and proud to be celebrating 40 years of continued success for MDL Marinas in 2013. The past four decades have seen the company grow to become Europe’s leading marina operator, recognised for our excellent customer service and superb boating locations. We are delighted to welcome our staff and berth holders to celebrate with us and are looking forward to what this exciting year has in store.”
The sixth annual pre-Christmas cruise to the historic city of St Malo was again sold out this year, with 344 Club Outlook members, along with their friends and family, joining us for a great weekend away.
The ever-popular mini cruise took place on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany. Our group enjoyed a two night stay in cabin accommodation, a splendid four-course meal on Saturday evening, and plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful area and stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.
Joanna Young, who went on the pre-Christmas cruise, said: "Thank you to the team who organised the Pre-Christmas Cruise to St Malo for all their hard work. We were guests of our parents whose boat is based at Northney Marina, and we had a brilliant time. The kids enjoyed it and the food was amazing."
Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager of Torquay Marina, commented: “It was fantastic that this year’s pre-Christmas cruise was again sold out. It was yet another successful and enjoyable weekend away and thank you to all of those who came along. A later start time on the Friday morning was definitely appreciated, as opposed to our usual renowned early boarding times, and we’re looking forward to arranging the cruise again next year.”