Active Marina at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 6th September 2012



Many Club Outlook members will already be familiar with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, as successful workshops have been held at many MDL marinas across the summer season.

Visitors to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show will also have the chance to try out a sample of the workshops for themselves, as part of a brand new event at the show.

The Active Marina Experience offers show-goers the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors with free on-the-water and shore-based workshops.

From man overboard drills and berthing manoeuvres to engine maintenance and radar operation, workshops will run daily throughout the show, providing a real hands-on experience.

Places are limited for the workshops, so it’s recommended that sessions are booked either in advance for the shore-based workshops, or on the day for the on-the-water sessions.

To book an on-the-water workshop visit the ‘Try-a-Boat’ booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show.  (Unfortunately, on-the-water workshops cannot be booked in advance)

Shore-based workshops can be booked in advance by emailing bookings@which-marina.com, calling 01784 223816 or by visiting the Which Marina stand (F004) at the show.

For further information and a workshop schedule visit the RYA website.


Snap Happy with MDL - Photo Winners Announced

Posted: 4th September 2012

Entries flooded in this summer for MDL’s annual photo competition, which for the first time this year included an under-16s category, alongside the coveted best photograph.

Berth holders, visitors and members of the local community from across the marina network submitted photographs that captured time spent in and around our marinas in the UK and Europe, including fast-paced action shots and footage out on the water, as well as some stunning landscape shots.

Hugely impressed with the quality of entries this year, judges were looking for entries that have succeeded in capturing in images what really makes each of MDL’s 21 marinas a truly unique destination – through the eyes of people who experience the marinas for themselves.  

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 photography competition is David Thomas, with a winning image capturing a stunning sunset over Brixham Marina.

As this year’s winner, David will receive a Nikon Coolpix L810 camera, plus a workshop session with leading studio photographers at PhotoRed Commercial Photography, based at MDL’s Shamrock Quay. He will also be treated to a bottle of Champagne and tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show – where he will see his winning image displayed on MDL’s two-tier waterside pavilion.

Second place in the main competition, winning £100 worth of vouchers to use at London Camera Exchange, is awarded to Martin Makinen from Newton Abbott, for his beautiful shot of the sun breaking through the clouds at Holden Pier near to Brixham Marina.

For the first time, this year’s competition included a dedicated category for young photographers, with first prize in the under-16s competition going to Sophie Tuffier from Cherbourg. Sophie’s parents are Cruising Club members and were visiting Brixham Marina, where she snapped her winning shot of a beautiful sunny day in the water. Sophie will be presented with a Nikon Coolpix S30 underwater camera to help her continue her photographic endeavours.

Coming a close second in the under-16s category is 12–year-old Christopher Broughton, whose shot of sunset over Shamrock Quay has won him £50 to spend at London Camera Exchange.

All the winners will also receive tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be presented with their prizes at the MDL stand (E52) on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm.

To view the winning images, please click here.


Dogfish Dave Fishing Competition a Great Success

Posted: 24th July 2012

Cobb’s Quay’s annual Dogfish Dave fishing competition took place on Saturday 7th July 2012, with twelve intrepid crews braving the very unseasonal weather and taking to the waters of Poole Harbour in search of their elusive quarry.

Despite some heavy rain the fish were biting, with species hooked including mackerel, bream, pout, wrasse, dab, gurnard, flounder and, of course, dogfish.

The crew of Quebec Tango were lucky enough to place the winning bid for Dogfish Dave, also known as Dave Wilson, to come on board as their fishing expert, with all proceeds from the auction raising money for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

At the end of a long day of competition, the crew of Double Bubbled triumphed with 15 different species of fish caught and a very impressive score of 293 points, taking home the winner’s cup for 2012. Skipper David Doig and his team also received a new fishing rod and reel as part of their prize.

After the prize presentation the competitiors gathered to enjoy a barbecue and Pimm’s as the sun finally appeared through the clouds.

The team at Cobb’s Quay would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped to raise £707.32 for the Macmillan Cancer Unit.

 

Summer Berthing Offer with MDL Marinas

Posted: 6th July 2012

Boat owners can spend a great value summer on the south coast this year with the return of MDL’s exclusive summer berthing package.

For just £499 including VAT, owners can berth for the whole of July and August at any of six MDL marinas in Poole, Southampton and on the River Hamble, allowing you to spend more time on board and less on towing, launching and travel. This fantastic package also includes free trailer storage and free car parking at your marina of choice.*

MDL’s south coast marinas provide direct access to superb and varied cruising in the height of the summer season. Take a trip along the Solent, up the Beaulieu River to the picturesque Buckler’s Hard, or along the Dorset coastline with its miles of stunning sandy beaches. Those keen to have a great view of this summer’s sporting action should head along the coast to Weymouth for an up-close view of Olympic sailing events.

Boat owners sailing along the Solent to the east can take a trip to the historic naval port of Portsmouth and along to Hayling Island, or venture further afield to explore the Isle of Wight.

*Terms and conditions apply, see http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat for further details.


Summer Discounts at Cobb’s Quay Marina

Posted: 4th July 2012

Boat owners in Poole will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina.

Boat owners can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from just £19.50 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.

An extended package comprising a lift, pressure wash, block off, up to seven days storage ashore to allow for other maintenance to be carried out, and re-launch is also available at £35.50 per metre.

Peter Hogsden, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay Marina, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”

Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.

For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.


Summer Discounts at Cobb’s Quay Marina THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED

From 4th July 2012 until 1st September 2012
Summer Discounts

 Boat owners in Poole will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina.

Boat owners can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from just £19.50 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.

An extended package comprising a lift, pressure wash, block off, up to seven days storage ashore to allow for other maintenance to be carried out, and re-launch is also available at £35.50 per metre.

Peter Hogsden, Marina Manager at Cobb’s Quay Marina, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”

Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.

For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.

Channel Island Cruise in Company

From 18th August 2012 until 26th August 2012
A fantastic opportunity to explore what the Channel Islands have to offer. A cruise along the English Channel, down to Alderney and stopping overnight at Diélette. Continuing the following day on to Jersey and finally to Victoria Marina, Guernsey, before returning to Poole.
For More Information
Call: 01202 667011
Website: thequayshop@hotmail.co.uk

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