Take on the RIB Challenge with MDL Marinas at Poole Harbour Boat Show

Posted: 10th May 2016

MDL Marinas has added its name to the list of leading brands exhibiting at the second Poole Harbour Boat Show from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May. The MDL team from nearby Cobb’s Quay Marina will be at the show giving visitors the opportunity to take part in an exciting RIB Ride Challenge to win prizes, as well as offer one lucky winner the chance to win a summer berth at the marina. 

Back by popular demand, the show will be held at Poole Quay Boat Haven and promises to be even bigger and better than 2015. This year it will run for three days instead of two, and will feature fireworks, live music and entertainment, so an event not to be missed!

The team will also be on hand to talk to visitors about the marina’s fantastic facilities and MDL’s unique Freedom Berthing package, which gives customers complimentary access to over 100 marina destinations across the UK and Europe, as well as fuel at cost, inclusive super-fast WiFi, and discounted boatyard services.

The stand’s exciting RIB Ride Challenge will invite visitors to compete on a console-based RIB simulator to reach the top of the ‘Top Gear’ style leader board with a prize given to the best time recorded each day. Those who are the fastest around the simulator course this year will win a fantastic prize - a RIB ride in Poole Harbour for two!

Dave Wilson, Manager at MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina, commented: “Last year’s event was such a success and we’re delighted to be part of the show for its second year. 2015’s cleat challenge really saw some stiff competition and it was great to see so many people getting involved. We are looking forward to seeing even more competition this year with our RIB challenge, as well as awarding one lucky visitor with a summer berth. Cobb’s Quay offers the widest range of berthing options in Poole Harbour and this event gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase them.”

The Poole Harbour Boat Show is organised and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC). For more information about the show, visit www.pooleharbourboatshow.co.uk.

Poole Harbour Boat Show 2019

From 7th June 2019 until 9th June 2019

With over 30,000 people in attendance in both 2017 and 2018, the show continues to be the biggest-ever free to attend boat show on the South Coast. Running from the 7th - 9th June 2019, the three-day extravaganza will bring together a spectacular showcase of yachts and motor cruisers, tall ships, marine equipment, water sports gear and clothing, with taster sessions, live music and fireworks to keep the whole family entertained!

Come and talk to the team from MDL's Cobb's Quay Marina, who will be exhibiting again on the quayside.

For More Information
Call: 01202 649488
Email: John Binder
Website: http://www.pooleharbourboatshow.co.uk

Cobb's Quay Team Cycles 91 Miles for Charitable Initiative

Posted: 6th April 2016

Staff and customers from MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole cycled a fantastic 91 miles and raised £168 for Prostate Cancer UK last week as part of an initiative across its 18 marina locations, which will see them cycle the entire route of its UK marina network and back again.

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, created the initiative in support of Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, who has undertaken two charitable runs to-date following the loss of one of his best friends to Prostate Cancer. Mike is currently in training for his third and biggest run – the Virgin London Marathon on 24th April.

The MDL Marinas team decided that whilst Mike puts on his running shoes and pounds miles and miles of pavement, they would all support him by cycling the whopping 1,634 miles (the length of its marina network and back again) in an effort to raise an additional £1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK – a target that the team have already smashed! To conquer the challenge, MDL’s static bike will be making a grand tour of its 18 UK marinas, where team members and customers have been challenged to hop on the bike and cycle to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

David Wilson, Cobb’s Quay Marina Manager, commented: “It’s great to see so many of our staff and berth holders here at the marina backing Mike’s cause. We’ve all been doing our time on the bike and it’s been a really fun way to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to raise much-needed funds for the charity.”

Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, commented: “I am overwhelmed by the fantastic fundraising support I have had from the team at MDL Marinas and I am looking forward to seeing everyone beating their miles targets across our marina locations as well as clocking up some miles myself.” 

To donate towards this worthy cause please visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-G-Marathon.

Customers and Staff at MDL Marinas to Cycle 1,634 Miles for Charity

Posted: 26th February 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is launching an exciting charitable initiative on 1st March, which will see its team and customers cycle the entire route of its UK marina network and back again to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

The company initiative was created in support of Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations who has undertaken two charitable runs to-date following the loss of one of his best friends to Prostate Cancer. Mike is currently in training for his third and biggest run – the Virgin London Marathon on 24th April.

The MDL Marinas team decided that whilst Mike puts on his running shoes and pounds miles and miles of pavement, they would support him by cycling the whopping 1,634 miles in an effort to raise an additional £1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK – a target that the team are hoping to smash! To conquer the challenge MDL’s static bike will be making a grand tour of its 18 marinas including locations in Poole, Torquay, Plymouth and The Thames, where team members and customers will be challenged to hop on the bike and cycle to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been hugely impressed by Mike’s dedication and continued training for such a great cause, and decided it was only right to help boost his fundraising efforts and show our support. We are all very excited about the cycle challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing berth holders’ cycle up a storm in one of our 18 UK marina locations.

Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, commented: “It’s fantastic that the team at MDL are running this initiative and helping to raise further funds for the charity. One of my very best friends sadly passed away after an epic battle with Prostate Cancer. This cancer affects thousands of men each year, and we are hoping the MDL cycle challenge, along with my running efforts, will not only help raise further funds to find a new cure, but also help raise awareness of the cancer amongst our customers and teams in an effort to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.”

To donate towards this worthy cause please visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-G-Marathon.

MDL Marinas Announces Marwell's Zany Zebras Competition

Posted: 19th February 2016

Last year, MDL Marinas teamed up with Marwell Wildlife to announce MDL’s involvement in the public art extravaganza, Marwell’s Zany Zebras, which will take place this summer.

For ten weeks throughout the summer, starting on 16th July, zebra sculptures will inhabit the streets of Southampton, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild zebras and how the Southampton business community can make a difference. Following the success of Go! Rhinos in 2013, Marwell’s Zany Zebras promises to be even bigger and better.  

To celebrate the involvement in this year’s event, MDL Marinas is holding a fantastic competition inviting people to get their creative juices flowing and submit a design of an ‘Under the Sea’ creature. Local artist Tom Joyce, has innovatively designed ‘Zebastian the Seabra’, a Grevy’s zebra sculpture painted with over 100 fun and unique cartoon sea creatures including a catfish, swordfish and jellyfish. The winning creation will be included in Tom’s final painting on ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ for all to see and receive an annual family pass to Marwell Zoo. The top three entries will also all receive family day tickets to Marwell Zoo and the Southampton Boat Show.

Marwell’s Zany Zebras aims to raise money for charity, promote local business and encourage local tourism. After the event, all of the sculptures will be sold at auction with proceeds going towards conservation of these animals and other wildlife plus give support to communities living in the arid landscapes of northern Kenya.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL, commented: “We are delighted to be a part of Marwell's Zany Zebras campaign. It’s a fantastic way of raising awareness of the conservation work Marwell Wildlife carries out to protect endangered Grévy’s zebras. MDL has six marinas in the Solent which play an integral part in the life of the city and we can’t wait to see ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ featuring the winning artwork.”

Kirstie Mathieson, Project Manager for Marwell’s Zany Zebras, said: “Marwell’s Zany Zebras will showcase Southampton and all the city has to offer, including the beautiful marinas. Art trails of this nature provide a great vehicle for tourists and we are delighted that MDL is engaging the surrounding community with their ‘Feature your Creature’ campaign, a unique opportunity to be part of an amazing piece of art.”

If you would like to be in with a chance of having your ‘Under the Sea’ creation included as part of MDL’s Feature your Creature campaign and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes please visit: www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/creature.

Please submit all submissions to: featureyourcreature@mdlmarinas.co.uk.

MDL Team at Cobb's Quay Marina Wraps Up Over £180 For Julia's House

Posted: 12th January 2016

The team at MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina pulled out all the stops over the busy festive season as they provided a Christmas present wrapping service. 

The helpful service was offered by the team in exchange for a donation to local children’s hospice, Julia’s House. Julia’s House is the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across Dorset and Wiltshire.

The event was a great success with team members from all departments of MDL getting involved, including Cobb’s Quay Marina Manager, David Wilson, who commented: “We really wanted to give something back this Christmas and we really liked the idea of supporting such a worthy local charity. At the same time we also helped our berth holders who had perhaps left their wrapping to the last minute, or hadn’t the patience to wrap their own. The team had a great time and I’m very proud of them for their hard work and the money that we’ve raised.

Sue Miles, Business Fundraiser for Julia’s House, said of the event: We’re so grateful for all those at Cobb’s Quay Marina for their donation of £183.68 raised by the present wrapping service. We really loved this idea and will use it as an example in our Christmas fundraising ideas next year! The amount raised will more than cover the cost of a home care session where two carers look after one of our children in their own home. These sessions provide fun and wonderful care for those children and vital respite time for their parents.”

To find out more about the good work at Julia’s House, or to donate, follow this link https://juliashouse.org/donate.

MDL Marinas Upgrades to Super Fast WiFi

Posted: 11th January 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, has invested £250,000 in a new, super fast WiFi service across its network of UK marinas.

The new hardware will offer super quick internet access across all of MDL Marinas’ 19 UK marina and boatyard sites. It will enable berth holders and visitors to quickly and easily connect, stream video, Skype and handle large file downloads, and all from the comfort and convenience of their own boats.

The complimentary service is offered as part of MDL’s Freedom Berthing membership and will be accessible for all WiFi enabled mobile devices, offering a high-speed, low latency connection.

Commenting on the new offering, Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas said: “We know from talking to our berth holders and visitors how important it is for them to have access to super fast WiFi. Whether for business or pleasure, in this day and age most of us demand and expect excellent internet access wherever we may be. We are delighted to introduce this as part of the exceptional MDL service we provide across our marinas.”

Alan Chorlton, a berth holder at MDL’s Torquay Marina added: “I am delighted that MDL Marinas has upgraded its WiFi service. When I am berthed in the marina, it’s important for me to be able to access the internet to pick up emails, connect with friends and family via Skype, as well as view and download large files. The new WiFi is exceptionally fast; it’s brilliant.”

MDL Marinas Gears Up for the 2016 London Boat Show

Posted: 10th December 2015

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to exhibiting at the London Boat Show in January 2016, where they will be showcasing their extensive network comprising of over 100 marina destinations.

As the Official UK Marina Partner to Land Rover | BAR, this year MDL will be proudly exhibiting opposite the teams stand on A006. MDL’s popular Cleat Challenge, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will be making a welcome return. Those participating will have the chance to win one of three Henri Lloyd jackets by competing for the fastest rope cleating time!

Furthermore, MDL will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at their stunning five-star marina in Italy, Marina di Stabia. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We look forward to be exhibiting once again at the London Boat Show. With over 100 fantastic marina destinations to choose from, including those in UK, Italy, Spain and France, our friendly staff will be on hand to help you to plan for an exciting season ahead!”

The show promises over 300 exhibitors showcasing thousands of boats, products and brands, the latest in technology and innovation, alongside world debuts and product launches. Experts from the MDL team will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand. Plus there are some new attractions that promise to really capture your imagination including a purpose-built Mediterranean Bay and a 60s revival showcase.

To book, visit the official London Boat Show website. Don’t forget, MDL berth holders are entitled to receive a preferential rate - please ask at your marina office for further details.

Awarded for our Commitment to the Environment

Posted: 26th November 2015

At the beginning of the year, we celebrated being presented the coveted Boating Business Environment Award at the annual Marine Trade Association (MTA) & Boating Business Awards.

We scooped the award for our commitment to reducing carbon emissions across our marinas and our work protecting the environment. We were also recognised in particular for leading the sector in tackling the spread of marine non-native species to protect native aquatic life, working with the Government and key stakeholders.

Peter Nash, Editor of Boating Business, commented: “This award is always given to a business that has pulled out all the stops to deliver lasting environmental improvements in the marine industry. The judging panel was very impressed with the recent sustainability measures that MDL has introduced, spanning a number of different environmental issues, and the company’s dedication to continually pursuing ways to protect the environment.”

Our commitment to protecting and preserving our local environments in and around our marinas continues. We recently teamed up with The BLUE Marine Foundation and Land Rover BAR to design a customised pontoon, which aims to assist with the restoration of the native oyster in the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. The newly developed pontoon structure, which bolts directly to the side of existing walkway pontoons, was designed to accommodate cages that will be used to house brood stock oysters. The mesh size is such that the adult oysters will be contained within the cages but their spat are picked up on the tide and redistributed throughout the Solent. 
Researchers from the Portsmouth Institute of Marine Science will study the oysters on the Land Rover BAR pontoon, closely monitoring the relationship between density and mortality / reproduction rates. This research will help identify optimum conditions for the oysters, which we will then replicate across pontoons in all of our marinas across the Solent.
Until the late seventies, nearly 500 boats made a living from catching oysters in the Solent, employing more than 700 men at sea. Fishing for oysters was banned in 2013 due to a drastic decline in numbers, but we hope our pontoons will be instrumental in returning the oyster numbers to a satisfactory level throughout the Solent and allow fishing to be permitted once again.  
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this!