Looking back at a fantastic 2019 Southampton International Boat Show

Posted: 30th September 2019

We've had another fantastic year at The Southampton International Boat Show. It was a pleasure to welcome over 3,500 members and their guests to our waterside lounge over the busy ten days of the show. The weather was amazing allowing our complimentary hospitality to be enjoyed from the balcony in the sunshine with stunning views across the show’s marina. However, the hot weather didn’t stop visitors enjoying our freshly ground artisan coffee – new this year! 
Joining us on our stand were some brilliant guest speakers, talking and giving demos on a variety of interesting topics, including: Lifejacket care and maintenance by Ocean Safety, the British Keelboat League by RS Sailing and Safe Supping courtesy of Sean White at WeSUP. The delicious gin tastings from HMS Spirits, with its nautically themed gin, also proved particularly popular.
Our #WhyKnot competition made a welcome return. Knotters of all ages competed to tie four knots in the fastest time possible to win a fantastic stand up paddleboard lesson and lunch for four at any WeSUP centre.
Four inspirational young people were presented with their Sail Training Awards on the stand by Lord Iliffe (Patron, Ocean Youth Trust) and Michael Glanville (Managing Director, MDL Marinas). The presentation was the culmination of an exciting journey for the prize winners who completed a potentially life changing five-day trip aboard Prolific with Ocean Youth Trust South.
Also announced were the results of our annual ‘MDL in Bloom’ competition. Shamrock Quay was crowned as the most green-fingered marina team across our 19 UK locations, winning Outstanding Overall Site.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of our members, participating in our daily charity hour and raffle, we raised a fantastic £2,065 over the 10 days. Our chosen charities, Ocean Youth Trust South and Blue Marine Foundation, will receive £1,032.50 each in support of the amazing work that they do. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
In keeping with the show’s overall theme of sustainability we went to great lengths to reduce our environmental impact of being at the show. Working with our waste management company, Suez, we recycled everything we could. From glass bottles to dry mixed recycling, we had separate on stand bins and boxes for the different waste materials, including a TerraCycle snack recycling box, specifically for sweet and chocolate bar wrappers. 
If you didn’t manage to join us this year, then please check out our boat show video above!
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