MDL’s Brixham Marina Supports World-Record Breaking Challenge

Posted: 20th October 2017

MDL’s Brixham Marina is pleased to be supporting one teenager with an epic challenge: 19 year old Ollie Crane is attempting to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and in doing so, enter the world record books as the youngest person ever to accomplish this feat.

Ollie, who hails from New Jersey in America, has been living and training in Brixham for the last six weeks, taking advantage of the free berthing provided by Brixham Marina to get out on the water and prepare for this monumental adventure.

Andrew Millar, Brixham Marina Manager, said: “We’re delighted to support Ollie by providing him with a free berth as what he’s aiming to do is quite remarkable and inspiring. He comes and goes at all hours, all the staff know him and wish him well. He’s become part of the team here at Brixham Marina and we’re all rooting for him!”

Ollie is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing some 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Billed as the world’s toughest row, the challenge is expected to take around three months. Ollie will be facing a number of obstacles, including 40ft waves, capsizing, sleep deprivation, storms, saltwater sores and the risk of colliding with liners while he sleeps. Ollie also admits to getting a little seasick!

Commenting on the voyage, Ollie said: “I’m really excited, but very nervous. I’ve put in the hours of training, but I know it’s also going to be a huge mental challenge, dealing with three months of isolation and minimal human contact. For much of the crossing, I’ll be rowing naked to avoid chafing from the abrasive effect of salt water on my clothes. I’m going to miss my friends and family but I know they’ll be tracking my progress and cheering me on. I’d like to say a big thank you to Brixham Marina for their support over the last couple of months.

“I am using the challenge to highlight the work of Oceana, the largest international advocacy organisation in the world dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale, and am hoping to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause. I’m a keen scuba diver, and have seen first-hand the devastation that climate change, over-fishing and pollution have had on our seas.”

Ollie comes from a family of adventurers. His sibling’s achievements include climbing Mount Everest, cycling across Africa and hiking from Mexico to Canada. Ollie explains: “It’s a tradition in my family to take on a project before university. I found out about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge when I was looking online for a suitable project. I have rowed for my school for the last four years, so this seemed like the perfect fit.”

Ollie will be attempting his challenge in a 23-foot custom-built ocean rowing boat, Homeward Bound, which has made one previous crossing with a two-man crew. The boat has a solar powered water maker to convert salt water into drinking water, but Ollie will need to carry enough dehydrated food for the journey. He will need to consume some 5,000 calories per day and will row in two hour stints before sleeping for two hours. Ollie will not have a support boat, but will be closely tracked by the event organisers and will have a satellite phone for emergency communication.

To succeed, Ollie will need to accomplish what very few humans have; in fact fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have gone into space or climbed Mount Everest. He will be following the same route Christopher Columbus took in 1492 when he first sailed to the Americas. If he completes the crossing, he will become the youngest person ever to row an ocean, taking over the coveted record from British student Callum Gathercole, who achieved this at the age of 20 in February 2016.

To track Ollie’s row, please visit www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/race-tracker.

To learn more about Ollie’s adventure, please visit www.homeward-bound.com.


MDL Serves up a Party to Remember at Monaco Yacht Show

Posted: 17th October 2017

We helped ensure Monaco Yacht Show got off to a winning start with a fantastic 007 Spectre-themed party at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Club.

Attracting an A-list clientele from across the superyacht world, the party was organised by Dr. Paolo Bianchi, President of our Italian division.

Guests enjoyed spectacular entertainment in the form of burlesque dancers, live music and DJ, as well as the chance to have stunning face art. Whilst feasting on five star canapés, a Martini Cocktail bar ensured the VIP clients were left shaken, not stirred! There was even the chance for the guests to capture iconic shots with some of the fabulous Bond girls that have featured over the years. Although not the real thing – they were in fact life size cardboard cut-outs – they certainly proved a popular addition to the party.

Now in its fourth year, the event was held on the top deck of the fabulous Monaco Yacht Club, affording breathtaking views over the marina and the renowned Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier and now presided over by HSH Prince Sovereign Albert II, the Yacht Club is the symbolic centrepiece of Monaco’s remodelled harbour front.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “The Monaco Yacht Show party really was a night to remember. We were delighted to welcome over 400 special guests, who took advantage of the opportunity to relax and mingle in a truly magnificent location.”


Land Rover BAR and MDL Marinas install UK's first seabin

Posted: 12th October 2017

Land Rover BAR have partnered with Seabin Pty to install the UK's first Seabin on the pontoon of the team's base in Portsmouth. The Seabin, an automated rubbish collection device, will sit alongside 1,000 oysters housed in protected cages on the dock, introduced as part of a scientific project and launched in 2015.

Each Seabin collects floating debris and micro plastics down to 2mm in diameter and has the capability to collect 83,000 plastic shopping bags or 20,000 plastic bottles per year. The team are expecting to remove half a tonne of debris from the waters around The Camber each year, as-well as removing pollutants such as oils and detergents.

Land Rover BAR was one of the early supporters during the initial Crowdfunding campaign that made the Seabin project possible and the UK's model is also the World's first commercial unit to be installed. The team are committed to protecting their 'pitch' and reducing their environmental footprint by working with exclusive sustainably partner, 11th Hour Racing, partners and suppliers to identify and communicate new innovative solutions to deliver further positive change.

Jo Grindley, Land Rover BAR CMO/ CCO on the partnership,"The collaboration with Seabin Pty forms part of the team's on-going drive to become the most sustainable sports team in the world.

The ocean is our playground and when opportunities come along to partner with exciting and innovative projects, such as the Seabin, we are really keen to support and work together to help improve the health of the oceans."

It's been estimated that the volume of plastic leaking into the sea is approximately eight million metric tons a year - with only nine percent being recycled - and less than 20 percent of this originates from ocean-based sources like fisheries and fishing vessels. This means that over 80 percent of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources; once plastic is discarded, if processing or recycling is not well managed, it ends up in the sea, highlighting how essential it is to reduce/reuse/recycle, and eliminate those single use plastics to start with. This was a big focus of the educational element of the launch.

Pete Ceglinski, CEO and Co-Founder of Seabin Pty "The team at Seabin acknowledge that the real solution to ocean plastics and littering is not technology, but education, science, research. The innovative Seabin project is also a tool to inspire and engage the next generation, with the ultimate goal to live in the world without the need for Seabins."

14 young students from Gomer and Southbourne Primary Schools, in Hampshire, were invited to join an interactive BT STEM Crew lesson focusing on Ocean Health, using the Seabin to demonstrate a tangible solution and challenging students to create their own innovative concepts.

Dean Smith, Commercial Director of MDL Marinas said: “MDL Marinas have been an active partner with Land Rover BAR following the installation of the MDL pontoon system at the team base. After designing and installing the Solent Oyster refuge equipment we’re delighted to be helping with the installation of the Sea Bin. MDL is always striving to support new initiatives that remove pollutants in our waters and protect the local ecosystem.  SeaBin is a fantastic idea, and proven to do the job!" 


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