Please join us to help raise money once again for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Here at the Ketch Rigger we will be holding our event from 9am.
Complimentary coffee or tea (in return for a donation) along with lots of lovely homemade cakes.
Please feel free to bring along any cakes you wish to donate to this fantastic event.
Looking forward to Ketching Up on Friday.
The YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show went out with a bang – we came together with industry professionals to raise a toast to the week and attended the ever popular Marine Resources fiesta!
The now famous party is a charity event for show exhibitors, industry professionals and the sailing and water sports community to let their hair down. This year’s Hawaiian-themed party was a great success, seeing partygoers donning Bart’s Bash yellow shades, Hawaiian flower garlands and dancing with Fusion Aliens that simply got everywhere at this year’s Boat Show!
MDL has always been keen supporters of the charity event and this year was no exception – along with fantastic team attendance, we donated a Surf Snowdonia trip as the main raffle prize, which went to lucky winner Tom Vallence.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “Once again, Marine Resource’s party was a fantastic occasion, bringing together industry professionals to celebrate the success of Southampton Boat Show. As well as unwinding after the efforts of the team, the event helps to raise vital funds for charity and MDL Marinas has been delighted to support the cause.”
Following the party’s success, Marine Resources is very pleased to announce that all the proceeds from the raffle, door money and sponsorship raised £1,500 for their chosen charity; The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
James Ward, Managing Director of Marine Resources said: “I have been holding the party for a good 12 years now and it’s fantastic that year on year it gets bigger and better and raises more and more money for charity. I would like to thank everyone who came along and helped raise so much money for such a great cause!’”
MDL Marinas has launched a unique integrated partnership with leading online boat accommodation platform, Beds on Board, marking its continued position as a pioneer within the marine industry.
In a world-first tie-up between a marina group and a sharing economy platform, the exclusive partnership will provide MDL’s members with a fully managed service to rent out accommodation on their yachts. The platform allows holidaymakers to access unique getaway experiences in unrivalled locations across Europe, whilst offering the boat owner a tried and tested model through which to securely rent out their vessel.
Dean Smith, Commercial Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Within the tourism industry there is a growing appetite for alternative, unique accommodation and we’re thrilled to offer our members access to this audience through our partnership with Beds on Board. The platform will offer our members a hassle-free, safe and fully-managed approach to book out accommodation on their yachts, helping our members to create additional value through their boat ownership.
“At MDL Marinas our unshakeable benchmark is to maintain a leading position within the industry, so it is essential we continue to evolve and provide access to services such as Beds on Board. Our dynamic network of marinas across the UK and Europe are situated in a variety of stunning locations, affording users of Beds on Board the opportunity to experience a stay on the water and see the local area from a novel perspective.”
Launching in 2015, Beds on Board is a peer-to-peer marketplace that allows owners to rent their boat to guests looking for an alternative to traditional accommodation, such as hotels and bed & breakfasts. Users of the site can search for boats in their desired location, before chatting to the owner through a secure Message Centre. After a stay, both the user and owner are encouraged to write reviews in order to grow trust and the community.
Co-founder of Beds on Board, Jason Ludlow, added: “This exciting partnership shows our commitment to working with the marine industry to help grow the boating community and to help owners offset their costs. We’re looking forward to working with MDL to offer their members a managed solution for renting their boat on bedsonboard.com.”
Existing MDL members can list their boats at bedsonboard.com.
MDL Marinas is proud to be launching a new development of beautiful bespoke lodges at Woolverstone Marina near Ipswich. The luxury lodges will be open this autumn and promise to be a valuable addition to the marina, further extending its appeal as a destination for both on-water and land leisure pursuits.
Woolverstone Lodge Park is set in 22 acres of stunning parkland on the River Orwell and the new lodges are set to complete the Park’s premium leisure offering. The beautiful space has been utilised to open up the marina to new visitors, ideal for those looking for a family-friendly retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Woolverstone Marina itself provides abundant sailing opportunities, hosting 235 berths, first-class facilities and on-site chandlery.
The new lodges are individually designed to offer an exclusive experience. Clover Lodges, with their clean, modern aesthetic and open plan living space, provide accommodation for four guests and include a woodland balcony and outdoor hot tub. Fern and Willow Lodges also sleep up to four guests and feature spacious living and dining areas, providing a beautiful and relaxed environment, whilst still benefiting from the modern luxuries of free Wifi, multi-channel TV and the latest appliances.
Lesley Robinson, Managing Director, MDL Marinas, said: “With Woolverstone Lodge Park’s new offering officially launching this autumn, we're delighted to reveal the stunning lodges, which will be ideal for those looking for a taste of the outdoors with a touch of luxury. We are expecting demand to be high so would advise anyone looking to book a break at the retreat to get in touch with the Woolverstone Marina team now to reserve your accommodation.
“Vistors looking to make the most of the waterfront location will be able to enjoy a plethora of water sport activities, including yacht charters and an RYA accredited sailing school for both sailboat and powerboat courses. For those who like to keep their feet firmly on dry land there are beautiful walks in the area, as well as cultural attractions to take in locally as well. There are also plenty of on-site activities for our younger guests, including a children’s play area and many family-friendly walking and cycling trails. Offering culinary delights and a wonderful place to chill, the Riverside Bar and Restaurant also provides stunning views across the water.”
The significant investment in Woolverstone Lodge Park forms part of the ongoing strategy at MDL Marinas to evolve its enviable network of marinas not just into fantastic sailing venues, but also ultimate leisure destinations that offer a wealth of on-water and on-land activities for everyone to enjoy.