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Southampton Maritime Festival

From 22nd August 2014 until 23rd August 2014

Take a step back in time at Southampton Maritime Festival as it commemorates the wartime and maritime history of the South. During this two-day event many historic ships and vessels will be making their way into dock to join the festival. These include the national historic fleet’s HMS Medusa, ST Challenge, SS Shieldhall and many more. You can learn about each vessel’s role in the world wars, see heritage divers and experience Southampton’s wider wartime history.

For More Information
Call: 023 8059 3290
Email: Chris Whiley

Join Fairview Sailing for a Summer BBQ Social

From 30th August 2014 until 31st August 2014

Join Fairview Sailing and Cruise in Company to Northney Marina ending with a BBQ and live band!

Fairview Sailing and their boats will be setting sail from Port Hamble Marina on a trip to Chichester Harbour ending with a BBQ and drinks at Northney Marina on Saturday 30th August. A pre-cruise passage briefing will be provided by Fairview Sailing at Port Hamble Marina where you can enjoy a tea or coffee before setting sail. Enjoy the day out sailing to Chichester harbour taking in the stunning coastline along the way - why not anchor off East Head for lunch and a quick swim or enjoy a picnic on board your boat before berthing at Northney Marina. The BBQ and live band starts at 6:30pm in the marquee.

A full itinerary and joining pack will be provided upon booking.

Don't have a boat but don't want to miss out?

  • Bareboat Charter from £832 for a 3 day weekend charter (including BBQ and berthing at Northney Marina).
  • Individual Places onboard one of Fairview Sailing's Oceanis 37 for only £295 per person sharing a cabin.
  • Freedom Berthing customers bookings include BBQ for up to 6 people (additional tickets are available)

If you would like to join Fairview Sailing all you need to do is contact us using the details below and book your place.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 7023

Last Call for Entries for our 2014 Photography Competition

Posted: 5th August 2014

There’s still time to enter our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2014 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2014 Junior Photographer of the Year for the Under-16s – but you’ll need to be quick, entries close at midnight on Sunday 10th August.

Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the lucky winner crowned Photographer of the Year will receive a boat portfolio taken by professional marine photographer, Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, presented in a handcrafted leather bound album worth £700!  The runner-up will get to enjoy a magnum of champagne.

In the Under-16 competition, the lucky winner will be presented with the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof – whilst the runner-up will be awarded £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Entries can be submitted via an online form or by post.

Remember, the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 10th August, with the winning shots set to be unveiled at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Happy snapping!

Dates Announced for 2015 MDL Boat Shows

Posted: 5th August 2014

We are delighted to announce that two of our successful events will be taking place again next year at our marinas.

Returning in May is one of the south’s premier new and used boat shows, Hamble Point Boat Show. The always-popular free family event will run on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, featuring over 250 new and used boats for sale, ranging from day boats to sports boats and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors to the event can also enjoy some exciting on-water demonstrations, practical workshops and lots of entertainment for all the family. 

This will be closely followed by the East Anglian Boat Show, which took place for the first time this year and proved to be a fantastic success with exhibitors and visitors alike. The 2015 event dates will be Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June at Woolverstone Marina, with the free event playing host again to leading boat brands and an array of new and used boats for sale, as well as great entertainment and on-water demonstrations.

So get these dates in your diary, or if you would like to feature in the lineup you can register your interest here.

Sir Ben Ainslie Supports 'Sail 4 Cancer' at Port Hamble Marina

Posted: 1st August 2014

Port Hamble Marina was delighted to host a Family Fun Day event held by Sail 4 Cancer on Wednesday 30th July, which was attended by a very special guest.

Sir Ben Ainslie, a patron of the charity, attended the event and met dozens of families at the marina before setting sail for a day out on the water. Guests were thrilled to meet the Olympic yachtsman in person and talk to him about his work for the charity and his recent adventures.

The day’s activities saw the group take part in a treasure hunt around the Solent, allowing the families to enjoy the beautiful weather as they searched for clues. The event finished with a family buffet in the sun, giving families the chance to relax and enjoy some quality fun time together.

Port Hamble Marina recently welcomed another sailing legend to the marina – on Thursday 24th July, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston attended a special event to crown Sail 4 Cancer as the 2014 Haven Academy Award Winner. Sir Robin, who is Chairman of the Haven Academy, presented Sail 4 Cancer with a £5,000 cheque for its good causes.

Set up in 2001 by a group of keen sailors who'd all lost friends or family to cancer, Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. These days out give families the opportunity to relax together, have fun out on the water.

Sail 4 Cancer’s Family Fun Days are organised by Britannia Corporate Events, who provide full event management and logistics support. 

You can find out more about Sail 4 Cancer at