Passeport Escales Proves Popular On Both Sides of the Channel

Posted: 12th July 2013

Following the great news that MDL Marinas has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor, giving berth holders access to an additional 55 marinas this season, we’re delighted to report that the scheme is already proving popular with berth holders from both sides of the Channel.

Simon and Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith from MDL’s Brixham Marina were the first to make the crossing to France aboard their yacht Fenicia, enjoying stays at Camaret-Sur-Mer, Port Louis, Port Haliguen and Port Joinville.

Simon Wilmshurst-Smith, commented: “We had a great journey and received a fantastic welcome from all the marina teams. They have been very efficient with the Passeport Escales arrangements when we arrived and were very excited that we were their first British customers. The arrival couldn’t be easier and we’d highly recommend others get out there and use it.”

Meanwhile, the skipper and crew of Blue Berry from Port Blanc, Ile Aux Moines, received a warm welcome from the marina teams at Torquay and Port Hamble marinas as the first French customers to use the scheme to explore MDL’s marinas in the UK.

Passeport Escales gives MDL’s UK annual berth holders a completely unique package to gain free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee. Berth holders can take advantage of the scheme for the rest of the season, which is an easy-to-use, fully automated system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.

For more information on Passeport Escales click here


MDL Berth Holders to Benefit From Even Greater Cruising Opportunities

Posted: 3rd July 2013

MDL Marinas has once again extended the cruising opportunities available to its berth holders with the signing of a new agreement with the Public Ports of Andalusia. Under the new partnership, our berth holders will gain access to a free visitor guide service that will assist boaters in making reservations at the 10 ports of Andalucía under the public ports direct control, making cruising the beautiful Spanish coast easier than ever before.

On the coast of Huelva, berths for MDL customers will be available in the ports of Mazagón, Ayamonte, Punta Umbria and Isla Cristina. On the coast of Cádiz, the ports of Puerto America, Rota, Chipiona and Barbate. Finally, in the province of Almería, Adra and Garrucha will be included in this agreement.

The news comes just months after MDL announced an exclusive partnership with French marina operator, Sagemor. The two schemes will now allow MDL berth holders the opportunity to visit more than 80 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming MDL’s clear market leader position.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “This latest partnership is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It opens even greater cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to enjoy the opportunity to travel further afield than ever before, without the need to worry about language or a lack of availability.”

The Andalusian coast has a wealth of attractions for boat owners, with beautiful beaches on Cadiz's Costa de la Luz, from palm-fringed sweeps of golden sand to hidden rocky coves. Further inland, visitors can explore the region’s capital, Seville, and the Alhambra, the breath-taking Moorish palace in Granada.


New Marina Berths for Chatham Maritime Marina

Posted: 14th June 2013

Chatham Maritime Marina will be able to offer even greater space for berth holders, with the official opening of 60 new marina berths. The new pontoons, which represent a significant investment in the Kent marina, were officially opened by the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Mrs Josie Iles. 

The construction work forms part of the Chatham Maritime Project, with MDL Marinas – Europe’s largest marina operator - working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Chatham Maritime Trust as part of extensive regeneration works in the area. Cllr Mrs Iles and other invited guests were treated to a tour of the marina by boat, learning more about the important maritime history of the area, before stepping onto the new pontoons for the official opening ceremony.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas, and these new berths will allow even more boat owners access to both the beautiful cruising opportunities in the Medway Estuary and the renowned MDL customer service that people using the new berths will experience. The local area has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, and we are proud to be part of this, whilst also ensuring our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards.

“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and our other guests to this important occasion and look forward to seeing the new berths being well used this summer.”


2013-2014 Tide Table Booklets

Posted: 30th May 2013

We now have the 2013-2014 Tide Table booklets available to purchase from our marina offices. They are being sold at £1.00 per booklet and all proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South), a charity that we have supported for many years with the Sail Training Awards.

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, MDL is supporting OYT South throughout 2013 by hosting a series of charitable events including raffles and prize auctions. We’re also encouraging marina tenants and businesses run by berth holders to get involved and choose Ocean Youth Trust South as their nominated charity for 2013.

For further information about the Ocean Youth Trust South and its vital work with young people visit www.oytsouth.org, or to book a voyage for yourself click here.


MDL Encourages All to “Push the Boat Out” at RYA Active Marina Open Day

Posted: 16th May 2013

MDL owned Ocean Village Marina in Southampton will be opening its doors on Saturday 18th May, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to come and have a go at watersports. The leading marina is one of the locations across the country taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend, which will see hundreds of people enjoy free on-the-water activities, and benefit from expert advice on matters such as marina berthing and sea safety.

All the family can enjoy an action-packed day with free RIB rides and jet ski experiences from 10am. There’s also plenty to see and do on land with an on shore sailing simulator – giving visitors the chance to experience dinghy sailing before even taking to the water. In addition, as part of the RYA Active Marina Programme, boat owners and MDL’s berth holders can enjoy tuition to help improve manoeuvring in and out of the marina, engine maintenance, sea safety and first aid. These sessions are free of charge but booking is recommended as a limited number of spaces are available. There is also the opportunity to book a motor boat own boat 90 minute training session for just £35.

Debbie Burns, Marina Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting our local community to get involved and have a go at watersports, which for many may be their first experience of being out on the water. It is set to be a fantastic day and there will be something fun for all the family to enjoy, as well as lots to benefit our berth holders.” 

The open day at Ocean Village Marina is part of the RYA’s Active Marina Programme which encourages and supports increased berth holder activity by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holders groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities.

The open day will run from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 18th May 2013. For further information contact Ocean Village Marina or visit www.solentboattraining.co.uk/rya-active-marina.


Sunseeker, Bentley and MDL Marinas – we’re all at the Devon County Show!

Posted: 16th May 2013

This year at the Devon County Show, MDL Marinas will, for the very first time, be exhibiting at the biggest show in Devon. Amongst the cattle showing, cup-cake decorating and a Royal visit, MDL Marinas will be onsite enjoying the sunshine alongside Sunseeker and Bentley. Why not pop by and meet Mike Smith from Torquay Marina who will be manning the stand along with Sunseeker Torquay. Come and speak to us about the benefits of being an MDL Annual Berth Holder as well as our latest benefit of Passeport Escales, offering you even more free cruising destinations off the coast of northwest France. 

The Devon Country Show takes place at Westpoint, just 3 minutes from junction 30 of the M5, at Exeter. It runs for three days on 16th, 17th and 18th May and is a show to entertain the whole family.   

If you would like to know more about the Devon Country Show, please visit www.devoncountyshow.co.uk.


First Passeport Escales Customer Arrives in France

Posted: 15th May 2013

Following the great news that MDL Marinas has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor, giving berth holders access to an additional 55 marinas this season, MDL is delighted to announce its first customer using Passeport Escales arrived in France on Sunday 5th May.

Simon and Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith embarked on their cruise from MDL’s Brixham Marina aboard their yacht Fenicia, arriving at the first marina in Camaret-Sur-Mer in northwest France. They have since been enjoying the delights of the coast of France and taking in a number of marinas, enjoying stays at Port Louis before setting off to Port Haliguen in Quiberon and back to Port Joinville in lle d'Yeu. They are planning to return to Brixham Marina on 2nd June.

Simon Wilmshurst-Smith, commented: “We had a great journey and have received a fantastic welcome from all the marina teams. They have been very efficient with the Passeport Escales arrangements when we arrived and were very excited that we were their first British customers. The arrival couldn’t be easier and we’d highly recommend others get out there and use it.”

Passeport Escales was launched on 1st April 2013 and gives MDL’s UK annual berth holders a completely unique package to gain free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee. Berth holders can take advantage of the scheme for the rest of the season, which is an easy-to-use, fully automated system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.

More information on the scheme can be found here and if you would also like to take advantage of Passeport Escales then please speak to a team member at your home marina.


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