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.


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RYA Dry Stack / Powerboat Cruise to Ryde Harbour

On the 22nd September 2013

Join other MDL Dry Stack and powerboat berth holders on a trip to Ryde Harbour at a cost of just £10 per boat. Passage planning and pilotage briefing by a qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor from “Marine Matters” who will also be accompanying the Cruise. Open to any MDL Hamble Marina powerboat or sports cruiser berth holder. In addition, Suzuki have donated a 2.5hp engine as a prize for the best Crew / Boat in Fancy Dress, so don't hold back!

Whilst in Ryde why not:

  • Relax on one of the best beaches in the South
  • Explore the town with great shopping
  • Enjoy lunch in one of the many cafes or restaurants
  • Just remember to meet for ice cream and head back before the tide leaves!
For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Julie Doe
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/go/activemarina

RYA Dry Stack / Powerboat Cruise to Yarmouth Harbour

On the 21st July 2013

Join other MDL Dry Stack and powerboat berth holders on a trip to Yarmouth Harbour at a cost of just £10 per boat. Passage planning and pilotage briefing by a qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor from “Marine Matters” who will also be accompanying the Cruise. Open to any MDL Hamble Marina powerboat or sports cruiser berth holder. In addition, Suzuki have donated a 2.5hp engine as a prize for the best Crew / Boat in Fancy Dress, so don't hold back!

Whilst in Yarmouth why not:

  • Visit the castle
  • Visit the newly extended Royal Solent Yacht Club for the best views of the Western Solent
  • Enjoy lunch in one of the many fine pubs or restaurants
  • Just relax and then meet for ice-cream before heading back after a great day!
For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Julie Doe
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/go/activemarina

Hamble River Raid 2014

On the 17th May 2014

The Hamble River Raid is a long established rowing race that starts in Hamble and heads up-river to the Jolly Sailor pub in Bursledon and back again. All proceeds of which are donated to Hamble Sea Scouts. The event will feature a pig roast and beach bar on Hamble Quay. The River Raid could not happen without the support of friends, parents and leaders, from the ladies who start roasting the pig the day before and tend it through the night, the time keepers, safety boat drivers and of course the competitors.

For More Information
Call: 07742 922974
Email: Ann Freeman
Website: http://www.hambleriverraid.com

RYA Ladies Day at Port Hamble Marina

On the 29th June 2013

RYA Ladies Day for both sail and motor boats:

  • Come and meet fellow female berth holders, learn new skills, and build your confidence in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Enjoy a sociable morning or afternoon of practical boat handling tuition by qualified RYA Instructors
  • Sail and Motor Workshops available
  • Only £60 per person. Lunch included
  • Book early as places are limited
  • All  events are open to any MDL Hamble Marina berth holder
For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2741
Email: Colin Jefferies
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/go/activemarina

Berth Holders Take Control with MyMDL

Posted: 19th March 2013

Annual berth holders at MDL Marinas this season are set to benefit from being able to access a whole host of boating information at the touch of a button with the launch of the innovative MyMDL system.

MyMDL will now allow annual berth holders to book their Freedom Berthing free visitor nights online, where the system will automatically check availability and confirm the reservation should a visitor berth be available.

For those looking for a longer stay away, the new Berth Swap function allows members to experience another marina by agreeing to swap their berth with another berth holder as part of their Club Outlook membership. MDL Berth Swap is open to annual berth holders at no additional berthing cost, with no restrictions on where users can travel, opening up a whole host of fantastic new cruising grounds to MDL boat owners.

For annual berth holders staying closer to home, MyMDL’s personalised content will also provide users with exclusive, tailored offers from their home marina and marina tenants. Boat owners logging in will also be able to access details of news and events related to their home marina as well as extensive weather forecasting and tide times, invaluable when planning their next cruise.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to launch the new MyMDL system, which has been designed to give our berth holders even greater control when it comes to getting the most out of their berth and their Club Outlook membership. This is all about adding value for our customers and gives 24 hour access to a wealth of information and services all at the touch of a button, with easy access to not only the latest news and offers, but also opening up our marina network like never before with the online Freedom Berthing and Berth Swap booking system.”


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