The sixth annual pre-Christmas cruise to the historic city of St Malo was again sold out this year, with 344 Club Outlook members, along with their friends and family, joining us for a great weekend away.
The ever-popular mini cruise took place on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany. Our group enjoyed a two night stay in cabin accommodation, a splendid four-course meal on Saturday evening, and plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful area and stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.
Joanna Young, who went on the pre-Christmas cruise, said: "Thank you to the team who organised the Pre-Christmas Cruise to St Malo for all their hard work. We were guests of our parents whose boat is based at Northney Marina, and we had a brilliant time. The kids enjoyed it and the food was amazing."
Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager of Torquay Marina, commented: “It was fantastic that this year’s pre-Christmas cruise was again sold out. It was yet another successful and enjoyable weekend away and thank you to all of those who came along. A later start time on the Friday morning was definitely appreciated, as opposed to our usual renowned early boarding times, and we’re looking forward to arranging the cruise again next year.”
As an annual or two-year berth holder, you also enjoy Club Outlook benefits and savings throughout the year. Our Club Outlook scheme is the most comprehensive in the industry and offers great rewards, including the Mediterranean addition to the Freedom Berthing network and our new Introduce Your Friends scheme.
Other Club Outlook rewards include fuel at cost, unlimited free WiFi access at all of our marinas, as well as discounted boatyard services. Annual and two-year berth holders enjoy a standard discount of 30% - the most generous discount of any boatyard service provider. This means Club Outlook members receive high standard boat care services at the best possible rates.
New for Club Outlook members in 2013 is our new Berth Swap service and Smart MDL. Berth Swap is a great new initiative which allows Club Outlook members to get in touch with other like-minded customers who may be looking to swap berths as part of their cruising arrangements. Club Outlook members are automatically registered into Berth Swap and at the touch of a button can request or browse berths available. Watch for details on our website.
We know you love your boat and that you’d love to spend more time on board. However, to make sure your time is well spent we are developing more ways for you to get in touch and get the things you want out of your boating – we’re calling this Smart MDL. This enables you to put your Club Outlook details on your smart phone and be the first to receive our latest discounts and offers, as well as get easy access to berth reservations and Berth Swap.
In addition to all of these services we also have our innovative Freedom Berthing scheme, which was launched last year. Freedom Berthing offers unlimited visitor nights across all of the network’s UK marinas, and has now been extended to include Sant Carles Marina in Spain, and Marina del Gargano in Italy when it opens next year. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and all the facilities provided by these first-class marinas, as part of your Club Outlook membership.
Another of our innovative rewards schemes is Introduce Your Friends, allowing you to introduce friends and benefit from a wide-range of rewards. For each new friend that joins the network, the value of the rewards increases. Introducing one friend offers you and your friend £250 each in rewards, two friends £300, three friends £400 and so on, with a maximum of nine friends each receiving £1,000 in rewards. You can choose from a variety of rewards including vouchers to spend at participating marina tenant companies, wine vouchers from Club Outlook’s wine partner Naked Wines, credit on your MDL customer account to use for MDL services, or request a charity donation to the RNLI.
Last but by no means least, we have a number of Winter Boatyard Offers and there’s still time to book your winter lift! It’s important to keep your boat well-maintained over the winter months. Click here for special offers on Winter Boatyard Services.
Click 'Get a Quote' for a berthing quotation or to find out more about Club Outlook click here.
October marches on, but it provided competitors in the Garmin Hamble Winter Series and MDL Hamble Big Boat Series with another weekend of stunning sailing last weekend!
Saturday saw the start of the final MDL Hamble Big Boat Championship weekend. The forecast was appalling, with a mirror calm greeting the race committee as they motored out to the race course, and no-one really expected to get any racing in. But competitors couldn’t believe their luck as 4-5 knots of southeasterly filled in after an hour’s postponement, allowing the race team to get four races in from a startline near Wight Vodka.
In the Farr 45 class, Alice II took the top spot in three of the four races, with Rebel, the British Keelboat Academy and Espresso Martini constantly switching positions behind her. Rebel won the final race of the day. In the J/111 class, J Dream won the first race, but couldn’t hold off Cornel Riklin’s Jitterbug, who took first in the remaining three races. The Farr 52 Toe in the Water dominated the IRC >1.080 class, pushed hard by Joopster, Cobra and Chaos – with Chaos winning the third race of the day.
La Reponse took four wins ahead of Beafort Winston in the Beneteau First 40 class, while in the 40.7 class, Mitchellson Interceptor and Playing Around took two races each.
On Sunday, a good NorthEasterly 10-15 knots was forecast, and, unlike Saturday, that was exactly what the weather gods served up. Racing started from the vicinity of Sunsail Racing buoy at low tide, with courses cascading down the East Solent in a sluicing flood tide. The MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships fleet raced alongside the main Garmin Hamble Winter Series fleet, with two races for all classes.
In the Farr 45 class, Stewart Whitehead’s Rebel sailed consistently well, posting a 1st and a 2nd, to top the class at the end of the two weekend series. In the J/111 class, Cornel Riklin’s Jitterbug took two seconds on Sunday, but that was enough to keep them nine points clear at the top of the fleet – an impressive showing for their first regatta.
Neil Kipling’s Joopster had a first and a second, putting them top of the IRC >1.080 class by two points overall. Andrew McIrvine’s La Reponse continued her near clear sweep with another two firsts to win the Beneteau First 40 class in fine style, while in the two-boat Beneteau First 40.7 class, Nick Rawbone’s Playing Around and Stuart and James Wilkie’s Mitchellson Interceptor took a race each. Playing Around took the trophy by three points overall.
The Garmin Hamble Winter Series ran as usual on Sunday, this time from the same startline as the Big Boats in ideal conditions. The day sponsor was Southern Ropes, who provided prizes at the clubhouse after racing. All classes sailed two races, with the smaller boats finishing on the Hill Head plateau, and the bigger boats finishing near Browndown.
Mark Lloyd’s Mills 43 Chaos took two bullets in the IRC 0 class. In IRC 1, Philip Farrands’ Old Mother Gun and the First 40.7 Beaufort Winston finished joint first in the first race of the day, with the Reflex 38 Jaguar Logic taking the second race.
In IRC 2, David Franks’ Straight Dealer, a JPK 1010, continued her near-perfect run with another two firsts. Similarly, Paul Griffiths’ Jagerbomb posted two firsts in the J/109 class. Things were less clear-cut in IRC 3, with Peter Dessent’s Archambault A31 ImaDjinn and Craig Cossar’s Salona 35 Vital Eyes taking a race each.
The J/111s, whose results also counted for the MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships, were led by Tony Mack’s McFly, who took two bullets ahead of Jitterbug.
In the close-knit Sigma 38 class, Chris and Vanessa Choules on With Alacrity and Kevin Sussmilch on Mefisto won a race apiece, while IRC 4 saw some very close racing. Bernard Fyans’ Erik the Red and Philip McDanell’s Impala 28 Trudi won a race each, with Tim Rees and Derek Morland’s Menace posting some consistent third places to leave them tied first overall.
It was good to see Dean Smith of MDL, the 2012 Hamble Big Boat Championship sponsor and Charles Nankin of Southern Ropes, the main series day sponsor, in the clubhouse afterwards to present the prizes. Our thanks to them both for their support.
So, looking ahead, there’s one more weekend of racing before the mid-series break. This weekend is the final Lewmar Hamble One Design Championship weekend, as well as the fourth Garmin Hamble Winter Series race day. Because of forecasts of fairly fruity weather, be sure to check race day status before you leave home! And don’t forget to put your clock back on Saturday night!!
Garmin Hamble Winter Series Weekend 3 & MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships – Weekend 2 Report
by Ben Meakins
MDL Marinas have been generous supporters of junior sailing at Hamble River Sailing Club in recent years and on Saturday 6th October the club's cadet sailors contested the MDL Junior Trophy, to coincide with the first day of the Hamble Big Boat Series also sponsored by MDL Marinas.
Before the three races for the MDL Junior Trophy the annual Uncle Bob's and Cousin Bob's trophy races were also held, these to determine the overall HRSC cadet champions for the year. The finals for this event had been postponed from 1st September due to lights winds, and now the nine hopefuls were lining up in identical HRSC owned Picos near the Cat Head buoy out in Southampton Water.
The Race Officer Chris Hamel and his team set up a four-lap course comprising triangles and sausages with a final beat to the finish, and with a single race to decide both club trophies. Callum Weston made a clean getaway near the middle of a slightly port biased line and lead round the first weather mark. Lying in second place at this stage was Elliot Exton who was making the most of his lighter weight while some of the more experienced were struggling for boat speed in the light breeze conditions.
Elliot closed the gap after two laps as the wind became even lighter but as it picked up again Callum powered away to a convincing win with Tom Johnson snatching second place ahead of Becca Fogden. Last year's winner Robert Winn finished 4th while Elliot slipped to 5th at the finish ahead of Ben Boyle. Leading helm and winner of the Cousin Bob's Trophy was Alex Austin finishing just ahead of Sienna Adderley and Ewan Thomas.
For the MDL Junior Trophy, the main event of the day, there were separate starts for the Picos and Optimists. With three races set over a shorter version of the same course with a single triangle, beat and run to the finish. With all races to count for the overall points good starts would be important.
Callum Weston maintained his winning form in the first race with Tom Johnson finishing in second place and the younger Alex Austin sailing very well to take third. In race 2 it was Becca Fodgen who made the best start at the port end of the line but once again Callum made his way through after an average start to take the win ahead of Ben Boyle and Tom Johnson.
Tom Johnson found his more usual form in Race 3 with a good start and he sailed a tidy race to take the win with Ben Boyle in another impressive second place and Robert Winn third. Fourth was Becca in a photo-finish with Callum who scored a disappointing 5th after his earlier wins.
Counting 2,3,1 the MDL Junior Trophy was won by Tom Johnson on six points ahead of Callum Weston with seven, and Ben Boyle in a creditable 3rd place overall. Meanwhile, Jack Clark won much praise for saving his rudder after it became detached when he capsized, and the performance of the younger Pico helms was also notable in this competitive event.
The Optimists also had good racing and the winner was Robert MacFarlane counting three first places, with Cameron Yates 2nd and William Harrison 3rd overall.
|Uncle Bob's Trophy||Cousin Bob's Trophy|
|1st Callum Weston||1st Alex Austin|
|2nd Tom Johnson||2nd Sienna Adderley|
|3rd Becca Fogden||3rd Ewan Thomas|
|4th Robert Winn|
|5th Elliot Exton||MDL Junior Trophy - Picos|
|6th Ben Boyle||1st Tom Johnson 6pts|
|2nd Callum Weston 7pts|
|MDL Junior Trophy - Optimists||3rd Ben Boyle 11pts|
|1st Robert MacFarlane 3pts||4th= Alex Austin 15pts|
|2nd Cameron Yates 7pts||4th= Becca Fogden 15pts|
|3rd= William Harrison 11pts||6th Elliot Exton 18pts|
|3rd= Eleanor Yonge 11pts||7th Sienna Adderley 19pts|
|5th Alex Hamel 15pts||8th Robert Winn 22pts|
|6th Indigo Whitaker Veryard 16pts||9th Ewan Thomas 24pts|
|10th Jack Clark 28pts|
Words by Jonty Sherwil and photos by Vicki Weston.
This weekend sees the first weekend of racing action in the MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships. Taking place on 6th and 7th October, the event will incorporate a First 40 and 40.7 national event, with some of the very best racing talent taking part.
The series continues later in the month with a further two days of racing on 20th and 21st October bringing the action to a close.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “MDL Marinas is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Hamble Big Boat Championships. The series is a natural fit with MDL, being based just offshore from our Hamble Point Marina and involving much of the local community. MDL Marinas works hard to encourage young people to become active in sailing, working with the Ocean Youth Trust South to give deserving youngsters the chance to participate in the sport, so it’s great to be involved in another fantastic sailing event. We’re all looking forward to some great racing action over the coming weeks.”
MDL Marinas is also proud to support the Hamble River Sailing Club’s cadet series, which will be playing host to a Pico regatta as part of this weekend’s sailing.
MDL Marinas, is proud to announce its prestigious win in this year’s Practical Boat Owner Green Awards. The marina network received the award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ in recognition of its efforts in reducing the environmental impact of its 21 marinas and boatyards.
MDL worked hard to implement a range of measures to promote marine-industry sustainability and achieve its outstanding eco-credentials. We now purchase 100% renewable energy, have installed solar technology, recycle 100% of our hazardous waste, and introduced water saving measures across all of our locations in Europe.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our efforts in reducing our environmental impact.”
Anna Wyse, MDL’s dedicated Environmental Policy Manager, commented: “The beautiful locations of our marinas deserve special consideration if we are to enjoy them in years to come and we have invested considerable time and energy into putting our environmental practices in place. MDL recognises that virtually all the activities of the company, and that of our customers and tenants, have some impact on the environment.
“All of MDL’s marinas are subject to environmental audits on a periodic basis and the company continues to invest in resources to educate berth holders and staff.”
MDL received its Green Award at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. The PBO Green Award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ was presented to Anna Wyse, and to MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Eads by Sarah Norbury, Editor of Practical Boat Owner.
In addition to this, Hythe Marina Village, MDL’s Southampton based marina, has also won a sustainability award from The Green Blue, for going above and beyond in its support of the environmental awareness campaign for the boating community. The MDL marina distributed free packs of environmental goodies to its berth holders encouraging their boaters to make quick practical changes onboard.
Many Club Outlook members will already be familiar with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, as successful workshops have been held at many MDL marinas across the summer season.
Visitors to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show will also have the chance to try out a sample of the workshops for themselves, as part of a brand new event at the show.
The Active Marina Experience offers show-goers the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors with free on-the-water and shore-based workshops.
From man overboard drills and berthing manoeuvres to engine maintenance and radar operation, workshops will run daily throughout the show, providing a real hands-on experience.
Places are limited for the workshops, so it’s recommended that sessions are booked either in advance for the shore-based workshops, or on the day for the on-the-water sessions.
To book an on-the-water workshop visit the ‘Try-a-Boat’ booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show. (Unfortunately, on-the-water workshops cannot be booked in advance)
Shore-based workshops can be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 01784 223816 or by visiting the Which Marina stand (F004) at the show.
For further information and a workshop schedule visit the RYA website.
Entries flooded in this summer for MDL’s annual photo competition, which for the first time this year included an under-16s category, alongside the coveted best photograph.
Berth holders, visitors and members of the local community from across the marina network submitted photographs that captured time spent in and around our marinas in the UK and Europe, including fast-paced action shots and footage out on the water, as well as some stunning landscape shots.
Hugely impressed with the quality of entries this year, judges were looking for entries that have succeeded in capturing in images what really makes each of MDL’s 21 marinas a truly unique destination – through the eyes of people who experience the marinas for themselves.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 photography competition is David Thomas, with a winning image capturing a stunning sunset over Brixham Marina.
As this year’s winner, David will receive a Nikon Coolpix L810 camera, plus a workshop session with leading studio photographers at PhotoRed Commercial Photography, based at MDL’s Shamrock Quay. He will also be treated to a bottle of Champagne and tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show – where he will see his winning image displayed on MDL’s two-tier waterside pavilion.
Second place in the main competition, winning £100 worth of vouchers to use at London Camera Exchange, is awarded to Martin Makinen from Newton Abbott, for his beautiful shot of the sun breaking through the clouds at Holden Pier near to Brixham Marina.
For the first time, this year’s competition included a dedicated category for young photographers, with first prize in the under-16s competition going to Sophie Tuffier from Cherbourg. Sophie’s parents are Cruising Club members and were visiting Brixham Marina, where she snapped her winning shot of a beautiful sunny day in the water. Sophie will be presented with a Nikon Coolpix S30 underwater camera to help her continue her photographic endeavours.
Coming a close second in the under-16s category is 12–year-old Christopher Broughton, whose shot of sunset over Shamrock Quay has won him £50 to spend at London Camera Exchange.
All the winners will also receive tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be presented with their prizes at the MDL stand (E52) on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm.
To view the winning images, please click here.
Bertholders at Port Hamble Marina are to benefit from a free pack of environmental goodies this summer, courtesy of The Green Blue and the Environment Agency.
The Green Blue’s aim is to change boaters’ behaviour, recognising what actions can pollute the aquatic environment. The Green Blue's Jane Swan has put together a clever pack of products that help in areas where boaters can make quick practical changes: bilge socks to soak up oil in bilge water and cigarette butt pouches for the remaining smokers amongst us. Of course, Ecover also features, its phosphate-free formula being kinder to aquatic life.
Port Hamble Manager Colin Jeffries said ‘Packs will be available from the Marina Office over the summer. Just ask a member of the MDL team’.
MDL is co-ordinating distribution of the products as part of its support for the BMF/RYA’s environmental initiative, which is also running at Hythe Marina Village.
You can also find out more about MDL’s environmental programme by visiting this page or by contacting our Environmental Manager, Anna Wyse. Of course, Customer Comment Cards are always available from the Marina Office if you want to let us know what you think.