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MDL Marinas at CWM FX London Boat Show 2015

Posted: 8th January 2015

MDL Marinas will once again be exhibiting at the CWM FX London Boat Show, taking place at London’s ExCel from 9th – 18th January 2015.

In what is the 61st year of Europe’s first ever boat show, the CWM FX London Boat Show promises a fantastic experience for all - whether you have a love of getting in or on the water or would like to try it for the first time, or if it’s boats, equipment, training or technology that captures you’re interest, the show will not leave you feeling disappointed.

If you’re heading to the show, come and visit the MDL team on stand AO13 to find out what’s coming up for MDL Marinas in 2015.  You’ll also be able to enter our fantastic competition to win a free berth!

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director for MDL Marinas, commented: “The MDL team is looking forward to a busy CWM FX London Boat Show. There will be lots going on at our stand - AO13, including a brilliant opportunity to win a free berth at any of our 19 UK marinas so do stop by and say hello if you’re going along. We look forward to seeing you there!” 

For more information on what’s on offer at the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015 or to buy tickets, visit www.londonboatshow.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Britannia Corporate Events Generated Over £140k for Charity in 2014

Posted: 23rd December 2014

Hamble based Britannia Corporate Events organises and runs a number of industry sailing regattas throughout the year in the Solent. Not only are these fantastic for industry networking as well as great fun, they also raise valuable funds for their nominated charities.

Through these events in 2014, Britannia is delighted to announce £142,200 has been raised for 13 different good causes.

The EMC Silicon Cup regatta for the IT industry raises funds which are divided across the NSPCC, Dreams Come True and Jubilee Sailing Trust.

The O2 Think Big regatta for the Telecomms industry supports its own Think Big charity, which helps young people to realise their dreams and bring their product and business ideas to life. Each sailing team had a Think Big beneficiary on board to explain the personal difference it made to them.

Many of the charities use sailing for rehabilitation or respite care, such as Sail 4 Cancer which supports cancer sufferers and their families, and Toe in The Water who use competitive sailing to re-inspire and support injured service personnel.

Cathy Jenkins from Sail 4 Cancer comments “We are so grateful to Britannia and the Legal Cup. The support has made a difference and you are part of a very special group of people who have helped us offer much needed respite to families and individuals going through an incredibly difficult time in their lives.”

Polly Dawson from Toe in the Water adds “We don’t receive any statutory funding and therefore rely entirely on events like this, private donations and corporate grants. So to have the support of all Britannia and the Energy Regatta is immensely important to us, so thank you again!”

Charlie Williams, Managing Director at Britannia comments “Raising money for charity is an integral part of our sailing regattas. Each year we look for new ways to grow the charity element and we look forward to supporting these great causes again in 2015.”

If you would like to take part in 2015, or to run a regatta to help support a charity close to your heart or aligned with your business, please contact Britannia Corporate Events by emailing Sharon@britanniaevents.co.uk.


MDL Berth Holders Celebrate the Festive Season with Cruise to St Malo

Posted: 19th December 2014

MDL berth holders celebrated the Christmas season in style last week, when they took part in MDL’s tenth annual pre-Christmas mini cruise to the historic city of St Malo for a festive weekend away.

Held each year especially for MDL’s Freedom Berthing members and their families, the cruise is a joint collaboration between MDL Marinas and Brittany Ferries and gives berth holders from across MDL’s marinas the chance to socialise and enjoy the festive period together.

This year, 335 MDL customers took part in the cruise, along with their friends and family – including berth holders from MDL’s Sant Carles Marina in Spain! 

The ever-popular cruise took place on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany aboard Brittany Ferries’ flagship cruise ferry, the Pont Aven. The group enjoyed a two night stay in ensuite cabin accommodation, a drinks reception, and a splendid meal on Saturday evening.

The trip gave the group plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful city, whether it was walking the bustling streets, exploring the Chateau de St Malo or the Grand Aquarium, or taking in St Malo’s exquisite shops to stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.

Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “This year’s MDL pre-Christmas cruise was a great success! The trip was sold out and our group had a wonderful time exploring St Malo and doing some Christmas shopping. The cruise has become a Christmas tradition, which gives MDL berth holders from across our marinas the chance to get to know one another better in a relaxed setting and to enjoy the festive season together.”

For a full gallery of images, please click here.


Working This Winter to Further Improve Your Marina Experience

Posted: 16th December 2014

We pride ourselves on providing the very highest levels of quality and service at our marinas and facilities to our customers throughout the year. That’s why we’ll be investing further in our marina sites all over the country, to make sure that we maintain, and wherever possible improve your marina experience.
 
Just some of the works planned during 2015 include:

  • WiFi upgrades at Cobb’s Quay Marina
  • Upgrades to lighting and the replacement of some electrical systems at Mercury Yacht Harbour
  • Refurbishment of offices and buildings at Hamble Point Marina
  • Construction of a new hazardous waste compound and refurbishment of the trailer boat compounds at Northney Marina
  • Refurbishment of the facilities block in B Basin at Hythe Marina Village
  • Upgrade to the hoist dock at Shamrock Quay during summer 2015

 

The 2015 season will also see Mercury Yacht Harbour adding boat lifting to its range of services.

Already completed this year was a re-deck of the catamaran berths at Sparkes Marina, along with improvements to the car park, marina entrance and resurfacing of the boatyard. We’ve also been kept busy resurfacing the car park and boatyard at Saxon Wharf. The berth holder facility block at Shamrock Quay was also refurbished, which was completed in time for the new season and has received lots of positive feedback.

Hamble Point Marina saw new cradle stock, upgraded site electrics, a new marina office and refurbished facilities. Some new dining options also arrived at Cobb’s Quay and Shamrock Quay, as well as continuing maintenance works at many MDL marinas including Hythe Marina Village and Ocean Village Marina.


Nominations Invited For the Sailing Experience of a Lifetime

Posted: 16th December 2014

We’re inviting you to nominate deserving young people for the trip of a lifetime, with nominations now open for the 2015 Sail Training Awards.

We are proud to have run the awards in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years. The annual awards are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.

The winners will receive an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South’s training yacht, John Laing from Monday 13th April for six nights. They will spend their time living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.

Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who never had the chance to travel abroad, and those with added family responsibilities.

Anyone working with young people can send in their nominations, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers. Anyone can nominate, apart from parents, guardians or close family. If this sounds like you or someone you know, click here for further information or to make your nomination.

All nominations must be received by Friday 16th January 2015.


MDL Teams Get Into the Christmas Spirit - But We Need Your Help!

Posted: 16th December 2014

You might already have noticed some Christmassy additions to your local marina recently as our teams get into the Christmas spirit! This year, we’re running a special competition to recognise the MDL marinas that pull out all the stops to spread Christmas cheer among our berth holders - and we need your help.
 
Our teams will be posting pictures of their festive efforts on social media throughout December and asking you to like and comment on how well you think they have done. Competition categories include: the Best Dressed Christmas Tree, Best Overall Christmas Decorations and the Best Christmas Team Selfie. Your response on our marinas' Facebook and Twitter pages will help us decide which of our marina teams should be awarded the exciting prizes we have on offer…
 
Our competition will be running right up until Christmas Eve and we will announce our winners in the New Year!

Find your marina's Facebook page!
 

Bray Marina

Brixham Marina 

Chatham Maritime Marina

Cobb's Quay Marina

Hamble Point Marina

Hythe Marina Village

Mercury Yacht Harbour

Northney Marina

Ocean Village Marina 

Penton Hook Marina

Port Hamble Marina

Queen Anne's Battery

Saxon Wharf

Shamrock Quay

Sparkes Marina

Torquay Marina 

Windsor Marina

Woolverstone Marina

 

 


Sailing Logic Awarded RORC Schoolboat of the Year for Record 10th Year

Posted: 11th November 2014

The Port Hamble Marina based sailing school, Sailing Logic, have been awarded the prestigious David Fayle Memorial Trophy for the "Schoolboat of the Year" for a record breaking 10th consecutive year, by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

This accolade is awarded to the RYA approved training centre which scores the highest number of points in the RORC IRC Championships throughout the season. This year, Sailing Logic’s brand new Beneteau First 40 'Arthur Logic' is the highest scoring school yacht!

Sailing Logic was founded by Allie Smith in 1993 with the purpose of providing opportunities for people to access the sport of yacht racing. Allie comments “I am so proud that Sailing Logic has retained the trophy for a record breaking 10th year! Over this time we have worked really hard to get hundreds of people involved in offshore yacht racing, and this award proves that there is a place for everyone, even novice racers, in this competitive sport!”

Nick Martin who skippered Arthur Logic for most of the 2014 racing season added “It is an amazing feeling to win this trophy. Most of the races Arthur Logic competed in were part of Sailing Logic’s Round Ireland Race campaign. Our crew met each other for the first time in May, many of them having never raced offshore before!  It is a steep learning curve for most people and fantastic that a newly formed team can compete with regular race crews and get on the podium too!”

It is a great achievement for a single sailing school to consistently demonstrate such good race results, and speaks volumes about the quality of training, yachts, skippers and first mates used by Sailing Logic in their race campaigns.

In addition to running the full RYA syllabus, Sailing Logic has developed its own unique race training courses and offers race places for individuals in many race events, including RORC race weekends, the RORC Caribbean 600 and Rolex Fastnet Race!

The trophy will be presented to Sailing Logic at the RORC Prizegiving Dinner on Saturday 15 November in London.

For more information about RYA training or yacht racing opportunities with Sailing Logic visit www.sailinglogic.co.uk.


Prize Draw Launched for 2015 Round the Island Race

Posted: 6th November 2014

What better incentive to compete in the annual Round the Island Race in 2015 as the ISC launches Prize Draw for three free entries!

Organised annually since 1931 by the Island Sailing Club (ISC), the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is one of the most iconic and best loved yacht races in the world, taking place annually on one day in June and starting and finishing in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and some 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and one of the largest participation sporting events in the UK.

Competitors come from all over the UK, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron 'line' in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. The Race provides a unique opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first timers. For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.

To entice you to enter this extraordinary yachting extravaganza, the ISC is running a PRIZE DRAW TO WIN ONE FREE ENTRY TO NEXT YEAR’S RACE ON 27TH JUNE!

The Draw, OPENING ON 10th NOVEMBER, will have one entry up for grabs on each of 9th January, 6th February and 6th March. So go for it and tick off another item on your to do list!

For more details on how to to enter, please visit http://rtir.me/entries.

Good luck!

If your Prize Draw entry doesn’t get drawn, never fear! You can still enter the Race from 00.01 on 9th January 2015.


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