Officially opened in 1986, Ocean Village Marina in Southampton is one of the world’s most prestigious and renowned marinas. Owned by Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas, Ocean Village Marina boasts a fantastic location, situated in the heart of Southampton water and surrounded by restaurants, cinemas and bars. The marina is central to some exciting new developments including a £50m luxury spa hotel complex, the tallest residential building in the city, and exciting new restaurant and retail openings.
The basin, formerly used for commercial ships, is deep enough to offer mooring facilities for tall ships and superyachts up to 90 metres. It also offers direct access to the Solent, as well as easy links to Southampton train station and airport – making it a welcome home and visiting port for thousands of boaters each year. Ocean Village Marina is famous for hosting the start and finish of a number of global yacht races, and benefits from being overlooked by the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club. There are plentiful facilities for berth holders and visitors at the marina, including toilets, showers, laundry facilities, electricity, WiFi and fresh water.
Landmark developments at Ocean Village Marina
There are some really exciting developments taking shape in the city including a superyacht inspired five-star hotel set to open in 2016. The luxury hotel will extend out into the marina and feature a spa, champagne bar and rooftop restaurant with stunning views. The development will also feature 12 luxury duplex apartments on top of the hotel, 82 flats, a basement car park and a number of new shops and restaurants. In addition, Ocean Village Marina will soon house the tallest residential building in the city! Admiral’s Quay, a prestigious development of apartments will include a landmark 26 storey residential tower and promises many properties with views of the marina. Planned to be complete by January 2015, it will also host up to eight new restaurants and bars – making Ocean Village Marina even more of a first-class destination.
Southampton – A beautiful city to explore
Southampton has been an important port for centuries and is a fascinating place to visit. Not only is it one of the premier venues for sailing and watersports, it also makes for an ideal base to explore the New Forest and the Isle of Wight.
Just some of the highlights of things to do and see in Southampton include:
Fabulous food and entertainment
There is an endless choice of restaurants in Southampton and visitors will be spoilt for choice whether dining al fresco by the water at Banana Wharf and Pitcher & Piano, or discovering wonderful cuisine at the likes of Oxfords and the White Star. There is also plenty of evening entertainment in a wide choice of bars, theatres and clubs.
West Quay Shopping Centre
Over 100 food and retail brands all under one roof including John Lewis, Karen Millen and Cath Kidston, as well as a fabulous food terrace featuring brands including Wagamama, Cafe Rouge Express and Yo! Sushi.
The Old Town and Cultural Quarter
Areas of significant cultural attractions including the Mayflower Theatre and the SeaCity Museum. The city is also home to the second largest medieval walls in England that are still standing.
PSP Southampton Boat Show
Held annually in September with over 600 exhibitors. The event runs for 10 days at Mayflower Park on the city’s waterfront, where it has been held since 1968 – visit the MDL stand, E52.
Why settle for less?
You get more with MDL Marinas. As Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas is proud to offer the most comprehensive berthing package in the marketplace. The Freedom Berthing package gives owners far more than a superb berth and marina facilities, it’s a passport to extra rewards, benefits and savings, such as FREE stays at over 90 other marinas both in the UK and Europe, discounts on boatyard services and fuel at cost.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers, thanks to a range of great discounts on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas, giving owners the opportunity to ensure their boats are in top condition for the summer ahead and sample the MDL experience.
During July and August, boat owners can enjoy MDL’s ‘Summer Afloat’ offer of two months berthing for just £499 (inclusive of VAT) for boats up to eight metres, at any one of ten MDL marinas.* Participating marinas include Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble and Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton.
What’s more, the ‘Summer Afloat’ gives boat owners the opportunity to benefit from a secure pontoon berth with fresh water and electricity during the prime summer months from a choice of MDL’s beautiful locations at a fantastic price. This package also includes free car parking and free trailer storage at the majority of sites. A full list of participating marinas is available at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat.
In addition to the summer berthing offer, MDL’s boatyards along the south coast, in the West Country and on the River Thames are offering great discounts on hull scrubs and storage throughout July and August. Boat owners can enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of MDL’s leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £15 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery. Furthermore, with each boatyard offer booked, boat owners will take away a voucher of 20% off a winter lift & storage at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be offering these substantial savings on boat care and berthing. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers and to help them make the most of their time on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK, spending more time boating and less time towing and launching.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-offers.
* Available for boats up to 7.5 metres at Queen Anne’s Battery.
Head down to the Lymington Sea Water Baths located in front of the Lymington Town Yacht Club on Saturday 14th June. Ocean Safety will be there with a host of safety equipment for everyone to try.
The day, which is presented in association with Yachting Monthly, will kick off at 10am with a live inflation of a liferaft and Jonbouy Recovery Module.
Visitors can test the equipment, both in and out of the water, enjoying experiences like boarding the liferafts, practising with throwing lines and rescue slings, all within the safety of the historic lido swimming pool.
This safety experience provides the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get involved and learn how to use and try out the equipment you may have aboard your boat. Ocean Safety’s team of safety specialists from the company’s in-house training centre will be on hand to give advice and answer all of your safety questions.
“Our open days, which we have traditionally held at our main office located at Saxon Wharf, Southampton have always been hugely successful,” comments Ocean Safety’s Sam Leonard. “This time we thought we would run an open day in one of the main yachting centres along the south coast, and the large pool at Lymington is an ideal location.”
And, since it’s a watery experience, come rain or shine it will be a great day!
Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards are now back on dry land, after setting sail from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina on 16th April for six days at sea.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Joining a team on board the ketch 'John Laing' were Callum Archibald, 14, from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The 230 nautical mile trip saw this year's MDL award winners first heading for an anchorage in Studland, from where they motored into Poole on the Friday evening. Next morning they had a fabulous sail round the south of the Isle of Wight on a glorious day, ending up in Haslar. They sailed to Cowes for lunch, came out, anchored an Osborne Bay and planned a final pilotage exercise up to Southampton. RYA Start Yachting certificates were awarded to all participants.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our Sail Training Awards winners following their exciting journey. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the young people selected, rewarding them for their achievements or inspiration and support to others.
“Over the years the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the 'John Laing', something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that it carries out”.
One of the scheme’s recent success stories is 17-year-old Toby Hunt from Bognor Regis who was one of the lucky winners selected to take part in last year’s trip, and has since been busy working as a volunteer, assisting Ocean Youth Trust South with its winter refit of ‘John Laing’. In addition, Toby has been working hard as a volunteer trainee Bosun for the 2014 trip and is looking to become a volunteer member of the sea staff for the future.
The six young winners from this year will now be invited to attend the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be officially presented with their trophies at the MDL stand by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe.
Nominations for next year’s awards will be announced in December 2014.
For more information please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.