Ocean Youth Trust South – Investing in Young People

Posted: 7th March 2014

MDL is very proud to have worked with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years, helping to provide adventure under sail to young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.

The winners of our annual Sail Training Awards are now being chosen, with a final team of six due to set sail for an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South's training yacht John Laing next month. The youngsters selected will spend five nights 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.

The Sail Training Awards have so far allowed 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.

And it doesn’t stop there. Through fundraising activities carried out as part of our 40th anniversary year in 2013, we were able to present the charity with a cheque for £60,000 at the end of last year (pictured above).

Ocean Youth Trust South is now looking to launch a major new campaign to enable them to purchase a new training yacht for use by the young people helped by the charity. The campaign is being dubbed “A new boat for a new generation” and the charity is keen to spread the word and get more people involved in this long term project to replace the John Laing.

Get involved…

Donations and gifts will help to ensure that young people continue to enjoy the benefits of Adventure Under Sail. If you would like to contribute, you can do so in a number of ways:

  • Online - with your PayPal account or with a credit card using this link
  • By phone - just call the office on 023 9260 2278
  • By post - send a cheque made payable to "Ocean Youth Trust South" to Ocean Youth Trust South, 8 North Meadow, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1BP


To find out more about the important work carried out by Ocean Youth Trust South, and to find out how you can help in their fundraising efforts, click here.


10% off Spring Engine Servicing

From 17th February 2014 until 30th April 2014
At 4 Golden Arrow Marine branches in Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth & Chichester
Get 10% off all engine servicing this spring from Golden Arrow Marine. This discount is available from our branches in Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth & Chichester. To redeem, simply present this voucher with your MDL Club Outlook card. This offer is applicable to to retail customers only, full payment is required immediately upon submission of invoice.

Official Launch of Quay Fifteen Restaurant at Shamrock Quay

Posted: 8th February 2014

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Word is spreading fast about Quay Fifteen, the new family owned, family run restaurant that will be holding its official launch event this Thursday 13 February at Shamrock Quay. The restaurant has even enjoyed its first celebrity visit already, with Jim Davidson popping in for lunch last week fresh from his Celebrity Big Brother success (pictured above with Head Chef Raz Ali).

Tucked away in a spot overlooking the River Itchen, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Southampton, Quay Fifteen’s aim is to deliver a fine dining experience without the fuss, to exceed expectation and give its guests an all round dining experience rather than just a meal.

For brothers Rocky and Raz, the restaurant is their first solo venture together, bringing together careers that have amassed a wealth of experience at exclusive venues across the south. Head Chef Raz brings his expertise from kitchens at the likes of Lainston House Hotel and Chewton Glen, while front of house Rocky has many years of experience as a sommelier at Michelin starred 36 On The Quay in Emsworth, as well as Le Gavroche in Mayfair, home to the world renowned Roux brothers, and a number of Rocco Forte Hotels. 

With Quay Fifteen, the brothers aim to bring their strong hospitality background to the fore, engaging customers with the sights, sounds and smells from their large open plan kitchen, as well as encouraging interaction with staff. All this contributes to the upbeat, family-friendly atmosphere but at the same time the brothers’ primary focus is on offering top quality food and service. They are committed to sourcing locally and using a mixture of modern and classical cooking techniques with various International influences to create an ever changing offering of beautifully presented courses.

Commenting on this Thursday’s opening event, Rocky said: “We’re really excited to be officially launching the restaurant this week and can’t wait to bring our new “fine dining without the fuss” experience to the people of Southampton. The feedback from our limited lunchtime and weekend openings in recent weeks has been great and we’re looking forward to taking bookings seven days a week.”

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL, added: “We are proud to be supporting Rocky and Raz in this exciting new venture at Shamrock Quay. It’s a great development for the marina as a whole and the restaurant should prove to be a real destination venue, bringing in people from all over the area to experience their great food and hospitality by the waterside.”

You can find out more about Quay Fifteen on their website and they are open for bookings on 023 8033 6615, with a limited number of tables still available for their special Valentines Taster Menu this Thursday-Saturday.


15% Off Clean & Proof of Covers and Sails

From 21st January 2014 until 28th February 2014
Hamble Cover Services
We will collect the covers from your boat to inspect and weight them. Then we will send you a quote for cleaning, proofing & servicing (or just cleaning & proofing) which, once you have accepted by email, will be carried out. The items will be returned to the vessel once the payment is received. We require anything you do not wish to get wet i.e cockpit cushions, to be stored in a dry place before we collect the covers/sails as we will keep them for around 3 weeks. Offer only for MDL tenants with boats in Southampton & Hamble Marinas. Covers are sent to laundry at owners risk, and we will not be held liable for shrinkage and damage to old windows. We inspect the covers prior to sending and will advise you on the risk. Collection and return are weather dependent. Payment within 7 days of receipt of invoice. If we have to store the covers for more than 30 days a charge will apply.

Winter maintenance Due? Get 10% off with Marco Marine Services

From 6th January 2014 until 31st January 2014
Marco Marine, Hamble Point Marina
EXCLUSIVE TO MDL CUSTOMERS Get an exclusive 10% discount on antifouling, hull wax & polishing and seacock services if you book your boat in for winter maintenance with us before the end of January 2013. Please call us for a detailed quote Marco Marine services include spares, repairs and upgrades; winter maintenance such as antifouling, hull polishing and teak cleaning; electronics advice and upgrades; rig checks and tuning.

MDL Continues to Invest in its Marinas

Posted: 3rd January 2014

Illustrating our continued commitment to offering class-leading marinas and the finest customer experience, we are continuing to invest in our marina portfolio.

Work already undertaken in 2013 included a full refurbishment of the facilities at Ocean Village Marina (pictured above right) as well as at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth, where customers are now benefitting from new modern showers, toilets and washing facilities. Customers at both Brixham and Torquay marinas are able to use the new boat lift, making boat maintenance more convenient than ever, and the 60 new berths opened at Chatham Maritime Marina in the summer have already reached capacity.

Over the winter months works will continue and will include a complete re-deck of the catamaran berths at Sparkes Marina, alongside improvements to car park lighting and the installation of a new refuse area which will improve the appearance of the marina entrance. Northney Marina will be carrying out comprehensive maintenance works too, helping to improve the appearance of the marina.

At Shamrock Quay, 2014 will see the opening of a new on-site restaurant, Quay Fifteen (above), whilst Cobb’s Quay will also be offering new dining options as The Boathouse bar and restaurant comes under new management. Maintenance works are also continuing at Hythe Village Marina, whilst further improvements to the pontoons, marina electrics and facilities are planned for both Mercury Yacht Harbour and Port Hamble Marina. Investment at Hamble Point Marina continues as well, upgrading the main facilities block and marina reception / administration facilities, improving CCTV coverage and increasing the number of pontoon trolleys available.

Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas and continuing to improve the facilities we offer. As Europe’s leading marina operator we refuse to stand still and are continually looking at ways to not only improve and update our marinas, but also to ensure our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards. This is why many of our customers have been with us for years, and for us the focus always remains on ensuring our berth holders and visitors continue to get the very best out of their boating.”


10% discount plus no VAT chargeable on all work booked prior to 28 February 2014

From 28th December 2013 until 28th February 2014
Yacht & Motor Boat Services, Hamble Point Marina
Yacht and Motorboat Services are offering 10% of all services including - blasting and anti-foul removal, - anti-fouling, - coppercoating - engine servicing - polishing - varnishing - painting and much more! Plus have no VAT chargeable for all work booked with us prior to 28 February 2014 See our website for details on www.yachtmotorboatservices.com. Our business has been providing comprehensive and high quality marine services to boat owners and brokers on the Hamble River and Solent area since 1999. Our aim is to provide good quality and good value marine services to the boat owners, ensuring that your boat ownership is always a carefree and pleasurable experience. We want you to be you proud of your boat!

It’s Show Time for MDL Marinas!

Posted: 20th December 2013

It may be the depths of winter, but MDL Marinas will be braving the cold and heading for the London Boat Show, taking place at ExCel from 4th - 12th January 2014. We will be welcoming visitors to our Stand E143 – pay us a visit to find out more about what MDL Marinas can offer you.

Staff will be on hand throughout the show to provide full details on all our marina locations, as well as more information about Freedom Berthing, the most comprehensive marina package in the marketplace, which for 2014 includes unlimited free stays across our entire UK network plus the freedom to cruise to fantastic destinations in northwest France, Spain and Italy.

You can also register for the MDL Experience at the show, allowing you to visit the marina of your choice for a free no-obligation overnight stay and personal marina tour. Or, simply click here for more details and to register online.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!


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