Be Part of Round The Island Race with First Class Sailing

Posted: 22nd March 2017

The Round the Island Race is a most spectacular event. It is a Race around the Isle of Wight. With over 1600 boats taking part, and around 16,000 sailors it is one of the largest yacht races in the world and the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK.

Each year amateurs and professionals compete against each other in the Round the Island Race. It is one of the few sporting events where amateurs and complete novices can race alongside Olympic gold medallists like Ben Ainslie and around the world solo ocean racers like Alex Thomson. The Round the Island Race attracts interest from around the world and is covered in media from Japan to Brazil, Hungary to New Zealand.

All sorts of people take part in the race and you will see a huge variety of sailing boats. The race will be sponsored this year for the first time by Cloudy Bay and Cloudy Bay’s ambassador Ben Fogle will be taking part.

The Round the Island race this year is on 1st July.

The course is simple. Starting outside the Royal Yacht Squadron off Cowes on the Isle of Wight yachts race around the Isle of Wight leaving it to port. The finishing line is off Cowes. The sight of all these boats, particularly when running downwind with colourful spinnakers bellowing out is truly spectacular.

You can be part of the Race! First Class Sailing, based in MDL's Shamrock Quay, have entered two Challenger 72 yachts and have berths available. These yachts were built to race around the world, a feat they have accomplished twice. However, they are far from being stripped out racing yachts. They have a spacious saloon area and good sized galley, two heads with showers and everyone gets their own comfy bunk.

As part of the package with First Class Sailing you will join the boat on Friday 30th June for an on the water day of training in the Solent. At the end of the day you will head over to Cowes for an early night before an early start for the race itself on Saturday. After the race you will head back into Cowes to join in with the expansive shore side festivities. You will have a leisurely sail back on Sunday.

Whilst previous experience is very useful it is absolutely not essential. There will be an experienced professional skipper and mate on board to assist at all times. The people that join us for the race do so for a number of reasons: some want an exciting day/weekend out; some people want to see what racing is like – the race offers a taste of the thrill and excitement of close quarters yacht racing; others come to learn about racing and to experience what sailing a big 72 foot yacht is like.

For more details contact First Class Sailing on info@firstclasssailing.com, call 0203 006 3717 or click here.


Water Sight to See on the Solent!

Posted: 9th March 2017

History is set to be created on Southampton Water this spring as the city hosts a spectacular parade of sail.

Hundreds of craft, from one-man kayaks to huge luxury yachts, will take to the water to celebrate the first ever Southampton Sailing Week.

The action will begin at 11am on Saturday May 27 led by a Svitzer tug shooting plumes of water into the sky. Following close behind will be the larger of the participating vessels such as motorboats and RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats). Trailing them will be the smaller sail boats and dinghies, followed finally by canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.

As many as 500 different watercraft could take part as the parade spans from the Itchen Bridge towards Hamble.

Chris Rees, organiser of Southampton Sailing Week, said: “It’s a hugely ambitious project but one that we know will create a truly iconic moment in Southampton’s history. With the possibility of up to 500 different craft taking to the water on the day, we’re working closely with Southampton’s Harbour Master to ensure it’s planned with meticulous precision.”

Charter firm Sunsail is set to enter 30 yachts into the parade of sail and scores of berth holders at local MDL marinas have already pledged to take part in the event.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “Southampton’s inaugural Sailing Week will be a fantastic celebration of the Solent and MDL Marinas is delighted to be sponsoring this event. The city has such a rich maritime history but many people aren’t aware of the variety of opportunities available on the water. This week will provide a fantastic occasion to raise awareness and get people out on the water, which what we’re always trying to encourage as a local marina operator.

“The parade of sail will be an unparalleled event for the city and is the first of its kind. Our local marinas taking part include Ocean Village, Shamrock Quay and Hythe Marina Village, and they will make perfect viewing spots for the water carnival. We’ll also be hosting an array of activities to get involved with, from water sports and leisure sailing, to music and BBQs. We can’t wait for the event to commence and welcome visitors, both who are new to sailing and our members.”

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Leisure at Southampton City Council said: “Southampton and its people have a long and rich history with the sea. It is currently the busiest Port in Europe, though its waters have brought industry, employment and enjoyment to our communities for centuries.

“I am really excited to help launch and support Southampton’s much over-due, first ever Sailing Week. I’m confident the planned parade will be a fantastic asset to the great events on offer and will bring all of Southampton’s communities together; from all ages, backgrounds, businesses to schools, so that we can collectively celebrate Southampton’s great maritime history and identity. I cannot wait!”
   
The parade of sail is open for anyone with a sea-worthy vessel to take part in. To register your interest or find out the best vantage points to watch from the shore visit www.southamptonsailingweek.co.uk.


MDL set for Bermuda as Land Rover BAR's Official Marina Partner

Posted: 8th March 2017

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator and official marina partner to Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing), is helping the team gear up for the 35th America’s Cup, which is destined for a climactic finale in Bermuda this summer. MDL has worked closely with Land Rover BAR to help set up their team base in Bermuda and has created customised pontoons, expertly designed to give swift access for the team and accommodate the crucial support boats.

Alongside the existing partnership, which has seen MDL Marinas involved in the Portsmouth Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (the preliminary series to the 35th America’s Cup), as an official Engagement Partner, the marina operator has designed custom-made pontoons tailored to the racing conditions in Bermuda. Using innovative, industry-leading technology, the pontoon has the ability to rotate 90∘, which will allow Land Rover BAR to berth the boat in all wind directions and stay attached to the shore, instead of having to have the boat on a swing mooring. The pontoon was constructed in Southampton and has travelled 3,400 miles to reach Bermuda, where it is now undergoing trial as part of the team’s intensive training programme.

The extensive design stages were started at the beginning of 2016, with the pontoons being completed and shipped by the end of the year. They are now fully installed in Bermuda, ready for the summer competition to begin. The competition so far has been a high adrenaline cinematic whirlwind, gaining international attention and reaching a crescendo last year, with Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR winning the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Japan, as well as the team’s home event in Portsmouth in 2016. 

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “Open sea racing is unpredictable and fast paced, so implementing equipment which saves even a second can make all the difference. MDL Marinas has worked closely with the Land Rover BAR team in what has been a new but exciting challenge, and we can’t wait to see the pontoons in action this summer. The America’s Cup is the Formula 1 of the sailing world and it’s going to be an epic finale, both MDL and our customers are counting down the days until the action starts once again!”

James Stagg, Shore Team Manager, at Land Rover BAR, added: “The America’s Cup is all about looking at advances in technology to help gain a competitive advantage. We wanted to see if we could create a pivoting pontoon to enable us to berth the race boat in any wind direction to reduce boat loading times, so we came together with MDL Marinas to put this concept into motion. Together we’ve designed and built a tool which is tailored to the team’s racing needs and the finished product looks fantastic. It will all come down to the race days but it’s been brilliant partnering with MDL Marinas on this element of the campaign.”

To watch MDL's innovative pontoon in action, please click here.


Shamrock Quay Festival

On the 1st April 2017

The first ever 'Shamrock Quay Festival' takes place on Saturday 1st April in Southampton. There will be plenty of water-based fun on the quayside plus a boatful of food producers and treats to try throughout the day from 10am to 3pm.

"We’re all looking forward to welcoming our producers and friends and families to the quay,” says Alex Handford, business manager at Hampshire Farmers’ Markets.

For those who love vintage cars, 'CLASSICs on the Quay' will showcase a wide range of automotive History including British cars up to 100 years old, American cars, motorbikes, scooters and supercars of all ages. 

If you’re more of a water baby, the RNLI will be talking about and demonstrating water safety. All of this set to a melodic soundtrack from various live bands and there will be something for everyone at the festival.

Bring the kids along to have their faces painted and they can even get out on the water. Of course, Hampshire Farmers Markets members will have stands at the festival, with produce to try and buy. Berceries will be bringing along their delicious home-baked products to sell and the always-popular fishcakes by Catch Isle of Wight are sure to sell out on the day too.

FNK have a plethora of pies to try at home, such as gourmet pork belly and Moroccan lamb. For gin drinkers, both Silent Pool and Winchester Distillery will be offering samples; not forgetting something sweet from both Fordingbridge Fudge and Cupcakes - mmm Cookies.

If you’re feeling peckish, Bowtells will be serving up their home reared, home produced burgers too. Plus you can pick up some cookery tips from the demonstrations on the day from the Exclusive Chef’s Academy Andy Mackenzie, as well as by John and Sylvia of JS Fresh Fish, based at the marina.

Shamrock Quay Festival takes place at William Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 5QL.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Website: http://www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

Southampton Sailing Week

From 24th May 2017 until 29th May 2017

An action packed week to celebrate everything that is Sailing and Southampton!
 
Based in one of the world's top locations for sailing, the Solent and Southampton Waters which are home to world famous races, and Southampton Sailing week is here to celebrate all things sailing and encourage more people to enjoy the water.

With six days of sailing and water activities in and around Southampton waters and The Solent, come and join us for a celebration of Yacht Racing, Parade of Sail, Beat the Bank, Regatta Party and more!

The whole event will finish off with a Regatta Party on the Sunday night from 6pm in Oxford Street and Ocean Village Marina; keep an eye out for the wrist bands which will be on sale throughout the week.

MDL Marinas will be hosting special events at Shamrock Quay, Ocean Village Marina, Hythe Marina Village and Hamble Point Marina.

See more of what's going on when below and details of these events on each Marina's event page. 

Friday 26th May

Time

 

Ocean Village Marina

 

Time 

 

Hamble Point Marina

 

10am - 12pm

 

Banana Wharf - World's Biggest Coffee Morning with MacMillan Cancer Support

 

6pm

 

Ketch Rigger - Grease at the Open Air Cinema

 

 

Saturday 27th May

Time

 

Ocean Village Marina

 

Time

 

Hamble Point Marina

 

  

9am - 10am 

 

Pre-show breakfast at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf

 

10am - 4pm 

Land Exhibition: 

  • Berts and Gerts crafts and vintage market
  • Maritime Archeological Trust
  • Tap It Brewing Co (new brewery in Southampton)
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • Sea cadets
  • SWAC (Southampton Water Actvities Centre)
  • Hendy - Honda Marine

10am - 5pm 

Land Exhibition:

  • Tesla cars
  • Kids' play area and fairground
  • Kids' farm
  • Segway rides with Solent Segway
  • Artisan's Market
  • Remote control boat racing
  • Wine tasting with Hambledon Vineyard
  • Beer tasting with Isle of Wight Distillery
  • August Race boat maintenance range and bespoke handmade luggage
  • Coalporter Rowing Event

 

Water Exhibition:

  • Boat displays from MCC, TBS, Arcona, Inspiration, Marco Marine
  • Foldable RIBs and Suzuki engines with Steve Bruce SBS
  • 'Seafin' boat tours
  • Marine police boat tours
  • Urban Truant RIB ride marina tours of the Hamble

 

12pm - 1.30pm 

 

Parade of Sail 

 

5pm - 7pm 

 

After-show dinner at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf with live music

 

2.30pm - 3pm 

 

House of Gallet Fashion Show

 

  

4pm - 6pm 

 

Music in the Marina

 

  

 

Sunday 28th May

Time

 

Shamrock Quay

 

Time

 

Hythe Marina Village

 

8am - 10.30am 

 

Yellow Welly - 'Sailors' Breakfast'

 

10am - 4pm 

 

Land Exhibition:

  • Anchorman - Fishing Charter trips and Simrad electronics
  • RNLI open day - boat and lifejacket checks
  • BBQ and food at La Vista
  • Freedom Berthing with MDL Marinas
  • Calshot Tower NCI (National Coastwatch Instition)
  • Quick Nautical Equipment - Electronic equipment and services
  • Flare amnesty
  • Hythe Fishmongers
  • Ice cream van
  • Coalporters Rowing Club

 

Water Exhibition:

  • Marina Tours onboard Alison MacGregor
  • Boat tour of Shamu, Sunseeker Portofino 53
  • Boat tour of Starfish, Atlantis 42
  • Try a canoe or dinghy with the Sea Scouts
  • Try a Jet RIB
  • HMS Medusa - 72' Restored 1943 harbour defence motor launch
  • Solent Coastguard

10.30am - 3.30pm 

 

Classics on the Quay

 

  

10am - 4pm 

 

'Living on-board lifestyle' experience with Inspiration Marine's Marina Boat open day

 

  

11am - 4pm 

 

Honda Race boat rides with Saber Power Sports

 

  

11.30am - 1pm 

 

Radio control boat racing

 

  

4pm - 9pm 

 

Drinks on the Quay FIFTEEN terrace

 

  
Southampton Sailing Week events

Classics on the Quay - April 2017

On the 1st April 2017

Looking for an exciting and varied Car Show? Looking for great places to eat and drink? Looking for free parking and entrance into the show?

Shamrock Quay is the place to be with your petrol-fuelled classic!

Join us for 'Brunch' on the Quay 1st April at 10am. With on-site restaurants and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.
 
The show area is open to any classic car built up to 1990, any supercar, any American car, any motorbike and any scooter.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: https://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

Classics on the Quay - March 2017

On the 12th March 2017

Looking for an exciting and varied Car Show? Looking for great places to eat and drink? Looking for free parking and entrance into the show?

Shamrock Quay is the place to be with your petrol-fuelled classic!

Join us for 'Brunch' on the Quay 12th March at 10am. With on-site restaurants and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.
 
The show area is open to any classic car built up to 1990, any supercar, any American car, any motorbike and any scooter.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: https://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

Classics on the Quay - February 2017

On the 19th February 2017

Looking for an exciting and varied Car Show? Looking for great places to eat and drink? Looking for free parking and entrance into the show?

Shamrock Quay is the place to be with your petrol-fuelled classic!

Join us for 'Brunch' on the Quay 19th February at 10am. With on-site restaurants and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.
 
The show area is open to any classic car built up to 1990, any supercar, any American car, any motorbike and any scooter.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: http://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

Nominations Open For This Year’s MDL Sail Training Awards

Posted: 8th February 2017

MDL Marinas is excited to open nominations for this year’s Sail Training Awards, which will see a group of deserving young people set sail in April on Ocean Youth Trust South’s sail training vessel, Prolific. These young people will be carefully selected for their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances.

The winners will spend six nights living and sailing on the charity’s new acquisition and will become involved in all aspects of life on board, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew. This is an unforgettable sailing experience, departing from and returning to Southampton in April 2017.

If you know a young person aged between 12 and 18, who you feel should be rewarded for their achievements or are an inspiration and support to others, nominations are open until Saturday 25th February. Anyone can make a nomination, from youth group leaders, teachers, friends or employers.

Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who have never had the chance to travel abroad, or have added family responsibilities. Winners will be selected from MDL’s UK marina locations in the South West, Dorset, Hampshire, Thames Valley and East Coast.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our hugely popular Sail Training Awards. It’s always a difficult decision to choose the group of young people who will take part in this once-in-a-lifetime trip, however we’re looking forward to seeing the fantastic entries!

Over the past 29 years, the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 150 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. This year’s awards will see the launch of Ocean Youth Trust South’s new vessel, Prolific, and those chosen for this exciting trip will be the first training team on her. We’re proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that they carry out.”

For more information and to nominate, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.


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