Four members of staff at MDL Marinas’ Shamrock Quay in Southampton have been recognised for their bravery after rescuing a woman who fell into the water at the marina.
Mrs Chrissie Cockburn, a member at Shamrock Quay, lost her balance and slipped from the pontoon into the water. The incident, which happened on 26 May 2017, was seen by Marina Manager, Jonathan Walcroft and Marina Supervisor, Barry Radband, who rushed to the scene, alongside Boatyard Supervisor, Andy Trim and Marina Operative, Colin Cool. Andy and Colin were first to jump into the water, quickly pulling Chrissie, who was facedown and unconscious, from the water.
In recognition of their actions to save the life of Chrissie, the team of four from MDL have been awarded with Royal Humane Society commendations. The Royal Humane Society awards are presented for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and for effecting successful resuscitations. Thankfully, Chrissie went on to make a full recovery.
Commenting on the incident, Chrissie said: “I am extremely grateful to my four rescuers for their swift actions. Unfortunately I was not wearing a life jacket at the time as I was simply walking along the pontoon from my boat, Ilkallia. I tried to steady myself, but misjudged the distance to the hose reel station and toppled into the water. I’m now fit and well and back enjoying life on the water.”
The Royal Humane Society Awards were presented to the team from Shamrock Quay by Lesley Robinson, Managing Director at MDL Marinas. Lesley commented: “We’re extremely proud of the team at Shamrock Quay. Without their swift action, the outcome could have been a lot different. Our marina teams all undergo extensive first aid and life saving training, but it’s very rare that their skills are put to the test in this way. It’s great to see that they all kept their heads and their training kicked in. Congratulations to Jonathan, Andy, Barry and Colin on their Royal Humane Society Awards, which are very much deserved.”
MDL Marinas has launched a unique integrated partnership with leading online boat accommodation platform, Beds on Board, marking its continued position as a pioneer within the marine industry.
In a world-first tie-up between a marina group and a sharing economy platform, the exclusive partnership will provide MDL’s members with a fully managed service to rent out accommodation on their yachts. The platform allows holidaymakers to access unique getaway experiences in unrivalled locations across Europe, whilst offering the boat owner a tried and tested model through which to securely rent out their vessel.
Dean Smith, Commercial Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Within the tourism industry there is a growing appetite for alternative, unique accommodation and we’re thrilled to offer our members access to this audience through our partnership with Beds on Board. The platform will offer our members a hassle-free, safe and fully-managed approach to book out accommodation on their yachts, helping our members to create additional value through their boat ownership.
“At MDL Marinas our unshakeable benchmark is to maintain a leading position within the industry, so it is essential we continue to evolve and provide access to services such as Beds on Board. Our dynamic network of marinas across the UK and Europe are situated in a variety of stunning locations, affording users of Beds on Board the opportunity to experience a stay on the water and see the local area from a novel perspective.”
Launching in 2015, Beds on Board is a peer-to-peer marketplace that allows owners to rent their boat to guests looking for an alternative to traditional accommodation, such as hotels and bed & breakfasts. Users of the site can search for boats in their desired location, before chatting to the owner through a secure Message Centre. After a stay, both the user and owner are encouraged to write reviews in order to grow trust and the community.
Co-founder of Beds on Board, Jason Ludlow, added: “This exciting partnership shows our commitment to working with the marine industry to help grow the boating community and to help owners offset their costs. We’re looking forward to working with MDL to offer their members a managed solution for renting their boat on bedsonboard.com.”
Existing MDL members can list their boats at bedsonboard.com.
Six deserving young people who won a place on the 30th Anniversary MDL Sail Training Awards voyage will be officially presented with their trophies by Eamonn Feeney, Chairman of Ocean Youth Trust South, on Tuesday 19th September at 3pm (stand E52). The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending five days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South, on the maiden voyage of its refurbished vessel, Prolific.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for 30 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht.
The passage commenced from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina and the team made their way down to Dartmouth, being taught along the way how to sail the vessel, before circling back along the coast. During sailing, the team carried out drills such as rescuing a man overboard and pilotage planning, whilst having plenty of fun in between. Upon returning to shore, the young sailors deservedly earned a ‘Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting Certificate’.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a hugely important initiative for us, which we have undertaken with Ocean Youth Trust South for an amazing 30 years. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those selected, honouring them for their remarkable achievements at such a young age. We look forward to this day at Southampton Boat Show each year, as it’s a fantastic chance to hear all of the stories and see what an inspiration the trip has been for everyone.”
Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “Over the last three decades years we have met many truly inspirational young people through the MDL Sail Training Awards. Throughout the 30 years, MDL Marinas has given us tremendous support and, without them, we wouldn’t have our magnificent boat, Prolific, back in the water – so it was very fitting that they supplied so many of the young crew members for this voyage. The MDL award winners are always highly deserving and inspirational young people and this year’s winners were no exception.
“We have a long track record of using adventure under sail to give young people the skills to succeed in life – the skills that individuals, families, schools, employers and communities need – and MDL’s generosity plays a key role at the heart of all our work.”
For more information, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.
Earlier this year, Southampton was taken over by a carnival of maritime events, marking the city’s first ever sailing week. To celebrate the inaugural festival, MDL Marinas threw its full support behind Southampton Sailing Week, stepping on board as an official partner and providing an exclusive calendar of events for visitors and its members to enjoy.
Following this year’s success, it’s been confirmed that Southampton Sailing Week is set to return in 2018, promising to be bigger and better! We’re on board once again as an official partner and are already busy planning a spectacular diary of events - from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th May, Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay Marinas will be playing hosts to this unmissable event.
Throughout the week there will be an abundance of carnivalesque activities for all to enjoy, from street parties and cocktail making, to artisan seafood and live music. Bringing the week to a crescendo will be the hugely popular Parade of Sail, which will see the Solent awash with colour and water craft, from paddle boarders and kayakers to dinghies and yachts.
With many more events to be announced in the coming months, watch this space for all the latest news!
If you’d like to join the Parade of Sail, you can register your interest on the Southampton Sailing Week website.
We are delighted to announce that we have installed a second wave of Tesla charging points within our UK Marina network, following the success and excellent feedback received from our members after the initial launch last year.
The new units have been installed at the following marinas:
Type 2 Universal chargers can also be found next to our Tesla chargers (excluding Windsor and Penton Hook Marina), allowing ease of access for other models of electric cars.
Last year’s installation saw us become the inaugural UK marina operator to feature the charging points and we strive to be an innovator in the industry. We’re fully committed to ensuring our members enjoy an unrivalled service, enjoying the latest technology and benefits as part of their berthing package.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are always striving to find new ways to add value to our member experience and recognise the increased demand for electric vehicles and charging points, as the industry evolves.
“Following last year’s UK launch and the popularity of the chargers, we are delighted to be introducing electric charging points at more of our marinas. The installation offers our members greater flexibility, as well as a marina experience which recognises the importance of providing sustainable and environmentally-friendly travel options.”
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is today launching an exciting charitable initiative which will see its team and members raise money for Ocean Youth Trust South by rowing a combined total of 910 miles to help raise funds.
The company initiative has been created after being inspired by the Land Rover BAR team who, in preparation for the recent races, rowed a total of 910 miles in seven weeks.
To conquer the challenge MDL will install rowing machines across 11 of its marinas starting in Northney, Queen Anne’s Battery and Penton Hook, where team members and customers will be challenged to row as far as they can to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Rowing machines will be installed in the marinas from 13th June.
The rowing challenge will culminate at Southampton Boat Show which starts on 15th September with a final ‘row in’. One rower will be on our stand to give people a chance to show what they can do and go head to head against their friends, all in the name of a good cause.
Ocean Youth Trust South is a Hampshire-based charity which specialises in using an ‘Adventure Under Sail’ concept to help young people develop confidence and the essential problem solving skills needed to succeed in life. MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South first came together in 1987 to create the Sail Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding efforts of young people who have faced exceptional challenges, or have gone above and beyond to support others.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The 35th America’s Cup may have come to an end for Land Rover BAR but what an incredible journey and one that MDL is honoured to be part of. The training begins now for 36th America’s Cup which we fully support. We are all very excited about the rowing challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing members, row up a storm in one of our 11 UK marina locations.”
If you would like to donate or find out more, visit our MDL Row to Sail charity challenge page.