The team at MDL’s Shamrock Quay and tenants at the marina, Stormforce Coaching, recently ran a successful cruise in company event, inviting berth holders to join one of their experienced skippers on a cross channel cruise.
Prior to the event, berth holders were able refresh their knowledge with a passage planning session at Shamrock Quay. The group discussed what they wanted to learn from the crossing, their previous experience and any concerns they had about the journey ahead. Lead Skipper, Tommy then gave his briefing, talking the group through the approach to Cherbourg and giving everyone a few tips.
After the briefing, the company sailed into Portsmouth ready for their early morning departure to Cherbourg. The next morning, everyone was in good spirits as they began the crossing bright and early and all boats kept within 10 miles of each other with regular radio checks throughout. The first of the boats reached Cherbourg at 5pm after a calm flat day, with the crew ready to head into town for a well earned beer! The next morning, some of the group continued on to Alderney. The flotilla left Cherbourg and embarked on an easy sail, finishing the day with an evening meal at the Braye Beach Hotel.
Jonathan Walcroft, Manager at Shamrock Quay, said: “We were delighted with the success of our cruise in company event. Everyone had a great time and we had some encouraging feedback, with participants telling us they felt fully supported throughout the weekend and that they now felt now confident enough to cross the channel. We are planning similar events with Stormforce Coaching next summer, as this one went so well.”
Shamrock Quay in Southampton will host its 10th successful ‘Classics on the Quay’ event on Sunday 18th October. The monthly event, which has been running since January this year, regularly attracts over 60 classic cars and supercars to Shamrock Quay.
Shamrock Quay has organised a ‘Brunch Club’ at The Waterfront bar and restaurant and The Yellow Welly cafe. The Brunch Club will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm, which includes an offer from The Yellow Welly of free tea and toast with the ‘Driver’s Breakfast’.
Mark Elliott, Dockmaster at Shamrock Quay, a classic car enthusiast himself has been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the event, commenting: “All our events this year have been a resounding success with over 60 vehicles and over 100 visitors at most events. We are expecting around 100 vehicles for our October event. We see many berth holders bringing their own classic cars and supercars along to the Quay, our event is open to anyone who owns a classic car from before 1990 or a supercar of any age”
To keep up to date on Shamrock Quay’s ‘Classics on the Quay’ please like their Facebook page by following this link. The next event dates are 15th November 10.30am – 12.30pm and December 20th 10.30am - 12.30pm.
MDL Marinas is proud to announce the winners of its 2015 MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across its marina sites.
The marina teams entered a variety of garden displays and floral arrangements into the competition’s five categories – Best Hanging Baskets, Best Tubs and Containers, the ‘X’ Factor and Best Overall Marina Display.
Scooping the coveted Best Overall award, along with the ‘X’ Factor and Best Hanging Baskets titles, was Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole – receiving an engraved trophy and gift vouchers for its marina team during a special award ceremony at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. Meanwhile, the Best Tubs and Containers trophy was won by the team at Shamrock Quay in Southampton, who also received gift vouchers.
David Wilson, Manager of MDL’s Cobb’s Quay Marina, said: “We are delighted to have won the award for Best Overall Marina Display, as well as two additional awards. The team work so hard to make sure our marina always looks its best and is a clean, tidy and pleasant place for our berth holders to enjoy. This has inspired us for next year, when we hope to take home as many prizes again!”
Mike Glanville, Group Head of Operations at MDL, commented: “It’s great to be able to recognise and reward all the hard work and effort that goes into keeping our marinas looking fantastic with the MDL in Bloom awards. Across our marina network we have a diverse collection of open and green spaces, some marinas have large and beautifully landscaped grounds, others have small but equally immaculately presented outdoor spaces which have been transformed using hanging baskets, tubs and containers packed full with wonderful floral displays. Special recognition must go to the team at Cobb’s Quay Marina for their outstanding effort this year!”
To mark the first day of this year’s Southampton Boat Show, GJW Direct, MDL’s boat insurance partner, awarded a lucky berth holder with a Garmin Action Camera.
In the weeks running up to the Southampton Boat Show each of MDL’s UK marinas invited their berth holders to enter the draw with an added incentive of a prize given to the marina that submitted the best percentage of entries.
A large crowd gathered on Friday morning to find out who the winner was. The lucky berth holder was Bev Harrison from Shamrock Quay with the boat Topcat, who will receive the newly released to market VIRB X, which is a top of the range Garmin Action Camera.
The winning marina was Northney Marina who won two boxes of Prosecco. A box of Prosecco was also given to Shamrock Quay for coming in at a close second for submitting the best percentage of entrants.
Glen Wallis, Business Development Manager from GJW Direct, commented: “We had such a fantastic turnout with so many entrants and we were so lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful morning. What a great way to start this year’s Southampton Boat Show.”
We are pleased to announce that Lesley Robinson (pictured) will succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas.
The change comes as Eamonn recently announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group.
Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great people, and I’m personally pleased to be handing on a business in great shape to my successor. Whilst this is the first phase of my retirement plan I’ll be keeping up my links with the industry as I think I’ll find it hard to stay away.”
Lesley joins MDL Marinas as a proven business leader with a strong commercial, customer focused background across a broad range of fields. Lesley has operated at director level in the leisure, FMCG, media and technology sectors both internationally and in the UK and will be joining MDL from her most recent Director role at the Money Advice Service.
Lesley will join the business in early November and will be relocating to the Hamble area.
Lesley said “I’m delighted to be joining MDL and looking forward to getting started as soon as possible. I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the business and to being part of the excellent team dedicated to serving MDL’s customers.”
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, when it will return once again to its impressive two-tier waterfront location.
Staff members will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand and showcase MDL’s network of outstanding marinas in the UK and Europe. This year, the team will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at MDL’s stunning five-star Marina di Stabia. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples in Italy, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.
Freedom Berthing members will, as normal, benefit from exclusive hospitality in our MyMDL Lounge. The balcony offers a wonderful view over the boat show marina, ideal to enjoy a complimentary drink or two in the sun (should the weather be kind to us). Berth holders can also take advantage of free parking at Ocean Car Park in Ocean Village Marina. Simply hand in your parking ticket when presenting your card at the Freedom Berthing reception desk and we will exchange this for an exit pass.
The show will also see the MDL team recognise the achievement of a group of deserving young people who have completed their Sail Training Awards, during a special ceremony. The MDL-sponsored awards have been running for nearly 30 years, offering 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.
Other highlights of the show for MDL include cheque presentations to two UK charities, Heroes on the Water and Julia’s House children’s hospice, thanks to Cobb’s Quay Marina’s fundraising efforts. The marina holds an annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised £650. The team also recently held a golf day at Bulbury Woods golf course, raising an incredible £2,000 for Julia’s House.
Our cleat challenge game, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will make a welcome return. Those participating will have the chance to win a Henri Lloyd jacket by posting the fastest time during the course of the show.
MDL will also be announcing the results of its annual ‘MDL in Bloom’ competition, which rewards green-fingered marina teams across all 19 UK locations, who have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure that their sites are looking their best.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The Southampton Boat Show is a real highlight of the boating calendar for us and a show at which we really enjoy exhibiting. We look forward to welcoming visitors, along with our existing berth holders for exclusive hospitality, and have lots of exciting events planned. The show also gives us a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of our staff and the young people receiving their Sail Training Awards.”
The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has signed a six-year deal to become the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR. The exciting news sees the MDL group get behind the team and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to “bring the Cup home”.
To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. MDL Marina Consultancy, a division of MDL Marinas, recently project managed the design and construction of a high specification customised pontoon to complement the Land Rover BAR team’s innovative new headquarters in Portsmouth.
Manufactured by Walcon Marine, the MDL-branded pontoon has been created with the highest quality materials, including continuous concrete flotation and beautiful sustainably-sourced hardwood decking. Strong attention to detail extends to the MDL logo embedded in the deck boards with a CNC machine – a first for the industry. The pontoon is fully serviced with water and electricity and lit with stainless steel lighting, recessed into the deck.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the America’s Cup home. We are a long-standing British company and are proud to be part of this historical moment. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Land Rover BAR team all the way.”
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group, it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.
The teams at Shamrock Quay and Saxon Wharf invite their berth holders to a fabulous Barn Dance Summer Party on Friday 28th August. Taking place at the Shamrock Barn (based at the Waterfront Bar) from 7pm, tickets include a welcome drink and food. Bring your comfy shoes for the barn dance, plus there will also be a rodeo and beer festival to complete a fantastic night!!
In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.
Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.