The group behind Drift Bar - one of Southsea’s best-known entertainment venues - has taken over the former Piranha Bar at MDL Sparkes Marina, on the Eastern tip of the Hayling Island and, this month, will be opening an exciting new all-day dining destination – Drift Hayling.
Drift Hayling will be open seven days a week, 8am to 11pm serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It will feature an open, wood fired kitchen which will enable the new team to cook up an extensive range of mouth-watering dishes, using locally sourced and seasonal produce.
To accompany the new menu there is an extensive, hand-picked wine list - with wines sourced from all over the world - a large range of cocktails, craft beers and an award winning selection of premium spirits.
Colin Jefferies, Marina Manager at MDL Sparkes Marina, said: “We have been counting down to the days to the opening of Drift Hayling, which is set to celebrate and showcase the fantastic variety of local produce on the south coast. At Sparkes Marina we strive to provide the ultimate marina experience, which encompasses not just sailing but a bustling leisure hub for all to enjoy. Drift Hayling is a fantastic addition to our marina offering and we hope our members and the community alike embrace this exciting new venue.”
The restaurant will feature an exclusive private dining area and large alfresco deck, offering relaxed summer dining and drinking. The venue also houses a delightful rooftop terrace with spectacular views over Chichester Harbour and the Witterings. The perfect place to enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down and the world sail by.
Drift Hayling has been designed and fitted by world renowned architects ADI, designers of over 300 bars and restaurants including the Ritz Carlton. The exciting new venue will boast a light and airy interior and will reflect coastal themes of exposed timber, natural stone and soft and muted colours in keeping with the history of this former boat house.
There’s even doggie ice creams and doggie beer to quench the thirst of four-legged patrons.
Drift Hayling – come and see what all the fuss is about…
To celebrate the start of the summer sailing season, MDL Marinas is releasing a fantastic range of exclusive offers for boat owners across the UK to enjoy. From pressure washing, hull scrubs and summer berthing packages, owners will be able to ensure their boats are in tip top condition to make the most of those beautiful days on the water.
To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of eleven participating MDL marinas. Packages start from just £499 for two month’s berthing at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, available on boats up to 8m. Participating marinas include Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble, Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay Marina in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island. A full list of participating marinas can be found on our Summer Offers webpage.
As well as the Summer Berthing Offer, MDL boatyards along the south and east coast are also running Summer Scrub Offers, with great discounts on hull scrubs and storage. Boat owners will be able to experience MDL Marinas’ renowned service and enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of their leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £13 per metre for a lift and pressure wash at Woolverstone Marina and from £16 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing many boat owners taking up these great boatyard offers and enjoying a highly professional service. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering additional savings on boat care to help them make the most of a summer on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK and the chance to experience the renowned MDL customer service for themselves.
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer visit our Summer Offers webpage
Join us on the 12th August for an overnight rally to Ocean Village Marina where you can sample the delights of the Cosmopolitan bars and restaurants on offer.
I've got the need... The need for speed!
The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood.
Fasten your seatbelts for a night of rock and roll, big engines and one of the most iconic sountracks of all time!
You are the Dancing Queen...
On Friday 25th August, Venture Cinema and MDL Chichester Harbour Marinas proudly present Mamma Mia, the fun and vibrant musical about life, love & ABBA.
Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya.
Bring your blankets, bottle and picnic baskets to enjoy while singing along to this musical masterpiece.
The film starts just after sunset (approximately 8.45pm). The temperature drops considerably after sunset so bring warm clothes.
I got chills… They're multiplyin!
On Friday 28th July, Northney Marina and Venture Cinema presents the ultimate sing-along, "Grease". Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, and the most iconic soundtrack imaginable, Grease is the perfect film for outdoor cinema.
Bring your blankets, bottle and picnic baskets to enjoy while singing along to this musical masterpiece.
The film starts just after sunset (approximately 8.45pm. The temperature drops considerably after sunset so bring warm clothes.
Join us on the 8th July for a Breakfast party where you can meet with fellow members and staff.
Join us on the Bank Holiday Weekend for the Pimms Trolley of Treats at Northney Marina and Sparkes Marina.
MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South have come together to celebrate an incredible 30 years of partnership, marked this month with the maiden voyage of the Trust’s new sail training vessel, Prolific. Young sailors from across the south of England took part in the intensive voyage, which included six inspirational young people who were chosen as worthy winners of MDL Marinas’ annual Sail Training Awards.
OYT 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 OYT 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.
Three decades later and the annual awards are still going strong. This year’s MDL winners included George Hopwood, Ciaran Robinson and Alexandra Corrigan, all from Hampshire; Adam Gianfrancesco from Surrey and Rachel Mosley from Torquay.
The maiden voyage of Prolific saw 11 young people in total take to the Solent for a rigorous four-day sailing trip. 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, said: “Everyone involved in the transformation of Prolific has been eagerly awaiting its maiden voyage, and it’s fantastic that such a worthy team of young sailors marked the first passage. Combined that this is our 30th year of partnership with OYT, the sailing was a truly special experience. Our Sail Training Award winners were chosen for their inspirational attitudes and commitment to supporting others. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those selected, honouring them for their remarkable achievements at such a young age.
“Over the last 30 years, the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 150 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on-board John Laing, Prolific’s predecessor, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support OYT South with Prolific and the important work that it carries out.”
OYT South Staff Skipper, Andy Viney, commented: “We had a fantastic group of young people for Prolific’s first voyage with the charity, and we were absolutely delighted to be joined by the MDL award winners on this memorable trip. For the last 30 years MDL Marinas has given us tremendous support and, without them, we wouldn’t have this magnificent boat 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. This week has been a great start to Prolific’s sailing career and we are all looking forward to offering more outstanding voyages, in partnership with MDL, as the season goes on.”
Rachel Mosley, one of the young MDL sailors who took part in the voyage, added: “I want to thank MDL Marinas and OYT South for the opportunity to take part in the sailing trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the week and it's really opened my eyes to sailing. The experience has given me the opportunity to go back as a junior boson and learn more about the boat and how the sea staff look after it and keep it running. Thank you again for the amazing opportunity.”
Prolific was bought by the charity in 2015 and has spent eighteen months undergoing a refit and modifications, with close support and sponsorship from MDL Marinas, ensuring it would sail safely and effectively for young people aged between 12 and 25. Prolific provides the opportunity for all to sail onboard, from keen and competent young sailors looking for real adventure, through to vulnerable and disadvantaged people who might never expected the chance to sail.
To see Prolific in action please visit the following link: https://youtu.be/TQ2Elp8AJvw. Further information about OYT South can be found at www.oytsouth.org/charity.asp.