Following the great news that MDL Marinas has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor, giving berth holders access to an additional 55 marinas this season, MDL is delighted to announce its first customer using Passeport Escales arrived in France on Sunday 5th May.
Simon and Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith embarked on their cruise from MDL’s Brixham Marina aboard their yacht Fenicia, arriving at the first marina in Camaret-Sur-Mer in northwest France. They have since been enjoying the delights of the coast of France and taking in a number of marinas, enjoying stays at Port Louis before setting off to Port Haliguen in Quiberon and back to Port Joinville in lle d'Yeu. They are planning to return to Brixham Marina on 2nd June.
Simon Wilmshurst-Smith, commented: “We had a great journey and have received a fantastic welcome from all the marina teams. They have been very efficient with the Passeport Escales arrangements when we arrived and were very excited that we were their first British customers. The arrival couldn’t be easier and we’d highly recommend others get out there and use it.”
Passeport Escales was launched on 1st April 2013 and gives MDL’s UK annual berth holders a completely unique package to gain free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee. Berth holders can take advantage of the scheme for the rest of the season, which is an easy-to-use, fully automated system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.
More information on the scheme can be found here and if you would also like to take advantage of Passeport Escales then please speak to a team member at your home marina.
Illustrating the company’s continued commitment to offering class-leading marinas and the finest customer experience for berth holders, Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas has recently completed another three refurbishment projects at its UK marinas. The leading operator has invested over £4m to-date, and has plans to continue to invest in the coming months.
Timed for the start of the new boating season, Sparkes Marina in Hayling Island has undergone a full refurbishment of its facilities with berth holders enjoying new toilet, washroom and laundry rooms. Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth has also undergone an extensive refurbishment with beautiful modern showers, toilets and washing facilities on-site. The two investments alone total over £500,000.
In addition, Ocean Village Marina in Southampton has seen upgrades to the internal décor, as well as upgraded modern facilities in line with Sparkes and Queen Anne’s Battery marina. All three upgrades have made significant improvements to the popular marinas and will be a very welcome addition to berth holders and visitors this season.
Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas and these three projects have transformed the berth holder facilities we offer. As Europe’s leading marina operator we are committed to not standing 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.”
The maintenance dredge of the dry boat sailing area at Sparkes Marina is now underway following delays due to high winds. The popular Dry Boat Sailing packages will still be in operation over the weekend and our experienced team will be on hand with any questions you may have.
Kerry Marriott, the Marina Manager will be hosting a 'New Berth Holders Meet & Greet' in Piranha Bar. This will be a great opportunity for our new berth holders to meet some of the team and learn more about the enhanced Club Outlook benefits.
Just 90 minutes from the capital and with easy access for boaters from further afield, MDL’s Northney and Sparkes marinas offer London-based boat owners the chance to experience the unrivalled choice and outstanding levels of service common to all MDL marinas, with great value packages available for 2013.
In addition to annual berthing packages, the Five Gold Anchor-winning Northney Marina is offering great value secure compound storage packages from as little as £130 per metre, as well as unlimited use of a fully maintained slipway allowing all states of tide access. Sparkes Marina also offers a full range of berthing packages, from traditional marina berths and swinging moorings to Dry Boat Sailing packages for as little as £475 per metre per year which can be easily paid by a monthly direct debit. This package allows you the freedom to use your boat at any time, and with storage ashore there is no need for antifoul to protect from salt water, and marina staff are on hand to launch and recover your vessel on demand throughout the season.
Additional facilities at both marinas include 24-hour staffing, boat lifting and storage ashore, complimentary car-parking and CCTV.
Easy access to both marinas from London and further afield is provided by improved road links, and your boat can even be ready and waiting in the water for when you arrive. Situated within Chichester Harbour, the marinas offer easy access to one of Europe's largest natural harbours. An array of birds and marine life, stunning sunsets and calm waters are just some of the advantages of this beautiful location, with the harbour’s sheltered waters also provide safe cruising with access to the Solent close by.
Competitive summer and winter packages are also available at both marinas.
Annual berth holders at MDL Marinas this season are set to benefit from being able to access a whole host of boating information at the touch of a button with the launch of the innovative MyMDL system.
MyMDL will now allow annual berth holders to book their Freedom Berthing free visitor nights online, where the system will automatically check availability and confirm the reservation should a visitor berth be available.
For those looking for a longer stay away, the new Berth Swap function allows members to experience another marina by agreeing to swap their berth with another berth holder as part of their Club Outlook membership. MDL Berth Swap is open to annual berth holders at no additional berthing cost, with no restrictions on where users can travel, opening up a whole host of fantastic new cruising grounds to MDL boat owners.
For annual berth holders staying closer to home, MyMDL’s personalised content will also provide users with exclusive, tailored offers from their home marina and marina tenants. Boat owners logging in will also be able to access details of news and events related to their home marina as well as extensive weather forecasting and tide times, invaluable when planning their next cruise.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to launch the new MyMDL system, which has been designed to give our berth holders even greater control when it comes to getting the most out of their berth and their Club Outlook membership. This is all about adding value for our customers and gives 24 hour access to a wealth of information and services all at the touch of a button, with easy access to not only the latest news and offers, but also opening up our marina network like never before with the online Freedom Berthing and Berth Swap booking system.”
In celebration of our 40th birthday, we are aiming to host a series of fundraising events for Ocean Youth Trust South throughout 2013. As well as this, nominations are once again open for MDL’s Sail Training Awards, offering deserving youngsters the opportunity to experience a week aboard a sailing yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
MDL Marinas is pleased to announce that we have selected Ocean Youth Trust South as our chosen charity for our 40th anniversary year, with a series of charitable events including raffles and prize auctions. We’re also encouraging marina tenants and businesses run by berth holders to get involved and choose Ocean Youth Trust South as their nominated charity for 2013.
MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney commented: “We’re proud of our continued commitment to Ocean Youth Trust South, and are delighted to be providing the charity with even greater support this year through our 40th anniversary events. The Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred youngsters to experience something truly exceptional.
Mark Todd, Chief Executive from Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “MDL’s support has been absolutely critical to us for many years. The staff in MDL marinas do a great job and go out of their way to be helpful and welcoming to vessels including our own John Laing. And the young people who come to us through MDL’s sponsorship are always exceptionally deserving – and some are truly inspirational. Ocean Youth Trust South is very proud to be working with MDL and honoured to be the chosen charity for their 40th year: with their generous support and that of their berth holders and marina tenants, we can go on to provide adventure under sail to many more young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. We wish MDL a happy birthday and many successful years to come!”
MDL Marinas is marking its 40th anniversary celebrations by giving one lucky boat owner the chance to win an incredible one year’s free berthing at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the renowned River Hamble, as well as membership of Club Outlook and all its exclusive benefits.
Boat owners can enter the competition online to be in with a chance to receive free berthing at this sought-after Hamble marina. Open for entries for 40 days, the competition closes at midnight on 25th March 2013.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to launch this competition in recognition of our 40th anniversary. We have had many happy customers over the past 40 years, so it’s great to be offering one more boat owner the chance to experience our renowned customer service and exclusive benefits for free over the coming season.
“The competition is one of the many activities we have planned to celebrate our ruby anniversary. It’s certainly going to be an exciting year.”
The prize includes membership to MDL’s Club Outlook, which offers UK annual berth holders a range of outstanding benefits including unlimited visitor nights, fuel at cost, discounted boatyard services and access to MyMDL, MDL Marinas’ new online customer portal where members can book visitor berths, arrange berth swaps, receive exclusive offers and more, which is set to launch in April for the start of the new season.
The winner will receive a full year’s free berthing from April 2013 until March 2014 at Mercury Yacht Harbour, situated on the famous River Hamble. Originally built by Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Mercury Yacht Harbour offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoys deep water at all states of tide. Among its excellent facilities are a fully-stocked chandlery as well as a welcoming bar and restaurant with waterfront views.
We are delighted to announce that MDL has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor to offer unparalleled cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders. This completely unique package sees our annual berth holders join “Passeport Escales” to gain access to free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee.
This deal, which was signed at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, will allow our Club Outlook members the opportunity to visit more than 70 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming our clear market leader position.
All of our annual berth holders will be able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been working hard to expand our European marina portfolio and we are delighted to have signed a deal with Sagemor. The private marina operator has a collection of wonderful marinas to explore in some beautiful and interesting areas of France, from Granville on the Normandy Coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde.
“This is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It also immediately opens up brilliant cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to carry out their boating freely and effortlessly without any additional bills to worry about.”
The established scheme will be backed by our proven experience, knowledge and professionalism, and will not only give our customers a very simple solution to cruising, but will also give owners access to discounts and offers at local tourist destinations and places of interest during their stay.
Pictured above (from left): Glidas Mottais, Mike Gates, Arnauld Devys, Jon Eads, Nicolas Gonzales and Xavier Labouret
Berth holders at both Sparkes Marina and Northney Marina are invited to a joint party on Friday June 28th. A barbecue will be held in the evening along with live music from the Watchsnatchers. More information will become available from your marina reception.