A Bit of a Do at The View, Northney Marina
To celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday, The View and its menu will look a little different this coming Saturday, 11th June.
09:00 to 11:30: Our usual breakfast menu will be available.
Then at midday: The Birthday BBQ Party begins!
The traditional BBQ favourites of burgers and hot dogs will be on the menu at the BBQ whilst the Cabin menu will be offering a small selection of traditionally British sweet and savoury fayre.
Alcohol may be purchased from our bar until the end of the party at 21:00 and from noon there will also be music & maybe even dancing on the decking!
If you join in the fun by wearing Red, White and Blue you’ll receive a free glass of Bucks Fizz.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is delighted to announce its involvement in the prestigious Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, as an official UK Marina Engagement Partner. The event will be taking place on 22nd to 24th July and will see the world’s best sailors descend on the Solent to battle it out on high-speed AC45 foiling catamarans.
As part of this new partnership, MDL Marinas will exhibit to promote their prestigious marine services at this highly anticipated, international event. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series organisers will also benefit from promotion of the event to MDL’s extensive customer network, both across the UK and Europe. MDL’s annual berth holders and Cruising Club members will be offered preferential tickets to the exciting Race Village in Southsea.
Visitors who are lucky enough to acquire a ticket, will afford the best views of the race course in the Solent, as well as receive a unique insight into the history, technology and racing teams in this esteemed sporting event. Spectators will also have the opportunity to access the exciting new ‘Tech & Team Zones’, watch live BMX shows and secure the best spot on the sea front to enjoy aerial displays by the Red Arrows, Red Bull Matadors and Blades.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to become an Engagement Partner for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. This exciting partnership will enable us to offer our valued customers preferential tickets to what promises to be an epic event, both on the water and on shore. MDL Marinas will also be exhibiting in the Race Village.
“Last year, MDL Marinas became the official UK Marina Partner for the British contender, Land Rover BAR. This sees MDL providing access to the Solent for training, as well as making its network of leading marina locations and facilities across the South available to the team. This new partnership further cements our involvement in this historical event.”
Leslie Greenhalgh, Event Director of the Portsmouth event, added: “It is great to have the support of MDL Marinas for this prestigious event and having already established a strong partnership with Land Rover BAR, we see them as a natural fit. We are excited to have MDL on board and exhibiting at the event and look forward to welcoming their berth holders and Cruising Club members to the Race Village in July.”
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 50,000 visitors across the three-day sporting bonanza.
For more information about the event, please visit www.lvacwsportsmouth.com.
If you are in the market for a new boat or just a keen boating fan, there’s one event not to be missed this weekend, Hamble Point Boats on Show. Taking place this weekend, on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May, visitors can tour over 250 new and used boats at the South’s premier boating location, with free entrance and parking.
Visitors will have access to a huge range of sail, day boats, sports boats, cruisers and RIBs from some of Europe’s leading marine brands. The marina is also home to top yacht brokers, boat dealers, builders, refit specialists, riggers and engineers, with over 50 marine companies on-site. Whilst there, visitors can treat themselves to lunch and drinks at the Ketch Rigger Bar and Restaurant, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine forecasted for the weekend.
At the show, Sunbird International Motor Yachts will be showcasing its Monte Carlo MC5. This boat is multi-award winning, and is the only current model for sale in the UK. The team will be on hand to talk through the entire range which starts from 45ft through to the all-new 105ft MCY105. The SBS will be debuting the WRIB GT375 in the UK, the first of a new range of standard non-folding RIBs from the same company that makes FRIBs. They will also have the Island RIBs 7.5m, which is powered by a 200hp Suzuki engine, as well as the full range of FRIBs and a selection of DinghyGo inflatable sailing dinghies and Aquaglide inflatable kayaks.
Key Yachting will also be debuting three of their new models, the 3 cabin Nautitech Open 40 featuring the new standard light oak interior, the J/11S for shorthanded racing and the J/112E, a perfect cruiser racer. They will also be showcasing pre-owned yachts, including models available for immediate delivery to get sailing this summer.
MS&P Yacht Brokers will have a full line up of 50 sailing yachts ashore at the event, including the Greenline 33 and Greenline 40, eco friendly walk-around style motor cruisers. Universal Yachting, Dufour Yachts’ Southern dealer, will also be at the show with the new Dufour 350 GL sailing yacht. They will also have details of their RYA Approved Sailing School, offering RYA training and bespoke courses. Inspiration Marine will have a selection of Hanse Yachts on display, with the range going from 31ft to 68ft.
Nic Parton, Marina Manager at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina, commented: “We have a superb selection of models at this year’s event and are delighted to be playing host to a number of UK debuts, as well as giving visitors the chance to see new ranges for the very first time. Hamble Point Boats on Show offers a great opportunity for anyone interested in making a new purchase, or even becoming a boat owner for the first time, to come and have a look. The sun is set to be shining and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone and showcasing all that Hamble Point Marina and the on-site marine brands have to offer.”
On the Sunday of the event (15th May), the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, will be offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners. The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures. Flares can be disposed of safely at the marina between 10am and 3pm.
For further information about the event, visit www.hamblepointboatsonshow.co.uk.
Join us at Sparkes this weekend for some 'Egg'citing events!
Friday: Scrummy Hot Cross Buns
Saturday: The Easter Bunny will be paying us a visit at 1.30
Sunday & Monday: Pop into the office for some chocolate treats :)
We will also be running a colouring competition thoughout the weekend.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is launching an exciting charitable initiative on 1st March, which will see its team and customers cycle the entire route of its UK marina network and back again to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
The company initiative was created in support of Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations who has undertaken two charitable runs to-date following the loss of one of his best friends to Prostate Cancer. Mike is currently in training for his third and biggest run – the Virgin London Marathon on 24th April.
The MDL Marinas team decided that whilst Mike puts on his running shoes and pounds miles and miles of pavement, they would support him by cycling the whopping 1,634 miles in an effort to raise an additional £1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK – a target that the team are hoping to smash! To conquer the challenge MDL’s static bike will be making a grand tour of its 18 marinas including locations in Poole, Torquay, Plymouth and The Thames, where team members and customers will be challenged to hop on the bike and cycle to raise funds for such a worthy cause.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been hugely impressed by Mike’s dedication and continued training for such a great cause, and decided it was only right to help boost his fundraising efforts and show our support. We are all very excited about the cycle challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing berth holders’ cycle up a storm in one of our 18 UK marina locations.
Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, commented: “It’s fantastic that the team at MDL are running this initiative and helping to raise further funds for the charity. One of my very best friends sadly passed away after an epic battle with Prostate Cancer. This cancer affects thousands of men each year, and we are hoping the MDL cycle challenge, along with my running efforts, will not only help raise further funds to find a new cure, but also help raise awareness of the cancer amongst our customers and teams in an effort to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.”
To donate towards this worthy cause please visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-G-Marathon.
Last year, MDL Marinas teamed up with Marwell Wildlife to announce MDL’s involvement in the public art extravaganza, Marwell’s Zany Zebras, which will take place this summer.
For ten weeks throughout the summer, starting on 16th July, zebra sculptures will inhabit the streets of Southampton, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild zebras and how the Southampton business community can make a difference. Following the success of Go! Rhinos in 2013, Marwell’s Zany Zebras promises to be even bigger and better.
To celebrate the involvement in this year’s event, MDL Marinas is holding a fantastic competition inviting people to get their creative juices flowing and submit a design of an ‘Under the Sea’ creature. Local artist Tom Joyce, has innovatively designed ‘Zebastian the Seabra’, a Grevy’s zebra sculpture painted with over 100 fun and unique cartoon sea creatures including a catfish, swordfish and jellyfish. The winning creation will be included in Tom’s final painting on ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ for all to see and receive an annual family pass to Marwell Zoo. The top three entries will also all receive family day tickets to Marwell Zoo and the Southampton Boat Show.
Marwell’s Zany Zebras aims to raise money for charity, promote local business and encourage local tourism. After the event, all of the sculptures will be sold at auction with proceeds going towards conservation of these animals and other wildlife plus give support to communities living in the arid landscapes of northern Kenya.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL, commented: “We are delighted to be a part of Marwell's Zany Zebras campaign. It’s a fantastic way of raising awareness of the conservation work Marwell Wildlife carries out to protect endangered Grévy’s zebras. MDL has six marinas in the Solent which play an integral part in the life of the city and we can’t wait to see ‘Zebastian the Seabra’ featuring the winning artwork.”
Kirstie Mathieson, Project Manager for Marwell’s Zany Zebras, said: “Marwell’s Zany Zebras will showcase Southampton and all the city has to offer, including the beautiful marinas. Art trails of this nature provide a great vehicle for tourists and we are delighted that MDL is engaging the surrounding community with their ‘Feature your Creature’ campaign, a unique opportunity to be part of an amazing piece of art.”
If you would like to be in with a chance of having your ‘Under the Sea’ creation included as part of MDL’s Feature your Creature campaign and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes please visit: www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/creature.
Please submit all submissions to: email@example.com.
This weekend we'll be celebrating Valentines Day. Pop in to see us for a chocolate (or three)...
The team at Piranha have been very busy redecorating over the past few weeks and to mark the new look they are having a celebration evening!
They are also introducing Chris Argent, new Head Chef. Chris has been a Head Chef within the Royal Navy for many years and has won numerous awards for excellence including three gold medals for a tri-service competition and one bronze medal for an international cooking competition which was held in the United States. We are extremely pleased that he has joined our Team.
Chris will be putting on a showcase of his cooking for all guests to sample on the night from 6.00pm. Please come along to see the new look and the new terrific food.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, has invested £250,000 in a new, super fast WiFi service across its network of UK marinas.
The new hardware will offer super quick internet access across all of MDL Marinas’ 19 UK marina and boatyard sites. It will enable berth holders and visitors to quickly and easily connect, stream video, Skype and handle large file downloads, and all from the comfort and convenience of their own boats.
The complimentary service is offered as part of MDL’s Freedom Berthing membership and will be accessible for all WiFi enabled mobile devices, offering a high-speed, low latency connection.
Commenting on the new offering, Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas said: “We know from talking to our berth holders and visitors how important it is for them to have access to super fast WiFi. Whether for business or pleasure, in this day and age most of us demand and expect excellent internet access wherever we may be. We are delighted to introduce this as part of the exceptional MDL service we provide across our marinas.”
Alan Chorlton, a berth holder at MDL’s Torquay Marina added: “I am delighted that MDL Marinas has upgraded its WiFi service. When I am berthed in the marina, it’s important for me to be able to access the internet to pick up emails, connect with friends and family via Skype, as well as view and download large files. The new WiFi is exceptionally fast; it’s brilliant.”