MDL Marinas, is proud to announce its prestigious win in this year’s Practical Boat Owner Green Awards. The marina network received the award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ in recognition of its efforts in reducing the environmental impact of its 21 marinas and boatyards.
MDL worked hard to implement a range of measures to promote marine-industry sustainability and achieve its outstanding eco-credentials. We now purchase 100% renewable energy, have installed solar technology, recycle 100% of our hazardous waste, and introduced water saving measures across all of our locations in Europe.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our efforts in reducing our environmental impact.”
Anna Wyse, MDL’s dedicated Environmental Policy Manager, commented: “The beautiful locations of our marinas deserve special consideration if we are to enjoy them in years to come and we have invested considerable time and energy into putting our environmental practices in place. MDL recognises that virtually all the activities of the company, and that of our customers and tenants, have some impact on the environment.
“All of MDL’s marinas are subject to environmental audits on a periodic basis and the company continues to invest in resources to educate berth holders and staff.”
MDL received its Green Award at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. The PBO Green Award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ was presented to Anna Wyse, and to MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Eads by Sarah Norbury, Editor of Practical Boat Owner.
In addition to this, Hythe Marina Village, MDL’s Southampton based marina, has also won a sustainability award from The Green Blue, for going above and beyond in its support of the environmental awareness campaign for the boating community. The MDL marina distributed free packs of environmental goodies to its berth holders encouraging their boaters to make quick practical changes onboard.
Many Club Outlook members will already be familiar with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, as successful workshops have been held at many MDL marinas across the summer season.
Visitors to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show will also have the chance to try out a sample of the workshops for themselves, as part of a brand new event at the show.
The Active Marina Experience offers show-goers the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors with free on-the-water and shore-based workshops.
From man overboard drills and berthing manoeuvres to engine maintenance and radar operation, workshops will run daily throughout the show, providing a real hands-on experience.
Places are limited for the workshops, so it’s recommended that sessions are booked either in advance for the shore-based workshops, or on the day for the on-the-water sessions.
To book an on-the-water workshop visit the ‘Try-a-Boat’ booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show. (Unfortunately, on-the-water workshops cannot be booked in advance)
Shore-based workshops can be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com, calling 01784 223816 or by visiting the Which Marina stand (F004) at the show.
For further information and a workshop schedule visit the RYA website.
Entries flooded in this summer for MDL’s annual photo competition, which for the first time this year included an under-16s category, alongside the coveted best photograph.
Berth holders, visitors and members of the local community from across the marina network submitted photographs that captured time spent in and around our marinas in the UK and Europe, including fast-paced action shots and footage out on the water, as well as some stunning landscape shots.
Hugely impressed with the quality of entries this year, judges were looking for entries that have succeeded in capturing in images what really makes each of MDL’s 21 marinas a truly unique destination – through the eyes of people who experience the marinas for themselves.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 photography competition is David Thomas, with a winning image capturing a stunning sunset over Brixham Marina.
As this year’s winner, David will receive a Nikon Coolpix L810 camera, plus a workshop session with leading studio photographers at PhotoRed Commercial Photography, based at MDL’s Shamrock Quay. He will also be treated to a bottle of Champagne and tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show – where he will see his winning image displayed on MDL’s two-tier waterside pavilion.
Second place in the main competition, winning £100 worth of vouchers to use at London Camera Exchange, is awarded to Martin Makinen from Newton Abbott, for his beautiful shot of the sun breaking through the clouds at Holden Pier near to Brixham Marina.
For the first time, this year’s competition included a dedicated category for young photographers, with first prize in the under-16s competition going to Sophie Tuffier from Cherbourg. Sophie’s parents are Cruising Club members and were visiting Brixham Marina, where she snapped her winning shot of a beautiful sunny day in the water. Sophie will be presented with a Nikon Coolpix S30 underwater camera to help her continue her photographic endeavours.
Coming a close second in the under-16s category is 12–year-old Christopher Broughton, whose shot of sunset over Shamrock Quay has won him £50 to spend at London Camera Exchange.
All the winners will also receive tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be presented with their prizes at the MDL stand (E52) on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm.
To view the winning images, please click here.
Torquay Marina Berth Holders Summer Party
Berth holders at Torquay Marina gathered for their annual summer party on Saturday 11th August, with a sell-out event held at the Pavilion Bar and Terrace. Guests were treated to a delicious summer barbecue, with live entertainment provided by 15-piece band Soul Function. Event sponsors Aston Martin were also in attendance, providing party-goers with a fantastic photo opportunity with a DB9 and Vantage on display.
MDL Torbay Ladies Day
After a very successful event in May, another Ladies Day took place at Torquay Marina on Saturday 18th August. Five women took part in the half-day practical workshop, held in association with the RYA, enjoying learning more about mooring techniques, basic boat handling and radio operation.
After such a successful event last year, another Ladies Day will be held at Torquay Marina on Saturday 27th April. The half-day practical workshop, held in association with the RYA, will focus on mooring techniques, basic boat handling and radio operation. Places on the popular event are strictly limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
The much-anticipated Super Weekend took place last Saturday and Sunday, with a celebration of all things super! An amazing collection of super yachts, super cars and super bikes were on display to spectators at Torre Abbey Meadows, the Seafront, Torquay Marina and Haldon Pier, with evening visitors also treated to a Super Rock Ball on Saturday night.
Events include the Cruise in Company Rally on Saturday 15th September. There will be complimentary welcome drinks served on the terrace from 6.30pm, and a hot curry buffet served from 7pm for all participants for just £15 per person. Overnight visitor berthing has been reserved on the visitor pontoon for £1.40 per metre. Tickets are on sale now, with a closing date of Saturday 1st September for people wishing to attend the event.
After such a successful event in May, another Ladies Day will be held at Torquay Marina on Saturday 18th August. The half-day practical workshop, held in association with the RYA, will focus on mooring techniques, basic boat handling and radio operation. Places on the popular event are strictly limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
MDL’s Torbay berth holders were able to take advantage of a day of practical training held in association with the RYA Active Marina programme last month, with specially-designed three hour workshops are designed to increase the skills and confidence of female crews.
The sessions, which ran both morning and afternoon, focused on practical training in some of the most important skills, including mooring techniques, basic boat handling, man over board training and VHF radio operation.
Nine ladies attended the sessions, which proved so popular that another day of training is being arranged for later in the year.
MDL’s Torquay Marina berth holders celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style last month as over 120 boats took part in a weekend of royal-themed activity.
A hotly-contested boat decorating competition saw the marina awash with red, white and blue, with flags, bunting and balloons used to create a stunning display. First prize was won by Gold Shoes, owned by Mr and Mrs Lamar, with Dry White and Eau Boy scooping a bottle of champagne each for second and third place.
Mike Smith, Marina Manager at Torquay Marina, said: “The Jubilee weekend was a fantastic one here at the marina, with many of our berth holders joining in with some sterling efforts in our boat decorating competition. Our thanks go to everyone who was involved in making it such a successful event.”
A photo collage featuring images from the event is now on display in the marina reception.
Torquay Marina is participating in a celebration of all things super! In the Super Weekend! Featuring super yachts, super cars and super bikes taking place on Torre Abbey Meadows, the Seafront, Torquay Marina and Haldon Pier on the 15th and 16th June 2013. For an event trailer visit click here. We have a couple of sessions left available if you would like to have a go at Flyboarding (www.flyboarding.co.uk). Just let us know and we can send out a booking form.
With reference evening entertainment at the weekend - there is a Vintage 50s evening with diner and entertainment taking place at The Grand Hotel on the Saturday evening. Please see www.missivy.co.uk for booking details which will appear in due course. The national Miss England finals take place on Sunday 16th June at The Riviera Centre. Please visit http://www.missengland.info for tickets.
We are currently arranging an 007 evening for Friday 14th June. There will be a showing of a Bond movie (Goldfinger) on the big screen in Princess Gardens, with bars and catering on site, and input from a number of affiliated companies. More details to follow.
There are a number of other entertainment aspects that are being confirmed currently and more details will be available next month.