Berth holders from MDL’s Torquay marina were treated to a fantastic night of comedy last weekend where they were joined by members of the senior team at MDL including Managing Director, Lesley Robinson and some other special guests – Torquay’s very own resident birds of prey!
In addition to the comedy, the fun-filled weekend saw customers enjoy wine tasting on the pontoons as well as complimentary goodies from the marina’s Trolley of Treats – hand delivered by Lesley, along with Mike Glanville, Group Head of Operations and Operations and Marketing Director, Dean Smith.
Lesley commented: “What a great evening was had by all at Torquay. It was a pleasure to spend the weekend at the marina and to hear so many glowing reports from customers about the marina and the team. We all really enjoyed helping out with the ‘Trolley of Treats’ and the comedy night was another excellent berth holder event.”
We have great news! If you are a member of our Cruising Club you will now receive complimentary WiFi at all of our UK marinas as part of your membership. We are constantly looking at ways to ensure we are leading the way with both our Freedom Berthing package and Cruising Club and hope you are pleased with the new addition.
To access the complimentary WiFi, simply connect to the MDL WiFi Hotspot and enter your Cruising Club number as the user name (from the back of the card), followed by your home postcode as your password... and that’s it! Simple and easy access to super fast WiFi.
The complimentary WiFi is available right now and is the same high speed connection that our Freedom Berthing members enjoy. If you haven’t signed up to our Cruising Club don’t delay as it’s free to join and not only do you get access to the WiFi but you enjoy every 7th night free when berthing at our 18 UK marinas.
If you have any issues connecting, please contact the WiFi Spark helpdesk on 0344 848 9555.
Whilst we don’t want to talk too much about the coming winter, we do have some fantastic offers that will take the edge off any winter chill and ensure your boats are kept safe and maintained through the winter months, with fantastic savings on essential maintenance and winter berthing packages.
We are offering great value winter offers at our marinas on the south, east and west coasts of the UK, including the chance to enjoy three months berthing at Shamrock Quay or Ocean Village Marina for just £649 including VAT for an 8m boat. Other marinas offering similar packages include Hythe Marina Village, Hamble Point, Northney, Queen Anne’s Battery and Port Hamble. Cobb’s Quay in Poole is also offering a winter dry stack berthing solution for any boat up to 7.5m.
You can also save on winter scrubs and storage ashore at a number of our boatyards with typical savings of up to 40% for Freedom Berthing members. There are also additional packages at selected marinas, including Queen Anne’s Battery, Mercury Yacht Harbour and Hythe Marina Village.
As always we encourage you to book early as these offers are always very popular!
For more information on the offers we have available, and to book, please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/winter-offers.
The long weekend is almost upon us and there’s plenty going on at our sunny marinas. We’d love to see how you are spending your time on the water and it would be great to see you all flying your burgees and sharing your adventures on our social media pages, using #burgeesontour.
We know there’s loads planned at our marinas so whether your burgee is joining you for the Pirates of the Caribbean Cruise at Shamrock Quay, enjoying a tipple on the back of your boat on the Thames or visiting the ice cream boat on Bournemouth Beach, we’d really like to get our social media buzzing with all of your photos in the spectacular weather we’ve been promised!
It’s also a great chance for you to showcase your cruising adventures with other fellow boaters, and us (we will certainly be green with envy)! Why not share your photos and let us know your cruising destination and any new-found gems you’ve uncovered. Just remember to use #burgeesontour.
If you haven’t picked up your burgee yet, please pop into the marina office where yours will be waiting.
Happy Bank Holiday boating!
With the sun set to shine, we are busy getting ready for the annual August Bank Holiday weekend at our marinas, with lots of fun and activities being prepared to ensure you really make the most of it. We will be there to ensure your every boating need is taken care of and to make sure you can simply kick back with a cold drink after a fabulous day of cruising... because that’s what August Bank Holidays are all about!
There seems to be a Pimm’s theme running across many of our marinas with the Trolley of treats transforming to the Trolley of Pimm’s and touring the pontoons at Torquay Marina, along with an early evening Pimm’s welcome reception at Northney and Sparkes. Cobb’s Quay Marina is also going all out with a complete Pimm’s weekend!
However, don’t worry if Pimm’s isn’t your tipple, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s just a snapshot of what our marinas are up to!
Torquay Marina will be hosting a children’s crabbing contest on Saturday 27th August with prizes for the most crabs caught (and if you haven’t registered yet please give us a call). This will start at 11am and all crab lines, bait and buckets will be supplied, along with complimentary tea, coffee and bacon rolls for the adults. You can also take part in a spot of wine tasting on the pontoons as the day draws on.
Penton Hook Marina is holding its big berth holder party on the lawn on Friday welcoming all annual berth holders and visitors to an Italian themed party with drinks and nibbles in the sunshine.
Port Hamble Marina will be hosting a ‘Bank Holiday Beer on the Berths’ with the team touring the pontoons throughout the weekend to give out cold beverages while you relax on your boat.
Shamrock Quay is embarking on the weekend with a Pirates of the Caribbean berth holder’s cruise on Friday with a Pirate themed tour up and down the Solent in fancy dress (not compulsory), after they have walked the plank! Once onboard they will enjoy a disco, food and drinks as well as be in with a chance to win a number of fantastic raffle prizes including tickets for the England vs Malta game at Wembley with hospitality which is worth £500, all to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Over 180 berth holders and friends are joining the cruise and taking part in a treasure hunt! In addition, George, Shamrock Quay’s Freedom Maker will be breaking out the Trolley of Treats on Sunday to present owners with a cold glass of wine or beer and a tasty croissant or Danish pastry.
Ocean Village Marina guests will enjoy a Bank Holiday BBQ on Saturday followed by a Greek nibbles event on Sunday, which sounds simply delicious. And, on Friday night Saxon Wharf is hosting a berth holders party which is a sure fire way to start the Bank Holiday weekend as you mean to go on!
Hamble Point Marina will be rolling out its Trolley of Treats delivering ‘Ploughmans in a Jar’, which really is as delicious as it sounds, along with strawberries and cream and free drinks. They will also be giving out packs for the kids with lots of treats to keep them busy including bubbles and quiz books.
Woolverstone Marina will be hosting a BBQ on Friday night at on-site restaurant, The Riverside and after the Pimm’s arrival drinks at Northney and Sparkes’ the teams will be delivering fresh pastries for breakfast on Saturday as well as ensuring you have refreshments for your journey home. Queen Anne’s Battery will be enjoying a Sun and Sangria evening on Saturday and Mercury Yacht Harbour will be rolling out its Bank Holiday Trolley of Treats.
What is for certain is there’s a lot going on this Bank Holiday weekend and that we are focused on making sure it’s one of your best weekends this summer!
If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun or want to have a chat with the team ahead of the weekend please don’t hesitate to give your marina office a call. If you are planning a visit to our marinas this weekend please note they are filling up fast, with many already booked, so please do get in touch.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to supporting this week's prestigious Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, where they will be showcasing their extensive marina network, now comprising of over 100 destinations in the UK, France, Spain and Italy.
As the Official UK Marina Partner to Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing and the recent announcement of their new Engagement Partnership with the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, this year MDL will be proudly exhibiting in the exciting Marketplace located in the heart of the Race Village. The three-day spectacular event, taking place on Southsea seafront, will see the MDL Group get behind the team and join the nation in backing Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the Cup home.
MDL’s annual berth holders and visitors enrolled on their Cruising Club scheme, also have the opportunity to secure preferential rates for tickets to the exciting Race Village in Southsea. Those 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. The Race Village will also include big screens with commentary to watch the racing and 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.
The Marketplace will boast a variety of shops and food stalls, while MDL’s stand will welcome the return of its popular Cleat Challenge, first seen at last year’s America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth. Those participating will have the chance to win one of three Henri Lloyd jackets, competing for the fastest rope cleating time!
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s set to be a fantastic event and we’re looking forward to exhibiting once again at the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. As the Official UK Marina partner for Land Rover BAR we’re excited to be supporting the team in bringing the Cup home. Our friendly and experienced staff will also be on hand to discuss Freedom Berthing, the most extensive berthing package in marketplace.
The event takes place this week between 22nd and 24th July, and will see the world’s best sailors descend on the Solent to battle it out on high-speed AC45 foiling catamarans. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 650,000 visitors across the three-day sporting bonanza.
Land Rover BAR’s home city of Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant place, with its proud naval and maritime heritage, towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront.
Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.
MDL’s Torquay Marina has introduced a new range of marina services ready for the boating season. Designed to add value to the MDL marina experience and take any possible hassle out of boating, customers can select from a number of offers to cater for their every need.
As part of ‘Torquay Marina Treats’, the additional services will be provided by local suppliers and are available for Torquay berth holders.
The marina team are offering a wide range of services including wine delivery straight to the berth holder’s boat, vouchers for trusted local babysitters, a laundry and dry cleaning collection service, as well as a number of other added-value services including physiotherapy, massages and hairdressing. Designed to pamper those upon their return to land, there is even a barbeque food delivery for those nights relaxing onboard.
The additional services have been selected using, where possible, local produce, products and services to ensure berth holders enjoy their time and experience the very best of what the English Riviera can offer.
Mike Smith, Manager at Torquay Marina, commented on the new service: “We’ve put a lot of thought into our new ‘Marina Treats’ service and we’re looking forward to seeing our berth holders’ reaction to this added touch of luxury. We hope that the additional services will take any hassle and inconvenience away from our berth holders, so they can fully relax and enjoy the time they spend on their boats.”
MDL’s Torquay Marina, situated in the northeast corner of Torbay, played host to a very special VIP Aston Martin day recently.
Five Aston Martins and a Bentley dropped by the marina, where their owners were indulged with a five-star lunch, cooked by renowned local chef, Simon Hulstone, on board luxury motoryacht, Triple 777.
The VIP guests were treated to the fine dining experience, courtesy of local restaurant, The Elephant. An award–winning chef, with a talent for using local seasonal produce to create memorable flavours, Simon and his team at The Elephant were the first restaurant in Torquay to secure a coveted Michelin Star. Today, it also holds three AA rosettes.
Simon has represented his country on more than 20 occasions, competing twice in the prestigious ‘Bocuse d’Or’ culinary contest.
The diners were welcomed on board with a choice of a Sea Sunrise cocktail or Pimm’s and lemonade, accompanied by canapés, before being treated to a sumptuous feast of Wye Valley asparagus, soft boiled Bantam eggs, wild garlic and capers, served with a crisp white 2014 Bacchus from Lyme Bay in Devon. This was followed by a main of fillet of Brixham hake, celeriac dice, samphire, chorizo, chicken jus and for dessert, vanilla pannacotta, jus fraise, Tellicherry black pepper and meringue.
The delicious lunch was enjoyed on board the 80ft Italian yacht from makers Azimut, Triple 777, which is berthed at Torquay Marina. From here, the Triple 777 Experience offers first-class hospitality for day charter, corporate and special events along the south coast.
Torquay Marina was also pleased to welcome ONE MARINE, a division of Sunseeker, to showcase its new INVICTUS 200FX range outside the offices at the marina. New to the market, the INVICTUS ranges from the outboard 190FX to the diesel inboard 420GT.
Mike Smith, Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “We were delighted to host our VIP guests recently at the marina. The beautiful Aston Martins and Bentley certainly drew admiring glances from our berth holders and visitors. Simon put on a superb lunch for the guests on board Triple 777. We certainly showcased Torquay Marina and its local amenities and we hope to welcome our special guests again in the near future.”
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.
Staff and customers from MDL’s marinas in Devon have cycled a fantastic 600 miles to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK over the past week. This is all part of an initiative across MDL’s 18 marina locations, which will see the team and their customers cycle the entire route of its UK marina network and back again – a whopping 1,634 miles.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, created the initiative in support of Mike Glanville, the company’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 all support him by cycling in an effort to raise an additional £1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK. To conquer the challenge, MDL’s static bike is making a grand tour of its 18 marinas including locations in Torquay, Plymouth and Brixham, where team members and customers have been challenged to hop on the bike and cycle to raise funds for such a worthy cause.
Whilst each marina needed to cycle an average of 86 miles, the team at Torquay Marina really committed to the cause and conquered a huge 341 miles with 35 cyclists, raising £565 for the charity. Completing the challenge a little differently, Brixham Marina’s Shaw Smith cycled on his rolling road training bike, beating the inclines and resistances you would find cycling outdoors. Shaw was sponsored by the berth holders to stay on the bike and this he did completing the full 86 miles and raised £379 for Prostate Cancer UK, while Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth cycled 163 miles and raised £193 in the process.
Mike Smith, Marina Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “This is a fantastic challenge that we have all been really keen to get involved in to help support Mike and to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. It was great to see so many of our berth holders, tenants and our own teams getting on the bike and racking up those miles, and we are delighted with the result.”
Shaw Smith, Marina Manager at Brixham Marina, said: “It’s great that we have raised a fantastic £379 for Prostate Cancer UK and that we have done our best to support the MDL initiative.” Queen Anne’s Battery brought the total raised by MDL’s Devon marinas to a staggering £1,137. Chris Price, Marina Manager, commented: “We are really proud to have welcomed so many of our berth holders to take part in the bike challenge and pleased to have pushed the total raised by MDL’s Devon marinas to over £1,000 – what a great achievement!”
Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, commented: “I am overwhelmed by the fantastic fundraising support I have had from the team at MDL Marinas and would like to sincerely thank everyone for their efforts, which has meant I have already hit my £2,000 target. I am looking forward to seeing the remainder of the marina network get cycling and raise even more money for this great cause.”
To donate towards this worthy cause please visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-G-Marathon.