Torquay Marina in Devon is eagerly awaiting the arrival of some of the world’s top sailors when the 45th edition of La Solitair du Figaro arrives in Torbay Harbour late Wednesday evening.
Considered to be the world championships for single-handed yachtsmen and women, and one of the main training grounds for the famous Vendee Globe race, the sailors will race into Torbay Harbour for the first time in race history, berthing an impressive fleet of Figaro Bénéteau IIs (identical 33ft boats made for solo sailing).
The 40-strong fleet of both British and French boats and their skippers are calling in as part of a 2,000-mile challenge which criss-crosses the English Channel - visiting the UK for only the second time in the 11 year history of the prestigious event.
Currently there are five British boats in the top twenty and three in the top ten, including local sailor Henry Bomby. The MDL team will be cheering them all on after racing an impressive 1585 miles, with 600 miles still to go.
Celebrations will include a grand firework display at 10pm on Saturday and plenty of entertainment from the race village, as thousands of onlookers are expected to attend.
Mike Smith, Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “We’re really looking forward to the race coming to Torbay Harbour for the first time in the race’s history. It’s a very exciting time for Torquay and our team and berth holders will be joining in with all the celebrations as part of this momentous occasion.”
Leg four will begin from Torbay on Sunday 21st June at 2pm where the MDL team will be joining thousands of people to cheer the skippers out of the marina as they begin their final race to France.
If you are looking for a fantastic event to attend this spring with family and friends, then you need look no further than Hamble Boat Show. Taking place at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, this event is renowned as being one of the South’s leading new and used boat shows – attracting some great brands in a beautiful location and offering a fun day out.
With free entry for all, Hamble Boat Show offers the perfect opportunity to see new products and services, speak to expert brokers and find out more about the on-site marina services. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest selection of boats for sale onshore and afloat and this only expands during the event – with even more great brands showcasing and offering sea trials on a number of new models.
The show will once again be part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get on the water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy on-water displays, take part in informative workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme, as well as see how easy and convenient it is to use the dry stack services at the marina, with regular demonstrations taking place. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant throughout both days, where visitors can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a long lunch, or just a delicious cup of coffee. Parking will be free all weekend.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 17th May between 10am and 3pm.
There will be official launches of these exciting new boats:
A number of fantastic exhibitors have already signed up for the show including Hamble-based yacht brokerages SD Marine and MGM Boats; hands-on sailing experience provider, Blue Box Sailing; training provider Sail Power Courses; children’s clothing retailer, Little Waterproofs; Hambledon Wineries Ltd; and international wine specialists, Pieroth.
Exhibitors are from a variety of sectors, and alongside a fantastic array of boats for sale previous shows have also included car, food and drink, clothing and lifestyle brands.
For more information, visit www.hambleboatshow.co.uk. If you would like to exhibit at this year’s show, contact Nic Parton at Hamble Point Marina by calling 023 8045 2464, or email email@example.com.
Europe’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, recently partnered with UK charity water brand, One Water, to provide its customers with a gift that will not only help to save lives in Africa’s developing countries, but also keep them hydrated whilst afloat this summer.
MDL purchased over 5,000 1.5 litre bottles of One Water to send out to their customers in special water cooler bags, ahead of the new boating season. As well as being the perfect practical gift for a long day out on the water, 100% of the profit generated by One Water’s bottled water is donated to bringing safe, sustainable water supplies to communities across Africa.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing for MDL Marinas, commented: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with One Water to give our berth holders a renewal gift that will help transform lives. We feel there is great synergy between our two organisations and hope the water we purchased will help make a real difference.”
Since launching 11 years ago, One Water has raised more than £11 million and changed the lives of 2.7 million people, funding water programmes in countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya and Niger. Ian Spooner, Marketing Director at One Water, commented: “Teaming up with a prestigious marina organisation such as MDL Marinas provides an excellent way of informing an audience, which is passionate about water, about the global water crisis, and how they can help.”
If you would like to help this hugely worthwhile cause, MDL has set up their own JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate to One Water by simply texting MDLM47 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.
For more information about One Water and their life changing work, visit www.onedifference.org/projects.
On Saturday 13th June, Torquay Marina will be hosting a Ladies day for MDL Torquay berth holders. The cost of a ½ day practical training workshop is £15.
These courses are run on RYA Sea School boats with a maximum of 5 participants per workshop. The 3hr workshops (available am and pm) will focus on mooring techniques, basic boat handling, MOB training, VHF radio operation and more with the aim of providing training to increase the skills and confidence of lady crews.
Book early as places are strictly limited.
The RYA Active Marina programme provides funding to support the cost of providing these workshops to berth holders.
Taking place at the Orestone Manor on Saturday 11th April 2015. Please book at the marina reception, tickets cost £39 per person. This offer is limited to 40 spaces only. Taxis depart from 18:45hrs outside the Pavilion. Wine tasting begins at 19:15hrs followed by dinner at 20:15hrs. The menu is as follows:
All served with Fine Green Beans and Baby Corns
Coffee and Petit Four Chocolate truffles.
Torbay is set to host the UK leg of the famous Solitaire du Figaro yacht race in what promises to be a spectacular event for the region. The 40-strong fleet of British and French boats and their skippers will call in to Torquay Marina in June as part of a 2,000-mile challenge, criss-crossing the English Channel. It’s only the second time in 11 years the prestigious event - the unofficial world championship of solo offshore sailing - has enjoyed a UK stopover.
“This is going to be a huge occasion,” says Bob Penfold, Commodore, Royal Torbay Yacht Club. “It’s going to raise the profile of the Bay on the international sailing scene. As a club, we are really excited about this opportunity.”
Organisers are keen to stress that the stopover from 17th to 21st June will delight everyone, whether or not they’re sailing enthusiasts. A specially created race village in Torquay’s Beacon Quay will allow people to meet the competitors and get up close to the striking 33ft-long yachts. There are plans for a grand firework display and plenty of entertainment to entertain the thousands of onlookers expected to attend.
The highlight will be the spectacular sight of more than 40 sailing boats with their skippers taking part in a professionals and amateurs race (pro-am) across the Bay. The fleet will depart for the fourth leg of their month-long race on 21st June after an outdoor multi-faith service of celebration and thanks.
Boat owners in Torbay have enjoyed the very latest marine maintenance technology over the past year, thanks to the installation of a class-leading boat lift at MDL’s Brixham Marina. The lift is one of two in the UK and only three in the world, offering a state-of-the-art system that is capable of lifting boats of up to 50 tons and 60ft in length in just ten minutes.
The whole process of lifting the boat, scrubbing the hull and returning it to the water can be completed in under an hour, which is far quicker and more convenient than traditional methods. Berth holders have been enjoying the lifting services all year round, and have been delighted with the benefits and cost-savings.
Alan Chorlton, a berth holder at Torquay Marina, commented: “I have used the boat lift at Brixham on three occasions over the past year. Just some of the work I’ve had done has included cleaning and preparing the underside of my hull, checking for general wear and tear, and preparing my boat for antifouling. There are many benefits of the lift including its location, the ease and speed of use, the professional and helpful staff, cost savings, and the fact it just offers more of a suitable environment to carry out the work required. I highly recommend the boat lift at Brixham and will definitely be continuing to use it.”
Ken Bowden, a berth holder at Brixham Marina, commented: “I used the boat lift at Brixham Marina for antifouling and was very pleased with it. It’s easy to use and saved me both time and money. There is also the added bonus that I didn’t even need to take my boat out of the water. I will definitely be using it again.”
The boat lift is staffed by fully-trained operators and supported by MDL’s nearby Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre, who are on hand to provide a host of maintenance packages, bringing their vast experience to a whole new group of boat owners in and around Torbay. Boat owners can take advantage of the convenience of having their boat collected from their berth, lifted for a hull scrub and other tasks including anode changes, clearing a fouled prop or application of antifoul, and returned to the berth ready for use.
Shaw Smith, Manager at Brixham Marina, commented: “The lift has proved to be a real asset for all boaters in the area, offering a unique service that cannot currently be found outside the Solent. Customers have been delighted with how easy it is to use and how much time and money it can save.
“The extensive packages we offer help boat owners get more out of their time spent on board – with us overseeing the lifting and all aspects of maintenance, allowing owners to simply enjoy their leisure time.”
For more information please visit www.brixhamboatlift.co.uk.
MDL Marinas will once again be exhibiting at the CWM FX London Boat Show, taking place at London’s ExCel from 9th – 18th January 2015.
In what is the 61st year of Europe’s first ever boat show, the CWM FX London Boat Show promises a fantastic experience for all - whether you have a love of getting in or on the water or would like to try it for the first time, or if it’s boats, equipment, training or technology that captures you’re interest, the show will not leave you feeling disappointed.
If you’re heading to the show, come and visit the MDL team on stand AO13 to find out what’s coming up for MDL Marinas in 2015. You’ll also be able to enter our fantastic competition to win a free berth!
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director for MDL Marinas, commented: “The MDL team is looking forward to a busy CWM FX London Boat Show. There will be lots going on at our stand - AO13, including a brilliant opportunity to win a free berth at any of our 19 UK marinas so do stop by and say hello if you’re going along. We look forward to seeing you there!”
For more information on what’s on offer at the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015 or to buy tickets, visit www.londonboatshow.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!