The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has signed a six-year deal to become the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR. The exciting news sees the MDL group get behind the team and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to “bring the Cup home”.
To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. MDL Marina Consultancy, a division of MDL Marinas, recently project managed the design and construction of a high specification customised pontoon to complement the Land Rover BAR team’s innovative new headquarters in Portsmouth.
Manufactured by Walcon Marine, the MDL-branded pontoon has been created with the highest quality materials, including continuous concrete flotation and beautiful sustainably-sourced hardwood decking. Strong attention to detail extends to the MDL logo embedded in the deck boards with a CNC machine – a first for the industry. The pontoon is fully serviced with water and electricity and lit with stainless steel lighting, recessed into the deck.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the America’s Cup home. We are a long-standing British company and are proud to be part of this historical moment. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Land Rover BAR team all the way.”
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group, it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.
In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.
Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series returns to Portsmouth from the 22-24 July 2016, and Land Rover BAR will be looking to repeat their 2015 victory in front of the home crowd. The three days of spectacular entertainment will be centred on Southsea seafront. The race village will include a hosted main stage, big screens with commentary to watch the racing, a market of shops and food stalls, and a visit by the RAF display team, the Red Arrows. 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.
As Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s Official UK Marina Partner, staff at MDL Marinas are looking forward to exhibiting within the ACWS Marketplace. Up to 650,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day sporting and entertainment spectacular.
Berth holders at Torquay Marina are invited on a trip across the bay from Torquay to Brixham Marina for an evening of ‘Crab Cracking’. The event will take place at Rockfish restaurant with the group Head Chef on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 4.30pm.
Those attending will be able to enjoy a delicious fish and chip supper, dessert and glass of Prosecco at Rockfish, a winner in the 2015 National Fish and Chips awards. After spending an exciting evening in Brixham, sailors are welcome to return back to Torquay at their own leisure on the Sunday.
Tickets cost £25.00 per person.
MDL’s Torquay Marina is inviting berth holders to join them on a trip across the bay from Torquay to Brixham Marina for an evening of ‘Crab Cracking’. The event will take place at Rockfish restaurant with the group Head Chef on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 4.30pm.
Set to be a fantastic evening, those attending will be able to enjoy a delicious fish and chip supper, dessert and glass of Prosecco at Rockfish, a winner in the 2015 National Fish and Chips awards. After spending an exciting evening in Brixham, sailors are welcome to return back to Torquay at their own leisure on the Sunday.
Mike Smith, Manager at Torquay Marina, commented “We’re really excited for the upcoming ‘Crab Cracking’ evening, it’s looking like it will be a wonderful evening for everyone and we are looking forward to seeing lots of our berth holders there!”
Tickets cost £25.00 per person. To book call Mike Smith on 01803 200210.
Experience something new, learn from the experts and get out on the water free, with the Show’s signature attraction Try A Boat. Plus, compare and explore almost 1,000 boats, see new models, brands and products including the most prestigious marine brands, from Britain's iconic names to international favourites. Immerse yourself in new attractions as well as old Show favourites.
Come visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, overlooking the marina. Freedom Berthing members will, as always, benefit from our exclusive hospitality in our customer lounge, free parking at Ocean Car Park, guest speakers and one of the best views at the Show!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.