MDL's Torquay Marina Invites Berth Holders to a 'Cracking' Evening

Posted: 24th June 2015

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.

Southampton Boat Show 2019

From 13th September 2019 until 22nd September 2019

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!

For More Information
Call: 01784 223612

MDL Welcomes Some of the World's Top Sailors to Torquay Marina

Posted: 17th June 2015

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.

Hamble Boat Show Returns This May

Posted: 20th April 2015

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:

  • Shrimper 21 - the highly anticipated new addition to the Cornish Crabber range
  • Dufour 560 Grand Large – first one in the country of this new model will be at the show with Marco Marine
  • Dufour 382 – again, the first in the country of this new model and will be will be available to view at Port Hamble Marina during the show
  • C&C 30 – new into the country via Checkmate Sailing

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 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

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MDL Partners with One Water to Deliver Life-Changing Gift

Posted: 30th March 2015

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

MDL Torbay Ladies Training Day

On the 13th June 2015

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.

For More Information
Call: 01803 200210
Email: Mike Smith

Torquay Marina Wine Tasting & Dinner Night

On the 11th April 2015

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:


  • Crab, Crevette and Prawn Cocktail
  • Pigs Cheek, Jowl Croquette, Celeriac
  • Vulscombe Goats Cheese, Beetroots and Hazelnuts
  • Wild mushroom and Chestnut Soup

Main Course

  • Fillet Beef Steak Rossini, Cooked Pink, Chicken Liver Parfait, Crouton, Red wine Jus, Fondant Potato
  • Pan Roasted Brixham Brill Fillet, Celery, Wild Mushrooms, Smoked Garlic Mash, Caponata and Cep Cream
  • Twice Baked Cheese Souffle, Red Onion Marmalade, Cream Sauce and Caperberries

All served with Fine Green Beans and Baby Corns


  • Lemon Tart, Raspberries, Raspberry Sorbet
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse, Rhubarb, Almonds
  • 3 Artisan Westcountry Cheeses, Fruit, Chutney & Biscuits

Coffee and Petit Four Chocolate truffles.

For More Information
Call: 01803 200210
Email: Mike Smith

Octagon Marine Canvas and Sail Spring Offer

From 13th February 2015 until 31st March 2015
Octagon Marine, Queen Anne's Battery
We are delighted to be able to offer an amazing 15% discount on all new canvas products ordered in February and March. The offer includes all canvass ordered for sail or power in February and March. Thinking about a new packaway, spray hood or enclosure then nows the time to order ready for, what we hope will be a sunny sailing season. We offer a large range of fabrics including the new Sunbrella colours. All of our work is bespoke and made to your requirements along with our 30 years experience in crafting covers. We are also able to offer a full re upholstery service at very competitive rates, using either your own fabric or a choice of our super marine quality fabrics. Call and see us between 8 - 4 each week day to discuss your needs.

La Solitaire du Figaro 2015

From 17th June 2015 until 21st June 2015

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.

For More Information
Call: 01803 200210
Email: Mike Smith