If you’re paying a visit to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (12 - 21 September), come and see us at our Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina. The show is the perfect opportunity to find out more about our marinas and boatyards, as well as the benefits of Freedom Berthing, and how you can enjoy complimentary stays at over 90 marinas across the UK and Europe. Details will also be available on our winter offers - keep an eye on our website for details coming soon!
Exclusive Benefits for Freedom Berthing Members
Freedom Berthing members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Freedom Berthing members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your membership card.
Freedom Berthing members will also be able to enjoy free car parking at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com and the postcode for your sat nav is SO14 3TJ. Simply bring your car parking ticket and membership card to the stand and we'll give you an exit card.
Exciting Events at PSP Southampton Boat Show
We'll be hosting a series of special events on our stand throughout the show.
On Tuesday 16th September at 15:30 we will be welcoming a group of young visitors, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of the Yattendon Group, parent company of MDL. We will also be presenting Ocean Youth Trust South with a cheque following the #MyMDLSelfie campaign.
On Wednesday 17th September at 14:30 we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all our 19 UK sites. Always a hotly-contested competition, the winning marinas in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina. Later the same afternoon, the wait will be over as we reveal the winners of the 2014 MDL Photographer of the Year competition at 15:00.
On Friday 19th September our international team will be joining us for an 'Italian Day', where they will share details about the exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network - Marinara and Marina di Stabia.
Don’t miss our Tenants at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Over 40 tenants from our 19 UK sites will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, showcasing a number of new products and services at the 10-day event. Below are just some of the great brands to check out at this year's show.
Hamble Point Marina Broker's Village
To coincide with this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, Hamble Point Marina will be hosting an online ‘Brokers Village’ on its website for the first time. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest broker network on the south coast with thousands of boats for sale from some of the world’s leading brands. If you’re looking for a new or used boat, you can be sure to find the ideal solution – all from the comfort of your own home. Visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/brokers-village for full listings.
Fairview Sailing, in conjunction with Dream Yacht Charter, has partnered with MDL Marinas to offer MDL berth holders an exclusive £150 discount on global yacht charters.
A long-standing tenant at Port Hamble Marina for over 25 years, Fairview Sailing is delighted to have recently been selected as the UK base for worldwide yacht charter company, Dream Yacht Charter, offering bareboat and skippered yacht charters.
MDL Marinas is renowned for having the most comprehensive marina package in the marketplace with its Freedom Berthing package and continues to add even more benefits and discounts for its customers. In addition to complimentary visitor berthing, fuel at cost and free WiFi, MDL berth holders will now enjoy an exclusive £150 holiday discount which can be claimed when booking a charter at the Southampton Boat Show before 21st September. After the show, all bookings made will receive a £100 discount, which can be used in addition to repeat booking discounts, early booking and last minute offers.
Operations and Marketing Director, Dean Smith, commented: “It’s great news Fairview Sailing has been selected as the UK base for Dream Yacht Charter at Port Hamble Marina, and we are really pleased to welcome them as a partner, joining the likes of GJW Direct and the RNLI. We are always looking to add value to our Freedom Berthing package and hope many customers enjoy the discounts and incentives on offer.”
Dream Yacht Charter is the largest privately owned charter company in the world and on a range of monohull and catamaran yachts between 37ft – 80ft, from top quality boat manufacturers including Beneteau, Catana, Lagoon, Dufour and Pajot, most of which are under 4 years old.
To find out more about Dream Yacht Charter, the destinations and yachts available please visit www.dream-yacht-charter.com or pop along to the Southampton Boat Show from 12-21st September and visit stand J064 in the Mayflower hall.
There’s still time to enter our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2014 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2014 Junior Photographer of the Year for the Under-16s – but you’ll need to be quick, entries close at midnight on Sunday 10th August.
Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the lucky winner crowned Photographer of the Year will receive a boat portfolio taken by professional marine photographer, Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, presented in a handcrafted leather bound album worth £700! The runner-up will get to enjoy a magnum of champagne.
In the Under-16 competition, the lucky winner will be presented with the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof – whilst the runner-up will be awarded £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Entries can be submitted via an online form or by post.
Remember, the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 10th August, with the winning shots set to be unveiled at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period and spectators will be thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event.
Staff and berth holders at MDL’s Bray Marina will be on their best behaviour this Sunday, as they welcome a very special royal visitor into the marina.
The ornate 94-foot royal barge, Gloriana, will be making her way along the River Thames from her summer moorings at St Katharine Docks to the marina, where she plans to berth overnight before heading on to Henley Royal Regatta the following morning.
As a special honour, the ceremonial barge will fly the Bray Marina flag upon reaching the final lock in recognition of the marina’s hospitality. During the evening, local residents are invited to join berth holders at the marina, to see the royal barge for themselves. Visitors can enjoy a bite to eat at the marina’s on-site restaurant, Riverside Brasserie, for a meal with a royal view.
Mike Gates, General Manager - MDL Thames Marinas, said: “We are all very excited about the arrival of Gloriana this weekend. She is a beautiful barge and it is a real honour to welcome her back to the marina. We were lucky enough to host her ahead of Henley last year and are delighted she will be returning this year. This is a great opportunity for people to see the barge up close and enjoy a brush with royalty.”
In 2012, Gloriana led a pageant of more than 1,000 boats to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She is the first to be built for more than a century and is decorated with gold leaf and ornately carved – harking back 200 years when kings and queens travelled by water in style.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers, thanks to a range of great discounts on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas, giving owners the opportunity to ensure their boats are in top condition for the summer ahead and sample the MDL experience.
During July and August, boat owners can enjoy MDL’s ‘Summer Afloat’ offer of two months berthing for just £499 (inclusive of VAT) for boats up to eight metres, at any one of ten MDL marinas.* Participating marinas include Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble and Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton.
What’s more, the ‘Summer Afloat’ gives boat owners the opportunity to benefit from a secure pontoon berth with fresh water and electricity during the prime summer months from a choice of MDL’s beautiful locations at a fantastic price. This package also includes free car parking and free trailer storage at the majority of sites. A full list of participating marinas is available at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat.
In addition to the summer berthing offer, MDL’s boatyards along the south coast, in the West Country and on the River Thames are offering great discounts on hull scrubs and storage throughout July and August. Boat owners can enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of MDL’s leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £15 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery. Furthermore, with each boatyard offer booked, boat owners will take away a voucher of 20% off a winter lift & storage at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be offering these substantial savings on boat care and berthing. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers and to help them make the most of their time on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK, spending more time boating and less time towing and launching.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-offers.
* Available for boats up to 7.5 metres at Queen Anne’s Battery.