Latest News & Updates from Woolverstone

Posted: 9th August 2012

 

The River Orwell once again welcomed the Pin Mill Smack Races and Thames Barge Matches on Saturday 30 June and Saturday 7 July respectively. Conditions across the weekend were perfect with full sail set by everyone.  The newly-restored smack Pioneer won overall in the smack races, with Marjorie winning the barge race the following weekend.

Events include:

  • Woolverstone berth holders Fun Day - Saturday 1st September 2012
  • A full day of activity is planned for Woolverstone berth holders with a workboat challenge, paper boat races, rowing challenges, cream teas and an evening BBQ with a live band.

 

  • Woolverstone RYA Active Marina - 18-19th August & 14-15th September  
  • Back by popular demand, RYA will be offering free tuition on your own boat, by qualified RYA instructors

 

  • End of season Cruise in Company - 6-7th October
  • Once again, Woolverstone Marina is inviting its berth holders to join a local Cruise in Company event to Titchmarsh Marina in the Walton Backwaters, with an evening meal in the Yacht Club and a guest speaker. A lovely way to wind down the 2012 season. Please contact the Marina Office for more details.

 

For more information contact Tim Allen at t.allen@mdlmarinas.co.uk.

 


Woolverstone Marina European Cruise in Company

Posted: 15th July 2012

The second Cruise in Company of 2012 set off from MDL’s Woolverstone Marina on Saturday 7th July, with fourteen boats heading towards Ramsgate in a grey, lumpy sea, with the weather forecast promising little else for the next few days. By 4pm the flotilla, made up of both power and sail vessels, arrived in Ramsgate for a celebratory party held on one of the participating boats.

Sunday became a day of rest, followed by a captains Dinner at the Royal Temple Yacht Club. Monday dawned with warning of strong winds from the west but a weather window mid morning tempted everyone to set off across the English Channel to France. By lunchtime the wind increased as predicted, with one boat diverting to Dover due to the conditions. All the others arrived safely, if wet, at Calais by mid afternoon. An impromptu party on the pontoons was followed by a full blown celebration at Calais Yacht Club.

There was a quiet time on Tuesday as strong westerly winds stormed in from over the Atlantic and settled onto northern France, but not to be beaten there developed a strong compulsion to ‘do lunch’, followed of course by ‘dinner’. Local delicacies of snails, frogs legs and sea food became the order of the day. By mid-week the weather began to slowly change and the sun came out, although strong winds made further exploration by boat impossible. A number of participants decided an exploration by train was a good idea, resulting in two people travelling to Paris and others the small seaside resort of Wimille Wimereux.

Explorations in the local area continued and the remainder of the time was taken up with a trip to the supermarket stocking up on cheese and wine.  By now, due to the future weather forecast, people began to look for a break to enable a dash back across the Channel. This finally came on Saturday morning and a number of boats made it back to Ramsgate. The weather struck once more and more time had to be spent in Ramsgate due to strong winds before a run back up the east coast to Woolverstone.

All in all a wet, windy cruise, but one where great lunches and dinners became the highlight and new friends were made.

Next season two further cruises are planned, the first in May 2013 for a week to cruise the east coast to Walton, Brightlingsea and Burnham on Crouch. The second cruise will depart from Woolverstone on Saturday 27th July for two weeks, heading off towards France then Holland. The cruises are free to Club Outlook members and are suitable for new and experienced boaters. Why not come and join us next year?


Summer Discounts at Woolverstone Marina

Posted: 4th July 2012

Boat owners will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Woolverstone Marina.

Boat owners can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from £24 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.

Trevor Barnes, Marina Manager at Woolverstone Marina, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”

Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.

For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.


Summer Discounts at Woolverstone Marina

From 1st July 2013 until 1st September 2013
Summer Discounts

Boat owners will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Woolverstone Marina.

Boat owners can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from £24 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.

Trevor Barnes, Marina Manager at Woolverstone Marina, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”

Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.

For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.

Woolverstone Marina Cruise in Company to Lowestoft and the Broads

Posted: 25th June 2012

Berth holders from MDL’s Woolverstone Marina enjoyed a Jubilee cruise this summer, as 15 boats set off from Woolverstone to travel up the east coast to Lowestoft on Saturday 2nd June. The flotilla, consisting of boat yachts of various sizes and power boats, had a lively trip up the coast with strong northerly winds making progress somewhat wet and windy. However, all of the boats arrived in Lowestoft safely where they sheltered overnight in Hamilton Dock.

Sunday dawned with heavy rain and clouds, but spirits were not dampened, and despite torrential rain all of the boats dressed to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and made a grand passage through Lowestoft Bridge to Haven Marina. Participants sheltered in their boats watching the London river celebrations, then gathered together for a Captains Feast in the Third Crossing restaurant.

As Monday arrived the strong wind persisted and the weather forecast worsened, meaning that most boats decided to wait in Lowestoft for a weather window to enable a return to Woolverstone. Three boats decided to brave the winds and locked up into Lake Lothing and into the Broads, spending the remainder of the week travelling up into Norwich before returning to the marina. After their return all agreed that despite the weather the cruise had been a great learning experience, and were looking forward to the next cruise in company to France in July. 


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