Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth

From 21st July 2016 until 24th July 2016

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.

For More Information
Email: Charlotte Kootstra
Website: http://www.lvacwsportsmouth.com

Your invite to ‘Cruise in Company’ with MDL Marinas

Posted: 13th July 2015

Registration is still open for berth holders across MDL’s marinas to take part in this year’s ‘Cruise in Company’ event, a leisurely two-week cruise to France from Woolverstone Marina departing this Saturday (18th July – 2nd August).

This popular event is always a resounding success, offering berth holders the chance to take part in a relaxed cruise on their boats together, enjoying one another’s company and the beautiful scenery.

The itinerary for this year’s cruise includes a Captains’ Dinner at Cullins Yard Brasserie in Dover; a reception at Calais Yacht Club, complete with a live band and complimentary food; and the opportunity to cruise onwards into western France.

The staff at Woolverstone Marina have put together the itinerary below. If you would like to join the cruise, or if you need any further information, please contact the marina office by email or calling 01473 780206.

Itinerary:

  • Friday 17th July – Final Captains’ briefing, held in The Wheelhouse at 6pm.
  • Saturday 18th July – Depart for Ramsgate. Arrival is planned for 4:30pm, with a complimentary drinks reception on the pontoons.
  • Sunday 19th July – Cruise to Dover. A Captains’ Dinner has been arranged for 6.30pm with a sit-down time of 7pm (charge of £25 per head to be paid directly to Cullins Yard Brasserie).
  • Monday 20th July – Depart for Calais. A celebration reception has been organised at Calais Yacht Club in the evening with a live band and complimentary food.
  • Tuesday 21st July – Day of well-deserved rest in Calais.
  • Wednesday 23rd July – Cruise onwards into Western France or return to Woolverstone.
  • Saturday 1st August – Return to Woolverstone.

 

Boats from Chatham Maritime Marina will be meeting the cruise in Ramsgate. The Captains of any vessel taking part must be in possession of an ICC.

MDL’s ‘Cruise in Company’ event is part of the RYA Active Marina Programme, designed to help owners make the most of life on their boat.


Hot Summer Offers From MDL Marinas

Posted: 10th July 2015

Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers this summer, thanks to a range of great deals on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas. Owners will be able to ensure their boats are in top condition for those beautiful days on the water, as well as enjoy some great-value short term summer berthing in the finest UK marinas.

To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of nine participating MDL marinas. Packages start from just £499 for two month’s berthing at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, available on boats up to 8m. Participating marinas include Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble, Cobb's Quay in Poole, Shamrock Quay in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island.

As well as the Summer Berthing Offer, MDL boatyards along the south and east coast are also running Summer Scrub Offers, with great discounts on hull scrubs and storage. Boat owners will be able to experience MDL Marinas’ renowned service and enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of their leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £13 per metre for a lift and pressure wash at Woolverstone Marina and from £31.50 per metre for a lift, pressure wash, up to 7 days storage ashore and relaunch at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth.
 
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing many boat owners taking up these great boatyard offers and enjoying a highly professional service. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering additional savings on boat care to help them make the most of a summer on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK and the chance to experience the renowned MDL customer service for themselves.”

For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-offers.


Over 3,000 Visitors Head to Second East Anglian Boat Show

Posted: 9th July 2015

Marina staff and exhibitors were delighted to welcome more than 3,000 visitors to MDL’s Woolverstone Marina recently, for the second East Anglian Boat Show. Held in conjunction with the British Marine Federation East Anglia and the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, Ipswich’s newest boat show offered a great day out for all the family with a wide range of boats and marine products on display.

The 30 exhibitors at the show ranged from local businesses to major boat builders, and visitors were able to browse a wide selection of new and used boats, ranging from 20ft to 45ft vessels, as well as marine equipment and clothing brands. Exhibitors included Broom Boats, who showcased the best of their pre-owned range; sail, cover and awning manufacturers, Dolphin Sails; and Marine insurance specialists, GJW Direct.

Many of the onsite businesses at Woolverstone Marina also exhibited at the show, including yacht brokerages, Precious Marine and Clipper Marine; sail and cover upholstery specialists Sail and Cover; and engineering and electronics company Seapower Marine. The show also saw new and used car specialists, Proveeda, showcase a selection of luxury cars.

Visitors to the show also had the chance to take part in The Woolverstone Project’s 24 hour sponsored sail. The charity, which is celebrating its 20th year of providing sailing opportunities and tuition for people with disabilities, organised a 24 hour non-stop sail from the marina which was open to volunteers and coordinated by MDL staff.

Andy Beharrell, a Trustee of the Woolverstone Project, commented: “The volunteers and the MDL staff worked together to make this a really fun and rewarding event. We were lucky with the weather and very pleased with the £950 we raised for the project. This money will ensure we have the right equipment and staffing levels to help people with disabilities get out onto the water.”

Trevor Barnes, Marina Manager at Woolverstone Marina, said: “We were delighted with the success of the second East Anglian Boat Show. It was a brilliant weekend that gave visitors the chance to explore a wide range of boats and marine products from some great brands, whilst also offering fun activities to keep younger visitors entertained. It was great to welcome so many visitors to the marina and we are already looking forward to next year, when we hope the show will be even bigger and better!”

To view some video footage of the 24 hour sail please visit The Woolverstone Project’s Facebook page.


TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show 2017

From 15th September 2017 until 24th September 2017

Enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s great boating festival, from the 15–24 September 2017. 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, a Moët Ice bar and one of the best views at the Show!

For More Information
Call: 01784 223612
Website: http://www.southamptonboatshow.com

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 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 enquiries@hambleboatshow.co.uk.


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 www.onedifference.org/projects.


MDL Marinas at CWM FX London Boat Show 2015

Posted: 8th January 2015

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!


MDL Berth Holders Celebrate the Festive Season with Cruise to St Malo

Posted: 19th December 2014

MDL berth holders celebrated the Christmas season in style last week, when they took part in MDL’s tenth annual pre-Christmas mini cruise to the historic city of St Malo for a festive weekend away.

Held each year especially for MDL’s Freedom Berthing members and their families, the cruise is a joint collaboration between MDL Marinas and Brittany Ferries and gives berth holders from across MDL’s marinas the chance to socialise and enjoy the festive period together.

This year, 335 MDL customers took part in the cruise, along with their friends and family – including berth holders from MDL’s Sant Carles Marina in Spain! 

The ever-popular cruise took place on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 December and headed to the picturesque region of Brittany aboard Brittany Ferries’ flagship cruise ferry, the Pont Aven. The group enjoyed a two night stay in ensuite cabin accommodation, a drinks reception, and a splendid meal on Saturday evening.

The trip gave the group plenty of opportunities to visit the beautiful city, whether it was walking the bustling streets, exploring the Chateau de St Malo or the Grand Aquarium, or taking in St Malo’s exquisite shops to stock up on Christmas ‘essentials’.

Mike Smith, organiser of the trip and Manager at Torquay Marina, commented: “This year’s MDL pre-Christmas cruise was a great success! The trip was sold out and our group had a wonderful time exploring St Malo and doing some Christmas shopping. The cruise has become a Christmas tradition, which gives MDL berth holders from across our marinas the chance to get to know one another better in a relaxed setting and to enjoy the festive season together.”

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