We’re inviting you to nominate deserving young people for the trip of a lifetime, with nominations now open for the 2015 Sail Training Awards.
We are proud to have run the awards in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years. The annual awards are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.
The winners will receive an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South’s training yacht, John Laing from Monday 13th April for six nights. They will spend their time living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.
Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who never had the chance to travel abroad, and those with added family responsibilities.
Anyone working with young people can send in their nominations, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers. Anyone can nominate, apart from parents, guardians or close family. If this sounds like you or someone you know, click here for further information or to make your nomination.
All nominations must be received by Friday 16th January 2015.
You might already have noticed some Christmassy additions to your local marina recently as our teams get into the Christmas spirit! This year, we’re running a special competition to recognise the MDL marinas that pull out all the stops to spread Christmas cheer among our berth holders - and we need your help.
Our teams will be posting pictures of their festive efforts on social media throughout December and asking you to like and comment on how well you think they have done. Competition categories include: the Best Dressed Christmas Tree, Best Overall Christmas Decorations and the Best Christmas Team Selfie. Your response on our marinas' Facebook and Twitter pages will help us decide which of our marina teams should be awarded the exciting prizes we have on offer…
Our competition will be running right up until Christmas Eve and we will announce our winners in the New Year!
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The new 5 day London Boat Show is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. Re-defined and re-imagined, this year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.
Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, pick up the latest marine technology, and spend quality time with some sailing legends.
Bringing a world of inspiration, on water experiences and exclusive deals, the London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with global, national and boutique brands, first looks, loads of retailers and even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.
It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.
It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.
Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...
We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!
Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.
Six deserving young people who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards voyage were officially presented with their trophies yesterday at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending six days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht.
Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing were Callum Archibald, 14 from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The week-long round trip, from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw them plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants also had the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred young people to experience something truly exceptional. We are big supporters of the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and it’s fantastic that they can reward these youngsters with such a brilliant adventure that really does give them skills for life. We look forward to meeting this year’s winners and presenting them with their awards.”
For more photos of the presentation, please click here.
MDL Marinas is delighted to announce the winners of its 2014 Photographer of the Year competitions, with the winning images taking pride of place on MDL’s Waterside Pavilion (E52) at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Open to amateur and professional photographers, this year the popular competition featured both the main Photographer of the Year contest alongside an under-16s category. Entrants were judged by a panel that included professional photographer Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography.
MDL’s Photographer of the Year was Neil O’Donoghue who took a stunning landscape picture at Torquay Marina (above) and will receive a one-day photographic shoot and tuition session with Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography. The winning image in the under-16s competition was captured at Brixham Marina – a beautiful sunset taken by Dan Parrish. Dan will receive the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof.
Also attending will be Matthew Harvey, a berth holder at Penton Hook Marina who took runner up spot in the main competition. He will receive a magnum of Champagne for his highly atmospheric shot of the marina. The runner up in the under-16s was Hannah Weeks whose family has a boat in dry stack at Hamble Point Marina. Hannah shot a beautiful early evening scene and will be rewarded with £50 worth of Amazon vouchers. In addition, all winners and runners-up will receive a pair of tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show to see their photos displayed on MDL’s waterfront stand (E52). The official prize presentation will take place on Wednesday 17th September at 3pm.
Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, commented: “What an absolute privilege to judge this year's MDL Photographer of the Year competition. The two category winners were both strong landscape images. I love the winning image in the under-16s category, it reminds me of a feeling we've all had when we feel we're the only people up at sunrise and heading out for a fun day on the water - bliss. The overall winner, Neil O’Donoghue, provided a very striking image. I love the reflections on the water in the foreground leading the viewer’s eye onto the marina and nearly apocalyptic skyline overhead - this would make a great print or canvas blown up. Congratulations to both winners and well done to all of this year’s entrants, great work.”
A gallery of selected images can be viewed here.
Alongside this year’s competition, MDL also ran a staff photo contest for the fifth year. The winning photograph was taken by Penton Hook Marina’s David Whisson for his beautiful picture of swans on the water in the early morning. Claire Blades from Saxon Wharf was the runner up for her picture looking out across the River Itchen from the marina in the sunshine. David will also receive a Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera and Claire can toast her success with a magnum of Champagne.
A gallery of selected images can be viewed here.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator, is offering one lucky boat owner the chance to win an incredible one year’s berthing at any UK MDL marina next season.
Coinciding with MDL’s latest ‘Freedom Is’ campaign, the competition opens at the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12th – 21st September). To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, or go to www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/freeberth.
The berth can be taken at any MDL UK marina for a boat up to 12m in length and is subject to availability at the chosen marina.
The lucky winner will also be able to enjoy all the benefits included in the Freedom Berthing package, with access to the largest cruising network in Europe with complimentary berthing at over 90 marinas, as well as benefits including fuel at cost, unlimited WiFi and discounted boatyard services.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to be offering one lucky boat owner the chance to win MDL’s Freedom Berthing package for a year! MDL Marinas is the only marina operator to be able to give boaters the freedom to explore and berth at over 90 marinas at no additional cost as well as enjoy everyday amazing benefits.“
MDL’s competition winner will be announced in the week following the 2015 London Boat Show.
Visit MDL on stand E52 at the PSP Southampton Boat Show to enter and discover more about Freedom Berthing and the huge benefits available to MDL berth holders.