We are running the Romsey Relay Marathon for Ocean Youth Trust South because we want to help them help more people.
The Team: Jo, Dan, Ben, Ollie, Kevin, Jane, Lesley, Sarah, Dean, Mike.
When: Sunday 13th May our ensembled team of 10 from MDL Marinas head office in Southampton will each run a 2.6-mile leg of the Romsey Relay Marathon to raise money for the Ocean Youth Trust. We are a real mix of abilities with a few newbies, some regular pavement pounders and even a couple of experienced marathon runners.
The money we raise is for the Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity that gives disadvantaged and vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 personal development opportunities through Adventure Under Sail. For more information please visit their website at www.oytsouth.org.
If you would like to help us raise money for this amazing charity, please click the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mdlmarathon.
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Thank you and we will let you know how we get on!
To celebrate the start of the summer sailing season, MDL Marinas is releasing a fantastic range of exclusive offers for boat owners across the UK to enjoy. From pressure washing, hull scrubs and summer berthing packages, owners will be able to ensure their boats are in tip top condition to make the most of those beautiful days on the water.
To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of eleven 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, Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay Marina in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island. A full list of participating marinas can be found on our Summer Offers webpage.
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 £16 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch 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 visit our Summer Offers webpage
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator and official marina partner to Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing), is helping the team gear up for the 35th America’s Cup, which is destined for a climactic finale in Bermuda this summer. MDL has worked closely with Land Rover BAR to help set up their team base in Bermuda and has created customised pontoons, expertly designed to give swift access for the team and accommodate the crucial support boats.
Alongside the existing partnership, which has seen MDL Marinas involved in the Portsmouth Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (the preliminary series to the 35th America’s Cup), as an official Engagement Partner, the marina operator has designed custom-made pontoons tailored to the racing conditions in Bermuda. Using innovative, industry-leading technology, the pontoon has the ability to rotate 90∘, which will allow Land Rover BAR to berth the boat in all wind directions and stay attached to the shore, instead of having to have the boat on a swing mooring. The pontoon was constructed in Southampton and has travelled 3,400 miles to reach Bermuda, where it is now undergoing trial as part of the team’s intensive training programme.
The extensive design stages were started at the beginning of 2016, with the pontoons being completed and shipped by the end of the year. They are now fully installed in Bermuda, ready for the summer competition to begin. The competition so far has been a high adrenaline cinematic whirlwind, gaining international attention and reaching a crescendo last year, with Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR winning the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Japan, as well as the team’s home event in Portsmouth in 2016.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “Open sea racing is unpredictable and fast paced, so implementing equipment which saves even a second can make all the difference. MDL Marinas has worked closely with the Land Rover BAR team in what has been a new but exciting challenge, and we can’t wait to see the pontoons in action this summer. The America’s Cup is the Formula 1 of the sailing world and it’s going to be an epic finale, both MDL and our customers are counting down the days until the action starts once again!”
James Stagg, Shore Team Manager, at Land Rover BAR, added: “The America’s Cup is all about looking at advances in technology to help gain a competitive advantage. We wanted to see if we could create a pivoting pontoon to enable us to berth the race boat in any wind direction to reduce boat loading times, so we came together with MDL Marinas to put this concept into motion. Together we’ve designed and built a tool which is tailored to the team’s racing needs and the finished product looks fantastic. It will all come down to the race days but it’s been brilliant partnering with MDL Marinas on this element of the campaign.”
To watch MDL's innovative pontoon in action, please click here.
The Torbay Airshow will return for a second time in 2017. This free family event, run by Torbay Council with partner organisation Richmond Event Management is set to return on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June.
The show will include two full afternoons of flying, an extensive ground display including military and airshow trade stands as well as a whole host of other attractions all on Paignton Green.
Torbay itself provides a natural amphitheatre for viewing the airshow as well as and great facilities, and lends itself perfectly to a large coastal airshow event.
Our bustling Torquay Marina will very soon hear if proposals for an exciting redevelopment of the harbour and surrounding areas have been confirmed. If approved, Torquay Marina will begin its transformation into an even better leisure destination, with an exclusive new offering for both members and visitors to enjoy.
The centre point of the redevelopment will be a stunning four star waterfront hotel, which will offer dining, function spaces and a spa. The surrounding promenade will be enhanced with new restaurants, cafés and bars, all overlooking the beautiful marina. Including outdoor seating areas, it will be the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some leisure time, whilst enjoying delicious food and drinks.
Along with all the existing marina services, improved member facilities will include a new Marina Office and Dockmasters Office, providing greater support and security for the marina. The parking facilities will also be renovated to create an ever-more efficient marina.
All these elements combined will allow Torquay Marina to become a hub of activity which celebrates the rich sailing heritage of Torquay. Along with the improved offering for members and visitors, the creation of new jobs and investment into the harbour will also help build momentum for the development of the surrounding areas.
The local council will soon be reviewing our proposals. Any support you can give would therefore be greatly appreciated. Please share your thoughts with Ruth Robinson, Senior Planning Officer, by Monday 27th February on Ruth.Robinson@torbay.gov.uk or you can post a letter to:
Ruth Robinson, Senior Planning Officer, Torbay Council, Spatial Planning, 2nd Floor Electric House, Torquay TQ1 3DR.
Keep an eye on our website for the latest news and updates about this exciting prospect!
MDL Marinas is excited to open nominations for this year’s Sail Training Awards, which will see a group of deserving young people set sail in April on Ocean Youth Trust South’s sail training vessel, Prolific. These young people will be carefully selected for their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances.
The winners will spend six nights living and sailing on the charity’s new acquisition and will become involved in all aspects of life on board, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew. This is an unforgettable sailing experience, departing from and returning to Southampton in April 2017.
If you know a young person aged between 12 and 18, who you feel should be rewarded for their achievements or are an inspiration and support to others, nominations are open until Saturday 25th February. Anyone can make a nomination, from youth group leaders, teachers, friends or employers.
Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who have never had the chance to travel abroad, or have added family responsibilities. Winners will be selected from MDL’s UK marina locations in the South West, Dorset, Hampshire, Thames Valley and East Coast.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our hugely popular Sail Training Awards. It’s always a difficult decision to choose the group of young people who will take part in this once-in-a-lifetime trip, however we’re looking forward to seeing the fantastic entries!
Over the past 29 years, the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 150 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the John Laing, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. This year’s awards will see the launch of Ocean Youth Trust South’s new vessel, Prolific, and those chosen for this exciting trip will be the first training team on her. We’re proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that they carry out.”
For more information and to nominate, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.