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 is delighted to announce its support of the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) in its campaign to restore the historic Solent oyster fishery. BLUE represents a great initiative that is aimed at restoring the once thriving fishery, bringing employment opportunities and a sustainable local food source that will give a valuable contribution to the local economy.
MDL Marinas is one of the partners, alongside Business South who are supporting the initiative, with BLUE working to gain commitment and funding from even more stakeholders over the coming months.
The Solent oyster fishery was once the largest self-sustaining native oyster stock in Europe – employing 700 people with up to 450 boats working in the fishery. Today, the fishery is closed with insufficient oysters to sustain a commercial fishery, and just a handful of boats. Not only has the loss been seen in unemployment and the local food source, but native oysters also provide critical ecosystem services by filtering and purifying water, contributing to coastal defenses and providing important ecological habitats.
BLUE has already clearly demonstrated its capabilities to gain results at Lyme Bay in Dorset where it achieved a positive outcome in its project to establish a scientifically-informed, sustainable and equitable fishery, bringing together previously opposed parties and creating a management plan which had implemented a number of important initiatives. Lyme Bay’s fishermen are actively involved in the process to secure a sustainable fishery for themselves and future generations – a process that creates jobs and improves the local economy.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented “We fully support the work of BLUE and believe re-establishing the Solent oyster fishery will be a very successful venture – both from an economic and environmental perspective. It’s great to see the work that has been undertaken in Lyme Bay and we are looking forward to working with BLUE on another successful project in the Solent.”
BLUE Co-founder, Chris Gorell Barnes, commented: The Blue Marine Foundation is delighted with the support we have received from MDL Marinas. Their sponsorship not only opens the doors and minds of other leading stakeholders to the project, but has also enabled us to become a Champion of the South Region. With our positioning, we hope to unite companies, organisations and individuals to harness the funding and collaborative expertise needed to support our work in restoring the once thriving Native Oyster fishery. Successful and well managed restoration of the native oyster will deliver significant ecosystem service benefits to the Solent marine environment as well as economic gains to the region.
To find out more about BLUE go to www.bluemarinefoundation.com.
We have received some great My MDL Selfies over the last month – but there’s still time to take part. Whether you’re out enjoying the sun or visiting us on our boat show stand (E52), we’d love to see how you are making the most of the Great British summer. In aid of Ocean Youth Trust South, we have pledged to donate £1* for every selfie received via social media.
To join in, entrants simply need to share their selfies via the MDL Marinas Facebook page or Twitter (@mdlmarinas) account and include the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie. The best entries will be displayed in an MDL Marinas Facebook gallery, with many also included in a video reel that will be on show at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Entrants will not only be able to contribute to a worthy charitable cause – Ocean Youth Trust South - they will also be in with a chance of winning a dining experience with £50 dining vouchers up for grabs at a number of the fantastic restaurants across the MDL marina portfolio. Tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show will also be on offer, where winners will be able to see their selfie snap on display on the MDL Marinas stand, located at E52. MDL Marinas will select the best selfie entries based on their marina-themed settings and sense of summer fun.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “My MDL Selfie is all about celebrating the summer and showing the beautiful destinations marine enthusiasts are visiting, while helping to raise money for a very well deserved charity, Ocean Youth Trust South.
“We’ve had some great entries so far but we want to see even more selfies – there’s still time to take part so get involved!”
MDL Marinas has a long standing partnership with Ocean Youth Trust South, including the annual sponsorship of the MDL Sail Training Awards. MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1 for every selfie received as part of this campaign, but those involved can also donate additional monies to the charity just by texting MDLS99 followed by the donation amount to 70070. Ocean Youth Trust South is a charity that uses Adventure Under Sail as a personal development opportunity for disadvantaged young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 72-foot-yacht John Laing.
Terms and conditions for the MyMDLSelfie campaign can be found here.
*Donation to Ocean Youth Trust South up to £1,000
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.
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.
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.