Following a year of fundraising activities as part of its 40th anniversary year, MDL Marinas has made a generous donation of £60,000 to Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity dedicated to providing ‘adventure under sail’ to young people aged between 12 and 25.
The £60,000 cheque was presented to the John Laing skipper Andrew Viney at Ocean Village Marina, with some of the young people the charity supports in attendance. The group came from Community Links, a charity based in Canning Town in East London which runs a wide range of community projects for over 16,000 people every year.
The money was raised through various activities throughout the year in particular during a special charity auction held at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. There were some fantastic lots on offer including a skiing holiday in the Alps, a half-day Land Rover experience, a luxury hotel stay in Devon and a five-night sail training voyage. Funds were also raised through activities at each of our 19 UK marinas and boatyards throughout 2013, with MDL matching these amounts to reach the impressive total.
The donation will go towards the build of a brand new training vessel, which will provide ‘adventure under sail’ to young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. With the charity’s current vessel, John Laing requiring constant maintenance after more than 20 years in service, the new vessel will allow Ocean Youth Trust South to open up the experience to a new group of disadvantaged young people.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are very pleased and proud to have raised a significant amount for such a worthy cause. We have worked with Ocean Youth Trust South for over half of our 40 year history, and so it seemed only natural to further this relationship with fundraising during our anniversary year. It was an honour to be able to present the cheque to the charity, where we know it will be put to very good use.”
Mark Todd, CEO of Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “This donation is a fantastic stepping stone in our quest to raise approximately £3million to build our new training vessel. Whilst we rely on the goodwill of public contributions, we are absolutely delighted to receive such a large donation which puts us closer to our ultimate goal.”
Pictured with the cheque are Terry Bufton, Lucinda Neal, Mark Todd, Dean Smith, Andrew Viney, David Heffer and Amy Brown.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina provider, has overhauled its recycling and waste management strategy in order to divert 75 per cent of its waste away from landfill.
MDL has been working with leading recycling and waste management company, SITA UK, in order to prevent up to 750 tonnes of refuse generated at its 19 UK marinas and boatyards from entering landfill each year.
MDL’s new ‘zero to landfill’ waste solution involves regular collections of glass, mixed recycling (cardboard, plastic and cans), wood and metals at each marina. Berth holders are even able to recycle marine shrinkwrap – which will be turned into biodiesel – as part of the extended recycling services. Residual waste will be turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF, which is used to power cement plants and power stations.
Anna Wyse, Environmental Policy Manager at MDL Marinas, said: “I believe MDL is one of the first UK marina operators to go down the 'zero to landfill' route for waste management. Working with SITA, we’ll be able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, whilst also tightening up on costs. It’s a win-win situation and will benefit both our berth holders and our business.”
Leah Francis, National Accounts Manager at SITA UK, said: “This contract will mean that berth holders can do their bit for the environment. We look forward to helping MDL and its berth holders to be even more sustainable in the future.”
MDL already recycles 100% of its hazardous waste and purchases 100% renewable electricity for its sites. MDL is constantly striving to reduce its impact on the environment and in 2012 was the recipient of the Practical Boat Owner Magazine Award for Most Sustainable Service Provider.
‘Zero to landfill’ is a waste management philosophy designed to capture and re-use as much of the resource in the waste as possible.
Boat owners in Torbay will soon be able to benefit from the very latest marine maintenance technology, thanks to the installation of a new lift at MDL’s Brixham Marina. The new boat lift dock will be open for business on Tuesday 7th October, bringing this exciting new technology to the area for the first time.
The new boat lift is only the third of its kind, with a state-of-the-art system capable of lifting boats of up to 50 tons and 60ft in length in just ten minutes, allowing quick and easy access for essential maintenance tasks. The whole process of lifting the boat, scrubbing the hull and returning it to the water can be completed in under an hour – far quicker and more convieinient than traditional methods. The new boat lift will be staffed by fully-trained operators and supported by MDL’s nearby Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre who will be on hand to provide a raft of maintenance packages, bringing their years of experience to a whole new group of customers in and around Torbay.
Shaw Smith, Manager at Dartside Quay Marine Service Centre and Brixham Marina, commented: “This new boat lift is set to be a real asset for all boaters in the area, whether they are local residents or visiting our beautiful coast for the first time. This is a unique service that cannot currently be found outside the Solent in the UK, and one, which we know will be hugely appreciated by the thriving marine community in Torbay.
“The extensive packages on offer will help boat owners get more out of their time spent on board – we can oversee the lifting and all aspects of maintenance, allowing owners simply to enjoy their leisure time. We hope to see many berth holders and visitors taking advantage of the new service over the coming months.”
Read more about the new Brixham Marina boat lift here.
If you’re paying a visit to next month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (13th to 22nd September), be sure to call into our new double-height Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina.
The show is the perfect opportunity for boat owners to find out more about our 22 marinas and boatyards including our international network of marinas. You can also learn about the benefits our Club Outlook members enjoy, from Freedom Berthing with unlimited free visitors nights and fuel at cost to discounted boat show tickets, Berth Swap and unlimited free WiFi at our marinas. Details will also be available on our upcoming winter boatyard and berthing offers – please also check our website as details will be available very soon. Car parking is available at our multi-storey Ocean Car Park at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show. The postcode for your sat nav to get to Ocean Car Park is SO14 3TJ.
Exclusive Benefits for Club Outlook Members
Club Outlook 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 Club Outlook members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your Club Outlook membership card!
Club Outlook members will also be able to enjoy free parking at Ocean Car Park at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com. Simply bring your car parking ticket and Club Outlook card to the stand and we will give you an exit card for free.
Exciting Events on the MDL Stand
If you’re joining us on our Waterside Pavilion at this year’s show you will not only be able to find out what’s new at MDL, but you will also be treated to a series of special events on the stand throughout the show.
On Monday 16th September we will be welcoming international guests with an Andalusian Marinas presentation (click here for details on our new visitor berthing scheme).
We will be welcoming a group of deserving young visitors to the stand on Tuesday 17th September, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe, at 3pm.
Wednesday 18th September will see the return of our international team with a ‘Sant Carles and Catalonia day’.
On Thursday 19th September the wait will be over as the winners of the hotly-contested annual Photographer of the Year competition are revealed, with prizes presented in both the adult and under-16s category at 2pm. Later the same afternoon, we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all 19 UK sites. Always a closely-fought competition, the winners in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina.
The week’s activity will culminate in true festive style on Friday 20th September with our 40th birthday party taking place on the stand between 11am and 5pm. The celebratory event will include a live charity auction with auctioneer Nicholas Bonham in aid of our nominated charity Ocean Youth Trust South, with some fantastic lots including an annual berthing package with MDL Marinas, as well as live music from our house band The Saga Louts, and birthday tea and cake. A programme of events and further details of the live auction will be posted on our website very soon, so watch this space!
Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards set sail from Woolverstone Marina on 21st August for six days at sea.
Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing, operated by the Ocean Youth Trust South, were Joshua Ellis, aged 16, from Bristol, Henry Morgan, 13, from Shaftesbury in Wiltshire, Ryan Cammell, 13, from Bournemouth, Amy Warren, 14, from Parkstone in Poole, Toby Hunt, 16, from Bognor Regis and Izzy Bennet, 14, from Applemore in Hampshire.
The MDL annual awards - which reward young people for their efforts and offer them the opportunity to do something extraordinary - have been running for over 20 years.
The week-long round trip, from Woolverstone on the east coast to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, will see the youngsters plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants will also get the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.
The winners will also attend the PSP Southampton Boat Show on 17th September, where they will be presented with a trophy by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe, at MDL’s Waterside Pavilion on Stand E52.
For more information, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.
Starting today, MDL Marinas' facebook community can take control and cast their vote to see who will become MDL's 2013 Photographer of the Year and MDL's 2013 Under 16s Photographer of the Year.
MDL received numerous entries for both competitions this year with many of an extremely high standard. Following the judging by professional photographers at PhotoRed, the top ten photographs from both competitions have now been uploaded onto MDL Marinas facebook page to allow MDL's facebook community to decide who will win the GoPro HERO3 Camera.
To cast your vote please visit the MDL Marinas facebook page.
Voting ends 12 noon on Wednesday 28th August 2013.
MDL’s newest Italian marina, the stunning Marina del Gargano, is now open to the public following an official opening ceremony, which was attended by around 5,000 people. Boat owners can now benefit from great opening offers, including free berthing for 2013 for anyone reserving their annual berth for 2014. Catamaran owners will also benefit, with berthing rates to match those for monohulls.
Marina customers and the team responsible for the marina’s construction joined the Mayor of Manfredonia, local authorities and politicians for an evening reception to mark the official opening of the development. The Archbishop of Manfredonia was also on hand to conduct a short service as part of the ceremony to bless the marina and all those who use it.
Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, was on hand to welcome guests, and later spoke to praise the hard work that has gone into creating this world-class facility. The marina is already receiving high levels of interest, including welcoming its first English boat.
Jon commented: “We have worked hard to build up our network of marinas, and are delighted to welcome Marina del Gargano as the latest addition - it is set to be an outstanding and welcoming marina.
“Being in Manfredonia for the opening ceremony reminded me of standing in the town of Sant Carles (Spain) seven years ago when we first explored the opportunity of opening a marina there. Today, some five years on since that marina was opened, the town of Sant Carles has flourished and changed in a very positive way, with increased employment and tourism, and I very much look forward to returning here in the future as I have no doubt that the same positive changes will benefit the marina and the surrounding area.”
Marina del Gargano will now be added to Zone 3 of MDL’s exclusive Freedom Berthing initiative, giving UK annual berth holders the opportunity to visit the new marina for free as part of their annual berthing package.
Located in the Gulf of Manfredonia, Puglia, within a few minutes walking distance from the city’s historic centre, the new marina offers 700 berths alongside parks and gardens, children’s play areas, extensive parking, restaurants and shops. Its newly-built floating pontoons are unique to the area, featuring state-of-the-art service bollards for water and electricity supplies. As one of the deepest marinas in the Adriatic, Marina del Gargano can accommodate boats of up to 60m.
Puglia is renowned for its sun-drenched landscapes and delicious food as well as for having some of Italy’s most beautiful coastline. The historic town of Manfredonia itself is situated in the heart of the Gargano National Park, a unique ecosystem covering over 120 thousand hectares, and famous for its wide variety of plant life. The new marina offers boaters access to the whole of the stunning Adriatic coast, with its caves, bays and secluded inlets that can only be accessed from the sea.
For more information on Marina del Gargano CLICK HERE.
At MDL Marinas, we love to see photographs taken of our marinas being enjoyed through the eyes of our customers and visitors. For the fifth year running, we’re holding our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2013 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2013 Junior Photographer of the Year for the under-16s.
The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers alike, whether you’ve entered before or are submitting an image for the very first time.
The competition is open for entries from today, with photographers able to submit their chosen images via an online form on the MDL website or by post. We’ve got three categories open for entry from which the overall winner will be chosen for both the main and under-16s competition, which are:
My MDL Marina
Capture what really makes your days at the marina special. Last year we received some stunning landscape and sunset shots, so for 2013 we’d love to see more fast-paced action shots, images illustrating people enjoying the marinas and quirky or artistic compositions – feel free to be as creative as you like!
Me and My Boat
We want to see fantastic photographs of you enjoying your boat, from a day enjoying the sunshine, to experiencing an exhilarating race or enjoying watersports activities in the summer weather.
Fun at 40!
We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, with a new category perfect for all those creative thinkers out there! We’d like photographs taken at or around the marina to incorporate the number 40. This could be you enjoying an MDL 40th anniversary berth holders party or even snaps from your own 40th celebrations, or everyday objects arranged to form the number - if it has 40 in it somewhere, or somehow, it’s perfect for this category. Remember, the only limit is your imagination!
For the first time, berth holders and other members of MDL’s online community will be able to vote for their favourite shots via the MDL Marinas Facebook page, giving you the power to pick the eventual winner. The winning shots are set to be revealed at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. As well as having their work displayed on MDL’s Waterside Pavilion at the show, winning entrants will also be in the running to win some great prizes with the overall winner of each category receiving a brand new GoPro HERO3 camera. The runner-up in the adult competition will receive a bottle of champagne, with iTunes vouchers for the under-16s, and all winners will also receive a pair of tickets to the show to see their work on display. Selected images may also be used in MDL’s marketing materials.
The competition entry closes at midnight on Sunday 11th August 2013, so grab your camera and get snapping!
CLICK HERE for more details and to enter
To take part in the voting of this year's winning entry, go to our facebook page.
Voting will take place between Wednesday 14th & Wednesday 28th August 2013.
Following the great news that MDL Marinas has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor, giving berth holders access to an additional 55 marinas this season, we’re delighted to report that the scheme is already proving popular with berth holders from both sides of the Channel.
Simon and Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith from MDL’s Brixham Marina were the first to make the crossing to France aboard their yacht Fenicia, enjoying stays at Camaret-Sur-Mer, Port Louis, Port Haliguen and Port Joinville.
Simon Wilmshurst-Smith, commented: “We had a great journey and received a fantastic welcome from all the marina teams. They have been very efficient with the Passeport Escales arrangements when we arrived and were very excited that we were their first British customers. The arrival couldn’t be easier and we’d highly recommend others get out there and use it.”
Meanwhile, the skipper and crew of Blue Berry from Port Blanc, Ile Aux Moines, received a warm welcome from the marina teams at Torquay and Port Hamble marinas as the first French customers to use the scheme to explore MDL’s marinas in the UK.
Passeport Escales gives MDL’s UK annual berth holders a completely unique package to gain free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee. Berth holders can take advantage of the scheme for the rest of the season, which is an easy-to-use, fully automated system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.
For more information on Passeport Escales click here
Chatham Maritime Marina will be able to offer even greater space for berth holders, with the official opening of 60 new marina berths. The new pontoons, which represent a significant investment in the Kent marina, were officially opened by the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Mrs Josie Iles.
The construction work forms part of the Chatham Maritime Project, with MDL Marinas – Europe’s largest marina operator - working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Chatham Maritime Trust as part of extensive regeneration works in the area. Cllr Mrs Iles and other invited guests were treated to a tour of the marina by boat, learning more about the important maritime history of the area, before stepping onto the new pontoons for the official opening ceremony.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas, and these new berths will allow even more boat owners access to both the beautiful cruising opportunities in the Medway Estuary and the renowned MDL customer service that people using the new berths will experience. The local area has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, and we are proud to be part of this, whilst also ensuring our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards.
“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and our other guests to this important occasion and look forward to seeing the new berths being well used this summer.”