Cowes Week 2019

Posted: 5th August 2019

With the start of August comes one of the UK’s longest running and most prestigious sporting events of the summer, Cowes Week regatta. 

Once again we’re celebrating the action, which draws over 1,000 boats to the Isle of Wight and surrounding coastline, painting the Solent with a canvas of sails. Culminating on Friday 16th August with a spectacular fireworks display on the island, up to 40 different handicap, one-design and multihull classes will be racing each day, and the action is not to be missed. 

Over 8,500 competitors will participate, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend and leisure sailors. This magnificent event with its fantastic atmosphere, racing, entertainment and shopping stalls attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the week.

Our members and guests have the opportunity to be at the forefront of the action, with Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury Yacht Harbour the closest mainland marinas to the start line of the regatta, and Ocean Village and Hythe marinas also close by. Our marinas promise to be a hive of celebratory activity, and will be the perfect place to relive the action of the day whilst enjoying a chilled beverage and canapés, all from the comfort of your berth in the evenings or at one of our bustling bars or restaurants. 

To find out further information about the historic regatta, what’s on offer and how you can take part, visit: www.cowesweek.co.uk.

What’s more, those enjoying Cowes Week from our Solent marinas still have time to take advantage of our summer offers and enjoy savings of up to 45% on scrubs and storage at a number of our boatyards.

To find out more about our exclusive offers, visit: www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/offers.


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Outlook House

Prominently located offices at the mouth of the River Hamble on Hamble Point Marina, one of the south coast’s liveliest marina business communities. Suitable for a single occupier or can be subdivided into smaller office suites.

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MDL partners with British Keelboat League and RS Sailing

Posted: 19th July 2019

We are very proud to be the ‘Official Marina Partner’ of the British Keelboat League and RS Sailing. As part of our support, we are providing the new fleet of RS 21 keelboats with easy access to the water during the British Keelboat League events taking place throughout 2019. Our partnership ensures that the teams are located close to the start line at our Hamble Point Marina with direct access to the Solent and Queen Anne’s Battery minutes from Plymouth Sound. The participating sailing crews and organisers will also enjoy access to our marinas’ excellent facilities to support their racing including slipways, boat repairs, and chandlery.
 
The British Keelboat League was established in 2016 to encourage participation in keelboat racing across the United Kingdom and comprises a series of regional events. At each event sailors compete in multiple short sprint races against teams from other clubs in their region. The winning teams from each region then come together for a national final to determine the British Keelboat League champions.
 
“We are delighted to be able to support the British Keelboat League. Getting sailors out on the water and promoting sailing in such an inclusive way is something that MDL whole heartedly endorses,” says Mike Glanville, MDL Marinas Managing Director.  “We look forward to welcoming the teams to our MDL marinas.”
 
“RS Sailing is delighted that MDL Marinas has come on board as the Marina Partner for the British Keelboat League. MDL Marinas’ support means the British Keelboat League has access to some of the best facilities in the UK which allows us to maximise the time the competitors get to spend on the water and in turn it gets more people involved and participating in our awesome sport.” Jon Partridge – CEO RS Sailing.
 
All the boats for the events are provided by the British Keelboat League which ensures fair competition across the board. The new RS 21 keelboat makes up the majority of the 2019 fleet and it is ideally suited to the task. 
 
The RS 21 was developed specifically to provide a simple and affordable solution for keelboat clubs to bring wider availability and popularity back to keelboat racing. RS Sailing also put a great emphasis on sustainability when designing the boat. The hull’s core is made from recycled material and, to reduce its carbon footprint, the RS21 is sized to fit six boats into a 40-foot shipping container.
 
Mike continues: “Looking after our marine environment is a must for anyone working in the marine industry. RS Sailing have committed to this which makes our partnership with the British Keelboat League all the more important to us, as their sustainability efforts complement ours.”
 
To further support keelboat sailing our Hamble Point and Queen Anne’s Battery marinas offer competitive annual, summer and monthly ‘trailer sailor’ packages designed specifically with keelboat sailors in mind. 
 
To find out more about the British Keelboat League visit https://www.britishkeelboatleague.co.uk.

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Firefly House

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Recently refurbished, comprising flexible self-contained business space, suitable for a variety of uses and prominently located adjacent to 11,000 sqm of new boat sales hard standing on one of the south coast’s liveliest marina business communities.

HPM hosts 60th Anniversary of the Fairey Huntress Motor Cruiser

Posted: 9th July 2019

On Saturday 22nd June, Hamble Point Marina hosted the Fairey Owners Club’s celebration of sixty years of the elegant Fairey Huntress motor cruiser. 

To honour this timeless classic, 17 boats and 65 members of the Fairey Owners Club gathered for a lunchtime BBQ on the green outside our head office at Hamble Point Marina. The boats on display included one of every model from the Huntress to the last production boat produced by Fairey Marine, showcasing the complete history of the company.

Chris Davey, Treasurer of the Fairey Owners Club, says: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate this amazing anniversary at Hamble Point, where it all began 60 years ago. The Huntress was really the starting point for modern motor cruisers, and it is a reasonable statement to say that most planing powerboats, RIBs and raceboats can trace their DNA back to that initial constant deadrise hull form launched in 1959 by Fairey Marine.”

The Fairey Owners Club combined its summer rally and concours d’elegance to form this unique celebration and a prize giving followed the festivities. Trophies were awarded to various people in recognition of the work that they do to maintain and keep the aging boats going.

“We would like to thank MDL for its continued support of the Fairey Owners Club,” continues Chris. “It makes important events like this possible.”

The Fairey Huntress was developed by Fairey Marine from a Ray Hunt ‘Deep V’ design in the late 1950s in response to the demand at that time for fast motor boats. This single engine motor cruiser soon became synonymous with style and performance after being launched onto the world stage with a starring role in the 1963 James Bond film, From Russia with Love.

Following this, Fairey Marine, originally based at Hamble Point, went from strength to strength and at one time was the world’s largest boat manufacturer outside of the United States, selling up to 1,000 boats a year across the range.


From Hamble Point with Love: The Fairey Huntress at 60

Posted: 19th June 2019

On Saturday 22nd June our Hamble Point Marina is to play host to the Fairey Owners Club who will be celebrating sixty years of the elegant Fairey Huntress motor cruiser.

The Fairey Huntress was developed by Fairey Marine from a Ray Hunt ‘Deep V’ design in the late 1950s in response to the demand at that time for fast motor boats. This single engine motor cruiser soon became synonymous with style and performance aftern being launched onto the world stage with a starring role in the 1963 James Bond film, From Russia with Love.

Following this, Fairey Marine, originally based at Hamble Point, went from strength to strength and at one time was the world’s largest boat manufacturer outside of the United States, selling up to 1,000 boats a year across the range.

To honour this timeless classic around 17 boats and 60 members of the Fairey Owners Club will gather for a BBQ at Hamble Point Marina from 12 noon onwards. The BBQ will be held on the green outside Outlook House (our head office).

Chris Davey, Treasurer of the Fairey Owners Club, comments: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this amazing anniversary at Hamble Point, where it all began 60 years ago. The Huntress was really the starting point for modern motor cruisers, and it is a reasonable statement to say that most planing powerboats, RIBs and raceboats can trace their DNA back to that initial constant deadrise hull form launched in 1959 by Fairey Marine.”

This year the Fairey Owners Club has combined its summer rally and concours d’elegance to form this unique celebration and therefore there will be a prize giving following the festivities. Trophies will be awarded to various people in recognition of the work that they do to maintain and keep the aging boats going.

“We would like to thank MDL for its continued support of the Fairey Owners Club,” continues Chris. “It makes important events like these possible.”

Visit the Fairey Owner’s Club for more information.


Cowes SailGP

From 10th August 2019 until 11th August 2019

Cowes, Isle of Wight, is the home of yachting and sailing in the UK and will host the penultimate event in SailGP Season 1.

Cowes SailGP has formed an exciting partnership with Lendy Cowes Week and will be an official feature event for their opening weekend of August 10/11 2019.

This new, annual global sports championship will take centre stage in the Solent and promises to deliver thrilling racing for the competitors and fans alike. As the home of UK sailing, fans will be out in force, both ashore and afloat, to support the home team, which features some of the best young Olympic talent in the country.

For More Information
Email: Michelle Ansell
Website: https://sailgp.com/races/cowes/

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