Exclusive pamper event for Port Hamble Marina's facilities launch

Posted: 8th July 2017

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, has unveiled its stunning new member facilities at Port Hamble Marina this week, marked with a luxurious pamper event for visitors to enjoy. Celebrating the opening of the transformed space, MDL invited members and guests to receive complementary spa treatments within the facilities to reveal the new offering.

The redevelopment includes beautifully designed changing facilities, as well as an exclusive members’ area, featuring private dressing and shower rooms. The significant £500,000 investment commenced in October 2016 and followed detailed member feedback, which helped identify the services which would be of most benefit to further enhance the marina experience.

Nic Parton, MDL Port Hamble Marina Manager, said: “We are very excited to officially open our new facilities at Port Hamble Marina and the feedback we’ve already received has been outstanding. Providing an unrivalled marina experience which puts our members at the heart of our services is our ultimate goal, so what better way to celebrate the opening than inviting guests to receive complementary massages and treatments, helping them to unwind and relax before heading out for a day on the water.”

The marina’s ergonomic facilities have been sensitively designed throughout, mirroring the gentle and relaxing atmosphere of the harbour. Finishing touches include heated flooring, backlit mirrors and mood lighting. The space has also been built with the environment in mind, incorporating energy efficient Dyson hand and hair dryers. The centrepiece of the members’ space is an impressive landscape painting depicting yachts on the water, created by Stephen Lees; the colours and composition perfectly unify the space, bringing together sleek design with home-from-home comfort.

Nic added: “In designing the space, we wanted to offer facilities which captured the look and feel of a luxurious spa, but still provided the efficiencies and practicality of an area where members could prepare for their sailing. We hope we have harnessed both elements and very much look forward to our guests making the most of Port Hamble’s new offering.” 

Find out more about Port Hamble Marina and the variety of services on available for all to enjoy.


New Port Hamble facilities launched with a pamper event

Round the Island Race 2017

From 22nd June 2017 until 2nd July 2017

The annual Round the Island Race sponsored this year by Cloudy Bay, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 1st July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

If you feel your boat could do with an all important racing scrub then we have some great summer offers avalaible in the Hamble.  Please click here for further information

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

For More Information
Call: 02380 452 464
Email: Hamble Point Marina
Website: http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk

MDL Marinas Row to Sail 2

Posted: 20th June 2017

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is today launching an exciting charitable initiative which will see its team and members raise money for Ocean Youth Trust South by rowing a combined total of 910 miles to help raise funds.

The company initiative has been created after being inspired by the Land Rover BAR team who, in preparation for the recent races, rowed a total of 910 miles in seven weeks. 

To conquer the challenge MDL will install rowing machines across 11 of its marinas starting in Northney, Queen Anne’s Battery and Penton Hook, where team members and customers will be challenged to row as far as they can to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Rowing machines will be installed in the marinas from 13th June. 

The rowing challenge will culminate at Southampton Boat Show which starts on 15th September with a final ‘row in’. One rower will be on our stand to give people a chance to show what they can do and go head to head against their friends, all in the name of a good cause. 

Ocean Youth Trust South is a Hampshire-based charity which specialises in using an ‘Adventure Under Sail’ concept to help young people develop confidence and the essential problem solving skills needed to succeed in life. MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South first came together in 1987 to create the Sail Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding efforts of young people who have faced exceptional challenges, or have gone above and beyond to support others. 

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The 35th America’s Cup may have come to an end for Land Rover BAR but what an incredible journey and one that MDL is honoured to be part of. The training begins now for 36th America’s Cup which we fully support. We are all very excited about the rowing challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing members, row up a storm in one of our 11 UK marina locations.”

If you would like to donate or find out more, visit our MDL Row to Sail charity challenge page.


MDL Row to Sail

MDL Marinas Row to Sail

Posted: 20th June 2017

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is today launching an exciting charitable initiative which will see its team and members raise money for Ocean Youth Trust South by rowing a combined total of 910 miles to help raise funds.

The company initiative has been created after being inspired by the Land Rover BAR team who, in preparation for the recent races, rowed a total of 910 miles in seven weeks. 

To conquer the challenge MDL will install rowing machines across 11 of its marinas starting in Northney, Queen Anne’s Battery and Penton Hook, where team members and customers will be challenged to row as far as they can to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Rowing machines will be installed in the marinas from 13th June. 

The rowing challenge will culminate at Southampton Boat Show which starts on 15th September with a final ‘row in’. One rower will be on our stand to give people a chance to show what they can do and go head to head against their friends, all in the name of a good cause. 

Ocean Youth Trust South is a Hampshire-based charity which specialises in using an ‘Adventure Under Sail’ concept to help young people develop confidence and the essential problem solving skills needed to succeed in life. MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South first came together in 1987 to create the Sail Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding efforts of young people who have faced exceptional challenges, or have gone above and beyond to support others. 

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The 35th America’s Cup may have come to an end for Land Rover BAR but what an incredible journey and one that MDL is honoured to be part of. The training begins now for 36th America’s Cup which we fully support. We are all very excited about the rowing challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing members, row up a storm in one of our 11 UK marina locations.”

If you would like to donate or find out more, visit our MDL Row to Sail charity challenge page.


Take the pressure off and scrub up with our hot summer offers

Posted: 7th June 2017

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


Summer offers on berthing and scrubs at MDL Marinas

Southampton Sailing Week at Hamble Point Marina

From 26th May 2017 until 27th May 2017

Hamble Point Marina kicks off the Southampton Sailing Week weekend with an evening under the stars, on Friday 26 May, for an open air cinema screening of the Hollywood classic, Grease. With food and drinks available from The Ketch Rigger you can unwind before settling down at 8.30pm with picnics and blankets for a fabulous evening singing along to one of the world’s most loved musicals, whilst looking out across the marina as the sun sets.

The next day, Hamble will be hosting a fabulous Sailing Open Day, starting at 10am. It promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family, with complementary RIB rides, Segway experiences and a miniature petting farm just some of the activities planned. An exclusive stand from Isle of Wight Distillery will also showcase some of the very best locally produced spirits, including Mermaid Gin, Rock Sea Vodka and Apple Pie Moon Shine, perfect for an afternoon tipple! 

 In the evening an after-show party at Ketch Rigger is open to all – expect fabulous food and drinks in a beautiful setting, with an Elvis Tribute Band set to close the festivities.

 

 

Saturday 27 May

TimeEvent
9am - 10am Pre-show breakfast at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf
10am - 5pm

Land Exhibition:

  • Tesla cars
  • Kids' play area and fairground
  • Kids' farm
  • Segway rides with Solent Segway
  • Artisan's Market
  • Remote control boat racing
  • Wine tasting with Hambledon Vineyard
  • Beer tasting with Isle of Wight Distillery
  • August Race boat maintenance range and bespoke handmade luggage
  • Coalporter Rowing Event

 

Water Exhibition:

  • Boat displays from MCC, TBS, Arcona, Inspiration, Marco Marine
  • Foldable RIBs and Suzuki engines with Steve Bruce SBS
  • 'Seafin' boat tours
  • Marine police boat tours
  • Urban Truant RIB ride marina tours of the Hamble

 

5pm - 7pmAfter-show dinner at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf with live music

 

 

For More Information
Call: 02380 452464
Email: Luke Machin
Website: http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-hamble-point-marina

Southampton Sailing Week at Hamble Point Marina

£500,000 invested in stunning new marina facilities

Posted: 2nd May 2017

Stunning new Port Hamble facilities

A significant investment of £500,000 has been made to Port Hamble Marina's facilities to give our members their home comforts within the marina.

The soon-to-be-unveiled investment, follows member feedback for upgrades to be made to Port Hamble Marina's facilities, giving them a more modern and luxurious feel for visitors to enjoy. Features inlude bright, spacious shower and toilet facilities for all visitors, energy efficient LED lights, underfloor heating and a secure MDL Marinas members' area, accessible by key card. The facilities will be opened for guests to use on Saturday 26th May.

If you're a member of MDL Marinas with Freedom Berthing, you can take advantage of your complimentary nights in the MDL Marinas network. Visit the beautiful surrounds of the Hamble and the Solent and make the most of the landside premises; including the newly installed facilities, the Banana Wharf restaurant in the marina and the many pubs, bars and restaurants in the local area.

Find out more about our Freedom Berthing or Port Hamble Marina specifically by exploring MDL Marinas.


Port Hamble Marina improvements

MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

Posted: 27th April 2017

MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South have come together to celebrate an incredible 30 years of partnership, marked this month with the maiden voyage of the Trust’s new sail training vessel, Prolific. Young sailors from across the south of England took part in the intensive voyage, which included six inspirational young people who were chosen as worthy winners of MDL Marinas’ annual Sail Training Awards.

OYT South is a Hampshire-based charity which specialises in using an ‘Adventure Under Sail’ concept to help young people develop confidence and the essential problem solving skills needed to succeed in life. MDL Marinas and OYT first came together in 1987 to create the Sail Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding efforts of young people who have faced exceptional challenges, or have gone above and beyond to support others.

Three decades later and the annual awards are still going strong. This year’s MDL winners included George Hopwood, Ciaran Robinson and Alexandra Corrigan, all from Hampshire; Adam Gianfrancesco from Surrey and Rachel Mosley from Torquay.

The maiden voyage of Prolific saw 11 young people in total take to the Solent for a rigorous four-day sailing trip. The passage commenced from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina and the team made their way down to Dartmouth, being taught along the way how to sail the vessel, before circling back along the coast. During sailing, the team carried out drills such as rescuing a man overboard and pilotage planning, whilst having plenty of fun in between. Upon returning to shore, the young sailors deservedly earned a ‘Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting Certificate’.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “Everyone involved in the transformation of Prolific has been eagerly awaiting its maiden voyage, and it’s fantastic that such a worthy team of young sailors marked the first passage. Combined that this is our 30th year of partnership with OYT, the sailing was a truly special experience. Our Sail Training Award winners were chosen for their inspirational attitudes and commitment to supporting others. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those selected, honouring them for their remarkable achievements at such a young age.

“Over the last 30 years, the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 150 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on-board John Laing, Prolific’s predecessor, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support OYT South with Prolific and the important work that it carries out.”

OYT South Staff Skipper, Andy Viney, commented: “We had a fantastic group of young people for Prolific’s first voyage with the charity, and we were absolutely delighted to be joined by the MDL award winners on this memorable trip. For the last 30 years MDL Marinas has given us tremendous support and, without them, we wouldn’t have this magnificent boat back in the water – so it was very fitting that they supplied so many of the young crew members for this voyage.

“The MDL award winners are always highly deserving and inspirational young people and this year’s winners were no exception. This week has been a great start to Prolific’s sailing career and we are all looking forward to offering more outstanding voyages, in partnership with MDL, as the season goes on.”

Rachel Mosley, one of the young MDL sailors who took part in the voyage, added: “I want to thank MDL Marinas and OYT South for the opportunity to take part in the sailing trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the week and it's really opened my eyes to sailing. The experience has given me the opportunity to go back as a junior boson and learn more about the boat and how the sea staff look after it and keep it running. Thank you again for the amazing opportunity.”

Prolific was bought by the charity in 2015 and has spent eighteen months undergoing a refit and modifications, with close support and sponsorship from MDL Marinas, ensuring it would sail safely and effectively for young people aged between 12 and 25. Prolific provides the opportunity for all to sail onboard, from keen and competent young sailors looking for real adventure, through to vulnerable and disadvantaged people who might never expected the chance to sail.

To see Prolific in action please visit the following link: https://youtu.be/TQ2Elp8AJvw. Further information about OYT South can be found at www.oytsouth.org/charity.asp.


Traditional Sunday Carvery at Hamble Point Marina

On the 30th April 2017

Every Sunday from Noon, The Ketch Rigger Waterfront restaurant and bar hold their Traditional Sunday Carvery, featuring roast beef and roast pork, fresh vegetables, homemade gravy and all the trimmings for £12.50. Childrens portions available as well as our full Sunday menu.  Bookings advisable

For More Information
Call: 02380 455 601
Email: The Ketch Rigger
Website: http://www.ketchrigger.co.uk/

Traditional Sunday Carvery at Hamble Point Marina

Burger and Lobster Night at Ketch Rigger, Hamble Point

On the 6th September 2017

The Ketch Rigger Waterfront bar and restaurant are holding a Burger & Lobster Evening on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Enjoy ½ grilled lobster, handpacked beef burger in a squishy brioche bun, fries, salad garnish and a glass of Prosecco all for £20. Booking advisable.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 5601
Email: The Ketch Rigger
Website: http://www.ketchrigger.co.uk/

Burger and Lobster Night at Ketch Rigger, Hamble Point.

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