The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has signed a six-year deal to become the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR. The exciting news sees the MDL group get behind the team and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to “bring the Cup home”.
To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. MDL Marina Consultancy, a division of MDL Marinas, recently project managed the design and construction of a high specification customised pontoon to complement the Land Rover BAR team’s innovative new headquarters in Portsmouth.
Manufactured by Walcon Marine, the MDL-branded pontoon has been created with the highest quality materials, including continuous concrete flotation and beautiful sustainably-sourced hardwood decking. Strong attention to detail extends to the MDL logo embedded in the deck boards with a CNC machine – a first for the industry. The pontoon is fully serviced with water and electricity and lit with stainless steel lighting, recessed into the deck.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the America’s Cup home. We are a long-standing British company and are proud to be part of this historical moment. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Land Rover BAR team all the way.”
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group, it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.
The team at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina recently welcomed two British Paralympic sailors, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, to the marina as they prepare to compete for the opportunity to represent Great Britain in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
The athletes will enjoy free berthing for their SKUD 18 racing sailing boats at the marina at key points throughout their training, giving them essential access to the waters of the Solent, and the marina team will be lifting the boats out of the water and re-launching them whenever required as a complimentary service. The marina also offers racing scrubs which produce a smoother hull finish, resulting in less drag - the perfect solution for competitive sailing.
With five world titles under their belts, the duo have high hopes for the Games. The pair only narrowly missed out on a gold medal at the 2014 Disabled Sailing World Championships in Canada that saw Great Britain qualify for Rio 2016.
Alexandra commented: “We are very excited and grateful for MDL’s support on our road to Rio. We believe training in the Solent will stand us in great stead for the challenges that we will face when sailing in Brazil. To have access to the best facilities on the Solent and to have everyone at MDL Marinas and Hamble Point getting behind our dream means the world to Niki and I.”
A hub for competitive racing in the Solent, Hamble Point Marina offers the ideal location for the team to train. Nic Parton, Marina Manager, said: “We are really excited to welcome two such inspiring and skilled athletes to the marina and to be playing a part in the British Paralympic effort for Rio 2016. We have a vibrant sailing scene here at the marina, so it’s brilliant to be hosting these sailing stars.”
To find out more, please visit www.teambirrellrickham.com.
Hamble Yacht Care invites you to join them for a FREE demo and trial day in association with MDL Marinas, Torqeedo Electric Propulsion, Solbian Solar Systems and Calibra Marine LED Lighting. The Marine Electric & Energy Show will showcase the leading manufacturers of energy saving lighting, solar generating and electric propulsion systems. Torqeedo's UK distributer will be displaying their range of smaller electric outboards with a rare opportunity to trial them on the water.
Visitors will also have the chance to see the full range of Solbian Solar Panels, the leading solar panel manufacturer as fitted on board the Maserati Racing Yacht. Calibra Marine, our local supplier of LED lighting systems, will have a display of their products and energy saving lighting solutions. The event will take place at Mercury Yacht Harbour between 10.00am and 5.30pm.
In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.
Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series returns to Portsmouth from the 22-24 July 2016, and Land Rover BAR will be looking to repeat their 2015 victory in front of the home crowd. The three days of spectacular entertainment will be centred on Southsea seafront. The race village will include a hosted main stage, big screens with commentary to watch the racing, a market of shops and food stalls, and a visit by the RAF display team, the Red Arrows. Land Rover BAR’s home city of Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant place, with its proud naval and maritime heritage, towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront.
As Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s Official UK Marina Partner, staff at MDL Marinas are looking forward to exhibiting within the ACWS Marketplace. Up to 650,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day sporting and entertainment spectacular.
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, as the event is now known, takes place this year on the 8th to the 15th August. MDL’s Hamble Marinas can offer a range of services to suit different customers depending on their needs. From berthing before, during and after the event to hull scrubs or maintenance lifts. Our experienced boatyard teams can also be on hand to facilitate any repairs needed during the event.
Also, if a charter or crew position on a race boat interests you, why not contact one of our on-site businesses such as Sailing Logic, Fairview, Britannia Events, Island Charters, Key Yachting, BOSS, Hamble School of Yachting or Hamble Point Yacht Charters who are highly experienced in events such as this and can offer expert advice and guidance.
The team at Hamble Point Marina are delighted to invite all their berth holders and tenants to their fantastic Summer Party which is being held on 24th July at the Ketch Rigger from 7pm onwards. There's Pimms, food and entertainment from Wave 105's Simon Clarke who will, according to the modern youth vernacular of some of the team (and the manager when he's trying to keep up….), be spinning some banging tunes on the decks. To most of us, this just means he'll be playing some rather good music. Anyway, we look forward to welcoming all our customers and having a great time! If you haven't already got your tickets, please contact the marina office.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers this summer, thanks to a range of great deals on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas. Owners will be able to ensure their boats are in top condition for those beautiful days on the water, as well as enjoy some great-value short term summer berthing in the finest UK marinas.
To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of nine 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, Cobb's Quay in Poole, Shamrock Quay in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island.
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 £31.50 per metre for a lift, pressure wash, up to 7 days storage ashore and relaunch 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 please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-offers.
Enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s great boating festival, from the 15–24 September 2017. Experience something new, learn from the experts and get out on the water free, with the Show’s signature attraction Try A Boat. Plus, compare and explore almost 1,000 boats, see new models, brands and products including the most prestigious marine brands, from Britain's iconic names to international favourites. Immerse yourself in new attractions as well as old Show favourites.
Come visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, overlooking the marina. Freedom Berthing members will, as always, benefit from our exclusive hospitality in our customer lounge, free parking at Ocean Car Park, guest speakers, a Moët Ice bar and one of the best views at the Show!