We are pleased to announce that Lesley Robinson (pictured) will succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas.
The change comes as Eamonn recently announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group.
Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great people, and I’m personally pleased to be handing on a business in great shape to my successor. Whilst this is the first phase of my retirement plan I’ll be keeping up my links with the industry as I think I’ll find it hard to stay away.”
Lesley joins MDL Marinas as a proven business leader with a strong commercial, customer focused background across a broad range of fields. Lesley has operated at director level in the leisure, FMCG, media and technology sectors both internationally and in the UK and will be joining MDL from her most recent Director role at the Money Advice Service.
Lesley will join the business in early November and will be relocating to the Hamble area.
Lesley said “I’m delighted to be joining MDL and looking forward to getting started as soon as possible. I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the business and to being part of the excellent team dedicated to serving MDL’s customers.”
Please join us and support this worthy cause at the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on 25th September. The Ketch Rigger will once again be hosting this event so if you have a cake to donate or would like to pop in for a coffee and sample the cakes then we would love to see you. In 2014 over 154,000 people registered their coffee morning and a record £20 million was raised - that is quite staggering!
We hope to see you there from 10am onwards.
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, when it will return once again to its impressive two-tier waterfront location.
Staff members will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand and showcase MDL’s network of outstanding marinas in the UK and Europe. This year, the team will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at MDL’s stunning five-star Marina di Stabia. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples in Italy, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.
Freedom Berthing members will, as normal, benefit from exclusive hospitality in our MyMDL Lounge. The balcony offers a wonderful view over the boat show marina, ideal to enjoy a complimentary drink or two in the sun (should the weather be kind to us). Berth holders can also take advantage of free parking at Ocean Car Park in Ocean Village Marina. Simply hand in your parking ticket when presenting your card at the Freedom Berthing reception desk and we will exchange this for an exit pass.
The show will also see the MDL team recognise the achievement of a group of deserving young people who have completed their Sail Training Awards, during a special ceremony. The MDL-sponsored awards have been running for nearly 30 years, offering admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Other highlights of the show for MDL include cheque presentations to two UK charities, Heroes on the Water and Julia’s House children’s hospice, thanks to Cobb’s Quay Marina’s fundraising efforts. The marina holds an annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised £650. The team also recently held a golf day at Bulbury Woods golf course, raising an incredible £2,000 for Julia’s House.
Our cleat challenge game, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will make a welcome return. Those participating will have the chance to win a Henri Lloyd jacket by posting the fastest time during the course of the show.
MDL will also be announcing the results of its annual ‘MDL in Bloom’ competition, which rewards green-fingered marina teams across all 19 UK locations, who have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure that their sites are looking their best.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The Southampton Boat Show is a real highlight of the boating calendar for us and a show at which we really enjoy exhibiting. We look forward to welcoming visitors, along with our existing berth holders for exclusive hospitality, and have lots of exciting events planned. The show also gives us a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of our staff and the young people receiving their Sail Training Awards.”
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.