With news of a mini heat wave forecast this weekend, why not join the team at Hamble Point Marina and enjoy a number of events taking place, including the popular Flare Amnesty, as well as the chance to book a personal slot to step on board and sea trial a J Boat of your choice.
This Saturday (18th October) will be the J Boat Open Day – offering a fantastic opportunity to come and view the J Boat of your choice. On display will be the J/70, J/80, J/88, J/95, J/97E, J/109, J/111 and J/122E, along with a dazzling array of brokerage boats on show. If you wish to book a slot to look around any of the models, or to undertake a demo sail, please just get in touch with the Key Yachting team by emailing email@example.com or calling 023 8045 5669. On the day, the team will also be at the Ketch Rigger from 9.30am to assist with viewings and sailings.
Following this will be the popular Flare Amnesty (Sunday 19th October) which runs from 10am to 3pm at Hamble Point Marina in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary Marine unit and Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies. This event is being held in response to the growing problem of out-of-date flare disposal, which can leave owners facing severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
On the day, the parties will be offering a “distress flare amnesty” for private boat owners and the chance to dispose of up to 10 flares per person free of charge*, with a request for a charitable donation. The monies raised by the organisers will go towards the purchase of sailing dinghies which they will then donate to local sailing clubs to be used by young people that may not get the chance to experience the sport of sailing.
There will also be flare demonstrations taking place on the day, which always makes for a popular and rare viewing.
In addition to the Flare Amnesty, the RNLI will be at the marina from 10am to 3pm offering free lifejacket checks. The team will be on hand to check your lifejackets are safe and teach useful tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket.
Across the two days the Ketch Rigger will be serving up its delicious range of food including their traditional Sunday carvery from 12pm. The chef will serve up roast beef or roast of the day with Yorkshire pudding, with a selection of delicious fresh vegetables for £10.50 per person.
Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest broker network on the south coast with thousands of boats for sale from some of the world’s leading brands. If you’re looking for a new or used boat, you can be sure to find your ideal solution this weekend. For details about the onsite brokers and brands, please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/brokers-village.
We look forward to welcoming you this weekend.
*Disposal of more than ten flares will only be possible by prior agreement.
Are your lifejackets safe? Learn useful tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket. Bring along your lifejacket to a free RNLI Lifejacket clinic at Hamble Point Marina on 19th October between 10am and 3pm.
We will also have our Flare Amnesty running on the same day.
The sun is out and shining here in Hamble still!! so come and join us on Saturday 18th October for a J Boat Day!!
A fantastic opportunity to come and view the J boat of your choice. We will have the J/70, J/80, J/88, J/95, J/97E, J/109, J/111 and J/122E and a dazzling array of brokerage boats to show you too.
To ensure you get maximum time to look round the boats please just drop us a line or ring the office to indicate your model(s) of interest and when you'd like to take a peek. Demo sails are also available on request.
The Key Yachting Team will be at the Ketch Rigger at Hamble Point from 09:30 onwards.
For More Information
Call: 023 8045 5669
Email: Mary Sutherland
You are cordially invited on Saturday 11th October to an Open Day here at Hamble Point Marina to take a look at the beautiful Grand Soleil 39’ and 43’, the Nautitech Open 40 and the outstanding head turner from France - The Tofinou 8 & 7. We will also have further details of the new GS46LC (Long Cruise) which will make its debut next year.
Come along to Hamble Point Marina on the 11th October where all of the models listed will be available to view and board. To help us with our planning, if there is a specific model you would like to see please get in contact and let us know, otherwise take a couple of hours out of your busy Saturday and simply pop down for a trail sail!
The Key Yachting Team will be at the Ketch Rigger at Hamble Point from 09.30 onwards
If this date or boat choice doesn’t suit then look out for our J Boat open day on 18th October.
The MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships 2014 will run on Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th October and Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th October.
The event, held across two weekends when there is high water on the central Solent plateau, is renowned for close, competitive racing. It regularly attracts a top grand prix race fleet from across the Solent, all seeking an exhilarating end to the season.
The MDL Big Boat Championships offer 4 races each Saturday and 2 each Sunday. Racing, under the experienced eye of Race Officers Jamie Wilkinson and Stephen Parry, is offered for Farr 45 and J/111 as one design and IRC rated boats with a minimum TCC of 1.040. Other One Design Classes with a minimum IRC TCC of 1.040 that can muster a minimum of six entries may also apply for a class start. Please contact HRSC to discuss.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director, MDL said: “MDL Marinas is delighted to be the lead sponsor for this year’s Hamble Big Boat Championships. The series is a natural fit with MDL – being based just offshore from our Hamble Point Marina and involving much of the local community. MDL Marinas works hard to encourage young people to become active in sailing, working with the Ocean Youth Trust South to give deserving young people the chance to participate in the sport, so it’s great to be involved in another fantastic sailing event. We’re all looking forward to some great racing action over the coming weeks.”
The MDL Big Boat Championships are celebrating their 8th edition this year and have grown over the years to become a key component of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Prize giving is at 3.30pm each Sunday race day at Hamble River Sailing Club, which offers a warm welcome, hot food and competitively priced beer!
For more information and to enter: hamblewinterseries.com.
It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.
It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.
Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...
We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!
Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.
This is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, where we ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2013, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £20 million. Several of MDL's marinas will be hosting these mornings:
So come along for some coffee and baked goods in order to support this brilliant cause.
Six deserving young people who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards voyage were officially presented with their trophies yesterday at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending six days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht.
Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing were Callum Archibald, 14 from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The week-long round trip, from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw them plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants also had the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred young people to experience something truly exceptional. We are big supporters of the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and it’s fantastic that they can reward these youngsters with such a brilliant adventure that really does give them skills for life. We look forward to meeting this year’s winners and presenting them with their awards.”
For more photos of the presentation, please click here.