The world famous Isle of Wight Festival is steeped in musical heritage having shot to fame in the late 60s and 1970 with appearances from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who and Jefferson Airplane. The 2015 line-up is headlined by Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Billy Idol and many more.
Be sure to call us for a berth for the night before travelling to the island by boat:
Hamble Point Marina are holding their 2014 Summer Party onboard Blue Funnel's Ocean Scene. The boat will depart the events pontoon of the marina at 8pm, returning at 11.30pm. A fully licensed bar, live music from BB3 and a basket meal are included in the ticket price of £7. Tickets are available from the marina office and are strictly limted to 190 spaces.
Organisers and exhibitors recently welcomed over 1,400 people to the Hamble Point Boat Show, held at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina. Linking up with National Watersports Month, the free show marked the start of the boating season and brought together boating enthusiasts and members of the local community for an action-packed family weekend on and off the water.
The event offered plenty of activities and boating demonstrations for visitors to enjoy during the two-day event. Coastal Pursuits, in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina Programme, took more than 60 people out on exhilarating RIB rides, while activities for younger visitors included Micro Magic racing, tea cup rides and face-painting. An impressive 2,000 flares were handed in to the 'distress flare amnesty', run by Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK.
The show saw six members of the Sail 4 Cancer team successfully complete an unusual challenge at the marina, to raise funds for UK families affected by cancer. The Poker Playing Sea Dogs from Kingsclere, Hampshire, spent 24 hours in a life raft, raising £2,000 for their efforts. The group of intrepid card players passed the time playing extreme poker on the water!
Lizette van Niekerk, Fundraising Manager at Sail 4 Cancer, said: “The show provided a fantastic atmosphere for our fundraising team, who were sponsored to spend 24 hours in a life raft at the marina. Visitors to the show were very supportive of the team and we’d like to thank them all for their generosity and encouragement.”
Visitors were also able to browse hundreds of new and used boats, including the Cornish Crabbers and Mystery Yachts ranges. Exhibitor Adrian Hart, Sales Manager at Cornish Crabbers, said: “Hamble Point Marina is an ideal location for a boat show, thanks to its versatile site and central position. We were very happy with the number and variety of people who came to see us and feel that the show has the potential to be even bigger and better next year!”
Hamble-based international yacht brokerage, MGM Boats, also exhibited at the show. Office Manager, Mark White, added: “We’ve been a part of the Hamble Point Boat Show for the past two years and always find it a well organised and well supported show. We were pleased with the number of sales leads we made over the weekend, and we also sold two boats!”
Visitors to the show were also able to browse a range of marine products, engineering services and equipment, with exhibitors including global marine technicians, Landau UK Ltd. Jonathon Bagge, Project Manager at Landau UK, commented: “This was our first year exhibiting at the show and judging by the results we saw, we will be coming back again next year. We were impressed with the efficiency of the staff and how well looked after we were from the moment we arrived.”
Nicholas Parton, General Manager at Hamble Point Marina, said: “We had a fantastic event and are delighted to have welcomed so many visitors. We have received some brilliant feedback from visitors, exhibitors and tenants and we are thrilled that the Sail 4 Cancer team raised such an impressive amount during their 24-hour challenge. We are already looking forward to next year’s event, where we hope to welcome even more people to the marina!”
Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards are now back on dry land, after setting sail from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina on 16th April for six days at sea.
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 a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
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 230 nautical mile trip saw this year's MDL award winners first heading for an anchorage in Studland, from where they motored into Poole on the Friday evening. Next morning they had a fabulous sail round the south of the Isle of Wight on a glorious day, ending up in Haslar. They sailed to Cowes for lunch, came out, anchored an Osborne Bay and planned a final pilotage exercise up to Southampton. RYA Start Yachting certificates were awarded to all participants.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our Sail Training Awards winners following their exciting journey. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the young people selected, rewarding them for their achievements or inspiration and support to others.
“Over the years the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the 'John Laing', something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that it carries out”.
One of the scheme’s recent success stories is 17-year-old Toby Hunt from Bognor Regis who was one of the lucky winners selected to take part in last year’s trip, and has since been busy working as a volunteer, assisting Ocean Youth Trust South with its winter refit of ‘John Laing’. In addition, Toby has been working hard as a volunteer trainee Bosun for the 2014 trip and is looking to become a volunteer member of the sea staff for the future.
The six young winners from this year will now be invited to attend the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be officially presented with their trophies at the MDL stand by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe.
Nominations for next year’s awards will be announced in December 2014.
For more information please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.
Come and join in the fun on our ever-popular MDL Marinas, family and friends pre-Christmas cruise to St Malo on board Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven on the 8-10th December 2017, departing Friday evening from Portsmouth at 8.15pm and returning Sunday morning at 7.45am. Package includes:
*£109.00 per person based on either 2 persons sharing a 2 berth inside cabin or 3/4 persons sharing a 4 berth inside cabin. Please note that 2 berth cabins are 1 upper and 1 lower berth!
**£115.00 per person for those that want a little more space - 2 persons can have sole use of a 4 berth cabin. Ideal for those that need 2 lower berths!
Take your car for free - minimum of 2 persons per vehicle required - max 1.83m (6') high / 5m (16' 5") long.
Download and complete this form to book your place.
Families can once again pay a visit to one of the South’s premier new and used boat shows this May, with the Hamble Point Boat Show taking place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May. Linking up with National Watersports Month, this year’s show is set to be a great weekend of on and off the water activities with a huge range of boats on display.
Open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, the always-popular free family event will feature over 250 new and used boats for sale. The great selection on show will range from day boats to sports boats, cruisers and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors can also take advantage of the wide range of products available from some of the UK’s leading marine companies, as well as speaking to expert brokers and finding out more about the other marine services available on-site.
This year’s show will be taking place during National Watersports Month, a joint collaboration between the British Marine Federation (BMF), Royal Yachting Association (RYA), British Canoe Union (BCU), British Rowing and British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW) to encourage the nation to get out on the water.
Visitors to Hamble Point Marina over the weekend will be treated to on-water displays, practical workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme and dry stack demonstrations, as well as family entertainment for younger visitors. There will also be an RNLI lifejacket clinic on site and a 'distress flare amnesty' on the Saturday, run by Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK's leading bomb disposal companies. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger restaurant and bar.
Nicholas Parton, Hamble Point Marina Manager, commented: “The Hamble Point Boat Show is always a popular event, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back for a great weekend. The show is perfect for those considering their first boat purchase, those wanting to try something new or for seasoned boaters who are in search of a day out, with experts on hand to offer advice and the chance to browse a whole range of new and used models available from leading brands.”
Entry to and car parking at the show are both completely free.
For further information or to add your name to the line-up of exhibitors at the show, simply visit www.hamblepointboatshow.co.uk or contact the marina on 023 8045 2464.
On Sunday 27 April, MDL’s Hamble Point Marina is inviting all the family out on the water, as it opens its facilities for a fun-filled day of activities. Held in conjunction with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, this event offers a great family day out with a range of boat training sessions, stands and demonstrations on offer.
From 9am to 6pm, Hamble Point Marina will be welcoming local residents, boating enthusiasts and MDL berth holders and their families into the marina. Activities on offer will include family training sessions (for visitors aged six and over) aboard either an elegant 31ft sailing yacht or a sporty 29ft motor yacht. Exhilarating RIB rides will also be available for visitors over 12.
Coastal Pursuits will also be offering ‘Try a Boat’ sessions aboard a selection of RIB Club boats and a 46ft motor cruiser, for an on-water charter experience. There will also be onshore demonstration sessions, covering sea safety, first aid and boat maintenance. Refreshments will be available all day on board Dolphin, the marina’s 21ft motor yacht, and from the Ketch Rigger restaurant and bar. A complimentary water taxi will run between Port Hamble Marina, Mercury Yacht Harbour and Hamble Point Marina.
Nic Parton, Marina Manager at Hamble Point Marina, said: “We are really looking forward to our open day and hope to welcome as many of our berth holders and members of the local community into the marina as possible, for an action-packed day of water activities. It’s a great opportunity for people to enjoy an exhilarating spell out on the water, brush up on their safety and maintenance skills, and enjoy our facilities here at the marina. The on-water courses are free, but all proceeds donated will go to the Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity providing adventure under sail for young people. It’s a fantastic cause and one we are committed to supporting.”
The open day is part of the RYA’s Active Marina Programme which encourages and supports increased berth holder activity by partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities.