Port Hamble Marina was delighted to host a Family Fun Day event held by Sail 4 Cancer on Wednesday 30th July, which was attended by a very special guest.
Sir Ben Ainslie, a patron of the charity, attended the event and met dozens of families at the marina before setting sail for a day out on the water. Guests were thrilled to meet the Olympic yachtsman in person and talk to him about his work for the charity and his recent adventures.
The day’s activities saw the group take part in a treasure hunt around the Solent, allowing the families to enjoy the beautiful weather as they searched for clues. The event finished with a family buffet in the sun, giving families the chance to relax and enjoy some quality fun time together.
Port Hamble Marina recently welcomed another sailing legend to the marina – on Thursday 24th July, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston attended a special event to crown Sail 4 Cancer as the 2014 Haven Academy Award Winner. Sir Robin, who is Chairman of the Haven Academy, presented Sail 4 Cancer with a £5,000 cheque for its good causes.
Set up in 2001 by a group of keen sailors who'd all lost friends or family to cancer, Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. These days out give families the opportunity to relax together, have fun out on the water.
Sail 4 Cancer’s Family Fun Days are organised by Britannia Corporate Events, who provide full event management and logistics support.
You can find out more about Sail 4 Cancer at www.sail4cancer.org.
This weekend, the Fairey Owners club is celebrating 50 years of the Swordsman 33 and to celebrate, will be hosting a rally taking place this weekend from Hamble Point Marina. Also celebrating 50 years of their motor car, are the Gordon-Keeble owners club who will also be taking part in the rally.
Arrive on the Friday to make a full weekend of it with an impromptu dinner in Hamble. Enjoy the Saturday evening by attending a Professional BBQ on the grass overlooking the Hamble River entrance.
The J-Cup is an annual regatta exclusively for racing yachts of the J Boats brand, and all models are eligible to compete. The 2014 event returns to the River Hamble, from 23rd – 26th July.
The J-Cup offers J Boat owners three days of exciting and competitive racing, alternating between our ‘home’ venue on the Solent and other fantastic locations, including Plymouth, Guernsey and Torbay. The excellent race programme is coupled with lively shoreside entertainment to make the J-Cup a must for many of our owners
Officially opened in 1986, Ocean Village Marina in Southampton is one of the world’s most prestigious and renowned marinas. Owned by Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas, Ocean Village Marina boasts a fantastic location, situated in the heart of Southampton water and surrounded by restaurants, cinemas and bars. The marina is central to some exciting new developments including a £50m luxury spa hotel complex, the tallest residential building in the city, and exciting new restaurant and retail openings.
The basin, formerly used for commercial ships, is deep enough to offer mooring facilities for tall ships and superyachts up to 90 metres. It also offers direct access to the Solent, as well as easy links to Southampton train station and airport – making it a welcome home and visiting port for thousands of boaters each year. Ocean Village Marina is famous for hosting the start and finish of a number of global yacht races, and benefits from being overlooked by the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club. There are plentiful facilities for berth holders and visitors at the marina, including toilets, showers, laundry facilities, electricity, WiFi and fresh water.
Landmark developments at Ocean Village Marina
There are some really exciting developments taking shape in the city including a superyacht inspired five-star hotel set to open in 2016. The luxury hotel will extend out into the marina and feature a spa, champagne bar and rooftop restaurant with stunning views. The development will also feature 12 luxury duplex apartments on top of the hotel, 82 flats, a basement car park and a number of new shops and restaurants. In addition, Ocean Village Marina will soon house the tallest residential building in the city! Admiral’s Quay, a prestigious development of apartments will include a landmark 26 storey residential tower and promises many properties with views of the marina. Planned to be complete by January 2015, it will also host up to eight new restaurants and bars – making Ocean Village Marina even more of a first-class destination.
Southampton – A beautiful city to explore
Southampton has been an important port for centuries and is a fascinating place to visit. Not only is it one of the premier venues for sailing and watersports, it also makes for an ideal base to explore the New Forest and the Isle of Wight.
Just some of the highlights of things to do and see in Southampton include:
Fabulous food and entertainment
There is an endless choice of restaurants in Southampton and visitors will be spoilt for choice whether dining al fresco by the water at Banana Wharf and Pitcher & Piano, or discovering wonderful cuisine at the likes of Oxfords and the White Star. There is also plenty of evening entertainment in a wide choice of bars, theatres and clubs.
West Quay Shopping Centre
Over 100 food and retail brands all under one roof including John Lewis, Karen Millen and Cath Kidston, as well as a fabulous food terrace featuring brands including Wagamama, Cafe Rouge Express and Yo! Sushi.
The Old Town and Cultural Quarter
Areas of significant cultural attractions including the Mayflower Theatre and the SeaCity Museum. The city is also home to the second largest medieval walls in England that are still standing.
PSP Southampton Boat Show
Held annually in September with over 600 exhibitors. The event runs for 10 days at Mayflower Park on the city’s waterfront, where it has been held since 1968 – visit the MDL stand, E52.
Why settle for less?
You get more with MDL Marinas. As Europe’s largest marina operator, MDL Marinas is proud to offer the most comprehensive berthing package in the marketplace. The Freedom Berthing package gives owners far more than a superb berth and marina facilities, it’s a passport to extra rewards, benefits and savings, such as FREE stays at over 90 other marinas both in the UK and Europe, discounts on boatyard services and fuel at cost.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers, thanks to a range of great discounts on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas, giving owners the opportunity to ensure their boats are in top condition for the summer ahead and sample the MDL experience.
During July and August, boat owners can enjoy MDL’s ‘Summer Afloat’ offer of two months berthing for just £499 (inclusive of VAT) for boats up to eight metres, at any one of ten MDL marinas.* Participating marinas include Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble and Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton.
What’s more, the ‘Summer Afloat’ gives boat owners the opportunity to benefit from a secure pontoon berth with fresh water and electricity during the prime summer months from a choice of MDL’s beautiful locations at a fantastic price. This package also includes free car parking and free trailer storage at the majority of sites. A full list of participating marinas is available at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat.
In addition to the summer berthing offer, MDL’s boatyards along the south coast, in the West Country and on the River Thames are offering great discounts on hull scrubs and storage throughout July and August. Boat owners can enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of MDL’s leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £15 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery. Furthermore, with each boatyard offer booked, boat owners will take away a voucher of 20% off a winter lift & storage at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be offering these substantial savings on boat care and berthing. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers and to help them make the most of their time on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK, spending more time boating and less time towing and launching.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-offers.
* Available for boats up to 7.5 metres at Queen Anne’s Battery.