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 7-9th December 2018, departing Friday evening from Portsmouth at 8.15pm and returning Sunday morning at 7.45am. Package includes:
*£109.00 per person if booked before 30/6/2018 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.
**£119.00 per person if booked before 30/6/2018 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.
Many our marinas across the UK will be playing host to a series of exciting events for berth holders and visitors to enjoy.
Open Days, in conjunction with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, will be held at several of our south coast marinas, including:
|Ocean Village Open Day||26th April, 10am to 5pm|
|Northney Marina Open Day||26th April, 10am to 3pm|
|Hamble Point Open Day||27th April, 9am to 6pm|
|Hamble Point Boat Show||10th and 11th May, from 10am on both days|
|Cobb’s Quay Open Weekend||17th and 18th May, from 10am on both days|
These free family events offer a great opportunity to try out new boating activities for the first time with training and ‘try a boat’ sessions, as well as providing a wealth of advice and information to help you make the most of your time on the water this season.
Woolverstone Marina will be the home of The East Anglian Boat Show this year, held in conjunction with the BMF. On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June visitors will be able to try their hand at a host of on and off the water activities designed to keep the whole family entertained, as well as browsing exhibits from major boat manufacturers and small independent businesses. For further information call Woolverstone Marina on 01473 780206 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth will also be welcoming visitors for two prestigious boating events. Thousands of sailing enthusiasts are expected to descend on the city for the La Solitaire du Figaro race from 11th – 15th June, with this top international sailing race generally recognised as the World Championships of single handed sailing. And if powerboats are more to your taste, make a date in your diary for the start of the exciting Round Britain Powerboat & RIB Challenge 2014, due to depart from Queen Anne’s Battery on 25th July, returning to the marina on 5th August after completing a full circumnavigation of Britain.
Click here for a list of events taking place at our marinas this season.
Hamble Point Marina will be hosting an Open Day in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme. There will be free on-water activities for all the family boat handling training and sea safety checks amongst many other things. Through Coastal Pursuits, you will be able to try out family training opportunities - for those over 6 years of age aboard a 31ft sailing yacht, 29ft sports cruiser motor yacht and, for those over 12, a RIB.
You can also try a boat – step aboard RIB Club boats and a 46ft motor cruiser for a on-water charter experience. There is a free water taxi service between Hamble Point Marina, Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour and refreshments and hospitality will be available all day on board our 51ft motor yacht Dolphin.
On-water courses are free but a suggested donation of £5, with all proceeds towards supporting the Ocean Youth Trust South, would be greatly received
To book your place, please contact the Marina Office at Hamble Point Marina.
Image courtesy of www.moorings.de
Sunsail Ownership, The Moorings Yacht Ownership, Leopard Catamarans and Le Boat, companies that are TUI Travel PLC brands in the marine division, are moving their charter management and private boat sales operation from Port Solent to Hamble Point Marina, south of Southampton, as of 1st April 2014.
Franck Bauguil, Vice President of Yacht Ownership and Yacht Sales, explains: “For over 20 years, the Sunsail Yacht Charter Management Programme and The Moorings Crewed and Power Yacht Ownership Programme have been successful in the UK. Yacht brokerage and, more recently, the Le Boat Ownership Programme have also grown in the last few years. The relocation to a new office at Hamble Point Marina is a key element to the continuous and rapid growth of Leopard Catamarans globally. Leopard regional offices are located in Nice in France for the Mediterranean, Hong Kong for Asia, Fort Lauderdale for the Americas, Cape Town for South Africa and Brisbane for Australia. The office in Hamble will service the Atlantic and the Northern European markets for Leopard Catamarans and is, at the same time, a perfect location for a continuous promotion of Sunsail and The Moorings Yacht Ownership Programmes.”
The following TUI Marine businesses will operate from Hamble Point Marina:
Sunsail Ownership and The Moorings Ownership
Interested buyers can invest in a charter yacht from either Sunsail or The Moorings which is managed by the company for a five-year term. Boats can be purchased with 8-9% guaranteed monthly income or an initial lower purchase price. Owner benefits include up to 12 weeks’ sailing time a year with zero fees and no running costs. This is by far the best option for those with limited sailing time who want to see some of the world’s most stunning cruising destinations without incurring daily expenditure. Owners have access to over 25 worldwide locations to discover at their leisure, on board a boat similar to their own or choosing from a wide range of styles and sizes to suit their individual holiday party.
For those who wish to buy one of the best production catamarans in the world, Leopard sells innovative sail and power models from South African catamaran builder Robertson & Caine. With a choice of both sail and powercat models ranging from 39-58 feet, you simply order your Leopard Catamaran and have her delivered to the destination of your choice. Optional extras are entirely up to each buyer and can now be priced online via our ‘Build my Leopard’ tool at www.leopardcatamarans.co.uk. A demo Leopard 39 Catamaran will be available at Hamble Point Marina from July onwards along with a Leopard 44 and Leopard 48 in Nice, France.
Sunsail, The Moorings and Leopard Brokerage
With the world’s largest fleet of immaculately maintained pre-owned boats, you can be certain you are buying the right yacht at the right price. Coming from leading manufacturers Beneteau, Jeanneau, and Robertson & Caine, all models are designed and equipped for the ultimate performance and cruising comfort. Before becoming brokerage models, the ongoing professional maintenance received by every yacht, guarantees future buyers many years of worry free sailing. With a worldwide inventory, it’s easy to find the perfect boat in the right place.
For idyllic inland cruising, Le Boat Ownership offers new and used river cruisers from the Le Boat River Cruising fleets. The largest river cruising operation in the world, Le Boat has cruisers located in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. New ownership options are similar to that of Sunsail Ownership and The Moorings Yacht Ownership; owners buy into the new fleet and benefit from a guaranteed income, guaranteed buy-back cost, zero fees and extensive usage each year. Even with a modest budget, there are many affordable pre-owned river boats for sale throughout Europe.
TUI Travel PLC is the parent company of premier charter ownership programmes The Moorings Yacht Ownership, Sunsail Ownership and Le Boat Ownership. They also hold the number one selling brand of catamarans in the United States, Leopard Catamarans, and The Moorings Yacht Brokerage, Leopard Brokerage and Sunsail Yacht Brokerage which sells over 200 quality yachts from worldwide offices every year. Each of these brands constantly provides all boaters with first-rate sailing experiences and the best quality sailing and power catamarans.
At MDL we have been hard at work investing in all of our marinas over the winter to achieve our ambitious target of continually improving the MDL estate with new facilities, new developments and extensive renovation work across many of our sites.
We’re continually reviewing and planning for the maintenance and renewal of our key marina infrastructure across the group, continuing our commitment to offering class-leading marinas and the finest customer experience.
Demonstrating our commitment, we are pleased to announce our plans to invest a minimum of £20 million across our 19 UK marinas over the next five years, marking the halfway point in our long term £34 million investment programme.
Here are just a few examples of where that money is going…
£650,000 renovation works at Woolverstone
This major redevelopment project, which has taken three months to complete, has enhanced the layout of the marina with all piles and pontoons on piers A to D replaced, giving a completely new look to the marina. Find out more here.
£150,000 investment in new facilities at Shamrock Quay
This full refurbishment of berth holder facilities at Shamrock Quay, which includes the redesign and upgrade of the existing showers including completely new hot water generation and supplies, upgraded heating, ventilation, toilets and lighting throughout, is set to be completed in time for the new boating season. Find out more here.
£500,000 winter dredge programme
Routine dredging operations are essential to maintaining full tidal access in the marinas and this is always a top priority. Dredging work is constrained to the winter months to preserve the sensitive marine environment and so as not to interfere with the boating season. This also means that our dredging teams and contractors are regularly faced with challenges from the weather, none more so than this year!
Despite the relentless strong winds and heavy rainfall, MDL is making good progress with its £500,000 winter 2013/14 dredge programme, with dredging works already completed at Cobb’s Quay, Hythe, Hamble Point and Mercury. Dredging at Northney, Sparkes and Saxon Wharf is planned for the remainder of March, and will be complete in time for the boating season and better weather. Next year’s dredging programme is already being planned with projects expected to total around £600,000 spread across many more of MDL’s marinas.
Further planned investment projects for 2014 - Further projects planned for the coming year include pontoon re-decking and replacements across many of the marinas, replacement of some of the pontoon mooring piles at Shamrock Quay, Port Hamble and Northney, ongoing maintenance of wavescreens, yard and roadway re-surfacing. There will also be investment in new berth holder facilities at Hythe Marina Village, which like Shamrock Quay will see a full refurbishment of the berth holder toilet and shower facilities.