RYA Dry Stack / Powerboat Cruise to Yarmouth Harbour

On the 21st July 2013

Join other MDL Dry Stack and powerboat berth holders on a trip to Yarmouth Harbour at a cost of just £10 per boat. Passage planning and pilotage briefing by a qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor from “Marine Matters” who will also be accompanying the Cruise. Open to any MDL Hamble Marina powerboat or sports cruiser berth holder. In addition, Suzuki have donated a 2.5hp engine as a prize for the best Crew / Boat in Fancy Dress, so don't hold back!

Whilst in Yarmouth why not:

  • Visit the castle
  • Visit the newly extended Royal Solent Yacht Club for the best views of the Western Solent
  • Enjoy lunch in one of the many fine pubs or restaurants
  • Just relax and then meet for ice-cream before heading back after a great day!
For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Julie Doe
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/go/activemarina

Hamble River Raid 2014

On the 17th May 2014

The Hamble River Raid is a long established rowing race that starts in Hamble and heads up-river to the Jolly Sailor pub in Bursledon and back again. All proceeds of which are donated to Hamble Sea Scouts. The event will feature a pig roast and beach bar on Hamble Quay. The River Raid could not happen without the support of friends, parents and leaders, from the ladies who start roasting the pig the day before and tend it through the night, the time keepers, safety boat drivers and of course the competitors.

For More Information
Call: 07742 922974
Email: Ann Freeman
Website: http://www.hambleriverraid.com

RYA Ladies Day at Port Hamble Marina

On the 29th June 2013

RYA Ladies Day for both sail and motor boats:

  • Come and meet fellow female berth holders, learn new skills, and build your confidence in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Enjoy a sociable morning or afternoon of practical boat handling tuition by qualified RYA Instructors
  • Sail and Motor Workshops available
  • Only £60 per person. Lunch included
  • Book early as places are limited
  • All  events are open to any MDL Hamble Marina berth holder
For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2741
Email: Colin Jefferies
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/go/activemarina

Berth Holders Take Control with MyMDL

Posted: 19th March 2013

Annual berth holders at MDL Marinas this season are set to benefit from being able to access a whole host of boating information at the touch of a button with the launch of the innovative MyMDL system.

MyMDL will now allow annual berth holders to book their Freedom Berthing free visitor nights online, where the system will automatically check availability and confirm the reservation should a visitor berth be available.

For those looking for a longer stay away, the new Berth Swap function allows members to experience another marina by agreeing to swap their berth with another berth holder as part of their Club Outlook membership. MDL Berth Swap is open to annual berth holders at no additional berthing cost, with no restrictions on where users can travel, opening up a whole host of fantastic new cruising grounds to MDL boat owners.

For annual berth holders staying closer to home, MyMDL’s personalised content will also provide users with exclusive, tailored offers from their home marina and marina tenants. Boat owners logging in will also be able to access details of news and events related to their home marina as well as extensive weather forecasting and tide times, invaluable when planning their next cruise.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to launch the new MyMDL system, which has been designed to give our berth holders even greater control when it comes to getting the most out of their berth and their Club Outlook membership. This is all about adding value for our customers and gives 24 hour access to a wealth of information and services all at the touch of a button, with easy access to not only the latest news and offers, but also opening up our marina network like never before with the online Freedom Berthing and Berth Swap booking system.”


MDL Supports OYT South in Celebration of our 40th Anniversary

Posted: 14th March 2013

In celebration of our 40th birthday, we are aiming to host a series of fundraising events for Ocean Youth Trust South throughout 2013. As well as this, nominations are once again open for MDL’s Sail Training Awards, offering deserving youngsters the opportunity to experience a week aboard a sailing yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.

MDL Marinas is pleased to announce that we have selected Ocean Youth Trust South as our chosen charity for our 40th anniversary year, with a series of charitable events including raffles and prize auctions. We’re also encouraging marina tenants and businesses run by berth holders to get involved and choose Ocean Youth Trust South as their nominated charity for 2013.

MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney commented: “We’re proud of our continued commitment to Ocean Youth Trust South, and are delighted to be providing the charity with even greater support this year through our 40th anniversary events. The Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred youngsters to experience something truly exceptional.

Mark Todd, Chief Executive from Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “MDL’s support has been absolutely critical to us for many years. The staff in MDL marinas do a great job and go out of their way to be helpful and welcoming to vessels including our own John Laing. And the young people who come to us through MDL’s sponsorship are always exceptionally deserving – and some are truly inspirational. Ocean Youth Trust South is very proud to be working with MDL and honoured to be the chosen charity for their 40th year: with their generous support and that of their berth holders and marina tenants, we can go on to provide adventure under sail to many more young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. We wish MDL a happy birthday and many successful years to come!”

For further information about the Ocean Youth Trust South and its vital work with young people visit www.oytsouth.org,or to book a voyage for yourself visit www.oytsouth.org/availability.asp.


MDL Marinas Offers a Free Berth at Mercury Yacht Harbour

Posted: 27th February 2013

MDL Marinas is marking its 40th anniversary celebrations by giving one lucky boat owner the chance to win an incredible one year’s free berthing at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the renowned River Hamble, as well as membership of Club Outlook and all its exclusive benefits.

Boat owners can enter the competition online to be in with a chance to receive free berthing at this sought-after Hamble marina. Open for entries for 40 days, the competition closes at midnight on 25th March 2013.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to launch this competition in recognition of our 40th anniversary. We have had many happy customers over the past 40 years, so it’s great to be offering one more boat owner the chance to experience our renowned customer service and exclusive benefits for free over the coming season.

“The competition is one of the many activities we have planned to celebrate our ruby anniversary. It’s certainly going to be an exciting year.”

The prize includes membership to MDL’s Club Outlook, which offers UK annual berth holders a range of outstanding benefits including unlimited visitor nights, fuel at cost, discounted boatyard services and access to MyMDL, MDL Marinas’ new online customer portal where members can book visitor berths, arrange berth swaps, receive exclusive offers and more, which is set to launch in April for the start of the new season.

The winner will receive a full year’s free berthing from April 2013 until March 2014 at Mercury Yacht Harbour, situated on the famous River Hamble. Originally built by Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Mercury Yacht Harbour offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoys deep water at all states of tide. Among its excellent facilities are a fully-stocked chandlery as well as a welcoming bar and restaurant with waterfront views.


MDL Signs Deal to Grow Network to 70 Marinas Across Europe

Posted: 26th February 2013

We are delighted to announce that MDL has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor to offer unparalleled cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders. This completely unique package sees our annual berth holders join “Passeport Escales” to gain access to free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee.

This deal, which was signed at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, will allow our Club Outlook members the opportunity to visit more than 70 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming our clear market leader position.

All of our annual berth holders will be able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been working hard to expand our European marina portfolio and we are delighted to have signed a deal with Sagemor. The private marina operator has a collection of wonderful marinas to explore in some beautiful and interesting areas of France, from Granville on the Normandy Coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde.

“This is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It also immediately opens up brilliant cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to carry out their boating freely and effortlessly without any additional bills to worry about.”

The established scheme will be backed by our proven experience, knowledge and professionalism, and will not only give our customers a very simple solution to cruising, but will also give owners access to discounts and offers at local tourist destinations and places of interest during their stay.

Pictured above (from left): Glidas Mottais, Mike Gates, Arnauld Devys, Jon Eads, Nicolas Gonzales and Xavier Labouret


Hythe Marina Boat Jumble

On the 12th April 2015

Need bits for your boat? Then the Hythe Marina Boat Jumble is the answer! The event will be held on the car parking spaces along the marina sea front from 10.00 - 12.30. FREE entry for buyers! Car boot or table – you decide. Items can be donated to charity if desired and refreshments will be available. The RNLI will also be in attendance for lifejacket checks.

Bring your own table (and chairs), or hire a 6' trestle for £10. You can even hire half a table if you only have a few items. There is no admission charge for buyers and those selling items will be requested to make a voluntary contribution of £5 minimum. All proceeds will be donated to Help for Heroes. Set up time will be from 9.15am, ready to start selling at 10am.

For More Information
Call: 023 8084 3303
Email: Peter Randerson

MDL Marinas Celebrates 40 Years of Success

Posted: 20th January 2013

MDL Marinas is preparing for a year of celebration as it marks 40 successful years since the opening of its first marina. Purchased in 1973, Penton Hook Marina in Surrey has since been joined by 18 marinas and boatyards in prime locations across the UK, as well as two first-class marinas in its MDL Mediterranean network. A third Mediterranean site, Marina del Gargano in Italy is due to open this spring, with the new addition seeing the network of marinas grow to 22. 

A series of events and activities to mark this important occasion are now being planned throughout 2013, including a celebratory event at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. The search is also on for berth holders who have chosen to keep their boat in an MDL marina from the very beginning - if this is you then please let us know!

Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are very pleased and proud to be celebrating 40 years of continued success for MDL Marinas in 2013. The past four decades have seen the company grow to become Europe’s leading marina operator, recognised for our excellent customer service and superb boating locations. We are delighted to welcome our staff and berth holders to celebrate with us and are looking forward to what this exciting year has in store.”


New Plans for Hamble Point Marina

Posted: 9th January 2013

Hamble Point Marina will be undergoing significant development during the next 12 months, with works planned to turn this iconic marine trade centre into one of the most impressive and efficient marinas on the south coast.

The sweeping changes planned for the coming years will see a phased development designed to effectively divide the leisure and maintenance areas, starting with the relocation of the hoist dock to the lower yard area to allow us to centralise plant movements and the heavy industrial yard work, and help make way for the development of the leisure areas of the marina.

Future plans also include a new restaurant, marina office and facilities which will all overlook the marina and the River Hamble. The dry stack will be relocated and enlarged, and a larger workshop unit with increased door height will be created to accommodate bigger vessels. In addition, there will be a two storey tenant car park and dedicated areas for boat storage and boat sales displays.

To lead the ambitious plans, we have appointed Nicholas Parton as the new General Manager at Hamble Point Marina, who has worked in the marine industry for the past 16 years. He brings with him a wealth of experience, with a career that has seen him work across the world, including in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the UK and most recently Ireland. Nicholas, who is a keen sailor, was previously General Manager at Howth Yacht Club and Marina in Dublin.
 
Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Nicholas to Hamble Point Marina. He will be a real asset to the team and I know he is really looking forward to meeting all of our berth holders, tenants and visitors over the coming months. We have exciting regeneration plans for Hamble Point Marina and are confident Nicholas will be pivotal in leading these.”
 
We will also be continuing to invest in the whole marina network during 2013. Just some of the works taking place include refurbishment of the family rooms and improvements to the car park at Cobb’s Quay Marina, upgrading the electrics at Mercury Yacht Harbour and new CCTV security systems at six sites around the country.


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