First Aid Course - Hamble Point Marina

On the 17th December 2017

British Offshore Sailing School are holding a One Day RYA Small Craft First Aid Course on Sunday 17th December
09:00hrs – 16:00hrs
£60 pp for Hamble Point Marina berth holders, tenants and staff (Normal price £120)
Cost includes new RYA First Aid manual, certificate, tea ,coffee and biscuits throughout the day!

For More Information
Call: +44(0)2380457733
Email: BOSS
Website: https://www.boss-sail.co.uk/

MDL partners with the Blue Marine Foundation

Posted: 16th November 2017

Last year we announced an exciting collaboration with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), Land Rover BAR and the University of Portsmouth to restore native oysters to local waters. Our aim was to introduce one million oysters by the end of 2017 to help clear up the Solent. 

Following a successful trial at the Land Rover BAR pontoon, plans were made to continue towards the one million oyster target by the end of this year. To launch the project’s roll-out across our solent marinas, we welcomed broadcaster, traveller and adventurer, Ben Fogle to our Port Hamble Marina to launch the project. 

As someone who spends a lot of his time immersed in nature, protecting the environment is very important to Ben: “My experiences traversing the world’s oceans have opened my eyes to the scale of marine destruction. The humble oyster is an incredibly powerful ecosystem engineer, capable of filtering 200 litres of water a day and supporting marine life. Restoring the native oyster to the Solent would be another step closer to turning the tide against the large-scale degradation of our oceans, and giving something back to the UK’s inshore waters which provide us with so many benefits.”

The native oyster population in the UK has halved over the last 25 years. The restoration of the native oyster will provide ecological and social benefits for the region by helping to improve water quality, foster valuable habitats which are otherwise being lost to future generations and re-establish an important strand of the economy on the south coast. 

The oysters are housed in unique cage-like structures, designed and built by MDL Marinas, which are suspended off pontoons in Hamble Point, Port Hamble, Sparkes and Saxon Wharf, as well as pontoons at the University of Portsmouth and the pontoon installed by MDL Marinas at Land Rover BAR HQ. 

BLUE is leading a coalition of fishermen, marine and local authorities, scientists and conservationists to significantly increase the population of native oysters by 2020, with the long-term aim of achieving sustainable stocks, improving the quality of water in the Solent, as well as benefiting the ecosystem and inshore fisheries.

MDL is proud to be involved in this innovative CSR initiative and we are looking at rolling this scheme out around the MDL Marinas network. Dean Smith, Commercial Director of MDL Marinas, said: “Helping to restore the native oyster population, an important part of the local ecosystem which removes pollutants and provides habitats, is one of the many ways that the boating community can give back to the ocean and improve the local waters around us for our future enjoyment.”

The cages are marked out along the pontoons with plaques, next time you're down at one of our marinas, be sure to keep an eye out!

Find out more about Blue Marine Foundation and Land Rover BAR.


Freedom Berthing: Yet more benefits for MDL members

Posted: 16th November 2017

Last season MDL saw the addition of 24 new marinas, expanding our network to 124 marinas, across Europe with Passeport Escales - making it the perfect tool for weekend breaks or longer adventures. You can now explore even more of coastal Europe from the luxury of your own boat and it doens't cost any extra; it's included in your Freedom Berthing benefits!

In addition to the UK and Italy, Passeport Escales allows MDL members to explore a stunning array of destinations across France, Spain and now Belgium too. With the addition of Ostend in Belgium, sailors can enjoy the varied landscapes of Europe’s Atlantic coasts, to Porto Deportivo Cangas in Spain, before heading around to our very own Sant Carles Marina on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Over the last year alone our members have benefited from over 15,000 visitor nights across our European network, saving on visitor fees whilst experiencing the joys of sailing further afield. Popular destinations include Cherbourg and Jersey in the Channel and Roscoff in Brittany

From the wild, rugged coasts of the Belle-Île in Brittany, to the cultural hub of Bilbao with its impressive Guggenheim museum, Passeport Escales provides a gateway into Europe that all MDL members can enjoy.

With Freedom Berthing, our members also benefit from fuel at cost, free wifi, discounted boatyard services, great socials and the option to explore the UK’s coastline and waterways in any MDL Marina at no extra cost. Get a quote today!

Find out more about Freedom Berthing and Passeport Escales.

Or find out how the Foxes got on when they toured the European network.

 


Freedom Berthing and Passport Escales

MDL's Marinas release event dates for 2018

Posted: 14th November 2017

If you're a planner then we've got good news for you; grab your 2018 diaries and a cup of tea and make note of the fantastic calendar we have in store for you next year!

With members' parties, fireworks, BBQs, fishing competitions, classic car shows, boat shows and open air cinemas, there's plenty for everyone! What's more, even when there isn't a dedicated event on there's always plenty to enjoy in your local MDL marina, so if you ever find yourself at a loose end, it's always worth heading to your boat to see what's on.

See what events are happening at your local marina below, with your downloadable social calendar for 2018, or see what's happening around the network to plan your weekend trips away!

Bray Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Brixham Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Chatham Maritime Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Cobb's Quay Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Hamble Marinas 2018 Social Calendar

Hythe Marina Village 2018 Social Calendar

Northney Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Ocean Village Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Penton Hook 2018 Social Calendar

Queen Anne's Battery 2018 Social Calendar

Saxon Wharf 2018 Social Calendar

Shamrock Quay 2018 Social Calendar

Sparkes Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Torquay Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Windsor Marina 2018 Social Calendar

Woolverstone Marina 2018 Social Calendar


2018 Marina Social Events

MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Hamble Point Marina

On the 29th September 2017

Please join us to help raise money once again for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Here at the Ketch Rigger we will be holding our event from 9am.
Complimentary coffee or tea (in return for a donation) along with lots of lovely homemade cakes.
Please feel free to bring along any cakes you wish to donate to this fantastic event.
Looking forward to Ketching Up on Friday.

For More Information
Call: 02380 455601
Email: Ketch Rigger
Website: www.ketchrigger.co.uk

MDL Launches Official Partnership with Beds on Board

Posted: 15th September 2017

MDL Marinas has launched a unique integrated partnership with leading online boat accommodation platform, Beds on Board, marking its continued position as a pioneer within the marine industry.

In a world-first tie-up between a marina group and a sharing economy platform, the exclusive partnership will provide MDL’s members with a fully managed service to rent out accommodation on their yachts. The platform allows holidaymakers to access unique getaway experiences in unrivalled locations across Europe, whilst offering the boat owner a tried and tested model through which to securely rent out their vessel.

Dean Smith, Commercial Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Within the tourism industry there is a growing appetite for alternative, unique accommodation and we’re thrilled to offer our members access to this audience through our partnership with Beds on Board. The platform will offer our members a hassle-free, safe and fully-managed approach to book out accommodation on their yachts, helping our members to create additional value through their boat ownership.

“At MDL Marinas our unshakeable benchmark is to maintain a leading position within the industry, so it is essential we continue to evolve and provide access to services such as Beds on Board. Our dynamic network of marinas across the UK and Europe are situated in a variety of stunning locations, affording users of Beds on Board the opportunity to experience a stay on the water and see the local area from a novel perspective.”

Launching in 2015, Beds on Board is a peer-to-peer marketplace that allows owners to rent their boat to guests looking for an alternative to traditional accommodation, such as hotels and bed & breakfasts. Users of the site can search for boats in their desired location, before chatting to the owner through a secure Message Centre. After a stay, both the user and owner are encouraged to write reviews in order to grow trust and the community.

Co-founder of Beds on Board, Jason Ludlow, added: “This exciting partnership shows our commitment to working with the marine industry to help grow the boating community and to help owners offset their costs. We’re looking forward to working with MDL to offer their members a managed solution for renting their boat on bedsonboard.com.”

Existing MDL members can list their boats at bedsonboard.com.


The Great British Breakfast & Boat Show

On the 16th September 2017

Join us on Saturday 16th September at Banana Wharf (Port Hamble Marina) to enjoy a british fry up between 9am - 10.30am.

Coach then departs at 10.45am to head towards Southampton Boat Show. Returning at 6pm.

Tickets are priced at £15 per person and includes entrance to the boat show, maximum of 4 per boat.

 

** Please note this is a members only offer **


Exclusive pamper event for Port Hamble Marina's facilities launch

Posted: 8th July 2017

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, last year unveiled its stunning new member facilities at Port Hamble Marina and marked the occasion with a luxurious pamper event for visitors to enjoy. Celebrating the opening of the transformed space, MDL invited members and guests to receive complimentary spa treatments within the facilities to reveal the new offering.

The redevelopment includes beautifully designed changing facilities, as well as an exclusive members’ area, featuring private dressing and shower rooms. The significant £500,000 investment commenced in October 2016 and followed detailed member feedback, which helped identify the services which would be of most benefit to further enhance the marina experience.

Nic Parton, MDL Port Hamble Marina Manager, said: “We are very excited to officially open our new facilities at Port Hamble Marina and the feedback we’ve already received has been outstanding. Providing an unrivalled marina experience which puts our members at the heart of our services is our ultimate goal, so what better way to celebrate the opening than inviting guests to receive complementary massages and treatments, helping them to unwind and relax before heading out for a day on the water.”

The marina’s ergonomic facilities have been sensitively designed throughout, mirroring the gentle and relaxing atmosphere of the harbour. Finishing touches include heated flooring, backlit mirrors and mood lighting. The space has also been built with the environment in mind, incorporating energy efficient Dyson hand and hair dryers. The centrepiece of the members’ space is an impressive landscape painting depicting yachts on the water, created by Stephen Lees; the colours and composition perfectly unify the space, bringing together sleek design with home-from-home comfort.

Nic added: “In designing the space, we wanted to offer facilities which captured the look and feel of a luxurious spa, but still provided the efficiencies and practicality of an area where members could prepare for their sailing. We hope we have harnessed both elements and very much look forward to our guests making the most of Port Hamble’s new offering.”

MDL Marinas are constantly investing in the marina experience, across the network, helping MDL members to relax, enjoy and discover more from the luxury of their boats.

Find out more about Port Hamble Marina and the other benefits that Freedom Berthing gives its members.


New Port Hamble facilities launched with a pamper event

Round the Island Race 2018

On the 7th July 2018

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largests yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

If you feel your boat could do with an all important racing scrub then we have some great summer offers avalaible in the Hamble. Please click here for further information

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.  This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Hamble Point Marina
Website: http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk

MDL Marinas Row to Sail 2

Posted: 20th June 2017

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is today launching an exciting charitable initiative which will see its team and members raise money for Ocean Youth Trust South by rowing a combined total of 910 miles to help raise funds.

The company initiative has been created after being inspired by the Land Rover BAR team who, in preparation for the recent races, rowed a total of 910 miles in seven weeks. 

To conquer the challenge MDL will install rowing machines across 11 of its marinas starting in Northney, Queen Anne’s Battery and Penton Hook, where team members and customers will be challenged to row as far as they can to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Rowing machines will be installed in the marinas from 13th June. 

The rowing challenge will culminate at Southampton Boat Show which starts on 15th September with a final ‘row in’. One rower will be on our stand to give people a chance to show what they can do and go head to head against their friends, all in the name of a good cause. 

Ocean Youth Trust South is a Hampshire-based charity which specialises in using an ‘Adventure Under Sail’ concept to help young people develop confidence and the essential problem solving skills needed to succeed in life. MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South first came together in 1987 to create the Sail Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding efforts of young people who have faced exceptional challenges, or have gone above and beyond to support others. 

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The 35th America’s Cup may have come to an end for Land Rover BAR but what an incredible journey and one that MDL is honoured to be part of. The training begins now for 36th America’s Cup which we fully support. We are all very excited about the rowing challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing members, row up a storm in one of our 11 UK marina locations.”

If you would like to donate or find out more, visit our MDL Row to Sail charity challenge page.


MDL Row to Sail

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