MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator and official marina partner to Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing), is helping the team gear up for the 35th America’s Cup, which is destined for a climactic finale in Bermuda this summer. MDL has worked closely with Land Rover BAR to help set up their team base in Bermuda and has created customised pontoons, expertly designed to give swift access for the team and accommodate the crucial support boats.
Alongside the existing partnership, which has seen MDL Marinas involved in the Portsmouth Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (the preliminary series to the 35th America’s Cup), as an official Engagement Partner, the marina operator has designed custom-made pontoons tailored to the racing conditions in Bermuda. Using innovative, industry-leading technology, the pontoon has the ability to rotate 90∘, which will allow Land Rover BAR to berth the boat in all wind directions and stay attached to the shore, instead of having to have the boat on a swing mooring. The pontoon was constructed in Southampton and has travelled 3,400 miles to reach Bermuda, where it is now undergoing trial as part of the team’s intensive training programme.
The extensive design stages were started at the beginning of 2016, with the pontoons being completed and shipped by the end of the year. They are now fully installed in Bermuda, ready for the summer competition to begin. The competition so far has been a high adrenaline cinematic whirlwind, gaining international attention and reaching a crescendo last year, with Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR winning the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Japan, as well as the team’s home event in Portsmouth in 2016.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “Open sea racing is unpredictable and fast paced, so implementing equipment which saves even a second can make all the difference. MDL Marinas has worked closely with the Land Rover BAR team in what has been a new but exciting challenge, and we can’t wait to see the pontoons in action this summer. The America’s Cup is the Formula 1 of the sailing world and it’s going to be an epic finale, both MDL and our customers are counting down the days until the action starts once again!”
James Stagg, Shore Team Manager, at Land Rover BAR, added: “The America’s Cup is all about looking at advances in technology to help gain a competitive advantage. We wanted to see if we could create a pivoting pontoon to enable us to berth the race boat in any wind direction to reduce boat loading times, so we came together with MDL Marinas to put this concept into motion. Together we’ve designed and built a tool which is tailored to the team’s racing needs and the finished product looks fantastic. It will all come down to the race days but it’s been brilliant partnering with MDL Marinas on this element of the campaign.”
To watch MDL's innovative pontoon in action, please click here.
Hamble Point will be the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend with fun for all the family! Open to all and with FREE parking on site, why not meet with Friends and Family.
Visiting by water? Not a problem as we have 2-4-1* berthing offers running all weekend and FREE short stay visits (4 hours).
Starting on Friday Night, you can relax with live music from the incredibly talented Charlie Woodford in The Ketch Rigger while enjoying one of real ales and ciders on offer.
On Saturday, The Ketch Rigger will be open from 8am to serve breakfast until around midday when the BBQ will be fired up to serve a selection of locally sourced burgers and sausages.
The Marquee opens from 12 noon with a selction of local ales and ciders. Sit back and enjoy in the sunshine on one of the many hay bales around why relaxing to some background music.
Live music starts at 3PM and goes all throughtout the day finishing off with a live band. Matt Black plays from 1500hrs - 1630hrs.
There will be plenty on hand to keep children ammused with giant games to play. On Satuday from 2PM - 4.30PM with have the lovely people from Minature Mayhem bringing along some farm animals for your little ones to hold and interact with.
This is sure to be a great weekend and one not to be missed. Updated information can be found on our Facebook page.
*2 nights for the price of 1 includes electric and WiFi.
An action packed week to celebrate everything that is Sailing and Southampton!
Based in one of the world's top locations for sailing, the Solent and Southampton Waters which are home to world famous races, and Southampton Sailing week is here to celebrate all things sailing and encourage more people to enjoy the water.
With six days of sailing and water activities in and around Southampton waters and The Solent, come and join us for a celebration of Yacht Racing, Parade of Sail, Beat the Bank, Regatta Party and more!
The whole event will finish off with a Regatta Party on the Sunday night from 6pm in Oxford Street and Ocean Village Marina; keep an eye out for the wrist bands which will be on sale throughout the week.
See more of what's going on when below and details of these events on each Marina's event page.
Friday 26th May
Ocean Village Marina
Hamble Point Marina
10am - 12pm
Banana Wharf - World's Biggest Coffee Morning with MacMillan Cancer Support
Ketch Rigger - Grease at the Open Air Cinema
Saturday 27th May
Ocean Village Marina
Hamble Point Marina
9am - 10am
Pre-show breakfast at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf
|10am - 4pm|
10am - 5pm
12pm - 1.30pm
Parade of Sail
5pm - 7pm
After-show dinner at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf with live music
2.30pm - 3pm
House of Gallet Fashion Show
4pm - 6pm
Music in the Marina
Sunday 28th May
Hythe Marina Village
8am - 10.30am
Yellow Welly - 'Sailors' Breakfast'
10am - 4pm
10.30am - 3.30pm
Classics on the Quay
10am - 4pm
'Living on-board lifestyle' experience with Inspiration Marine's Marina Boat open day
11am - 4pm
Honda Race boat rides with Saber Power Sports
11.30am - 1pm
Radio control boat racing
4pm - 9pm
Drinks on the Quay FIFTEEN terrace
Key Yachting are pleased to invite you to our spring open weekend; a relaxed, informal opportunity to view and test sail a range of models from the J/70 through to the Nautitech Open 40. The models we have on display from J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech and Tofinou will be determined by demand, so to request a viewing or sail a particular model, please send us an email.
If you are not able to make the weekend, or would like further information on any of our brands, please get in touch.
Are you considering a J/70 or a J/80 for the new sailing season? If so why not come along to Key Yachting’s sportsboat open day, where we’ll offer test sails on these formidable pocket rockets! Please email to book your slot.
Why J Boats?
J/70 – With the factory order book back-logged by over 100 orders, we have just 4 new boats of our UK allocation available this spring, perfect timing for the European Championships which are hitting Hamble this June! The UK fleet is nearing 80 boats, with a packed racing programme on offer throughout the year, including their own class at Cowes Week. The World Championships will take place in Torbay in 2019.
J/80 – In advance of the World Championships in Hamble this July, J Boats have made a small number of new boats available, also for delivery this spring. Currently enjoying a revival on the South Coast, last year’s Nationals attracted over 20 entries.
Both boats can be trailered, stored ashore or in the water, and offer minimum set up when you want a quick blast on a sunny morning. They’re great for teaching kids to sail or indulging your competitive nature, and because they’re J Boats, they hold their value. Call us to find out more!
MDL Marinas is excited to open nominations for this year’s Sail Training Awards, which will see a group of deserving young people set sail in April on Ocean Youth Trust South’s sail training vessel, Prolific. These young people will be carefully selected for their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances.
The winners will spend six nights living and sailing on the charity’s new acquisition and will become involved in all aspects of life on board, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew. This is an unforgettable sailing experience, departing from and returning to Southampton in April 2017.
If you know a young person aged between 12 and 18, who you feel should be rewarded for their achievements or are an inspiration and support to others, nominations are open until Saturday 25th February. Anyone can make a nomination, from youth group leaders, teachers, friends or employers.
Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who have never had the chance to travel abroad, or have added family responsibilities. Winners will be selected from MDL’s UK marina locations in the South West, Dorset, Hampshire, Thames Valley and East Coast.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our hugely popular Sail Training Awards. It’s always a difficult decision to choose the group of young people who will take part in this once-in-a-lifetime trip, however we’re looking forward to seeing the fantastic entries!
Over the past 29 years, the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 150 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. This year’s awards will see the launch of Ocean Youth Trust South’s new vessel, Prolific, and those chosen for this exciting trip will be the first training team on her. We’re proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that they carry out.”
For more information and to nominate, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.
As the 2017 London Boat Show comes to a close, we would like to say a big thank you to all of our new and existing customers who visited our stand this year! It was great to welcome so many members and visitors, we hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our marinas very soon.
It was an action packed 10 days and our newly located, bigger stand was the perfect base to showcase our extensive network of over 100 marinas as well as our fantastic Freedom Berthing package, which proved very popular!
Many visitors enjoyed getting stuck in with our ‘Cleat Challenge’ and we will be in touch with our three winners to present them with a Henri Lloyd jacket for their fastest rope cleating time!
An absolute highlight of the show was a visit to our stand from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, where we shared industry insight and discussed MDL’s ongoing evolution. The show also saw two of our marinas recognised in the Marina of the Year Awards, which was a fantastic way to close another brilliant London Boat Show.
We are already looking forward to the Southampton Boat Show in September!
The Ketch Rigger Waterfront bar and restaurant are holding a Burger & Lobster Evening on Wednesday 1st February 2017. Enjoy ½ grilled lobster, homemade beef burger in a bun, fries, salad garnish and a glass of Prosecco all for £20. Booking advisable #ketchul8tr
Our marinas will be a hive of activity once again this Christmas and we’re looking forward to welcoming you to our very own winter boating wonderlands, with plenty of Christmas cheer, minced pies and mulled wine for you to enjoy.
The marina teams have been busy ensuring your boats are kept safe and sound for winter and our boatyards have certainly been busy, with many of you taking advantage of our fantastic winter offers.
In addition to minced pies and mulled wine, keep an eye out for our festive Trolley of Treats, which will be making the rounds with lots of goodies! As in previous years, a number of the marinas will be running a ‘Decorate your Boat’ competition with prizes for the best dressed, so dig out your sparkly lights and tinsel and help us light up our marinas during these dark winter nights.
At Cobb’s Quay Marina you can enjoy the return of our charity Christmas wrapping service, where you can have all of your Christmas presents wrapped for a great cause. This was a big hit last year! We’ll also be hosting the Festive Afloat Illuminated Boats competition, which is a great chance for our boat owners to dazzle us with their fairy lights rigging skills – the most festive boat will win an exclusive prize! Then, to top it all off, there will be a fantastic New Year’s Eve party to zoom you into 2017, when we start the partying all over again.
Ocean Village Marina will have drinks, snacks and a Santa bag in the Dock office on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December, so ensure you pop in and see the team and join them for a glass or two.
We’ll be getting all festive on the Thames with Bray, Penton and Windsor marinas serving up mulled wine and mince pies right through to Christmas Eve. In addition, Woolverstone, Brixham and Chatham Maritime marinas will be giving out awards for best decorated boats and Chatham will be hosting its Christmas laying up Fish and Chip supper – a must attend event!
There’s still time to take advantage of the Christmas raffle at Hamble Point Marina to raise money for The Stoke Association, and on Friday 16th the marina will be celebrating national Christmas Jumper Day, which we hope to see you joining in with! And, don’t forget to attend the Christmas Quiz at Northney and Sparkes marinas on the 17th.
What’s for certain this Christmas and New Year is there’s lots going on and our teams would be delighted to welcome you and your friends and family to help make sure it’s your best Christmas yet. Please don’t hesitate to give our team a call if you are planning to visit or need any support getting your boat ready for winter.
All that’s left to say is a big Happy Christmas from everyone at MDL!