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.
To celebrate the start of the summer sailing season, MDL Marinas is releasing a fantastic range of exclusive offers for boat owners across the UK to enjoy. From pressure washing, hull scrubs and summer berthing packages, owners will be able to ensure their boats are in tip top condition to make the most of those beautiful days on the water.
To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of eleven participating MDL marinas. Packages start from just £499 for two month’s berthing at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, available on boats up to 8m. Participating marinas include Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble, Ocean Village and Shamrock Quay Marina in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island. A full list of participating marinas can be found on our Summer Offers webpage.
As well as the Summer Berthing Offer, MDL boatyards along the south and east coast are also running Summer Scrub Offers, with great discounts on hull scrubs and storage. Boat owners will be able to experience MDL Marinas’ renowned service and enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of their leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £13 per metre for a lift and pressure wash at Woolverstone Marina and from £16 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing many boat owners taking up these great boatyard offers and enjoying a highly professional service. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering additional savings on boat care to help them make the most of a summer on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK and the chance to experience the renowned MDL customer service for themselves.
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer visit our Summer Offers webpage
Hamble Point Marina kicks off the Southampton Sailing Week weekend with an evening under the stars, on Friday 26 May, for an open air cinema screening of the Hollywood classic, Grease. With food and drinks available from The Ketch Rigger you can unwind before settling down at 8.30pm with picnics and blankets for a fabulous evening singing along to one of the world’s most loved musicals, whilst looking out across the marina as the sun sets.
The next day, Hamble will be hosting a fabulous Sailing Open Day, starting at 10am. It promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family, with complementary RIB rides, Segway experiences and a miniature petting farm just some of the activities planned. An exclusive stand from Isle of Wight Distillery will also showcase some of the very best locally produced spirits, including Mermaid Gin, Rock Sea Vodka and Apple Pie Moon Shine, perfect for an afternoon tipple!
In the evening an after-show party at Ketch Rigger is open to all – expect fabulous food and drinks in a beautiful setting, with an Elvis Tribute Band set to close the festivities.
Saturday 27 May
|9am - 10am||Pre-show breakfast at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf|
|10am - 5pm|
|5pm - 7pm||After-show dinner at Port Hamble Marina's Banana Wharf with live music|
A significant investment of £500,000 has been made to Port Hamble Marina's facilities to give our members their home comforts within the marina.
The soon-to-be-unveiled investment, follows member feedback for upgrades to be made to Port Hamble Marina's facilities, giving them a more modern and luxurious feel for visitors to enjoy. Features inlude bright, spacious shower and toilet facilities for all visitors, energy efficient LED lights, underfloor heating and a secure MDL Marinas members' area, accessible by key card. The facilities will be opened for guests to use on Saturday 26th May.
If you're a member of MDL Marinas with Freedom Berthing, you can take advantage of your complimentary nights in the MDL Marinas network. Visit the beautiful surrounds of the Hamble and the Solent and make the most of the landside premises; including the newly installed facilities, the Banana Wharf restaurant in the marina and the many pubs, bars and restaurants in the local area.
MDL Marinas and Ocean Youth Trust South have come together to celebrate an incredible 30 years of partnership, marked this month with the maiden voyage of the Trust’s new sail training vessel, Prolific. Young sailors from across the south of England took part in the intensive voyage, which included six inspirational young people who were chosen as worthy winners of MDL Marinas’ annual Sail Training Awards.
OYT 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 OYT 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.
Three decades later and the annual awards are still going strong. This year’s MDL winners included George Hopwood, Ciaran Robinson and Alexandra Corrigan, all from Hampshire; Adam Gianfrancesco from Surrey and Rachel Mosley from Torquay.
The maiden voyage of Prolific saw 11 young people in total take to the Solent for a rigorous four-day sailing trip. The passage commenced from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina and the team made their way down to Dartmouth, being taught along the way how to sail the vessel, before circling back along the coast. During sailing, the team carried out drills such as rescuing a man overboard and pilotage planning, whilst having plenty of fun in between. Upon returning to shore, the young sailors deservedly earned a ‘Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting Certificate’.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “Everyone involved in the transformation of Prolific has been eagerly awaiting its maiden voyage, and it’s fantastic that such a worthy team of young sailors marked the first passage. Combined that this is our 30th year of partnership with OYT, the sailing was a truly special experience. Our Sail Training Award winners were chosen for their inspirational attitudes and commitment to supporting others. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those selected, honouring them for their remarkable achievements at such a young age.
“Over the last 30 years, the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 150 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on-board John Laing, Prolific’s predecessor, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support OYT South with Prolific and the important work that it carries out.”
OYT South Staff Skipper, Andy Viney, commented: “We had a fantastic group of young people for Prolific’s first voyage with the charity, and we were absolutely delighted to be joined by the MDL award winners on this memorable trip. For the last 30 years MDL Marinas has given us tremendous support and, without them, we wouldn’t have this magnificent boat back in the water – so it was very fitting that they supplied so many of the young crew members for this voyage.
“The MDL award winners are always highly deserving and inspirational young people and this year’s winners were no exception. This week has been a great start to Prolific’s sailing career and we are all looking forward to offering more outstanding voyages, in partnership with MDL, as the season goes on.”
Rachel Mosley, one of the young MDL sailors who took part in the voyage, added: “I want to thank MDL Marinas and OYT South for the opportunity to take part in the sailing trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the week and it's really opened my eyes to sailing. The experience has given me the opportunity to go back as a junior boson and learn more about the boat and how the sea staff look after it and keep it running. Thank you again for the amazing opportunity.”
Prolific was bought by the charity in 2015 and has spent eighteen months undergoing a refit and modifications, with close support and sponsorship from MDL Marinas, ensuring it would sail safely and effectively for young people aged between 12 and 25. Prolific provides the opportunity for all to sail onboard, from keen and competent young sailors looking for real adventure, through to vulnerable and disadvantaged people who might never expected the chance to sail.
To see Prolific in action please visit the following link: https://youtu.be/TQ2Elp8AJvw. Further information about OYT South can be found at www.oytsouth.org/charity.asp.
Every Sunday from Noon, The Ketch Rigger Waterfront restaurant and bar hold their Traditional Sunday Carvery, featuring roast beef and roast pork, fresh vegetables, homemade gravy and all the trimmings for £12.50. Childrens portions available as well as our full Sunday menu. Bookings advisable
The Ketch Rigger Waterfront bar and restaurant are holding a Burger & Lobster Evening on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Enjoy ½ grilled lobster, handpacked beef burger in a squishy brioche bun, fries, salad garnish and a glass of Prosecco all for £20. Booking advisable.
Fish and fizz returns. Join The Ketch Rigger team every Friday and enjoy fish and chips along with a glass of Prosecco all for just £13. Available all day. Booking advised
Ben Fogle returned to the Solent today, to help Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) - the UK-based marine conservation charity – roll out its plan to restore the native oyster to local waters. The aim is to reintroduce 1 million oysters by the end of the year to help clean up the Solent, the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England and which once supported the biggest oyster fishery in Europe.
BLUE has partnered with MDL Marinas, Land Rover BAR and the University of Portsmouth to roll out the project across the Solent this April, which involves using a local team of volunteers to fill cages with 10,000 oysters, suspended underneath the pontoons of MDL’s marinas.
Ben Fogle, the broadcaster, traveller and adventurer who attended the University of Portsmouth and is a passionate marine conservationist, worked with a team of volunteers today to aid the process at MDL’s Port Hamble Marina.
Ben, who first became interested in marine pollution after rowing across the Atlantic, commented that his own experiences fuelled his desire to help with the Solent Oyster Restoration Project: “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.”
Today, the first of many thousands of oysters were moved to permanent housing in unique cage-like structures, designed and built by MDL Marinas, which are prototypes that can be used in the future by other marinas and boat owners who wish to help to restore the native oyster. Volunteers are to lower these oyster-filled cages from the pontoons of four MDL Marinas; Hamble Point, Port Hamble, Sparkes and Saxon Wharf as well as the pontoons at Portsmouth University and the pontoon that MDL Marinas installed at Land Rover BAR HQ.
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 many ways that the boating community can give back to the ocean and improve the local waters around us for our future enjoyment.”
The native oyster population in the UK has halved over the last 25 years, while globally an estimated 85% of oyster beds and reef habitats have been lost. The restoration of the native oyster will provide wide-ranging ecological and social benefits for the region over the long-term by helping to improve water quality, foster valuable habitats and re-establish an important strand of the economy on the South Coast.
Leading a coalition made up of fishermen, marine and local authorities, scientists and conservationists, BLUE seeks to significantly increase the population of native oysters in the Solent by 2020 with the long-term aim of achieving sustainable stocks and with the likely added benefit of improved Solent water quality, ecosystems and associated benefits for local inshore fisheries.
Tim Glover, BLUE’s UK Projects Director explained the significance of the next stage of the Solent Oyster Restoration Project: “Last year we started this project with pilots at Land Rover BAR and the University of Portmouth’s raft in Langstone Harbour (monitored by scientists from the University) which showed that the technique of suspending cages of oysters under floating pontoons can result in healthy reproduction and low mortality. Now BLUE is ready to go a stage further. Our aim is to introduce up to 1 million oysters to the Solent over the course of 2017, mostly into protected seabed sites. We hope this five-year programme will have a transformational effect on the Solent in the long-term.”
Five Reasons To Restore Oysters to the Solent
Jo Grindley, CMO/CCO of Land Rover BAR said: “Sustainability is an integral part of our ethos and working alongside our Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing we are committed to becoming the most sustainable sports team in the UK. With an opportunity to make a real impact on the ecosystem on our doorstep, in partnership with MDL Marinas, BLUE and the University of Portsmouth, we were delighted to host the first trial under our pontoon at our base in Portsmouth. To see the impact that can be made when key companies partner together is particularly exciting and we look forward to seeing the positive effect this project will have in the Solent and hope it will inspire others to take action.”
For more information about BLUE, please click here.
A key event in any sailing enthusiast’s diary, the eagerly anticipated Rolex Fastnet race returns this summer for what promises to be a high adrenaline and action packed competition. Starting on Sunday 6th August at the Royal Yacht Squadron in West Cowes, the race will attract hundreds of yachts from around the country, all competing for the chance to win the coveted cup.
The intimidating 650 mile racing route is designed to push competitors to the limits, beginning at the Isle of Wight and sweeping the south coast to then battle the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. Competitors will reach the renowned Fastnet Rock, which lies four miles off southwest Ireland and the route then approaches Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles to port, before returning to finish off in Plymouth. Racing against the elements, the course is a true test of sailing skill and we can’t wait to see the action!
The Fastnet race is one of the world's oldest offshore races and, with such high volumes of competitors expected, securing a pre-race berthing spot close to the action will be hot competition and essential for racing preparations
We’re urging anyone looking for a location to berth before the race to get in touch early as we have fantastic spaces available at our south coast marinas, but we’re expecting them to be snapped up quickly. Ideally placed close to the start line, our marinas include Ocean Village, Shamrock Quay and Saxon Wharf in Southampton, as well as Hamble Point and Port Hamble, all ideally situated to ensure a smooth start on race day. For those wishing to relax after the race, Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth will make the perfect spot to unwind and debrief on the racing events.
Get in touch now to ensure you don’t miss out and, for more information about the Rolex Fastnet race, please visit: www.rolexfastnetrace.com.