MDL is First UK Marina Group to Install Tesla Electric Charging Points

Posted: 31st August 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator, continues to lead the industry by becoming an official Tesla Destination Charging location and the first UK marina operator to offer electric vehicle charging points for the prestigious range of vehicles.

The new units have been installed at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, Cobb’s Quay Marina in Poole, Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth and at Hamble Point Marina alongside universal electric charging points, with a view to installing even more at its portfolio of 19 UK Marinas over the coming months.

MDL Marinas is renowned for being an innovator in the industry and is fully committed to ensuring its customers enjoy the latest technology and benefits as part of their berthing package with the group. They were the first operator to launch WiFi in 2004 and are well-known for being a company that doesn’t stand still, with a full corporate social responsibility plan and what remains the most comprehensive berthing package available in the marketplace.

Adrien Burnard, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are always striving to find new ways to add value to our customer experience and recognise the increased demand for electric vehicles and charging points. Many of our customers spend a lot of their pleasure time with us and so we wanted to ensure we made this time as convenient as possible by installing the charging points for them.

“We are very pleased to provide this service for Tesla owners as well as other EV owners. It’s a fantastic brand and a number of our customers have models from the range. However, we recognise the growing market for electric cars and the diverse range of models that are available and so have also installed Universal charging units to ensure we are offering choice and catering for our customers’ needs.”


Share Your Bank Holiday Adventures With Us!

Posted: 25th August 2016

The long weekend is almost upon us and there’s plenty going on at our sunny marinas. We’d love to see how you are spending your time on the water and it would be great to see you all flying your burgees and sharing your adventures on our social media pages, using #burgeesontour.

We know there’s loads planned at our marinas so whether your burgee is joining you for the Pirates of the Caribbean Cruise at Shamrock Quay, enjoying a tipple on the back of your boat on the Thames or visiting the ice cream boat on Bournemouth Beach, we’d really like to get our social media buzzing with all of your photos in the spectacular weather we’ve been promised!

It’s also a great chance for you to showcase your cruising adventures with other fellow boaters, and us (we will certainly be green with envy)! Why not share your photos and let us know your cruising destination and any new-found gems you’ve uncovered. Just remember to use #burgeesontour.

If you haven’t picked up your burgee yet, please pop into the marina office where yours will be waiting.

Happy Bank Holiday boating!


It’s Pimm’s–a-Plenty this Bank Holiday Weekend at our Marinas!

Posted: 25th August 2016



With the sun set to shine, we are busy getting ready for the annual August Bank Holiday weekend at our marinas, with lots of fun and activities being prepared to ensure you really make the most of it. We will be there to ensure your every boating need is taken care of and to make sure you can simply kick back with a cold drink after a fabulous day of cruising... because that’s what August Bank Holidays are all about!

There seems to be a Pimm’s theme running across many of our marinas with the Trolley of treats transforming to the Trolley of Pimm’s and touring the pontoons at Torquay Marina, along with an early evening Pimm’s welcome reception at Northney and Sparkes. Cobb’s Quay Marina is also going all out with a complete Pimm’s weekend!

However, don’t worry if Pimm’s isn’t your tipple, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s just a snapshot of what our marinas are up to!

Torquay Marina will be hosting a children’s crabbing contest on Saturday 27th August with prizes for the most crabs caught (and if you haven’t registered yet please give us a call). This will start at 11am and all crab lines, bait and buckets will be supplied, along with complimentary tea, coffee and bacon rolls for the adults. You can also take part in a spot of wine tasting on the pontoons as the day draws on.

Penton Hook Marina is holding its big berth holder party on the lawn on Friday welcoming all annual berth holders and visitors to an Italian themed party with drinks and nibbles in the sunshine.

Port Hamble Marina will be hosting a ‘Bank Holiday Beer on the Berths’ with the team touring the pontoons throughout the weekend to give out cold beverages while you relax on your boat.

Shamrock Quay is embarking on the weekend with a Pirates of the Caribbean berth holder’s cruise on Friday with a Pirate themed tour up and down the Solent in fancy dress (not compulsory), after they have walked the plank! Once onboard they will enjoy a disco, food and drinks as well as be in with a chance to win a number of fantastic raffle prizes including tickets for the England vs Malta game at Wembley with hospitality which is worth £500, all to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Over 180 berth holders and friends are joining the cruise and taking part in a treasure hunt! In addition, George, Shamrock Quay’s Freedom Maker will be breaking out the Trolley of Treats on Sunday to present owners with a cold glass of wine or beer and a tasty croissant or Danish pastry.

Ocean Village Marina guests will enjoy a Bank Holiday BBQ on Saturday followed by a Greek nibbles event on Sunday, which sounds simply delicious. And, on Friday night Saxon Wharf is hosting a berth holders party which is a sure fire way to start the Bank Holiday weekend as you mean to go on!

Hamble Point Marina will be rolling out its Trolley of Treats delivering ‘Ploughmans in a Jar’, which really is as delicious as it sounds, along with strawberries and cream and free drinks. They will also be giving out packs for the kids with lots of treats to keep them busy including bubbles and quiz books.

Woolverstone Marina will be hosting a BBQ on Friday night at on-site restaurant, The Riverside and after the Pimm’s arrival drinks at Northney and Sparkes’ the teams will be delivering fresh pastries for breakfast on Saturday as well as ensuring you have refreshments for your journey home. Queen Anne’s Battery will be enjoying a Sun and Sangria evening on Saturday and Mercury Yacht Harbour will be rolling out its Bank Holiday Trolley of Treats.

What is for certain is there’s a lot going on this Bank Holiday weekend and that we are focused on making sure it’s one of your best weekends this summer! 

If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun or want to have a chat with the team ahead of the weekend please don’t hesitate to give your marina office a call. If you are planning a visit to our marinas this weekend please note they are filling up fast, with many already booked, so please do get in touch.


Summer Scrub Flash Sale - Hamble Point Marina

From 9th August 2016 until 12th August 2016

Take advantage of our fantastic summer scrub offer this week and you'll receive a complimentary bottle of wine. To books please call Dee on 02380 452464 or d.orme@mdlmarinas.co.uk

*Summer Scrub - Lift / Wash / Relaunch £20 Per Metre

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Dee Orme
Website: www.hamblepointmarina.co.uk

Bursledon Regatta 2016

From 27th August 2016 until 28th August 2016

The Regatta is organised and run by a committee of local people still representing the three villages of Swanwick, Bursledon and Warsash, and relies on the generous support given by well wishers to finance the not inconsiderable expenses involved. The unique family atmosphere of the Regatta has been gently nurtured over the years and we hope you enjoy the experience and will help us perpetuate one of the few traditional village Regattas remaining. This year's theme is Rio inspired, with a water carnival, dinghy, yacht and gig racing, plus evening entertainment.

MDL Marinas Gears Up for the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

Posted: 17th July 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to supporting this week's prestigious Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, where they will be showcasing their extensive marina network, now comprising of over 100 destinations in the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

As the Official UK Marina Partner to Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing and the recent announcement of their new Engagement Partnership with the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, this year MDL will be proudly exhibiting in the exciting Marketplace located in the heart of the Race Village. The three-day spectacular event, taking place on Southsea seafront, will see the MDL Group get behind the team and join the nation in backing Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the Cup home.

MDL’s annual berth holders and visitors enrolled on their Cruising Club scheme, also have the opportunity to secure preferential rates for tickets to the exciting Race Village in Southsea. Those who are lucky enough to acquire a ticket, will afford the best views of the race course in the Solent, as well as receive a unique insight into the history, technology and racing teams in this esteemed sporting event. The Race Village will also include big screens with commentary to watch the racing and the opportunity to access the exciting new ‘Tech & Team Zones’, watch live BMX shows and secure the best spot on the sea front to enjoy aerial displays by the Red Arrows, Red Bull Matadors and Blades.

The Marketplace will boast a variety of shops and food stalls, while MDL’s stand will welcome the return of its popular Cleat Challenge, first seen at last year’s America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth. Those participating will have the chance to win one of three Henri Lloyd jackets, competing for the fastest rope cleating time!

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s set to be a fantastic event and we’re looking forward to exhibiting once again at the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. As the Official UK Marina partner for Land Rover BAR we’re excited to be supporting the team in bringing the Cup home. Our friendly and experienced staff will also be on hand to discuss Freedom Berthing, the most extensive berthing package in marketplace.

The event takes place this week between 22nd and 24th July, and will see the world’s best sailors descend on the Solent to battle it out on high-speed AC45 foiling catamarans. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 650,000 visitors across the three-day sporting bonanza.

Land Rover BAR’s home city of Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant place, with its proud naval and maritime heritage, towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront.

Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.


Blue Box Sailing August Super Summer Sail

From 13th July 2016 until 17th July 2016

Are you getting fed up with this 'summers' weather? ... Hamble Point Marina on site tenant Blue Box Sailing thought they would try and cheer everyone up with their SUPER SUMMER SALE!

Get a trip booked and in the diary for this August (to be honest, it's got to be sunny and warm by then?!) and have something to look forward to!

For More Information
Call: 023 8098 8966
Email: Blue Box Sailing
Website: http://www.blueboxsailing.com/supersummersale.php

Classics on the Quay - October Edition

On the 16th October 2016

Do you own a classic car built up to and including 1990, American cars, motorbikes, an interesting vehicle or supercar of any age?

Join us for our petrol fuelled exciting 'Breakfast Show' meet on 16th October at 10.30am at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. With on-site restaurants, bars and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.

Free entry, free to display your car, free parking, this months' event features breakfast catering by the Yellow Welly Café and the 'Un'expected' band will be providing us with live music.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: https://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

Hamble Point Marina Berth Holders Summer Party

On the 22nd July 2016

Join us at Hamble Point Marina on the 22nd July 2016 from 7pm for our annual berth holders summer party.

This years details are as follows –

Venue :- Ketch Rigger/Marquee
Time :-  19:00 – Late (food served 20:00)
Food :- Hot & Cold Buffet
Entertainment : BB3 Live

2 tickets per berth holder, under 12’s free. Extra tickets can be brought at £10 per person.

To order tickets, which include your food and access to the party, please complete a booking form and return it to the Marina Office by the 12th July along with your payment if applicable. Be quick as a limited number of tickets are available.  Forms are available from the Marina Office or please click here and we will email you one.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Jo Cooper

Burger and Lobster Night at Ketch Rigger, Hamble Point

On the 7th December 2016

The Ketch Rigger Waterfront bar and restaurant are holding a Burger & Lobster Evening on Wednesday 7th December 2016. Enjoy ½ grilled lobster, homemade beef burger in a bun, fries, salad garnish and a glass of Prosecco all for £20. Booking advisable #ketchul8tr

For More Information
Call: 02380 455 601
Email: The Ketch Rigger
Website: http://www.ketchrigger.co.uk/

Burger and Lobster Night at Ketch Rigger, Hamble Point

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