MDL Marinas ‘insures’ a bright future for its berth holders

Posted: 14th September 2018

MDL Marinas has appointed Towergate Insurance as its new insurance partner for members’ boat insurance, offering comprehensive cover that stretches across its entire network of 124 marinas.

The partnership is being launched at Southampton Boat Show with a compelling offer. More details are available during the show on MDL’s stand (E52).

Highlights of the new insurance being offered include no excess fees when a claim is made for an incident within an MDL Marina, and up to £1,500 for repatriation / loss of use. Also covered in the Towergate Platinum Cover is cover for a single tender, loss of keys, misfuelling and legal expenses plus many more factors.

Additionally, MDL’s Beds on Board scheme which enables members to reap economic benefits from their berthed boats through a bed rental scheme can be covered.

“MDL members deserve peace of mind, whether that’s while berthed or out enjoying their boat,” says Dean Smith, MDL’s commercial director. “That’s what we’re giving them with Towergate, an enhanced product over anything we’ve offered before. For example, Freedom Berthing is the most innovative marina berthing product available to boaters allowing them to explore our impressive network at no extra cost, and we wanted to complement our members’ spirit of discovery with an equally innovative insurance product and service. Whether customers are renting out their boat via our Beds on Board scheme, or enjoying a few weeks exploring the Med in our marinas, we want them to rest assured that they’re being covered by the best.”

For more information about the benefits offered to MDL members, please click here.

Last Night of the Proms - Live Simulcast at Hythe Marina

On the 8th September 2018

Join us on Saturday Evening, Last Night of the Proms!

On Saturday evening (Sept 8th) Hythe MarinaAssociation (HMA) is hosting an outdoor gathering and would like to extend an invitation to local berth holders and visitors too. This is a free event and will kick off around 17:30 with two music sets from the Goodnight sweethearts, a local group who will sing songs from 40’s.

Then, at 19:15 we will run a live simulcast of the BBC last night of the proms on a big screen live from the Albert Hall. It's being held on an area called the “Bund”, the grassy bandstand area at the end of Endeavour way near the boatyard. Entry is free, and free parking will be nearby. If you’d like to attend just mention to security guard you are a berth holder, resident or one of our Facebook friends and you’ll be waved through. Ideally, you'll need to bring chairs, drinks, a picnic and perhaps blankets, oh.. and union flags if you have one for Land of Hope & Glory at the end!

At the time of writing we still have a few overnight visitor berths available - call the number below to make a reservation.

For More Information
Call: 023 8020 7073
Email: Phil Bridges

Young Sailing Talent Celebrated at 31st Sail Training Awards

Posted: 31st August 2018

Six deserving young people who won a place on the 31st MDL Sail Training Awards voyage will be officially presented with their trophies by Lord IIiffe, on Thursday 20th September at 2pm (stand E52). The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending five days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South, on the incredible tallship Prolific.

The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for 31 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the sail training ship. 

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, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a hugely important initiative for us, which we have undertaken with Ocean Youth Trust South for an amazing 31 years. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those selected, honouring them for their remarkable achievements at such a young age. We look forward to this day at Southampton Boat Show each year, as it’s a fantastic chance to hear all of the stories and see what an inspiration the trip has been for everyone.”

Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “Over the last three decades years we have met many truly inspirational young people through the MDL Sail Training Awards. Throughout the 31 years, MDL Marinas has given us tremendous support, the MDL award winners are always highly deserving and inspirational young people and this year’s winners were no exception.

“We have a long track record of using adventure under sail to give young people the skills to succeed in life – the skills that individuals, families, schools, employers and communities need – and MDL’s generosity plays a key role at the heart of all our work.”

CANCELLED - Great Waterside Raft Race

On the 26th August 2018

Rather unforunately, the Great Waterside Raft Race has been cancelled due to safety concerns.

From Calshot RNLI:
"Due to the adverse weather conditions of high wind and rain we have made the decision to cancel the raft race this Sunday. Our priority has to be the safety of fundraisers, spectators and participants"

More information can be found on the Daily Echo website.

MDL to deliver 5-star experience at Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 22nd August 2018

MDL Marinas is delighted to reveal that within its hospitality lounge overlooking the main boat show marina (E052), Salcombe Gin will be hosting daily taster sessions and teach the art of distilling, while the five-star Southampton Harbour Hotel spa team offers complimentary head, neck, and shoulder massages.

Known across its extensive network of over 120 marinas for its excellent customer service, prime locations and top of the line facilities, MDL Marinas is applying its key ethos of relax, enjoy and discover to its stand at Southampton Boat Show.

“We’re recreating the excellent experience people enjoy at our marinas,” says Dean Smith, commercial director for the European-wide group of marinas in UK, Italy, France and Spain. “There’s always something exciting happening onshore, so it makes sense to continue that at Southampton Boat Show. We’re delighted to be welcoming two partners to the stand.”

Guest hosts
Salcombe Gin, a traditional copper pot, one-shot distiller based in Devon, will host a tasting session every day between 4 and 5pm on MDL’s stunning members’ waterside hospitality lounge. Distillery demonstrations will take place on both Sundays (16 / 23 September), and Wednesday (19 September) between 3 and 4pm. 

Southampton Harbour Hotel's HarSPA, will also be offering complimentary head, neck and shoulder massages throughout the show, as well as foot pampers. Known for their deep tissue massages to ease muscle aches and areas of tension, HarSPA therapists offer Lava Shell, Bamboo and Lomi Lomi massages in the five-star hotel.

Relax, enjoy, discover
MDL is looking forward to welcoming over 4,000 members and their guests to its stunning waterside hospitality lounge. Visitors are encouraged to use the area as a meeting place, or somewhere to take a well-deserved break. With free WiFi, refreshments and massages from the Harbour Hotel’s spa staff, the lounge is the ideal place to relax in comfort.

Helping its members to explore with friends, MDL will showcase its impressive network of over 120 marinas. Visitors will also be able to discover the exciting benefits of becoming an MDL member such as Freedom Berthing which gives access to the marinas in the European network at no extra cost, and upcoming offers that feature options for winter marina berthing and storage. Plus, it’s the ideal opportunity to discuss Beds On Board, the accommodation scheme designed to unlock the economic potential of members’ boats.

Additionally, the boat show offers a great opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the end of the season. On the members’ balcony overlooking the marina, MDL’s hospitality lounge offers a buzzing social environment, complimentary refreshments and fundraising events for the two great charities that the company supports.

“We love the Southampton Boat Show,” Dean continues. “It’s a great opportunity to touch base with our members and hear about their marina and cruising experiences. Plus, we enjoy meeting those who haven’t stayed with us before, finding out about their sailing adventures, plans, and letting them know all about the benefits of becoming part of the MDL family. We’re also really looking forward to sharing more information about the great work we’re doing with the Blue Marine Foundation, the Ocean Youth Trust South and our Sail Training Awards. It’s going to be a great show!”

Make sure that you plan time in your day to visit the stand (E052), enjoy the view and learn more about MDL Marinas.

Cowes Week 2018 - Embrace the Solent!

Posted: 31st July 2018

With the start of August comes one of the UK’s longest running and most prestigious sporting events of the summer, Cowes Week regatta. 

Once again we’re celebrating the action, which draws over 1,000 boats to the Isle of Wight and surrounding coastline, painting the Solent with a canvas of sails. Culminating on Friday 10th August with a spectacular fireworks display on the island, up to 40 different handicap, one-design and multihull classes will be racing each day, and the action is not to be missed. 

Over 8,000 competitors will participate, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend and leisure sailors. This magnificent event with its fantastic atmosphere, racing, entertainment and shopping stalls attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the week.

Our members and guests have the opportunity to be at the forefront of the action, with Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury Yacht Harbour the closest mainland marinas to the start line of the regatta, and Ocean Village and Hythe marinas also close by. Our marinas promise to be a hive of celebratory activity, and will be the perfect place to relive the action of the day whilst enjoying a chilled beverage and canapés, all from the comfort of your berth in the evenings or at one of our bustling bars or restaurants. 

To find out further information about the historic regatta, what’s on offer and how you can take part, visit: 

What’s more, those enjoying Cowes Week from our Solent marinas still have time to take advantage of our summer berthing offers. This year we’re providing fantastic savings on essential scrubs and berthing packages.

Across the south coast boat owners can enjoy two months berthing from just £549 inclusive of VAT, available on boats up to 7m. For those preparing their boat for getting out over the rest of August, we're giving boat owners the chance to save on summer scrubs and storage ashore at a number of our boatyards. 

To find out more about our exclusive offers, visit:

Marine Seventeen opens this weekend at Hythe Marina

Posted: 18th July 2018

Visitors to MDL’s Hythe Marina Village will have an enticing new place to dine this summer with the launch of Marine Seventeen. Formerly La Vista, the restaurant has been undergoing a complete overhaul and will be open to diners from this Saturday, July 21st.

The most recent addition has been a bespoke bar but while the décor is still under wraps, the kitchen has just released a new menu to tempt taste buds. Visitors can indulge in delicious nibbles like vegetable samasos with mango chutney or pork scratchings with apple sauce. Hearty favourites include chicken, ham and leek pie, steaks and double-stacked burgers and there are innovative and tempting plates like the chargrilled aubergine steak with roast veggies, brie and roasted new potatoes with basil dressing.

There will also be Sunday roasts and a special fresh fish menu befitting Marine Seventeen’s waterside location. The spacious and quiet restaurant is being billed as a fantastic venue for a family meal out, open for lunch, dinner, drinks and coffees with beautiful views overlooking the boats in Hythe Marina and the sailing out on Southampton Water. Just the thing after working up an appetite on the water!

More updates can be found at

CLASSICS on the Quay - Hythe Edition

On the 28th July 2018

"CLASSICs on the Quay is BACK!!!"

At last we are back in Top Gear for ‘CLASSICs on the Quay’!!!

Time to display your breathtaking Supercar or Classic Car in Hythe Marina’s ‘Italian Food Festival Motoring Extravaganza’

An unmissable event to fuel your passion for motoring heritage spanning over 100 years

And what an amazing come back for our 1st show this year !

  • New Location - Hythe Marina Village - Southampton SO45 6DY
  • New Date - 28th July 2018
  • New Time - 09.30 – 15.30
  • New Theme - Italian Food Market
  • Different day - SATURDAY


  • Fantastic new Marina location with ample show parking
  • Take in the excellent views over Southampton water in this 206-berth marina with Waterside homes, Shops, Restaurants, Bars and a boutique hotel.
  • Longer show hours for those wishing to attend in the morning / afternoon, or even better both!
  • Discounted Food and drink for Drivers
  •  It’s Italian Day... so after that long drive you can take advantage of over 15 Italian Food stalls
  • Italian cars will feature in Hythe Marinas town centre (please contact us if you have an Italian Car you wish to display, limited availability)
  • Our resident Live Band the excellent Un’expected

Show Cars - ass with all our events to display your pride and joy the criteria is :

  • Supercars of any age
  • 1990 and older Cars
  • Any Motorbikes
  • Any Scooters
  • Specialist vehicles 1990 or older

‘Thank you all’ for being so patient regarding our event dates

And if that’s not enough it’s FREE to :
Display ….. Attend …… and Free to Visitors

The only things we ask of you :

1) This will be an amazing event so please share event with fellow Car and Bike enthusiasts! Help spread the ‘Good Word’ to those not on Facebook.
2) Could leave us excellent feedback (to help keep our show alive) by signing into Google and leave a review for ‘Sandstone Productions’

Rules. You know we're very laid back here at Classics, but will have to be strict on Show Cars being:

  • 1990 and older
  • Please no Revving or wheel spinning, this new location has over 200 houses based around the marina, so do not want to upset any residents, and we hoping to be invited back.

* For Italian Cars on display, we do ask you stay from 10 till 2pm, as you will be located and on display within Hythe Marina Village Centre

For More Information
Call: 023 8020 7073
Email: Mark Elliott

CANCELLED - Newfound Friends Rescue Dogs Demonstrations

On the 29th July 2018

Sorry, folks , the organiser has just emailed to see they don't have enough people to run the event so have cancelled 


On Sunday 29th July Newfound Friends will be here at Hythe Marina simulating some real-life rescues, but with a difference!  Exact Times TBC.

We asked them to give a brief insight.

"Newfound Friends was formed nearly 30 years ago in 1989, with the objective of using the skills of the Newfoundland Dog to raise money for children's' charities. The group has gone from strength to strength and we are now a registered charity having raised thousands of pounds for charities across the years. Newfound friends use the Newfoundland Dogs to perform water rescues by simulating real-life rescues.

The dogs are renowned for their power in the water and have been known to pull in boats and as many as 10 people at a time. The dogs are all really friendly and love to meet and greet their rescue once back on dry land. So be brave, take the plunge and help us raise some funds for some great causes."

More info to follow nearer the time...

For More Information
Call: 07880 317093
Email: Daniel House

MDL Marinas' summer deals have landed!

Posted: 2nd July 2018

Summer is officially here and a glorious season out on the water is underway. At MDL Marinas that means one thing – it’s time for our famous summer offers. There are great deals of up to 55% off across the group, up and down the Thames and along the Solent coastline.

If you’re not yet an MDL member, enjoy cruising some of the most beautiful coastlines and waterways in the UK from the country’s finest marinas with two months’ summer berthing from just £350.

If your boat is in need of a lift and scrub, our boatyards have come up with generous deals - up to £380 off - to make sure boats are gleaming for the summer ahead. Prices start from just £16 per metre for a lift, pressure wash and relaunch at Shamrock and Hythe marinas in Southampton.

For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer visit