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

Hythe Seafood Festival

On the 8th June 2019

Currently in the planning stages, Hythe Seafood Festival will run 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturday June 8th 2019. We expect this to be a busy event with seafood vendors attending from all over the South of England plus cookery demonstrations and fun activities for all the family.

Traders: Drop us an email if you are interested in attending the event.

We will provide regular updates as the event grows.

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

Marina Day 2018

On the 9th June 2018

Which MDL site will you be heading to on Marina Day? Open to everyone, we’re throwing fun-packed family days out across the group on June 9th.
With plenty to do and try on the water, jaw-dropping displays, food stalls, great music and perhaps the odd tipple, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.
Highlights from around the group include jet ski safaris at Sparkes, the Bomb Squad and their robots at Queen Anne’s Battery, jet rib rides with Saber at Shamrock Quay, a flyboarding display and light show at Torquay, an open-air cinema at Mercury Yacht Harbour, sea kayaking at Woolverstone and lots more besides.

Events are being held at the following MDL marinas:

  • Chatham Maritime Marina, Kent
  • Hythe Marina Village, near Southampton
  • Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble
  • Northney Marina, Hayling Island
  • Ocean Village Marina, Southampton
  • Queen Anne's Battery, Plymouth
  • Shamrock Quay, Southampton
  • Torquay Marina, Torquay
  • Woolverstone Marina, Ipswich

Please click here for a full list of events.

Family Fun Day at Hythe Marina Village

On the 9th June 2018

We're counting down to Hythe Marina Family fun day, a FREE entry event with some fab things to try out and find out more about including:

* Paddle boarding tasters (free)

* Rib rides courtesy of A2Sea Marine based here on the Marina (free)

* Find out about diving from Calshot Divers

* Solent Rescue will be showing what they do and recruiting

* The territorial  army will be on site showing what they get up to!

* Southampton Coastguard team will be on hand to offer advice

* Jiggy Wrigglers (you might need to Google that one!)

* Hythe Sea Scouts “Dunk tank” & football Tombola

* Sargents Butchers will be offering burgers and Hot dogs

* "Ridiculously Rich" from Bournemouth offering their mouth watering treats for purchase

* Popular Hythe Facepainter Dee Dee will be on hand to paint some amazing designs

* Those amazing local RNLI fundraisers will be once gain providing refreshments (they did us proud at our recent boat jumble!)

 Traders: We could probably squeeze in 3 or 4 more trade\local interests so please get in touch if you have something unique or exciting to offer, there is no charge for stall holders

 ***STOP PRESS ***

The Amazing Lucy Smith will be performing througout the day. Lucy has been taking the Waterside by Storm, click here to view a sample of her work back in 2013, when she was just 13!

For More Information
Call: 023 8020 7073
Email: Matthew Leigh or Phil Bridges

Special Norwegian Fjords offer for MDL Members

Posted: 2nd May 2018

Circa 1500 miles plus see some amazing sights, berths are available on a Challenger 72 that will sail from Portsmouth to the Norwegian Fjords and back.
The plan is to depart from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth on 13th May and get to Norway 5 or 6 days later. Stavanger will probably be the first port of call. You’ll then spend 5 or 6 days exploring the dramatic fjords before reaching Bergen where we'll then head back down the North Sea through the oil and gas fields and on to Portsmouth.
Price is usually £1677 and includes all food on board, fuel, gas, oilskins and insurance. For MDL Members this has been reduced to £1425, a saving of 15%!
This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to build miles and get experience of a watch system / night watches / sailing up and down the North Sea / through the Dover Straits / navigating in the Fjords etc.
Challenger 72 is an extremely seaworthy yacht and built to sail around the world, a feat it has accomplished twice. A professional skipper and mate will also be provided.

Visit the First Class Sailing website for more information.