Staff at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton are looking forward to welcoming some very special visitors into the marina at the end of the month, ahead of the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron International Bicentenary Regatta (25th – 31st July).
All four of the J Class yachts competing in the Regatta will berth at the marina - Rainbow, Ranger, Velsheda and Lionheart - along with Bystander, an impressive 42.1m vessel built as an escort for Velsheda. The yachts will be joining vessels from 25 UK sailing clubs as they take part in a number of challenging races to celebrate the 200-year history of the Royal Yacht Squadron.
The J Class will race as a fleet, with exciting 2-3 hour courses in and beyond the Solent. Spectators and fans of the J Class will be able to view the grace and power of these elegant vessels from a number of vantage points around the Solent, as well as at Ocean Village Marina itself.
Debbie Burns, Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are excited and extremely proud to host these four magnificent yachts at the marina. Our deep waters and central location make Ocean Village the ideal location for these beautiful boats and we are highly experienced at catering for larger yachts. We were lucky to host three of the boats in 2012 for the J Class Solent Regatta and are thrilled that the boats will be returning.”
The J Class is a single masted racing sailboat that has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world, The America’s Cup. The four J Class yachts that will be berthed at Ocean Village vary in length from the 39-metre Rainbow to the 43.7-metre Lionheart. The vessels will be arriving at Ocean Village Marina from the J Class Regatta in Falmouth.
If you are looking for a fantastic event to attend this spring with family and friends, then you need look no further than Hamble Boat Show. Taking place at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, this event is renowned as being one of the South’s leading new and used boat shows – attracting some great brands in a beautiful location and offering a fun day out.
With free entry for all, Hamble Boat Show offers the perfect opportunity to see new products and services, speak to expert brokers and find out more about the on-site marina services. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest selection of boats for sale onshore and afloat and this only expands during the event – with even more great brands showcasing and offering sea trials on a number of new models.
The show will once again be part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get on the water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy on-water displays, take part in informative workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme, as well as see how easy and convenient it is to use the dry stack services at the marina, with regular demonstrations taking place. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant throughout both days, where visitors can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a long lunch, or just a delicious cup of coffee. Parking will be free all weekend.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 17th May between 10am and 3pm.
There will be official launches of these exciting new boats:
A number of fantastic exhibitors have already signed up for the show including Hamble-based yacht brokerages SD Marine and MGM Boats; hands-on sailing experience provider, Blue Box Sailing; training provider Sail Power Courses; children’s clothing retailer, Little Waterproofs; Hambledon Wineries Ltd; and international wine specialists, Pieroth.
Exhibitors are from a variety of sectors, and alongside a fantastic array of boats for sale previous shows have also included car, food and drink, clothing and lifestyle brands.
For more information, visit www.hambleboatshow.co.uk. If you would like to exhibit at this year’s show, contact Nic Parton at Hamble Point Marina by calling 023 8045 2464, or email email@example.com.
Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 15th May 2016, which conincides with the second day of the Hamble Point Boats on Show.
The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
Come down to the marina between 10am and 3pm to dispose of your flares safely.
We would like to invite you to our open day on Saturday 25th April 2015 from 10am to 4pm.
Unit 2 The Boatyard, Endeavour Way, Hythe Marina, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6LA
You will be able to discuss full system design and installation services as well as all boat related technical advice, including fabrication, boatyard services and brokerage.
We are suppliers of Raymarine, Victron Energy, Kabola and Wallas Heating and are happy to answer any queries on these products.
Free refreshments will be on offer.
Europe’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, recently partnered with UK charity water brand, One Water, to provide its customers with a gift that will not only help to save lives in Africa’s developing countries, but also keep them hydrated whilst afloat this summer.
MDL purchased over 5,000 1.5 litre bottles of One Water to send out to their customers in special water cooler bags, ahead of the new boating season. As well as being the perfect practical gift for a long day out on the water, 100% of the profit generated by One Water’s bottled water is donated to bringing safe, sustainable water supplies to communities across Africa.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing for MDL Marinas, commented: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with One Water to give our berth holders a renewal gift that will help transform lives. We feel there is great synergy between our two organisations and hope the water we purchased will help make a real difference.”
Since launching 11 years ago, One Water has raised more than £11 million and changed the lives of 2.7 million people, funding water programmes in countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya and Niger. Ian Spooner, Marketing Director at One Water, commented: “Teaming up with a prestigious marina organisation such as MDL Marinas provides an excellent way of informing an audience, which is passionate about water, about the global water crisis, and how they can help.”
If you would like to help this hugely worthwhile cause, MDL has set up their own JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate to One Water by simply texting MDLM47 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.
For more information about One Water and their life changing work, visit www.onedifference.org/projects.
Make a note of the date of Sunday April 26th when the first annual ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K race is taking place in Southampton, and if you are heading for Ocean Village and the marina pontoons or the RSYC Clubhouse be prepared for your journey to take longer.
The race route passes along Platform Road, Canute Road and through Ocean Village and roads along the route will be closed between 8 and 11 am. Anyone who needs to be in Ocean Village early are particularly asked to avoid parking along the waterfront between RSYC and Pitcher and Piano as this will be directly where the runners will be running through.
Organisers expect the maximum 6,000 runners competing in two races on the day — a 10km and a half marathon — which will affect traffic and through road closures on the morning which could affect your journey.
The 10km race starts at 08:30, from the city centre with about 1,000 competitors who will be starting to arrive from 07:00. The Half Marathon starts at 10:00 with up to 5,000 runners who will be heading into the city from 08:00.
If you plan heading to the marina or the RSYC, the best plan is to set out early on that Sunday and leave approx 15 mins extra for your journey before 08:00 and 30 minutes extra after 08:00.
The runners will have cleared Ocean Village area by 10:45 and the road closures affecting the area will be cleared before 11:00.
Race director Chris Rees said: “We hope this does not affect your day too much and if you have any queries or concerns about accessing the RSYC between 08:00 and 11:00 please don't hesitate to contact the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org".
CLICK HERE to view a map of the race routes.