MDL Marinas is delighted to announce its support of the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) in its campaign to restore the historic Solent oyster fishery. BLUE represents a great initiative that is aimed at restoring the once thriving fishery, bringing employment opportunities and a sustainable local food source that will give a valuable contribution to the local economy.
MDL Marinas is one of the partners, alongside Business South who are supporting the initiative, with BLUE working to gain commitment and funding from even more stakeholders over the coming months.
The Solent oyster fishery was once the largest self-sustaining native oyster stock in Europe – employing 700 people with up to 450 boats working in the fishery. Today, the fishery is closed with insufficient oysters to sustain a commercial fishery, and just a handful of boats. Not only has the loss been seen in unemployment and the local food source, but native oysters also provide critical ecosystem services by filtering and purifying water, contributing to coastal defenses and providing important ecological habitats.
BLUE has already clearly demonstrated its capabilities to gain results at Lyme Bay in Dorset where it achieved a positive outcome in its project to establish a scientifically-informed, sustainable and equitable fishery, bringing together previously opposed parties and creating a management plan which had implemented a number of important initiatives. Lyme Bay’s fishermen are actively involved in the process to secure a sustainable fishery for themselves and future generations – a process that creates jobs and improves the local economy.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented “We fully support the work of BLUE and believe re-establishing the Solent oyster fishery will be a very successful venture – both from an economic and environmental perspective. It’s great to see the work that has been undertaken in Lyme Bay and we are looking forward to working with BLUE on another successful project in the Solent.”
BLUE Co-founder, Chris Gorell Barnes, commented: The Blue Marine Foundation is delighted with the support we have received from MDL Marinas. Their sponsorship not only opens the doors and minds of other leading stakeholders to the project, but has also enabled us to become a Champion of the South Region. With our positioning, we hope to unite companies, organisations and individuals to harness the funding and collaborative expertise needed to support our work in restoring the once thriving Native Oyster fishery. Successful and well managed restoration of the native oyster will deliver significant ecosystem service benefits to the Solent marine environment as well as economic gains to the region.
To find out more about BLUE go to www.bluemarinefoundation.com.
We have received some great My MDL Selfies over the last month – but there’s still time to take part. Whether you’re out enjoying the sun or visiting us on our boat show stand (E52), we’d love to see how you are making the most of the Great British summer. In aid of Ocean Youth Trust South, we have pledged to donate £1* for every selfie received via social media.
To join in, entrants simply need to share their selfies via the MDL Marinas Facebook page or Twitter (@mdlmarinas) account and include the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie. The best entries will be displayed in an MDL Marinas Facebook gallery, with many also included in a video reel that will be on show at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Entrants will not only be able to contribute to a worthy charitable cause – Ocean Youth Trust South - they will also be in with a chance of winning a dining experience with £50 dining vouchers up for grabs at a number of the fantastic restaurants across the MDL marina portfolio. Tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show will also be on offer, where winners will be able to see their selfie snap on display on the MDL Marinas stand, located at E52. MDL Marinas will select the best selfie entries based on their marina-themed settings and sense of summer fun.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “My MDL Selfie is all about celebrating the summer and showing the beautiful destinations marine enthusiasts are visiting, while helping to raise money for a very well deserved charity, Ocean Youth Trust South.
“We’ve had some great entries so far but we want to see even more selfies – there’s still time to take part so get involved!”
MDL Marinas has a long standing partnership with Ocean Youth Trust South, including the annual sponsorship of the MDL Sail Training Awards. MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1 for every selfie received as part of this campaign, but those involved can also donate additional monies to the charity just by texting MDLS99 followed by the donation amount to 70070. Ocean Youth Trust South is a charity that uses Adventure Under Sail as a personal development opportunity for disadvantaged young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 72-foot-yacht John Laing.
Terms and conditions for the MyMDLSelfie campaign can be found here.
*Donation to Ocean Youth Trust South up to £1,000
If you’re paying a visit to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (12 - 21 September), come and see us at our Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina. The show is the perfect opportunity to find out more about our marinas and boatyards, as well as the benefits of Freedom Berthing, and how you can enjoy complimentary stays at over 90 marinas across the UK and Europe. Details will also be available on our winter offers - keep an eye on our website for details coming soon!
Exclusive Benefits for Freedom Berthing Members
Freedom Berthing members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Freedom Berthing members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your membership card.
Freedom Berthing members will also be able to enjoy free car parking at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com and the postcode for your sat nav is SO14 3TJ. Simply bring your car parking ticket and membership card to the stand and we'll give you an exit card.
Exciting Events at PSP Southampton Boat Show
We'll be hosting a series of special events on our stand throughout the show.
On Tuesday 16th September at 15:30 we will be welcoming a group of young visitors, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of the Yattendon Group, parent company of MDL. We will also be presenting Ocean Youth Trust South with a cheque following the #MyMDLSelfie campaign.
On Wednesday 17th September at 14:30 we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all our 19 UK sites. Always a hotly-contested competition, the winning marinas in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina. Later the same afternoon, the wait will be over as we reveal the winners of the 2014 MDL Photographer of the Year competition at 15:00.
On Friday 19th September our international team will be joining us for an 'Italian Day', where they will share details about the exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network - Marinara and Marina di Stabia.
Don’t miss our Tenants at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Over 40 tenants from our 19 UK sites will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, showcasing a number of new products and services at the 10-day event. Below are just some of the great brands to check out at this year's show.
Hamble Point Marina Broker's Village
To coincide with this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, Hamble Point Marina will be hosting an online ‘Brokers Village’ on its website for the first time. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest broker network on the south coast with thousands of boats for sale from some of the world’s leading brands. If you’re looking for a new or used boat, you can be sure to find the ideal solution – all from the comfort of your own home. Visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/brokers-village for full listings.
Fairview Sailing, in conjunction with Dream Yacht Charter, has partnered with MDL Marinas to offer MDL berth holders an exclusive £150 discount on global yacht charters.
A long-standing tenant at Port Hamble Marina for over 25 years, Fairview Sailing is delighted to have recently been selected as the UK base for worldwide yacht charter company, Dream Yacht Charter, offering bareboat and skippered yacht charters.
MDL Marinas is renowned for having the most comprehensive marina package in the marketplace with its Freedom Berthing package and continues to add even more benefits and discounts for its customers. In addition to complimentary visitor berthing, fuel at cost and free WiFi, MDL berth holders will now enjoy an exclusive £150 holiday discount which can be claimed when booking a charter at the Southampton Boat Show before 21st September. After the show, all bookings made will receive a £100 discount, which can be used in addition to repeat booking discounts, early booking and last minute offers.
Operations and Marketing Director, Dean Smith, commented: “It’s great news Fairview Sailing has been selected as the UK base for Dream Yacht Charter at Port Hamble Marina, and we are really pleased to welcome them as a partner, joining the likes of GJW Direct and the RNLI. We are always looking to add value to our Freedom Berthing package and hope many customers enjoy the discounts and incentives on offer.”
Dream Yacht Charter is the largest privately owned charter company in the world and on a range of monohull and catamaran yachts between 37ft – 80ft, from top quality boat manufacturers including Beneteau, Catana, Lagoon, Dufour and Pajot, most of which are under 4 years old.
To find out more about Dream Yacht Charter, the destinations and yachts available please visit www.dream-yacht-charter.com or pop along to the Southampton Boat Show from 12-21st September and visit stand J064 in the Mayflower hall.
Take a step back in time at Southampton Maritime Festival as it commemorates the wartime and maritime history of the South. During this two-day event many historic ships and vessels will be making their way into dock to join the festival. These include the national historic fleet’s HMS Medusa, ST Challenge, SS Shieldhall and many more. You can learn about each vessel’s role in the world wars, see heritage divers and experience Southampton’s wider wartime history.
Saxon Wharf will be hosting the annual Oyster Brokerage show coinciding with the PSP Southampton Boat Show. This will offer a perfect location to view a great selection of previously owned Oyster yachts within easy reach of the Show. Open 12th to 21st September from 09:30 to 17:30 daily.
There’s still time to enter our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2014 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2014 Junior Photographer of the Year for the Under-16s – but you’ll need to be quick, entries close at midnight on Sunday 10th August.
Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the lucky winner crowned Photographer of the Year will receive a boat portfolio taken by professional marine photographer, Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, presented in a handcrafted leather bound album worth £700! The runner-up will get to enjoy a magnum of champagne.
In the Under-16 competition, the lucky winner will be presented with the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof – whilst the runner-up will be awarded £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Entries can be submitted via an online form or by post.
Remember, the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 10th August, with the winning shots set to be unveiled at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
We are delighted to announce that two of our successful events will be taking place again next year at our marinas.
Returning in May is one of the south’s premier new and used boat shows, Hamble Point Boat Show. The always-popular free family event will run on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, featuring over 250 new and used boats for sale, ranging from day boats to sports boats and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors to the event can also enjoy some exciting on-water demonstrations, practical workshops and lots of entertainment for all the family.
This will be closely followed by the East Anglian Boat Show, which took place for the first time this year and proved to be a fantastic success with exhibitors and visitors alike. The 2015 event dates will be Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June at Woolverstone Marina, with the free event playing host again to leading boat brands and an array of new and used boats for sale, as well as great entertainment and on-water demonstrations.
So get these dates in your diary, or if you would like to feature in the lineup you can register your interest here.
Port Hamble Marina was delighted to host a Family Fun Day event held by Sail 4 Cancer on Wednesday 30th July, which was attended by a very special guest.
Sir Ben Ainslie, a patron of the charity, attended the event and met dozens of families at the marina before setting sail for a day out on the water. Guests were thrilled to meet the Olympic yachtsman in person and talk to him about his work for the charity and his recent adventures.
The day’s activities saw the group take part in a treasure hunt around the Solent, allowing the families to enjoy the beautiful weather as they searched for clues. The event finished with a family buffet in the sun, giving families the chance to relax and enjoy some quality fun time together.
Port Hamble Marina recently welcomed another sailing legend to the marina – on Thursday 24th July, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston attended a special event to crown Sail 4 Cancer as the 2014 Haven Academy Award Winner. Sir Robin, who is Chairman of the Haven Academy, presented Sail 4 Cancer with a £5,000 cheque for its good causes.
Set up in 2001 by a group of keen sailors who'd all lost friends or family to cancer, Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. These days out give families the opportunity to relax together, have fun out on the water.
Sail 4 Cancer’s Family Fun Days are organised by Britannia Corporate Events, who provide full event management and logistics support.
You can find out more about Sail 4 Cancer at www.sail4cancer.org.