Prize Draw Launched for 2015 Round the Island Race

Posted: 6th November 2014

What better incentive to compete in the annual Round the Island Race in 2015 as the ISC launches Prize Draw for three free entries!

Organised annually since 1931 by the Island Sailing Club (ISC), the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is one of the most iconic and best loved yacht races in the world, taking place annually on one day in June and starting and finishing in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and some 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and one of the largest participation sporting events in the UK.

Competitors come from all over the UK, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron 'line' in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. The Race provides a unique opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first timers. For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.

To entice you to enter this extraordinary yachting extravaganza, the ISC is running a PRIZE DRAW TO WIN ONE FREE ENTRY TO NEXT YEAR’S RACE ON 27TH JUNE!

The Draw, OPENING ON 10th NOVEMBER, will have one entry up for grabs on each of 9th January, 6th February and 6th March. So go for it and tick off another item on your to do list!

For more details on how to to enter, please visit

Good luck!

If your Prize Draw entry doesn’t get drawn, never fear! You can still enter the Race from 00.01 on 9th January 2015.

London Boat Show 2018

From 10th January 2018 until 14th January 2018

The new 5 day London Boat Show is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. Re-defined and re-imagined, this year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.

Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, pick up the latest marine technology, and spend quality time with some sailing legends.

Bringing a world of inspiration, on water experiences and exclusive deals, the London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with global, national and boutique brands, first looks, loads of retailers and even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.

Come and visit us on the Which Marina? stand, WE012.

For More Information
Call: 01784 473377
Email: National Boat Shows

Free Storage Offer

From 1st November 2014 until 31st March 2015
S. D. Marine, Hamble Point Marina
If you buy one of the boats S. D. Marine Ltd have available for sale at Hamble Point Marina, you qualify for free storage ashore until 31st March 2015. This gives you the opportunity to purchase the boat you want, have it stored over the winter before preparing for the new season. Helping you to cut the cost during the expensive months of winter. Call us for more details on 023 8045 7278.

WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva Marine Generator

From 13th October 2014 until 31st December 2014
Sailfish Marine, Shamrock Quay
Special introductory price on this compact and quiet running marine generator New! WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva variable speed marine generator - special introductory price of £3,695.00 plus VAT and delivery until the end of December 2014. We're also offering special prices on installation packages. Full details can be found on our website.

10% Discount on Winter Lay Up & Service

From 10th October 2014 until 30th November 2014
Golden Arrow Marine, Shamrock Quay
IT’S TIME TO WINTERISE It may seem odd with the sun not long gone down at the end of a fantastic summer of boating, but it’s time to think about winter servicing and winterisation. Winter service is essential to the long term health of a marine engine no matter what size or type or how much use it has had. During use the oil absorbs contaminants and condensation from the combustion process and the harsh environment in which it operates. This contaminated oil should be removed and replaced with fresh clean marine grade lubricating oil and the best time to do this is before the winter layup. Leaving contaminated oil in the engine over the winter will lead to greater wear and tear and reduced engine life. Combining an end of season service with winterisation is the best care you can give your engine to maintain your investment. Arranging your winter service and winterisation now takes away the worry and sleepless nights when the weather forecasters predict a sudden cold snap. If you also book your recommissioning at the same time you can be sure your boat is up and running when you want it at the start on next season. For bookings received before the end of November 2104 we are offering 10% discount on parts used. So whether you have an outboard motor, a yacht auxiliary or a pair of high performance diesel engines it is time to get your winter maintenance booked. And don’t forget the generator if you have one fitted, they need the same maintenance as a propulsion engine.

PSP Southampton Boat Show Highlights

Posted: 25th September 2014

It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.

It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...

  • We raised over £2,000 for Ocean Youth Trust South, which will go towards the brilliant work they do and their initiative to raise money for a new boat – thank you to those of you who made additional donations at the bar!
  • We welcomed five young people to our stand who were presented with their MDL Sail Training Awards by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The awards, which have been running for over 20 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 training yacht. The five deserving young people returned from a trip at sea for six days in April this year in and around our marinas.
  • Dave Wilson, AKA “Dogfish Dave” presented a cheque to Heroes on the Water for £637.20 following the fantastic annual fishing competition at Cobb’s Quay earlier this year.
  • We LOVED all of your Selfies... and taking a few of our own... thanks to all of you who got involved in the campaign! 
  • We presented the winners of our annual photo competition, with MDL’s Photographer of the Year being presented to Neil O’Donoghue, who took a stunning landscape picture at Torquay Marina and will receive a one-day photographic shoot and tuition session with Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography. The winning image in the under-16s competition was captured at Brixham Marina – a beautiful sunset taken by Dan Parrish. Dan received the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera.
  • We rewarded our green fingered marinas as part of MDL in Bloom with Saxon Wharf in Southampton sweeping the board, scooping the ‘X’ Factor title, best hanging baskets and the coveted best overall award thanks to a hanging boat from a hoist which was the deciding factor that put the marina in the top running.
  • On Friday 19th September our international team hosted an ‘Italian Day’, with boat owners given the chance to uncover the many advantages of berthing and visiting our Italian Marinas – two exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network – Marinara in Ravenna and Marina di Stabia in the Bay of Naples.
  • We received a fantastic response to Freedom Berthing and lots of enquiries to berth at our marinas next season – we look forward to welcoming you, our valued berth holders, as well as seeing some new faces over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!

Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.

Young People Rewarded at MDL Sail Training Awards

Posted: 17th September 2014

Six deserving young people who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards voyage were officially presented with their trophies yesterday at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending six days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South.

The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 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 training yacht.  

Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing were Callum Archibald, 14 from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The week-long round trip, from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw them plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants also had the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.

Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred young people to experience something truly exceptional. We are big supporters of the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and it’s fantastic that they can reward these youngsters with such a brilliant adventure that really does give them skills for life. We look forward to meeting this year’s winners and presenting them with their awards.”

For more photos of the presentation, please click here.

2014 MDL Photo Competition Winners Announced

Posted: 12th September 2014

MDL Marinas is delighted to announce the winners of its 2014 Photographer of the Year competitions, with the winning images taking pride of place on MDL’s Waterside Pavilion (E52) at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Open to amateur and professional photographers, this year the popular competition featured both the main Photographer of the Year contest alongside an under-16s category. Entrants were judged by a panel that included professional photographer Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography.

MDL’s Photographer of the Year was Neil O’Donoghue who took a stunning landscape picture at Torquay Marina (above) and will receive a one-day photographic shoot and tuition session with Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography. The winning image in the under-16s competition was captured at Brixham Marina – a beautiful sunset taken by Dan Parrish. Dan will receive the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof.

Also attending will be Matthew Harvey, a berth holder at Penton Hook Marina who took runner up spot in the main competition. He will receive a magnum of Champagne for his highly atmospheric shot of the marina. The runner up in the under-16s was Hannah Weeks whose family has a boat in dry stack at Hamble Point Marina. Hannah shot a beautiful early evening scene and will be rewarded with £50 worth of Amazon vouchers. In addition, all winners and runners-up will receive a pair of tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show to see their photos displayed on MDL’s waterfront stand (E52). The official prize presentation will take place on Wednesday 17th September at 3pm.

Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, commented: “What an absolute privilege to judge this year's MDL Photographer of the Year competition. The two category winners were both strong landscape images. I love the winning image in the under-16s category, it reminds me of a feeling we've all had when we feel we're the only people up at sunrise and heading out for a fun day on the water - bliss. The overall winner, Neil O’Donoghue, provided a very striking image. I love the reflections on the water in the foreground leading the viewer’s eye onto the marina and nearly apocalyptic skyline overhead - this would make a great print or canvas blown up. Congratulations to both winners and well done to all of this year’s entrants, great work.”

A gallery of selected images can be viewed here.

Alongside this year’s competition, MDL also ran a staff photo contest for the fifth year. The winning photograph was taken by Penton Hook Marina’s David Whisson for his beautiful picture of swans on the water in the early morning. Claire Blades from Saxon Wharf was the runner up for her picture looking out across the River Itchen from the marina in the sunshine. David will also receive a Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera and Claire can toast her success with a magnum of Champagne.

A gallery of selected images can be viewed here.

Win a Berth at any UK MDL Marina

Posted: 11th September 2014

MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator, is offering one lucky boat owner the chance to win an incredible one year’s berthing at any UK MDL marina next season. 

Coinciding with MDL’s latest ‘Freedom Is’ campaign, the competition opens at the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12th – 21st September). To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, or go to

The berth can be taken at any MDL UK marina for a boat up to 12m in length and is subject to availability at the chosen marina.

The lucky winner will also be able to enjoy all the benefits included in the Freedom Berthing package, with access to the largest cruising network in Europe with complimentary berthing at over 90 marinas, as well as benefits including fuel at cost, unlimited WiFi and discounted boatyard services.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to be offering one lucky boat owner the chance to win MDL’s Freedom Berthing package for a year! MDL Marinas is the only marina operator to be able to give boaters the freedom to explore and berth at over 90 marinas at no additional cost as well as enjoy everyday amazing benefits.“

MDL’s competition winner will be announced in the week following the 2015 London Boat Show.

Visit MDL on stand E52 at the PSP Southampton Boat Show to enter and discover more about Freedom Berthing and the huge benefits available to MDL berth holders.

Ben Ainslie Racing Team Join In With #MyMDLSelfie

Posted: 11th September 2014

The world-class Ben Ainslie Racing team joined in with MDL Marinas’ charity initiative My MDL Selfie last week - posing for their very own selfie at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina.

Sir Ben Ainslie, Paul Campbell-Jones, Nick Hutton and Bleddyn Mon were using the marina for a performance testing session for the America’s Cup, but were able to spare a moment to pose for a quick group selfie snap with members of MDL’s marketing team.

My MDL Selfie is in aid of Ocean Youth Trust South and challenges berth holders, marina visitors and boating enthusiasts to get snapping this summer. MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1* for every selfie received via social media using the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie.

People have been tweeting and posting their #MyMDLSelfies for the last month – but there’s still time to take part. The entry for this competition is now extended till the end of the PSP Southampton Boat Show and will be closing at midnight on Sunday 21st September 2014. 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: “It’s fantastic to see the Ben Ainslie Racing team joining in with our charity initiative. 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