Boat owners can spend a great value summer on the south coast this year with the return of MDL’s exclusive summer berthing package.
For just £499 including VAT, owners can berth for the whole of July and August at any of six MDL marinas in Poole, Southampton and on the River Hamble, allowing you to spend more time on board and less on towing, launching and travel. This fantastic package also includes free trailer storage and free car parking at your marina of choice.*
MDL’s south coast marinas provide direct access to superb and varied cruising in the height of the summer season. Take a trip along the Solent, up the Beaulieu River to the picturesque Buckler’s Hard, or along the Dorset coastline with its miles of stunning sandy beaches. Those keen to have a great view of this summer’s sporting action should head along the coast to Weymouth for an up-close view of Olympic sailing events.
Boat owners sailing along the Solent to the east can take a trip to the historic naval port of Portsmouth and along to Hayling Island, or venture further afield to explore the Isle of Wight.
*Terms and conditions apply, see http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat for further details.
Boat owners in the Solent will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Solent marinas.
Berth holders at and visitors to Hamble Point Marina, Hythe Marina Village and Shamrock Quay can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from £22 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.
A second service comprising lift, pressure wash, block-off, seven days storage ashore and re-launch is also available at Hythe Marina Village and Shamrock Quay for £40 per metre.
Nicola Walsh, Regional Director for MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”
Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.
For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.
Leaving their berths on this historic day, the ship's passengers and crew will enjoy a champagne deck party as the flutterfetti flies; the marching band plays and the ships sail past in a procession from Southampton Water out into the Solent, accompanied by a display by the famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team. Out in the open water the ships will meet again, saluting one another before they sail onwards to their various exciting destinations.
The Diamond Jubilee at Hythe Marina Village
Hythe Marina Village was a prime location to watch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Southampton Water, with the three 'Queens' - Queen Mary ll, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth - arriving in the early hours of the morning and forming a 'bow' as all three vessels went bow to bow. Sadly the weather was not kind and the fly past by the Red Arrows was cancelled in the afternoon but those who stayed well into the evening were rewarded with a stunning firework display prior to the three Queens departing. The RNLI was on hand to provide spectators with hot drinks and snacks, selling out of supplies and raising much needed funds for the Calshot Lifeboat.
Many boats, balconies, cars and the Lock Office were decorated with bunting, with residents holding an additional celebration on 4th June, with a hog roast and the lighting of a special Jubilee beacon, one of many thousands throughout the country.
Rallies at Hythe Marina Village
Hythe Marina Village recently played host host to two rallies, with boat owners taking full advantage of the lovely walks within the marina and the surrounding area during their day at Hythe. Participants also enjoyed a delicious meal at one of our restaurants; The Boathouse Hotel and Restaurant and La Vista Modern Italian Restaurant. Both rallies said they would return soon and we look forward to them coming back again and again!
J Class Yachts at Hythe Marina Village
Hythe Marina Village lies opposite the mouth of the River Itchen, and has recently offered staff and berth holders alike the chance to see some of the J Class yachts which have been berthed at Ocean Village Marina coming out of the river to enter Southampton Water, and going through their paces on the Solent. The Solent was the traditional home of J Class racing during the 1930s. Each yacht is around 140 feet and it has been a privilege to catch sight of these beautiful historic vessels.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.
Beaulieu Boatjumble has 1000 stands of boating bits, new trailerable boats, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all sailors. NEW FOR 2014: Walkabout Auction and Display Arena showcasing demonstrations, displays and interactive activities for children and adults. This is all set in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hampshire and admission includes entrance to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, and World of Top Gear.