We are pleased to announce that Lesley Robinson (pictured) will succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas.
The change comes as Eamonn recently announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group.
Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great people, and I’m personally pleased to be handing on a business in great shape to my successor. Whilst this is the first phase of my retirement plan I’ll be keeping up my links with the industry as I think I’ll find it hard to stay away.”
Lesley joins MDL Marinas as a proven business leader with a strong commercial, customer focused background across a broad range of fields. Lesley has operated at director level in the leisure, FMCG, media and technology sectors both internationally and in the UK and will be joining MDL from her most recent Director role at the Money Advice Service.
Lesley will join the business in early November and will be relocating to the Hamble area.
Lesley said “I’m delighted to be joining MDL and looking forward to getting started as soon as possible. I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the business and to being part of the excellent team dedicated to serving MDL’s customers.”
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, when it will return once again to its impressive two-tier waterfront location.
Staff members will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand and showcase MDL’s network of outstanding marinas in the UK and Europe. This year, the team will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at MDL’s stunning five-star Marina di Stabia. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples in Italy, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.
Freedom Berthing members will, as normal, benefit from exclusive hospitality in our MyMDL Lounge. The balcony offers a wonderful view over the boat show marina, ideal to enjoy a complimentary drink or two in the sun (should the weather be kind to us). Berth holders can also take advantage of free parking at Ocean Car Park in Ocean Village Marina. Simply hand in your parking ticket when presenting your card at the Freedom Berthing reception desk and we will exchange this for an exit pass.
The show will also see the MDL team recognise the achievement of a group of deserving young people who have completed their Sail Training Awards, during a special ceremony. The MDL-sponsored awards have been running for nearly 30 years, offering admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Other highlights of the show for MDL include cheque presentations to two UK charities, Heroes on the Water and Julia’s House children’s hospice, thanks to Cobb’s Quay Marina’s fundraising efforts. The marina holds an annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised £650. The team also recently held a golf day at Bulbury Woods golf course, raising an incredible £2,000 for Julia’s House.
Our cleat challenge game, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will make a welcome return. Those participating will have the chance to win a Henri Lloyd jacket by posting the fastest time during the course of the show.
MDL will also be announcing the results of its annual ‘MDL in Bloom’ competition, which rewards green-fingered marina teams across all 19 UK locations, who have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure that their sites are looking their best.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The Southampton Boat Show is a real highlight of the boating calendar for us and a show at which we really enjoy exhibiting. We look forward to welcoming visitors, along with our existing berth holders for exclusive hospitality, and have lots of exciting events planned. The show also gives us a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of our staff and the young people receiving their Sail Training Awards.”
The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has signed a six-year deal to become the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR. The exciting news sees the MDL group get behind the team and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to “bring the Cup home”.
To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. MDL Marina Consultancy, a division of MDL Marinas, recently project managed the design and construction of a high specification customised pontoon to complement the Land Rover BAR team’s innovative new headquarters in Portsmouth.
Manufactured by Walcon Marine, the MDL-branded pontoon has been created with the highest quality materials, including continuous concrete flotation and beautiful sustainably-sourced hardwood decking. Strong attention to detail extends to the MDL logo embedded in the deck boards with a CNC machine – a first for the industry. The pontoon is fully serviced with water and electricity and lit with stainless steel lighting, recessed into the deck.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the America’s Cup home. We are a long-standing British company and are proud to be part of this historical moment. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Land Rover BAR team all the way.”
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group, it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.
In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.
Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.
This summer, MDL’s Hythe Marina Village is teaming up with The Green Blue’s ‘Love Where You Sail’ initiative, to support their work to keep the waters of the Solent as safe and clean as possible.
The Green Blue is a joint environmental programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine for anyone who enjoys getting out on the water or whose livelihood depends on it.
The ‘Love Where You Sail’ initiative specifically encourages boaters to use holding tanks and pump-out facilities whenever possible, as opposed to emptying the heads and discharging blackwater into the sea. Part of The Green Blue’s commitment to making boating sustainable in the UK, these facilities help keep the seas cleaner for everybody.
Hythe Marina Village is supporting this initiative by promoting the use of its own pump-out facilities to berth holders and visiting boats with new eye-catching signage, highlighting the importance of keeping the waters healthy and safe.
Adrian Gilson, Manager at Hythe Marina Village, said: “At MDL, we are fully behind initiatives like ‘Love Where You Sail’ which help us to protect our beautiful marine surroundings, conserve local wildlife and keep the seas safe and clean. To promote our facilities, we are offering a free pump-out service during Cowes Week (8th – 20th August) this year which we hope will get people thinking about disposing of waste responsibly.”
Visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk for more details about the ‘Love Where You Sail’ initiative.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series returns to Portsmouth from the 22-24 July 2016, and Land Rover BAR will be looking to repeat their 2015 victory in front of the home crowd. The three days of spectacular entertainment will be centred on Southsea seafront. The race village will include a hosted main stage, big screens with commentary to watch the racing, a market of shops and food stalls, and a visit by the RAF display team, the Red Arrows. Land Rover BAR’s home city of Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant place, with its proud naval and maritime heritage, towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront.
As Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s Official UK Marina Partner, staff at MDL Marinas are looking forward to exhibiting within the ACWS Marketplace. Up to 650,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day sporting and entertainment spectacular.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers this summer, thanks to a range of great deals on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas. Owners will be able to ensure their boats are in top condition for those beautiful days on the water, as well as enjoy some great-value short term summer berthing in the finest UK marinas.
To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of nine participating MDL marinas. Packages start from just £499 for two month’s berthing at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, available on boats up to 8m. Participating marinas include Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble, Cobb's Quay in Poole, Shamrock Quay in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island.
As well as the Summer Berthing Offer, MDL boatyards along the south and east coast are also running Summer Scrub Offers, with great discounts on hull scrubs and storage. Boat owners will be able to experience MDL Marinas’ renowned service and enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of their leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £13 per metre for a lift and pressure wash at Woolverstone Marina and from £31.50 per metre for a lift, pressure wash, up to 7 days storage ashore and relaunch at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing many boat owners taking up these great boatyard offers and enjoying a highly professional service. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering additional savings on boat care to help them make the most of a summer on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK and the chance to experience the renowned MDL customer service for themselves.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-offers.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show from the 14–23 September 2018. Experience something new, learn from the experts and get out on the water free, with the Show’s signature attraction Try A Boat. Plus, compare and explore almost 1,000 boats, see new models, brands and products including the most prestigious marine brands, from Britain's iconic names to international favourites. Immerse yourself in new attractions as well as old Show favourites.
Come visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, overlooking the marina. Freedom Berthing members will, as always, benefit from our exclusive hospitality in our customer lounge, free parking at Ocean Car Park, guest speakers and one of the best views at the Show!
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.