Come and meet the new team at our open weekend on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. Having outgrown our name Thames Boat Sales, Bray Marine Sales and Penton Hook Marine Sales have opened a third office, TBS Boats Hamble on the south coast at Mercury Yacht Harbour. If you missed Southampton Boat Show or want another look on board, come along for a drink and a chat and meet the new team, Alex and Charlie.
The award-winning F380, the S450 and S330 sports cruisers and the new C330 coupe will all be there to view. These new premises gives us a base on the South Coast from which to sell models from the likes of Sealine, Aquanaut, English Harbour Yachts and Four Winns. In addition to these four key brands, we hope to add a sailing yacht partner in the near future.
Shamrock Quay in Southampton will host its 10th successful ‘Classics on the Quay’ event on Sunday 18th October. The monthly event, which has been running since January this year, regularly attracts over 60 classic cars and supercars to Shamrock Quay.
Shamrock Quay has organised a ‘Brunch Club’ at The Waterfront bar and restaurant and The Yellow Welly cafe. The Brunch Club will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm, which includes an offer from The Yellow Welly of free tea and toast with the ‘Driver’s Breakfast’.
Mark Elliott, Dockmaster at Shamrock Quay, a classic car enthusiast himself has been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the event, commenting: “All our events this year have been a resounding success with over 60 vehicles and over 100 visitors at most events. We are expecting around 100 vehicles for our October event. We see many berth holders bringing their own classic cars and supercars along to the Quay, our event is open to anyone who owns a classic car from before 1990 or a supercar of any age”
To keep up to date on Shamrock Quay’s ‘Classics on the Quay’ please like their Facebook page by following this link. The next event dates are 15th November 10.30am – 12.30pm and December 20th 10.30am - 12.30pm.
On the opening day of Southampton Boat Show, Dufour Yachts the manufacturer of highly innovative, top quality cruising yachts announced the appointment of Southampton based Universal Yachting as their new UK dealer for the central south coast area.
Based at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble, Universal Yachting runs a highly regarded RYA recognised sailing school and yacht charter business, and their appointment as a Dufour dealer is a natural extension to their services. Established in 2007, Universal’s philosophy is to help newcomers into the sports through training, and then guide clients through their next steps in the sport, through offering a variety of services including yacht management, charter schemes and maintenance.
Dufour Yachts selected Universal as the dealership compliments their existing business offer, in particular their boat buying advice service. Pierre-Francois Lepoutre, Sales Director for Dufour commented, “We have worked with Universal as they have assisted and introduced new owners, and have always been impressed with the comprehensive services they provide. Their expertise and background in providing training means we can rest assured that our new Dufour owners are fully supported on every stage of their journey.”
Chris Warwick co-owner and principal of Universal Yachting has an extensive career background teaching sailing and RYA courses for Sunsail and subsequently as Operations Manager for Ancasta commissioning boats and managing after sales. Chris said, “This is our first time as an officially appointment dealer and it’s an exciting new addition for Universal to offer our clients. We have always felt a strong synergy with Dufour. As well as their innovative, comfortable and beautifully detailed designs, the boats perform exceptionally well too. Plus, there is a close knit team behind the brand, offering us excellent support. The ethos feels like a family business, which is where it began, just the same as Universal.”
For more information, please visit www.universalyachting.com.
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.
Hamble Yacht Care invites you to join them for a FREE demo and trial day in association with MDL Marinas, Torqeedo Electric Propulsion, Solbian Solar Systems and Calibra Marine LED Lighting. The Marine Electric & Energy Show will showcase the leading manufacturers of energy saving lighting, solar generating and electric propulsion systems. Torqeedo's UK distributer will be displaying their range of smaller electric outboards with a rare opportunity to trial them on the water.
Visitors will also have the chance to see the full range of Solbian Solar Panels, the leading solar panel manufacturer as fitted on board the Maserati Racing Yacht. Calibra Marine, our local supplier of LED lighting systems, will have a display of their products and energy saving lighting solutions. The event will take place at Mercury Yacht Harbour between 10.00am and 5.30pm.
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.
The team at Mercury Yacht Harbour invite their berth holders to a fabulous Summer Party on Friday 21st August. Taking place at The Waters Edge Bar & Restaurant from 7.30pm, tickets cost £1 each with all proceeds going to the Ocean Youth Trust South. A welcome drink and food will be provided upon arrival. There will also be live music to keep you all entertained.