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.
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, as the event is now known, takes place this year on the 8th to the 15th August. MDL’s Hamble Marinas can offer a range of services to suit different customers depending on their needs. From berthing before, during and after the event to hull scrubs or maintenance lifts. Our experienced boatyard teams can also be on hand to facilitate any repairs needed during the event.
Also, if a charter or crew position on a race boat interests you, why not contact one of our on-site businesses such as Sailing Logic, Fairview, Britannia Events, Island Charters, Key Yachting, BOSS, Hamble School of Yachting or Hamble Point Yacht Charters who are highly experienced in events such as this and can offer expert advice and guidance.
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.
On 1st July Mercury Yacht Harbour officially opened its new boatyard by lifting “Top Secret Too” – the very first boat to benefit from the fantastic range of new marine services available on-site.
The team at Mercury Yacht Harbour celebrated the event in the traditional fashion with some bubbly and the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon across the hoist dock.
The very first customer using the boatyard, Mr Clive Willis, said: “I would like to thank the friendly, helpful and professional team at Mercury Yacht Harbour for their efficient service which made fixing an engine fault a lot easier.”
As an opening offer, Mercury Yacht Harbour customers can benefit from a lift, pressure wash, up to seven days storage ashore and a re-launch, all for the price of £35 per metre LOA (inc. VAT).
Details of Mercury Yacht Harbour’s new boatyard services can be found here or by calling the Mercury team on 023 8045 5994.
We are pleased to announce that as of today (1st July) we are launching the new Marine Services operation at Mercury Yacht Harbour. Previously run by Hamble Yacht Services, the yard will now be run by the fully trained and experienced MDL boat lifting team.
We have invested in the boatyard over the past few months and you can now enjoy new modern equipment and cradles – ensuring it is one of the leading boatyards in the Solent. The great news is that you will now also benefit from the 30% discount on boatyard services and complimentary storage ashore options which you automatically receive by being a member of Freedom Berthing.
The MDL team will be able to lift, pressure wash, store and launch boats up to 20 tons and you can be guaranteed a great service with our experienced on-site team, as well as benefitting from our summer and winter offers and support available for general maintenance. The launch of the new operation coincides with our summer lifting offer where all of our customers can take advantage of a discounted lift, pressure wash, up to seven days storage ashore and re-launch for £35 per metre LOA (including VAT).
The boatyard offers a very clean and sheltered facility and really is perfect for both summer and winter maintenance and repair there is now no need for Mercury Customers to travel to our other marinas to get a lift out.
Neil Salter, General Manager of MDL’s Hamble Marinas is proud to be able to offer the full MDL service to his customers at Mercury Yacht Harbour: “The MDL Marine Services team are second to none; they really do provide an excellent and thorough service which I know our customers will enjoy. We always strive to make sure our customers have the best possible experience at Mercury Yacht Harbour and I know that by adding the MDL Marine Services we are only enhancing and improving that experience.”
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!
Organisers and exhibitors recently welcomed a record 1,600 people to the Hamble Boat Show, held at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina. Each year, the free event celebrates the start of the boating season and brings together boating enthusiasts and members of the local community for an action-packed family weekend on and off the water.
This year’s show attracted a high number of quality exhibitors, including SBS, Rib Shack Marine, Cornish Crabbers, Marco Marine and HeliAir. The event is renowned as being one of the South’s most popular new and used boat shows, showcasing boats for all budgets, from day boats to sports boats, cruisers and RIBs.
A family friendly event, visitors were able to enjoy on-water displays and many more took advantage of the opportunity to actually get out on the water and take RIB rides in conjunction with C2 RIBS and the RYA Active Marina Programme. Hambledon Wineries also reported a great show with strong sales and the Coffee Cruiser saw a solid demand for refreshments throughout the weekend.
Visitors to the show also took advantage of the Distress Flare Amnesty that was run in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit, and nearly 1,400 out-of-date flares were handed in between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 17th May.
Nic Parton, Manager of Hamble Point Marina, commented: “This year’s Hamble Boat Show has proved to be another resounding success. We have had very positive feedback from both visitors and exhibitors. Visitor numbers were significantly up on last year, no doubt helped by the weather and also the impressive list of exhibitors we attracted. The exhibitors also reported a good show, with many securing sales and gaining strong new leads. A number of companies have already voiced their commitment to next year’s show.”
The show is part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get out on the water.
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. This year the event takes place on Saturday 2nd July. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round 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.
Hamble Point Marina is the closest mainland marina to the start line and is a very poular base both before and after the race. Berths are booking up very quickly so please give us a call to secure your berth to avoid dissapointment. Alternative berths can also be found at our sister locations at Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour.
We would like to invite all Mercury Yacht Harbour berth holders to our Great British Breakfast Party at Waters Edge, Mercury Yacht Harbour on Saturday May 23rd between 9am and 11pm. You will enjoy a cooked breakfast with tea, coffee and orange juice included. This will be a great way to start the Bank Holiday weekend, so please come and join us!
We have a limited number of tickets, so please call into the Marina Office or contact us using the details below.