Mercury and Northney Awarded Highest Marina Accolade

Posted: 23rd August 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator, is delighted to announce Mercury Yacht Harbour in Southampton and Northney Marina in Hayling Island have both been awarded the prestigious Five Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

The Gold Anchor awards rate the service, quality and overall standards of a marina’s offering and are deemed as the being the highest award honour in the marine industry. Both Mercury Yacht Harbour and Northney Marina received the best possible accolade following a rigorous testing and audit process that rates marinas similarly to the star system used for hotels.

Mercury Yacht Harbour achieved an impressive 92% overall, and Northney Marina was awarded 89%, both receiving a near-perfect nine points out of a possible ten for the marina’s mystery shop. Northney Marina was commended for its wide range of boating services and facilities to a high standard, in a “very pleasant, clean, sheltered and great location and surroundings.” The assessor also honoured the MDL team commenting: “there is a strong emphasis on customer service and training, and the marina is very well staffed.”

Mercury Yacht Harbour was also praised for its well-maintained facilities and the benefits and social activities provided for berth holders, with the assessor concluding that the “marina is an active marina, with a range of social activities. Customers also benefit from MDL’s Freedom Berthing, super-fast Wi-FI and 24/7 marina support.” The team at Mercury Yacht harbour were also celebrated for their “helpfulness and friendliness and breadth of knowledge.”

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “We are delighted to have another two of our marinas recognised for offering the highest marina standards in the industry again. These awards are a real testament to the hard work put in by the team at the marina, as well as clearly demonstrating the quality of the facilities and services on offer to our valued berth holders.”

The scheme has been designed by The Yacht Harbour Association to help boat owners make an informed decision on where to berth.

For more information on the Gold Anchor Award scheme visit www.which-marina.com.


Lendy Cowes Week 2018

From 4th August 2018 until 11th August 2018

The annual Lendy Cowes Week regatta is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events of the summer. Up to 1,000 boats are expected to compete in up to 40 different handicap, one-design and multihull classes every day for eight days. Around 8,000 competitors will participate, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend and leisure sailors. This spectacular event with its fantastic atmosphere, racing, entertainment and shopping stalls attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the week. 

Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury Yacht Harbour are the closest MDL marinas to the start line of the regatta and are a very popular 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 disappointment. Berths can also be found at our sister marina locations at Hythe Marina Village and Ocean Village Marina.

Hamble Point Marina: Call: 023 8045 2464

Port Hamble Marina: Call: 023 8045 2741 

Mercury Yacht Harbour: Call: 023 8045 5994

Hythe Marina Village: Call: 023 8020 7073

Ocean Village Marina: Call: 023 8022 9385

For More Information
Call: 01983 295744
Email: entries@cowesweek.co.uk
Website: http://www.lendycowesweek.co.uk

MDL Marinas Gears Up for the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

Posted: 17th July 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to supporting this week's prestigious Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, where they will be showcasing their extensive marina network, now comprising of over 100 destinations in the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

As the Official UK Marina Partner to Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing and the recent announcement of their new Engagement Partnership with the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, this year MDL will be proudly exhibiting in the exciting Marketplace located in the heart of the Race Village. The three-day spectacular event, taking place on Southsea seafront, will see the MDL Group get behind the team and join the nation in backing Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the Cup home.

MDL’s annual berth holders and visitors enrolled on their Cruising Club scheme, also have the opportunity to secure preferential rates for tickets to the exciting Race Village in Southsea. Those who are lucky enough to acquire a ticket, will afford the best views of the race course in the Solent, as well as receive a unique insight into the history, technology and racing teams in this esteemed sporting event. The Race Village will also include big screens with commentary to watch the racing and the opportunity to access the exciting new ‘Tech & Team Zones’, watch live BMX shows and secure the best spot on the sea front to enjoy aerial displays by the Red Arrows, Red Bull Matadors and Blades.

The Marketplace will boast a variety of shops and food stalls, while MDL’s stand will welcome the return of its popular Cleat Challenge, first seen at last year’s America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth. Those participating will have the chance to win one of three Henri Lloyd jackets, competing for the fastest rope cleating time!

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s set to be a fantastic event and we’re looking forward to exhibiting once again at the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. As the Official UK Marina partner for Land Rover BAR we’re excited to be supporting the team in bringing the Cup home. Our friendly and experienced staff will also be on hand to discuss Freedom Berthing, the most extensive berthing package in marketplace.

The event takes place this week between 22nd and 24th July, and will see the world’s best sailors descend on the Solent to battle it out on high-speed AC45 foiling catamarans. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 650,000 visitors across the three-day sporting bonanza.

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.

Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.


Classics on the Quay - October Edition

On the 16th October 2016

Do you own a classic car built up to and including 1990, American cars, motorbikes, an interesting vehicle or supercar of any age?

Join us for our petrol fuelled exciting 'Breakfast Show' meet on 16th October at 10.30am at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. With on-site restaurants, bars and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.

Free entry, free to display your car, free parking, this months' event features breakfast catering by the Yellow Welly Café and the 'Un'expected' band will be providing us with live music.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: https://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

Classics on the Quay - September Edition

On the 18th September 2016

Do you own a classic car built up to and including 1990, American cars, motorbikes, an interesting vehicle or supercar of any age?

Join us for our petrol fuelled exciting 'BBQ on the Quay' meet on 18th September at 6.00pm at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. With on-site restaurants, bars and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.

Free entry, free to display your car, free parking, this months' event features a BBQ hosted by the Yellow Welly Café, whilst the Leo's band will be providing us with live music.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: https://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

Classics on the Quay - July Edition

On the 24th July 2016

Do you own a classic car built up to and including 1990, American cars, motorbikes, an interesting vehicle or supercar of any age?

Join us for our petrol fuelled exciting 'BBQ on the Quay' meet on 24th July at 6.00pm at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. With on-site restaurants, bars and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.

Free entry, free to display your car, free parking, this months' event features a BBQ hosted by the Yellow Welly Café, whilst the Un'expected band will be providing us with live music.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott
Website: https://www.facebook.com/classiconthequay

MDL Excited to Announce Engagement Partnership with ACWS Portsmouth

Posted: 8th June 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is delighted to announce its involvement in the prestigious Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, as an official UK Marina Engagement Partner. The event will be taking place on 22nd to 24th July and will see the world’s best sailors descend on the Solent to battle it out on high-speed AC45 foiling catamarans.

As part of this new partnership, MDL Marinas will exhibit to promote their prestigious marine services at this highly anticipated, international event. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series organisers will also benefit from promotion of the event to MDL’s extensive customer network, both across the UK and Europe. MDL’s annual berth holders and Cruising Club members will be offered preferential tickets to the exciting Race Village in Southsea.

Visitors who are lucky enough to acquire a ticket, will afford the best views of the race course in the Solent, as well as receive a unique insight into the history, technology and racing teams in this esteemed sporting event. Spectators will also have the opportunity to access the exciting new ‘Tech & Team Zones’, watch live BMX shows and secure the best spot on the sea front to enjoy aerial displays by the Red Arrows, Red Bull Matadors and Blades.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to become an Engagement Partner for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. This exciting partnership will enable us to offer our valued customers preferential tickets to what promises to be an epic event, both on the water and on shore. MDL Marinas will also be exhibiting in the Race Village.

“Last year, MDL Marinas became the official UK Marina Partner for the British contender, Land Rover BAR. This sees MDL providing access to the Solent for training, as well as making its network of leading marina locations and facilities across the South available to the team. This new partnership further cements our involvement in this historical event.”

Leslie Greenhalgh, Event Director of the Portsmouth event, added: “It is great to have the support of MDL Marinas for this prestigious event and having already established a strong partnership with Land Rover BAR, we see them as a natural fit. We are excited to have MDL on board and exhibiting at the event and look forward to welcoming their berth holders and Cruising Club members to the Race Village in July.”

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 50,000 visitors across the three-day sporting bonanza.

For more information about the event, please visit www.lvacwsportsmouth.com.


Burger and Lobster Night at Ketch Rigger, Hamble Point

On the 1st June 2016

The Ketch Rigger Waterfront bar and restaurant are holding a Burger & Lobster Evening on Wednesday 1st June 2016. Enjoy ½ grilled lobster, homemade beef burger in a bun, fries, salad garnish and a glass of Prosecco all for £20. Booking advisable #ketchul8tr

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 5601
Email: The Ketch Rigger
Website: http://www.ketchrigger.co.uk/

Head to Hamble Point Marina for MDL’s ‘Boats on Show’ This Weekend

Posted: 9th May 2016

If you are in the market for a new boat or just a keen boating fan, there’s one event not to be missed this weekend, Hamble Point Boats on Show. Taking place this weekend, on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May, visitors can tour over 250 new and used boats at the South’s premier boating location, with free entrance and parking.

Visitors will have access to a huge range of sail, day boats, sports boats, cruisers and RIBs from some of Europe’s leading marine brands. The marina is also home to top yacht brokers, boat dealers, builders, refit specialists, riggers and engineers, with over 50 marine companies on-site. Whilst there, visitors can treat themselves to lunch and drinks at the Ketch Rigger Bar and Restaurant, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine forecasted for the weekend.

At the show, Sunbird International Motor Yachts will be showcasing its Monte Carlo MC5. This boat is multi-award winning, and is the only current model for sale in the UK. The team will be on hand to talk through the entire range which starts from 45ft through to the all-new 105ft MCY105. The SBS will be debuting the WRIB GT375 in the UK, the first of a new range of standard non-folding RIBs from the same company that makes FRIBs. They will also have the Island RIBs 7.5m, which is powered by a 200hp Suzuki engine, as well as the full range of FRIBs and a selection of DinghyGo inflatable sailing dinghies and Aquaglide inflatable kayaks.

Key Yachting will also be debuting three of their new models, the 3 cabin Nautitech Open 40 featuring the new standard light oak interior, the J/11S for shorthanded racing and the J/112E, a perfect cruiser racer. They will also be showcasing pre-owned yachts, including models available for immediate delivery to get sailing this summer.

MS&P Yacht Brokers will have a full line up of 50 sailing yachts ashore at the event, including the Greenline 33 and Greenline 40, eco friendly walk-around style motor cruisers. Universal Yachting, Dufour Yachts’ Southern dealer, will also be at the show with the new Dufour 350 GL sailing yacht. They will also have details of their RYA Approved Sailing School, offering RYA training and bespoke courses. Inspiration Marine will have a selection of Hanse Yachts on display, with the range going from 31ft to 68ft.

Nic Parton, Marina Manager at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina, commented: “We have a superb selection of models at this year’s event and are delighted to be playing host to a number of UK debuts, as well as giving visitors the chance to see new ranges for the very first time. Hamble Point Boats on Show offers a great opportunity for anyone interested in making a new purchase, or even becoming a boat owner for the first time, to come and have a look. The sun is set to be shining and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone and showcasing all that Hamble Point Marina and the on-site marine brands have to offer.”

On the Sunday of the event (15th May), the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, will be offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners. The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures. Flares can be disposed of safely at the marina between 10am and 3pm.

For further information about the event, visit www.hamblepointboatsonshow.co.uk.


Hamble Point Boats on Show 2016

From 14th May 2016 until 15th May 2016

If you're thinking of buying a used yacht or motor boat, be sure to visit Hamble Point Marina’s 'Boats on Show' from 14th to 15th May 2016.
 
Over 250 boats will be on sale at the event, with buyers able to choose from sail craft, dayboats, sportsboats, cruisers and RIBs. Visitors will be free to wander around one of the south’s leading marina locations, taking in the boats for sale onshore and afloat, speaking to expert brokers and finding out more about the other marine services available on-site, with visitors also able to retire to the Ketch Rigger restaurant and bar for some much-needed refreshment.

A flare amnesty will also take place on Sunday 15th May - more information can be read here.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Nic Parton
Website: http://www.hamblepointboatsonshow.co.uk

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