Ocean Youth Trust South – Investing in Young People

Posted: 7th March 2014

MDL is very proud to have worked with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years, helping to provide adventure under sail to young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.

The winners of our annual Sail Training Awards are now being chosen, with a final team of six due to set sail for an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South's training yacht John Laing next month. The youngsters selected will spend five nights living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew.

The Sail Training Awards have so far allowed over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the John Laing, something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners.

And it doesn’t stop there. Through fundraising activities carried out as part of our 40th anniversary year in 2013, we were able to present the charity with a cheque for £60,000 at the end of last year (pictured above).

Ocean Youth Trust South is now looking to launch a major new campaign to enable them to purchase a new training yacht for use by the young people helped by the charity. The campaign is being dubbed “A new boat for a new generation” and the charity is keen to spread the word and get more people involved in this long term project to replace the John Laing.

Get involved…

Donations and gifts will help to ensure that young people continue to enjoy the benefits of Adventure Under Sail. If you would like to contribute, you can do so in a number of ways:

  • Online - with your PayPal account or with a credit card using this link
  • By phone - just call the office on 023 9260 2278
  • By post - send a cheque made payable to "Ocean Youth Trust South" to Ocean Youth Trust South, 8 North Meadow, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1BP


To find out more about the important work carried out by Ocean Youth Trust South, and to find out how you can help in their fundraising efforts, click here.


10% off Spring Engine Servicing

From 17th February 2014 until 30th April 2014
At 4 Golden Arrow Marine branches in Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth & Chichester
Get 10% off all engine servicing this spring from Golden Arrow Marine. This discount is available from our branches in Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth & Chichester. To redeem, simply present this voucher with your MDL Club Outlook card. This offer is applicable to to retail customers only, full payment is required immediately upon submission of invoice.

Winter maintenance Due? Get 10% off with Marco Marine Services

From 6th January 2014 until 31st January 2014
Marco Marine, Hamble Point Marina
EXCLUSIVE TO MDL CUSTOMERS Get an exclusive 10% discount on antifouling, hull wax & polishing and seacock services if you book your boat in for winter maintenance with us before the end of January 2013. Please call us for a detailed quote Marco Marine services include spares, repairs and upgrades; winter maintenance such as antifouling, hull polishing and teak cleaning; electronics advice and upgrades; rig checks and tuning.

MDL Continues to Invest in its Marinas

Posted: 3rd January 2014

Illustrating our continued commitment to offering class-leading marinas and the finest customer experience, we are continuing to invest in our marina portfolio.

Work already undertaken in 2013 included a full refurbishment of the facilities at Ocean Village Marina (pictured above right) as well as at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth, where customers are now benefitting from new modern showers, toilets and washing facilities. Customers at both Brixham and Torquay marinas are able to use the new boat lift, making boat maintenance more convenient than ever, and the 60 new berths opened at Chatham Maritime Marina in the summer have already reached capacity.

Over the winter months works will continue and will include a complete re-deck of the catamaran berths at Sparkes Marina, alongside improvements to car park lighting and the installation of a new refuse area which will improve the appearance of the marina entrance. Northney Marina will be carrying out comprehensive maintenance works too, helping to improve the appearance of the marina.

At Shamrock Quay, 2014 will see the opening of a new on-site restaurant, Quay Fifteen (above), whilst Cobb’s Quay will also be offering new dining options as The Boathouse bar and restaurant comes under new management. Maintenance works are also continuing at Hythe Village Marina, whilst further improvements to the pontoons, marina electrics and facilities are planned for both Mercury Yacht Harbour and Port Hamble Marina. Investment at Hamble Point Marina continues as well, upgrading the main facilities block and marina reception / administration facilities, improving CCTV coverage and increasing the number of pontoon trolleys available.

Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas and continuing to improve the facilities we offer. As Europe’s leading marina operator we refuse to stand still and are continually looking at ways to not only improve and update our marinas, but also to ensure our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards. This is why many of our customers have been with us for years, and for us the focus always remains on ensuring our berth holders and visitors continue to get the very best out of their boating.”


10% discount plus no VAT chargeable on all work booked prior to 28 February 2014

From 28th December 2013 until 28th February 2014
Yacht & Motor Boat Services, Hamble Point Marina
Yacht and Motorboat Services are offering 10% of all services including - blasting and anti-foul removal, - anti-fouling, - coppercoating - engine servicing - polishing - varnishing - painting and much more! Plus have no VAT chargeable for all work booked with us prior to 28 February 2014 See our website for details on www.yachtmotorboatservices.com. Our business has been providing comprehensive and high quality marine services to boat owners and brokers on the Hamble River and Solent area since 1999. Our aim is to provide good quality and good value marine services to the boat owners, ensuring that your boat ownership is always a carefree and pleasurable experience. We want you to be you proud of your boat!

It’s Show Time for MDL Marinas!

Posted: 20th December 2013

It may be the depths of winter, but MDL Marinas will be braving the cold and heading for the London Boat Show, taking place at ExCel from 4th - 12th January 2014. We will be welcoming visitors to our Stand E143 – pay us a visit to find out more about what MDL Marinas can offer you.

Staff will be on hand throughout the show to provide full details on all our marina locations, as well as more information about Freedom Berthing, the most comprehensive marina package in the marketplace, which for 2014 includes unlimited free stays across our entire UK network plus the freedom to cruise to fantastic destinations in northwest France, Spain and Italy.

You can also register for the MDL Experience at the show, allowing you to visit the marina of your choice for a free no-obligation overnight stay and personal marina tour. Or, simply click here for more details and to register online.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!


Nominations Invited for the Sailing Experience of a Lifetime

Posted: 19th December 2013

We’re inviting you to nominate deserving youngsters for the trip of a lifetime, with nominations still open for this year's MDL Sail Training Awards.

We are proud to have run the awards in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years. The annual awards are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others. 

The winning youngsters will receive an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South's training yacht John Laing in April 2014. The six youngsters selected for the trip will spend five nights living and sailing on board, and will become involved in all aspects of life at sea, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew. 

Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who have never had the chance to travel abroad, and those with added family responsibilities.

Anyone working with young people can send in nominations, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers. Anyone can nominate, apart from parents, guardians or close family. If this sounds like you or someone you know, click here for further information or to make your nomination.

Don’t forget the deadline – nominations must be made by Friday 17th January 2014.


It’s a Gold Rush for MDL Marinas!

Posted: 18th December 2013

Earlier this year we brought you the good news that several of our marinas have achieved the coveted Five Gold Anchor status, the highest grading possible from The Yacht Harbour Association.

We’re very proud to announce that two more marinas have joined the ranks of award-winners, with Five Gold Anchor status now granted to Hamble Point and Chatham Maritime marinas. The assessments included a mystery shop, berth holders survey and an audit against a wide selection of criteria, offering an impartial review of the services and facilities available.

The two marinas are to be congratulated on their achievement, which is just another demonstration of the consistently high quality offered by our marina portfolio.

The scheme has been designed by The Yacht Harbour Association, with contribution from the RYA, to help boat owners make an informed decision on where to berth.

The news follows the Five Gold Anchor status achieved by all three of our Thames marinas, as well as Shamrock Quay, Northney Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour earlier this year. 

The full list of MDL's marinas with Five Gold Anchor status is now as follows:

  • Bray Marina
  • Brixham Marina
  • Chatham Maritime Marina
  • Cobb's Quay Marina
  • Hamble Point Marina
  • Hythe Marina Village
  • Mercury Yacht Harbour
  • Northney Marina
  • Penton Hook Marina
  • Port Hamble Marina
  • Queen Anne's Battery
  • Shamrock Quay
  • Torquay Marina
  • Windsor Marina

 

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


Working to Build an Even Better Marina Experience

Posted: 18th December 2013

At MDL Marinas we pride ourselves on providing the very highest levels of quality and service at our marinas and facilities to our customers throughout the year. That’s why we’ll be investing further in our marina sites all over the country, to make sure that we maintain and wherever possible improve your marina experience.

Just some of the works and improvements planned for the coming months are:

  • A complete re-deck of the catamaran berths at Sparkes Marina, alongside improvements to car park lighting and the installation of a new refuse area which will improve the appearance of the marina entrance
  • Comprehensive maintenance works over the winter at Northney Marina, helping to improve the appearance of the marina and making the grounds look fantastic for the new season
  • The opening of a new on-site restaurant, Quay Fifteen, at Shamrock Quay
  • New dining options at Cobb’s Quay as The Boathouse bar and restaurant comes under new management
  • Continuing maintenance works at Hythe Village Marina and Ocean Village Marina following the refurbishment of the North Side facilities block at Ocean Village
  • Further improvements to the pontoons, marina electrics and facilities at both Mercury Yacht Harbour and Port Hamble Marina
  • Upgrading the main facilities block and marina reception/administration facilities at Hamble Point Marina, as well as improving CCTV coverage and increasing the number of pontoon trolleys available

 

Already completed this year has been extensive refurbishment of the facilities at Queen Anne’s Battery, providing beautiful modern showers, toilets and washing facilities, and customers at both Brixham and Torquay marinas are now able to use the new boat lift, making boat maintenance more convenient than ever. The 60 new berths opened at Chatham Maritime Marina earlier this year have also already reached capacity.


RYA VHF Radio License Course £69

From 22nd November 2013 until 16th December 2013
Solent Boat Charters & Training, Ocean Village Marina
Avoid the new radio license exam by taking the course before the end of the year This is your last chance to obtain your RYA VHF Radio license before the course changes to its new longer and more expensive format. On the 2nd January 2014 the RYA Radio course will increase by £30 to cover the new exam at the end of the course, so avoid this increase by booking onto a December 2013 course now via our website at www.solentboattraining.co.uk

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