Following the great news that MDL Marinas has joined forces with French marina operator, Sagemor, giving berth holders access to an additional 55 marinas this season, we’re delighted to report that the scheme is already proving popular with berth holders from both sides of the Channel.
Simon and Jenny Wilmshurst-Smith from MDL’s Brixham Marina were the first to make the crossing to France aboard their yacht Fenicia, enjoying stays at Camaret-Sur-Mer, Port Louis, Port Haliguen and Port Joinville.
Simon Wilmshurst-Smith, commented: “We had a great journey and received a fantastic welcome from all the marina teams. They have been very efficient with the Passeport Escales arrangements when we arrived and were very excited that we were their first British customers. The arrival couldn’t be easier and we’d highly recommend others get out there and use it.”
Meanwhile, the skipper and crew of Blue Berry from Port Blanc, Ile Aux Moines, received a warm welcome from the marina teams at Torquay and Port Hamble marinas as the first French customers to use the scheme to explore MDL’s marinas in the UK.
Passeport Escales gives MDL’s UK annual berth holders a completely unique package to gain free visitor nights at an additional 55 marinas on the northwest coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee. Berth holders can take advantage of the scheme for the rest of the season, which is an easy-to-use, fully automated system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.
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You are invited to this enjoyable summer weekend in France. The rally is also open to those who berth at Sparkes Marina and the two Emsworth sailing clubs, who in previous years have also provided some enthusiastic crew members for those berth holders needing an extra hand. This rally has been a great success in past years, with some yachts sailing in company across the channel and a very sociable weekend arranged in and around Cherbourg.
Each skipper is responsible for making passage plans to arrive and depart Cherbourg marina for this event. Please let the organiser know if you would like to sail in company or need extra crew. Overnight berthing will be reserved and a berthing discount will be offered for the rally. WiFi and showers are free of charge! All vessels should aim to arrive Cherbourg, preferably by Friday evening 24th July, but at the very latest by midday Saturday 25th.
If preferred, you can also attend this event by ferry and stay at the Chantereyne Hotel, adjacent to the marina. Please contact the hotel for information as a weekend discount may be available.
Booking forms are available by email request and also in the Marina Office, below the NMBHA Notice Board.
MDL Marinas has once again extended the cruising opportunities available to its berth holders with the signing of a new agreement with the Public Ports of Andalusia. Under the new partnership, our berth holders will gain access to a free visitor guide service that will assist boaters in making reservations at the 10 ports of Andalucía under the public ports direct control, making cruising the beautiful Spanish coast easier than ever before.
On the coast of Huelva, berths for MDL customers will be available in the ports of Mazagón, Ayamonte, Punta Umbria and Isla Cristina. On the coast of Cádiz, the ports of Puerto America, Rota, Chipiona and Barbate. Finally, in the province of Almería, Adra and Garrucha will be included in this agreement.
The news comes just months after MDL announced an exclusive partnership with French marina operator, Sagemor. The two schemes will now allow MDL berth holders the opportunity to visit more than 80 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming MDL’s clear market leader position.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “This latest partnership is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It opens even greater cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to enjoy the opportunity to travel further afield than ever before, without the need to worry about language or a lack of availability.”
The Andalusian coast has a wealth of attractions for boat owners, with beautiful beaches on Cadiz's Costa de la Luz, from palm-fringed sweeps of golden sand to hidden rocky coves. Further inland, visitors can explore the region’s capital, Seville, and the Alhambra, the breath-taking Moorish palace in Granada.
The Langstone Gig Club based at Northney Marina are holding a Round Hayling Race on Saturday the 22nd of June starting at 10.00am. A race which is a TOUGH 13+ miles of racing for Gigs, Galleys, Jolly boats and Cutters.
On Sunday 23rd of June the Gig Club will be holding Hampshire's first Gig Rowing Regatta with boats assembling at 10.00am. The crews will be using a triangular course between Langstone mill and Northney foreshores.
Chatham Maritime Marina will be able to offer even greater space for berth holders, with the official opening of 60 new marina berths. The new pontoons, which represent a significant investment in the Kent marina, were officially opened by the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Mrs Josie Iles.
The construction work forms part of the Chatham Maritime Project, with MDL Marinas – Europe’s largest marina operator - working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Chatham Maritime Trust as part of extensive regeneration works in the area. Cllr Mrs Iles and other invited guests were treated to a tour of the marina by boat, learning more about the important maritime history of the area, before stepping onto the new pontoons for the official opening ceremony.
Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are committed to investing in our marinas, and these new berths will allow even more boat owners access to both the beautiful cruising opportunities in the Medway Estuary and the renowned MDL customer service that people using the new berths will experience. The local area has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, and we are proud to be part of this, whilst also ensuring our customer service and locations are of the very highest standards.
“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and our other guests to this important occasion and look forward to seeing the new berths being well used this summer.”
We now have the 2013-2014 Tide Table booklets available to purchase from our marina offices. They are being sold at £1.00 per booklet and all proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South), a charity that we have supported for many years with the Sail Training Awards.
In celebration of our 40th anniversary, MDL is supporting OYT South throughout 2013 by hosting a series of charitable events including raffles and prize auctions. We’re also encouraging marina tenants and businesses run by berth holders to get involved and choose Ocean Youth Trust South as their nominated charity for 2013.