Join us at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 23rd August 2013

If you’re paying a visit to next month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (13th to 22nd September), be sure to call into our new double-height Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina.

The show is the perfect opportunity for boat owners to find out more about our 22 marinas and boatyards including our international network of marinas. You can also learn about the benefits our Club Outlook members enjoy, from Freedom Berthing with unlimited free visitors nights and fuel at cost to discounted boat show tickets, Berth Swap and unlimited free WiFi at our marinas. Details will also be available on our upcoming winter boatyard and berthing offers – please also check our website as details will be available very soon. Car parking is available at our multi-storey Ocean Car Park at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show. The postcode for your sat nav to get to Ocean Car Park is SO14 3TJ.


Exclusive Benefits for Club Outlook Members
Club Outlook members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Club Outlook members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your Club Outlook membership card!

Club Outlook members will also be able to enjoy free parking at Ocean Car Park at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com. Simply bring your car parking ticket and Club Outlook card to the stand and we will give you an exit card for free.


Exciting Events on the MDL Stand
If you’re joining us on our Waterside Pavilion at this year’s show you will not only be able to find out what’s new at MDL, but you will also be treated to a series of special events on the stand throughout the show.

On Monday 16th September we will be welcoming international guests with an Andalusian Marinas presentation (click here for details on our new visitor berthing scheme).

We will be welcoming a group of deserving young visitors to the stand on Tuesday 17th September, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe, at 3pm.

Wednesday 18th September will see the return of our international team with a ‘Sant Carles and Catalonia day’.

On Thursday 19th September the wait will be over as the winners of the hotly-contested annual Photographer of the Year competition are revealed, with prizes presented in both the adult and under-16s category at 2pm. Later the same afternoon, we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all 19 UK sites. Always a closely-fought competition, the winners in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina.

The week’s activity will culminate in true festive style on Friday 20th September with our 40th birthday party taking place on the stand between 11am and 5pm. The celebratory event will include a live charity auction with auctioneer Nicholas Bonham in aid of our nominated charity Ocean Youth Trust South, with some fantastic lots including an annual berthing package with MDL Marinas, as well as live music from our house band The Saga Louts, and birthday tea and cake. A programme of events and further details of the live auction will be posted on our website very soon, so watch this space!


Sail Training Award Winners Enjoy the Trip of a Lifetime

Posted: 23rd August 2013

Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards set sail from Woolverstone Marina on 21st August for six days at sea.

Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing, operated by the Ocean Youth Trust South, were Joshua Ellis, aged 16, from Bristol, Henry Morgan, 13, from Shaftesbury in Wiltshire, Ryan Cammell, 13, from Bournemouth, Amy Warren, 14, from Parkstone in Poole, Toby Hunt, 16, from Bognor Regis and Izzy Bennet, 14, from Applemore in Hampshire.

The MDL annual awards - which reward young people for their efforts and offer them the opportunity to do something extraordinary - have been running for over 20 years. 

The week-long round trip, from Woolverstone on the east coast to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, will see the youngsters plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants will also get the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.

The winners will also attend the PSP Southampton Boat Show on 17th September, where they will be presented with a trophy by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe, at MDL’s Waterside Pavilion on Stand E52.

For more information, please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.


More MDL Marinas Win Five Gold Anchors Status

Posted: 22nd August 2013

We’re delighted to announce that three of our south coast marinas – Mercury Yacht Harbour, Port Hamble and Northney Marina - have scored the Five Gold Anchors status from The Yacht Harbour Association. 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.

All three marinas achieved the highest standard possible from The Yacht Harbour Association, a huge achievement and 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. Mercury Yacht Harbour, Port Hamble and Northney marinas scored highly for their design, construction and operation and have all been highlighted as credible, quality marinas.

The news follows the Five Gold Anchor status achieved by all three of our Thames marinas – Penton Hook, Bray and Windsor – earlier this year.

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


Vote for the Winners of MDL's Photographer of the Year Competition

Posted: 14th August 2013

Starting today, MDL Marinas' facebook community can take control and cast their vote to see who will become MDL's 2013 Photographer of the Year and MDL's 2013 Under 16s Photographer of the Year.

MDL received numerous entries for both competitions this year with many of an extremely high standard.  Following the judging by professional photographers at PhotoRed, the top ten photographs from both competitions have now been uploaded onto MDL Marinas facebook page to allow MDL's facebook community to decide who will win the GoPro HERO3 Camera.

To cast your vote please visit the MDL Marinas facebook page.

Voting ends 12 noon on Wednesday 28th August 2013.


Fed Week Party Night at Piranha Bar, Sparkes Marina

On the 20th August 2013

Come and enjoy good food and drink at Piranha Bar during Chichester Harbour Federation Week.

For More Information
Call: 023 9246 9459
Email: Piranha Bar
Website: www.piranhabar.co.uk

Marina del Gargano Opens in Style

Posted: 22nd July 2013


MDL’s newest Italian marina, the stunning Marina del Gargano, is now open to the public following an official opening ceremony, which was attended by around 5,000 people. Boat owners can now benefit from great opening offers, including free berthing for 2013 for anyone reserving their annual berth for 2014. Catamaran owners will also benefit, with berthing rates to match those for monohulls.

Marina customers and the team responsible for the marina’s construction joined the Mayor of Manfredonia, local authorities and politicians for an evening reception to mark the official opening of the development. The Archbishop of Manfredonia was also on hand to conduct a short service as part of the ceremony to bless the marina and all those who use it.

Jon Eads, Chief Operating Officer at MDL Marinas, was on hand to welcome guests, and later spoke to praise the hard work that has gone into creating this world-class facility. The marina is already receiving high levels of interest, including welcoming its first English boat.

Jon commented: “We have worked hard to build up our network of marinas, and are delighted to welcome Marina del Gargano as the latest addition - it is set to be an outstanding and welcoming marina.

“Being in Manfredonia for the opening ceremony reminded me of standing in the town of Sant Carles (Spain) seven years ago when we first explored the opportunity of opening a marina there. Today, some five years on since that marina was opened, the town of Sant Carles has flourished and changed in a very positive way, with increased employment and tourism, and I very much look forward to returning here in the future as I have no doubt that the same positive changes will benefit the marina and the surrounding area.”
 
Marina del Gargano will now be added to Zone 3 of MDL’s exclusive Freedom Berthing initiative, giving UK annual berth holders the opportunity to visit the new marina for free as part of their annual berthing package.

Located in the Gulf of Manfredonia, Puglia, within a few minutes walking distance from the city’s historic centre, the new marina offers 700 berths alongside parks and gardens, children’s play areas, extensive parking, restaurants and shops. Its newly-built floating pontoons are unique to the area, featuring state-of-the-art service bollards for water and electricity supplies. As one of the deepest marinas in the Adriatic, Marina del Gargano can accommodate boats of up to 60m.

Puglia is renowned for its sun-drenched landscapes and delicious food as well as for having some of Italy’s most beautiful coastline. The historic town of Manfredonia itself is situated in the heart of the Gargano National Park, a unique ecosystem covering over 120 thousand hectares, and famous for its wide variety of plant life. The new marina offers boaters access to the whole of the stunning Adriatic coast, with its caves, bays and secluded inlets that can only be accessed from the sea.

For more information on Marina del Gargano CLICK HERE.


Calling all Snappers! Win a GoPro HERO3 Camera!

Posted: 12th July 2013

At MDL Marinas, we love to see photographs taken of our marinas being enjoyed through the eyes of our customers and visitors. For the fifth year running, we’re holding our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2013 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2013 Junior Photographer of the Year for the under-16s.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers alike, whether you’ve entered before or are submitting an image for the very first time.

The competition is open for entries from today, with photographers able to submit their chosen images via an online form on the MDL website or by post. We’ve got three categories open for entry from which the overall winner will be chosen for both the main and under-16s competition, which are:

My MDL Marina
Capture what really makes your days at the marina special. Last year we received some stunning landscape and sunset shots, so for 2013 we’d love to see more fast-paced action shots, images illustrating people enjoying the marinas and quirky or artistic compositions – feel free to be as creative as you like!

Me and My Boat
We want to see fantastic photographs of you enjoying your boat, from a day enjoying the sunshine, to experiencing an exhilarating race or enjoying watersports activities in the summer weather.
 
Fun at 40!
We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, with a new category perfect for all those creative thinkers out there!  We’d like photographs taken at or around the marina to incorporate the number 40. This could be you enjoying an MDL 40th anniversary berth holders party or even snaps from your own 40th celebrations, or everyday objects arranged to form the number - if it has 40 in it somewhere, or somehow, it’s perfect for this category.  Remember, the only limit is your imagination!

For the first time, berth holders and other members of MDL’s online community will be able to vote for their favourite shots via the MDL Marinas Facebook page, giving you the power to pick the eventual winner. The winning shots are set to be revealed at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. As well as having their work displayed on MDL’s Waterside Pavilion at the show, winning entrants will also be in the running to win some great prizes with the overall winner of each category receiving a brand new GoPro HERO3 camera. The runner-up in the adult competition will receive a bottle of champagne, with iTunes vouchers for the under-16s, and all winners will also receive a pair of tickets to the show to see their work on display. Selected images may also be used in MDL’s marketing materials.

The competition entry closes at midnight on Sunday 11th August 2013, so grab your camera and get snapping!

CLICK HERE for more details and to enter

To take part in the voting of this year's winning entry, go to our facebook page.

Voting will take place between Wednesday 14th & Wednesday 28th August 2013.


Passeport Escales Proves Popular On Both Sides of the Channel

Posted: 12th July 2013

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.

For more information on Passeport Escales click here


2015 NMBHA Cross Channel Rally

From 25th July 2015 until 26th July 2015

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.

For More Information
Email: Geoff Whalley

MDL Berth Holders to Benefit From Even Greater Cruising Opportunities

Posted: 3rd July 2013

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.


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