With the sun set to shine, we are busy getting ready for the annual August Bank Holiday weekend at our marinas, with lots of fun and activities being prepared to ensure you really make the most of it. We will be there to ensure your every boating need is taken care of and to make sure you can simply kick back with a cold drink after a fabulous day of cruising... because that’s what August Bank Holidays are all about!
There seems to be a Pimm’s theme running across many of our marinas with the Trolley of treats transforming to the Trolley of Pimm’s and touring the pontoons at Torquay Marina, along with an early evening Pimm’s welcome reception at Northney and Sparkes. Cobb’s Quay Marina is also going all out with a complete Pimm’s weekend!
However, don’t worry if Pimm’s isn’t your tipple, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s just a snapshot of what our marinas are up to!
Torquay Marina will be hosting a children’s crabbing contest on Saturday 27th August with prizes for the most crabs caught (and if you haven’t registered yet please give us a call). This will start at 11am and all crab lines, bait and buckets will be supplied, along with complimentary tea, coffee and bacon rolls for the adults. You can also take part in a spot of wine tasting on the pontoons as the day draws on.
Penton Hook Marina is holding its big berth holder party on the lawn on Friday welcoming all annual berth holders and visitors to an Italian themed party with drinks and nibbles in the sunshine.
Port Hamble Marina will be hosting a ‘Bank Holiday Beer on the Berths’ with the team touring the pontoons throughout the weekend to give out cold beverages while you relax on your boat.
Shamrock Quay is embarking on the weekend with a Pirates of the Caribbean berth holder’s cruise on Friday with a Pirate themed tour up and down the Solent in fancy dress (not compulsory), after they have walked the plank! Once onboard they will enjoy a disco, food and drinks as well as be in with a chance to win a number of fantastic raffle prizes including tickets for the England vs Malta game at Wembley with hospitality which is worth £500, all to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Over 180 berth holders and friends are joining the cruise and taking part in a treasure hunt! In addition, George, Shamrock Quay’s Freedom Maker will be breaking out the Trolley of Treats on Sunday to present owners with a cold glass of wine or beer and a tasty croissant or Danish pastry.
Ocean Village Marina guests will enjoy a Bank Holiday BBQ on Saturday followed by a Greek nibbles event on Sunday, which sounds simply delicious. And, on Friday night Saxon Wharf is hosting a berth holders party which is a sure fire way to start the Bank Holiday weekend as you mean to go on!
Hamble Point Marina will be rolling out its Trolley of Treats delivering ‘Ploughmans in a Jar’, which really is as delicious as it sounds, along with strawberries and cream and free drinks. They will also be giving out packs for the kids with lots of treats to keep them busy including bubbles and quiz books.
Woolverstone Marina will be hosting a BBQ on Friday night at on-site restaurant, The Riverside and after the Pimm’s arrival drinks at Northney and Sparkes’ the teams will be delivering fresh pastries for breakfast on Saturday as well as ensuring you have refreshments for your journey home. Queen Anne’s Battery will be enjoying a Sun and Sangria evening on Saturday and Mercury Yacht Harbour will be rolling out its Bank Holiday Trolley of Treats.
What is for certain is there’s a lot going on this Bank Holiday weekend and that we are focused on making sure it’s one of your best weekends this summer!
If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun or want to have a chat with the team ahead of the weekend please don’t hesitate to give your marina office a call. If you are planning a visit to our marinas this weekend please note they are filling up fast, with many already booked, so please do get in touch.
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.
Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies and Northney Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Saturday 20th August 2016 which will take place alongside our Annual Open Day.
The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
Come down to the marina between 10am and 4pm to dispose of your flares safely.
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.
Join us at 7.00pm on the 15h July for our Annual Berth Holders party, which is being held at Northney Marina.
A great chance to meet and socialise with other berth holders complete with a DJ and bar!
Tickets cost £5 which includes a welcome drink and lamb roast. All proceed to go to the Ocean Youth Trust South.
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.
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.
A Bit of a Do at The View, Northney Marina
To celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday, The View and its menu will look a little different this coming Saturday, 11th June.
09:00 to 11:30: Our usual breakfast menu will be available.
Then at midday: The Birthday BBQ Party begins!
The traditional BBQ favourites of burgers and hot dogs will be on the menu at the BBQ whilst the Cabin menu will be offering a small selection of traditionally British sweet and savoury fayre.
Alcohol may be purchased from our bar until the end of the party at 21:00 and from noon there will also be music & maybe even dancing on the decking!
If you join in the fun by wearing Red, White and Blue you’ll receive a free glass of Bucks Fizz.
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.
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.