We are pleased to announce that Lesley Robinson (pictured) will succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas.
The change comes as Eamonn recently announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group.
Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great people, and I’m personally pleased to be handing on a business in great shape to my successor. Whilst this is the first phase of my retirement plan I’ll be keeping up my links with the industry as I think I’ll find it hard to stay away.”
Lesley joins MDL Marinas as a proven business leader with a strong commercial, customer focused background across a broad range of fields. Lesley has operated at director level in the leisure, FMCG, media and technology sectors both internationally and in the UK and will be joining MDL from her most recent Director role at the Money Advice Service.
Lesley will join the business in early November and will be relocating to the Hamble area.
Lesley said “I’m delighted to be joining MDL and looking forward to getting started as soon as possible. I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the business and to being part of the excellent team dedicated to serving MDL’s customers.”
MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, when it will return once again to its impressive two-tier waterfront location.
Staff members will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand and showcase MDL’s network of outstanding marinas in the UK and Europe. This year, the team will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at MDL’s stunning five-star Marina di Stabia. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples in Italy, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.
Freedom Berthing members will, as normal, benefit from exclusive hospitality in our MyMDL Lounge. The balcony offers a wonderful view over the boat show marina, ideal to enjoy a complimentary drink or two in the sun (should the weather be kind to us). Berth holders can also take advantage of free parking at Ocean Car Park in Ocean Village Marina. Simply hand in your parking ticket when presenting your card at the Freedom Berthing reception desk and we will exchange this for an exit pass.
The show will also see the MDL team recognise the achievement of a group of deserving young people who have completed their Sail Training Awards, during a special ceremony. The MDL-sponsored awards have been running for nearly 30 years, offering admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Other highlights of the show for MDL include cheque presentations to two UK charities, Heroes on the Water and Julia’s House children’s hospice, thanks to Cobb’s Quay Marina’s fundraising efforts. The marina holds an annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised £650. The team also recently held a golf day at Bulbury Woods golf course, raising an incredible £2,000 for Julia’s House.
Our cleat challenge game, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will make a welcome return. Those participating will have the chance to win a Henri Lloyd jacket by posting the fastest time during the course of the show.
MDL will also be announcing the results of its annual ‘MDL in Bloom’ competition, which rewards green-fingered marina teams across all 19 UK locations, who have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure that their sites are looking their best.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The Southampton Boat Show is a real highlight of the boating calendar for us and a show at which we really enjoy exhibiting. We look forward to welcoming visitors, along with our existing berth holders for exclusive hospitality, and have lots of exciting events planned. The show also gives us a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of our staff and the young people receiving their Sail Training Awards.”
The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has signed a six-year deal to become the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR. The exciting news sees the MDL group get behind the team and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to “bring the Cup home”.
To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. MDL Marina Consultancy, a division of MDL Marinas, recently project managed the design and construction of a high specification customised pontoon to complement the Land Rover BAR team’s innovative new headquarters in Portsmouth.
Manufactured by Walcon Marine, the MDL-branded pontoon has been created with the highest quality materials, including continuous concrete flotation and beautiful sustainably-sourced hardwood decking. Strong attention to detail extends to the MDL logo embedded in the deck boards with a CNC machine – a first for the industry. The pontoon is fully serviced with water and electricity and lit with stainless steel lighting, recessed into the deck.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the America’s Cup home. We are a long-standing British company and are proud to be part of this historical moment. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Land Rover BAR team all the way.”
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group, it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.
Northney Marina will be holding an Open Day and Flare Amnesty Event and would love you to join us. Hampshire Marine Unit, in conjunction with Ramora, will offer free flare disposal and Hayling Island Lifeboat Crew will be offering a free lifejacket clinic. JayKay Boat Sales will be open for business along with Rib-X and complimentary refreshments will be available from the marina office.
Northney Marina will be holding an Open Day and Flare Amnesty on Sunday 23rd August, in conjunction with Hampshire Marina Unit and explosive disposal specialists, Ramora UK.
The amnesty will be open from 10am to 3pm and visitors are invited to hand in their out-of-date flares for safe disposal.
Hampshire Marine Unit will also be offering their free ‘Immobilise’ service, allowing visitors to register their property on a secure online database, helping Police to identify the owners of recovered stolen items.
Hayling Island Lifeboat Crew will be in attendance and will be offering sea safety advice and a free ‘lifejacket clinic’. The team will be on hand to check lifejackets and provide advice for keeping safe when out on the water.
A number of Northney Marina’s on-site tenants will also be taking part and will be open throughout the day. These include sportsboat, RIB and cruiser sales and boat brokerage, Jaykay Marine Sales, and RIB manufacturers, Rib-X.
All are welcome and complimentary refreshments will be available.
Staff at Northney and Sparkes Marinas are inviting berth holders to join them for a night of fun, food and music on Friday 28th August, for their annual berth holders’ party.
The event will be hosted by Northney Marina in a marquee on the grass from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets are just £3 and include a complimentary drink and barbeque.
All proceeds raised during the event will be donated to Ocean Youth Trust South, a charity which uses adventure under sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25.
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by MDL’s very own band ‘Saga Louts’, taking guests back to the golden age of Rock’n’Roll and playing an eclectic mix of styles and genres to ensure there is something to suit everyone.
Kerry Marriott, General Manager for Northney and Sparkes Marina, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing as many of our berth holders as possible joining in the fun at our annual celebration. It’s a great opportunity for berth holders to socialise together with marina staff and is always a really fun, vibrant event.”
Staff at MDL’s Northney Marina are looking forward to welcoming Second World War navy vessel, HMS Medusa, to the marina on Friday 21st August, ahead of a Blue Plaque commemoration event that will be held at The Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island.
During the event, The British Plaque Trust will be unveiling two blue plaques on Hayling Island to celebrate the life and work of Commander Harold Wilkinson Goulding D.S.O., Royal Navy Reserve, whose granddaughter is a berth holder at MDL’s Sparkes Marina.
The prestigious plaques will recognise Harold's work as Commander of the Special Boat Unit Headquarters, his time at HMS Northney and as Dieppe Flotilla Officer and Commander for D-Day, and finally the work he carried out as Special Operations Executive and for the Secret Intelligence Service.
To celebrate, Northney Marina will be hosting HMS Medusa, ML1387, a 72ft WWII craft, now held in trust, along with a number of historic ‘Cockle’ canoes which will row up from Hayling Island Sailing Club to escort the Medusa in and deliver one of the plaques by sea.
Kerry Marriott, General Manager at Northney Marina, said: “We are honoured to be hosting such a fantastic event at the marina and were more than happy to help with complimentary berthing when approached by the organiser. It should be an event to remember and a fitting one for such a distinguished war hero.”
The flotilla will leave Hayling Island Sailing Club at 2pm with a scheduled arrival time of between 3pm and 3.30pm at Northney Marina. The flotilla will be staying overnight at the marina where invited guests will be able to go on board Medusa to view the craft.
A Spitfire will also be in attendance on the day flying over the event and should prove to be a magnificent spectacle.
For more information please visit www.hmsmedusa.org.uk.
In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.
Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.
The teams at Northney and Sparkes Marinas invite their berth holders to a fabulous Summer Party on Friday 28th August. Taking place at Northney Marina from 7pm, tickets cost £3 each with all proceeds going to the Ocean Youth Trust South. Maximum of 2 tickets per boat but children go FREE! Ticket price includes a welcome drink and BBQ, whilst the Saga Louts will provide live entertainment.