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Six deserving young people who won a place on the 31st MDL Sail Training Awards voyage will be officially presented with their trophies by Lord IIiffe, on Thursday 20th September at 2pm (stand E52). The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending five days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South, on the incredible tallship Prolific.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for 31 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the sail training ship.
The passage commenced from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina and the team made their way down to Dartmouth, being taught along the way how to sail the vessel, before circling back along the coast. During sailing, the team carried out drills such as rescuing a man overboard and pilotage planning, whilst having plenty of fun in between. Upon returning to shore, the young sailors deservedly earned a ‘Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting Certificate’.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a hugely important initiative for us, which we have undertaken with Ocean Youth Trust South for an amazing 31 years. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those selected, honouring them for their remarkable achievements at such a young age. We look forward to this day at Southampton Boat Show each year, as it’s a fantastic chance to hear all of the stories and see what an inspiration the trip has been for everyone.”
Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, added: “Over the last three decades years we have met many truly inspirational young people through the MDL Sail Training Awards. Throughout the 31 years, MDL Marinas has given us tremendous support, the MDL award winners are always highly deserving and inspirational young people and this year’s winners were no exception.
“We have a long track record of using adventure under sail to give young people the skills to succeed in life – the skills that individuals, families, schools, employers and communities need – and MDL’s generosity plays a key role at the heart of all our work.”
Waterside access into Southampton recently became even more stunning with the completion of MDL Marinas’ Ocean Village comprehensive redesign. Notable innovations include new pontoons linked to a £50m luxury spa hotel complex, and a floating dock office to welcome guests from around the world.
MDL Marinas is well known for the high level of customer service provided 24/7, and Ocean Village Marina is no exception. The marina recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art floating dock office, which is offering a full concierge service. Once berthed, MDL members and guests can make the most of the linked pontoons which take them straight into the heart of the only five-star hotel in Southampton for spa treatments, restaurants or to use the gym.
“Ocean Village Marina is one of a kind on the south coast,” says Adrien Burnand, MDL’s head of marketing. “Visitors are immediately encased in a world of luxury, whether they’re accessing the five-star facilities at Harbour Hotel straight from the pontoon, one of the many wonderful restaurants nestled alongside, or checking out new and classic releases at the on-site cinema.”
At the edge of Southampton Water, with easy access to the Solent, Ocean Village’s basin was previously used by commercial ships and means that it is the only marina able to accommodate superyachts in the area alongside the yachts, cruisers and racers owned by MDL members who make use of the ever-expanding marina network (over 120 marinas across England, France, Spain and Italy). Plus, MDL has nine marinas on the Solent to explore as part of its Freedom Berthing Package, which allows members to stay in MDL marinas at no additional cost.
“We’re delighted with the transformation of Ocean Village Marina,” Adrien continues. “We’ve been working on the project for quite a while, and it’s wonderful to see all of the hard work pay off. This is a mixed leisure, commercial and residential development, and MDL is delighted to have led the project to such a successful outcome. We’ll have stunning silver and black signage installed in the next few weeks, and other work will continue until 2020. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, a cinema and bars, Ocean Village offers outstanding recreational facilities for boat owners, Harbour Hotel guests and other visitors.”
A further innovation for MDL Members staying at Ocean Village Marina is the Platinum Package. This unique package effectively turns boats into extended five-star hotel bedrooms with VIP room service (including fresh bed linen and interior cleaning), hotel to boat wine and champagne delivery, complimentary upgrades on room bookings (ideal for when friends and family choose to stay) and use of the five-star gym and spa. The Platinum Package marries the Freedom Berthing package – which offers complimentary stays at more than 120 marinas, free WiFi and fuel at cost – with full membership of the hotel’s first-class spa and gym facilities including hydrotherapy pools, sauna, steam room and relaxation areas. Ultimately it enables members to go out sailing, and then recover in a five-star environment.
For more information on Ocean Village Marina and MDL Marinas’ Platinum Package please visit www.oceanvillagemarina.co.uk.
MDL Marinas is delighted to reveal that within its hospitality lounge overlooking the main boat show marina (E052), Salcombe Gin will be hosting daily taster sessions and teach the art of distilling, while the five-star Southampton Harbour Hotel spa team offers complimentary head, neck, and shoulder massages.
Known across its extensive network of over 120 marinas for its excellent customer service, prime locations and top of the line facilities, MDL Marinas is applying its key ethos of relax, enjoy and discover to its stand at TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.
“We’re recreating the excellent experience people enjoy at our marinas,” says Dean Smith, commercial director for the European-wide group of marinas in UK, Italy, France and Spain. “There’s always something exciting happening onshore, so it makes sense to continue that at Southampton Boat Show. We’re delighted to be welcoming two partners to the stand.”
Salcombe Gin, a traditional copper pot, one-shot distiller based in Devon, will host a tasting session every day between 4 and 5pm on MDL’s stunning members’ waterside hospitality lounge. Distillery demonstrations will take place on both Sundays (16 / 23 September), and Wednesday (19 September) between 3 and 4pm.
Southampton Harbour Hotel's HarSPA, will also be offering complimentary head, neck and shoulder massages throughout the show, as well as foot pampers. Known for their deep tissue massages to ease muscle aches and areas of tension, HarSPA therapists offer Lava Shell, Bamboo and Lomi Lomi massages in the five-star hotel.
Relax, enjoy, discover
MDL is looking forward to welcoming over 4,000 members and their guests to its stunning waterside hospitality lounge. Visitors are encouraged to use the area as a meeting place, or somewhere to take a well-deserved break. With free WiFi, refreshments and massages from the Harbour Hotel’s spa staff, the lounge is the ideal place to relax in comfort.
Helping its members to explore with friends, MDL will showcase its impressive network of over 120 marinas. Visitors will also be able to discover the exciting benefits of becoming an MDL member such as Freedom Berthing which gives access to the marinas in the European network at no extra cost, and upcoming offers that feature options for winter marina berthing and storage. Plus, it’s the ideal opportunity to discuss Beds On Board, the accommodation scheme designed to unlock the economic potential of members’ boats.
Additionally, the boat show offers a great opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the end of the season. On the members’ balcony overlooking the marina, MDL’s hospitality lounge offers a buzzing social environment, complimentary refreshments and fundraising events for the two great charities that the company supports.
“We love the Southampton Boat Show,” Dean continues. “It’s a great opportunity to touch base with our members and hear about their marina and cruising experiences. Plus, we enjoy meeting those who haven’t stayed with us before, finding out about their sailing adventures, plans, and letting them know all about the benefits of becoming part of the MDL family. We’re also really looking forward to sharing more information about the great work we’re doing with the Blue Marine Foundation, the Ocean Youth Trust South and our Sail Training Awards. It’s going to be a great show!”
Make sure that you plan time in your day to visit the stand (E052), enjoy the view and learn more about MDL Marinas.
With the start of August comes one of the UK’s longest running and most prestigious sporting events of the summer, Cowes Week regatta.
Once again we’re celebrating the action, which draws over 1,000 boats to the Isle of Wight and surrounding coastline, painting the Solent with a canvas of sails. Culminating on Friday 10th August with a spectacular fireworks display on the island, up to 40 different handicap, one-design and multihull classes will be racing each day, and the action is not to be missed.
Over 8,000 competitors will participate, ranging from Olympic and world-class yachtsmen to weekend and leisure sailors. This magnificent event with its fantastic atmosphere, racing, entertainment and shopping stalls attracts over 100,000 visitors to Cowes during the week.
Our members and guests have the opportunity to be at the forefront of the action, with Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury Yacht Harbour the closest mainland marinas to the start line of the regatta, and Ocean Village and Hythe marinas also close by. Our marinas promise to be a hive of celebratory activity, and will be the perfect place to relive the action of the day whilst enjoying a chilled beverage and canapés, all from the comfort of your berth in the evenings or at one of our bustling bars or restaurants.
To find out further information about the historic regatta, what’s on offer and how you can take part, visit: www.lendycowesweek.co.uk
What’s more, those enjoying Cowes Week from our Solent marinas still have time to take advantage of our summer berthing offers. This year we’re providing fantastic savings on essential scrubs and berthing packages.
Across the south coast boat owners can enjoy two months berthing from just £549 inclusive of VAT, available on boats up to 7m. For those preparing their boat for getting out over the rest of August, we're giving boat owners the chance to save on summer scrubs and storage ashore at a number of our boatyards.
To find out more about our exclusive offers, visit: http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-offers
Pop in and have a drink and chat at the dock office if you're spending Christmas at the marina.
Enjoy mince pies and mulled wine with the team.