MDL Excited to Announce Engagement Partnership with ACWS Portsmouth

Posted: 8th June 2016

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

Head to Hamble Point Marina for MDL’s ‘Boats on Show’ This Weekend

Posted: 9th May 2016

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

Bacaro Italian Tapas Opens at Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 25th April 2016

Ocean Village Marina in Southampton has welcomed an exciting new Italian tapas restaurant, Bacaro.

Already receiving rave reviews, Bacaro offers authentic Italian tapas and a superb wine and cocktail menu. Situated in a beautiful industrial building, the restaurant has a great vibe and its rustic design has proved popular with those looking for a place to enjoy an after work drink or a really fabulous meal. The tasty menu, which features sharing dishes, boasts delights including arancini, risotto, and a number of fresh seafood dishes. 

Owner Lucy Watts brings with her a passion for food and wine which is evident in the restaurant’s menu, commenting: “The restaurant’s philosophy echoes that of the Italian Bacari – the simple pleasures are the most important for our health and wellbeing. We wanted to create somewhere where customers can relax with us and enjoy a few cicchetti (small plates), a glass of wine and take pleasure in the moment, free from worry. Good wine, delicious food and the company of friends are the recipe for a life well lived.”

Bacaro follows the Italian tradition of offering small plates of food to accompany drinks in the evening, and every Friday Lucy is offering these tasty morsels for free between 5.30 - 6pm when customers buy a drink. She is also offering two-for-one on a delicious selection of cocktails between 5-7pm.

Debbie Burns, Ocean Village Marina Manager, commented: “Bacaro looks fabulous and the food is outstanding. With free tapas delivered with their cocktails on Fridays, I know that Bacaro will be a great hit with food and drink lovers alike, and is already being enjoyed by a number of our berth holders.”

You can follow Bacaro on Twitter @bacaro_ltd, visit or call to book on 023 8033 3221.

Easter Treats

From 25th March 2016 until 28th March 2016

We have lots of Easter treats awaiting you this weekend, with hot cross buns and chocolate galore! The Ocean Village team hope to see you around the pontoons.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9385

Ocean Village Marina Welcomes The Ocean Rooms

Posted: 11th March 2016

MDL Marinas is excited to welcome The Ocean Rooms beauty salon to Ocean Village Marina, Southampton. As part of the redevelopment at the fantastic waterfront location, The Ocean Rooms is based at the newly constructed Admirals Quay.

Ocean Village is set to become Southampton’s most vibrant and exciting destination where the city’s residents, visitors and marina customers can come to enjoy excellent shopping and dining in a relaxed, chic environment.

The Ocean Rooms aims to provide the highest quality treatments and service at reasonable prices. Trained to the highest standard, therapists use world-renowned products to ensure customers leave feeling relaxed, happy and pampered.

The salon boasts a comprehensive selection of treatments, along with a wide range of retail products available, including ESPA, OPI and XEN Tan. Gift vouchers are also available.

To visit The Ocean Rooms, book online at or call today on 023 8178 3993.

Address: The Blake Building, Admirals Quay, Ocean Way, Southampton, SO14 3LG.

Classics on the Quay - March Edition

On the 27th March 2016

Do you own a classic car built before 1990? Or an American muscle car, motorbike, or interesting vehicle or supercar of any age?

Join us for our brunch meet on 27th March between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. Our on-site Waterfront Bar & Restaurant will be serving a special "driver's breakfast".

It's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear over coffee and a snack, whilst looking over some great cars of all types.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461

Classics on the Quay - April Edition

On the 17th April 2016

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 17th April 6.00pm at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. With on-site restaurants, bars and cafe, it's the perfect place to discuss motoring days of yesteryear.

This being our 1st 'BBQ on the Quay' show of the year, we have the Lord Mayor opening our 2016 events program for us.

We look forward to seeing you on the Quay...

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9461
Email: Mark Elliott

Customers and Staff at MDL Marinas to Cycle 1,634 Miles for Charity

Posted: 26th February 2016

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator is launching an exciting charitable initiative on 1st March, which will see its team and customers cycle the entire route of its UK marina network and back again to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

The company initiative was created in support of Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations who has undertaken two charitable runs to-date following the loss of one of his best friends to Prostate Cancer. Mike is currently in training for his third and biggest run – the Virgin London Marathon on 24th April.

The MDL Marinas team decided that whilst Mike puts on his running shoes and pounds miles and miles of pavement, they would support him by cycling the whopping 1,634 miles in an effort to raise an additional £1,634 for Prostate Cancer UK – a target that the team are hoping to smash! To conquer the challenge MDL’s static bike will be making a grand tour of its 18 marinas including locations in Poole, Torquay, Plymouth and The Thames, where team members and customers will be challenged to hop on the bike and cycle to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been hugely impressed by Mike’s dedication and continued training for such a great cause, and decided it was only right to help boost his fundraising efforts and show our support. We are all very excited about the cycle challenge and are looking forward to seeing all of our team, as well as many of our willing berth holders’ cycle up a storm in one of our 18 UK marina locations.

Mike Glanville, MDL’s Group Head of Operations, commented: “It’s fantastic that the team at MDL are running this initiative and helping to raise further funds for the charity. One of my very best friends sadly passed away after an epic battle with Prostate Cancer. This cancer affects thousands of men each year, and we are hoping the MDL cycle challenge, along with my running efforts, will not only help raise further funds to find a new cure, but also help raise awareness of the cancer amongst our customers and teams in an effort to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.”

To donate towards this worthy cause please visit

Steak of the Art Opens at Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 19th February 2016

MDL's Ocean Village has welcomed an exciting new restaurant, Steak of the Art, to the prestigious marina.

Combining an electric artistic atmosphere with some of the best steaks on the south coast, Steak of the Art treats diners with a real wow factor, including a quirky crow’s nest where up to six diners can sit and enjoy their meal while overlooking the rest of the venue.

The restaurant itself is a living gallery with pictures and paintings on display (and for sale) from local artists. The team has already linked up with the Southampton Arts Society who will display 30 pieces of art for 10 weeks.

The idea for the venue comes from art lover and classically trained chef, Steve Bowen, whose concept to provide simple but delicious food, served within an artistically inspired environment has already proved a big hit in Bristol and Cardiff.

Manager of the Ocean Village venue is Will Chadwick, while the kitchen team is to be led by Dina Spencer who was inspired by the provenance of the food and the chance to be part of a fresh and exciting new concept. The importance of sourcing the very best ingredients is a real labour of love for the team and is reflected in the quality of the meat and fish served.

Debbie Burns, Ocean Village Marina Manager, commented: “The venue is looking really good and quirky, it’s an innovative concept and it’s so nice that they support local artists. We’re really excited to welcome the team to the marina and more importantly we can’t wait to try the steaks!”

You can follow Steak of the Art on Twitter @SteakArtSoton, like Steak of the Art Southampton on Facebook, visit or call 023 8063 9046.