J Class Yachts Visit Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 6th August 2012


Berth holders at and visitors to MDL’s Ocean Village Marina were able to get a close-up view of world-class yachts earlier this month as the marina played host to boats competing in the Solent Regatta and Hundred Guinea Cup. 

Three J Class yachts - Ranger, Lionheart and Velsheda, as well as Velsheda's support vessel Bystander - were berthed at Ocean Village for the duration of the racing, allowing them easy access to the host club, Royal Southampton.  

Debbie Burns, Manager at Ocean Village Marina, commented: “We were delighted to welcome the J Class yachts to Ocean Village. We pride ourselves on our specialist berthing facilities for large yachts, so it was great to be able to welcome these world-class boats. 

“We’ve also had some great compliments from the J Class owners and from Royal Southampton Yacht Club, praising our staff for their attentive service, so we are all very proud and pleased to have been involved.”

Ocean Village was also the base for two of the yachts taking part in the recent Superyacht Cup, with Athos and Adela berthing at the marina both before and after the event. 

A Spectacular Finale for the World’s Longest Ocean Race

Posted: 17th July 2012

A fun packed day of free entertainment has been organised to welcome home the crew taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. After more than 40,000-miles at sea, and 51 weeks of ocean racing, the south coast is getting ready to celebrate the end of world’s longest ocean race in style.  

Thousands of people are expected to turn out and welcome home the crew, made up of over 40 nationalities, who swapped their ordinary day jobs to take in the world’s longest ocean race. The fleet of ten racing yachts set sail on 31 July 2011 from Southampton and will arrive back in Ocean Village for Race Finish on Sunday, 22 July after nearly a year at sea.

To celebrate the fleet’s return a day of free celebrations and entertainment will be hosted in Ocean Village to mark the crew members’ extraordinary achievement at the end of their epic challenge. A day of live music and free entertainment has been organised by host radio stations Jack FM and The Breeze. 

Highlights from the day include a spectacular air display by premier aerobatic team, the Yaks, and day of free entertainment and live music. The event has been organised in partnership with Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas, owner of Ocean Village Marina where the yachts will be berthed and Allied Developments Ltd.

Public programme 

The fleet will arrive at Hamble Point Cardinal at approximately 12.15pm and will parade up Southampton to Weston Shelf led by Clipper Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Suhaili, the yacht in which he became the first man to sail solo and nonstop around the world in 1968-69 . The fleet will then muster and one by one arrive at Ocean Village marina from 13.30pm. A large screen in Ocean Village will relay the Clipper fleet parade live for the public to enjoy.

Everyone is welcome to join the festivities in Ocean Village, with local boat owners invited to join the flotilla as it escorts the Clipper Race fleet up Southampton Water. To register your boat in the flotilla please email flotilla@clipper-ventures.com.

To find out more about the event and how you could crew the next edition of the race visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com/racefinish


Summer Berthing Offer with MDL Marinas

Posted: 6th July 2012

Boat owners can spend a great value summer on the south coast this year with the return of MDL’s exclusive summer berthing package.

For just £499 including VAT, owners can berth for the whole of July and August at any of six MDL marinas in Poole, Southampton and on the River Hamble, allowing you to spend more time on board and less on towing, launching and travel. This fantastic package also includes free trailer storage and free car parking at your marina of choice.*

MDL’s south coast marinas provide direct access to superb and varied cruising in the height of the summer season. Take a trip along the Solent, up the Beaulieu River to the picturesque Buckler’s Hard, or along the Dorset coastline with its miles of stunning sandy beaches. Those keen to have a great view of this summer’s sporting action should head along the coast to Weymouth for an up-close view of Olympic sailing events.

Boat owners sailing along the Solent to the east can take a trip to the historic naval port of Portsmouth and along to Hayling Island, or venture further afield to explore the Isle of Wight.

*Terms and conditions apply, see http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat for further details.

All 7 of the P&O Cruises Fleet Together in Southampton

Posted: 29th June 2012

P&O's story began in 1837 when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the British Government contract for a weekly mail service to the Iberian Peninsula. In celebration of this exciting anniversary, all seven ships of the P&O Cruises fleet will be together in their home port of Southampton on the same day, 3rd July 2012.

This will be a first in the history of the company and we are delighted that Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, is joining us for what promises to be a grand event. The ships with their gleaming white hulls and signature "buff" funnels will be alongside at seven different points in the port of Southampton.

Leaving their berths on this historic day, the ship's passengers and crew will enjoy a champagne deck party as the flutterfetti flies; the marching band plays and the ships sail past in a procession from Southampton Water out into the Solent, accompanied by a display by the famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team. Out in the open water the ships will meet again, saluting one another before they sail onwards to their various exciting destinations.

Fore more information please visit http://175.pocruises.com.

J Class Solent Regatta 2012

From 18th July 2012 until 20th July 2012
The Solent Regatta will be hosted by the The Royal Southampton Yacht Club (RSYC). The Solent was the traditional home of J Class racing in the UK during the 1930s. Three races are planned, one starting in the Western Solent and around Christchurch bay. One starting in the eastern Solent and into Hayling Bay, and a third in the central Solent. The Fleet will all be based together at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton.
For More Information
Email: J Class
Website: http://www.jclasssolentregatta.com/

The Hundred Guinea Cup Race 2012

On the 21st July 2012
The last, testing race of the series for the Hundred Guinea Cup probably captures the true spirit of the J Class. It will present numerous tactical decisions due to the varied weather and tidal conditions. There will be no time limit. The race is based over the original 75 mile America’s Cup course, clockwise around the Isle of Wight. This will be a successful event that could be repeated every four years.

Superyacht Cup Cowes 2012

From 22nd July 2012 until 25th July 2012
The Superyacht Cup Team and the Flag Officers of the Royal Yacht Squadron extend a warm welcome to Owners, Captains and all participants in The Superyacht Cup Cowes 2012. It is a Corinthian theme international regatta designed specifically for the enjoyment of the participants using the well-proven formula of pursuit racing and the “Bucket Rating” handicap system. Yachts participating will do so at their own risk. This is a fun regatta and safety is the highest priority of the Organising Authority, the Race Committee and all participants.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014

From 2nd August 2014 until 9th August 2014

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.

For More Information
Call: 01983 242049
Email: Claire Treasure
Website: http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

RYA Cruise in Company to Sparkes Marina (OVM)

On the 29th September 2012
As part of a new programme of activities in association with the RYA for Ocean Village Marina berth holders, we are holding a Cruise in Company to Sparkes Marina on September 29th. Join other berth holders to Hayling Island followed by dinner at the Piranha Bar and Restaurant on the Saturday night.
For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9385
Email: Gwen Healey
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

RYA Own Boat Tuition Workshop Day at Ocean Village Marina

On the 16th September 2012
As part of a new programme of activities in association with the RYA for Ocean Village Marina berth holders, we are holding an Own Boat Tuition Workshop day on September 16th. 2 hour workshops, for you and your family, focusing on boat handling skills including those tricky close quarter manoeuvres and berthing techniques. Cost for participation is £30.00.
For More Information
Email: Gwen Healey
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx