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