Winter Workshops - Marine Diesel Engines

Posted: 23rd October 2012

In association with the RYA, Stormforce Coaching are offering MDL's Southampton based berth holders (Shamrock Quay, Saxon Wharf, Hythe Marina Village and Ocean Village Marina) the chance to enjoy some hands-on tuition with their Winterisation Workshop on Saturday November 24th 2012.

As yachts are lifted for winter, many owners will winterise their boat’s engine to ensure it survives the cold temperatures and starts first time next season. The practical workshop will be full of top tips, whatever your engine type. Those taking part will spend 2 hours with an experienced instructor for just £20 at Stormfoce's training centre in Shamrock Quay. Spaces are limited, so it is advisable to book now to guarantee your place.

If you would like to spend some time in the warmth of the classroom this winter, you might also enjoy the winter seminars that Stormforce are holding: Weather for Yachtsmen (9th February) and How to get the best from your Radar (23rd February).

Email Hannah on or call 023 8023 1122 to book your place.

MDL Wins PBO Green Award

Posted: 20th September 2012

MDL Marinas, is proud to announce its prestigious win in this year’s Practical Boat Owner Green Awards. The marina network received the award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ in recognition of its efforts in reducing the environmental impact of its 21 marinas and boatyards.

MDL worked hard to implement a range of measures to promote marine-industry sustainability and achieve its outstanding eco-credentials. We now purchase 100% renewable energy, have installed solar technology, recycle 100% of our hazardous waste, and introduced water saving measures across all of our locations in Europe.

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our efforts in reducing our environmental impact.”

Anna Wyse, MDL’s dedicated Environmental Policy Manager, commented: “The beautiful locations of our marinas deserve special consideration if we are to enjoy them in years to come and we have invested considerable time and energy into putting our environmental practices in place. MDL recognises that virtually all the activities of the company, and that of our customers and tenants, have some impact on the environment.

“All of MDL’s marinas are subject to environmental audits on a periodic basis and the company continues to invest in resources to educate berth holders and staff.”

MDL received its Green Award at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show. The PBO Green Award for ‘Best Marine Service and Support’ was presented to Anna Wyse, and to MDL’s Managing Director, Eamonn Feeney and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Eads by Sarah Norbury, Editor of Practical Boat Owner.

In addition to this, Hythe Marina Village, MDL’s Southampton based marina, has also won a sustainability award from The Green Blue, for going above and beyond in its support of the environmental awareness campaign for the boating community. The MDL marina distributed free packs of environmental goodies to its berth holders encouraging their boaters to make quick practical changes onboard. 

Active Marina at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 6th September 2012

Many Club Outlook members will already be familiar with the RYA’s Active Marina Programme, as successful workshops have been held at many MDL marinas across the summer season.

Visitors to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show will also have the chance to try out a sample of the workshops for themselves, as part of a brand new event at the show.

The Active Marina Experience offers show-goers the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors with free on-the-water and shore-based workshops.

From man overboard drills and berthing manoeuvres to engine maintenance and radar operation, workshops will run daily throughout the show, providing a real hands-on experience.

Places are limited for the workshops, so it’s recommended that sessions are booked either in advance for the shore-based workshops, or on the day for the on-the-water sessions.

To book an on-the-water workshop visit the ‘Try-a-Boat’ booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show.  (Unfortunately, on-the-water workshops cannot be booked in advance)

Shore-based workshops can be booked in advance by emailing, calling 01784 223816 or by visiting the Which Marina stand (F004) at the show.

For further information and a workshop schedule visit the RYA website.

Snap Happy with MDL - Photo Winners Announced

Posted: 4th September 2012

Entries flooded in this summer for MDL’s annual photo competition, which for the first time this year included an under-16s category, alongside the coveted best photograph.

Berth holders, visitors and members of the local community from across the marina network submitted photographs that captured time spent in and around our marinas in the UK and Europe, including fast-paced action shots and footage out on the water, as well as some stunning landscape shots.

Hugely impressed with the quality of entries this year, judges were looking for entries that have succeeded in capturing in images what really makes each of MDL’s 21 marinas a truly unique destination – through the eyes of people who experience the marinas for themselves.  

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 photography competition is David Thomas, with a winning image capturing a stunning sunset over Brixham Marina.

As this year’s winner, David will receive a Nikon Coolpix L810 camera, plus a workshop session with leading studio photographers at PhotoRed Commercial Photography, based at MDL’s Shamrock Quay. He will also be treated to a bottle of Champagne and tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show – where he will see his winning image displayed on MDL’s two-tier waterside pavilion.

Second place in the main competition, winning £100 worth of vouchers to use at London Camera Exchange, is awarded to Martin Makinen from Newton Abbott, for his beautiful shot of the sun breaking through the clouds at Holden Pier near to Brixham Marina.

For the first time, this year’s competition included a dedicated category for young photographers, with first prize in the under-16s competition going to Sophie Tuffier from Cherbourg. Sophie’s parents are Cruising Club members and were visiting Brixham Marina, where she snapped her winning shot of a beautiful sunny day in the water. Sophie will be presented with a Nikon Coolpix S30 underwater camera to help her continue her photographic endeavours.

Coming a close second in the under-16s category is 12–year-old Christopher Broughton, whose shot of sunset over Shamrock Quay has won him £50 to spend at London Camera Exchange.

All the winners will also receive tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be presented with their prizes at the MDL stand (E52) on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm.

To view the winning images, please click here.

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

To find out more about the event and how you could crew the next edition of the race visit


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 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

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

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.