Luxury Development at Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 22nd November 2015

We are very excited about the developments that are underway at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. Over the past 10 years, Ocean Village has seen numerous phases of re-development; most recently, the addition of residential complexes including the recently completed Admirals Quay development.

Further developments taking shape include a luxury, superyacht inspired five-star standard hotel that will extend out into the marina and will benefit not only seafaring guests but visitors to the waterfront destination too. The city’s only five-star standard hotel, this new development will feature a spa, champagne bar and rooftop restaurant with stunning views.

With completion due in early 2017, the development will also bring a number of new brands to the city with retail openings, stylish boutiques and award-winning new restaurants. Soon to become Southampton’s first-class waterfront leisure destination, it’s an exciting time to be at Ocean Village.
 
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted that construction work has begun on what promises to be an incredible new hotel. This exciting new luxury development will generate considerable benefits for the area upon its completion. Alongside our world-class marina and the new Admirals Quay development, the hotel will represent another major step towards establishing Ocean Village as Southampton’s premier waterfront destination.”

If you’d like to know more about the developments at Ocean Village Marina, please call the marina office on 023 8022 9385. We’d love to tell you more about what we have planned!


Vote Now for Your Marina of the Year

Posted: 14th October 2015

The deadline for the Marina of the Year Awards is fast approaching – and your home marina needs your support!

We are delighted to have 17 fabulous UK marinas in the running for this year’s prestigious Marina of the Year Awards, run by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and we need your votes by Monday 30th November!

Designed to recognise excellence in facilities and customer service, the Marina of the Year Awards are open to all Gold Anchor accredited marinas both in the UK and overseas.

Love your marina? Then make your vote count! These Awards are voted for by boat owners and berth holders just like you, giving you the chance to reward your favourite marina and make sure it gets the credit it deserves.

So, you have a decision to make and we need you to act now to reward your home marina. Perhaps picturesque Brixham Marina is your winner? Or maybe you prefer Northney Marina’s tranquillity, or Port Hamble’s status as the centre of the Solent's racing and boating scene?

Voting is really quick and simple – all you need to do is visit www.marinaawards.com before 30th November 2015.

Here are our 17 UK marinas that have been nominated across two categories:

UK Coastal Marina:Northney MarinaWoolverstone Marina
Brixham MarinaOcean Village Marina 
Chatham Maritime MarinaPort Hamble MarinaUK Inland Marina:
Cobb's Quay MarinaQueen Anne’s BatteryBray Marina
Hamble Point MarinaShamrock QuayPenton Hook Marina
Hythe Marina VillageSparkes MarinaWindsor Marina
Mercury Yacht HarbourTorquay Marina 

 

The winners will be announced during the 2016 London Boat Show at ExCeL. Don’t let your favourite marina go unnoticed, get voting for your Marina of the Year now!


Thank you for your support.


MDL Marinas | Land Rover BAR: Two Tribes, One Choice

Posted: 2nd October 2015

The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has developed a powerful video to celebrate being signed as the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR.

The video was made using a drone that filmed aerial shots of the Land Rover BAR team training and competing at their headquarters in Portsmouth. The video features a compelling script, which celebrates the dedication and training of the Land Rover BAR team values that are shared by the team at MDL.

‘Ropes whip, sails crack. hull creaks, wind screams.
Boom swings, crew scrambles, battling, winching, sailing, foiling… flying.
Preparing, securing, steadying, lifting... flying.’

Drones were also used to film the MDL teams hard at work at Hamble Point and Port Hamble, both situated on the River Hamble. The captivating footage promotes the likeness between the crew and the marina managers by highlighting the shared desire to win and succeed using a combination of hard work and determination.

The exciting video sees the MDL group get behind the team – as they compete on home waters for the first time – and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the Cup home.

To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. Land Rover BAR has also been given full use of MDL’s network of leading marina locations and facilities across the south.

On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”

To keep up to date with the team and the America's Cup, visit our Online Portal.


10th Classics on the Quay at Shamrock Quay

Posted: 22nd September 2015

Shamrock Quay in Southampton will host its 10th successful ‘Classics on the Quay’ event on Sunday 18th October. The monthly event, which has been running since January this year, regularly attracts over 60 classic cars and supercars to Shamrock Quay.

Shamrock Quay has organised a ‘Brunch Club’ at The Waterfront bar and restaurant and The Yellow Welly cafe. The Brunch Club will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm, which includes an offer from The Yellow Welly of free tea and toast with the ‘Driver’s Breakfast’.

Mark Elliott, Dockmaster at Shamrock Quay, a classic car enthusiast himself has been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the event, commenting: “All our events this year have been a resounding success with over 60 vehicles and over 100 visitors at most events. We are expecting around 100 vehicles for our October event. We see many berth holders bringing their own classic cars and supercars along to the Quay, our event is open to anyone who owns a classic car from before 1990 or a supercar of any age”

To keep up to date on Shamrock Quay’s ‘Classics on the Quay’ please like their Facebook page by following this link. The next event dates are 15th November 10.30am – 12.30pm and December 20th 10.30am - 12.30pm.


MDL Marinas Appoints New Managing Director

Posted: 2nd September 2015

We are pleased to announce that Lesley Robinson (pictured) will succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas.

The change comes as Eamonn recently announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group.

Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great people, and I’m personally pleased to be handing on a business in great shape to my successor. Whilst this is the first phase of my retirement plan I’ll be keeping up my links with the industry as I think I’ll find it hard to stay away.”

Lesley joins MDL Marinas as a proven business leader with a strong commercial, customer focused background across a broad range of fields. Lesley has operated at director level in the leisure, FMCG, media and technology sectors both internationally and in the UK and will be joining MDL from her most recent Director role at the Money Advice Service.
 
Lesley will join the business in early November and will be relocating to the Hamble area.
 
Lesley said “I’m delighted to be joining MDL and looking forward to getting started as soon as possible. I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the business and to being part of the excellent team dedicated to serving MDL’s customers.”


MDL Gears Up for the 2015 Southampton Boat Show

Posted: 26th August 2015

MDL Marinas, Europe’s leading marina operator, is looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, when it will return once again to its impressive two-tier waterfront location.

Staff members will be on hand throughout the show to welcome berth holders and visitors to the stand and showcase MDL’s network of outstanding marinas in the UK and Europe. This year, the team will be running a competition to win a year’s free berthing at MDL’s stunning five-star Marina di Stabia. Located in the beautiful Bay of Naples in Italy, Marina di Stabia is a new generation superyacht facility offering long-term berthing opportunities at incredible rates. With 900 berths, the marina is located in close reach of a rich picking of famous scenic spots including Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii.

Freedom Berthing members will, as normal, benefit from exclusive hospitality in our MyMDL Lounge. The balcony offers a wonderful view over the boat show marina, ideal to enjoy a complimentary drink or two in the sun (should the weather be kind to us). Berth holders can also take advantage of free parking at Ocean Car Park in Ocean Village Marina. Simply hand in your parking ticket when presenting your card at the Freedom Berthing reception desk and we will exchange this for an exit pass.

The show will also see the MDL team recognise the achievement of a group of deserving young people who have completed their Sail Training Awards, during a special ceremony. The MDL-sponsored awards have been running for nearly 30 years, offering admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.

Other highlights of the show for MDL include cheque presentations to two UK charities, Heroes on the Water and Julia’s House children’s hospice, thanks to Cobb’s Quay Marina’s fundraising efforts. The marina holds an annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised £650. The team also recently held a golf day at Bulbury Woods golf course, raising an incredible £2,000 for Julia’s House.

Our cleat challenge game, first seen at the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, will make a welcome return. Those participating will have the chance to win a Henri Lloyd jacket by posting the fastest time during the course of the show.

MDL will also be announcing the results of its annual ‘MDL in Bloom’ competition, which rewards green-fingered marina teams across all 19 UK locations, who have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure that their sites are looking their best.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “The Southampton Boat Show is a real highlight of the boating calendar for us and a show at which we really enjoy exhibiting. We look forward to welcoming visitors, along with our existing berth holders for exclusive hospitality, and have lots of exciting events planned. The show also gives us a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of our staff and the young people receiving their Sail Training Awards.”


MDL Signed as Official UK Marina Partner of Land Rover BAR

Posted: 23rd August 2015

The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has signed a six-year deal to become the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR. The exciting news sees the MDL group get behind the team and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to “bring the Cup home”.

To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. MDL Marina Consultancy, a division of MDL Marinas, recently project managed the design and construction of a high specification customised pontoon to complement the Land Rover BAR team’s innovative new headquarters in Portsmouth.  

Manufactured by Walcon Marine, the MDL-branded pontoon has been created with the highest quality materials, including continuous concrete flotation and beautiful sustainably-sourced hardwood decking. Strong attention to detail extends to the MDL logo embedded in the deck boards with a CNC machine – a first for the industry. The pontoon is fully serviced with water and electricity and lit with stainless steel lighting, recessed into the deck.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the America’s Cup home. We are a long-standing British company and are proud to be part of this historical moment. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Land Rover BAR team all the way.”

On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group, it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”

Visit our Land Rover BAR Portal for all the latest information from the America's Cup, including team news and race results.


Book in a set of Shellac Nails Only £15 and recieve a FREE Eyebrow Wax.

From 13th August 2015 until 29th August 2015
Salty Hair & Beauty, Queen Anne's Battery
Book in a set of Shellac nails Only £15 and recieve a FREE Eyebrow wax. Shellac is a gel like polish which is touch dry when finished and doesnt chip or smudge, it grows down with your nail and is great for holidays or special occasions. Nails are shaped and cuticles prepared before this is applied.

Cross Channel Cruise In Company

From 28th August 2015 until 31st August 2015

In association with RYA Active Marina and MDL Marinas, Stormforce Coaching will be hosting a Cross Channel Cruise in Company over the August Bank Holiday weekend especially for MDL berth holders.

Have you always wanted to cross the channel but never wanted to do you first trip alone? Stormforce Coaching will provide an experienced Skipper to accompany you and other like-minded sailors across the Channel. Enjoy the long weekend in France before heading back on Monday afternoon.

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