Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth

From 21st July 2016 until 24th July 2016

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series returns to Portsmouth from the 22-24 July 2016, and Land Rover BAR will be looking to repeat their 2015 victory in front of the home crowd. The three days of spectacular entertainment will be centred on Southsea seafront. The race village will include a hosted main stage, big screens with commentary to watch the racing, a market of shops and food stalls, and a visit by the RAF display team, the Red Arrows. Land Rover BAR’s home city of Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant place, with its proud naval and maritime heritage, towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront.

As Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s Official UK Marina Partner, staff at MDL Marinas are looking forward to exhibiting within the ACWS Marketplace. Up to 650,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day sporting and entertainment spectacular.

For More Information
Email: Charlotte Kootstra
Website: http://www.lvacwsportsmouth.com

MDL to add their Zany Zebra to Marwell's Herd

Posted: 15th July 2015

MDL Marinas is proud to announce its involvement with Marwell Wildlife’s public art extravaganza, Marwell’s Zany Zebras. For 10 weeks during the summer of 2016, a dazzling herd of Marwell’s Zany Zebra sculptures will be seen around Southampton, creating a fun, family friendly trail for all to enjoy.

As well as showcasing local art, promoting local businesses and encouraging local tourism, Marwell’s Zany Zebras will also raise money for charity. After the event, all of the sculptures will be sold at auction with proceeds going towards Marwell Wildlife’s work to conserve endangered Grevy’s zebras and other wildlife, and to support communities living in the arid rangelands of northern Kenya.

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL, said: “We are delighted to be a part of Marwell's Zany Zebras campaign. We think it’s a fantastic way of raising awareness of the work that Marwell Wildlife is doing to protect endangered Grevy’s zebra and to support communities in Africa. We are really looking forward to meeting our zebra and we are sure he will look fantastic! MDL has six marinas in Southampton which play an integral part in the life of the city. Initiatives like these are a brilliant way to bring local people and businesses together and we are very excited to be involved.”

Kirstie Mathieson, Project Manager for Marwell’s Zany Zebras, said: “Marwell’s Zany Zebras will showcase Southampton and all the city has to offer, including our beautiful marinas. Art trails of this nature provide a great vehicle for tourists and residents to discover pockets of the city that perhaps they would never have had reason to visit before. We are thrilled that MDL Marinas is taking part in this unique and creative opportunity.”

Marwell’s Zany Zebra’s follow on the hooves of the successful Go! Rhinos 2013 project which saw brightly painted rhinos in the streets, parks and surrounding areas of Southampton.


Hot Summer Offers From MDL Marinas

Posted: 10th July 2015

Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers this summer, thanks to a range of great deals on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas. Owners will be able to ensure their boats are in top condition for those beautiful days on the water, as well as enjoy some great-value short term summer berthing in the finest UK marinas.

To help make the most of the summer, boat owners can benefit from berthing offers at any one of nine participating MDL marinas. Packages start from just £499 for two month’s berthing at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, available on boats up to 8m. Participating marinas include Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble, Cobb's Quay in Poole, Shamrock Quay in Southampton, and Northney and Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island.

As well as the Summer Berthing Offer, MDL boatyards along the south and east coast are also running Summer Scrub Offers, with great discounts on hull scrubs and storage. Boat owners will be able to experience MDL Marinas’ renowned service and enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of their leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £13 per metre for a lift and pressure wash at Woolverstone Marina and from £31.50 per metre for a lift, pressure wash, up to 7 days storage ashore and relaunch at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth.
 
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing many boat owners taking up these great boatyard offers and enjoying a highly professional service. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering additional savings on boat care to help them make the most of a summer on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK and the chance to experience the renowned MDL customer service for themselves.”

For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-offers.


Ocean Village Marina Celebrates South Coast Blind Week

Posted: 25th June 2015

This weekend, staff at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton will be welcoming 125 sailors into the marina for South Coast Blind Week 2015 (27th June– 4th July), a major UK event offering amazing sailing opportunities for people with visual impairments.

Every second year, the marina provides participating yachts with berths – hosting them free of charge in support of the week. The event gives a crew of 50 people with visual impairments the opportunity to enjoy a cruise along the South Coast, with the help of 50 sighted crew and 25 skippers. Participants range from complete novices who are sailing for the first time to world champions in disability sports.

South Coast Blind Week allows people with visual impairments to quickly learn safety measures, boat handling and rope work, helping to develop risk awareness and confidence moving around a yacht at sea. Participants also learn how to use special audio compasses to help them steer their course.

Event Organiser, Will Bridge, commented: “To make Blind Week a success, we depend upon safe, welcoming, and convenient marinas. MDL’s Ocean Village Marina and all the staff generously provide us with the facilities we need in style. As well as allowing participants to learn some really valuable skills, the week offers fantastic social opportunities when the boats anchor up together for the night. It looks to be a great week.”

Debbie Burns, Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are very excited to be hosting the yachts for South Coast Blind Week and really look forward to meeting the participants. It is always a real honour to be involved.”


TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show 2017

From 15th September 2017 until 24th September 2017

Enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s great boating festival, from the 15–24 September 2017. Experience something new, learn from the experts and get out on the water free, with the Show’s signature attraction Try A Boat. Plus, compare and explore almost 1,000 boats, see new models, brands and products including the most prestigious marine brands, from Britain's iconic names to international favourites. Immerse yourself in new attractions as well as old Show favourites.

Come visit MDL Marinas on Stand E52, overlooking the marina. Freedom Berthing members will, as always, benefit from our exclusive hospitality in our customer lounge, free parking at Ocean Car Park, guest speakers, a Moët Ice bar and one of the best views at the Show!

For More Information
Call: 01784 223612
Website: http://www.southamptonboatshow.com

Charity Bike Ride Raises £10,000 for British Heart Foundation

Posted: 8th June 2015

A group of cycling enthusiasts and British Heart Foundation supporters are celebrating after raising an incredible £10,000 during a mammoth 68-mile cycle ride from Penton Hook Marina, near Chertsey-on-Thames, to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton.

The bike ride took place on Saturday (6th June) and was organised by MDL berth holder, Gary Pearson, with the support of fellow cycling enthusiast, Paul Markwick, and the MDL team. Ahead of the ride, staff at Penton Hook Marina ensured the cyclists were ready for action, serving up bacon sandwiches and providing them with energy bars and drinks.

68 miles and around seven hours later, the cyclists crossed the finish line and were met by MDL staff, berth holders and supporters with cheers and applause. The MDL team at Ocean Village Marina set up banners supplied by Artisan Signs and balloons to welcome the cyclists and held a barbeque in celebration, giving participants the chance to socialise together and to refuel and relax after a day’s cycling.  

A team from MDL Marinas took part in the challenge. The cyclists were Dean Smith, Mike Glanville, Shaw Smith, Jonathan Walcroft, Clive Marriott and Ben Boardman, who put in many training miles ahead of the ride. Members of the Yachting and Boating World forum and a number of MDL’s berth holders also took part in the event, with friends and family heading down to the marina to cheer them across the finish line.

Dean Smith, Marketing and Operations Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We were delighted to host the ride at two of our marinas as this is a cause that we know is very close to Gary’s heart. The ride itself was hard going in places but crossing the finish line was an amazing feeling that made it all worthwhile.  The staff did a great job putting on refreshments at both Penton Hook and Ocean Village Marina, making it a really sociable and fun event.”

Gary Pearson, MDL berth holder and organiser of the event said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to my fellow cyclists and our supporters, as well as the staff at MDL for their hard work and the Royal Southampton Yacht Club for hosting the evening celebrations, all of which helped in making the day such a big success. After experiencing the fantastic care and support offered by the British Heart Foundation first-hand, it’s brilliant to be giving something back. The final amount raised is double our fundraising target of £5,000 and we’d like to thank all those who donated so generously.”

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/BikeForCharity to make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.


Ocean Village Marina to Host Majestic J Class Racing Yachts

Posted: 5th June 2015

Staff at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton are looking forward to welcoming some very special visitors into the marina at the end of the month, ahead of the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron International Bicentenary Regatta (25th – 31st July).

All four of the J Class yachts competing in the Regatta will berth at the marina - Rainbow, Ranger, Velsheda and Lionheart - along with Bystander, an impressive 42.1m vessel built as an escort for Velsheda. The yachts will be joining vessels from 25 UK sailing clubs as they take part in a number of challenging races to celebrate the 200-year history of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

The J Class will race as a fleet, with exciting 2-3 hour courses in and beyond the Solent. Spectators and fans of the J Class will be able to view the grace and power of these elegant vessels from a number of vantage points around the Solent, as well as at Ocean Village Marina itself.

Debbie Burns, Manager at Ocean Village Marina, said: “We are excited and extremely proud to host these four magnificent yachts at the marina. Our deep waters and central location make Ocean Village the ideal location for these beautiful boats and we are highly experienced at catering for larger yachts. We were lucky to host three of the boats in 2012 for the J Class Solent Regatta and are thrilled that the boats will be returning.”

The J Class is a single masted racing sailboat that has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world, The America’s Cup. The four J Class yachts that will be berthed at Ocean Village vary in length from the 39-metre Rainbow to the 43.7-metre Lionheart. The vessels will be arriving at Ocean Village Marina from the J Class Regatta in Falmouth.


Ocean Village Berth Holders Jolly to the Folly

On the 20th June 2015

All Ocean Village berth holders are invited to take part in a jolly to the Folly Inn (on the Isle of Wight) on Saturday 20th June. Overnight berths are booked from 6.30pm with tables booked for 8pm. There will be a Caribbean theme with prizes for the best dressed boats and individuals.

If you wish to reserve your space please contact Jonathan Wait (F/G walkway) or Barry Phillips on F23.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9385
Email: Jonathan Wait
Website: https://www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/our-locations/the-folly-whippingham

MDL Marinas Gears Up For Charity Bike Ride Challenge

Posted: 19th May 2015

On Saturday 6 June, MDL Marinas will be hosting a charity bike ride to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Cycling enthusiasts and British Heart Foundation supporters will be tackling a mammoth 68 mile cycle ride from MDL’s Penton Hook Marina, near Chertsey-on-Thames to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton.

The event is being organised by MDL berth holder, Gary Pearson, with the support of the MDL team. Riders will set off from Penton Hook Marina from 9am and are expected to reach Ocean Village Marina at around 4pm. The marina will be holding a barbeque in celebration, giving participants the chance to socialise together, and to refuel and relax after a day’s cycling. 

A team from MDL Marinas will be taking on the challenge. The cyclists are Dean Smith, Mike Glanville, Shaw Smith, Jonathan Walcroft, Clive Marriott and Ben Boardman, who have been busy putting in some training miles ahead of the ride. A number of MDL’s berth holders will also be taking part in the event, with friends and family heading down to the marina to cheer them across the finish line.

Commenting on the event, Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “We are delighted to support Gary with this fundraising initiative for the British Heart Foundation. When Gary approached us about hosting the ride, we were keen to get involved and help raise funds for this worthy cause, which we know is very close to Gary’s heart. It looks to be a fun, social occasion, as well as a great challenge. Lots of our berth holders will be getting involved too, so it should be a fantastic day. We’re really looking forward to it.”

25 riders are currently registered to take part in the cycle. To sponsor the MDL team, please visit www.justgiving.com/dean-smith20.


Hamble Boat Show Returns This May

Posted: 20th April 2015

If you are looking for a fantastic event to attend this spring with family and friends, then you need look no further than Hamble Boat Show. Taking place at Hamble Point Marina on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, this event is renowned as being one of the South’s leading new and used boat shows – attracting some great brands in a beautiful location and offering a fun day out.

With free entry for all, Hamble Boat Show offers the perfect opportunity to see new products and services, speak to expert brokers and find out more about the on-site marina services. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest selection of boats for sale onshore and afloat and this only expands during the event – with even more great brands showcasing and offering sea trials on a number of new models.

The show will once again be part of the BMF's "On the Water" initiative, which aims to encourage the nation to get on the water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy on-water displays, take part in informative workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme, as well as see how easy and convenient it is to use the dry stack services at the marina, with regular demonstrations taking place. Refreshments will be available from the Ketch Rigger bar and restaurant throughout both days, where visitors can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a long lunch, or just a delicious cup of coffee. Parking will be free all weekend.

Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies, and Hamble Point Marina are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners on Sunday 17th May between 10am and 3pm.

There will be official launches of these exciting new boats:

  • Shrimper 21 - the highly anticipated new addition to the Cornish Crabber range
  • Dufour 560 Grand Large – first one in the country of this new model will be at the show with Marco Marine
  • Dufour 382 – again, the first in the country of this new model and will be will be available to view at Port Hamble Marina during the show
  • C&C 30 – new into the country via Checkmate Sailing


A number of fantastic exhibitors have already signed up for the show including Hamble-based yacht brokerages SD Marine and MGM Boats; hands-on sailing experience provider, Blue Box Sailing; training provider Sail Power Courses; children’s clothing retailer, Little Waterproofs; Hambledon Wineries Ltd; and international wine specialists, Pieroth.

Exhibitors are from a variety of sectors, and alongside a fantastic array of boats for sale previous shows have also included car, food and drink, clothing and lifestyle brands.

For more information, visit www.hambleboatshow.co.uk. If you would like to exhibit at this year’s show, contact Nic Parton at Hamble Point Marina by calling 023 8045 2464, or email enquiries@hambleboatshow.co.uk.


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