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.


Flare Amnesty Day at Hamble Point Marina

On the 15th May 2016

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 15th May 2016, which conincides with the second day of the Hamble Point Boats on Show.

The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.

Come down to the marina between 10am and 3pm to dispose of your flares safely.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Nic Parton
Website: http://www.hamblepointboatsonshow.co.uk

Membership Open Day at RSYC

On the 15th May 2015

The Commodore of The Royal Southampton Yacht Club request the pleasure of the company of MDL Annual Berth Holders on the occasion of a Membership Open Evening (a welcome drink and small eats will be served). To be held on Friday 15th May 2015 from 6pm-8pm at our Ocean Village clubhouse. RSVP by 14th May 2015.

Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village Marina, Southampton SO14 3QF.

For More Information
Call: 023 8021 0877
Email: Membership Secretary
Website: http://www.rsyc.org.uk

MDL Partners with One Water to Deliver Life-Changing Gift

Posted: 30th March 2015

Europe’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, recently partnered with UK charity water brand, One Water, to provide its customers with a gift that will not only help to save lives in Africa’s developing countries, but also keep them hydrated whilst afloat this summer.  

MDL purchased over 5,000 1.5 litre bottles of One Water to send out to their customers in special water cooler bags, ahead of the new boating season. As well as being the perfect practical gift for a long day out on the water, 100% of the profit generated by One Water’s bottled water is donated to bringing safe, sustainable water supplies to communities across Africa. 

Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing for MDL Marinas, commented: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with One Water to give our berth holders a renewal gift that will help transform lives. We feel there is great synergy between our two organisations and hope the water we purchased will help make a real difference.”

Since launching 11 years ago, One Water has raised more than £11 million and changed the lives of 2.7 million people, funding water programmes in countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya and Niger. Ian Spooner, Marketing Director at One Water, commented: “Teaming up with a prestigious marina organisation such as MDL Marinas provides an excellent way of informing an audience, which is passionate about water, about the global water crisis, and how they can help.”

If you would like to help this hugely worthwhile cause, MDL has set up their own JustGiving page. Alternatively, you can donate to One Water by simply texting MDLM47 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

For more information about One Water and their life changing work, visit www.onedifference.org/projects.


Advice For Those Visiting Ocean Village Marina on April 26th

Posted: 20th March 2015

Make a note of the date of Sunday April 26th when the first annual ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K race is taking place in Southampton, and if you are heading for Ocean Village and the marina pontoons or the RSYC Clubhouse be prepared for your journey to take longer.
 
The race route passes along Platform Road, Canute Road and through Ocean Village and roads along the route will be closed between 8 and 11 am. Anyone who needs to be in Ocean Village early are particularly asked to avoid parking along the waterfront between RSYC and Pitcher and Piano as this will be directly where the runners will be running through.
 
Organisers expect the maximum 6,000 runners competing in two races on the day — a 10km and a half marathon — which will affect traffic and through road closures on the morning which could affect your journey.
 
The 10km race starts at 08:30, from the city centre with about 1,000 competitors who will be starting to arrive from 07:00. The Half Marathon starts at 10:00 with up to 5,000 runners who will be heading into the city from 08:00.
 
If you plan heading to the marina or the RSYC, the best plan is to set out early on that Sunday and leave approx 15 mins extra for your journey before 08:00 and 30 minutes extra after 08:00.
 
The runners will have cleared Ocean Village area by 10:45 and the road closures affecting the area will be cleared before 11:00.
 
Race director Chris Rees said: “We hope this does not affect your day too much and if you have any queries or concerns about accessing the RSYC between 08:00 and 11:00 please don't hesitate to contact the organisers on run@marafunuk.com".

CLICK HERE to view a map of the race routes.


Maritimo Lounge Opens at Ocean Village Marina

Posted: 9th March 2015

Boat owners and visitors at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton can now enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, a quick snack on the go, or a long, relaxing lunch in style, thanks to a vibrant new café/bar at Admirals Quay.

West Country-based restaurant/café/bar group, Loungers, has invested £550,000 to create Maritimo Lounge, a retro home from home environment where people can unwind and socialise. Stretching over three floors, the eclectic, vibrant interior features oversized vintage sofas, statement light fittings and vast floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interior with light and offer amazing views of the harbour.

Maritimo Lounge caters for all tastes throughout the day and is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a leisurely all-day brunch, or hold a business lunch with colleagues. The menu offers everything from authentic tapas to a delicious selection of burgers, as well as an exciting specials board and children’s menu.

To celebrate the opening of the café/bar and to emphasise Maritimo Lounge’s family-friendly credentials, Loungers will donate 50p from every burger and 10p from every coffee sold in the first month of trading to Southampton General Hospital to be used within Children’s Services.

Alex Kreutz, Operations Manager at Loungers, said: “Admirals Quay is the perfect location for our Lounge concept. There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part in the foodie scene here. Residents will be served by the very best as our new team is passionate about hospitality. Our excellent pre-opening and ‘on the job’ training programme ensures our staff will be at the top of their game. Training includes expert guidance from one of Europe’s most acclaimed baristas.”

Debbie Burns, Manager at Ocean Village Marina, added: “The Maritimo Lounge is a fabulous new addition to the marina and fits perfectly with the vibrant range of restaurants, cinemas and bars already on site. Ocean Village offers boat owners and the local community outstanding recreational facilities and plenty of places to relax and have fun together.” 

For more information please visit the Loungers website.


Enjoy a Glass at Ocean Village Marina

From 23rd May 2015 until 24th May 2015

We're not always able to see everyone when we come round the pontoons with drinks, so on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May please come and have a glass of wine in the Dock Office. A selection of red, white and rosé will be on offer, along with some tasty nibbles.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9385
Email: Debbie Burns

Welcome to a New Season at Ocean Village Marina

On the 10th April 2015

We will come around the pontoons with a little tipple and some nibbles for you between 5pm and 7pm. If you have any concerns or questions we will be able to help you and hope to get a good start to the season.

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9385
Email: Debbie Burns

Easter Treats at Ocean Village Marina

On the 5th April 2015

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy an Easter treat. We will be coming round the pontoons between 10am and midday to give you a little treat and a warm hello. Optional attire - Easter bonnets and bunny ears!

For More Information
Call: 023 8022 9385
Email: Debbie Burns

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