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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, enjoy a great day out at the Southampton Boat Show from the 14–23 September 2018. 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 and one of the best views at the Show!
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.
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.