Motorboat & Yachting: This weekend will see cyclists and MDL Marinas staff ride from Penton Hook Marina to Ocean Village Marina to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Ocean Village Marina is the finish line for the MDL Marinas charity bike ride challenge.
MDL Marinas staff will be swapping boats for bikes this weekend to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The marina chain is hosting a 68-mile cycle ride from its Penton Hook facility in Chertsey to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton (pictured above).
Organised by MDL bertholder Gary Pearson, the bike ride challenge will see 25 riders compete to reach the South Coast fastest. Starting at 0900 on Saturday (June 6), the first riders hope to reach Ocean Village by 1600, where a celebratory barbecue will be laid on.
Adrien Burnand, head of marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “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.”
The MDL Marinas team consists of employees Dean Smith, Mike Glanville, Shaw Smith, Jonathan Walcroft, Clive Marriott and Ben Boardman, who have so far raised £880 for the British Heart Foundation via their JustGiving page.
Motorboat & Yachting: Doug Jackson will be using his Nordhavn 76 to deliver supplies to the residents of Cabo San Lucas after the hurricane hit the Mexican coast with donated clothes, shoes, food and water.
Two weeks after a hurricane hit the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas, a Nordhavn owner has taken it upon himself to deliver much-needed supplies donated by a local charity drive.
Doug Jackson, whose Nordhavn 76 (pictured above) is moored in Newport Beach California, will be embarking upon the 1,175-mile voyage later this month. He expects it to take three and a half days of continuous cruising in total.
His charity drive has seen local residents and businesses donate clothes, shoes, food, water and tools to help the residents of the resort town, which was hit by Hurricane Odile on 14 September.
“When I put the word out about collecting donations, everyone stepped up,” he said. “Everyone has been really generous.”
Cabo San Lucas is a popular destination for Nordhavn owners and local reports claim that vessels have been swept away from their moorings and slips.
More than two weeks after the storm, thousands of people are still without power, water and other basic necessities.
Mr Jackson moors Tortuga, his Nordhavn 76, in Cabo San Lucas for eight months out of the year, but was fortunate that both he and his boat were in Newport Beach when it hit.
Winds of up to 125mph made Odile the strongest hurricane to hit Cabo San Lucas to date, killing at least five people. And while Doug admits its tempting to shrink from the challenge, he adds: “It doesn’t help to stay away.”