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: Southampton docks are home to some truly huge ships, but last night the South Coast port played host to an exceptionally large visitor. Royal Caribbean’s 1,181ft cruise ship has docked in the UK for the first time.
Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, docked in Southampton for the first time yesterday (15 October). The 1,181ft ocean liner is twice as large as any previous cruise ship to dock in the UK, and she drew a crowd of hundreds of locals hoping to catch a glimpse.
Her 16 decks make for an air draft of 236ft, which is twice the height of the Boat Show Eye Ferris wheel at last month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
It was only a fleeting visit, however, as the Royal Caribbean megayacht departed at midnight, bound for Florida. Launched in 2009, Oasis of the Seas is a truly staggering vessel, composed of 500,000 different components and capable of 22 knots.
More than 6,000 passengers can be accommodated on board, as well as 2,200 staff, and with this in mind, it’s hardly surprisingly to learn that there are 25 restaurants to choose from.
Entertainment options at sea includes a mini-golf course, basketball court, two wave simulators, high-speed internet, and a theatre playing the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. A sister vessel with the same dimensions and features, Allure of the Seas, is due to be launched by Royal Caribbean in May 2015.
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