Special Features

Portland Marina

Home of the 2012 Olympics, Portland Marina offers views of the beautiful Jurasssic Coast along with everything boaters look for in a marina. With more than 400 annual and visitor berths, Portland Marina and boatyard has everything sailors, motorboaters, divers and sea anglers need, all on one site. Located inside the shelter of Portland Harbour with the breakwater made from ...

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Into The Unknown with Offshore Sailor Lizzy Foreman

Not content with having already sailed solo across the Atlantic, Lizzy Foreman is currently preparing to sail solo around the world at the 2020 Vendee Globe, ‘the Everest of the sea’. Here she tells us how she got into the sport, her upcoming plans and about encountering Point Nemo, one of the remotest places on Earth. What do you do ...

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Chichester Marina

Its setting in the beauty of a natural harbour and picturesque countryside makes Chichester Marina a wonderful destination.  Chichester Marina was one of the first marinas to be constructed in Britain, opening in the mid-1960s. It is the UK’s second largest marina, but its peaceful backdrop of stunning countryside and low key architecture gives it a marked air of tranquillity. ...

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How to keep your boat looking ship-shape

Even for experienced sailors, DIY boat maintenance can be daunting. For first-time buyers, the temptation to hand everything over to the professionals is even greater – despite the fact that many maintenance jobs are much simpler than you’d think. It is common knowledge that a bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office, so ...

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15 speed boats inspired by cars

Supercars are the playthings of the rich and famous, so what better to enjoy on holiday than a powerboat inspired by their favourite model?   The eight-seat Aston Martin AM37 has been designed to be ‘the ultimate day cruiser’ and features two Mercury 430bhp engines, for a top speed of 57mph. Its carbon fibre, leather and metallic trim is inspired ...

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West Coast Marinas

  MDL’s three 5 Gold Anchor West Coast marinas, Torquay, Brixham and Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth, offer a range of idyllic destinations within easy cruising distance of one another. As the winter finally retreats, thoughts turn to a long spring and summer of cruising. There are fewer more lovely places to be than the English Riviera, 22 miles of ...

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MARLOW’S INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN SAILING

This international Women’s Day, Marlow Ropes celebrates the success of the many inspirational women in sailing from around the world that it is proud to work with and support as official supplier. The following great women sailors are part of Marlow Ropes long and successful voyage across the world’s oceans: These include: Dame Ellen Macarthur OBE, sailor and world record ...

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Gillingham Marina

Situated on the Medway’s south bank, Gillingham Marina is the most downstream of the river’s marinas, ideal for both local cruising and extended journeys to the East Coast and beyond.   The marina has been family run since it first opened in 1972, and over the years has been improved and developed, including new workshops and chandlery, but has never ...

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Crowhurst – the film

Last month the big budget film The Mercy was released, but there is another film out this month that will also be exploring Donald Crowhurst’s tragic story. Simon Rumley, the director of Crowhurst, takes us behind the scenes of the making of this film. Words: Simon Rumley Images: Mike Riley By now, it seems, everyone in the UK must have ...

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