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Admiral’s Quay Public Consultation

Admiral's Quay Consultation Leaflet - Front Side A public consultation on the future of Admiral’s Quay is to take place on Saturday 4th June between 9.30am and 5.00pm at the Mocha Marina Coffee Shop. Allied Developments, who recently purchased the derelict site from Barratt Homes, will be discussing the previously postponed Phase 2 development of Admiral’s Quay.

Leaflets advertising this event have been placed in Mocha Marina Coffee and have also apparently also been sent out to all properties within the Ocean Village Marina. At the time of writing I have not received this leaflet in my mailbox and would be interested to hear if anyone else has.


Clipper Round the World Yacht Race at Ocean Village

Clipper Race on the OceanGreat news for Ocean Village!
Following hot on the heels of the successful Southampton Sports Boat and RIB show it has today been announced that the The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will return to Southampton. Not only that, it will start from Ocean Village! This will undoubtably bring a lot of people here as well as the media and raise the profile of Ocean Village.

The following is an extract from the Clipper Round the World Press Release.

The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race will start from the historic maritime city of Southampton on the south coast of England on Sunday 31 July 2011. At 40,000 miles the event is the world’s longest sailing race and will take the ten identical 68-foot ocean racing yachts almost a year to complete their circumnavigation of the globe.


Day Two at the Sports Boat and RIB Show

Exciting Show from AquaXThe weather can make or break an event like this and the day started off badly with cooler weather and sporadic showers. Thankfully the poor conditions quickly gave way to sunshine once again. When the sun returned so too did the crowds and the scene was set for a second great day for the Southampton Sports Boat and RIB Show.

Amazing and thrilling aquatic shows were again provided by the AquaX Jet Skiers, the Freestyle Asylum Jet Skiers and the Thundercat inflatable catamaran team. They repeatedly mesmerised the crowds as they demonstrated their skills and agility in the water.

Of all the exhibitors I think Suzuki warrant a special mention. Providing free RIB rides throughout the event they really did a great job of making the day one to remember. What a great introduction to powerboating. Their staff were warm and friendly and couldn’t do enough to keep everyone happy. When the rain came down they immediately rushed out with umbrellas for all those waiting in line. They helped everyone into their life jackets and made sure that people had appropriate outerwear when necessary. They gave people the most thrilling half hour RIB ride of their lives. And all the while they smiled and were clearly enjoying the day. Well done Suzuki – you did a great job.

Yet another fantastic day at Ocean Village Marina. Here are some pictures from day two.


Video from the Southampton Sports Boat and RIB Show

The Southampton Sports Boat and RIB Show 2011 has been a great success. If you didn’t manage to get along, and even if you did, here’s a video to give you a taste of what took place.

A Great First Day at the Sports Boat and RIB Show

Jet Ski Rider at Ocean VillageWhat a fantastic day at Ocean Village Marina! Day one of the Sports Boat and RIB Show has been a great success. The sun shone, the people came and everyone had a great time. The water displays put on throughout the day were impressive, amazing and thoroughly worth watching. Many people, myself included, had the opportunity to get out on the water in a Suzuki RIB for a free exhilarating half hour white knuckle ride.

It was also a fantastic opportunity to get down onto the pontoons and get onboard and explore an array of boats. But it’s not just about selling boats. If you don’t have sufficiently deep pockets to buy a boat but would still love to get out on to the water you can join a boat share, such as, and pay a fixed monthly fee for a set number of days per year. Local organisations like the Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) were on hand to provide guidance on their training courses so that even a novice can quickly acquire the necessary skills to take control of either a sailing boat or a powerboat.


Preparations for the Sports Boat and RIB Show

The show area from the water

The show area from the water

Preparations are well under way for the Southampton Sports Boat and RIB Show being held here at Ocean Village. Over the last few days the the garden areas have been manicured, and a general tidy up has been going on. Earlier in the week the surface car park was closed and yesterday the exhibitor’s trucks started to arrive. Today is a frenzy of activity as everyone works hard to have it all ready for the show to commence tomorrow (Saturday).

The weather today is a little overcast but the forecast for the weekend is a little better. From what I have seen so far this looks like it will be a great event for all those that attend and help to further raise the profile of Ocean Village.


Yachting Monthly capsize a 40ft yacht at Ocean Village

How do you capsize a 40ft yacht?

Its every yachtsmans nightmare, but what really happens in a capsize or knockdown? In Yachting Monthlys second controlled disaster in our Crash Test Boat series, we carried out two 360 degree rollovers with our 40ft yacht. One of the worlds top ocean sailors, Mike Golding, who has carried out self-righting inversion tests with his Open 60s, was on hand to give us help and advice.


Historic Ship SS Shieldhall and Ocean Village

Historic ship SS Shieldhall

Historic ship SS Shieldhall at Ocean Village

The Daily Echo yesterday published the following story concerning the SS Shieldhall.

Historic ship SS Shieldhall saved from breaker’s yard

The future of Southampton’s historic ship, SS Shieldhall, which was in danger of being scrapped, has been safeguarded thanks to a handful of enthusiasts and the generosity of the public.

Last year, Shieldhall was facing the breaker’s yard, with a massive shortfall in funding, but an emergency appeal for £80,000, launched in January, means the heritage vessel may now get the go ahead to sail for another two years.


Arts Cinema Gets A New Coat Of Paint

The Harbour Lights arts cinema has, in recent months, been looking a little tired and rundown on the outside. After making it through last winter it was certainly in need of a new coat of paint. Being located adjacent to the newly built Splash development made the stained and dirty white paint all the more pronounced.

Harbour Lights Gets a New Coat of Paint

Thankfully it’s visual decline didn’t go unnoticed and during the last week the outside has been given a fresh coat of white paint. The building, designed by the architects Burrell Foley Fischer, has a very distinctive shape and is a prominent feature within Ocean Village. It is fitting then that some care should be taken to ensure that it is well maintained. As I write the renovation work continues but already the building is looking great.


MDL Provides New Berth Holder Facilities

New MDL Facilities

New MDL Berth Holder Facilities

MDL have opened their new berth holder facilities at Ocean Village and what an improvement they are. Located in one of the ground level units in the residential Splash development these clean and modern facilities are a long way from what was previously available on this side of the marina. For too long a chain of ugly portacabins nestling conspicuously between Harbour Lights cinema and the Splash residential development made up the facilities on offer. The toilets and showers here were undoubtable unappealing to berth holders and were an eyesore for everyone else. MDL have now provided facilities that they can be proud of.

Thankfully the portacabins have now been removed. Hopefully the small garden at one end of the tract of land previously used to accommodate the portacabins will be extended along the entire length. A new signpost has also been put up pointing the way to the new facilities