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MDL partners with British Keelboat League and RS Sailing

Published on: 01 August 2019

MDL Keelboat RS Sailing

British Marine member, MDL Marinas, is the ‘Official Marina Partner’ of the British Keelboat League and fellow British Marine member, RS Sailing.

This partnership will see MDL Marinas providing the new fleet of RS 21 keelboats with easy access to the water during the British Keelboat League events taking place throughout 2019. This support ensures that the teams are located close to the start line at its Hamble Point Marina with direct access to the Solent and Queen Anne’s Battery minutes from Plymouth Sound. The participating sailing crews and organisers will also enjoy access to the marinas’ facilities to support their racing including slipways, boat repairs and chandlery.

Mike Glanville, MDL Marinas Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to be able to support the British Keelboat League. Getting sailors out on the water and promoting sailing in such an inclusive way is something that MDL whole heartedly endorses. We look forward to welcoming the teams to our MDL marinas.”

Jon Partridge, RS Sailing CEO, added: “RS Sailing is delighted that MDL Marinas has come on board as the Marina Partner for the British Keelboat League. MDL Marinas’ support means the British Keelboat League has access to some of the best facilities in the UK which allows us to maximise the time the competitors get to spend on the water and in turn it gets more people involved and participating in our awesome sport.”

All the boats for the events are provided by the British Keelboat League which ensures fair competition across the board, the new RS 21 keelboat makes up the majority of the 2019 fleet.

The RS 21 was developed specifically to provide a simple and affordable solution for keelboat clubs to bring wider availability and popularity back to keelboat racing. RS Sailing also put a great emphasis on sustainability when designing the boat. The hull’s core is made from recycled material and, to reduce its carbon footprint, the RS21 is sized to fit six boats into a 40-foot shipping container.

Mike continues: “Looking after our marine environment is a must for anyone working in the marine industry. RS Sailing have committed to this which makes our partnership with the British Keelboat League all the more important to us, as their sustainability efforts complement ours.”