UK marina owner to provide easy access to the water during league events in 2019
MDL Marinas in the UK has been made the ‘Official Marina Partner’ of the British Keelboat League and RS Sailing. As part of the agreement, MDL will provide the new fleet of RS 21 keelboats with easy access to the water during the British Keelboat League events in 2019.
The support ensures that the teams are located close to the start line at Hamble Point Marina with direct access to the Solent and Queen Anne’s Battery marinas 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.
“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,” says Mike Glanville, MDL Marinas’ MD.
The British Keelboat League was established in 2016 to encourage participation in keelboat racing across the UK and comprises a series of regional events. At each event, sailors compete in multiple short sprint races against teams from other clubs in their region. The winning teams from each region then come together for a national final to determine the British Keelboat League champions.
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 and it is ideally suited to the task.
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 40ft shipping container.