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Meet the Remora!

We test drive the new SR52 Blackbird PAGE 3

Saluting the new Queen of the seas PAGE 15



Help your boat beat winter blues PAGE 10

Epic odyssey ends in triumph PAGE 14


The ultimate sexy speedboat for the man who has everything PAGE 7

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Motor Boat & Yachting magazine described it as looking like “a cross between Darth Vader’s water taxi and a military assault vehicle”. Whilst this probably wasn’t the specification that renowned naval architects Ed Dubois and Hans Jørgen Johnsen were working to, it gives you an idea what to expect from Windy’s latest offering - the Dubois SR52 Blackbird.

Love me tender! THE first superyacht tender to slot into Windy’s extensive 15 model range, the SR52 Blackbird is 16.10 metres of mouthwatering design perfection. Oozing class and cachet, the boat has been designed to deliver guests ashore in unprecedented style, speed and comfort - turning heads as she does so, particularly if you go for the gloss-black pillarbox-red combo as chosen by the owner of a mighty 66-metre sloop. The military-influenced axestyle bow and squared-off vertical hull shape allows for very generous spacing up top, which is where all the action takes place on a tender. With a beam of 4.5 metres,

the SR52 Blackbird has a wide cockpit with three individual racing chairs at the helm alongside three standing sports chairs under a hardtop bimini shade. The beautifully-laid teak deck (from sustainable forests) has a walk-around layout with a raised foredeck meanwhile to the aft is a com-

fortable sofa arrangement for eight with central dining table,

essential sunbathing pads and a hydraulic bathing ladder. Below there’s simply a galley and double berth with shower and toilet - a necessary and acceptable compromise for having all that capacity up top. Top speeds of 46 knots (85 kph) and cruising speeds of 40 knots (74 kph) are delivered courtesy of triple IPS 600 Volvo Penta diesel engines. Volvo has also, quite literally, taken over the controls

by installing a joystick which helps the SR52 Blackbird to deliver effortless manoeuvrability and stability at low speeds. To cap off a quite sublime design, Windy has also boosted the SR52 Blackbird’s lean, green credentials by using vacuum injected moulding to produce a lighter, more fuelefficient hull with a range of 450 to 480 miles. Creating a new chapter in Norway’s long maritime tradition, Windy has the tagline “Spirit of Scandinavia”. Each boat is handbuilt by skilled craftsmen in Arendal at the heart of the Norwegian boat-building region. In these south coast waters, kings and princes have competed in yacht races in their beautiful

wooden pleasure boats and this is also where fibreglass boats first appeared in 1953. All of this tradition is embodied in Windy which was established in 1966 and today employs around 270 people producing boats up to 58ft.

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November/December 2010

Remora is the star of the show

SEPTEMBER’S Monaco Yacht Show saw the official launch of all-new yacht design company Claydon Reeves – the ideal place to debut their concept motoryacht REMORA – she rose to the occasion impeccably. Spanning a mighty 80 metres, which would comfortably rank her inside the world’s 100 largest yachts in 2010 (if she were more than a concept that is); REMORA embodies the exterior styling which will become Claydon Reeves’ signature. The yacht has a narrow plumb bow, concave glass wrapping a tapered stern and offers some quirky nods to modern architecture such as REMORA’s sundeck structure which takes more than a little inspiration from Catalan architect Gaudí. The designers have been keen to divert from proven formulas for layouts and external shapes that in turn dictate the typical internal volumes of modern superyachts. Instead, as evident in REMORA, Claydon Reeves has rethinked exterior aesthetics enabling an unconventional interior with a double-height main deck mezzanine, duplex guest suites and a vast private deck dedicated to the Owner just aft of the bridge. This fresh thinking signals a bold new direction for large motoryacht design.

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Alongside REMORA, Claydon Reeves also took the Monaco moment to display two sculptural Hydroforms. The first was an ultra aggressive wave piercing design appropriate for a vessel of between 20 and 35m and the second a medium volume form for a motoryacht of between 45 and 75m. Each showcased as a pared-down, distilled, simplified sculpture, the Hydroforms again highlighted perfectly Claydon Reeves’ instinct for intriguing exterior styling. Although just months old as a Company, the design team of James Claydon and Mike Reeves has amassed almost 15 years experience in the superyacht design industry prior to joining forces. Based in London and on the south coast of England, Claydon Reeves will specialise in bespoke exterior designs for vessels up to and over 100 metres and it promises to display a new concept yacht proposal every year at the Monaco Yacht Show. And, judging from the considerable interest generated by REMORA in 2010, they could be in for a busy time ahead.


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Ocean Village’s superyacht beauty parade

Sycara V FORGET London, New York, Paris and Milan, there’s only one catwalk worth gawping at and that’s the never-ending parade of superyachts that graces Gibraltar’s Ocean Village. Boasting arguably the most strategic location for the yachting fraternity, this prestigious marina provides one big photo call. Just in the past few weeks, this fabulous trio of supermodels has got the crowds reaching for their Canons… • Considered to be quite modestly sized in superyacht terms, the 45.8 metre Panakeia was designed by a Spanish Naval Architect and completed in 2008 in the Astondoa shipyard in Vigo, Spain. Originally christened Amaranta P, her name was subsequently changed as well as her flag to the United States.  With a cruising speed of 13 knots and a range of 3,500 nautical miles, Panakeia

has striking good looks as well as a refreshing Jacuzzi for those hot days at sea. • Nudging up the metres and we come to Baton Rouge, a 62.5 metre newbie that was launched just this year, in September, at the Monaco Yacht Show. Built as Project Florida by Netherlandsbased Icon Yachts, Baton Rouge covers six floors and accommodates 12 guests in seven large cabins including a monumental 100m² master suite on the main deck.  She has a swimming pool with jet stream, gymnasium, a comprehensive range of water toys and is yours for just 455,000 euros a week in her inaugural charter season, summer 2011.  • Topping the tables for early November was Sycara V, another superyacht making her debut at the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show – proof indeed that there is no shortage of mega rich people on this planet. 

Spanning 68.15 metres in length and with a striking navy blue paint job, Sycara V can sleep 12 guests in six cabins, has a glassfronted gymnasium, custom eight-person hot tub and adjacent barbecue area. Built in Germany by Nobiskrug, Sycara V is currently listed for sale at 75,000,000 euros – a snip at half the price. Aside from having rather favourable geography, Gibraltar is also the most important ship refuelling point in the Mediterranean, knocking Athens into the number two spot.  The reason is obvious.  If your tanks cost tens (or indeed hundreds) of thousands to fill you may as well do it in a tax-free environment.  Use a fuel pump in Ocean Village and you’ll knock around 40% off the equivalent fill-up in neighbouring Spain.  Little wonder the multi-million dollar babies are queuing up.

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Playboy’s favourite speedboat? BACK in 2005, a couple of whippersnapper 20-something lads decided to join the Delft University of Technology’s Solar Boat Team. One - Nils Beers - took on the role of team leader, whilst the other - David Czap - turned his hand to design and onboard systems. The challenge was to create the winning boat in the 2006 six-day 220km Frisian Solar Challenge – aka the World Cup for Solar Powered Boats. And win they did, by a margin of 10 hours over the second-placed vessel. A light had been switched on… With a winning formula securely under their belts the duo, then aged 22, combined their talents and their names to form ‘Czeers Solarboats’. Their mission was simple – to prove that sustainable technologies could form the basis of some serious speedboating. And, with the help of an innovative spirit and out-of-box approach, they created the ‘Czeers Mk1’. This 10 metre work of genius - realised in partnership with such Dutch luminaries as custom yacht builder Royal Huisman, upholsterers Perida, Marin (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) and, of course, the Delft University of Technology - is officially the world’s first solar-powered speedboat. And, if that were not enough, Play-

boy Magazine said that the Czeers Mk1 was the “best looking speedboat they’d ever seen” – praise indeed for lads in their prime. When designing the Czeers Mk1, Beers and Czap didn’t want the clean technology requirement to detract from high top speeds and head-turning looks. They envisaged an Italian-looking design alongside solid Dutch quality and reliability. Style inspiration immediately came from today’s sleek Formula One cars whilst hull design was a progression of the 2006 Frisian Solar Challenge champion. Next stop – the clever technology. Completely custom-made, the electrical system comprises the lightest possible battery (maximum of 300kg so as not to adversely affect power-to-weight and performance) and a semi electrical engine that, although weighs in at less than 80kg, delivers 150kW of power. Next, the solar panels. With the market flooded with those that were too heavy, too low in output or lacking in the looks department, Czeers again developed their own and now have a patented technology of panels that are completely integrated into the front deck – you can even walk on them. Perida, suppliers to the Royal household, fashioned sunloungers and sofas of the finest leather whilst Royal Huisman created an ingenious steering system with a touch-screen control panel showing data on the battery and solar cells alongside more conventional navigation, audio and lighting The Czeers Mk1 was complete and proved that both stunning design and speeds of up to 30 knots or 55mph (8 knots or 14mph when purely relying on solar energy) can

indeed be matched with sustainable energy. Now offering a whole raft of clean technology solutions for the yachting industry, the Czeers directors see their tender years and lack of relative experience as an advantage rather than a handicap. They rightfully state that their first project was a World Cup winner whilst Mk1 took just one year to travel from drawing board to a floating, working prototype. They’re pioneers, come

with bundles of enthusiasm and specialist partners and brazenly say “if you’re looking for someone with 20 years of experience, don’t come to us, 20 years ago we were in kindergarten”. Czeers solar boats are available to order with prices on request. A production version of the Mk1 can be delivered anywhere in the world in less than 12 months.

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Marina Estrella Marbella the only name you need MARINA Estrella Marbella is a division of the Marina Estrella Group based in Barcelona and exclusive importers for Spain and Portugal for the full range of Sunseeker yachts, Cobalt sports boats, Apreamare, Maestro, Moody and Hanse sail boats and dealers for Astondoa and Star Fisher. Marina Estrella has been trading for 40 years and has more than 25 offices throughout the Spanish mainland, Balearic and Canary Islands and Portugal. As part of this organisation Marina Estrella Marbella can offer all our clients a broad range of services, such as after sales and warranty, berthing and guardianage, insurance and finance, delivery and crew placement, boat storage, pre-season service and maintenance, yacht management etc. In addition their clients benefit from having all of these services at their disposal, in a high number of locations, as they sail along the coast to their chosen vacation cruising grounds. From their Head Office in Puerto Banus and offices in Gibraltar and Sotogrande, soon to be open, Marina Estrella Marbella comfortably covers the Costa del Sol for all warranty and after sales services. They attend all the major European Boat Shows on the Sunseeker

stand and are available for appointments to view the boats which are exhibited at these shows. All staff are fully trained and have all necessary information on the brands they cover. More in depth information is available in electronic format or if preferred on CD Rom. From the first discussion about your boating interest Marina Estrella Marbella are here to guide the client through the process in a smooth and uncomplicated manner. Together you and they will identify the boat you want and show you the model.

From there they will outline the specification options to ensure that you receive exactly want you want. They will even organise a factory visit and the sea trials for the selected vessel. The next stage is to go through the PDI and take delivery of your pride and joy. Every step along the way Marina Estrella Marbella will be by your side and always available to assist and offer guidance. Next time you are in town or one of the ports where they are based please call in for a friendly chat and a coffee to learn what they have to offer. You’ll be glad you did.

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IN the interests of clarity we wish to ensure that there is no confusion in who are the factory appointed dealers and official distributors of Sunseeker boats. The Sunseeker Ship Yard through their Sales Director Sean Robertson have issued an official statement which read as follows: “Sunseeker International Limited hereby confirms that Marina Estrella SL remains the exclusive distributors of Sunseeker products in Spain including Costa del Sol through their local dealers, Marina Estrella Marbella, Marina Estrella Puerto Banus and Marina Estrella Sotogrande, which also covers Gibraltar”.


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Don’t settle for anything less than the best AFTER being involved in selling new boats and new builds for over 15 years a group of expert professionals in the marine industry recognised that there was a definite gap in the market on the Costa del Sol for a purely independent brokerage house to promote different brands on an unbiased basis. From this initial observation “The Brokerage Division” was born. The three men behind The Brokerage Division boast over 25 years of experience in the industry covering many business areas from sales, management, skippering through to after sales and warranty. This solid background allowed them to create and fulfil their initial three-year business plan. Over this period the business has grown and flourished and their portfolio of sales not only covers the Mediterranean but also Africa and Scandinavia. Their listings range from local based boats between 30 to 80 feet and those moored further a field in the Med up to and over 100 feet. They have grown an enviable reputation in customer care and pride themselves on ensuring that every customer is looked after from the moment they meet and that this service continues throughout their ownership of the boat. They are delighted to say that many clients have become friends through this relationship.


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Ferretti 880 Built 2003. Twin MTU 2000. 4 ensuite cabins. Asking €3.500.000. Also available Ferretti 731 and 68.

Sunseeker 82 Built 2003. Twin Caterpillar 1550 hp, 4 ensuite cabins. Asking €3.000.000. Also available SS 94 and Sunseeker 75 Yacht reduced by £100.000.

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It is critical to use a professional brokerage house when making the investment to purchase any boat. In the case of The Brokerage Division, they assist the client through the many aspects that may be a little daunting to many. They will organise the sea trials and necessary surveys. They will guide the customer through the administration, contracts, insurance and finance. Then for the practical side, they will assist with suitable berthing, organising crews if required, RYA tuition, transportation and delivery etc. Plus they give information and guidance on the on-going maintenance and upkeep of your boat. They are constantly seeking new listings and should you not see what you are looking for on their database they are confident that through our hand-picked network of collaborating brokers, they will find the boat of your choice. For those who are considering selling their pride and joy, The Brokerage Division electronically notifies their network of brokers with the updated brokerage list on a weekly basis providing a much wider audience for their available listings. Custom Line 97 | 112 | 128 | Navetta 30 | 43

Sunseeker 95 Predator 2004 with twin 2000 MTU. Lying Palma and asking £2.595.000 inc VAT. Also available Sunseeker 61 Predator.

Princess 60 Built 1996. Twin MAN 680 hp 3 guest cabins. Asking €300.000. Also available Princess 58.

Sunseeker 62 1998 with 800 MAN’s and 3 cabins. Lying Banus and asking £365.000.

Ferretti 590 Commissioned 2003. Twin MAN 1050hp. 4 ensuite cabins. Asking €950.000. Also available NEW Ferretti 550.

The complete listings are live on the web in many different platforms and search engines. The team at The Brokerage Division is always available to meet and discuss your needs either at their offices, in your local marina or during one of the many boats shows they attend throughout the year, the next being the London Boat Show at Excel in January 2011.

THE Brokerage Division is headed up by three partners with long and varied career paths: FRANCIS HOLBOURNE Francis has been involved in the marine industry since leaving school receiving nautical tutoring from his father up and down the coast and Gibraltar. His career has taken him to some of the worlds most famous ship-yards and marinas. Having sold, project managed new builds, overseen refits, skippered and undertaken yacht management and charter, Francis brings a wide expertise to the table. ALAN GULLIVER Alan’s engineering career began in the automotive industry and over the past ten years he has been involved in a full-time capacity as service and after sales director in the marine industry, having spent long periods over seeing builds at various shipyards. His main aim is to bring rapid and efficient solutions to problems so that owners get maximum enjoyment from their vessels. MARTYN SKELTON Martyn has been working within the marine industry since leaving a nautical University in 2000 and has worked as crew on super yachts and later as captain on sailing boats both in the Caribbean and the Med. He became shorebased in early 2006 and involved in new boat sales and brokerage. He is also our logistics manager and takes care of all our sea trials, deliveries and crewing needs. For further enquiries or information please contact: Francis Holbourne, Alan Gulliver, Martyn Skelton on +34 952 815733 or email:


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November/December 2010

Help your boat survive the winter!

TOP TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS WHEN the beach workers padlock their sunloungers and the seasonal bars pull down the shutters on the last cocktail of the year, there’s no clearer signal than this to say “summer is over”. Across the marinas of the Mediterranean, even the most enthusiastic of boaters will be thinking about zipping up their cockpit covers to mark the end of another season. But while the owner is away, each boat needs proper winterising to make sure it’s good to go in spring – here’s some top tips from Marinas del Mediterráneo. The first, and most painful, job is to remove all of the remnants of summer fun. Empty the fridge (you can console yourself by finishing off the champers), check the storage cupboards, vacuum the floor and all compartments to remove any spilled foodstuffs that could attract unwanted winter guests. It’s also a good idea to take any fabric items such as towels cushions, linens and clothing etc., off the boat and into drier climes. If you’re going to leave your boat in the water for the winter, basic maintenance at least every fortnight should follow this format: • Wash the exterior using fresh water and a biodegradable detergent. • Clean of stainless steel items such as candlesticks, as well as window frames, to ensure that they don’t deteriorate in the aggressive windy and salty marine

environment. Try to track down specific stainless steel cleaning products that leave a protective layer on the item. • It’s a good idea to install dehumidifying devices inside the boat to stop moisture damaging the interior and to prop open all storage compartments a little so that air can circulate throughout the entire boat. • Start the engines for between half and an hour just to check that they’re in full working order and the fuel is being distributed to all points in the system. Check temperatures, oil and battery levels and so on. • Check the bilges to see if there’s any fluid loss or filtration of water – reassure yourself that the bilge pumps are in perfect working order. Using this simple checklist, your boat should be perfectly preserved until the warm and welcome arrival of spring. However, once a year, your boat should really take a trip to the dry dock for a thorough cleaning of the hull and propellers plus a decent coat of antifouling to preserve the hull and maintain optimum seaworthiness. Boats with teak components should also be cleaned with specialist products, at least annually to ensure that the teak is protected for the year ahead. Smaller boats can be kept in a dry environment by being lifted out of the water and stored in the shipyard for the winter.

Specialist mechanics can then winterise the parts of the engine using fresh water and for-purpose products to clean and preserve the water systems and stop the engine fuel decomposing. Full fuel tanks prevent condensation forming on the inside and also pose less of a potential fire risk than those that are only partially full. If the boat is no more than 10 metres in length, it can also be shrouded in a special plastic cover to protect it against the elements (and leaves and birds) in the winter. All of the abovementioned ‘winter services’ are offered at the ports of La Duquesa, Estepona and Marina del Este (just to the east of Nerja) by highly trained staff from Marinas del Mediterráneo. Works can be contracted on a bespoke basis at very at-

tractive prices - alongside the rental of a mooring. In addition, Marinas del Mediterráneo offers just about any imaginable service related to boating including: • Interior cleaning • Daily checks of the boat’s exterior, lines/ moorings • Regular updates via email or text message • Laundry services • Catering management • Insurance • Technical Inspection of Boats (ITB) • Brokerage and purchase of yachts Contact Marinas del Mediterráneo on 00 34 952 89 01 00 email or visit

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Our duty to save the seas from this silent killer By PETER FRANKLIN Editor - The Islander ( The Monthly Newsletter for Boating in the Balearics ONE of the most famous sea explorers of all time, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was every bit as passionate as any green campaigner today about conserving the marine environment that he loved so much. In the 1970s he filmed a polluted section of the Mediterranean, devoid of life, and the shocking images he portrayed led to immediate environmental action, which has continued until today. In his first book ‘Window in the Sea’ published in 1973, Cousteau posed the question: What happens if our oceans die? And then answered it himself by saying; “If the

oceans of the earth should die... it would be the final, as well as the greatest, catastrophe in the troubled story of man and the other animals and plants with whom man shares this planet. With no life in the seas, the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere would set forth on an inexorable climb. When this CO2 level passed a certain point the ‘greenhouse effect’ would come into operation: heat radiating outwards from the earth to space would be trapped beneath the stratosphere, shooting up sea-level temperatures. At both North and South Poles the ice caps would melt. The oceans would rise perhaps 100 feet in a small number of

years. All the earth’s major cities would be inundated.” So the calamity that most scientists now say we are facing is not unknown, not unforeseen, not even surprising. Cousteau wrote his prophetic warning over 35 years ago! Everyone that spends time on the sea, walks along its shores, swims, fishes or sunbathes can make a difference, by being conscious of what impact mankind’s waste, or put more simply - our rubbish - can have on the marine environment. Litter is a huge problem in our oceans and, although only a small proportion of it is ship-generated waste, the serious effects it has on the marine ecology and wildlife means that its safe disposal is of paramount importance. It is estimated that a staggering 46,000 pieces of litter can be found in every square mile of ocean. Of this, 70% will eventually sink to the seafloor where it can damage wildlife and habitats for decades. Marine litter also has a major impact on wildlife through entanglement and ingestion. Estimates of the contribution to marine litter by recreational boating are very difficult to come by. In the UK the most comprehensive survey of beach litter is from the Marine Conservation Society, and ship generated waste is thought to account for less than 2% of the waste collected from Britain’s beaches. Whilst this may be a small amount, it still stays in the system, drifting about, building into floating rafts or ending up on shores. Litter persists in the marine environment: aluminium drinks cans might

last as long as 500 years, and a plastic bottle for up to 450 years. The most common form of litter found in the water is plastic. Whilst there are various rules for the disposal of different types of waste into the sea and inland waterways, it is illegal to dispose of any plastic anywhere in the marine environment. One of the most dramatic examples of this is what is known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ where marine litter, in particular plastics, are trapped in the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. The area has been described as ‘plastic soup’ and stretches from around 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, almost reaching Japan, covering an area about the size of Texas. So who knows just how many illegal plastic disposals into the sea that represents. Plastics also slowly degenerate due to ultra violet attack whilst floating, the micro particles then become free in the sea (sometimes with organic poisons attached to them) and are then mistaken by fish and marine life as food. This obviously has disastrous consequences for their well-being and also for our food chain, as the fish that are caught end up on our dinner plates… International regulations state: • No plastic can be disposed of overboard. • No waste can be disposed of within three miles of the shore. • Food cannot be disposed of within 12 miles of the shore, unless it is ground up – and then it must be beyond three miles from the shore.


Time to act or lose the Bluefin Tuna forever THE World Wildlife Fund has warned that the Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna will start to disappear in 2012 when the last adults capable of reproducing are caught. This is the terrifying message and, if fishery managements and decision-makers keep ignoring the warnings, the prophecy will come true. Despite having been fished for around for 12,000 years, Bluefin Tuna stocks have collapsed by 85% since the year 2000 and in just three years time the species will be no more. There is only one entity to blame – man. Highly prized by the world’s sushi connoisseurs for its rich red meat and high commercial value (one kilo of this delicacy can cost between 300 and 1,000 euros) Bluefin Tuna is being ruthlessly hunted by industrial fleets often

using unlawful and ecologically ignorant methods. Catches far exceed legal quotas, hauls are underreported and fishing continues even when the season is officially closed making species recovery virtually impossible. In short, we are experiencing a campaign of aggression against Mother Nature and preparing a requiem for a quite phenomenal and useful species. The Bluefin Tuna is a giant amongst fish. Measuring up to four metres in length and 600kg in weight, they grow quickly (at only three days old the Bluefin Tuna is a carnivorous predator) and have long life-expectancies of up to 40 years. A true Olympian of the sea, the fish accelerates faster than a supercar, can dive to more than 1,000 metres with ease and also master a transatlantic crossing in less than 60 days.

Warm-blooded, the species can maintain body temperature even in icy waters and always migrates to one of six known spawning areas in the Mediterranean Sea the warm waters of the Balearic Islands being one of them. The Bluefin Tuna will not reproduce successfully in a closed area or artificial environments. With acute vision, the Bluefin Tuna hunts by sight and is a top predator with only some species of shark and, of course, man as its enemies. Now the Mediterranean ecosystem is in danger of losing one of its main food chain predators with the Bluefin Tuna’s place being taken up by other species that cannot maintain the necessary balance - such as the nuisance jellyfish. The main driver of Bluefin Tuna destruction is the world’s insatiable appetite for luxury seafood.

Around 80% of the stock caught in the Mediterranean is converted into sushi – much of it heading direction Japan. In fact, the nation is taking more Bluefin Tuna than it can eat with 25,000 tonnes stockpiled in Asian market freezers. There are 7,000 sushi restaurants in Tokyo alone and the trend is expanding rapidly worldwide with famous brands such as Nobu and chains such as YO! Sushi making it fashionable and fuelling the love affair. The business is worth approximately 1.6 billion dollars a year and the fishing industry has gone industrial to keep up with demand and profit from the phenomenon. La Almadraba is the traditional way of fishing Bluefin Tuna, a proven art form undertaken by expert fishermen who have used the same simple yet effective methods for 3,000 years. The system is both responsible and sustainable as catches are never below 70kg but average between 180kg and 200kg with a mean age of 14 years. Energy consumption is low, the underwater soil is not disturbed and within two hours the best quality meat is onshore for consumption. Sadly ruthless greed is taking over and La Almadraba is also heading towards extinction and

inevitable job loss. Bluefin Tuna is now the most industrially fished species in the world and Spain owns the biggest ‘purse seine’ vessel in the world – ‘Albatun Tres’. Built at a cost of 30 million euros, the 115 metre boat can net 3,000 tonnes of tuna in a single fishing trip which is almost double the entire annual catch of some Pacific island countries. ‘Purse seine’ refers to the curtain-like nets that surround schools of fish and, when a rope along the bottom of the net is pulled like a drawstring, the whole catch is captured and hauled onboard. A button pusher handles the process, no experienced fishermen required. Sadly there appears to be very little punishment for illegal, undeclared and uncontrolled fishing. In the year 2007, of the 60,000 tonnes of Bluefin Tuna caught in the Mediterranean, 30,000 tonnes were illegal captures. Yet, of all the offences and fishing irregularities committed during 2007 in the Mediterranean, none were punished. Someone needs to fight the Bluefin Tuna’s corner, and fast. Mallorca’s Palma Aquarium is spearheading a high-profile Save the Tuna Campaign. They are calling for the decision-makers to properly regulate the industry, give the species a chance to recover and to encourage the public, retailers and restaurants to avoid consumption of this desperately endangered fish. For more information and to get involved please contact Debora Morrison, Head of the Campaign, on or visit


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Put your trust in experts who can handle your boat

SEVENSTAR Yacht Transportation, whose headquarters are in Amsterdam in the Netherlands have been operating out of Gibraltar, through their established local shipping agency, Clifton Ship Agency Ltd., for the past 10 years. Gibraltar continues to grow in importance for Sevenstar Yacht Transport and their clients, as an important transport hub for their world-wide yacht transport and transhipment operations. Gibraltar’s geographical position, being located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, is one of the main attractions for Sevenstar Yacht Transport locating here.

Gibraltar also offers a highly experienced stevedoring operation offered on a 24/7 basis. This ensures that their fleet of specialised ships, landing or picking up clients yachts and workboats, spend the absolute minimum amount of turn-around time in port, allowing them to keep freight costs to a minimum and pass savings on to their ever expanding client base. The Sevenstar Yacht Transportation business appreciates that Gibraltar is fast gaining a reputation as a maritime centre of excellence and through this fact have been able to increase the number of calls made to Gibraltar Port, year on year, by an average of 20% with indications that this

growth rate is set to continue as luxury yachts, to date, appear to be immune to the effects of the current global recession. Clifton Ship Agency are also pleased to report that the relatively recent innovation of Gibraltar facilitating the new global business of Yacht Transportation & Yacht Transhipment has brought benefits to a wide range of support services from within the local business community, namely; stevedores, ship suppliers, divers, tug operators, customs brokers, yacht marinas, and the revenue generated by the Gibraltar Port Authority and Gibraltar Pilots. Whether a luxury yacht or weather beaten work-boat, Sevenstar Yacht Transportation will be pleased to offer the most competitive rates. Current destinations on offer for loading yachts and workboats moving out from Gibraltar before the end of this year, include such diverse locations as St.Thomas USV, West Palm Beach Florida, Singapore, Hong Kong and Xiamen PRC. See for yourself what they can do. The Sevenstar Yacht Team, as always, will continue with their annual presence at the re-

maining end of year Boat Shows:METS Amsterdam, The Netherlands 16-18 November 2010 BOOT Dusseldorf, Germany 20-30 January 2011

SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT GIBRALTAR Clifton Ship Agency Ltd. 26 Main Street, Suite 52 & 53, Victoria House Contact: Martyn Brown Tel: +350 20076761 Fax: +350 20073888 Mobile: +350 58734000 E-mail:


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The team (from left): Rob Bates, Richard Harpham and Olly Jay at the finish in Marrakesh FIVE and a half weeks after setting off from London, the Big 5 Kayak Challenge Team cycled into Marrakesh in Morocco after completing a 2,363-mile trip which pushed their tests of endurance to the limit. Having left Tower Bridge on September 28, the team finally cycled into Marrakesh at 6.15 pm on November 6. Expedition Leader Richard Harpham completed the whole gruelling test of kayaking and cycling, and was joined by a support cast, and different team members at various points along the way. The London to Marrakesh Express had provided the sternest of kayaking challenges including sea kayaking the English Channel and crossing the Gibraltar Straits, two of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It was also by far the toughest challenge of the Big 5 team since they started their fund-raising kayaking challenges two years ago.

As well as kayaking 153 miles, Richard and his supporters cycled over 2,210 miles on all sorts of roads – from the traffic chaos of London to dirt tracks of Africa. Having paddled and pedalled almost 2,000 miles the party of three made it to the five-star comfort of Gibraltar’s Ocean Village Marina late on October 26. Keen to offer support to this inspirational fundraising mission, Ocean Village happily passed the Challenge team keys to luxury apartment accommodation in its waterfront Grand Ocean Plaza residential tower for two nights of thoroughly deserved rest. Meanwhile Ocean Village’s Pier Office offered insider knowledge on tides and winds for the crossing of the Gibraltar Strait whilst Rock resident Mick Hudson and his motor-yacht generously offered to act as ‘support boat’ throughout the crossing. 36 hours of temporary revival later, the adrenalin-hungry adventurers set off by kayak to cross the Strait to Africa and be-

gan the final leg of their epic challenge. There are plenty of adventures and stories to highlight the nature of the journey, as almost every day it seems there had been something to colour the expedition. Richard rescued two sailors off L’Ampollo in Spain who had flooded the hull of their dinghy. Whilst completing the Gibraltar Strait crossing, team member David Gordon had to be rescued in one of the big tide races having capsized and unfortunately he had to finish the journey on the support boat. Speaking from the final destination of Marrakesh, Richard said: “It was certainly a relief to be able to rest up a while in Ocean Village after such a tough ordeal through Europe and prepare for the final push to Africa. A challenge cannot be named as such if it’s easy, and we’ve certainly faced some tests along the way. “Incredibly the expedition was completed only two days behind schedule and I live to tell the tale – albeit a very colourful one. Crossing the Strait to Morocco was very special, wild dolphins quite literally showed us the way and boosted morale for the final cycle stint. We’re feeling a huge amount of satisfaction for both the awareness and money we’ve helped raise for charity.” Keen environmentalist Richard took time throughout the journey to document the levels of rubbish and pollution on the beaches along the way, even taking time to measure the volume of material that would not be

Phoen home!

broken down by the elements. Richard says, “Our future generation is going to inherit a poor legacy unless we do something now to reduce the plastic in the environment. It is an issue that needs immediate attention highlighting and is an aspect that this team are committed to do in the future.” To follow news of all Big 5 Kayak Challenge events, including clips of TV coverage from BBC Sports Presenter Mike Bushell, visit So far many thousands of pounds have been raised for their chosen charities, the Muscle Help Foundation, the Rivers Access Campaign and the Marine Conservation Society. To offer your support please visit http:// All funds raised go direct to charity as the team covers all costs associated with the various challenges.

Richard heading out through the Atlantic surf south of Casablanca

The Phoenicia sails into port to complete its mammoth journey

CREW COMPLETES HISTORIC RECREATION OF 600BC PHOENICIAN SHIP’S 20,000-MILE JOURNEY A MAMMOTH 20,000-mile journey and two long years at sea came to a triumphant end when a replica Phoenician cargo ship returned to Syria last month. The Phoenicia, a traditionally-built reproduction of a ship dating back to 600BC, received a spectacular ‘welcome back’ to the Syrian island of Arwad. The 21 metre vessel had just recreated the epic first circumnavigation of Africa achieved some 2,600 years ago. Phoenicia’s crew blog described the scenes in Syria. “Once in the harbour we made our way to the landing jetty and the chaos began. Spontaneous cheering and chanting greeted us and hundreds of Arwadians, the press and invited guests did their best to jostle for space on the small quay to meet Captain Philip and the crew. In short we were truly mobbed. Marine flares and orange smoke canisters were let off, which made the event even more colourful and noisy. Various speeches Traditional Syrian folkdancing was part of homecoming ceremony

and presentations were made to welcome Phoenicia and her crew back to her home in Arwad. It was undoubtedly the most emotional and heartfelt event in Phoenicia’s life to date.” Later that evening, Phoenicia sailed the short 1.9 mile distance to Tartous on Syrian mainland where a gala dinner for the captain, crew and friends was hosted at the Shahin Tower Hotel - generously sponsored by Osman Shipping LLC. Proceedings included live television coverage of Syria’s main evening news where Phoenicia’s home coming was the lead news story. Phoenicia was crafted by local shipbuilders in Arwad using techniques and materials true to those identified in a 6th Century Mediterranean shipwreck. She was launched by Syria’s First Lady HE Mrs Asma Assad in August 2008 and then sailed through the Suez Canal before reaching the Republic of Yemen at the foot of the Red Sea in January 2009. Phase two began in August 2009 when Phoenicia was launched once more to continue around the Horn of Africa, down the east coast, passing through the challenging Cape of Good Hope and back up the west coast en route to the Straits of

Gibraltar at the end of August 2010. The Rock’s own Ocean Village Marina provided safe waters and some 21st century R’n’R for Phoenicia’s crew for several days. Whilst in Gibraltar, British explorer and Phoenicia’s Captain, Philip Beale, alongside two other crew members took time out to see the 8th to 3rd century BC exhibits in the Gibraltar Museum. The Museum houses a wealth of material from the Phoenicians with excavations at Gorham’s Cave revealing that they used the cave as a shrine – believed to be the Temple of Melkart. Much of the information uncovered will prove to be very useful for Captain Beale’s book on the voyage. Throughout her circumnavigation Phoenicia had up to 16 crew members at any one time and welcomed sailors from all corners of the globe. The ship encountered plenty of inclement weather and equally disturbing threats of piracy. The successful completion of the voyage is of enormous significance to historians and archaeologists as it proves that the Phoenician vessels were capable of sailing around the African continent something that has been the cause of much speculation over centuries. Although the celebrations in Syria marked the end of the circumnavigation,

the project is by no means over as plans are underway to establish a ‘PHOENICIA FOUNDATION’. This will help to ensure that the legacy of Phoenician culture and the amazing achievements of the voyage around Africa are promoted to Syrian school children Capt Philip Beale and members at the homecoming of society gen- ceremony on Arwad erally - both internally and internationally. Phoenicia has also been filmed by the BBC for their series Ancient Worlds broadcast on BBC2 in November and worldwide from next year. For more information on this fascinating expedition and for opportunities to get involved in the development of the project please visit


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The magnificent new Queen Elizabeth

Gib turns out to salute new Queen CUNARD’S new pride and joy – its latest cruise ship Queen Elizabeth - sailed into Gibraltar earlier this month her first visit to the Rock on what was her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean. However this will not be a solitary visit as she is due to return again before the turn of the year and several times in 2011 A group of media representatives and local dignitaries, including Deputy Chief Minister, Joe Holliday, were invited aboard to welcome her to Gibraltar and tour the ship. In his welcome speech, Captain Wells said how much he enjoyed coming to visit Gibraltar, mainly because it remained, “a little part of the United Kingdom nestled on

the southern tip of Europe. We love to bring our passengers here as the British people are proud that it still exists as a British entity”. He concluded, “This is a very special visit for us and one that we at Cunard intend to repeat as often as possible.” Mementos of the occasion were exchanged between Captain Wells and George Gaggero from Port Agent MH Bland, Gibraltar Tourist Board Chief Executive Nicky Guerrero, and Captain of the Port Tom Naughton before the party embarked on a tour of the ship. The opulence of the vessel is immediate. The art deco flourishes, rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers, and cool marbles combine to give Queen Elizabeth a unique design

and personality of her own. She is grand in every sense of the word with finishes of light mahogany and marble, a stunning art deco chandelier from the era of the first Queen Elizabeth, cantilevered balconies and a magnificent two-deck-high original artwork piece by Viscount Linley on the grand staircase. Cunard is one of the oldest names in shipping having been founded in 1839 by Samuel Cunard. The first Cunard ship, Britannia, departed on her maiden voyage 170 years ago in 1840 and Cunard’s history since then has been remarkable. It is extraordinary that such a long established shipping company has built three new liners in just six years and now has the youngest fleet in the world. Every Cunard Queen has taken her rightful place in the company’s long history and over time has become iconic. Queen Elizabeth is the third Queen to bear that famous name and the second largest Cunarder ever built. Over time she too will be loved and admired around the world From left: George Gaggero, Captain Christopher Wells, Joe Holliday, just like her foreTom Naughton and Nicky Guerrero bears.

Cruising into town CRUISE SHIPS AT GIBRALTAR GIBRALTAR is the invogue port of call for the hundreds of cruise ships which pass through the Straits as part of their voyaging itinerary. Guarding the gateway to the Mediterranean, the Port of Gibraltar welcomes the most pres-

tigious vessels in the cruise industry and their many thousands of passengers. With a unique range of shore excursions and tourist attractions from the historic Siege Tunnels to St Michael’s Cave, tax-free shopping on Main Street to dining and a flutter in the

NOVEMBER Thursday 18: Azamara Journey Friday 19: Discovery Saturday 20: Astor Tuesday 23: Queen Elizabeth Wednesday 24: Balmoral

Sunday 28: Queen Victoria Monday 29: Costa Serena

DECEMBER Friday 3: Louis Majesty Wednesday 8: Insignia

Casino at Ocean Village marina, there’s plenty to amuse and entertain on their brief stopovers.

The luxurious interior of the ship

The band strikes up as the Queen Elizabeth docks in Gibraltar

CRUISE SHIPS AT MALAGA MALAGA is one of the oldest ports on the southern coast of Spain and has plenty to entertain the visitor. Cruise ships come

NOVEMBER Thursday 18: Adventure of the Seas Discovery Prinsendam Saturday 20: Seabourn Legend Monday 22: Costa Fortuna

and go virtually every day so there’s always something going on at the quayside. Malaga offers wonderful beaches, excellent

Tuesday 23: Adventure of the Seas Thursday 25: Empress Friday 26: MSC Fantasia Louis Majesty Saturday 27: Corinthian II

shopping and many great sights. As one of Spain’s largest cities, Malaga is used as a jumping off point for exploring the Costa Del Sol.

Sunday 28: Empress Tuesday 30: MSC Opera

DECEMBER Thursday 2: Aurora Sunday 5: Louis Majesty Costa

Mediterranea Deutschland Monday 6: Costa Concordia Tuesday 7: MSC Fantasia Thursday 9: Amadea Friday 10: Norwegian Jade


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Ronaldo hints at United return CRISTIANO Ronaldo has left the door open for a sensational return to Old Trafford, according to reports. The 25-year-old has admitted that he misses Manchester United and playing in the Premier League. The Portugese international left Old Trafford for Real Madrid two seasons ago and he says that he only has good memories of playing in England. Ronaldo told the Daily Mail in England: ‘To be honest I miss the Premier League a lot. Of course I have good memories about Manchester. I have good friends there and I miss them a lot, so you never know. “Sir Alex Ferguson is like a second father for me. He helped me a lot during the six years I was in Manchester, he taught me many things.” There have been speculations in the media suggesting that Ferguson would be willing to bring the winger back to Manchester, but the player

Park dismisses move rumours MANCHESTER United’s pocket dynamo Park Ji-Sung has insisted he is unconcerned about speculation surrounding his possible a move away from Old Trafford. Rumours have surfaced that United are looking to offer Park to Tottenham as part of a bid to bring in Gareth Bale. But the 29-year-old is concentrating solely on getting back to his best after a rigorous summer taking part in the World Cup. He told a South Korean paper: “I’m not thinking about leaving at the moment. I’ll think about my future at the end of the season.”

instists that he is enjoying his life in Spain, where he is the top scorer for his club. “I’m playing well because I’m in a good moment, because Jose is here, because I am a father now”, he added. “Everything has worked together so I want to carry on like this until the end of the season. “It’s fantastic to work with Jose. He is an experienced manager. The titles he has won speak for themselves. “He doesn’t do anything special, he is a discipline coach and he pays attention to all the details. It’s amazing, I’m very much enjoying working with him.” Meanwhile Patrice Evra might be heading off to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in the summer in a deal that could bring former Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra to Old Trafford. Evra, who joined United for £5.5 million from Monaco in 2006, has a current deal that ends in the summer of 2012 and Madrid have been monitoring his situation as coach Mourinho continues his search for a world-class left-back. The Glazer family are set to invest in United over the summer – possibly to the tune of £50 million – but, after the Wayne Rooney contract saga, Evra has admitted to friends that he is keen to move on. “Patrice originally wanted to leave in January but now he is happy to sign a new contract and leave at the end of the season,” a United source said. “He is concerned about where the club are heading and is attracted by the possibility of playing for Real, a club he really admires.” Evra claimed during the Rooney saga that “if one player doesn’t trust the others he should not play in the team” and made no secret of how he disapproved of the wrangling between club and player over Rooney’s new five-year megadeal.

Hodgson sets his sights on Cardozo Muntari and Harry reunion? PARAGUAYAN goal machine Oscar Cardozo could be a strike target for Liverpool coach Roy Hodgson who could be prepared to pay up to £22 million for the 27-yearold Benfica hitman. Cardozo has scored 81 goals in 135 games for Benfica and

last season won both the Portuguese League and Europa League top scorer awards. Hodgson sees Cardozo as an ideal strike partner for Fernando Torres, a move that the Liverpool boss hopes will persuade Torres to stay on for next season.

If the Cardozo deal fails, French club Lyon are keen to offer the Argentinian striker Lisandro Lopez to Liverpool. The 27-year old former Porto star has continued his prolific scoring form in the French league this season and Lyon are believed to be keen to cash in.

FORMER Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari might be reunited with his old boss Harry Redknapp at Spurs in the January transfer window. Muntari is out of favour with new manager Rafa Benitez at Inter Mlan and was first linked to Spurs in the summer. Everton have also been

linked with him. Muntari has refused to rule out a move away from San Siro in January. The 26-year-old told Sky Sports’ website: “I am working hard to get back in the good books of the manager. “Transfer time is in the market, so I am not talking about moving. We will talk around January.”

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