The Islander Magazine July 2023

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The Islander magazine is all about our unique community of people who are passionate about the world of luxury yachting, its industry and its lifestyle. Generally speaking, a very fun-loving bunch! But of course, there is no fun without responsibility. As reflected in the magazine and on, our tribe is assuming its responsibility towards topics such as mental health, sustainability, ecology, safety, and much more. We can all be proud of ourselves that these issues are being addressed and voiced here.

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But again, the greater vision for The Islander Family is more than just commercial collaborations. A luxury industry, per definition, is built on people who are looking for an emotional return on investment. They spend their money to experience and acquire nice things that bring joy to their lives. Most of us also experience such ROI when being able to do good for people and the planet. Many of us are in a position to do good even without much effort because of our connections or available resource(fulness)!

This month, you will read how a group of Industry Insiders are aiming to bring a somewhat neglected 15-metre class Hispania, and its programme back to life. Our main feature is dedicated to Marine Inspirations who offer underprivileged youngsters an opportunity to see first-hand our wonderful industry. This is not just a potentially life-changing opportunity for these young adults but is also an opportunity that should be embraced by our industry, which is lacking human resources. Maybe there could be a potential synergy between the Hispania project and Marine Inspirations….


Many similar possibilities for synergy and collaboration exist between our advertisers as well. Our team is setting up a program to bring these businesses and people -this Islander Family- together in a structured way. But most of all, in a sincere and profound way. Copying people into emails works sometimes, but we have different plans that will allow people to pause and connect. In today’s world, connections are so easy to make and break, but real connections, where people stay top-of-mind with each other, are just as rare as they ever were. For parties to be able to truly act upon the possibility of a collaboration, the right setting and a structured approach have to be created. In the near future, our advertisers will learn more about these exciting plans.

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We hope our family members are having a great season . Take time to stay in touch and read us online or offline!

12. Judged By The Cover

Ingrid Abery

14. INIP Report

16. Marine Inspirations‘Paying It Forward’

Lutho Thomas

20. HispaniaFrom Muck Brass

Jonathan Syrett

26. Cecil Wright Announce Central Agency for Sale of M/Y KismetLouise Pearson

30. Heesen Yachts YN 20655Dutch Craftsmanship and Italian Design Meet on Venus

32. Technology Updates - Roger Horner

36. How Easy is it to Charter Your Yacht?

Matthew Attard

38. Floatist Digitalising the Yacht Charter Market

40. Cecil Wright Partner with Athena Pathway to Support the First Youth and Women’s America’s Cup

Louise Pearson

42. Varadero Valencia Welcomes More Large Yachts for Refits

44. ‘ Candela C-8 Polestar Edition ’ Iconic Design with Electric Performance

46. Dinosaurs & InternetOscar Siches

48. 6 Points Challenges

50. Ibiza JoySail Spain's Top Superyacht Race

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54. Meet the Crew with Ruan Weltz Ruan Weltz

60. 85% Female Increase in UKSA Superyacht Cadetship Course

62. Do You Constantly Make Comparisons? Karine Rayson

64. Evolution The Balearic Summer is on!

66. Getting the Best Out of Your Team? Karen Passman

68. How Can We Reduce Ship –Whale Collisions? Alnitak

72. Protecting Your Skin and the Blue Planet This Summer

76. The Value of Records Virtual Pursers

78. Search for a Stew!Clair Minto

80. Glorious Göcek and The Blue Cruise

82. What should we fear more?

A sea with sharks or a sea without them? Save The Med Foundation

86. Ship to Shore with Caroline Stapley- Melanie Wintters

88. Chefs Chat with Tommaso Santoni - Barry D’Arcy

94. The Birkin. The Story of the Most Iconic Bag - Maryan Puig

98. The Regatta Season is in Full Swing. Let's have a look at The Fleet That Trims For Speed

99.Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta

102.PalmaVela 2023 - Trim for Speed!

104. ClubSwan 80 “My Song” Delights at the Regate Dei Tre Golfi

106. The Ocean Race 2023

107. Safe Harbor Race Weekend

11-13 August 2023 Swan Sardinia

108. Challenge Returns to Dazzling Villasimius

110. “As Is Where Is ” What Does It Mean Exactly? Tim Schommer

112. Superyacht Tenders and Toys

Launch the World’s First Inflatable Games Deck at Monaco Grand Prix

116. Palma's Top 5 - Beach Clubs

Mia Karpta

120. The Rooftop Bar of Hotel Honucai Welcomes Summer in Style

122. Luxury Spa & Wellness Stops in Southeast Asia Linda Cartlidge

126. Maldives A True Dive Paradise Linda Cartlidge

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Photographer Ingrid Abery's expertise lies in action, drama, motion and light. Having gained a BA Hons Degree in Sculpture and Photography, her work gradually shifted from 3D to painting with light and form 'in-camera'.

At the 2023 Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta from 6-10 June, she shot the dramatic July cover showing the striking colours of Inouï's hull and WinWin's gennaker.

Ingrid's full report on the regatta, including more of her wonderful images can be found in the Owners World section of this issue.

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INIP REPORT (Islander New Issue Party)

On the 1st of June, BOP Rooftop Cocktail Lounge in Puerto Portals provided the funky fresh setting for our June Islander New Issue Party (INIP). The sunset view over the marina and the drinks were free, like all of the best things in life! We had a great mix of familiar and new faces, which proves that The Islander Family is growing!

In July and August we are taking a break from the INIP's but we'll be back with a bang on Friday the 1st of September!

Make sure to follow @theislandermagazine on Instagram and enlist yourself for our event invitations on!

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‘PAYING IT FORWARD’ Marine Inspirations

Photos by Lutho Thomas & Marine Inspirations

If your career in the Superyacht industry has been a combination of hard work and lucky breaks, and you’ve been fortunate to have mentors and ’champions’ who’ve opened doors for you, why not consider doing the same for others? If your company has been successful, why not give something back to the industry?

Paying it forward’ has become a way of life for well-known Mallorca-based retired yacht Captain, Phil Wade. He has dedicated a significant amount of time to making the Superyacht industry more accessible for high-potential, less fortunate youth.

Ten years ago, Wade co-founded the maritime mentoring initiative, Marine Inspirations, along with fellow captain, Anthony Just. They just wanted to show the world of Superyachts to youngsters from underserved communities and give them hands-on experience. They knew that, in order to be successful, they had to find the best young talent possible and that they could find this at Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simon’s Town near Cape Town (

Lawhill runs an award-winning maritime studies programme that has, for more than 28 years, served as a feeder of high-potential youth into the maritime industry. The majority of these youngsters have grown up in challenging circumstances; in townships (ghettos) across South Africa. After three years at Lawhill, they emerge as highly disciplined, polite youngsters with a broad knowledge base which has made them highly sought after by many big names in the global maritime industry.

More than 30 Lawhill students have travelled to Mallorca since 2014, all thanks to the generosity of inspired Captains and Mallorca-based businesses, who have generously supported

the efforts of Marine Inspirations. You may be familiar with these youngsters, as many media and newspaper articles have been published about these unusually smart and polite students, who have impressed the yachting community and are M.I.’s best ambassadors.

Many students who travelled to Spain have gone on to achieve successful careers in the maritime industry. One of many success stories is Lutho Thomas, who was Head Boy at Lawhill in 2019, and with Marine Inspirations’ assistance, he came to Palma where Phil introduced him to Captain Colin Richardson on ‘Mirage’, a 54m Feadship, where he is now thriving. He initially did three weeks of day work and was then offered a permanent job. After his first charter season on board, Lutho decided to use his tip money to sponsor another Lawhill student, Janoel Meyer, to fly to Spain where he joined Mirage after day working. Now Jonoel, in turn, is using his “thank you” money to say thank you to another Lawhill student. In doing so, they are living the Lawhill ethos of ‘’lifting others as you rise’’.

Another person to benefit from Marine Inspirations’ support is Theo Jack. In 2015, M.I. organised for Theo to join a delivery voyage from the USVI to Palma on a large motor yacht – again, thanks to Colin Richardson. Once in Palma, M.I. secured a deckhand position for him on another yacht. One boat led to another, and he later sailed many miles on SY Anne.

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Lutho Thomas

After six very successful years on Superyachts, he decided to ‘pay it forward’ and started his own charity, https://www. and has already funded two full 3-year scholarships at Lawhill. In his words, he is “sending the elevator back to the ground floor”.

Marine Inspirations are planning another trip for four students in September 2023, and have made it easy for any interested parties to support these deserving youngsters. The plan is to make a list of expenses and hopefully then find people willing to sponsor specific items on this list. Each sponsor will then have their name put alongside that item and the list will then be published on Marine Inspirations’ website, social media, and the forum. This very private forum has 2000+ captains registered - a great place to have your name displayed. You can show the world that you care and support those who are less fortunate, but who have big maritime dreams.

Anyone interested in helping M.I. to bring these students over can select an expense and cover the costs directly. Sponsorships range from as little as €100 for group lunch outings to an airfare at about €1,000. Other expenses include things like victuals for the yacht, transport, travel insurance and perhaps spending money.

M.I. is actively looking for a sailboat (about 40ft) for the group to live aboard for the 10 days and to give them handson experience under qualified guidance, as they have done in the past. They would like a yacht to be donated or one that can be chartered for their stay.

We all know the world would be a far better place if everybody ‘paid it forward’. If you have the means and the willingness to help, please consider supporting at any level of expense. It would be greatly appreciated.

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From Muck to Brass

Written by Jonathan Syrett
Photos by The Royal Hispania Foundation of Vintage Boats

As reported many years ago in The Islander Magazine, HISPANIA is the famous, or perhaps now infamous, gaff cutter designed by William Fife III upon order of H.M. King Alfonso XIII. Built in 1909 by the Karrpard Shipyard in Pasajes de San Pedro, Guipúzcoa as a First International Rule 15-Metre Class, she is sail number D5 in this Class and has also been granted the number ESP-1 by the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.

The 15-Metre Class, a confusing term in itself as the boats are actually over 23 metres (76 feet) on deck, and 30 metres (100 feet)overall length, including the bowsprit, were among the most prolific of racing classes, having gathered an impressive fleet of 20 boats between 1907 and 1917. HISPANIA carries a total sail area of 420m2 / 24,520sq.ft. (upwind sail area: 258m2 / 2,777 sq ft). The 15mR raced mostly in the English Channel, North of Spain, and France.

HISPANIA obtained many triumphs in international regattas and was soon recognised as one the most notorious of the 15 Metre Class racing yachts. But her glorious days as a racer and the memory of her royal background slowly vanished as she was passed between many owners and was cast into oblivion during the World War where her lead keel was used for ammunition.

H.R.H. Juan de Borbón, inspired the creation of the international regatta for classic and vintage boats that bears his name. It promotes recovering older boats to prevent them from falling into disuse and becoming abandoned or scrapped. He personally initiated and promoted the reconstitution of positive actions in favour of Spanish marine cultural heritage.

TUIGA, the closest sistership to HISPANIA, ordered by the Duque of Medinacelli, was found in 1989 in a pitiful state and entrusted to Fairlie Restorations for an intensive restoration, fully recovering in 1993, the same year in which she started competing in international regattas. The Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona regatta was the first that she raced in, and she caused a sensation among the participants and organisers of the regatta with her elegance and superior sailing qualities.

The interest and admiration aroused was such that HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, who had long been searching for a prestigious classic yacht with which to compete, embraced and titled TUIGA flagship of Yacht Club de Monaco. Her participation in regattas and representative acts provided her with a fair supply of publicity, good image, and success.

In 1996, with the help of Dr. William Collier, a classic yacht historian, Emilio Espinosa, José Ramón Bono and Jonathan Syrett of the Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona regatta, found and recognised HISPANIA in West Mersea. With her hull buried in the mud, she had been used as a floating home for the previous 30 years. The owners had bought a new boat, but the local council would not accept any increase in the number of yachts occupying mud berths. HISPANIA was to be broken up to make way for her replacement.

This was not an acceptable option for a rare 15-Metre that had the distinction of being the last survivor of the great pre-World War I royal racing yachts. Mr Espinosa and Mr Bono purchased HISPANIA and later donated her to the Hispania Foundation which was set up in 1997. If buying HISPANIA was the most important step, it was also to be the easiest. The summer of 1997 saw William Collier, Harry Spencer and a team from Fairlie Restorations re-float the broken-backed HISPANIA and load her onto a barge. It was touch and go at times and by far the filthiest job they had ever done.

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It would take many years for the Fundación Hispania to raise the funds for her restoration. Eventually, the hull was restored at Fairlie Restorations, completing in 2006, with further work carried out at Astilleros de Mallorca. It had taken over 11 years of restoration work and in excess of €3 million to return the boat to her original appearance. But, when the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis struck, the foundation could not raise the final payments to the shipyard and was forced “in extremis” to enter a loan and bareboat charter agreement for ten years with another foundation to prevent HISPANIA from being auctioned off.

HISPANIA was seen racing with her 15-Metre Class sister ships TUIGA, MARISKA and THE LADY ANNE between 2010 and 2017 but sadly, HISPANIA was abandoned in 2018 and the Real Fundación Hispania, after several years of legal battles, has recovered the legal and physical possession, although it will take at least €500,000 to restore her to top racing condition.

Once fully restored, HISPANIA will return to the national and international classic racing circuit and we hope to set up a classic sailing and gaff rig school. She will be involved in training crews and engaging in team-building activities while instilling classic yacht enthusiasts and racing crew with the true essence of traditional sailing, knot tying and splicing. Also familiarising them with maritime values transmitted and perceived throughout naval history, and instilling respect for the preservation of the marine environment. We are intent on inspiring a new generation of sailors that will help keep the spirit of the classics alive for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

As written recently by Yolanda Llinás in the Spanish classic sailing magazine, Sea Fever:

“Without a doubt, it is the desire and the dream of every lover of historic sailing that the HISPANIA, Spain’s Crown Jewel, returns to sail and compete. To once again be part of that quartet of surviving 15 meters that make up the 15-Metre Class Association, and thereby re-enter the racing circuit to conquer the highly coveted 15-Meter Class Annual Trophy, sponsored by Rolex.

Now, the Real Fundación Hispania faces the arduous task of raising the necessary funds to carry out the indispensable, deep and costly restoration of the boat, whose state of neglect is once again worrying - but whose recovery is feasible, necessary, and desirable. At the moment, the HISPANIA remains moored in Puerto Sherry, and several experts have conducted their respective examinations of her condition. They issued their verdicts and assessed the cost of the work to be done at an initial estimate of around half a million euros.

But let's not be deceived, as the goal is not only to restore HISPANIA's ability to sail but also to make her shine again on the racecourses. For that, it is necessary to foresee a high budget capable of covering the expenses of a large and experienced crew, as well as those derived from a racing campaign: travel costs, repairs, tuning, etc... Obviously, it is not an easy task to obtain such a high budget, but on the other hand, we must consider that we are talking about a boat that should be considered a fundamental piece of Spain’s maritime heritage and therefore cannot and must not disappear.

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If extremely costly and highly commendable actions are carried out to protect and restore buildings or any type of asset classified as historical, why not also focus through the efforts of individuals, private companies, associations, or the administration itself on preserving a Crown Jewel like the HISPANIA? To enjoy its beautiful sight again, sailing at full speed and competing against the other existing 15mR would be the best tribute to the significant history of the Spanish naval industry. And to the brilliant role played by Spanish shipowners and sailors in the highest level of sailing competition. And to the more than deserved recognition of the quality of Spain’s master shipbuilders, capable of creating boats that, like the HISPANIA, have already celebrated their 115th anniversary.

Are we going to let her end her days abandoned to her fate without allowing her to continue ageing in full activity? What is important now is to join forces and make it clear that what matters here is to restore the HISPANIA to her lost splendour, moving beyond past actions of varying success and transparency, as well as claims of acquired rights that can only serve to hinder the future salvation of the boat, which is what really matters.

For the HISPANIA... all for one".

HISPANIA has been declared a Possession of Cultural Interest (Bien de Interés Cultural) by the Consell de Mallorca and Spanish Authorities. She can be made available to official organisations, entities, associations, companies and private in-

dividuals for institutional acts, cultural or sports events and marketing promotions. She can also serve as an imaging tool and draw the attention of the general public towards a greater appreciation for the sea and higher respect for the environment.

The Royal Hispania Foundation is officially recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports (Protectorate of Foundations). Consequently, all economic contributions will be entitled to fiscal deductions in favour of their donors.

If you wish to become a donor, sponsor or supporter of the project, please contact Jonathan Syrett, founding patron and International Relations of the Real Fundación Hispania de Barcos de Época at:

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Industry Insider

Cecil Wright Announce Central Agency for Sale of M/Y Kismet

Heesen Yachts YN 20655Dutch Craftsmanship and Italian Design Meet on Venus

Technology Updates

How Easy is it to Charter Your Yacht?

Floatist Digitalising the Yacht Charter Market

Cecil Wright Partner with Athena Pathway to Support the First Youth and Women’s America’s Cup

Varadero Valencia Welcomes More Large Yachts for Refits

‘ Candela C-8 Polestar Edition ’ Iconic Design with Electric Performance

Dinosaurs & Internet

6 Points Challenges

Ibiza JoySail Spain's Top Superyacht Race

Cecil Wright Announce Central Agency for Sale of M/Y Kismet

Cecil Wright is delighted to announce it has secured the global central agency for the largest yacht currently for sale for immediate use - the 95m Lurssen masterpiece, KISMET. This appointment includes a reduction in price of EUR 20,000,000. She is now asking EUR 149,000,000.

Designed to be the most spectacular luxury yacht available for charter, KISMET features the pioneering styling of acclaimed and award-winning design studio, Espen Oeino. For the interior, the owner’s brief to Reymond Langton Design was to create a feeling of relaxed opulence, based on a ‘Champagne & Caviar’ theme across both entertaining and private areas, whether guests are throwing a stylish party or simply relaxing over drinks.

KISMET has exemplary entertaining spaces to surpass all dayto-evening guests’ desires. A double-height main salon with accents of black and gold Art Deco architecture is accessed by an exquisite sweeping staircase spanning the main and upper deck aft. Beneath the staircase is a unique and ornate centrepiece grand piano ideally placed for guest entertaining, and the salon also features two fireplaces for tranquil after-hours relaxing. Other more informal entertaining spaces include the

sky lounge with its sumptuous and stylish décor and a large sports bar that opens out across the vast deck aft, which can effortlessly transform into a disco nightclub.

For leisure, one of her many highlights include a mosaic-tiled pool with an inset jacuzzi on the upper foredeck, designed to allow guests a panoramic viewpoint of the sea and coastlines whilst underway or at anchor. Another impressive exterior feature is the secondary helipad on the foredeck which doubles up as a basketball court, whilst the helipad on the bridge deck is easily converted into a relaxed outdoor lounging area. Guest comfort is assured at night as well as by day, by a fire pit with an integrated waterfall on the aft deck, allowing just the right amount of heat for guests who want to dine al fresco a short distance away. And to allow for outside dining in humid climates or windy weather conditions, there is a winter garden for guests on the upper deck.

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For onboard entertainment, KISMET has a myriad of options, including a cinema screen on the foredeck, a party-friendly and spacious main salon, and multiple exterior relaxing spaces. For the more active, there is a full suite of tenders and toys, including jet skis, towable toys, scuba diving and snorkelling equipment, as well as four tenders. This equipment is housed in a garage which also doubles up as a space for waterside aerobics and yoga. Other wellness features include a fully dedicated spa with hammam, spa bath, cold plunge pool, steam shower, massage room, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium with opening shell doors, which are all accessible via the central elevator. In addition, for hair and beauty, a separate salon was specifically designed outside the spa centre.

Continuing with the sports theme, reflective of her current owner’s passion, KISMET features a custom-built club room that can also be converted into a comfortably sized cinema. The staircase leading into the main salon is flanked by two full-height video walls allowing guests to socialise but also keep up with their favourite team.

As expected of a yacht of her size and calibre, KISMET is designed to comfortably accommodate 16 guests in 8 opulent staterooms, with the owner’s suite occupying the forward half of the upper deck. This master suite features his and her bathrooms, a private deck with jacuzzi, a personal office for attending to any necessary business, and direct access to the yacht’s helipad. Two further generously sized VIP suites on the main deck are decorated in the same opulent style as the interior social spaces, whilst the remaining staterooms adopt Art Deco and Japanese themes to provide a stunning array of sleeping options. To ensure guests have a high level of personal service, a crew of 26, plus Captain are on board to attend to all guest needs.

As a custom displacement yacht, KISMET also features ‘at anchor stabilisers’, increasing onboard comfort at anchor and in rough waters. With a cruising speed of 14 knots, a maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of 6,000nm from her 220,000 litre fuel tanks, she effortlessly combines performance with luxury.

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Cecil-Wright said: “KISMET is quite simply a masterpiece in today’s market and made more attractive by her asking price, which has been reduced by twenty million euros. This equates to a price per gross ton of 49,500 euros, which is about half of her current new-build cost, so offers phenomenal value to a new owner. Coupled with the fact that KISMET is available to start cruising immediately, for private use or on the charter market, she must surely be the best opportunity in the large yacht sector today.”

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YN 20655Dutch Craftsmanship and Italian Design Meet on Venus

Project Venus, the latest addition to Heesen’s bestselling 55-metre Steel Class, is currently in build at Talsma in Friesland, North of Holland.

To ensure high-quality standards, Heesen partnered with Talsma to construct steel hulls to avoid cross-contamination with the welding of the aluminium hulls at our facility in Oss. The hull construction is on track and currently 80% completed. Transport to our shipyard, engine installation, and joining are scheduled for September this year. She is available for sale, with delivery in Q2 2025.

Luca Dini Design and Architecture, the prestigious Italian studio, has been entrusted by Heesen to design Project Venus’ 760 GT interior. Silvia Margutti, head designer on the project, has created a unique and daring identity that remains friendly and pleasant, thriving on contrasts and providing a unique harmony.

Mark Cavendish, Heesen CCO, states:

"Project Venus presents a unique opportunity for clients who want a yacht big enough to accommodate luxury but compact enough to access small ports in the Mediterranean. Her sturdy hull and excellent seakeeping will offer safe and comfortable passages in all sea conditions. The ultra-performing FDHF hull form, powered by two IMO III engines of just 1,000kw each, will deliver a top speed of 15.5 knots. The top-notch Dutch quality and the short delivery time make Project Venus a unique opportunity for yacht connoisseurs who want to be involved in the fun part of decorating a luxurious home away from home, with the certainty of taking delivery of a yacht with proven performance and exceptional value."

Project Venus boasts six staterooms and sleeps twelve guests. The 96m² owner's quarters are located on the main deck forward and include a study with a large TV screen and sofa, a double dressing room, an elegant full-beam bathroom with Fior di Pesco Carnico floor-toceiling marble, and quirky Gessi Venti20 Serie in Black metal. On the lower deck, two double and two twin suites offer ample space for guests. A sixth cabin is located on the bridge deck. The main saloon features a well-proportioned and continuous space traditionally shared by a lounge and a dining area. The sea view floods in through side windows, reflected and amplified by mirrors, guiding the gaze towards the aft doors.

The sky lounge features outdoor furniture by Exteta to emphasise the connection with the aft terrace. The sundeck has a large hot tub connected to the bar and a lounge area ideal for kicking back and soaking up the views and the lifestyle. Meanwhile, the beach club and bar area on the lower deck offer easy access to the water.

Project Venus is the fifth collaboration between the Dutch Shipyard and leading Italian designer Luca Dini Design and Architecture.

Perry van Hirtum, Head of Interior Design at Heesen, comments:

"Over the years, we have developed a shared view on how to approach a new project, and now we genuinely enjoy working together, making the best of the Italian creativity and Dutch painstaking precision and construction quality."

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It's worth exploring the latest technological advancements that can enhance your yachting experience. From navigation tools to communication devices, there are a variety of new solutions available to help you stay connected and safe on the water. Join me as we delve into the latest innovations in maritime technology.

Chat GPT.

You should try out and have fun with Chat GPT!

Ihave been playing around with Chat GPT to see how much of my monthly column I could get Chat GPT to write on my behalf. My introduction above was written by Chat GPT! It required some detailed context to get 50 words written, but I’m sure you’ll agree that it is very articulate and informative.

Should we really be worried about Chat GPT and AI?

My early working life, I started as an electronics engineer and I soon morphed into a software designer and systems analyst. I became deeply immersed in the appreciation of how man creates lines of code to replicate a function and then another function and then another. I realised man was limited to executing one function at a time. But, when all these functions are programmed into a computer, they can be executed simultaneously, by the computer. For decades, man has been downloading into computer code all our knowledge and functions, simultaneous to the logarithmic increase in the processing power of the computer chip. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been created by man downloading all our knowledge into code. The capability of the software today is very sophisticated, but remember it has been programmed by man, to be used by man, it has not been created by machine or an alien being!

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Our concerns should be focused on stopping man from creating programs for nefarious reasons rather than machines becoming intelligent. I hope current international initiatives to manage AI focus on taking the correct direction. The press love scaremongering by proclaiming that AI is being developed by the machines themselves. Which it is not.

There are many positives that this software can be used for. My daughter’s boyfriend, who is a dentist with Catalan as his first language, told me recently that he will probably never personally write an email in English ever again, as Chat GPT does a much better job. I have to say he’s quite right, and this will certainly help people in many areas.

Look at the text that follows in italics. I asked Chat GPT to write 250 words about using Chat GPT in the yachting industry and this is what it generated in about 20 seconds!!

The yachting industry is renowned for its luxurious and exclusive experiences, but it is also an industry where efficiency and convenience are highly valued. Chat GPT, an AI language model, has the potential to revolutionize the yachting industry by providing a range of benefits, from simplifying communication to improving customer service and enhancing safety.

One of the most significant advantages of Chat GPT is its ability to streamline communication. With its natural language processing capabilities, Chat GPT can understand and respond to customer requests and inquiries in real-time, reducing the need for manual input and enabling faster response times. This is particularly beneficial for yacht charters, where customers often have specific requests and require information about a range of services, including catering, entertainment, and logistics.

Another advantage of Chat GPT is its ability to improve customer service. With its 24/7 availability, Chat GPT can provide customers with instant assistance, regardless of their location or time zone. This can help to enhance the customer experience and build brand loyalty, particularly for luxury yacht charters where customer satisfaction is paramount.

Chat GPT can also enhance safety in the yachting industry.

By monitoring weather conditions and providing real-time updates, Chat GPT can help captains and crew members plan their routes and make informed decisions. Additionally, Chat GPT can analyze data and identify potential safety risks, such as equipment malfunctions or emergency situations, enabling proactive measures to be taken to prevent accidents.

In conclusion, Chat GPT has the potential to revolutionize the yachting industry by providing a range of benefits, from streamlining communication to enhancing customer service and improving safety. While there are undoubtedly challenges to be overcome, such as ensuring data privacy and security, the potential benefits of Chat GPT in the yachting industry are significant and worth exploring further

Apart from some American spelling (analyze with a “z”), it’s not bad at all. I can certainly see why teachers and lecturers are concerned. I did ask it to write about various other subjects and it was not always quite so successful.

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A very interesting Starlink installation solution for a performance sailboat

We have been installing Starlink Maritime systems on at least one yacht per day since we became an Authorised Reseller, and this installation, for a performance sailing yacht, is an excellent example.

The Starlink panel is mounted on top of an ensign staff on the transom of the yacht. The location avoids rigging, sail, and mast shadow as much as possible. The ensign staff mount was designed and constructed in carbon fibre in Mallorca by BM Composites and is suitable for sailing yachts of all sizes. A neat mounting solution!

Most importantly, the customer is very happy with both the installation and the Starlink service. Captain Simon Tibbot of SY Shagala Bagala has reported download speeds of 392Mbps whilst sailing at 10 knots with a heel of 30 degrees.

In addition to the Starlink service, Captain Simon has contracted our Big Data Europe 4&5G Pay-as-you-Go service as a back-up and said he is “...very happy and grateful…” for e3’s delivery and support.

We have Starlink Maritime panels in stock for immediate delivery from our bases in Mediterranean Spain, the French Riviera and Fort Lauderdale.

Starlink RV/Roam is being switched off AT SEA.

Following on from my previous column in which I mentioned Starlink had changed the name of its RV service to Roam, they have reduced the service to the lowest priority and made it clear it is only for use on land. They soon began detecting use offshore and started sending messages to the users informing them that the system was being used illegally.

Over the last few weeks, we have heard of several instances of Roam systems being switched off at sea even if the user has selected the global tariff. This is happening now.

The question is, how far offshore will they work? This is quite generous in certain areas but not in others. For example, if you sail from Palma to Alcudia Bay, coverage will be good across Palma Bay but then it becomes limited along the east coast, very close inshore

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Starlink started charging for overage on 1st June.

From 1st June 2023 Starlink has started charging for data used over and above the Data Cap of the plan selected (overage). The data plans can be either 5TB, 1TB or 50GB per month. Starlink now charges a rate per GB charge for data used above the Data Cap. The end user has the option to stop the service when they reach the Data Cap or to pay the GB overage rate. However, if the Starlink system has been purchased from Starlink directly, the end-user must manually monitor their data usage via the App to avoid getting into Bill Shock territory

However, if the Starlink system has been supplied by us, then our Client Portal includes a warning system that automatically sends a warning by email when the Data Cap is in sight and just before it is reached so that the user can take action to avoid Bill Shock.

Our system also allows the user to allow the Data Cap to be exceeded, but then to send warnings when reaching either a user-defined fixed amount of data or US$ value above the Data Cap that is defined by the user as acceptable.

Many of our clients are heading to sea for their summer season in the Med.

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• Fully featured Starlink Maritime high power, flat panel systems in stock where yachts operate.

• Fast up to 350Mbps down.

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• Starlink Support by e3 from our 24/7 SOC.

• Includes our my.e3s client portal to set and manage custom warnings of reaching data limits to avoid BILL SHOCK.

• Use with your other existing services.

• Or use our Starlink companions: Big Data 4&5G Pay-as-you-Go, and daily VSAT on demand in areas where Starlink doesn't work or as a backup.

• We will install it and tune up your IT and networks to handle the bandwidth.

• We have a multitude of additional services to help you get the best out your Starlink!

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How easy is it to charter your yacht?


Matthew Attard is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ shipping and yachting team, with particular focus on the registration and sales/acquisitions of vessels, the formation and support of shipping organisations and companies,. Matthew regularly assists clients in corporate matters and M&A transactions as well as major financial institutions and owners in the financing of vessels and related matters.

Many new owners of luxury yachts often feel that they can offset part of the operational expenses of running their vessel by chartering it to others when it is otherwise not in use. Although a great idea in theory, leasing a yacht can be trickier than one would think and it is advisable that one is properly educated, guided and get facts straight in order to avoid disappointment, unnecessary costs and headaches.

For one thing, an owner needs to be prepared to share his / her prized possession and accept the fact that others who may be interested in chartering it, might not be as careful as they are with it. If this first hurdle is surpassed, then trickier issues need to be considered:

Can the yacht be chartered legally?

Flag states require that the yacht meets certain conditions in order for a vessel to be eligible to be used for commercial purposes. Under the Maltese system, you would need to adhere to the standards imposed by the Commercial Yacht Code and actually convert the yacht’s status from private use to commercial vessel. Such conversion and its viability (both financial and physical) will really depend on the yacht’s specs. Generally, yachts over 24 meters comply to the commercial yacht standards with relative ease. Although, it must be pointed out that they might also need to undergo certain alterations and face certain expenses in order to render them eligible.

Tax implications are also another major consideration when one is looking into this segment. How will tax be accounted for? Where is it paid? What are the rates? What are the risks of conversion to the vessel’s tax status?

One must also be aware of certain tax breaks associated with operating a commercial yacht, such as state aid incentives, provided as well as a reduced tax on services.

Owners should also have realistic expectations concerning how frequently the yacht will actually be chartered and in use by others. The peak season for chartering is rather limited. When one factors in the reality that the owner would also like to make use of it during the ideal time, income expectations might need to be recalibrated accordingly.

It is imperative to engage people who understand the industry and have the necessary experience in order to guide you through foreseeable pitfalls. Having good local representation will also ensure that the owner is provided with alternative options which may better cater for their needs. For example, the Maltese system allows for fast conversion to / from pleasure status in an efficient and cost sensitive way.

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As with all businesses really, and good advisor will often be able to ask the pertinent questions, steer the client in the right direction and provide options which ultimately will ensure better return on investment.

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Floatist, a startup founded in February 2022, is a SaaS company disrupting the yacht charter industry. CEO Cindy Allis and CTO Albert Yera Gomez co-founded the fully remote company.

With an entire team passionate about sailing and technology, the company is solving the operational challenges faced by fleet operators and yacht charter companies through its innovative productivity tool. The app provides a platform for clients and companies to use self-check-in and check-out, a scheduling and tracking boat maintenance tool, and is integrated with various popular booking systems.

From the beginning to the end of the chartering process, Floatist is on hand to offer support through its one-stopshop support function. This creates a better and more streamlined process for back-office operations for the yacht charter company and an enhanced customer experience for the charter client. Charter clients have access to a fully digital yacht manual with equipment explanations that allow them to come more prepared to their charter, and feel more at ease during charter.

Floatist is playing a considerable role in the much-needed digitisation of the industry by offering solutions to improve internal communication between the client and the charter company. It offers support to clients through the app, keeps track of maintenance, and provides data to analyse trends.

Digitalising the Yacht Charter Market

The future looks bright for Floatist as they continue to launch additional features to their app. Although they only launched with their first customers less than a year ago, the startup already has 200 boats using the platform and is preparing for a very busy summer season ahead with plenty of new customers to support.

The forthcoming months will see a few exciting features such as ultra-fast check-in, enabling clients to sign the contract and pay the deposit while still at home. Also, the ability to order additional services via the app, such as water toys or even a grocery delivery service ready for when a customer steps aboard. New features such as inventory management will be released imminently for yacht charter companies.

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The world's oldest sporting trophy, the America’s Cup, is holding the first-ever Women’s and Youth America’s Cup regatta in Barcelona in 2024. Britain's bid for this progressive new regatta is called Athena Pathway, led by Hannah Mills OBE, the world's most accomplished female Olympic sailor.

Athena Pathway Programme aims to fast track the development of female and youth athletes into high-performance sailing and increase diversity in the professional sport both on and off the water, including into the America’s Cup and SailGP.

Two-time Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Hannah Mills OBE, commented. “I’ve always felt passionate about winning, but closing the gender gap in this sport and leaving a legacy for the next generation of sailors is equally as important to me. The long-term vision is not only to win the Women’s and Youth America’s Cup but also to create equal opportunity on and off the water in professional sailing, leaving a lasting, positive impact on our sport. And we couldn’t do this without our partners, like Cecil Wright, who understand the world of competitive sailing and have been on this journey with us from the start.”

Athena Pathway was set up by Sir Ben Ainslie for female and youth sailors to level the playing field in high-performance foiling sailing. The Women’s and Youth team representing Britain in Barcelona will be led by the most decorated female sailor of all time.


Pathway to Support the First Youth and Women’s America’s Cup

International superyacht brokerage, Cecil Wright has has announced their announced their partnership with Athena Pathway, the British Challenger for the Youth and Women’s America’s Cup in 2024.

Chris Cecil Wright commented: “The same 24/7 grit, tenacity and talent is essential to win in yachting as a sport as well as a business. We see those worlds increasingly intersect, our clients love yachting, our team are accomplished sailors, and we already support youth sailing, and have done for many years, so it’s the most authentic and supportive partnership.

It’s also an incredibly fun sport to be involved in and really captures the hearts and minds of all who are involved. It’s no secret Sir Jim Ratcliffe calls my introduction to Sir Ben Ainslie his ‘most expensive gin and tonic’ ever as it resulted in INEOS backing for the 36th and 37th America’s Cup. However, I think he would agree now it’s given him some nail-biting entertainment!”

Cecil Wright is a boutique superyacht brokerage house formed in 2013 by Chris Cecil-Wright. The company was founded around a central desire not to be the biggest brokerage but the best.

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Varadero Valencia Welcomes More Large Yachts for Refits

Varadero Valencia, has seen more superyachts up to 300 tons grace its hardstanding than in previous years. With refit & repair jobs now completed, these yachts are ready to set off for the summer having enjoyed excellent services, convenient facilities, and outstanding customer service in the strategically located city of Valencia.

VARADERO VALENCIA has worked relentlessly in recent years to offer better service and quality. With an enhanced quality control system, internal audits of jobs carried out, and regular reviews of the entire refit & repair process, operations have been meticulously monitored from start to finish.

The team of project managers -all of them experts in the refit & repair of different profiles of luxury yachts- has been reinforced to provide personalised and fully dedicated service. Customer experience has been significantly enhanced with access to the facilities of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia (where Varadero Valencia is located), such as tennis courts, paddle courts, swimming pool, restaurants, etc.

VARADERO VALENCIA had 100% occupancy rates this refit season and witnessed a +10% rise in large yachts, both sailing

and motor with full refits being the best-rated jobs. From deck replacements and repairs, hydraulics, mechanics, electricity, rigging, upholstery and interiors to fairing, polishing, metallic paints, and double-coat lacquering, provided expertly by Monzó Yacht Painting. Meanwhile, the highly renowned The Carpentry is famed for its experts in both interior and exterior woodwork.

The 26-metre M/Y Taureana and the 27-metre M/Y Griffioen are just two of this year's happy customers who have spent time at the yard.

John Horn, Captain of Griffioen, comments, "After forty years using this type of facility all over the world, I can definitely say that at Varadero Valencia there's organisation, smooth workflows, professionalism, great carpenters and a great team in general. This streamlines all the jobs and makes your stay at a refit yard much more comfortable…. this yard is probably the best I've ever been to".

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Iconic Design with Electric Performance

Polestar and Candela reveal the next phase of their partnership – the Candela C-8 Polestar edition. Combining Polestar’s Scandinavian take on luxury EV design with Candela’s innovative electric hydrofoil boat, the new Candela C-8 Polestar edition unites the two companies’ shift to more sustainable electric mobility.

The bespoke design includes a new solid light grey colour, specially designed seat upholstery, and hydrofoils painted in iconic Swedish gold.

“Candela’s hydrofoil technology is a paradigm shift for sustainable performance in the marine industry. Like the first time driving an electric car, you instantly feel that this is the future when the boat ‘takes off’ – and now with the special gold details that we so proudly exhibit on our cars,” says Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.

Previously, the two Swedish premium mobility brands reached an agreement for Polestar to supply batteries and charging technology to power Candela’s electric hydrofoil boats*. The Candela C-8 Polestar edition brings Polestar’s expression of Scandinavian luxury to the marine industry. A new solid grey exterior colour complimented by a lighter grey tone for interior areas gives the boat a sleek and uniform look which is strengthened by the use of the same marine-certified textile everywhere - from seats, cushions and sunbeds to wall and roof panels.

Design upgrades also bring expertise from the automotive industry with specially designed seat upholstery that offers outstanding comfort and enhances the experience of a smooth and silent ride in an electric hydrofoil boat.

“Aesthetic excellence is an intrinsic value, but it can also serve as a powerful driving force towards a sustainable future. At Candela, our primary focus is to create vessels that are more compelling in every respect. I am therefore very happy about the C-8 Polestar edition and our collaboration with the brilliant team at Polestar,” says Gustav Hasselskog, CEO & founder Candela.

The Candela C-8 uses an efficient 75 kW electric direct drive pod motor and reduces energy consumption by up to 80% compared to traditional motorboats. Pricing starts from EUR 400,000/ USD 450,000. Production takes place at Candela’s factory in Stockholm, Sweden, and deliveries are expected from June 2024.

*From 2023, all Candela C-8 boats will be powered by the 69-kWh battery and charging hardware from the standard-range Polestar 2, giving a range of up to 57 nautical miles on one charge at a cruising speed of 22 knots.

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Partner and manager of two marinas in Mallorca for 15 years Oscar has been designer and consultant for marina projects in various countries, and designer of customized marina elements. He has shared his experience through more tan 30 conferences in 12 countries and has written numerous articles for Marina World and other international nautical magazines.

Oscar is a Certified Marina Professional, was founder director of the Global Marina Institute, member of ICOMIA’s Marinas Committee, member of PIANC Recreational Marine Committee, Convenor of ISO TC228 WG8 “Yacht Harbours”, member of the Global Marine Business Advisers (GMBA) group and founding member of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association.

Traditionally, a human being who has made it to an outstanding position, be it by knowledge, management skills, or as a craftsman, defends that position and holds to it like cats clinging with their paws to the back of a sofa. If that person has earned their position by personal effort and knowledge, experience and results (not only economic), then such behaviour is reasonable. Unfortunately, such positions are often abused.

Historically and culturally, lifelong achievement postings have been granted as a prize by governments, associations, clubs and other groups of people united by a common interest. And a lot of people have deserved it and made good use of it, lest for those who have received it as a currency payment for favours done, or for having good connections, and whose merits do not meet those fundamental qualities to deserve it.

We see this almost daily in all types of communications media, and it is perhaps politics where the cases are seen more frequently, not necessarily because it is where it occurs most, but because they are not careful enough, making themselves an easy target.

Now to the point:


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In the nautical industry, there are many, many groups of people who are defined by higher and common interests; learning to know the sea and the wind; to live with and enjoy them. And there are also other groups defined by their club, class, sports variant or type of propulsion, among others. And the port and maritime authorities. And the nautical industry associations, and the federations.

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Let's go back to the singular person. Until about 70 years ago, they climbed and climbed and reached the pinnacle of the pyramid, and stayed there at the very top until their retirement or death. That person learned a lot in their career and performance, applied their experience, and made things work. But in the last 20 years, all this has been disrupted. Why? Because we are not coping quickly enough with the way the world is changing around us. Our capacity to adapt drags behind 21st-century technology and the social changes implied. The dependence on the mobile telephone is not totally negative, because if we do not depend on instant communication, someone related to us would.

We live in society and, as part of it, must adapt to its rules and best practices. It is sometimes very hard to reach this speed, especially for those who are over 40 and were hit almost suddenly. We, the mature, had to adapt to taking the blows (intellectual and emotional), as well as to use computers. In the ‘80s, many started with PCs at about 35 years old. Windows did not exist, and we had to make our way to acquire a more or less passable familiarity with the gadget, and then the mouse – which you could not get rid of by having a cat next to you!

I believe that anyone who so wishes can remain aware of what is happening around them, be it the radius of their comfort circle of 100m or 10,000 km. But what should be interpreted thanks to that information will be a mix of what your experience, knowledge and emotions tell you. And that's where I doubt that in a society that is changing at a much faster pace

than it was 50 years ago, someone who was born in the '40s and' 50s of the last century, however modern, can interpret what that society demands in 2021.

Much of the experience of those past years will be less and less useful in a world which gives no value to looking back, because those who have already grown with mobile phones, iPads, tattoos and piercings may not have the minimum experience to put into perspective the base values of yesteryear. But it is also true that those base values are being lost as educational priorities, and very few people are interested in applying them.

These social dinosaurs should be kept close to people of the next generation to help them not become an anomaly of the present, clinging to their past. When Rome’s victorious generals paraded into the city after their triumphs, they had to have a slave at their side whispering, "Remember that you are mortal”. It was an anchor that kept them down to earth; a voice of reality at the times when they were flying high. We must venerate those who proved they deserve it but help them connect with a today that they (we) do not understand.

I admire those who realise this and step aside, not trying to perpetuate themselves, and I hope that their example will abound in our nautical industry and help us to take adequate and very, very necessary steps.

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The penultimate weekend of May saw the 7th edition of the Reverence Hotels’ 6points Mallorca. This 3-day charity cycle ride, superbly supported by Calvia council, visits all the most extreme compass points of the island and the highest and lowest points accessible by road - Puig Major and anywhere by the sea, respectively!

Founded in 2017 by local expats Bryan Visser and Phil Crawford, what initially started with a handful of riders to raise a bit of money for various local charities has grown year on year, with the 2023 entry being the biggest yet at 89 participants, with many in the yachting sector taking part.

Title sponsorship arrived in 2020, in the form of Reverence Hotels of Santa Ponsa. This secured the entirely self-funding event that has, since its inception, been driven by making it the best rider experience possible. And it shows - with superb organisation attracting a bigger field every year, not least due to the inclusivity of the event, and the accommodation of variations in ability and fitness.

With the field divided into two main groups of Muntanas and Vallees, one doing the entire Tramuntana on the first day and the other the lower route, further subdivision in ability means that if you can ride a bike at a decent-ish pace for three days, there is a place on this event for you. For the truly nuts, this year also included an ‘Everesting’ group - which included 8850m of climbing. All the groups had their own support vehicles, manned by over 27 volunteers dishing out refreshments and mechanical support - and mercifully, no first aid!

Lavish meals were enjoyed at each evening’s hotel stopover, and all luggage was transported between the hotels - impeccably organised by Ticket Travel, supporters of the event from the very beginning. The camaraderie that builds within each individual group and the event overall is what makes this ride what it is - everyone becoming a big family by the time they cross the finish line on the final day. The grand finale arrival was beautifully hosted by the new Vino Del Mar restaurant in Port Adriano, the port itself having lent great support in hosting the start and finish for the third year running.

The 2023 ride has so far raised over €50,000 for various locals charities -Asdica, Yachting Gives Back (Shambala Foundation) and SOS Animal- a Calvia based animal rescue centre. Since its first event, 6Points has now raised no less than €210,000 for various charities, with much of this coming from overseas riders, aware of Mallorca’s status as one of the best cycling locations anywhere on the planet.

There are many ways to access road cycling in Mallorca, but none that has focused on the rider experience to anything like the scale of 6Points Challenges. It will unquestionably be a sell out again next year, and deserves to be.

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Ibiza JoySail



Between fifteen and twenty superyachts, including J Class boats, will race between STP Shipyard Palma and Marina Ibiza from 27 to 30 September.

The Ibiza-based race is now invitational, making it a truly exclusive event.

Palma/Ibiza, June 15th. In just two editions, Ibiza JoySail has become one of the leading superyacht races in the Med. Its third edition will be held from 27 to 30 September 2023, coinciding with the end of the summer season, with STP Shipyard Palma as the starting point and Marina Ibiza as the host port.

The third Ibiza JoySail has aroused huge amounts of interest among superyachts. As a result, the Organising Committee has decided to make it an invitational event due to the sheer number of applications eager to take part. As from this year, the maximum number of competing yachts will be twenty, making the race truly exclusive and highly desirable.

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Another novelty this year is that the event will start on Wednesday 27 September, with the now traditional offshore race between the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza (where S/Y Moat set the overall record in 2022) and will end on Saturday 30 September with various racing courses between Ibiza and Formentera. Unlike the previous two editions, it will finish on Saturday instead of Sunday, meaning that owners will have one more day to enjoy the island before leaving.

The exclusivity of Ibiza JoySail, and the fact that it takes place at one of the Med's most desirable marinas, has attracted a whole host of yachts from 24 metres like a Swan 80, a Wally 80, to some 100 feet Southern Wind and 50 metre boats like a Royal Huisman 165.

Since the outset, Swans have been racing in the event, with repeating participants like the Swan 115 S/Y Moat defending her overall winner title from the past two years.

The spectacular Moat, owned by Juan Ball, has been and continues to be one of the best ambassadors for Ibiza JoySail. Ball debuted with her in Ibiza and didn’t want to miss a single edition, so this year he's racing as the current overall winner titleholder and the current recordholder of the first ever Palma-Ibiza race, which is the opening event of each year's regatta.

In addition to Moat, repeating participants this year include Hyperion (Frers 155), Bliss (YD 120), All Smoke (SWRP90) and Sapma (Swan 80). One debuting team will be Prevail (Tripp 90), whose captain Paul Middelberg is very excited about coming to Ibiza, saying that "ever since the launch of JoySail, we've been keen to take part in the event. We know several boats and crews who speak wonders of the event, calling it one of the best races around". Prevail is one of the yachts that after completing the season in Europe will be heading over to the Caribbean. "This will be her first ever race, so we're looking forward to the heat and breeze to get accustomed to the superyacht circuit. Ibiza JoySail serves as a warm-up before the boat sails over to the Caribbean to compete in the St. Barth's Bucket. After the event, we'll cruise a little bit more before preparing the trip across the Atlantic", explains Middelberg.

Other yachts that have confirmed their entries are Borkumriff (Royal Huisman 165), L'Hippocampe (Swan 100), Jasi (Swan 115), Aurelius (Dysktra 111), Aragon (SW94), Y-Not (Y8 80), and Tilakkhana (Wally 80).


No other class is as exclusive as the J Class, which are exact replicas of old America's Cup boats. The inclusion of the J Class definitely adds some spice to Ibiza JoySail, which at the time being will see Topaz and Svea out on the racecourse. This will be the first time that majestic J Class yachts will be sailing in Ibiza waters, having chosen Ibiza JoySail as the perfect place for their premiere.


Even though Ibiza JoySail is a fiercely competitive regatta, it's also a family event and an opportunity for crews to enjoy all the attractions of Ibiza. That's why Ibiza JoySail has created the Family & Friends community, where both participants and companions can soak up the atmosphere and spend the event in the best way possible, either at sea or on land.

Marina Ibiza boasts an array of dining and leisure options, as well as luxury and exclusive boutiques showcasing designer fashion and accessories. What's more, the themed parties held every night are another of the event's top attractions.In short, Ibiza JoySail is the perfect event for these superyachts to close the season, before some cross the Atlantic for the Caribbean racing season and others stay in Europe wintering at facilities such as STP Shipyard Palma (promoter and co-organiser of Ibiza JoySail together with Marina Ibiza) for refit & repair works.

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Ruan Weltz, (31) hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. He grew up in an area called Alberton. His parents later moved to the small-town of Phalaborwa, next to the Kruger national park when he was at university. He’s called it home ever since

How has yachting changed your life?

I left South Africa in 2015 to start my overseas adventure. I’m currently working as a Chief Stew on-board the Royal Huisman classic sloop, Wisp. I’ve been in the industry now for seven years. In my free time, I love to ski. Growing up in South Africa, I never experienced snow, so I got my taste for skiing in Bremen, Germany. I also enjoy reading, sketching, and drawing landscapes.

What did you do before yachting?

I was at the University of Pretoria studying architecture. One of my most exciting projects was being involved with the Soccer World Cup 2010. I loved architecture and was considering it for a career, but I had also craved to travel and see the world. I’ve also worked in hospitality, including various jobs in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

I then ran away to join the circus! Well…not quite, but I did travel to the US to work in a Carnival! I ran a food concession stand. We travelled to different county fairs all around mid-north America, all the way down south to Louisiana and Florida. It was there that I discovered the wonderful world of yachting!

How did your yachting career first begin?

After a lot of research and saving money, I bought my ticket to Europe. This was where my adventure began! I travelled to Antibes, in the South of France, and I was lucky enough to get a room in the Grapevine crew house. The owners were amazing and really looked after ‘green crew’ helping with CV’s and finding daywork. It was the owners who suggested I should look for an interior role because of my hospitality work experience.

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with Ruan Weltz

Chief Steward

My first job was on-board MY Ilona, an 82m but when I joined, she was 74m. The boat underwent a huge extension period, adding in 2 helipads and a larger swim platform.

This job was supposed to be just seasonal. I worked as a regular steward, floating around the interior. I covered everything from housekeeping to back-of-house and laundry. This is where I met the owner’s personal Butler, Martin. He recommended to the owner to keep me on after the season. Showing that I was eager to learn service, he took me under his wing and became my mentor.

From Martin I learned so much and it was he who suggested I do a Butler certification course to further my career. After being there for 5 years, I became Head of Service and absolutely loved it. I felt very fortunate. I was used to service in restaurants and not the seven-star level demanded on yachts. Both Martin and this course propelled me into the career I have today. I will always be grateful to him and the owner for giving me this opportunity.

What has been the favourite yacht you’ve worked on and why?

A hard question… I’ve worked on 2 yachts in seven years. A superyacht and now on a smaller sailing yacht and I’ve enjoyed both for different reasons. I enjoyed Ilona because of the large crew we worked with but also the space, as it’s not so claustrophobic as on a sail yacht. However, on Wisp, I feel much closer and more connected to the owner and the crew. Sail yachts, I feel, are much more relaxed than motor yachts.

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What are the best parts about working on-board?

Seeing the world and travelling with crew and guests from all different cultures and backgrounds.

Crew comradery! You meet friends for life in yachting and no matter how far everyone travels, when you meet up again, it feels like no time has passed.

And who doesn’t love tax free living! With no living expenses or bills to pay, pretty much everything is taken care of, so the wages are all yours!

As a gay man, I have been lucky with the boat’s owners, captains and crew who have all been very accepting of my sexuality. The owner knew I was working on-board with my partner and was completely fine. This is not always the case everywhere.

What are the worst parts about working on-board?

I love yachting, therefore I chose it as a career. There is so much to love and very little to hate. If I had to choose one thing; it’s when you realise you are getting paid for the time that keeps you away from the people you love. Missing out on life events and special celebrations makes you think about what is most important in life

How do you keep sane on charter/trips?

It’s important to make time for yourself, even if you must steal the time. Whilst I enjoy dinner and nights out with the crew, I think you need a hobby so you can take some time out. I find a quiet corner to read a book. Meditation is very calming and relaxes the mind, but yoga is always fun, especially with other crew members joining in the farting and falling over!

It’s important to take the time to just sit and contemplate life. Enjoy the moment and appreciate where you are and how lucky you are to be there.

What are your best strategies for pampering owners and guests?

In my experience, even the super-rich and famous want to be treated as normal human beings. If you do that and provide a friendly, personal service, they are very appreciative.

However, the world NO does not exist!

Always go the extra mile…Yes, we get paid to do this, but it’s not just a job.

I genuinely CARE about whether the owners and guests are happy and are having a good time. I want to exceed their expectations, not just meet them!

“The Impossible is for the unwilling”. John

What’s the coolest thing you have done for owners and guests?

I was a designated tour guide for a guest excursion to the stunning Krka waterfalls in Croatia. However, I didn’t know a thing about them. So I had to do a lot of research and preparation beforehand so I could give them the full experience!

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What’s the coolest thing for you?

I was a designated chauffeur and used to go on the owner’s helicopter to pick up guests. As well as driving, I got to go on all the excursions with them and see places I would not normally see.

What is your on-board pet hate?

- Crew using things and leaving them around and not putting them back

- Dirty sink or cups, plates and cutlery left next to the dishwasher

- Unhelpful crew – “This is not my job” type attitude

ONE BOAT, ONE CREW – working together to make the owners and guests happy.

What are your favourite yachting destinations?

Oh, I have a few!

Palma: It’s like a mini-Barcelona but not as busy! There is so much to see and do here. You have everything: mountains, beaches, nature reserves, wildlife, gastronomy, local vineyards,... I love being immersed in Spanish culture. A personal highlight for me so far was diving with sharks in Palma Aquarium.

Antigua: I met my current partner and one of my best friends there. It may be a small island, but you are guaranteed to run into people you know from yachting. You can walk into any bar, and you will see someone you haven’t seen for years.

Croatia: It’s a small country that often gets overlooked. Croatia has so much history and so many beautiful Islands. The coastline is stunning, and the sailing is amazing. I’m a big Game of Thrones fan, so visiting Dubrovnik was also a personal highlight.

What advice would you offer to anyone who wanted to join the world of yachting?

Don’t give up… Joining yachting can be the hardest thing to do. The second hardest is leaving yachting!

If you could give your 20-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change anything in my life… However, if you find yourself unhappy, then change things. Change is good. Don’t be scared to leave your comfort zone… Know you can do it!

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UKSA Superyacht Cadetship Course

85% Female Increase in

This course is a fantastic alternative to university and uniquely, students earn while they learn so they can pay off their course fees while they’re working and training in the industry. Not only is the course all-inclusive of food and accommodation during the training phases, there are also grants and funding available to make the course available to as many young people as possible”.

UKSA has reported an 85 percent increase in the number of women undertaking its Superyacht Cadetship from 2022 to 2023. This demonstrates a positive response to the charity’s work aimed at driving diversification and appealing to more women to take up a maritime career.

The Isle of Wight-based charity, which provides life-enhancing water-based adventures, education, and world-leading maritime training, has seen an increase in the number of women from 10.8 percent to 20 percent from 2022 to 2023. Available to those aged 18-25, and still accepting applicants for its September 2023 intake, the structured four-year programme is designed to train the future officer of the superyacht industry and was created with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It equips graduates with a strong foundation of knowledge and offers a realistic understanding of what it takes to succeed in a career in the superyacht industry.

James Potipher, Cadetship Manager at UKSA said: “UKSA has been working on increasing accessibility into the maritime industry with structured pathways and providing opportunities to those that may not have been able to access this route and women in particular often feel this kind of opportunity is not accessible to them. It’s really positive to see a shift towards greater diversification and we hope the numbers continue to grow in roles that are traditionally male-dominated departments on board.

Cadets also have the opportunity to undertake a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science during phases one and three of the Superyacht Cadetship, which is awarded by the University of Plymouth. The option gives additional careers and training pathways into different sectors in the maritime industry.

The course comprises five phases; phase one will see cadets developing skills and knowledge of seamanship and safety as well as industry qualifications. Phase two sees students employed on a superyacht as an entry-level deckhand and phase three progresses cadets from a junior deckhand to more senior positions on board, such as lead deckhand or bosun by building on their working experience. Phase four gives the cadets watch-keeping experience in a paid employment role, which will see them practically applying and honing the techniques and practices learned. The final stage is the Officer of the Watch 3000gt training with cadets studying senior modules towards a final examination.

As a charity, UKSA has funding opportunities available for students who would otherwise struggle and can help with assisted funding towards the Superyacht Cadetship programme.

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Making comparisons is a natural human tendency, but if you find that it is causing you distress or affecting your self-esteem, there are ways to reduce and manage the habit. This topic comes up a lot with my counselling clients and leadership students, so I thought it would be a useful one to address. Here are some strategies to help you stop making comparisons:


The first step is to become aware of when you're making comparisons. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings when you find you’re comparing yourself to others. Acknowledge that comparisons are occurring and recognise their negative impact on your well-being. Start noticing the situations that cause you to play the comparison game. Using a therapeutic tool such as ‘thought stopping’ or CBT is an effective way to learn how to overcome your negative thoughts. Also, consider setting boundaries such as how you spend your time on social media. If you are feeling low after scrolling, consider managing the time you spend it on it and what you expose yourself to.


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Embrace your strengths, weaknesses, and unique qualities. Remind yourself that everyone has their own journey and that you are on your own path. Practice self-compassion and appreciate yourself for who you are. So often we can focus our thoughts on what we don’t have rather than what we do have. This keeps us stuck in a spiral of negative thinking. A simple activity to switch your mindset is to create a ‘compliment bucket’. This is where you can collect feedback and affirmations you receive throughout the day or week.


Try to surround yourself with positive influences and supportive individuals who appreciate you for who you are. A common theme that has come up recently with my counselling clients is the feeling of loneliness. They are missing meaningful connections and conversations. When on board, make sure you engage with or stay connected to individuals who are authentic and have your best interests.

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Take time to acknowledge and celebrate your own accomplishments - big or small. Set personal goals and work towards them, focusing on your progress rather than comparing them to others. Recognise your unique talents and strengths and nurture them. In our Advanced Leadership course, we complete an array of assessments to learn about ourselves and our strengths. A great assessment to do is the VIA character strengths analysis.


Cultivate a sense of gratitude for what you have in your life. When you appreciate the things you already possess, it becomes easier to let go of comparisons and envy. It is impossible to feel gratitude and envy at the same time. There is a great saying “where focus goes, energy flows. And where energy flows, whatever you're focusing on grows.” This means that your life is controlled by what you focus on. That's why you need to be intentional in choosing to focus your energy where it matters.


Embrace the belief that your abilities and qualities can be developed through effort and dedication. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on self-improvement and personal growth. See challenges as opportunities for learning and development. In the TCC Tribe membership, we provide guidance, support, and resources to crew members looking to excel in their careers and improve their overall well-being.


Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfilment. Nurture healthy habits such as exercise, meditation, journaling, or pursuing hobbies. When you prioritise self-care, you shift your focus on comparing yourself to others to nurturing your own well-being.


If comparisons continue to significantly impact your self-esteem and well-being, consider seeking support from a trusted friend, family member, or therapist. They can provide guidance, offer perspective, and help you develop strategies to overcome the habit of comparing yourself to others.

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Remember, breaking the habit of making comparisons takes time and effort. Be patient and kind to yourself as you work towards a healthier mindset and a greater sense of self-acceptance.

The Balearic Summer is on!

Choose Evolution as your agent

Spain is a favourite summer destination for superyacht guests, owners, and crew, and it is easy to see why. Its crystal-clear Mediterranean beaches, bright sunshine, delicious gastronomy, and much more add up to an unsurpassable reputation as a summer hotspot for the yachting world.

The Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are unique destinations for crew and guests; therefore, the islands are keenly awaiting your arrival. If you are planning to moor here, the Evolution team is available to offer you plenty of advice, suggestions, and a wide range of VIP services that will make your stay in Spanish waters even more special and memorable.

Palma de Mallorca was rated several times as one of the best cities in the world to live in and one of the most popular superyacht destinations in Europe all

year round. If your guests are into an outdoor lifestyle, Mallorca offers a wide range of water and land activities. Menorca is known for its biggest natural harbour in the Mediterranean – Mahon. Evolution recommends guests and crew moor there and visit the Illa del Rey. The white island of Ibiza is another hotspot this summer due to the great beach clubs, nightlife, and endless gastronomy options. Evolution suggests “Cala Jondal”, easily accessible by tender as a restaurant of choice this summer. Formentera is a must-stop and an absolute paradise after visiting Ibiza due to the translucent white sandy beaches and azure waters.

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Discover all the VIP Services at Evolution Yacht Agents

Evolution has a wide network of contacts all over Spain. Since making the most of the Balearics is all about who you know, having the Evolution team by your side is a huge asset. If your guests’ name is not on the VIP list, you might think that they’re not getting into the most exclusive clubs. However, the team can smoothly ensure anything from VIP access to reservations for restaurants and even whole venues.

If your guests prefer to keep the action on board, our VIP concierge team takes care of every detail for private events, such as international artists or personalised services, as well as onboard services such as flower arrangements and beauty treatments. Moreover, the interior and provisioning teams can arrange delivery of your guests’ favourite luxury brands or toiletries and the finest delicatessen products directly to your galley. We can also arrange all logistics from VIP guest transfers to exclusive airport meet & greet, private tours, bodyguard service, real estate, medical assistance, or any other ideas you may come up with.

Evolution looks forward to hearing from you and accompanying everyone onboard for an unforgettable summer in Spain. Please contact us at:

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Your cruising experience through the Balearics would not be unforgettable without the assistance of a dedicated team of yacht agents. Allow Evolution to take over for a smooth journey through the Mediterranean by guiding you on all the port clearance procedures between the islands and the mainland. Choose Evolution as your preferred yacht agent this summer.

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We know that working with the ‘dream team’ results in the feeling that the job is easier, although nothing in the work itself has changed. The difference is the level of crew productivity. So how do you increase crew productivity?

One solution to the problem of raising productivity might be to increase working hours. But we know this leads to burnout and high crew turnover, such as on a back to back charter yacht. Another suggestion is to run a tight ship and closely manage crew, but that’s a fallacy.

It sounds crazy, but it’s a fact; if you want crew to be more productive - manage less. Encourage autonomy rather than micromanaging crew. Give them the opportunity to take ownership of their time and resources and they will surprise you - in a good way!

Interestingly, it has repeatedly been proven that happy and engaged staff are the most productive. So the question that really needs answering is not how to increase crew productivity, but how to engage crew, and have happy crew.

Communication is important and regular whole crew meetings are a great opportunity to engage and motivate crew. Having sight of the end goal or understanding the ‘why’ of the work you have been asked to do, engages and motivates crew. Set whole crew targets - where possible targets that encourage cross-departmental team working and work towards the common goal with greater efficiency and enthusiasm.

Use ‘walk about’ management. Catch crew doing great work and give them meaningful feedback and praise. Be creative and find ways to reward crew individually (but not with money!), such as a sightseeing trip, vineyard visit, or meal out with the Captain. Tailor the reward to the individual and mix it up. Don’t let the rewards reach a point where they become ‘expected’. Spend quality one-to-one time with each member of your department

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at least once a month and discuss opportunities for them to learn, develop and progress, checking in on how they are feeling.

What is measured can be managed. Find a way to measure productivity on board – how long does it take to complete a wash down or to flip a bed? Trust your crew to do a good job, unlock their potential, and benefit from their great ideas. Much like the F1 racing teams, ask everyone to find a 1% improvement in efficiency. All those one percenters will soon add up.

Stress can have a negative impact on crew performance. Encourage crew to take responsibility for their own mental, physical and emotional health, and demonstrate this yourself by leading by example. Stress is often caused by conflict between crew, or feelings of being treated unfairly. Give your crew the best leadership you can - be fair, be honest and deal with issues early.

Finally, treat crew as we treat our guests; with respect, care and consideration. Watch the culture on your vessel flourish and see your happy crew be more productive than ever before.

Impact Crew specialises in working with you and your crew to get the culture you want on board. Give us a call to see how we can support you through the season, help you find your one-percenters and see productivity increase.

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How Can We Reduce Ship –Whale Collisions?

Vessels colliding with marine wildlife is a considerable conservation concern and important risk for maritime safety. Often, shipping lanes will pass through important habitats for certain species, generating significant disturbances such as noise, but also a very real risk of fatal collisions.

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The management of these situations provides us with case studies of how different sectors can work together towards a common goal with multiple benefits for conservation and even the businesses involved.

The first and essential requirement is scientific data on marine habitats and species in areas with high levels ofmaritime traffic.

This provides a baseline of information to work on, identifying high risk-areas for the development of measures. These may be remarkably specific areas of high biodiversity, and in some cases such as whale migrations, strictly seasonal.

While they are not by any means the only creatures affected, ship strikes involving whales are of particular interest, with high risk for the animals and also ships. What solutions might there be to reduce this risk?

One of the most emblematic examples is that of the Stellwagen Bank marine protected area that overlaps with the main approaches to the harbour of Boston in Massachusetts. Here research institutions, the Boston Aquarium, the Stellwagen Bank management body and whale watching operators work together to inform ships and yachts about the position of whales in the shipping lanes. The information is passed to navigators by radio and even a  “Whale alert” app. Similar management schemes have been replicated around the globe, mainly at whale sanctuaries and MPAs such as the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, The Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, or the Ligurian Sea Sanctuary in the Mediterranean where the REPCET program has been operating for nearly a decade. This system enables real-time sharing of known positions of whales to protect them from collisions.

Another solution is to divert maritime traffic altogether, moving it away from areas with a higher risk for creatures such as turtles and whales.

This was done in the Mediterranean in 2005, when Alnitak presented their MEDTOP database to the Spanish Merchant Navy to highlight the significant collision risk in the waters of the south of Almería. Alnitak made an ambitious proposal: moving the Cabo de Gata Traffic Separation Scheme 20 miles south, which was surprisingly well received by the Merchant Navy and Fisheries Ministry. A proposal was duly presented in early 2006 to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which was accepted due to the backing of the shipping sector. Only five months later this separation scheme entered into effect, drastically reducing vessel strike risk while also helping prevent dangerous manoeuvres and collision risks between ships due to traffic congestion. A true win for all involved!

The suitability and efficiency of these strategies depend mainly on the area and many other factors. Voluntary speed reductions can be beneficial when passing through whale and dolphin habitats while also saving valuable fuel, however when this was attempted in the Strait of Gibraltar, this had very limited value as ships prioritised getting through this narrow 11-kilometre passage quickly and safely.


An ideal scenario is to have real-time and relatively cost-efficient information systems on the presence of whales in a certain area, a dream which is becoming a reality in the eastern Mediterranean thanks to OceanCare, the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute and the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (FORTH). Here, a new system called “Save Whale” has been developed, which uses solar-powered high-tech buoys equipped with hydrophones that record the clicking sounds of the sperm whales, process them and send filtered data to a land-based analysis centre where computer models are used to detect, precisely localise the animals, and finally forward the localisation fixes to nearby ships, all in real time. Specifically developed software combines localisation results with shipping information from Marine Traffic, a leading ship tracking service provider, to assess collision risk. If a vessel is on a collision course with a whale, its captain can be warned well in advance, such that the ship slows down and/or changes course in time to avoid the whale(s).

Harmonising human activities with nature preservation is a very rewarding exercise, especially when the process involves all relevant stakeholders, as this will ensure the mitigation measures are long-lasting. The traffic separation schemes, companies becoming more environmentally aware, and developments such as the Save Whale system are an example of how conservation can be truly inclusive and generate tangible positive results for the Oceans and the human activities involved.

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Protecting Your Skin and the Blue Planet This Summer

As the summer season is underway and crew members spend much of their working day exposed to the elements, it’s not just vitamin D and Vitamin ‘Sea’ they will be exposed to. The sun’s potentially harmful rays are perhaps the biggest threat. Sun protection should be taken seriously and sunscreen is an essential part of a crew member's on-board essentials.

Julie Andersen, Global Director, Brand + PR, PADI Worldwide - a passionate environmentalist, diver of 25 years and lover of the oceans gives us the lowdown.

Sunscreen is an essential item for those at work or play in the sun, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Some, even those labelled as reef safe, can harm marine life and kill coral.

Shockingly, over 14,000 tons of sunscreen are washed off our bodies and into the oceans each year, posing a significant threat to marine life and coral reefs The most significant source of ocean-harming petrochemicals isn’t from beach-goers and scuba divers, but the wastewater created when we wash off these chemicals in the shower or flush them down the drain. Most wastewater treatment plants cannot remove these synthetic ingredients, leading them to flow into the nearest body of water, ultimately reaching the ocean.

The side-effects of sunscreen in the ocean are alarming.

Sea anemones, which are closely related to corals, and mushroom coral, can turn oxybenzone — a chemical that protects people against ultraviolet light, into a deadly toxin that’s activated by light.

Recent studies found that chemicals in sunscreens are accumulating in Mediterranean sea-grasses. Scientists studying seagrass meadows off the coast of Mallorca, Spain, discovered ultraviolet. Since the Mediterranean Sea is shallow, small and very enclosed, concentrations of UV-absorbing chemicals can reach high levels. This discovery could have broader implications for an ocean ecosystem that provides critical habitat and foraging grounds for marine life, strengthens coastal areas against erosion and storm damage, and sequesters carbon.

UV-filtering sunscreen chemicals have been shown to harm fish, turtles, and dolphins, with exposure to these contaminants posing serious risks to their survival.

These same chemicals also damage coral reefs - most specifically - in tourist destinations like Hawaii, Key West and Palau. It is crucial to recognise that what is harmful to the oceans is often harmful to humans as well. Oxybenzone is proven to inhibit coral reproduction but also reduces testosterone levels in men disrupting their reproductive systems and development.  Initial studies show the chemical lingers in the body and has been found in amniotic fluid, urine and blood and the breast milk of both human and dolphin mothers.

Physical sunscreens use minerals like zinc oxide to reflect harmful UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays using ingredients like avobenzone, benzophenone/oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene.

To protect both our skin and the reefs, it is recommended to use sunscreens with physical UVA and UVB filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which form a physical block on the skin instead of being absorbed.

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What sunscreen ingredients are harmful to reefs, and how so?

Are some more harmful than others?

There are two types of sunscreen, physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens use minerals, such as zinc oxide, to reflect harmful UV rays while chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and typically contain ingredients such as avobenzone, benzophenone/oxybenzone, ecamsule and/or octocrylene.

These chemicals are not only bad for coral, they may be bad for humans too. A recent FDA study found chemical sunscreen ingredients can enter the bloodstream and remain in the body for 24 hours or more after application .

Studies have shown even tiny concentrations of chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens can cause corals to be more susceptible to bleaching and also damage their DNA in the lab.

To protect both our skin and the reefs, PADI recommends applying an SPF with physical UVA and UVB filters before going beneath the surface. Look for active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which form a physical block to shield skin from absorbing any rays - whereas chemical filters absorb UV and turn it into heat that’s released from skin.

What is the difference between “reef-friendly” and “reef-safe”?

Unfortunately, the term ‘reef friendly’ is not regulated, so you can’t always trust products with this description. It's important to check the “active ingredients” label on the back of your sunscreen to ensure it does not include reef-harming chemicals. The size of minerals can also have an impact. Opt for micro-sized (or non-nano) mineral sunscreens to avoid toxic nanoparticles. Lotions are preferable to spray or misting sunscreens, especially those that contain titanium dioxide, as inhalation can be harmful to health. Additionally, choose products that reduce single-use plastic packaging, such as reusable containers, those with high recycled content, or made from biodegradable plant-based materials like cardboard.

PADI loves Stream2Sea, an eco-conscious skin care line that is healthy for us and our planet. Stream2Sea's products have undergone extensive testing to ensure their safety for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, C. elegans, and coral larvae.

If you want to look cool when it’s hot, and to protect yourself while having fun in the sun diving, snorkelling, swimming or surfing, PADI GEAR recycled plastic rash guards provide another solution. Made from a regenerated nylon that comes from ocean waste like fishing nets, PADI’s super cool rashies deliver a UPF of 50+ - keeping you protected for up to 8 hours against solar ultraviolet radiation.

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The Value of RECORDS

Entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to improve themselves, their businesses, and their personal lives. It can be overwhelming to know where to start or what direction to take, but fear not! There is a simple yet powerful tool that can help with progress on all goals: recording everything.

Recording has proven to be an effective tool in evaluating ourselves and our work. Sure, it may be painful to listen to yourself stumble over your words during a sales call, but hey, it's worth it for the valuable insights you can gain. The lesson learned? Everything is measurable, and recording is crucial to improving oneself.

In a personal experience, recording work activities during a sluggish period in 2022 helped to reveal inefficiencies, distractions, and bad habits. It's like having a personal productivity detective but without the fedora and trench coat. Recording made it easier to identify the areas that needed improvement and become more productive. This highlights the importance of tracking progress and establishing a baseline before starting to improve.

Creating awareness is also an essential part of the process. Bringing awareness to daily activities, spending habits, or patterns that have become automated can be eye-opening. Plus, it's like having your own personal mindfulness guru (but without the chanting)

Recording also helps to stay on track towards milestones. Milestones are essential in setting goals, and recording helps to determine progress towards achieving them. By recording, one can easily identify if time is being used efficiently, and avoid distractions. Like a GPS for your goals, but without the annoying voice telling you to "recalculate" every five seconds.

To track progress, there are several recommended trackers:

- Habit trackers for daily habits

- Hubstaff for time tracking

- A personal journal

- Budgeting trackers

- For public speaking, recording oneself on a phone is a simple yet effective option

And let's be real, who doesn't love an excuse to buy a new notebook or download a shiny new app?

In summary, recording everything creates awareness, allows for discovering patterns or problems, enables discovering if time is being used efficiently, helps avoid distractions, and keeps us on track towards milestones. Setbacks should not be discouraged, as progress is not always linear. By tracking progress, one can identify areas for improvement, motivate themselves, and ultimately achieve their goals. So go forth, my friends, and record everything.

You never know what valuable insights you may gain!

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Search for a Stew!

Recently, I was tasked with finding a junior stewardess for a yacht that I have previously worked on through a combination of agents and private adverts.

It’s been a while since I have done this and I am certainly no crew agent - hats off to those who do this full-time! But with the amount of information to guide crew as to what, and what not to do that is available in this digital age, I was genuinely surprised at how many basic mistakes are being made when responding to a job posting or posting your profile onto a crew database.

This is how my search went:

Firstly, I went through all the responses and rejected any that did not have a professional-looking picture on their profile I’m sure you had a great time at that festival, and you look amazing, but I need to see how you will look in uniform - not in hot pants. This also applies to those who have a good photo but have uploaded it so that I can only see your legs! Or it’s upside down! If you’re not sure how to upload photos, ask for help. And please don’t write ‘computer skills’ on your CV.

Following this, when posting the advert I asked for a cover letter - any cover letter! There were specific cues in the posting that would allow a stew to stand out, yet many did not take this opportunity to show that they could follow basic instructions.

Next, when I checked candidates’ locations on their profiles and then contacted them, many were not where they said they were. This wastes everyone’s time as often a boat will prefer someone local to the area, or a short flight away, due to time and budget constraints. I know it is time-consuming to update this information on every agency website, but if you are serious about getting a job, it’s a must.

I know you’ve heard this before, but it still happens –check for spelling and grammatical errors! Then check again! Then ask a friend or relative to check for you too. Mistakes in email addresses for references could cost you that dream position.

Another point to make is that you will be stalked on social media. Posting easy-to-find tik-toks of you getting drunk and dancing on the bar will get your name struck off the shortlist quicker than cake disappears in the crew mess!

Clair Minto

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I: @chief_stew_shop www. chiefstewshop .com

Save the ‘ghosting’ for Tinder dates – you never know if you might cross paths with the recruiter or crew member in the future.

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Followed up by sending me a professional-sounding WhatsApp message after I first contacted them.

Were flexible regarding what time they could speak and responded quickly to messages and emails.

Kept me up to date if they received other offers or weren’t interested after our initial conversation.

Asked sensible questions that related to the work ethic and atmosphere of the boat, or the structure and longevity of the current crew. (It’s ok to ask about the salary and package but not first thing!)

Had a great picture of them smiling in an appropriate outfit with an appropriate background, hair tied up - and no sunglasses!

All in all, the tools are out there. Research what employers are looking for and then implement these things in your search. I wish this advice was just aimed at ‘green’ crew members, but be careful that once you have experience, you don’t become complacent and fall into these traps too.

Good luck

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And now some of the things that candidates did that made them stand out:
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Multi-hyphenate Lucie Gardiner is a passionate journalist who loves to tell the remarkable stories of the superyacht industry through her writing, video and audio work and a skilled creative strategist and publicist who raises brand equity and connects the dots for her extraordinary clients.

It seemed that I might have booked an enviable assignment when I mentioned in conversation to a yacht captain friend that I was going to Turkey to attend the Turkish Yacht Brokers Association's (TYBA) annual gathering in Göcek. He waxed lyrical about Turkey’s southwestern regions’ outstanding natural beauty and incredible sailing conditions where the Aegean meets the Med. So far, so intriguing! And then upon mentioning the D-Marin Marina and Hotel resort (which played host to this year's 4th edition of the TYBA Show) to a colleague in luxury travel PR, she squealed with delight! My interest in Turkey's Turquoise Coast was officially piqued!

Göcek is fast becoming one of Turkey and the East Mediterranean's hottest sailing hubs. With high-calibre restaurants, boutique shops, upscale hotels, excellent modern marina infrastructure and close proximity to Dalaman airport (only 25kms), it has easy access to the stunning bays, unspoilt beaches, islands and pine forests that make Göcek both a relaxed, yet sophisticated embarkation point for guests. The blue flag-holding D-Marin Göcek Marina is in a sheltered cove and has a capacity for 380 yachts of up to 70m to berth, as well as dry dock capacity making it an obvious choice for yachts visiting the area.

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The TYBA show was a full 6-day program packed with informative presentations and seminars, inspections, yacht hops, glittering social events, gala dinners and coveted competitions for Chefs and Crew. Local and international brokers, yachting industry leaders, and media flocked to D-Marin Göcek Marina to meet, network and view the 60+ vessels of up to 64m LOA attending.

A mix of traditional Gulets, Motor-Sailors, Motor Yachts and Sailing Yachts were on show, the largest of which was SY ‘Running on Waves’ - a converted three-masted tall ship that can host 42 guests in 18 cabins for adventure sailing expeditions. Other notable attendees included Admirals 55m M/Y ‘Quinta Essentia’ with stand-out interior design by Michela Reverbi (last seen at the Monaco GP with a rare Ferrari F40 on her foredeck), CRN's 2019 refitted 42m Lady I, and new-gen ultra-luxury Motor-sailor gulets like 40m Halcon Del Mar and 29m Bodrum-built Mermaid, offering a more superyacht-like style and experience.

The seminar program didn't disappoint. It was varied and informative and held on a dedicated seminar vessel. This meant you didn't need to leave the quay to find out more about diverse topics including Turkish charter regulations with Xone Superyacht management, the Legendary Bodrum Cup which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Data protection for guests in Turkish waters with Aline Braggotti of Alba Legal, and Fritz Gotschim's destination seminar through the ancient Aphrodite Route. Plus the area’s fascinating history and a fun view of the Anatolia region’s deep viticulture roots and award-winning grape varietals with TYBA Show Committee President H.Serhan Cengiz and Dina Street.

Carrefour SA set the challenge for the coveted Chef's Competition. 14 yachts entered their take on a Turkish meal with a modern twist. Well-deserved 1st place went to Chef Burcu Düzey from 31m M/Y Zeemar. Crew hospitality was recognised again with the Anne Casebourne prize for Most Welcoming Crew, and the winning crew from 24m gulet Beyaz Lale certainly deserved the accolade.

The prize-giving ceremony and gala dinner that ended the festivities was a highlight. Held at ONNO, a stunning venue only accessible by boat (which this reporter found out to her detriment, but that's another story) and nestled in a pristine bay, surrounded by pine forested hills, is an easy 25-minute cruise from D-Marin. Picturesque, privileged but not pretentious, the invitees toasted the successes of another great edition of the TYBA Show long into the night. With the growing interest in Turkey as a yachting charter destination globally, and an ever-strengthening new build market in the region, it's easy to see why the TYBA contingent had lots to celebrate.

We look forward to joining them again next year and seeing the upwards trajectory of this remarkable region.

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What should we fear more? A sea with sharks or a sea without them?

As we grow from child to adult, most of us experience different fears. Fear of darkness, heights and sharks are a few that will have brought trepidation to many of us. Most people don’t admit to being scared of the dark, or anxious about heights, because of the easing that may ensue. A fear of sharks is often much easier to admit – despite the fact that statistically, the chances of being killed by a shark are one in 3.75 million.

There are definitely some shark species that can be very dangerous to humans and have caused unprovoked, fatal attacks. These events are highly traumatic for anyone involved, and much caution, knowledge and respect is always required before deciding to enter waters inhabited by potentially dangerous shark species. However, these tragic occurrences are extremely rare. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History's  International Shark Attack File , sharks cause on average six unprovoked fatalities per year globally . In comparison, falls cause an estimated 684,000 deaths per year. That’s 1874 fatal accidents each day. Statistically, even selfies cause more deaths than sharks, with an average of 27 fatal accidents per year registered between 2008-2017 .

The big majority of shark species do not pose a danger to humans, yet sadly, they have all received the same bad reputa-

tion. A reputation which is often used to justify the killing of millions of sharks each year, in complete disregard of the crucial role that sharks have in nature - a role that we all depend on.

Sharks help keep the carbon cycle in motion and contribute to storing carbon in the sea throughout their life span – a crucial part of the cycle of life at sea and on land. By fishing around 100 million sharks each year humans disrupt this process and increase the carbon levels on land and in the atmosphere.

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• Sharks contribute to food sovereignty. Being Apex predators, sharks keep the food web well balanced and ensure the ‘survival of the fittest’ animals, thus maintaining healthy and biodiverse animal populations – something that all fish-eating species depend on, including sea birds and, of course, humans.

• The presence of sharks boosts coastal local economies directly and indirectly: Through shark diving and ecotourism, a living shark can be worth 5,000 times more than a dead one. Indirectly, many other business sectors reap the fruits of healthy and biodiverse marine ecosystems that sharks regulate, including the yachting industry.

Today, most shark species are declining in alarming rates worldwide. A 2021 study foundthat more than 30% of chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, ray and chimaeras) are threatenedwith extinction, according to  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List criteria . This is twice the amount compared to an assessment done only a few years earlier, in 2014.

A decline in shark populations inevitably results in a cascade of negative effects on ecosystems at sea and on land, something which has already been observed in many places worldwide. Restoring declined populations is no easy task. Most sharks grow slowly and live long, reproduce later in life and give birth to only a few pups compared to other fish. This makes them highly vulnerable to overfishing and means that they recover very slowly from a population decline. Despite these challenges, it is crucial that we try to save them. In Mallorca 11 organisations have come together to do exactly this.

Of the more than 500 shark species known worldwide, only 47 are known to reside in the Mediterranean Sea. Overfishing and bycatch has led to a drastic decline in their populations. The blue shark, for example, is listed as ‘Near Threatened’ globally but ‘Critically Endangered’ in the Mediterranean on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

In Mallorca, 11 organisations are working together to implement a new species conservation project which aims to restore the Balearic population of the Nursehound shark (Scyliorhinus stellaris). This long-term project aims to help this small, bottom- dwelling shark by breeding Nursehound sharks in a controlled, artificial environment and then releasing the offspring into the wild. The participation of professional fishermen is essential for the success of the project; the ultimate objective is to replicate this initiative to protect other threatened shark species.

Coming together to help save sharks in the Med

With all this in mind, a sea void of sharks is much more dangerous than a sea filled with sharks.

In the Mediterranean, the Nursehound is listed as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List, but within the Balearic Islands it is assessed as ‘Endangered’, with their decline mostly related to by-catch and overfishing. Habitat destruction by bottom trawlers has also affected the species.

As part of the project, local fishermen have donated a few adult Nursehound sharks to the animal rescue centre run by Palma Aquarium Foundation. The females laid eggs and shark scientists from collaborating organisations closely monitored them during incubation.

Remote cameras were set up to capture the moment the sharks hatched. The new-born pups were cared for and monitored in the aquarium for around a year and a half to enable them to safely grow into sub adults, in hopes of increasing their chance of survival once released.

Before their release, scientists mapped and identified ideal release sites in local marine reserves using advanced camera equipment for filming at depth. The sharks were fitted with a small self-locking tag on their dorsal fin to aid identification if later recaptured. Some of the sharks also had an ultrasonic transmitter inserted into their belly, enabling scientists to map their movements. A cage which allowed for the door to be opened once it had reached the bottom was built. After several tests conducted in the shark tank at the Palma Aquarium, the sharks were ready to be released into the wild.

The decision was made to release them on the sea floor, rather than the surface, to increase their chances of survival and make it easier for them to find the right habitat. Nursehounds like to stay close to the sea bed in rocky areas with lots of algae so they can find shelter and a variety of prey. They can be found as deep as 400 metres.

They hunt at night, feeding on cephalopods such as cuttlefish and octopus, crustaceans including crabs and large shrimps, as well as smaller fish and even other sharks.

The first 23 sharks were released this spring in the protected areas around Cabrera and El Toro. The release went very smoothly and was filmed using remote cameras, enabling the team to watch the sharks as they left the cage and headed out into the blue. More sharks are due to be released soon in other marine reserves.

The success of this project has undoubtably been thanks to the collaboration between so many organisations, all adding their own expertise and support to help give the little Nursehound shark a fighting chance in a rapidly changing sea.

The involved organisations include Mallorca Preservation Foundation, Marilles Foundation,Palma Aquarium Foundation, Save The Med Foundation, Shark Med, the Ministry of Environment of the Balearic Islands Regional Government, the Ministry of Fisheries of the Balearic Islands Regional Government, the Laboratory of Marine Research and Aquaculture (LIMIA), Small Islands of the Mediterranean (PIM Initiative) and local fishermen from Federació Balear de Confraries de Pescadors. Like most sharks, the Nursehound is not a threat to humans. If you’re ever in depths over 20 metres, keep a lookout for this small bottom-dwelling fish which is covered in black spots - they are a rare sight!

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Caroline, has lived in Mallorca since 1989 and after a long and successful yachting career she now runs her own pet transportation business punnily named “Magic Car-Pet Transfer”! Caroline is someone who managed to create at least 2 careers from doing what she is passionate about! That’s what makes this an inspiring Ship To Shore.

How did you get into yachting?

I had done a French/Spanish and Economics degree at Newcastle Polytechnic as it was then, and arrived in Mallorca to do my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) having survived a year of teaching in Cataluña. That was my first real job after Poly. A guy on my course was a yachtie who invited me to go sailing with his friends during the Conde de Barcelona regatta after the course had finished. That was it! I was smitten!  All the people I met were out-going, work-hard / play-hard types. They were travelling the world and getting paid a lot more than I was, teaching English to reluctant school kids.

So you made the right connections and got straight into it?

Not quite,... I announced my intention to my parents that I was off to the Caribbean for the winter - they were not very approving! - and the Guardia Civil had other ideas. I was forced to drive my impounded Beetle back to the UK after overstaying.  By the time I got back, all the boats had left for the Caribbean and I spent a lean but fun winter, scratching around for daywork, and bar work in a grotty US Navy bar.

So after the long pauper winter, I was first in the queue for the first jobs when March 1990 came around.  My first boat was S/Y Shenandoah of Sark!  What a way to start! St. Tropez became St. Tropez when Shenandoah was in port!  Such a fun crew headed by Stevie Wilkins. Then I worked 2 years on S/Y Aile Blanche with the dearly departed Alex Greenson as Mate. I even had a brief spell on Adix in the Pacific which, of course, was a massive highlight.

I resisted motoryachts for a long time but once I was on a 48m Perini as Stew, I realised that it was basically a motor yacht with sticks, and I should just embrace the opportunities!

My first Chief Stewardess position on M/Y Contico, a 45m charter boat was in 1996, and for the next 8 years I was lucky enough to work on several Feadships based out of Palma.  At one point, the owner of one yacht where I was Chief Stew, bought a villa in Deia in the mountains of Mallorca. For over 8 years I was the Housekeeper (read - Chief cook, bottle washer, cleaner and pool cleaner, shopping companion and reform manager!).  A wonderful time of hard work alone, but with that comes the freedom to create your own hours, and be entirely responsible for the quality of the service.  I only realised afterwards what a golden time that was.

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The highlights of yachting are of course manyexperiencing so much of the Med, Caribbean and parts of the Pacific. I will forever remember how the Marquesas are so incredibly green. I even got to Norway… Seeing so many parts of the world that I would have never gotten to visit under my own steam. Having time off in wonderful places like Tuscany, experiencing the big yacht shows like Monaco and Ft Lauderdale.  Stingrays in the Cayman Islands. A morning swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys followed by a skydive in the afternoon!

Serving celebrity guests is of course always a huge thrill.  There were some fabulous nights out in amazing places.  I forged incredible life-long friendships with people of all nationalities.  Helming Adix under full sail at night under the watchful eye of Paul Goss.  Volunteering for 7 summers at a dog shelter in Dubrovnik where the boat was based was hugely rewarding, and a great way to switch off.

How did you know it was time to move ashore?

I had often planned to leave yachting by age 30 - 35. You could argue I was out of it during those years at the villa, although I often pitched in for the owner's 2 yachts.  When the couple divorced, having worked for them for over 11 years, I tried my hand as an estate agent in Deia. I soon realised that I don't have the personality for that type of hustle. I was not keen on the office atmosphere either. Soon however, I was lucky enough to be offered a

Chief Stew position on a 45m yacht based in Palma where I stayed for 7.5 years.

Late 2020 the yacht was sold. I’m sure I was let go by the new owner for being too old, and not a skinny, young girl.  We may not like it, but appearance always has and will continue to be paid tremendous importance to in this industry. No matter how politically incorrect it may be.

So the decision was made for me, eight months into Covid, at the start of winter. Not the best timing...

But, I had an idea about what I could do next. Based on my experiences with animal rescue during my off time, I started researching pet transportation.

And you were like a dog with a bone!

Yes! I took over a pet transport business from Mallorca to the UK and re-named it Magic Car-Pet Transfer! Our client’s pets swish effortlessly from one location to another to be reunited with their owners. To date, I have moved 99 dogs and cats back and forth from Mallorca to the UK and Ireland - even a 65kg Mastin! I offer a service that caters to all clients' needs. I work out the most efficient routes, ferries and hotels. I organise the turnarounds, cage disinfection, quotes, route-planning and deal with vets on passports and documentation issues.

Staying informed about all the legal requirements needed for me and pets to travel to and from the EU post-Brexit has been quite something. Covid times were an additional challenge of course. Being able to offer advice to pet owners wishing to tackle the trip themselves is very satisfying.  I enjoy getting it right, sailing through customs with a vanload of pets and back out onto the open road again. When the planning all comes together, it is very satisfying. My favourite part is the reunion when you get full body wags and jubilation from dogs on seeing their owners again.  Many come racing back up to me, as if to say thanks!

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Chefs Chat

Tommaso Santoni


Italian-born chef Tommaso Santoni is very grateful to his head chef friend, who offered him the sous chef position on board MY Paloma at the age of 27, and hasn't looked back since. His inspiration to become a chef was drawn from watching his family cook at home and, most of all, enjoying the delicious food. After graduating from Hotelier School in Florence, he set his sights on turning this passion for food into a profession. Those early years have played a prominent role in what has shaped his future.

Tommaso started his career as a commis chef in a 5-star hotel at 17 and has never left the kitchen since. He spent countless hours honing his skills in various establishments, Michelin-starred restaurants, and small hotels with the vision of becoming a head chef one day and having the opportunity to travel the world and experience new cultures and cuisines. It would seem that his dream has come true.

What are the most difficult places you have worked?

Working in Michelin-starred restaurants is incredibly difficult. You must be a perfectionist every day; fast and focused are the only ways to be in an environment that offers little time to rest. But you also come out with a lot of knowledge and experience.

What do you like to cook?

My cooking is based on contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with an eye on sustainable ingredients and minimal food waste. I always follow the seasons and take inspiration from local areas and fresh products. My menus are based on what is available at the local markets.

Most difficult thing about being a yacht chef?

Gjorgi believes that “Chefs, especially on yachts, have to be very versatile, The most challenging aspect of being a yacht chef is being away from home and the family. Despite this, I am very fortunate to work in such a fantastic environment and consider it a great job.

Best and worst moments working on yachts so far?

The best moments have been travelling around the world, living the sea life and watching beautiful sunsets while cruising. I also love to share my professional knowledge with guests. Offering recipes, tips and information to make their holidays an unforgettable culinary experience. The worst aspect is that you don't have much privacy as you share your everyday life in such a small space with many other people. But it's all part of the job!

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Do you cook any differently than you did 5 years ago?

Yes. In my opinion, a good chef must always study, try, fail and perfect their plates. I also have the staple dishes that I can go to, such as stuffed zucchini flowers with buffalo mozzarella and confit tomatoes. My fresh lobster ravioli and cacciucco soup, fish crudité, Sunday brunch, or my pistachio cheesecake with cherries and tonka beans.

What keeps you going in the galley on the long days?

I always like to experiment with my recipes and be focused on delivering an amazing dining experience for my guests. I realise that I'm also surrounded by people who work very hard as well, so it makes it easier and pushes me to give my best every day. Everything is accompanied with some 'rock n roll' music to make it all a bit better.

Which chefs inspire you and why?

I have a full library of cooking books, as I like to stay updated on food trends. A great source of inspiration for me is Massimo Bottura, a three-Michelin-starred chef from Italy and voted the best chef in the world 'twice!' He showcases great creativity. A chef must be an example for other people. Believe in yourself and think outside the box when necessary.

How do you spend your free time outside the galley?

I'm an energetic person. I like all sports, and exercise is an important part of my routine when I'm in the kitchen. It's a physically demanding job and staying in shape helps with moving heavy pots and being on your feet all day. It also helps to balance the mind, boost creative ideas, and create healthy recipes. Food and sport are one of my favourite pairings. Maybe one day, I will combine these two passions and make my own business.

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The Birkin


In ROUGE Mallorca, we know that the Birkin bag is an iconic symbol of luxury and exclusivity, renowned for its impeccable craftsmanship and timeless design. It is one of the most coveted and sought-after handbags in the world, and its creation and association with the Hermès brand has contributed to its legendary status.

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The iconic bag was named after the British actress and singer Jane Birkin, who, during a chance encounter with Jean-Louis Dumas, the CEO of Hermès at the time, expressed her desire for a bag that could accommodate her belongings while also being stylish. Inspired by her request, Dumas collaborated with Birkin to design a handbag that combined functionality and elegance. The result was a spacious and meticulously crafted bag that would revolutionise the world of luxury fashion.

Founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès in Paris, France, the brand initially focused on crafting high-quality harnesses and saddles for horses. With a commitment to excellence and attention to detail, Hermès soon became renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship and dedication to using the finest materials.

Over the years, Hermès expanded its offerings to include a wide range of luxury goods, from leather goods to clothing, accessories, and fragrances. However, it is the Birkin bag that has become the quintessential embodiment of the Hermès brand. Each Birkin bag is meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, taking several hours to complete. The bags are made from the finest materials, such as supple leather and rare exotic skins like alligator and crocodile.

One of the defining features of the Birkin bag is its exclusivity. The bags are not readily available to everyone and are often produced in limited quantities, making them highly coveted and difficult to obtain. The waiting lists for Birkin bags can be notoriously long, and customers may have to demonstrate their loyalty to the brand before being granted the opportunity to purchase one. In ROUGE Mallorca, we are proud to announce that we don’t have a waiting list for the brand-new collection of a variety of Birkins that you can find in the store.

The Birkin bag has become a symbol of status and wealth, frequently seen on the arms of celebrities, fashion icons, and influential individuals around the world. Its luxurious appeal and timeless design have transcended trends, making it a coveted accessory for generations.

From silk scarves meticulously hand-printed in Lyon to elegant timepieces crafted in the Swiss Jura, Hermès products are a testament to the brand's dedication to excellence. In addition to its emphasis on craftsmanship, the Hermès brand also values sustainability and ethical practices. The company is committed to responsible sourcing of materials and supports various initiatives to preserve the environment.

This commitment extends to the production of Birkin bags, ensuring that they are not only luxurious but also produced in an environmentally conscious manner.

In conclusion, the Birkin bag and the Hermès brand have become synonymous with luxury, craftsmanship, and exclusivity. The timeless design and meticulous attention to detail make the Birkin bag a highly sought-after accessory, while the Hermès brand continues to embody the epitome of sophistication and excellence in the world of luxury fashion.

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The Fleet That Trims For Speed

From Porto Cervo to Newport, from luxury performance cruisers to the cutting edge Ocean Racers, the next pages are all about the regatta and race news from the last few weeks.

Some sixty years since the Aga Khan bought 7000 acres of land on the beautiful north eastern Sardinian coast, Porto Cervo sits proudly as one of Europe’s most elegant and exclusive destinations. The stunning coastline of La Maddalena archipelago and its propensity for good breeze make it no wonder that Porto Cervo is a draw for Superyacht owners and crew.

Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani came on board, once again, as title sponsor for the Superyacht Regatta hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. To complement their boutique, which opened last season in Porto Cervo’s La Passeggiata, a pop-up store was created on the yacht club’s Piazza Azzurra.

Eleven yachts over thirty metres raced under ORCsy system across a Superyacht division and Southern Wind Rendezvous. A modest breeze opened the regatta as Gitana (formerly Salperton IV) set off first in the Superyacht division’s pursuit race format. The 45-metre Fitzroy yacht was loaded with sailing legends including Paul Stanbridge, Tom McWilliam and Chris Sherlock of Doyle Sails Palma.

A twenty mile course in champagne sailing conditions took the Superyacht fleet around the rock of Monaci, up the coastline of Caprera and back down the Bisce Pass.  WinWin, designed by Palma-based Javier Jaudenes claimed victory in the Superyacht Cruising class. The striking green hulled Inoui battled closely with Pattoo. In a tight sparring between the two Vitters built yachts Inoui came out ahead in second place.

Ken Read, regular of this Sardinian race course, onboard the Wallycento V. He enthused: "We couldn't have asked for a better opening day here in Porto Cervo” “Sunshine, flat seas and a gentle breeze of 12 knots, a perfect situation for these boats. The beauty of this place always amazes me and sailing here with these boats is a unique experience. They let me have a few moments to look around and smile, because honestly there is nothing more beautiful than all this.”

Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta

The sixteenth edition of the regatta rolled into day two under similar conditions.  The Southern Wind group sailed to Razza di Giunco beach for social activities organised by the South African builder. Meanwhile, the Superyacht division headed, one by one, in the opposite direction. They rounded the islets of Mortorio and Soffi and back up under gennaker, through the renowned ‘bomb alley’ where winds increased to 16 knots. After an almost thirty mile course, twenty seconds separated winner Inoui and Pattoo. In the overall standings after two days Inoui, WinWin and Pattoo topped the Superyacht Cruising Class in that order, only separated by one point each.

The combined Performance & Cruising class on the penultimate day saw the Mark Mills-designed WallyCento V find clean air as she made her way up the fleet overhauling the competition. In the more stable wind the team pushed V (formerly Tango) to its optimum.

The regatta on the glorious Costa Smeralda lost the final day to light wind. When a three knot promise dropped to one, seasoned PRO Peter Craig took the inevitable decision to call it off. The classification remained unchanged. At the silver-laden prize giving Inoui owner Marco Vogele was presented with the Silver Jubilee Cup. WinWin claimed second ahead of Pattoo. Vogele also received the YCCS Trophy for top scoring member of the Club in the event.

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PalmaVela 2023Trim for Speed!

The 19th Edition of the renowned Regatta took place from the 3-7th of May in the bay of Palma. Organised by Real Club Nautico de Palma, over 110 boats with 1800 sailors from 20 different countries followed their invitation and competed in 14 classes.

Some of the biggest racing yachts in the world were competing, as this event is part of the 2023 IMA Maxi regatta calendar. Among the competitors was David M. Leuschen’s Wallycento “Galateia”, defending her Maxi Inshore title against Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Wallycento “Magic Carpet 3”, Francesco de Santis’ “Southern Wind”, RP-Nauta100 “Morgana”, Nicolás González's “Vera”, Benjamin Potter's Wally 80 “Rose”, and Andres Varela’s “Pelotari Project”.

One design: J80, Dragon, and the premiere of the 6 Meters

The Real Club Náutico de Palma remains faithful to its vocation as a multi-class regatta, the 23 monotypes between eight and eleven fought for the title in real time: J80, 6 Meters, and the Dragons.

Three days of close racing under changing wind to no wind conditions challenged the tacticians. The regatta committee had to adapt and reset the courses accordingly.

The proud winners of the 19th edition of  PalmaVela are: Wally 100 “Galateia” (Maxi A), “Stormvogel” (Maxi B), Swan 42 “Elena Nova” (ORC 0-1), “Scamp Three” (ORC 2), “Immac Fram” (ORC 3), “Just the Job” (ORC 4-5), “Finally” (ORC Sportboat), “Smerit” (ORC A2 0-3), “Blaumarina I” (ORC A2 4-5), “Team Balearia RCNP” (J80), “Capa” (Dragón), “Seljm” (6 Metros), “Marigan” (Época) y “Little Thila” (Espíritu de Tradición).

No surprise in the Maxi A class: With 4 wins, Wally 100 “Galateia” from owner Chris Flowers won its class with five points over Wally 100 “Magic Carpet” of Sir Lindsay Owen. The third place went to “Vera”, the former “My Song”, by Nicolas Gonzalez.

Final results: Title defender Wally 100 Galateia strikes with 4 wins

Close racing in ORC 1: Swan 42 “Elena Nova” owned by Christian Plump and Javier Sanz, defended its PalmaVela title after finishing third, tied with Tomás Gasset's “Urbania”. Thanks to its first place in the opening race, the Swan 42 wins with only half a point advantage over the “Pez de Abril” of José María Meseguer, who climbed from fourth to second place overall. In third place, is Pedro Vaquer's “Nadir”, which started from fifth position on Sunday.

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ClubSwan 80 “My Song” Delights at the Regate Dei Tre Golfi

The Tre Golfi Sailing Week ended on Sunday 21st and recorded great participation of Swan yachts in both the Maxi and ORC categories.

The stunning ClubSwan 80 - My Song, participating at her third event since she was launched, took part in the Maxi European Championship, organised by CRVI and in collaboration with IMA, International Maxi Association, and supported by Rolex as a Timepiece.

My Song, a project by Nautor Swan, built by Persico Marine, and designed by Juan K with Nauta Yacht as interior designer, achieved another important result, placing seventh overall against very fierce competitors, and first overall in real time.

“The sailing week aboard My Song was nothing short of spectacular. Sailing against maybe the best race boats in the world in the maxi 72s, My Song made very steady improvements throughout the week. The boat is certainly a different animal,” stated Ken Read, North Sails President. “Learning how to use the new toys that we have been given on board like a Canard combined with a Canting Keel is a bit different. But we made huge strides and I’m very pleased with the per-

formance, and the boat is really a pleasure to sail. All in all, a great week and a huge learning curve with much more to go!” he continued.

“The regatta has been very interesting and demanding, with unstable wind and very rainy. My Song did a very appreciable performance,” says Pierluigi Loro Piana - My Song Owner. “We are obviously happy with the first place in real time, especially in windward-leeward racing. Upwind performance still needs to be optimised as we are unable to pay the assigned rating.”

My Song’s racing season continues with the Rolex Giraglia starting in Sanremo on June 9th and ending in Genoa on June 17th, The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, in Porto Cervo from September 3rd to 9th, and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez from September 29th to October 8th.

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The Ocean Race 2023

Photographer Rod Harris reports for The Islander from Newport R.I. The Ocean Race is the most demanding round-the-world sailing contest. Newport, RI, was the only North American stopover during the six-month 38,000 nautical-mile race around the world, which began in Alicante, Spain, this past January 2023.

After the Newport Stopover, the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) teams head to Aarhus, Denmark and The Hague, Netherlands, with a grand finale finish in Genoa, Italy, in June 2023. As the teams approached Newport, leaving from Itajai, Brazil, 600 miles to the leg, they encountered the most brutal weather thus far in the race, with strong winds gusting over 50 knots. The crews were challenged by multiple weather systems and variations, sailing through the southern hemisphere trade winds into the north Atlantic trade winds. The 11th Hour Racing Team and Malizia battled back and forth for the lead to Newport; the 11th Hour crew gained the advantage, winning Leg 4. The teams arrived at Fort Adams to an enthusiastic crowd, witnessing throngs of people wildly cheering and celebrating the home team’s win. The 11th Hour Racing Team’s win put the only US entry into second overall on the leaderboard. This was one point behind the overall leader Holcim-PRB, representing Switzerland after the Leg 4 finish.

On May 20, the teams were scheduled for the In-Port race but were postponed due to the forecast of lightning and threatening winds. The IMOCA decided to incorporate the In-Port race with the outbound departure leaving Newport. On May 21, after a slow start due to light winds, the 11th Hour Racing Team and Malizia competitively battled before a massive crowd. Malizia prevailed as the winner, heading to Denmark.

Part of The Ocean Race’s allure is to hold summits to discuss and implement climate change initiatives to protect and restore the seas. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through a so-called positive impact. The goal is for teams to bring attention to the effects of microplastic pollution and weather patterns on climate change. The 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race focused on reducing plastic waste and eliminating single-use plastics from sailing events. This year’s summit addressed more expansive issues to bring oversight to the lack of protection for the ocean due to a lack of international governance and poor local government legislation within the US. The speakers at the Newport Summit reflected, discussed, and shared ways to broadly incorporate a “universal declaration of ocean rights” proposal by 2030 to be delivered to the UN Assembly in New York.

Anne-Cécile Turner, Sustainability Director at The Ocean Race, said:  “Healthy seas are fundamental to all life on earth, but they are at breaking point. We are determined to do all we can to help. It is a huge challenge to become climate positive within the next 18 months, but we have an opportunity to make a significant impact on a global scale, and achieving the extraordinary is in our DNA. Sport has the power to accelerate change and we have no time to waste.”

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Safe Harbor Race Weekend

11-13 August 2023

Photos by Rod Harris

The annual Safe Harbor Race Weekend is in its 3rd year. The organizers invite sailors with monohull and multihull vessels to join a summer sailing regatta in a variety of classes, including the Superyacht classes. The race weekend also features shoreside events, festivities, and an atmosphere of racing excitement at Safe Harbor locations in Newport and surrounding towns in Rhode Island.

The inaugural event for Safe Harbor Race Weekend took place in August 2021. The goal was to deliver an experience from both the race and shoreside events, using the town of Newport -its hotels, shops, and diverse culture- to lure the interests of sailors and spectators alike. There are seven classes of racing under ORC, PHRF, performance cruising (with and without spinnaker), and superyacht ratings participating in the regatta. The talent on the water runs deep, with children and parents facing off and old rivals reuniting. Ultimately, Safe Harbor Race Weekend’s aim is to give sailors and non-sailors a chance to experience racing in the so-called “Sailing Capital of the World,” Newport, RI.

Safe Harbor Marinas wanted to create a tradition and give its members the unique experience of a prestigious sailing competition. The committee’s vision was to create a small regatta, but their vision expanded and planning grew. Rebecca Leblanc, Vice President of Partnerships and Sponsorships at Safe Harbor Marinas wanted the event to be “the best of the best.” So they collaborated with experts in the racing community to create the “Safe Harbor Race Weekend.”

Several race officers were consulted and recruited, including Peter Craig, President of Premiere Racing in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He believed that the scale of such a race would appeal to participants nationally with an international flair. Peter’s work and experience with other popular yacht races, including the Newport Bucket, Candy Store Cup, and St. Barth’s Bucket, unlocked tremendous possibilities for making Safe Harbor Race Weekend an event to remember. Enjoy these images from last year's event!

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Swan Sardinia Challenge Returns to Dazzling Villasimius

The ClubSwan Racing family will gather again later this month for the Swan Sardinia Challenge, with a return to the magnificent setting of Villasimius in the heart of a marine-protected area on Sardinia's picturesque southeast coast.

Owners, crews and guests competing in the ClubSwan 50, ClubSwan 42 and ClubSwan 36 one-design classes will be able to appreciate the spectacular surroundings, as well as the hospitality and first-rate technical support provided by the Marinedi Group's Marina di Villasimius, together with Lega Navale Italia Sez, Villasimius and new Yacht Club Marina di Villasimius, their hosts for the May 16-20 regatta.

The Swan Sardinia Challenge marks the second instalment of the season-long ‘The Nations League’ 2023 competition, with Italy holding a narrow lead in the inter-nation contest following the opening event, the Swan Croatia Challenge, held in Split last month. And adding further excitement to the circuit is the news that Por-

sche Italia will be joining The Nations League as one of the Main Partners.

Ashore at the Marina di Villasimius the race teams will be able to appreciate the new ClubSwan Racing Lounge where post-racing celebrations will keep the teams entertained. And on Friday evening, the teams will gather for a stunning party at Falkensteiner Capo Boi.

During the event, with the presence of Assessore Regionale della Difesa dell’Ambiente, Marco Porcu, a sea turtle saved by CreS will be released back to the sea, while local children will be involved in a sustainability workshop with Marevivo, Nautor Swan and ClubSwan Racing's long-standing sustainability partner.

With 28 race teams representing nine nations, the Swan Sardinia Challenge shows all the signs of being an event to remember.

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“As Is Where Is ” What Does It Mean Exactly?

Second-hand yachts are often sold on an “as is where is” basis. The exact wording is different from contract to contract, and one easily underestimates the potential impact of the clause. Potential buyers of a yacht should therefore not only make sure that they understand the meaning of such a clause but should also take corresponding precautions when buying yacht on this basis.

What does the Clause mean in the sale and purchase of a used yacht?

The contract clause "as is where is" is most often used when a yacht owner sells his second-hand yacht. The purpose of the clause is to exclude the buyers from otherwise applying warranty rights. When agreed upon validly, “as is where is” means that the seller is not liable for any defect of the yacht which was present at a certain point in time in the sales process, for instance, at the time of the sea trial.

In other words, “as is where is” clauses have the effect that the yacht is sold in its existing condition, whether good or bad, without allowing the buyer to make recourse against the seller for subsequently discovered defects.

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This means that a buyer, who accepts the yacht after the sea trial, accepts the yacht for the negotiated purchase price with all the defects that the yacht has at the time of the sea trial – irrespective of whether the buyer is aware of any defect or not. If the buyer, at a later point in time, becomes aware of a defect that was present at the time of the sea trial, he will not be able to claim any warranty rights or reject the yacht due to this defect – unless, of course, there is another clause in the contract which grants him separate rights in such a scenario. Even though the buyer might have such rights under particular circumstances, for instance, where the seller in bad faith deliberately concealed defects of the yacht, in most cases it is not easy to prove the specific circumstances and the bad faith of the seller.

Taking this into account, one might think that a purchase on an “as is where is” basis is a severe disadvantage for the buyer. In a way, he is contractually asked to buy a pig in a poke. However, most contracts, for instance, the standard wording of the MYBA-MOA, balance out such risk by granting the buyer extensive inspection rights.

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The Condition Survey – the buyer’s chance to take a closer look

Most sale and purchase contracts where a yacht is sold on an “as-is-where-is” basis grant the buyer the option to have the vessel inspected by a professional marine surveyor. The buyer, respectively the surveyor chosen by him, is allowed to view the yacht. Depending on the specific wording of the contract, this right is granted either restrictively or extensively. Provided the buyer has negotiated well, he can thoroughly inspect the yacht and, if defects are found, can reject the vessel or request a reduction of the purchase price. Whether he can do that only with respect to certain defects, or in relation to any and all defects, depends on the exact wording of the contract. For the buyer, it is therefore not only important to choose a diligent surveyor but also to ensure that the wording of the contract meets his requirements. He must also make sure that he knows exactly the applicable timeframes within which he needs to invoke his rights. The MYBO-MOA standard wording, for instance, differentiates with regard to the buyer’s rights after the sea trial and after the condition survey.

Hidden defects

As mentioned above, the restriction of the buyer’s warranty rights by including an “as-is-where-is” clause in the purchase contract is not unlimited. If a seller is purposefully trying to conceal defects of the yacht in bad faith, the buyer is entitled to ask for compensation from the seller, or might even be entitled to rescind the contract altogether. While this grants the buyer a certain amount of protection, it will usually be quite difficult to prove the seller’s state of mind as well as bad faith in specific circumstances.


It is important for a buyer, as well as a seller of a second-hand yacht, to understand exactly what the terms of the contract say. Each party should not only know what rights and obligations they have, but they should negotiate the wording, ideally with the help of a specialised lawyer, as best as possible for their respective needs. In addition, investing in a thorough condition survey is almost always a good idea. After all, the condition survey is an essential part of the purchase process.

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SUPERYACHT TENDERS AND TOYS LAUNCH the World’s First Inflatable Games Deck at Monaco Grand Prix

Whilst the crowds gathered trackside in Monaco for the start of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, something on the water was attracting attention – the appearance of a radical new superyacht inflatable from toy specialists Superyacht Tenders and Toys.

This exciting new product from their own brand ‘Superyacht Inflatables’ is literally game-changing – an inflatable games court custom-made for the individual vessel and the client's sport of choice; in this instance, basketball.

The inaugural court has been produced specifically for keen basketball fan and entrepreneur Jonny Dodge. With his MY OCEAN charter hat on, Jonny commissioned the basketball court to maximise the guest experience for a 46m Pina Marine motor yacht charter during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jonny tested the court and said, "I approached SYTT because I wanted to offer something unusual for the Grand Prix. We like to do things differently at MY OCEAN and they

certainly delivered. The SYTT team fully understands guest expectations and crew practicalities (the court is quick and easy to inflate and stow). They always go the extra mile, often making the impossible possible!"

Made to order, the game's decks can be produced in any shape and size, as a single unit or divided into separate panels, enabling configuration for almost any sport. The inflatable court surface is produced using a 10cm drop stitch material ensuring a safe but firm surface.

These inflatable games decks from Superyacht Inflatables will no doubt be the must-have superyacht toy of the season, and with only 20 days production time (plus delivery) and a very reasonable price tag, you can be shooting hoops or scoring goals before you know it.

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Beach Clubs

Palma’s top 5

Continuing with my Top 5 columns, July will be about some of the most interesting beach clubs around Mallorca. Selecting just five was quite hard, as I wanted to include places with different styles and vibes from each other, but here goes…

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Nikki Beach

The Nikki Beach brand needs no introduction! At their Mallorca spot in Magaluf, a.k.a. Calvià Beach, guests can enjoy a crystal clear pool surrounded by rows of daybeds, an outdoor restaurant, indoor lounge, terrace overlooking the beach club, and an impressive stretch of beach with lounge chairs and daybeds”.

For the 2023 season, they have opened a wine cellar featuring local wines called ‘Gallinas y Focas’ – a collaboration between Amadip Esment and 4Kilos Vineyard. The beach club also has a new beachfront lounge that offers the ideal place for private parties. The restaurant area has also been extended and is now home to a wooden pergola providing shade from the sun and elevated views of the beach club.

The brand’s iconic White Party took place on June 15th, with additional events taking place throughout the season. Look out for their Red Party too – it's always a blast!

Address: Av. Notari Alemany, 1, 07181 Calvià


At the other end of Calvià Beach, where El Ultimo Paraiso reigned for the past 20+ years, there is now an exciting new addition to Mallorca’s beach club scene. Karibu Beach is an elegant and welcoming space to rest and enjoy. Their vibe seems to be friendly and familiar rather than “see and be seen”. The place consists of a restaurant, a swimming pool, sunbeds and Balinese chill-out beds. Their restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine prepared and served with great care. The staff’s motto is: “It doesn't matter where you come from, or the problems you bring, all of that is left outside. We think - you enjoy!” Follow their socials for more info on their exclusive parties for the rest of the summer!

Address: C/ Martin Ros Garcia 18A, Torrenova

UM Beach Houses (Mallorca and Ibiza)

UM Beach House and beachside restaurant UM Chambao are other fairly recent additions to Mallorca’s beach club scene. They were founded in Mallorca in 2019 as part of the Umami Group, who have – with the addition of several restaurants in Palma - rapidly established themselves as one of the finest hospitality providers in the Balearics. The group expanded further this year and opened UM Beach House Ibiza.

UM Beach Houses are quite different from usual Balearic beach clubs. They revolve around “local music with a global influence”. Specially curated by Sebas Ramis, their music will showcase “beats from around the world and musical blends which capture the essence of the Balearic spirit”.

Address: Avenida Jaime III,

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Located on a small peninsula with a 180-degree sea view, Purobeach Palma offers probably some of the best views amongst Mallorca’s beach clubs. This “Mediterranean hangout by the sea” presents “a lifestyle concept with food & drinks, lounge, terrace, pool, and wellness treatments". Besides luxurious experiences, Puro is also about “finding happiness in moments” and “making unforgettable memories that fill your life with bliss”.

The Puro brand is continually growing, following its Nomad concept with its “multicultural values and adaptations to each region”. There are Purobeach Palma and Purobeach Illetas in Majorca, but you can also enjoy the clubs in Menorca, Barcelona, and Vilamoura in Portugal, in case you find yourself with time on your hands at any of those locations!

Address: Pagell 1, Cala Estancia (Palma)

Gran Follies

In doing research for this column, I spoke to many friends and colleagues and Gran Follies was often mentioned as one of their “go-to” beach clubs. Nestled on the rocks in Cala Llamp, it offers the possibility of relaxing by the pool or having fun in the sea, while enjoying some spectacular scenery. This place has a reputation for good food and great service.

Gran Follies reopened for the season in May, announcing the return of all their classic events, including San Juan (magin and fire), Misommer (a midsummer festival for all of their Swedish friends), Full Moon (white dress code) and The Great Gatsby party (roaring 20s dress code). Take note and I might see you there!

Address: C/ Tintorera S/N, Cala Llamp

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The Rooftop Bar of Hotel Honucai Welcomes Summer in Style

“The Top” rooftop bar dazzled with its spectacular reopening party, bringing with it the incomparable rhythm, flavour and glamour of the island. In recent years, the rooftop of Hotel Honucai has become the essential destination to experience summer in Mallorca. With live music and a unique gastronomic offer, The Top has established itself as the meeting place for visitors and holidaymakers looking to enjoy the liveliest months of the year. And its reopening event, which ushered in the long, warm days, was no exception.

Moonlight parties to enjoy the summer

The reopening party was just the beginning of the excitement that The Top has in store for this season. As a great novelty, the place will be transformed monthly into a magical and exclusive stage with the celebration of the Moonlight Parties, in collaboration with the renowned DJs Paco Colombás and Oscar Romero.

On June 2, the first party of the year took place. An event that left its mark thanks to the select atmosphere, the original decorations prepared for the occasion next to the infinity pool, and the spectacular views of the Mediterranean from above. The magical glow of the full moon, visible from The Top, is the protagonist of the Moonlight Parties. During the event, the resplendent luminosity of the full moon was elegantly reflected on the sea, creating a dreamlike atmosphere for all who were present.

Robata and raw food from above

Located on the fourth floor of the Hotel Honucai, The Top offers stunning views of the bay of Colonia de Sant Jordi and the charm of southern Mallorca. The terrace offers the opportunity to get to know Colonia de Sant Jordi from a unique perspective while enjoying the captivating flavours of the menu and The Top’s signature cocktails.

The raw bar, which offers raw treated seafood with fresh and fun dressings, offers a unique dining experience. On the other hand, ‘Robata’, a Mallorcan Japanese grill, adds a touch of fire to meat, seafood and even vegetables, providing an explosion of flavours

and textures. The cocktail area of The Top offers unparalleled views over the sea. The drinks menu is designed to lower the temperature on the hottest days of summer, transporting visitors to a refreshing oasis.

The Salicornia restaurant presents its giant cap roig

The weekend event continued the next day on the ground floor of the Honucai Hotel, where the well-known ‘Salicornia’ restaurant is located. During the evening, attendees were delighted with a vibrant drum parade to the contagious rhythm of the batucada Terraroja de Campos. The highlight was the presentation of Pèlroig, a giant sculpture in the shape of a fish where the fish of the day will be served grilled in front of the client as part of this unique gastronomic experience.

Designed by renowned artist of the gastronomic world, Taller de Piñero, the sculpture has become the distinctive emblem of the Salicornia restaurant this season, paying true homage to the local products of the island.

According to the famous chef Pablo Tomás (former Drolma and El Bulli), who leads the kitchen, "part of the essence of the restaurant is to seek every year a differential presentation of the products and this sculpture is an example of this". The restaurant's menu delights with a selection of marine and local products from Mallorca, presenting updated recipes from the island, such as fideuá "a la llauna" with squid and saffron aioli, or rock mussels with Mallorcan sobrasada emulsion.

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Huvafen Fushi – Otherworldly Beauty & Underwater Spa - North Male Atoll

Those looking for a break to relax and recoup in style during a yachting voyage around Southeast Asia, are finding exceptional luxury Hotel Spas & Wellness stops to be a great option.

Known for homegrown practices in massage therapy and holistic treatments, Southeast Asia’s spas take on an array of forms from posh resorts to quick-fix massage parlors tucked away in city side streets.

The featured spa & wellness listings below promise a wide range of treatments, mostly centered around achieving a balance between mind, body, and spirit. Techniques used include yoga, Ayurvedic treatments, aromatherapy, thalassotherapy, therapeutic massage and acupressure (among many others), with all but one located in a 5-star environment.

Many of Southeast Asia’s finest luxury hotel spas and wellness retreats are easily accessible from visiting yachts on the popular island destinations of Maldives, Thailand’s Phuket & Koh Samui islands, Malaysia’s Langkawi, India’s Andaman Islands, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, and Singapore.

Rejuvenate and restore. Soothe and inspire. The Huvafen Spa is a refuge for body and soul. Expert practitioners cultivate wellness and a lasting sense of calm with massages, facial treatments and full-body therapies. Here, modern techniques meet Maldivian traditions.

UNDERWATER – Be spirited away to an underwater realm. The first-in-the-world underwater spa is a haven of pure rejuvenation and a space to nurture wellbeing, amid a kaleidoscope of marine life. Awaken to a world of healing. Step eight metres below the surface to a secret underwater world to the first – and only – underwater spa treatment rooms in the world. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

OVERWATER – The treatment pavilions poised above water will draw you into their soothing surroundings. Feel the calming aura and listen to the waves lapping as you gaze through the glass floor as you drift into a state of serenity.

Thailand Phuket - Anantara Mai Krao – Phuket Villas - Spa & Wellness

A peaceful sanctuary within the luxury Phuket Spa Resort. Walk on water and into a treatment suite for two, hidden away amidst lush foliage. Soak in an alfresco bath before laying side by side for bespoke massages. Revive from the

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inside with yoga, Ayurveda and juice cleanses. Anantara Spa offers award-winning wellness journeys overlooking a lagoon filled with blooming lotuses.

Spa Facilities - Six couples' treatment suites set around the lagoon; indoor and outdoor baths and rain shower; steam rooms; nail and hair salon; spa boutique with awardwinning Comfort Zone and Anantara Spa products; in-villa services available on request.

Signature Spa Treatments: Chakra crystal balancing (60 minutes). Breathe in as the therapist surrounds your body with healing crystals, from the radiating love of Rose Quartz to Aquamarine’s self-empowerment. Select the crystal-infused oil that resonates with you, then succumb to a healing massage. Soothing singing bowls open and close this purifying ritual.

Koh Samui - Kamalaya Koh Samui - Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

For the second year in a row, the iconic Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa on the Thai island of Koh Samui scooped the top accolade of Worldwide Health & Wellness

Destination of the Year. As of January 2023, integrative health will be at the top of Kamalaya’s menu following the launch of its new integrative health facility, Longevity House.

Kamalaya offers holistic health solutions for anxiety, stress and numerous other challenges. Here you can reconnect with your inner self and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit surrounded by nature, combining ancient Eastern healing traditions with Western medical research.

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Huvafen Fushi Maldives Seychelles - Zil Pasyon Spa Huvafen Fushi - Maldives


Huvafen Fushi – Otherworldly Beauty & Underwater Spa - North Male Atoll

Offering six overwater spa pavilions, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Langkawi offers an ethereal experience in physical form. Even the treatment rooms at this resort spa appear to float on a wave of relaxation. Whether an exquisite treatment from The Ritz-Carlton’s global collection or a ritual inspired by the indigenous healing and beauty ceremonies -practiced for thousands of years by local shamans and midwives- each experience aims to restore the equilibrium within your body, mind and soul so that you reach a state of complete harmony.

The Mandi Bunga-inspired ritual, for example, takes its cue from the bathing rituals of Malay royal houses. But instead of dispelling bad energy, this treatment eradicates stress and tension with a combination of massage, fragrant oils, herbs and flowers. Additional services at this resort spa include therapeutic rituals for the face and body, as well as a selection of treatments developed especially for gentlemen. Of its six treatment rooms, three can accommodate couples. The spa also offers a spacious deck and the island’s only Hammam.


Andaman Islands - Taj Exotica Resort & SpaLuxury Resort on Havelock Island

In the lap of our universe, an intricate dance ensues between the five sacred elements - Akash, Vayu, Agni, Jal, and Prithvi. In this delicate rhythm, the path toward holistic

healing unfolds. Seek this ancient wisdom at J Wellness Circle -a sanctum rooted in ancient Indian healing sciences of Ayurveda & Yoga- and elevated by luxuries of old-world Indian royalty.

Embark on a journey through your inner world. Immerse yourself in healing energies and experiences. Awaken to a revived consciousness, guided by soothing scents, serene sounds, and touch – gentle, yet transformative. When you emerge, find your mind, body & soul aligned and in harmony. Signature Experiences include Sushupti and Vishrama massages, Indian Therapies and Spa Indulgences, Body Scrubs and Wraps, Yoga, Beauty, and Meditation.


Colombo - Thusare Talking Hands Spa – something different

Thusare Talking Hands is an Acupuncture and Shiatsu centre with visually impaired Therapists, doing all treatments with clothes on and without oils. This kind of wellness centre is different from the usual yoga and meditation practices and very special - definitely deserves a visit when in Colombo.

The spa provides therapeutic massages using a Japanese acupressure technique called Shiatsu. The company provides extensive training and economic empowerment for previously unemployed, visually impaired Sri Lankans who, as highly skilled therapists, bring the additional benefit of having exceptionally high sensitivity to touch. Therapy is delivered in an open area and provides relaxation, mental satisfaction and numerous other health benefits.

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Phuket - Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas


Félicité (Private Island) - Six Senses Zil Pasyon Spa

The resort’s signature Six Senses Spa will move you to another level. It has five treatment villas specialising in Seychellois and African-inspired scrubs, wraps and massages, and a yoga pavilion built on the rocks amid lush foliage.

The Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located on Félicité, a private island where massive granite rocks and white sand beaches create an air of drama and beauty. Created with the renowned Six Senses flair, the resort is a very personal destination that embraces nature while offering every creature comfort imaginable. The spa features five double treatment villas that offer a wide range of local and African-inspired holistic wellness and rejuvenation treatments that are designed around the natural giving properties of the island’s fauna, flora and eco-system.

Singapore ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa

ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa ranks among the most luxurious in the country. It serves as a one-stop destination for total relaxation and rejuvenation and offers an oasis amidst a bustling and lively island resort.

Over 10,000 square metres of manicured landscaped gardens, pools and ponds are set against a backdrop of picturesque sea views and jungle-covered hillsides. Spagoers can select from 24 multi-functional treatment rooms with beautiful views, 2 Private Spa Suites overlooking the reflection pond, or 2 Beach Villas with dramatic sea views. Separate men's and women's facilities include a Vitality Pool with air & water massage jets, an icy Plunge Pool, and a Sauna with uninterrupted views over the pools and walkways that converge at a Japanese Onsen-style pool. The first-in-Singapore authentic Turkish Hammam is the highlight of the spa.

These are just a few spa & wellness examples to be found in Southeast Asia, suggested by the Asia Pacific Superyacht offices of each region. Your agent will be happy to share local knowledge of these top yachting destinations’ spa & wellness retreat visits customised to your personal wishes.
Langkawi, Malaysia - Ritz Carlton Spa Langkawi



The 1,200 dazzlingly beautiful islands and 26 atolls of the Maldives in Southeast Asia is a growing magnet for superyachts. These exotic atolls stretch across the equator, oozing luxury and elegance on shores dotted with exclusive resorts.

This island nation in the Indian Ocean covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometers, although only 298 square kilometers of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls.

The country’s unique geography mesmerises visitors. Reefs offer bands of color and tiny jewel-like islands rimmed with the whitest of soft sand are surrounded by the clearest shallow waters that one can imagine. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited with a select few on each of the atolls being resorts, and some islands are used for industry and agriculture.

The beauty of the Maldives is not only above the water as it is home to about five percent of the planet’s reefs that come with an explosion of color contributed by the soft and hard corals that form them. The reefs are home to a thousand species of fish. Lured by the rich nutrients that flow in with the currents, large pelagic fishes such as manta rays and whale sharks also make the Maldives their home.

India’s Andaman Islands, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, and Singapore.


At sea, the Maldives is characterised by its splendidly unique underwater life and ecology, a paradise for dive & snorkelling aficionados. The warm waters are home to a diverse array of exotic marine life, with each creature more colorful than the next. 99% of the Maldives territory is made up of seawater, and around 240 varieties of corals can be found in these crystal-clear waters of the archipelago.

An example is Hanhushi’s coral reef, showcasing 1000 species of fish and 20 species of whales and dolphins. A dive and snorkelling paradise, the corals are home to some of the most diverse sea life on the planet.

Visiting yachts can drop anchor and relax on one of their powder-fine white coralline shores and enjoy a meal or some pampering at one of the 150+ truly world-class island resorts. A number of resorts feature their own house reefs - easily accessible coral reefs within swimming distance.

The Southern Atolls are the most popular dive sites and the diving here is incredibly reliable. You are almost guaranteed to view a plethora of species such as whale sharks, eagle rays, white tip sharks, blacktail barracuda, batfish and much more.

Some of the top dive sites -as recommended by diving instructors and experts- include Ulkulhas Thila in the North Ari Atoll, a great place to see majestic manta rays; Kuda Tah Thila in the South Ari Atoll, a beautiful dive teeming with reef fish; and Kandooma Thila in the South Malé Atoll, a 300m long teardrop shaped pinnacle, with a whole mix of marine life from white-tip reef sharks to schools of eagle rays.

The great thing for divers is that whether you are an experienced diver or a casual snorkeller, there will be a dive site for you, making the Maldives one of the most exciting and accessible places to visit underwater. Even better, most of these amazing spots are easily accessed by boat, reserving some of the most special underwater sites on the planet for yacht visitors.

Populated by large and friendly manta rays, masked banana fish, spangled emperor fish and even some approachable sharks, you will find over 2,000 species of fish lurking beneath the Indian Ocean. In fact, the Maldives is one of the few places on Earth where whale sharks can be encountered all year round and is home to 14 species of sharks, the largest being the whale shark.

There is no need to fear these gentle giants as they live on a diet of plankton and tiny fish, cruising close to the water's surface with their mouths open to get their feed. The months of December through February offer an opportunity to snorkel at night with the giant whale shark, which is up to 40 feet long and 20 tons.

Each of the three areas -Northern, Central and Southern- have their own characteristics. The Northern Atolls are less busy and covered with soft corals, colorful sponges and an abundance of fish life. If you want to dive amongst larger species, head to the central Rasdhoo Atoll, where you will find dolphins, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, large manta rays, parrotfish and more.

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“….around 240 varieties of corals can be found in these crystal-clear waters of the archipelago.”
“….some of the most special underwater sites on the planet for yacht visitors.”

There are 23 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) recorded in the Maldives, all protected under Maldivian law. As you relax on the sundeck of your yacht, you will almost certainly see the spinner dolphin following its distinctive daily pattern of travelling to the atolls in the morning to rest and then back out at sunset to hunt.

If you are a wildlife lover and tempted by a night away from the luxury of your superyacht, the Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island has underwater rooms where you can drift off to sleep watching some of the planet’s most amazing creatures gliding gracefully through the sea, mere meters from your head.


The Maldives has one of the most delicate environments anywhere on the planet. Coral reefs are the foundation of the islands. They offer protection and a natural defence system, and the country’s economy depends heavily on the health of its reefs and ecosystems.

Several conservation efforts are underway to protect the valuable marine environment of Maldives. While several marine species and birds are protected by law, protected areas have been designated to ensure the conservation of specific ecosystems and the rich biodiversity of the country. This includes designated nature reserves in islands of various atolls to protect wetlands and mangroves. Also, the protection of marine areas and the designation of biosphere reserves that cover coral reefs, islands, seagrass beds and mangroves.

Several resorts also conduct their own programmes. While some conducted by resorts focus on the protection and rehabilitation of sea turtles, others are engaged in cutting-edge research into the regeneration of coral reefs. Several community education programmes are also conducted by resorts for school children and the community at large. Non-governmental organisations also play an important role through their voluntary programmes and conduct regular beach and reef cleanup programs.

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Visitors to the Maldives are advised to carry back their own non-biodegradable waste and to take care not to stand on, touch or remove coral structures while snorkelling or diving. More and more international luxury yachts are visiting the Maldives in 2023 reports MAYA, the Maldives Association of Yacht Agents, with superyachts mostly docking in the Malé, Ariarea and Baa areas.

“The most number of superyachts flock to Maldives from Nov to May”, reports MAYA VP & Founding Member, Mohamed Hameed, heading up Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives. “Our APS full-flagged team is ready with almost every kind of skill, ready to meet all your needs. We assist in obtaining all necessary official permits and we provide all services needed in-house and from within our team - from sea transport to bunker, hospitality through provisions and administration to technical services.”

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“Visitors to the Maldives are advised to carry back their own non-biodegradable waste….”

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 2017

345000 Pound Sterling VAT paid

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 built in 2017 to a 2018 model specification with low hours for her age. LATEST WORKS/UPGRADES MAY 2023: (Antifoul, Anodes, Engine, Leg and Generator Service, 3 New Domestic Batteries) Ancasta supplied and in her first ownership, this two cabin, two head Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 is powered by twin Volvo 370hp engines with the joystick option for ease of close quarter handling. The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 features the patented and innovative Air Step hull technology. This not only gives better performance and handling overall but also allows for improved fuel economy when compared to similar vessels. Fully equipped with a comprehensive suite of Simrad navigation electronics, bowthruster, 7.5 Kw generator, reverse cycle air conditioning, hi/lo hydraulic bathing platform plus more, this Gran Turismo 46 is ready to go.

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Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54 2021

710,000 EUR Ex Tax

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54. An opportunity to get a 2021. 125 hours on Yanmar 110Hp. 7.5Kva Gene. Aircon throughout. Full electronics. 3 cabin 3 head version with skipper cabin fwd. 710.000 E ex tax.

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Fountaine Pajot Saona 47,2018 770.000 Euro (VAT not paid) Mallorca

Owners Version from 2018. She has wide Flexiteek decks, a huge upper deck lounge, a large lounge area fore, and a generous aft deck. Further features are the elevated helm station and the hydraulic up/down bathing platform that holds the dinghy. Equipped with; an In-boom furling main sail, an extra brand new mainsail, furling genoa, furling gennaker, and electric winches. Furthermore; two 60hp diesel engines, folding props, wireless engine control, Dockmate, solar panels, under water lights, water maker, life raft, radar, AIS, dishwasher, heating throughout, washing machine, etc. etc. Go to for more info..

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Puerto Portals, Local 10 - Mallorca Simon Crutchley: +34 656 949 244

2019 Princess S66 “PRINCESS CALI"

€2,450,000 EUR

VAT Paid

Mallorca, Spain

This beautifully maintained and high specification Princess S66 was built in 2019 and first delivered in 2020. M/Y “PRINCESS CALI” has had light use by the same experienced owner from new and is cared for year-round by two full time crew. Powered by twin MAN V12 1400hp diesel engines, she is capable of speeds of up to 36 knots. This sporty and practical motor yacht is perhaps best defined by her imposing exterior lines and her impressive array of exterior relaxation areas, which include a spacious foredeck sunlounge. Below deck, she boasts an elegant and light interior complete with a fully-equipped galley, a well-appointed saloon and a spacious 4 cabin layout which comfortably accommodates up to 8 guests. Key features include her 19kW Cummins ONAN generator, Seakeeper 9 stabiliser, 90,000 BTU air conditioning system, bow and stern thrusters, crew cabin, electro-hydraulic bathing platform, electric sunroof and a garage for a tender up to 3.4m in length. British flagged with EU VAT paid.

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Custom Built Trawler

Dimensions 20,80 x 5,00 x 2,50 (m) 975.000 EUR

VAT Paid

Capella is a privately owned classic lined motor yacht built in 2001 in Gdansk. She has never been used for charter work. She was immediately transferred to Mallorca, where she has been lying ever since. Capella has been maintained by her current captain since her arrival. There has been an unlimited budget made available for the maintenance which has been religiously adhered to every winter. Therefore, the trawler is in an extremely prestige conditions. Capella has always cruised in the Western Mediterranean in all weathers, as a stable and comfortable vessel. Contact us for more details and we look forward to arranging your viewing!

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Riva 110' Dolcevita

11,995,000 EUR Mallorca

Riva understated excellence with the brilliant 110 Dolcevita, incorporating elements of asymmetric design without compromising practicality or beauty. 5-cabin layout with full-width owner's cabin - Custom Metallic Shark Grey - Custom interior, satin ebony woodwork - Hermes fabrics, Minotti & Paola Lenti furniture - 270º view saloon with patio doors port and starboard - Huge bow lounging area with jacuzzi - Fin and gyro stabilizers - Float-in tender garage and hydraulic platform - Light private use only. It is an opportunity to acquire a unique, highly specified vessel and beat the long waiting list for new!

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