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Mallorca based marine electronics company e3 systems has been awarded Platinum Provider status by MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the leading global VSAT satellite communications provider and top choice for more than 50% of the world’s top 100 largest yachts. The MTN Platinum Provider status is the highest accolade awarded by MTN to their Maritime Service Providers (MSPs) and is based on a combination of achieving sales revenue and meeting their stringent requirements in terms of training installation and service personnel.

In April, the RYA will launch a Professional Practices and Responsibilities course (PPR) that will form the basis of any application for a commercial endorsement. This new course applies to endorsements on all RYA licences, from Powerboat Level II to Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore and Ocean, and revalidation of existing endorsements.

e3 Systems now has 10 MTN Certified Technicians on their team ensuring that they are one of the best equipped companies after MTN itself to install and service MTN systems and equipment. “As MTN’s first Maritime Service Provider, e3 has played a vital role in the success MTN has achieved in the yachting market since the first yacht was commissioned with MTN’s DirectNet VSAT Service in 2004.” said Derik J Wagner, Managing Director of MTN Yachts Services. Roger Horner, e3 System’s Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to have achieved Platinum Status. We have worked hard with MTN over the past few years to expand their service into the super yacht market. This award recognises e3’s on-going commitment to client service in the VSAT market demonstrated by our investment in staff training for MTN, Sea Tel and all our other eVSAT services. e3 Systems is the only MTN Platinum provider with offices all around the Mediterranean Region.” Horner went on to add: “We are constantly striving to ensure the services we offer match the needs of our clients”. About e3 Systems: As a leading Communications Integrator in the yacht market e3’s mission is to redefine the way communication services are sold and provided to yachts. e3’s diverse portfolio of communication services includes VSAT, Inmarsat, Iridium, 3G and WiFi, thus enabling them to offer the service, or combination of services, which is best suited to the needs of the vessel. e3’s communication services include as standard their bandwidth management system using the eDSC which enables the simultaneous control and monitoring of the data communications on board using an iPad, PC or Mac.

The course aims to raise awareness of the various regulations under which a commercial mariner must operate. In a nutshell it is DUTY OF CARE and the understanding of what this means, whether you’re driving guests in the yachts tender, or you are the captain of a 200grt motor cruiser. PPR will be split into three sections: people, vessel and purpose, covering the legal framework that anyone working commercially needs to adhere to. In the ‘people section’ topics covered will be correct manning, the importance of keeping training and certification up to date and safe management of commercial vessels; the ‘vessel section’ will include compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment, creation and implementation of risk control and operating procedures; finally, in the ‘purpose section’, the obligations of protecting the environment, the vessel being suitable and legal for work and planning and situational awareness. The PPR course is only available at RYA training centres. The applicant purchases the PPR course directly from the RYA (unconfirmed reports say this will be around £31.00GBP). In order to take the course you must first register with your chosen sea school; for example if your sea school of choice is Aigua, you would set up a user account on the RYA interactive site in the AIGUA SEA SCHOOL section. At the end of the training modules will be an online assessment. Upon successful completion of the assessment, the certificate can be downloaded from the RYA and included with your commercial endorsement, or endorsement revalidation, application.

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previously visited. We certainly hope and trust that she will become as popular, relevant and eagerly awaited in those as she has been in The Balearics over the last 175 issues!

When I took over this job six years ago, it was said in this column by the founder publisher and previous editor (the late John Rule) that The Islander had reached a milestone in its history. I know that John would have been delighted, as indeed I am, that this issue sees yet another milestone for us, or maybe we can call it a waypoint on a virtual voyage?

As you’ll see elsewhere in this issue, the Palma Boat Show is trying to enter a new phase with new ideas, having listened to constructive criticism from the industry. We at The Islander support this initiative, and recognise that a successful boat show with plenty of serious visitors, and a good return for exhibitors is just what the island needs in these difficult times!

Not only are we celebrating the 15th anniversary of the day back in March 1997 when John published issue No:1 with just 16 pages in two colours, but with this edition we are very pleased to welcome for the first time, readers in Catalunya, Costa del Sol and Gibralter. And as of next month (April) we will be launching into such places as Monaco, Antibes, Nice, Genoa, and Sardinia. This will coincide nicely with the increasingly popular Antibes Yacht Show, where we will be represented and have copies available, as well as having interactive showing of our Sea-Things TV nautical web portal on an HD screen.

Also in late April we have the 2012 Crew Show being held again at Mood Beach Portals. So with that on the 27th, the boat show starting on 28th at the old port in Palma, and the ‘Superyacht Days’ Brokers Show at Port Adriano over the same holiday weekend, there is every reason and more, for anyone with an interest in yachting and water sports to come to Mallorca.

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SUPERYACHT CUP ACTION ALL SETNEWS FOR THIS SUMMER LATEST SPANISH NAUTICAL FROM AENB 2012 promises to be an exciting year for Superyacht Cup participants with two editions of the popular regatta - SYC Palma (20-23 June) marking the start of the Mediterranean season, followed a month later by the inaugural Superyacht Cowes Special Edition (22-25 July) organised to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics in the UK. Over 1,000 owners, guests, crews and sponsors will participate in this years regattas. The first ever Superyacht Cup Cowes (22-25 July) has attracted an impressive 21 provisional entries to date ranging from 2467m including the Dykstra & Partners designed Adela (55m) built by Pendennis Shipyard, the Hoek designed Athos (62m) built by Holland Jachtbouw and the impressive Hetairos (67m) from the drawing board of Dykstra & Partners and built by Baltic Yachts. Organised in association with the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron, participants will be treated to a unique sailing experience in the waters of the Solent including a race around the Isle of Wight, the course made famous by the first ever America’s Cup (then called the Hundred Guinea Cup) in 1851. The latest and biggest entry for SYC Cowes is Hetairos, the

brand new 67m (219ft) ketch superyacht launched just last year by Baltic Yachts making her one of the largest composite sailing yachts in the world. Hetairos will be berthed in Cowes and the Superyacht Cowes will be one of the first regattas she competes at this year. The Bay of Palma will once again play host to this years 16th SYC Palma regatta with 15 entries currently confirmed entries including Fidelis (53m) from Perini Navi, and the new Dubois designed Salperton (45m) built by New Zealand builder Fitzroy Yachts. Held over four days from 20-23 June, all yachts will be berthed in the central Muelle Viejo located right in the heart of Palma under its historic cathedral. The dockside village will play host to participants with a magnificent prizegiving gala event in the Es Baluard Museum on Saturday 23 June overlooking the bay at sunset with live music entertainment. For any superyacht owners wishing to watch the Olympic sailing events this summer, Portland Port, situated off the Dorset coast can provide deep water alongside berths and anchorages next to the sailing venue. Portland is a safe and secure private commercial port that is able to offer bunkering, fresh water, shore side power and access to support services. All Olympic berths and anchorages must be pre-booked. For more information about these regattas please visit:









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An opportunity for boating / water sports enthusiasts and leisure marine professionals to kick off a bright new exciting boating season in sunny Palma de Mallorca… The Palma International Boat Show presents its 29th event in 2012, and is embarking on a number of changes that are designed to offer an attractive event for both local and international visitors. Exhibiting companies are looking to expand their horizons as the global economy continues to recover, and expenditure on leisure pursuits such as sailing, cruising, fishing, diving and surfing etc, starts to regain momentum. Purchasers too are becoming more prospective, and looking further afield with an eye towards buying into the yachting lifestyle on a long term commitment offering them more family leisure time and relaxation. The newly elected Partido Popular government in The Balearics and their Director General of Trade and Enterprise, Cesar Pacheco, have recognised this, and have elected to work with the yachting and water sports sector and all interested parties, in order to present a 2012 show that is worthy of this level of expectation. Already this structured and collective approach has brought about changes for the 2012 Palma Boat Show. Members of this year’s organising committee and advisors come from most of the major Spanish yachting associations, the port authorities, tourism ministry, chamber of commerce, marinas / sailing clubs and yachting media. Chema Sans the boat show’s director said: “2013 sees us celebrating the 30th year of the Palma Boat Show, we think this will coincide perfectly with the regeneration of the world economy and a return to higher spending on liesure pursuits. We are also confident that this year’s show will be able to lay a good foundation, enabling exhibitors to get a return on investment, and allowing many visitors to enjoy our city, our nautical culture, and an array of marine products and services in a combined package that is hard to beat anywhere.

• The accessibility of Palma by air and sea is excellent, and it can be reached from almost anywhere with regular schedules and fair prices. • The city itself is already one of the most popular and historic tourist destinations in Europe, with first class facilities and entertainment all combining to make a visit to the boat show a truly enjoyable experience. • Palma is the only truly outdoor show in Europe, and is held at a time of the year when the Balearic weather us usually at its very best. • It is held at a time when everyone has had enough of stuffy halls at winter boat shows, and is ready to think about real boating in sunshine and fresh balmy sea breezes. A visit to Palma de Mallorca in early May is guaranteed to inject such thoughts into the yachtsman’s mind! From a visitors point of view the main changes and features to know about are as follows: • The duration of the show will be reduced to 5 days - from April 28 to May 2. (Conveniently over the May Day holiday weekend.) • The opening hours will be from 11:00 to 20:00. There will be a special day on April 30, called the “Night of the Sea” where exhibitors who wish, can make their presentations and parties until 23:00. • There will be a special ‘open house’ day on May 2nd, when admission will be FREE from 15.00 hrs. • There will be FREE access to Industry Professionals: Any professional accrediting with a professional business card and ID will have free access to the show. • A special effort will be made to attract entertaining exhibitors or sponsors, who may have relevant nautical information, or interactive participative items to share with visitors. • Major international boat builders and equipment suppliers are already signed up. Companies like Sunseeker, Fairline, Princess, Oyster and San Lorenzo (to name just a few) will have plenty of boats in the water including their latest 2012 season models. (Over 150 boats of all sizes are expected to be moored on the floating pontoons at the show) • These are complimented by many specialised suppliers offering RIBS and tenders, fishing tackle, nautical clothing, navigation equipment, ports and marinas, and those producing the hardy and seaworthy ‘Llauts’, traditionally built for centuries in The Balearics, but these days combining the most modern materials and electronics with their renowned workmanship. • In 2011 the Palma Boat Show had 108 exhibitors located in a total exhibition area of 40,000 square meters (12.000 m2 land and 28.000 m2 floating) 30,000 visitors attended last year. Entry tickets for the Palma International Boat Show are priced at: €6,00 with free entry for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the show ground. For further details, updates and details of travel offers etc please regularly check the website (Short link):


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The boat has to be given an official value by a surveyor appointed by Court and one individual, (normally one of the debtors or its legal representative) will be appointed as judicial trustee depositary. If the debtor still does not fulfil his payment obligations, or no extrajudicial arrangement is set up between boat owner and creditor, then the boat ends up in a judicial sale through an execution procedure once the Court issues the resolution approving the auction. The debtor and the creditor might find an arrangement, or otherwise the auction or judicial sale is carried out according to articles 655 and following Ley 1/2000, de Procedimiento Civil, or Civil Procedure Act and in article 93 following Real Decreto 939/2005, Reglamento General de Recaudación . In Spain there are no private entities specialized in such auctions and so the procedure is normally carried out before a Public Notary, or via an auction procedure at the Tax or Court offices. Once the fair or start value (or “justiprecio”) is fixed, the date, hour and place of the auction is published on the announcement boards of the Court or the Tax Office, therefore its almost impossible for outsiders to get to know about them. Although there are some companies in Spain that deal with and are specialized in auctions they almost exclusively deal with auctions of real estate and land based property. One of the reasons is that boats are so different to real estate. For yachts it is quite difficult to assess the correct value of a boat that has been abandoned for some while, and in order to do so accurate surveys and sea trials have to be arranged. The interested persons will be obliged to make a 20% deposit based on the fair value and to present their offer in a closed envelope. They will have to accept the legal title that is in the Court file and when one of the petitioner’s has acquired the goods he will have 15 days to pay the rest. There is also the possibility that the first auction receives no offers, in which case a second one might be scheduled with a reduction of the start value.

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Once one of the participants gets legal title he might be also entitled to record it in the corresponding registries, in our case it would be sufficient legal title if it is entered in the Spanish Ship´s Registry. The norms and details of the auction might vary from the ones established in the Law and must be seen on a case-by-case basis. Only one thing is really clear, and that is; for sure the prices paid through such procedures are far less than the ones from normal brokers or dealers, you just have to find out where and when are they taking place. For further queries please ask your nautical legal and tax adviser. Carlos Espinosa Abagado, Yacht Tax & Legal Advisor +34 627 41 32 01 -

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RESIDENTS CORNER The Times They are A Changing! This time I am taking the opportunity to clarify a couple of changes which took place at the end of last year. The first one relates to Wealth Tax. The Socialist PSOE Government abolished wealth tax (impuesto extraordinario sobre el patrimonio) - often referred to as simply ‘el Patrimonio’ in Spanish - on the 1st of January 2008 in a bid to stimulate the country’s ailing economy. However, on the 16th of September 2011 a bill was put before Parliament to support the re-introduction of the tax, which was eventually agreed to on the 23rd of September. Of course, the wealth tax in Spain is about trying to raise more money. This is understandable given the perilous state of the economy. However, what is less credible is the PSOE’s (socialist party) claim that the tax raised (estimated at some 1.1 billion) will create some 300,000 work contracts for young people. How this is being implemented is anyone’s guess however. From what little I can establish, the wealth tax in Spain will only affect those people with assets (excluding that of their primary residence) of over 700,000 Euros. According to the Spanish government this means some 160,000 people in Spain. I think the numbers are much greater given the estimated wealth on Mallorca alone. If in doubt take advice from a gestor or an abogado who deals with fiscal matters. The second one is about contracts of employment. Legislation has changed to allow employers to employ workers on temporary contracts indefinitely. Or at least without a time limit for the next two years. This is in an effort to circumvent employers being obliged by law to offer an employee a permanent contract after the employee has worked for them for a maximum of four temporary periods. Permanent work contracts in Spain have traditionally been expensive and restrictive to employers who have avoided them like the plague and this has resulted in a significant percentage of the Spanish workforce being condemned to temporary work throughout their lives. In reality, the existing employment legislation in Spain works, long term, for neither workers nor employers. So, few people would argue against a wholesale redrawing of the employment laws to make employment more flexible for employers – which would encourage them to offer more permanent contracts to workers and perhaps make Spanish industry more dynamic. Finally, as I write the column we find ourselves in the grip of the worst snowfall in Palma since 1953 (Coronation year for those who were not even born then) with temperatures of minus 4 degrees Celsius and snow-capped palm trees. The problem is that we are mostly not equipped for the conditions including our houses and apartments. I am sure that Carrefour and the like have had a lively time selling butano heaters and something I would never have considered owning when first moving to Mallorca 15 years ago, an electric blanket, is looking more appealing all the time. Till the next time keep warm and based on climate change by the next time we may well all have been rocketed into summer! Sandra Eagles, Spanish Solutions, The Balearic Business Centre for Mallorca & Costa Blanca

LAURA’S LOG Congratulations to everyone involved with the Islander on the fifteenth anniversary. In these challenging times it is a testimony to the popularity of the magazine that it is still going strong, and growing bigger! I cannot claim to have been in at the start, but I have been writing this column for the past five years - under false pretences I must confess as I am not at a “nauti” type at all! I have been on a boat, and cleaned one or two, but truth is, I am a landlubber from Liverpool whose only experience of floaty things before moving to Mallorca was the ferry across the Mersey! However, as a presenter on radio on Mallorca for the past seven years, I hope I have helped seafaring folk to know a bit more about what is going on here on the island. I do my best to gather info on local events, charity “dos” and fiestas. Its not easy finding out exactly what is happening but with a lot of research, and help from listeners I have done my best to share the news around so that people can get involved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Franklin and his team and wish the Islander every success in its expansion to the mainland and beyond. Long may the mag continue to inform, amuse and entertain readers. As it happens the radio is also expanding and I am delighted to announce that from March we will have English radio 24/7 as Spectrum Mallorca FM takes to the airwaves. I will be presenting the breakfast show on 105.6FM every weekday morning from 8am till 12 noon so there will more airtime to share with you. The Spectrum brand is the largest network in Spain and it is great that a truly professional team have approached me to set up the latest station here on the island. We have been working towards this for almost two years so if you remember Luna Radio I hope you will be a part of the new Spectrum FM and make it a part of your life. Finally Peter asked for a few of my memories of Mallorca but there are so many, that I have just compiled a list of random thoughts about one year on the island, to be recited in the same style as Billy Joel’s “We didn’t Start The Fire”…. Potty panto, colourful carnival, fab Fallas fiesta, Easter parades, Europe Day concert, mates’ music, beach rugby, wine fair, potato fair, Europe Day, Charity Walk for Life, Sant Juan in the sea at midnight, crazy carrefoc, dancing demons, beach bathing, stunning sunsets, fabulous friends, Superyacht Cup, Mallorca Rocks, Moors & Christians, Palma pilgrimage, Red Devils, releasing ducks, golf tournaments, Rey Jaume, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Dijous Bo, crimbo, Three Kings, San Sebastian and start all over again! Who can ever be bored on Mallorca? Laura Penn presents English Radio Mallorca every weekend from 10am till 1pm on Radio Marratxi 92.9FM


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TECHNOLOGY UPDATE Today’s lesson is about numbers – big ones! Before you read on, I think it may be a good idea to define the terminology used to describe data quantities. It’s really useful to understand what these quantities mean in real terms and with everyday measures. The reason being is that a recent report from Cisco, which I mention later, is meaningless without this technology update. You don’t have to have a first class honors’ degree in Advanced Maths to understand this. We are having to define new terms to get a grasp of the growth in this technology. So let’s start from the basics. A byte is a unit of digital information in computing and telecommunications, which for the sake of argument, consists of 8 bits. Historically, a byte was the number of bits used to define a single character of text such as “h” or “b”. One byte is 8 bits: This is a single letter. A kilobyte is a thousand bytes: This is a third of an A4 page of text. A megabyte is a thousand kilobytes: This is one photo of about 1950x1200 resolution. A gigabyte is a thousand megabytes: This is a low resolution movie. 5Gb is an HD movie. A terabyte is a thousand gigabytes: This is 2,000 hours of CD quality audio. A petabyte is a thousand terabytes: The adult human brain has been estimated to store the equivalent on 2.5 petabytes of binary data. An exabyte is a thousand petabytes: This is equivalent to 20,000 times all the books in the world ever written! A zettabyte is a thousand exabytes: This is the telecommunications equivalent of every person on earth receiving 87 newspapers per day. A yottabyte is a thousand zettabytes: As of 2011, no storage system has achieved one zettabyte of information. The combined space of all computer hard drives in the world does not amount to even one yottabyte, but was estimated at approximately 160 exabytes in 2006. As of 2009, the entire Internet was estimated to contain close to 500 exabytes. When used with byte multiples, the SI prefix indicates a power of 1000: 1000000000000000000000000bytes = 10008 or 1024 bytes. That’s the end of today’s lesson! This is for real - it’s not April 1st. Please read on. Cisco predicts 18-fold increase in demand for mobile data At the end on 2011, I reported that Ericsson had predicted a ten-fold increase in the demand for data between now and 2016. It appears Cisco think Ericsson are underestimating the demand. Mobile data traffic is set to increase 18-fold over the next five

years, predicts Cisco, reaching 10.8 exabytes per month by 2016. That’s more than 200,000 times more than all the books in the world that have ever been written! The networking firm links the sharp increase to a surge in the number of mobile connected devices, which it says will outnumber the number of people on the planet within five years. The study forecasts that there will be more than 10 billion connected devices by 2016, including M2M (machine to machine) modules, exceeding the world’s projected population at that time of 7.3 billion

The 10.8 exabytes forecast equates to an annual run rate of 130 exabytes of mobile data traffic, which Cisco says is equivalent to: • 33 billion DVDs • 4.3 quadrillion MP3 files or • 813 quadrillion text messages
 (NB: A quadrillion is a thousand million million) Much of the increase is expected to come via the mobile cloud. The study predicts that mobile cloud traffic will account for 71 percent, or 7.6 exabytes per month, of total mobile data traffic by 2016, compared to 45 percent, or 269 petabytes per month, in 2011. The incremental amount of traffic being added to the mobile Internet between 2015 and 2016 alone is approximately three times the estimated size of the entire mobile Internet in 2012, according to Cisco. “By 2016, 60 percent of mobile users -- 3 billion people worldwide -- will belong to the ‘Gigabyte Club,’ each generating more than one gigabyte of mobile data traffic per month,” said Cisco’s Suraj Shetty. “By contrast, in 2011, only one-half percent of mobile users qualified. This impressive growth in mobile traffic will be driven by more powerful devices, notably smartphones and tablets, using faster networks, such as 4G and Wi-Fi, to access more applications, particularly data-intensive video.” These are very big numbers aren’t they? A couple of observations to add to this extraordinary set of figures. There is already a “Gigabyte Club” in the super yacht market. During this last 2011 Med summer we have seen multiple gigabytes being demanded by large yachts when owners and guests are on board. Will this become the “Terabyte Club” by 2016? It seems evident that the Capacity Crunch will be a feature for some years to come as the demand grows and the infrastructure development plays catch-up, whether via the introduction of the land-based networks with LTE and 4G or Inmarsat’s Global Express new VSAT services or, of course, any yet to be heard of new technologies. Enough of the maths – how about some new gadgets? Of all the gadgets I get to see each month, these two have caught my attention, and I have desires on them both Wowee One Vue Firstly from WOWee, the inventor of the gel speaker technology. They have been busy and have just launched a new


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22 OK, I’m prepared to eat some humble pie (but not my hat ...yet!) regarding the Palma ‘International’ Boat Show. Afer all, it does seem that the huge pressure mounted by the sector and the various yachting associations (quite rightly reflecting their member’s opinions) has been taken onboard by the new PP trade & industry minister Sr. Pacheco and his Fires (expo) team. In fact it could be said that he was forced into a U turn, after the whole industry ‘spat the dummy’ and told him what they thought of the show opening till midnight for ten long tedious profit-less days...EUREKA, finally the penny dropped!!! Cutting it to 5 days and over one weekend was a ‘no brainer’, as anyone who had stood there bored out of their tiny minds for days on end last year could have told you for nowt! Also making an intentional play for professional visitors from the yachting industry is not a bad idea at all, as any other successful boat show in the world will happily tell you! A late night for partying... spot on! We all love a free drink or three, and a few hours to talk bollox with other like minded drunks! Discounts for loyal exhibitors - about time too. They have lost enough dosh over the years already! But...... (well, you would expect me to have a ‘but’ wouldn’t you?) The bit that really bothers me is where they say “there will be promotion in all types of media.” Will this include changing the name to something remotely pronounceable or at least able to be spelt by potential ‘international’ visitors. And are they going to make up for the fact that they should have started aggressively promoting it internationally about nine months ago! And are they going to arrange special rates at hotels and subsidised flights for nautical journalists and VIP visitors? Are they.... well OK, I better shut up now. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and after nearly 3 decades maybe this is the start of a new beginning for our local boat show. And the Ed has told me that I have to be positive and supportive of the initiatives adopted due to the industry pressure. OK, I rest my case Mr. Ed sir. I’ve even lined up a nice Jack Daniels bbq sauce to garnish my hat with, as I consider the remote possibility that I might have to eat it, when the ‘Salon Nautica de Palma’ becomes a ‘mustn’t miss’ event in the annual yachting calendar... Talking of the Palma Boat Show, one of the people who was most incensed by the intransigence of its organisers in not listening to the people that pay its way, and also one of the most outspoken protagonists in the ensuing debate was Margarita Dahlberg, who is President of the AENB. Why then did Pepe Quiroga, who writes for the Spanish yachting paper Gaceta Nautica, choose to publicly vilify her in his column last month over her opinions? Now don’t get me wrong, Pepe is a nice old stick, enjoys a nectar or three like my good self, and has a head of hair that Tarzan would trade several coconuts for. He also knows a thing or two about our industry having been commenting on it for a very long while. (Also like moi) But.... (here comes the famous Bates ‘but’ again.) Why o’ why does he not recognise that Marga speaks for all of us, who want to see the boat show really be the success that it should be? His personal

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ADVERTISE FREE Strictly no trade ads (except jobs), or property ads (except private rentals) please! By email only to: Closing Copydate - 8th of the Month For Sale: Need to clear space, and get rid of some restoration projects. Various sizes of sports boats, day boats and a dory. Includes Glastron, Bayliner, Sunseeker, Fletcher, Cobia, Draco Some engines also available. Everything in need of restoration. Please contact for more information. Offers invited. Tel: Pat Sandall – 626 259 836 For Sale: 30m of 3 core black shore power cable suit boat up to 25m brand new, normal cost 25 Euro a metre plus Tax. Tel: Wayne - 679 490 442 To Rent: Casita to rent in Capdella village, fabulous views, rustic, private entrance, garden and terrace. €350€ pcm. The casita is completely separate from the main house, which is set on a 3,000sm plot. Tel: 658 826 329 For Sale: Large selection of English Language books, thrillers, novels, horror. Some hard backs, mostly softbacks, in good condition. Tel: 971 67 63 92 / 639 700 797 For Sale: Mastervolt MASS battery charger. Factory reconditioned 220/24 100 Amp replacement cost €2475 + iva. Asking €1200. Tel: 669 808 733 Wanted: To buy: Garage, lock up or similar. Required for safe storage for personal items (Family of 3) No Furniture. All areas considered. Tel: 633 977 905 Wanted: English teacher to teach locally based foreign chldren around 6-8 years old. Interested? Tel: 667 438 297 For Sale: Avon jetrib. 2003. Note this is 2 stroke engine, very good order, low hours, New turbine this year, recent service. €3450,00 Tel: 609 846 424 For Sale: Renault Megane Coupé Convertible. March 2007, 57.000kms. €9.500,00. Tel: 670 228 012. To Rent: Santa Ponsa. 2 bedroom open plan, spacious and light apartment for long term rent. Large, well kept community gardens and pool.  €1.000,00 per month. E.mail: - Tel: 687 329 509 To Rent: Very spacious and stylish one-bed cottage on my peaceful finca 10 minutes drive from Palma, €800,00pcm. 971 769 557. For Sale: Renault Clio 1.5dci Diesel 5 door hatchback. New shape (This car is more spacious than the older model).  Reg March 2007. 2 lady owners. Low mileage 49,000km Silver Grey. Immaculate condition. Aircon, PAS, Cruise control, CD/Radio. Regular service, 4 new tyres this year. A great little car, consumption superb, Average 4.5 litres per 100km for both motorway and town use. ITV April 2013.  Only selling as purchased a campervan for touring. €7,250.00. email: for photos and more info. For Sale: UK Satelite Dish, Double L.N.B. 1 year old. 30m black cable, also wall bracket. Sky + Sat box and remote. Can be seen working. €400,00. Tel: 663 540 794 To Rent: Secure 20ft storage container, based near IKEA. €350,00 per month. Tel: 650 401 226 To Rent: Ground floor Flat, Puerto Portals, 3 bed, 2 bath, fully equipped, short or long term.€1200,00 per month. Tel: 609 945 172 For Sale: Fairline squadron 68 rear deck awnings.Blue as new. Mann 1360 engine service parts, filters, impellers, gaskets. 22.5 Kva Onan generator parts Impeller, fuel filter, exhaust temp senser. 2 x New seabob chargers. 70m of 26mm 3 ply black mooring line. Fair pricing on all. Please call: 679 490 442 For sale: Kawasaki GPZ 1100  1983 classic. Renovated on major parts, 70.000 miles, U.K. registered. Price €3.400,00  email:


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Once again this year the CrewShow will be sponsored by Dovaston Crew, who are planning for it to be bigger and better than last year’s event. The CrewShow starts at 4pm until 8pm, followed by the Crew Party until late. Entrance is FREE. What is it? For those that have not been to the Crew Show before, it has now become a regular event at this time of year in Mallorca. The entire theme is about providing a relaxing environment for yacht crew to mingle with a whole range of marine product and service providers in a very easy going atmosphere based around the poolside at the chic Mood Beach Club, overlooking the bay of Portals The Islander will be media sponsors for the event again as in previous years, and will bring you all the latest information about the show in our April edition well before the event. Dovaston Crew will also be updating their Facebook page over the coming weeks with more information about some of the exhibitors that will be at this year’s show.

Rolling Stock Chandlery open shop in new premises in the Club de Mar Beginning this month, the Rolling Stock Chandlery shop will open in a new location situated in the Club de Mar. Rolling Stock have never forgotten were it all began over 20 years ago; and, now they are back in their original premises, a little gem in the heart of the Club de Mar, which was recently reformed. Rolling Stock Chandlery continues to offer quality products at very competitive prices and customer service is second to none. Rolling Stock is the largest full service chandlery in Palma de Mallorca, offering complete marine supply service and product & part sourcing. Their team of mobile vans can deliver direct to your yacht or you can visit the Rolling Stock Chandlery shops in two locations – Club de Mar or STP Shipyard (Muelle Viejo). Business hours are 9:30 am till 5:30 pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and fiestas. Rolling Stock Chandlery Club de Mar - Tel/Fax: +34 971 700 031 - Muelle Viejo - Tel/Fax: +34 971 711 728 Mobile ‘Shop-to-Yacht’ Vans +34 629 818 833 - +34 687 957 430 -



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PALMA SEA SCHOOL WHERE THE HARTS INSPIRE… LATEST SPANISH–NAUTICAL NEWS FROM AENB Mags runs the Shorebased Theory Courses up to Ocean and Yachtmaster Prep Sail for Palma Sea School in Mallorca. She trained originally as a teacher, and has been involved in the RYA scheme and all types of boating for many years. She has completed many transatlantics and longer voyages, and has been principal of a sea school in the Bristol Channel for the last 9 years, helping students to cope with its formidable tides. She is a trainer for the SRC Assessors and Shorebased Instructors, an examiner for YM Sail and YM Ocean, and also a STCW 95 First Aid, Personal Survival Techniques and PSSR Instructor.

How many husband and wife yachtmaster level instructor teams can claim to have been together for nearly 50 years, having sailed hundreds of thousands of miles as skipper and navigator companions? We suspect that John and Margaret (Mags) Hart the senior instructors at Palma Sea School will very have few, if any competitors that will challenge them for that unique distinction. And many hundreds of sea school students over the years will be able to attest to the special attention and detailed knowledge that they bring to the classroom, the helm and the chart table. When meeting John and Mags and talking with them, its immediately obvious that they love to pass on all that they know to aspiring yachtsmen and women of all ages and backgrounds. This is not merely a job for them, but a definite calling, and an immensely enjoyable and satisfying one at that! John Hart is one of the most experienced instructors in the RYA scheme. He started boating in the Bristol Channel, qualifying as a marine engineer. Honing his seamship as a pilot boat coxswain and voluntary coxswain with the RNLI, he held these positions for more than 30 years. During that time he also operated his own sea school in the Bristol Channel. John said; “This was an excellent training ground for those needing tidal navigation and seamanship experience. I have often been asked what is the most difficult part about a transatlantic crossing? I have always said that getting out of the Bristol Channel is the biggest challenge, after that the rest is easy!” John has had 25 ocean crossings as skipper, on various vessels, both power and sail up to 55 metres. For the past 20 years he has been a Yachtmaster instructor trainer for both power and sail. He also is a trainer of Sea Survival Instructors, Radar Instructors, Diesel Engine Instructors and a Powerboat Instructor trainer. He is an examiner of YM Power, Sail and YM Ocean, and he runs the Yachtmaster Power prep and AEC courses in Palma. One of his proudest achievements was receiving the RYA Yachtsman’s Award from HRH Princess Anne who said it was ‘for his major contribution to sailing, in particular to the RYA Yachtmaster’s Scheme.’

John and Mags still split their teaching time between the UK and Mallorca, so one question we were keen to ask them was; “How different is it teaching in the extremely tidal reaches of the Bristol Channel compared to being in the non tidal Med? John said; “Well, firstly the Med can have its share of challenges, it can get as rough, if not rougher, and sometimes with little or no warning. But things like tidal drift also depend on the type of boat being used. For instance in a power boat doing 30 knots, then 3 knots of tide is not such a major factor, but in a boat capable of only 6 knots, with 3 knots of tide to deal with, then you might need to make a huge correction. Mags made the comment that running aground anywhere is a serious problem, but in sheltered tidal waters it is just a question of waiting until the tide lifts you off. In the Med aground (on rocks) the boat could be holed or lost. She said that she had seen many more boats wrecked in the Med. than in tidal waters. One question we couldn’t resist asking John was; “What was life like over 40 years ago in the UK RNLI lifeboat service? He said; “First of all we were volunteers, which meant you couldn’t go far from home in case you were called out. Also you were both coxswain and engineer in the early days, and the boat was completely open to the elements. I recall when we got the first covered boat delivered and somebody said to me; ‘At least you won’t have to wear that stupid hat any longer John.’ I then realised that I had become quite well known around the harbour for wearing what was actually a canvas cover (fitted with drawstring.) This was actually meant for covering up the Ferrograph sounder which was mounted by the helm!” Another irresistible question for the Harts was; “In the event that a critical decision on seamanship or navigation has to be made at sea, which one of you has the final judgement call? After just a few seconds of contemplation John spoke first saying; “If its seamanship its me, if its navigation its Mags.” And before being asked why, he continued; “If I send almost anyone below to get a fix, I often have an urge to go and check it myself. But if Mags goes to do it, I relax in the certainty that it will be 100% correct.” No wonder their marriage and their nautical instruction partnership has lasted half a century!

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YACHT & CAPTAIN FEATURE Q: Due to the high profile of the yacht and certain Royal guests, do you have extra security measures in place when employing crew? A: All our crew are very carefully selected and often as not I take on crew who have never worked on yachts but are trained in other skills and or have a university degree. In all the time I have been hiring crew I have not had any cause to carry out further background checks in view of the high profile guests and clientele we have on the vessel. Our interview process would weed out any unsuitable characters in the first place.

Leander is registered under the British Flag at Hamilton,Bermuda. Built in 1992 at Peenewerft in the former East Germany. Designer: Kusch Yacht Design, 1,930 tons grt, 75m length, 13m beam and 4.5m draft. Master and Commander: Jules Cope has been the Master since mid-2005; first joining the yacht in 2004 as Chief Officer before assuming command. The owner is Sir Donald Gosling, an active sailor and the owner of several beautiful vessels over the past forty five years. Service history: An active nautical career before joining Leander includes being the master of a 30m Maiora for around four years when first moving to Palma from the UK; spending six years as a Surveyor in the offshore industry, working with positioning systems out in the deep ocean, and running a 74m converted Tug called Simson S in the mid-90s, (she is now called Lone Ranger). With two circumnavigations logged and many Atlantic crossings, perhaps he should one day sit down and calculate total sea miles! Position fix: At time of going to press, Leander is currently cruising in the Caribbean with the owner onboard. Three charters have already been completed after crossing very early for the 50th Antigua Yacht Charter Show. Leander went stern to in Nelsons Dockyard for the very first time. This was facilitated by the National Parks of Antigua constructing a special dock for the show. Diamond Jubilee: Leander is about to embark on the first part of its 2012 Diamond Jubilee Tour of the West Indies with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, visiting three British Overseas Territories on official duties in early March. This summer is committed to The Queens Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK, and the Olympics on the Thames. After the celebrations, the yacht will charter in Greece and Turkey before returning to Cartagena for its Lloyds 20-year survey. Watch rota: There are 27 crew onboard: Chief Officers and Chief Engineers are on two month rotations. The crew is in the most part British though with a smattering of colonials to keep an interesting mix. The master will often take on extra interior crew for busy charters. With mostly repeat charter guests the crew enjoys seeing the same faces season to season. R&R: The Captain is fortunate enough to spend time back at home in Palma when the yacht is on ‘down time’ periods (spring and autumn) on Pantalan Mediterraneo. A little time in his wonderful home in Cala Pi with stunning views to Cabrera and a first line, waterfront apartment in Cala Major, conveniently close to his daughter’s school in Portals. “I am very much looking forward to some time off with my five year old daughter after this Caribbean season. We love nothing more than to escape to Formentera in the spring. During the November downtime period we adore going to Phuket in Thailand where we have been back eight times in recent years on family holidays”.

Q: What companies have you used in Palma that have impressed you? A: We use a multitude of companies to smooth the way for us in Palma – to name a few IBS Electronics; Delicioso -Purveyors of Fine food; Frutas Ramon in Santa Catalina; Goldcar Rental; Rolling Stock; Palma Refit and DNC. Our ships agent is Lantimar. Q: Is there anything lacking in Palma for the nautical sector? Or you feel that Palma leads the way? A: Palma leads the way on quality of yachting services over France in many ways. The pricing in Mallorca is very fair and the skills are all present on the island when one takes the time to seek them out. However … The biggest single bone of contention for me is the restrictions placed on commercial yachts to charter in Spanish Waters. The Matriculation Tax is archaic and apparently unlawful. In my opinion the authorities are somewhat blinkered in their approach to this issue. The much needed revenue that large yachts inject into the local economy is crucial. Yachts chartering in these waters would spend so much more on fuelling and provisioning alone before picking up charters in the Balearics. The hordes of cruise ship passengers by comparison spend nothing. Commercial yachts are permitted to charter in all other waters in the Mediterranean, so why not Spain?? The Balearics has some of the best cruising, bar none, in the western Mediterranean. There is a crying need for more berths for Mega yachts in Palma. It would be wonderful for the commercial traffic to be moved to the Southern part of the port and convert the whole of the north side of the Muelle Commercial into mega yacht berths stern-to. Many of my colleagues much prefer Palma to the mainland. Q: What bars and restaurants do you recommend in Palma (or island wide)? A: Being a bit of a trencherman, I could name many … nothing beats the tapas in Santa Catalina market on a Saturday morning. The Santa Catalina area is inundated with good places to eat. I adore Thai food and SAMBAL in Plaza Progresso is unbeatable. Classical Spanish food has got to be C’AN PEDRO in Genova but best on a weekday. For a more sophisticated venue go to the PORTIXOL Hotel where the food and service is superlative. Dare I mention our favourite bolthole in Formentera? The GECKO BEACH CLUB on the south side of the island -simply paradise. Q: What do you never go to sea without? A: A sound and seaworthy ship with a qualified and happy crew. My iPad and a library of good thrillers. Q: Scariest moment at sea? A: I am fortunate not to have had many scary moments but a multitude of stressful ones. It is always better to be prepared and well drilled so that the scary moments come around a lot less often.

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