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The shareholders of Pinmar and Rolling Stock have formed a new multi strategy company for the superyacht industry called Global Yachting Group. The creation of the Global Yachting Group will strengthen and support these two highly regarded companies and their subsidiaries, which will continue to trade independently, with the exception of scaffolding and supply. The remaining group companies will retain their individual status, boards, management and brands to ensure they continue to offer their clients the continuity and personal service to which they are accustomed. Rolling Stock Chandlery and Pinmar Supply will merge and trade under the name of Pinmar Supply SL thus forming a one stop shop for all supply needs. Yacht Covering Systems SL (currently trading as Pinmar Covering) and Techno Craft SL will merge and trade under the name of Techno Craft SL. Global Yachting Group, aims to leverage on an experienced and globally skilled workforce; to achieve economies of scale and the capability to execute ever larger new build, refit and supply related projects. The group will have the broadest international service capability in the superyacht sector, including real estate interests in refit facilities, yacht finishing, supply (retail and distribution), scaffolding and covering, blasting and surface treatment, concierge and advisory services all offered at competitive prices. Remy Millott, Pinmar CEO, stated that “I believe this is one of the most important joint ventures in our industry to date. It creates a strong infrastructure, with wide geographical coverage,
Mark Conyers, Rolling Stock CEO, added that “The beauty of forming this service group is that both of the finishing companies retain their independence but gain enhanced logistical and supply support, allied with greater flexibility and efficiency, to be able to tackle any project anywhere on the globe while not losing focus on our centre of operations in Palma de Mallorca.” Rupert Savage, Rolling Stock MD, went on to say “Being aware of cultural and perceived differences between our companies, we felt it important to continue with our individual paint brands to remain loyal to existing clients, while benefiting from the vast experience and best practices of the enlarged group. In addition to our existing services, we will be launching ‘RS Finishing & Refinishing LITE’ – a paint division specifically focused on providing economical refinishing solutions for vessels under 30 metres.” Remy Millott _ email@example.com _ (+34) 609 350 541 Mark Conyers _ firstname.lastname@example.org _ (+34) 617 434 745 Rupert Savage _ email@example.com _ (+34) 619 863 219 www.globalyachtinggroup.com
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the show’s president told the press that his organising team are determined to build for the future. Oliver Frolls from Marivent Yachts said; “The dates and location are good now, and the potential to grow and make it special is tremendous. We sold 1 boat and have some hot contacts to close down, maybe 2-3 more. Matthias Ebert from Bavaria Spain added; “I must say the show was all right and the news set up worked. I can confirm that we have sold boats to clients on the show.”
That’s it then, summer has gone, especially in Northern Europe where it hardly ever started this year. I always get a slightly smug feeling living in the Med during October, as its usually pleasantly warm with some nice sea breezes. Although having said that, myself and Nico Martinez the photographer, got very wet, and quite cold, chasing the 24 yachts in the Oyster regatta fleet coastal race from Andratx to Palma in a RIB last week. As you’ll see by the report on page 30, it was a fair test for all involved, and a bit more wind than we had really bargained for, but a great testimony to the yachts and the sailors involved.
Two final things I must say while I have some space left: 1) Many congratulations to Christina from MYG Yachting in Port Adriano for winning the trip to the Algarve put up by Bluewater Yacht Services in Portugal. She’s a real trooper, always there at the Pinmar every year cooking hundreds of burgers. Bless her, nobody deserves it more! 2) If you have any heart for animals at all, please turn to page 28 and adopt a dog. You don’t have to physically keep it, just virtually adopt a lovely previously neglected dog, by giving regular donations from an individual, a family, a yacht or a company, the cost is minimal and the satisfaction is just great!
As I mentioned last month the boat show season is well and truly underway. We have a review of the Monaco Yacht Show on page 36, and came back with 100 gigabytes of great footage for Nautical TV Europe, so plenty of editing to do in the studio, and watch out for some exciting stuff on NTVE.TV in the near future. Sadly time and space did not allow us to do a review of the Barcelona Boat Show, which finished on 30th Sept after a shortened 5 day run, and staged all outside in Port Vell this year. Apart from torrential and incessant rain on Saturday, which of course nobody can control, there were many positive comments about the new format, and Luis Conde, THE ISLANDER NAUTICAL MEDIA S.L Villa J - Mar del Sur - Carrer Francisco de Goya Nova Santa Ponsa, 07180 Mallorca, Baleares, España T. (+34) 971 126 252 / 971 100 601, M. (+34) 697 887 237 email@example.com Deposito legal: PM 146-1997
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VSF Palma and Essentials Yacht Provisioning are pleased to announce that they will be holding the popular Wine and Spirit Education Trust Courses once again this winter.
We have mentioned in previous issues about Alan Priddy’s superboat Accomplish More after we met him at the London Boat Show this year, and offered to be a media sponsor for his round- the-world speed record attempt from Gibraltar.
As always these will be run by Rod Smith, their resident master of wine from the Nice office, who will impart some of his wealth of knowledge with the usual wit and repartee. Candidates will have the opportunity to taste a large selection of top quality wines from around the world, to compare and contrast different styles, grape varieties, production methods etc., and to understand the intricacies of label terminology and much more... Successful candidates will also be in possession of a recognised qualification to add to their CV. The Level 2 course will be held from the 28th – 30th November (Wed, Thur, Fri). The Level 3 course, which we are able to offer for the 1st time in Mallorca, will be held from the 5th – 11th December. Places are limited on both courses and we will need to register candidates and distribute study packs in advance. For further information about availability, cost, registration and location, contact Ruth Kirwan: (+34) 630 355 974, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.eyp-mallorca.com Information about courses being held in Nice and St Maarten can be found on the VSF Group website: www.vsfgroup.com
Sadly during building the boat was was attacked by arsonists and and after a metallurgy inspection, it was confirmed that parts of the hull had lost up to 50% of its strength as a result of heating during the fire. The only option available was to scrap the boat and start again and Alan was fortunate to find ABC Marine on Hayling Island. They said they could produce the hull and wheelhouse in an astonishing 12 weeks. We’ll still be doing the interior fitout ourselves as originally planned, but the boat will now be scheduled to be in the water by Easter next year, said Alan. “The original plan was for Accomplish More to attempt the round the world record last year, and then as the schedule slipped, this year. But now we’ve been challenged to a race by the American Ocean’s Quest team, and we’ve accepted. So, as it stands, the race between Britain and America will begin in November 2013,” enthused Alan!” Follow Company85 Global Challenge on Facebook
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A TOUCH OF COLOUR FOR THE CABIN Big, bold, and patterned bed linens might look great in a large room but given the relatively small space in even the most spacious of yacht cabins finding a bed linen design that doesn’t over power the space can be a struggle and sometimes plain white linens just aren’t the answer. Olá Amigos, Wow, what a busy month it has been! Earlier this year, Bluewater Algarve were accepted as an Associate Member of the AYSS (The Association of Yacht Support Services). Consequently, Chris Willis, Director of Bluewater Algarve attended the AYSS MonacoNet and AGM during the Monaco Boat Show. Both events were very successful, and were a fantastic opportunity to profile all that Portimão and Bluewater Algarve have to offer both as a sailing destination and a service centre for yachts. To enhance its activity in southern Portugal Fausto Arroyo has been appointed as new director of Marina Estrella Vilamoura. Arroyo is an internationally recognized professional specializing in brokerage, sales and maintenance of high range motor and sailing boats. Marina Estrella Vilamoura will market the brands Azimut, Atlantis, Moody and Minorchino. Marina de Lagos launches it’s 9 months, 9 events programme kicking of with trips on a traditional caravel. The caravel was developed in about 1450, based on existing fishing boats under the sponsorship of Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal and soon became the preferred vessel for Portuguese explorers. Every month from October until June there will be wonderful events from Portuguese cooking lessons to wine tastings so we all have something to looking forward to every month all through the long winter! Portugal’s wines have won over international judges at the Mundus Vini 2012 exhibition in Germany. Producers scooped 153 medals in the world’s largest blind tasting, more than last year when 139 distinctions were awarded to the wines from Portugal. Portugal came 5th overall worldwide. Bluewater Algarve would like to thank everyone who attended the Bluewater Fun Sail Regatta. A special thank you goes to The Marina de Lagos, Clube de Vela, Premier FX Currency exchange, Algarve Marquees and not least the Bar and Kitchen staff from The Lighthouse. From 19-21 October the International Race Track hosts the Algarve Classic Festival. An event that takes you back to the past and where cars and drivers who made the history of motorsport join together for a weekend of races and fun. Last but not least, I am very happy to announce that Christina of MYG Yachting in Port Adriano, Mallorca has won the weekend trip to the Algarve! Congratulations Christina, we look forward to meeting you and your guest soon! email@example.com
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There are many techniques available to add colour and shading to bed linens whilst complementing but not competing with the room or cabin decor: here are just three to choose from that the guys at Finest Bed Linen feel offer excellent results. Bourdon stitching: this is a classic embroidered line of coloured stitching. The stitches are so close together that they form a solid line which, when applied correctly, doesn’t pull or pucker and adds one or several lines and shapes of contrasting colours. This technique is difficult to achieve as it can unravel or pucker after washing if not done correctly. The trick is to get the tensions just right - tight enough to maintain the stitch but free enough to avoid looping. Appliquéd fabrics: Adding detail by using fabrics stitched onto or into the pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers is an effective and elegant technique. The secret is to carefully choose the colours that will make a feature out of the bed and use the colours of the fabrics to add light and shade whilst complementing the colours in the room and tying everything together to give the whole cabin one uniform look and feel. Print your own fabric: Finest Bed Linen offer bespoke printed fabric. This offers endless opportunities to design your own unique linens or include the yacht name printed over the entire fabric or just a small part. Using any of these techniques is an effective way to add colour and life to solid colour bespoke or standard bed linens. The combinations of bourdons, appliqués and prints are endless whether it is modern geometric shapes, classic single bourdon or your own unique design. Finest Bed Linen are experts in bed linens and offer these techniques to their bespoke or standard linens. www.FinestBedLinen.com (+34) 697 914 233
Monthly Sailor Quiz
Which city will host the 34th Americas Cup?
Hallberg-Rassy is a shipyard based in which country?
The Aegean Sea lies to the east of which Mediterranean country?
On the last day of sailing, London 2012, Spain won Olympic Gold in which class?
Palma’s Club de Mar celebrates what anniversary this year?
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Moody 31 MKI, Dill Dixon design, built in 1984 by Marine Projects. Fine, well kept example in above average condition and available with a berth in the Mediterranean (Sant Carles de la Rápita).
TAX & LEGAL MATTERS TAX AMNESTY AT 10% As in other countries Spain´s Government adopted in March of this year a general fiscal or tax relief called “fiscal amnesty” through the Royal Decree 12/2012 introducing fiscal and administrative measures to reduce public debt, (Real Decreto-ley 12/2012, de 30 de marzo, por el que se introducen diversas medidas tributarias y administrativas dirigidas a la reducción del déficit publico). What does this exactly mean and how does it affect us all? This measure is established in the 1st. Final Disposition of the Royal Decree and allows tax residents and non residents - individuals or companies - to file an extraordinary tax return on previously non-declared assets and rights acquired before the 31st of December 2010. This is through an extraordinary tax return by paying just 10% Income tax or Corporate Tax for residents or non residents based on the value of acquisition of assets or rights without sanctions, penalties and interests on arrears. This possibility is subject to two requirements: • It would not affect taxes for which an Inspection procedure have been already started. • The taxpayers shall identify and disclose those taxable facts declaring the date of and price of the acquisition. It will also be possible to declare cash deposits even in case that the origin of the undeclared amount is not justified, but always providing that the amount was put into a bank account opened in the name of the tax payer in a Spanish or EU bank before 31st of December 2010. However this does not mean that the anti-money laundering legislation shall not be applicable which in these cases would be an important issue to consider. Losses due to depreciation shall not be deductible, nor the losses between related parties. The tax return model 750 must be filed before the 30th of November 2012.
USEFUL NAUTICAL APPS All of us (well nearly all!) are using iPhones, iPads Android or other smart hand held devices these days, and they become more and more indispensable onboard for a host of uses including some pretty neat navigation apps. Here are a couple more available apps that you might be interested in: Marinus - Rules of the road (IRPCS/ColRegs) By Alejandro The nautical app you’ve been waiting for, easy, simple and quick. With all that you should not forget for navigation or passing exams.
Animated Knots by Grog By Grog LLC Learn to tie knots the fun and easy way. Simply the best and most comprehensive teaching and reference tool for boaters, climbers, fishermen, scouts and hobbyists. Watch as knots tie themselves in simple step-by-step photo animations
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One important critique and one of the most highlighted pitfalls of this measure lies in the fact that this amnesty is just applicable to Income Tax and Corporate Tax for residents and Non residents. Therefore it does not affect other taxes like for example the VAT, matriculation tax or the recently restored Net Wealth tax. So in fact it could happen that after paying this 10% and disclosing all the assets and obtaining rights under this amnesty, that the tax authorities could try to assess other taxes, like the ones mentioned above. As it is a question of figures please find the following simple example to clarify: In 2009 Mr. X sold some real estate for €50.000 in cash and with that money he bought a car for 40.000 and left 10.000 in the bank account. He could now regularize his tax situation just by paying 10% before the 30/09/2012, that is only €5.000 (instead of the 18% capital gain tax – €9.000 – plus €4.500 sanctions at 50% and penalties.) Thus summarising… he would pay €5.000 instead of approximately €14.000. However each case must be studied carefully as there are risks involved, so do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Carlos Espinosa - Abagado - Yacht Tax & Legal Advisor (+34) 627 41 32 01 _ firstname.lastname@example.org
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GREENLINE 40 A BOAT FOR TODAY...
We’re all quite used to the hybrid car these days. The first mass produced example, the Toyota Prius, was introduced to the global market back in 2000 and is already in its third generation. But what about boats? The major manufacturers have hardly been falling over themselves to create lean green floating machines but developers Seaway, based in Slovenia and Italy, are shifting plenty of their Greenline Hybrid range with the all-new 40 footer as their flagship. The first Greenline Hybrid, the 33, was introduced in September 2009 and sold over 200 units within 18 months. She quickly won numerous awards (16 prizes in 14 countries) and became well known in the boating community and the international press. The 40 is a step up in terms of size but bears the same philosophy: a low-drag energy saving Superdisplacement® hull coupled with hybrid (diesel/electric) and solar technology to bring unique efficiency in use of natural resources and financial assets, both at purchase and during use. Team Seaway believe that the ability to cruise without exhaust fumes, noiselessly and with no wake will transform the way that boaters enjoy being at sea and dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of a boating family for the greater good of the environment. Perhaps they have indeed invented the future. On to the technology. In simplest terms the Greenline 40 Hybrid can collect, store and use electrical energy from the sun, from the shore pick-up or from the main engine-driven generator. She has a single switch to choose between the two drive modes – diesel engine (Cummins/Mercruiser) and electric motor. The electric drive mode is used to sail noiselessly in and out of a marina or anchorage at low speeds and ranges and the diesel drive mode is used to propel the boat, drive the generator and recharge the lithium batteries. At anchor the solar roof panels recharge the batteries which provide 230V AC power supply to appliances such as the fridge, TV and so on. If the battery charge drops to a lower limit, the diesel engine takes over once more. In order to make the Greenline Hybrid the most energy efficient boat in town, the most advanced materials and technologies have to be applied. The creators admit this is tedious, time and money consuming, but the only way to make the Greenline concept shine. They use (wait for it…) “epoxy-based vinylester resin with biaxial and quadraxial fibers using a vac-
uum-infusion technique”. 50% glass fibre content is achieved (with associated strength and lightness) and this method is fully enclosed, protecting workers and the environment from gaseous emissions. No other production powerboat or yacht is built to this high technology specification and impeccable environmental standards. Whilst Prius won’t be entering a Formula One team anytime soon, the Greenline 40 Hybrid is also unlikely to break any water speed records. Her top speed is a steady, but nonetheless respectable, 22 knots, meanwhile a range of 500 nautical miles is possible at speeds of seven knots. In electric drive mode the Greenline 40 Hybrid will cruise in complete silence at speeds of up to six knots and offer range up to 20 nautical miles before the diesel motor is required to kick in. She’s at home on the sea as she is on inland waterways and lakes. Of course it’s not all about the special Superdisplacement® hull and the ground-breaking technology, for the owner and his(her) family, it’s also what’s inside that counts. Visibility, light, ventilation and headroom exceed expectations and the level of comfort is obvious. Starting at the back, a remote controlled opening transom platform ideal for swimming and tender launching eases into the salon area through glass doors. The galley, just inside to the left, is equipped with home appliances to domestic standards and is perfectly placed to sociably serve al-fresco meals out back or drinks inside. An electronically operated sliding salon roof brings in the sunshine and air when you want the open-boat feeling and a side door assists with crew movement and yet more ventilation. Down below the Greenline 40 Hybrid packs in two cabins, the owner’s forward with scissor mechanism twin beds that can be joined or separated to suit, and the guest cabin to port with standing headroom and the same scissor-style beds. Both share a washroom with stand-up shower compartment. Light floods from portholes, coachroof windows and an overhead skylight in the guest room. Entry level starting price for the Greenline 40 Hybrid is around the £200,000 mark – surprisingly low given the technology, and space, involved. (+34) 971 67 63 92 email@example.com www.sunbirdyachts.eu Written by Sarah Drane
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE Monaco Yacht Show 2012 Just back from the Monaco Show, and still recovering from 8 days of excess! Too much good food and wine, not enough sleep and loads of conversation. As usual, it’s difficult to take a step back and decide objectively how this year’s Show compared with last year’s, or indeed any of the previous 15 years which I have attended. Whilst you are at the Show, everything seems as clear as a bell, but back at base it disappears into a haze. As a team, we always carry out an immediate debriefing session on the last night of the Show to get everyone’s feedback while it’s fresh in the mind and before everyone heads off in different directions. It’s difficult to explain the whole Monaco Show experience to those back at base – a bit like the Monaco Grand Prix or the Olympic Games, you have to have been there to appreciate it. Here are some of the more interesting new ideas and developments on the technological front which caught my eye this year. Plugging the Data Drain The most immediate plug for the data drain is the Monaco Telecom 4G service. We had a Monaco Telecom 4G dongle working on our booth. 4G is now available in Monaco, but no-one seemed to know 4G was available in Monaco. 4G is about 200 times faster than 3G and makes video streaming very easy. However, beware the data maxima, as they are reached pretty quickly. Looking across the Pond, there was a great deal of interest in the new Digicel 4G LTE service which is due to be launched in Antigua this 2012/13 winter. In true Caribbean style, we are still unable to provide any firm details, rates or dates on this, but we will let it be known as soon as it becomes available. Next up is eXSTREAM . This is a fascinating new concept using existing technology. A single box contains multiple 3G or 4G devices which are bound together to form one large data pipe. Effectiveness depends upon distance to antenna, but just imagine having 4 x 3G data pipes working in parallel, or even 4 x 4G data pipes. This will provide serious competition for VSAT for those yachts cruising inshore, which most yachts do in the Med summer. This device also promises to have a virtual IP address built in which will allow access to country specific web addresses such as iPlayer
or Netflix. eXStream should be available in 2013, and I can see a huge potential market for this ashore as well as afloat. When these 3G and 4G services are used on a yacht in conjunction with the eXTEND 3G & 4G booster, which was launched at the Show, the range and use of data services can be extended further offshore and into remote locations where previously the signal was very weak. We were representing Inmarsat on our booth at the Show, although they felt it was too early to launch or even provide too much detail about their new Global Express Ka band satellite broadband constellation. At the recent SMM show in Hamburg, Inmarsat announced that they had conducted a significant number of tests on their technology, as a result of which they should be able to guarantee very high percentage reliability against rain fade, which is the main criticism that has been levelled at their new Ka band service over the last year. The first satellite is due to be launched and operational in 2014 and will cover the Indian Ocean and most of the Med. Linkscape, who have established a reputation for providing a very easy to use complete VSAT service, were showing their new 1u combined modem and DAC. This 19” rack mount unit is capable of driving their own antenna and powering it through the signal cables. It will also drive any other standard antenna. The unique selling points are clear: space saving, simple and flexible contract with a point and click control system. As the manager of another VSAT company once said to me, “Linkscape provides what the client wants”. International Ocean Networks (ION) were offering some extraordinary deals on VSAT bandwidth with immense flexibility, just like Linkscape. They are offering twice the bandwidth for half the price, and you don’t have to be tied into a long term contract of twenty four months or more. Global IP are relatively new in the yacht market but have a considerable amount of experience in the commercial markets of offshore, bulk and coastal. One of our Partners has been using Global IP exclusively for his extensive offshore client portfolio and he has been very impressed, so we decided to evaluate them in the yacht market. We have now tested their system on a number of yachts during 2012. Our clients were pleased, so we now have a large number of happy clients with dedicated services with built in flexibility and very competitive prices. At Monaco, Global IP announced a VSAT service on a 1m antenna
15 for the Seychelles. This is unique in the market and means that IP TV can only be run on a 1m antenna in the Seychelles using Global IP. The guys from Intelsat were also at the Show explaining their recently announced EpicNG service, which is their addition to their C, Ku and Ka services, due in 2015. Presentation Tools As a technology company, we are always trying to improve the efficiency of our activities on show booths. Being environmentally aware (isn’t everyone these days?) we try to take as little paperwork to shows as possible. The last thing that attendees want is to carry bags of brochures around with them all day. So, a few years ago, we started taking a minimum number of paper copies of each brochure, and then loaded USB sticks containing everything. We used the actual brochures to show to potential clients, then gave them a USB stick to take away. Most clients are happy with this, but you can never be sure that the information doesn’t remain unread, then get erased, leaving the stick free for storage of family photos – oh well, that’s the risk you take! This year our whole team was kitted out with iPads, which were pre-loaded with all our relevant pdfs and power point presentations. These could be used both as a sales tool and also as an efficient method of collecting potential clients’ contact details. The tools we use are all simple Apps. We use iBooks for filing, displaying and emailing pdf documents and SlideShark to run Power Point presentations on an iPad. We use iPhones as a remote control for our MacBook which is hidden behind the stand running the Power Point presentations on the large TV, and we use i-Clickr on the MacBook and iPhone to select the presentation, to stop and start and to point. All great stuff! If there are any regular readers out there, you will know that I have had my reservations about Macs, having hitherto been a confirmed PC man. However, I am now the proud owner and user of a MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad and, although it pains me to admit it, I am completely converted! Yes, I’m a happy member of the Apple family.
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score was not seen in individuals who started as adults (older than 18 years). As mentioned earlier, there has already been growing concern about the increased incidence of serious mental ill-health. Young adults, in particular, who start cannabis early, before age 15 years, are more prone to depression and to schizophrenia and this influenced the UK Government’s decision to tighten up legislation on the use of cannabis in January 2009. Long term use can also have a pervasive demotivating effect undermining education and employment prospects. The problems are not just in the mind. Lung damage is 20 times more likely even though many people still regard cannabis as harmless or that tobacco smoking is somehow more harmful. The British Lung Foundation warns that smoking one cannabis cigarette every day for a year increases the chances of developing lung cancer by a similar amount as smoking 20 tobacco cigarettes each day for one year. People smoking cannabis take deeper puffs and hold them for longer than when smoking tobacco cigarettes. This means that someone smoking a cannabis cigarette inhales four times as much tar as from a tobacco cigarette, and five times as much carbon monoxide. All this is pretty depressing both for personal health and wellbeing but also for safety when one considers the risks at sea with lives onboard and the insurance/legal issues should there be an incident needing penetrating enquiry of contributory factors and apportionment of blame.. It is therefore very surprising to many ENG1 candidates that the medical assessment of fitness for seafaring does not always include a drug test, either urine or blood. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) that administers the UK medical fitness certification regards this as a policing concern and not a medical matter unless a candidate’s behaviour, due to perceived influence from either drugs or alcohol, is deemed to affect performance and safety at sea. If there is a problem on board it passes to the Captain or ship management and not, initially, to the crew member although testing of crew members, either random or for cause, is now a requirement in many crew contracts of employment. Given the increasingly bad press for cannabis, it makes a lot of sense to check its potential influence when things go wrong and, given that a urine sample can remain positive for a month after exposure, it is thin ice for anyone with responsibilities at sea to be using cannabis even in their own time – everything could go to pot. (+34) 639 949 125
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In last month’s review of the TAG 60 sailing catamaran it was mentioned that the designer was Tim van Der Steen. We would like to point out to readers that this was a mistake and that the designer of the yacht is actually Greg Young. Tim van der Steen is in fact Managing Director of Tag Yachts in St Francis Bay, South Africa.
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22 I wonder how many of you are reading this while suffering the medical condition known as Boat Show Burn Out? (Or BSBO...as everything has to have an acronym these days!) In case you’re just feeling kind of not yourself, and don’t really recognise the symptoms, here is a brief Dr. Bates guide to diagnosis of the ailment and some recommended cures. Firstly it depends on your job function, or your purpose for visiting the said boat show. Because this directly affects the level of depression and suicidal tendencies in the sufferer. If you’re a yacht broker or sales manager, the feelings of hopelessness and anxiety will be extreme. This in many cases leads to excess alcohol consumption, insomnia, bouts of delusion (imagining people buying boats for instance) and talking to oneself.... for hours and hours on end! The cure? Win the lottery or find another job! Then there is the curvaciuos, long legged, bathed in Channel No 5, decorative boat show beauty (DBSB). If this is you, your symptoms will be very different. Physically every muscle in your body will ache from being compromisingly torsionate, draped across a jacuzzi, or perched on a bar stool with just enough thigh showing. Mentally you will have developed a burning hatred of all things to do with men and boats, which has been linked to many female cases of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The cure? Become a lesbian, and find a female airline pilot as a partner. Then write a book on the 1000 cheesiest, cheap shit chat up lines! Or maybe you’re a hopefully optimistic boat show walker (HOBSW), you know the type, who says; “Bugger spending all that money on a stand, I’ll walk the show with a bunch of cards and leaflets, its cool... everybody knows me anyway!” Here again the symptoms are very different. Physically your walking and normal daily movements will be severely impaired by bunions on the feet, and muscle pain in places you didn’t even know you had muscles. Mentally your confidence will be completely shattered, even your Facebook friend count will suddenly head south! Irrational thoughts will haunt you constantly like; ”Do I have bad breath?”or; “Maybe they think I’m just scrounging drinks?”’or; “Perhaps my cheesy, cheap shit chat up line to the DBSB did it for me? The cure? Give up, and go buy a beach bar, or pay for a stand next year, you tight arse self-delusional toss pot! Oh, and one last boat show type which must not be overlooked. The inquisitive dreamer with wife, granny two sprogs and lollipops all round! Don’t ask me to put an acronym on that one. Well OK then, how about.... WOS (Waste of Space). As for the rest of us, this industry gets under your skin, and we’ll all be there for it again no matter which acronym fits us. Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.... Now, I’m not often in agreement with my female colleague on the editorial staff here, who stole half of my column a few years back on the pretence that she knew something about boats, having gained a day skipper ticket from a dodgy sea school in Phuket!! However one thing that myself and big ol’ Norma have in common is a rabid hatred of Ryanair. Not their prices you understand, but the fact that by accepting them, you find yourself by default, in a travel category called ‘Moron Class!’ Nowhere is that better exemplified than
with the utterly ridiculous and robotic ground staff implementation of the dreaded ‘check on bag gauge frame procedure.’’ Let’s be honest its pathetic, and fraught with inconsistencies, not to mention all the bare faced lies about it from their famously fork tounge’d CEO, that slippery paddy barrow boy O’Leary. How many times have you seen people with all sorts of stuff concealed under their jackets or wearing 3 jumpers and an anorak in 35 degrees? I was actually witness to a hilarious episode with the said stupid frame at Barcelona Airport recently. Some poor girl squeezed in her bag (with some effort) but upside down with the wheels pointing upwards. And would it come out again?? Would it hell! Not without a lot of pulling and tugging, tipping the frame on its side, and hunky volunteers getting involved in the impromptu tug-of-war. Its just a pity it wasn’t O’Leary’s head in there... Did you know, when George Burns was 97 years old he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey? Oprah asked, “Mr. Burns, how do you carry so much energy with you? You are always working, and at your age its remarkable.” George said, “I take good care of myself and enjoy what I do when I do it.” Oprah said, “I understand you still do the sex thing, even at your age.” George said, “Of course I still do the sex thing, and I am quite good at it.” Oprah said, “I have never been with an older man. Would you do it with me?” So they had sex and when they finished, Oprah said, “I just don’t believe I have ever been so satisfied.” George said, “ The second time is even better than the first time.” Oprah asked, “You can really do it again at your age?“ George said, “Just let me sleep for half an hour. You hold my testicles in your left hand and my penis in your right hand and wake me up in thirty minutes.” When she woke him up, they had great sex again, and Oprah was beside herself with joy. She said, “Oh Mr. Burns, I am astounded that you could do a repeat performance and have it be even better than the first time. At your age, Oh My, Oh My!“ George told her that the third time would be even better. “You just hold my testicles in your left hand and my penis in your right hand and call me in thirty minutes.” Oprah asked, “Does my holding you like that kind of recharge your batteries?” George replied, “No, but the last time I had sex with a black woman she stole my goddam wallet.”
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24 Me and Ryanair like many others have a love-hate relationship and not least of which was the hoo-ha at check-in after my mothers funeral over some items which put me over weight. A check-in jobs worth refused to allow me to use my travelling companions spare weight….oh no instead, despite the already traumatic situation everything had to be repacked ……ooops I digress. Now I know some will argue this next bit was the woman’s fault however it seems it didn’t stop approaching half a million people sympathising. Flying from Alicante to Bristol, the woman in question checked in on-line but did not print out boarding passes (ah ha I hear you say) but she had pdf files of the passes on her phone. In accordance with RA’s strict terms and conditions staff charged her €60 per person for herself, her parents and her children culminating in a total of €300. Now here’s the beef according to the customer and apparently as she told the press “she had been unable to print the passes out herself as the passes can only be printed out within two weeks of the flight and she had a fifteen day holiday” Comments on a postcard please to me old mate Batesy who will as always be waiting with bated (no pun intended) breath to your pearls of wisdom! Talking of wisdom and pearls according to a recent report the number of pensioners becoming insolvent has risen to its highest level since records began nearly 50 years ago with the bank of granny and granddad going bust. A survey has revealed more than a 100% increase in the last six years with the rise among the over 65´s being the fastest. I find this horrifying particularly as several other reports also show how rather than enjoying the fruits of retirement after a lifetime of work, pensioners are finding themselves providing for not only their children but their grandchildren. What has gone wrong with the world? Surely if anything it should be the other way round; granted interest rates on nest eggs and savings have taken an absolute hammering with homeowners with a mortgage or people who have other types of borrowing such as credit cards according to a bank report benefitting by more than 100 billion. One spokesman said “Younger generations may have benefitted from the Bank of England’s policy but pensioners have repeatedly lost out” Isn’t it time for the government to take seriously the plight of the oldies, many of whom have no choice in things unlike folk choosing to have several children who go onto receive all sorts of benefits and credits particularly when another report has shown that raising a child up to the age of 11 costs more than £90,000… Did you know that many British residents in Spain are eligible for a UK tax refund and lower UK tax if you live in Spain but pay tax in the UK so on this happy note check it out!!
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Arroyo has an extensive and successful career with Marina Estrella during the last eight years in southern Spain and has now moved to Vilamoura to lead the nautical services that Marina Estrella is developing in its current expansion strategy with the brands it represents and the innovative nautical products that is launching in the Barcelona Boat Show. Directed by Luis Garcia and Valter Macedo, two portuguese professionals with extensive experience and reputation in the international nautical industry of motor and sailing yachts and brokerage, Marina Estrella Cascais begins operations on the solid foundation of the portuguese Atlantitudes, to market the brands: Azimut, Prestige, Jeanneau and Fontaine Pajot. The main objectives are to strengthen its business, customer data base, brand portfolio and offer the exclusive Marina Estrella nautical services in central Portugal, which together with the Algarve represent the most important nautical area of the country. With both projects, Marina Estrella consolidates its market leading position in the nautical in the Iberian market. At the same time Azimut Yachts and Marina Estrella have confirmed the agreement by which ME will become the exclusive distributor of the Atlantis brand, with immediate effect for Spain. In March 2012 Marina Estrella agreed to represent Azimut Yachts in Spain and throughout the first six months of their relationship the two companies have developed a fruitful collaboration. The addition of the new brand, Atlantis, strengthens the relationship and the agreements that the companies maintain. Atlantis is the Azimut-Benetti group brand that specializes in open sport boats with lengths between 34 to 58 feet. Modern and sporty, Atlantis targets an audience interested in new trends, so that their boats are synonymous with style, technology and performance. Currently Atlantis has six models in production, 34, 36 Verve, 38, 44, 48 and 58. (+34) 91 435 17 12 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marinaestrella.com
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A fun and informative event is taking place on Thursday, October 18th in Palma at the Restaurant Bens D’ Avall in the Club de Mar. This year’s Captains Breakfast will feature guest speakers who will address topics relevant to today’s marine industry.
Sevenstar Yacht Transport has served the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show for 10 years now and has a record-breaking amount of at least 93 yachts on 7 motor vessels (MV’s) heading to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville this time. Expected times of arrival vary from 5 to 14 October. The majority of the yachts shipped are new-build motor yachts.
All captains are cordially invited to join in for a light breakfast, networking and an informative workshop presented by the event sponsors. Registration will begin at 8:30 sharp, followed by a breakfast of coffee, juice and croissants/pastries. The sponsors include Seippel & Light Marine Insurance Broker, E3 Systems, MHG Crew Insurance and Pantaenius. Topics will range from: • Hull and P&I Insurance – what to look out for. • The latest in Marine Electronics Technology. • Crew Benefits – Medical expenses & Personal Accident. • Claims procedure/pitfalls. X-Media Marketing International, media sponsor for this event, is a one-stop organisation promoting the leisure marine industry through the three media platforms - digital internet, print and Internet TV. X-Media is comprised of three established yachting media companies - BYM News, The Islander and Nautical TV Europe. Seippel & Light Managing Director Heidrun Bierkamper said: “We ran such a breakfast forum pre season in 2011, and it was a great success. This time we thought we would try the post season timing, especially as many yachts are returning to Palma for the winter, and the local yards are expecting full occupancy with lots of yachts booked in for refit and maintenance projects. If you are a captain interested in attending, please rsvp by October 15th by contacting Debbie at email@example.com or (+34) 619 683 570. Sponsors’ Web links: www.seippelandlight.com www.e3.com www.mhginsurance.com www.pantaenius.es www.x-mmi.com
MV Dynamogracht was loaded in Genoa, Italy, and has 26 yachts, varying in size from 10 to 36 meters, on board. The second vessel, MV Statengracht, is coming from Southampton transporting 8 new-build yachts to West Palm Beach. Another vessel, MV Dijksgracht, coming from Hong Kong and Kaohsiung, has 11 yachts on board and will discharge in West Palm Beach. In Rauma another motor yacht, on its way to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, was loaded on MV Slotergracht. This yacht will be discharged in Jacksonville. MV Tracer has loaded 10 yachts in Ancona, serving the Italian yards from the Adriatic, mostly new-build, and is heading to Fort Lauderdale. From La Rochelle, France, Sevenstar positioned the MV Lady Claudia, which is presently on its way to West Palm Beach. Lady Claudia carries 17 new-build yachts of France’s largest yacht builder on board. Besides the above-mentioned vessels, all owned by Sevenstar sister companies, Sevenstar has also chartered MV Maersk Illinois, which will be loaded in Genoa and Palma de Mallorca and will head to Fort Lauderdale with over 20 yachts on board. Many of the yachts being shipped will be exhibited at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. It goes without saying that Sevenstar Yacht Transport will host a stand on this years’ Show. You can visit them on stand no. 665. +31 20 4488 590 _ firstname.lastname@example.org www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com
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Even light rain and gusty conditions could not dampen the spirits of the competitors for the first race at the Oyster Regatta Palma. A 20-mile coastal race sponsored by Oyster Regatta partner Lewmar, finishing at the enchanting natural haven of Puerto Andraitx. The breeze freshened shortly after the start to fully tune up the impressive Oyster fleet, the grey skies were persistent and the fresh wind remained, providing challenging and exciting sailing conditions. In Class One, Alberto Vignatelli’s Italian Oyster 72, AlbertOne3 took line honours and victory on corrected time. Mark and Sarah Driver’s British Oyster 66, Goodwinds were less than a minute behind after time correction and Maxim Kudryashov’s brand new Oyster 625, Guardian Angel put in an outstanding performance taking third in their race debut. The second day of racing sponsored by regatta partner Raymarine, will be long remembered for spectacular sailing conditions. A solid 15 knots of breeze from the northeast built to near gale force conditions. The Oyster fleet powered along the southwest coast of Mallorca experiencing wind speeds in excess of 30 knots for most of the 20-mile race. However, Oysters are built to sail the world’s oceans and only three of the 24 yachts retired after minor gear failure that alone was testament to the build quality and robust nature of the Oyster marque. In Class 1 and after time correction, Maxim Kudryashov’s Russian Oyster 625, Guardian Angel won the race with Billy Budd second and Heinrich Schulte’s German Oyster 655, Anabasis claiming third. In Class 2, Gerd and Annemarie Köhlmoos’ German Oyster 54, Sarabande put in a stellar performance winning line honours. Eric Alfredson’s Swedish Oyster 53, Lisanne was second. Igor Lazurenko’s Russian Oyster 54, Light Lana showed great tenacity after sustaining some damage and were rewarded with a third place by just 19 seconds on corrected time. The final day of racing sponsored by Dolphin Sails, was blessed with glorious sunshine in the Bay of Palma. 20 knots of breeze and considerable swell provided sparkling conditions for the Oyster fleet. Two dozen Oysters enjoyed a magnificent day’s racing with a points scoring windward - leeward race and an exhibition Pursuit Race, which was not part of the series but gave the competitors a thrilling end to racing. Report by Louay Habib
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Biofuels (part 2) ... Come on seriously, did you really think I’d put chip fat into my car?? Following on from last month’s intro to biofuels, this month we’re continuing talking about recreational boaters. I have just read about a manufacturer of large ship propulsion systems testing out various oils in one of their engines. Apparently they fired in chicken, veg, and fish oil just for fun and guess what? It kept on going! Ok I’m not recommending you do this in your boat but it’s food for thought at least. In theory; if you filter out the bits and separate the water, any chip pan could be a source of free fuel for your diesel engine. BUT the problem with these “fuels” is the viscosity; the oil needs to be heated throughout the system to run properly. Maybe that’s not an issue in Mallorca in the summer but in the UK or other colder climes it would be. Thinning agents like normal diesel can be added to help too. An alternative is to run a two tank system, where you have one tank full of this free fuel and another with regular diesel. Or biodiesel. So you start the engine with the regular stuff, then once it’s all nice and warm you can switch to the oil. Biodiesel is processed and should be of a viscosity a typical diesel engine will run happily on. Last time we looked at the amount of CO2 produced in processing biodiesel but did we think about the fact that as these plants grow, they absorb CO2? So some schools of thought say the amount absorbed makes up for the amount created in production. Maybe. I’m not convinced but that’s me. And it’s hard to obtain; unless you start making it yourself in the garage. So is biodiesel really a green fuel? I’d say no, not really. But it is proving to be an attractive alternative as the world’s supply of oil starts to dry up. (+34) 669 844 909
When the Mallorca Driving Club call you up, and ask you to review a car like this by taking it for a spin for ½ a day… its pretty hard to say no! The 280SE 3.5 was a unique blend of elegant 1960s hand finished style, with a powertrain destined for the 1970s Mercedes S and SL models. Comfortably seating 4, you can glide along in a different era yet with surprisingly vigorous performance. The model is a delight with the roof up or down and its widely regarded as the best 4 seat convertible of its time. After driving it around to a few marinas, where it turned many heads with its elegant looks and that lovely throaty powerful growl from under its bonnet, we cant find any reason at all to argue with that view! Its love at first sight when you slide into the drivers seat and take a look at the elegant dashboard layout in front of you, the thin automatic gear shift stick seems so tiny to control such a large and powerful vehicle, but it does it with ease and a positive ‘feel good factor’ as the 280SE powers herself up through the gears. They say that if your going to drive an automatic car its only fun if you have some spare horses under the hood, and this one doesn’t have anything lacking in that department. It’s possibly the most fun you can have with your clothes on, and if you get her on an island coastal road with your favourite lady (or man) as the sun sets over the Med horizon, you won’t be at all inclined to get home in a hurry… so who knows what else might happen? Toni from MDC knew what he was doing when he offered us the test drive, as we cant bare the thought of not driving this beast again, so we have taken out an annual membership of the Classic Car Club. Its surprisingly good value, and very simple. For an annual fee you can redeem points against having the use of the car of your choice for a number of pre booked days. The club has a dozen or so fully maintained and insured cars, all historic classics like the Triumph TR3 and TR6, Austin Healey Mk III, Porsche Spider, MGA, Porsche 911Targa, etc etc. More details from Toni or Patricia on: (+34) 971 101 742 www.mallorcadriving.com
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talking on the dosh Too proud to ask for help? Its time to ditch the macho act Mr Rajoy. Swallow your pride, look at the numbers and do what is right for Spain....which is what you were elected to do. I’m sure I’m not saying anything you didn’t already know, but Spain is in the economic mire, and sinking fast. It has announced two severe budgets in the last three months, as the cycle of decline speeds up, in an attempt to rescue itself. But there is a lifeline there, ready to grab that may...but only may, make a difference. But there is a catch, you have to ask for it, and then do as you are told. Pride is a wonderful virtue, when kept in check, but when pride gets in the way of asking for help, it can be a destructive force. World markets, commentators and politicians around the globe now see it as a foregone conclusion that Spain will become the fourth EU country after Greece, Ireland and Portugal to be forced to ask for a financial lifeline, the so called ‘bailout’ as it struggles to cope with a contracting economy, while being forced to pay over the odds to borrow cash to cover the shortfall, it is unsustainable. European politicians are urging Spain to ask for help to reduce the risk of financial contagion across the currency bloc, exactly as Spain urged Ireland and Portugal to do the same, but are much less keen to take themselves. The bailout, of course, comes with conditions. After all, if you were lending money to a friend who had blown all his money on fripperies, you would probably want to ensure the loan wasn’t going to go the same way. Ego appears to be the reason for the inertia. A view that it is somehow demeaning to ask for help, demeaning that you must then take orders from abroad, and face the interrogation of outsiders, the so called `men in black’ often referred to by ministers. The worry that the government would take a beating in the Galician elections in late October if they were seen as having ‘caved in’ to Brussels. The emergency budget on September 26th, announcing more austerity cuts and tax rises was widely interpreted as paving the way for Spain to finally ask for help from it’s neighbours by making cuts themselves, before being compelled to do so. The language coming out of Madrid has softened from ‘Never’ to ‘Maybe, if it is right to do so’ as they begin the gradual climb down to accept the inevitable, but this is not a timetable that Spain herself can control, with 24 hour global markets making daily judgements on Spain and others, they are the ones who call the shots. Mr. Rajoy and his team will have no more luck than Canute did at ordering back the sea. Quit the dithering, ask for help, and begin building the road to recovery.
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MANAGING WASTE AROUND YACHTS One of the increasing requirements in commercial yachting today is the need to document nearly everything. There are good reasons for this. One of the most important reasons on a superyacht is to capture evidence for use in defense in the event of a claim. Another reason is, (depending on the size and flag,) statutory requirements. And a much-overlooked reason is to provide historical information. Yachts used for private pleasure purposes only are not excluded, and need to comply with regulations that are in place to protect the oceans from neglect by all of its users, no matter what their purpose for being at sea. All of this applies to waste management of liquids and the cleanliness of the tanks that hold them on every yacht. So says Jose Felix Farriol the operations director of the Palma based company Farosi. He says his company prides itself on specialising in marine waste handling with the utmost environmental responsibility. Being part of the reputable Osifar Group, which was established back in 1966, they bring almost 50 years experience of operating within a very regulated business into the yachting market, which in itself is constantly adjusting to new rules and regulations on environmental controls. Waste management in every sense, at sea and in port, has an ever-increasing focus for all sizes of yacht in this respect. Osifar say that they are the leader in intelligent waste disposal, which means responsibly cleaning out all types of tank onboard such as fuel, waste oil, bilge, black/grey and freshwater. This is all done according to Marpol guidelines and can be certified as such for each yacht and system that is treated. Also superclorinating and degassing can be carried out and certified by Osifars’ expert teams. Furthermore everything that Osifar removes gets recycled according to Jose Felix, who also says they can effectively remove any type of blockage, and are equipped with micro cameras to carry out full internal pipe work surveys. The total capability of the group covers every aspect of onboard fluid management when combined with the Farosi’s expertise, which covers oil supply and delivery, oil & fuel analysis, pump on service, fuel cleaning (polishing) plus oil and filter changes. T. (+34) 971 295 550 M. (+34) 690 826 026 email@example.com www.osifar.com HIGHLY DESIRABLE SUPERYACHT MOORINGS FOR SALE 4 Berths Available in Club de Mar, Palma de Mallorca from 40 to 70 metres - Reasonable offers accepted. Also: 20 metre berth available for sale in Marina Genoa Aeroporto: Bank Leasing in place for easy transfer. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (+34) 670 228 012 or (+34) 697 887 237
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MONACO YACHT SHOW REVIEW 2012
Blue skies, fluffy white clouds, over 130 superyachts crammed into the bay outside of Port Hercule and 90 inside the show harbour. Its sunrise on Day 1 of the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, and silhouetted against the hazy orange horizon the three masts of the iconic 88 metre ‘Maltese Falcon’ catch the eye as always amongst the gathered fleet. Meanwhile ashore Prince Albert of Monaco has done the opening honours and there is a definite first day buzz around the stands and the dock. Capt. John Percival of Hoylake Sea School and Council Member of the Professional Yachtsman’s Association said; “Its the busiest first day on the PYA stand that we’ve ever had!” One big talking point was the merger of the two Palma based companies Rolling Stock and Pinmar into a single entity called Global Yachting. This was announced just in time to coincide with the opening of MYS, and had plenty of tongues wagging about how the market will receive the news. Rolling Stock MD, Rupert Savage told us; “Of course there are lots of questions, we expected that and we have all the answers. Like is it a merger or a takeover? And the answer is no, its a joint venture.” Rupert continued; “We are both known as Spanish companies but our reach is totally global, and becoming ever more so. This is where our customers will benefit from the JV which offers increased services and geographical coverage to the yachting world.” Day 2 saw a presentation and luncheon to update the yachting industry on progress with the Marina Port Vell project in Barcelona and the Barcelona Maritime Cluster, made up of MB92, Barcelona World Race, The Port Authority and Marina Port Vell itself. In reply to a question from The Islander about the completion schedule of the new Port Vell Superyacht Marina, Marketing Director, Norma Trease answered that they expected to be open for business during summer 2013. This was endorsed by the vice mayor of Barcelona in a conversion afterwards, indicating it seems, that all the necessary city authority approvals are in place for construction to go ahead this winter.
In the evening a ‘Sea Changes’ event was held at the Stars and Bars restaurant by the PYA where the latest details on the MCA driven Large Yacht Code (LY3) was be divulged to a very ‘keen to learn’ audience. The tender dock was extremely busy and displayed some very innovative new models, with plenty of sea trials being arranged for enthusiastic potential buyers. The Islander took a spin in a classic J Craft tender which had all the build and seakeeping qualities expected from the Swedish yard, and was described by one person on the sea trial as a ‘Riva on steroids’! Another one that stood out on the dock was the colourful bright green Revolver ‘Numero Uno’. As the name implies she is the first built in a proposed series from the Italian Revolver Boatyard based on Lake Garda. At 42 ft, with a distinctive sleek Italian styling, and a top speed of 50 knots the Revolver seems to offer a unique tender delivering plenty of performance, style and comfort all in one package! So how was MYS overall this year? Bertrand Vogele of YPI said: ‘This year’s Monaco Show was a hive of activity – there were some excellent quality visitors in attendance and some very attractively priced yachts. We had three yachts in Show with four at anchor. We brought clients from all over the world including our Chinese offices and I’m pleased to announce that some of our clients did actually make serious offers on some yachts in show.” Richard Lambert from OceanStyle/Burgess said: “Whilst the Monaco show was a very impressive forum for the showcasing of some excellent opportunities to existing clients and yacht owners there was a large abundance of trade visitors and I feel that more could be done to attract new potential yacht owners into the market.” Hein Velema, CEO at Fraser Yachts commented: “The great atmosphere during the Monaco Yacht Show luckily didn’t reflect the disappointing 2012 brokerage statistics. We had offers on several of our listings and hope some of these come to fruition.” Next years MYS dates: Sep 25, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013 - Port de Monaco
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Yacht Imagine is a busy Beneteau 57, wearing the red ensign and owned by a British couple since new. The couple bought the yacht from Eric Martin of Sunbird at a London Boat Show, and has stayed with the Sunbird team. SY Imagine is berthed at Pantalan Mediterranea in Palma.
Tim is happy with the service still provided by Sunbird and MP Marine Services who have never let him down; the team at Ocean Safety and A+ Rigging/ Bank Sails are companies also held in high regard. Tim agrees that Palma is certainly a leading force for the nautical industry in The Med.
The Master is Tim Atkinson who has been with Imagine since 2007. Tim started sailing as a boy with his step-father on a Nicholson 32 in the Solent. Starting his professional career at Pendennis shipyard also developed his own charter business based out of Falmouth, Tim was part of the RNLI team on the Blue Peter lifeboat based in St Agnes Cornwall, for three years. However, it was the classic British weather that prompted him to start looking to move abroad, as he watched the development of the Superyacht industry. Mallorca was often talked about by the crews of the big yachts he was working on, so the thought was in the back of his mind as a place to consider.
Tim favours ‘Forn de Sant Joan’ and ‘Bodega’ in La Llonja for great food and tapas, though book early for the latter as they soon get busy; a regular and long standing favourite is ‘Bar Dia’ for a relaxed atmosphere and great food “the lamb just falls off the bone” and his local restaurants of ‘Es Moli’ and ‘Cala Conills’ in Sant Elmo.
As a keen surfer, Tim visited New Zealand and was in a Harbour Masters office trying to get validation of his RYA Yachtmaster tickets so he could get work. At the precise moment he was being denied use of his qualifications, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was being driven by on an official visit! Why could he not use his Royal Yachting Association qualifications in a Commonwealth country? As Europe had opened up for work Tim went first to the Canary Islands before settling in Mallorca. Tim started working on MY Blue Attraction before returning to sailing to work on the classic 70’ ketch Agneta for a wonderful season of racing. Imagine followed after two other commands. The summers for Imagine are mainly Balearic based, and she winters in Palma each year. Imagine has been used in the Balearic promotional TV ad, starring Rafael Nadal, and another island favourite, Mary Graves has chartered Imagine too.
When asked what he never goes to sea without Tim smiled about his ‘leatherman’, iPod and, whenever possible, his welltravelled, steel-string acoustic guitar. Tim’s scariest moment at sea was on a delivery trip with a very pushy owner who needed his yacht in Costa Rica. Tim was onboard with the owner; a 19-year old Costa Rican who had never sailed before and didn’t come out from under his blankets until reaching the warmth of Gibraltar, and a retired window cleaner from East Germany who didn’t speak a word of English and who the owner had met in a bar the night before. In a force 7, leaving Marseilles in a 45’ concrete ketch, the conditions were poor and the yacht taking on water. It was a long and frightening night! Comments on the industry? “Out-pricing is a serious concern and more and more we are buying items from the UK to ship them in; also, bareboat charters: the amount of near accidents I have witnessed over the last few summers has been frightening. It would be great to encourage charterers to take professional skippers with them … in an ideal world!”