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Aschanti lV in STP by Anne Beaugé


DEAR ISLANDER Dear Islander, The big news this past month was that of Oyster Yachts in the UK, entering administration. The good news is that the Palma based division is unaffected and is carrying on with business as usual. With a large number of Oysters here in Palma, and a very strong team, the business here has built up a strong rapport with the Oyster owners who keep the team busy looking after their yachts. We hope that the UK operation finds a buyer quickly to prevent further unsettling speculation. The Volvo Ocean race has just started leg 6, Hong Kong to Auckland, albeit with a boat less than in the previous legs. Vestas 11th Hour Racing is having to sit out this leg after their calamitous collision at the end of the Melbourne to Hong Kong leg, resulting in the fatality of a fisherman on the sunken fishing boat. An investigation into the event continues. Nine other crew members from the stricken fishing vessel were rescued. Vestas were not able to effect repairs in time for this leg, with a whole new bow section being flown down from the builders in Italy. They will rejoin the race in Auckland for leg 7 to Brazil. The current situation as we go to press is Akzo Nobel are leading the race with Scallywag in second place, both teams having pulled off a navigation masterstroke and being able to get in to the North east trade winds first and gaining over 200 km on the previous pacesetters, Mapfre. There are still lots of twists and turns to come

as the yachts approach the doldrums, but it’s good to see the leading positions not being dominated by one boat. Locally, the refit season is in overdrive, with some great work being done in STP and other local shipyards. Our front cover this month reflects the height of the refit season here in Palma. Dusseldorf Boat Show recorded another increase in attendance this year, and is seemingly becoming more and more important to the larger boat market, with many of the Superyacht industry players being represented in some form, or just as visitors. This spring is going to be a very busy show period locally, with the MYBA charter show in One Ocean Port Vell, Barcelona 23rd – 26th April, preceding the Palma Superyacht Show 27th April – 1st May, and then back to One Ocean for a new Large Yacht Charter Show May 2nd -6th. It will be interesting to see if this new show really is necessary.

fair winds

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By Sarah Forge

Captains of Industry – Bea Alonso Bea Alonso has her family business to thank for climbing to the top of the yachting tree - a little leftfield given she is from a family of butchers. When she was 17, Bea’s brother returned from a meat delivery to Lantimar with news that they were searching for a summer intern. An agent for cruise ships, navy ships and the ninth biggest superyacht in the world (at the time) Lady Moura, it seemed like a pretty colourful way to spend the holidays so she seized the opportunity. “At the beginning I had little idea what I was doing,” explains Bea. “Essentially I

With the owner of Lady Moura



was recruited as a runner and I spent my days doing exactly that, running from one boat to another dropping off lemons, picking up postcards, barely sleeping and functioning on adrenalin.” “I was a young woman with blonde hair and blue eyes, and not very tall, so no one took me seriously. This meant I had to work hard to develop a strong character. I became addicted to the job, I loved it, and when I turned 18 they made me an offer to stay full time.” Bea split her time between cruise ships, navy ships and Lady Moura – where she eventually held the role of PA to her Lebanese owner. “I was most impressed by the navy ships,” says Bea, “aircraft carriers such as USS Dwight D

Eisenhower and USS Saratoga that arrived with upwards of 5,000 crew apiece. Palma welcomed these ships to great fanfare as they brought a certain je ne sais quoi to the island. I found the captains and admirals so polite, so easy to work with, as we organised their cars, phone contracts, security detail and onshore requirements to tight military protocols.” “Lantimar were agents for Costa Cruises, and for Thomson Cruises when they started in 1995 – we were the first ones working on Thomson cruise ship turnarounds. We were also at the launch of AIDA in 1996. The first time I saw an AIDA ship I thought ‘wow’ – they were so modern and offered a revolutionary new cruising experience.”

“I would meet the liners in Ibiza, handle immigration and customs and then stay on board ‘til Palma and repeat the process the next morning. In winter, I would follow Thomson ships around the Canary Islands. I worked Saturdays, Sundays, night shifts, it was full-on. There was no time for romance, in fact any kind of personal life.” Lantimar founder and boss Toni Riera proved to be a great guide to young Bea and gifted her with his wisdom. “His most important lesson was to impress upon me to offer the same service and dedication to the captain as to the most junior deckhand – this ethos would stay with me for life.” After ten years intensive education and experience, for the sake of her health 28-year-old Bea needed a rest and she reluctantly offered her resignation. Later that year, refreshed and revitalised, Bea brought her decade of customer service experience to a completely different industry and took up a position with heavyweight hotel chain Sol Meliá (the ‘Sol’ vanished in 2011). Bea joined at the same time as awardwinning Marcello Pigozzo who had recently sidestepped from InterContinental Hotels to become Sol Meliá’s Executive Vice President Operations. She became his assistant and together they focussed on achieving higher profitability for hotel owners and, most importantly, greater


With Glen captain of MY VAVA at Pinmar Golf

satisfaction for hotel guests. “Marcelo became the second really important man in my life, another inspirational mentor like Toni Riera before him. He was responsible for supervising new hotels in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and brought great energy, team work and an open mind to the company. He introduced the American world into the Spanish brand and shared Toni’s ethos for giving everyone VIP concierge treatment - regardless of who they were. Even though he was Executive Vice President, he would telephone disgruntled guests directly in their room.”

a foreigner working amongst locals, and gave me all the advice and support I needed. So, in 2004, I set up BA Yachts – and that meant only yachts, no cruise or navy ships this time.” Working from home on a laptop, Bea’s one yacht under management became two, then three, then four, and she recruited another team member to help out. As the business grew, it was clear they didn’t have the facilities to cope. “This was when I met the fourth, and most special,

man in my life, Enrique. He was working for Transcoma Shipping, a similar business to Lantimar. I was looking for storage, offices, branding, a good location, and Transcoma was looking for a COO. We arrived at a contra deal and BA Yachts set up shop within Transcoma’s offices forcing me to dive back into cruise ships and tankers.” “The arrangement got rapidly complicated. That first summer I was working like crazy, all day and all night. I couldn’t attend to my growing yacht agency business at the same time as waiting for

tankers to arrive on Dique del Oeste at 2am so, in 2006, I left. BA Yachts rented a small apartment on the PaseoMaritimo and we grew a fantastic business based largely on captain-to-captain recommendation. So fantastic in fact that barely a year later someone wanted to buy us out.” That ‘someone’ was Neil Miller and Laurence Milton. They’d previously purchased Yacht Fuel Services in 2005 and Yacht Help Group in 2007 and wanted to add BA Yachts to their growing portfolio.

“Marcelo lasted two years, when he left I left - I had no intention of remaining. But it had certainly been nice to be away from boats for two years. I then met the third man in my life – Leo Selter.” Dutchman Leo was owner and manager of Astilleros Palma, a small refit shipyard that existed before STP was a twinkle in anyone’s eye. He contracted Bea, who was now in her early 30s, to work with him at Izar shipyard in Cartagena on the Spanish mainland. After two years Leo pushed her to open her own yacht agency. Bea recounts, “I wasn’t really considering the idea, but Leo gave me the belief that I could do it. He knew how to set up a company in Spain, had faced great challenges being

Evolution team


CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY – BEA ALONSO “I was young, they made a good offer, so I took it,” admits Bea. “The deal dictated that I remain in the company for the next three years and I was immediately asked to merge Yacht Help Group and BA Yachts, reduce headcount, increase efficiency, and manage it. I went from local to international, two staff to 13 staff, and it all happened very quickly – perhaps too quickly.”

With the dogs

“In 2008, before I could fully find my feet, Y.CO made a reverse takeover to acquire Neil and Laurence’s much larger superyacht services business. Suddenly I was now representing Y.CO in Spain, managing offices in Palma and Barcelona. Needless to say there was plenty of conflict and confusion between the businesses. The three years went by in a turbulent flash and I quietly made my escape.” In 2010, together with former Y.CO Barcelona employees Belén and John, Evolution Yacht Agents was born.

With Enrique and Alan Master Yachts

“Our business was the same, but different, an evolution – hence the name,” explains Bea. “I was ready, the time was right, I’d learned enough over the years and I had a very clear plan. In Evolution Yacht Agents I found my home, my project, my baby. You could say the full evolution was complete when I married that fourth special man, Enrique, in 2012, although we never had a honeymoon - make sure you write that in the article.” (She joked.) Today, 43-year-old Bea employs up to 50 people and has offices in Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Málaga and two here in Mallorca.



“As the boats get bigger, they get more demanding and we’re bringing yacht agency to another level - offering a high degree of personal attention 24/7. Summer is indeed our peak season, but we have customs, storage, logistics to manage all year round and

plenty of ideas and projects in the pipeline. I am responsible for all the families employed by Evolution Yacht Agents and it’s important we build a sustainable business.” As our first fairer sex Captain of Industry’, it felt fitting to touch on the subject of being a (petite, blonde, young) female in the yachting industry. “In my career, nothing compares to the men who have brought me to this moment. Toni, Marcelo, Leo and, of course, Enrique. Extraordinary men who have seen something in me, imparted all their knowledge and given me every opportunity to succeed.” “We are all different, but I have never particularly encountered limitations on my career. I have learned a lot from my male bosses, and my colleagues, learned to be kind, treat people well and doors will open. Maybe it’s because I have never been too political. I have been offered political positions, but declined as I’m not keen on the exposure. Perhaps I would have found more sexism in politics?” If Bea was to get political, she would leap on her soapbox on the subject of conservation and yachting. “Senior figures in Mallorca are not aware of how much good the superyacht industry does for the island and the environment. Owners, captains and crew are passionate about the sea, and passionate about taking care of the sea. Instead of making complaints about this ‘elitist’ industry, the island should be investing in these VIPs and providing high-end services – take some tips from Croatia and Montenegro perhaps.” Let’s hope someone takes up apolitical Bea’s baton.


Todd Beechey

Oceanscape Yachts ... Yacht Charter with a Difference Where did the OSY dream stem from? Todd: Hailing from Cambridge, Ontario (near Toronto), my family and I are always on the hunt for a warm vacation to escape our winters. My wife and I were on a luxury cruise one year, and happened to walk around a marina, looking at all the superyachts. We started daydreaming about what it must be like to vacation on one of those yachts instead of a big cruise ship. Fast forward to our next vacation planning, we decided to see if it was possible. Having no idea how to even enter into this new world and industry, I started researching yacht brokers and sending emails. Of the 12 “reputable” brokers we contacted, only three responded to our emails, In the end, we booked our first yacht vacation with one broker who we were quite happy with. Having said that, overall, I found it really frustrating in some ways to break into this industry - here I was, a paying customer, and struggling to get someone to take my money! I know I wasn’t booking a 150 ft+ yacht, but it was still a big investment for us. What were the pitfalls you came across? T: Getting replies to emails, getting the right amount of attention and feedback are the top ones. We booked 8


another charter a couple of years later and had similar issues. However, with the first one we had such a fantastic captain and crew, we really didn’t have anything bad to say by the end of the charter. Whereas the second one, there was a rotational crew on, a replacement captain, and you could just tell that the level of service we had from the first one was lacking. So not only were there barriers to entry, but upon entering, we noticed that certain standards of services were missing. You book into a Four Seasons anywhere in the world, you know exactly what kind of service you will receive and have your expectations set. The yacht industry just seemed to be still in a cowboy state where you received different levels of service depending who you spoke to, which broker you went through, which crew was on board etc. So what is OSY trying to achieve in the industry? T: Our mission statement is: OceanScape Yachts is the world’s first vacation club dedicated to bringing the unparalleled experience of yachting to travellers worldwide. This unique community combines concierge travel planning with traveller camaraderie to make planning your next holiday completely worry free. So we’re basically a platform that unites brokers and owners with a whole new list of potential clients. We are focused on getting the word out about the amazing vacations that a family or group of friends can enjoy on a yacht, and show them that the cost can be comparable to other luxury travel options. We make it easier for potential new people attempting to enter the industry for the first time(and maybe even get turned off before really entering) to get the information they need. We are helping those people who don’t have time or energy to properly research and plan a trip - saving them time and

aggravation. Someone can come to us, tell us a bit about their needs - how many guests, location and time of year, then we are the ones who go out, get all the info (whether that is through one of our trusted yacht partners, or a further referral from them), then present them the options. We lay out plainly all hidden costs and fees, the charter agreement, how to get to and from their meeting location to get onboard, etc. We are trying to make the entire charter process as seamless and painless as possible - especially for those who are completely new to this industry. What else can we expect to see from you guys in the future? T: As mentioned, we do have a number of yacht partners already established. We’re thrilled to have trusted working relationships with Hargrave Custom Yachts covering the USA and Caribbean, Northrop & Johnson Australia for the South Pacific region, and West Nautical covering all yacht needs across the Med. We also have a couple of privately listed yachts and trusted partnerships with the owners. As well, we’ve been approached by wider online luxury concierge services, companies who value truly one-of-a-kind vacations just like us. By partnering up with similar travel companies, we’re creating a much wider net to effectively “catch” potential new charterers. All I’ve heard since entering this

superyacht world is how there is a finite number of clients and how can we get this “fresh blood” into the industry. So doesn’t it make sense to look outside and bring new life in somehow? We also created a unique pricing model which we have affectionately called OSCYR - OceanScape Charter Yacht Report. This allows users to search and compare different charter prices based on a number of criteria. Compiling industry data from thousands of yachts on the market today, OSCYR aims to ensure you are paying a fair price for your yacht vacation, regardless of who you book your vacation through. This is something else I found lacking - there are all of these various charter prices - most are roughly around the same costs, whereas there are plenty of discrepancies as well. Why is this the case? I personally found the reasonings behind it lacking - or at least an easily navigable tool to help educate us on costs based on certain search criteria was missing. So hopefully OSCYR helps fill that void for people. With a number of 100 - 150 foot yachts sitting available, yet unbooked for holidays, OceanScape Yachts aims to bridge this gap between those who can afford such vacations, and the yachts looking for bookings. With a number of new yachts available to hire through the company, even more opportunities await to get onboard.




By Keith Wray

The Camino Santiago Se Compostela The Way of St James (The Patron Saint of Spain) Modern reasons for walking the Camino Santiago de Compostela or the Way of St James vary from the tragicpersonal loss to the ¨Bucket List¨, to health, cultural, spiritual and of course to religious tradition. The



Camino Frances is a pilgrimage extending from St Pied de Port France and terminating in Santiago Cathedral the resting place of the bones of St James 871 km distance to the west. The ¨Way¨ as its known historically owes its beginnings to the discovery of the tomb of Saint James the Great by a hermit in year circa 820. The pilgrimage started at your front door travelling by pathways and Roman roads eventually leading to the moderate security of one of

the established Camino routes. St James was also known as the Moor Slayer, referred to by Jesus as ¨ A Son of Thunder¨ and the brother of John the Apostle. The increasing flow of international Pilgrims travelling towards Galicia soon led to the construction of Castles, Abbeys, Monasteries, Churches ,Cathedrals and towns and its this same ancient infrastructure that glues the whole way together today. The history of it warrants a visit on the internet. The Templar Knights (defenders of the Christian Pilgrims), the fabled warrior EL Cid and the Moorish occupation all contribute to the legend. However, the final zero Km marker post is located beyond Santiago at Cape Finisterre the ¨End of the World¨ on the renowned ¨Coast of Death¨ with about five percent of pilgrims electing to continue on west for the last 91 km and unadvisedly burn what’s left of their boots and clothing in a sunset pagan ritual; often mildly poisoning themselves in

the process due to modern un pagan like textiles. My reasons for walking however were very basic. I had failed my eng 1 medical on grounds of high blood pressure and was grounded literally; and therefore unemployable and on the beach. I found myself in the August heat of Mallorca watching an afternoon movie named ¨The Way¨ starring Martin Sheen and James Nesbit which covered the journeys of four strangers who were independently walking a very long hike across northern Spain at their own pace for their own reasons, the simplicity was instantly appealing. Many thousands of pilgrims (peregrinos) join the Camino at different stages as the whole journey represents a large time commitment. Most Pilgrims complete the journey over a period of years by walking for a week at a time and completing it stage by stage. The last 20 years have seen a large increase

in traffic with the internet, various books and movies all contributing to popularize the Camino. Subsequently the infrastructure including pathways, accommodation and food outlets has expanded. The lucrative tourism product provides much income and employment across northern Spain with the Government continually increasing investment, restructuring and even re- routing parts of the Way for scenic impact. Cape Finistere perhaps is better known by mariners as the nasty outcrop of rock which perilously juts out into the Atlantic. The Cape lays claim to many a south bound vessel from England unable to beat out of the Biscays tumultuous continental shelf, stoked up by the prevailing South Westerly Atlantic storms. Three and a half decades earlier having survived 19 days fighting the storms in my home built wooden boat I had weathered the Cape mostly thanks to the Finisterre light with its RDF radio beacon. Coincidentally the Camino Frances; St James way pilgrimage ended here at the zero-km marker post in front of the Finisterre lighthouse a place where I considered my sailing life began and hopefully could resume once more. Any religious beliefs I held derived from the cold terrifying weeks alone in those winter Biscay storms navigating on dead reckoning and a sliver of a Morse code signal broadcast from the Finisterre beacon. There were demons to lay to rest here and a rendezvous to attend on the zero-km marker of the St James way. A visit to Decathlon, a few testing night treks to avoid the day heat of August in Mallorca and I found myself disembarking an internationally-hiker laden bus in St Jean Pied de Port deep in the mountainous Basque French countryside and the gateway to the Camino. You soon work out less is best in distance-hiking and ditch the razors, shampoo and

disco shoes. The guide book actually features perforated pages to tear out once read. Seeking any advice that may be relevant, only three pieces of information were on offer from the veterans; simply … ¨ it’s your camino, you do it for yourself, Go at your own speed and The Camino will provide¨. These few words were to ring loud and true continually over the next few weeks for myself and fellow pilgrims they represent the anthem of the walk. Solitude on the way is a respected commodity however the people we meet and reencounter throughout the trek, the stories and trials really are the Camino. Much has been written about the Albergues. These legendary institutions make the Camino possible financially although comfort and privacy can definitely be a little pilgrim style. The MCA coding surveyors weren’t around when the bunk beds where installed and space wise; a superyacht crew quarters in comparison becomes relatively luxurious. Alburgues are generally spaced about 12 km apart along the Way and can be Municipal or privately run. They are the backbone of the Camino and many of them are or were Chapels or monasteries dating back hundreds of years, each one possesses its own unique charm. Some are run on a donation (donativo) basis on departure and others can vary from maybe 5 to 12 euro’s a night. The night noises are infamous and often by encapsulating a dozen open ended bunk beds end to end with a stone wall running snugly up one side and each end, the creation of a base woofer sound tube had been achieved. This would send the uninitiated running for the corridors clutching their sleeping bags in the early hours. With the bunk beds squashed side by side and actually touching each other you also could find your self effectively in a double bed with a complete stranger. Washing facilities and toilets where always good although basic. Access to the Albergues is granted through a document issued by the Cathedral called


the Credencial. This has to be declared and stamped as you progress westward and represents confirmation of the journey and qualification for the revered Compostela. Injuries were rife crossing the initial stages of the Pyrenees with blisters in the damp weather but often self inflicted due to haste and bad preparation. Victims of the blisters and strains were predictably the brave statement emblazoned T shirt adorned ¨awesome dude¨ types with the sought after positive ¨can do¨ attitude; (oh dear I couldn’t).. the Camino eats this demographic up pretty quick. However, even respectful well prepped doctors and competent athletes alike fail simply due to some bad luck and unforeseeable circumstances. You need some simple luck. Food consists of a basic Peregrino menu in the evening for about 9 euros which often certainly wouldn’t compete with a menu del dia in a poligono. I felt perhaps some entrepreneurs capitalized on the one way moving lucrative tourism product and I found myself searching out local cafes not advertising any peregrino special deals. Infact food become a Calorie ¨fuel binge¨, usually a few cans of tuna fish bananas and apples as and when required. The landmark towns of Pamplona, Burgos and Lyon; the sailor in me 12


would inevitably set course to a junk food fest, initially to the shock of fellow foreign pilgrims experiencing the traditional local cuisine. An average days walk would be around 26km although I surprisingly managed 52km after acquiring shin flints on top of some mountains necessitating a slalom road descent as the Camino path was to extreme… its not something I plan on doing again. Some elect to forward their ruck sacks by transport thus gaining a speed increase although its slightly frowned upon by the traditionalists. The Pyrenees Mountains, Pamplona the red clay of the Rioja vineyards, the Navarra region were now fading into the distant eastern

horizon as you discover your latent walking legs after about ten days. Interestingly, floating pains may start at the ankle, move to the knee, tour around a little, you walk through them and amazingly they seem to disappear or if they explode, you’re on the outbound train; there’s not much middle ground. Now entering the shadeless flat and hot Meseta arable region which many had simply by passed, the straight senda (path) traversed the shimmering landscape from horizon to horizon. The Meseta to me was a golden Ocean, the path is level and predictable thus relaxing the concentration required to land 28000 footfalls a day safely and allowing the

mind to soar in endorphin charged rhythmic walking; a new experience. I had undertaken two disappointing (although nudging in the right direction) blood pressure tests both resulting in concerned pharmacists almost insisting on doctors intervention with the best of good will in both Burgos and Lyon. The disappointment sent me bursting onto the street in frustration and renewed determination at full speed ahead to the tuttering consternation of the staff. Something had to change, Santiago was only 200 km ahead. With some distance left I stepped up the pace. Now high in the Galician mountains the ethereal skyscape below is one of seemingly an archipelago of lush islands rising mystically through the fluffy white sky carpet. But with clear and infinite visibility from horizon to horizon a pirate ship traversing the clouds wouldn’t be out of place. Looking to the east and the distant path already trodden and not restricted by the few miles of a sea horizon, distance becomes finite. Glancing at my aching feet the mechanic in me is now in awe of the design of the human all terrain vehicles under utilized capability riding on a fragile pair of legs. Having pounded the senda hard for 29 days, time and distance was running short; I now felt a new level of strength and fitness and

THE CAMINO SANTIAGO SE COMPOSTELA fog parted revealing a dark North Atlantic Ocean on the Costa da Morte at Worlds End and there perched on a distant bleak cliff face shrouded by the murk stood the Finisterre Light house.

tentatively entered yet another Pharmacy. With the now familiar BP procedure completed, the blood pressure machine operators demeanor remained deadpan; no pained concerned grimaces and insistent directions to a nearby doctor, she calmly and quietly handed me the printout. The BP had fallen off a cliff! Hijacking a passing Pilgrim we shared a celebratory beer of deliverance. The Camino had provided! Following the pavement inlaid bronze clam shells of the City of Santiago de Compostela I arrived at the Cathedral after 37 days loaded with stories and memories enough forever. Rendezvousing with the



original travelers encountered in the Basque country we feasted on beef from Galicia, bread from the Meseta, wine from Navara and Rioja regions and somehow it tasted different. Although, heading back to the Hostal, once more I found myself intercepted by a Burger King, KFC and a street Pizza vendor as two worlds collided in another unpredictable but unstoppable cravings binge. Santiago is all about farewells to now good friends, the famous swinging of the Botafumiero and the claiming of the Compostela for the religious or Certificate of Distance for others. The Camino had provided regarding my health and so confidently, I walked hard. I wanted now

to put the last 91km to bed at the ¨End of the World¨ where I became a sailor so long ago and now thanks to the Camino could possibly once more. A final painful descent into a damp mist shrouded coastal sea level with the left shin tightening up, equipment soaked and heavy in the now sleeting torrent I could feel the old ghosts rallying. I found myself once more leaning into the teeth of the so familiar South West gale only this time fortunately on foot. Surely the weather had been waiting for another ambush as it wailed violently and dramatically into the foliage along the muddy desolate path. It was perfect, just as it should be and then as in a movie the

Arriving at the sea after 40 days of land walking and standing next to the zero km Camino marker I felt a powerful convergence of the present and the past as two significant eras of my life amalgamated at the ¨End of The World ¨. From the high vantage point and now with the Capes lighthouse lazily slinging its powerful lume across the breakers and into the low clouds I envisaged a small wooden sloop hard on the wind beating southwards offshore. An exhausted and blistered young man was intently searching the dirty southeastern horizon for that same light as darkness fell 34 years back in a cold bleak November. I had been 19 days alone in the treacherous Biscay navigating on guesses and a faint radio signal reaching into the freezing purgatory of endless and dangerous sail changes. The terror of my untested but faithful sloop plunging of the crests of tumultuous seas

with tooth rattling landings was unnerving to say the least. The inflatable dingy had long since been washed away in knockdowns and the freezing mayhem had taken its toll on us both. At last the favorable wind shift had arrived permitting an attempt to weather the unseen stormy Cape- hopefully near bye, hiding in the grey filth to the south east. The iconic light fired up as the night blackened; smashing its powerful beam through the howling squalls and seemingly punching its heartening message of good will into the low hanging ugly sky. Sailing as hard on the wind as I dared we must have skimmed the rocky headland in the boiling confused seas We managed to cling on to a southerly course and escape to ¨sea room¨ with a sailor’s eternal gratitude to our lone stalwart defender of the Costa da Mort (Coast of Death); the Finisterre light, because there was nothing left in the tank and no where to run to. The tourist buses were departing as the irrepressible revolving light beam sliced through the black smoke plumes of burning walking equipment in the twilight of a mild autumn dusk. Pilgrim/ Pagans released there spiritual woes, tragedy, emotional baggage and prayers in ritualistic smoke and I wished them well. I paid my respect to the Ghosts of the deceased sailors of the pre satellite navigation era whom I admire so much and had so nearly joined. I paid homage to the engineers of the Grand Senor of lights world wide, my personal savior, defender of the Worlds End, Coast of Death and all the rest of it. My Camino was now done and so I hoped on a bus to the airport. Collecting the walking poles and ruck sack from the luggage conveyor at Palma airport it seemed a good idea to walk home and try and make sense of the whirl wind unplanned adventure; maybe burn off some of the inexplicable ongoing fast food binges. Having embarked

on the trek weeks earlier and wondering if the ¨distance¨ land crossing was similar to an Ocean crossing either alone or with crew it had become brazenly apparent that there is absolutely no similarity. The Camino was a voyage of enlightening and insight. I had the privilege to share the journey of ups and downs with fellow pilgrims and humanitarians alike in a completely unexpected adventure of discovery; spiritually and physically. To understand and benefit from the Camino properly I’m adamant it’s necessary to undertake the whole Way in one shot, simply hiking single stages yearly is great but its an entirely different journey. I now understand and echo; …. you walk it for yourself, and at your own speed. If you don’t think you need to do it, you probably need to do it more than any one. Pounding past Porto Pi and ducking into the MCA Doctors office on the off chance of a retake Medical then and there, they kindly and enthusiastically obliged. I rejoined the street with a medical certificate dispensing the maximum time permitted and inevitably it was indeed ¨five o clock somewhere¨…. The Camino will provide! BUEN CAMINO Keith Wray Keith Wray completed an engineering apprenticeship with Honda Motorcycles and raced at national level in UK. He set of in a boat he built with his father age 23 and has about 15 trans atlantics (4 solo) plus a few other adventures. Phil Riggs: Hiking the Spanish, Portugese and French Caminos (short stories available on Amazon) The Way: Parable and Reality and the Beatitudes of the Pilgrim. Las Senoras de las Nieves. Donativo Albergue Church of St Stephen, Zabaldika


The Cantiere Del Pardo shipyard enters fully into the world of motor boats, after more than 40 years of experience in the construction of the Grand Soleil and Sly sailboats.

A highly effective hull and Volvo Penta IPS propulsion seem to ensure exquisite behavior at sea. The best quality also deserves an excellent motorization.

Pardo Yacht 43 Born with Experience

format that can be customized to suit the future owner.

Cantiere Del Pardo has broken into the motor navigation with a high-end boat that is committed to quality and the best navigation. We are in front of very good news of this transalpine shipyard, that maintains for this new collection the high standards that have made of the marks associated to the shipyard a unique model to follow, at the moment in the world of the sailboats. Aspiration is now also a reference in the motor market. For this they have launched a range of sports cruiser with a luxury custom

An Impressive Boat

impeccable behavior on the sea.The design features are not exclusively about speed, but the best performance and comfort on board. The forecast for the boat is that it will exceed 39 knots with flat sea, unifying style and high performance.

The key points of this boat are its quality, its impeccable Italian design and perfect navigation. The very social boat concept joins the best construction techniques with a high performance hull with deep V bow that softens aft, highlighting its spectacular bow .No doubt it gives an aggressive look at the same time elegant, current and unique. The propulsion is always Volvo Penta IPS to obtain an

The History Founded in 1973 and therefore with more than 40 years of experience, more than 4,000 sailboats already sail the five continents. Those responsible for the brand are convinced to build for the future with this new range, which will soon increase its

collection with other models. We are therefore facing an ambitious project of full range and not a single unit. A new jewel with all the style made in Italy whose official presentation to the general public was at the 2017 Yachting Festival of Cannes. Later it has already been in the most important Nautical Salons to date: Genoa, Monaco, Barcelona, Düsseldorf and Miami, among others. The Rest of the Range The Pardo Yachts collection will be completed this season with the models Pardo 50 and Pardo 38, two impressive units destined to follow the success harvested with the first model of the brand. Characteristics Pardo Yacht 43

Top Left: The outer use is maximum in a boat that prioritizes life outdoors. Top Right: The hard top is carbon as a standard. Both for this element and for the whole boat we can choose the colors of our choice. Bottom Left: Wide interiors will comfortably accommodate the owner, who will have an open cabin and a large central island bed. Optionally we can make the space independent. Bottom Right: Toilet on starboard and an open cabin under the cockpit increase the capacity of extended and overnight stays.



• Sport cruising program / tender luxury • Length with extended platform 14.00 m • Standard length 13,50 m • Beam 4.20 m • Draft 1.05 m • Displacement 9,900 kg • Navigation category CE B / C • Passage approved 12/16 • Motorization: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS500 - 2 x Volvo Penta IPS600 • Fuel capacity: 1,200 l • Water capacity: 300 l • Design: Zucheri Yacht Design & Cantiere Del Pardo • Shipyard: Cantiere Del Pardo • Importer Europe: Motyvel Motor Yachts Tel: (+34) 93 792 73 06 (+34) 971 213 015


Marine Inspirations Big Bottle of Wine Party Save The Date! The Marine Inspirations Big Bottle of Wine Party (BBWP) is coming again to Mallorca on Saturday evening, 24th March. The BBWP is now established as a premier opportunity to meet and network with like-minded people in the Mallorca marine industry. This year will be the fifth edition of this prestigious event which is held each year at the Club de Mar. Every year it goes from strength to strength and this one promises to be the best ever. The origins come from the fact that I had bought a 15 litre bottle of 2008 Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon from a South African Wine bar here in Santa Catalina which was going out of business. Being South African and a friend of the bar owner I generously said that I would buy his entire stock, however after he had said a very enthusiastic thank you, he eventually informed me that the cost price of his stock was €22,000 at which point I took a deep breath. I told him that at my age there was no way that I could drink that amount of wine before I die! In the end I introduced a lot of fellow locally based South Africans and I cherry picked the wine I wanted, the rest was all sold off at great prices. To this day I am not sure why I bought the 15 litre bottle except that it felt like a good idea at the time!



A year or two later we started to wonder what we would do with 15 litres of red wine (this equates to 20 bottles) and started round table discussions on what to do. The first suggestion was to invite twenty of our friends around to drink it all but this was soon killed as someone has to drive home afterwards. In this scenario you need maybe 40 people and then if you add in those that do

not drink red wine you might end up with 50 plus for a good party. This all sounded good until someone said – “what happens if you invite all these friends around and then when you open the bottle it has gone off?” – dilemma! My wife Anne came up with a good idea to say that we tell everyone to bring a good quality bottle of wine as you would to a dinner party, in which case if we opened our wine and it was bad then we could drink all the bottles that the guests had brought. As this plan started to take shape my good friend Carlos Feliu, owner of Can Feliu, and a prominent wine producer here in Mallorca, asked me why did I not run the party as a fund raising event for our charity. He suggested that we charge people to come and he volunteered to have a car full of his wine parked nearby in case we opened the big bottle and it was undrinkable. I proceeded to build a wooden gun carriage to carry the bottle and enable it to be poured under control. To my surprise and wonder it worked remarkably well! Thus, the First Big Bottle of Wine Party was started back in 2014. By now the guest list had exceeded the number we could take in our house, so we came to an agreement with Mangiafuoco restaurant which was a 100 meters from our front door – Perfect!. It was a great success, so much so that everyone said we needed to do it again. Carlos stepped into the breach and said that he would refill the big bottle but by the time 2015 came around Mangiafuoco had sadly closed down so we moved the venue to Club de Mar. We have developed a fantastic relationship with Maria and Carla who manage the events at CdM and cannot give them enough praise for the help and support Marine Inspirations and the BBWP have received. Each year they donate, free of charge the venue which most of you know is spectacular,

looking out at the marina over the swimming pool, and arrange delicious finger food from Restaurante Taronja Negre upstairs. All money raised at the BBWP goes to Marine Inspirations which is an initiative started by Anthony Just and myself to introduce the Super Yacht Industry to disadvantaged youngsters with aspirations of going to sea. Anthony and I are both South Africans so the majority of the youngsters come to us from Southern Africa although we have also done some work with kids in the Caribbean. We want to show these young people what can be achieved by hard work and dedication and show them another side of marine employment. Those of you who have met any of these future mariners here in Mallorca will definitely confirm their enthusiasm, good manners and a thirst for knowledge. To date we have had over 30 kids that we have mentored over the years thanks to funds raised and the amazing generosity of the marine industry. This will be our 4th event at Club de Mar and each year it gets better and better. The BBWP is a great opportunity to have fun and to meet people involved in the Super Yacht Industries as well.

This is primarily a party for my friends, most of whom are yacht crew and there is bound to be a large collection of Super Yacht Captains attending. For those of you who do not know I was a co founder of the Super Yacht Captains website, along with Colin Squire, which now has over 1,500 captains registered. Quite amazing and it is very successful. The BBWP will be announced on the website and a debrief report will be put up there afterwards Previous parties have been covered by both Ultima Hora and the Daily Bulletin as well as various other media organisations. If you are involved in the industry here in Palma, be it as a yacht crew or business, this is a great party to put in your diary. On the other hand if you just like a good party and superb wine then this is even a better excuse! For more information please visit our website – www. or our Face Book Page. You can also email me on Phil@MarineInspirations. org for more information. We are actively looking for more sponsors as well as items for the raffle and auction, so if you would like to participate then please do not hesitate to send me an email.



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Lionheart’s Love of Cornwall Governed by strict build as well as race rules, the J Class fleet is separated by over 80 years of nautical history. The oldest in the small, exclusive fleet is Shamrock V, built in the 1930s in wood, whereas the most recent, Svea, was launched in 2017. Despite this discrepancy of age, it is not a class where the older yachts are necessarily the underdogs, and competition, as well as camaraderie, is always fierce. With many of the crews having homes in Cornwall or having been taught to sail in the county there is a natural affinity with the region. As a result, Pendennis Shipyard, based in Falmouth, has worked on several of the J Class yachts over the years, including Velsheda, Ranger, Lionheart, who to date has undergone three refits with Pendennis, and Shamrock V who underwent a significant restoration in 2001. The reason for commissioning Pendennis for a refit is clear to Lionheart’s captain, Toby 20


Brand, “The people who work at the yard are interested in what they do. They have passion.” The modern J Class Lionheart created an impact following her first refit with Pendennis, winning her inaugural regatta, the King’s 100 Guinea Cup in Cowes in 2012. Three years later Lionheart battled against Velsheda and Ranger in the 2015 Falmouth J Class Regatta, with all three yachts tied for the lead until the last race, however it was to be Lionheart’s victory once more. “Following the work that Pendennis had completed on Lionheart shortly before the event, a win in Cornwall was a thrilling result for the refit team in the yard at Pendennis” said Toby Allies, Sales and Marketing Director. Following an ongoing refit and maintenance programme with the yard prior to the highly competitive 2017 season Lionheart’s success was repeated once more, as the distinctive black-masted J won all three major J Class Regattas - The Americas Cup Superyacht Regatta, the J

Class Regatta in Bermuda, and then the Newport J Class Regatta. Crew preparations had been taking place for some time before these events, as Toby Brand further explained; “We have all been together, optimising the boat and our skills for years now. Our team is a tight one, and we all know what the other one is going to do, even before they do – it is extremely quiet on the boat during racing. What’s also special for us is that the Owner drives the boat all the time, even during racing. It’s really cool that he is able to compete with other Owners alongside the pro-drivers who are World champions, Volvo Ocean Race veterans or Olympic medallists.” During the J Class Regatta in Bermuda the sailing was intense, with the top spot changing throughout the week. However, thanks to some smart tactics, and a bit of luck, Lionheart was able to secure victory in the last race. “We were sitting mid-fleet on the second and last beat, but Hanuman were ahead

of us, and equal with Topaz” explains Toby. “If Hanuman had won that race they would have won the event. Just before the top mark, they came bow-to-bow with Topaz. Hanuman were on Port tack, and infringed Topaz, so had to make a 360 penalty turn (which was compounded as they were on the lay line). Then we knew we were in with a good chance of a win! We were second over the line, giving us quite a big lead in the end.” “Although in Bermuda we didn’t always get good starts, the crew work was close to perfect. All our training really paid off and the Owner drove the boat beautifully. The J Class Regatta was the event we have been looking at for over two years, so it was super nice to win, especially as we really had to dig in and fight hard as a team.” It was a very special result for Pendennis Shipyard too, and a proud moment as they watched their special relationship with the vessel acknowledged as Lionheart flew the Cornish flag during their victory celebrations.

New Carpentry Division Heavy Seas are delighted to announce they are now able to offer a complete carpentry service. We have joined forces with Mediterraneo Yacht Carpentry, who have been working within the marine sector for over 20 years, Mario and Jonathan will be familiar faces to many captains and crew.

Javier from Heavy Seas says “We are very excited, this is as a great opportunity for Heavy Seas to expand the services we can provide to our clients� We will be able to undertake works including bespoke carpentry projects for interior and exterior refits, as well as teak decking repairs and replacement.

MALLORCA YACHTING INDUSTRY NEWS global Superyacht support and products. Beyond service, North is unique with their offering of 3Di. Their technology is innovative and intelligent, and I am looking forward to offering the industry-leading product to my clients.”

Palma Superyacht Expert Joins North Sails Quinten Houry joins North Sails in Palma to offer customers unrivaled products, technology, service, and expertise. North Sails announced that Quinten (“Quinny”) Houry has resigned from Doyle Palma and has joined North Sails. Furthermore, Doyle Palma informed North Sails that they have given notice to Doyle Sails International LTD to terminate their license agreement. The former Doyle Palma business will become a wholly owned loft within the North Sails Group once the 90 days notice period has been completed. Quinny is part of dynamic team of experts including Fiona Bruce and Russell Thom, all of whom are amongst the leaders in their fields within the Superyacht community. The consolidation of operations, personnel, and expertise in Palma strengthens North Sails presence in the heart of the European Superyacht community. “Over the last seven years our loft and North Sails have competed on and off the water but with a common initiative of providing the best service to our customers” commented Quinny. “My thinking and approach to sailmaking are in line with the North brand, and I am proud to join a company who shares the same vision. Joining forces merges our wealth of experience and knowledge, and will strengthen our 22


“Quinny joining North Sails adds another Superyacht expert with a wealth of experience to our team,” commented Scott Zebny, Superyacht Sales Manager based in Palma. “He is passionate, customer-focused and is highly respected in the Superyacht circuit. I admire what Quinny, Fiona, and Russell have achieved as our competitors and it’s a big win for North Sails to have them join our team.” “We firmly believe that the thing that matters most in our business is the client,” said North Sails President Ken Read. “Quinny, Fiona, Russell and their entire team share our “customer first” mentality that is the bedrock of North Sails. Combine this ethos with the longevity, weight savings, strength and overall performance that our revolutionary 3Di product line gives all styles of sailing yachts, and you have an unbeatable package that our customers will love.” Backed by over 60 years of experience, North Sails is the market leader in the Superyacht world. North’s team of Superyacht experts utilize design and product innovation to find solutions to outfit the world’s largest yachts. The North Sails network includes seven wholly owned manufacturing facilities and 110+ Certified Service Centers, including 16 dedicated Superyacht service lofts. Superyachts rely on this global network of North Sails experts to actively support their adventures and, the addition of Doyle Palma will deliver an enhanced service standard for even more clients.

Pearl Yachts Launches Five-year Warranty

of three elegant interior décor schemes are available.

UK builder unveils new programme at boot Düsseldorf.

The Pearl 80 includes a large flybridge, a jet ski garage and a hydraulic bathing platform. Smallbridge says: “The 80ft category is a popular size range in both Europe and the US, but we’re confident the Pearl 80 will give us a greater market share.”

UK luxury yacht brand Pearl Yachts launched a unique fiveyear comprehensive warranty programme for all new yacht sales at Dusseldorf this week. The company also introduced its new Pearl 80 model which was launched at FLIBS 2017 and to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the new Pearl 95 will be debuted in the summer. In a statement, Pearl said: “With most new boat warranties running for two years, this programme of support will provide Pearl Yacht owners with total peace of mind for a generous extra three-years than is typically given. The programme will be valid on all new Pearl Yachts delivered from the 1st January 2018 and will be supported by the dealership network and the factory itself. Iain Smallridge, Pearl Yachts MD, commented: “The new warranty plan reflects both our desire to offer outstanding customer service as well as the total confidence we have in our product and we believe it is unprecedented in the industry.” The Pearl 80, of which three are either completed or in build, is now available in Europe. The first is available for sale but the second and third ones are sold. Like the other models in the Pearl range the design is a combination of Bill Dixon doing the exterior and Kelly Hoppen the interior. A choice

Later in the year, and to coincide with the company’s 20th anniversary, Pearl Yachts will unveil its new flagship model, the Pearl 95. At almost 30m, this new model will mark a new chapter for the shipyard as it enters the superyacht sector. The Pearl 95 will be introduced in a series of launch events throughout Europe during the summer of 2018, culminating in its world boat show debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. Smallridge said: “It will have been 20 years since Pearl introduced its first model at the Southampton Boat Show in 1998, and we feel introducing the world to our new flagship model, the Pearl 95, is an apt way to mark our anniversary as well as our commitment to our new launch development programme.” Currently three Pearl 95s are in build. The first is available for sale but the next two are sold. All Pearl yachts are built in Xiamen in China and then brought to Gosport in the UK for finishing.

MALLORCA YACHTING INDUSTRY NEWS The new lightweight Stabilis Electra™ SR Stabilizer pictured below with the new low profile drive unit, will feature on the Horizon Marine Electronics stand at this year´s Palma Superyacht show. Clients

CEO Alessandro Cappiello and Steve Worrall at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show

Two Local Specialist Companies Collaborate to Ensure Stability and Comfort On-board Last month saw representatives from Palma based Horizon Marine Electronics and Port Adriano based Marlin Marine Services attend CMC Marine´s 2018 Service Convention at their headquarters in Pisa Italy. Since launching the first electrically actuated fin stabilizer in 2008 and being awarded the European Patent in 2011, CMC Marine has grown year on year and supplied systems to 65% of the superyachts built in Italy in 2017. “Given that there are more than 600 yachts between 27m and 62m fitted with CMC Marine products, we at Horizon Marine Electronics started discussions with the company’s CEO Alessandro



Cappiello at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show to explore the opportunities of representation here in the Balearics and Barcelona. Whilst we have the required skills for the electrical and electronic content, we decided that the mechanical engineering element needed for new installations and fin servicing would require the expertise of a specialist mechanical company. Having successfully worked together on a number of projects, Marlin Marine Services in Port Adriano were the ideal partners for us” explains Steve Worrall, Operations Manager at Horizon Marine Electronics. Why is Electric Better? The benefits over a conventional hydraulic system are numerous with the obvious being, no risk of hydraulic leaks from the extensive network of pipes and no requirement

for a constantly running pressurised system thus, saving energy. The Stabilis Electra™ is more responsive, virtually vibration free and very quiet in comparison at less than 45db. This along with the fact that the system requires minimal maintenance with bearings only needing to be changed every six years makes for a reliable and economical solution.

Yacht builders including Admiral/Technomar, ApreMare, Azimut, Baglietto, Benetti, Bugari, Cantiere delle Marche, Cerri, Conrad, Dreamline, Dynamiq, FIPA/ Maiora, ISA/Columbus/ Palumbo, Mangusta, Mondomarine, Montecarlo Yachts, Moonen, Numarine, Rossinavi, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker and Tansu install CMC Marine products. To find out whether your vessel qualifies for a free software update or system health check, contact or call +34 673 549 200. For product information visit


Cathelco Ltd Marine House, Dunston Road Chesterfield S41 8NY, UK (+44) 1246 457900

OdourFree 3000 Sanitiser - Keeping Luxury Yachts Smelling Sweet If you are responsible for the cabins and guest areas on a luxury yacht, the last thing

you want is the lingering smell of tobacco, perfume or even fresh paint. On other occasions, particularly at the beginning of the season, it might just be a case of freshening up cabins before visitors come on-board. To overcome these problems, Cathelco are marketing a new product called the OdourFree 3000, a handy sanitising unit which produces ozone to remove unwanted odours.

“We have tested the unit and it is remarkably effective in removing the strongest smells within a matter of hours. It’s ideal for use on the luxury yachts where owners and guests naturally expect the highest standards of hygiene and freshness”, said Sam Wand, sales manager of Cathelco’s superyacht division. Light and portable, the OdourFree 3000 weighs less than 1 kilo and measures just 220mm in length, making it easy to store and handle when required for use. It is capable of treating areas of up to 50 cubic metres and uses only 10 watts of power to permanently neutralise contaminants.

The ozone is produced using a durable ceramic generating cell and is emitted from both ends of the unit using a fan to aid circulation. The amount of ozone generated and the time period for the treatment are set using microprocessor controls. This can be anything from 2 hours to 24 hours depending on the physical volume of the area to be treated and the severity of the contamination. “We introduced the product at the Monaco Yacht Show where there was a high level of interest. It’s such a handy and economical unit that our long term aim is to encourage every luxury yacht to have one on board”, Sam Wand concluded.


By David Robinson - IBI PLUS

Oyster Holding Company En-route to Administration 330 UK workers laid off but Palma still operating as usual. Oyster Marine Holdings, the group’s master company, is en-route to enter administration later today or early tomorrow, as of February 8th. David Tydeman, Oyster Group CEO, confirmed this and said: “The name of the administrator will be announced very soon. I am not able to give the name of the administrator yet. “At present it is only the holding company that is entering administration,” he added. “Oyster Marine, Oyster Brokerage and Oyster Palma are still operating. I wish to make it very clear that Oyster Palma is still active because the management team are very concerned that they are receiving reports that they are in administration.” Tydeman indicated that it is likely the UK companies will follow and in total about 330 people in the UK and US have been laid off. “We are operating with a skeleton team of about half a dozen 26


here but we have at least a dozen volunteers who we have had to pay off but have come in to help. “There is a huge loyalty out there and many Oyster owners have been ringing up to offer help and support,” Tydeman told IBI. “There are many wealthy Oyster owners who are giving such offers and some of these made a bid on the company in 2012 when HTP Investments bought control.” He pointed out that a rush of orders in the second half of 2017 had resulted in the record order book of £83m with work stretching to 2019 and 2010. “We had some gaps in the order book we were looking to fill such as for the 835 and 895 plus the considerable interest generated by the 745 at boot Dusseldorf. We also have a couple of parties interested in the third Oyster 118.” The first two Oyster 118s were in build with deliveries set for 2019 and 2020. HTP Investments, the Dutch company that bought Oyster in 2012, is understood to have withdrawn its support for the company in late January, leaving the Oyster

management team only a few days to undertake a rescue. Tydeman was unable to say how much money would have been needed to save the group and keep it operating. “I am under instruction not to give out that figure,” he commented. Oyster was due to exhibit at the Miami show in about 10 days’ time. “We were going to show the 625 but that won’t happen now,” Tydeman told IBI.

Stop Press Polina Star III situation caused collapse of yacht builder. KPMG, the administrator for Oyster Marine Holdings in the UK, has received 45 expressions of interest in purchasing the Oyster Yachts brand. This was confirmed to IBI yesterday by CEO David Tydeman. He has also confirmed that the main cause of the group’s collapse was the insurance claims that followed the sinking of Polina Star III in 2015. “There has been a good response to the administration, with KPMG receiving some 45 expressions showing interest in possibly buying Oyster,”

Tydeman said. “KPMG will start the process of working through these next week with NDAs and bids and it will likely take several weeks to complete.” Polina Star III sank off Spain in July 2015, generating a claim and counter claims of £7.2m. To date only £400,000 has been paid, leaving a £6.8m amount to settled. “Payment of the claim against Oyster and our counter claims against Bridgland Moulders (a Norwich-based subcontractor) have been delayed and delayed and our shareholder, HTP Investment, became inpatient over the delays so withdrew their support. They feared that our claim would be unpaid by the time they had to pay the claim against us.” The claim against Bridgland alleges improper moulding of the Polina Star 111 and three other yachts – Albatross, Meagan and Reina, which have since been repaired. The delays to the claim have lasted over two years and had been due to be heard late last year, but a further delay has now moved this to May or June this year.


(+31) 228 562 045 For Baleric Enquiries: Mel Winters (+34) 646 897 378

Neptune Celebrates 25 Years of Sleep and Seating Comfort On-board Neptune, the undisputed market leader of nautical sleep and seating comfort, celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Dutch company was a pioneer in the nineties when it comes to producing custom made and extremely comfortable mattresses for small and large boats. Neptune has always had one simple goal in mind: making sure its customers enjoy their time on board to the fullest. Neptune celebrated its 25th birthday on January 27th with a successful open door day, which was attended by hundreds of interested visitors. They were invited to take part in an exclusive guided tour of the company. There were also demonstrations on how to easily clean specific fabrics and workshops on



understanding the difference of quality in types of leather. A second workshop focused on the usage of Vita-Talalay latex in Neptune mattresses. According to founder and owner Marcel Botman this material is extremely comfortable to sleep on. On top of that it’s one of the only products out on the market today that offers optimal ventilation. Botman: “If you don’t use the right materials it’s very common for moulds to appear in mattresses on board. You should use materials that are able to ‘breath’ properly. That’s why we choose to use Vita-Talalay in our mattresses. This material ensures moisture regulation and reduces the chance of house dust mites, bacteria and moulds by 70% compared to conventional foam.” Since the start of the company Neptune has been producing the best quality boat mattresses and boat cushions. It uses the finest fabrics and guarantees a top design of the final product. Marcel Botman emphasizes how important sleep and seating comfort is on board. “A good night’s rest is crucial for everyone. Not just when you are at home and you have to work the next day, but especially when you’re sailing. You’re on a holiday and you want to relax. You won’t be able to do that when you haven’t slept properly. People

Neptune - Marcel Botman

often don’t realise they spend 80% of their time on board sitting down or sleeping. There’s people who sleep in € 30.000 beds at home, but on their boat they choose a wafer-thin, low quality mattress. The average person going on a hike sleeps better on an inflatable mattress in his tent. Some people think discomfort is just part of sleeping on a boat. That’s a misconception. With our mattresses you get a good night’s rest and you’ll look forward to going on a trip with your boat even more.” For the past 25 years Neptune has been a specialist for customized boat mattresses, cushions and complete boat marine upholstery, as well as slat systems and bed linens. The company has more than 40 types of comfort foam and various qualities of pocket springs in stock and owns

CNC foam cutting machines that are able to cut these materials in every desired shape. Because it produces everything in-house the delivery period is very short. During Summer Neptune even operates a 24-hour service in the harbour of Medemblik in The Netherlands. Customers can choose the desired quality in the showroom and if everything goes as planned they can sleep on their new mattress the next day. According to Botman more and more of his clients are aware that it’s unwise to cut down on costs when it comes to sleep and sitting comfort on board. “We have noticed that a growing number of clients choose quality and comfort. When you are building a boat, you’re building your dream. You want everything to be just right. We love helping our clients to reach that goal.”


Daniel, Anna, Harald and Martin Baum - The owner family of Pantaenius

Pantaenius stand at the Duesseldorf boat show 2018

Jonas Ball (+49) 40 37091 251

looks forward to many trips on his newly acquired Nauticat 321: “It was as a member of the DSV that I first became aware of its insurance partner, Pantaenius. . The advantages for KA members and the extensive coverage provided by the Pantaenius policy convinced me to contact them. Visiting their stand at boot Dusseldorf meant that I could talk to someone about my insurance requirements in person and take up immediate cover. .” In the summer, Mr. Lotz plans to explore the Swedish West Archipelago from Maasholm and then sail

Pantaenius Yacht Insurance Celebrates its 100,000th Active Policy The traditional Hamburgbased company has been an integral part of the water sports world for around 50 years. In addition to its headquarters in Germany, Pantaenius has offices in North America, Australia, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Poland and the Mediterranean region. After around five decades of steady growth, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance has reached an important milestone in the company’s history with the conclusion of the 100,000th active insurance contract at this year’s boat show in Düsseldorf. In order to celebrate the historic brand, the jubilee customer receives free

insurance cover for a period of one year, reports Managing Director Martin Baum: “We are happy and proud of the trust placed in us by water sports enthusiasts all over the world. When my father decided in 1969 to develop an insurance solution specifically for boat owners, he certainly had no idea where Pantaenius would be half a century later. Nevertheless, not only our company has grown, but also the challenges to which our company’s success must be measured are becoming increasingly demanding. The fact that we are able to celebrate the 100,000th customer at Pantaenius Yacht Insurance today once again encourages us to continue to offer the best insurance coverage and service available to our customers in the future“. The anniversary customer Mr. Joerg Lotz from the Rhine Erft area in Germany is pleased to be the recipient of such an unexpected present, and

up to Oslo. Prior to this, he plans to pick-up the new ship personally at the shipyard in Turku, Finland. Martin Baum: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Pantaenius customers once again for their loyalty and trust. We wish all sailors, motorboat owners, skippers and charterers a great water sports season in 2018 and are already looking forward to the next anniversary “.

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MALLORCA YACHTING INDUSTRY NEWS Mallorca With an extensive background as repair technicians in Sweden, it was not a hard choice for Stefan and Mats to decide upon a businesss idea here on Mallorca. In 2016 they opened their brand new on demand repair business for all kinds of smartphones, iPhones and MacBooks. Since then it has been a small success story. Among the various clients the business attracts, the majority come from the yachting industry. - In the beginning we aimed at the Yachts and thought we would get the owners as clients. But pretty soon we realized that, in reality it has been the Yacht crews that are the most common client. says Stefan Svensson one of the owners. - They have little or no time at all to run around Palma to look for a reliable repair service, so for them it is the

perfect solution that we come to the boat directly and repair their iPhone or smartphone. Stefan continues. So what does it take to be a travelling iPhone doctor? Well, punctuality, skilled in repairs and a broad experience is a good start. Stefan went to the US back in 2008 to learn all about Apple repairs and to get a good supply of original spare parts. Mats who worked for several years with Nokia and Sony Ericsson is more specialised in the Android smartphones and backup services. So how does the “on demand” service really work? • The customer schedueles a repair on the website or via whatsapp. • A technician from Repairit always try to come the very same day. • He has all the neccessery professional tools and original spare parts; in addition he has a credit card machine to accept card payments for the service

• Usually a normal repair takes about 20 minutes to perform. In general a repair takes place where the customer is situated, or at a nearby cafe or restaurant while enjoying a coffeebreak. Another aspect is that the technicians always travel to the client on environment friendly bicycles. This is another way of showing that repairs are better then just buying new things for the environment. In Palma everything is so local that bicycles can easily be used. And what are the future plans for will try to scale it up with more repair technicians in the major expat comunities around Spain, like Tenerife, Malaga and Barcelona. So if anyone is reading about this and is ready for a new experience do not hesitate in contacting Most of our clients are in fact Scandinavians, English and Germans. - It is a little bit embarrassing but we have not yet translated the webpage to Spanish, just English, Swedish and German. Says Mats Johansson!

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TECHNOLOGY UPDATE benefits that comes with this revolutionary new SIM card destined to really shake up the market.

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Technology Update A Big Hello to BIG DATA As everything starts to warm up for the new season, here at e3 we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to our latest products and services. Leading the charge is our new BIG DATA EUROPE SIM which, as the name suggests, is all about delivering lots of data across Europe. In addition to being the cheapest on the market, there’s all manner of

Created by our Airtime team, this new SIM offers a raft of advantages over its rivals, while really meeting the everchanging needs of guests, crew and everyone who uses data on a superyacht. It’s a first for the sector and a big step forward in terms of flexibility, convenience and cost - with rates as low as €2.5/GB. Ideal for streamers, gamers and surfers, it’s valid in more than 40 countries throughout Europe and is automatically blocked if you sail outside of the valid territories. There’s no restrictions on usage, so no need for inconvenient upgrades and downgrades. Also there’s no monthly commitments so you aren’t tied down for a long contract or have to pay for a fixed amount of data per month. Customers simply pay for the data they use and the more data they use, the less they pay per gigabyte. It’s going to be an exciting year for us and BIG DATA EUROPE is a great way to get things rolling. In the coming issues we’ll have more news on other innovations including flat panels, cyber security and our HYBRID solution - of which our new SIM card is just one component. New Tech on the Block Blockchain is the talk of tech



town, not least because it’s the technology underpinning Bitcoin - the currency of choice for money launderer’s the world over. But what is it and what difference will it make to our lives? There’s actually far more to blockchain technology than debatable crypto currencies. We’re likely to be hearing a lot more about it in the coming months as a host of big players, from Ethereum to Microsoft develop their own blockchain services. In a nutshell, blockchain is a method of recording data - a digital ledger of transactions that is independently recorded and verified then distributed across several, hundreds or even thousands of computers around the world - without a central administrator. These records are encrypted into “blocks” then bound together cryptographically and chronologically into a “chain”. Everyone in the network has access to an upto-date version of the ledger, so it’s very transparent. The distributed nature of a blockchain database also

means that it’s harder for hackers to attack it - they would have to get access to every copy of the database simultaneously to be successful. As companies including Google, Accenture and Goldman Sachs increasingly invest, blockchain is well on its way to the mainstream. And while many financial institutions don’t always look too favourably on Bitcoin, they love the technology behind it. Tailor-made blockchain services will remove the need for middlemen, a lot of manual processing, and speed up transactions, thereby reducing costs. For example, sending money abroad could become almost instantaneous and the future of share trading is likely to rely on this technology - offering greater trade accuracy and a shorter settlement process. It’s making waves in the world of shipping too. A.P. MollerMaersk and IBM have recently announced a new joint venture that will see the companies collaborate in the development of a blockchain-based global

trade digitisation platform to provide more transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones. The technology is even providing a valuable service in the exotic world of diamonds where, with unscrupulous dealers flooding the market with “blood diamonds” and convincing fakes, it can be a challenge to ensure beyond a promise that you’re buying an authentic, conflict-free gem. London-based, Everledger has placed more than 1.6 million diamonds on a blockchain. Entries on the digital record include dozens of attributes for each diamond, including the colour, carat, and certificate number, which can be inscribed by laser on the crown or girdle of the stone. Something to bear in mind next time you’re considering buying your loved one something for that special occasion. Digital Detox Time Laptops, tablets and smartphones - can’t live with them, most definitely can’t

live without them. There’s a lot of debate in the media about the effects of too much screen time on our children, but what about us adults? Our downtime should be incredibly important to us, however we’re seeing it increasingly eroded by time spent on our devices. It’s hard to escape our screens at work but perhaps it’s time to think a little more carefully about how much time we spend on our gadgets in our free time. So ironically I’m encouraging you to spend ten minutes more looking at your screens and watching this intriguing TED talk by psychologist Adam Alter who studies how much time screens steal from us and how they’re getting away with it. In it he looks at why all those hours you spend staring at your screens might actually be making you miserable -- and what you can do about it. Happy viewing until next month. Why our screen make us less happy - watch now: adam_alter_why_our_ screens_make_us_less_happy

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CREW MATTERS painted the sky. Rich oranges and pinks combined with deep sea greens and blues. During the summer we had experienced exploding water heaters, leaking hatches, suspect wiring and frequent engine problems confirming that what we needed to do was essential to put right the wear and tear during the winter ahead.

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Keeping A Boat Afloat The signs that the end of the summer season had arrived came upon us on a particular day in early November. The strong, cool winds were howling in from the south east, straight into the bay of Palma. Regardless of the weather we were eager to set sail. An extensive list of jobs awaited us at our destination. Varnishing, painting, plumbing and replacement electrics. The sooner we set sail to Denia on mainland Spain, the sooner we could crack on with our plans.



To our relief, the clanking masts and rigging abated by late afternoon. White horses could still be seen beyond the harbour wall that sheltered the marina. We planned to have an early supper, grab some sleep and set our alarms for midnight, when calmer seas were forecast. It was magical setting sail from Palma in the deep, dark, crispness of the night. We slipped away from our berth in the marina, departing from the sheltered safety of the quay, slowly hoisting the mainsail and headed out to sea. The bulbous moon hung luminous in the clear night sky with the remaining yachts casting silhouettes on the calm harbour water. Glancing back at the receding island of Mallorca, only the moon and the magnificent

Cathedral were illuminated in the distance. Easing away from the lee of the island, the waves began to build and the wind was strengthening. It was reassuring that the 72ft modern classic built, wooden yacht would carry us safely through the night. We alternated our watches with two hours on and off. The choppy seas didn’t afford us much sleep during the night whilst we jolted about in our bunks. The hardiest of our crew, including the Captain, did not escape sea sickness. I too, felt nauseous and my cooking could not be the cause! We spotted glorious, mainland Spain the following evening just as the sun was setting. A kaleidoscope of colours

I did not relish the prospect of spending the winter scraping and sanding in a dusty yard. The idea of remaining in the same port for any length of time is daunting, especially with my incurable passion to travel. I knew this would be challenging however, I launched myself into the task and used the opportunity to learn about the upkeep and complex maintenance of a modern classic yacht. My goodness, I have discovered that there is much to ‘take on board’! Preparing the boat for varnishing took first priority. Those who have experience of life on a timber built yacht will appreciate the enormous amount of work required when preparing to revarnish every surface. The timber had worn away in numerous patches and the exposed areas were turning yellow. Our professional helpers had arrived having travelled from Antigua, Australia and Cornwall in England. We were now a team of six including the Captain and myself. The work began and continued at a steady pace with long shifts on most days. Heat guns and scrapers in hand, layer after layer of old varnish was stripped back to the bare wood. The hatches and toe rails proved awkward and labour intensive where there were grooves, carvings and detailing. Two weeks in and the first stages of the stripping process was complete. The sanding could begin. Endeavouring to remain cheerful through this relentless process proved challenging, however, it

CREW MATTERS wasn’t too bad once you had established a rhythm. Working to a budget, everyone pulled together to push on with the varnishing process. Sanding between each coat of varnish to key the surface for the next. Dust is the devil!! Protecting the boat from dust was essential. A professionally built tent is costly and was not an option with the constraints on our budget. Our team set about constructing our own tent using PVC pipe slotted onto stanchions and bent across the boom. Securing the blue tarpaulin sheets with cable ties and extra timber this tent covered the entire boat and created a dust free zone which stood through gusty winds and rain. My galley was in dire need of refurbishment. Large areas of varnished surfaces had suffered the ravages of cooking time and had become badly scratched, flaky and dull. The oven was corroded and long past it’s best and the surrounding paint had peeled away from the walls. I took on the soul challenge of reviving this space and I was delighted with the results after several coats of varnish. The surfaces are now glowing and the floor is gleaming. It was necessary to tape and protect all of the varnish before painting the remaining walls. For me, with the additional bonus of the installation of a new oven, this was the icing on the cake! Slowly, layer after layer the entire boat began to transform both above and below deck. Twelve coats in total! The delicate grain within the mahogany became enhanced by the silky, transparent surface. Several weeks along and with only a few coats remaining, the end was in sight. The Captain began to set me new challenges. Plumbing! Ensuring that all sea cocks were firmly shut, I began to remove and replace old pipe work. Fathoming out from memory the inputs and outputs of an air conditioning unit and water purifier

certainly put me to the test. Consequently, I learnt that it is wise to photograph, label and record every layout of every system before removal! I was relieved to know that the boat would not sink after testing every outlet of every pipe for potential leaks. Post Christmas saw the boat being lifted out of the water and set on its cradle in the yard. This was our opportunity to blast the anti-fowl with a pressure washer in readiness for ... yes ... more sanding! The hull would be shining, bright and white for the coming season. The anchor has been dropped on the yard to remove the weight from the boat whilst she sits out of the water, the loose fairleads redesigned and welded, the generator removed and serviced and a new air conditioning unit installed. First Aid Kits have been replenished and updated along with testing all safety equipment. Engine overhaul completed and meters of unruly cabling now tidy and simplified. The newly upholstered deck cushions and tailored boat cover will ensure that that all of our hard work will be protected. The owner of this fine vessel will certainly see a transformation. The scale of necessary work that has been carried out in order to keep this boat afloat is astonishing! My friends often ask me what I get up to when we are not sailing the seas? I am often found unblocking the bilges, peeling paint from my face and fingertips, I now have fisherman’s hands that feel like sandpaper, however, I have an enormous feeling of satisfaction and a sense of achievement. This has been gained from all that we have accomplished in the last few months. I have certainly enjoyed the challenge and I am looking forward to the day that we proudly set sail for the coming season on this beautifully restored sailing yacht.

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CREW MATTERS Expert Sea Service team, who will be able to clarify the issue for you. Sea Service Definitions Carey Secrett Marketing & Development Manager Professional Yachting Association +33 (0) 4 93 34 91 16

Sea Service Tips from the PYA If you are applying to the MCA for an NoE, CoC or revalidation, you will need to have your sea service testimonials verified before doing so. The PYA has been verifying sea service for nearly 25 years, and during this time, we have seen many mistakes made by crew recording their sea time. In order to avoid delays to the verification of your sea service, and therefore to the issue of your NoE or CoC, it is important that you follow our tips below and, in particular, understand the differences between the sea service definitions when calculating your days at sea. If you have any questions on sea service, please do not hesitate to contact the PYA’s

Actual days at sea Vessel leaves port/under way/ at anchor associated with a 24 hour passage plan Stand-by Waiting for owner, i.e. uniformed/standing- by, waiting (max. 14 consecutive days) Shipyard Time spent in yard (max. 90 days per application, not per testimonial) Watch keeping Only for seafarers who hold OOW 3000. These hours may be calculated on a cumulative basis (every 8 hours of watchkeeping completed may count as 1 day of watchkeeping service until the 9/04/2015 and every 4 hours of watchkeeping may count as one day after the 09/04/2015.) Time spent at anchor associated with a passage whilst on a bridge watch may also be accepted. Yacht service Time spent signed on a yacht irrespective of vessel activity i.e. dates of employment.

Dos and Don’ts of Sea Service • DO NOT confuse sea service and yacht service. Time signed on board should not usually equal sea service. DO NOT calculate your days at sea + yard service and enter the balance as stand-by service. • DO NOT calculate watch keeping service if you have not yet obtained your OOW 3000 certification as this is only required for Chief Mate/Master. • DO NOT enter any qualifications or experience at sea into your own Service Record Book. Only certain people from the PYA are allowed to do this for the MCA, and if you write in your own book it may be rejected. • DO obtain a Sea Service Testimonial from the Master attesting to the time served on board & including actual days at sea prior to leaving any vessel. DO use the PYA sea service testimonial format wherever possible as this includes everything that is required by the MCA. • DO NOT sign your own testimonials. Captains should have their testimonials signed by owners or managers. Deckhands should have their testimonials signed by

captains, owners or managers. Second/Third Engineers can also ask the Chief Engineer. If you sign it yourself, you may be asked to submit a corrected testimonial. DO make sure contact details for verification purposes (captain/ management company/ owner) are clearly indicated on the testimonial and legible. • DO fill in both dates in the testimonial (signing on and signing off). Even if you are still on board, you still have to put a date in the relevant box so that your sea service corresponds to a specific period of time. DO make sure the dates on your testimonials do not overlap. If they overlap you will be asked to submit new correct testimonials. • DO ensure that if you are going for OOW, you spend at least a year completing your Training Record Book. This is taken extremely seriously by the MCA and must not be rushed through. Certain seafarers with at least 36 months Actual days at sea on vessels of over 24m may be exempt from the Training Record Book, so please enquire with the PYA if you have any questions regarding this. If you would like to start the process of having your sea service verified, readers of this edition of the Islander can join the PYA with a discount of 10% off their first year’s membership. To benefit from this special offer, apply online at and use the promotional code ‘ISLANDER18’. This offer is only applicable for new members, and expires on 31st March 2018.




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Great Mentors – Could You be One? How much learning occurs on the job? We know that a ‘greeny’ fresh out of school and clutching their STCW will join your vessel keen as mustard and ready to learn all they can. As senior crew on board you are expected to support that development and regularly do so. No surprises then that 70% of learning occurs on the job, with just 10% coming from formal training and the final 20% through observation. However, as crew progress into more senior roles there are increasing expectations that much of the learning occurs in the classroom. For many this is true, and they will work to attend formal courses and pass exams before taking the next step up the career ladder. However, the more senior positions often encompass issues that are much broader than just a set of technical skills and some of the decisions that will need to be made. Whilst running various courses, we ask Captains to name their biggest challenges, and hiring

the right people was up there near the top of the list. However, nudging ahead of this were the daily challenges they face in managing crew and poor team working. Crew attending a recent HELM course reflected this sentiment during a discussion about the issues that ‘keep them awake at night’. No one mentioned ‘driving the boat’, for everyone it was ‘managing the crew’. In the corporate sector many organisations encourage those wishing to progress in their careers to find themselves a Mentor to support their growth and development. What is a Mentor and how is it different from being someone’s senior? A Captain or Chief Officer could make a great Mentor to one of their own crew, however, this is unusual. Better still they could make a great Mentor to someone from a different crew, which helps to maintain a professional distance. A Mentor is generally defined as someone who is more experienced and senior than their Mentee, and who wishes to pass on what they have learnt to someone else. It is possible to trace the origins

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of mentoring to the works of Homer in Greek mythology where the term was synonymous with someone older and wiser, preparing another for the tasks and responsibilities that lay ahead. More contemporary definitions describe a mentor as being a professional person who is wise, experienced and knowledgeable.

force their thinking onto their Mentee or tell them what to do.

A mentor can support their Mentee in a number of ways, from improving their performance and knowledge, to career development and acting as a sounding board. The arrangement is usually entered into voluntarily by both parties, and they will spend an hour every 2-3 months in discussions with them for a year or so. And oh yes – Mentors, unlike coaches, are not paid!

The benefits to a Mentee are obvious, but why would you want to be a Mentor? For the greater good of the industry, for altruistic reasons, or just because it feels good to help someone else! It can also bring you other benefits, such as developing your leadership and coaching skills.

The role of the Mentor is very much driven by the needs of the Mentee. As a Mentor you may help your mentee to clarify their goals or review an experience and help draw out key learning points. There will be times when you will be able to offer advice or suggestions, or even challenge some of their decisions and thinking. However, ultimately it is the Mentees decision, and a good Mentor does not

To be a great Mentor, aside from the relevant technical knowledge, skills and experience, you will also need to be a great listener, have patience and a genuine desire to help someone else, along with the time to give them.

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CREW MATTERS those criteria. To be able to do that, one really needs to understand both the supply and demand in the story. I.C: Do you feel it is beneficial for the crew too? Mr B: Yes, Invisible Crew selects a crew that fits the yacht, consequently the crew will feel good on that yacht. Crewing is not a straightforward job. So, it is paramount to create a good environment for the crew itself. Jens Oomes (+34) 674 83 83 68 Skype: Jens Oomes invisiblecrewyachting

Interview with a Worry-free Pocket Superyacht Owner In the spring of 2015 we were contacted by the owner of the 21m catamaran Imagine Heaven. He was referred to us by our long-standing clients of the Lagoon 620 Crocodile Daddy. Initially he only wanted to sign up for our Crew Management service. He told us his 7-yearold yacht was in need of a respray among other jobs. A superyacht consultancy company had refused to help him as they didn’t bother with yachts below 44m. So he automatically turned to the Pocket Superyacht Experts of Invisible Crew.



More than 2 years into our cooperation we asked him some questions. We were very proud of the answers and Mr Bouwen encouraged us to make them public so we can help more owners that were in his position! I.C: How did you come across Invisible Crew and what kind of services were you looking for exactly? Mr B: A business relation of mine who also has a 20-meter catamaran recommended Invisible Crew to me. I told him that I had owned Imagine Heaven for 7 years already but now I was lacking the time and energy to follow up on the many aspects involved; maintenance, crew, exploitation, … I.C: You have completely outsourced the management of Imagine Heaven to Invisible Crew. Do you feel sufficiently informed on options and involved in decisions, such as

choosing subcontractors? Mr B: I always receive a list of motivated options. I have choices and can make educated decisions. When I do the math, I am convinced that with Invisible Crew, I even save costs. I’ve been saved from a whole number of unjustified, useless expenses. Invisible Crew’s information and network in yachting is much more expansive than mine. I.C: In terms of crew management, where do you feel the added value of Invisible Crew comes in? Mr B: It is not just a matter of finding the best staff, it is key to find crew that is coherent to the atmosphere, the size… call it the DNA of the yacht. At Invisible Crew they sense this very well. They don’t overload you with a database of CV’s. They sensed what we needed and proposed a number of CV’s that fell into

I.C: How would you describe Jens Oomes and your interaction with him? Mr B: Jens has worked on the other side of the story too. He is also very empathic. He will enquire and interview you to find out what you are looking for. He also knows how to keep the correct distance. He will not “bother” you if it’s not required. In my case he takes the liberty to take certain decisions which has always worked for me. He also requests regular evaluation. Not to contemplate the past but to take on lessons to make improvements for the future. I.C: Who would you recommend Invisible Crew to? Owners of small to midsize yachts, Pocket Superyachts, who require a concierge, engineer, financial adviser and butler all rolled into one.


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Yachting Clearance When Entering Spanish Ports Due to the current situation regarding the number of migrants attempting to enter Europe and the high terrorism alert, a number of Schengen Area countries have reintroduced border controls. It is therefore advisable that cruisers now check with their local yacht agent for a full picture of what will be required when entering a Spanish port. Boats larger than 24 meters will now have to provide a notification of arrival to the Port Captain’s office when entering Spanish ports, as well as complying with other local requirements and any additional paperwork. This hasn’t yet been enforced in all Spanish ports, but it is now effective in Barcelona and Ibiza, for example. Also, when the yacht is carrying more than 12 passengers it will have to request a special permission for anchorage. In the case of non-EU flagged vessels, the clearance has to be done at a Customs and Immigration Office at a port of entry. In subsequent



ports where Guardia Civil and/or Customs officials are stationed the clearance procedure may be repeated, although this varies from place to place. Special care must be taken when filling in the marina or shipyard’s entry forms as these will be sent off to the Border Police Office and revised. Therefore, if you come from an EU port, make sure this is stated. The same applies if you come from a non-EU port. The certified local agent is able to directly inform the Customs and the Immigration Office authorities about the arrival of foreign yachts. New customs regulations have just arrived regarding TI, temporary admission for nonEU boats. Now boats coming from a non-EU port will have again the TI consideration for EU, permission to remain 18 months, only by the fact of crossing the border and it will not be require to proceed to a customs office in order to make their declaration of entry (customs declaration annex 71.1).

After having cleared into Spain, the procedure at subsequent ports will depend on the requirements of local offices. However, one should be prepared to show all relevant documents whenever asked. The local agent, on behalf of the vessel, may be asked for registration papers, crew lists, certificates of competence and proof of marine insurance. Once cleared, yachts are free to stop in ports and anchorages where there are no official checks. Anchorage will always need to be checked to avoid restrictions and special permissions depending on the site.

Since yachts under TPA, (“inward processing”), must by all means immediately abandon EU waters once TPA is closed, the last European port would be the one where the TPA had been commissioned.

Non-EU flagged vessels should also clear with Immigration and Customs on departure from Spain. Customs will record the date of departure on the Customs permit, if necessary. This permit can be used again if re-entering Spain within the period of its validity. Each arrival and departure must be noted by Customs on the permit.

Please also do not forget the immigration clearance procedures, which are really necessary on the same level as yacht customs clearance.

Sensibly, a voyage from Cannes to Palma de Mallorca, for example, is still regarded by the Spanish authorities as effectively a “coastal” voyage between EU ports, as long as there is no intermediate stop in a non-EU port. In this case there would be no need to comply with the full inward clearance formalities, only immigration ones.

If you have any further query or need extra information on customs clearance please contact Evolution Yacht Agents.

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powerboat drivers, with a skill standard of, at least, Intermediate level with navigation knowledge to the level of Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore. The course is challenging and gives you the chance to develop your capability and knowledge in a variety of areas. A key aspect of the course is the planning and execution of two passages – one by day and one by night. Aigua Sea School (+34) 871 230 373

Step Up to Advanced Staying with the powerboating theme of last month’s article in The Islander, let’s have a look at another less known, but oh so valuable, course from the RYA Powerboat scheme, ‘Powerboat Advanced’. On the RYA website, the advanced course is under ‘professional courses’ thus indicating its status within the qualification world: “The types of commercial craft requiring this level of certification are typically: charter fishing boats, small passenger launches, thrill ride operators, harbour patrol launches, construction site safety boats …” and to this we add the requirement within the yachting industry for driving chase boats, support vessels and skippering the more luxurious tenders to the superyachts. When the yacht provides an exclusive tender, like the stunning Aeroboat S6, the Wallytender X, Riva or limousine, it’s unlikely a deckie with a Powerboat Level 2 will be given the opportunity to take charge. So, step up to Advanced, a higher level of training, providing a qualification and assurance ready to drive these luxury boats. Candidates must be competent 48


At Aigua Sea School we run the training over two days, to include a third day for the candidates wishing to take the independent exam. The syllabus runs with a full training day on Day 1; the second day will start with the passage planning and run into the night hours to ensure a passage is completed at high speed, in the dark. Day 3 will be allocated for an independent examiner to step onboard and run an exam, under the jurisdiction of the RYA/MCA. The examination for ‘the RYA/ MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence’ will run over six-seven hours if the maximum of three candidates are onboard and will include assessment during night pilotage. Achieving the Certificate of Competence, and commercially endorsing it, will provide the holder with the qualification to skipper a vessel up to 24m in length (less than 80 gross tonnes). With commercial endorsement in place, you can operate in category 3, 4, 5 and 6 waters, which is up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Searching on the RYA ‘find a training centre’ website as I was preparing this article brings surprising results. Aigua Sea School is the only training centre authorised to run the Advanced Powerboat training in the Balearics. For more information on this course please contact the school office team on +34 871 230 373 or visit our office in Santa Catalina, Palma. Facebook: Calibre Crew

New Crew Service for Greenies Thank you Simon and The Islander for this awesome opportunity. The entire idea of Calibre Crew started late in 2014 after seeing so many people going home disillusioned after not receiving full time employment. When chatting to these candidates, one thing became very clear - they were not fully prepared for the industry and didn’t have the right tools to really give it a proper chance. And most didn’t even know it! Initially I decided to try and help one or two people I had met in a crew house. We got chatting, and changed their point of view and motivation behind their efforts, et voila - both guys landed great jobs and are excelling in the industry. The idea grew to a few more candidates the next year, and now, we would like to do it on a permanent basis. We believe that that all candidates deserve upto-date information on an ever-changing industry by someone who is in the industry on the front line, with real knowledge of actual products and procedures currently being used. We offer a soft landing to all new crew coming into the industry, a knowledge base and a support structure where you

Reality 123 is a three day course designed to give all candidates a better understanding of the reality industry vs. the fantasy. Upon completion you should better know what to expect and how to behave. This course aims to create Efficient Day Workers. Day 1 and Day 2 will be spent in class, giving guidelines and understanding in: • Products on board • Procedures and skills • Teak treatment • Stainless Polishing • Wash Downs • Paint/Gelcoat Polishing • Tools of the trade • Appropriate behaviour • Anatomy of a wash down • Life onboard • Hierarchy • Boat Etiquette for day workers • Self presentation • Interview skills • Insight to Dock Walking • Your CV and the importance DAY 3 is taken up ON BOARD a yacht in our network where candidates will get to work with other crew, and get the opportunity to put into practise all the things they learned in the first 2 days. This training will be under the watchful eye of a course mentor and/or senior crew members, and will earn you your first reference. Be the top candidate, and the captain may even ask you to come back the next day for a fully paid day’s work. There may even (in some cases) be a permanent position on the boat, so your performance on this day is crucial. We would love to chat to everyone, and if you’re interested in the course, and would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are taking applications for the first course on March 12 and have offered an opening discount to the first 15 candidates.


YPI CREW Reveals Average Yachting Salaries for 2017

The Importance of the Crew Salary Report

YPI Crew, the leading authority in yacht crew recruitment, has released its 2017 report from its Yachting Salaries website, which benchmarks industry standards for all yacht crew jobs.

The Crew Salary Report’s data is important for both employers and employees in the yachting industry. Employers need to know the current market rate so they can continue to attract top talent. Captains working on their annual budget often find it challenging to allocate specific salary rates to individual roles because the pay ranges are so broad.

YPI CREW, the leading authority worldwide in yacht crew placement, recently published its Crew Salary Report for 2016/2017. The results are compiled from YPI CREW’s free salarysharing platform, www., which collates salary information from thousands of crew and provides transparency to the yachting industry. The report comprehensively outlines the average salary range for each yacht crew position, from deckhands to captains, benchmarking industry standards and providing a point of reference for employers and crew alike.

Similarly, crew can use the salary report to compare salaries with similar roles to make informed decisions about job offers. Above all, the platform makes job hunting easier for crew who were previously frustrated by the lack of information that surrounded pay. It also reveals how many staff are permanent, temporary, or on rotation, which provides insight into existing opportunities within the market.

How is the Data Collected? has collected 2,500 salary entries since its launch in March 2016. The standalone website will continue to produce reports each November to enable crew salary comparisons from one year to the next. The site works on an honesty-based system, whereby candidates answer a few questions and share their salaries anonymously. In return, they can access specific salary data from people with similar profiles. The site is constantly updated as new salary profiles are added by captains and crew every day. The results are divided into crew categories, types of contract, and by vessel size, which range from small yachts to superyachts that exceed 100m in length. Crew can filter their searches by the type of yacht or the type of contract. The Crew Salary Report responds to a real need for transparent information within the yachting industry. It was created with the aim of

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freely sharing information and making the industry a level playing field for all candidates. Unlike most annual surveys, is updated in real time and information can be searched instantly. Although created by YPI CREW, is an independent entity, meaning there is no incentive for people to enter misleading information. Members of the community can report any inconsistent or inflated salaries as suspicious and they will be removed immediately from the system to maintain the platform’s accuracy and integrity. The Report’s Results from 2016/2017 are Available in on The report reveals the salary information for captains, technical crew, deck officers, chefs, pursers and stews. It compares results from crew working on motor yachts versus sailing yachts, permanent roles versus temporary positions, and salaries from the different size categories of yachts.

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The new Portorosa base in Sicily, is Sunsail’s fifth location in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The temperate weather and mild winds of north-east Sicily make the base a great starting point for tours of the Sicilian coast, or voyages north around the remarkable, UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands. Sunsail’s British Virgin Islands base re-opened on 9 December 2017 and the St Martin base opened on 1 February 2018. The local teams in the British Virgin Islands and St. Martin have made great progress in just a short time since Hurricane Irma and Maria passed through these territories. Sunsail has extended the charter season in Antigua with the base remaining open until 31 July 2018.

Orolia’s new range of grab bags, being added to the McMurdo and Kannad product portfolio, have been designed to help boaters and adventurers store their vital safety equipment safely and securely. The new range in the trademark Kannad yellow colour or McMurdo orange colour, is available in three variations – a 3L single shoulder bag, a larger 42L double shoulder back pack and a 42L duffle bag.

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January can often be a quiet month as the industry drags itself into the New Year, but 2018 has surprised many with not only enquires, but viewings and also offers, becoming more prevalent. Looking at the vessels that have been reduced in asking price over the past four weeks, an increase was expected and also delivered, but this has been the lowest January since 2010.

What has surprised is that with the Miami show just around the corner, the US share only accounted for 45%, down from 55% last month. This is a very good test of the market by trying to demonstrate stability in pricing; what happens over the next two months will be essential in helping predict market health. The total market of vessels that have been reduced at one time or another since being offered for sale has increased by only 0.3% month on month. A bigger increase was expected, but this should continue to rise more strongly over the coming months.

Where there is a lot of brokerage activity here in Europe both inside and outside Bluewater, one has good grounds to be optimistic that 2018 will carry-on from the much improved year that was 2017. Demand for sailing vessels has been surprisingly positive. Looking at the relationship between vessels sold and reductions in asking prices prior to completion, 45% of the vessels sold had never been reduced in asking price at any time. Only 10% had seen a reduction in the last quarter, but 34% had seen a cut in the last six months. I will be monitoring this over the course of the year. Only one sailing vessel was sold in January, a 25m sloop from 2005. The chart below shows the new entrants to the brokerage market and aside from January 2016 is broadly in line with previous years. The US accounted for 47% of these.

Only four sailing vessels came onto the market, with all but one under 30m. Sailing vessels currently account for around 14% of the total market of vessels. New entrants should increase over the coming few months as the start of the Med season beckons. Looking at the Caribbean charter season, the total number of available charter motor vessels 30-45m, has increased slightly to 71 vessels, up from 69 last month. The number that has no dates booked between now and the end of March (including owners’ use), has increased from 8% last month to 16% today. As there will have been more activity in early January after the holidays, this increase into February and March should not cause a surprise and I will start monitoring the Med. outlook over the coming weeks. In new news, the Greek authorities have now ruled that only Greek vessels or vessels with a Greek charter license may now charter in their waters. The option of either starting or ending a charter in Greek waters to get around this 8and VAT), is now sadly a thing of the past.

All figures are given in good faith, but Bluewater Yachting and The Islander take no responsibility for any error.

A fall in the number of vessels sold had been expected, but the positive and hidden news is that this has been the strongest January (also the same figure as Jan 2017), this decade. The US has been very active last month, accounting for 58% of completions.

MARINE INDUSTRY NEWS that nobody is blaming superyacht crews, owners or guests for littering the oceans with plastic. In fact, sailors are generally environmentally conscious, and many large yachts have responded very positively to the survey… more details about that later. In the meantime, Marja is still keen to get more results from the survey, so if you’re a yacht captain or responsible crew member please do fill in the survey which can be accessed via this link: r/D6N8K3B

In the Spotlight: Marja Kok – Yacht Captain / Anti-plastic Campaigner Marja Kok was born in Den Helder, Netherlands, a town surrounded by water on 3 sides. Being out on the water and sailing was a way of life for her from childhood, and led to an occupation as a yacht skipper in later life. At 52 years of age, with a successful and varied career in yachting behind her, Marja decide to take an ‘environmental sabbatical’, and to dedicate her time and energy to a self-motivated and structured project. This is aimed at reducing single use drinking water bottles onboard superyachts on a voluntary basis. Based on her own practical experience working on superyachts, Marja has compiled a well thought out survey which she named ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic, also on superyachts.’ The objective of this is to get more information about the number of single use plastic bottles on yachts, drinking habits, water filtering equipment (where used), awareness about the environment; and most importantly, willingness to improve habits onboard. It’s important to stress here, 58


She would also love to hear from any superyacht owners who would be willing to use their high-profile status to endorse and increase the profile of this project, by stating that they have ordered their yacht to become ‘single use plastic bottle free’ as an example to the industry. About Marja Kok Marja studied marketing management and worked for

15 years in managing Dutch authors rights societies, whilst living on a houseboat on the River Amstel in Amsterdam. In the year 2000 at age 35, she quit her management job and started working as a skipper and flotilla leader in Greece on 45ft sailing yachts. During this time, she met her current partner Michel, and together they bought a 44ft Jeanneau yacht which they lived aboard, sailed and chartered for seven years in the Med, Caribbean and Central America. In 2007 Marja and Michel entered into the superyacht world when the owner of a 27 metre Jongert asked them to run his boat. This was step up in responsibility and also a step down in freedom for them, but they enjoyed it so much that they stayed for eight years, and then moved on to a 32 metre Swan when the boat was sold. Living Aboard Fosters Environmental Awareness Marja says, “a live-aboard

boat can become a small scale Circular Economy example, because sharing a confined space with maybe 6 guests on board forces you to live with fewer private possessions and clothes etc. Swapping books with other sailors, giving away clothes to the local less privileged people, and beach cleanups became a way of life for us.” She also believes that a lot more can be achieved through better education, for instance making environmental sustainability part of the curriculum for yacht crew training. Marja commented further: “My years working around superyachts made me realise that not everyone automatically thinks about the environment. For instance, overuse of water by washing boats too often, using harsh chemical cleaning products, running washing machines with half empty drums, throwing away food, not properly separating waste, and having large volumes

of single use plastic bottled water onboard, these are some examples of bad habits in the industry.” The Survey Findings so Far: Up till now 99 superyachts (roughly between 1 and 2 % of the industry) have responded with a lot of very useful information. Marja is confident of getting more survey data before releasing the full results which she will share with the METSTRADE Community later. But already she says it’s clear that the plastic bottle footprint of superyachts is enormous! More than 43 million bottled litres a year are used, with 59 % of the crew drinking bottled water, and this rises to 81 % consumed by owners and guests. But on the positive side, she has confirmation already that some super and mega yachts have become completely plastic bottle free! And 95 % of the captains and crew want to seriously consider an environmentally friendly, healthy, less space consuming, and more cost-efficient type of drinking water. Whilst gathering the survey data, Marja has also been busy contacting various producers of water filtering systems in order to analyse and compare what is available

in the market today. She says that it is possible to provide good quality drinking water ‘on tap’, even taking into account the specific circumstances on-board a yacht. Her intention is to inform all the survey respondents and anyone else who is interested about the final outcomes of the study as soon as possible. Also, to share recommendations about how to reduce their plastic footprint, without compromising the quality of drinking water, or the service level for their owners, guests and crew. The solutions will also take cost reductions into account. Start at the Yard! Finally, Marja would also like to make an appeal to all the shipyards to install good drinking water filtering/ serving equipment as a standard procedure in the building process. She says, “to turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts… let’s start at the yard.” For more information or collaboration in environmental projects, you can contact Marja at: and/or follow her on LinkedIn. marja-kok-88322221


By David Robinson - IBI Plus

Azimut Reports 30% Sales Growth Sales of Azimut yachts have risen 30% in the first four months of the 2017/18 fiscal year compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. At its boot Düsseldorf press briefing, the company reported sales of €295m against €227m in the first four months of 2016/17. “The Grande collection has made a positive contribution to this performance,” said Azimut Yachts’ managing director, Marco Valle, “confirming its strategic role as announced in September at the start of the season, when the 24m and over segment was earmarked as the main driver of brand growth.” “Our launch strategy too,” he added, “which aims to identify the best context for each product, has proved to be a winning one. Another key factor is the support of a team of architects who have different styles and approaches, with whose help we are successfully bringing to market products with strong personalities, each addressed to a specific target.” This is the approach on which the two new models, Atlantis 51 and Flybridge 55, are based. “Two yachts packed with distinctive features that guarantee their success,” he said.



In terms of sales by region, Azimut reported that Europe accounted for 34%, the Americas 38%, the MEA 11% and Asia 17%. Valle commented: “We are concerned about the fall in business confidence in the US but we will have to wait and see what happens.”

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In regards to future model launches, Azimut announced that at Cannes this year at least two models including the Azimut S6 and the Azimut Grande 32 Metri would be launched.

Montenegro’s government has announced it is in the final stage of talks with a consortium involving Damen Shipyards Group and marina operator Porto Montenegro. The 2 companies plan to build a repair facility for luxury yachts at the shipyard in Bijela, on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast.

Other comments made during the press briefing spoke of strengthening the brand further through a new contemporary art design initiative. The company is also putting more focus into offering the right products to targeted clients by geographical area and also to differentiate design by each of the Azimut collections. In a further announcement, Azimut gave details of a new exclusive dealer in Austria and Germany. Azimut Yachts Austria & Germany is managed on an exclusive basis by YachtWerk, a new company with headquarters in Bavaria that draws on collaboration and synergy between the brand’s storied dealer Timone Yachts and Splendid Yachting, a team of German yacht market professionals specialising in sales, customer care and aftersales service.

Damen Shipyards, Porto Montenegro to Launch Joint Repair Facility Investment is part of Montenegro’s efforts to establish itself as a premium tourist destination.

The Montenegrin government said in a statement that Prime Minister Duško Marković recently met with Dutch businessman Kommer Damen, who serves as chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, to discuss the potential deal. At the meeting, Marković said that securing the investment was part of Montenegro’s efforts to establish itself as a premium tourist destination. Porto Montenegro is a fullservice marina located in the country’s Bay of Kotor, with berthing capacity of 450 for boats from 12m-250m (39ft-820ft) in length. Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipyards worldwide, of which 15 are located in the Netherlands. The group employs more than 1,500. The facility in Bijela would be Damen’s first such investment in Montenegro.

Renault Executive Gets Prison Time for Tax Fraud Over His Yacht Flavio Briatore’s 63m Force Blue was seized by Italian tax authorities in 2010. Flavio Briatore, the former head of Renault’s F1 team, has received an 18-month sentence for tax fraud in connection with his yacht. Briatore’s 63m (206ft) Force Blue was seized by Italian tax authorities in 2010. Briatore was convicted of not paying €3.6m of VAT on the yacht and avoiding €800,000 of fuel duties between 2006 and 2010. Briatore’s initial 23-month sentence was reduced to 18 months despite prosecutors asking for a four-year sentence, according to AFP. His lawyers said they would appeal the sentence. Force Blue is registered in the Cayman Islands. Briatore claims he does not own the yacht, but rents it from a company registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Prosecutors said that he owns the BVI company and is therefore owner of the yacht.

MARINE INDUSTRY NEWS product lines. Today North Sails has identical prepreg converting lines in both the Minden and Sri Lanka factories running 14 shifts per week, with seven Automated Tape Laying (ATL) lines running 24/7 in Minden and five lines running 24/7 in Sri Lanka. The prepreg converting and ATL lines feed a combined eight gantries and 10 full scale, adjustable 3D molds. North’s Sri Lankan facility focuses on building 3Di sails for boats up to 50’, while Minden specializes in Grand Prix and Superyacht sails

North Sails Completes Shift from 3DL to 3Di Product Lines Increased manufacturing capacity in Minden (Nevada, USA) and Sri Lanka focuses on 3Di sails output for small boats. The beginning of 2018 marks a milestone for North Sails as the company completes a 10- year transformation from 3DL string laminates to 3Di molded composite sail structures. North Sails was at the forefront of the mylar and yarn laminated construction wave with its groundbreaking 3DL sails. 3DL sails dominated performance sailmaking from the early 1990’s until the 2007 America’s Cup. With the shift



to 3Di the company ceased production of laminated sails reliant on mylar and is fully committed to the spread filament, prepreg, 3D composite structures. Three dimensional, full-scale shape molding remains a cornerstone of the North Sails approach. 3Di structures were first trialled by the defender syndicate, Alinghi in preparation for their defense in the 33rd America’s Cup. Since those early days, the 3Di concept has been developed and expanded for use across all types of sailing, from grand prix to one design and Superyachts to cruising. Today’s 3Di sails deliver greater shape-

holding properties and vastly improved durability compared to any mylar and string, laminated sail construction. As the 3Di product line has gained acceptance, and in particular with the introduction of 3Di NORDAC for smaller cruising boats and 3Di RAW 760S for smaller race boats, North Sails company has taken steps to increase production capacity. North Sails has systematically converted their manufacturing facilities in Minden, Nevada, and Sri Lanka as the product line has shifted from 3DL and paneled to 3Di. As of September 2017, the last 3DL production line was shut down and both factories are running exclusively 3Di

Commenting on the evolution of the production strategy, North Sails CEO Dan Neri stated, “The expansion of the Sri Lanka factory is in response to the successful launch of 3Di RAW 760S sails for smaller race boats and 3Di NORDAC for smaller cruising boats. 3Di sails continue to meet the requirements of sailors in all classes from the 18’ Skiffs in Australia to the 100’ Ultime fleet in France. The technology is behind an unprecedented number of race victories and world records and we hope many more cruising adventures as 3Di NORDAC becomes more established within the cruising community.” 3D Minden is the flagship center for materials research, engineering and manufacturing of 3-Dimensional products which are unique to North Sails. Sri Lanka Manufacturing is a wholly owned, state-of-the-


art, facility employing close to 1,200 people across eight buildings. The products from Minden and Sri Lanka are sent to every port in the world. North Sails proudly employs

a 72-person strong global design and engineering team. The R&D team ensures North Sails uses the best processes and the best in raw materials. If the best does not exist, we create it.

Dusseldorf Boat Show A record 247,000 visitors from 94 countries attended boot Dusseldorf this year - a 2.1% increase over last year’s edition and proof that the German trade show is the biggest event of its kind. Held from January 20-28 in 16 halls at the Messe Dusseldorf exhibition centre, the show attracted 1,923 exhibitors

spread over a 220,000sq m area of space. There was an increase in the number of international visitors too. The countries from which most visitors came were the Netherlands, followed by Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and France. Most of the trade visitors from overseas came from the US, China and Australia.

MARINE INDUSTRY NEWS As for Ft Lauderdale, N&J recently moved its office to the Lauderdale Marine Center, which claims to be the largest yacht repair facility and shipyard in the US. Lauderdale Marine Center also offers a marina for dockage which will be available to N&J clients at preferred dockage rates.

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Northrop & Johnson Opens Monaco Base Global marine services provider expands. Northrop & Johnson (N&J), the global superyacht brokerage and yacht services provider, has expanded its office network with a new base in Monaco and a relocation of its office in Ft Lauderdale, Florida to the Lauderdale Marine Center. The new N&J office in Monaco is located on the Avenue d’Ostende, overlooking Port Hercule. The company will provide its full portfolio of services, including sales, purchase, new construction, charter retail and charter management, to clients in Monaco and the surrounding region. Michael Payne, N&J’s managing director for Europe, will head up the Monaco office.

“We’re delighted to now have a base in Monaco,” says Payne. “We are hopeful that our presence in this yachting hot-spot will bolster our regional and global recognition and allow us continue the impressive growth that the company has enjoyed throughout the past few years.

The new office will bring all N&J divisions under one roof. Brokerage and new construction, charter retail, charter management and crew services all will be housed in the new suite, which has been completely rebuilt for the company. The 10,000sq ft office will have two conference rooms, multiple meeting areas, office suites for all brokers, a full galley, gym and ample space for growth.

N&J’s other European offices are located in Antibes, Palma and the Netherlands.

“La Ciotat was a sensible choice for us and for our clients,” says Paschalis Patsiokas, BWA Yachting CEO. “The exceptional growth of La Ciotat Shipyards and the strength of the yachting community in the region make it the perfect place to expand our operations, and to offer our great superyacht service to captains in the area.” Located between Toulon and Marseille in the heart of Provence, La Ciotat revamped itself in the beginning of the 2000s as an important pleasure boat harbour with one of the biggest travellifts for superyachts in Europe. “La Ciotat Shipyards currently owns an important market share of the superyacht refit industry and is equipped to accommodate yachts measuring up to 200m, a true rarity in the western Mediterranean area,” Patsiokas adds.

“We are bringing on a team of exceptionally skilled brokers and look forward to offering a total-service approach for yachting clients in Monaco and beyond.” N&J COO Daniel Ziriakus says Monaco is a huge next step for the company. “Michael Payne is assembling an impressive team of renowned sales and charter brokers who will begin working with us in the coming weeks. We will be fully operational by the end of February 2018.”

The new office is being run by Malourène Corbeille in close cooperation with Sarah Futhazar, BWA Yachting France’s operations manager.

BWA Yachting Opens Office in La Ciotat Global marine services provider expands. Global marine services provider BWA Yachting has opened an office inside superyacht refit and repair yard La Ciotat Shipyards in France.

“Furthermore, since La Ciotat dry dock is managed by the Barcelona superyacht refit firm MB92, this gives us the chance to grow our longrunning partnership with the Spanish refit centre stronger.”

MARINE INDUSTRY NEWS economic and environmental benefit, and when realized, the impact of this new technology on vessel owners and operators will be hugely significant. “In our Sustainable Fouling Control initiative, we actively explore and develop alternatives to biocidalbased solutions,” said Oscar Wezenbeek, Director of AkzoNobel Marine and Protective Coatings. “This development is a great proof point of our continuous focus on delivering eco-friendly solutions to our customers.”

AkzoNobel Develops Pioneering Marine Fouling Prevention Solution Based on UV-LED Technology AkzoNobel is to develop a revolutionary fouling prevention technology which uses ultraviolet lightemitting diodes (UV-LED). The pioneering solution - which uses underlying technology developed by Royal Philips - will be applied to underwater surfaces to eliminate fouling growth. By teaming up AkzoNobel’s cutting-edge surface protection and adhesion know-how with Royal Philips’ unrivalled capabilities and intellectual property in UV-



LED lighting and electronics, the two companies are aiming to develop an economically viable solution for underwater fouling prevention. The innovation will integrate UV light-emitting diodes in a protective coating scheme which will allow for the UV light to be emitted from the coating surface, providing the total prevention of biofouling accumulation on the surface of the protected area. The fully biocide-free solution will provide groundbreaking performance and offer complete fouling prevention to the hulls of ships and boats. The total control of biofouling represents a substantial

AkzoNobel has long been a frontrunner in developing sustainable marine coatings, having introduced the industry’s first biocide-free antifouling coating, Intersleek, in 1996. The product - a true revolution at that time - presented AkzoNobel with huge development challenges which they were able to tackle. Intersleek has since helped ship owners to save over $3 billion of fuel and 32 million tons of CO2 and it continues to play a leading role in the company’s commitment to making shipping more sustainable.

Despite the complexity of this project, AkzoNobel is again confident they will be overcome and ultimately expects the technology to completely revolutionize the fouling control industry. Initially, the focus will be on applications for ships, yachts and offshore assets, but the project could potentially be extended to include other surfaces challenged by biofouling issues. “This unique project is fully aligned with AkzoNobel’s continuous focus on innovation,” explained Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s Chief Technology Officer. “In our quest to not only protect and color, but also functionalize surfaces, we actively look for complementary technologies and partners to innovate with. In this case, the combined capabilities and technology of Royal Philips and AkzoNobel will enable us to accelerate the realization of this transformative innovation, which we intend to initially market ourselves and consider licensing out to third parties for large-scale adoption.”

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REGATTA NEWS The beaming smile on Witty’s face as he greeted the local media scrum on the pontoon with an effervescent “How good was that?!”, will surely go down in the annals of the Volvo Ocean Race history.

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Volvo Ocean Race Update Readers of my column last month may remember that we left the Hong Kongbased crew of Sun Hung Kai Scallywag poised to pull off a remarkable victory in their home port in the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Melbourne, Australia. The scenario was the stuff of Hollywood sports movies with the no-hoper outsider Scallywag team set to upturn the established Volvo Ocean Race pecking order with an audacious corner-cutting move in the third of the complex and demanding three-week leg. As most of you will all know by now the Scallywag crew – led by their unpredictable but enigmatic Australian skipper David Witt – held on easily to claim a much-treasured Volvo Ocean Race leg win in their home port.

Sad to say Witt’s hometown heroes had precious little time to celebrate their glorious victory in the style it deserved before the terrible news broke in Hong Kong that second placed Danish/American team Vestas 11th Hour Racing had collided with a fishing boat 30 miles offshore. As the fishing boat sank the crew of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht were able to retrieve all 10 Chinese crewmembers from the water – a remarkable feat given the chaos that must have reigned in the dark and choppy waters of the South China Sea. Tragically, one crew member from the fishing boat died later in hospital from injuries sustained in the crash. The shocking incident cast a pall over the two-centre – Hong Kong and Guangzhou – Volvo Ocean Race stopover in China. Vestas 11th Hour Racing went into a media lockdown before ultimately withdrawing from Leg 5 (a single point nonracing transition leg from Hong Kong to Guangzhou and back) and Leg 6 to Auckland, New Zealand. The team has since announced its intention to fit

a new bow section (built at Persico Marine in Italy) in New Zealand and to re-join the race for Leg 7 to Itajaí, Brazil. Fans of the Volvo Ocean Race will recall that Team Vestas Wind (different crew) had to rebuild their boat in the 201415 race after hitting an Indian Ocean reef on the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. The Vestas crash this time around sparked plenty of negative comment in the sailing media and on social media newsfeeds. The biggest complaint was the lack of information flowing from Vestas 11th Hour Racing or Volvo Ocean Race following the incident. Much of the criticism was, I feel, harsh and un-necessary. When an organisation – business or sports team – is in crisis communications

mode there a strict limitation on what can and should be shared publically. Add to this the fact that a formal investigation of the incident was underway with potentially serious consequences for the team, sponsors and the individual sailors and surely it becomes clear why feeding the social media furnace has to take a back seat for a while. Nevertheless, this story seems to have legs. I am writing this from Auckland, New Zealand where the Volvo Ocean Race is being accused in the local mainstream media of losing credibility and even of fixing the result of Leg 4 so a Chinese boat would win. Laughable stuff in my opinion but in this era of fake news Volvo Ocean Race’s PR team could have their hands full dealing with this latest communications challenge.

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Alice C I’ A Widdows is a Regatta Manager on the classic yacht regatta circuit. A keen yachtswomen and self - confessed island hopping addict, preferably by boat. Meet our Classic Yachting Columnist. You can find more at and on social media @alicewiddows.

I love island hopping on beautiful yachts and in the Balearics we are spoilt for choice. Ibiza should be top of your list this spring because White Island Classics, Ibiza’s Classic yacht regatta is back April 25th - 29th. Most of us know Ibiza for it’s hedonistic lifestyle. In April however, the vibe is more relaxed, unspoilt and uncrowded. The Ibiza known only by the locals and we are about to discover it too. Enter Sebastian Devonshire a British entrepreneur, architect

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and owner of classic yacht Madrigal whose grandfather first sailed into Ibiza in 1954. Devonshire spent a happy childhood mucking about in wooden boats on the island and wants to share his lifetime pleasure with others by creating a special classic yacht event. He is building his very own field of dreams. Following the success of the inaugural year in 2017, White Island Classics is returning bigger and better with full support from the local community and new sponsors. Title Sponsor is Lift Ibiza the e-foil brand and the

Main Sponsor is Domus Nova Ibiza, a prestigious real estate agency with headquarters in London. Devonshire likes to work with friends and colleagues with whom he has an affinity. A solid team of professionals is forming around the event bringing expertise and energy to his vision. In its first year the regatta attracted a handful of notable classic yachts keen to personally support Devonshire including Marigan, Kelpie of Falmouth, Argos and Es Palmador as well as his own Madrigal. The iconic skyline of Ibiza’s

walled fortress (a Unesco World Heritage Site) provides the perfect backdrop for this event held at Marina Botafoch. It is a small boutique marina on the North shore side of Ibiza’s Port, a popular local spot buzzing with shops, restaurants and bars. Complimentary berthing during the event is included in the registration fee. This is a rare opportunity to berth in the heart of the action and enjoy The White Isle at its best. Come August this is one of the most expensive parking lots in the Mediterranean. The regatta is a an elegant and informal affair, an intimate gathering of family and friends, old and new, coming together to enjoy the best the island has to offer both on and off the water. This is the perfect pre-Panerai shake down and tune-up race for the serious sailing programs and a welcome opportunity for some vintage vibes and good sailing for those looking for cocktails and classics. The warm easterly wind, the Levante which builds most days makes the flat, turquoise waters between the two islands perfect for racing. RANC will provide an official CIM measurer at the event. The Welcome Reception and Closing Party will be held in the main tent at the heart of the Regatta Village in Marina Botafoch hosted by Domus Nova Ibiza. The final “Classic Day” is open

to the public with stunning vintage cars on display from Ibiza Car Club and an Ibicencan market of traditional crafts and local produce. Look out for an appearance by Ashley Devonshire in his magnificent 1934 Bentley Blower. Following the Prize Giving ceremony, participants will see the regatta out in true Ibiza fashion with music ‘til late! Sponsors include Lift Ibiza, Domus Nova Ibiza, Alice Widdows Regatta Management, Classic Yacht Info, Moods Ibiza, Casi Todo, Heaven Tents, Marina Botafoch, Federacion Balear de Vela, Club Nautico Ibiza, My Ibiza and Formentera, Ibiza Delivers, Ibiza Preservation Fund, Deliciously Sorted Ibiza, Marina Marbella, Bar Barlovento. Registration is now open, see The Notice of Race online at www.whiteislandclassics. com Join the conversation on social media @ibiza_regatta #whiteislandclassics “If you build it, he will come.” Field of Dreams (1989) Don’t Miss a Beat or a Bulletin! Check out the season and Sign-Up now to access my FREE International Regatta Calendar 2018 for Vintage, Classic and Modern Classic Yachts. www.alicewiddows. com and follow me on social media @alicewiddows.

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Yacht Club de Monaco to Host First Big Race Qualifier for Vendee Globe Now established as a onedesign winter base with the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series which attracts some 100 international teams, the Yacht Club de Monaco continues to ramp up its sailing policy. Taking full advantage of a Clubhouse designed by Lord Foster and facilities ideal for regattas, crews and sponsors, the Club has added two new events to its calendar in 2018: Monaco Swan One Design (2731 March) for ClubSwan 42, Swan 45 and ClubSwan 50; and the Monaco Globe Series (1-8 June), the first ever offshore Mediterranean race for IMOCA 60’ and a qualifier for the Vendee Globe 2020.

For the Monaco Globe Series, a dozen teams are set to stopover in the Principality for the first time for a 1,400nm double-handed race that embraces the most emblematic marks in the western Mediterranean. From the start in Monaco, the fleet races down Corsica’s west coast before being propelled through the Strait of Bonifacio to the Aeolian Islands, where they tack in front of Stromboli and head for Palermo in Sicily. It then sets course for the Balearic Islands and from there back to Monaco. The race was an obvious one for YCM Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi: “The arrival last year of Malizia II, the YCM’s offshore flagship, is part of the Club’s sailing policy. Our ambition is to encourage our young sailors to dream and

think about new vocations. Following our participation with Boris Herrmann last year in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, then the Transat Jacques Vabre, we were keen to host these 60’ mono-hulls for the first time in Monaco. We want to offer them a course that showcases the beauty of the Mediterranean and its enormous potential for sailing.” The Monaco event marks the start of the new IMOCA 20182020 championship, renamed the Globe Series, with a system of points and weightings over a four-year period. The goal for sailors is to rack-up a maximum number of points to qualify for the big offshore races, with the Vendee Globe as the holy grail. Racers who decide to come to the Mediterranean can

look forward to a challenging first stage. Provisional programme Monaco Globe Series: Friday 1st June 2018 • Exhibition day for teams and their sponsors • Runs and courses in Monaco Bay • Globe Series Opening Ceremony • Gala Dinner Saturday 2nd June 2018 • Exhibition day • Runs and courses in Monaco Bay Sunday 3rd June 2018 • Start of 1,400 nautical mile race Friday 8th June 2018 • Prize-giving ceremony

REGATTA NEWS This drag race continued over the next 24 hours with team AkzoNobel’s position becoming stronger and stronger until eventually at 0200 UTC (0300 CET) on February 13 the team moved into first place as the fleet felt the first effects of the northern hemisphere north easterly trade winds. Since then team AkzoNobel has steadily increased its lead on the fleet, taking full advantage of extra wind strength and a better wind angle to put valuable miles on their rivals.

Team AkzoNobel Leads Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 from China to New Zealand After an Intense Opening Week A week after leaving Hong Kong, China on the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race bound for Auckland, New Zealand team AkzoNobel is leading the six-boat fleet on the approach to the equator. The opening seven days of the 11,000 kilometer passage has seen some of the most challenging racing of the round the world race so far, beginning with 72-hours of punishing upwind sailing in strong winds and big waves as the fleet pushed eastward towards the southern tip of the island of Taiwan. Team AkzoNobel was first out of Hong Kong harbour on February 7 after the crew dealt almost to perfection with the shifty winds that funnel between the city’s towering skyscrapers. However hours later the team lost time and several places when a headsail change in strong winds on the first night went badly. The sailors quickly got the boat back up to speed 74


however and as the fleet passed Taiwan at 1000 UTC (1100 CET) on February 8 team AkzoNobel were in fifth place, 13 kilometers off the lead but well within striking distance of the frontrunning group. Later that day navigator Jules Salter (GBR) saw an opportunity to claw back some miles on the leading group by tacking early to the north in search of a weather front that would whisk them south east towards Auckland.

earlier - allowing them to quickly reclaim the majority of their previously lost miles. The sailing was ultra-fast with 20-knot winds speeding the boats along at up to 56 kilometers per hour, meaning extreme firehose spray conditions for the sailors working on deck and a whiteknuckle rollercoaster ride for those trying to eat or sleep down below.

At 0700 UTC (0800 CET) Feb 14th team AkzoNobel was in first place, 41 kilometers ahead of second placed Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (HKG) and 96 kilometers ahead of overall race leader Mapfre (ESP). Although delighted to have staged such an epic comeback within the first week of Leg 6 the team AkzoNobel sailors are all too well aware of the challenges that lie ahead before they reach Auckland. Latest estimates suggest the leading boats will complete Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Hong Kong to Auckland between February 25 - 27.

Sadly the gambit turned sour when team AkzoNobel and Hong Kong team, Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, were both caught in light winds off the east coast of Taiwan and could only watch and wallow as the other four boats romped away into a 200 kilometer lead. Happily for team AkzoNobel the weather gods did not punish the crew for too long and within 48 hours a chance to stage a comeback emerged as on February 12 the fleet finally turned south east and began to accelerate. Positioned to the west of the main group, team AkzoNobel and Scallywag were able to save significant time and distance by making the turn

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Ammonite Takes the World’s Most Southerly Superyacht Regatta The 2018 NZ Millennium Cup has come to a close and Ammonite has taken the series, with former 2016 and 2017 champion Tawera, hot on her heels. Despite a postponed start due to light airs, entries weren’t complaining as a pod of dolphins swam around the fleet in the mouth of the Bay. A Silvertip crewmember lay stretched along the yacht’s prod with dolphins in the bow wave beneath him rising up for a closer look, as competitors waited for the breeze to build. A changeable wind rose towards midday with racing getting underway at 12.30



for the first of two races to cap the series. That first race saw the fleet on a leg straight down to the Orams Marine mark and back to the finish line off Long Beach. Consistent with her strong performance throughout the week, Ammonite rounded the mark first followed by Sassafras, then Tawera, after the Royal Huisman overhauled her on the first leg. En-so followed, then it was Janice of Wyoming around the mark while high drama unfolded behind her - crowd favourite Silvertip was forced to retire due to a mechanical failure. But there was no stopping Ammonite. The first time entry, representing the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club of Tonga finished the series in the strong style she’d demonstrated all week, taking not only the race, but the NZ Millennium Cup 2018. “There’s no better place in the world to sail,” said

Ammonite owner Marcus Blackmore at the prizegiving later that evening. “Thanks go to all the sponsors and in particular Doyle Sails New Zealand’s Mike Sanderson who helped us understand local conditions,” he continued, going on to say that Ammonite would en-joy defending the title next year if possible. The New Zealand Millennium Cup is organised by the NZ Marine Export Group and a group of dedicated New Zealand superyacht figures. With three days of high quality racing, exceptional hospitality and stunning views in one of the most picturesque cruising destinations in the world, this event is truly unique and a must do for adventurous owners. As a focal point for both the local industry and for the global brands looking for more exposure in the

growing South Pacific market, the NZ Millennium Cup is supported by a number of spon-sors, including platinum sponsor Orams Marine, and gold sponsors Smuggler Marine, Bay of Islands Marina, Doyle Sails New Zealand and Servcorp. Sailing Week regatta. Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group and a dedicated committee of some of New Zealand’s most pre-eminent superyacht industry figures, the NZ Millennium Cup is a celebration of good racing, great cruising grounds and exceptional hospitality.


The mighty Athos during the 2011 edition of the SYC.

Pantaenius have been supporting The SYC since day one. Photo courtesy of Pantaenius.

Superyacht Cup Palma is Off to a Flying Start this Year

Pantaenius, a passionate supporter of the regatta since day one, will return as a partner. What’s more, the Pantaenius Race, the first of three superyacht races, will take place for the 7th year in a row.

returning sponsors: St. Regis, 100% Pure New Zealand, Baltic Yachts, Pendennis, Astilleros de Mallorca, Claasen Shipyards, Gottifredi Maffioli, Reckmann, Rondal, STP and Happy Hour sponsors North Sails and Southern Spars.

Pantaenius boasts nearly 50 years of experience providing yacht insurance to owners from all corners of the globe. With almost 100.000 satisfied clients and twelve offices on three continents, the company is the top yacht insurance provider in Europe and a crucial key-player in the superyacht industry. The Pantaenius team will be on-site during the event to answer any questions.

Join the Race to Restore Ocean Health

The New Zealand Millennium Cup, held in late January, marks the start of the superyacht racing season, not to mention the beginning of the countdown to The Superyacht Cup Palma, one of the most hotly anticipated events on the superyacht sailing calendar. Although racing is still six months away, this year’s entry list already boasts some of the most legendary yachts on the regatta circuit. Moreover, first-time and veteran entrants are not only coming in quick but there are only 20 berths available in the Regatta Village. Captains keen to secure their slice of the a ction are advised to contact for an entry form soon. The 2018 Superyacht Cup Palma Notice of Race can be found

on the event website. A number of the yachts returning to race in Palma are Hoek designs, distinctive with their trademark ‘Hoek look’. These include, Atalante (38.8), competing for a third consecutive time, Svea, one of this year’s illustrious J-Class competitors, and the mighty Athos. At 62m overall and 10.9m across, Athos weighs in at 370 tonnes. Her 1,980-square metre upwind sail area required Rondal to build what was their tallest carbon rig at the time of stepping. At least as impressive is the four-year world cruise Athos has just completed. During the epic journey this icon of the Hoek drawing board visited some of the tiniest and most remote Pacific islands. Aside from welcoming back some incredible yachts we’re proud to announce that insurance specialist

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REGATTA NEWS 3 February – Liga de Invierno 2 – Pollensa

flying fifteen Mallorca 20 January – Liga de Invierno 1 – Pollensa The seven flying fifteens outnumbered the cruisers racing for this first race of the RCNPP winter series. John Walker had burst a leg muscle in training and was under doctor’s orders not to sail, so we were one boat less than could have been. As a result, Stephen and Teresa switched from ffugue to fuego fatuo for this race. Former flying fifteen sailor Oliver Cheetham returned, sailing the club boat with crew Claudia. The course was to take us across the bay, and then back to a mark off Formentor island before returning to finish at the harbour wall. The fleet remained close off the start and enjoyed a good sail to the first mark. After coming back across the bay, the wind was dropping and shifting so there was a decision to be made as to where to find the

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best wind. Speedy Gonzales and Stormtrooper stayed towards the north shore, whilst fuego fatuo elected to head directly for Punta de la Avançada, and Gekko set off back out to the south. Approaching the point, fuego fatuo was just ahead, but lost the lead as the two inshore boats picked up a breeze off the cliffs and pulled ahead. Dragonfly followed them around and headed north into towards the pinewalk, where she found enough breeze to pass fuego fatuo. Meanwhile, gekko had picked up a strong breeze on the south side and came storming in towards the line. She chased fuego fatuo hard towards the finish, but was unable to pass, finishing just five seconds behind. 1 ESP 3804 Speedy Gonzales Michael Clough / David Allen 2 ESP 3610 Stormtrooper III David Miles / Corinne Onvlee 3 ESP 3600 Dragonfly Michael Beecken / Andrius Cizinauskas

For the second race in the series, we saw a number of changes; Steve Parry now owns ESP3728 Fine Fettle – an Ovington 9 smoothie previously campaigned successfully by David and Hannah Barber. and will be sailing in her. John Walker was still unable to sail, so Stephen helmed fuego fatuo with Francisco whilst Teresa was joined by Alice Mason from Asociación Ondine to sail ffugue. Finally, Roeland and Mario joined us in Paragon, making a total of eight boats on the water. The course was to start off Punta de la Avançada, a short beat towards the beach, and then a long leg to a buoy off Cabo Gros, then a beat back to finish off the harbour wall. The flying fifteens would start first, followed by the cruisers, in wind which was oscillating in the western quadrant and at times gusting over 20 knots. The fleet set off upwind, split between the left and right sides of the course. Speedy Gonzalez, Fine Fettle and Dragonfly were the first bunch to the mark, with Gekko, fuego fatuo and Stormtrooper on their heels. Dragonfly gybed and stayed on the northern shore, whilst most of the rest stayed more to the middle. fuego fatuo set off to the opposite side, believing the mark was closer to Bon Aire – an error that ultimately cost them dearly.

Speedy arrived at the bottom mark first and set off up the beat. Dragonfly and Stormtrooper tacked off shortly after rounding, whilst Fine Fettle elected to continue in towards the northern shore, whilst the rest of the fleet stayed in the middle of the bay. Coming up to Punta de la Avançada, Fine Fettle had gained, and joined the leaders in the final tussle, pulling past Dragonfly to finish second to Speedy Gonzales. On the beat back, fuego fatuo started to claw back the gap to the leaders, chased hard by ffugue. Approaching the finish, the wind started to become even more variable, and Gekko remained ahead, whilst ffugue slipped past to finish sixth. 1 ESP 3804 Speedy Gonzales Michael Clough / David Allen 2 ESP 3728 Fine Fettle Stephen Parry / Philip Parry 3 ESP 3600 Dragonfly Michael Beecken / Marco Haack Next up 3 March: David Miles series 1 Pollensa 17 March: Liga de Invierno 4 Pollensa 24 March: David Miles series 2 Pollensa Hope to see you there! Our full 2018 calendar is on our website http:// flyingfifteen.mallorcaservice. de and also Facebook @f15sp


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2018 ORC Superyacht Rule Now Available Milan, Italy: The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce that the 2018 ORC Superyacht Rule (ORCsy) is now available and can be viewed online on the ORC’s Superyacht website. Like the main ORC rating system, the rule and its formulation is accessible in the Rules section of the ORCsy webpage, supporting the general principles of science and transparency advocated by ORC. The latest edition of ORCsy has several new features: • the new online application for an ORCsy certificate is now more easily completed by its users, where separate areas of the application may be completed and saved as more information becomes available. This new application style is still in development, with a working prototype

• based on user input and observations from the 2017 racing season, small amendments and improvements have been made to the 2018 version of the ORCsy Velocity Prediction Program (VPP), and wind ranges for scoring have altered slightly so that the Light wind range now tops out at 8 knots rather than 9, along with some re-wording to be more clear on use of these ranges; • the VPP Documentation and Measurement Guidance books have been re-worded to improve their clarity, as has the ORCsy Sailor Services system for self-serve copies of existing valid certificates, self-service running of test certificates, etc. • a complete list of the improvements made to the ORCsy rule formulations can be found on the ORCsy Designer VPP webpage.

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Newly Formed Land Rover BAR Gladiator Make TP52 Racing Debut Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup team will race with Tony Langley’s British sailing team Gladiator, to compete on the TP52 Racing circuit as Land Rover BAR Gladiator. The newly formed team is gearing up for its racing debut, the SCYA Midwinter Regatta in San Diego on the 10th - 11th February. They will spend the week training on the race course ahead of the weekend’s racing. Sir Ben Ainslie and Tony Langley will lead the team with Langley at the helm. Many of the crew that represented Land Rover BAR

at the 35th America’s Cup competition in Bermuda last summer will be racing, including Sailing Team Manager Jono Macbeth and the British Olympic Finn gold medallist from Rio 2016, Giles Scott. Giles Scott recently returned to the Finn class, winning the 2018 World Cup Series Miami, USA with a day to spare. David Carr (grinder), Matt Cornwell (bow), Nick Hutton (mid-bow), and Andy McLean (navigator) will also be aboard from the AC35 crew. Geoff Povey will return as grinder from last season’s Gladiator crew, alongside Andrew Escourt (main) and Tom Wilson (pit); with Jono Swain (downwind trim) and two times America’s Cup winner Joey Newton (trim) joining the team for the circuit.

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A New Race Across the Pond In 12 months, a fleet of magnificent yachts will start from the island of Lanzarote, in the Canaries, to rally to Christophe Harbour, a premier superyacht and resort community on the southeast peninsula of St Kitts, in the north of the Antilles.

in 2015 from the Canaries and the Marina Lanzarote team of the Calero Marinas group, the race will start again from the island’s capital Arrecife on January 8th 2019. Competitors will then head in the direction of Christophe Harbour at the southeast point of St. Kitts, in the north of the Lesser Antilles. Located within the sailing ground of St Barths and Antigua, Christophe Harbour is championing the growth of the yachting industry in the dual island nation of St Kitts & Nevis.

The legendary Panerai Transat Classique race is once again organized by the Atlantic Yacht Club (France) in partnership with the high-end sports watchmaker Officine Panerai, already a strong presence in the classic yacht world through its title sponsorship Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

A dozen sailboats, from 11 to 49 m, are already preregistered, including a former winner of the event, Stiren, and two exceptional threemasted schooners. Twenty yachts, who have all been part of the beautiful history of sailing and ocean racing for more than 100 years, are expected in the Panerai Transat Classique 2019.

A new race, new course. After the wonderful welcome

Designed in 2006 by Loïc Blanken and François Séruzier,

the Transat Classique 2008 led the yachts from Douarnenez to Agadir, Morocco, then from Agadir to the island of Saint Barth in the West Indies. Stiren, a superb yawl from 1959 designed by Olin Stephens won two of the two stages on corrected time, and became the first overall winner of the event. The Panerai Transat Classique 2012 saw a change of format: with one start from

Douarnenez, and another from Saint-Tropez there were two separate rallies to Cascais, Portugal. The entire fleet then joined at the island of Barbados, the easternmost island of the West Indies, and, by winning both stages in both real time and corrected time, White Dolphin, a 1967 Ketch Marconi, designed by the Italian architect Beltrami, won the Grand Slam. Finally, in 2015, on a simpler course (Lanzarote - Fort-de-France), but just as subtle and with tonic weather conditions, the magnificent auric schooner Altair - 40 m long! - designed by the brilliant William Fife III and built in 1931, crossed the line in just over 13 days for 2,800 miles of racing, an exceptional average of nearly 9 knots that will serve as a reference for the 2019 edition of the Panerai Transat Classique. Who will be next on the list of winners?


BWA Yachting Pentathlon 24th March 2018 Club Nautico Barcelona 2pm – 10pm operations.spain@bwayachting (+34) 667 440 059 #BWAPentathlon2018

Sport For All Supporting the Johan Cruyff Foundation’s quest to promote activity for children– with and without disabilities– ensuring they play, grow and develop together, the BWA Yachting Pentathlon is certainly one for the diary this March. A fun filled event that incorporates some of the children who benefit from the program, it is not too late for your crew, team or company to sign up! Hosted at the Club Natació

Barcelona on 24th March, the annual BWA Pentathlon promises to be a thrilling day of sporting endeavor, fun and fundraising for participators and spectators alike. Teams from around the marine industry will compete in the seventh edition of the BWA Pentathlon, a sporting charity event that raises funds for the foundation of legendary Dutch soccer player and manager Johan Cruyff. Entry places for crewmember and yachting industry professional teams are still available for this unique experience, while sponsorship opportunities are also being offered for those companies seeking to express social responsibility and support a worthy cause.

one would expect from a winning combination, one that comprises the world’s leading superyacht service provider and one of soccer’s most celebrated stars. Cruyff, a three-times ‘Ballon d’Or’ winner, is credited with inventing the philosophy of Total Football, making it a fitting collaboration with BWA who offer true 360-degree supplies and service to their clients. Competing in five action packed events the teams will comprise of representatives from crew belonging to different yachts docked in Barcelona and surroundings, joined by a number of the disabled children the foundation benefits.

Each year to date the occasion has proven to be the success

The program starts at 1pm at Club Natació Barcelona

with a presentation and briefing, where all competitors collect their souvenir t-shirt. Following a warm-up action begins in earnest at 3pm. In the pool an imaginative collection of aquatic challenges awaits, with inflatable obstacle courses, rowing events and swimming races ensuring the event gets underway with a splash. Simultaneously, land-based activities will take place, utilizing some of Barcelona’s word-renown sports and beach facilities. Free refreshments are supplied throughout to ensure participants remain hydrated, while the day rounds off with the highly anticipated Prize Giving Ceremony, Raffle Draw & closing party with open bar. As an event, the Pentathlon


“Choose the best player for every position, and you’ll end up not with a strong XI, but with eleven strong 1’s.” Johan Cruyff couldn’t be a better analogy for organizer BWA Yachting’s own company–it requires the application of expert skill across a variety of disciplines, the determination and stamina to continuously surmount a variety of challenges, and yet while highly competitive it retains the elements of fun, enjoyment and ultimate satisfaction. Speaking of the months of work the Barcelona office has put into organizing the day, Antonella Della Pietra, BWA Yachting Spain’s Managing Partner told us: “The entire team and myself look very much forward to this event and are glad to be able to bring together the yachting community for such a special day. We have seen the children growing year after year, and warmed to each one of them. Their smiling faces at the end of the day are priceless.” The list of prestigious supporting companies and organizations attests to popularity and goodwill generated by the event, with committed support from

within the yachting industry and well beyond. Longstanding sponsors including Club Natacio Barcelona, OneOcean Port Vell, H10 Hotels, Circuit de Barcelona, Villanova Grand Marina, Port Adriano, Ibiza Magna, Port Tarraco, Astilleros de Mallorca. A number of opportunities for those wishing to contribute still exist however, with promotion and participation packages tailored to fit a wide range of budgets. More than simply a football player, manager and technical director, Cruyff was a visionary whose genius just happened to be expressed in football. His foundation, with the contribution of benefactors like BWA Yachting, ensures that each week over 200,000 children with and without

disabilities participate in sport. As we look forward to attending the BWA Yachting Pentathlon on the 24th March, perhaps it is fitting the final word goes to the past master

himself. “Disabled people who participate in sport, they don’t think about what they don’t have, but try to get better with what they do have. That is the same for me.”


By John Alcantara Boatshed Gibraltar

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How to Buy a Yacht Safely

The hull is what keeps the boat afloat! There seems to be an almost obsessive concern about osmosis on the part of many buyers when a much more likely cause of sinking are inadequately maintained sea cocks. How many buyers lift up the cabin sole and check that all the sea cocks operate correctly and that the hoses are not perished? Too few in my opinion! Ask the vendor to tell you when was the last time the boat was out of the water, what hull maintenance was carried out in the last two years, why? Ask the vendor to tell you if the yacht has ever been grounded or involved in an accident.

Buying a yacht is generally a big financial commitment for most people. Ensuring that you sell or buy successfully requires a little effort on your part. Let’s start with the physical yacht itself. There are four really important things that you need to ensure as part of a purchase or sale: 1) Integrity of the hull and deck 2) The state of the engine(s) 3) The state of the rigging 4) The state of the sails Many buyers abdicate responsibility for these four key points and engage a surveyor to give them a condition report. If you really want to extract value from a survey then the surveyor needs to be directed and that means doing a thorough initial inspection yourself

You do not need to go out on a sea trial to know that an engine is sound. Run it, look at it, listen to it, look at the exhaust fumes put it into gear against secure berthing lines and let it run up to

operating temperature. Ask impertinent questions about the maintenance regime. Look at the rigging is there any sign of corrosion or cracking? Are the chain plates securely anchored? When was the standing rigging last renewed? In the case of the sails make sure you know what’s in the sail wardrobe. Examine the fabric. Is the stitching sound? UV radiation damages sail fabric especially the stitching, use your own eyes. I do not value a boat by the marine electronics installed aboard. This can be changed relatively easily. The inexorable price/performance improvement of marine electronics in recent years and the ability of yachtsmen to buy their kit in tax free locations like Gibraltar lower its importance in any buying decision. Finally examine the safety gear and make a list of what is in date and what needs to be replaced. Do all of this BEFORE making an offer and before you engage in survey costs. So what do you need a surveyor for? A surveyor needs to be directed to find genuine “material defects”. A surveyor’s report padded out with photographs, telling you what model winches are installed or stating the obvious copied from the



broker’s yacht listing is as useful as a chocolate watch! If you’ve inspected the boat yourself you’ll know all about the safety equipment and all the other kit installed on the vessel. You don’t need a surveyor to tell you there are four out of date fire extinguishers on the boat! A good surveyor will be pleased to receive guidance to delve more deeply in those areas where your own inspection raised concerns. This makes his life more interesting and gets you immersed in what will soon become your own boat. If your chosen surveyor insists on doing things that would not add further insight beyond what your own inspection has revealed say so and if he insists remember you are the customer and you have choices. Then there is documentation to consider. A good broker will ensure that there is clear title to the vessel. If the vessel has been sold within the previous five years you will want the vendor to produce the previous Bill of Sale because the yacht registry will require it. What is the VAT status of the vessel? Can the vendor produce documentary evidence of payment of VAT? Does the vessel meet the EU RCD (Recreational Craft Directive)? Look for a CE certificate or a plaque stating CE compliance somewhere in the cockpit. If you find this daunting you shouldn’t, it’s all common sense. Boatshed Gibraltar is there to help guide you through the whole transaction and beyond making sure not only that you acquire a sound yacht but that you have a berth, insurance and a professional skipper (if you need one) to introduce you to handling your new vessel.


By David Robinson - IBI PLus

Transport Malta Stops Plan for Floating Dock in Sliema Dock was intended to be used for repairing yachts and other craft. A bid to install a floating dock in the middle of a key tourism area in Malta, Sliema Creek, has had to be stopped by Transport Malta in the face of opposition from tourism businesses and the Gzira local council. According to The Times of Malta, the dock was intended to be used for repairing yachts and other craft.

concession without any consultation being carried out. A source was quoted by The Times of Malta report, saying: “The request for proposals for a concession in such a prominent touristic place immediately raised the industry’s eyebrows not only because of its location in the middle of Malta’s tourism hub but also as it was never ever discussed. It was evident that the move was aimed to accommodate some particular company.”

Transport Malta recently allowed a 15-year concession for an unnamed private operator to locate a floating dock of 50sq m to undertake repairs on yachts and other craft up to 25m (82ft) in the middle of the creek. The concession was necessary to support the supply of power, fresh water and other facilities to the dock. Permission for the dock was revoked within a week of the concession licence being issued because of the strong opposition to the plan. The area is already a key yacht repair, maintenance and refit area, as it is the location of the Manoel Island Yacht Yard which has facilities for handling yachts up to about 50m (164ft). It appears that Transport Malta agreed to the

to race in the island of St. Maarten’s first major event since Hurricane Irma passed through in September. With three weeks to go, organizers have ensured that the parties and entertainment will continue to be legendary as they complement four days of serious on-thewater competition. The world-class St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is known for attracting a largely international fleet of maxi, monohull and multihull boats. This year’s roster is comprised of teams coming mostly from North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Sir Richard Matthews will skipper his 42-foot Judel Vrolijk designed Power of Love to represent one of ten UKbased teams competing. “People keep coming back to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, because it’s good competition and a great place to race,” said Matthews who

first raced in the event over 25 years ago. His team won its class last year, racing his Humphreys 39 Oystercatcher XXX1. “We’ve done quite a lot of sailing in the Caribbean, and I have had 31 race boats under the Oystercatcher name, but this year we will be racing a new boat coming down from America, which is slightly larger than what we competed in last year. We’re very competitive, but at the same time we sail for fun.” The regatta, kicks off Thursday, March 1 with the separately scored Gill’s Commodores Cup. On Friday, the fleet embarks on the event’s 26-nautical mile Around the Island Race before taking on a series of windward-leeward races on Saturday and a single coastal race on Sunday. Each day of racing is rounded out with shoreside entertainment from the “Regatta Village” located at Princess Port de Plaisance Resort and Casino and the Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance (across from race host St. Maarten Yacht Club.

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Interview By: Kate Tarratt Cross Go with the Glow

Stew of the Month – Sarah Buttery What did you do before yachting, and how did your yachting career first begin? I did many things before my yachting career but mostly worked in childcare. Some of the jobs included working in a daycare in New Zealand and as a nanny in England, Italy and France. When I wasn’t working, I travelled. My first yachting job was on a small catamaran in Corfu Greece. I got the job through an online agency. What has been your favourite boat you’ve worked on, and why? My favourite boat would be my first “proper” super yacht job on M/Y Infinity. I was new to the industry so everything, everywhere was new and exciting. I also worked with an

awesome crew and the boat owners were a very lovely English family. What are the best and worst parts about working onboard? Yachting is a great way to earn a good living and see some of the world whilst doing so. The worst parts would definitely include having to be on someone else’s time and schedule and never really being able to make any future plans. How do you keep sane on charter? I read. I always have a good book at hand. Also, whenever possible, I will go for a run! Just getting off the boat for an hour or so and doing some exercise while listening to some good beats makes me feel great again. What are your best strategies for spoiling charter guests? I guess simple things. Listen to what they say in general conversation and try pick up on anything they may like

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or dislike that has not been mentioned before and cater to their needs, wishes and wants as much as possible.

cleaning product. Be a helpful crew member - got to love other crew members who help with the laundry!

What’s the coolest thing you have done for guests? I make their beds, clean their bathrooms, serve them all their meals, snacks and drinks so, besides all that cool stuff, I would say just trying to make their time on board the best times of their lives. Encouraging family time, no work, living and loving the moment.

Tell us about your funniest embarrassing moment on board. There was once an incident with red wine and a cream side/ceiling panel. All I was trying to do was open the bottle of wine and it went terribly wrong. To make matters worse this was my first boss trip on a new boat. Thankfully I worked for a complete gentleman and he did not say a thing or even give me a look of horror as red wine sprayed all over the bar area and all over the cream panels.

What is your signature cocktail? A good, no, a great Mojito and this past season Espresso Martinis. What is your favourite yachting destination? Montengero. It’s such a beautiful spot. If you owned a superyacht, what would you do differently? I would definitely go to more “off the beaten track” places and never make my crew work back to back charters. What is your on-board pet hate? Mmmm, my pet hate is people just not using their initiative. What career achievement are you most proud of? Working on a new build, S/Y Heureka, as chief stewardess. Best housekeeping tip/hack? Google translate is your friend when in foreign language countries. Also, making sure you are buying the correct

What’s your favourite adventure in Mallorca? I love going for hikes with my boyfriend in Mallorca. I’ve seen so much of the island this way. It’s a great way to spend your day, whether you pack a picnic or eat at a local restaurant. If you could give your 20yr old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t ever judge yourself in comparison to others. Instead, judge yourself against what you know you’re capable of. What’s your plan for the future? My future plans are to do something with more meaning to me, something where I contribute to better society.


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From Ship to Shore – Nicky Obank How long did you work in yachting? I worked in yachting from 2010 until 2015 and then on and off until now. You never know what might lure you back again! Can you tell me about your yachting career – highlights, low points? I got my first job through a friend whose brother in law was the skipper on a classic yacht and he needed a cook / stew for the summer season. I had just finished a winter season in the Alps and was ready for an adventure on the high seas, so jumped at the chance. I worked for a lovely English family who had 2 daughters aged 10 and 7 years old. I immediately got on well with them all but



during my first season I often felt slightly out of my depth. I would frantically search for easy recipes while adapting to the limited shopping facilities all to impress the family and my discerning skipper. I was however, lucky enough to have some of my friends help out on deliveries. This gave me a lot in terms of moral support plus I had a hand with the cooking and night watches. My last season on the boat was spent in the Caribbean. We shipped the boat across to the US Virgin Islands, cruised the BVI’s before heading down to St Maarten in an epic storm just to be there on time. Over the course of the winter we also cruised The Grenadines and the gorgeous islands that are scattered north of Grenada all the way up to Antigua. The owners invited Simon Le Bon and his beautiful wife to the Antigua Classic Regatta. We had a brilliant week of fun and sailing with them and they mucked in like the rest of us! The Caribbean season was one of the highlights of my job. We had several weeks with no guests on board allowing us to enjoy a lot of down time while experiencing the fun of local island life in Antigua. I’d say the low points were the times when I felt very far away from my friends and family. We spent several weeks at a time away and although it wasn’t that long ago, we didn’t have the luxury of any internet and phone calls were

very expensive so I this often made me feel isolated. How did you know it was time for you to make the move to land? I felt that I had been lucky enough to work on a boat that I loved and with very understated owners. I did a short stint on a bigger sailing boat cooking for 6 crew and an owner with a difficult wife. The boat was falling apart and the owners kept changing their mind about when they wanted to use it so I decided life was too short and it was time to go out on my own. What was the most difficult thing about the transition? The money! Suddenly not having a nice guaranteed income every month and having to work all the hours that god sends to try and make a living. What was the best thing about it? Having the freedom to do things when I wanted and being able to move in to a house and start feeling settled. What do you miss most about yachting? Being on the water. I loved the sailing and exploring of new places. What do you do now? I started my own pie company called Coastal Crumbs which I did successfully for two years but for personal reasons I decided to stop. I was then approached by a friend who owns a well established sunglass business called Crew Eyewear. The business is a mobile retail unit that brings top quality sunglasses to crew on yachts. I am now helping to grow the business along the Côte d’Azur the whole time

highlighting the importance of looking after our eyes in an industry where eye care is often overlooked. We not only supply crew with high end and well-known sunglass brands, but also offer a service for personalizing sunglasses with the yachts name both for charter guests and for crew as part of their uniform. We have plans to expand in Barcelona and Mallorca so crew can look forward to stepping off the back of the boat and have a team member of Crew Eyewear there ready to help them find the perfect pair of sunglasses. At the end of 2017, Crew Eyewear teamed up with ACREW which has expanded the business greatly already. Do you have any advice for fellow yachties about going land-based? Make sure you have saved enough money before you take the plunge as you soon realize how expensive living costs are once you don’t have the luxuries of boat freebies and all your meals cooked for you. Have a good strategy for what you plan to do and research it thoroughly. There are lots of complications with running a business in Europe and it is essential to know what you’re getting in to.

NEWS 4 STEWS and lovely fragrances adorn their shelves. Heeley is one of the few owner-founder and independent luxury perfume houses in Europe. Rialto Living stock most of the scents made by the Yorkshire-born alchemist James Heeley. His exclusive perfumes boast name like ‘Menthe Fraiche’, ‘Hippie Rose’ and ‘Esprit du Tigre’. ‘Sel Marin’ is one of their best sellers and is like having sun, warm sand and a gentle breeze of fresh sea air liquefied and ingeniously trapped in a little glass bottle. It’s totally addictive.

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Pick of the Month Stewardess’ Pick of the Month from Rialto Living Our favourite lifestyle store in Palma A small dab of perfume can feel quite empowering. Just as putting on a largebrimmed feather fedora hat or huge Jackie-O sunglasses can feel like an instant transformation, so can a few drops of eau de toilette hint at a hidden identity. And while once upon a time women preferred having a signature scent for life, fragrances

have lately become more of an accessory. We alternate fragrances daily — or more frequently— to match our clothes, plans, mood and who we decide we want to be today.

Swede Ben Gorham founded BYREDO in 2006 after being inspired by the rich aromas of spices and incense while visiting his mother’s hometown in India. Most popular perfumes include ‘Gypsy Water’, a scent of fresh soil, deep forests and campfires and ‘Bal d’Afrique’, a warm and romantic vetiver inspired by Paris in the late 20s and its infatuation with African culture.

Whether you love wearing sweet and romantic floral notes or lean towards woody scents which conjure up images of winding forest paths, scents are as individual as you are, mixing with your particular skin chemistry to create a scent which is uniquely you. As March is the month of World Scent Day we thought it only befitting to have a nosey around life style emporium Rialto Living and sniff out what pretty bottles

Rialto Living, conveniently located on Calle Sant Feliu 3, is just a stone’s throw away from Palma’s STP and sells a wide selection of eye-catching super yacht must-haves. Have a snoop around and see for yourself. And if you make a purchase don’t forget to flash your STP (or other) entry card so you can relax in their leafy, oasis-like café and sip on a complimentary ‘cafe con leche’ before you head back to the boat.

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that much time left and still too many things to be done. We are also seeing the arrival of the young hopefuls who are looking for a start in the industry, along with the return of yachts from the Caribbean as well as the more seasoned “yachtie” looking for a new gig after a winter of travelling for fun.

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Easter is on the Way! Can you believe it? March and we are almost at Easter, technically the beginning of the season here in the Mediterranean. Things are starting to hot up, yachts are madly trying to get their winter work completed and stewardesses are beginning to realise that there is not

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holidays. Not unlike February, this is a month that is all about chocolate and that is what I would like to talk about this month. The lovely, glorious, comforting and sublime taste of chocolate, and where would we be without it. Our beloved friend originates from as far back as 1900 BC where in the Central America region the Aztecs believed that the cacao seeds were a gift from the god of wisdom and were so valuable that they were used as a form of currency. Use of the fermented bean as a drink has been traced back to around 1400 BC where in Mexico it

was served as an alcoholic beverage. The Mayan people also identified cacao with the gods, and would flavour their chocolate with chilli peppers and cornmeal. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, chocolate was imported to Europe where it quickly became a favourite of the Royal courts. It was here that sugar was first introduced to the drink and then later alkaline salts to reduce its bitterness and a process of pressing which removed some of the natural fats making chocolate cheaper and more consistent. The first chocolate bar was made in the UK in 1842 and in 1847

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Joseph Fry learned how to make chocolate mouldable by adding back melted cacao butter. Milk chocolate was then developed in 1875 by Daniel Peter in Switzerland who added a powdered milk which had been developed by Nestlé. The cacao bean is a brownishred almond shaped bean which is embedded inside a sheath and surrounded by pulp. The beans are very bitter due to the alkaloids within them and evidence suggests that it is the sweet pulp that may have been consumed first. There are two types of cacao bean; Forastero which is the easier bean to grow and the Crillo bean which is believed to be the tastier bean. Today the main exporter of the cacao bean is

Dominican Republic followed by Peru, Mexico and Ecuador. We have come a long way since then, with chocolate and the art of the Chocolatier becoming widely available to all. Switzerland leads the world in chocolate consumption, followed by Austria and then, believe it or not Ireland. The best chocolate manufacturers can be argued about forever as of course, it is all based on the personal taste of the consumer. However, some of the most famous brands can be listed as Valrhona, Godiva, Ghiradelli, Guylian, Lindt, Blacks, Cazenave, Hirsinger, Richart, Teuscher, and Charbonet et Walker to name but a few, and that is without taking into account the numerous independent

Unfortunately for us, it is possible to die if you eat too much chocolate due to the high levels of Theobromine which is a stimulant and can cause heart failure, seizures, acute kidney damage and dehydration. However, you would need to eat 20lbs or about 40 bars of chocolate so go steady and be sure to not overdo it on the Easter eggs this month. But perhaps I

should say GUESTURE eggs… if the internet is to be believed and Cadbury’s are renaming our favourite Easter treat, we will no longer be calling them Easter Eggs. And just in case you are interested, my favourite is Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter from VIP Service School. Please check our website for full details of all our training courses.

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The Secret of Umami: Unlocking the Fifth Taste This week I received a little present from the Michelin starred chef, Ricard Camarena. Apparently he has spent the last few years developing a new product called “Letern” and he very kindly sent a nicely packaged bottle to all the Michelin starred chefs in Spain. Ricard Camarena has been using this anchovy essence for the last six years as a taste enhancer and as a substitute for salt in his stocks and broths, whether they contain fish, meat or vegetables. “Anchovy brine is my salt”, he states, “It’s the umami of the sea and has everything the sea contains: salt, iodine, oxide and the salting of fish over time”. I must admit that I liked it a lot and it has inspired me to make my own mix. So what is umami and why are chefs obsessing over it? Basically umami is the

enigmatic fifth taste, a rich, meaty flavour and a catalyst that unlocks and defines the deliciousness in certain savoury foods. About 3,000 years ago, Greek philosophers came up with the concept of our four elemental tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Their theory remained intact right up until the early 20th century, when a scientist in Japan discovered a fifth taste: umami. But unlike the traditional four tastes, umami it seems, is a bit more complicated. In Japan, people have for years used dashi, an umami-rich stock made from kombu (seaweed), to illicit the best flavour from food. The concept of umami has been recognised in the East for a long time, but only over the past decade or so has umami started to play an increasingly important role in the West. Now obsessive chefs believe that if you can find the perfect balance of the five basic tastes: sweet, salt, bitter, sour and umami, you’ll have some sort of culinary utopia! Thankfully for those who don’t want to douse all their food in soy sauce, fish sauce and glutamate there are some naturally occurring umami rich foods such as sardines, mackerel, oysters, mushrooms, truffles, soy beans, potatoes and tomatoes out there. Tomatoes actually take on an intense umami flavour when they are dried and there are a number of reasons why the flavour of tomatoes changes during both the cooking and drying processes.

The first is that the tomatoes are sprinkled with fairly high levels of salt to help to remove moisture. During the drying or cooking process this causes all of the flavour molecules to become more concentrated. The resulting flavour is more intense and without getting too technical, the glutamic acid breaks down over the course of the drying process - due to the evaporation of water and introduction of salt - and changes into different aroma molecules. That’s why a basic tomato sauce or ketchup has lots of umami, but when you dry tomatoes, they have considerably more and they can also flavour so many dishes. Now is the perfect time to try your own sundried tomatoes and unlock all that hidden umami!

Oven, Sun-Dried Tomatoes Ingredients : 2 kl ripe plum tomatoes 6 garlic cloves, crushed 6 tbsp chopped oregano 1 tbsp sea salt (flor de sal) freshly ground black pepper Extra virgin olive oil Preheat the oven to the lowest heat setting. Slice the tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out most of the seeds. Salt the insides and turn the cut side down on a wire cooling rack- leave for half an hour, then rinse and dry. Mix the crushed garlic with the oregano and black pepper. Spread this mix over the cut side of the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes cut side up in a roasting tray and dribble over olive oil into the tray. Cook in the oven for 4-6

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hours or leave in the sun for up to two days, taking them in at night. Place the tomatoes in a sterilized kilner jar and cover with extra virgin oil. Use in any recipe that requires sun-dried tomatoes. Store in a cool, dark place, the tomatoes should keep for 6 months. Refrigerate upon opening and keep for 1 month covered with olive oil. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto *Pesto rosso is a variation on traditional green pesto. The addition of sundried tomatoes gives it a distinctive, milder flavor. Try it with pasta, smeared on bruschetta or brush it on a chicken before roasting. Ingredients: 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 100 ml olive oil 150 g sundried tomatoes 1 tbsp. pine nuts 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese A twist of black pepper Place all the ingredients except the oil into the container of a food processor; blend and gradually add the oil with the processor running on high speed. Store the pesto in a tightly closed jar in the fridge.

Homemade Sun-Dried Tomato Ketchup Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 40-50 mins Ingredients: 250g sun dried tomatoes, chopped 4 fresh tomatoes, deseeded & chopped 2tbsp tomato puree 1 red onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic A small piece of fresh ginger, peeled & chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 1 red chili, deseeded & chopped 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp paprika Sea salt Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan and add the onion, garlic, ginger and chili. Cook gently over a low heat for 5 to 6 minutes until softened, stirring every so often. Add the tomatoes; sun dried tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, paprika and 300ml of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Blend the ketchup in a food processor until smooth. (Add a little water if necessary). Season with salt & pepper.

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Galley Goddess Here’s the truth folks, no fake news here, Mexican food is so good that Donald Trump wants to build a wall around it. Let me tell you, The Trump has really, really amazing taste in food, he really knows food, Right? Believe me, there is no other person that knows Mexican food, because it’s tremendous and just because really bad people invented the greatest food, it is really, really good. Tremendous. He knows this because he is not a loser, being a loser is really boring. He really likes tacos, a taco bowl, he’s not stupid, because a taco bowl is a meal with a wall around it. They are very, very good and he’s so smart, he’s going to make the Mexicans pay for those tacos. Mark my words. Oh dear, maybe we need to taco about it.....serve up Mexican food to your crew and usually there’ll be a



fiestas in the crew mess. But are you serving Tex Mex or real Mexican food? Is there a difference? You bet your fake orange spray tan there is. Tex Mex is a relatively new invention incorporating the more gringo elements to the classic Mexican cuisine. Basically Tex Mex is a combination of Northern Mexican and Texan rancher food. The differences can be summed up in the use of a few key ingredients found in the US that are scarcely used anywhere south of the Rio Grande. I’m talking about beef, wheat flour, black beans, canned tomatoes and cumin, cheese, cheese and more cheese. Bring it on!! But, then it all went to shit and Taco Bell invented the hard shell taco for which they should be shot for....... Taco Bell; basically a cheap alternative to laxatives and most probably the new synonym for McDonald’s. So there they were, those busy little non Mexicans, deep frying

the tacos because they kept fresher for a longer period and so very well suited to the fast food industry. Reason being because frying makes the tacos easier to assemble, their logic is that it is also easier to eat, Get your laughing gear around one of those babies and it’ll cut your cheeks open like shards of glass. And what is with a taco salad? Taco salad is all because f#*!k you and your rules. We have rules for a reason! Oh, then again, yes to a margarita and now feeling more generous towards Tex Mex; it’s only humble crime is that it is an Americanised version of Mexican food. Sort of similar to Indian restaurants in the UK. Introducing the idea of inexpensive, tasty, spicy food to the masses. And whether it be Tex Mex or authentic Mexican grub, grab your sombrero, and in the epic words of Speedy Gonzales ....¡Ariba Ariba!, ¡Andale, Andale! Texas Chilli Short Rib Tacos 1.8 kilos beef short ribs Salt 3 large onions, quartered 8 skin on garlic cloves, lightly crushed 3 tablespoons sunflower oil 3 poblano chilies, stemmed and seeded 3 pasilla or chile negro chilies stemmed and seeded 2 cups beef caldo/stock 400g can chopped tomatoes 3 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips Warm small corn tortillas Sliced avocado Sliced radishes Sliced pickled jalapeños,

Crumbled Cotija cheese (substitute feta Coriander Lime wedges Season your short ribs with 2 teaspoons salt, cover and pop in the fridge for anything from 1 hour to a whole day. Preheat the grill and position your rack about 4 to 6 inches from the heat. On a large baking tray toss the onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes until the vegetables are charred in spots. Let cool and then discard the garlic skins. Heat your oven to 180C and in a large enameled cast iron casserole dish, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add your chilies and toast over a moderate heat, turning occasionally until they are fragrant and pliable. Add the beef stock, remove from heat, cover and let stand until the chillies are softened, about 5 minutes. In a blender, working in 2 batches, puree the chopped tomatoes with the chocolate chips, onions and garlic and the chillies and their soaking liquid until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Make sure you wipe out your casserole dish. Pat the short ribs dry with paper towels. In the casserole dish, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, add half the ribs, searing them over a moderately high heat. Transfer and repeat with the remaining ribs. Add the sauce and return the first batch of ribs and their juices to the casserole. Bring to a simmer and cook in the oven for 2


hours until the ribs are very tender. Lovely..... Transfer the ribs to a plate and let cool slightly, then skim the fat from the surface of the sauce. Shred the meat into bite sized pieces and discard the bones. Return the meat to the sauce and cook over a moderately low heat until heated through. Serve the short ribs in the warm corn tortillas and garnish with sliced avocado, radishes, jalapeños, feta, coriander leaves and lime wedges. Delish! Chilli Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon light brown sugar Half teaspoon chipotle

chile powder 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 680grams skirt steak, cut into 12 cm strips 12 corn tortillas, warmed Pico de Gallo Avocado salsa Shredded cabbage In a large zip lock bag, combine the paprika, ancho powder, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, chipotle, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Add the lime juice and oil and shake the bag to blend. Add the steak to the bag and seal. Let the steak sit at room

temperature for at least 2 hours. Preheat a plancha or frying pan and cook the steak over moderately high heat, turning only a few times, lightly charring on the outside. If you are going for medium rare, about 10 minutes should do it. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice steak and serve with tortillas, Pico de Gallo, avocado salsa and cabbage There is no coincidence that the salsa, Pico de Gallo colours match those of the Mexican national flag, how lovely is that? The gorgeous key to this salsa is adding plenty of lime juice and salt and not skimping on the chillies. Because without the glorious burst of acidity and heat, you’re just eating boring old chopped tomatoes.

Salsa Pico de Gallo 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced (1 and a half cups 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion 1 small fresh jalapeño chile, finely chopped including seeds, or more to taste 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice or more to taste 1/2 teaspoon salt Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Season to taste with additional chilli and lime juice. Before serving, stir it well and drain any excess liquid that has accumulated in the bowl. Viva Mexico!! Galley Goddess



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HEALTH & WELLNESS us it seems there are changes every year! The CPR changes in 2010 were very dramatic. The rescue breath was eliminated, at least in the first few minutes of CPR. The pace of compressions became faster (100-120/minute) and depth of compressions was deeper.

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Updates on the Defibrillator In the day to day functions of your vessel, the defibrillator lies in the back of a closet or under the helm station. If the crew is diligent and safety minded, it’s on a checklist and gets a cursory inspection from time to time. Hopefully once or twice a year, when the medical supplies are reviewed, it gets a closer look. The defibrillator is deserving of so much more respect and attention. In a recent press release from a leading defibrillator manufacturer, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, “Oasis of the Seas” used their defibrillator on a passenger who collapsed with “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” or SCA. Fortunately, a doctor

was close by, started CPR and called for the defibrillator. Two shocks were delivered and the passenger was transported to a local hospital where they underwent cardiac surgery and recovered. The ship had multiple defibrillator units strategically placed throughout the vessel. Their particular device was designed to be so easy to use that even minimally trained persons could successfully respond to a cardiac arrest scenario. Sadly, only 5% of SCA victims survive, in part because a defibrillator was not available, no one knew CPR or the victim was too far away from medical care. Make sure you get CPR training with a defibrillator and keep it updated regularly. Every few years the American and European Heart Associations review the protocols for CPR and make recommendations for changes. I know for many of

This also meant that many defibrillators, set to the old protocols, required updating. Many defibrillators need to be sent back to the factory for updates. This will mean taking your defibrillator out of service and the update will be at your expense. Ask for a loaner until your unit is returned to ensure you always have one available in an emergency. This might also be the best time to consider updating to a new defibrillator. There are several defibrillators on the market, including the device used on the cruise ship, that are reprogrammable by using a computer with a free download. That means you will have a defibrillator that is always current and never needs to be removed from service. The newer devices are so easy to use that untrained people, and even children, can use them. They calmly talk you through all of the actions of CPR and some devices actually tell you when you are doing compressions deep enough and fast enough to be effective.

The devices use lithium batteries and have a long shelf life before replacing batteries and electrodes. In recent years, there have been reports of lithium batteries overheating and causing fires. This has lead to restrictions on shipping by air, any lithium battery replacements. For this reason, make sure you keep spare batteries in stock before you travel to remote areas where the batteries are not available. Not all defibrillators are meant to be used in a marine environment. So, if considering a new defibrillator purchase, look for a water ingress rating of 55 or better. To recap: • Inspect the defibrillator, check battery and electrode expiration dates and replace if needed • Place the defibrillator in an easily accessible, central location • Familiarize everyone to defibrillators location • Check the manufacturer’s website for updates or recalls • Get a quote for a new device if your current defibrillator was manufactured before 2005 • Get CPR trained or have your training updated every 2-3 years and ask the instructor to use your defibrillator brand in your training

HEALTH & WELLNESS safe and inexpensive. The most frequent side effect of magnesium is diarrhoea, but lowering your dose or taking it less often can eliminate it. Or Epsom salts bath offer transdermal magnesium uptake. To increase your daily magnesium intake, eat more fibre. Dietary sources of magnesium include beans, whole grains, seeds, nuts and vegetables like broccoli, squash and leafy greens.

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• Heredity migraines • Food intolerances • Hormone imbalance • Vitamin or mineral imbalance • Dehydration

Migraines and Headaches Tension headaches, hormonal headaches and migraines are very common and can be debilitating for some. There are more symptoms than just pain with migraines attacks, including: sensitivity to light, noise or smells; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and upset stomach. Most headaches occur due to a combination of nerve signals sent from the blood vessels and muscles in the head, triggers can include: • Sinus infections, colds, fever or throat infection. • Stress • Eyestrain or back strain • Environmental causes such as second-hand tobacco smoke, smells from chemicals or perfumes

Natural Headache Remedies Magnesium Magnesium is one of the most successful headache remedies, People who suffer from serious headaches, often have low levels of magnesium, and several studies suggest that magnesium may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks in people with low levels. Magnesium may prevent the wave of brain signalling, called cortical spreading depression, which produces the visual and sensory changes that are common when experiencing a headache, especially a migraine. Magnesium can block the paintransmitting chemicals in the brain. Taking 200–600 mg of magnesium a day can reduce the frequency of headache attacks. Both oral and intravenous magnesium are widely available, extremely

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Gluten-Free Diet When people with gluten sensitivity eat foods containing gluten, it can lead to a headache. Many patients who have undiagnosed celiac disease and migraine headaches often see either complete resolution of migraine headaches, or a significant reduction in the frequency and strength of symptoms after giving up gluten. Try to cut back on your daily intake of gluten, especially cut out wheat, look for natural options, avoid ”Gluten-free” processed food. Methyl B-Complex Vitamins Many B vitamins are involved in the formation of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which may be deficient in people who suffer from migraines, causing energy slumps, unhealthy blood cell and adrenal effects, foggy thinking and headache symptoms. A Methyl B-complex vitamin includes a group of eight water-soluble vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin and pantothenic acid. Together, these vitamins improve brain cells, circulation, immune function, energy and cardiovascular health.

Stay Hydrated The dehydrating effects of coffee, sugary drinks and alcohol can certainly leave us with a killer headache. Most of us simply aren’t getting enough water, which in itself can relieve headache pain and symptoms. This simple (and free) remedy will keep you feeling full, energized and headache-free. You can also quench your thirst and stay hydrated with fruits and veggies including: • Cucumber • celery • radishes • green peppers • cabbage • zucchini • spinach • watermelon • strawberries • melon • oranges Stretching and De-stressing Staying in one position for extended time, like sitting at your desk or computer, can lead to body tension and create headache symptoms. An easy way to avoid this is to take a break every 30-60 minutes — stretch and move your head and neck around in a circular motion. This will relieve the built up stress and can help in avoiding headaches. Doing yoga is a great way to relieve built-up tension. Yoga clears your mind and loosens your muscles — it improves respiration, vitality and muscle strength. Address your stress levels, unwind, get fresh air and give yourself some YOU time! For more info and upcoming events check Suzanne Garaty’s website:

HEALTH & WELLNESS ordinarily see. It’s the perfect way to do some team building outside of work and form a stronger bond. It’s also a great activity to get involved in prior to hitting the bars. Please drop me a line to find out how you and or your crew or associates can get involved. The Must Have Piece of Equipment for Your Boat

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If this list appeals to you or even something in the list pushes a button somewhere, then find out how your time in Palma can be spent productively but in a fun way. You and your boat crew can join up to adventure and experience the real Mallorca. One that you may not

What if I said to you how do you feel about: • Using every muscle in your body • Burning a load of calories especially fat • Having a really fun time • Challenging yourself • Working as a team and feeling like part of something • Vitamin D exposure and all its benefits (strength, healing, bone density, happiness…) • Totally disconnecting • Combating depression and the reverse - a high release of endorphins or feel good hormones • Enjoy time in nature • Experiencing a kind of meditation • Enjoying a cultural experience • Seeing places you have never seen before and never



Easy to transport they come in metal, plastic coated and even material filled with sand, the kettlebell; one of the oldest strength training bits of kit known to man, dating right back to Roman times Kettlebells are excellent for strength training providing more of a dynamic unstable object to push and press With. They challenge the grip more with their shape and dimension and can be tossed and swung to improve any athletic discipline, using primarily the from the ´hip snap´. They can also be used

to strengthen the back and alleviate back pain when used properly. If you have never been shown how to use the kettlebell then definitely have a coach to begin with. There is certain cue´s you need to know to be safe. Finally, what you think you are doing and what you are actually doing can be two totally different things. There are endless exercises you can perform and having a programme and instructional demonstration can open up a whole new training world to you. The versatile and essential piece of fat burning, muscle building and endurance trainer for your tool kit that lasts forever. Drop me a line if you would like some sessions, a programme for your boat workouts or any direction about anything above.

HEALTH & WELLNESS because, in our day-to-day lives, we unknowingly limit and control the breath. When this happens repeatedly over a lifetime, the quality and capacity of our natural breath becomes significantly contracted and altered.

A Detox for Every Level of Your Being Seán Herron, 45, is an Irishborn Transformational Breath coach who offers one-to-one breathwork sessions and workshops in Mallorca. Here he explains why connecting to our breath is the key to good health and overall wellbeing: Did you know through inhaling, as the breath feeds the cells of the entire body with oxygen, we obtain 80% of our energy? And then, through exhaling carbon dioxide, we discharge a massive 70% of our body’s toxins. Our breath is the most immediate source of energy and healing for our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The problem is we are not making the most out of it. Most people breathe at less than 30% of their full lung capacity. Therefore, they do not have nearly as much energy as they should and are not ridding themselves of toxins properly. This is



Take a moment to notice your own breathing pattern. Do you hold your breath? Are you a chest breather? Is your breath shallow? Breathing patterns like these can leave you feeling tired, overwhelmed, irritated and anxious, leading to stress. The great thing about the breath is that it has the unique ability to be consciously manipulated. For centuries the East has used practices like yoga, qigong and tai chi, to reap the benefits of consciously applying control to the movement of the breath. They knew that if you want to access your body’s primary life-force (chi/prana) then you have to use your breath. Breathwork basically describes any therapy using breathing exercises with the aim of achieving greater selfawareness, an increased capacity for self-healing, and improvement in mental, physical and spiritual well-being. In the 70s, the pioneering Rebirthing Breathwork of Leonard Orr and the Holotropic Breathwork of psychiatrist Stanislav Grof led to the development of the unique techniques and methods that

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characterise and distinguish the various styles of breathwork today. One of the most therapeutic and cutting-edge breathwork techniques to evolve from these pioneering techniques is Transformational Breath. Developed by Dr Judith Kravitz more than 35 years ago, it has been endorsed by respected integrative medicine experts such as Deepak Chopra and Christiane Northrup and, in 2014, was awarded Best Complimentary medicine by The Institute of Complimentary Medicine. Kravitz says, “Transformational Breath is a complete selfhealing system using conscious breathing to facilitate the natural healing process for all types of trauma, to gain greater physical, mental and spiritual health, and maintain optimal well-being.” How does it work?

The conscious connected breath activates a high frequency of electromagnetic vibration throughout the body and mind. According to the scientific principle of Entrainment, low frequency energy patterns are raised and transformed in the presence of the higher frequency energy state. This clears blockages within the energy systems. Former negative feelings stored in the cellular memory are often transformed and individuals report feeling more positive in their emotional states and less stress. “One session is equivalent to about two years of psychotherapy.” - Dr Henry Smith Rohrberg (American psychotherapist) What can I expect from a Transformational Breath session? • Experience deeply nourishing

peace and relaxation • Feel completely energised • Move beyond whatever is standing in the way of you and your happiness • Let go of emotional baggage permanently and easily • Become aware of emotions halting your personal growth • Release anxiety and stress • Alleviate depression • Understand the nature of spirit • Open your breath and expand your life As you can see, quite literally, when you change your breath you change your life. Transformational Breathing is simple, safe and can be experienced anywhere by everyone regardless of age and health. The technique is easy to learn and, once you know how, you only need 10 minutes a day to breathe. Some dates for events are listed below. Get in touch with

Seán for further information about one-to-one breathing sessions and workshops in Mallorca. Transformational Breath Seminar Training (Levels 1,2 and 3) Sunday 25th March Saturday 31st March, 2018 Location: Tramuntana Flow, Mallorca Facebook: Transformational Breath Seminar in Mallorca 3-Day Detox Retreat (in collaboration with Raw and Vegan) Thursday 10th Sunday 13th May, 2018 Location: Son Duri, Mallorca 7-Day Detox Retreat (with Yoga, breath sessions and sound baths) Location: Dima, Centre for Conscious Living, Mallorca 4021/dima-detox-retreat Transformational Breath 3-hour Workshops Sunday 26th June, 2018 Location: Lucky Bodies, Santa Catalina, Mallorca Sunday 29th July, 2018 Location: Cal Reiet, Santanyi, Mallorca Individual sessions are available in the centre of Palma at Yerba Buena. Private breath sessions are available on boats by request.

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Raynaud’s Phenomenon / Syndrome Raynaud’s Syndrome has cropped up on 4 occasions in my clinic since April, which is most unusual as we do not often see a true Raynauld’s patient in The Physiotherapy Centre, most likely because we have a warm and temperate climate here in Mallorca. Actually none of my patients suffered from Raynaud’s. Each patient has been considered to have Raynaud´s as part of a differential diagnostic. In other words, the problem presented as Raynauld’s but the symptoms were in fact caused by something completely different. Raynaud´s Phenomenon or Syndrome is when the blood vessels to your hands or feet tighten up in a spasm which temporarily causes a diminished blood supply to your fingers or toes which then turn very pale with the lack of oxygenated blood flow. Other body parts can also suffer this problem including the toes, nipples, ears and nose but it is usually the extremities which experience cold, numbness and/or tingling sensations. Using the example of the digits, Initially the fingers or toes become white (aka pallor) due to the lack of

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blood supply to the area. They may then turn bluey black (aka cyanosis) as the blood vessels open up to allow a greater flow into the area, then they again change colour to a pinky red (aka rubor) as the blood flow returns. This is a very startling phenomenon and particularly distressing the first time it occurs however Raynauds´s is not a life threatening disease and can be controlled by the sufferer with simply keeping the affected body parts warm in cold weather.

arrive at a correct diagnosis. This may sometimes require the patient to have a frustrating array of tests which will often come out negative and yet they are just as important as the positive findings. Raynaud´s Phenomenon Differential Diagnosis Raynauld´s can present as many other conditions: • Anatomical Anomalies such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. • Circulatory Disorders such as Peripheral Vascular Disease,

What is a Differential Diagnosis? A practitioners job is of course to correctly diagnose the patient´s problem, however many times it is equally important to know what the problem is not in order to

If you think you are suffering from Raynauld´s syndrome, as already mentioned, it may well be necessary to see more than one specialist and undergo several medical tests which will certainly include blood tests to check for autoimmune disorders and blood anomalies. EMG (electromyogram) to check if there is any neurological deficit and an MRI (magnetic resonance scan) may also be required for the differential diagnosis. The Specialists may well include the disciplines of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Neurology and Vascular Consultants. Further information and advise can be found on the UK National Health website.

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My Detox Program Based on the Worlds Premier Institute Do I Really Need to Detox? Generally, it is suggested that our bodies are designed to eliminate waste products. That is true to a certain extent but our bodies are simply not designed to deal with the enormous amount of chemicals and pesticides we are exposed to in our modern world. We ingest a variety of chemicals in the form of foods we choose to eat but many toxins enter our bodies without us being aware the process occurring, ie from our synthetic clothing, bedding, shoes, our car and the list goes on. The modern world bombards us with chemicals and our immune systems are not strong enough to to

The Hippocrates Detox Diet that I have been promoting for nearly 2 decades will be quite a shift for those who are eating a European diet or the SAD (Standard American) diet. This will mean cutting out items the body would normally have quite a bit of and initially at least, the bodies in question will complain rather loudly. There is no meat, dairy, wheat, caffeine or sugar in any form used in the Hippocrates diet and way of life. So, you may be asking what’s left? The most delicious and energizing fresh berries, vegetables, protein nuts &seeds, pates and sprouts with amazing spices to make your food and taste buds zing! It is very important to prepare and set your mind to begin a detox and not to think about it as being a punishment. The first couple of days could be challenging with a slight headache or feeling a little tied but after the 3rd day it begins to be a WOW, you will be amazed at the new sensations that you arise in your body. The Importance of Organic Produce We at Vegan & Raw Organics to go and delivery, totally believe that the food you

consume really needs to be organic. The pesticides and hormones that are used to grow non- organic fruit and veggies are highly toxic and there is absolutely no point trying to rid your body of toxins whilst still ingesting some of the very toxins you are attempting to eliminate, therefore it is very important to know that when you start a Detox that ALL the produce is certified BIO.

Do I Have to Drink Only Juices in Order to Detox? As a Hippocrates Health Educator, we suggest one day a week with only juices, the program I prepare here in Mallorca includes, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, plus 3 liters of liquid daily + wheatgrass and superfood supplements. For me this is not just a detox but an amazing lifestyle that can be followed by all, always.

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LEGAL & FINANCIAL NEWS will roll this out across the United States, and eventually globally. It is a noble task, and healthcare in the U.S. has been a sick man for as long as anyone can remember, with expensive cover to those who can afford it, and almost no cover to the millions who can’t. President Obama had a go at reform, with limited success and President Trump seems to be doing his best to mess it up even more, so positive change must be welcomed by all. Phil D. Coffers - The Islander Economics Correspondent

The Big Friendly Giants The healthcare business in the United States is on the verge of a major shakeup that could have global implications, good ones, or bad ones only time will tell. At the end of January, Wall Street behemoths JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway, the company of America’s most famous investor Warren Buffett teamed up with Amazon the pioneers of, well almost everything really, in order to set up their own healthcare company. CEOs of all the major U.S. healthcare providers spat out their coffee in unison. This is going to be big! Healthcare in America is big business, and it is expensive. Almost innumerable insurers, providers and middlemen all taking their slice of the pie have pushed prices up to

make the market the most expensive in the world. A large chunk of the cost is borne by companies who, by convention include health insurance as part of the salary packages for their employees and as a result is a major cost of doing business in the U.S. Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway will combine their expertise in logistics, finance and insurance respectively to set up healthcare for their combined total workforce of 1.1 million, with a view to making the system cheaper, more efficient, and better. If successful the aim is to not only deliver superior healthcare to their employees, but also to reduce a key overhead making their respective businesses more competitive. Sounds great, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it isn’t going to stop there. If they are successful, and you have to assume they are going to be, it seems inevitable that they

There is a downside to this however. Amazon, it goes without saying, are huge. Initially set up predominantly as an online retailer of books they have revolutionised that sector, forcing much of their competition out of business and closing book shops around the world, they have a hand in doing the same for the music business, are now big players in the TV business, have a publicly stated aim to be the World’s largest grocer, have taken on the pharmaceutical world. They have their own space programme with aims to reduce the cost of space flight, and now healthcare. It’s a similar story with Google. Established 20 years ago, a venerable age in modern terms as a search engine, they now control what you can see, and when you can

see it, the operating systems on most of the World’s phones, email, online storage, maps, navigation to name but a few. The rapid pace of innovation being led by Amazon and Google has given them competitive advantage to expand into more and more diverse fields, more or less unchecked. Financial regulation set up to avoid companies taking monopoly advantage are structured around preventing one company dominating a particular sector, rather than having a toe in the water of many different ones. It seems that nobody envisaged that the company that sold you a paperback might also end up selling you a tin of cat food, putting you in orbit and owning your Doctor. To date these giants of the new technologies have, by and large behaved themselves and carry themselves as benevolent dictators, and have undoubtedly enriched and improved lives as they have gone, but it may prove very foolish to assume that they always will, and unless we make sure that there is some way of controlling and monitoring them to ensure they always behave themselves they might just get to big to stop.


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The 18 Months Temporary Importation VAT Relief The Temporary Importation (TI) VAT relief is regulated in the provisions of the EU Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code means for non-EU vessels are intended for re-export may be temporarily be brought into and used for private purposes in the EU, or more strictly in the Customs territory of the Community, (which includes our territorial waters) without customs duties or Value Added Tax (VAT) needing to be paid. The period of the customs duties and VAT relief under TI is 18 months. A boat is

temporarily imported into the EU and not into one of the Member States; thus, it can move from one Member State to another with no further customs formalities during the 18-month period allowed. In case that the vessel shall not be moved the owner might apply to the Customs & Excise Office to put the vessel in bond, that is, the boat is laid up for a certain period of time not counting the period of non-use. Before starting new navigation said bond must be removed by the Customs. You should also know that the TI relief for means of transport covers spare parts and the accessories that accompany them, however if the importation is just - or mainly - for the purposes of major overhaul, refitting or refurbishment, it won’t be eligible for TI, but we should consider using Inward Processing (IP) instead. You may be able to claim total relief - custom duties and import VAT exemption - as

long as the vessel: • it’s registered outside the customs territory of the EU in the name of a person established outside that territory • if it’s not registered, it must be owned by a person established outside the customs territory of the EU • it’s used by someone established outside the customs territory of the EU • its use is private, or if it’s being used commercially, its journeys begin or end outside the customs territory of the EU

or ‘discharging’ a temporary importation procedure. If the boat does not leave before the end of that time then customs duty and VAT become due. In Spain the 21% VAT-rate.

The non-EU flagged vessel is just placed under TI by arriving in any EU although in order to state clear the period of 18 months and the tax situation we highly recommend to make written Customs declaration, which helps in case of being stopped by the Customs or Guardia Civil. The re-exportation of the goods from the Customs territory of the Community is the usual way of ending

However, is very important to observe very strictly all provisions, procedures and 18 months periods of time and the nature of the residence for tax purposes in the EU, then the consequences of any mistake these regards means the vessel arrested and VAT payment and sanctions immediately due (or bank guarantee due if you want to go to a several years long financial court procedure).

Finally, we just remind you that you are not limited to a single period of temporary import so that you can sail the yacht out of the EU one day and when you came back again for another holiday a new 18 months period of temporary importation can begin.


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St. James’s Place Wealth Management: Lifestyle Choice ‘Lifestyling’ is the default investment option of many pension savers, but relying on it may be the wrong approach. Many defined contribution pension plans automatically move savers’ investments into lower-risk funds as they approach their retirement age – a practice known as ‘lifestyling’. The exact mechanism varies between providers, but a typical structure would involve a move to 75% fixed interest, 25% cash, phased automatically over five to ten years to the chosen retirement date. “The idea is that you lock-in investment returns made in your 20s, 30s and 40s, and then limit exposure to riskier assets in your late 50s and early 60s,” says Ian Price, Divisional Director at St. James’s Place “That may be the right approach if you are trying to preserve your pension savings, but it is not



a risk-free option – there are some drawbacks.” What lifestyling normally does not do is offer any form of discretion or individuality in the investment strategy: the process involves mechanistic switches, triggered only by dates in the calendar. Thus, anyone within the phasing period of their lifestyle plan could find part of their pension investments being moved out of equities into bonds and cash at a time when equity markets have dropped. If the fixed-interest element is moved into gilts – as it often is – this would be another disadvantage because gilt yields are at historic lows. Individuals should also be aware that if they continue working beyond their stated retirement age and fail to inform their provider, their money could be in ‘de-risking’ mode for an unsuitably long period. A recent survey found that over half of those aged between 54 and 71 already are, or predict, working beyond the State Pension age. Yet, despite clear changes in their planned retirement age, more than half of this group had not informed their product providers. 1

Lifestyling is an option that has appealed to, and been valued by, many investors over many years – especially those who have followed traditional routes to retirement. However, pension reforms have prompted a big rethink of many practices that were once considered the norm. Today, people get far greater choice over how to spend their own pension pot and that means ‘locking in’ investment growth in preparation for an annuity purchase isn’t always appropriate. “Lifestyling will help protect you against short-term falls in the value of your pensions savings as you get nearer to retirement, but that is only really suitable if you intend to purchase an annuity,” says Price. “If you opt to keep the pot invested and draw down money from it gradually over the course of your retirement, maintaining higher equity exposure is likely to make more sense.” It is often said that lifestyling is not designed to produce the best results; its appeal is that it helps to avoid the worst results. A tailored solution to fit individual needs has an obvious appeal over a onesize-fits-all approach. But that means making difficult decisions; and these, says Price, should be made with the help of a financial adviser.

“A financial adviser will understand your individual circumstances, recommend appropriate investments and sensible income levels. They will keep an eye on the funds for you over time and provide further advice if circumstances change. A lifestyle fund will not do that.” The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. ‘Engaging with baby boomers’ retirement journeys’, Dunstan Thomas, November 2017.


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Real Change has Begun – it’s Time to Leap Aboard! We may be only a third of the way through 2018 but it’s already clear that this year is going to be a good one. Could plastic pollution be a thing of the past? Well, not yet, but with all the enthusiasm that is finally flowing, our children’s future might look a whole lot brighter. Asociación Ondine have always had big ideas for cleaning up our islands and stopping the pollution at its source. The tidal wave of great incentives during the past couple of months have demonstrated that we’re on the right track and we need to keep going more

than ever before. Since the beginning of January there have been announcements of a whale and dolphin corridor protection zone, news about Richard Branson’s probable eco-hotel, and leaders worldwide have finally acknowledged that plastic pollution is an urgent issue that requires high priority and immediate action. While these are good news, one thing is clear - we cannot sit back and wait for things to happen. We need to make change happen from today.

safe to swim in. Marine life will vanish. Visitors will stop coming.

The Future is Now

By doing our bit and contributing to the causes we believe in we are uniting in a wave of positive change that grows and gains power as it moves forward. The power to make a tangible, positive and lasting impact. The power to make the future of our children a bright one.

Every visitor, resident, and descendent of the Balearic Islands is leaving a footprint on the natural habitat surrounding this once pristine archipelago. If we don’t start changing the impact of that footprint our children’s children won’t have a sea

The good news is that every day more and more people are pledging support to new initiatives that will help fight the plastic menace and bring life back to the underwater world around our shores. We need to keep that momentum going Marine conservation begins at home, and there is much that needs to be done, and CAN be done, by each of us.

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We see this happening around us and we feel it happening within Asociación Ondine. As more people are recognising that our environment needs help, they are more actively getting in touch with us, requesting knowledge, skills and advice in order to become a part of this wave of change. The government has expressed official interest in our MPA project, companies are requesting to become part of our Partners Programme, 170 volunteers turner up to our first beach clean of the year, and within the first 3 weeks of the year we had over 700 students signed up to our Dos Manos Schools Programme. This is an exciting time to be involved. But the more the wave of change grows, and the more people get involved, the more resources we need to expand our projects. And this is where we need you to join us. Help Us to Help the Ocean Asociación Ondine are pushing boundaries with government, businesses and the multitude of communities that co-exist across these islands to ignite a change. We are raising awareness of the problem unfolding before our eyes, educating, implementing, preventing and participating. But we don’t want Asociación Ondine to be the answer. We want to inspire the solution. We are empowering teachers, students and parents to think and act differently. We are training like-minded individuals to spread the word. We are inspiring the local community to get actively involved. We are cleaning up the damage we have already done. We are implementing longterm sustainable solutions. We are collaborating and building partnerships. We are supporting businesses to change their ways and increase their brand value as a result. We are proving

MALLORCA LIFESTYLE fundraise for us, help us with support vessels during our underwater clean ups, join our next beach clean, become an Asociación Ondine member, donate valuable project materials, volunteer for our schools programme… Or if you are a local or international business looking to give back to the environment in which you operate, then become a Corporate Partner and we will work with you to ensure our partnership is innovative, exciting and mutually beneficial with valuable brand, commercial and strategic opportunities on offer.

The Schools Programme, offered free to all local schools, is proving hugely popular.

that the key to change is the commitment of each one of us: that we all play an important part, and that together we’re achieving significant results.

Beach cleans have turned up shocking statistics. Over one million pieces of micro plastic were found on a cleaned 50 metre stretch of a Palma beach in January.

But none of this is possible without funding and resource. We are entirely dependent on voluntary donations to help fund our projects, and volunteers to help our small team to implement them. We are an environmental, nonprofit organisation, working from our homes instead of offices, using our personal computers, phones and equipment, and volunteering our time after work hours. Our job is to ensure that the maximum amount possible of the donations we receive goes directly to our projects, so that we can keep the work we have started going. To be able to do it we need you with us.

You can find more information about our projects by visiting www.asociacionondine. org or our Facebook page. Get in touch with holly@ or come and talk to us in person. We have out next beach clean scheduled for Sunday 18th March in Calvia, starting 11am, and welcome you to join us there. Consult our website or Facebook page for full details and put it in your diary. Old or young, rich or poor, everyone can have a good time helping to clean up our world and surfing this wave with us. It’s time to get involved.

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MALLORCA LIFESTYLE charcoal burners’ settlements, old lime kilns and other ancient forest activities.

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Walk of the Month March: Valldemossa to Deia On a clear day, this is one of the most stunning walks on the island. It is challenging, with a steep climb out of Valldemossa and a long steep descent into Deia (with 1 or 2 brief nervous moments for those who suffer from vertigo), but it’s well worth the effort for the views along the north western

coast. There are also lots of examples of the old forest dwellers’ settlements, so we get the opportunity to learn about Mallorca’s rural history. Overall a real treat and one of our favourite stages of the GR221 or Dry Stone Route. We start our walk in the centre of Valldemossa, and soon head uphill through the woods along stony old mule tracks. We continue steeply uphill for some time with an occasional breather, and fabulous look-out points with sweeping views of Palma in the distance and the coast beyond Valldemossa. We come across the remains of

For part of this trail we join the Archduke’s bridleway, an old cobbled path built by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator in the 1860s to ‘70s. The local residents thought he was mad at the time but we walkers are eternally grateful to him for leaving us this fabulous scenic route. From here we get stunning panoramic views of the coast and surrounding Tramuntana mountains. Our descent into the pretty village of Deia is long and steep and much of it is through beautiful holm oak woods, where we walk on soft narrow leafy paths, which are a sharp contrast to the stony ascent and mainly hard, rocky surfaces. We can highly recommend this walk - it’s a real Mallorcan experience!

Facts about this walk: • Duration: 5hrs (breaks not included). • Lenght: Approximately 10 km. • Difference in altitude: 520m/800m ascending/descending. • Difficulty level: Challenging.

MALLORCA LIFESTYLE Composition, Echocardiogram, Lean Mass Analysis. Each month, I will let you know how the training is going and how the various events went. This month, I will start off by introducing you to the dream team that have agreed to help me out… Jakub Pieniazek – Trainer

Dan Marsh Owner & Founder (+34) 616 529 111

Getting fit for a Half Ironman in 10 weeks At the end of 2017, I had such high hopes and good intentions for 2018. I decided that I would do my first Triathlon and signed up for the Mallorca Half Ironman (1,900m swim, 90km bike & 21km run). I wanted to train my whole body rather than supporting the strong legs and a weak upper body of a road biker. The event is at the start in Alcudia is on 12th May. As part of that training process, I thought I would sign up for a 3 day mountain bike race in Menorca in March - www. and the Mallorca 312 in April I also added a 3 day road biking race in the Dolomites in June as a treat at the end of it all. But since the end of October, I have enjoyed the winter with some lovely Mallorca wines. I have been out on my bike no more than 15 times and I have hardly been to the gym. More recently, I have also been unlucky with a number of nasty viruses and have had my wisdom teeth removed. It is now 12 weeks till I stand on the start line for the Mallorca Half Ironman & I have been ill in bed for the last 4 days, with man flu symptoms continuing to rise. Thank heavens for Netflix & Peaky Blinders! 124


Anyway, I know myself very well. I need to create a bit of pressure. I have therefore decided to go on a mission and have recruited a team to help me. Jakub will design the training plan via Training Peaks. He will set out the activity schedule and the intensity levels of the Run, Swim & Bike sessions. The run sessions are quite simple and I prefer to do those on my own. The Bike sessions will naturally include my buddy Joan Horrach. Each week, I will join one of Maria’s group swim sessions at Palma Tennis Club, have one private technical session and then two training sessions on my own. There will be 3 run sessions and 3 bike session, all designed to build up my power again. I will also have two Strength sessions with Flor, focusing on glutes, core and upper body. To keep the mind in the right place, practice my breathing and stretch out my aching body, I have included a weekly Vinyasa Yoga session with Sandra at Earth Yoga! The crew at Bicimetrics have agreed to a Running Analysis and Run Technique Coaching sessions and I have the Physio support of Nerea and the Osteopathy support of Joe. To kick it all off I will have a number of physical tests to establish the base fitness that I am working from. As I said, I know how my mind works - this… along with the pressure from the team will ensure I give everything 100%. The main tests that I will need complete are likely to be a VO2 max test, Body

Jakub is a professional cycling / triathlon coach living here in Mallorca. Jakub became a USA cycling certified coach in 2006 while residing in the USA as an Amateur. He is currently the coach of the Polish National hand cycling team. He is the owner of the Workshop Cycling Cafe in Palma. You can make contact via Joan Horrach – Cyclist Joan spent 13 years as a professional rider on the Pro Tour from 2000-2013. As one of the true characters of the peloton, he rode in several Tour de France, Giro d‘Italia and Vuelta de España. During his time as a pro he rode for Illes Ballears, Team Katusha & Madison-Genesis. His highlight was winning stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia in 2006. He now puts a huge amount of time into the young cyclists of Mallorca and is often seen on the roads of Mallorca with his www.liveablock. com cycling club. Best way to make contact is most definitely through Instagram liveablock_joanhorrach Maria Fuster Martinez – Swim Coach Since Maria started swimming at the age of 11 and the pool has been her passion. From a hobby, it became her career. Maria now coaches at Palma Sport & Tennis and Club swimming Palma. The combination of her technical knowledge, qualifications and experience has turned her into one of the best coaches in Spain. She loves challenging her pupils to improve day after day. She teaches people of all levels from people who only swim

for pleasure to the most demanding competitors. She trains a number of triathletes who want to improve their swimming technique so that they can swim faster by getting less tired and be able to perform better on the bike and run sections. Maria can be contacted via mariafuster Maria’s Bio: • Olympic swimmer Beijin 2008. • Gold in all national level categories. • Spanish record 100m freestyle (Currently not beaten). • Silver in junior category • European Record Master category +25. • Spanish representative of the anti-doping agency 2015. Flor Martinez – Fitness Instructor Sport is her life. Flor has trained in a number of sports throughout her life, but specialised at a serious level in athletics and handball. In 2002 she obtained a University degree in Physical Education. Since then Flor has trained both elite athletes and people who want to look good and improve their general health & fitness. Right now she is training Muay Thai for herself, but not competitively. Her clients are looking for additional strength to compete in various sports, such as golf, tennis, triathlon, marathon, swimming, etc. At the same time, there are clients who are recovering from injuries and need to strengthen specific muscle groups. Right now Flor trains at Palma Sport and Tennis Club and at Sport Hub, two fantastic sites in Palma. Flor has a real commitment to helping her clients get results, strengthening their mind & body, creating a happier and healthier life. You can make contact via www.flormartinez. com or by coming directly to the clubs where she teaches. Sandra Wijkman Donovan – Yoga Instructor

MALLORCA LIFESTYLE Sandra has been teaching yoga for the past 15 years and after completing her first teacher training in NYC she moved to Mallorca where she has continued to teach for the past 15 years. She opened her own yoga studio 2009, Earth Yoga and although Earth Yoga is her base, she teaches all over the island and in Sweden. She continues to develop her training and evolve in her teachings. Sandra teaches mostly a dynamic form of yoga called Vinyasa where you move and flow in between postures to create heat and strength. She also loves the teachings of restorative yoga and the slower paced longer holds. You can make contact via

personal needs

Running School Mallorca at Bicimetrics

Nerea Alonso

Bicimetrics offers Running Analysis and Run Technique Coaching. The basic principle is that most people have not been taught how to run properly and think that running is something that you pick-up naturally. Running is apparently a skill and something that needs be coached! They can assist… from the novice, to the recreational and to the professional - I know where I sit! The aim is to coach you to run better, more efficiently and faster, with a reduced risk of injury. They develop personalised coaching programs for you and guide you every step of the way. Through the Running Analysis and Coaching Programs we will be able to: • Identify common running technique inefficiencies • Identify physical and movement inefficiencies • Spot basic technique errors in real-time • Correct running technique inefficiencies • Coach effective warm-up & warm down • Teach muscle activation and strength exercises • Teach methods of training the nervous system • Recommend physical exercises depending on

Helena Hemmink Dalmau will be carrying out the analysis. Helena has a BSC in Sport Science by the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona and a Master Degree in Training and Sport Nutrition by the European University in Madrid. In 2016 she obtained the Master Course in Running Technique at The Running School UK and now offers Biomechanical Running Analysis and Coaching Sessions in Palma de Mallorca. Helena’s main passions are road cycling and trail running. To book a session or learn a bit more about what the Running School is all about, visit

Since Nerea was a child, she has always participated in different types of sports and always imagined working in sport in some way. She studied physiotherapy in Barcelona (for 4 years), and at the same time was involved in cycling as her brother was training to become a pro cyclist (her little guinea pig). After a few years on the road with different professional cycling teams, Nerea went to Madrid to specialise in sport physiotherapy. She then worked for the Spanish National Team. At the moment she runs her own sport physiotherapy business here in Mallorca & works for Cycling Ireland. She supports the Irish team at all the big professional cycling competitions (track & road). She was at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and is planning to be inTokyo in 2020. Nerea can be contacted via:

osteopathy. He has worked for a number of pro cycling teams, including MTN Quebeka and I AM Cycling. Now he sees a wide range of patients in his own practice here in Palmanova, from hard core athletes to the normal person off the street that needs treatment. Joe can be contacted via

Sandra Wijkman Donovan – Yoga Instructor

Joan Horrach – Cyclist

Nerea Alonso

Maria Fuster Martinez – Swim Coach

Joe Arrrindell Jr - Osteopath

Flor Martinez – Fitness Instructor

Joe Arrrindell Jr - Osteopath Joe is from St. Maarten in the Caribbean. He studied physiotherapy, manual therapy and sports therapy in Holland and then continued his education in Specialised Training for professional athletes, mulligan therapy, dry needling, mental coaching &

Bicimetrics run analysis

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Local Charity Collaborates with Local Boat Club JoyRon Foundation established in 2015 to “Help Children in Need in the Balearics�, is in the process of establishing an on-going collaboration arrangement with Catany Boat Club. The objective of the arrangement between the two entities is to provide regular day boat trips to the numerous number of underprivileged children in Mallorca, be they orphaned, in care or deprived of a social activity. Hence the two entities are seeking the use of a dedicated boat to achieve the objective. However, at this stage, it is recognised that the finer detail of the collaboration arrangement, will be dependent on how

Maybe, if we are fortunate, a very charitable minded individual, who has such a boat, but no longer uses it and does not wish to continue with mooring fees and ongoing maintenance of the boat, may wish to donate it to the charity or offer it at a price well below market value to the charity/boat club. Alternatively, maybe there is someone out there that has such a boat that they are willing to make available on a regular gratuitous basis to the boat club. Once the means by which the boat is made available is identified, the boat could/ will be operated, managed and maintained by the established Boat Club, and JoyRon Foundation will then organise and in collaboration with Catany Boat Club provide regular free day boat trips to the underprivileged children. If you are aware of the availability of such a boat, be it by donation, gratuitous availability or at an extremely competitive price that is difficult to ignore. The underprivileged children are awaiting your generous offer.


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Mallorca Days Out: Els Calderers Els Calderers is signposted from the Palma to Manacor road (6 miles west of Manacor). The estate was acquired by the Calderers family in 1285 but the house we see today was built by the Veri family in the 18th century. The Sentmenat family motto is ‘To Want is to Win’ and they wanted a representation 18th and 19th century life on the island. So they collected period furniture and furnishings, items of art and lots of contemporary household items to create the museum we can visit today.

A huge ivy clad stone façade looks down over the gardens and pond. The hallway leads into the courtyard where you can see how the three storeys surround the shaded courtyard, or ‘clastra’. The large vaulted reception room is decorated with 18th Century furniture and close by is a full wine cellar. There was also a family chapel, so the family could attend private masses. The men’s withdrawing room is filled with hunting paraphernalia while the head of the house had an office and archives room, where they could study the estate’s papers. Passing through the kitchen filled with period cooking utensils, we step down into the dining room where there is a fine table set for 18 people. Next are the music room and

the ladies withdrawing room. The sumptuous communal lounge is the last room on the ground floor. Climbing the stairs we enter the lord’s and lady’s dressing rooms and bedrooms, which have clothing from back in the day. The rest of the bedrooms are filled with exhibits of Mallorcan life, ranging from guns to toy soldiers and from clothing to dolls. The roof terrace give access to the rudimentary servant’s quarters. Passing through a huge granary filled with period farming implements, we find the estate manager’s quarters. The tour ends in the shop selling traditional Mallorca products while outside we can explore the barn, stables, bakery, laundry and smithy. Petra People have lived in the Petra area since pre-historic times but it was the Romans who gave the village its name. Petra comes from the Latin word for stone and the local quarries provided building material for their villas. Life on the Mallorcan plain was challeging in the past, as droughts decimated harvests. The local saying was ‘the Devil surrendered in Petra’, symbolising how hard people had to work to survive.



Petra was the home of the famous missionary Father

Junipero Serra. Miguel was born in 1713, he was baptised in Saint Peter’s Church and he went to Saint Bernard’s church school. After serving as priest in Palma under his adopted name of Father Junipero, Serra led a group of missionaries to New Spain; what we now know as Mexico. They established missions in the Sierra Gordo for ten years before they was sent to California in 1767. Serra’s group set up ten missions over the next twenty years and some of them grew into famous cities, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacrament. The street between Serra’s home and his church school is lined with tiled pictures of the missions. Petra is a sleepy village but comes alive on the third Sunday of September, when the village turns out to pay homage to Father Serra. Serra’s house was given to the city of San Francisco and it was initially managed by the ‘Society of California Pioneers’. Today it is managed by the ‘Society of Friends of Father Serra’. The Centre of Juniperian Studies is next door and its museum is devoted to Serra’s life. You need to go to the nearby house indicated on the instruction panel by the entrance gate to get access. To the southwest of Petra is Bonany Hill. It was named after the landowners, the


Burgues family, until a figure of the Virgin Mary was found on summit. Every Easter the villagers walked to the top of Maria Hill and prayed for a good harvest. After several droughts they were rewarded with a bumper crop in 1609 and it became known as ‘Good Year Hill’; Puig Bonany. Donations resulted in a chapel being built at the summit and Father Juníper Serra gave his last sermon in it before heading for Mexico. The people of Petra still walk up the hill to pray for a good harvest every Easter Tuesday. What’s On in March? The Oris Classic Car Rally is held on 8, 9 and 10 March. There are fourteen stages covering over 300 miles around the island. However, the base for the rally is in Puerto Portals and you can check out the cars down at the marina. The Twelve Tenors will sing all kinds of music in

Classic Rally

Palma Auditorium on Friday 16 March. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Santa Ponsa on Sunday 18 March with live music, stalls and entertainment along the sea front. Holy Week or ‘Semana Santa’ starts on 25 March. There is a week of activities relating to Easter. The hooded penitents walk through Palma on the evening of Maundy Thursday. Then the Passion of Christ is acted out in front of Palma Cathedral on Good Friday followed by another solemn procession through other streets of the city. The main Mass is held in Palma Cathedral on Easter Sunday. Every town and village celebrates Easter, so keep a look out for your local events. There will also be plenty of traditional Mallorcan pastries to feast on after forty days of Lent. The ‘panades’ are the savoury variety while ‘rubiols’ are the sweet version.

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Ca n’Eduardo – Fresh Fish in the Heart of the Harbour Down an inauspicious to many, yet highly recognisable to those in the yachting industry, road, just off the Paseo Maritimo, you find yourself entering the heart of Astilleros de Mallorca, one of Palma’s many dry fitting docks. Just on the left before you enter the true workspace of the thriving maritime industry you will find Restaurant Ca n’Eduardo. Originally built in 1943 as a fisherman’s cantina, above the still vibrant working market at the start of the well-known Club Nautico dock, this wonderful fish restaurant has carved out quite a reputation amongst Mallorquian locals, ex-pats and the yacht industry alike. Turning 75 this year, the restaurant, which has been a constant presence on the site since the Paseo and all of its elements began to be developed, was taken over by Gabrielle and Toni in 2008. For the next year they worked tirelessly to refurbish the space, creating it into the lovely, spacious and modern environment that you find today. The night we visited was not a typical Palma night – the heavens had opened, the hatches had been battened



and the normal restaurant going folk had opted for Netflix and a takeaway. Not so for Ca n’Eduardo. Whilst it was a quieter night than was normal, the restaurant still buzzed and the atmosphere was one of quiet solidarity – we had all braved the weather to make it out for fantastic food and the most convivial of welcomes. Johnny, head chef since 2009 and now the third partner in the triumvirate gave us the heartiest welcome and was happy to spend time talking us through the food and wine menu. And for you pescatarians reading (though there is also much to be found for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike), what a menu it is. All of the fish and seafood is fresh from the working market below. Much of which will have been caught in the nets that are a constant reminder that we don’t just live in a pleasure boat world, but that Palma is still very much a living, breathing fishermans’ domain. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the food itself. For our first starter (we many have gotten a little carried away) we were invited to a delicious selection of tapas including flavourful cipriones, crispy calamares, tasty croquettes and juicy pimientos de pardons. It was just the start we needed to lead us into our second first course of six delectable Sóller prawns. Resplendent in their almost glowing pink armour they were

RESTAURANT DIRECTORY a joy to dig in to, and even more delicious to eat. There is just something about a Sóller prawn, especially one fresh off the boat that day, that makes its flavours hard to put in to words. Wondering what could possibly be next we were not disappointed. The dishes that my ever-wonderful photographer Anouska and I were presented with were both a visual and gustatory delight. First was the freshly caught Hake served in a beautiful bright red tomato sauce with raisins, pine nuts and wilted spinach. The Hake just fell away and was sweet and succulent. This was closely followed by the mouthwatering fillet of Turbut dished up on a bed of tomato risotto and accompanied by perfectly crunchy asparagus spears and a Beurre Blanc sauce. Neither of us were able to choose a favourite and the plates looked as though they had been licked clean. Needless to say by this stage we were in need of a breather and during a timely break in the inclement weather Johnny took us for a quick tour of the restaurant. What I am very much looking forward to is returning to Ca n’Eduardo and taking advantage of the views that both inside and the terrace afford of the marina, the stunning cathedral and Palma in general. On the terrace itself is a wonderful representation of Palma in the 1950’s where it shows the

Paseo, or lack thereof, in all its glory. It’s fascinating to see which buildings had already started to populate our now beloved marine boulevard and which were still to come and shape what we know to be Avinguda Gabriel Roca today. After our brief sojourn to work off some of the dishes we had already consumed with vigour, we returned to our final course. Again, we were not disappointed. What was presented to us were two desserts. Firstly, a completely decadent, typical Mallorquian, Dark Chocolate Cuarto Enbatumat which was full of marshmallow, topped with crunchy toasted almonds and rounded off with a vibrant and tart raspberry jus. And just to make sure that we both returned to our gyms the next day Johnny followed up with a lemon meringue pudding that my grandma would have been jealous of, flambéed at the table with a perfectly theatrical flair.

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All in all, we had a delightful evening and left Ca N’Eduardo with a skip in our step feeling as though we truly had had the freshest catch of the day, in the friendliest of atmospheres. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner (though closed on Sundays from Nov-Feb). It seats between 120-150 inside with a further 150 outside and is available for weddings, parties and private events.

With a 70 year tradition this emblematic restaurant in the fishing port of Palma “La Lonja” Can Eduardo offers you their speciality on fresh fish, rice dishes, & Shellfish, with spectacular views of the Cathedral

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FOR SALE For Sale: For Sale Flexible Water Tank 120 l capacity Plastimo make July 2017. As new,only used for fresh water.Cost €100 for sale in Palma €60. Mail For Sale: Berth - Port Adriano, Mallorca. Reduced price. 275,000,000 Euros + tax 45Mx 12M, lease till 2037. For full details visit https:// or Tel Alex Swindells on +34 620 266 212.

numbers: 860246A15 (Manifold) Elbow Asy part number: 807988A03. Palma area. Price: €800 ono. Edwin, 645 679 130. For Sale: Flying Fifteen ESP 2964 2,800€. Contact 619 387 817. For Sale: Flying Fifteen ESP 3592 excellent condition, fully equipped for racing - new mast, new sails. 8,000€. 630 628 775. For Sale: 2,3 m carbon fiber yacht gangway. 700,- Euro o.n.o. (new 1.500,- ). 609 672 344” For Sale: Land Rover Freelander Diesel 2004, New Tyres, New Brakes, Silver, Reliable, Good condition. €6,200.00 Call Martin 647 188 180. For Sale: Rib nautica 5.2m yamaha 115 hp 2013 engine hours 717 new tubes 2013 loads of extras ski pole vhf bathing ladder etc ex yacht tender well maintained. Owner bought bigger rib. 12000€. 626 765 876.

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For Sale: 2011 Rinker 276 Captiva Cuddy – 28ft. Built in 2011, launched in 2012, this wellmaintained Rinker 276 Captiva Cuddy has a large cockpit with swivel helm and passenger chairs, curved sofa seating and a stowable dining table – all topped by a sleek radar arch supporting a wakeboard pole, bimini and full canvas cover. Generous sunbathing pads with central walkway and cushion in-fill lead to rear-facing seats and a large swim platform complete with freshwater shower and swim ladder. Ample two-berth single cabin with mirror, cupboards and a portable toilet. Bags of storage space in multiple lockers, including beneath the seats, plus plenty of cup holders. Fridge, freshwater sink, portable stove and stereo. Single 300hp Volvo Penta petrol engine with 30 knot top speed. Just 260 hours and recently serviced including oil change, filters etc. Other features include GPS, VHF, trim tabs, anchor windlass, underwater lighting, shore power, twin batteries. Clean sportylooking day boat with overnight capabilities. Price 39,500 € (tax and Spanish matriculation paid).

For Sale: yardarm fully adjustable hydrulic outdrive lift, little used 250.00 Euros. Call mike on 630 613 245

For Sale: Rio 600 day boat 2002 with cover. Length 6 metres, mercruise 3 L inboard engine. Uk reg. Moored in The Club De Vela Port Andratx. 8,500,00 euros ono. Please phone Mob 07905190978 or 0034 871 717 480 or email

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For Sale: UNIQUE 4/5 BED BARN CONVERSION TICKHILL S.YORKS (2hrs to City). Converted by the owner in 1983. The property sits in a small village with all usual amenities a few minutes walk away. With views of a Watermill, Duckpond, Castle moat, Church and 2 pubs the position could not be surpassed locally. Ideal as a family home or country bolt-hole. Rustic in nature throughout with ample off-road parking and larger than average double garage 3 living rooms (one 30x15 )with Smokeless Stove & substantial stone fireplace. 800 feet of exposed beams. Kitchen with antique pine dresser and “Noble “ Aga-style cooker. Separate downstairs toilet and utility room. Centrally heated throughout, includes a 4 person sauna within the double corner bathroom and electronic shower. All bedrooms are double with superb countryside views. Easily maintained garden within a walled courtyard. Retired Owner moving to Mallorca. £550,000. Further details and additional photos or information available on request. Ged Hale +447738933693

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For Sale: Pocket barometer, Sterling silver. Made in London by Philip Woodsman. Year 1891. Highly collectable. WhatsApp 634 371 189. 600€

Go Sailing: How would you like to join in with the Flying Fifteen fleet in Mallorca. Exhilarating dinghy sailing in the safety of a keel boat. Come and join our racing fleets in Pollensa and Palma. Buy a boat, come and crew or borrow our club boat to give it a try! Great for all ages 18 - 80. You’ll never regret it. Interested? Drop me a mail at and we’ll arrange something.

CLASSIFIEDS JOBS / EMPLOYMENT Job Vacancy: Sunseeker Mallorca are seeking a new Administrator for their After-sales team. The business is growing and we are developing a world class customer service and aftersales team that can cater for continued increase in new boats in the region. The role sits within the warranty team and some degree of technical knowledge with boats would be highly advantageous. The successful candidate will be extremely well organized, have strong attention to detail and the ability to multi task. You will manage multiple work flows and projects simultaneously. Any previous experience in managing warranty, contractors or technical staff would be beneficial. The role is client facing to a mix of international customers so a good attitude and positive outlook is essential. The central language is English, however fluent German is highly desirable. Please send a CV and application to Job Vacancy: Skilled welder/ fitter required. We are looking to recruit a welder/fitter for our marine welding company based near palma. Do you have experience working to high levels of accuracy with Mig and Tig, in the nautical sector, using stain-less, steel and aluminium? A knowledge of English and Spanish? Then we would love to hear from you. Send your CV to: Job Vacancy: Heavy Seas is looking for engineers with experience servicing and repairing outboards, inboards fuel and diesel, electricity. We value the experience working on Mercury, Mercruiser and Yanmar.

Good conditions, job for all the year! We are also looking for experienced wood workers for our new carpentry department. Seeking Employment: Full/ part-time employment sought by retired lawyer relocating to Portals from UK. Any type of work considered, Customer PR/ Sales. Safety Skipper, Pilot, Driver. Squash (Padel) & Cycle Instructor. DIY Guardianage, yacht/home repairs etc will be Autonomo, reasonable rates and no task too small. Mob +44 7738933693 Job Vacancy: Fairline South Mallorca is seeking to recruit a junior/semi-skilled field engineer to join our expanding team. Working alongside a senior engineer you will be expected to assist in the execution of their duties, whilst being able to complete other tasks alone. Requirements: Working experience onboard yachts; Able to complete everyday repairs & jobs; Be able to apply antifoul; Possess a clean drivers licence; Able to work unsupervised; Computer literacy; A ‘can do’ and flexible attitude to work; Able to complete basic reports with attention to detail. Advantageous attributes: Being able to drive a boat or hold any RYA (or equivalent) qualification; Speak Spanish & other languages; Any area of speciality (such carpentry, gel coat repair, polishing, electrics); Experience working on Fairline Yachts. This is a customer-facing role, so you will need to be clean & presentable, and be able to communicate easily with our clients. The salary is commensurate with experience. A vehicle, phone and uniform will be provided. Please send your CV and a letter explaining your suitability for the role by

email to: Andrew Colborne After Sales Manager - andrew@ Job Vacancy: Offer of employment - Product Manager - STP Shipyard Palma. Duties: Responsible for monitoring the shipyard’s production (haul out-launching vessels, travelift movements, berths, space on land, customer service management, etc.). Customer management. Organising assigned staff. Coordinating a team of approximately 25 employees. Reporting directly to General Manager. Requirements: Naval engineering training or similar; Merchant Marine - Yacht Master qualification; Experience as a Yacht Captain, Shipyard Product Manager, Merchant Seaman, Chief Engineer or similar; Knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and Autocad; Languages: Spanish and very fluent English, preferably native; Profile: Customer oriented, ability to handle stressful situations, proactive, organised, ability to interact with different departments/teams. Conditions: Indefinite term contract following a trial period; Salary to be agreed upon according to experience and qualifications; candidates will not be ruled out for economic reasons; Start date: Immediate hiring. Send your CV to Job Vacancy: We currently have vacancies for Marine Electricians preferably with yacht experience. Good written and spoken English essential. We also accept applicants with autonomo status. Apply at: Job Vacancy: Yacht Center Palma is looking for expierenced Sales Persons for their shops in Palma, Santa Ponsa & Alcudia, preferably with yacht experience. Duties

including attending and advising customers, sales promotion & making orders. Smart appearance & good manner. Good standard of English & Spanish necessary. Yearround contract with excellent terms & conditions. Apply to

FOR RENT For Rent: Casa del Roble in Calle Catalunya, next to Paseo Mallorca, central Palma. 100m2 shop/commercial premises in busy street with large picture window. Newly tiled and excellent decorative order. 8,000 euros for shop ready which includes new lighting and electrics, 3 air conditioning units and air conditioning curtain, disabled ramp, store room with shelving, cloakroom, 2 lit external signs, alarm, fire extinguishers, till and fridge etc. This includes passing over the engineers report which is expensive and time consuming in itself etc. Conforms to all new regulations. Rent 1300 euros pcm. Please contact us for more information on 689407094 or or visit us Mon-Fri between 10.00 – 14.00. For Rent: Palma Marine Hub: Co-working office spaces for rent. 158 SQM office in Marivent with a shared kitchen, bathroom, meeting room and lift. Spacious, air conditioned offices. Monthly rental includes all bills and high speed internet Free parking on the road. Please contact Melanie Winters for more information: +34 646 897378. For Rent: Studio Apartment Costa de la Calma: quiet residential area with sea view. Recently renovated with furniture. Good location with shops, restaurants and public transport. €520 plus elec. Clive Walker (+34) 636 335 043.

A marine engine, genset and gearbox Company in the centre of Palma, EST. 1981 seeks a candidate to join their small, effective team to run the workshop + distributorship. The right candidate will purchase a % stake in the company and help steer its future. Tel: (+34) 971 462 660

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CLASSIFIEDS - BALEARIC BOATS FOR SALE Sea Ray Sundancer 515 - 2002 149,500 € VAT Paid Lying Southern Spain

CENTRAL AGENCY A pristine example of the Sea Ray Sundancer 515 built in 2002 and powered by twin 480hp Volvo Penta TAMD74 engines. She is being sold by a meticulous owner and all maintenance and servicing is fully up to date. Designed to accommodate up to 6 guests overnight as a result of her two cabin layout and an additional convertible saloon berth. Key extras include a hard-top, air conditioning, Westerbeke 6kW generator, hydraulic passerelle, bow and stern thrusters and a hydraulic swim platform. At asking price, her Avon Sea Sport 320 tender with a 25hp outboard is also included. Viewing highly recommended.

Bavaria 39 Cruiser 2007 69,000 € VAT Paid

This privately owned Bavaria 39 Cruiser is in great condition and has always been professionally maintained. Equipped with an in-mast furling main sail, furling genoa, 40hp diesel engine, bow thruster, battery charger, complete navigation equipment, spray hood, bimini top, sun shade, covers, dinghy with outboard, life raft, Epirb, etc. If you are looking for a complete 39-footer in an excellent condition at a competitive price then this might be the boat for you. Spanish lista 7a registered. Part exchange can be discussed. View our comprehensive photo album on:

Sunseeker Predator 92 2009 2.750.000 € VAT Paid

Arrival Yachts S.L. T. +34 971 677 576 C/ Benito J. Feijoo 2, local 8, 07181, Puerto Portals, Mallorca, Spain

CENTRAL AGENCY Stunning example with 4 ensuite cabins + 2 crew cabins. Satin walnut woodwork with light, modern soft furnishings. Zero speed stabilisers, flybridge model, hydraulic platform, sequential bow & stern thrusters, massive Bang & Olufsen custom AV system, twin generators, FLIR. MTU engines with full service history, extensive exterior & interior refit 2013/14 and all new teak decks 2018!! Private use only - viewing is highly recommended!

Oyster 62 2002 575,000 GBP Tax Paid

+34 971 67 63 92 Puerto Portals, Local 10 - Mallorca Beneteau Brokerage Specialists

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Simon Crutchley: +34 656 949 244

Oyster 62, 2002 with teak decks. Perkins 240hp diesel engine, generator, air conditioning and watermaker. Very well equipped including carbon passarelle, davits, tender, full safety gear. The yacht has benefitted from a number of updates over the years and presents extremely well. Maintained by full time Captain. Lying Mallorca and priced at £575,000 GBP Tax paid.

XO 250 2015 65,000 € Tax Paid

XO 250, 2015, stylish sport’s boat, all prepared for the 2018 season, including servicing. Evinrude outboard engine giving top speed of up to 46 mph. Cockpit and bow seating, bimini, music system. Ideal for exploring the coast for the day, water skiing. Currently in covered storage. Lying Mallorca and priced at €63,000 euros tax paid. 136


CLASSIFIEDS - BALEARIC BOATS FOR SALE Lagoon 450 Flybridge Charter Ownership 2018 - 222,160 € VAT Not Paid New Lagoon 450 Flybridge for sale as Charter Ownership: Navigare Yachting charter management gives you the option to buy this Lagoon 450 Flybridge to keep at their base in the British Virgin Islands (today’s value €555,422) for a vastly reduced one-off price of €222,160 under their SMART LOW PURCHASE scheme, and a sole final payment of €83,310 at the end of the seven year termAlternatively you can even swap your charter allowance points for vacations such as ski chalet holidays or resort destinations in Thailand amongst others. Please contact Ancasta Palma for more details.

Dufour Catamarans 48 - Delivery slot available for 7.2018 from 481,000.00 € Ex VAT

20 offices throughout UK and Europe Muelle Golondrinas (behind the Boathouse Restaurant) Palma de Mallorca, Spain T. +34 971 096 524 M. +34 685 282822

Westwater Yacht Sales are pleased to announce the launch of the Dufour Catamarans 48, with a 8 metre beam she provides excellent space distribution and traffic flow. A key element of the design is the fly bridge area with access from both sides. The fly bridge is equipped with a low table, surrounded by a settee, a wide sunbathing area and a fully equipped helm station. Available in a 3, 4, and 5 cabin version plus crew cabin. Wide range of options offered including self tacking rig, hydraulic platform etc. We require more boats for our busy brokerage with waiting clients.

Monterey 233 2005 22,000 € VAT Paid Lying Mallorca This Monterey 233 is a fantastic day boat, easily pulling up a mono-ski, yet also manages to afford loads of space for entertaining guests... This example has been lightly used, and the engine professionally serviced annually, flushed and dry-stored every winter. There are options on a great summer mooring, and superb value winter storage also. PS. The boat is now subject to price reduction, as owner seriously motivated to sell!

BIGMARU X-Yachts X6 model 66ft - 2016 POA Vat Paid

Simon Turner Broker Edificio Dux - Calle Porto Pi 4, 1ª Palma De Mallorca, 07015 T. +34 971 707 900 F. +34 971 707 775 +34 639 701 234

BIGMARU is a capable blue water sailing yacht. She is set up to be easily handled and yet still offer good fast, fun sailing. The X-6 is a high quality Scandinavian built yacht and BIG MARU has “all the extras”. She sleeps 6 in 3 cabins plus convertible saloon. Now in Palma. Spanish flag and both IVA/VAT and matriculation tax paid.


Contact: +34 693 724 020

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The islander march 2018 (web)  
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