The Islander Magazine - May 2020

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Dear Islander, Welcome to the first ever online only version of The Islander Magazine, and firstly a huge thank you to all our advertiser’s support in helping us make this happen. Your support has been truly humbling. Life seems worlds apart from when I wrote my last editorial, just 6 weeks ago. This global pandemic really is a catastrophe for millions of people around the globe, in terms of the health, social and economic effects. Mental health will become a major issue the longer the lockdowns continue, especially those cooped up in small apartments with no outside space and children not being able to run off steam, it really is desperate. By the time you read this, we are expecting some level of relaxation of the rules which will allow more businesses to re- open and some level of outside exercise to be allowed; let’s hope so. Here in the Balearics, it’s fair to say we haven’t had the horrendous numbers of infections or deaths, in comparison to the mainland, and Islander Magazine S.L. - B57952517 Calle San Magin 22, Entre Suelo, Santa Catalina 07012 Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, España Deposito legal: PM 146-1997



being an island make it easier to control who enters and leaves the islands. The lockdown seems to have been an effective course of action for us here and has largely been adhered to which is something we should rightly be proud of. Of course, our heartfelt thanks and gratitude go out to all the frontline workers, especially those in our hospitals, putting themselves at huge personal risk, especially at times when PPE has been in short supply. They really have gone above and beyond and deserve all our thanks and gratitude. Let us hope that they are all rewarded accordingly, although rumour has it that this may not be the case. The one good thing which has come out of all this is the coming together of neighbourhoods, friends and family spread around the globe. The nightly applause at 8.00 pm is as fervent now as it was 6 weeks ago, which really is heart-warming, and as a result, we now have a long daily chat with a neighbour who we hadn’t previously spoken to! Zoom parties have now become a part of our weekly lives, and our new way of socialising…… it cuts down on taxi fares!! Talking of Zoom and other video

conferencing tools, why didn’t we think of buying their shares??!!! It’s good to see that STP was re-opened last week , and our industry can at lest do some work and create some economic activity, let’s hope it’s not too long before things are back to something more like normality, although the Med charter season is looking unlikely to really happen this year. Let’s hope we can be back in print next month, and please stay safe and well. Fair winds!

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traffic each time a boat was launched! This was one of the factors which led to the relocation to the current site.

THE PRESENT The names Astilleros and STP Shipyard Palma are, for most of our readership, synonymous with Refit and Repair. The two have very distinctly different business models, but this allows them to cater for the different wants and needs of owners and Captains. Some prefer to micro-manage the refits and have specific contractors who they have probably used year after year. If this is the case then STP Shipyard Palma’s concept as the only fully open yard in the Balearics is probably the preferred choice. It is worth noting that it is possible to hire a project manager to oversee the whole project. However, some Captains or owners would just prefer one main contractor, who is solely responsible and offers a full guarantee, to coordinate what can be a very complicated refit season, with many different moving parts. In which case then Astilleros, with their centralised management yard approach is the perfect option. It is interesting to note that 85% of the works carried out are completed by outside contractors, who can be chosen by the client. They are then assigned a project manager to oversee all the work done by their own work force of trusted and approved craftsmen and women, in the prestigious yard. Having these two very different approaches is excellent for the Balearics as it extends it’s offering to the highly lucrative yachting sector.

The origins of the company go back to 1942 when it was known as Astilleros de Palma, and was located in the “La Pedrera” area of the Paseo Maritimo, closer to the middle of the harbour. In those days the main activity of the business was commercial shipbuilding, mainly from wood and later in steel, as well as general repair work. The typical boats found on their slips were the Mallorquin Pailebotes as well as a fleet of boats for the Spanish Navy who at that time had a base in Porto Pi. During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the traffic on the Paseo Maritimo was increasing dramatically in line with the increase in tourism, and the shipyard’s activity was limited as access to the sea from the shipyard was via a swing bridge. This meant frequent hold ups for

This move allowed Astilleros to modernise its business methods, and the President of the business at that time, Javier de la Rosa, chose a young naval architect from a modern shipyard in Seville, Rafael Garcia Rosello to join the company. His first major task was to amalgamate Astilleros de Palma with two other yards who already occupied the new location, Naviera Mallorquina and Astilleros Ballester, becoming Astilleros de Mallorca. He had been able to recognise Palma’s need of having proper construction and repair facilities and was instrumental in the creation of the Club de Mar Marina, which was modelled on the fashionable Cote D’Azur. This heralded the start of the shipyard’s big involvement in ships up to 113 mtrs in length, and included the building of fishing boats, container ships, ferries, and LPG tankers, in addition to the normal business from the building of Snipe dinghies upwards. Orders for many different types of vessels were received from Mexico, Cuba, the Philippines, Argentina, Algeria, Tunisia, Portugal and of course Spain. In






Whilst these yards are buzz words that you hear over and again when hanging out with those in the industry, do many of our readers know their origins? THE PAST We’ll start with Astilleros, the elder of the two behemoths. Diego Colon




construction of four container ships. Three were delivered successfully, Suecia, Noruega and Dinamarca, but the fourth one ran into financial difficulties as the buyer ran out of money. This presented a big problem to the shipyard but thankfully through Royal intervention the fourth ship was saved as well as the future of the yard. The government decided to make the ship into a hospital ship for Spanish fishermen in the Canary Islands where many Spanish boats were based and was named “ Esperanza del Mar”. She became the first hospital ship ever built for the Spanish Social Institute and sailed for over 20 years. She experienced 74,950 calls to assistance, saved 3414 boats and rescued 1720 people from the water whilst covering an astonishing 1,467,225 miles in her 24 years of service.

were made, and a decision to concentrate on repair and refit rather than building. At this time, there were just two boats on the order book, Jessica and Aldonza. Diego had decided that this was the way to improve the business and the long process of recovery began.

The late 1970’s saw the first order for a leisure Motor Yacht, a 40 mtr Camper and Nicholson project. This was a very large custom yacht at the time, and based on the success of this project and the global growth of the large yacht market, the yard won the contract to build a 60 mtr 3 masted topsail schooner sailing yacht for a famous Argentinian broker, Carlos Perdomo. She was intended to be christened by the name “Argentina” upon launch and sail under a British flag, but due to the Falklands War she was finally named “Jessica” after Carlos’ wife, Norma Jessica .

In 1989, Diego was appointed as technical director to the Spanish America’s Cup team “Desafio”. When the campaign ended in 1992, he returned to Astilleros to become General Director, with one goal in mind, the final conversion of the shipyard towards the Superyacht Industry.

The final tally of new built boats at Astilleros de Mallorca from 1942 onwards reached 241 by the time the final craft was launched in 1994. The final vessel was “Aldonza” a 32 mtr De Vries Motor Yacht which was on show at the 2014 Palma Superyacht Show! The Mid 80’s saw a huge crisis in the shipyard industry all over Europe, with a fall from 50% of the world’s naval construction to just 20%, with much of the work moving to S E Asia. Astilleros needed a rethink on its future direction, and this coincided with the appointment of Diego Colon as production director in 1981. He had previously worked for 6 years in a shipyard in the north of Spain, but was no stranger to Mallorca. His father, a second commander of a Spanish Naval destroyer, was stationed in Porto Pi in the 1960’s, so for four years, Mallorca was a part of Diego’s childhood. 1984 was the year when many big changes

The current owners of Astilleros are Jesus Freire and Fernando Santodomingo who are related to a Spanish shipyard founded in 1895 in Vigo. Their main activity is the construction, transformation and repair of steel vessels of up to 155 mtrs. Apart from their long standing history, the Freire shipyard is well known for being the constructors of the famous MY Pegaso, a 74 metre exploration and oceanographic research Motor Yacht, recently renamed Naia.

By then the staff numbers had been reduced by 50%, but the shipyard could survive according to the management, and they initiated the new era of repair and refit, especially to the up and coming Superyacht and classic yacht Industry. The restoration of classics started with the complete refit of Creole, the largest wooden sailing yacht ever built, now owned by the Gucci family. The success of this project was just a glimpse of what lay ahead for the business. Hispania was another major milestone in the company’s history, with a complete restoration in 2004. This historical yacht was originally built for King Alfonso Xlll in 1909, to a William Fife 15 mtr Class design. This precious yacht carries the sail number ESP 1, and is a treasured part of Spain’s maritime history. The yacht now regularly competes in many Mediterranean Classic regattas with several other 15mtrs including her sister ship “Tuiga”, which is owned by the Yacht Club de Monaco. Astilleros’ in house facilities are comprehensive and can haul up to 1700 tons on their slip and up to 70 mtrs in length , as well as having an exterior berthing quay for 110 mtrs. Despite this, and considering the limited amount of space, Astilleros employed 352 companies with

1787 workers in the auxiliary industry last year . In 2009 they decided to open a second office in neighbouring STP, with two fully equipped mechanical and metal workshops, with state of the art machinery. As a result, the project managers can provide their clients with a more flexible response inside STP’s yard. Astilleros de Mallorca belongs to the ICOMIA Refit Group, where the leading refit shipyards in Europe are improving the professional working standards and environmental best practices. The collaboration with the Balearic University and Professional Engineering Schools is another goal in order to improve future generations of professionals. Astilleros de Mallorca is now one of the most respected businesses in the Superyacht industry and Diego Colon one of its most revered men. They somehow seem to represent all that is good both for the industry and for Mallorca. Turning now to STP Shipyard Palma. On 2nd December 2006, the Balearic Port Authority granted STP Shipyard Palma the licence to run the facilities located on Moll Vell, thus authorising its plans to upgrade the technical area. Major redevelopment and restructuring works took place over two years to adapt the space to the new services that the company wanted to offer. To do this, huge investment was made into both the facilities and the infrastructure, as well as the workforce. With the arrival of STP Shipyard palma, a 2.0 version was created of what had been a shipyard until then. Not only did it create a new business model within the nautical sector, but since its opening, growth and demand has been so great that it became an opportunity for industrial and technological development for professionals in the Balearics. This favoured the conversion or reinvention of many of them into experts in the sector and, thanks to this, the industrial fabric of Mallorca has achieved high international prestige. “In that year - says José Maria Campuzano, CEO of IPM Group - the Moll Vell offered 50,000 m2 of hardstanding and berthing, a hoist-out capacity of 150 tons, moorings for yachts up to 50 metres and dry dock facilities for boats under 35 metres. What’s more, the area was relatively well-developed and with a huge untapped potential”.




translates into some astounding figures: • 121% increase in refit and repair companies, from 210 in 2008 to 465 at the present. • 200% increase in workers and professionals, from approximately 1,000 in 2008 to over 3,000 today. • 75% increase in the day-to-day space occupied, from 12,000 m2 to 21,000 m2 • For every 100 m2 of new refit and repair space, 20 new jobs are created and 3.2 companies register at the yard. These are some seriously impactful numbers and are key to continuing the growth of the sector within the Balearics.

Campuzano was a key player in the team that overhauled a facility that would ultimately have a huge impact on the refit industry, and therefore the yachting industry, in the Balearic Islands. “The situation has changed significantly and has evolved into a very competitive business model with greater refit opportunities, which all came to fruition in 2008 with the completion of the works”. In that year, they accomplished a 50,000 m2 extension of the refit area, thereby creating a total of 105,000 m2, divided between a hardstanding of 70,000m2 and a water surface of 35,000 m2. The hoist-out capacity increased from just one 150-ton travel lift to six travel lifts, now with a capacity of up to 1,000 tons with the incorporation last year of the largest travel lift in Europe, a factor that has generated not only a considerable improvement in productivity and timings, but also the ability to evolve the customer profile that it currently repairs in the Balearic Islands. They doubled the in-berth repair capacity, from 50 m to 100 m. All this created the ground-breaking ‘open shipyard’ concept, offering customers the chance to choose the companies they want to carry out their refit works with. Currently STP can repair up to 140 yachts at the same time with more than 1,000 boats going through the shipyard annually. STP has also become very much the ‘hub’ chosen by competition yachts for their refit prior to regattas such as the Superyacht Cup and Copa del Rey or they come in to prepare the yachts prior to internationally famous regattas such as Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, or Les Voiles in Saint Tropez, among many others. Teams from different fleets come to STP to prepare their yachts, be they Maxis, TP52s, Wallys… if you can race it, STP can refit it. All these improvements triggered a substantial change in the quality and quantity of works offered by the yard itself and the local refit and repair industry, as this activity generated a significant increase in the contracting of such

services, as well as a huge boost to related auxiliary industries. What’s more, it created a whole new market - made up of crews and workers - in Mallorca for complementary services, such as accommodation, bars and restaurants, laundry, car hire, and so on”. An important thing to remember is that the bigger the yacht, the greater the needs it has, and the redevelopment of the STP facilities started to attract increasingly larger boats to Palma. At the same time, the local marinas seized the opportunity to accommodate these new yachts arriving in Palma for refit works, hence the redevelopment and extension of berths to keep up with demand. All this goes to show that STP Shipyard Palma has had a major impact on the development of the yachting industry in general, and not just in the field of refit and repair. Thanks to the improvements at the yard, there was an increase in the demand from yachts to undergo refit and repair works at STP, which

But what impact do these two world-renowned shipyards have on the future of superyacht refit and repair here in Mallorca? THE FUTURE Earlier this year the Balearic Marine Cluster commissioned a report through the Superyacht Agency. The main objective of this report was to understand what the superyacht market thinks about the infrastructure and proposition of the Balearic region. The findings will be used to shape and deliver the programme for The Balearic Superyacht Forum, a unique and interactive event that will explore the value proposition of the islands from an operational, berthing, refit and service perspective. To do so, BMC collaborated with The Superyacht Agency who have collated quantitative and qualitative data from a broad spectrum of the decision-making chain, including the market’s most influential stakeholders, who have shared their candid opinion of the Balearics. This comprises a dynamic online and interactive survey process with quantitative questionnaires and qualitative interviews, with a wide network of target customers, both


existing and potential, to find out what they really think, about their experiences and what they would like to see change. The findings are used to establish why a yacht would or would not consider visiting the region, and how this varies in the context of different stakeholders and yacht types. Based on the analysis and evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative data sets, the insights comprise the following: The Balearic region is already a well-established key superyacht hub that has a reputation for varied cruising and quality infrastructure, but it is felt that it should further invest in cleaner and sustainable development, particularly for the 60m-plus market. There is also a strong perception that there is limited capacity and that the facilities could be modernised, and this could be deterring clients from considering the region as a refit destination” When asked about their perception of the Balearics as a key hub for superyachts, in open-ended comments many respondents referenced its convenient location and its quality service and refit offering, as well as extensive cruising options as the primary characteristics that ensure its status. The other most mentioned reasons were: yachting services, good anchorages, safety, connectivity with European capitals and crew downtime. 95% of those surveyed consider the refit offering of the Balearics to be "excellent" or "good". Mallorca also offers a year-round proposition in terms of cruising, yachting events, refit & repair infrastructure and popular options for long-term berthing. The report highlights that yachts and the yachting market, in general, are not utilising the Balearics to their full extent. When they were asked how the Balearics could attract more yachts, the common comments were: • less bureaucracy and a simpler regulation for charter license • lower prices for berthing, more berths available • more mooring buoys in the busy, protected anchorages



• improving the infrastructure for larger yachts, lack of dockage and haul-out facilities for yachts over 80m • extending the season starting earlier by April and continuing until November when conditions return to normal after the pandemic. • Another important issue evaluated was the consideration of which types of superyacht are the most valuable to a region; while all superyachts have significant operational expenditure, some have a greater impact than others. Charter yachts and yachts over 60 metres, for example, have a much bigger operational expenditure than private yachts and yachts under 60 metres and so have a greater economic impact When analysing the number of yachts present in the Balearics on a month-by-month basis, it’s apparent that the most popular months are July, August and September. As April, May, June and October also offer good weather in the Balearics, yet have significantly lower numbers of visiting yachts, this perhaps indicates that there is much room for growth during these months. It’s understandable that the period between December and March is the least popular because this is when yachts are most likely to seek winter sun in the Caribbean or elsewhere. The average length of stay in the Balearics has increased significantly in all size sectors, with the 30-40m sector seeing the highest increase, from 29.6 days in 2015 to 74.7 days in 2018. This is very positive for the region as a longer length of stay reflects more satisfied clients. The average number of yachts (+30m) visiting Balearics in the last year: 450 yachts. The average LOA: 50m. Recently the VIII Nautical Congress organised by ANEN was held in Valencia, in which José María Campuzano, participated as a speaker in the debate about the situation of the Refit & Repair nautical industry in Spain. Campuzano explained his vision of the industrial nautical sector in Spain and specifically explained the various factors that make the Balearic Islands the best international destination for yacht repair. As he points out, “The stars have come together so that a series of conditions meet and make Mallorca the perfect place for boat repair. An important point is its strategic

location in the Mediterranean, in addition to the warm weather throughout the year, which favours repair works. The facilities that we have, which accommodate a large number of yachts simultaneously has made Mallorca become the epicentre of the nautical repair and maintenance industry of Europe. And there’s no doubt that the sheer size and impact of the yacht refit and repair industry on the Balearic GDP makes it a driving force of the economy. So, it’s clear that yacht refits can be defined as driving forces of the economy, because not only do superyachts undergoing works over a period of several months buy materials for the boat, but they also have crews that live on the island and spend money, thereby adding to Mallorca’s economy. What’s more, we should emphasise the knock-on effect of this industry, because each direct job in the yachting industry creates six jobs in other sub-sectors. And the subsequent gross value added (GVA) multiplies its direct effect by five”, Campuzano added. Interesting times lie ahead for the superyacht shipyard sector, especially considering the new proposals for reimagining the areas that Astilleros, who have requested a change of location and space expansion, and STP who have put in a request for space expansion, now occupy. * The plans include Astilleros moving to the space currently occupied by the Trans Med Ferries, with the current space being given back to the people as a green space, including open areas and a maritime museum. The move would see Astilleros add a synchro lift to its offering, enabling the hauling out of larger boats and meaning that it can compete with the likes of MB92 , La Ciotat and Genoa. It will also mean that they will now be able to cater for larger boats both in and out of the water. Meanwhile the new plan would see STP expand dramatically both on the hard and additional berths in the water. The plans, which will hopefully be approved soon will see Mallorca’s refit and repair offering dramatically increase, which in turn can only mean more jobs, money and income for the island. Something that will be sorely needed after the huge economic impact of the pandemic!! *Both requests are not confirmed as they have not been approved yet by Port Authority. ______________________________________ By Victoria Pearce & Simon Relph




Age five on my parents' motorboat

Having my first boat driving lessons from my father

CAPTAINS OF SHIPS – MARJA KOK With over 6,000km of waterways, 230km of coastline, and nigh on a third of its territory situated below sea level, it’s hard to live in The Netherlands and not be influenced by water. Marja Kok was born in Den Helder, a city surrounded on three sides by sea, and home to the country’s main naval base. She and her younger brother had a peaceful pleasant childhood and, while Marja was very fond of horse riding, basketball, gymnastics and ice skating, it was water that held the strongest allure. Before she was born, Marja’s car salesman father and housewife mother had acquired a six-metre motorboat, followed by three others, each slightly bigger than the last. It was on these they enjoyed summer holidays and weekends. With a sailing dinghy and windsurfer on deck, they’d cruise the Ijsselmeer, and savour the inland lakes and waterways of Friesland and beyond. Marja picks up the story: “We’d often moor alongside a farm and I loved milking the cows, helping with calving, and decided that a farmer’s wife would most definitely be my future career. As I got a little older, around 15,

1993 in a UK port on our self-built Waarschip Dagmar

I was given permission to rent my very own sailing boat with a girlfriend, so long as we came back alongside my parents’ boat at night. A year later, that final restriction was lifted, and us girls could sail from bar to bar, boyfriend to boyfriend, as the whim took us. I remember collecting glasses from every bar, displaying them onboard, and watching them all smash to pieces on the first tack. We had a lot of fun. “These sailing holidays were by no means luxury, we had a little stove for a kitchen, a bucket for a bathroom and slept on an air bed, but I already took great delight in the fact that your home came with you wherever you travelled. I completed some basic sailing exams at the naval base and forgot entirely about my farming calling. “Age 18, I relocated 80km south to Amsterdam to study a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Management. Upon graduation, I had a brief spell in a notary office before carving out a career in several Authors’ Rights Societies, ensuring authors were fairly compensated for any of their work that was copied, broadcast or recorded. Within 15 years I had risen to the rank of Assistant Managing Director. During

that time, at age 24, I moved in to a houseboat on the Amstel with my boyfriend Eric. I knew him from school in Den Helder and he too chose Amsterdam to study business. Six years later, Eric and I upgraded to a new two-storey houseboat built on the same spot. “In my private time, I continued to sail. Eric was also a keen sailor, so we’d rent a boat for our summer holidays. Around the age of 26, we took things a step further and bought a kit to build a nine-metre wooden sailing boat. Designed by Waarschip, it had all the parts, drawings and descriptions, ‘all’ we had to do was to make it. With enormous help from Eric’s father, an artist and talented carpenter, and my father on the electrical side, we worked on her every weekend and holidays for two years until she was finished. It was a gorgeous boat and we named her Dagmar - strong beauty. The only downside was that having worked with so much epoxy glue and varnish I developed an allergy to the stuff. “The plan was to go around the world in the year 2000 - when I would turn 35 - with a boat slightly larger than Dagmar. We mapped the route, saved the money, and continued to sail

Michel and I in 2001, shortly after we first met




the North Sea from Belgium to Denmark, a good place to learn proper sailing and get to know the vagaries of the sea. But, as the saying goes, life is what happens while we are making other plans, and in 1998, after 15 years together, Eric and I decided to split up. We were just shy of that millennium milestone. To his credit, Eric kept the dream alive and took our wooden boat on a single-handed transatlantic to the Caribbean. I was immensely proud of him and even joined him for a few weeks sailing in Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. “Predictably, living, working and rowing in Amsterdam, I missed sailing, and I missed our boat. A friend introduced me to a Dutch sailing holiday company looking for skippers in Greece. After some deliberation, I applied for a training week in Greece, passed the tests, and loved it. The Authors’ Rights Society allowed me a summer sabbatical and I spent three or four months skippering guests between the Greek Islands. As flotilla leader, I passage planned for eight boats, and each evening we’d dine together en masse. It was a completely new world for me, but I felt so at home. The pay was abysmal, barely covering costs, but food was thrown in for free and I wasn’t losing money. More importantly, I was happy. In January 2000 I quit my Amsterdam office job for good.

Amsterdam life, second houseboat from the right, our home on the river Amstel from 1989-1999

“After a few months skippering in the Caribbean, cruising between the Grenadines and Martinique, I went back for a second Greek summer. A group of Dutch guys appeared in one of my flotillas, including a good-looking party boy called Michel. We danced together and a romance blossomed on the stunning island of Hydra. Holiday over, he returned to The Netherlands and promised to stay in touch. Mid-season, I was allowed a few weeks leave and Michel greeted me at Schiphol Airport clutching some red roses. We’ve been together 20 years. “Michel was working in social care, rehabilitating troubled children convicted under criminal law, but also had a keen interest in sailing. So he too quit his day job and applied to be a skipper with a different charter business operating in the same part of Greece. We tried our best to engineer our flotillas to coincide and would sometimes arrive with 15 boats in the same bay. “In 2001, Eric and I sold our houseboat and, with

Rowing on the river Amstel

San Blas Islands and Kuna Indians in Panama 2004, one of our favourite cruising areas

my slice of the profits, invested in a Jeanneau Sun Magic 44 called Seraglio. It was to be my and Michel’s new home and income generator, so we added her to Amorgos Sailing’s fleet. We developed the first charter trips for Croatia, an up-and-coming destination, and worked flat out for four months each season - me on Seraglio and Michel on another vessel. Guests

left on Saturday morning and by evening the next ones had arrived for their 14-day cruise. After two summers, enough was enough, so we crossed the Atlantic to work the MartiniqueGrenadines route. A year later we had our eye on Cuba and Mexico, so quit Amorgos and set up our own highly originally named charter company - M&M Sailing.

San Blas Islands & Kuna Indians in Panama 2004, one of our favourite cruising areas




Island Porvenir in San Blas with its tiny airport, Seraglio dropping anchor to pick up guests

Sailing on Jongert Ithaka 2007-2014

“After the West Indies, we sailed from the Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic to Haiti, Cuba to Mexico, Belize to Guatemala, the Bay Islands and Honduras, Panama to Colombia, and the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. At first, we had 22 weeks charter booked and paid for but, as our voyage continued, we dipped to just six. Flights were expensive and people didn’t fancy flying to Honduras for a two-week holiday, so the journey became more one for my and Michel’s pleasure than our financial gain. We lived very economically, Michel fixed any technical issues and we stayed on anchor, so all we had to pay for was food. It was a beautiful life. Five years quickly passed.

Route planning and logbook, live-aboard life on Seraglio 2001-2007

“Each hurricane season, we’d leave the Jeanneau somewhere safe like the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, and take on summer work in The Netherlands, me in marketing and Michel in the health sector. One season, I found myself on the other side of the equation organising sailing trips for a charter agent. In Cannes, I met Gerke, the Dutch captain of 32 metre MY Angel of Joy, and he was on the hunt for a sole engineer. I wasn’t really aware of this superyacht industry, and put Michel’s name forward on account of him being a rather handy albeit self-taught engineer. He got the job. “After Michel’s second successful stint on Angel of Joy, it seemed a fun idea to pop ourselves on a crew website as a duo. We got approached by the owner of newly-built 27 metre Jongert

The Superyacht Cup, every day a deck dance and proud owner Bert on the wheel

Arriving in Horta, Azores, on Ithaka - my ex Eric, right, was one of our delivery crew


Working on the Yachtmaster Ocean ticket onboard Ithaka



Great atmosphere during The Superyacht Cup Palma in 2012, 2nd place

Ithaka based in Mallorca. Michel was in Italy on Angel of Joy, I called him. Should we take it? Would it be ok? Or would we lose all our freedom? The boat looked amazing and our meeting with the owner and his three sons went fabulously, so we agreed to suck it and see for a year - we stayed for eight. Unorthodoxly, we both completed our Yachtmaster qualifications after we got the job. “I believe that Michel and I have a unique way of working. As we’re both happy to skipper, cook, and do every other task that comes with running a yacht, we switch roles every day - it gives us variety and makes us flexible all-rounders. Most couples’ jobs are ‘captain and stew’ but, as we have both been sailing together for such a long time and share the same background and skills, it suits us to work as a mini rotational team. The owner also felt comfortable as he’d once been in a situation where the captain was hit by the boom, laid out on deck, and no one knew what to do. “We sailed the whole Med, Caribbean, entered regattas for fun, got second-placed in The Superyacht Cup Palma 2012, despite having a crew of enthusiastic but non-superyachtexperienced sailors, and all in all had a thoroughly good time. In 2014, the boat was sold and, while we stayed on with the new owner, it wasn’t the same so we bad farewell. Ensued a three-month tour of the Baltic States, Scandinavia, the Faroe Islands and Iceland in our trusty G Wagon with roof tent. It was nice to feel land underfoot.

Back to Hydra, the Greek Island where Michel and I met, this time on Ithaka

Our house in Mallorca as we purchased it in 2011 - much better now

Cycling in the Tramuntana, Mallorca




Michel, myself and stew Maja in the crew cockpit on Ti-Coyo

SY Ti-Coyo in Croatia 2015-2017

“But, all good things… and inevitably a call came in from Swan 105 Ti-Coyo looking for a couple like us. The yacht was just a year old, home porting in the owner’s favourite country, Croatia, and while all went ok, nothing compared with our time on Ithaka. When the boat suffered a lightning strike requiring new electronics and rig, we took her back to Palma for repairs and prepared her for sale at the owner’s request. “After 17 years at sea, I felt the urge to give back to the sea and fight the use of plastic bottled water on superyachts. Given how technologically advanced they are, and the budgets within which they operate, why did almost every superyacht turn to lousy plastic bottles of water for drinking? I conducted a survey and one of the findings was that 97% of captains and crew questioned wanted change. They wanted to produce less waste and have healthy drinking water on board. I couldn’t just publish the results and walk away, I had to do something. Our first day in a new job, flying with the owners to their yacht in Croatia

In the middle of Iceland with our Mercedes G-class and roof tent in 2015

“I took a kind of environmental sabbatical, and researched filtration and purification systems to see what options were available to superyachts for chemical-free quality drinking water. One thing led to another and I found Andreas Buhl, ex yacht captain and MD of a Dutch water purification company, and together we set up Water without Waste. At first we were dishing out free advice, but one step led to the next and WwW now sells and installs equipment that purifies drinking water on board, with an option for sparkling, chilled water from the tap. Yachts are very pleased with this solution, and I am happy to say that business is going really well. “I love living in Mallorca, the mountains and wild nature are great for hiking and cycling. We combine it with Amsterdam for city life and culture. In 2011, Michel and I bought a wreck of a house in Son Espanyol, Palma, and renovated it top to bottom. I adore a project, especially a tiny house on land, waves or wheels kind of project. Our latest is a truck to be converted into a near off-grid expedition camper. I still take great delight in bringing my home with me wherever I travel - at least Michel and I know for sure that we can live in harmony in small spaces.




Our latest project, reforming a truck into a tiny offthe-grid house on wheels

In 2019 day sailing with my fit healthy 82 year old parents on a ‘Valk’ in Friesland, the type of boat I used holiday on with my friends

“With WwW’s Palma-based installation company, Jongkind Service, beavering away on the sustainable water systems, I can focus on marketing and promotion, which I am able to do anywhere there is WiFi. So we plan to make a few road trips in our truck and see how it goes. I do, however, wrestle with my

conscience when I consider the pollution a 4x4 truck pumps out. Going off-road and off-grid is not yet possible without diesel but, for sure, we will bring our bikes and hiking boots and just use the truck as a base. And, there will be a WwW water purifier on board - naturally.

“I do not want my mission to change plastic habits and help yachts have healthy onboard drinking water to stop, it’s too important, but I realise that I am a free spirit and the restrictions of owning a business occasionally get to me. To have the freedom to hit the road, take on a voluntary project in Africa, or even a temporary or rotational couple’s job on a yacht while still running WwW, would be my utopia.” ______________________________________ By Sarah Forge





Today we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Jenny Matthews, Founder of She of the Sea, and Anna Schroeder, Marketing Director of Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, to discuss the similarities between the visions of both companies, how they found themselves in their current roles and what the future is for eradicating bias across all sectors, including the yachting industry. So, welcome both! It’s wonderful to have two such inspirational women here with us today to share your thoughts and insights. To begin, Jenny, where did the vision for She of the Sea come from? I started She of the Sea after I passed the Officer Of the Watch 3000GT oral exam. I was met with enthusiastic congratulations from my peers, however, this was followed up by a startling statistic that stopped me in my tracks; “ Congratulations, did you know there are fewer than 10 women in the industry with this ticket!”. At first I didn’t think it could be possible, but when I thought about it, in 8 years at sea, I had never seen another woman in either the deck OR engineering departments and only 2 other women in all the courses I had completed on my way to Officer.

Jenny Matthews, Founder of She of the Sea

When you grow up with sailing, water sports and the whole industry around it, a certain interest is naturally pre-programmed. However, my decision to join Pantaenius was not always as clear as it seems. My father always left the choice open to me. It was my brother who finally convinced me. After school, I started working in the fashion industry but the culture there didn’t suit me at all. So I gave the insurance industry a chance and started working for major carriers in London and Munich, in the marine underwriting sector. When Pantaenius was looking for a new marketing director - the division had traditionally been in my family’s hands - I finally made the move and have never regretted it to this day. In marketing, I am able to combine my creativity and analytical skills

with what I had learned during my studies and previous positions. In the end, this is where everything comes together, from product development to customer management. Jenny, can you tell us a little more abo ut your background? As I joined yachting at 19 already determined to be a Captain, the majority of my adult life has been spent either at sea or in the classroom. Like most Kiwi's, my early years revolved around the ocean, and more specifically around rowing. I proudly represented the Silver Fern as part of the international pre-elite team as a coxswain at age 17. Considering the role of a coxswain is to facilitate the absolute highest

I asked a simple question “who else is out there?” on social media, and after an overwhelming response from women all over the world, She of the Sea was born! Natasha Ambrose was one of the first other Officers to raise their hands to the question. Together, we are proud to be connecting with the many exciting sectors that make up the Yachting industry about this exciting and important conversation. Interestingly, what started as a desire to connect with other women at sea on the same career path has evolved into a powerful and universal vision that is resonating with all genders, both in the shore side community, and those at sea. That vision is realising a high performance, competency focused yachting industry, regardless of gender. Anna, how was it that you came to work for Pantaenius? Did you always want to join the family business?

Anna Schroeder and Tino Baum Pantaenius Yacht Insurance




performance of the team, it couldn’t have been better training for my career in yachting, especially the psychology of crew synergy and performance. Jenny, have you found equality to be an issue for you in your own career? This is a really interesting point. Initially, I had no real concept of what impact going against gender norms had on my career. It wasn’t until I started frequently hearing the same stories from other women, and then VERY different accounts from my male peers, that we started to see stark disparities between our experiences. We then started to look at the mountain of research into the subjects of diversity and inclusion from other industries and realised that this conversation was in no way a “ yachting” one. There have been a few key factors identified that contribute to the current landscape, and as you can imagine, they are fascinating, complex and sometimes confronting. For example, the difference in narrative delivered by those who fit the ‘traditional’ profile at the beginning of their careers, is very different from those who don’t. Additionally, simple things like verbal and visual representation (or lack thereof) have an incredible impact on the perception we all hold about who can (and cannot) perform different roles. Outdated stigmas attached to a woman's ability to perform in these roles contribute to a very clear opportunity gap that has a huge impact on progression and promotion. These many different conscious, and unconscious, biases we all possess play significant roles in the current state of affairs. Interestingly, there are also elements that can, in the end, be an advantage. Take for example the responsibility that many minorities feel to outperform their peers to “earn“ their seat at the table. The feeling of having to be the absolute best just to be considered or respected drives many to ensure they top all their classes and maintain impeccable standards. Something that those who do not feel such pressure, may not necessarily feel the need to aspire to. These examples, of course, do not exclusively apply to women in deck and engineering departments, but can be seen to be present for any minority in any number of industries and professions. Think for a moment of men who work in the interior, or anyone who doesn’t fit the traditional profile of a position, either at sea or ashore. Anna, the same question to you. Has equality been an issue for you in your own career? The fashion industry, as I experienced it briefly, was much more colourful than the insurance or financial world, but it was also very homogeneous and not necessarily more open. What is clear, however, is that the insurance world in particular, as represented today by Lloyds in London, for example, is clearly a male domain. Women need a thick skin to assert themselves here. In one of my graduate programmes I was the only woman among thirty colleagues. At the same time, this exotic status gave me the chance to be seen, so to speak. Even though there are many negative clichés about so-called quota women

Anna Schroeder sailing

in the industry, we should use this opportunity to make ourselves and others heard. Perhaps it also helped me growing up with two older brothers. That's where you quickly learn to assert yourself. Jenny, when you began the She of the Sea initiative did you find you had instant support or did you face opposition? We were, and still do, find ourselves to be welcomed with great enthusiasm and engagement by both the shore and sea sectors! Of course, there will be those that are challenged by a change to the norm, however the feedback has overwhelmingly been “thank god, it was about time“. Interestingly this has come from all genders, with very strong support from the males in the industry. It is clear that the men are championing the women in their lives, the ones working next to them, their partners and their daughters. Our analytics even show that of all the individuals visiting our website, 49% are male, reflecting the core ethos of diversity and inclusion and performance, as opposed to gender. The conversation is not about who does it better, but how we can all be better together, and that conversation is relevant to all of us, regardless of any other factors. Jenny, what changes would you like to see in the industry in say, the next 5 years? I always say I don’t want to see any more female Captains, only Captains. The best-case scenario is that there is no need for platforms like She of the Sea to exist. For us to all have a giggle that we needed an International Women’s Day. For gender to disappear from the conversation completely. I believe that our industry will truly embody its position as "cutting edge" when we are 100% focused on recruiting, cultivating and promoting the best people for the job, regardless of gender, age, nationality, sexuality... the list goes on. It’s clear the industry is very much evolving from its wildest days, and as the fleet grows in size and number, the conversation of equality and diversity in our teams is part of that maturation.

Anna, do you think equality and diversity are an issue in the yachting industry, both onboard and ashore? If so, why do you think that is? From my personal experience, the yachting industry has the same problems as many other industries. Of course, a lot is done for diversity and just because of the strong internationality of the industry, many and very different cultural and political influences have an impact on the industry, but leadership positions are still mainly held by men. In my opinion, this is due to the fact that even today, women generally still have to choose between family and career. If the balancing act is really to succeed, a lot of support from the family and professional environment is required. Anna, today, Pantaenius has a very diverse team. Was that always the case? And, if it wasn’t, was there a conscious decision made to have a more balanced male/female team? Indeed, Pantaenius has always been a very diverse company with many women in management positions. My father did not force this, but he distributed promotion opportunities equally and had the same expectations of all employees. Thus it happened that our branches in England, Spain, Sweden or Germany, for example, had female managers in areas from IT to sales and even female managing directors at an early age. My father also never differentiated between me and my brothers; it was clear to him that if we wanted to join the company, we would all have the same rights and obligations. Today, my brothers and I naturally try to keep this recipe for success alive and support and encourage women in the company. Jenny, what do you think the advantages are of having a diverse team within a company? What are companies that still lack a proper strategy to diversify their staffing mix missing out on? There is an incredible amount of data out there now that has shifted the conversation around diversity and inclusion from “is it good?” to “how




Jenny, what advice do you have for women beginning a career in the yachting industry? I give the same advice I give to the young men joining the industry - that this is one of the most exciting careers you can have, and will be one of the most incredible opportunities for growth, but you have to be smart about it. A lot of crew entering the industry have no idea of the reality of day to day life on board. I was grateful to my mentor who shared the good along with the tough aspects, so I knew what may be ahead, and this level of preparedness is something I take care to pass on. My main advice to crew at the beginning of their career is to really get clear on their intentions and goals for their career and make a plan to achieve these. Additionally, as in life, surrounding yourself with like-minded and inspiring individuals is key. And finally, Anna, what advice do you have for women beginning a career in the yachting industry? best do we facilitate it within our organisations and harness the benefits”. Organisations such as McKinsey & Company, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley have released studies showing the many performance and economic benefits of diverse teams in all senses of the word, not just gender. The statistics clearly show the financial, performance and leadership advantages of diverse teams, that those organisations who do not actively work towards a diverse makeup, risk losing their competitive edge. This is so much so that Goldman and Sachs recently announced that it will no longer even take a company public unless there is at least one diverse board member, and VC firms are releasing statements essentially warning companies to heed the data and take action, lest they be left behind. There isn’t an industry or organisation out there that can afford to dismiss the advantage gained by creating diverse and inclusive teams. We are seeing huge funding and widely publicised campaigns from many global industries, including the likes of aviation and shipping, aimed at increasing their levels of diversity and inclusion (Google Captain Kate McCue). This is mirrored in sectors such as law and finance, as industries are no longer looking to see who is doing it, but who is doing it best and how. We believe this is why She of the Sea is being received with so much enthusiasm by the Yachting industry. The global conversation has been happening for years. Those organisations that represent our industry leaders recognise this, and by uniting these change-makers, we will see significant progress across all sectors, ultimately benefiting the industry as a whole. Anna, what do you see are the advantages of having a diverse team within a company? Insurance and risk management is a balancing act. Many options and interests have to be weighed up in order to ultimately offer a meaningful, efficient, but of course, also economic service for all parties involved. So we can only benefit from the diversity among our decision-makers. However, this certainly

does not only apply to the insurance industry. Teams that are too homogeneous quickly settle on a so-called "silver bullet", and alternative opinions and approaches are easily neglected. Look at a sailing yacht on the regatta course: the crew works like clockwork but it can only do that because it is made up of people who have specific individual skills. There are simply no plausible reasons for companies to ignore what is actually incredibly obvious. Jenny, are there any similarities between She Of The Sea and Pantaenius? From the individuals I have had the pleasure of connecting with in person from Pantaenius, it is clear that the message of diversity resonates strongly. I was delighted to connect with the likes of Mike Wimbridge, who could not have been more enthusiastic about the message, and after connecting with others in the organisation, it is inspiring to see this already taking place within such a big industry player. I believe that both organisations are committed to doing their part from their own platforms to see this industry at its absolute best, and recognise that diversity and inclusion are a big part of that conversation Anna, what similarities do you see between She of The Sea and Pantaenius? I think what unites She of the Sea and Pantaenius is first of all the way we both see people and our vision of how we work together. Both organisations are characterised by a strong hands-on approach. As different as they are, both organisations are born from personal experience and the desire to solve a problem. We believe in personal responsibility, in the fact that we can all have a positive influence on our environment and fellow human beings, and that the best way to move forward is through partnership. Whether within the industry or with all those who use our services. As a commercial enterprise, this is our driver of innovation. For She of the Sea this is the motivation to make the world a little better. Apart from that, both organisations are of course about two things: a passion for yachting and girls who can handle saltwater.

It sounds like a cliché but follow your passion, then you will be good at what you do and ultimately successful. If you're unsure, get a mentor. I don't know why this concept is not lived out as strongly among women in the business world as among men. Of course, a little luck wouldn't hurt either. In addition, there is always something to learn, and until society really lives and breathes diversity, it does no harm to have a little extra expertise as a woman. There may be cases, where you have to be more ambitious than your male counterparts, so you should always be aware of your strengths and continue to cultivate them. At the end of the day, however, you shouldn't overrate the issues and thus restrict yourself in your personality. The best advice we should all take to heart is to be a positive example for the next generation. Mike Wimbridge, of Pantaenius, when asked what similarities he sees between the company and She of the Sea commented: "I would say that the vision for change that you have mirrors the fundamental basis underpinning our company. Mr. Baum senior (Anna’s Dad) was a pioneer of the field of yacht insurance. He had lots of friends who had boats to insure and the policy didn’t exist, so he wrote it himself. He made that first step, many years ago, and not only did it make Pantaenius what it is today but it also paved the way for the whole yacht insurance market to evolve. You have taken that first step and the sky's the limit. Yes you want to make an immediate change but, what you really want is for the whole industry to start the same journey and make a lasting change". Thank you to both Anna and Jenny for taking the time to share your insights. It is a really thought-provoking conversation and one that we hope will lead to a change not just in yachting, but in life in general no matter who you are or where you are from. ______________________________________ By Victoria Pearce




MARINE MAMMALS IN CAPTIVITY Hey! Some of you might be thinking of visiting a Dolphinarium as an activity during the summer holiday season. I would like to share my experience with you on the subject and hope it might lead you to think twice.

Between 1998 and 2007, I was professionally involved through several projects with the foundation firmm (Foundation for Information and Research on Marine Mammals). Also, throughout my 2500 days at sea, I encountered many whales and dolphins in freedom while sailing around our oceans and was blessed

with underwater encounters while scubadiving in places like The Galapagos islands, French Polynesia and Mallorca. Through these experiences, I believe to have gained enough insight about marine mammals to give you a valuable perspective about dolphins in captivity. From what is known, dolphins swim between 100 to 200 km./day, and offshore killer-whales may swim up to 400 km./day. By locking these animals up in a 50x20 meter pool (if so), a valid comparison towards us humans would be to lock-up someone in a toilet cabinet. When captured, youngsters are separated from their pod and are forced to join dolphins of a different pod and even of a different species in a confined space. The language of these individuals is therefore different in many aspects and the intensity of their clicks resonates exponentially in an enclosed basin like a pool. I trust your imagination to further expand your vision on the subject. In order to keep the animals docile and not to freak out, the dead fish they get fed with are injected with tranquilizers and antibiotics. The second one, in order to avoid skin and respiratory diseases due to the poor and inadequate quality of the water. It is known that their obedience is gained through exchange for food, sometimes pushing it to the limit of starvation in order to meet the expectations of trainers who makes them execute “funny tricks�. Marine mammal behaviour in the wild does not include an open beak but is how they beg for food in captivity.




Also, the “smiling dolphin”, as perceived by the public, is unfortunately a myth of human perception related to the shape of their beak. The fact that the life expectancy of these captive mammals is drastically reduced by all of the above probably makes sense to you by now. The efforts, and ultimate goal, of Mr. Ric O’Barry to close down all Dolphinarium in the world is grounded on his experience as former trainer of the famous dolphin called “Flipper”. He has lived, in person, the crude reality of the captive dolphin business from inside for many years. I encourage you to read about his inspiring journey. ( Somewhere between 2003 and 2006, firmm® had the initiative to build a dolphin-sanctuary in Morocco. The idea to retire Dolphinarium dolphins in a delimited open-sea bay, allowing to help other marine mammals with issues, was absolutely appealing to me. After years of efforts the project eventually never took place due to political matters, but the experience gave me additional understanding of the practices inside a Dolphinarium. Not only was I involved with the plans of building this harbour/bay facility but also visited a Dolphinarium in Spain to see if I could purchase dolphins in order to retire them from the shows. During that specific visit, I was invited to talk to a “specialized trainer” in charge of gathering autistic children and dolphins in a pool. It is believed that the caring nature of these mammals could have an impact on the behaviour of autistic children. Some pretend it could lighten or even cure the syndrome. The autistic children, equipped with a lifejacket, were guided by their arm to position themselves to be approached by a bottlenose dolphin and the encounter took place without difficulty. The big dollars were cashed-in for a non-guaranteed 20-30 min. experience in the pool, and it was “all happening” for the parents sitting in the tribunes. I cannot judge on this topic as I’m not a doctor, but can only express the stressed feeling of my stomach turning into a knot when I saw one of the parents observing his child from head to toe, somehow expecting something could have changed when coming out of the water. I do not want to judge the reaction of that parent neither, not being a parent of a child with such syndrome myself. I suppose that the commercialization of such a setup probably disgusted me deeply. To cheer you up, and out of respect for these beautiful and charismatic animals, I can tell you about an interesting personal experience with dolphins in the wild. While snorkelling with friends in open sea we were approached by dolphins. They seemed to be only interested in one woman of the group and completely surrounded her. Something about her made them curious obviously, and it nearly felt as if they were protecting her. Once in the boat, someone made a joke by saying that she was pregnant, which later proved to be the case. We believe that the dolphins sensed the second heartbeat of the baby through their echolocation capacity and maybe they were just congratulating her? For you to fantasize a little; realise that science still tries to link the fact that the brain of a bottlenose dolphin is heavier and also contains more brain clefts

than a human, to the sense of echolocation. Unfortunately for the bottlenose dolphins, artificial insemination is partly successful in captivity, for which this specie is being heavily used in breathing programs to cope with the demand of marine parks around the world. Several species of marine mammals, including Orcas and Belugas, are being captures in freedom and only few survive the capturing methods and transportation till reaching the entertainment parks. Dolphinarium are still a legal business in many parts of the world and you are obviously free to visit these shows. However, realize that by buying a ticket you engage your personal responsibility of supporting these practices and provide strength to these businesses. Some people, including me, consider Dolphinarium absolutely cruel and believe that

animals belong in freedom, nature reserves or sanctuaries only. As a healthy and respectful alternative, you can go see whales and dolphins in freedom by buying ticket to go on a whale-watch boat, such as the ones of firmm® in Tarifa or other boats around the world. You will enjoy an encounter with the animals in their natural habitat, instead of animals that are forced to perform tricks for your entertainment. Wishing you a great summer! PS: please feel free to share at your convenience ______________________________________ By Capt. Dominique Geysen Photo Credit: firmm®




THE OCEAN RACE: KEN READ ANALYSIS OF 2021-22 ROUND-THE-WORLD ROUTE The recently announced round the world route for the next edition of The Ocean Race in 202122 revealed an interesting mixture of familiar stopover ports along with three new cities for the fleet to visit on its way around the world. But what do the sailors think of the new course configuration? We have been speaking to a variety of past and present competitors to find out. We begin with American yachtsman Ken Read – a three-time Ocean Race competitor (200506 with Ericsson, 2008-09 and 2011-12 as skipper of Puma Ocean Racing) and the current CEO of North Sails. We spoke to Read from his home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a short distance from the legendary sailing city of Newport which will once again host the Ocean Race fleet at the end of Leg 5 from Itajaí, Brazil, prior to the transatlantic crossing on Leg 6 to Aarhus in Denmark. Read said that at first glance it is clear that the 2021-22 edition racecourse – like the last several editions – has understandably been influenced by commercial factors. “This kind of modernish racecourse certainly takes into account some commercial stops that obviously weren’t there in the good old days, in the Whitbread days,” he said. “But at the same time they tried to minimise stops a little bit, because frankly stopovers are hugely expensive for the teams who are all trying to get the budget down. “But they have still come up with some really interesting legs and an overall course that still has plenty of excitement to it. Cape Town to China is certainly the one that has still the most

question marks. The rest are pretty straight forward and in some form or fashion have been done in the past or at least something like it has been done in the past. “So all in all, no shocks and I’m happy that the race is coming back to Newport.” According to the official announcement the 2021-22 Ocean race will be shorter in distance (38,000 nautical miles) and there will be two less pit stops. However Read discounts the mileage reduction at least as pretty irrelevant. “I never really look at the overall length of the race versus the actual sailing distance of a race,” he said. “The sailing distance just depends on how easily you can get into some of the trade winds. There’s a lot of legs here that you will end up actually looping yourself way out and around going the long way to avoid either land or a wind obstacle that’s traditionally in the

way – like the Atlantic high that we sail around normally on the first leg. Ken Read’s crew in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race suffered a dismasting in the Atlantic and ultimately retired from Leg 1 after spending a week on the remote island of Tristan da Cuhna. “This time, as an example, on the Cape Town to China leg who knows where the fleet will choose to go and how much upwind work there is? So 38,000 miles sounds short (compared to previous editions) but it’s still going to be a 50-something-thousand-mile race when it’s all said and done.” Given that the next Ocean race will see a new class of fully crewed IMOCA 60s taking part, as well as a fleet of the tried and tested VO65s, Read believes that the teams with 60s will be zoning in particularly closely on the “big” legs – like the mammoth third stage from Cape Town to Shenzhen, China, Shenzhen to Auckland,




“Listen, there’s no question that a purposebuilt boat always has a little bit of an advantage on paper, but at the same time, the Vendee Globe boat will have likely just successfully gone around the world. You know how much you learn on a boat racing it versus just training on it. “It was fascinating to talk to some of the competitors about how radical the speed differences were in the TJV race from France this past Fall,” Read said. “They said at times some boats were going many knots faster or slower than others. Then the conditions would change, and it would be a total flip flop. Many knots faster or slower dependent upon a change of conditions. So there’s a lot of big decisions to be made.

New Zealand on Leg 4, and the notorious leg around Cape Horn from Auckland to Itajaí. “At this stage it is all about planning,” Read said. “So you’re planning not only the makeup of a crew, if you’re in the 60 footers you’re also potentially planning the makeup/configuration of the boat. What you are looking at is how much are you going to spend going upwind, versus reaching, versus sailing downwind? That was always the big challenge back in the Volvo 70 days – which was the last time it was kind of opened up from a design point of view.

do we have to change virtually a downwind boat built for the Vendee to be a little more all-purpose?” How competitive did Read believe a converted existing IMOCA 60 could be against new boats that have been purpose-built for The Ocean Race 2021-22?

“Then you’ve also got to get a little lucky, too. Is the weather going to be what you want it to be? Sometimes you’ll look at a leg and say, ‘You know what? That’s a bit of a throwaway leg. ______________________________________ By Justin Chisholm Read more at:

“So for the 60-footers especially, they’re looking at the route with a view to which dagger board setup/design they might choose, taking into consideration foiling board developments at this stage. They are asking: Do we really need to go up wind? How much do we need to go up wind? Are there multiple legs where upwind is actually a real factor? “Or are these legs that you can make the educated guess that is mainly reaching or downwind? Each of those scenarios completely lend themselves to totally different style boards. For sure I think it’s more of a challenge for the 60 footers than anybody else at this stage.

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“There’s all kinds of historical weather data you can get your hands on. Several of the really good French routers have all kinds of data on this kind of stuff. I’m sure they’re selling packages as we speak to a different variety of teams. “But then you have to think about how many new sixties are being built specifically for this race, and how many of the Vendee Globe teams who might be be taking a 60 built for single-handed sailing and turning it into a fullycrewed boat. “They have to be looking at the route very carefully from a rebuild and a budget standpoint. How much do we need to change this boat? Not just to get multiple crew onboard, but also deck layouts and things like that, and again, the board choices. How much

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BYD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CAPTAIN MANNIE with crew keeping everyone happy both on board and off board. 3. Describe each of the Balearics Islands with one word: Mallorca - Surprising Menorca - Natural Formentera - relaxing Ibiza - fun 4. What are your hobbies here in the islands?

This month we interview Captain Mannie about his experience living in the Balearic Islands and being a captain for many years. This month it’s more exciting as we’ve collaborated with Yachtfilm to create a video interview filmed in Santa Catalina - the yachties hub! Find the full video interview link at the end of this article. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself? I’ve been a captain for around 22 years now and I started coming to the Balearic Islands for work as a stopping point between the Mediterranean and eventually I started to like it more and more and decided to keep it as a base. The marine industry here was already very good back then so it was a perfect place to keep the yacht and at the same time have some free time and do other things away from the yacht. Culturally Spain is Mediterranean culture so it reminds me of home being Italian. The language is rather easy compared to Italian too and the island has a lot to offer. 2. What's the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job has to be the satisfaction I get after a good charter when the people leave the boat happy. Having a good team to work with and a good relationship

When I moved here first I was into rock climbing but that was a few kilos ago! Now I do canyoning, Mallorca has a beautiful set of canyons. Another thing I've been doing for years is trail running and it's a great way to see nature. In summer or on a nice winter day I like to go kayaking. I also joined a few hiking groups which I like to do on Sundays and it's amazing to see the island from another angle and there's always something new, it's quite impressive I have to say. 5. What’s your most memorable experience in the Balearics? I have to go back to canyoning, it's a very different experience here. I've done it in other parts of the world but it was never as special as it has been here. 6. Which is the Balearics?





It has to be Es Trenc just because it's still pretty wild and there are no buildings there, they've kept it very natural. it's a long stretch of beach and you can get away from people. especially in the summer. The water in front of it is very shallow, it's a very Caribbean style beach and easy to reach. it's a true beauty of nature. . 7. What is your opinion about the future of the yachting industry in the Balearics?

I think the future of the yachting industry in the Balearics is promising. I've been here around 20 years now one and off and always working with yachts. I think the industry will grow but I strongly believe if it grows too much it will definitely get a bit too much and the good situation we have at the moment might change and become something not as pleasant for certain sized yachts. But in general, it’s a combination of private enterprises and the government working together to make sure they keep a good environment comfortable for yachts and companies on the island and keep up a good communication in order not to overdo it. a. What advantages do you think the yachting industry has in the Balearic Islands, compared to other places? The big advantage of the Balearics is the location which isn't too far from the mainland with good communication by air or water. Also, it’s a community with an amazing cruising ground. The infrastructure for maintenance on the boats is really good. It's a year-round destination with activities to do all the time. And of course, Mallorca as a main hub which offers great cultural activities with gastronomical and natural. You have pretty much everything in a small environment and easy to reach. 8. Did technology change the way that you work as a captain? How? I believe technology has changed the way we work. on hand for the best as it simplified everything from navigation to communication. On the other hand, it's good to stick to the old ways as this sector is quite traditional so you also remain attached to certain things. Technology is a bit part of everyday work and it does help a lot. Also, because the evolution of yachting and the new owners now everything moves incredibly fast. Technology speeds up the whole process on land crew. It helps us to keep up with demand.


a. Do you think Balearic ports are adapted to the new technologies?

b. Are there any problems in the yachting industry which could be fixed with technology?

The Balearic ports in general are very well structured. They're quite up to date compared to other Mediterranean ports. The Balearics in general are quite up to date with services and technology and reservation procedures are easy to deal with here.

I think there are some things technology will be a true asset to help out with such as the environment and how we can protect it. It can also help with faster and more efficient communication.



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A MESSAGE FROM ALL THE TEAM AT BALEARIC YACHT DESTINATION The consequences we foresee this health crisis causing to our sector, means our current priority is preparing all necessary measures to push our members and the demand of our customers. So that when the market is up again, we can continue to occupy a leading position in our industry. The superyacht sector is going to need our support more than ever. During these difficult times we have to remember how important it is to follow authority’s advice and support one another by communicating and sharing knowledge. Where possible, some of the Balearic Yacht Destination staff and members have been working from home over the last few months and we’ve learned how important it is to stick together. The Balearic Yacht Destination association was created for that exact reason, to unite the Balearic Islands nautical enterprises and to support one another through the good and the bad times. And of course, to show our beautiful Balearic Islands as a top destination for captains, crew and anyone working in the nautical industry. We want to send you all a message of positivity and assure you that we will get through this no matter what comes next. Stay safe everyone.




SPANISH MARINE DATA GLOOM The impact of the current coronavirus pandemic on Spain’s leisure marine sector has been both swift and extensive ; figures released show a 11.79% drop in the number of recreational craft registrations in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019, according to data from the ‘Pleasure Craft Market Report, January-March 2020’, edited by ANEN based on the analysis of the information provided by the Directorate General of the Merchant Marine. In the month of March alone, registrations have fallen by -42.4%. In the first quarter of this year, 860 pleasure boats were registered in Spain, 115 fewer than in the same period last year. The charter sector saw a Q1 accumulated drop of -3.78% in registrations of boats for rental use, however that masks a significant -42% drop in registrations for the month of March alone. “The nautical sector is already suffering the first negative economic effects of this crisis, which will foreseeably leave us a year with enormous losses in productivity and employment, taking into account that the drop in registrations in the month of March, when it is about to start the nautical season has been close to 50% ”, said Carlos Sanlorenzo, ANEN general secretary.

Registrations of boats between 12 and 16 meters and those over 16 meters experienced the greatest drops (-37.2% and -45.5%, respectively). The segment between 8m and 12m fell by -24.5%, and smaller boats up to 8m (representing 87% of the nautical market) lost -18.8% of registrations compared to the first quarter of last year.

By type of boats, only PWCs (+ 26.9%) and sailboats (+ 3.7%) grew in registrations, but to a lesser extent than they had been doing until February. All other markets lost registrations – motorboats fell -21.6%, folding inflatable boats -21.2% and semi-rigid inflatable boats showed the most negative figure (-26.7%).

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Sailors and shore crew from the wider 52 SUPER SERIES family are putting their skills – and in many cases their hardware – to good use helping support the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In Palma, Mallorca, and in Valencia, groups and individuals are engaged in making personal protective clothing and protective masks and visors. Many of the Palma-based sailmakers such as Phoenix’s Mathieu Cassanas, Jordi Calafat from Platoon, Martin Winter of Quantum Racing and Provezza’s Gwenael Le Guen are helping make cloth gowns and masks in an initiative coordinated by Pablo Torrado from the Maxi72 Cannonball. Others, such as Gladiator’s Feargal Finlay and Azzurra’s Ross Hunter are making full use of 3D printers to manufacture plastic protective masks and visors. These initiatives feed into the Balearic organisation IB Salut, which collects and distributes the much needed protective equipment. “There is a messaging system that covers

the whole of Spain, which I am a member of. There are common files that we work from to manufacture the different items and put them together. On the island here our work is coordinated by a 3D printing company who maintain an inventory of who is doing what and what materials are needed. When the things are picked up we receive new materials. I believe that within the islands here we have about 200 people operating 3D printers, from hobbyists and guys like myself who have a single machine that we would usually use to make replacement bits for the Gladiator, to some people maybe having four or five machines,” explains Feargal Finlay, Boat Captain to Gladiator. “My machine is running 24/7 and I can make between four to eight pieces a day depending on what it is. I think now I have done 20 face shields. I believe between the 200 guys and girls on the island we have made something like 10,000 items in the two weeks we have been locked down.” He adds: “When this happened we had the chance to jump on the first flight home but we felt we should stay put. The island is our home,

that we all appreciate and where we make our living. We wanted to stay here and now we feel we are contributing in our own small way.” Meanwhile, in Valencia, Bronenosec sail maker Alfredo Roberi is also spending his days producing protective masks and gowns having obtained a special permit allowing him to work in his sail loft. Alfredo has already made some 600 masks and 300 face shields putting not only his time, but also his money into the project to purchase the material. His wife, Ana, is in charge of distributing the material to ONGs, hospitals and those in need of it the most. Alfredo is an expert in the use of these materials, and he believes that those used in the professional sailing industry are incredibly versatile in this current crisis. “The masks that I make are reusable. You can wash them, or put them in the microwave, and then use them again, so they are very useful, and durable. Many people have been donating material to me, and I’d like to thank everyone for their help.”





grenade or a virus: dying far away or dying at home was not such an unexpected occurrence. We are immersed in nonstop news, sometimes confusing as there is no coordinated body receiving material from countries and scientists to be distributed homogeneously afterwards. Political conveniences unfortunately prevailed over scientific data in many countries, fact that was confirmed when data was showing big differences in the same country. Information is what people need to hang on the wishful hope of getting good news. The same happened with Chernobyl or Fukushima, but we were sitting comfortably at home and the problem was far away. Oscar Siches

I dislike repeating myself, but it is impossible to stay away from the global situation affecting all of us these days. It does not matter if we can bear the financial blast or if we keep thinking how we are going to keep our workers and pay our debts the day after our countries open for business again. It is not only financial institutions or employees: it is associations, families, suppliers, clients, an immense group of entangled humans coming out of the hardest global shock of modern times. Why did the Spanish flu not have the consequences we are dealing with today? Certainly, one was communications, a commodity a small percentage of people did have access to, the other being that resignation which the war created in most of them. Dead people have been everyday reality for 4 years, people grew tough to that reality. A bullet, a

My aim with the previous look at history is to help understand more about the increasing impact of this pandemic in people’s lives and in our industry globally. It is very possible that the current state of the crisis and lock downs will last longer than what is expected. Once freedom of movement is achieved, boating comes back and the market starts to pick up again. Going back to business as usual will not happen instantly, but very slowly together with the gaining back freedom to move, gather, and work. Countries will behave differently depending on their vulnerability, experience and state of their economy. Looking into the developments in China and the Asian countries, three to four months ahead of us, will help us visualize how our future could be. Boating is small in most of Asia, but their behaviour can be useful to understand certain patterns and help us plan with something to grab onto.

Most born sailors will want to go back to boating straight away, the newcomers being more cautious and waiting a bit longer until the whole situation become clearer and safer. Families will prefer to wait a bit more before going back to yacht club or marina life. It will be a slow, careful coming back, with medical fear as a common factor. On some cases we will have reappearances of virus activity which will bring morale down even knowing that it is likely to be a short time occurrence. We are faced with an expected “back to business” that will be slow, and when factors inherent to each country will show up. We must establish a plan, a strategy, of what to do when that happens. If we start acting without a plan, we will be groping in the dark, making the same mistakes we are seeing in health aid management as the virus spreads. Type of actions we can take: 1- Concentrate first in the people, not in the product. The big motor to impulse any industry is its people’s health, physical and mental. Everybody will be trying their best to be back to an acceptable level of trading, but no people, no business. Encouraging their full participation, demonstrating the appreciation of their value, (listening is already 50% of the solution),making them feel protected at the workplace by implementing a sanitary policy that is clearly seen (UV treatment of circulating air, disinfectant points, providing mask and gloves to those that would feel more comfortable wearing them). This is not implementing government rules, it is a company effort caring about




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its workforce. Aside of dealing with virus fear, any flexibility, improvement or making workers participate in the working conditions decision should immediately refresh and generate loyalty. 2- Create a cleaning plan of all facility places, including warehouses, bathrooms, club houses, outside handrails. Let the cleaning plan be checked and certified by a health authority. Advertise and promote the plan to neighbour facilities, workers and users. We must generate confidence at the source and spread it as loud as possible, as the biggest remaining enemy is fear. 3- Programme and create a diffusion campaign about what and how to do when coming back to yachting (power and sail). This is to be distributed among the users. Measures as: a. Restore confidence and present boating as a safe hobby/sport. b. Incentivate to communicate beforehand with the office by telephone or Internet, and learn about avoiding rush hours at bars, restaurants or toilet/shower facilities. 4- Create events at the clubs /marinas for both users and community establishing a comfortable maximum attendance allowed (less than government limit). In every single event, management and personnel is to take part, if possible, including members of their families. Services companies and suppliers should be encouraged to join. The presence of management and personnel with relatives is the best show of confidence in being back to a safe environment. 5- Contact small and mid-size nautical service companies and selfemployed marine workers and create a special program of cooperation and offering of services at the facility. They are hit really hard in the nautical industry. Offer workspace, special menus at the restaurant or place to display their goods. This must be done in periods (say: two months). Simple rules to be developed together between parties, as particular conditions will be very diverse. 6- Contact local authorities and organise light training programs about usual subjects onboard: sail repair, electricity, pumps, knots, basic electronics installation, BBQ onboard, diving, painting, cooking, fishing. Many can be run by the service suppliers, getting them in contact with the users. Extend participation (both active and passive) to the community. Poor public relations with the community has been one of the big mistakes of the past. We can start a new era. 7- Keep local authorities informed about your initiatives and invite them to join. Show them results as soon as having them available. Politicians will be in high need of anything that works. Establish a symbiosis with them. If they need to hang the medal on their chest, let them do it. Everybody will know anyway who has done the work, and we have to live with politicians, like it or not. Staying active is a must for the success of our relations with them. These are just few examples of activities that can be implemented with very low costs and our own initiative. External (governmental) assistance or help may take time to materialise in some areas, if it comes at all. If such help comes, it will be welcomed. If it does not, we can keep with our plan and help industry and community get through these tough times




SMALL BUSINESS SURVIVING LOCKDOWN I feel quite honoured to be asked to contribute to this month’s “Online Lockdown” edition. I’m hoping it’s due to how we have tried to contribute as a company during this pandemic and not due to my daily social media updates that have now earned me the new title of ‘Doomsday Dan’ amongst my friends and colleagues… I’m also not sure that’s an improvement on ‘Dani in the van.’ For anyone who doesn’t know me: I spent ten years working within the industry in Palma for a well-known uniform company. Two years ago, my partner and I made the brave move to step into unchartered waters and go it alone, and there SR Polish and Antifoul was born. Anyone whom has started a company will appreciate the anxiety, worry and unease of what this entails… sleepless nights, rows and questions like: What if it doesn’t work? What if we lose everything? What if this leap results in a return to the UK? I needn’t have worried! Our ‘little baby’ grew slowly and we had amazing support, fabulous clients, positive feedback and we were all able to breathe (a little) and not worry so much. We changed our name over to SR Coating Solutions due to the sheer amount of other works that we were recommended for in all aspects of coating. The upcoming year looked promising with clients returning, new clients enquiring, and I even ordered a new black marker for the wall planner… and then BOOM. I’m quite an avid news and social media follower and like others, watched the rapid growth of the virus from China to Italy to Mainland Spain and then the slow trickles of confirmation came that it had hit our beloved Island of Mallorca. From a company perspective the implications of how this was going to affect us didn’t really hit home straight away. The first worries that came were the closure of schools and how we were going to deal with the logistics of a working family and a child at home. The teen in the house came skipping out of school like it was Christmas. If she had known that it would probably be the last day that she saw her friends again until mid-September (I assume), I don’t think she would have been quite so enthusiastic.

Next came the closure of bars and restaurants and the sign that appeared on the The Dock Bar, that: “Following The State of Emergency …” they too were closing, basically that was my office doors shut for the foreseeable with very little warning. How would I cope? Not very well it seemed. Everything else followed included Gyms and Sports… which I have to say was a highlight for me, I no longer had to make up excuses – result! As a company and like many others we were fortunate to be able to continue to work at a minimum level. Sacrifices had to be made however; minimal staff and individual responsibility was essential. PPE is a prerequisite for our work on a daily basis, however the mentality changes of how sterile you are to keep yourself and those around you safe. Life becomes a slow robotic level of changing PPE several times a day, sanitisers, wipes, alcohol (and not the kind you need in a crisis) became the norm. It was at this point we felt a sense of desperation for those on

the front line risking their lives and working and we wondered how we could help? We knew we had an excess of PPE and yet the hospitals were crying out for standard masks. I remember gathering what we had and driving to the hospital and in a slight panic, as that road took me off the route I could prove was for work, I saw that there was a Police Car behind me. I pulled in and waved them down, opened the boot and showed them what I had and, in my very best Spanish (which has a very odd accent) explained it was for the hospital. The reaction from those two officers was one of disbelief that they were for them. They flipped between questioning why I wanted to give them to the hospital to sheer gratitude. Living in Spain, the Police can be quite intimidating so to ask them for a photo was overstepping the mark a little, but it was that photo which was posted to Palma Yacht Crew that seemed to get the ball rolling and everyone starting to think what did they have in their workshop? How could they help? What


could they do? And we did…. It makes me so proud to be part of an industry that covers all areas of the Globe yet really is small when it comes to working together. When the National Lockdown tightened to Non-Essential workers, I think that’s when we started to really panic: “What are we going to do? How will we cope? Will we survive? How will we pay the bills? I’m not sure we are going to make this. We are too small to survive this.” This is all we said for days; those words are very tame there are many swear words missing! The rollercoaster of emotions we felt at the beginning of our business was nothing compared to the anxiety, worry and sleeplessness nights we were now experiencing. I know my friends and competitors were all feeling the same. However, again even at a time of crisis we were messaging and speaking with competitors and trying to reassure each other that we will get through this. The Easter period in yachting is very busy for any company, we are normally all working 12 sometimes 15 hours days, working in tents with lights on to ensure that Superyachts get away for their Easter charter or Boss trip. This was the most surreal Easter I have ever seen. We had ordered hundreds of eggs to drop to the yachts and crew this year to cheer them up for Easter and here Steven and I were sat at home wondering what to do with them all. On Easter Sunday we drove to Son Espases



Hospital, which has been hit hard with the virus and walked in with these bags of eggs…. When we arrived three Doctors tried to point us in the direction of the Reception, until they saw what was in the bags. They were over the moon that someone had gone out their way to think about them, and that it really meant so much. We left the hospital feeling tearful and overwhelmed that one small gesture meant so much to others who are giving so much. As I write this, work is slowly moving in STP and some companies are managing to work, albeit on a lesser level, but things are slowly moving and that is a positive. The virus is slowly declining. I have no idea what the future holds for so many here. I hope if anyone made it to the end of reading this, that you please remember that small companies depend on your custom. The impact of this year will have already damaged some beyond repair. If we continue to lose small companies, you will lose a vital skill set and loyalty that is fundamental within the industry, and I hope that when Spain returns to normal with shipyards and marinas being able to work at full capacity again, that we all try to help any company from drowning and emerge from this crisis stronger and together. Until then, my wish is for everybody to stay safe and well and I hope to see you all on the other side sober. I can assure you I will definitely be fatter!

______________________________________ Danielle Kennedy Sales Manager SR Coating Solutions (+34) 689 747 336




YACHTING GIVES BACK We were very happy to have been nominated as joint beneficiaries, together with Fundación Shambhala, at the Superyacht Charities Seafarers’ Supper, planned to coincide with the Palma Superyacht Show. Although the show has now been cancelled, the Superyacht Charities team are still very keen to organise a fund-raising event if they can and are therefore considering possible alternative dates, formats and venues and will make an announcement in due course. On a more positive note, however, we are delighted to say that the Radio One Mallorca Radiothon will go ahead, albeit with a delay until 19 June, and we are very proud and grateful to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of this brilliant annual fundraising event. DEMAND

Nick Entwisle writes: Dear Islanders, I am writing this article to invite you to support our GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help feed Palma’s increasing number of homeless and hungry people. Thanks to the great support of the Islander, other local media and our own Facebook campaign, many of you are already aware of the problems that exist here and have kindly supported us with donations of food, bedding, clothing, toiletries, toys and much, much more. In the current crisis, however, there has been a fundamental change both in the supply of, and the demand for, our help. SUPPLY I won’t repeat here the long list of people we thanked in our New Year message on our Facebook page, but suffice it to say that, as a result of the support of countless kind and generous people, we managed to collect in the last year something like 15 tonnes of food, clothing, bedding and all sorts of random things that people no longer needed. As a result we were able to make regular deliveries to Associación Tardor (food, sleeping bags and clothing), Llar Inge (bedding, towels, toiletries, 2 TVs, 2 new water heaters and more for the new homeless shelter established by Tardor), Mallorca Sense Fam (food and anything they could sell in their conventional charity shop to raise money to buy more food), Shambhala (food and clothes), Es Refúgi (bedding and towels) and also the two children’s charities SOS Mamas and JoyRon Foundation (clothes, toys, car seats, bicycles, buggies etc). Unfortunately, however, as of mid-March

our method of working became completely impossible and, although we managed to deliver everything from the container that could be used, we could obviously no longer collect anything else. We clearly had to change our model and so Louise Balfour promptly set up the GoFundMe campaign as it is far more practical now to raise money which can be spent quickly where it is most needed and we therefore decided to donate the funds directly to Tardor. So far this has raised over €9.000 towards our initial target of €10,000. All being well we will have passed the €10,000 by the time you read this but in any case we will simply extend the campaign and keep going. We have also received some very generous direct donations, notably from Master Yachts and the Foggies Golf Society. All of these funds have been sent direct to Tardor to buy food although, thanks to some additional private donations, we have also been able to help both Mallorca Sense Fam and Tardor with some non-food essentials. However, not only did the lockdown mean an end to our collections but we also lost a whole range of other opportunities that we had in place for the summer: Our planned collaboration with Sunsail Charters, The Moorings charters and Dream Yacht Charter to collect the leftover food from their weekly bareboat charters is obviously delayed.

As well as shutting down our access to material assistance the current crisis has dramatically increased the demand for our help as the closure of hotels, restaurants and bars alone has resulted in thousands of people having no work for the summer. I have to say that the unemployment benefit system is decidedly complicated, but I think it is safe to say that many of the unemployed have not built up sufficient payments into the system to receive anything in return or they have already consumed their entitlement which is not open-ended. In addition, even among those who are entitled to benefits, many are not receiving them simply due to the backlog of cases to be handled. I understand that a universal minimum living benefit has been proposed and may be introduced in May but in the meantime there are increasing numbers of people who desperately need our help. This video shows the queue for the Comedor Social Tardor, the Palma soup kitchen that Yachting Gives Back is raising money for: videos/2575539636042105/ Before this crisis, Tardor was helping 500 registered people. That number is now over 3,000, including 490 children and 178 babies, receiving food donations. Tardor are also delivering to the homeless and poor who can’t move around during lockdown. Please help these brave volunteers at Tardor to buy more food. A huge thank you to those who have already donated and also to those who are just about to:

The Superyacht Cup, with whom we had an agreement to collect leftover crew lunches after the success of last year’s similar campaigns with the TP52 and the Oyster Yachts regattas, has been cancelled.

We had been kindly invited to be part of the sustainability plan of the Palma Superyacht Show which has now been cancelled.

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Fjord 52 (above and below)

Like anything authentic in this world, supercars, fine art or precision watches, nobody wants to feel as though they bought a copy of the original, and they certainly don’t want others to think they don’t own the real thing. I mean, who wants to own a Bolex? So let’s take a look at the yachts which started the dayboat concept for real - FJORD. When Fjord started the day-boat ‘movement’ they realised quickly that owners wanted to change the type of boating experience and therefore didn’t want multi-cabin yachts for ‘long-distance’ cruising but just wanted larger deck and social spaces to hop comfortably

between restaurants, bars and bays around the Balearic region. And more importantly to do this with family, friends and have fun in safety with easy handling and in style. This led to the day boat concept and then the revolution started with a range from Fjord Yachts. Developed from the reinvigorated Fjord brand name and later acquired and still supported today by the huge Hanse Yacht Group, Fjord continues to go from strength to strength. With the launch of the new Fjord 52, and most recently presented at the 2020 Düsseldorf boat show with a newly designed interior, this day

Fjord 38 XP (2 above and below)

Fjord 44 (above and below)

yacht continues to set the standards which others try to follow. Oliver Frols, CEO of Marivent Yachts (the world largest Fjord dealership) commented, “Although many say that being copied is a compliment, we still truly believe in the fact that there is still only one original fully walkround dayboat, and we continue to see clients wanting the original concept of Fjord Yachts. Not only As they are sometimes worried about an extensive and knowledgeable after sales service with others but they are keen to benefit from our many years of technical development and expertise that comes with buying an authentic brand like Fjord.”




Ibiza office (above)

Not only are Oliver Frols comments supported by the sales in the larger Fjord Yachts like the Fjord 52 Open, but this is also proven in the popularity of the rest of the range. From the launch of the new Fjord 38 XP with a fixed hard top, to the new Fjord 41 and Fjord 44 Open, the range still continues to be the benchmark in standards for premium day yachts. Frols continues, “We continue to work with the Fjord and Hanse design teams to develop enhancements and technologies which our clients ask for and need. Our success has always been based on listening to our clients needs and reacting to them quickly. We will continue to do this in the development of new technologies and in our role with the development of new Fjord yachts which are to be introduced to the range. One more recent and very practical introduction we have made in our offering is to be able to monitor our clients yachts systems remotely from our test centres in Mallorca and Ibiza. This in itself is a very practical way in making sure our clients enjoy more time on the water rather than worrying about either preparation or maintenance issues. MARIVENT YACHTS is the biggest dealer World wide of FJORD since 2014 and extended its network with great partners in GERMANY, UK and BENELUX, which gives us the ideal combination for international quality services. One of the key highlights of FJORD and their 12 years experience is the excellent value, which has maintained FJORD over the years. This shows the strength of an original brand and give our clients the best value proposition over many years.

So it seems the original dayboat brand of Fjord goes from strength to strength, even with rumours of a new Fjord 70 on the table for launch in a couple of seasons. Customers interest locally and internationally is continuing to peak in the brand as their desires continues to gravitate towards owning authentic and original, rather than an inferior copy, so no desires for a ‘Bolex’ here then! If you’d like to know more about the first and original dayboat brand, you can contact Oliver Frols or Malcolm Moss at Marivent Yachts.

______________________________________ Marivent Yachts Oliver Frols (+34) 670 760 569 Malcolm Moss (+34) 607 380 101

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Another advantage of buying and dealing with an original concept, is that Fjord, through Marivent Yachts in the Balearics, have had many years to establish not only an exceptional network of technicians, sales and support staff to look after your day boat but they also give you facilities and technical operational support during the winter period - this is done with a huge winter storage facility on Mallorca and now in Ibiza as well as in Barcelona. The FJORD presence in the Balearic Islands is far over 150 boats, which we are proud of, because this is very much driven by our clients recommendations to other friends, for us this says it all.” Marivent Team





Wow! Since I wrote my last column, the entire world has changed, and every one of us has been affected in one way or another.

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A complete rethink is required for all of us personally regarding how we adapt our work, business and the services we depend on. We have all been faced with a common threat to both our life and our livelihood simultaneously, which has made most of us appreciate what we have, and question how we maintain it.

• In France and Italy we now have Smartphone lines with NO data limits from both SFR and Vodafone Italy.

Many positive things have emerged from this crisis. We have all been made aware of the large number of real heroes and heroines who have risen to the challenge, and who are putting their own lives at risk by operating the essential services for us. They have always been there in the background. They have been taken for granted, paid poorly and made to work long hours in comparison with most others in non-essential roles. As a typical example, a junior doctor in Spain, who has trained for 7 years at medical school, is now working 12hour shifts in Urgencias (A&E) 7 days a week, caring for Covid-19 patients when required and risking exposure to the virus in the process. Did you know that these young doctors (and nurses) have a take-home pay of just a little over €1,000 net per month? Clapping every evening is a kind thing to do and it certainly boosts morale and motivation, but when this crisis is over, we all need to help get these saviours on a realistic wage to reward them properly for the sacrifices they have made, and for their professional and caring service to the community. I am aware that none of these young professionals were under any illusions about the type of salary they could expect when they chose this vocation, but I believe they still deserve a decent and permanent reward and recognition for their service Right, got that off my chest, now on to Technology! In March I started a column within my column entitled: Managing Guest Expectations by using the Relevant Communication Solutions, and went on to discuss the provision of good connectivity for guests. My intention this month was to write about “Making sure you’re prepared for that essential live sports event”! I was going to explain how to watch the Euros, the Olympics, Formula One, Wimbledon, but as these have

all now been cancelled or postponed, I think I will also postpone my words of wisdom for at least a few months… So, as I initially mentioned we now have to rethink. Just because we did things a certain way before this crisis, it doesn’t mean we should continue to do them that way. To survive we must adapt our services and develop new services for the situation as it changes. This is what we have been doing at e3 Systems. During the lockdown we have put our heads together and worked on a range of new ideas designed specifically to help anyone who needs any of our essential services in mobile communications and our other services in data management, IT and networks, airtime, TV, equipment, navcomms, AV and any other electronic systems on-board. FREE e3 IPTV SERVICE FOR 3 MONTHS

For the yacht – advice as to how to keep connected and keep your 4G costs down • If the yacht is in lockdown, then we recommend changing from a roaming free service to a national SIM card for that country. It will be less expensive. • Our BIG DATA national SIM for Spain service has an 800GB allowance and for France it is unlimited. • If you have never experienced our BIG DATA services, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise, as you only pay for what you use with no commitment, wherever you are. • If you are in need of a lot more data, perhaps because you have several crew members in lockdown on board, then contact us and we can provide you with a customised X-BIG DATA service.

The first idea we had was to how we could help out when news, entertainment and communications are so vital. In case you and your crew are feeling isolated, or just going a bit stir crazy, we are offering our clients and potential clients a free e3 IPTV box with 3 months subscription to UK Freeview entertainment channels and a selection of international news channels.

• Also, if you are planning to escape to somewhere remote as soon as possible, we have added a number of new countries to our BIG DATA Global service to make sure we are covering a lot more off the beaten track destinations.

We can still ship to you, and it’s simple to install – we’ll provide help over the phone if required.

Thirdly, if you are in a lockdown port with no access to your service techs but can receive deliveries, then we are offering the following FREE services to help you get ahead with your service schedule.

RENEGOTIATED 3G AND 4G SERVICES Our second idea was to see if our 3/4G suppliers would offer any deals. As a result, we have been able to enhance some of our services. If you are locked down on the yacht, you will be in port and have a 3G or 4G signal. If there is a wi-fi service, it is probably overloaded. For crew in Spain, France and Italy, we can now provide more data for your Smartphones at no extra cost




With your assistance, we can offer remote health checks of all electronic systems and provide any required software upgrades or service and spare parts. These can be shipped direct to your vessel with complete instructions and we can provide assistance over a voice or video link. If your port is out of lockdown in a location


where we have local resident techs or partners and you need on-board service, our technicians are all available for: • TVRO & VSAT antenna systems • 4G systems • Navcom systems. • Gyro servicing. • AV systems. • Monitoring systems. The time could also be used to review your on-board systems. Please ask us for recommendations as to how your systems could be improved, you may be surprised. FREE REMOTE IT SERVICES Fourthly, with a remote connection via VSAT or 4G over your vessel network or using a local laptop, we can perform remote diagnosis and health checks of your IT and network. If you have time on your hands, we can suggest some useful housekeeping activities that we can help you with such as: • Changing Wireless network passwords for security purposes, so former crew and guests no longer have this information. • Ensure that old users accounts are disabled on servers and email systems. • Ensure that all IT documentation and networking drawings are up to date.

Have you any crew stranded away from the yacht? We have also created a FREE File Sharing service called e3.UPLOAD to enable crew who are locked down ashore to get access to critical documents of up to 20GB in size. This means you don’t have to upgrade your file sharing subscriptions with lengthy terms and conditions. NEW VSAT SERVICE FOR USA & CARIBBEAN AT 4G PRICES During this period of turmoil, we have designed a radical new VSAT service that is even more flexible and cost-effective. It is particularly suitable for the Caribbean where 3G/4G is not widely available. Prices start at $499 a month for 1Mbps/512 MIR! START PREPARATIONS FOR POST LOCKDOWN Over the next weeks we will all gradually be unlocked, region by region. However, the ability for people to move between regions is bound to be restricted for some time. This will not only include remote service personnel, but also owners and guests. No doubt, there will be pressure to get prepared for a late start to the season, so we suggest planning ahead to get your preparation work completed, as there will be a backlog to fill and a shortage of trained techs that are able to travel.



Please contact us for any of our services. At e3 Systems the majority of the team are working from home where possible, a few are in the office, and our techs are working in the open yards and we are strictly observing all health and safety guidelines everywhere. We have had no problem delivering to yachts by courier or in person over the last few weeks. ______________________________________ Roger Horner - E3 Systems For further information on e3 VSAT or SUPER DATA: (+34) 971 404 208





The use of Video conferencing software has exploded in the past months with everyone locked down at home. If one isn’t watching movies online, “work from home” probably means that one is watching webinars or meeting with colleagues and clients via video chat. And it isn’t only work that is forcing you to use this conference software, but also wanting to keep in touch with family members has caused a great increase of this format. So, it’s probably time to give some though if your on-board network is up to the task when the guests come on board and want to continue using these communication methods. It is not only the bandwidth here that matters, but also the environment and a little etiquette which makes the experience somewhat better, not only for the guest or yourself but also for the person(s) that are on the other end. First though let us look at the implication on the network. Video conferencing is a 2-way experience, which means you are not only receiving video (like when you are watching streaming movies from Netflix) but you are also transmitting video! So your upload bandwidth becomes as important as your download bandwidth. Your upload bandwidth always has to be available, because rule number 1. if you are unable upload you will not be able to download. i.e. if you are not able to ask the question you will never get an answer… if no bandwidth is available to upload (send) your question, you logically are not able to get an answer, download (receive)! So, a few numbers to look at here, Zoom requires between 0.6Mbps and 1.8Mbps for a 1 to 1 chat video call (1.8Mbps being for full high-quality HD). When in group conference it may pull as much as 3Mbps. A simple webinar (receive video only) will be up to 1.2Mbps. Webex is 0.5Mbps up to 2.5Mbps to receive. LogMeIn(GoToMeeting) uses between 0.7Mbps and 2Mbps.

Other conferencing softwares getting some popular reviews are Uberconferencing, Anymeeting, Mikogo, and an old favourite that has lost its track somewhat over the past years is Skype. Skype, Whatsapp and Facetime, all with which you can make video calls, use around 0.3Mbps and 1.5Mbps for a one to one conversation. Adding multiple persons to the conversation will increase it to up to 8Mbps all depending on how many people there are. Further the bandwidth required does also rely on the quality (resolution) of the camera and settings in the software like the frame rate, and the computer processing power (to provide better compression/decompression). As a general (rule of thumb) calculation is that a video call can use around 300MB per hour. i.e. this is not the bandwidth needed to stream the call, but the capacity needed on the 4G card that you have slotted into your cellular modem! And again, this can vary depending on if the call was low quality or at HD. The software will go as high as the link allows it to, giving the best quality possible. Whatsapp and Facetime will be a little less per hour, but not much! Also whilst calculating the bandwidth, remember that the link latency also affects video calls. Basically, that is to say that VSAT does not offer the best environment for 2-way video calls! Next, a conference call quality heavily relies on audio quality. Video at times can get digital, but there is nothing worse than the staggering and interruptive audio dropouts in a call. There are 2 items that can significantly improve this. Firstly, a good headset, (and even better, one with simple noise cancelling built in) do wonders! Really, cutting out the ambience noise around improves the experience tenfold. Next a good microphone that doesn’t pick up every sound around also helps a lot. Most

laptop computers and handheld devices already have good microphones built in, but if it’s a desktop computer, its worth spending the extra € on something of quality. And here an etiquette tip, when one isn’t talking the microphone should be muted! A desktop microphone with a “push-to-talk” button (or Mute button) is actually the best invention here... handheld radio style, when you want to say something, press the button! Whilst we are on etiquette, as most these calls are now coming from private spaces, we are getting to see things in the background that may not be always be so desirable. So, it is good to give the background a little more thought, is it tidy, would it be worth turning the camera slightly a different way, will your call be interrupted by unwanted background traffic, and unwanted background sounds! Business calls have become funny sessions (and not always for the one being seen in the video) when that unexpected interruption was a little more embarrassing that foreseen! And ensure with your IT person that the firewall is set up to handle this type of traffic. Different conferencing software may require special ports to be opened. Are there any fair use rules applied that may be triggered by this increased upload traffic? Is it worth putting in bandwidth shaping rules to ensure that video calls are routed the quickest path and other traffic is pushed another route? I hope this give some ideas to be prepared for an increased amount of video calls this year! This article was written by Tim Gorter, Teletechnics provides full shoreside support to Superyacht engineers and ETO’s, providing remote monitoring as well as specialising in troubleshooting and analytic maintenance. Call for a AV & IT health check. ______________________________________ By Tim Gorter AV/IT/Wi-Fi Communication Consultant





April sees a significant milestone reached by the Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) after gaining GUEST accreditation for its Superyacht Stewardess Introduction Course. The 1-week course, which MSA runs in partnership with the Exclusive Butler School (EBS) is the only internationally accredited maritime hospitality and service training program available to crew working in the luxury super yacht sector. The audit process for GUEST is rigorous and represents the high level of quality training standards required to be an approved provider. Mark Jaenicke, Training & Performance Director says: We are thrilled to have been awarded GUEST approval for our Stewardess introduction course. The process was extremely thorough and proved the competence of our procedures and Trainers. This gives us full confidence in the quality we are delivering, as well showing the industry we have a reputable course on offer. Whether you are currently a maritime hospitality professional looking to take the steps necessary to unlock your professional potential or you’re new to the maritime industry and looking to explore distinguished careers in hospitality, this one-week course will give you the practical experience and expert knowledge to set you apart and give you a head start in the industry. During the 1 week course, delegates will cover areas such as, Welcome to the Industry, Elite Housekeeping Standards, Wardrobe Management and Valeting, Packing and Unpacking, Elite Table Service Skills, Wine Service and Knowledge, Mixology Masters, Flower Arranging and Table Decoration, Organising & Hosting a Special Event. Further details can be found at https:// superyacht-chalet-steward-ess-interiorcourse/ MARITIME SKILLS ACADEMY IN BRIEF: The Maritime Skills Academy is helping the industry set new standards by delivering a new level of marine, fire safety and simulator training. Today, with a focus on personal service, we offer over 500 expert courses to over 5,000 delegates annually. As a Maritime & Coastguard Agency , Global Wind Organisation and GUEST accredited course provider and MNTB recognised centre, we are as proud to be meeting the high standards of commercial operators as we are in supporting individuals to maintain or build their professional development. With training centres in Dover and Portsmouth, we offer STCW Safety, commercial Fire, GWO, Hospitality and now Deck and Engine Simulator training EXCLUSIVE BUTLER SCHOOL IN BRIEF: The Exclusive Butler School Trainers have

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ONLINE THEORY COURSES It has now been over a month that many of us have been on lockdown confinement due to the corona virus outbreak. This has had a huge impact on the yachting industry, from the restriction of movement of yachts to crew being prevented from travelling to join yachts. The restrictions have, unsurprisingly, also prevented sailing schools and training centres from running practical and classroom-based courses. This time of year is usually very busy for superyacht crew training in the Mediterranean, particularly for Yachtmaster courses. I wouldn't like to speculate on the numbers, but a lot of crew have had to reschedule their course plans. While I can't provide a solution for practical training until the restrictions have been lifted, I wanted to take the opportunity to offer advice regarding theory courses. The RYA offer 4 separate shore based (theory) courses which can either be held in a classroom within a training centre, or online. As most schools have had to temporally pull down their shutters they are still working and now is a great time to sign up to a course. Doing so is a great way to beat the COVID boredom, while taking steps to further your career and expand your knowledge. Here's a rundown of the online shore based courses available: Essential Navigation and Seamanship is an introduction course, teaching the basics. It's a great starting placeand, in terms of progression, a good option for green crew, possibly as a follow on from the Powerboat Level 2 course. Course topics include charts and publications, safety, engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts, passage planning. Day Skipper provides the foundations of navigational, chartwork and tidal theory. Achieving this level of knowledge is a requirement before progressing to Yachtmaster offshore. Course topics include the basics of seamanship, the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations, the construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat, emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts. Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Offshore expands on the fundamentals of the Day Skipper course to present navigation at a higher level. To start this course without having a good grasp of theory at Day Skipper level is likely to be quite overwhelming and perhaps counterproductive. Course topics include position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use

of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer and by observation, collision regulations, customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad. Yachtmaster Ocean is the last and highest level of the RYA shore based courses. A prerequisite of this course is that students must hold the Yachtmaster Offshore (practical) Certificate of Competence. It is also expected that you have retained most of the theory knowledge of the Yachtmaster Offshore shore based course. Topics covered include the earth and the celestial sphere, practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea, meridian altitudes, sun, star and other sights and ocean passage planning. Where can I sign up? All RYA courses are run by recognised training centres as opposed to being offered directly by the RYA. This means that you have a lot of choice. A quick search on Google or on the RYA website will provide many options for you. I recommend doing some research to find an option that works for you. I would, however, like to make a recommendation. Sovren Nautical Academy has recently opened in Palma’s Santa Catalina. The Nautical Academy provides the full range of training, not just on deck, but also interior crew training and STCW training with the added benefit of working in association with Sovren Crew, so you can train and secure a job all with one team. The team at Sovren have ensured that throughout these challenging times they are doing everything they can to help and one of their many initiatives is to donate 10% of all course fees to 'Yachting Gives Back' organisation. Yachting Gives Back are currently running their HEROES AGAINST HUNGER campaign. Every morning the volunteers put on their masks and gloves as their mission to

feed Palma’s poor and homeless begins all over again. Sovren is the only training centre providing support in this way. As I sit in isolation, anchored in Palma Bay, writing this article for an unprecedented ‘online only’ issue of The Islander, it is not clear how long the restrictions will continue to be in force. For sure, our industry has been disrupted for the foreseeable future. However, you can make a positive action towards furthering your career, expanding your knowledge by choosing an online course, with the added benefit of a donation made in your name to an extremely worthwhile charity. Here are some useful links: Royal Yachting Association: Sovren Nautical Academy: Yachting Gives Back: Stay positive, stay safe. ______________________________________ Nathan Skinner




ONLINE COURSE FOR RUNNING 50-100FT LUXURY YACHTS NOW AVAILABLE and experiences. This was first published as "Invisible Crew's Code of Practice". A document given to the crews he worked with. To produce this content he has not only called in the help of some experts he has worked with for several years, he has also spent, literally, thousands of hours writing, recording and revising the content. What drove him to do this? The believe that there is a SERIOUS gap between the required training: Basic Safety / Yachtmaster (yes that's all that's required?!) and the knowledge that good all-round Pocket Superyacht crew NEED to possess to work at the highest level of safety and service.

How and why did this come about?

Invisible Crew job applicants are tested on their knowledge. But where can they gain it? Through trial and error on some owner's yacht? That can't be right!

Jens Oomes established Invisible Crew in 2009 and it has become a leading force in crewing and managing 50-100ft Pocket Superyachts.

Jens has now made this course available, not just to Invisible Crew members, but to all (aspiring) crew out there.

Why? Because while Jens was crewing Pocket Superyachts successfully together with his wife An, he came upon a million questions. With Invisible Crew Management he aimed to provide the answers, but also the general support he felt was needed to make crew perform at their best. Over the course of 10 years he documented important knowledge

Why? Because, with the management company we can only help a handful of owners and crew. In the meantime many owners (and probably crew as well) are falling out of love with yachting because the lack of knowledge available is leading to disappointment.

After years of work, How To Work On Pocket Superyachts is now available online.

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MANAGING YOUR TEAM REMOTELY confirmation of what has been discussed and agreed. Value each other’s time, both as manager and team worker. How many remote meetings and calls are you holding? What time works best for everyone in the team, particularly when working across different time zones? Invest in the right technology. Ensure the technology works for your needs. Do you need more than just video-conferencing? If documents are being shared, how are they being worked on? Microsoft Teams is another platform which as well as providing video conferencing, also allows multiple users to create and edit shared documents.

With the current situation of Covid-19, many of us find ourselves working differently. Whether you are self-isolating, being ‘virtually’ surveyed or home working; managing your people from afar is different to managing them in person. Some will argue that the occasional days when you work from home, or the Sundays when the crew are off the boat, can be your most productive times But how do you manage your team in the long term, when you are unable to have that in person face to face time? Communication, communication, communication! Technology has come a long way to support remote team working. Many managers will advocate for that early morning stand-up meeting and it still takes place, just now it’s via an online platform such as Zoom. Maintaining this routine ensures the whole team is not just up, but dressed and ready for the day ahead. As one team member mentioned to me just last week, ‘I feel better informed now than when we were all working together in the office’. Collaborating can be a little more challenging remotely, however many conferencing facilities also have the facility to use breakout rooms, where you can create virtual small group working. From just two people

to larger numbers, these can be effective for collaborative working. Video conferencing can be effective not just for team meetings but for one-to-ones to 1’s too. Being able to see each other is really important, as the tiny nuances of communication in body language can be lost on a voice-only call. Schedule your individual meetings with your team members, so that they can save up their questions knowing they will have your undivided attention soon. Check in daily with each individual in your team as lack of communication can result in loss of motivation and an increase of uncertainty. Don’t forget to celebrate successes, both that of the individual and of teams. Schedule in regular ‘formal’ meetings with clear purpose, with start and finish times. Discourage multi-tasking during these meetings, such as e-mailing – a practice which can hopefully be transferred back to the faceto-face meeting room too! Agreeing some ground rules can be helpful. For example: limit emails. Although creating a paper trail is important, it will be more efficient to have a conversation over the phone or via video, then follow up with an email as

Probably the toughest aspect for any remote manager is trust. How do you know that your team is being productive and not putting their feet up and watching TV? Focus on output – do you mind that a team member, as a morning person, has chosen to get up at 6am and bashed out that report before the morning meeting? Of course not, but if they take themselves off for a run at 4pm, that should be acceptable too. Stay focussed on what is being accomplished and the goals that are being achieved rather than activity. Setting SMART goals that are aligned to the bigger picture is key. Above all it’s important to build relationships. It’s not all about work. , your team member also have family, hobbies and personal goals. Learn about each individual in your team, what are their strengths, what irritates and what motivates them? Finally, whether face to face or remotely, be yourself. Be interested and engage with your team. Impact Crew is working remotely with their clients, so please drop us a line and we can discuss how we can be of support to you during this challenging time. ______________________________________ Impact Crew Karen Passman T. (+44) 1425 614 419




CABIN FEVER IN THE AGE OF CORONA! and mediated when there was conflict. They were the ‘Empaths’. Fire, vision, inspiration and storytelling. This element has a focus on possibility, positivity and energy. They will have been sharing the stories of the ancestors around the camp fire and creating pictures with words. In the tribal system they will have been the ‘Storyteller’.

These are strange times indeed. None of us could have foreseen what we are experiencing and for once, it is global in every sense of the word. There is no one place or person in our world that is not being directly affected by this situation in some way or another, right now. It doesn’t discriminate against race, financial status, class, age, gender or sexual preference. That means that we really are all in this together but that doesn’t mean we are all having the same experience. We are all as unique as our fingerprints and at the same time, there are patterns in the ways that we communicate, behave and see the world around us that have been well established and understood for tens of thousands of years. Understanding a little about the psychology of human behaviour has always been fascinating for so many of us and my own take on this takes us right back to the origins of personality type descriptors which referred to the four ‘types’ as being like the elements. Whatever our preference, or element – one thing we ALL need is to feel as if we have some semblance of control over our own lives and our own destinies. Stress comes from the feeling that we have lost all control and that we are no longer in the driving seat. To get back into that driving seat we will need slightly different things and that self-awareness and recognition of the needs of the people around us can be a huge help. Some of this will really resonate for you and you may also spot these preferences and types in others which could help you to help them.

In a nutshell there have long been established four ‘preferences’ that have been identified in various different ways throughout history. Thousands of years ago these preferences or ‘types’ were described as the four humours and then the four temperaments, but even before that in ancient texts they have been referred to as the elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. These days there are many and varied modern equivalents all essentially doing the same thing with a greater or lesser degree of detail and complexity and often used in recruitment and selection exercises and for team building and developing emotional intelligence. But I am a simple creature who is rooted in what we can learn from the elegant simplicity of nature and prefer, for these purposes, to go back to basics. So – the four ‘elements’ describe the four preferences and they are; Earth – solid, honest and goal focused. In ancient times these would have been the hunter, gatherer and protector roles in our tribes. In the tribal system they were the ‘Warriors’. Air, detailed and logical, endlessly curious and searching for meaning, patterns and connections. In our ancient tribe they would have been working out the logistics of setting up the camp and how and what we could learn from the movement of the stars across the sky. In the tribal system they will have been the ‘Scientists’. Water, people and relationships focused, nurturing and supportive these were our tribal carers, guardians, the people who took care of everyone, kept the family or the tribe together

How does all that play into what we are experiencing now? If you understand yourself and others better you can apply a more relevant balm – a little like a diagnosis and prescription situation! Let’s start with our Earth types.. like earth itself what you get is a person who is honest, firm and ‘down to earth’. Typified by action-oriented activities, pretty disciplined and goal focused, this is that friend that always tells it like it is, has an honest, sometimes blunt quality and is less emotional and more practical in their approach to the world around them. If you, or someone you care about, has this preference, the challenges will be about how to feel that you are achieving something, working towards a goal, making things happen, talking action. These earthy people need to be kept busy, but tasks with lofty long-term gains won’t keep them motivated or engaged. Less likely to want to sign up for a 6 month online course, more interested in a 10 minute You Tube overview. They need quick wins, short bursts of activity with goals that can be achieved quickly. Those with an Air preference tend to be more self-contained and may be described as introverts. That doesn’t mean shy or antisocial by the way! It simply means that you are energised by time alone inside your own head and are happy to experience solitude without feeling lonely. Your air preference is probably responding quite well to this period of self-reflection and enjoying the opportunity to learn new things, study, read and involve yourself in new hobbies or some that you haven’t picked up in a while if you have been too busy. Air has a long-game mentality which means that you would be happy to sign up for programme of learning which stretched over weeks or even months. You can lose yourself




in books and you will enjoy long walks or bike rides if you are fortunate to have access to that. You will probably want to do some improvements to your environment or tinker with some sort of mechanical object! You need routine, so make sure that to keep yourself in a happy place you are sticking with a regular timetable of getting up and going to bed and organise your exercise for a time of day that you can commit to. You will also need a bit of alone time and if you are constantly surrounded by people may need to find somewhere to ‘get away from it all’. An option might be to stick your headset in and close your eyes and listen to a book or a podcast. Perhaps take a walk on your own, if you can, or find a space where you can ‘hide’ you just really need a bit of space to re-charge. If you are living with an Air person, either personally or professionally, respect these boundaries and be patient. They have a slow burning energy and a calm and emotionally stable demeanour most of the time, help them to maintain that and you will all be just fine. Our Water people, the most nurturing and compassionate of the bunch, will have the calm, quiet and supportive qualities we all need in times like this. Although tending to be more introverted in many respects, needing space to lose themselves in a good book or film or to soak in the hot-tub, water people really like to have their people close and will be finding an extended period of separation much harder than some. You will need to do things with the people you love and care about. If you have them with you then you will enjoy taking care of them. You will want to cook and clean and chat and talk, and talk and talk some more about what is happening, how you are all feeling and how you are being affected by the situation. If you are not together, then you will need regular calls and video catch-ups. Your concern will be entirely focused on others and what they need, want and are dealing with and as such you may forget about yourself! Please don’t. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others and if you get too overwhelmed you will retreat into yourself completely and be hard to reach.

What you do is less important than who you do it with. That’s all great unless you are on your own. If you are on your own and you are in a position to do so, volunteer for something that will help people. If you can help others you will feel valuable and valued and you will also have access to that human connection that you need. If you are living with someone with a strong water preference, be there for them even if you are very different and you want to do your own thing, make time for them and ask them to allow you time for yourself. It’s all about compromise. Lastly, Fire. Fire people are usually extraverted and display as outgoing and creative even if beneath it all they are quite shy and insecure. They are the ‘performers’ of society. That makes for an interesting challenge if you have a fire preference. You might surprise people by being really pretty ok about being on your own for a period of time. But it won’t last. Natural explorers and with a need to entertain and be entertained there are some strategies you can deploy to keep yourself motivated. Use this time to create vision boards for your future, write that book you have been working on for years, go through your wardrobe and declutter your storage spaces. Think ‘Visual’ with Fire people. It’s all about imagery and how things look, aesthetics and visualisation. Also – make sure you exercise! Hedonistic by nature you will avoid doing the things that are good for you if they don’t provide instant pleasure – so make sure you have someone in your life who will encourage you and once it becomes habit you will be able to motivate yourself easily enough.

Living with someone like this? Keep them entertained with silly jokes and ‘banter’, engage them in some future focused discussion and brainstorming ideas together. If you are apart, check in by text or messenger and if you want to chat, make a plan to do so. They will also be very happy to lose themselves in reading, box sets and films or doing something creative that allows them to day dream the time away. Staying focused on anything long term is a struggle though so don’t expect too much! A final tip – the state of your bed and your head is the state of your brain and your head… Stuck onboard? Making your cabin a nicer place to be and making your bed and clearing your bathroom and personal space every day will help you to feel in control, declutter your head AND you’ll be a much better roomy! Every one of us is a beautiful and complex mix of all four of these elements to a greater or lesser degree and the real magic happens when you can see your elemental make up clearly and respond to it accordingly but I hope that this insight has given you some food for thought and some ideas and that you can use this time to discover and embrace your true nature. ______________________________________ Sara Ballinger Managing Partner Crew-Glue

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ABEKING & RASMUSSEN´S 68M NEW BUILT DELIVERED PERFECTLY IN TIME Abeking & Rasmussen is happy to announce that today 68m Mega Yacht “SOARING” has been officially handed over to her Owner. In presence of Captain and Crew as well as Project Managers and Owner´s Management Team the official Delivery & Acceptance of the vessel has smoothly taken place at the yard in Lemwerder. Initially, it was the Owner´s wish to celebrate this very special day together with family and friends and also with everyone involved in the build process of this custom-made modern yet timeless mega yacht. Due to the extraordinary challenges the world is facing at the moment, the formal procedure was now held on a far smaller scale. Whilst flexibility is one of the yard´s key corporate values the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has called everyone at Abeking & Rasmussen to adapt and adjust their proven paths with much more versatility than ever before. Under these special circumstances, final acceptances as well as various closing meetings of internal and external experts had to be conducted via alternative means to the greatest possible extend. At the yard´s premises itself the management has successfully implemented preventive measures to reduce human contacts as far as possible in order to protect the entire staff, sub-suppliers and business partners: work schedules were split into a strictly separated two-shift system, extensive hygiene measures have been organized, protective face masks have been handed over to the entire workforce and mobile working possibilities were set up successfully. Till von Krause, Sales Director Yacht, was well

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impressed of the flexibility of numerous subsupplierts: “With many of these partners we do already work together for many years or even decades. We do trust each other very much. Many individual work flows are well known by everyone involved. This has made it extremely easier to implement all these inevitable protective measures. And therefore the scheduled delivery date of “SOARING” has never been at risk to be delayed.” During this very last stage of the new built Andy Tree of Superyacht Technical Services

professionally steered the delivery process of this fine 1,500 GT Mega Yacht together with the entire “SOARING” project team. As “SOARING” will not only be available as a private yacht for her Owner but also for charter guests to venture out to the most beautiful destinations world-wide, at the same time close collaboration has started with Daniel Küpfer of renowned global yacht experts Ocean Independence, based in Zurich. They have been appointed for both yacht manager and charter central agent of this new build.

ECOWORKS RAMPS UP PRODUCTION TO HELP FULFIL HIGH DEMAND CAUSED BY CORONAVIRUS WORRIES Ecoworks Marine, makers of a premium range of sustainable cleaning products for the marine industry have ramped up production to supply the high demand for sanitisers and other cleaning products. The company reported today that due to demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, they are now having to take in pre-orders to ensure they can meet demand and fulfil all orders. In a statement sent out to all their customers yesterday the company said: “We hope you are well and weathering the coronavirus storm. As we all continue to face an extremely challenging time, we must all play our part in helping to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus. We are conscious that people are looking for answers on how to stay clean, safe and healthy. Our sanitiser is tested and approved valid against all coronaviruses, including 2019 n-CoV / SARS-CoV-2. (approved to EN14476 against enveloped viruses as defined in EN 14476:2013 + A2:2019.

Extra focus on hygiene is our new reality and an essential part of managing the spread of this virus. The Ecoworks range is environmentally far friendlier than chemical products - and very effective. It’s also far kinder to people using the products. At this time, we recommend the all surface cleaner and sanitiser to keep all surfaces superclean. As you might imagine we have seen a sharp increase in demand for the product and this has meant that our stocks are now running very low. We have new stock on order but expect much of this to go very quickly. To ensure we have enough stock for all we are encouraging customers to pre-order now. If believe you are running low or may need extra stocks, please put an order into us by the end of day Wednesday 18th of March. This will allow for us to increase the production run and satisfy all demand. We will try our best but cannot guarantee supplies will be available if we do not receive an order before this date. Many thanks for your understanding and we

wish you all the best and hope to working with you in more normal circumstances soon. Thanks - The Ecoworks Marine team” ______________________________________ Ecoworks Marine Fraser Johnston





A relaxed forward area can be found on the foredeck where guests can escape and enjoy the panoramic views while sipping in a freshly made cocktail served by Rüya’s dedicated crew.

Alia Yachts has now been in the business of building high quality yachts since 2008. The Turkish yacht builder with Rüya - have taken this philosophy to another level. The fully custom 41.30 metre superyacht Rüya, meaning ‘Dream’ in Turkish, is one of the shipyard’s special pride and joy.

Rüya shows off a high freeboard and wide beam that is just shy of nine metres. The full use of GRP in the construction of the vessel means Sorgiovanni’s curved shapes could be executed at the hands of Alia’s skilled craftsmen.

Design awards winning M/Y Rüya is a high volume tri-deck motor yacht built in composite to Lloyd Register with a Gross Tonnage of 499 GT. The owner’s “dream” was one of simplicity, calling for a functional and timeless design that would allow the family to use their yacht anywhere in the world.

This Alia Yacht superyacht offers a splendid beach deck where guests can unwind or embark on an underwater adventure via a large hydraulically operated submergible staircase, which also doubles as the quay-side passarelle when moored stern-to.

“We are able to offer projects in all materials: steel, aluminium and GRP,” says Gokhan Celik, president of the shipyard. “We have particularly specialized core composites in-house team . Her owner chose to capitalise on that long experience and specify GRP construction because he wanted ultimate durability.”


THE EXTERIOR STYLE Designer Sam Sorgiovanni achieved this by creating a stylish and well-proportioned exterior while keeping areas fresh and open to be enjoyed through a variety of uses.

rounding off the pleasantries found on the topmost deck.

Once on board it is hard to believe that Rüya is in fact under the 42 metre mark. A fabulous 93 square metre sundeck is space often found only on 50 metre plus vessels, with a 10 person Jacuzzi, full bar and large family dining area

Bridge deck aft offers guests the perfect location for formal sunset dining experiences in a comfortable setting not very unlike found on the interior, with high quality furnishings and fittings aplenty.

Sorgiovanni interiors brief was to create a timeless design that was both practical and functional. It called for tremendous interior spaces along with generous exterior decks, including a beach club and tender store. Achieving this within a constraint of 500GT, and with an exterior profile that was both voluminous and sleek, proved a considerable challenge. Alia used bamboo tiles for the ceiling and strips of plain ebony with inset pale rugs for the floor. That ceiling is framed by bamboo louvres that conceal speakers and air-conditioning ducts — every one is hand-made. The solid-looking Tasmanian oak on both floor and ceiling


is steel-brushed and then satin-varnished to reveal its natural texture. The pelmets between the ultra-slim mullions have a smooth stucco finish, while rainforest marble graces countertops and a large low-level table — the latter edged by a thick band of woven leather. A large separate owner’s suite is located forward on the main deck. Here, a tasteful mix of design elements come together to create a true domestic-feel about the space where the owner will be able to enjoy his time on board his new home-away-from-home. A full beam walk through en suite bathroom is placed forward of the accommodation area, with large windows on either side enhancing the spacious feeling within the suite. Four further guest cabins can be found downstairs on lower deck, making for a total of 10 guests’ accommodation on board Rüya. Van Oossanen Naval Architects developed the engineering and below-waterline specifications of the vessel. Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines, Rüya is capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a range of 4,116 nm while cruising at 10 knots. A genuine globestraddling ability. The yacht is equipped to go anywhere. Realistically, the only places out of bounds are the poles. ______________________________________ Photos © Jeff Brown



MAIN SPECIFICATIONS Hull type - Displacement motor yacht Exterior designer - Sorgiovanni Designs Interior designer - Sorgiovanni Designs Classification - LR+100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 MCH, UMS Material – Composites Length overall - 41.29 m Beam overall - 8.95 m Draft - 2.40 m Range at economical speed - 4,116 nm Engines - 2 x CAT C32 ACERT @ 1,000 bhp each Generators - 2 x 125 kW Kohler Accommodation - 12 guests + 9 crew




DYNAMIQ REINVENTS THE 50-METRE CLASS WITH ITS NEW GTT 160 Transatlantic crossings are possible at 14 knots and the maximum range at an economical speed of 10 knots is 4,000 nautical miles. Those looking to priorities speed can upgrade to the S version, which will offer a more powerful pair of MAN V12-1800 engines for a top speed of 23 knots. An optional hybrid system with zero-emission electric mode can provide silent cruising at up to 8 knots.

The Dynamiq range of configurable superyachts is set to grow after the yard revealed the first details of its forthcoming GTT 160 project. The avant-garde, full-aluminium 49.5-metre vessel represents what Dynamiq thinks is essential for modern superyachts - cool looking, efficient and focused on sport and well-being. The GTT 160 is aimed at today’s active owners who want to experience different destinations, or cross the Atlantic quickly and enjoy endless summers in the Med and Caribbean on a more manageable and economical size of yacht. And they are smart enough to be excited by the very attractive starting price of €19,900.000. With racy, contemporary styling by Dobroserdov Design, the GTT 160 offers luxurious accommodation for 12 guests in six

cabins and crew quarters for up to eight staff. The master stateroom enjoys pride of place on the main deck forward and features two large fixed side balconies. The vast galley with breakfast bar is designed for use by both a professional chef or for cooking in the company of friends. The GTT 160 not only looks amazing but also features advanced onboard technology. Dutch hydrodynamic specialist Van Oossanen Naval Architects, Dynamiq long-term partners, designed the fast displacement hull with an aft Hull Vane foil for extra lift underway that decreases drag and improves fuel efficiency. As a result, the yacht can achieve a top speed of 17 knots when fitted with modest MAN 6-cylinder (537 kW) engines.

“The idea was to create the most attractive proposal for a superyacht of just under 50 metres.” says Sergei Dobroserdov, Dynamiq founder and CEO. “There are so many 50-metre yachts below 500GT available, but they all look very similar with pretty much the same functionality. We asked ourselves ‘What can we bring to the market that makes more sense for our clients?’ The answer was to focus on modern owners’ priorities and leave the less important things aside. So we decided to design the GTT 160 with the accent on the key factors: well-being, efficiency and price. In terms of naval architecture, we selected a slender hull with a long waterline that is much more efficient and comfortable than a short, wide one. So rather than maximising the interior volume we analysed everything an owner wants or needs in terms of general arrangement and features. We then arrived at a concept that provides the motion comfort of a 55-metre yacht with a conventional flared bow." To complete the package, the GTT 160 houses a 21-foot tender in the forward garage and is equipped with a touch-and-go helipad platform with a maximum take-off weight 3,000 kg. The GTT 160 can be configured at with almost endless amount of options.

MONACO YACHT SHOW The organisers of the 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, due to be held at Port Hercule from September 23-26, have issued a statement saying in no uncertain terms that they still plan to hold the event. They are, of course, wary of the current situation and like other event organisers are monitoring the state of the pandemic. They said: “The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic is being felt all over the world and at all levels; protecting the planet’s population has become the absolute priority. “This unprecedented situation is affecting national economies, with substantial repercussions on the yachting industry,” the organisers added. “Now, more than ever, the MYS must shoulder its responsibility to support the industry and all of the business sectors that make it possible to organise the MYS. The organisers are fully aware of the strategic importance of the MYS to the companies that participate each year – for growing their business, sales and marketing.”

The organisers reported: “The 2020 Monaco Yacht Show will possibly be one of the first occasions in the year for bringing together players in the luxury yachting industry, together with clients from around the world. The current situation will of course be constantly reviewed to see if the show is likely

to be viable with safety the overriding factor. In order to protect the health of participants at MYS, the organisers have said they will implement directives issued by the government of Monaco and the World Health Organisation (WHO) that reflect how the pandemic has evolved by September 2020.




SUNSEEKER INTERNATIONAL DONATES PPE TO POOLE HOSPITAL In support of the NHS during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Sunseeker International has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This PPE equipment consists of 400 face masks and 4,000 gloves. “We all need to do our bit in these exceptional circumstances,” says Michael Straughan, Chief Operating Officer. “We wanted to support our hardworking NHS workers as they continue their exceptional frontline work against the coronavirus. As we had PPE equipment available, we felt it was important to donate these to Poole Hospital to help however we can.” “It has been so heartening to see the business community rallying around our hospitals during this current crisis,” says Mark Mould, Chief Operating Officer at Poole Hospital. “We are so grateful to Sunseeker International for this offer of support, and their equipment will further improve our resilience during this challenging period for the NHS.” Meanwhile, following a controlled shutdown of its sites, Princess Yachts has donated its stock of PPE to Plymouth City Council, which will distribute it across the region.

The stock will be handed out to key frontline workers, from members of the NHS to care workers. Speaking about the donation, Princess Yachts Chief Executive, Antony Sheriff, says: “We hope this donation of our PPE goes some way to

helping NHS staff and other such services in these incredibly difficult times. “We are in regular discussions with Plymouth City Council and if we can find other ways to help in the collective effort against COVID-19 we will do whatever we can to support.”


With more than 15 years of professional experience in various international trade fairs in RAI Amsterdam and with a great love for water sports, Niels Klarenbeek will succeed Irene Dros as the new director of METSTRADE. His new position will be of effect as of 14 April 2020.

Niels Klarenbeek is 42 years old and has been an avid water sports enthusiast for years. In his spare time he loves to sail with his wife and 2 children on the Frisian lakes. He studied Business Economics at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Niels had various roles in sales and business development, including 5 years of sales for the world’s leading trade show for process, drinking and wastewater Aquatech.

Association and RAI Amsterdam.

For the past 10 years, Niels has been in the lead of Rematec, a portfolio serving the automotive parts remanufacturing industry with tradeshows in Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Guangzhou. Under Niels’ lead, Rematec has developed into the world's most important meeting point for automotive remanufacturing with visitors from over 75 countries.

Niels Klarenbeek:“I am delighted to have been granted this opportunity to become director of METSTRADE. Its globally recognized reputation, comprehensive everything-underone-roof concept and unique atmosphere are facets which I have respected over many years. I am excited to be on board and part of the great team that will take these facets to the next level.”

In addition to METSTRADE, Niels will also be closely involved with IBEX. IBEX is the marine industry's largest technical trade event in North America and is powered globally by METSTRADE. IBEX is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers

“I have been working closely with Niels for several years and I have a lot of confidence in him”, says Bas Dalm, Executive Vice President Exhibition & Sales RAI Amsterdam. “He is a connector, sees opportunities and with his exhibition experience and passion for the industry, the marine leisure industry has a strong ambassador.”

Niels Klarenbeek will take up his new position from April 14 to make the METSTRADE show another success together with the METSTRADE and IBEX team.





David Geffen’s picture-perfect self-seclusion is highlighting ugly divisions in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

with Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse and Ernesto Bertarelli’s Vava II also dropping anchor in the region.

“Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus,” the billionaire, 77, said in an Instagram post. “I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”

Geffen, who has a net worth of $9 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The photos of his luxury confinement aboard the 454-foot Rising Sun, one of the world’s biggest private vessels, triggered an immediate social-media backlash over the weekend, according to Bloomberg.

While the ship may seem like a floating haven, there’s the risk of a guest or crew member becoming ill. The getaway could “quickly turn into a quarantine nightmare” according to industry publication Superyacht Times.

Geffen’s Caribbean excursion is the latest revelation of how the crisis is affecting people unequally across the globe. While the world’s wealthy have fled to vacation homes, specially made bunkers or floating palaces, rank-and-file workers from nurses to supermarket cashiers have been left juggling childcare and risking infection working jobs deemed essential.

That has already been demonstrated by cruise-line companies, some of whose ships have been denied entry to ports after virus outbreaks among passenger and crew.

The Rising Sun has been in the Caribbean since mid-November and has sailed back and forth between Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines since February. Built for Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, the yacht comes with a gym, cinema and wine cellar. It’s not the only billionaire’s boat in the Caribbean,

Yacht Surveyors & Legal Consultants based in Palma and with our head office in England. We have associate offices located throughout the UK, mainland Europe and further afield. We believe in offering our clients a professional but affordable service. As well as comprehensive survey work we are able to provide legal advice on all yacht ownership issues including ownership structures, VAT, flagging and project management of new-builds and refits. We provide a one-stop shop service to clients wherever they may be.

Those fears have also affected the superyacht industry, which employs more than 160,000 people worldwide. Geffen is an exception in an environment where few of the world’s rich are willing to spend huge sums on buying or renting extravagant vessels during the pandemic and market rout. “Our market has basically come to a standstill overnight,” says Jonathan Beckett, chief executive officer of yacht broker Burgess. “It’s a

matter of sitting it out and being able to afford to sit out.” The number of yachts in the US in recent weeks has swelled from a month earlier, while those in the Bahamas and Sint Maarten declined. Italy, a COVID-19 hotspot, also saw a steep drop in the number of yachts in its waters. Many Caribbean islands “have shut down,” says Raphael Sauleau, CEO of yacht broker Fraser. “We had a charter that was supposed to disembark in one place but couldn’t.” The yacht season in the Mediterranean is struggling before it even starts. The Monaco Grand Prix in May has been cancelled, and regular attendees to the principality’s yacht show in September are hesitant about making financial commitments while many of the super-rich are in isolation. “We would sign a contract, but we’re not going to be paying non-refundable deposits – that’s for sure,” Beckett says. “[The pandemic] is going to have a big impact on our industry this year. You’ve got to ride out the storm and do the very best you can.”


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EU ROADMAP FOR LIFTING OF COVID-19 CONTAINMENT MEASURES The European Boating Industry association (EBI) has provided the following update from the EU recommending a coordinated approach to lifting Coronavirus restrictions across the region. The European Commission presented its roadmap for lifting containment measures at national level. It aims to coordinate the lifting of measures and develop a coherent approach at European level, as well as support reestablishment of supply chains and recovery. The Commission’s roadmap lays out three principles to lifting of measures: 1) a sciencebased approach, 2) Coordination between Member States and 3) respect and solidarity between Member States. Member States should notify each other and the Commission before taking measures and adapt accordingly. The Commission issued recommendations to Member States on how to lift containment measures. Among them are: • Action should be gradual and with time left between measures to evaluate impact • General measures should progressively be replaced by targeted ones (e.g. focus on vulnerable groups, focus on mild cases) • Gradual return of necessary economic activities (intensified and regular cleaning, provision of measures and equipment to protect workers and customers) • Lifting of measures should start at local level and then be gradually rolled out

across countries • The EU’s internal borders should be lifted first, based on the situation in border regions and in a second step proceed with external borders • Re-start of economic activity should be gradual with an initial focus on less endangered groups and sectors that are essential to facilitate economic activity • Several models for re-start of economic activity are suggested (jobs with low interpersonal contact, jobs suitable for teleworking, economic importance, shifts of workers, etc.) • Gatherings of people should be progressively permitted depending on the type of activity • The gradual reintroduction of transport should take into account the risk level, lowerrisk, individualised transport (e.g. private cars) should be allowed as soon as possible • Use of non-medical facemasks in public is

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advised as useful, especially in confined spaces • Action should be continuously monitored, and preparedness developed for returning to stricter containment measures if necessary The Commission will also publish more detailed guidance on how to progressively restore transport services, connectivity and free movement as swiftly as the health situation allows it, also in view of planning summer holiday travel. The Commission will create a rapid alert function to identify supply and value chain disruptions, relying among others on trade associations. EBI will work with the Commission to provide input on supply chain issues for the boating industry. Member States are not obliged to follow the roadmap but have agreed on the necessity to coordinate and are expected to follow the recommendations.




CONRAD HUMPHREYS: "DON'T FEAR THE ISOLATION, SEE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY" When there appears to be dozens of solo sailors giving us their positive ideas for surviving or indeed profiting from isolation it is interesting to turn to Conrad Humphreys. Humphreys has a unique background. His peak as a solo racer was a very tough Vendee Globe in 20045 placing seventh in 107 days, after repairing and replacing his rudder off South Africa and finishing with no power. He has two round the world crewed races under his belt, winning the 2000-1 BT Global Challenge as skipper and he raced on Odessa in the 1993 Whitbread Race. But in 2016 Humphreys was sailing master on Mutiny a 4000 mile reality TV 60 day voyage from Tonga to Timor with a crew of nine on a 23 foot (7m) open boat recreating Captain Bligh's voyage after mutineers cast them adrift from the Bounty. He is an accomplished motivational and team building coach and consultant working for many blue chip companies. Conrad, what is the essence of harmony and working together as a team or a small family unit for example. Not everyone has had the choice of who they are spending time with in an enclosed space. And what is common to building a strong crew which will cope well with adversity? In essence we had a metre of space each over the course of 60 days. That is not too very dissimilar to what some people are being asked to do here. The starting point was starting out

and stating what we were hoping to achieve. Bligh would have said 'our objective is to get food and water and we stay safe and of course that is what people are doing now. He would have painted a very clear picture about how they were going to survive and where they were going to get to. Daily briefings and debriefs are important, we have them from our leaders (Prime Minister), this is about being present and people seeing a leader every day who gives confidence that things are happening. I remember the first night, we spoke about how we would survive, the discipline needed and the way people needed to be honest and open about how they are feeling. How to avoid conflict? The key to avoiding conflict is to really understand what makes people tick. You have to be open and maintain dialogue to understand what people's motives, what their hopes and dreams are. In most family and

team environments you know each other well enough to leave each other alone if people are clearly not feeling great, for example in the mornings. Some people are morning people some very definitely aren't. People came to Mutiny with different agendas. Mine was to make sure people were safe and got to the end with as little conflict as possible. My interest was in the team dynamics and maintaining harmony on board. I look a lot at the experience of the Volvo and you put nine or ten super pro sailors together but you don't give them a mechanism to download then what you get is a very stiff upper lip type 'we are professionals, we don't need to talk about problems, we get on with the sailing' and I think you will find the top, best performing teams they are the ones who have the ability to share their experiences and not keep everything bottled up. I think we saw that in the last race. ______________________________________ Spain +34 672 043 882 USA +1 954 9188382





There’s something special about sitting above the hurly-burly of Palma’s city centre, especially in the sweltering months of summer when the island’s bursting with tourists and soaring humidity. So, why not leave sizzling tarmac and plain old ground-floor drinking to the uninitiated as Charter & Dreams take you on a tour of Palma’s best spots for cocktails on high? Santa Catalina’s favourite summit bar is undoubtedly Hostal Cuba, set in an old Colonial building built in 1904. Cuba’s top floor has everything you would expect from a sky bar, it’s sleek and stylish with a breathtaking view over the bay and boasts bartenders who do their cocktail thang with stealth and style. Make sure you get a table early though as seats are soon snapped up by buzzing ‘yachties’ and locals alike. Understatedly hidden on quiet and charming Plaça Sant Francesc is the impossibly elegant Hotel Sant Francesc, one of the old town’s best-kept secrets. With its inviting seats and loungers surrounded by leafy plants and white candles, this top-floor drinking haunt

Hotel Sant Francesc Sunset

makes for a real treat. The delectable cocktails brought to you by polite waiters, as well as the mesmerizing view of the gothic arches and rose window of the Basílica de Sant Francesc, will clinch your resolve to postpone dinner until later. Much later. What separates Hotel Almudaina’s sky bar

from the others are its minimal glass parapets and the fact that comfy wicker chairs are ideally positioned for exquisite views. There’s nothing obstructing your eyes from sunset views of the cathedral, masts of boats berthed in waterfront marinas and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Completing Almudaina’s sunny picture are friendly waiters/waitresses who serve addictive concoctions with a wink and a smile. Elegant Almaq, one of our favourite roof-top watering holes is in the Hotel Es Princep. Almaq is no paltry high-reaching patio but prides itself on 800 fabulous square metres of unequalled roof-top luxury. Think a luscious swimming pool, a bar serving gourmet appetizers and moreish drinks, not to mention a front-row seat to the old town’s serpentine streets and palm-tree lined Paseo Maritimo.

49 Steps

A hop, skip and a jump away from Palma’s STP is 49 Steps, a bar that proves that drinks just seem to taste much better one floor up, especially when Palma’s lovely sea breeze starts working its cooling magic. Talented bartenders mix up cold drinks that really hit the spot and the bar’s toe-tapping tunes can be enjoyed long after the sun’s gone down. So, if you arrive here for a quick aperitif and two hours later find yourself in the same spot with your third Aperol-spritz in hand, we get it, as this has happened to us on occasion too. As a boutique charter agency, we can offer a personalized service and smooth negotiation process. To put it in a nutshell, we're great at doing big things with less. Captains keen to hear about our various management options or owners wanting to know more about the benefits of putting their yacht on the charter market are invited to get in touch via phone / email or to drop into one of our offices. ______________________________________ Charter & Dreams

Hotel Almudaina

Photography courtesy of Almudaina, Hotel Sant Francesc and 49 Steps





A perfect combination of luxury and performance, motor yacht BENITA BLUE is sure to turn heads when arriving in port. Based here in Mallorca Benita Blue has always been an iconic Motoryacht with her super stylish lines, especially since her new paint job a couple of years ago. Ideally placed for a week around the Balearics, she is an ideal choice for the ultimate Mediterranean cruise. Fitted with all the latest toys for all the family and friends she is Captained by Nigel Seabright, a well-known and respected captain within the Mediterranean. Her cool, sleek exterior is enhanced with impressive leisure and entertainment facilities and with a fully flexible accommodation layout too, she is an ideal choice for a family or friend charter. Inside, her beautiful interior was formed under the direction of Sam Sorgiovanni so expect a fun and fully touchable experience. Think sumptuous soft furnishings in elegant tan and cream hues accented with inspired artwork. On deck she boasts a large jacuzzi, al fresco dining options plus a swim platform and extensive (water) toy chest. BENITA BLUE is designed to go places and with a top speed of 25 knots and a comfy cruising speed of 22, she fuses speed with beauty. She accommodates 8 to 10 guests across an adaptable set of cabins. Firstly, the master cabin, located aft on the lower deck is fully convertible dividing into two doubles as required, utilising this and her bathrooms. A


further two convertible double/twin cabins with pullman are located on the lower deck. The yacht also houses five crew members ensuring all guests' needs are anticipated and taken care of. SPECIFICATION Length: 33.70m (110' 7") Beam: 7.00m (23') Draft: 1.30m (4' 3")

Year built: 2005 Year refit: 2019 Builder: Evolution Yachts, Australia Interior Designer: Sam Sorgiovanni Number of Cabins: 4 Total Guests (Sleeping): 8/10 Cabin Configuration: 2 Double, 2 Convertible Bed Configuration: 2 Pullman, 2 Queen, 4 Single



Summer high rate: (July and August) EUR 70,000 per week Summer low rate: EUR 65,000 per week ______________________________________ T. +377 97 97 81 21 M. +33 640 61 32 98




COULD THIS BE THE ULTIMATE CHARTER ADVENTURE? launches £1m charter yacht holiday One of the UK’s leading boat sales and charter organisations, has created what could probably be one of the most extraordinary opportunities for those looking for a charter holiday like no other; a one year global adventure for the charterer and up to 7 other guests circumnavigating the world in the safety and luxury of a magnificent, crewed 25 metre sailing yacht- the £4m Oyster 825 Champagne Hippy. However, this amazing opportunity does not come cheap, this holiday of a lifetime comes with a £1m price tag! The idea of an “extreme” vacation was sparked by brothers James and Nick Barke, owners at Charters when they discovered their own love of “real sailing” in December 2019. They took part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, (ARC) racing from the Grand Canaria to St Lucia in their yacht Champagne Hippy accompanied by World Champion sailor, Alex Alley and five other crew. They completed the

transatlantic passage in just 15 days, crossing the finishing line in 13th overall and the first Oyster to finish. The yacht was acquired by earlier last year and has been completely refurbished by the talented team at their extensive Essex boatyard facility. Importantly it has been upgraded to comply with the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) Stability Category 0. This is the highest level of coding provided by the MCA, confirming the yachts capability of unrestricted ocean cruising worldwide. To achieve this coding the yacht has undergone stringent build and design requirements and its equipment and general fit-out have met the demanding levels needed for this category status. To maintain this compliance code the boat will be surveyed regularly and manned by personnel who hold specific, certified, compliance levels allowing them to operate a Category 0 yacht. This means Champagne Hippy is ready to take anyone, anywhere in world with the confidence they have a fully

compliant vessel and crew. On their return from St Lucia, the brothers acknowledged that they had enjoyed a life changing experience and wanted to offer a charter that encompassed the refined, safe and utterly enjoyable sailing that Champagne Hippy provides. They decided to design a very special charter opportunity that could match the dreams of those adventurous people who have always wanted to sail around the world. For cruising travellers who have a bucket list of long-desired locations and an ambition to take the trip of a lifetime - Champagne Hippy makes it all possible, with the comfort and style of a super yacht experience. The Oyster 825 is just over 80ft of total luxury with the impressive performance expected from this highly respected British builder and designer. A powerful yacht with a clean, easily driven hull by Humphreys Yacht Design with styling and engineering from the Oyster Design team, the 825 can easily achieve 250 miles per day on long passages.




For the new charter offering Champagne Hippy will have a crew of 2; Captain Dudley, a highly experienced and qualified skipper who encourages guests to take the ropes as much, or as little as they wish and his partner, award winning Chef Samantha. Sam loves to use local, fresh produce to serve up a wonderful repertoire of simply delicious dishes and if guests enjoy cooking themselves, Sam can introduce them to artisan food markets and local suppliers. Both Dudley and Sam have grown up on the water and have sailed around the world and explored many exotic destinations. They bring a lifetimes experience of sailing the world’s oceans to Champagne Hippy ensuring her guests can enjoy an exceptional journey whether they are experienced yachtsmen or enthusiastic extreme adventurers. Depending on choice of voyage and ports there may be many legs to the cruise – visiting the Monaco Grand Prix, the Grand Canal of Venice, traverse the Panama Canal, exploring the Galapagos, eating lobster at anchor in a quiet bay in New Zealand, even the most experienced yachtsman will be pleased to be in the safe and capable hands of Champagne Hippy and her crew. Guests can choose to join the crew in sailing this ocean thoroughbred, with electric winches, sail controls, and auto-pilot systems, boat handling is exhilarating fun or if they prefer, they can simply lay back on a sun lounger, take in the sea air and watch the dolphins. “Nothing has made me feel more alive than being out here, on the ocean, being able to just pick up and go - and there is something very special about this boat that really connects you to your surroundings” Sam, Champagne Hippy First Mate. James Barke, MD Charters commented, “With comfortable accommodation for eight guests, the year can be spent catching up with loved ones, treating friends and family to a series of breaks or meeting like-minded explorers, as you make your way around the world at your own pace. Your charter can accommodate any lifelong passions and interests you may have- from the Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago to exploring the Norwegian Fjords, we are set up to make it happen for our charterer. To provide a taste of

what they could experience we filmed a mouthwatering video of Champagne Hippy which can be found at . With many years of experience dealing with boats, we have now put together a team of sailing experts, crew, seasoned travellers and well connected connoisseurs who will help to build a year long itinerary, completely tailored to our guests requirements.” While the crew attends to every need on-board, they are supported by a dedicated remote concierge team back in the UK who can open

doors to some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants and VIP experiences creating the voyage around any event, commitment or celebration. There is an undeniable spirit of adventure that is endemic aboard Champagne Hippy, where anything is possible. Simply discovering that feeling of complete freedom of the world’s oceans is life changing, has created simply the most memorable experience available for world charter and it all starts in 2022.




Alice is a regatta manager on the superyacht circuit offering a first-class racing experience. A keen yachtswoman and self-confessed island-hopping addict, preferably by boat. Meet our Classic Yacht Columnist. Are You Race Ready? The 2019 - 2020 International Regatta Calendar for both Classic Yachts & Superyacht Racing can be downloaded FREE at www. Don’t miss a beat or a Bulletin and sign up today.


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With most regattas and live superyacht events cancelled until September my thoughts turn to how the yachting community can learn from this crisis. The World is in panic and fear. But we have to change or die. Adapt. Anticipate. Invest. Innovate. Can we emerge stronger, wiser, kinder? Winning.

Superyacht events have gone digital. The demand for online courses and conferences, virtual boat shows, and e-sailing is booming.


• Superyacht Times has launched a series of weekly online conferences reaching up to 750 delegates.

Clients and colleagues, I spoke to this week are all pivoting in their lives and businesses. Health and safety and sanitizing are a priority. Many are launching new products and services. Saving their businesses is of paramount importance. Everyone is focused on survival not sailing. The world has changed. We need to respond quickly. There is no handbook or quick fix guide for how to handle our new reality. Coronavirus demands rigorous readjustment of us all, it is a leveller of sorts.

Media companies respond to reflect consumer behaviour and values. We sit safely at home, ready to receive.

• Yacht Broker Denison is streaming their 3rd series of Virtual Boat Show from April 24th 2020 with 100 boats online from 9am – 5pm EST • Boat International Media will launch their first Virtual Boat Show April 27th 2020 with interactive interviews with superyacht owners, Captains and Brokers and a cocktail competition.

• The Palm Beach International Boat Show scheduled to be held from the 14 - 17th May 2020 has been moved to a virtual platform. It’s keen to maintain it’s position as a major economic driver for the state of Florida. The virtual show will present nearly 500 exhibitors. • The E-Sailing Virtual Regatta website, now in its 10th year hosts one million players per year. TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY ARE THE NEW WORLD We attend meetings from home, comment in the communities and still put our kids to bed. Will these systems, tools and tech become part of our new world? I believe everything will have its place. Pivoting may indeed be the new paradigm. And what can we learn about our industry from lockdown? Do we return to our big teams and expensive offices, our T & E budgets, continuing to commute to long winded board meetings?




The GYC Centenary Trophy at Les Voiles de St Tropez, one of the regattas scheduled to take place in September 2020 I Juerg Kaufmann

Time will tell. My experience is an Airport close to home and strong broad band can make running a Virtual Team painless, professional and productive. The dog agrees.

To see superyacht regattas still scheduled for 2020 at and options for superyacht events and experiences for when we return.


If you need inspiration follow me @ superyachtevents.

Above all it will be the lifelong friendships and trust within our community needed for us all to survive. Together we can do more . Consider this, during lockdown we learnt that Andrew Tree and his team at Superyacht Technical Services performed a remote hand-over of the 68.2-metre motor yacht Soaring from Abeking & Rasmussen respecting social-distancing. Remarkable and something we would have considered impossible until now.

Be ready! ______________________________________ By Alice Widdows

PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE But we are intrinsically social beings. Virtual replicas might struggle to replace the real thing. It is a luxury to experience, touch and feel. To hug. Clients will return to their yachts when the time is right. To explore, to escape, seeking adventure. For fun family times, to celebrate , control private space and protected time. THE SUPERYACHT BUSINESS IS EXTREMELY RESOURCEFUL AND RESILIENT Adjustments and new guidelines need to be adopted. Medical, sanitising, safety, social – distancing practices. This will be the new norm.

Pivoting - We can tack and gybe to find clean air and opportunities in these uncertain times.





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TP 52’S IN CAPE TOWN MARCH 2020 Although the TP52 Super Series was unable to complete its race programme due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Ingrid Abery managed to get some great shots of the first partially completed event, where Azurra resumed her place at the top of the leader board. So here are some of the shots to remind you what we will hope to see later in the season.













CHRIS NICHOLSON: COPING STRATEGIES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING As a veteran of six round the world yacht races Australian yachtsman Chris Nicholson knows a thing or two about the stresses of living in confined spaces for extended periods of time. Now, as families around the world come to terms with the prospect of weeks of home isolation in response to the current global pandemic, he offers up some personal thoughts and strategies on how best to cope. I was recently asked to put some thoughts on restricted personal spaces and living in a restricted space. My occupation for the last 20 years has been as an offshore sailboat racing professional. In this time I have raced six times around the world, plus about 12 Transatlantic crossings, as well as sailing with my family from Europe to Australia (14 months on a yacht with the family). This adds up to me having spent about five years of my life in a confined space with limited social interaction. (My mates will laugh and understand why I am the way I am.) I hope I can offer some suggestions on what it takes to not only get through the experience, but to use the opportunity to come out the other side a better person with a more enlightened perspective on friends / family and appreciating the simple things. Firstly, you have to get your head around what you are about to do. Our government here in Australia has lowered us into the pot slowly. We have the choice to tell ourselves that the water is either boiling in the pot or we can tell ourselves that the water is warm, and we may have a swim around for some time. It’s pretty easy to understand: if you convince yourself that it’s boiling, then it going to hurt and it’s going to hurt for a long time. I truly believe people always underestimate their own mental capacity. If you go back in history and look at what humans have endured as individuals and as a species, then you know that you will get through this.

Now the questions we should all ask ourselves are: In what shape do I want to come out of this? and Is it possible to come out of it a better person with new–found appreciations in so many areas you never thought of? I can answer this with 100 per cent certainty that it is all possible. Each time after a I completed one of the ninemonth races around the world I am given a reminder about what’s important: family, friends, the environment, and how you treat people. It’s a profound experience and it’s one that the majority of the world is now – or is about to – experience. We are already seeing people band together over the internet to communicate and support each other in ways we hadn’t dreamt of three months ago. This needs to be balanced with

the fact many, many people will struggle, and we need to be there for them. When I race around the world it is simply a race. I always considered it important. It is my job and I love doing it, but at the same time I find it an extremely difficult thing to do. It is constantly challenging but rewarding to be within a small team at times facing adversity, but it’s also completely fascinating dealing with different personalities in stressful situations. Sound familiar? The big difference is that our ‘race’ now is how to look after the vulnerable people in our society and to emerge with a viable economy on the other side of this. As I write this it is amazing how similar some things are but at the same time there are some big differences. When I look at our world at the moment, I feel like we are having that “Ah!” moment. Yes, it’s the biggest thing we will probably see in our lifetimes, but for the world as a whole it’s simply smaller than a grain of sand on the beach. Yes, we will fight it with everything we have, but perhaps there needs to be more thought about overpopulation and overuse of our environment. Yes, we know the only way our economies work is by expanding, but we may also be seeing some signs of nature very politely warning us of our excesses. Respect is going to be an important factor for all of us in months ahead. Firstly, you have to show yourself some respect and look after yourself in a way that doesn’t impact on the people around you. It can be as simple as having some time out or laying down and thinking about the good things, looking for the positive side in things. Or perhaps it means having more salt on your food. Why? Because apart from the hardened arteries it will keep your head in a good place. You have to learn about yourself and what makes you tick.


Respect for each other. Whilst you are learning and adapting to this new temporary way of life you need to respect and understand that everyone else is going through in their own way. Be there to help them if you can, be clear with your communications, and be a good person! Professionalism in yacht racing generally means we avoid attitude problems, as people are being paid and generally operating at the top of their game. We won’t have this luxury in the months ahead so remember the culture or atmosphere you create around you will influence others. If you continually drag your arse, then you will eventually wear everyone else down. If you are always trying hard to do well, then you will thrive – and equally your positive attitude will rub off on those around you. Mental and physical fitness are very interconnected. If you are in a good space mentally then you will find it easier to do some physical exercise. You don’t need to run a marathon, but you need to do enough to stimulate your brain, so it knows you have done something. Look at this as an opportunity to improve yourself. From a mental fitness perspective, the main points I want to reinforce are: • Accept that you are in this for the long ride and that, no matter what, you will see it through. Don’t kid yourself that it will be over soon. Prepare for the long road and you will be pleasantly surprised if it ends early. • Recognise that this situation has an end point and that you have the chance to be a better person at the end of it, your choice! • You will adapt and change along the way, monitor yourself and write down notes or record a video diary. • Limit your exposure to the bad news.

Currently we are absorbing a great deal of bad news but a lot of it is repetition. Don’t get into the trap of watching the same bad news over and over again. • Look for and recognise the good things in your situation. • Help those around you when you can, as this will also help you to get through this. I have used hypnosis a lot at different times to keep my head in the right space. I am not completely sure if it’s what you would call hypnosis as such, but it’s a time – usually just before sleep – when you have the chance to clear your head of stresses that are going on, and you get to think about the good things you have in your life, or you visualise the good things you can do in the future. Try it, it’s free and can really open up some avenues for you to explore and learn about what makes you tick. Most of what I have covered so far comes from my experience of racing in confined spaces, but I have also sailed with my wife and two young boys from Europe to Australia. That trip took 14 months and in that time we stayed onboard the yacht the whole time. Do tempers fray occasionally? Yes of course they do and that is



all part of it. What’s important is demonstrating respect for each other and not letting things get out of hand. Realise what important in the big picture. I am a shocker at times for being hypersensitive. I know the problem and I understand it and recognise that I need to keep an eye on it. Knowing yourself and managing things like this is super important when in close quarters for a long period of time. I was equally fascinated and worried about how my kids would cope with this global problem. After talking with many people about kids that find themselves out of their comfort zone, I have come to realise just how adaptable they are. I have been amazed by their level of understanding; they may not agree but kids nowadays surprise me with how much more they understand about their surroundings than when I was their age. ______________________________________ Read more at:




NORTH SAILS NAMED AS OFFICIAL SAIL SUPPLIER OF THE OCEAN RACE The one-design VO65 fleet will race its third lap of the planet in the 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race with a sail wardrobe provided by North Sails. As the Official One Design Sail Supplier to the fleet, North Sails will outfit each boat with seven sails, using its latest 3Di technology, which itself was born out of a collaboration between North Sails and Ocean Race teams, and provides reliable shape-holding, durability, and lightweight, high-end performance. The 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race is 38,000 nautical miles and takes in some of the toughest and most testing ocean miles on the planet, with the best sailors in the world pushing their boats harder than ever before. Performance and reliability is critical. “Over the past two editions of the race, our arrangement with North Sails to equip the VO65 fleet has contributed to the closest racing in the long history of the event,” says Phil Lawrence, the Race Director for The Ocean Race. “This competitiveness comes when the teams know they have sails they can push to the absolute limit, without compromising safety, durability or performance. “We consulted with our VO65 teams who made clear their preference to again have a single-supplier for sails as in the past two races, and we’re very happy to be able to continue our relationship with North Sails.”

The relationship between North Sails and The Ocean Race goes back decades, and many within North Sails have sailed with various teams and won the race, while numerous designers and sailmakers have supported the technical side of programmes in their quest to finish first around the world. “The Ocean Race is one of the most prestigious events in our sport and is the ultimate proving ground for the durability of 3Di,” says North Sails President Ken Read. “By introducing drones into the last event we have gotten to see how much abuse our sails can withstand. We are profoundly proud that our sails will

have gone three editions on the VO65. North Sails and North 3Di are 100% on board for the 2021-22 race and look forward to working with the new race organisers and the teams in their upcoming adventure.” The next edition of The Ocean Race is scheduled to start from Alicante, Spain in October 2021, with stops in Cabo Verde; Cape Town, South Africa; Shenzhen, China; Auckland, New Zealand; Itajaí, Brazil; Newport, Rhode Island; Aarhus, Denmark; The Hague in The Netherlands; before the Grand Finale in Genoa, Italy.

THE VENDEE GLOBE REMAINS ON COURSE The health crisis that has shaken society for a month is forcing those who are involved in the worlds of sports and business to adapt amidst this period of uncertainty. The address of the French President on April 13th did however lay the foundations for an exit from this containment and suggests a possible recovery period from the middle of July. As things stand today this latest information allows the Vendee Globe to remain on course with the objective remaining to have the start from Les Sables-d'Olonne on November 8. "The technical and sporting programmes of contenders for the around the world solo race without stopover and without assistance has been disturbed by this unprecedented crisis. We are particularly sensitive to this." said Yves Auvinet, president of SAEM Vendee. "For several weeks now, SAEM Vendee has been in very regular contact with skippers and all the protagonists of the Vendee Globe, to discuss these issues and propose solutions. Our will is to be able to give the start of this ninth edition on the 8th November in the best possible conditions, while remaining very attentive to developments of the situation". The two solo Transatlantic races initially planned this Spring for the Globe Series

championshop this spring should have allowed some skippers to qualify and others to test their monohull after winter modification work. The IMOCA class and the department of Vendee, a major partner in the race, are working to finalize the adaptation of the New York - Vendee Les Sables-d'Olonne, a

general dress rehearsal before the Vendee Globe and therefore an essential race for the preparation of the skippers. Its format will be revealed soon. ______________________________________




36TH AMERICA'S CUP OFFICIALLY POSTPONED based on the information provided by the World Health Organization today, the Defender and Challenger of Record concluded that the 36th America's Cup must be postponed to safeguard the health of the athletes, support staff, and the international community. With the sport of sailing on hold in nearly all corners of the world, all parties also agreed the optics of continued activity amid the America's Cup was tarnishing the trophy. Looking forward, Dalton and Bertelli seek for the America's Cup to stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Auld Mug could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.

Grant Dalton, CEO of America's Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand, and Patrizio Bertelli, team principal of Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, held a conference call to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the 36th America's Cup. They were joined by challenger skippers Ben Ainslie (INEOS Team UK) and Terry Hutchinson (American Magic), along with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Dalton and Bertelli expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the America's Cup. In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and noted the great progress being made to prepare for the 2021 competition. However, in the present circumstances and

Additionally, the Defender and Challenger of Record decided the status of challenger Stars + Stripes Team USA must be terminated, and together would be submitting an application to the America's Cup Arbitration Panel for the rookie challenger to be excused from competition. To support global efforts in combatting the spread of this disease, the remaining four teams have approved suspending all operations in accordance with the latest guidelines which do not deem their work to be essential or vital.




THE OCEAN RACE 2021-22 ROUTE IS ANNOUNCED The next edition of The Ocean Race, scheduled to start from Alicante, Spain in October 2021, will visit 10 international cities, including the start port and the Grand Finale finish in Genoa, Italy in the summer of 2022. For the first time, The Ocean Race is now open to the high-tech, foiling IMOCA 60 class, in addition to the one-design VO65 boats that provided record-breaking performance and such close, compelling racing in the 201718 edition of the race - the closest Race of all-time. "As we open up the design and innovation elements of the race again with the IMOCA class, confirming the race route for our teams has taken on an added importance as the designers look to optimise performance for the conditions," said Johan Salén, the Managing Director of The Ocean Race. "This route is more compact at 38,000 nautical miles and with two less stopovers compared with the last race but it includes two significant Southern Ocean legs, where crews on both the IMOCA 60s and the VO65s will have an opportunity to add their stories to the legend of this race." The Race Route for The Ocean Race 2021-22: Alicante, Spain - Race Start *Cabo Verde Cape Town, South Africa *Shenzhen, China Auckland, New Zealand Itajaí, Brazil Newport, RI, USA Aarhus, Denmark The Hague, Netherlands *Genoa, Italy - The Grand Finale (* indicates a new host city) "The 2021-22 race course keeps the Southern Ocean at the heart of the race, and the new foiling IMOCA boats plus the returning VO65s means more epic racing and great human stories." The introduction of the IMOCA fleet into The Ocean Race presents a new opportunity for sailors to race in the world's most challenging and competitive fully-crewed event.

"The Ocean Race is one of the most global events in sport, and the racecourse for 202122 underlines why it is so special - with some of the best offshore sailing conditions around, and a massive commercial reach touching six continents," he said.



"It has long been my dream to compete in The Ocean Race and test myself against the best sailors in one of the most challenging races in the sport." ______________________________________




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FLYING FIFTEEN MALLORCA and rules to be observed at each of the marks, with certain boats taking precedence in rounding them, so positioning and sharp boat handling are essential. Unfortunately, Alan got only one of these disciplines spot on. Having obtained an inside track in the approach to the gybe mark he was looking really well placed to round ahead of a large group of boats which were stacked up at the mark. I should say at this stage that Alan was fastidious about his diet and carried a wide variety of nuts, drinks and fruit on board. These consumables nestled ordinarily in a net under the aft deck of the boat.

Ken Dumpleton

Ken Dumpleton travelled regularly from his home near Dublin (where he also has a flying fifteen) to sail with us in Mallorca, and was always a competitive sailor, with many enjoyable stories. He still sails from the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland – where last year’s World’s were sailed. In his own words… Ken’s Bit I first started sailing in 1992 (at the age of 42) and my first boat was a flying fifteen. Little did I realise at that time, what fun, excitement and pleasure lay ahead. flying fifteen sailing has taken me all over the world and introduced me to new friends in a wide range of places. Along the way I have experienced some hilarious and exciting moments, brief episodes that are a cause for great amusement even to this day. Not all of them happened to me but here is a taster of some: "The day the bananas broke free" As a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the flying fifteen Class the 1997 World Championships were held in Cowes...the home of Uffa Fox (who designed the boat). To my recollection it was the largest single gathering of flying fifteen´s ever. Twelve boats travelled from Ireland (my homeland) with the intention of joining in the fun, which we certainly did!!!

One or two of our number were featuring regularly at the top of the fleet, while the rest of us popped up (or propped up) the middle and lower orders. One particular boat became involved in an incident which we still speak of many years later, much to the embarrassment of the individual concerned (no need to "name names", but Alan Dooley will do for now!). The event itself was held in sunny warm and light conditions, the tide of course playing a huge role in decision making. On the day "the bananas broke free" we were treated to a lovely 10/12 knot breeze which brought everybody to life with nice waves and planning conditions on the reaches… that’s where the problem for Alan started…! The huge fleet got away cleanly from the only start of the day and headed to the windward mark on an Olympic style course. The usual suspects rounded in the lead bunch, difficult to see from where I was, with the remainder closely – very closely – bunched behind. The boats proceeded off down the first starboard reach heading for the gybe mark. Every inch counts at this stage so there was quite a lot of luffing, shouting and general excitement as we approached the gybe mark. I had a very good view of this as I was in the rear-guard having been over the line at the start and sailing like a complete wally!!! Now as you all know there are certain niceties

Back to the gybe, all seemed to be going well in the churning maelstrom at the mark… twinning line on, jib sheet set, pole back … helm up and around she goes … simple. Oh oh… some overripe bananas had managed to break free from the captive net and were now underfoot… Alan´s feet. The gybe was perfectly executed… pole on the new side, crew trimming like blazes – minus his helm who was now attempting to dodge the oncoming fleet whilst perfecting his breaststroke at the same time. Now sailing a flying fifteen on a 3-sail reach in planning conditions can be great fun… however having somebody to steer is essential. The inevitable happened… bang!!! the boat luffed sharply to the left and collided with a startled Australian helm and crew who up ‘til then had been congratulating themselves as they were sailing over their Irish competitors. With Alan reattached to his boat, both competitors retired to the bar for the rest of the day. For both of them their event was over for at least another day. Later that night the Ozzie and Alan polished off a bottle of Jamieson while at the same time commencing what became a lifelong bond of friendship. Alan is still sailing flying fifteen´s in Dun Laoghaire and for the record he called his next boat … BANOFFI. Until next month… “A stitch in time… causes chaos”, Ken ______________________________________ By Stephen Babbage


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TAILOR MADE CREW PROGRAMMES AT GRAND HARBOUR MARINA Grand Harbour Marina have witnessed yet another fruitful events calendar for 2019 further reinforcing its popularity as a venue of choice for both local and foreign events. With a high focus on Super Yacht activity, the marina has implemented a tailored made Crew Program targeting Captains and crew choosing to winter berth in the marina. “A large aspect of the customer satisfaction at Grand Harbour Marina is based on the interaction Captains and Crew have with one another during their stay at the marina. With this in mind, we wish to create experiences which inspire and excite our crew, achieving this by really listening to our clients and finding out what they wish to take out of their experience berthing in Malta.” Apart from a weekly program providing complimentary yoga classes, football tournaments and midweek crew socials featuring live local artists, we also have monthly catered events such as brunch clubs, wine tastings and Friday Night Braai’s as well as general team building activities like courtesy crew bowling, golf days and volleyball tournaments. Events are also linked with our Corporate Social Responsibilities. Just last November we had 2 major charity events taking place, one was a 5KM run around the Marina raising over 5000euros towards Hospice Malta promoting Cancer awareness and Mens Health. The other was a classic car event where crew where given the opportunity to pay a small donation and get driven around in some classic beauties raising money for Puttinu Cares. With the addition of the marina’s second

Seabin, Grand Harbour Marina continues to implement quarterly clean up campaigns bringing together marina staff, captains and crew, boat owners and the local community together to promote environmental awareness and sustainable working habits. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, now in its 40th edition, continues to be the number one event on the sailing calendar, and GHM where proud to host the boat and crew of line honour winners SY Rambler. Great interest has also been given to an up and coming sport within the SB20 (Sport Boat Racing) division which has become increasingly popular with both local and foreign sailors. Grand Harbour Marina now join the fleet after acquiring its very own boat to take part in both National and International competitive regattas. “We realize the need for crew based here for the Winter who wish to still be out on the

water. We encourage crew to make use of the SB20 for team building purposes as well as getting involved in the national regattas which also gives them the opportunity to be part of the local sailing community” Aydan Longmore, Captain of 66M MY OKTO comments: “I was really impressed with the events overall, it’s a wonderful way to get to meet all other Captains in a relaxed atmosphere. The marina does a great job in keeping us constantly entertained through a variety of activities to suit everyone’s tastes.” ______________________________________ Emma Cassar Events and Marketing Manager Camper & Nicholsons Grand Harbour Marina Malta

PARTY CENTRAL IN CYPRUS READY TO OPEN NEW MARINA Cyprus is about to open yet another Marina, this time at a resort better known for its hedonistic party lifestyle. At 300m euros this is no novelty, but an attempt to breathe new life into the area. There have already been substantial marina developments at Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos and of course the 5 star Karpaz Gate in the Turkish Northern sector of the island. This new marina will offer a total of some 600 berths for yachts and superyachts up to 65m (213ft). The 220-berth dry stack will be able to accommodate yachts up to 10m (33ft). According to a Cyprus Property News report, the marina’s administration building, boatyard facilities, government services for such as customs, police port and medical and port officials, have all been completed and meet the necessary certifications required. The substantial breakwater that protects the whole facility is also finished. The marina project was developed in a joint venture between Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian billionaire entrepreneur associated with the

diverse Orascom group, and local businessman Stavros Caramondanis. He is the CEO of MM Makronisos Marina, the company which secured the concession to operate the marina over the next 30 or so years. Caramondanis was quoted in the Cyprus Property News report as saying: “At the pace

with which works are proceeding, Ayia Napa Marina will soon become a reality for both residents and visitors, promoting an upgraded and modern way of life close to the sea, combined with functionality, comfort and luxury. We are proud to see construction works underway at such a fast pace, as our vision becomes reality, day-by-day.”




ASTONISHING SMALL BOAT VOYAGES: THE FIRST SINGLE HANDED CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE GLOBE - PART 1 Have you ever wondered why so many sailing yachts are named Joshua or Spray? It’s in honour of Joshua Slocum who completed the first single handed circumnavigation between 1895 and 1898. Those were the days before air travel or wireless communication so it is not surprising that the first single handed circumnavigation is often attributed to Sir Francis Chichester who achieved the same feat in the full glare of global media attention 75 years later. Slocum recounted his voyage in his book “Sailing Around The World”. It’s a wonderful read for the adventurous. Slocum was a seasoned mariner and boat builder. The Spray was an abandoned oystercatcher boat that was gifted to him. He re-built her from the keel up at Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The experience of the re-build was to prove invaluable as it gave him intimate knowledge of the boat and the ability to tackle virtually any maintenance issue. From Fairhaven he departed for Boston from where he left on his voyage on the 25th April 1895. It would seem that his crossing to the Azores was relatively uneventful arriving there virtually exactly 18 days after his departure from Boston. The generosity of the Azoreans was to almost result in a premature end of his adventure.

His stay there was so enjoyable that in his book he says: “ That one should like Gibraltar would go without saying. How could one help loving so hospitable a place?” Slocum had intended to sail through the Mediterranean and east via the Suez Canal however naval reports of pirates in the Red Sea persuaded him to change his plans. On the 25th August he departed Gibraltar destined for Brazil. He was fortunate to find the strong Levanter (easterly) wind to take him out of the Strait as he reports having been chased by Barbary Pirates in a felucca. His track took him past the Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Islands. He was now well into his second Atlantic crossing in less than six months. He seems to have enjoyed his solitude because not once does he complain about being alone. After 40 days at sea he pitched up at Pernambuco in Brasil on the 5th October. Brazil was a country he had visited previously and after being feted by an old friend he once again re-provisioned and set sail south for the Horn on the 23rd Oct. In fact he touched base at Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Buenos Aires but, as he had predicted, his biggest challenge was to be the Horn.

On the 24th July he departed from Horta on the island of Fayal with Gibraltar as the next destination. The plums and Pico white cheese gifted to him on the islands poisoned him. For days he lay delirious and in pain within the cabin as the Spray sailed on with “the pilot of the Pinta” at the helm. The Pinta was one of Columbus’s ships and Slocum seemed convinced that the ghost of its pilot had sailed the Spray thorough the gales for him until he recovered a few days later.

Slocum’s challenge in the south was twofold: wind and dangerous natives. On the 11th Feb 1896 the Spray entered the Straits of Magellan at Cape of Virgins. The heading westerlies and unpredictable Williwaws in the straits together with the constant danger of being overwhelmed by Fuegian Indians was a constant drain on Slocum. He did not emerge into the Pacific until the first week of April. During all this time he keep his rifle and revolver to hand and indeed he used his rifle to ward off approaching Fuegians led by Black Pedro a fugitive murderer wanted by the Chilean authorities.

The Spray’s stay at Gibraltar seems to have been a merry round of entertainment and partying courtesy of colonial and naval personalities.

In his account of the voyage Slocum is visibly relieved to finally emerge into the Pacific and head for Juan Fernandez Island arriving

Joshua Slocum

there on the 26th April. As background Juan Fernandez was the island on which Alexander Selkirk was castaway for four years when he was eventually rescued, by which time he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources that he found on the island. Selkirk’s story of survival was widely publicised after his return to England, becoming a source of inspiration for writer Daniel Defoe’s character Robinson Crusoe. To be continued next month when Slocum meets the widow of famous author Robert Louis Stevenson Samoa and African explorer Mr. Stanley at Cape Town. ______________________________________ Boatshed Gilbraltar (+34) 667 666 753




GENOA SHOW CHANGES In view of the current circumstances stemming from the Coronavirus crisis, it was announced recently that a new strategy will be put in place for the 2020 edition of the Genoa International Boat Show, which will see the design of a flexible layout that can adapt to the various post-crisis scenarios, together with new dates. The changes were agreed by the the Governing Board of Italy’s marine industry association – Confindustria Nautica – and the Board of Directors of the show organisers – I Saloni Nautici – in discussion with regional authorities and city of Genoa. The decision includes the postponement of the 60th edition of one of Europe’s top three consumer boat shows by two weeks, from the original dates of 17-22 September to the following month, 1-6 October 2020. Last year’s event attracted a reported 188,000 visitors. According to their statement, the date change will be integrated with a plan of action aimed at ’predicting and satisfying all potential regulations that may be in place in October’ including the possibility of the event taking place over a longer period of 9 days (running from Saturday 3 Oct to 11 Oct) in order to best manage the flow of participants in view of health and safety concerns. For the same reason, measures will also include the design of wide open spaces and multiple

entrance points. These and other initiatives which may be implemented will work to ensure the best conditions for organising and

managing the event and for welcoming visitors and exhibitors alike.




SHIP & SHORE: SAM JEFFS & JOHN-PAUL JEFFS (JP) How long did you work in yachting? Can you tell me about your yachting career – highlights, low points? Sam (Ship): I have been in yachting now for 5.5 years and I am currently running a 34m motoryacht based in Palma. A highlight for me is meeting our charter guests! People from all walks of life with different backgrounds, different stories and there is always plenty to learn from each one. You also get to see the results of your work every week through happy smiley customers. Another highlight would have to be working with crew from around the world, each bringing a little of their own culture and experiences together to make a great team! Finally, visiting unique places and exploring off the beaten path! Low points obviously being away from JP, family and friends for long periods of time. JP (Shore): I worked in the yachting industry for just over 3 years for a well-known Sea School on the Island that offered first class training for new and experienced crew! The best thing about the job were the students, working with people who were just entering the industry with big ambitions, hopes and dreams about one day becoming a deckhand, chief stew, bosun or even a captain of a luxury superyacht. I have always thrived on the first initial meeting and as people entered the school looking for advice and guidance, I always got to know the students very well, understand their main goal and gave honest and realistic advice on the stages it would take to achieve their end goal! I saw many students start with basic courses that went onto secure lead roles and in some cases small boat captains. I loved working with families, groups and individuals who also had a passion for the water. I got to know them very well and worked to build their dream trip by going above and beyond and focusing on the finer details that meant they would have the experience of a lifetime. I am proud that I and the team at the school managed to do this on many occasions which often resulted in recommendations and repeat bookings! Working closely with anyone that has the same style of passion for service can always

be challenging but this is how businesses grow, work and become better! Challenging times often occur when things go wrong as they inevitably do sometimes on boats! Working with a strong team is the key to finding a solution to a problem before it even becomes apparent. Honesty and integrity plays a main part in offering world class service and is what makes a business shine! I had some of the best and very much the worst times whilst working in the industry. I was offered many opportunities as a result of the experience I had whilst working for the school in brokerage, sales and other avenues but I was and have always been extremely committed to any role I have taken. In hindsight, I wish I had explored more options that were put to me on a regular basis! Not a regret but how I would change things if I did the same again‌who knows what the future holds!? You learn, grow and become a much more grounded person working in such a stressful and fast-paced environment and I would recommend it to anyone. I have learned how to become a better business person from this whole experience.

How did you know it was time for you to make the move to land? Sam: Even though I am still at working at sea for the foreseeable future, I wanted to set up a base and business back in the UK with JP and to be closer to our families. JP: I have always been very good at knowing when the time to move on from a business is a good move, when you have made your mark, helped it to grow and feel that you have done as much as is wanted or welcomed from a business. Owning my own business is something I have always been very vocal about throughout my life and this was no different when I was in the yachting industry. I spotted an opportunity to build mine and my family's future and it was at that point I knew it was time to make a change. When you live abroad you miss out on some of the most important things in life, family and friends! Missing important events, deaths, seeing younger relatives grow makes you re-evaluate what you want in your life and although not for everyone, it was definitely something I wanted to focus on and I am glad I did.




What was the most difficult thing about the transition? Sam: I think moving all the stuff we’d collected over 5 years here and JP’s mission via Europe to get Toby (our dog) back to the UK with us. JP: Leaving an island where I had spent so much time personally growing on, the sun and the network of amazing friends I had built over that period of time. What was the best thing about it? Sam: It was so nice to be back by our families. I have family in the village we moved to (which was a coincidence but a long drunken story!) and we’re only a few hours drive from the rest of our families. It’s also great to have the jetset lifestyle of travelling back every weekend or opportunity I get. JP: Starting a new chapter and realizing that no matter what, you are the only person that can build your own destiny and future. What do you miss most about yachting? Sam: I am lucky enough to still work in yachting but it’s nice to now strike a balance between larger family life, traditions of the UK and work. JP: The students, instructors, friends, nights out and the people in general! What do you do now? Sam: I am working as a yacht captain in Palma on Orso 3. We’ve set up 3 companies back in the UK so far so that when the time comes for me to hang up my captain’s hat (which probably won’t be too far away!) then I’ll have plenty to keep me busy back in the UK.

one of them! We have big plans for the future and the response has already been amazing - thank you!

JP: I now own a business that supports local businesses in Cheshire England. We work with over 30 local artisans and food producers in the county showcasing what is on offer and we are growing on a monthly basis. It is like a family and I love working with each and everyone

Sam: Take a risk, be confident and enjoy the process.

Do you have any advice for fellow yachties about going land-based?

JP: If you really want to achieve something, then do it! Only you are in charge of your own destiny and no matter what negative people

you meet along the way try to say, just believe in yourself! We are all born the same and have the choice to become whoever we want to be - YOU GOT THIS! Oh and follow us on Facebook and Instagram Cheshire Quality! ______________________________________ Interview By: Melanie Winters (+34) 646 897 378

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What did you do before yachting and how did your yachting career first begin? After finishing school, I did a TEFL course and with the dream of teaching English in South America. After teaching at a language school in Johannesburg for 2 years, I got a call from my brother, whom had been working on the yachts in Mallorca for a few years. He suggested I join him. I hopped on a plane and shortly after landed what would be the hardest job of life, a sole stew/cook on a 30m Bandido Explorer based in Alcudia, Mallorca. What has been your favourite boat you’ve worked on and why? This is a tough question as I have truly enjoyed all the boats I have worked on and the crew I have worked with. M/Y Seaflower would have to take the number one spot. I worked on the boat both as the 2nd Stew and then returned later as the Chief Stew. My first season with them we had an itinerary took us around almost the whole of the Mediterranean, the owners made sure the crew had a couple of days off in every country. It was a dream come true to visit these places and not just see them through the porthole (which is a blessing non the less). The owners would host crew dinner parties for us, where they insisted on doing all the cooking and service. They would invite us each at different times to enjoy a glass of wine on the bow just to learn more about our families and backgrounds. They never missed a beat and would remember every detail. They made us all feel at home and part of a family. They expected a high standard and the amazing crew all worked so well together to give them that in return it was always appreciated. What are the best and worst parts about working on-board? The best parts about working onboard would be the places it’s taken me and people I’ve met. We are so extremely lucky to visit so many countries and even more be the small

percentage of people in the world that get to see all these countries from a boat. Not many people can say they have seen the coastline from Spain all the way up to Italy and beyond. The friendships made are differently on the top of my list, I’ve worked and grown so much thanks to the crew that became my family. However that’s also my worst part about working on boats, people always leave, whether it’s you leaving for the next charter or season or crew leaving to pursue other dreams. Make the best of the time you have together for it may be years if ever that your paths cross again. How do you keep sane on charter?

After lunch there would be an extremely well planned out treasure hunt that would have the children (sometimes even the adults) entertained and laughing all the way. Especially when it finished with one of the Officers having to literally walk the plank by the swords of the children, the joy on their faces was priceless. What is your signature cocktail? A freshly made frozen margarita always goes down a treat on a hot summers day, and it definitely gets the party started. What is your favourite yachting destination?

I try stay away from social media during the season as it is so easy to get caught up in the envy of friends enjoying a Friday night out when you’ve been on charter non stop for months and still a couple more to go. I like to set a daily routine for when I’m on my break, exercise for at least 30mins, complete a Spanish lesson, check in with family and friends, and have a 20min power nap.

Croatia blew my mind, with an array of secluded almost untouched anchorages, where we would tie up right onto the rocks, the water was so crystal clear you could see every rock on the seabed. It was so peaceful and quiet, all you could hear were the Sicada Beetles and the splashes of the guest enjoying snorkeling and exploring. Dubrovnik, with its high outer city walls and polished cobble streets was something from a medieval fairytale.

What are your best strategies for spoiling charter guests?

If you owned a superyacht, what would you do differently?

I always think adding a personal touch is important, every guest is unique and finding out their whips and whims is a must. Making their holiday as stress free and fun as possible and anticipating their wants before they can even ask. I also like to write each guest a personal thank you note the night before they leave. We try get some candid Polaroid pictures of them enjoying their stay onboard that they can keep as memorabilia.

I would encourage the crew to be themselves while still providing a high standard of service. I think it’s important for guests to realise we are all just normal people at the end of the day and not just robots.

What’s the coolest thing you have done for guests? While working as the 2nd Stew onboard M/Y Icon. We often had theme days, where the whole crew would get involved. The Pirate Theme was always a favourite of mine. All the crew all took on a different character with fancy dress, decor and table settings to match.

What is your on-board pet hate? When anyone takes the bin bag out and doesn’t replace the bag. I also have a thing about towels lining up on the railing and the open fold facing away from the door. What career achievement are you most proud of? Having worked as the Seasonal 2nd Stew on M/Y Seaflower a 40m Feadship in 2012. I then left to work onboard M/Y Fountainhead and 88m Feadship. A few months later I was




the Masters walk-in wardrobe that led into the bathroom. One of the other stews and I started singing and dancing. Thinking all the guests where at the breakfast table, know one could possible hear us. I had my eyes closed, swaying my hips up and down, air guitar and head banging to the awful sound of my own voice. Unknowingly the boss had opened the sliding door and had witnessed our entire performance. I obviously burst out into a nervous giggle that I could not control. He did not find it amusing at all, and the more he glared at me the more I could not control my laughter. I quickly gathered my stuff and was out of there. I was mortified, he wasn’t the friendliest of people and I honestly thought I was going to get fired. What’s your favourite adventure in Mallorca? contacted by the Captain and owners of Seaflower to return as their Chief Stew for the following season. I was only 23, I remember doubting my ability and skills, I am proud I stepped up and took on the challenge. Best housekeeping tip/hack? Don’t use alcohol to clean mirrors and windows, it creates a slight oil build up and after a few days will become all smeary and cloudy. Vinegar and water, or just a hot damp cloth followed by a dry glass cloth. Also, Downy wrinkle release is a must to save time when ironing the beds is not possible. Tell us about your funniest embarrassing moment on board. I had only been on-board this boat for a few days and encountered the boss a handful of times when this happened. Whilst cleaning

Mallorca offers so much, from hikes in the mountains to an abundance of beautiful secluded bays to explore. There is always a different adventure to embark on. If I had to choose one, it would be watching the sunset with a picnic from the rocks near Cala Blava, it’s quiet, peaceful and relaxing as the water gently hits the rocks and the sun sets across the bay. If you could give your 20-year old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Print more photos and back up hard drives, it’s always nice to have a hardcopy of your memories and devastating when you lose them all. Invest as soon as you can, it’s easy to get caught up in spending your money on irrelevant items you thought you needed at the time. Spoil yourself but be realistic about it. What’s your plan for the future? I am loving the boat that I am on now, it’s

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From epic travel adventures that grip you with wanderlust to detailed biographies that give you a fresh perspective on life, books are powerful, inspiring and simply good for the soul. May is ‘Get Caught Reading Month’ - a month to celebrate that you’re a bookish nerd, come out of your bookish nook, and get caught reading! How to celebrate? You just need to stick your nose into your newest page-turner and forget about others’ opinions. Take out your favourite read and devour it on deck after work, take some time to read while on your tea break and keep that book by your side while you’re waiting for the guests to turn in for the night. Lifestyle emporium Rialto Living boasts a

wealth of the most gorgeous books to whet your peripatetic, artistic and cultural appetite. In fact, oodles of new books have just arrived in-store, which means there are plenty of new subjects to choose from. Some previously bought favourites include timeless classics such as Great Expectations, a portfolio of Milan-based label Etro’s designs, one that showcases Damien Hirst’s work, and High Tide, a brilliant photographic collection capturing Chris Burkard’s travels. Burkard’s incredible photography evokes the feeling of warm white island-sand squishing between your toes and cold white Norwegian snow stinging your face. All of Rialto Living’s carefully selected books are the kind of beautifully bound books that boast incredible photography – the kind whose

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favourites is a very decadent but beautifully presented pressed foie gras with black truffles and green asparagus jelly (see photo). It's true that some terrines or pâté such as this one can be a bit too time-consuming and technical for the home cook. But If you want to whip up a simple, classic parfait de foies de volaille, you basically only have to devote yourself to a bit of butter-clarifying, brandy-flambeeing and chicken-liver-sieving or blending and its job done!

SMOOTH CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT WITH ONION-APRICOT CHUTNEY Ingredients (serves 6-8) 350g unsalted butter 500g chicken livers, trimmed and soaked in cold milk for at least 2 hours 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

There's something rather impressive about a homemade terrine or pâté - and they can be surprisingly easy, and cheap, to make. For some reason, they lie just outside the repertoire of a lot of professional cooks these days and very few young chefs have really taken the time to learn the even the basics skills of classic charcuterie. That’s a real shame as charcuterie is the wonderful art of making pâté, terrines, Rillettes, galantines, sausages and other cured, smoked and preserved meats and we need to get back to those basic skills every now and then. When I first started on my journey to becoming a chef, professional kitchens were divided into sections and the “saucier” was always considered the glamour job but I was always drawn to the “Garde manger”, occasionally mislabeled as the cold section or the salad station. In reality, this can be the most exciting and skill testing of all the stations in a kitchen. I mean you may not get to prepare all those fancy sauces and cook tenderloins and lamb racks, but lets be honest, any cook worth his salt should be able to take a piece of tender meat, season and cook it properly. In the unfashionable world of the “garde Manger”, you had to take few very unglamorous cuts of fatty meat and a couple of kilos of chicken’s livers and turn them into something special… now that takes real skill and dedication.

2 tbsp brandy 4 tbsp cream Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Garnish 80g clarified butter* A few fresh sage leaves

To make your clarified butter, heat the butter in a pan over a very low heat. Cook very slowly for 15-20 minutes until completely separated. Skim the clear butter off the top place in a bowl. Set aside about 80 grams to cover. Drain the chicken livers and pat dry with a clean kitchen cloth. Heat a little of clarified butter over a gentle flame and add the chopped onion, garlic & thyme. Cook for 1-2 minutes to soften and then add the chicken livers. Cook gently for 3-4 minutes and add the brandy to the pan. Flambé the brandy and add the cream. Place in a food processor and blend until smooth with the rest of the warm, melted clarified butter. Season well with sea salt & freshly ground pepper. Pass through a fine sieve and pour the mixture into individual ramekin or bowls. Cover each one with a little clarified butter, a couple of sage leaves and a pinch of sea salt. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to set. Serve with chutney and toasted chunky bread. *Clarified butter is a form of “clean” butter where certain solids are removed and only the pure butterfat remains. Unsalted butter is slowly melted, allowing the milk solids to separate from the transparent golden liquid and for any water to evaporate. Milk solids also cause the butter to spoil, or become rancid so clarifying the butter ensures that when you use it to cook certain things they will have a longer shelf life.

At the restaurant we normally keep a terrine of some description on the menu, as I still love them today and it is a great vehicle for chefs to showcase some basic skills. One of my

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ONION & APRICOT CHUTNEY 2 large onions, finely sliced 12 dried apricots, chopped 200ml orange juice 2tbsp sherry vinegar 2tbsp brown sugar Seasoning A knob of butter Heat the butter in a saucepan over a gentle flame. Add the sliced onions, chopped apricots, orange juice, sugar and sherry vinegar. Cover with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. Season to taste. Place in a jar and cool for at least 4 hours.



SIMPLE DUCK RILLETTE You can buy duck confit already cooked, although they are very simple to prepare. Spread a little rock salt in the bottom of the dish and place the duck legs on top in a single layer. Place a couple of garlic cloves and a few sprigs of fresh thyme around them. Sprinkle a good amount of rock salt on top. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the duck legs from the salt, wash them lightly in cold water and dry them. Preheat the oven to 140˚C/275˚F/Gas Mark 1. Put the legs with garlic and herbs into a heavy dish, add duck fat, cover with a lid and cook for 3 hours until the meat comes easily away from the bone. Do not brown; add a little water if necessary. Ingredients (serves 6) 4 confit duck legs, skinned 1 garlic clove, crushed 150g duck fat 1tbs chopped parsley

Tiny pinch of nutmeg A splash of brandy A couple of fresh thyme sprigs Rock sal Freshly ground black pepper

Strip the meat from the bones into the bowl of a food processor. Melt the duck fat and add about 100g to moisten the meat. Add the, garlic, parsley & nutmeg. Season with sea salt & black pepper. Pulse the meat several times to combine all the ingredients, taking care not to overwork the mixture. Divide the mixture between sterilised jars or ramekins, pressing it down to remove any pockets of air. Pick the leaves from the sprigs of thyme. Cover the surface of the rillette with the last of the melted fat and sprinkle over the thyme. Seal the jars tightly. Store in the fridge and eat within one week. Serve with peach & saffron chutney and toasted bread.

LAUNDRY AND COVID19 a specific time at that temperature. The industrial detergents containing PAP6 are very harsh and of high alkalinity and though they are suitable for cotton bed linen and towels, they are not recommended for wool or silk and fine fabrics. This process does NOT work in a domestic machine as the maintenance of temperature for a specific amount of time, is not possible. Currently, whether your laundry is done onboard or sent ashore, the processes, in the main, only dilute the quantity of viruses and not necessarily kill them.

Although this notice may not be relevant at the moment, it is worth considering for future charters and owner/guest trips. As much as the Covid19 virus ‘reportedly’ has a limited lifespan on textiles, it is imperative that our clients have confidence that their bed linen and towels, robes, cushions and throws etc are virus free, especially after quick turn overs and changes of guests on board. As a member of the Guild of Cleaners and Launderers (GCL)UK, I adhere to their standards and am continuously updated on their research. My detergent supplier, Kreussler Textile Products, work to Robert Koch Institute

standards in Germany (German law). Following research by the GCL, we know that micro-organisms do survive on textiles for some time. The Klebsiella Pneumoniae can survive on wool for 28 days and on cotton for 11 days and as it is pneumonia that is the result of contracting Covid19, we have to be vigilant. 100% Polyester carries the micro-organism for only 5 days but it is still a long time to carry infection, especially in a busy industry like ours. In our normal laundry process, the GCL have proven that washing with detergent alone will not eliminate micro-organisms, including viruses, unless a bactericide such as a peroxy bleach (PAP6) is used at 60c and held for

As a launderer, going forward, I should be able to return an item that is free from microorganisms, as well as free from stains and creases and with the guidance of Kreussler, I offer reassurance to my clients that my detergents not only contain PAP6 but they also carry the ECO mark. I also have a rinse agent for silk, wool and sensitive fabrics that will eliminate micro-organisms to the same affect and of course with no damage to the fabric. Should you require any further information, whether you are a client or your laundry is managed onboard, I am happy to advise, as research is ongoing. _____________________________________ The Linen Basket, Antibes +33(0)6 41 50 56 76




NOT ALL MATTRESSES ARE CREATED EQUAL mattress made entirely to measure. In short, you should never cut back on the budget for sleeping comfort when people spend 30% of their time sleeping! Neptune mattresses have been specially developed to offer optimum comfort and support for all persons on board. In combination with our custom made slat systems, mattress protectors, bedding and luxury bed linen,you will have everything you need for the perfect nights sleep! So yes, not all mattresses are created equal! A Neptune mattress is manufactured from only the most comfortable, durable and healthiest of materials. Each mattress is provided with a high-quality fire-retardant blue or off-white mattress cover (ticking) with an Airflow™ border and as a result, our mattresses offer unrivalled comfort, support and ventilation.

Choosing a mattress based on price alone can be a false economy. What do you think are the reasons why some superyachts skimp on sleeping comfort? Especially in the crew cabins, when in fact they are actually the most important people on board! Don’t all crew simply deserve a comfortable and healthy place to sleep? For charter guests too, sleeping comfort is often overlooked and therefore the mattresses provided can be of poor quality, even when these guests pay enormous amounts of money to charter the yacht for a week. Some captains or management companies tell us that there is no budget for it, but is this really the case? There are many providers of customised boat mattresses. Unfortunately, many of these companies work with cheap raw materials whilst trying to meet the price expectations of some superyachts and still make a profit for themselves. In addition, many countries do not even have access to high quality raw materials. In Holland, the superior cold foams we use are manufactured in the Netherlands. The unsurpassed Vita-Talalay latex is made in Maastricht. This latex material can also be used in combination with pocket springs produced in Germany. The best flame retardant mattress covers and finishing materials are also all manufactured in the Netherlands where quality is key. We do not need to tell you about the craftsmanship of a Neptune. It is the best of the best. We simply do not settle for less.

We are always looking for ways of developing new durable and healthy raw materials for our mattresses. Recently, the new comfort foam Pantera® Nautic has been developed especially for Neptune - a dream for the entire crew. Think of the investement another way…If you drink one cup of coffee, one glass of beer or one glass house wine less a week…you can purchase one of our best mattresses. A good night's sleep costs +/- €0,30 per night which is comparable to one cup of coffee, glass of house wine or a glass of beer per week. A bad mattress is too expensive at any price and a bad night’s sleep, normally accompanied with back pain simply cannot be expressed in terms of money. The person also has to go back and sleep in the same awful bed again, night after night. Comparisons mattresses for all persons on board (Cost per week for at least the next seven years) This is based on 7 years. In general, a good mattress can sometimes last 10 years or more. Everything depends on how you handle the mattress and the weight of the person sleeping on it. Average pricing for crew cabins 90cm wide is +/- € 450,00 to €770,00. You understand that the mattress for the price of € 450,00 is budget entry quality. For € 770,00 you can have a premium quality Pantera® Nautic which is mould and dust mite resistant and guaranteed for 7 years for structural stability. This quality also meets the strict IMO standards, which can also be very important for chartering superyachts. This is the average price for a

Neptune is represented on the Balearic Islands by Melanie Winters and she is based in Palma de Mallorca. We recently opened a unique experience centre / showroom in central Palma.Visiting clients can lay down and “experience” the comfort and support of Neptune mattresses in 7 full size beds. They have 18 different qualities of mattresses for them to choose from in multiple supports and thicknesses. There is no excuse for poor quality mattresses! For more information contact Melanie or visit the showroom. ______________________________________ Experience centre and office Avinguda de Joan Miro 3-e, Palma, Spain (+34) 646 897 378 (+31) 228 743 000 Monday to friday from 09.00-12.00 or anytime by appointment




IN THE GALLEY WITH JAMES SMYTH Who is your food hero (dead or alive) and why? Andrew McConnell, I’ve been following him through Melbourne for years. Some very innovative concepts from when I first started in the industry and still going.

Name: James Smyth Years’ Experience as a chef: 19 years

What three ingredients could you not live without?

Nationality: Australian / Irish What are you doing/where are you working? Enjoying some coronavirus!




Seaweed, chilli, ginger. What are your three favorite cookbooks and why? Ben Shewry, Origin. Absolutely love the food Ben is doing at Attica, I love the detail of going through where he grew up and his use of foraged produce. Charlie Trotter, Desserts. One of the first cookbooks I ever bought as a 16 year-old, I still flick through is to this day. Peter Gilmore, Quay. From the combination of techniques and ingredients in these recipes, you can see why Quay is one of the best in Australia. What three kitchen gadgets could you not live without? Japanese Mandolin machine, microplane.



What piece of equipment should every yacht have in the galley? Thermomix

What music do you listen to in the galley (if at all)?

What would you say are some of the most overrated ingredients?

Anything from Nirvana to Infected Mushroom! Half the time it will just be me singing to myself though!

Black Truffle and Chia Seeds

Best galley tip/hack?

What would you say are some of the most underrated ingredients?

Preparation – especially before the season kicks off. Anything you can make in larger quantities, vacuum and freeze/store to make your life easier while under the pump.

Beetroot, Bacalhau What has been the most popular (or requested dish) on a yacht by a guest so far? Tuna Tartare If you were a guest on a yacht, who would you want to cook for you and why? Dan Hunter. His food is delicious, innovative and all round awesome.

What is the most difficult location you have ever had to provision in? And what bit of advice can you give to figure out where to go? Kerala in India. As much as I loved being in India it was a nightmare to try and go provisioning. From the amount of traffic to the process of just getting the food through security in the ports. If in India, sort a driver and do a LOT of research beforehand. Don’t rely on agents.


What is the hardest part of your job? For me it has been provisioning in extremely remote places around Asia and South East Asia. I was provisioning in Sarong, West Papua last year while there was political unrest and riots happening. Internet was turned off, credit cards wouldn’t work and cash withdrawals were limited. I had to get creative then just to fill the fridges. What do you see as being the biggest challenge for chefs in the industry moving forward? One thing that is not talked about but should be more openly… Mental health. A lot of well known chefs have struggled silently with dire consequences. What would you say to people who stereotype chefs as being prima donnas with big egos? Never judge a book by its cover. What is your attitude toward crew with dietary requirements? Anyone who genuinely has an allergy or intolerance I am more than happy to cater for. Whatever is the latest movement in Hollywood or with Influencers on social media shouldn’t be the chef’s problem though.



What is the weirdest most bizarre thing you have ever been asked to cook?

If you weren’t a chef, what would you want to be?

Horse Mortadella

Test driver for Lamborghini!!

Name something you have cooked for guests that you are most proud of? I had to do a 7 course Russian dinner for guests, last minute in the Maldives. The boss was extremely happy. When you are interviewing a chef to work for you, how do you know if they are any good? Generally speaking, I look for the way someone moves around a galley/kitchen. If they move with any sort of purpose or just move like they’re in slow motion. Also the way they talk about food, I can generally hear in their voice if its something they love or just do for the next pay check. What one thing should all chefs do to help the environment? Limit the amount of single use plastics, buy containers with lids so there should be less cling film used. Even though there are water makers still try to use as little water as possible. What one thing can chefs do to limit food wastage? Proper portioning, not over provisioning.





The present pandemic of Covid-19 continues escalating rapidly, and it seems that there is little that will prevent further spread other than stringent restriction and social distancing control. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done in terms of treating the virus directly, and there is no accurate test for the virus that can be performed outside hospital. However, there are two practical things that can be done to mitigate the risks presented by Covid-19: • Early identification of 'Red Flag' symptoms and signs that may indicate the onset of disease caused by Covid-19; • Early oxygen therapy whilst arrangements are made for transfer to a medical facility. EARLY IDENTIFICATION SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS




The most serious complication of Covid-19 infection is shortness of breath and subsequent respiratory failure. Identifying any deterioration at an early stage will enable timely and effective introduction of supportive measures, and planning for transfer to a definitive medical facility in good time. This is all about knowing about 'Red Flags' and spotting them early. The main ones are an increased respiratory rate, lowered oxygen blood levels, and raised temperature. The new edition of the Ship Captain's Medical Guide for the MCA , which was published in the autumn of 2019 provides some good reference points. An underlying principle of the new guide are algorithms to guide immediate targeted treatment, incorporating Red Flags as part of recognising serious medical and trauma problems early. The algorithms for Shortness of Breath (p26), and also Infections & Sepsis (both pertinent for Covid-19 infections) (pg40) COMMONLY- ASKED QUESTIONS • How can I get protective and hygiene equipment? As you will no doubt have gathered from the media; all items are in very short supply and in high demand. Governments and hospitals have complete priority of supply. Suppliers have hiked up prices considerably and so sourcing remains very challenging.

• Vaccination? You will also have heard that several vaccines are being developed. These will become available towards the end of the year, so some time away yet. Again, they are not 100% effective, but will be worthwhile to have once available.

• PCR - based on nasal and throat swabs. Accuracy 70-80% or so. Based on viral load, so comes positive reasonably quickly (say within ten days or so), but may be falsely negative if the test is done too early. Laboratorybased testing.

• Feeling unwell? if you have a fever, persistent cough, short of breath and perhaps a loss of taste or smell, either contact your telemedical support service, or a local hospital for further assessment. • Testing & Covid-19 testing kits? A rather complex subject, and no completely straightforward answer. But as a starting point, no test is completely 100% accurate.

• Immunoglobulin (usually IgG) - a rapid test, with variable results. Becomes more reliable after a couple of weeks or more after the onset of symptoms. So a bit delayed. Some labs are claiming great accuracy, which may be the case, but that is some weeks after the onset of symptoms.

In terms of C-19 testing, there are two main types:

PCR Testing can be arranged – Swabs would need to be sent to the yacht, you would need to take the samples and then send back to a laboratory, where they would be tested. Before




an individual is tested, they would have to be in isolation for at least a week beforehand. And as I mentioned above, still not 100% accurate. Most labs will only test people who are symptomatic, rather than just screening, and obviously tests remain in short supply. As you will have read in the media, the UK Government has yet to use a point-of-care test (an IgG based test) due to doubts about efficacy, with good reason. IgM tests are reported to be quite unreliable. • Antibody testing – This is a blood test and not intended to identify an infection but only confirms that you have had the coronavirus even if you have never felt sick and usually only 3 weeks later. So an antibody test will determine if you have been infected but not if you have developed immunity and for how long after an infection. These are questions that experts are still seeking answers for and until then we won’t really know the true value of having antibodies. MANAGING CREW AND EVENTUALLY OWNER / GUESTS MOVEMENTS This presents significant logistical problems for yachts with crew rotation programs and crew and or guests returning to the yacht. In time, there will be a point-of-care test, but any such test will not be 100% accurate, and will always be subject to the exact point in the disease process when the test is performed. In terms of a quarantine period of 14 days, this is more or less the accepted period internationally, but there is certainly evidence that a small number of people may become symptomatic after this period. So continual surveillance is always going to be a mainstay of good care on board. A certain way of reducing risk is to reduce crew turnover, and limit contact on/off the vessel. Easy to say but difficult to put in to action. ______________________________________ MSOS Nick Stael von Holstein

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NOURISH’S WELLBEING ROUND-UP As we sit here in our home office thinking about what May will bring here on Mallorca, it’s not easy to guide you, our Nourish community, on the island’s wellbeing happenings this month. One thing we do know for certain is that this period of isolation has made us value the beauty and splendour of what is on our doorstep even more, as we eagerly anticipate getting back into nature, and spending time with friends and loved ones again. That is why this month the Nourish wellbeing roundup is focusing on supporting small local businesses once lockdown is over, while nurturing ourselves as well, to make the transition back to health and normality (for us and our island home) smooth. Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy May, The Nourish Team.x

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LOCAL PRODUCE = BEST PRODUCE Support our local farmers and contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions from unnecessary transport by doing your fruit and vege shop at your neighbourhood fruteria. Not only is this good for our local economy and the environment, but fresh, seasonal produce tastes much better than imported! Instead of using single-use plastic bags we always take our Viveco produce bags which are practical and look great too. Viveco stocks produce bags in voile or mesh, as well as gorgeous string shopping bags, and cute cotton totes. Your vege haul never looked so chic!

INTROSPECTION & REFLECTION Perhaps like us, you’ve used some of the lockdown period to do some selfreflection (in between Netflix binges!). Habits like journaling are great things to keep up with post lockdown, although it can be hard to discipline yourself with these self-care practices when everyday life takes over again. Alamar makes it a little bit easier to carve out space in the day for writing and introspection with their gorgeous notebooks. The cover designs reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle and culture, and you won’t need any convincing to pull them out to jot down your thoughts or do some gratitude journaling. Alamar produces sustainable and environmentally friendly products and donate part of their profits to social projects in the Mediterranean – even more reason to support this local business.

PROTECT OUR OCEANS We’ve been following our friends at Save the Med during lockdown and making use of their free educational resources and expert Live Lessons via their website. After witnessing the effects that staying at home and consuming less has had on our environment, we’re super keen to keep tackling the issue of plastic pollution and how it affects our ecosystems here in the Balearics. A digital Dos Manos School Programme package has been made publicly available online so that everyone interested in the subject, no matter how old you are or where you live, can learn about the problems of, and solutions to, plastic pollution and engage in meaningful activities to help save the Med from home! You can find it at dos-manos/

LOCAL SLOW FASHION We can’t wait to ditch the daytime pyjamas and have an excuse to dress up again, which is why we’ve been browsing through the beautiful SUNVIBES collection online and planning our first outfits back out in public! Italian fashion designer Elisa Bozzolini designs and makes each piece at her studio here in Palma, and each garment is made of Italian fabric, printed with her original hand drawn designs. We can attest that these unique, sustainable, boho style pieces will be treasured and worn season after season.

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THE ROYAL WELLNESS GROUP INTERVIEW (PART 2) can actually be mindful washing up. People you don't necessarily need to be sitting cross-legged. Jaime And to me. I get better meditation out of cleaning dishes than I do sitting in lotus. SuperYacht Radio Well feel free to come to my house anytime and do some meditation..

SuperYacht Radio The topic as we were starting was the resurgence of holistic health and wellness awareness. Mindfulness I know is one of the things you involve in your retreat now meditation certainly has been much longer based but mindfulness I think is kind of the next step. That's a lot more accessible to people as well. Jaime Of course mindfulness isn't a practice, mindfulness I think is a lifestyle philosophy. You know it can be applied to the way that you do business. It could be applied to the way that you exercise, it can be applied to the way that you practice intimacy with your partner. It's it's an overlaid perception into real world. And so in order to achieve I think a state of mindfulness or Samadhi or Nirvana if you will, if you want to get into the Sanskrit terms. Yes, much practice needs to come through that, you know, daily meditation, sign up for a yoga studio, watch some online videos by some of these gurus like Sadguru or Prem Baba or Osho, if he was still alive, but just kind of feeling the vibrations and transmissions of a higher being in a sense, will allow you to absorb the energy and teachings like a sponge over time. SuperYacht Radio I think I mean one of the things I love is that it's also it's the being in a moment so you

Jaime Ha Ha, no problem. Would love to! So whatever works for you, you know, is our ethos, at the end of the day. You know, we're not here to teach you a prescribed method because in fact everything that we do at Royal Wellness is completely per-sonalised and bespoke, tailored to the individual and their personal health interests. We put individuals through a number of different assessments. Some of them using technology. Some of them are just more therapeutic consultations. But it's to really figure out how a person ticks. And once we understand the inner clock that we're dealing with, we can then assign them a specific yoga style, a specific meditation practice, a specific diet, which will in a sense be very different than what their col-league or brother might be experiencing when they're both partaking in one of our wellness retreats. SuperYacht Radio So going back to when you were setting it up, you had from your previous experi-ence a kind of network of global practitioners around the world… Jaime Well at that time it wasn't quite global because the business that I was working with was located in Asia and so our attempt was to pull people from them from the near-by communities which was quite easy because most of these healers and shamans and people that are onto the holistic path; most of them have moved away from the West in order to

work on themselves and work on their practice. So for us it was kind of just pulling people out of our backyard. Now these are exceptional healers and this is one of the main reasons I wanted to do this, as I was noticing this paradigm of healers working on other healers and I said t myself “What a what a waste of potential”. So I was like “why not just bring this value and injected into the matrix”, if you want to call it that, and really work on people who are deserving of these of these treatments as well as influential people, and perhaps through working on some of these damaged hearts and disappointed minds, it might just translate to a more conscious world to live in. SuperYacht Radio So if you can, the upper high net worth individuals. And funny I was reading it dur-ing the week of what a difference that can make when one of them become a lead-er. Jeff Bezos has just offered 8 percent of his fortune for climate change. And you know, one of the great things as well hopefully others will take the same step. Somebody has done it. Jaime It's just being more conscious idea towards yourself, towards the planet, towards all sentient beings. Even Bill Gates, with the construction of his new hydro yacht - Even though I’ve been told that is fake news. But just even the notion that some-thing like that is about to embark on the water. This is a huge leap forward in what we consider to be mainstream science or, you know, things along those lines. So I think yes, it does take the leaders to move forward a new paradigm. Trying to work from the bottom up; it just doesn't really seem to work. So we do need to work to-wards a trickle down approach. SuperYacht Radio So in your kind of belief or philosophy if you can have these owners of the super yachts experience this holistic health and holistic wellness, it will have a knock-on effect to how they operate. Jaime Yes. This is this is the vision. That it will have an effect perhaps at a low level, where they might just switch from plastic bottles to glass bottles on their boats, to the most ideal situation where they start a charity that's consciously based that's donat-ing to various organizations and that all was a result of working with Royal Well-ness for two to three weeks. These are the kind of transformations that we want to help people achieve! Royal Wellness, in a sense, is somebody is first stepping stone towards a positive lifestyle change. We're not into the gimmicks or the Mickey Mouse club or the fluff. We're really here to do proper sincere work for people that are as sincere as we are about this kind of work. ______________________________________ This interview is provided in 6 parts in 6 editions of The Islander (April – September 2020).


WHATS ON MALLORCA #RISE AND GRIND Bodyweight Exercise series: I have been trying to provide #FitnessInspiration - The bringing together of people all over the world to workout. In all honesty I cannot take all the credit for this - my loyal side kick, a naughty whippet called Lilly who has taken quite a shine to the camera, makes a star appearance. We are hoping not to be put in the box with all the other thousands of #onlinetraining videos - as I am sure many of you can vouch that we have longevity - training many of you for the last 15 years in palma de Mallorca - formerly being located in STP. Every weekday I am doing a "live" group workout on my facebook page. If you have yet to be my friend then please send me a friend request and sign up - simply log into my page (Katie Handyside). If you are not on Facebook then please follow me on Instagram and keep checking the website as videos will be loaded there in future (work in progress). This is my attempt at helping out in a bit of a rubbish situation so please share with your colleagues, families and friends. PLEASE SUPPORT BY TUNING INTO MY LIVE FACEBOOK WORKOUTS EVERY WEEKDAY 11.00 on my facebook page. ALSO ON MY PAGE YOU WILL FIND TONS OF DIFFERENT BODY WEIGHT WORKOUTS ALL OF WHICH CAN BE DONE IN A SPACE THE SIZE OF A MAT.


WHATS BEEN COOKING? Now is the time to keep yourself especially healthy and your immune system strong. Experts recommend Vitamin D - especially if you suffer from any breathing related illnesses. Also Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant and one easy for you to keep topped up. Vitamin D: Some are able to absorb through the sun without sunblock - 20 minutes a day, however if you are not making it outside too much due to the lockdown or if you are missing the gene which prevents you turning sunshine into Vitamin D then try the foods below. If you are taking synthetic Vitamin D it is said to also combine K2 to prevent calcification. The two work synergistically to improve and maintain proper bone health. Try to use natural foods as much as possible. Fatty fish: mackerel, salmon, sardines & tuna Dairy products: yogurt & cheese, beef liver and egg yolks Vitamin C: Including Red peppers, green peppers, citrus foods (lemons, oranges, grapefruit, Kiwi, Cruciferous vegetables) broccoli , cauliflower, brussel sprouts, tomatos, papaya, guava, cantaloupe, strawberries and other berries. Do bear in mind we cannot produce Vitamin C so it is essential for you to make sure you take in optimum levels - further it is water soluble so you need to keep replacing it. Cooking may reduce the amount of Vitamin C left in the foods so make sure you mix up raw and cooked foods. Lots of salads! Eat a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits daily.

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KATIE HANDYSIDE PERSONAL TRAINING & NUTRITION I am a fully qualified Personal / Group Training instructor and Sports Nutritionalist as well as a Health and Fitness Journalist based in Palma since 2006. I had a training studio in STP for over 5 years where I worked with numerous yacht crew but today, I have refined my services to Mobile Training. I have worked with racing sail teams in Porto Cervo, aboard Superyachts for the owners. I have done Personalised Training, Group Training and Nutritional Plans for literally 1000´s of yacht crew along with organising outdoors excursions. I have completed every triathlon and bike sportif on the island over the last 10+ years and now focus on weight training, mountain runs and hikes. I have competed in everything from obstacle course racing, bike sportifs and triathlon to jungle trekking, sea swims and canoeing. My work is my passion. Do you want to feel great about yourself? My mission is to support you in achieving a healthier lifestyle, having more energy and a body you feel great in. Check out my other articles on Instagram and FB where I refer to Nutritional and Exercise protocols to keep you young, energised and kicking butt! Please give me a like and share and help me to make time to give you new information regularly.

ONLINE TRAINING TESTIMONIALS: “You make my day, every day - I even do your workouts at weekends! I lived in Mallorca and never had the opportunity of meeting Katie, however, due to the Coronavirus Lockdown situation, I discovered Katie on Facebook doing live daily classes and WOW! She is awesome! I start my morning with a Katie workout and feel raring to go for the rest of the day. In just 2 weeks, I could see a huge improvement in my tone and definition. I even have a six pack appearing!!! Thank you, Katie! Highly recommend her as a trainer, she has an amazing personality, is as mad as a hatter and that's what keeps you coming back for more! xx Would I recommend? Yes!" - Carol Bloom


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Collagen has become one of most appreciated cosmeceuticals due to its unique properties. This protein is essential for keeping skin smooth and radiant. Collagen’s main function is to keep the right balance in dermis structure, strengthen its most internal layers and to provide skin with nutrition and hydration. What is more, this animal protein strengthens bones, joints and muscles. It is necessary to hydrolyse collagen in order to make it effective, this way we make sure that our body absorbs it efficiently. Adding antioxidants such as vitamin C or E to the formula is ideal because they boost the final effect by protecting the skin from free radicals which are responsible for premature skin aging. Collagen is a really efficient complement combined with a healthy lifestyle. The dose of collagen compound is a key to its effectiveness. Various research sources suggest that the formulas should have between 2.5 g and 10g of hydrolysed collagen (generally of porcine origin). Providing collagen through food is difficult as it is mostly found in animal bones, joints and skin. According to the latest clinical research, collagen supplements boost skin elasticity and hydration. It is recommendable to take them during the period of 8 to 24 weeks, after breakfast and to avoid taking them with other proteinrich foodstuffs. The results vary, depending on personal level of oxidation, factors such as tobacco consumption and excessive sun exposure hinder the positive effects. Basing on the dose requirements, composition and high quality, these are our favourite collagen products:

Unique Pink Collagen contains 5g of collagen, hyaluronic acid, zinc, astaxanthin, pine, silicon, magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin C, β-carotene, coenzyme Q10 and selenium. Apart from this incredible composition of antioxidants, Unique Pink Collagen also has inulin, as probiotic, and 17 plants including turmeric, ginger, mint and black pepper. Thanks to this composition, it improves hydration and skin elasticity, it helps to drain eye bags and it has antioxidant properties. Furthermore, it improves gut flora, proper functioning of intestinal track and nutrient absorption. The dose is two measuring spoons a day dissolved in 200ml of water, herbal tea or juice. The result is a delicious drink with Camu-Camu fruit flavour. Lierac Premium Capslues contain 15,5mg of collagen, 10mg of hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E, zinc and selenium as antioxidants. The formula also contains argan oil, borage oil, turmeric and brewer’s yeast. The recommendable dose is one capsule a day, preferably in the morning. This is an excellent product for mature and dry skin. It is also perfect for prematurely-aged skin due to sun exposure and for those who want the highest level of skin care with only one capsule a day. ______________________________________ Maria José Miquel Obrador Pharmacist in charge Pharmacy Progrés Pza Progrés 1, Santa Catalina, Palma (+34) 971 733 021

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NERVE ROOT IRRITATION The spine is made up of 32 vertebrae, each one articulating with the one above and the one below. The Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral vertebrae all have slightly different angulations of attachment to their above and below vertebrae according to their functional level in the spine. Between each cylindrical shaped vertebral bone is a disc, which acts as a hydraulic absorber of compression down the spine. The disc absorbs shock just like your car suspension, to protect the nerve roots which emerge from gaps between each vertebra. These gaps are called intervertebral foramina. The foramina are mightily under strain with our activities of daily life and are susceptible to arthritic forms of wear and tear which may be related to occupations requiring heavy lifting such as a builder, engineer or extreme sportsman. Under heavy loading, the outer edges of the foramen gap may start to produce “osteophytes” which are bony spurs and can grow enough length to impinge upon the sensitive nerve root exiting from the spine between the vertebrae. Another cause of nerve root irritation is the notorious “slipped disc”. A vertebral disc has a fibrous outer layer surrounding a gelatinous interior. The disc not only absorbs shock, but it also acts as a pivot between each vertebra. The disc does have a

deficiency, then the Patient will be referred for a Magnetic Resonance Scan. Nerve root irritation tends to occur in the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine). Cervical nerve root impingement causes symptoms in the shoulder, shoulder blade arm or hand, while the lumbar spine gives rise to symptoms in the buttocks, legs and feet.

limit of strain it can take before the outer layer splits, allowing the jelly-like interior to ooze into the space reserved for the nerve root. The cause of this may not necessarily be long term wear and tear and could also be from a heavy lift or continued compression such as motorcross, horse riding, jet-skiing, or a fall. When a Patient exhibits signs of nerve root irritation it is very helpful to see an X ray, although X rays cannot show us ligament or disc damage, they do show the posture of the spine, osteophyte formation and arthritic or loading wear and tear. Although we cannot see the discs themselves, any narrowing of the gap between each vertebra gives the Physio a good idea as to which nerve root we are dealing with. Hopefully an X Ray will be sufficient for physiotherapy treatment to continue however if there exists sensory, muscular, or reflex

Symptoms include pain, numbness and tingling. In more severe cases there will be loss of function, muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. The distribution of the pain indicates the vertebral level of the nerve impingement. This is known as the dermatome. The symptoms may only be felt in the dermatome as although nerve root irritation originates in the spine there may not necessarily be any back pain. Accurate diagnosis for Nerve Root Irritation will cover many medical departments. Radiology for X Ray and/or MRI, Orthopaedic and Neurology consultations and ultimately Physiotherapy for hopefully a non-surgical resolution. ______________________________________ Tracey Evans The Physiotherapy Centre (+34) 609 353 805




THE RECOVERY POSITION Happy May to you all, at least I think it’s May, it must be by now I guess. It’s a rare day on planet Earth when virtually everyone is doing the same thing at the same time. At the time of writing, I’m locked into my house, I have been for weeks, and I’m wondering what happens when we are released back into the wild and can get on with the herculean task of rebuilding the world, or at least my little bit of it. We are all in the same boat, some of us literally. By the time you get to read this, you might well have been released, I hope so, and I hope you made it out healthy, a good many didn’t, so count yourself lucky. Now we have emerged into the daylight what awaits us? Economic chaos in the shape of the deepest recession since the 30’s, or so they say. A stalled global economy in need of a hard reboot, and the rulebook of economics torn up, at least for now. The lines of the unemployed have been swelled by tens of millions, many businesses have closed, some temporarily, many permanently. Those that have survived face difficult financial futures as they downsize on concerns that their customers pockets are empty. It sounds gloomy, because it is sadly, but we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start again, whatever we find. So what do we do? Unlike the rebuild after the second world war, the physical infrastructure is still there and undamaged. The trains and factories, roads and cities are intact. It’s like an engine that has run out of fuel. It’s not running, but pour some fuel in, and kick it over and it will splutter into life and be ticking over nicely before too long, hopefully. Please excuse the elementary school economics lesson here, but we work, earn and spend. Our expenditure is someone else's wages so they can work and earn and spend, and so it goes. It is the initial impetus, it’s how we fuel the tank and kick it over that is the most immediate need. Governments the world over have promised aid packages in the billions and trillions, from low interest loans to businesses, to the government directly paying workers from the government coffers to stop companies, and people, from going bust, but by their own

admissions they can’t save everyone, or every firm. The US government is sending a cheque, signed by the President himself, to almost all adults in the country in an attempt to put fuel back in the tank. In Italy there has been talk of giving every Italian a 600 euro voucher to spend towards a holiday to kick start their vital tourist industry.

rates to stay rock bottom for the long term, and any handouts to come with heavy caveats to make sure it gets spent and circulated.

The much talked about utopian dream, for some, the universal basic income has also been spoken of. This is a wage, a permanent wage, to every adult regardless of need or productivity. It has been touted many times, over many years. We have mentioned it in this column as a way of sharing the prosperity for the coming age where automation and artificial intelligence continue their takeover of people’s jobs, but now might just be the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.

The post Covid-19 recession seems likely to dwarf the financial crash of 2008.

Whichever solutions find favour, it’s going to cost eye wateringly huge numbers, and it’s mostly going to come from borrowing and printing money. It’s vital that however you choose to refuel the economy, that money gets spent. The instinct of many people coming off the back of a few months of economic disaster and looking into an uncertain future to save anything they earn. That’s not going to help anyone, one man’s expenditure is another man’s income as they say, so expect interest

Naturally all of this borrowed money is going to have to be repaid. We’ve been here before of course, and not too long ago, and we need to do it much better this time around.

In the decade of recovery that followed the firstchoice-fix of most countries seemed logical, we all know the lesson, if you want to pay off your debt you have to spend less than you earn. The legacy of these policies was a lost generation swallowed up by systemic unemployment, austerity that slowed growth and robbed opportunities from the poorest in our society. They say that Covid 19 is a great leveller, that anyone from kings to paupers can get it, but it has the capacity to divide. White collar workers are the ones more likely to continue to work from home, and get paid during the lockdown, the blue collar workers, the small businesses and the self employed trades are not. As the equality of income and opportunity diverged during the austerity decade, it fueled nationalist policies and a move to the right. It drove anti immigration policies, thinking and xenophobia. Trump, Brexit, and the rise of hard right politicians across the world are direct results, whether you agree with them or not. The recession of the 1930’s fueled the rise in facism and national socialism, and unless we make sure that the inevitable economic pain is distributed equally, and the inevitable opportunities that will show themselves as we regrow the economy in these challenging new times are also shared, we will suffer these afresh. As a famous Spaniard once said. “Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.” Stay healthy, in mind and body, and best of luck. ______________________________________ Phil D. Coffers The Islander Economics Correspondent




DIFFICULT TIMES Please allow me to express my first words in remembrance and encouragement for all the people and their loved ones affected by this disease that has us all trapped in our homes in this worldwide lockdown that seems a science fiction movie. Our best wishes to all of you. Once this said, let me summarize in the next lines the most important tax and social security urgent decisions taking by the Spanish Government. A. TAX ASPECTS The first steps taken on the 14th of March were: • Tax deferral of 6 months: Provisions to defer certain tax debts to certain taxpayers (including individuals) for up to € 30,000 and for a period of up to six months (no interest on overdue tax would be levied during the first three months), for Spanish tax returns with a deadline for submission between 13th of March and 30th of May 2020. This deferment requires a prior specific request by the taxpayer. • Suspension of deadlines litigation and administrative procedures: With some minor exceptions, provisions to suspend all deadlines for legal and administrative proceedings of a non-tax nature for the duration of the State of Emergency. • Compute of time elapsed: Provisions not to compute time elapsed during the duration of the State of Emergency for the purposes of calculating the date of application of the statute of limitations. • Tax deferrals till 30th of April from tax debt assessed by the Tax Authorities at the 18th March: Provisions to defer until 30th of April 2020 the obligation to settle due and payable tax debts as at 18th of March 2020 (including deferred tax debts and foreclosures by reason of tax debts) arising from assessments previously raised by the Spanish tax administration (eg by reason of a tax inspection, pending surcharges, penalties etc). • Deferral of deadline for attending tax requests: Provisions to defer until 30th of April 2020 the obligation by taxpayers to respond to queries raised by the tax administration outstanding as at 18th of March 2020. Taxpayers nevertheless

have the option to submit responses during the deferment period. • Tax deferrals till 20th of May from tax debt assessed by the Tax Authorities: Provisions to defer until 20th of May 2020 the obligation to settle due and payable tax debts arising from assessments raised by the Spanish tax administration (e.g. by reason of a tax audit, surcharges, penalties etc) after 18th of March 2020. • Deferral till 20th of May of deadline for attending tax requests and appeals: Provisions to defer until 20th of May 2020 the obligation by taxpayers to respond to queries or the submission of first appeals against assessments raised by the tax administration received after 18th March 2020 (or later if by application of standard procedures). • Small Business and entrepreneurial (self employed) Debts for tax returns from 13th of March to 30th of May 30 may be deferred and fractioned without contribution of guarantee by Small Business with a turn over not exceeding 6 million euros and self-employed,

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up to the amount of 30,000 euros, the first 3 months without interest and the following 3 with the interest of delay currently 3.75%. • At present, these deferment and suspension provisions do not apply to deadlines for submission of personal tax returns. Therefore: a) Income Tax and Wealth Tax returns will need to be submitted as usual on or before 30th June 2020 b) Gift Tax returns must be submitted within 30 working days from the date of the gift c) Inheritance Tax returns must be submitted within six months from the date of demise (with specific deferment provisions for an additional six months period). Requests for extensions must still be filed before the end of the fifth month after the demise. Finally last 14th of April the Spanish Government after very much pressure from the business and economic agents finally decided to extend until next May 20, 2020 the deadlines for the presentation and filing of tax

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returns and self-assessments declarations for the first quarter of 2020 (model 303, 111, 115, 349, etc.) until next May 20, 2020 (instead of until April 20) for taxpayers with turnover not exceeding 600,000 euros in 2019. In addition, there are several other regional and municipal extraordinary provisions dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on certain regional and municipal taxes. We will inform you accordingly of the ones affecting Mallorca and the Balearic Islands in net communications. B. SOCIAL SECURITY Extraordinary urgent measures have been also adopted referring social security contributions: principally an extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity for those affected by the declaration of the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, validity limited to one month - or if it continues for more than a month. This includes: • self-employed or self-employed workers, whose activities are suspended, by virtue of the provisions of the aforementioned Royal Decree, or, in another case, when their turn over in the month prior to which the benefit is requested is reduced by at least 75 % in relation to the turn over average of the previous semester • employees affected by a temporary dismissal procedure (ERTE) may collect unemployment

benefits , even if they have not contributed the minimum period necessary for it • employers or companies that have declared temporary dismissal procedure (ERTE) will benefit from the exemption of Social Security contributions in the following manner: if the company has less than 50 workers, the social security contributions for suspended contracts and reduced hours is 0. If it has more than 50 workers, they will only have to contribute for 25% of these suspended contracts or reduced days • Finally, both self-employed entrepreneurial and business who do not have deferred payments of debts with Social Security are allowed to request the deferment of payment of their debts with Social Security between April and June 2020 , with a substantial reduction in the required interest rate, which is set at 0.5%. Also the Spanish Instituto e Crédito Oficial (ICO) is granting special COVD -19 loans through commercial banking at low interest rates for self-employed, entrepreneurial, small business and companies that are being affected by the crisis of the coronavirus COVID-19 and need liquidity with an the specific line for the tourism sector, which also extended to throughout the country, and increasing the lending capacity in the rest of the ICO lines by 10,000 million. The first section of the line of public guarantees or loan is already operational. This is 20,000 million



euros, of which 10,000 million are intended to cover, retroactively, the loans granted since last March 18, and whose commercialization will be supervised by the Bank of Spain. Public Notaries and judicial Courts are open during the lockdown but jut for urgent matters. This is in principal what is in force now, there are further discussions on the rental deferments, supplementary aids to business and suspension of other tax deadlines. Regions and municipalities are also implementing their own aid measures and benefits. Finally, one last thought. It is now, in difficult times like these days, where we must regain strength, look ahead and dream of enjoying our beloved island and its sea again. And by remembering all those moments that we believed had been granted us eternally and for free let us not forget, like somebody said, that in midst of every crisis lies great opportunity. Please keep safe and healthy. ______________________________________ Carlos Espinosa Solicitor and Tax Adviser (+34) 627 41 32 01

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Sailing from Barcelona and Valencia, The Boys often travel in convoy with Balearia’s Rosalind Franklin leading the way around 05.45 followed by two boats from Trasmediterranea and the other Balearia ferries close behind. It must be nice to travel together, alone out there in a sea of darkness.

Through the mists of sleep, I woke to a sound like an old air con unit that’s seen better days. You know it too, the one in the opening paragraph of American crime novels. It took a minute for me to realize what it was.

When dawn breaks, the lorries they carry disembark and make their way around the island bringing us medicine, food and other essential supplies. With the island’s cafes and bars closed, I’m told that petrol stations and shops along their routes now give the lorry drivers refreshments and probably more conversation & appreciation than ever before.

The Boys were back in town!

Moored up, the ferries and their crews wait quietly for the lorries to return before beginning their journeys home later in the morning.

I’m lucky. I live on the fifth floor of an apartment block with an uninterrupted view of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca. To my left are the hills, then the city centre with the cathedral at her heart and the airport at her edge. Beyond that, the land tapers out into a thin ribbon until the sky and the sea meet alone like lovers in an endless kiss.

I’ve always liked ferries but, even though I see them most days, I’d not thought about them much or their role in our lives before. Yet along with her sister islands Menorca, Ibiiza and Formentera, La Isla de la Calma as Mallorca is known has long depended on the ferries to bring not just visitors but residents back home and helped the islands to trade and prosper.

The sound I’d heard was the arrival of the first of The Boys, that’s my name for the ferryboat crews that bring the island her supplies each morning. There is a calm, unfussy reliability about the ferries that feels comfortingly blokey to me.

Cinematic superheroes and titans of tech may have been the idols of recent time, but with most of us confined to the barracks of our own homes for so long, it’s the First Responders and other essential workers who’ve now stolen our hearts.


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Across the world we’re waking up with gratitude to the importance of those who work in health, sanitation and transport, fill supermarket shelves or prescriptions at the farmacia. With so little certainty about the virus, each one of them has taken up the challenge of potentially fatal risks to make our lives as safe and comfortable as possible. However challenging this time has been for many, without these people it would have been much worse. So, as Mallorca begins to unfurl like a leaf from lock down, let’s remember with thanks the ferrymen and lorry drivers who come to Mallorca and those in the ports of Palma, Valencia and Barcelona who make their service possible. ______________________________________ Rosalinda Much





SAVE THE MED MAKE FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR EVERYONE DURING AND BEYOND THE LOCKDOWN Sa Dragonera Marine Reserve Community is key to the protection of natural sites and the Natural Park of Sa Dragonera provides a clear example of this. Listen to the pioneers of the movement sharing their story in videos on our YouTube channel and get in touch with us to get involved in the local leadership project 'Discover Your MPA Sa Dragonera', which continues to engage community members from the municipality of Andratx and beyond in collaborative projects that highlight the value of the Park and marine reserve. Maritime Terrestrial Natural Park of Es Trenc – Salobrar de Campos In the beginning of April, when we wrote Save The Med’s first Quarterly Newsletter of 2020, the world found itself in a unique situation of uncertainty and social distancing due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Yet at the same time, the solidarity, union and love shared in the most creative of ways has been connecting us all in unexpected ways, often more profoundly than we could have foreseen. While all Save The Med's field activities were cancelled due to State of Emergency, the team kept busy developing digital resources, live lessons and games inspired by the underwater world, to share with all who would like to learn more about our ocean and act for its protection during and beyond times of home confinement. In this article we share some positive results from the first trimester of the year and invite you all to take part of the marine inspired educational resources that are now available online! MARINE PROTECTED AREAS Testing "Valentina" – a tool to help manage off shore MPAs Over the last months, we have been conducting a pilot project to develop an electric monitoring tool that collects oceanographic data while assisting in the surveillance and management of offshore marine protected areas. We recently installed our OASIS II EMS buoy, or “Valentina” as we affectionately call her, in an underwater canyon near the Cabrera National Park. This experiment incorporates GPS, 2 SATLINK probes and 2 hydrophones to calibrate an innovative tool for monitoring the open sea ecosystem which can be useful for the management of large marine areas in which monitoring by boat constitutes a logistical and economic challenge. Stay tuned for updates! Expeditions The Toftevaag is ready for another year of expeditions! Our 2020 expedition plan was launched in January and can be found on our website for anyone who's interested in joining us onboard!

Last year, Save The Med Foundation was selected by the Balearic Governments Conselleria de Medi Ambient i Territori as the entity responsible for the coordination of educational activities in the maritimeterrestrial Natural Park Es Trenc - Salobrar de Campos and has organised 7 activities to increase the general public’s awareness about protected natural areas, the ecosystems of the Natural Park and the importance of its conservation. PLASTIC REDUCTION Coastal Awareness and Action Day! In February we celebrated our first Coastal Awareness & Action event in Son Serra de Marina with over 80 participants who helped clean the beach, gathered citizen science data, signed up for campaigns and participated in educational workshops!

talk on sharks in the Med by marine scientist and member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group Biel Morey. Other topics presented included Posidonia by marine biologist Sergio Ruiz Halpern, turtle rescue by guest presenter Debora Morrison from Palma Aquarium Rescue Center and more. You can find the talks on Save The Med Foundation’s YouTube channel! Challenge swim to help save the Med! Recently we published news about the swimmer and founder of Mallorca Open Swim, Boris Nowalski, who took on a challenge to help protect the Mediterranean Sea! He plans to swim across the 40km wide channel from Menorca to Mallorca and fundraise for Save The Med in order to help us continue our work! Given the challenging circumstances that we are all navigating through at this point in time, we all feel that postponing the project is the only right thing to do. A new date will be announced once the situation is more stable. In the meantime, we hope you are all well and that you use these moments to reconnect with what matters most in life. “Let this be a time to reflect on how we humans interact with mother nature. Let this be a time of change and a movement forwards. Let this be a time to heal planet earth.” – Boris Nowalski ______________________________________ Visit and @savethemed on social media for more information and updates!

The Dos Manos Schools Programme available as a Digital Package! While in confinement Save The Med’s education team developed a digital version of their popular Dos Manos Schools programme which is now made available to anyone who’d like to engage their students or children in the topic of plastic pollution during and after these times of home confinement, no matter where you are! The Dos Manos Digital Package is available free of charge on! Save The Med Live Lessons with experts on YouTube In March Save The Med launched their ‘Save The Med Live Lessons’ with a 30 minute session led by marine scientist and captain of the research vessel Toftevaag, Ricardo Sagarminaga, who told the viewers all about the turtles of the Mediterranean, why they are tagged with satellite tags during STM expeditions and how the scientists use the obtained data to better protect them and other marine species. This was followed by a talk on microplastics by Jasmine Spavieri, coordinator of Save The Med expedition’s volunteer programme and a

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Given the current global crisis, with the restrictions on outdoor exercise, more and more of my cycling mates are turning their attentions to indoor cycling solutions. We want to come out of this lockdown in as good a shape as we entered. In my case… fitter! Different countries have adopted different strategies to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. Mates in the UK are able to participate in one bit of outdoor exercise each day. Here in Spain we are not allowed out! I have never been one for jumping on my turbo trainer. I prefer to enjoy the fresh air and the stunning Mallorcan scenery. I keep a keen eye on the weather forecast and plan my exercise accordingly. If rain is on the cards, then I head to Palma Sports and Tennis Club for a spinning class or a gym session. After 5 days of lockdown and very little exercise, I decided to dig out my turbo trainer and sign up to Zwift. Mates in London swear by it. One of my buddies, who owns One Pro Sports Events, rode every stage of the Tour de France 2019 (a day before the race) with a large percentage of his training completed on Zwift. Apart from not really having the need to use a turbo training, one of my other reasons for not using Zwift, is I have never really known where to start. Zwift is a virtual training programme that you sign up to online. Think Mario Kart on bikes, but with more sweat and fewer talking creatures. It is a turbo trainer game that enables you to link your turbo trainer with your computer, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV, letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment. It certainly helps to alleviate some of the boredom associated with indoor riding. You can Just Ride… sign up to a Training Plan or compete against other riders in Zwift Races. You can also join group rides or set up your own ride and invite mates to come along…. It’s totally bonkers. The training sessions are designed by professional coaches and there are a wide range to sign up to. The group rides involve zwifters completing efforts at the same intensity based on a percentage of their FTP. There are a range of virtual worlds to choose from – including Watopia, New York and London.

The most obvious thing you will need to use Zwift is a turbo trainer and ideally a power metre (though not essential). A smart trainer enhances the experience even more. The smart trainers will measure your power output, then send this data to Zwift to power your online avatar. The variable resistance on these turbos will also allow you to feel as if you’re actually riding on the varying online gradients… When you are going uphill on-screen the resistance will increase, and when you are going downhill it will decrease. You definitely don’t have to splash out on an expensive smart turbo trainer to be able to use Zwift. I have a basic old turbo trainer & combined with an ANT+dongle plugged into my computer. The data from my power metre is then sent to my computer and transferred into Zwift. A speed sensor on your back wheel will also suffice. Once you’ve got all the equipment, it’s time to get riding. The first step is to download the Zwift application onto your device and set up an account, providing the predictable personal details. This will give an accurate measurement of your speed when you are riding. You also need the Zwift Companion app to connect with people, join rides, look at your training plan and your history. Next you need to set up your avatar with different pieces of kit and clothing…. When you first join, you don’t have too much to choose from, but the more time you spend on Zwift, then the more bits of kit are unlocked. At the start of each ride, you decide on a loop from one of eight maps…. The routes vary in distance and vertical metres gained, but you are free to stop whenever you want. The eight…. the massive world of Watopia, plus smaller maps in London, New York City, Richmond, Harrogate, Innsbruck, as well as two events only maps Bologna and Crit City. There are numerous user generated Strava segments, each course contains three different official segments, each shown by an arch over the course. The orange arch measures your overall lap time, the green arch measures your time over a short sprint, and the polka dot arch measures your time up a hill on each course. Your time in each segment is compared to the other riders on the course at that time & your achievements over the last 30 days. It works

well as an added incentive every so often. If you’re looking to use Zwift for serious training instead of just riding around then you’ll probably be interested in Zwift’s workout mode, and group workouts. I have not used the group workouts, but I am 3 weeks into an FTP Builder training plan… There are a large number of workouts to choose from. Prior to starting a plan, you should really complete a functional threshold power test or a ramp test to establish your FTP. All the training workouts are then based on a percentage of this figure. Once you’re riding, the workout is very easy to follow. There is a workout summary on the left and at the top, an indication of your current power/heart rate and the power you should be aiming for during that specific interval. Races on Zwift are listed either on the main menu screen before starting the game or on their companion app. To join a race, you fire up your Zwift app, join the race – just as you would any group ride on Zwift – and away you go. There are different Zwift race categories based upon your FTP. There are a few different ways you can ride with friends on Zwift – the best way is to join an organised event, or you can create a MeetUp with friends. A mate of mine organised a birthday ride and then on Easter Sunday I joined the Team INEOS event - along with over 14,000 others! (on a variety of different paced rides) … I was hooked. In addition to my training plan, I organise two groups rides a week, with an accompanying a playlist and lots of WhatsApp banter. It’s very simple to set up - you choose your route, set a total distance or time and invite your friends. You can also choose to “Keep Everyone Together” to keep your group whole throughout the ride. I have no idea how it works, but everyone somehow stays together, and everyone is shattered at the end. You can only invite people to a MeetUp if they’re following you, the maximum number of riders you can invite is 50 and you can schedule a ride up to seven days ahead of time. All your rides on Zwift are saved onto your computer and it is easy to connect with other applications such as Strava, Garmin Connect & training peaks. Zwift costs around £12 or €15 a month, you can cancel at any time and


there is a seven-day free trial available to all new members. As a side note, I cannot mention Zwift without mentioning RSB Steve (Branagh). From a work perspective, during lockdown, RSB has been working hard to accommodate the ever-changing plans and are already looking like they will be pretty busy through the summer and into the more traditional winter refit period. From an exercise perspective Steve was the one to get me into Zwift. With Kate one hand, to mop his brow, during lockdown Steve generally

rides between 12-15 hours a week on Zwift. He always needs a goal, the more ludicrous the better. With the Biking Man race around Corsica cancelled, unbeknown to me, he set himself a Zwift challenge…. “Virtual Everesting” seemed like a good substitute and one that he had been wanting to do for some time (haven’t we all?). The banter started on WhatsApp at about 11:00 last Saturday morning … firstly a bit of patter, then abuse and eventually a bit of support… but after 14 hours & 32 minutes (217km) he summited a virtual Alp Du Huez 8 times with a total ascent of 8,900m. With the Mallorca 312 event cancelled at



the end of April, many of us organised Zwift rides with the guys & girls we would normally ride the event with (2 hours was enough for us) - fingers crossed it goes ahead on the rescheduled date of 10th October…. ____________________________________ Dan Marsh Owner & Founder (+34) 616 529 111





Albamar wines in our catalogue

Sometimes we, as business people, need to go to trade fairs. These are great places to meet up with suppliers, learn about new developments in the industry and look out for some interesting products to offer our clients back home. It’s pretty much the same as any other type of trade fair. However, at a wine fair everyone clearly offers you wine to taste, so it can become very difficult to maintain your composure after a day spent at one of these trade fairs, particularly if you don’t spit the wines you taste. It took us a couple of visits to some trade fairs before realising it is physically impossible to swallow every wine you are offered to taste!

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great, though potentially risky, decisions 20 or 30 years ago and now that gamble is paying off. Many of the winemakers from this region spent their money on local grapes, and today Albariño is one of the most desired grapes around the world. Even new world countries like New Zealand and Australia are now planting Albariño! Nowadays global warming is starting to affect the climate in Galicia, traditionally

The vines at Rías Baixas, the main region where Xurxo works, are planted along the coastline and further inland. The vines that are located closer to the sea are elevated up to two metres from the ground to stop the grapes from rotting, due to the humidity from the soil. There are a lot of sub-divisions when it comes to land plots, making the use of machinery impossible, so there are a lot of differences between coastal and inland wines. Albamar was always a family run business. Xurxo's parents used to look after the vines and sell the wine in bulk or bottled without labels, something that is quite traditional in this region. In 2006 Xurxo completed all of the paperwork required in order to be able to join the Rías Baixas Denominación De Origen. He then began to make wine his own way.

Whilst there are some very large and extremely renowned annual trade fairs, there are also some smaller, more alternative ones. It was at one of these alternative fairs, called ‘Off the Record’, that we first met Xurxo from Bodegas Albamar. Xurxo, short name for George in Galicia, is the frontman of this small winery located in the most north western point of Spain. This region is currently enjoying a lot of international attention with regard to their wines and, in my opinion, some of the most interesting wines currently created in Spain come from Galicia. The winemakers from this region made some

known as a very rainy, wet and cloudy region. The warmer weather helps the white grapes to ripen to an optimal point and the red grapes now produce fruitier, more elegant red wines.

xurxo and his vines

Driven by passion and tradition, the quality of his wines continually improve and today his wines are served in some of the most avantgarde restaurants and wine bars. Year on year he has become more innovative and he now works in other Galician regions, creating




Xurxo and his vines

a range of up to 15 different wines. At the same time he is mixing techniques to create outstanding Albariños like his PAI, a blend of 50% Albariño with malo-lactic fermentation and 50% that isn’t. His 69 Arrobas is another favourite of mine, a wine that is made with grapes that come from vineyards planted just a few metres away from the sea. You can really taste the salinity and even some seaweed in this wine!!

Apart from the magic that Xurxo creates in his cellar, he is also a very genuine person who is great to work with. If you immerse yourself in his wines you will get to taste a part of Galicia and you will be able to appreciate what Xurxo wants to share with the rest of the world…the love for where he comes from and for what he does with his wines. Ciao for now and keep safe!

____________________________________ Wine Industry Mallorca Bringing wine to you - quality wines from lesser known bodegas and interesting wine makers. Ivan Gonzalez Gainza (+34) 657 88 32 48 Lara Corfield (+34) 638 60 19 43






Princess 82 ‘LA VIE’ 2016 Price reduced to: 2,699,000 EUR VAT Not Paid Mallorca, Spain

Est. 1987

SL: 78 - 86 - 96 - 102 - 118

SX: 76 - 88

SD: 96 - 112 - 126

C/Benito J. Feijóo, Local 7, Puerto Portals Calvia, 07181 Mallorca, Spain Tel. +34 971 676 845 | +34 609 609 520 |

SY: 44Alloy - 500Exp - 52Steel - 64Steel

CENTRAL AGENCY Built in 2016 and first launched in 2017, 'LA VIE' is a high-specification example of the Princess 82 model. Owned by an experienced and discerning yacht owner, she is cared for year round by a full time professional crew. Powered by twin MTU 10V M94 1624hp engines, she has been extensively customised and features every conceivable extra on board. Luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests is divided into 4 double cabins with additional crew accommodation for up to 4 crew members. Charter coded with charter license. YDSA certified. Fully serviced and anti-fouled in March 2020.

iSNL Oyster 2009 899.000 EUR Available for Mallorca, Spain

Simon J. 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

iSNL is an excellent example of Oyster Yacht’s popular 655 model and ideal for families and those wishing to sail without a professional crew. She features a raised salon deck design with a well-protected central guest cockpit and adjoining aft helm positions aft. A collapsible Bimini offers sun and shade when desired. iSNL features a beautiful, spacious interior with Oyster’s Millennium styling and accommodates eight in four well-appointed staterooms, with a private aft master stateroom (with its own entrance from the aft deck).

CONSENSUS Oyster 72 2012 1,150,000 GBP VAT Paid Lying Palma Mallorca

Carrer de Jeroni Pou 17 07006 Palma de Mallorca +34 627 809 607

CONSENSUS is now unexpectedly on the market, having been fully prepared for the season. She was the last of this world class cruising yacht to launch from Oyster, built at SYS. Faultlessly skipper maintained from the beginning and substantially improved and updated in this, her second ownership. She is subtly furnished below, her joinery as new. A swift and comfortable yacht, she is very current and well-tested, and has been priced to sell.

Princess Yachts 75 2017 2,900,000 EUR VAT Paid

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

An immaculate hard top example, of this contemporary 75 footer with class-leading design and optimisation of space. Accommodation for 8 guests in 4 en-suite cabins + crew. Hydraulic bathing platform, zero speed stabilisers, large hull windows, hydraulic bow & stern thrusters, 2 x generators, Williams jet RIB, underwater lights, underfloor heating to bathrooms, water maker and more...




Nautitech 46 Fly 2017 545,000 EUR Excl. VAT Cruising to the Med From first owner. She offers great comfort, space and matching performance. Cutter rigged with a main sail, self-tacking jib, gennaker, lazy jacks and lazy bag, electric winch and a bowsprit. Equipped with: two 55hp diesel engines, folding props, generator, inverters, water maker, tender with outboard, comprehensive Garmin navigation equipment, full safety equipment, etc. The interior is fitted out with all comforts like air conditioning, dishwasher, etc. This is a 4-cabin version with two identical hulls. Additionally, there are 2 small cabins in the forepeaks. Go to to find out more.

Jeanneau Prestige 42S 2009 189,000 EUR VAT Paid "Endless Summer" is a wonderful Prestige 42S. She has been kept in great condition and presents very well. She comes equipped with Volvo IPS with joystick that make her really manoeuvrable and very easy to dock. There is a large garage under the cockpit seating area for your tender. The sliding roof and big opening sliding stern window makes dining in the cockpit a great experience. For more photos, detailed information or to arrange a viewing please contact Albert Blom (English, EspaĂąol, Nederlands, Deutsch) on + 871 000 210.

Delphia 33.3 2011 Reduced to 59,950 EUR

It is nice to step aboard a boat where everything is in the right place, looks maintained, and looks in order. This is one such boat. Rather lightly used, and with a great spec, this boat could take you around the Baleares, and very much further. Slab - reefed main, cabin heating, nearly new outboard (one hour ONLY, run on it!), and a nice tender. These and many more features add up to a splendid package. The boat comes with berthing until the end of July, in a very desirable Palma Bay marina. And there is a possibility of extending this, should you so wish...

Beneteau 57 350,000 EUR

T: (+34) 971 402 911 M: (+34) 634 342 444

De Valk Palma Port Cala Nova, Avda. Joan MirĂł, 327 07015 Palma de Mallorca

A well-kept example of this popular marque. One owner from new and used only in the Mediterranean. She is maintained professionally and antifouled annually. Interior shows very little use. A good buy for long range cruisers, or equally a family.

Jonathan Syrett is a yachting and brokerage consultant who can accompany you on the ownership journey - and beyond. You can rely on his expertise, integrity and dedication to help you make the right decisions when buying, using and enjoying or selling a yacht. Please call, email or visit his website to find out how. T. (+34) 971 40 44 66

M. (+34) 609 43 33 33




ADVERTISE FOR FREE FOR SALE FOR SALE: Santa Ponsa Top Floor Fully Refurbished 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment sea view balcony. 220.000 euros. Contact 647 436 434. (04.20) FOR SALE: For garden pond, aquatic plants reasonable prices. Contact (04.20) FOR SALE: Opportunity - for sale in Puerto Banus 12m mooring, good price and excellent location. (+34) 616 969 496. (03.20) FOR SALE: British registered MCA coded sports fishing boat. 2x Volvo 370hp diesel inboards 1400hrs. Kohler 5.5 KVA Gen. 6 berths in 3 cabins. Large flybridge and aft deck. Air-conditioning and heating. Complete Raymarine electronics package. Autopilot. Electric heads. Bow thruster. 1 yr old zodiac and 6hp Suzuki outboard. 2.5m x 2.5m sundeck forward, all cockpit sundeck and awning new 2019. Ready to go! 99,000€. Tel 654 234 897. (01.20) FOR SALE: Westwind 35 for sale. Seven Berth, Good Sails, Yanmar Deisel Engine, Wheel Steering, Roller Reefing. The yacht comes with it's own mooring in the beautiful bay of Puerto Pollenca. €15,500. Tel: 602 436 166.(01.20) FOR SALE: Exclusive Parking Sa Vinya, Bendinat. Reduced by 33.34%. The new owner will accompany many fine cars in the garage. Priced to sell, bargain for quick exchange, €15,000. Owner now left island. Tel. (+34) 673 406 107 or (+44) 7739 487237.(12.19) FOR SALE: Large Wooden shipping boxes, used but good condition, 118cm x 55cm x 56cm

If you have anything for sale or wanted - boat bits, household, etc. Strictly no trade ads (except jobs), or property ads (except private rentals) please! By email to:

treated timber boxes for world wide shipping or storage. 30€ ea. Tel. 971 719 816. Palma. (12.19) FOR SALE: RYA sailing school for sale, Port Andratx, Mallorca, established over 25 years, 10,000 euros or 60,000 euros with school sailboat. Contact Paul on 607 597 098. (10.19)

ONO - Tracy +34 681 175 818. FOR SALE: 2,3 m carbon fiber yacht gangway. 700€ o.n.o. (new 1.500€). 609 672 344.

FOR SALE: Boat trailer. 6m boat or similar. Spanish papers 750 euros. Paul Port Andratx, 607 597 098. (07.19) FOR SALE: De blasi folding bike, white, fair condition. 100 euros. Paul 607 597 098. (06.19) FOR SALE: Land Rover Defender 90 2.4 Tdi 1997 dark green with towbar, 7 seats, in excellent condition 225,000 km. Price includes full roof rack and set of off-road tyres € 10,995 - Call or WhatsApp 618 366 499 for more info. (05.19) FOR SALE: RIB. 6.5m. New tubes 2015. 90hp Johnston 2 stroke Fully serviced. Bimini. Trailer. price E8000. 634 342444. (04.19)

FOR SALE: Vindo 50 ketch (10.5m) 1978 swedish blue water sailing yacht, mahogany topsides, grp hull. A Beautiful example of this stunning yacht, Fully and professionally restored during our ownership of her. We have many photos of the works. Currently lying in puerto portals. Reduced for a quick sale 44,500 euros (tax paid). For more information or queries please contact Dave on 660 680 621 or 636 259 908. (04.20)

FOR SALE: Beneteau first 211 sailboat, 2003 very good condition 15,000 euros. Ideal first boat or for cruising the islands. Contact paul 607 597 098 Port Andratx. (04.19) FOR SALE: Storage. 3.7mL x 2.7mH x 1.7mH. Safe and clean. Light and electricity. Bendiate Sa Vinya. Leaving the Island €12k Make me an offer. (+44) 773 948 7237 / (+34) 673 406 107. (03.19) FOR SALE: Peugeot 207cc HDI - Diesel Cabriolet 2007 - only 130,000 kms new tyres and cam belt. Very Good Condition, Immaculate well loved! €5490


Contact: Tel: + 34 607 911 898

This fine example of the superbly built Delphia 33.3 is from 2011 but had very little use in the past 5 years. 6 berths with a good-sized heads/ shower, large saloon with very good headroom and a super cockpit, ideal for those evenings at anchor. Brand new 4-man dinghy and new Mercury outboard engine. Comes with loads of extra kit and a mooring in Puerto Portals until late July 2019. Must be seen to appreciate. Reduced to 59,950 €

FOR SALE: Jaguar XK8, Feb 2000, 78,000km with history. Dark Green/Cream leather. Fabulous condition, unmarked BBS split-rim wheels with nearly new Pirelli P Zero tyres. Supplied with a full year ITV, Spanish Matriculated LHD. €14.500 contact via WhatsApp in first instance 690 716 456. (11)

FOR SALE: Rio 850 day cruiser 2003 lovely boat moored in Santa Ponsa. 2 x volvo Pentax engines, new battery and battery charger, new leather upholstery, new inlet manifold. Well looked after, we’ve had plenty of holiday and lots of fun on the boat, but ill health forces a reluctant sale. Reduced to €14,000. Contact Michael (+44) 7976286469 or Jacqueline (+44) 7533247574. (05)

FOR SALE: House for sale. A completely restored very charming typical old mallorcan stone house right by the beautiful village of Galilea, amid the Tramuntana. Completely refurbished with taste and respect to traditional mallorcan materials. Currently divided in two annexed properties of 110 and 80 sqm. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of them en-suite in the large one. An inside bathroom plus one outside in the smaller one. They both interconnect or can be lived separately for privacy. Under floor heating. Laundry room and much storage space. Four parking places in the property. Land plot of 1.500 swm. Facing South and direct uncluttered views to the Tramuntana mountain range (UNESCO world heritage). P.O.D. Please contact (04.20)

FOR SALE: Beautiful 100sqm apartment 5 mins from Santa Catalina in Son Espanyolet. 2 bed in great condition, high ceilings, open plan, lots of natural light. €379,000. Contact Lloyd +44 7584 993 081. (10)

FFOR SALE: Carbon Passarelle, length 5 meters, width 60cm. very stable. Stock item for sale at greatly reduced price. Email:





FOR SALE: Huge garage & house for sale. Great road access, loads of storage. The garage is approx 20m x 11.4m, with a height of 6m to the eaves and doors 4m high x 4.9m wide at both ends of the garage. 15 min from Palma & airport. The house is 366m sq, in a plot of 2,200m sq. 4 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms plus additional bathroom and day heads, 2 large receptions, additional tower room / office, kitchen & utility room. Also a very large basement. Fiber optic broadband, air conditioning, central heating, wood burner, pellet burner, recent double glazed windows & doors. All bathrooms and kitchen recently refitted. Other buildings for further storage. Huge terraces plus roof terrace with magnificent mountain views. Situated within walking distance of Algaida for all services, banks, supermarkets, cafes & restaurants. €549,000. call Richard 670 970 188. (09)

FOR SALE: Modern apartment in the harbour of Puerto de Andratx. This modern apartment (97m2 with a 10m2 terrace) enjoys a very central location within walking distance to the sailing club and the heart of Puerto de Andratx in the south-west of Mallorca. The well-maintained development is one of the very few that has this advantage. The apartment is in immaculate condition and has a modern interior. Comprising of 2 large bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms. The property is almost fully furnished and features air conditioning and a parking space in front of the building. From the balcony you can enjoy sunshine from the early morning hours and lovely views of the community pool and the well-kept garden. £475,000. (08)

FOR SALE: Range Rover P38 Overfinch. 1999. 4.6HSE. RHD. Burgandy/Tan leather interior. 85,000 miles from new. Full documentation including original invoice. Been in storage since 2004. Regularly started. In storage in Son Bogadelles. On UK plates Exceptional condition. 10,000 eu. Tel. 656 949 243. (07)

FOR RENT: Residential complex recently refurbished, located in the district "Arxiduc", centrally in Palma. A total of 5 apartments on 3 floors brand NEW & equipped with all the amenities, highquality materials & standards. Apartments from 65sqm to 80sqm, with balconies and one of them with 40sqm terrace. All apartments have a fully fitted kitchen with all the integrated appliances, a living & dining area, 2 bedrooms with open wardrobes and 1 - 2 bathrooms depending on the apartment. There is also a garage located in the same complex, included in the price. Some features: video surveillance system in common areas, elevator, video intercom, integrated air conditioning & heating system with remote control via app, high-quality double-glazed windows plus much more. Internet & TV connection in all flats. Prices from 950€ to 1.200€. Mariano 690 058 244.

FOR RENT: On-suite bedroom in a shared, modern and fullyfurnished flat in Andratx town, just 20 minutes drive from Palma. € 400 per month, excluding water, electricity and internet bills. For more info please contact Sam on (+34) 633 824 209. (04.20) FOR RENT: On-suite bedroom in a shared, modern and fullyfurnished flat in Andratx town, just 20 minutes drive from Palma. €400 per month, excluding water, electricity and internet bills. For more info please contact Sam on (+34) 633 824 209. (03.20)

FOR SALE: Peace & Tranquillity. Nestled high on the side of “Punt de ses Bruixes” (witches Point) & offering views that can never be obstructed, over the town of Llucmayor to the island of “Cabrera”. This rustic property boasts 14,000 m2. Of prime Mallorcan real estate. This property features a solid threebedroom home that has been the subject of some major improvements and expense in recent years. Connecting electricity, and a 150m. tarmac private drive. Simple but yet charming this property has been enjoyed by its current owners, as a family home for over three generations. And could remain as is for those who want a holiday home or yearn for peace and tranquillity. However, for those wanting something special that will really do this premium position and views the justice it deserves, the home could be extended refurbished or potentially knocked down to pave the way for a magnificent residence. The perfect retreat for a buyer seeking privacy and solitude, but only 3kms from Llucmayor, 15 minutes to the airport of Palma & 25 minutes to the capital Palma. An astute buyer will recognise a truly unrivalled offering & a rare opportunity. If interested P.O.A. please contact (09)

MISCELLANEOUS GO SAILING: Would you like to join in with the Flying Fifteen fleet in Mallorca. Exhilarating dinghy sailing in the safety of a keel boat. Join our racing fleets in Pollensa & Palma. Buy a boat, come and crew or borrow our club boat to give it a try! All ages 18 - 80.

FOR RENT: Prime location on Paseo Maritimo behind The Boathouse. € 1,300 per Month for a single unit of 27 sq. meters, includes existing furniture and 1 complimentary parking space. Excludes Utility Costs, which will be invoiced on a quarterly basis. (+34) 699 569 934 (06.19) FOR RENT: Mooring For Rent 8x2,6m in the Club de Mar in Palma including parking and pool use for 8.500€ / 1 Year. Alexander Paul - Mobil: (+49) 17610333771. FOR RENT: Berth For Rent - 9x3 mars. Santa Ponsa, Mallorca 7500 euros. Tel: +34 626 566 731.

JOBS / EMPLOYMENT JOB VACANCY: Seeking to fill two seasonal crew positions aboard a well known Palma based 32m private, motor yacht; chef and solo stewardess. Requirements: STCW Basic Safety Training, ENG 1, at least one full season in a similar role (sorry we can’t consider inexperienced yacht crew for these roles)- English mother tongue or very high level. Preference to candidates who are currently in Palma and to those that don’t smoke. Season runs April 15 – September 15. These positions would suit females or would consider a male chef with his solo stew girlfriend. Great program. France & Italy June & July. Balearics August & September. If you are interested and comply with these requirements, please send cv to: motor.yacht.mallorca@gmail. com (04.20)




ADVERTISE FOR FREE JOBS / EMPLOYMENT JOB VACANCY: Marine Engineer Required. Mallorca based marine welding and fabricating company working within the superyacht industry has an opening for an experienced Marine Engineer. The job would ideally suit a Marine Engineer in the yachting industry that wants to become land based but other work backgrounds will also be considered. The job will involve project managing from discussing the job on board with the client, designing plans, making estimates and liaising with staff in the manufacture process to making sure that the project is finished to the highest standard and as quickly as possible. Essential requirements: Experience and a good practical understanding of boat construction, engineering and the processes relating to metal fabrication in the marine sector. Ability to multi-task you will be required to work on several projects at the same time. Able to demonstrate an ability to visualize ideas from verbal or written instruction. Complete fabrication drawings to assist production. Strong shop floor management and leadership skills will be required. A good level of English and Spanish. A knowledge of AutoCAD would also be useful. We aren’t interested in qualifications but on your ability to get the job done! Links Marine Services SL - Sara Manley (+34) 971 229 717, (04.20) SEEKING EMPLOYMENT: Experienced female sailor looking for opportunity on private family sailing yacht as deck and navigation back up. Mallorca area. Certified up to Yacht Master Off Shore Sail and STCW. Call (+34) 616 969 496. (03.20) JOB VACANCY: Delicioso are currently recruiting for a full time office manager. We are looking for a person with managerial experience who is highly organized. They must have a can-do attitude with the ability to work under pressure in the busy summer months when out of office hours are sometimes required. You must demonstrate proactiveness to manage the day to day orders, financial responsibilities and general office manager duties. The job involves processing orders, dealing with suppliers, communicating with

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customers, managing stock, controlling staff rotas, product pricing, managing finance spreadsheets for all invoices, payments, credit control, bank reconciliation. Job Requirements: Full clean European Driving Licence, Spanish Residency & Social Security number; English and Spanish fluency with German an advantage; Good knowledge of high-end food, ingredients and wines an advantage; Based at Delicioso´s Offices - Poligono Son Bugadelles, Santa Ponsa, Mallorca; Full time 40 hour per week contract; Good salary, based on experience. Applications will only by considered by email to sending your CV and cover note. (01.20) JOB VACANCY: Yacht Broker – Mallorca East ; Experienced Broker required for long established Yacht Brokerage in their Office on the East Coast of Mallorca. You will be offering New and Pre-owned boats to new and existing clients as well as obtaining new listings. English, German and Spanish a must another language advantageous, employment offered on autonomo/freelance basis, a generous retainer plus uncapped commission is offered. Start Feb 2020. Please send your CV to (12.19) JOB VACANCY: Yacht Broker – Mallorca West; Experienced Broker required for long established Yacht Brokerage in their Office on the West Coast of Mallorca. You will be offering New and Pre-owned boats to new and existing clients as well as obtaining new listings. English, German and Spanish a must plus another language advantageous, employment offered on autonomo/freelance basis, a generous retainer plus uncapped commission is offered. Start Feb 2020. Please send your CV to (12.19) JOB VACANCY: Secretary – Part Time, for long established Yacht Brokerage in their Palma Branch Office. Start February 2020, mornings only 0900 – 1300hrs, Mon–Fri. Suit freelancer/ autonomo. English, German and Spanish speaker, general secretarial duties assisting the brokers , as well as responsible for social media news/updates. Knowledge of Yachting Industry a plus. Please send your CV to (12.19)

POSITION WANTED: Looking for Part-Time Personal Assistant or Administrative work. Vast experience working at Board level in several different industries. Also ran own business for 10 years. Proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Other skills include diary management, face-to-face client contact, bookkeeping, marketing campaigns, ad designing and promotions. Have experience of working remotely. Fast learner! So if you need some help without the commitment of a Full-Time salary - I’m your woman! Lisa Thompson on (+34) 689 542 690 or email me at lisathompson100@ (12.19) JOB VACANCY: Berthon Spain are currently recruiting for a Guardiennage Assistant. The ideal candidate must be able to meet the following requirements: Be fiscally resident in Spain; Be over the age of 25 with an EU or Spanish driving licence; Be fluent in English (Spanish is a huge plus); Experienced in washdowns including knowledge of all the relevant products; Confident in basic knots; Comfortable with deck work - docking, lines and fenders etc; Experienced and competent in putting people up and down rigs.; Be able to supervise others and manage a small team; Must have a very fine eye for detail; Be able to drive tenders, other boat handling experience would be a plus; Basic technical knowledge of systems etc; Must have a flexible attitude and be willing to lend a hand in all aspects of the business. 22 days paid holiday per year plus state holidays. Full time contract after initial trial period. Very competitive salary. We would ideally like for someone to start ASAP. This is a shore-based position in Palma and therefore would suit any candidate already based on the island, who is a looking for a long-term career. Berthon is a well-established business and we look after our staff. Please don’t contact us via facebook but send your CVs to andrew.fairbrass@berthonspain. com. Please read the advert carefully, take your time to respond, put in the reference the job you are applying for and ensure your covering letter and CV are relevant to the job. (11.19) JOB VACANCY: 5 Star Yachts are seeking the right person for a role in our business. Smart, efficient, friendly communicator

with a love of the sea & yachting. To begin it will be part time progressing to full time. Good level of English / written German & Spanish. Top level of PC skills, internet administration, office administration ultimately developing into sales. Selfemployed status preferred. Salary to be agreed. Office in Cala Nova marina. Email CV to (10.19) JOB VACANCY: Cover Up Solutions, a scaffolding and yacht covering systems company, based in STP - Palma de Mallorca, are offering a full time sales position. We are looking for a motivated individual with good communication skills and knowledge of the yachting industry is preferable. Excellent level of english and good level of spoken Spanish are essential, to join a fun, dynamic and friendly team. If interested please send your CV with photograph in English or Spanish to: info@ (08.19) JOB VACANCY: Seippel & Seippel, International Insurance Brokers, based in Mallorca are offering a full time administrative and sales positions. We are looking for an efficient and professional individual with good PC skills. Minimum languages required are Good English / Some German with a good level of spoken Spanish - or Good German / Some English with a good level of spoken Spanish. At Seippel & Seippel you will benefit from great working hours, a pleasant working atmosphere in an international high qualified team as well as remuneration following qualifications. If interested please send your CV with photograph in English or Spanish to (04.19) JOB VACANCY: Marivent Yachts, a leading company in the Yachting Sector is selecting After Sales Staff. The Job involves the Inspection, Preparation and Set Up of new Yachts for Handover to the Owners. The Maintenance, Repair and Management of these vessels as well as their delivery between ports is also a fundamental part of the job. Medium level English and High level German are compulsory. CV to Tel: (+34) 607 140 849. (03.19)