The Islander Magazine - November 2021

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Captains of Ships – Charles Shawcroft Photographer Tom Van Oossanen Reflections on the Monaco Yacht Show 2021 Christina O

Les Voiles St Tropez by Ingrid Abery www.ingridabery.com





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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Islanders, It’s hard to believe we are in our November issue so soon, yet another year which has flown by! Writing this in Mid-October, with such perfect weather makes one realise how lucky we are to live on such a privileged island. After the intense heat and humidity of summer, these days are just perfect or a man built for cooler climes!!! The past couple of months have seen a return of boatshows around Europe, and without exception the results appear to have been very positive, which is a great indicator for our industry going forwards. We have a report from The Monaco yacht Show included in this issue. We have METS to look forward to later this month, which is always a highlight of the year, and after last year’s cancellation this should be a real celebration of the Marine Industry fighting back! We have also seen lots of regatta activity of late, culminating in Les Voiles at St Tropez in early October. Spread over two weeks to accommodate the numbers of classics and modern classes, the town attracts tens of thousands of visitors and sailors alike. Again, we have a full report and photo gallery later in this issue. Later this month, we have the inaugural STP Joysail Regatta, which I hope is the first of many. It’s a great initiative and unique regatta, involving a race from STP to Ibiza, followed by 4 days racing around Ibiza and Formentera, with the promise of lots of evening social entertainment in the party capital! We also then have the Palma Vela regatta, postponed from its usual time of early May due to Covid restrictions, and finally the TP 52 World Championships at RCNP from Nov 2nd to Nov 6th. Judging by the TP regatta results so far, this should be a very close-run race, with many different race winners so far this season. Industry wise, things are looking good for the winter refit season, with most companies reporting full order books and lots of enquiries for potential work. As usual, STP is fully booked for the season, with some tasty projects on the go, and Astilleros’s yard also seems very full with some large vessels undergoing works. So, all in all, we seem to be in much better shape than a year ago, and with Superyacht shipyards reporting record order books for new builds, we can look forward with cautious optimism to a successful 2022. Fair Winds!

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FEATURE: CAPTAINS OF SHIPS – CHARLES SHAWCROFT

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On Swan 65 Desperado in 2021 | Photo Rick Tomlinson

CAPTAINS OF SHIPS CHARLES SHAWCROFT

Charles age 11

Buckingham Palace with Prince Philip marking the 175 anniversary of Royal Southern Yacht Club


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Keeping an eye on comings and goings in Falmouth Harbour Antigua

Born in Southport to a midwife mother and ambulance man father, Charles may have lived on the sea, but there was more sand than water on this stretch of Merseyside coastline and it certainly wasn’t conducive to sailing. Instead, his recreational boating started at the age of eight, when Charles’ father used his well-honed cabinet-making skills to craft a small eight-foot dinghy. That summer holiday, they rowed across Ullswater in the Lake District to fetch papers and milk. The following year, a mast and sails were added and, by the age of 12, such was Charles’ talent that he began teaching all ages how to sail. Using Fireballs, Flying Dutchman, and more, he’d race in a handful of national championships each year, amassing a decent haul of trophies. But his first career wasn’t in sailing - far from it. Charles picks up his story: “I was rubbish at school, absolutely hopeless, so opted for something relatively non-academic and headed north to study photography at college in Blackpool. I was officially trained as a portrait photographer, but upon graduation followed the money and went to work as a press photographer for the local newspaper group in Southport. Age 23, I moved to London for what appeared to be my dream job: photographer for Yachting World. The work was up my street but, once I’d factored in the inflated cost of city living, my wages melted into thin air. Six months later, I was back up north on the newspapers - supplementing my income with freelance work.

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With late wife Jenny and children Lizzie, Tom, James and Annie

brother, eight years my senior, had bought an old lifeboat from RMS Mauretania, which my Dad kindly did up on his behalf. We then acquired a wooden Watson-class RNLI lifeboat - it remains in the family some 44 years later. I was also pretty heavily involved in the Ocean Youth Club, sailing on the Irish Sea. It was here I met esteemed yacht captain Fred Dovaston. “One year, Fred was having his knees operated on in Warrington. I went to visit him in hospital and he mentioned in passing that the legendary Alan Bristow of Bristow Helicopters was looking for a mate for his 75-foot ketch Twirlybird. An interview was duly arranged in Surrey. I didn’t get the job. “Months later, the newspapers were on strike as part of Britain’s infamous Winter of Discontent. I received an opportune telephone call - did I still want the job on Twirlybird? Turned out Mr Bristow had taken a shine to me after all. He was particularly enamoured by the fact that I could not only skipper a boat but also fly an aeroplane. As a photographer, I spent so many hours doing aerial shoots that

it made sense for me to learn to fly myself. I’d take Mum up with me and she’d babysit the controls while I took the photos - I’m not sure if I should admit that. At one time I held valid Dutch, British, US and Antiguan pilot licences. Alan was impressed. “Alan was a good guy to work for, a real character. I stayed with him for three years, cruising the Mediterranean and Baltic, and was lucky enough to meet my wife along the way. Jenny was drafted in as a temporary chef in Corfu. She was there a fortnight and then flew home. Next season, Jenny came back and we got engaged. We married on 12 December 1981. Unfortunately, Mr Bristow wasn’t keen on having a married couple on board, so we moved to Swan 65 Cyclos. She belonged to a German gent who also had a 92-foot classic sailing yacht in build at Royal Huisman Cyclos II. “As Cyclos II’s launch date approached in 1984, Jenny and I suffered a horrific car accident. I broke my sternum and was on a cardiac monitor for a few days, but Jenny bore the

“I wasn’t a remarkable photographer, I just worked hard. Most days I’d leave the house at nine o’clock and not return until one o’clock the following morning. Weekends were my favourite, I’d grab my motorbike, shoot a rugby match, and then have the day to myself. I often did theatre work. Back then, pubs would shut at half ten, but I’d invariably still be on a job, so I’d drink with the actors in their secret hangouts after closing time. I shot politicians, footballers, stars of stage and screen, and accumulated enough wealth to buy four houses. I got through far too many girlfriends, there was no time to get married, although I did get engaged once - turned out she was only after me for my money. “Boating continued to feature in my life. My

With fiancée Bren


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One of several motorbikes in Charles' life

Up the mast of the Watson ex RNLI life boat that has been in the family 44 years

First full-time command Swan 65 Cyclos

brunt of it and was smashed to pieces. After several weeks in a Dutch hospital, we brought her back to England and had an audience with a Southport surgeon. His conclusion was that Jenny’s arm would have to come off. Shocked, I turned to the owner of Cyclos for advice, and he said we should pose the question: ‘if money were no object, what could be done for Jenny?’ Apparently there were two specialists who could save her arm, one in Switzerland and one in Bristol.

“In time, I went back to work skippering the 65 and new 92. I did a Caribbean season while Jenny was recuperating, and then she came back to join us. It was clear that I couldn’t drive both boats simultaneously, so I was given the choice between Alaska in the Royal Huisman or day sailing out of Monaco in the Swan. We opted for the latter. As the summer ended, we went back to the UK, via Palma, and noticed a large ‘egg’ had appeared on Jenny’s arm. The surgeon instructed Jenny to stop sailing immediately or once more be faced with amputation. She stopped sailing. Not that she stopped working. Jenny loved to be busy and ran the local yacht club and the Association of Yacht Support Services - among other things.

command centre as he put the final touches to his campaign boat - sophisticated hydrofoil Blue Arrow. I also skippered Peter’s old Victory 83 on a tour around England. Then I switched my attention to the 1989-90 Round the World Race, supporting yachtsman Lawrie Smith in his Whitbred Maxi 81 Rothmans. I also worked with US yachtsman Patrick Malloy in his first Intuition, a Doug Peterson-design 42-footer. In between, I did a bit of racing and a few deliveries, including 28-metre William Fife Tuiga from Cyprus to the UK and her bigger sister Altair from Palma to the UK. In short, I took all the work I could - I enjoyed making money.

“By now Jenny was incredibly poorly, knocking death’s door, so I rushed her to Bristol that evening and an operation was planned for the next day. An Irish blacksmith was brought into theatre and the surgeon effectively removed her arm, asked the Irishman to create the steelwork that would support the limb, and then they put it all back together. Bars were also put in her back, her legs, screws in her shoulders, you name it. We certainly got the ‘in sickness and in health’ test out of the way early in our marriage. Needless to say, Jenny made a remarkable recovery and went on to have a happy full life - and four children. God bless the NHS.

With fellow photographer Richard Williams

“In 1986 I was offered a job on 83-foot Benetti motoryacht Bambu owned by a chap called Steve, who happened to be Prince’s manager. We did a lot of miles in that boat, but I only saw the chart-topper briefly once, in Miami. Three years later Bambu was sold and I jumped across to work on ex-Falmouth harbour tug boat, St Eval, now owned by British entrepreneur Peter de Savary. He spent millions converting her into his America’s Cup

“By 1995, I was back alongside Pat Malloy working on plans for the second Intuition. He’d bought David Bowie’s old boat, classic 38-metre Benetti Deneb Star C, and taken her back home to America. In the office, I found audacious plans to convert a big offshore supply vessel. The search began, and together we found a 196-foot pilot cutter built in the 1970s for the Netherlands Pilotage Authority. We brought her back to Hamble for conversion into a luxury superyacht. Vosper Thornycroft

One of many trophies, this one for Blackpool to Isle of Man in a Flying Dutchman


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Intuition Two in Southampton Docks after a two year rebuild

handled the metalwork, Southampton Yacht Services redesigned the interior and with, the help of more than 75 day workers, she was ready for her maiden voyage from Southampton to Newport, Rhode Island, in just two years. “There followed season upon season of cruising the Caribbean and Florida in the winter, and east coast USA, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and the Med in the summer. Pat and I got on so well. He’d have me drop his daughters off at school, and later university, and include me in his social circle. But in 2007, over 18 years since we first met, Pat let me go. He had his reasons, and to be honest it was a good time to finish. I was able to finally spend time at home with my family and my wife, who sadly died of cancer in 2016. “I’m 71 now, I have a nice house in Hamble and an equally nice place in Antigua, where I am active in the Antigua & Barbuda Search and Rescue - a voluntary organisation that provides 24/7/365 support. I have a collection of fantastic children and a couple of small boats to mess around in. I was also fortunate enough

Artists' impression Intuition Two

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Steaming across Falmouth Harbour Antigua with friend Mike Winterburn

to meet a lovely lady to whom I became engaged at a mid-Atlantic fancy dress party in 2019. Bren was dressed as the North Atlantic garbage patch at the time, covered in rubbish - highly romantic. You could say I don’t need to work anymore, but I want to. We only get given a certain number of breaths in life - and I intend to enjoy every one of them. “Life has slipped into a routine of deliveries. I’ve done well over 50 in the last decade or so, with an added dash of project management such as 26-metre Twirlybird VI’s refit in 2008. I love the camaraderie on and below deck. I’ve just renewed my licence for another five years and I’m still game to take on anything - motor or sail - so long as they pay. Having spent all those years as a photographer, I’ve learned to bend a bit. I can also pick up on people’s feelings straight away. Both these skills are rather handy for a delivery skipper. When I join a yacht for the days, weeks or months they need me, I make sure the crew and owner know that I am just there to keep everyone happy and safe - if they have any problems, they can telephone their skipper. When I depart, I go without leaving a mark.

“Last year, I delivered a two-masted gaffrigged 42-metre schooner from Portugal to London. Launched in 1930 as Te Vega, she’s owned by an English guy who is so hands on that he knows every nut and bolt of that yacht - his enthusiasm is infectious. It was a treat for me to return to Te Vega as 30 years prior I’d towed her from Southampton to Bilbao. I am delighted she’s with an owner who truly loves her. This year, I did a ten-day stint on 43-metre motoryacht Cyan owned by a rather famous rocker, followed by an Atlantic crossing on 45-metre Perini Blush owned by a talented drummer - a musical summer. I also raced in the 2021 Rolex Fastnet on Swan 65 Desperado, AKA Cyclos - the very same boat I skippered in the 1980s. Soon I’ll be in Antigua, and next year I plan to take 156-foot Hoek Wisp from Palma to join the St Barth’s Bucket. Add a dash of diving, motorbiking, skiing, motorhoming and tending to my chickens and it’s a pretty interesting life with Bren, for which I am grateful on a daily basis.” ______________________________________ Sarah Forge hello@sarahforge.com

On the bridge of Intuition Two


FEATURE: TOM VAN OOSSANEN – RISING STAR OF SUPERYACHT PHOTOGRAPHY

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La Datcha Launch

TOM VAN OOSSANEN – RISING STAR OF SUPERYACHT PHOTOGRAPHY You know it’s going to be a fun interview when you spend the first few minutes discussing World Animal Day and the fact that my current interviewee’s WhatsApp photo is of him and his two ducks. They are called the Dutch equivalent names of Donald and Daisy Duck. So ducks? I’m more of a cat person I say. Well apparently so is Tom, however he is highly allergic, and instead he hangs out with Donald and Daisy, going for swims and generally just chilling out. This definitely set the tone for what was to be

a light heated and fun discovery of how Tom, born in the Naval town of Den Helder, grew up to be one of the most stunning superyacht photographers we have met in recent years. So where did it all begin? Tom’s Dad was in the Dutch Royal Navy who were based in Den Helder, The Netherlands only Naval base and so he was always around boats from a very young age and had a fascination for anything that floated. But it was in 1999 when MY

Boadicea, Amels beautiful 76.6m was launched in his home town for sea trials that his love affair with yachts and photography really began. With his Dad’s old analogue camera in hand he began taking photographs of anything that moved, or didn’t for that matter. 3 years later, after beginning work on the flower farm he was proudly able to buy his first camera, a Kodak 4 MP. Now you have to remember that these were

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Below: Aviva

the days before Marine Traffic, so you didn’t know which boats were going to be coming and when, and it required a persistent nature to find out, which Tom clearly had in abundance. He would hang out and when the boats would come in he would often be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. The local papers started picking up his photographs and turned him into somewhat of a local celebrity. 3 years later and more cameras, and his photos were getting better and better on a daily basis. Although I should point out that he is quick to say that he was starting from a very low bar, though I feel that this is more due to his rather humble self-deprecating nature that the fact that his photos were actually as bad as he claims. Still, whilst his passion never waned it wasn’t until a summer holiday in Ibiza around 2011 when he came across his first real muse, Motor Yacht A, off the coast of Formentera. She was, and I quote, “Sick!!!!” He went home newly invigorated and determined to learn more about the industry, printing off the Top 100 superyachts worldwide and having his Bottom 3 photos: CVR


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photos printed in Boat International. Despite this enthusiasm it was still a slow entry into the industry, with fairly low pay. He recalls his trip to the South of France in 2012 when he was staying in a crap hotel in Nice when the Monaco Boat show was on, and the exorbitant entry fee of 80 euros. So he took a chance and emailed the Marketing Director offering his photography services for free entry. And lo and behold they took him up on his offer. Once again he says they weren’t the greatest photos but the Director loved them and he was invited to return.

Najiba Norway

It was then that he had a chance meeting with a chap in classic boat show attire who came up to him and said “You’re Tom.” Slightly flummoxed he didn’t really understand what it was that he wanted at that point, until he discovered he was from the SuperYacht Times and had been watching Tom’s progress with Boat International and had wanted to introduce himself. He thought that was that, but a few months later he called him about a superyacht festival that was happening in Amsterdam and could he come and cover it for SuperYacht Times? It was here that he saw what a small industry it was, with groups of close knit friends coming together drinking and enjoying the food trucks. At that time Tom was super shy and he says with a resigned laugh that the number of photos he took at the festival you could count on both hands, a very small ten. He decided on a change of direction and followed another of his mechanical passions, that of helicopters. However this road wasn’t in the stars, boats were still calling. Literally. Johan the Marketing Manager from that first Monaco Boat show called up and said that the SuperYacht Times were looking for a photographer and he had put Tom’s name forward for the role. It was time to put the shy, awkward young man from the corner in the festival away and embrace the opportunity that had been presented before him. So in 2015 the butterfly emerged from the cocoon and

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he began to do what he had always dreamed of, fly the globe taking photos of the World’s greatest superyachts. For three wonderful years the SuperYacht Times afforded him a platform to hone his skills, be at all the boat shows and constantly evolve his photography. But it wasn’t quite enough, as it was still difficult to work with the shipyards and boats directly. So finally 3½ years ago, Tom took the biggest step and went freelance. Hs says that it by far the best decision of his life. He has incredible jobs every day, working directly with the shipyards on new builds, following the boats from inception to launch. He joins owners on trips where most leave him to his own devices to capture those perfect shots of the things they treasure most in the world. He says he wakes up everyday excited, and in fact he often can’t sleep before a launch, of which he shoots some astounding 30 per year. He says that whilst the last 1 ½ years have not been easy in many ways, it has in fact been his most successful year so far. He has visited the Caribbean, the Maldives, Iceland, The Galapagos, and probably his favourite place to shoot, Norway. But it wasn’t always like this. There were frustrating times and people who said that he couldn’t make a living out of photography, that was at times draining. However his determination and hard work have brought him to this place where he is now. Where he is shooting iconic yachts such as Black Pearl or following Feadship’s newest launch down the canals of The Netherlands for four days, using a myriad of different photography styles and techniques. It just goes to show that with a little luck, a lot of skill and bucketloads of passion, the sky really is the limit!

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FEATURE: REFLECTIONS ON THE MONACO YACHT SHOW 2021

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REFLECTIONS ON THE MONACO YACHT SHOW 2021 This years long awaited edition of the Monaco Yacht Show took place last week after the raft of cancellations in 2020. There were doubts whether Informa’s pre-eminent industry gathering would take place at all, but after the successes of Cannes, Genoa and Southampton, and the introduction of strict safety protocols, it was all systems go in Monte Carlo. With only marginally less visitors than 2019, the docks were buzzing throughout the event with the COVID measures causing minimal disruption and the sun shining over Port Hercule the global yachting community once again converged en mass to connect after what

has been a phenomenal time for shipyards and brokerages (but more on that later..) Over 80 vessels attended with an average size of 54m. The largest was Benetti’s flagship M/Y IJE measuring in at a colossal 108m, and she was by no means the only mega or even gigayacht on display. Other standouts included Rossinavi’s 70.2m ultra luxury ice-class vessel M/Y Polaris, the largest construction in the Italian shipyard’s history. 2021 Feadship new launch 94m M/Y Viva, dominated with her open beach house styling courtesy of Azure Yacht Design and Studio De Voogt and low emission hybrid diesel-electric powered

engine. Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts showed their prowess with the exceptional 80m M/Y Tatiana, whose standout features include the huge duplex spa and beach club located on the aft with phenomenal interior design by long term collaborator H2 Yacht Design. And lastly, the vessel that turned the most heads at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021 had to be the multi-award winning 80m M/Y Artefact, launched in 2020 by Nobiskrug. Meeting all exacting IMO tier III regulations her groundbreaking architecture and exterior styling by Gregory C. Marshall truly sets her apart even amongst the world’s most


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Above 3 photos - Artefact © Francisco Martinez

spectacular launches. A steel composite superstructure houses an unprecedented floor-to-ceiling glass central section and 740 Sqm of glasswork weighing in at almost 60 tons, creating an unconventional and original silhouette. It is clear for all to see why she was awarded the Motor Yacht of the Year accolade at the World Superyacht Awards just before showing at Monaco. (For those eagle eyed yacht spotters out there M/Y Artefact made her way to Palma straight after the MYS!) After a global period of uncertainty, both buyer and charterer interest in superyachting has skyrocketed. The SYBASS Economic Report claimed that “The fog has dispersed”. According to Boatpro 2021 sales stand at 461 year to date with more recently announced, including the sale of 66m B.Now Oasis from Benetti, the largest model in the range. The strength of the market was further affirmed by the sheer number of clients clamouring for visits throughout the Monaco show. ‘’It is great to see clients having such confidence in the industry, we have seen this throughout the summer with strong sales and over 550 charters

contracted, we are almost at record figures.’’ said Toby McClaurin of Ocean Independence. The story at the shipyards further echoed this optimism with order books and sheds full. Arthur Brouwer, CEO at Heesen said at their press breakfast which kicked off proceedings at Monaco ‘’We, as an industry, are already close to exceeding the total number of yachts sold in the whole of 2020, and at Heesen, we plan to contribute to exceeding that figure in 2021!’ Brouwer also noted that the renowned Dutch builder had ‘’sold nine yachts and delivered six in the last 18 months’’ and that ‘’the superyacht market is back to the dynamic times of the early 2000s.’’ So far so good, but what did the shipyards and designers have in store to quench the appetite for newer, larger, more innovative and sustainable superyachts? Tankoa’s Albert Mancini designed 76m Apache concept had the wow factor with its 9.5 metre glass bottomed ‘flying’ pool, a feature which has never been attempted on a superyacht foredeck, and with a massive 125 square metres of beach

Lucie onboard the WHY 200

Above 3 photos - Artefact © Francisco Martinez


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Photo Above and 2 below: MY Tatiana

club. "I wanted to avoid the typical cave dark effect seen in many beach clubs,” says Mancini. “Apache’s beach club design is not just an area for accessing the sea to be enjoyed only when anchored during the day; it is fully integrated with the main deck salon so it can be used day or night as an extension of the outdoor living space.” Over at Feadship their 81.75m future concept ‘Pure’ showcased the shipyard's commitment to sustainable, zero-emissions technologies with a fuel flexible engine room that would be ready for a future transition to carbon neutrality. Its sleek five deck design includes

a striking double height glass atrium and inside-outside configuration conceived by Studio De Voogt. The yacht also features a somewhat controversial lower deck pilothouse where Captain would command the vessel with no direct line of sight instead using radar, AIS, maps, depth sounders and cameras strategically placed around the yacht presented via an augmented reality platform. A configuration more common on naval vessels and submarines, but on superyachts? This no doubt will become an ongoing industry talking point for some time to come.

home, MYBA announced a 3 year extension to its contract with Barcelona’s Marina Port Vell; bringing the eponymous charter show back to the Med after a two year absence. So we can expect a full back to business calendar of yacht shows in the spring of 2022.

Also during the MYS and somewhat closer to

By Lucie Gardiner

The jewel in the yachting crown definitely shone at the Monaco Yacht Show this September and if current predictions are anything to go by, a fortuitous future lies ahead for the global yachting industry. ______________________________________



FEATURE: CHRISTINA O

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CHRISTINA O Christina O has recently been in Mallorcan waters, filming part of the next series of the BBC drama “ The Crown”, so we thought we’d find out a bit more about this classic Motoryacht. Even in the rarefied and elite world of superyachts, there’s quite simply nothing to compare to the motor yacht Christina O. We’re talking about a yacht which effortlessly oozes history, charisma and glamour like no other. An iconic vessel on which Maria Callas sang and Winston Churchill engaged in heated political debate with Aristotle Onassis. A place where John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Onassis, Margot Fonteyn, Frank Sinatra,

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, amongst other giants from the worlds of royalty, Hollywood and politics, could kick back and enjoy the romance and legendary hospitality synonymous with Christina O. The wedding reception of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly was held on board and the supermodel Heidi Klum recently married her beau on the yacht.

played an active part in the Second World War, including participation in the D Day landings and escorting convoys of ships providing defence. In late 1944, she reportedly spend a record 63 days at sea – the longest active period of any frigate during the war.

However, to fully understand the incredible history of this magnificent 99.13m superyacht, you need to travel back almost a century to her humbler, yet nonetheless impressive, beginnings.

However post-war she had the good fortune to be acquired by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who decided to invest in rebuilding and renovating her, completing an amazing metamorphosis from illustrious war vessel to one of the world’s most famous and celebrated superyachts.

Built in 1943 by Canadian Vickers, this onetime frigate, originally known as Stormont,

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destination for world leaders, movie stars and the business elite during the 1950s and 60s - an invitation on board was regarded as the pinnacle of arriving in society. Today’s guests can luxuriate in the knowledge that they are also experiencing that same sense of old-world charm and sophistication combined with seven star service in a stylish and classic environment unlike any other. She has been consistently upgraded in the intervening years to offer every aspect of 21st century luxury and technology which sits perfectly alongside original features like the impressive circular staircase and vintage handrails. One of many features setting Christina O apart from other superyachts is her immense deck space. The outdoor bar and Jacuzzi Deck combined with the famous Swimming Pool Deck and Compass Deck provide an extensive space that is hard to equal, as comfortable for 20 guests as for a cocktail party at anchor or a day cruise for 157. Among her most astounding wow factors is the 1.6m deep mosaic swimming pool installed in the 1950s which can be raised for both aesthetics and safety when the water is removed. Guests often like to use this space

as a dancefloor for parties under the stars and is a spot where many great memories have been made. In addition to her impressive exterior spaces, Christina O offers 17 beautifully appointed cabins sleeping 34 guests - the Onassis Suite has a stunning fireplace with a Renoir hanging above it - and all other cabins are named after Greek islands. She also boasts an array of stylish reception rooms in which to relax and be transported back to another time. The Jackie O Lapis Lounge is filled with rare books and this grand, yet cosy wood-panelled salon features an extraordinary lapis-lazuli fireplace made from a sought-after stone, which is reputed to enhance the memory. Ari’s Bar, meanwhile, is probably the most famous and iconic room on board. With a bar crafted from the wood of an ancient Spanish galleon, it is decorated with atmospheric black and white portraits of previous guests including John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It was the setting for numerous great historical meetings of minds, notably the first encounter between John F Kennedy and Winston Churchill, who made an incredible nine voyages on the yacht. The Maria Callas Lounge is dedicated to

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Ari’s grand amour of opera, whose exquisite recorded arias still drift around the lounge. A grand Steinway piano is available for guests to play and a remote-controlled projector descends to show movies while the Sir Winston Churchill Library offers peace and tranquillity for guests looking for respite from the sun and a little solitude. And then there is the cuisine. A team of six chefs from as far afield as Argentina and Japan is headed up by French Executive Chef Damien Perrinel, whose Michelin-star experience in some of France’s finest restaurants means that guests can enjoy a hedonistic dining experience every day, sampling divine dishes from every corner of the planet either on deck or in the elegant dining room, the centrepiece of which is a long table which can seat 28 guests. With wellness a key factor for many, Christina O also boasts a spa with two full-time therapists which is open all day long for no extra charge during charters, offering a variety of luxury spa treatments. The water sports department also delivers at the highest level of excellence; instructors can award RYA jet-ski licenses to guests while on board and coach them in having fun safely on the three SeaDoo waverunners in line with


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moment they step on board.” Christina O is stable, cruising fast with her relatively new engines up to a top speed of 19 knots and, with sufficient officers to allow the yacht to sail from one anchorage to another overnight, every night, guests can enjoy a full day at a new anchorage from daybreak. Charters can cover significant distances; during one charter in 2019, Christina O departed from Venice to cruise down the coasts of Croatia and Montenegro and through the bay of Kotor before heading across to Sicily and the Lipari Islands, and then north to Capri and Amalfi, finishing in Naples. She is also one of very few yachts legally allowed to charter in Greece with a nonGreek flag thanks to possession of a Greek charter license.

local regulations. Additionally, Christina O is served by two beautifully restored hacker craft tenders.

is unlike any other yacht. You feel the spirit of the yacht. People love it and it affects almost everybody in this way, young and old.”

Indeed, with a crew of around 40 and a staff to guest ratio of at least 1:1, you can be confident that your every need or desire will be met.

Operations manager Florin Belciug has worked on board for 12 years and agrees that Christina O offers a unique experience to charter guests. “She has a classic history and charisma that most boats just don’t have. Many charter clients choose her for this reason. The Americans love the fact that Jackie Onassis and JFK spent time on the yacht. They are impressed from the

“The sense of pride when you charter Christina O is palpable,” says charter broker Tim Morley. “When people come on board Christina O they genuinely have an emotional reaction. It

Even for those guests who are well versed in chartering, Christina O is guaranteed to eclipse any past experience, setting the bar on superyacht style and luxury at the highest level of excellence. ______________________________________ Superyacht Stories www.superyachtstories.com Photo Credit Stef Bravin



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BYD CAPTAIN INTERVIEW – JAMES LINE

Balearic Yacht Destination sat down with James Line, Captain of a 32m classic Motoryacht that is part of the Hill Robinson fleet to find out why he chooses the Balearic Islands for both summer cruising and winter refit and why he and his family spend as much time as possible here.

Describe each of the Balearic Islands with one word:

Tell us a bit about yourself…

What are your hobbies here on the islands? (sport, food, events)

I was born in the UK and moved to Andalucia in Spain when I was six years old. My father worked in the marine industry and after I finished my GCSEs I went to Antibes to work on the boats as that seemed like the best fit for me. I worked my way up from the bottom, as do most of us and, and after starting off in France, have travelled all over the Mediterranean and the Caribbean for the last 22 years. Over the last ten years, whenever the boat is in Mallorca, I spend my time exploring the island with my wife and daughter. What’s the most rewarding part of your job? It may sound cheesy but I would say that it is most rewarding when I have happy guests. It’s rewarding to go the extra mile and be able to do things that at first seem impossible. I have always tried my hardest to make sure that the guests have everything they need - our job is to give them the best experience possible and cater to their every need.

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My favourite thing to do is for a group of friends to go out exploring the island and socialising. I’ve recently started hiking and running although as far as hobbies go, I don’t have as much time as I used to. I like finding somewhere new on the island, somewhere I’ve not been to before, like a new restaurant or a new market and I love that I’m still finding new places. What’s your most memorable experience in the Balearics? This is not yachting related but I proposed to my wife, Dawn, outside the Cathedral in 2014...and she said yes! That is definitely the most memorable experience in the Balearics. Which is your favourite beach in the Balearics? That’s a tricky one as there are so many. Handsdown Es Trenc is one of the best beaches, both by boat or by land… it’s like being in

the Caribbean, just with a few more people! Formentera is obviously beautiful but for me, Es Trenc has it all, if you can find parking! What is your opinion about the future of the yachting industry in the Balearics? I think it will get better and better. It is already amazing as for cruising it offers such diversity and the yard time is great in Mallorca. The expansion of the shipyard will open it all up and allow more people to winter and more boats to do their maintenance here. This will allow more companies to open up and therefore create more competition in the industry. This is great for everyone as it gives us more options and it means that there will be more people on the islands and therefore more money all year round. What advantages do you think the yachting industry has in the Balearic Islands, compared to other places? Considering its size, Mallorca is open all year when other places pull the shutters down for winter. Also, the geographical location is perfect as many boats have to pass directly past Mallorca before starting the crossing to the Atlantic. The maintenance facilities are also brilliant on the islands and there are plenty of companies that offer the services we need for refit and repair.


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What’s your proudest moment as a captain? This is a hard question to answer, mainly because I am proud of several things that we have achieved as a crew. As a captain, I would say perhaps that my proudest moment was the first time I did a crossing as a relief captain or perhaps when I became sole captain. Another proud moment for me was bringing my daughter, Thalia, down to the boat to show her what I do and let her experience what daddy does every day. If you had to recommend the islands to another captain what would you say? For summer cruising the conditions are amazing on all four of the islands and each one has its own scenery and culture. If the guests are willing, you can spend several weeks cruising around all of the Balearics and taking in everything that each individual island has to offer - there is so much to explore.

For winter it is such a fantastic place to be based as it isn’t too expensive and the people are so friendly. There are so many things to do for the crew as well. There are events organised by people in the industry and the bars and restaurants welcome crew as they are

often their main customers during winter and the crew can feel at home. Whether it is their first time or their tenth, the crew love being in Mallorca and if the crew are happy, we are happy and, in turn, the owners are happy as they see the same faces every year.

BMC INTERVIEW WITH DAHLBERG S.A.

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My name is Toni Lopera, the Service Director of Dahlberg SA. We are a family company established in 1974 that became a public company in 1984. We have grown up in the marine electronic business but since 1998 we have been made up of four divisions. We have electronics, sanitation, comfort and also safety. We represent the most important companies in the market. Our goal is to provide customer satisfaction but also provide maximum clarity to the safety regulations and make sure that the customer is completely satisfied. What is your vision of the sector, your perspectives? Do you have any reflections on the current situation? Here in the Balearics, we are over 700 companies employing more than 4000 people and it is well known in the Mediterranean is one of the most important points for the repair and refit in the whole marine sector. The current situation, with Covid-19, has given us a real challenge because it has been really

tough to work in closed spaces. Normally we work on a boat with a few other companies and this situation has meant that we have had to stop doing what we have been doing for the last 35 years, especially in my case. We have been dealing quite well, in my opinion, and we have introduced strong protocols, especially for safety, and in the end, this is going to pass. I think we are prepared for the next scenario but I don’t think it will ever be like it was before, but we think we are in a good position right now. What would you highlight about the work of the Balearic Marine Cluster? The Balearic Marine Cluster was designed and intended to take a position of leadership in the marine industry for repair and refit in the Mediterranean and to show the customers

that we have to create a new standard for safety and quality of work. The idea of having so many companies is to make sure that when a customer contacts us, they know that everything will be clear, that everything will be transparent and that we will do things properly. We will also follow the safety regulations and the legal regulations which are also important as part of the cluster. From your point of view, what advantages do you get for being part of the cluster? The benefit of being part of the Balearic Marine Cluster is that we can share experience, projects, and business with other companies, and we can work together in different sectors of the industry. The cluster also keeps us up to date. There is a lot of competition here on the island and we know that we are not if we are not kept up to date, we will not be in business, so it is a real challenge to be part of this marine cluster because it encourages us to be better every day. ______________________________________ balearicmarinecluster.com


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BALERICS WANT DEBATE ON OVERCROWDING OF THE SEA

on Ibiza, nearly 10% and in Formentera, only 1.3%. The reason, most involved agree, is the influx of new and inexperienced boaters, and not just international visitors.

The environment minister of the Balearic Parliament is calling for a “diligent” debate about the number of boats traversing the waters of the Balearic Islands, leading to “overcrowding” and environmental concerns.

Minister Miquel Mir was responding to local concerns in Minorca that 40% of some 2,380 vessels at anchor were made to move because they were anchored in environmentally sensitive areas. Comparatively, in Mallorca only 7% of the boats inspected had to move;

“The island has been an anomaly this summer. There has been notable overcrowding, [with] a lot of national tourists with their own boats,” Mir said. The minister is calling for cooperation between the various authorities with “responsibility for the sea,” more involvement of the Spanish government and an increase in public awareness.

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CERASHIELD – CHANGING THE COURSE OF CERAMIC YACHT COATINGS NO TENTING, LESS TIME, LOWER BUDGET, SUPERB RESULTS!

I recently met with Leah and Aina of CeraShield at their offices in Palma. First impressions – really nice team, warm, friendly and professional but most importantly, they really know their stuff. As they talked me through their unique ceramic coating system for yachts, I have to say I was super-impressed with this technology. Although ceramic coatings have been around for a while now, these guys have worked on perfecting their product and method of application over the past 10 years and have justifiably become the top of their game in the yachting industry. So impressive is their work and reputation that they are now working in collaboration with Storm in Italy as well as working closely with preferred partners in Astilleros here in Palma, and with renowned paint companies and shipyards across Europe. They specialise not only in ceramic but glass and metal coatings too. CeraShield is also expert in the very niche removal of existing ceramic coatings by using their specially formulated gel. This allows vessels to be repainted with no risk of contamination or they can remove the existing coating and reapply a ceramic. One of the many benefits of using the CeraShield system is that the product can be applied without the need for tenting or drydocking of the vessel. It can be applied via platforms in the water, cherry pickers on a hardstanding, or via a harness. This means that CeraShield technicians can travel and complete

whole yacht coated in one go. Great for the budget-conscious who still want to maintain excellent standards. Another advantage is that they use Pinpoint works platform to log all works carried out. The Captain and relevant crew can therefore monitor the works, receive regular updates, a full specification of works and final report.

work on boats pretty much anywhere. All of this adds up to a far lower budget, less time and less pollution to restore a faded and porous paint surface to its original beautiful, high-gloss finish – and at a third of the cost of a repaint! It also provides complete protection against exhaust emissions, harmful UV rays, salt, and acid rain. This all makes for hasslefree cleaning in minimal time. CeraShield uses scanning equipment to diagnose any porosity in the paintwork, thus allowing them to get to work on individual areas to avoid unnecessary further deterioration. This means that much smaller areas can be worked on rather than having the

With Leah’s 20 years of experience in the yachting industry both on land and at sea, and Aina’s vast technical knowledge of yacht paints and application systems, CeraShield ticks all the boxes when it comes to professionalism, maintaining high standards and good client relations. Although ceramic may not have been the first choice in the past, these guys have changed the course of yacht coatings with their innovative product technology and the exceptional quality of their work. With extremely impressive testimonials from yachts such as MY Aqujo, MY Elysian and MY Gattopardo, CeraShield’s technologically advanced high-spec systems and polished performance are the future for the yacht coatings industry. ______________________________________ CeraShield Calle Joan de Saridakis 2, Edificio Goya, Local 1a, 07015, Palma de Mallorca www.cerashield.net Leah: (+34) 688 466 385 By Lisa Thompson textperfect@outlook.com



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MYBA RENEWS WITH MARINA PORT VELL Last month, in a small but significant ceremony, MYBA renewed its agreement with Marina Port Vell for the next 2 years of the MYBA Charter Show. The signatories, Raphael Sauleau and Ignacio Erroz, were flanked by members of MYBA Admin and Marina Port Vell Marketing teams as well as a select group of members of the press. Ricard Bracons (IBI News), Jody Dunowitz (Robb Report), Greg Bonin de Pissarro (The World of Yachts) and Sam Watson (Onboard Online) were there to document the event. This continuing collaboration fills us with optimism and John Wyborn, MYBA President, summed it up by saying:"I am delighted that we will be able to hold the MYBA Charter Show in 2022 and as part of those logistics, MYBA is particularly happy to be continuing its collaboration with Marina Port Vell in Barcelona as the venue for the coming years of the Show. We will be pulling out all the stops to make the 2022 Show a resounding success." Raphael Sauleau, AYSAS Chairman and Chair of the MYBA Communications Committee, commented: 'We are delighted to be able to plan and now schedule our return to Barcelona at Marina Port Vell for our charter shows. We certainly missed meeting our Members and being able to display all these amazing yachts. 2021 has been an extremely active year on the charter front and this despite many challenges related to the pandemic. We are extremely optimistic going forward and foresee busy charter years ahead of us. We are so looking forward to kicking off the 2022 summer season in Barcelona together with the Marina Port Vell team." Ignacio Erroz, General Manager, who was the signatory on behalf of Marina Port Vell, also shared his thoughts with us. "Marina Port Vell Barcelona is proud and pleased to welcome MYBA Charter Show to Barcelona once again. The renewal of this agreement demonstrates that Barcelona has consolidated its leading position as a superyacht destination. This agreement comes together with the announcement of the new positioning and investment project of Marina Port Vell that will allow us to specialise even more in superyachts." It was a special moment for all who participated as it marks the beginning of a return to a new normal. One that will allow us to meet again in person, share the latest news and developments, and generate more business for an industry that we are passionate about. We are looking forward to seeing you April 2528, 2022 in Barcelona! ______________________________________ MYBA Charter Show: http://mybashow.com MARINA PORT VELL: http://marinaportvell.com



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ONBOARD WINTER WATER CARE Finally, the Long Term Membrane Storage Chemical (LTMS) is a non-oxidizing biocide, produced specifically for the sanitizing of water maker membranes and systems, and can be kept in place for preservation of the membranes for up to 8 months. Winter is coming, how to take care of yacht water systems at the end of a busy season. As the cold season is approaching, many yachts switch to a different working rhythm. No more charters or guests on board, the focus becomes the maintenance of the yacht. So, the water system on board should be taken care of along with the rest of yacht. It’s very important in this period, to maintain it in good conditions to avoid any unpleasant surprise at the beginning of the next season. For this purpose, following process.

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Watermaker’s membranes, that won’t be in use for few months, should be thoroughly cleaned with two different solutions:

Water tanks and pipework should also be kept in a good clean condition. It’s important to perform a thorough water analysis to ascertain that there are no bacteria infections of any kind on board, not only for the safety of the guests and crew, while they are using the water, but also in cabins and spaces not used during the winter months. This is because infections left to fester for months untreated can become the source of a major problem in the future. What starts as a low concentration of bacteria, can grow undetected and uncontrolled during the winter, to finally explode when warm temperature approach in spring. It’s very important to check that there is no biofilm present in the pipework as this is the perfect medium for growing bacteria, if it is found it should be removed before the winter months.

AMC1 is a high pH, low foaming liquid cleaner to remove silt and organic foulants such as colloidal silica, organic colour and biofilms from thin composite and cellulose acetate membranes.

For this reason, it is a good advice to run all the faucets, showers and taps at least once a week, even in the heads and bathrooms not used by the guests during winter, and to clean the small filters attached to the taps and faucets to make sure there is no calcium builds up, as this can house bacteria.

AMC2 is a low pH liquid cleaner designed to remove metal foulants such as iron, manganese, and aluminium as well as calcium carbonate scale deposits from the membranes.

Every filter present on board should be changed periodically, even if the yacht is not used for a while, and the filter housings should be cleaned and disinfected as well.

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SPA pools need particular care. Octo Marine has a full range of products for cleaning and maintaining the bath and pipework in a healthy condition. You can use active oxygen granules or activator for disinfection without using chlorine. There are products stabilizing the pH, keeping algae and foam under control. When the SPA is empty and not going to be used for some time, it is a good idea to use a pipework cleaner product, as pipes can be contaminated by bacteria. The water line can be cleaned with Bordnet, a ready to use spray, as well as the inside of the skimmer. Water Safety Plan We recommend that all yacht´s should develop their own Water Safety Plan, to ensure safe, high-quality drinking, and washing water onboard, preventing the passage of waterborne infections, protecting the environment with knowledgeable use of chemicals and reduction of the use of plastics to a minimum. For more help, guidance and advice speak to Cinzia Codato our MTSea Water Specialist. ______________________________________ Office: (+34) 971 230 771 Sales Representative: (+34) 699 444 035 info@mtseawater.com www.mtseawater.com


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E3 SYSTEMS AND “THE CROWN”

It seemed timely to include this testimonial from David Jean Jean, the General manager of M/Y Christina O, as she has arrived in Palma to begin filming series 5 of “ The Crown”, the BBC’s award winning drama series. E3 Systems are very proud to have been closely involved in supplying the yacht’s guest communication and TV requirements, whilst on charter in the Caribbean earlier this year. The beautiful, historic vessel M/Y Christina O has had a busy and successful 2020/21 charter season in the Caribbean and still turns heads wherever she sails. In preparation for the season, we, e3 Systems, supplied the yacht with one 3G/4G contract comprising six BIG DATA Caribbean SIMs connecting with three Pepwave MAX Transit Duo LTEA devices, each with two modems, therefore two SIMs in each. We also supplied the satellite TV service, DirecTV Caribbean, to the yacht.

Each SIM provides complete coverage of the Windward and Leeward islands, the ABCs and all of the USA and Mexico. In most locations it connects to a number of networks then selects the strongest signal, thus keeping the charter guests connected at all times.

He added that, from their point of view, the data connectivity which they were able to provide this year with the e3 solution was much better than anything they had previously experienced. The DirecTV Caribbean satellite TV service also worked without a hitch.

The yacht cruised St Martin and St Barths during December and January with an average of 20 guests on-board at any time. The guests had expressed a need for good connectivity from the moment they arrived on-board for both business and entertainment purposes. They were making Zoom calls as well as using YouTube and Netflix. During that period, they were consuming over a Terabyte of data each month.

When asked what his experience had been working with the e3 team, he complimented them as being very helpful and offering support whenever it was required.

David commented that during the season the connectivity met the guests’ expectations, and they did not need to use the VSAT at all, as the yacht was always located in reach of a GSM mast the range from which was now enhanced by the use of the new Pepwave equipment.

Finally, we asked David what improvements to the connectivity we could make for the future, and he answered, “It would be great to provide 5G connectivity for their guests!!”. Watch this space! ______________________________________ Photos are courtesy of the yacht



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GMBA CONSULTANT HONOURED WITH ICOMIA GOLDEN CLEAT AWARD

The ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG) “Golden Cleat Marina Award’ is a newly created distinction designed to honour outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a true commitment to the global marina community throughout their careers. It will come as no surprise to those in the industry that this prestigious honour was awarded to Majorca based Oscar Siches at the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Dubai. The conference attracted 200 delegates from 24 countries making it a truly global event despite covid travel restrictions. Suzanne Davies, CEO Marina Industries Association commented, “On behalf of all members of the Marina Industries Association in the Asia Pacific region, our congratulations to Oscar Siches on receiving a Golden Cleat Award. While this award recognises a ‘lifetime of dedication’, we certainly hope it doesn’t end there. Oscar has been a great contributor globally and has shared his insights and knowledge over the years addressing our biennial Marinas International Conference and Trade Exhibition and we look forward to that continuing for some time yet.” The criteria for the award were set around 2 key areas: Dedication - Exceptional leadership, advocacy and dedication to the betterment of the world’s marina industry Sustainability and Innovation - An industry leader who has demonstrated leading edge mindset and commitment that would result in sustainability, innovation and environment protection There is no one who is more deserving of this award than Oscar Siches. His consummate professionalism alongside his infectious humour and style is well known to many.

Oscar who was totally surprised by this honour stated, “Well established awards reinforce the feeling of belonging to any organization. Awards send two messages: the first is the recognition of an exceptional performance by the winner. The second is that the reception of the award is not over when the ceremony finishes. The recipient should remain, as much as possible an example to be followed, encouraging peers and fellow industry colleagues to excel in what they do and become candidates for the award's following editions. The honour of receiving the first Golden Cleat Award is humbling and I will work to be the best ambassador possible for our industry.” Oscar has considerable experience in the boating industry having skippered sail and power yachts in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, both for private and charter clients. Oscar gained firsthand knowledge of the industry as a partner and manager of two marinas in Palma de Mallorca, over a period of 15 years. He currently consults on the design and operation of marina projects in various countries and is a designer of customized marina elements. He is a Certified Marina Professional, member of ICOMIA’s Marinas Committee, member of PIANC Recreational Navigation Committee, Convenor (coordinator) of Work group “yacht harbours” at the ISO organization and founding member of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association and the Global Marina Institute, where he served 6 years as a director. Oscar has also been a speaker at more than 30 marina conferences in 12 countries in the last 14 years. He is one of the main contributors to Marina World magazine, a columnist in a local Mallorca nautical publication and his articles are widely enjoyed in many international publications. The scope of Oscar’s involvement and his support for the industry has been enormous and has impacted many. Singapore based GMBA Consultant YP Yoke stated, "I have known Oscar for many years

- we were fellow members of the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG). Prior to the pandemic we met at least once a year, every time in a different location, for a business meeting, a meeting with the local host & administrators to learn what their challenges were, and a field trip to see the local marina infrastructure. There was always time for camaraderie and fellowship. Oscar is never afraid to speak his mind, and always has a refreshing perspective, even on the mundane. I can't think of a more deserving candidate for this inaugural award" The universal mission of the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG) is to improve the quality of the recreational boating experience through the development of marinas, yacht harbors, boatyards and small boat launching ramps. Acknowledgement by the industry of the valuable work so many stakeholders are doing within this sector is important as organisations like ICOMIA and the Boating Industries Association continue working to create the best possible environment for the boating industry. ______________________________________ For further information: MaryAnne Edwards medwards@gmba.blue (+61) 412 916 036 www.gmba.blue N.B. Global Marine Business Advisors and its associated website www.gmba.blue are not registered legal entities. GMBA is a network of independent marine industry advisors.



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TRABAJOS EN CABOS (T-E-C S.L.) SEAMLESS PROFESSIONALS FOR WORLD-CLASS RUNNING RIGGING

T-E-C has been providing running rigging since 2003 and during this time, has gained an excellent reputation in the yachting industry. On meeting with the owner, Pachi, it becomes apparent how they have gained their status in the world of superyachts and classic yachts alike. Rarely does one see such passion combined with a totally humble and unassuming character as I found in Pachi. As he talked me through the world of rigging and showed me around the workshop, there was absolutely nothing boastful about this man – just an obvious dedication and desire to provide the very best for each and every one of their well-respected clients. Witnessing the meticulous detail that his hardworking team put into every piece of handmade work that they produce was a real eye-opener for me. Their methodology and techniques for splicing are nothing less than first-class, resulting in perfect custom-made lines – every time. These clever guys can splice all types of lines for both sailing and motor yachts and can even custom braid their products to the exact colour required by the client. They also provide dock lines and leatherwork for all vessels, and for motor yachts they do tow lines and certified lifting strops.

the yachts it has worked on, including Bella Mente (Maxi 72 World, SY Open Season, SY Nikata, Azzurra (TP52 Class), Interlodge (TP52 Class), SY Thalia and SY Wind Rose, SY Shenandoah, SY Vagant, MY Axioma, MY Stargate, MY Alamshar to name but a few! So it’s hardly surprising that for Pachi and his highly skilled team, things have gone from strength to strength providing true testament to their commitment and unparalleled project perfection. There’s certainly no “Money for Old Rope” with these guys – just sheer excellence! T-E-C is the representative in Spain for the world’s number one rope manufacturer, Marlow Ropes. Working in close collaboration with Marlow’s UK office, they not only use them as a supplier of their worldclass products but also have a big input in formulating new methods of working with the very latest developments in raw materials. This has provided them with the opportunity to produce nothing short of perfect results for all of their projects. Pachi and his team’s attention to detail doesn’t just stop there. They are absolutely scrupulous with their record-keeping of every client project and the clear labelling of their custommade products, and nothing leaves their workshop unless it is 100% up to the mark! With their meticulous planning and design of every project, they pride themselves on their “plug & play” service, which they can travel globally to install and be ready to go. They also follow up at race events as well as installing in shipyards around the world. T-E-C are so confident in their work that they can also send the end product straight to the yacht for them to install themselves without encountering any problems – especially on boats they have worked with in the past and know the exact specifications of. It is this level of attention to detail and precision that saw them navigate the turbulent waves of the global lockdown in 2020 without being blown off-course. T-E-C is extremely proud to mention some of

Trabajos en Cabos will be at METS in Amsterdam on November 16-18 at the Marlow Ropes’ stand, so be sure to take the time to meet these great guys in person. ______________________________________ Trabajos en Cabos S.L. Astilleros de Mallorca, Contramuelle-Mollet, 11, 07012 Palma www.trabajosencabos.com (+34) 971 724 721 By Lisa Thompson textperfect@outlook.com



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QUANTUM SAILS EXPANDS THEIR GRAND PRIX AND SUPERYACHT SUPPORT WITH NEW ALARÓ LOFT a short 20-minute drive from the island’s sailing capital of Palma, Alaró and its legacy of craftsmanship caught the attention of two superyacht sailing captains. They recognized the potential of this beautiful mountain village and opened the first sail loft in 1990, focusing on serving the island’s superyacht and Grand Prix sailing culture. Now called Quantum Sails Alaró, the original loft has changed hands but its commitment to high-quality craftsmanship remains. With a full-service superyacht facility in Central Europe staffed by some of the industry's top sailors, sailmakers, and designers, Quantum Sails Alaró is uniquely positioned to provide high-quality sails, service, and support to sailors throughout the Mediterranean region. The newly remodeled loft hosts an impressive 800m2 floorspace for manufacturing, finishing, and repairing sails of any size. An additional 500m2 of patio space for cleaning sails and 700m2 of storage makes it a truly wellequipped loft. From new sails and repairs to design and manufacturing, the loft meets the needs of any sailor at any point in their journey. “We have always focused on providing the best-performing products in sailing,” says Quantum Sails President Ed Reynolds. “We’re equally relentless about delivering a higher standard of service, customer care, education, support, and mentorship. Growing our global network and expanding our capacities with lofts like Alaró delivers on our promise to help sailors at all levels pursue their passion and achieve their aspirations.”

The Quantum Sails brand has long been synonymous with quality, innovation, and, above all, service. This fall, the company is building on that tradition with the addition of the new Grand Prix and superyacht headquarters in Alaró, Spain, on the island of Mallorca.

The historic town of Alaró once boasted the title of Spain’s shoemaking and leather works capital, with up to 30 shoe factories operating there at any given time. The tradition was so ingrained in the town’s culture, as the story goes, that everyone had a sewing machine in their home. Nestled in the mountains and

Quantum Sails Alaró is also a hub for innovation and design, a place for boat owners, captains, and sailors to collaborate with sail designers and sailmakers on solutions for their unique challenges. While Quantum Sails offers a full range of products for boats of every size, this loft will also specialize in the needs of Grand Prix and superyacht programs. Quantum’s product catalog includes classic woven options, triradial layouts, and Fusion M membrane sails, designed with proprietary iQ Technology®. Alaró’s core team comprises Quantum’s top Grand Prix and superyacht experts, including sail production and service manager Martin


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Winter, superyacht expert Antoine Thuillier, and office manager Maëla Le Crom. Martin Winter is a sailmaker by trade and has spent the last 20 years perfecting his craft. Originally from New Zealand, Winter has been involved with numerous programs over the years, including TP52 and America’s Cup programs. "My favorite part of being on the Quantum team is that we're always developing, always looking for something extra," says Martin. "We work to a high standard and keep improving with every project." Antoine Thuillier’s passion for sailing and helping to create an exceptional experience, combined with his authentic character have made him one of the most respected superyacht experts in Europe. "The pursuit of perfecting a sail was a beautiful way to express myself," says Thuillier. "Lighter fabric, better shape, so many aspects to create and improve upon. I am proud to offer all my customers the expertise, right product, and support of a worldwide team leading many areas of the high-performance market. I enjoy merging my intimate knowledge of big boats and design technology with the rest of the team to create superior products." Thuillier has run point on sail projects for Perinis and Wallys, to name a few, and has serviced the biggest European shipyards and marinas. Thuillier is also an active competitor on big boats as a sailmaker and professional crew member. Maëla Le Crom is the key to the successful operation of the loft and managing the complexities that come with Grand Prix and superyacht projects. With over eight years of experience managing sail lofts, she brings a unique expertise to the equation. “The Quantum team here and abroad have long provided sailors with the best experience and best products.” says Le Crom. “We are positioned to help customers find the right solutions and support them with technical expertise and service to ensure they are getting what they want out of their experience on the water.” The new Quantum Sails Alaró is part of Quantum’s worldwide network of lofts, meaning every customer benefits from the network’s collective expertise, knowledge, and resources. Quantum is dedicated to delivering a personalized experience to help every customer meet their sailing challenges. The team at Quantum looks forward to serving you, whether at our new Alaró loft or one of our other 70 lofts throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Quantum Sails Alaró is located at Avinguda de la Constitucio 71, 07340 Alaró, Illes Balears and open Monday through Friday, 8:0017:00. While it specializes in Grand Prix and superyacht sails, the loft is open to serve boats of all sizes and needs throughout Mallorca, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Don’t hesitate to visit, even if only to tour the facility and talk about sailing. ______________________________________ Quantum Sails Alaró Avinguda de la Constitucio 71, 07340 Alaró

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E3 SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY UPDATE Suddenly, we are into the last quarter of the year! I think I can safely say that we have had an unexpectedly busy summer season here in the Med. It may have started off a little tentatively, but towards the end of the season we have seen various areas of business exceed the high activity levels which we remember from 2019. We are now into the traditional yacht show season, which has changed significantly after all the cancellations last year. We had a great experience at the Monaco Show this year. The organisers have changed the shape of the Show, which I totally endorse. They have returned the focus to what powers our industry, and that is the sale of yachts. It’s gone back to being a pure “Yacht Show”. They have made it more attractive for potential buyers to visit by decreasing the footfall. The service companies now play second fiddle to the sales and charter companies. I would predict that dedicated Shows for service companies, such as METS, will now grow. We will be exhibiting at METS! However, before METS we will be demonstrating our just launched “Smart eSAT, by e3” at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) as installed, on the new, award winning 37m/120' Benetti Motopanfilo motor yacht 'Koju', that has just been delivered from Italy.

middle of the ocean. It’s pretty smart but not that smart! Whereas “Smart eSAT, by e3”, which is a new HYBRID Communications Solution for yachts does all that, and more. It roams seamlessly across satellite (VSAT) and cellular (4G & 5G) connections providing voice communications, the ability to use a multitude of data apps and it streams IPTV! The integrated e3.VoIP service works over either of the HYBRID satellite and cellular connections. This Smart eSAT service is the first communications solution to include a free IPTV service with free bandwidth for streaming. This Solution gets even Smarter as it is the first digitalized communications service. The service can be reviewed, specified, designed and ordered on-line and once active, the performance can be monitored using our client portal with on-line service requests for upgrades, downgrades, suspensions or any other service changes. The software also incorporates an itinerary planning tool to aid annual budgeting. “eSAT, by e3” features

I am very keen to introduce our new “Smart eSAT, by e3” solution, as it’s a totally new concept for yachts, but everyone who uses a Smartphone will be familiar with it. “Smart eSAT by e3”, the new global HYBRID Communications Solution Can you imagine having a single global communications solution that connects your yacht transparently to the rest of the world using a range of technologies over which you can communicate by voice and video, browse, watch videos and TV, conduct business, play games, and run all your social needs, all for a single monthly fee? Your smartphone does that! As you know, it can roam across cellular and wi-fi networks, you can make voice and data calls and you can use any app from the app stores, but not in the

• A single monthly fee. • Free 4G/5G for Europe and USA with most annual plans. Other regions available. • Free IPTV streaming channels over HYBRID connections. Other IPTV services available. • Free VoIP connecting over the HYBRID connections. Up to 4 lines available.

• Digitalized self-service ordering and management, using the my.e3s client portal. • e3’s own premium network working directly with the Satellite Operator. • “All Systems – Beyond the Modem” 24/7 Proactive Support and on-site annual antenna support and service. • Latest Newtec modem. • Multi beam service. • Yachting and Global coverage. • High bandwidth plans. • Short term “Pop-Up” monthly plans. • An annual commitment can be dipped into over 2 years. • Full flexibility on upgrades and suspensions. The benefits of a Communications Solution

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• A single monthly fee for everything. That fee compares favourably to VSAT only fees. • The free 4G can be used in isolation or seamlessly with the VSAT. • A seamless failover system can be specified to failover from VSAT to 4G/5G and back if required. • A free package of IPTV channels is included which can be streamed via an integrated IPTV data channel. You do not pay for that VSAT data channel anywhere it is used and the 4G/5G channel is free in the EU and USA whilst using the included 4G/5G service. • The free VoIP service includes 1 line and will connect over the HYBRID connections, so will continue to work when the VSAT is decommissioned during yard periods. Country breakout telephone numbers are available and remain unchanged if a service is changed. Up to 4 lines are available. • All the components of the HYBRID solution can be customized and it’s also an open system. This includes the addition of the owner’s own IPTV channels, the breakout country for the VoIP service or the integration into the PBX. WAN integration into the existing IT architecture. Equipment choice. • The digitalisation self-service tools improve the speed and quality of service and includes management and budgeting tools. • “All Systems – Beyond the Modem” 24/7 Proactive Support and on-site annual antenna support and service including 24/7 Help Desk. This is an exceptional new service, so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. Meet: Xavier Nedjam – e3 Systems Europe Business Development Manager I’m originally from Lyon, European gastronomy capital. I have been lucky to have worked in several countries, including England, France, Australia and USA before joining e3. I have now joined e3, such a reputable company!! I felt very welcomed to the e3 big family from the very first moment I joined the company 4 months ago, and now feel fully integrated into the company as a Business Development Manager. Our aim is to fully understand and analyse the needs of each vessel, to deliver the most suited service within our products portfolio, offering comprehensive support


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and assistance at all times. We are currently launching our new communications solution called eSAT which I am confident to say will catch your attention! I have already experienced teamwork in e3, with all departments working together, from IT, Engineering, Sales or Accounts. Communications on board require to be approached from a global perspective, and that is exactly what e3 does. I really like this approach and it makes me so proud of being part of this team! From my previous experience, I know that captains and crew always have busy schedules,

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so I’m always ready and happy to help and answer any query. I love interacting with customers and believe a high level of customer service is key to being the leaders in such a demanding industry as yachting. I often say that in yachting you must always expect the unexpected! I find it very motivational to work in such an international environment. I’m lucky to have been involved in the yachting industry for over 15 years and to have seen the growth in the size of yachts changing and the progress in terms of technology. Owner demands are so high that companies must always been at the top of their game in terms of service and product.

Outside working hours I love spending time with friends and family, I practice a lot of different sports, such as tennis, running, golf, football, boxing and cycling! I love sailing and one of my most memorable experiences was cruising around South Corsica on a catamaran; probably the most beautiful destination. I am a big fan of the Balearic Islands and I love spending time on a deserted beach, far from the crowds which I always try to escape from! In winter, I happily change the beach for the French Alps. I feel very fortunate to live half an hour from the sea and the beach! ______________________________________

I have had various work experience from selling sunglasses in Australia, selling SIM cards at Gemalto, selling advertising space at Yachting Pages which gave me the opportunity to travel to more than 20 different countries around the globe. I was also Sales & Marketing Director of a now reputable shipyard in La Ciotat, France. We started from scratch and rebuilt this refit yard after an unfortunate bankruptcy. In fact, this shipyard was the first French shipyard to have ever brought a 30m yacht (which was huge in those days) to refit in France. My last work experience was as a yacht owner’s representative. I was working for an American celebrity who taught me a lot and it was probably the most challenging job I have had so far. I had to deal with various 24/7 demands for the family and demands outside the yachting industry. Flexibility and adaptability are definitely the keywords to succeed in such a role.

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ARE WE WI-FI-ING? Wi-Fi has become important like air for some, Wi-Fi is your lifeline in many places, where would we be without that wireless connection! How often do you look at the top of the screen on your mobile device to see if you have at least 2 or 3 bars on the Wi-Fi symbol? Are you really connected? And why is it so slow when you know you have a good internet connection? Anything that is wireless uses “RF” an invisible medium that transmits our information from one device to another, but not only communication devices, also other devices like the Microwave uses RF. RF is affected by many elements, each other, and other apparatus sharing the same frequencies. It’s hard to talk about this without diving into technical gobbledygook, but some basic understanding should suffice in getting a clear signal. Firstly, you need to understand that Wi-Fi works in 2 different frequency bands, the 2.4GHz band and the 5-6GHz band. Traditionally everything was on 2.4GHz and when it got too crowded the 5GHz started getting popular. Both frequency bands are public, unlicensed bands, that is to say that if you are within certain limits you do not need to get governmental approval to use them. That brings with it the first problem… it’s free to use… by EVERYONE!. Let’s start with the loudest user in this band… Your Microwave sitting there on the kitchen bench, it shouts out at 600 Watts in the 2.4GHz frequency (but within a well-sealed container), comparatively your Wi-Fi box hanging on the wall might just achieve 1 Watt (maximum set by the FCC in the US). But then there is also that cordless phone, your Bluetooth headset, the wireless CCTV camera, the baby monitor and a few more devices, all sitting there chatting away at 2.4GHz. And for Wi-Fi, the 2.4GHz band actually only has enough room for 3 channels to sit beside each other. (Yes, there are 11 channels, but for efficiency and if set it up properly you should and can only use 3!) So, problem 1. The 2.4GHz band is noisy!! Imagine you are sitting in a bar having a quiet chat with your friend. The bar is empty and you hear each other just fine, you can speak

normal and fast. Now a group of 5 others enter, then another 5 and so on. As the bar fills up, the chatter (noise) gets louder and all you can do is speak louder and slower, and you need to concentrate more, start cyphering out what is being said. Until such a time you only hear every 3rd word and all you do is ask... WHAT? can you repeat that? The same happens with Wi-Fi… the more devices in the area the harder it’s for them to talk to each other. Ever noticed that in the harbour your Wi-Fi quality decreases… with so many neighbouring Wi-Fis’ around? Then often they are wrongly configured. I already mentioned above that only 3 channels should be used… yet too often any channel is used, and this causes overlapping. If only 1 channel overlaps with an adjacent one (i.e. they share frequency spectrum) the connectivity speed could be halved! Most people then say, well make our unit shout louder! And here we are back in the bar, I shout louder, our neighbour shouts louder, we speak at the same time …. And what do we do... we slow down, reduce speed, constantly repeat ourselves. And now a couple of friends have joined, your conversation now criss-crosses, you have to take turns to talk. Wi-Fi is extremely polite! Wi-Fi waits for their turn to talk... do we have silence? Yes, ok I talk… oh somebody talked, I’ll shut up and wait my turn again... And now there are so many friends, you need to take a couple of tables, and there is a small

wall in the way, or a being a fancy bar, a fish tank. That blocks the sound. Well, the same happens with those steel bulkheads, even a glass pane causes a communication blockage. And here we are at our slow internet connection. Doesn’t matter how fast your internet pipe to the outside world is, when you can’t even connect at full speed within your own network. And the 15 other devices in the room (Mobile, Tablet, Stream Player, Smartwatch, IP camera, etc…) If you believe you are facing such problems, it might be time to talk to your IT folk. A well set up wired and Wi-Fi network can make a huge difference, like day and night, especially now that people are coming on board with more and more wireless devices! Get someone to do a heatmap of your vessel, but make sure it’s done right! If someone turns up with a laptop with a single Wi-Fi antenna connected, it will not detect the performance of your network, it will not analyse the full picture. If you want a check list of what to look for in a heatmap survey, drop me an email, I’ll gladly send you one! ______________________________________ By Tim Gorter, Virtual AVIT ETO www.teletechnics.com Article written by Tim Gorter, connected@ teletechnics.com. Tim focuses in Audio/ Video installation support and RF / WIFI network surveys to ensure that you get 100% wireless connectivity, where you want it! (That be everywhere!!).



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On the 10th of October was Mental Health Awareness Day and as such I think it is important that we dedicate this article to Crew who suffer from mental health issues. I interviewed Holly Robertson a Bosun and client of mine who courageously shares her experience of Depression. So Holly and I are going to look at depression and unpack that from the perspective of someone who suffers from depression. I have no doubt that this interview will better equip you on how you can support someone with depression as well as understand the signs and symptoms. Karine - So how, for you, how would you define or describe depression in your own words, Holly - Okay, well that's easy, loneliness, it feels lonely because incredibly lonely. Like there's no one, or there's nothing in the world that is going to fix what's going on inside my head. It feels like it's never going to end it feels like this overwhelming darkness. It's just incredibly difficult … it becomes incredibly difficult to do anything, just basic tasks, getting out of bed in the morning, getting in the shower. Eating is a really difficult one for me, I know people struggle with food in different ways in terms of some way overeat. I tend to avoid eating altogether, and, and sometimes it goes on for maybe a week or so before I even realise what's happening. And by that point, it's like, it's pretty set in and trying to crawl my way out is a really overwhelming task, and so even that thought itself is so exhausting. Just trying to keep up with the thoughts in my head and there are really heavy feelings that sort of sit in your chest, it's just exhausting. You know it just builds and builds and builds. Yeah, it's, it's difficult, and it's hard to explain. When you haven't really experienced it yourself. Even my friends who've seen me in those darkest places. I think it's still difficult for them to try and understand exactly how I feel when you haven’t felt that yourself. Karine - thanks for sharing Holly, that is very well described. So with regards to thoughts. Someone who is feeling depressed, what sort

of thoughts, would they have, speaking from your experience? Holly - There's a common theme in, not feeling like I'm good enough for anything or anyone. Definitely, a common thought is that. Yeah, people maybe don't like me, or you know I've done things to upset them, and they don't care about me. They don't want to be around me, and that it's the feelings of unworthiness, are quite, quite persistent and feelings and thoughts that there's no way out, and that it'll never get better, and that nobody can help me. And these feelings will last forever and, and this is what my life is going to look like for the foreseeable future, you know, there's no way out, and you know I may as well give up. Those are the common, and frequent persistent thoughts. Karine - So, for you, when do you start noticing that maybe you are going down that slippery slope. Hol - So number one, definitely sleep; sleep is a huge one for me. Everybody's different in terms of how much sleep they need to function, I'm somebody who needs a lot more sleep and when that's broken or interrupted and I'm feeling tired, that's when I start to spiral. I will begin isolating and again these are sometimes things that I don't pick up right away. I'll start withdrawing from my friends or, you know, when I was on the boats, I kind of spend a lot more time in my cabin on my own. I guess the thought process behind that is I don't want to be a downer on the rest of the crew or those around me. I don't want to have to waste what energy, I do have, trying to keep up such as putting a smile on my face or laughing with the crew. It takes up so so much energy, which, when I already have little. So withdrawing and isolating is definitely one of my warning signs so I try and sleep as much as I can try and rest as much as I can. I'm still learning about my triggers and the things that sort of set it off. It doesn't get as bad as it has been in the past. Karine - So, let's talk about our industry, working on board when you have to put a smile on your face because you've got guests on board. You have to show up for work and a

lot of it is around community because we live and work together. How would someone pick up the signs of depression when they have to fit into the realm and expectations of yachting? Holly - I think yachting, in particular, it's an interesting one because we spend every waking moment together. I think it's quite easy to tell how someone is by how they act and behave in a normal setting. Knowing how they interact with you on a normal day when they're feeling good when things are fine. You know, you can kind of judge that energy you pick up on things such as a slight change in someone's energy or behaviour or anything changes. I feel like any slight change in behaviour is a cause to ask yourself the question, Or better yet, ask that person. If everything's okay... You know we do have to put on this front for guests and all that. But because we are with each other 24/7 you will notice those small changes, and they might be minor. I think you are far better off asking the question, they might brush it off and say everything's fine or you know. Well, I promise you. It's a far better option to just ask the question, there is no harm in asking the question, and it might mean the world to someone who's really struggling to reach out for help or talk about how they're feeling. And if you open up a conversation you're inviting them to trust you and not to have to carry everything themselves. Yeah, with us working on boats, it's, it's tough, and most people, myself included, I've kept it to myself until my cabin doors shut, and even sometimes then, even in the cabin you've got that tiny little space in the bathroom that's yours, that became my safe space.I had some very good crew who made me feel safe and allowed me to sort of open up a bit more and feel like there were places other than that tiny little bathroom that I could be myself and I didn't have to put on in the run. And, yeah, that means the world to me. Karine - Another thing I want to mention, with regards to that is, I know, it takes courage for the person to reach out and say, “are you're okay” They might be thinking, he or she is off because of me, have I done something wrong. So I think what you're saying is, just ask anyway because you're going to find out the answer


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rather than tormenting yourself on what is actually going on. And I just want to remind the readers that if you do get brushed off, don't take it personally, but please show up again and check in with that person. And you've just got to be consistent, and keep checking in because as you've highlighted before, you feel alone, you feel that no one cares about you, but by showing up and showing that you really do care, you will get eventually more feedback from that person. Holly - My housemate she's not a yachtie. I didn't know her before I moved in. I was very open about my mental health. And not too long ago I was in a pretty bad way, and I couldn't get out of bed; I didn't leave my apartment, for just over two weeks, every single day she'd asked me if I wanted to go for a walk, every day without fail. And then there was one day when she asked me, I don't know what switch, but I said yes, let's go for a walk, and it was amazing. And also, as a side notes of that didn't make a big deal about it either. It wasn't a big deal, that I said no every day and it certainly wasn't a big

deal when I said yes. That meant so much to me that somebody just came back every single day to ask me if I wanted to be included with her plans, and I think that's it. Too often, I think people get discouraged when they get brushed off or someone says no every single time. They stop asking, they stop inviting people out because they just think they're going to get rejected again and again and I know that hurts, but the topic you can find what it feels like on the flip side, is that person, so badly wants to be able to say yes, so badly wants to join in and hope that it will make them feel better, but just does not have it in them, they don’t have enough energy to get up, there are so many things in between being asked to go out and actually going out. You have to get out of bed have a shower, put clean clothes on, eat something...

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If you are struggling with your Mental Health or know of someone who is, you can book a free 15 min call with Karine who is a qualified counsellor for superyacht Crew and she will be able to provide you with direction and support. ______________________________________ The Crew Coach Karine Rayson karine@thecrewcoach.com

That process is so overwhelming. It's far easier to say no and stay in bed. So to keep being included every single day when you're consistent with it is so important.

CAN YACHT MASTERS MASTER YACHTS? To Work On Pocket Superyachts offer 8 hours of video material explaining how to execute charter or guest trips, deliveries, maintenance periods, communications with the owners and guests and more. We even discuss commercial coding of <24m and MLC compliance. The Mindset section contains useful tips to mentally survive the season... Its subjects are extremely versatile because the job requires versatile professionals. All the crew we place at Invisible Crew are presented with our Code Of Practice which is the bare bones of the WOPS course. We also have a very solid educational / quality control system pertaining to the technical management of the yacht.

As I entered the Cannes yacht show last September I caught myself briefly walking around with my eyes and mouth wide open. Not a good look. My jaw had dropped when I saw all the new models that the major catamaran brands, as well as new market players, displayed. The variety is interesting; Lagoon, Sunreef and a few others are building the most spacious crafts they can, while staying within the 24m loadline regulations. Other brands are profiling themselves as fast racer cruisers. But the question I always ask is:"Who is going to crew these yachts?!" In the monohull market, the choice of yachts around 24 meters also has increased. These are perhaps even less forgiving to sail safely while the owners are generally just as much after the same level of hospitality as their catamaran counterparts. Yachtmaster licenses, obtained after presenting

a logbook with an adequate amount of miles and sitting an exam following a 2 week course, is a bare minimum requirement to teach yachtsmen about safe navigation. However, it doesn't prepare crew to run a yacht on a technical level or for providing the highest level of service for private owners and their guests. An incresing number of flag states now require yacht captains to hold an MCA200 ton or 500ton license which is a higher level ticket. However... unfortunately... it doesn't help the owners of <24m yachts because even that syllabus isn't more relevant to their vessels. For years (dang I sound old now) I have been saying that a training to compliment the Yachtmaster certificate should be made available (and required!), and not just to the Captains but also to Stew / Cooks, Chefs as well as deckhands. I actually offer such an (online) training via wops.teachable.com. How

However, we only have the capacity to help some 20 owners to enjoy worry-free Pocket Superyacht ownership and as a quick look around on the Cannes yachtshow confirmed, the industry needs so many more yacht crew who posses all this knowledge and information. It is on my to do list to contact a few important yachting organisations to find out how we can encourage and infuse a higher level of professionalism in the <24m yacht crew operations and all ideas are welcomed via jens@invisiblecrew.com. ______________________________________ Jens Oomes (+34) 674 83 83 68 jens@invisiblecrew.com www.invisiblecrew.com Skype: Jens Oomes www.facebook.com/invisiblecrewyachting


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NEW LEADERS – THE CHALLENGES OF STEPPING UP The transition to management isn’t easy. You are promoted because you have at last mastered all the technical aspects of your previous role, only now your job is not to be the star performer, but instead to help others to shine. The harsh reality of the transition to leader is that few people are given any training, development and support in their new role. No wonder it is such a stressful experience, one study found that being promoted to leader is almost as stressful as divorce. The fact is, that what made you successful before, is not what will make you successful now. It is likely that your promotion was achieved through hard work, dedication and perseverance, however, your success as a leader lies in getting the best out of your people. The problem is, you can’t do all the work yourself, although some new leaders try and find themselves working doubly hard, often doing other people’s work for them. Unfortunately, this desire to help is frequently perceived as micro-management or stepping in and taking over, and may be interpreted as a lack of trust in your team to do a good enough job. If you catch yourself following up too frequently to check on progress, think of how this is being received. It is possible that the way forward may lie in making a conscious effort to take a step back. By contrast, some new leaders attempt to delegate everything when what is really needed is a hands-on approach. Finding the right balance between a delegating and hands-on approach takes time, but being aware of this challenge is a good starting point. When we ask crew what they want most from their leader, we rarely hear about their technical competence, more often we hear that it is someone who motivates and inspires them, someone who will listen, someone who is fair and honest and someone who is a good communicator. Crew don’t just want to be told, they want to be listened to and have their views and opinions considered, they don’t need their leader to prove how capable and knowledgeable they are - that’s a given. A recent study of business decisions (reported in a White Paper by Cloverpop 2017), found that when diverse teams (3 or more people) made a business decision, they outperformed individual decision-makers by up to 87% of the time. The greater the diversity, the better the results, which means you don’t always

know where some of the great ideas will come from! As the leader you don’t need to be sole decision maker. When crew feel involved in the decision-making process they will often give greater commitment to achieving the outcome. It’s also one of your tools to help influence and motivate your team. Being a good leader requires you to protect your people, sometimes when you don’t feel inclined to. Remember that when crew make mistakes, or a problem occurs, it was on your watch whether you like it or not. One senior Captain’s view is “When I see a mistake being made by a Junior crew member, I will look up the chain of command to find where the problem originate. Few crew set out to make mistakes, so I look for the reasons that led to it”. Don’t blame others for the mistakes made, take it on the chin and there’s a bonus, the respect others have for you will increase too, as well as your crew feeling supported. Managing friends can be hard, especially if you have been promoted from within the department. Sadly, you can’t be everyone’s best friend and you need to maintain a professional distance. When people need to receive feedback or be disciplined, you need to be in a position to do so. Giving prompt and constructive feedback on things like crew professionalism, poor behaviour, timekeeping or the quality of work, can be uncomfortable, but can prevent bigger problems occurring down the line. It also helps to ensure that everyone feels fairly treated and there really is one rule for all.

As a leader you are also tasked with cultivating and guiding your crew’s development and careers. Regularly step away from the day job and talk about their career ambitions, and the development needed to get them there. Use the training record book, it’s a great tool. Crew who feel that they are supported in their careers are more likely to stay. Yes of course one day they will leave, but at least you can be certain that they left having learnt as much as they possibly could and that you helped them to achieve it. Finally, set fair and reasonable expectations of your team, and serve as a mentor at work, and in life. At the end of the day, you live and work together, crew join a yacht for various reasons but often leave because of the poor leadership they experience. Make sure that this is not the case for you! Impact Crew is here to support you on your leadership journey, whether individually through coaching, or as a team of senior crew on board. Contact us to discuss how we can help. ______________________________________ Karen Passman (+44) 1425 614 419 info@impactcrew.com www.impactcrew.com



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METSTRADE 2021: LEISURE MARINE SECTOR GETTING READY FOR BUSINESS IN AMSTERDAM

The world’s largest B2B exhibition for the leisure marine industry is almost set to open its doors at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. After a one-year delay due to the global COVID-19 crisis, the 33rd edition of METSTRADE promises to be a special event that will reunite the sector from 16 to 18 November. “Everything is in place to ensure that METSTRADE 2021 offers a dynamic mix of business opportunities, networking and social meetings to the approx. 1,300 exhibiting companies and thousands of visitors who will head to RAI Amsterdam. There is a genuine excitement in the air as the leading B2B event for the leisure marine industry is back after two years and all elements of the METSTRADE DNA that make this event so unique are in place,” says METSTRADE director Niels Klarenbeek. “The various boat shows this autumn (e.g. Cannes, Southampton, Genova, Monaco) have illustrated just how ready people are to get together again and the tremendous energy that is released when they come face to face.” The all-new METSTRADE TV enables the trade show as a whole to go fully hybrid: a single event to cater to audiences both in-person and virtually. During the three days top-notch content will be produced in talk shows, expert sessions and panel discussions. All attendees, in-person and online, will have access to the online METSTRADE Connect platform, which includes exhibitor profiles, a matchmaking tool, a livestream of METSTRADE TV and much more. A Strong Boating Market While the global pandemic has had a turbulent impact on many people’s personal lives, the leisure marine industry as a whole has come through the storm in a strong position. “COVID-19 has increased the popularity of boating as it offers a safe and distanced environment for recreation and relaxation,” says ICOMIA secretary general Udo Kleinitz. “Almost every market and segment is enjoying a positive outlook, with double-digit growth in some countries. We remain cautiously optimistic as we navigate the sustainable development of boating beyond the pandemic age.” The superyacht market is also in a bullish mood, as a recent statement from the SuperYacht Builders Association (SYBASS) made clear: “The COVID crisis has further whetted the appetite for the comfort and safety of owning a superyacht. With the number of Ultra-high-networth individuals (UHNWIs) growing by a third in 2021 alone, the SYBAss Economic Report notes an exceptionally positive momentum in the market, and estimates that the number of superyachts under 15 years of age could pass the 1,450 mark by 2025.”

That said, it is important to note that the pandemic has also brought new challenges to the maritime industry, with disrupted supply chains resulting in stock shortages and an even greater scarcity of raw materials. METSTRADE will be the ideal place and event to seek out new suppliers and partnerships. Central Themes Sustainability and On-board Comfort Another effect of the events of the past eighteen months has been to further increase the importance people attach to sustainability, which was already a hot topic within the leisure marine world. Maintaining healthy marine ecosystems is crucial, and boat owners are increasingly eco-conscious when it comes to their purchasing decisions. Many exhibitors at METSTRADE 2021 are supporting the move to sustainability by reducing the environmental footprint of products, using more recycled materials and converting to electric propulsion. Sustainability will be a focal point in various pavilions. The Construction Material Pavilion, for example, will feature a new composite made from reused materials based on proven technology already used in wind turbine blades. The Marina & Yard Pavilion will present products that simplify the separation of various waste streams, while the SuperYacht Pavilion will underline the crucial need for ecologically responsible yacht building and management. At the same time as securing the future, the industry continues to ensure new buyers a top-notch boating experience and equipment manufacturers are pushing integrated systems to simplify boat handling and enhance on-board comfort. In this framework too, METSTRADE will showcase the very latest products and developments. Embedded in the exhibition programme, both these trends – sustainability and on-board comfort – will serve as central themes in the DAME Design Awards, the Boat Builder Awards, the Breakfast Briefing including keynote speaker Dee Caffari and in a fascinating three-

day schedule of METSTRADE TV. Metstrade 2021 Floor Plan – A One-Off Layout This year’s METSTRADE will have a temporarily adjusted floor plan as a consequence of the challenges caused by COVID-19. The 2021 edition will be held in the RAI’s Europa Complex (Hall 1-7, Europa Foyer & Elicium) and the state-of-the-art extension to Hall 5. There will also be new locations for the SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) in Hall 7, the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) in the Elicium building and the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) in the Europa Foyer. As usual, the country pavilions will be a strong element of the exhibitor base with a total of 17 countries represented in 26 different pavilions. For the first time at the event one country – France – has a pavilion in all four locations: METSTRADE, SYP, MYP and CMP. Traditional side events such as The Superyacht Forum Live (15-17 November), the HISWA Marina Symposium (18 November) and the GMI Certified Members Global Meeting (17 November) will also be organised again during METSTRADE 2021. Safe and Hospitable METSTRADE and RAI Amsterdam are more than ready to welcome the leisure marine industry in a safe and hospitable environment, with the Dutch COVID-19 measures regarding social distancing, travel and quarantine largely lifted at the end of September. Nonetheless, this year’s event will naturally be organised in accordance with RAI’s stringent COVID-19 protocols to ensure RAI Amsterdam is a safe venue and METSTRADE 2021 provides a successful and pleasurable experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. Detailed information on travel instructions and how to get access to the show is available on the METSTRADE website. ______________________________________ www.metstrade.com



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DENISON YACHTING INSIGHTS FROM THE MONACO YACHT SHOW 2021

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Denison shared some charter trends insights and new brands and builders update at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021. 2021 has already proven to be a record year for SuperYacht sales globally - According to BoatPro (Boat International) - there have already been 461 Brokerage transactions year to date. That’s 12% up on the total number of transactions in 2020 with the busy Fall Boat Show Season only just kicking off in Europe. Denison has continued to build on the success of 2020, where the company saw a 35% increase in sales over 2019 total. As of today, Denison Yachting have completed 75 SY transactions, which is 15% up on 2020 total number and a 56% increase in SuperYacht transactions for Denison over 2019’s reported figures. In 2021 Denison Yachting accounts for 16% of all global SY sales. In fact, since 2019 to date, Denison Yachting have sold more large yachts than any other brokerage firm globally, having completed

190 SY transactions 15% more than any other brokerage house in the same period. That’s an average of 5.7 yachts 24M + sold every month since the start of 2019. Charter Trends For Denison specifically, 2021 has been extremely active and almost all actively in the 3 Q’s of the year was based locally. US, Bahamas and into New England. This is typical due to Denison’s Charter Management Fleet being centric to those areas and the hesitation in the early part of 2021 about Europe’s Covid protocols. Most of owners decided not to send yachts to Europe. In the past 2-3 years Denison have seen a more prolonged charter season in The Bahamas, which is leading to many yachts staying based locally in Florida. It was reported in May 2021 (a time traditionally many large yachts will migrate to Europe). There were over 100 yachts 100ft plus in Fort Lauderdale based marinas and repair facilities than at the same time in 2020. By the numbers - Denison Charter Management/Marketing has shown a 65%

increase in total number of weeks booked in 2021 (TYD) over 2020. And a 73% increase in the total amount of charter fees. This is a representation of the growth and quality of the fleet. The Denison Retail Charter team have maintained the active of 2020 in terms of weeks booked, but Denison see much higher demand for larger and more expensive yachts than ever before. 40% increase in the value of each charter week booked in 2021. All of this underpins reasoning and strategy for Denison’s move into Europe - Denison Yachting’s success and the sales activity highlighted is predominately US based. As the company tracks the trends in the market place and over the period of the Pandemic, they have seen a sharp uptick in US buyers, particularly in the large yacht sector. With that comes an increase in clients looking to enterer yachts into a charter programme, crew placement increases, Denison’s operation yacht management services expand. All critical services to ensuring clients are taken excellent care of and they have the very best yachting experiences. “We believe that as we move into 2022, clients will be excited to get back to Europe and we wanted to ensure we are there to serve clients globally”, said Bob Denison. ______________________________________ sales@denisonyachting.com denisonyachting.com



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A RECORD-BREAKING SEPTEMBER FOR FERRETTI GROUP: ORDER INTAKE SOARS TO OVER 900 MILLION EUROS The Group reports another record-breaking month, with new orders in September - boat show month in the Mediterranean – exceeding 220 million euros. Ferretti Group’s incredible 2021 continues with a record-breaking September and an order intake in the first three quarters of the year exceeding 900 million euros, of which over 220 million in September alone. Strong growth is reported in steel and aluminium superyachts, built at the Ancona Superyacht Yard, rewarding the Riva and Pershing superyacht projects and confirming CRN as one of the most active players in the segment. Ferretti Group delivered over 160 boats from January to September 2021, including the spectacular Riva Fifty. 50 metres long, M/Y “Fifty” was developed by the Riva Superyacht Division to offer an outstanding cruising experience defined by comfort, attention to detail and an evolved vision of life at sea: values that have made Riva a legendary name in international yachting for the last 179 years. “2021 for Ferretti Group is like one of those wonderful films that make you dream from

beginning to end,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “It got off to a great start and is continuing to deliver spectacular results, with great plot twists like this outstanding

performance put in by steel and aluminium superyachts. But the excitement isn’t over yet, with a few more months of nice surprises ahead and what is bound to be a grand finale.”

ACQUERA YACHTING Acquera Yachting is pleased to announce its latest strategic partnership with the leading yacht agency, Erika’s based in Union Island serving St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The partnership brings together two companies united by the vision of creating a greater client experience and the needs of the market. The newly formed alliance will see the combination of their collective experience and know-how within the industry, focusing on driving excellence across the board within the agency sector. Captains will now have the reassurance of receiving the same level of service when they are in either the Med or the Caribbean thanks to information sharing and synergies designed to enhance the customer journey. The announcement follows on from the recent partnership between Acquera Yachting and USA-Bahamas based agency United Island & Yacht. Acquera Yachting has 18 offices across 8 countries; France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey. United Island & Yacht have offices in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida including Rybovich Superyacht Marina and offices in Harbour Island and Nassau, Bahamas. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Erika’s, whose reputation precedes them. Together working as one team, we will be able to place our agencies on the best path for providing the very best services for our clients. This is our first partnership in the Caribbean and we feel we have joined forces with the very best, both Heather and Iain Grant are very well respected within the industry and I am

looking forward to developing our commercial activity together,” said Stefano Tositti, CEO of Acquera Yachting. “We are delighted to embark on a strategic partnership with Acquera and look forward to working with Stefano Tositti and the Acquera team. We hope to use this new partnership to strengthen our ability to service our Superyacht client needs with a strong Mediterranean and Eastern US trusted partner”, said Heather Grant, Managing Director of Erika’s Yacht Agents. Acquera Yachting was launched in 2018 and makes extraordinary yachting experiences possible. As an innovative new leader in global yachting, they are elevating the role of the yacht agent through immaculate service, time-honoured expertise, unmatched local knowledge and fast-growing worldwide reach. Erika’s Yacht Agents, was founded in 1999 with two principal objectives: to offer professional and comprehensive yacht support services that were unavailable in the region and to offer employment and support opportunities to

Vincentians to give back to the local community. Over the years, Erika’s has developed its service suite to assist Captains, brokers and owners as they plan voyages in the Eastern Caribbean. Erika’s is a full-service yacht agency dedicated to Superyacht support. Based in Union Island, the company serves vessels in the picturesque islands and azure waters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Erika’s was named Caribbean Superyacht Agent of the Year in 2020 by ACREW, and “Recommended by Captains” by the Superyacht Services Guide for the past 19 years running. ______________________________________ Acquera Yachting media enquiries: Anella Alcott: anella.alcott@acquera.com (+34) 699 982 627 acquerayachting.com Erika’s media enquiries: Iain Grant: iain@erikamarine.com (+1) 514 992 0001 erikamarine.com



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PAUL COOK - COO HILL ROBINSON MASTER AND COMMANDER ON BOTH LAND AND SEA

As ever it was a slightly daunting prospect meeting one of the Captains of Industry who has always paved the way for change and progressiveness in any role that he has taken and is now one of the key players in the yachting industry as we know it. However, as ever, I needn’t have worried. Rather than being greeted with a man with the weight of a global business newly on his shoulders, instead I was greeted by an affable smile, eyes full of humour and a shirt to match. Paul Cook took over the reign of COO of Hill Robinson in the June of this year, an opportunity he said that he could simply not turn down. And whilst modest about his journey to this position it has been anything but mundane. A child of the sea, he grew up, as many in this industry do, by the beautiful town of Lymington on the banks of the Solent in Hampshire. Steeped in nautical history it is no wonder that he has been a water baby all his life, growing up sailing, water skiing and diving. A keen supporter of Southampton Football Club and an avid fan of motor cars, life was never going to be boring. With salt in his veins, a love of queen and

country and a desire for adventure, Paul joined the Royal Navy in 1981, where he served for 25 years. He quickly rose through the ranks and during this time was proud to serve 3 Sea Commands. Firstly on HMS Redpole, initially commissioned as Sea Otter who was launched in 1975 by the RAF, where he patrolled the shorelines of Northern Ireland. His second Sea Command was on the batch 3 type 42 Destroyer, HMS Gloucester, who herself had a glorious and varied career until her final decommissioning in 2011. His final deployment was the “Commander”, the 2nd in Command of HMS Ark Royal, a light aircraft carrier and famously the former flagship of the Royal Navy, until she too bid adieu in 2011. Whilst XO Paul was part of the lead invasion of Iraq on 19th March 2003 under Commodore Jamie Miller. Before he was given full command of this gallant lady. It’s clear this time is full of stories that cannot be told, but a time of great strength, responsibility and friendships and bonds that cannot be broken. It seems clear that this is where Paul’s love of people and the importance that he puts into them comes from. No matter his appointment he always been an integral part of the team.

We move on as he tells me the story of his experience of 911. The question that everyone always asks. Where were you? Well, Paul was working for the MOD at the time as part of the Directorate of Naval Operations in the strategic planning group. His wife however was on a United Airlines flight headed back from the US. For 6 long hours Paul stoically kept this information to himself as he worked with the team to unravel the complexities of that tragic day, until he was eventually assured that she was safe on the ground. A day I’m sure that no one would ever wish to relive. Finally it was time for a change of direction, but still the sea ran strong in Paul and he was tempted over to the world that most of us here live in, that of superyachts. So he joined MY Anna, the beautiful new build 67m Feadship launched in 2007, as rotational Captain with Giles Cope, which was both a fantastic experience and an apprenticeship into the running of superyachts. However he still had a different desire to fulfil and whilst his time as Captain was incredible, he was always drawn to smaller business where he could use his knowledge and strategic experience, and inject these passions into the policies and procedures


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in order to improve those companies he joined. Clearly one of his proudest projects, as he talks animatedly about it, is OneOcean Port Vell, from the Salamanca Group, having had a key role as General Manager in the rebranding and finishing of the newly built marina. For Paul it was key that Barcelona was seen as both a Summer and Winter home for the yachts and those tourists that flock to the seaside city of art and culture. He openly admits that he doesn’t normally do cities, but that for four years it was an amazing place and project to be part of, until it was eventually time to return to the UK for the kids to finish their education. So it is from that we move forward a few years to the present day, via numerous more success stories such as the setting up Fusion Marine Systems from ground zero, to looking after Premier Chichester Marina which is interestingly the 2nd largest marina in Europe. But now Paul is Chief Operations Officer at Hill Robinson, a move he reiterates could not be turned down. Hill Robinson was founded in 2001 by Nick Hill and Niall Robinson, and that year opened its first office in Antibes. The company has its Head Quarters in Monaco, operates 12 international offices and employs over 200 personnel worldwide. Hill Robinson was specifically created to manage the operational complexities of the world’s largest yachts, while bringing technical excellence to a full spectrum of services that yacht owners require most. They provide a specialised management service, sharing the responsibility for all aspects of yacht ownership and operation. So, not a small role to take on then. But certainly one that has got Paul’s excitement levels to a major high as he talks, not just about the day to day, but about the new structure of the weekly digital Company Wide Call team meetings, their short sharp inclusiveness for the 200 plus employees distributed across the Globe who are still coming to terms with the new normal post Covid-19. Once again it is clear that inclusiveness is key in his appointment. I ask Paul in closing how he sees the world of yachts in the future, in fact yachting as a whole and he looks thoughtful. He talks of how many of the companies he has worked for, including Hill Robinson, have an active yet silent role in charity in the local communities they are based in. That how he was talking at a conference and asked the question, “be it in a large or small

way, who here is not affected (in a positive way) by yachting?” From provisioners, to the bars and restaurants, the taxi services, even the concierges, theatre performers and clothing stores, all are. This can sometimes seem the playground of the elite, but it touches many in a positive way and now we need to back this up with the yachts themselves and our oceans. All in all, it seems like a very positive and may I say

it, realistic view of the future. As I bid farewell to Paul on what I am sure is the first of many whirlwind trips to Mallorca, I can only smile and expect good things. ______________________________________ www.hillrobinson.com By Victoria Pearce


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STELLARCAT METAL POWER CATAMARANS

Longstanding superyacht new-build, refit and project management expert StellarPM has announced a new series of StellarCAT power catamarans. Constructed fully in highest grade marine aluminium the series initially offers 20m and 25m models simply entitled the StellarCAT AL20-2 and StellarCAT AL25-2. Both models offer accommodation options up to six staterooms with two crew cabins. Vast deck space and internal volume are characteristics of the series and different engine configurations offer performance figures with speeds of up to 30 knots and ranges of up to 3600 nm. Class-leading safety, stability and comfort are foremost features and exceptional fuel economy is delivered through Volvo IPS series engines. The StellarCAT concept is underlined by a Lighter, Stronger, Safer, Faster and Further precept with the design and construction emphasis being on supreme quality yachtbuilding. All StellarCATs will be built to ABS rules and CE Cat A12 conformity using StellarPM’s ProjectPerfectTM analytical construction tracking system for precise calculation of construction performance and progress. Providing Owners, Captains, or Project Managers with the most accurate, definitive, and immediate time, cost and

progress tracking and reporting available throughout the build. Chris Holmes, Principal and Founder of StellarPM says “We are so excited with the launch of the StellarCAT series. Being able to offer the safest pleasure powercats with the quality and strength of construction that our systems and metal construction brings will deliver superior vessels not seen before in this size range. StellarPM is a unique

data, production, and people management firm delivering the most comprehensive information and tools needed to successfully construct or refit a yacht from concept to completion. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years with considerably larger boats and all that knowledge and experience will shine through the StellarCAT brand.“ Further models are being finalised and will be unveiled in months to come.



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RIVA 76 The new Riva made its debut in a world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, radiating elegance and sportiness Heir to and evolution of the multiple award-winning 76’ Perseo, the best-loved Riva sport-fly of recent years proposes new aesthetic solutions combined with unprecedented functional design features, achieving excellence in terms of onboard liveability and performance. With an overall length of 23.25 metres (73 ft 3 in) and a maximum beam of 5.75 metres (18 ft 10 in), Riva 76’ Perseo Super is the result of an aesthetic and technological development effort that achieves a perfect balance of past, present and future. Exterior styling featuring over 40 square metres of glazed surfaces on the hull and in the superstructure is enhanced by new stylistic features. One of the stand-out functional design elements in the evolution of the 76’ Perseo is the roof with an opening forward section positioned over the lounge, with the dual function of illuminating the space below and allowing fresh air to enter. The authentic Riva tradition echoes throughout the yacht in the form of mahogany and polished stainless steel detailing, a technical and design feature that forms part of the Sarnico-based shipyard’s legacy. EXTERIORS The entire stern area is designed to offer maximum comfort for guests and be practical for the crew. Almost the entire swim platform can be lowered into the water, where it acts as an underwater surface to relax on and an aid to leaving the water safely. Consistently with the excellent functionality and liveability that characterise the entire yacht, when the garage door is open and the swim platform lowered, launching and hauling up the Williams Turbojet

325 tender are quick and easy operations. On request, the entire area can be converted into a big sun pad with a mechanism that lowers the table so that it can be covered with cushions.

can also request a fourth cabin, configured as always to ensure optimum comfort and liveability. The master stateroom dominates the midship section of the yacht.

The spacious sun deck is integrated into the yacht’s aerodynamic lines, offering somewhere to relax in total privacy, plus a helm station to pilot the yacht from a privileged vantage point. A big central sun pad covering about 4 square metres, with a forward-facing sofa at its edge, reigns elegantly over this area. The second centrally positioned helm station is forward and surrounded on both port and starboard sides by other sofas.The dominant wood in the main lounge for the standard version is sand-coloured oak, juxtaposed in classic Riva style against mirror surfaces or light and dark lacquer, with polished stainless steel detailing.

PROPULSION AND TECHNOLOGY

The layout has three cabins for six guests, all with en-suite bathrooms, but the owner

The new Riva 76’ Perseo Super is fitted with a pair of MAN V12 V-drive engines rated 1,550 mhp each. With this configuration, the yacht has a top speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 28 knots. The bridge is equipped with a Xenta electro-hydraulic steerby-wire system with independent control of the rudders for sporty turn optimisation and a SIMRAD COMMAND helm station with integrated onboard monitoring and navigation and manoeuvring controls. From here the captain can manage the entire yacht using three 16-inch touchscreens. The owner can also request a solution with three 19-inch touchscreens and a convenient and functional manoeuvring joystick.

BENETTI REVIVES TRADITION WITH SLIPWAY LAUNCH Following in the wake of the Benetti yachts dating back to 1873, the shipyard has completed another launch from the historic 56-metre inclined slipway, which, unique in Italy for boats of this size, is still fully operational at the historic shipyards of Viareggio. The Diamond 44m is the fibreglass flagship of the Benetti Class category. There are three more units under construction. Lucky Wave is the third unit of Diamond 44m. The fibreglass of the exterior of the boat, used in all models of the class category, is worked with epoxy fillers and painted white to achieve the highest levels of brilliance and aesthetic finish, says Benetti. Onboard comfort is enhanced by solutions that reduce noise and vibrations to a minimum: from the transmission system with elastic joints and thrust bearings, to the floorboards and floating bulkheads on all decks (from the lower to the upper deck), down to the valve bypass of the engines, and up to the soundproofing of the exhaust pipes in the main areas.



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SANLORENZO’S ADVANCE IN THE METAL SECTOR The perfect balance between proportions and volumes and the extraordinary indoor and outdoor spaces of the 57Steel, are amongst the latest additions to Sanlorenzo's superyacht fleet, that are conquering the international market. An unstoppable progress that has led to the sale of the 3rd and 4th units of the 57Steel, the latter concluded by the Bulgarian dealer Best Boats Only. Confirming Sanlorenzo's commitment to significantly reducing the impact of yacht use on the marine ecosystem, the 3rd vessel, sold in collaboration with Russian dealer West Nautical, will be equipped with a new generation diesel-electric propulsion system that will see a significant evolution in terms of energy efficiency and reduced footprint and will be integrated with the latest generation of lithium battery and hotel management systems. A superyacht with a straight bow, which confers her great character, alongside contemporary lines of extreme formal cleanliness that draw their strength from the stylistic heritage of Sanlorenzo, The 57Steel is the result of intense typological research carried out by the shipyard together with Studio Zuccon International Project, which has led to the creation of a 56.70 metre long yacht with 5 decks and a tonnage of 1050 GT. One of the features most appreciated of the 57Steel is the extraordinary 110 msq beach area, created by opening hatches on three sides which become small beaches on the water's edge, illuminated by the transparentbottomed swimming pool on the main deck, and the decision to place the garage at the bow, which has made it possible to create a large space equipped to house tenders of up to 7.5 metres and numerous toys. At the same time as the sale of the two 57Steels, Sanlorenzo launches the 2nd unit of the 62Steel, a 61.50-metre superyacht with a maximum beam of 11.90 metres, a gross tonnage of 1300 tonnes and five decks. This model is full of comfortable spaces that provide a truly special experience for Sanlorenzo owners in their private moments of loisir. Starting from the vast private area of the owner's suite, a good 215 msq, on the upper

deck, which, in addition to enjoying an unparalleled 180° panoramic view, is linked to the outdoor area in the bow of over 140msq, with large sunbathing and relaxation areas and a swimming pool. An entire deck for the exclusive use of the owner. Competing with the title of "place to be" on board of the 62Steel, is the very pleasant Beach Club at sea level, lit by the transparent base of the swimming pool, aft of the main deck, where the owner and guests can enjoy a large area, which is literally a private beach which extends under cover for 92 sqm, with areas to relax, a bar area, gym and hammam, plus another 40 msq of folding terraces aft and

on both sides that offer guests the chance to enjoy the sea "au fil de l'eau" for swimming, diving and sunbathing enhanced by the shimmering sea. To completely free up space in the beach area, the 62Steel has been designed with two garages with access through lateral openings, midship, which contain the main 9 metre tender to starboard and the service tender and jet ski to port. ______________________________________ Martina Tabacchi (+39) 02 33104675 martina.tabacchi@r-w.it

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SUNSEEKER TO SAVE 1000 TONNES OF CARBON Sunseeker International has announced its partnership with AMP Clean Energy, and the launch of a ‘circular’ biomass project that will save around 1,200 tonnes of carbon each year. The project will enable Sunseeker – which produces around 1,360 tonnes of usable timber arisings from its boat building operations in Poole and Portland – to process the waste timber in order to provide a source of renewable heat to two sites, resulting in savings of approximately 1,200 tonnes of carbon each year. Sunseeker produces around 1,360 tonnes of waste timber from its boat building operations in Poole and Portland each year which will now be processed to provide a source of renewable heat to both sites. “This is a really innovative project that supports our sustainable development, and our responsibility to reduce carbon emissions throughout our operations,” says Andrea Frabetti, CEO at Sunseeker. “All the timber we use as part of the boat building process comes from FSC certified sources and this solution prevents waste from going to landfill, as well as giving us a renewable source of heat. Under a 20-year supply agreement, AMP Clean Energy funded and installed a 500kW biomass boiler at the Technology Centre in Mannings Heath, Poole, and a 1MW biomass boiler and ancillary equipment at Osprey Quay in Portland. According to the yacht manufacturer, moving away from fossil fuels will save Sunseeker nearly 24,000 tonnes of carbon over the course of the

partnership with monetary savings of around one-third, equating to £100,000 per annum; over £2m during the 20-year agreement. “The cost and carbon reductions speak for themselves, and it means we can continue to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels at our sites, as well as reduce emissions throughout the wider supply chain,” continues Frabetti. Richard Burrell, CEO of AMP Clean Energy, adds: “AMP Clean Energy is delighted to have worked with the team at Sunseeker to develop, own and operate this important clean energy generating facility which will help to decarbonise the boat building process.

“Our solution was to show how the waste timber in the Sunseeker factory could be cleaned, chipped and processed on-site and then reused as biomass to provide renewable heat to two principal sites. “This really is the circular economy in action – it is not only reusing the waste timber that arises during the manufacturing process reducing the volume of material going to landfill but at the same time provides renewable heat to its manufacturing facilities reducing Sunseeker’s reliance on oil and gas to heat its buildings.” This move sees Sunseeker shifting towards more sustainable manufacturing.

BOOT DÜSSELDORF 2022 LAUNCHES NEW ‘BLUE INNOVATION DOCK boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry (EBI) are launching the ‘Blue Innovation Dock’ (BID), a new stage at the show from 22 to 30 January 2022. The aim of BID is to bring together companies, visionaries, investors and policymakers to make the industry fit for the future, promoting sustainability and innovation. This forum, which will take place throughout the show, will discuss the steps towards a sustainable development of the industry. The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced its support and participation at the Blue Innovation Dock with a high-level political panel to discuss the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism. The discussion will cover the expansion of new and existing maritime and inland waterway tourism destinations, as well as governmental support for marinas and other boating infrastructure. Setting an example for sustainability, boot and EBI want the forum to focus on new, futureoriented approaches in a special setting and encourage politics and industry to act and

develop impulses. There will be networking opportunities in a dedicated BID B2B Lounge at the stage in Hall 9. Topics will range from new propulsion systems to investment opportunities and sustainable boating tourism, as well as the future development of marina infrastructure. Previously, boot Düsseldorf launched the ‘ocean tribute’ award together with the Monegasque Prince Albert II Foundation and the German Marine Foundation, giving sustainable and visionary projects a home at the ‘love your ocean’ stand in Hall 11 at the fair.

“I am very pleased that we will be taking another step towards sustainability with boot,” says boot Düsseldorf project director, Petros Michelidakis. “With the Blue Innovation Dock we will offer companies, international associations and global organisations a public platform where they will present innovations, the latest propulsion technology or sustainable materials for boat building. In order to be able to present the topic to a broad public beyond the fair, the highlights from the BID will be streamed and can be followed live on boot. com. In this way, we are giving the idea of sustainability the space it deserves beyond the boating sector.” Philip Easthill, secretary general of the EBI, comments: “Our industry is aware of the need to move towards sustainability. The Blue Innovation Dock is an opportunity to showcase this shift, discover the latest innovations and collaborate within our sector and beyond. We are very excited to launch this project with our partner boot Düsseldorf and take a big step towards sustainability.”



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THAILAND’S 4-PHASE REOPENING TIMELINE Thailand pioneered Southeast Asia’s tourism reopening on July 1ST with its first-of-a-kind “Sandbox” scheme in Phuket. Following on the success of the Sandbox program, “… new regulations for flying in to Phuket will make it easier for crew changes and the eventual reopening of Thailand scheduled to take place on November 1st,” reports Gordon Fernandes, based in Phuket and cofounder of Asia Pacific Superyachts. “The Thai government’s aim is to allow all vaccinated crew/ guests to fly into Thailand without the need for Quarantine. Yacht checkin is also scheduled to get easier.” Thailand will waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions from Nov. 1st to vaccinated arrivals, authorities stated recently. After months of strict travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand is gearing up for a return to normalcy by easing some travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and allowing normal tourists to enter the country. The government earlier introduced Sandbox programs allowing vaccinated travelers to enter the ‘Land of Smiles’ without quarantine. Boasting the success of the 'Phuket Sandbox' scheme, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said 42,000 international travelers joined the campaign from 1 July to 5 October 2021, generating more than 2 billion baht for the economy. Fully vaccinated travelers from eligible countries who visit Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox are not required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. These Sandbox travelers are required to stay for 7 nights in a designated SHA+ hotel in Phuket only and now enjoying beaches, island travel and entertainment after the first 3 nights. Now vaccinated travelers can visit other parts of Thailand as well as Phuket, including the island of Koh Samui and parts of the provinces of Krabi and Phang-Nga. The ‘Samui Plus

Sandbox’ program welcomes international travelers and fully vaccinated travelers visiting Thailand through the Sandbox are not required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. Sandbox travelers are required to stay for 7 nights in a designated Samui Extra Plus Hotel in Samui before traveling to Koh Phang Ngan or Koh Tao. Thai authorities announced plans to reopen its popular tourist destinations and large cities by the year end 2022. A four-phase reopening timeline that prioritizes popular tourist destinations, including Bangkok, has been approved as follows: PILOT - Oct. 1: Continue reopening of Phuket, Surat Thani (Koh Samui et al), Krabi and Phang-Nga; with more places opening in Krabi PILOT 1 - Nov. 1: Reopening of 7 more provinces, including

popular spots like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Hua Hin 2 PILOT 2 - Dec. 1: Reopening of 20 more provinces, including Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Trang, Trat, and Yala PILOT 3 - Jan. 1, 2022: Reopening 13 more border provinces, including Satun, Surin, and Udon Thani The Thai government plans to promote tourism next year and set up of a tourism promotional fund to transform Phuket into a world class destination. Restrictions were eased as vaccinations hit 50m doses after record 1.4m doses in late September. The ambitious plan for Phuket and the tourism sector was approved during an online meeting of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. A tourism promotion fund, with the support of the private sector and civil society, will be set up, not just to promote tourism but also to effect changes in the tourism industry for sustainable growth, as well as reducing as much red tape as possible to promote tourism and welcome more foreign-flagged yachts and superyachts. Now Quarantines are reduced, there are more Sandboxes and no origin restrictions for international travellers to Thailand, with the Government declaring a broad revision to Sandbox and entry programs and making it easier for international travellers to enter Thailand. Yacht Captains and Owners interested in learning more and to receive the most up to date information can email us. ______________________________________ gordon@asia-pacific-superyachts.com www.asia-pacific-superyachts.com



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CHECK OUT SOME OF PALMA DE MALLORCA’S HIPPEST HANGOUTS

Piel de Gallina: the go-to treasure trove for streetwear and vintage fashion

Palma has been quietly reinventing itself as a city-break destination, flaunting its abundance of see-and-be-seen cocktail bars, independent boutiques, and trendy eateries. While there is certainly no shortage of hip hangouts that are having a moment, here’s a rundown of our perennial favourites. Chula Vista: no holding back on flavour or celebratory vibes here This cool corner eatery in the heart of the Santa Catalina district pays homage to the Mexican taquería. The decor features potted palms, raffia lampshades, and colourful murals. And then there’s the menu, which takes humble Mexican-Californian street food and turns it into excellent foodie experiences.

Dishes like Galician mussels with coconut/ chipotle sauce, cherry tomatoes and coriander, marinated salmon ceviche, and other delicious expressions of modern Mexican cuisine pull in the crowds. And with Chula Vista’s prime people-watching location, toe-tapping tunes, and lively waitstaff, you know you’re going to order a cocktail. Go for their margarita; it’ll be one of the best you’ve ever had.

Cool cats and hipster creatives have been rummaging through Piel de Gallina’s racks since 2003. A vintage clothing lover’s dream, this boutique is where you can find iconic pieces like Adidas sports bags, leather jackets and Levis waistcoats —and all in great nick. Piel de Gallina (Spanish for goosebumps) also shines through its extensive selection of streetwear. Film and designer types emerge from the changing rooms to admire themselves in Stüssy tees, Deus Ex Machina hoodies or sporting Brixton hats. The shop’s atmosphere is relaxed, and the owner, Peter, is always on hand to help you navigate the constantly changing and exciting range of clothing.


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Robin Wood: the neighbourhood bar with a cosmopolitan vibe A hop, skip and jump away from the popular Santa Catalina market is Robin Wood, a bar that proves that neighbourhood bars are not always of the ‘old-guys-playing-cards’ variety. Fridays and Saturdays are particularly boisterous and see convivial crowds spill out onto the pavement for some night air and animated chat. With its friendly bartenders, quirky décor, and soft lighting, this is the kind of hangout that makes it impossible not to linger longer. Arrived for a quick after-work drink and still there three hours later, local beer in hand? Been there. Done that! In Progress: interior design, exhibitions and one-off finds In Progress is a lovely place to while away a few hours. It’s jammed with art, vintage furniture, designer lighting and clothes made by local creatives. Many pieces of furniture have been expertly restored and make for beautiful conversation-starters in your home. Every nook and cranny of this Aladdin’s cave boasts hidden gems and trinkets you are unlikely to find anywhere else. And then there’s the larger stuff: Danish designer sofas, lampshades made from Murano glass, and Emmanuelle chairs. We advise refuelling the perusing with a people-watching session, and vegan ‘café con leche’ at Mama Carmen’s across the road when you’re done.

Photography by Chula Vista and In Progress. As a boutique charter agency, we 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 our Palma office. www.snsyachtcharter.com


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GRENADINES ISLANDS CHARTER ITINERARY

Tobago Cays

From Saint Vincent to Grenada you have the ideal island trail to discover. The Grenadines offer the lifestyle and the exoticism that is expected from a Caribbean yacht charter holiday, with natural beauty as well as luxury developments on land, the Grenadines offer you it all.

Union Island Filled with remote beaches and coves, this destination is made for relaxation. For the more thrill-seeking charterers, however, the island is also the perfect stopover to participate in nautical sports. Diving, kite-

surfing, paragliding, swimming with dolphins... this island is a hub of activity. Mustique This exquisite island is the pinnacle of exclusivity and luxury. This idyllic island is known for its magnificent beaches, coconut palm huts and mystical marine wildlife. Horseback riding is a popular activity along the paradisaical beaches of Macaroni Bay. Tobagocays Tobago cays region is now a classified national park, testament to its extraordinary scenery and diverse wildlife. One of the top attractions, making nature-loving tourists flock to the destination each year, is the opportunity to swim with the turtles off Baradel above spectacular coral reefs. Day 1 Saint Lucia

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Your charter begins on at St Lucia, a microcosm of all the Caribbean has to offer. Head to Marigot Bay where you can do some last minute shopping before embarking and enjoying lunch on board. In the afternoon, find yourself spoilt for choice with beautiful nature to explore; go diving or climbing around the mountains at Pitons bay, witness rich fauna and flora at the Diamond Botanical Gardens, or bathe in the warm volcanic waters at Piton Falls. Day 2 Saint Vincent Set off early to your anchorage at Wallilabou bay, one of the filming sites of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Afterwards, wander around the Montreal Gardens to witness an array of indigenous plants and wildlife. For some spectacular views, we can organise a tour up La Soufrière volcano, the highest peak on the island, or instead, visit Richmond Beach known for its unusual black sand. Day 3 Bequia After a relaxed breakfast on-board during the journey to Bequia, prepare for a day of nature on this beautiful island. The wreck and shallow caves found off the Island's coast are perfect for more advanced divers, whilst ashore you can

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climb Mount Pleasant or hike through the lush green scenery. Spend the afternoon browsing the seafront boutiques at Port Elizabeth, or visiting Bequia's turtle sanctuary. Day 4 Mustique Sail around Mustique Island and spend the morning enjoying the water toys from your yacht. Have lunch followed by an afternoon of relaxation at the legendary Basil's Bar – the perfect spot to watch the yachts, locals and fisherman all pass you by with the backdrop of the setting sun. In the evening, the bar becomes a hotspot for live music - especially on Jazz Wednesdays - and delicious cocktails, so enjoy a drink before returning back on board.

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Day 5 Tobago Cays Spend today cruising the stunning Tobago Cays – perfect for kitesurfing and snorkelling with the turtles. This series of white sanded cays bears witness to a diverse range of habitats including coral reefs, sea turtle nesting sites, and small systems of mangroves. The cays are also home to Le Petit Tabac, an isolated beach perfect for a private BBQ dinner accompanied by some steel pan musicians. Sail to Mayreau and anchor overnight. Day 6 Mayreau After breakfast, begin to explore Mayreau, a tiny island with a population of just 300, who will welcome you with open arms. Serene beaches line both sides of the island for those looking to relax, whilst walkers can challenge themselves with a steep hike up through the village and down to the opposite side of the island. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Tobago Cays whilst enjoying dinner back on board your yacht.

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Day 7 Petit St Vincent & Carriacou Spend the morning on the privately owned island of Petit St Vincent, a luxury beach resort designed to allow you to disconnect from reality. Partake in watersports or take a trip to the spa, and enjoy lunch with 5 star service before setting off to Carriacou in the afternoon. Once you arrive, enjoy its peaceful beaches which have escaped the normal tourist trail. For dinner, your crew can arrange for local, fresh lobsters to be brought on board.

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Day 8 Grenada On your final day of charter, spend the morning making the most of the seclusion of Carriacou by enjoying the water toys from your yacht, and snorkelling around its abundance of reefs. Have a final lunch on board before sailing to Grenada for disembarkation, and if you can, spend a few days there before flying home – its charming villages, stunning waterfalls and golden sand beaches are the perfect end to your Caribbean adventure. _____________________________________ Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage Bequia


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SUGGESTED CHARTER ITINERARY ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Hermitage Bay

The heavenly beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean will bring your dreams to life. Discover this ideal destination in the Antilles the skipper will take you from island to island whilst the crew caters to your every need on board.

Day 1 Antigua Begin your charter by flying to Antigua, where you can browse the boutiques in the capital, St Johns, before travelling to Nonsuch Bay Resort to meet your yacht. Sail to a beautiful

anchorage where you will spend the afternoon making the most of the clear Caribbean waters – going swimming, snorkeling, and paddle boarding. Enjoy a peaceful stroll down the beach before returning on board for an unforgettable dinner prepared by your chef. Day 2 Green Island, Antigua After breakfast on board, your crew can arrange kitesurf lessons for you at Nonsuch Bay Resort, so that you can truly enjoy the warm, turquoise waters. Have lunch back on board before spending the afternoon either making the most of your water toys, or relaxing on the beaches at the stunning bays this island has to offer. In the evening, return back to your yacht for a fantastic dinner and a cocktail or two. Day 3 Low Bay, Barbuda

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Set off for Barbuda, and enjoy breakfast on board during the 5 hour sail. Arrive at Low Bay around lunchtime, and spend the afternoon exploring the 11 miles of unspoilt beaches, notable for their enchanting pink sands. For the more adventurous, go snorkeling on Tuson Rock, or for some culture, we can arrange for a local guide to give you a tour of Frigate Rookery, the biggest bird sanctuary in the world, or the beautiful village of Codrington. Day 4 Deep Bay, Antigua Breakfast on board whilst sailing to Deep Bay, Antigua. Arrive around lunchtime and go snorkeling around the wreck of the Andes, a mysterious shipwreck waiting to be explored. Have lunch on board whilst you relocate to a beautiful anchorage near Five Islands, where

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you can go swimming from the yacht, or relax on the beach. Spend the evening at an anchorage in Goat Head Channel, and enjoy dinner on board whilst taking in the views. Day 5 Hermitage Bay Beach, Antigua Breakfast on board whilst sailing to Hermitage Bay Beach, where you can relax as your crew prepares a delicious picnic lunch. In the afternoon anchor at Jolly Harbour, and make the most of the selection of beautiful beaches nearby – The beaches Coco, Ffryes and Darkwood will each guarantee you a relaxing afternoon in the sun, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Day 6 Carlisle Bay, Antigua Spend the morning at the stunning Carlisle Bay, which is surrounded by lush rainforest. Make the most of the luxury resort located there by visiting the spa. In the afternoon, relocate to Rendez-Vous Bay to have fun and do some watersports. In the evening, anchor at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, where you will have an array of fantastic restaurants to choose from for dinner – we particularly recommend Cloggy’s Restaurant, or Katherine’s Café.

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Day 7 English Harbour, Antigua On your final day of charter, have breakfast on board as you sail to English Harbour Marina for disembarkation where you will say your goodbyes to the crew. Do some final shopping, and then explore Nelson’s Dockyard and discover its rich history, before enjoying lunch at The Inn or the Gunpowder House & Suites. Finally, head to the airport as your Caribbean adventure comes to a close. _____________________________________ Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage Nonsuch Bay

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OCEANSCAPE A UNIQUE CONCEPT IN CHARTERING

For most people, chartering a private yacht seems an unattainable dream- something that only the super-rich could ever afford. Most of us who dream of adventure and luxury at sea, therefore, settle for taking a cruise on one of the fancier liners. When we come into port we might look a little wistfully at the private yachts, but conclude that they would be too expensive to charter, too out of reach- even on our good incomes. Todd Beechey founded OceanScape Yachts after having exactly that experience. While in Nassau on a cruise vacation, Todd and his wife wandered around the superyacht marina and dreamt of chartering a yacht one day- they even joked about winning the lotto. They concluded that it would be far too expensive, and thought it would remain just that- a dream, a fun conversation to pass the time on a sunny Bahamian afternoon. But the idea of chartering a yacht just wouldn’t let go. So rather than leaving it at that, Todd decided to actually find out: How much is it to charter a yacht- and can luxury cruise ship passengers really make the switch to private yachts? What he discovered—the secret that very few realize—is that if a group of you are paying for the luxury experience on a cruise ship you could have actually all pitched together and chartered a private yacht instead. And with more yachts flooding the market as the industry grows, the luxury yachting experience is becoming more affordable with each passing year. Not only did Todd start chartering stunning yachts with his family and friends year after year, but the idea for OceanScape Yachts was

born: the idea of making the extraordinary yachting experience attainable for people who had never imagined it was possible. So, how expensive is chartering a yacht, really? The luxury end of the cruise ship industry is undergoing a massive boom. We know that a great many of you are already spending at least $6,000+ per person on all-inclusive cruise vacations, which equates to $12,000 per cabin. We also know that lots of you are spending more than that again— in fact nearly a third of luxury cruise ship passengers are spending more than $7,000 per person. That’s a very good start towards a yacht charter vacation if you’ve got some friends who’d like to make the step up to luxury yachting. It’s worth noting here that if you do travel as a couple and have no interest in travelling with friends or family, then the cruise ship option is a better option financially as you would have to absorb the entire cost of a yacht charter on your own. (We’re not in the business of pulling the wool over your eyes.) It’s when you travel with groups that things start to get very interesting on cost comparisons. A private yacht has a license to sleep up to

12 guests, but at the smaller end 8 guests is more common, so let’s start with that to keep the comparisons realistic. If each person is spending $6,000 on a cruise ship vacation, you and your partner could raise $ 48,000 for a yacht charter by pooling your money together with just three other couples. (Of course, if you were to get a yacht with ten beds you could raise $60,000, and twelve beds you could raise $72,000 towards the cost of charter.) Remember though, that while cruise ships tend to be all-inclusive or mostly so, on a private yacht you need to pay for food and beverage, fuel, berthing fees and tips on top of your base rate. That’s why OceanScape Yachts have an all-inclusive model available to keep costs transparent. So let’s assume that using the eight-person model raising a total of $48,000 you can charter a yacht with a base rate of $32,000—with some money left over to pay for the extras. What kind of yacht will we get for $32,000 a week? I’m afraid you’re not going to get one of the ones you see on TV with a helipad and huge lap pool, but you will get a fantastic luxury yacht in the 80-100 foot range for that kind of money.


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As mentioned, it will probably have cabins for eight people, although the rare few will sleep up to 12. In this size range, the yacht will normally have two decks, a deeply comfortable main salon, dining areas and a larger master cabin. The yacht will carry a range of water toys, AV equipment and will almost certainly have WIFI and flat-screen TVs in all cabins. And of course, you’ll have a team of crew dedicated to you for the entire vacation- including the captain, stewardess and private chef. If you put in a couple of thousand extra per person you can charter a yacht with a base rate of around $40-$45,000, at which point you can expect to get a larger, more luxurious yacht nearing the 100-120 foot mark, particularly on the older models. At this size of a yacht, you will often get a Jacuzzi, a main deck master suite, larger deck spaces and an upper salon. You’ll also have a bigger crew, and potentially an extra cabin or two to bring the number of guests up and costs down. However, remember that berthing fees, fuel and tips will also go up with larger yachts, so take that into account when budgeting. The total cost of your vacation on this size yacht will be in the range of $60-70,000 for the group- still quite comparable to the cost for that same group on a luxury cruise ship. Why should I make the swap? What’s so great about private yachts? We don’t mean to criticize cruise ships, but private yachts are another level of luxury entirely. The freedom is exquisite. You’ll speak to your captain each day about the itinerary, you can change your mind whenever you like, and above all, there are none of those awful orange boats bringing you back from a shore excursion when you’re simply not ready to leave. Don’t forget that the private yachts can get into the shallow anchorages and pretty marinas that cruise ships can’t hope to. On a private yacht, the chef cooks just for you

and your friends or family. They’re informed about your food preferences and any allergies, and the yacht is stocked with all your favourite things before you arrive. Each meal is served at a beautifully decorated table on deck and there are no buffet queues or complete strangers making small talk over dinner. A yacht is an extremely private place to spend time with family and friends where the crew respect your personal space but are always discreetly on hand if you need anything. On a luxury cruise ship, much is made of the butler service, but that is restricted to your room, and when you’re roaming the ship you are just one of many hundreds of guests. On a luxury yacht, the crew is dedicated just to you and no-one else, whether it’s the deckhand

giving you another wakeboarding lesson, the chef grilling the fish you just caught for lunch, or the captain driving you to that nearby reef for a snorkel before breakfast. The stewardess or steward makes sure your cabin is always kept immaculate and keeps you constantly refreshed with food and drink. A yacht charter is all about freedom, privacy, superb food and wonderfully personalized service that cruise ships simply can’t match. On a cruise ship, you’re just another number in the crowd. On a luxury yacht, you are the star. ______________________________________ Rebecca Taylor - Global Marketing Director OceanScape Yachts rebecca@oceanscapeyachts.com www.oceanscapeyachts.com


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BVI’S RECOMMENDED ITINERARY

Beef Island

Propelled by the steady Easterly trade winds, spend your days cruising from secluded anchorages to sheltered bays. The lush green islands fringed by coral reefs are bursting with natural beauty and tranquillity.

Day 1 Beef Island Embark at Beef Island, a stone’s throw away from Tortola airport, and the ideal spot to meet your charter yacht at anchor. Set sail for

the Virgin Gorda Baths where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches of the Virgin Islands, and explore the underwater surroundings by snorkeling. The bay is calm at night and offers a beautiful sunset to watch whilst enjoying a fantastic dinner prepared by your chef. Day 2 Prickly Pear Island Sail just north of Virgin Gorda by following the lush coastline up until Bitter End Yacht Club, where you can visit the great bars and restaurants which line the waterfront, and practice kitesurfing at Prickly Pear. You can also catch a glimpse of Sir Richard Branson’s famous private Necker Island. The vast, sheltered bay offers a variety of anchorages and areas for water sports for all the family to enjoy in complete security and an idyllic setting. Day 3 Jost Van Dijk

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Set course for Jost Van Dijk by sailing through the small islands of the Northern Virgin Islands, from Dog Island to Guana Island via Great Camanoe and Scrub Island: a 20 nautical mile trip carried by the trade winds. Spend the night at anchor in Great Harbour Bay and discover the famous restaurant "Foxy's Beach" and

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its atmosphere which makes it unique to the West Indies. Day 4 Saint James Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands and the famous St. James Island via Grand Cruz Bay. Here you can taste locally caught fish and lobsters, prepared by your crew. The USVIs are also made up of a multitude of beaches with sandy banks and lush vegetation that offer an infinite number of route options according to your desires, without ever retracing your steps and instead discovering new horizons at each stage of the trip. Day 5 Coral Bay Sail to Coral Bay to enjoy breakfast in an ethereal anchorage. For lunch, your crew could organize a BBQ picnic on the beach for you to enjoy. Afterwards, make the most of a long afternoon of lazing around, swimming, snorkeling, and water sports, before returning to your charter yacht for dinner and a custom cocktail made according to your preferences. Day 6 Peter Island Follow the wind in the calm and protected waters of Tortola and reach Peter Island, one of the most beautiful anchorages of this small archipelago with turquoise waters and pristine beaches. Make the most of your yacht's jet skis and paddle boards before returning on board for lunch. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to explore the beaches of Norman Island a few miles further south.

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Day 7 Salt to Copper to Ginger Island Continue your path to Salt Island, Copper Island and Ginger Island; the landscapes of these small islands, which are part of the Rhone National Marine Park, will take your breath away. Afterwards, head further north towards Road Tow, Tortola. Here you will discover authentic local markets alongside a village hidden in the middle of this corner of paradise. Stay at anchorage here for your final night of charter. Day 8 Tortola Enjoy a final breakfast on board before sailing around Tortola to reach the Beef Island airport for disembarkation. Make the most of your

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final hours on your charter yacht by taking in the incredible views. Once arrived, say your goodbyes to your crew and do some final souvenir shopping before heading home after

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LEL – A TRULY SENSATIONAL CHARTER YACHT

Designed to navigate long distances whilst offering guests a selection of generous open spaces and well-appointed accommodation, LEL is an absolute triumph. Her sporty exterior blends seamlessly with contemporary custommade interiors, delivering enviable charter appeal. It is no wonder she is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after yachts for a luxury getaway in the Western Mediterranean. An outstanding custom 50m (163'1") Rossinavi, constructed with an aluminium hull and superstructure, LEL cruises at 17 knots, reaching an impressive top speed of 22 knots. Powered by two MTU 12V 2,580kW engines it makes island-hopping a breeze, while she also has an excellent 4,000 nm range for longer adventures. Featuring a stylish exterior and interior design, both by Luca Dini Design & Architecture, she represents a first-time collaboration between this renowned Italian shipyard and the Florence-based studio, successfully delivering a dynamic blend of Italian style at its very best. In addition, LEL's naval architecture is by Arrabito Naval Architects. This sophisticated charter yacht is

virtually brand new, having been launched in 2020, and is maintained in sparkling condition by her professional crew of nine. LEL accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 luxurious staterooms, including a master suite forward on the main deck, spanning almost the entire 9m width of the hull and an excellent folding balcony to starboard. There is also a very spacious VIP suite adjacent on the main deck. Four additional guest staterooms are located on the lower deck, comprising two VIP doubles, one double and one twin with additional Pullman. Notably the two VIP double staterooms can be merged into one vast VIP suite by closing off the main doorway in the hall if required. The main saloon delivers a refined ambience with contemporary custom-made pieces, stylish textiles and bespoke finishes that exude timeless elegance. Outside on the main deck aft the large area is equipped with sofas, coffee tables, a bar plus sun loungers for complete relaxation. On the upper deck the spacious alfresco dining veranda can masterfully be

transformed into an enclosed area for use during all seasons, thanks to heating and an air-conditioning system in this flexible space. The foredeck provides a large sofa plus coffee tables, with plunge pool and sunbeds to port and starboard. Aft on the popular sundeck are also plenty of sun-loungers, while the central zone is shaded by a hardtop with dining alfresco plus a wet bar, while forward is a large step-in pool with sunbeds. Taking pride of place, LEL's award-winning beach club is a work of art. Featuring folddown transom and side doors, this creates a vast swim platform and relaxation area. When the stern and side doors are lowered, the interior and exterior is combined to form one large entertainment area with a bar plus space where the tender is accommodated. With easy access to the water, fun is catered for to the max with an endless array of water sports equipment to delight guests. Whether wakeboarding, water-skiing or paddleboarding, whizzing along on the inflatables or trying out the Flite Board efoil, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


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However, no one knows better how to describe the many qualities on LEL than the captain himself, Michael Graeff, who is delighted to talk about this exceptional vessel first-hand. "The theme of LEL is very definitely an opportunity to fully connect with the sea" he outlines. "Her beach club certainly allows this and is definitely the most popular place on board for guests. Spacious and versatile, it is no wonder it was given the 'best of the best beach club' award – it really is a design gem". Time on board for this year has not been such a long season, however Captain Michael describes his enthusiasm for charter "It is a pleasure cruising on board LEL, and I love to introduce charter guests to these truly fabulous cruising grounds. Sardinia is a particular favourite of mine; the cruising is sublime with lots of highlights that guests appreciate. In the Balearics there is so much choice, for instance in Ibiza it is the place to be for parties, but also wonderfully close to the calm surroundings of Formentera for daytime cruising. In Mallorca I recommend Sa Foradada, a picturesque location with great anchorages and spectacular views, whilst in Andraitx the setting seems almost fjordlike and absolutely stunning". "The crew and I are very much looking forward to cruising the Mediterranean next year where we will continue to provide fabulous itineraries, excellent service and superb cuisine so that guests leave with the best memories of their special time on board LEL". It is evidently clear that with so many impressive facilities to relish and wide variety of areas for dining, entertaining, socialising and relaxing, LEL is truly an impressive charter yacht on which family and friends can spend an exceptional getaway. With her vast sweeping spaces, exceptional crew service and breathtaking design, it seems her reputation will continue from strength to strength. ______________________________________ Ocean Independence enquiries@ocyachts.com www.oceanindependence.com

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A NEW LOOK FOR LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ

The magical Mediterranean Port of Saint Tropez came alive again for the 23rd edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez which kicked off at the end of September organised by Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez. Celebrating 40 years of Nioulargue this year

the event welcomed its new two-week format, dividing the fleet in two. Classic and modern yachts up to 18 metres participating in the first week and Maxi yachts in the second week.

buzzed once again with sailors who had flocked back to Saint Tropez from all over the world to enjoy some of the best yacht racing on offer in the Mediterranean, if not the world.

200 yachts, both modern and classic arrived to open the first week. Les Voiles race village

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Race Officer George Korhel, whilst nearly 80 classic yachts, prepared to kick off proceedings and compete in the bay from day two. Among the classic fleet were twenty or so fore-and-aft rigged gaffers, with their typical four-cornered mainsail, split into groups A and B. The Grands Tradition category, in which certain yachts feature an LOA of more than 40 metres, boasted no fewer than 12 entries this year sporting the most spectacular Gaff and Marconi rigs: schooners, ketches, cutters and yawls. Stars out of category in the 2021 edition, included the magnificent red, navy blue and green hulls of the three American P Class, Chips, Corinthian, and Olympian. Of course, we cannot forget the 23,18m,

William Fife and Tuiga, the flagship of the Monaco Yacht Club, one of the few International 15-Metre Class Yachts still sailing. Previously known as Dorina, Kismet III (her name when she won the 1935 Fastnet Race) and Nevada, she carries a beam of 4,15m with a draft of 2,95m and displacement of 50 tonnes. In the early 1990’s, after a keel-up restoration at the Fairlie Restoration yard in Hamble, Hampshire, she represented the Principality in all the main vintage sailing events. A huge party was thrown for her centenary in Monte Carlo during the Monaco Classic week in 2009, with crews and personalities dressed in vintage costume. She took part in the Antigua Classic Regatta in 2012. Tuiga has often hosted Prince Alberto II on board, and historian Daniel Charles has written a book about her. She is

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sister to Mariska (1908), The Lady Anne (1912) and Hispania (1909). Tuiga is featured on the cover image of this magazine by international yachting photographer Ingrid Abery. With the race zone glistening in the sunshine, racing in true picture postcard conditions continued for the classics, with the winners of the Rolex Trophy going to the Herreshoff design Scud who managed to outperform the sumptuous P Class boats. Among the Modern boats, Pretexte (Nacira 47) secured the North Sails Trophy (IRC B), and Nanoq, skippered by the Prince of Denmark won the BMW Trophy (IRC C), both the stand-out boats despite some particularly competitive groups.


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The third day served up a mixture of passion and sporting prowess. With the longer courses requiring short legs, dazzling tactics and dexterity to adapt to the demanding conditions. Sailors returned to the dock happy, fulfilled and beaming from ear to ear, the sheer delight and gratitude of racing in St Trop again was palpable.

Meanwhile on land, the multi-coloured and fabulously festive procession of the crews paraded excitedly through the streets of Saint Tropez dressed in the theme of burlesque!

The Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez celebrated its 40th anniversary of the Nioulargue at this edition. For the past 40 years, tradition has dictated that Thursday at Les Voiles is given over to the celebration of the creative spirit of the original race to the Nioulargue mark involving Ikra and Pride.

Spirits were also high at the eagerly awaited crew night at La Ponche, Quai l’Esquière in Saint Tropez. A band called Rocky, predominantly compromising former musicians who played with the late Johnny Hallyday, paid tribute not only to the late and legendary French rock musician, but also to the Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts who recently passed away. The evening culminated with giant fireworks display out on the water, rounding off the evening with a literal bang.

During this lay day yachts of any size or rig are encouraged to challenge a partner(s). The Club 55 Cup saw competitors duelling for glory, with JP54 The Kid, Jean Pierre Dick’s 2010 Modern boat, which includes Bill Jayson in her crew, challenging the Marconi ketch Stormvogel designed by Van de Stadt, Giles, Illingworth (1962).

Amongst all the winners in the 10 categories of traditional racing yachts, Les Voiles crowned some truly remarkable boats, created by some of the world’s most respected naval architects. The first week of Les Voiles Saint Tropez delivered a spectacular ballet of classic and modern yachts, with sun, competition, and celebration in the prestige of Les Voiles familiar

to sailors and enthusiasts the world over. Pierre Roinson, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez commented: “All the teams, skippers and owners I met are delighted. This first week really ‘ticked all the boxes’ and I’d like to thank the Race Committees for their excellent control. After the Covid year, we’re witnessing a renewal of Les Voiles in all their glory. The atmosphere on shore has been worthy of the finest years of the Nioulargue, with the most picturesque parade of crews.” And that’s not all from this beautiful gathering, we’re about to set sail on a second unprecedented week of sailing with an exceptional line-up of nearly 40 Maxi yachts, all set just in front of the Port of stunning Saint Tropez- it’s not one to be missed, stay tuned for the report next month! ____________________________________ By Alice Widdows www.alicewiddows.com All images Ingrid Abery www.ingridabery.com



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SIR BEN AINSLIE BUYS MAJORITY STAKE IN SAILGP

Ahead of the sixth event in the global racing league’s second season in Cádiz, the Great Britain SailGP Team has become the first of the existing eight SailGP teams to evolve to a third party owned franchise with Ben Ainslie, the world’s most successful Olympic sailor and America’s Cup winner, taking majority ownership of the team. When Ainslie entered SailGP for Season 2, he secured an option from Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison to take ownership of the team franchise if the team’s running costs and liabilities were covered in full. Through an investment from Chris Bake this option has been exercised and Ainslie and Bake now take majority ownership of the team. Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing Inc. retains a minority equity stake in the team. Ainslie says: “When I was first invited to lead the Great Britain SailGP Team by Russell Coutts, I was immediately impressed by Russell’s and Ellison’s vision of a global sport and sustainable racing circuit which could really elevate the profile of sailing and provide continuity, which I have always been very much aligned to. I am delighted to have exercised the option together with Chris.

Bake first founded Team Aqua in 2007 and has been a long-time supporter of Robert Swan’s 2041 Foundation’s mission to engage businesses and communities on climate science and the promotion of sustainable practices. Bake says: “Ever since I have been involved in sailing it’s been clear to me that the sport needs to commit more to providing pathways, both to grow the sport and to grow diversity and inclusion with the sport. Over the past couple of years, I have been very impressed and supportive of the work SailGP is doing in this space, particularly through their Gender Equity Initiative. I am delighted to be a part of the League that will inspire future generations

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to become involved in our sport.” The Great Britain SailGP Team alongside the British America’s Cup team operates under the ISO20121 standard, an international sustainability standard for events born out of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and together with the team’s official Race For the Future Partner, STEM Crew, is seeking to inspire the innovators and problem solvers of the future into STEM careers. The league is the first climate positive sports and entertainment property and has ambitious goals to be 100 per cent powered by nature, both on and off the water by 2025. One of the first projects Bake will work with SailGP on is biofuel solutions to support the transition for the league and teams’ logistics, operations and broadcast. Coutts says: “SailGP continues to go from strength to strength and this is another fantastic milestone on our journey to having a fully sustainable and commercially viable league. This new financial agreement for the British team – along with the announcement of our ninth team and the completion of a second further franchise transaction for a tenth team for Season 3 – continues to give us confidence that our commercially viable model is rapidly growing and can pave a successful and sustainable, year-round, pathway for our global league.”

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“With new teams, owners and partners coming into SailGP the league is in a very exciting commercial space right now. SailGP has the commitment from Larry Ellison to take sailing where it has never been before. We

look forward to welcoming new like-minded partners to the GB team who share our ethos and our drive to push forward positive change.” The announcement comes with further news that two additional new third-party owned franchise teams will be joining the league for Season 3, the first of which was announced as a Swiss Team on September 6 in Geneva. This follows news earlier in the year of Rockwool becoming a Team Operator of the Danish team. Ainslie, Coutts and Bake have a trusted relationship, with Bake previously having invested in Ainslie’s 35th America’s Cup campaign and owning an RC44 team, Team Aqua, in a yachting racing class inspired and co-designed by Coutts.



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INDONESIA EASES COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN BALI FOR YACHTS In the last few days, Indonesia has opened its international borders to foreigners again, with visa applications ‘open’. “Foreigners who apply for the visa will must have a full and completed vaccination against COVID19 and will have to do 7 nights/8 days quarantine in a hotel if arriving by air or onboard the vessel if arriving into a seaport”, reports Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Bali. A report from the September 16, 2021 cruisers planning tool, noonsite, states: “After withdrawing the only remaining visa option for yacht crews (e-visa B211A) at the start of August, Indonesia has now re-opened and applications for the B211A visa are welcomed”. Foreign nationals entering the territory of the Republic of Indonesia are required to show a COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate with a completed dose according to the vaccination protocol standard that is issued by the health authorities or pharmaceutical companies that produces the vaccines, and is valid in their respective countries. Indonesia may allow foreign tourists to start returning to the popular resort island of Bali and other parts of the country by October after a sharp slide in COVID-19 cases, senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Friday, according to a September 17 Reuters article.

The Southeast Asian nation intends to move cautiously to reopen its borders following a devastating second virus wave, driven by the Delta variant. Luhut, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, said the addition of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had dropped by 94.5% since a peak in mid-July. "We are happy today that the reproduction rate is below 1... It is the lowest during the pandemic and is indicating the pandemic is under control," Luhut told a news conference. Other positive signs included the national

hospital bed occupancy rate falling below 15%, while the positivity rate, or the proportion of people tested who are positive, was at less than 5%, he said. Luhut said if the trend today continued "we are very confident" that Bali could be reopened by October.” Yachts interested in learning more and receiving the most up to date information can email us. ______________________________________ thomasa@asia-pacific-superyachts.com www.asia-pacific-superyachts.com

INDONESIA OPENS TO FOREIGN FLAGGED YACHTS COVID19 and must quarantine as stated above. Indonesia will now allow foreign tourists to start returning to the popular resort island of Bali, Jakara and other parts of the country after a sharp slide in COVID-19 cases, senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan said, according to a Reuters article, adding, “The Southeast Asian nation intends to move cautiously to reopen its borders following a devastating second virus wave, driven by the Delta variant”.

There’s breaking news for yachts waiting to enter Indonesia, reports Thomas Taatjes of Asia Pacific Superyachts, stating: “Now foreign visitors can Quarantine in a hotel for five days. The international arrival points are Jakarta, Bali and Manado by air; and for those arriving by sea, arrival may be at any international port”. The Government announcement is detailed in Circular Letter Number 20 of 2021 ‘concerning International Travel Health Protocols During the 2019 Corona Virus Disease Pandemic (COVID-19), and states: “The purpose of this

Circular is to implement health protocols for international travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this Circular is to monitor, control, and evaluate in order to prevent an increase in the transmission of COVID-19” (email thomas@asia-pacificsuperyachts.com for link to ‘Circular Letter’ and further details). Indonesia has opened its international borders to foreigners again, with Visa applications now ‘open’. Foreigners who apply for a Visa must have a full and completed vaccination against

An exceedingly attractive Asia Pacific cruising destination until the country shut down borders, Indonesia opening up is good news for yachts, superyachts and charters waiting to enter. A great destination to plan for as the world moves toward the backend of the pandemic, those with a penchant for exploring and adventure will find nothing short of a cruising paradise and a rare opportunity in finding a highly favored cruising destination now reopening. Captain Thomas welcomes inquiries, remarking, “We are standing by ready to share information and offer quality service to yachts interested in visiting this amazing country. We've also been successful in making special arrangements for a speedy entry for our clients once a visit to Indonesia is determined”. ______________________________________ www.asia-pacific-superyachts.com/indonesia


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SOUTH EAST ASIA’S SENSATIONAL SABAH ISLANDS

One Hundred and fifteen degrees east of Greenwich and lying on the equator is the modern and multi-cultured Island of Borneo with the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah.

predominantly Kadazan, Dusun, Rungus and Murut, living peacefully alongside Chinese, Malays and Indians.

Three countries are represented on the island. Borneo has Kalimantan with Indonesia in the south, Sarawak in the north and between Sarawak and Sabah, the country of Brunei. While each country has its own charms, it is recommended that the most hassle-free itinerary for a yachting journey to and around Borneo is to focus on Sabah.

The capitol city of Kota Kinabalu, often known as KK, is a major tourist destination, a gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo and a welcome beacon for yachts. “Arriving yachts can clear into KK to berth at the Sutera Harbour Marina where all can enjoy the Marina, Yacht Club, fine dining, Golf & Country Club and other recreational facilities”, notes Captain Jean-Francois (JF) Cormerais of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Sabah.

Known as ‘The Land below the Wind’ for its positioning outside of the typhoon belt, Sabah was controlled by the British North Borneo Company during the colonial era, drawn to these shores in search of timber, spices, coffee and rubber. It was under the auspices of the Company the 36 ethnic tribes found within its borders gave up their head-hunting ways and became “civilised”. While head-hunting is now a thing of the past, it is still possible to experience the rich cultural heritage of the peoples of Sabah, now blended into a harmonious community of ethnic tribes,

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“Sutera Harbour Marina at Kota Kinabalu is one of the safest places to leave the boat unattended when ready to take a trip along a river, enjoy a visit to Mari Mari Cultural Village or trek up Mount Kinabaulu, described as the most climber-friendly high mountain in the world and highest peak south of the Himalayas”. KK is also the gateway to Kinabalu National Park, home to extraordinary natural scenery and Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in

Southeast Asia at 4,095m. Sabah takes great pride in being home to mystical Mount Kinabalu, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and one of the youngest mountains in the world (7-8 million years old). The top three highest mountains in Malaysia are all located in Sabah, namely Mt Kinabalu, Mt Trusmadi and Mt Tambayukon. This granite mountain Mt Kinabalu still grows and is a bio-diverse hotspot that houses an astonishing array of records of all sorts; the highest plant diversity globally per unit area, the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, and even the world’s largest leech! Extreme adventure seekers can also opt for the via ferrata (or iron road) trek up Mount Kinabalu. Another attractions is ‘Gaya Street’ (Sunday Market), one of the city’s most interesting markets. Located in the central business district, this popular Sunday market comprises hundreds of stalls offering a diverse array of goods, from handicrafts and souvenirs. Sabah offers ongoing excitement, from mountain high to ocean deep activities. Island visits are just minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city and also the starting point to a Mount


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Kinabalu climb, about 3hrs away in Kundasang. Also on tap are the adventures of rafting, camping, hiking, and historical and culture experiences in a country filled with diversity, unique cultures, beaches and exotic foods. Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, is a modern city offering international-standard hotels and resorts as well as a range of restaurants and international cuisines. Those interested in the country’s culture will enjoy visiting the homes of different tribes, namely the Kadazan-Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, and Murut. Here you can see the making of different types of rice wine, clothes made from the jackfruit bark, blowpipe demonstrations, bamboo fire-starting demonstrations, and an in-depth look at the mystical symbolism behind them. Visitors are also given the opportunity to sample Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group. Cultural enthusiasts can also enjoy a fun and educational visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village. Communities show their way of life with demonstrations of paddy planting and harvesting, rubber tapping, river fishing, playing of traditional instruments and games, production of traditional handicrafts, cooking of local dishes and much more. SABAH SEAS Places of cruising interest near the Kota Kinabalu Port include the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. The marine park encompasses the islands of Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug and is a favourite destination of experienced divers and underwater photographers. The park is home to an abundance of aquatic life and colourful corals. On land, a 250m zip line from Gaya to Sapi using the Coral Flyer could be your first taste of adventure here. Besides cruising the east coast islands and enjoying the beautiful beaches, here you’ll find exciting outdoor activities, cultural and adventure tours, delicious halal food and ethnic water villages populated by local fishermen and friendly tribal communities, living harmoniously next to and within the tropical rainforest. Sabah’s rich cruising waters from Labuan to Kudat offer some of the most spectacular and beautiful waters, islands and mainland

attractions in South East Asia and can be considered one of the most diverse cruising playgrounds in the world. A journey around the tip of Borneo is a favourite as the East Coast is renowned for diving, particularly the worldfamous Sipadan, ranked annually amongst the world’s top-five dive sites.

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one of the few places to see the Giant Red Flying Squirrel. If you’re up for more adventure there’s a trek to Maliau Basin, ‘the Lost World of Sabah’. Circled by pristine rainforest, Maliau Basin is a unique basin-shaped water catchment that flows to the Maliau River and Kinabatangan River. Arrangements can be made to take you to the seven-tier Maliau waterfall that is absolutely breathtaking. Adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities await adventure seekers who enjoy white water rafting and are ready to navigate through the rapids of Kiulu River. Suitable for beginners, you only need some arm strength and a lot of team effort to make it to the end. Kiulu River also has a double zipline that you can try right after!

DIVE HOTSPOTS You don’t have to travel far to immerse yourself in a world class diving experience because the bio-diversity hotspot of Southern Asia, Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, has it all. Whether you choose snorkelling or scuba diving, there are many amazing diving sites including the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the islands on the East Coast of Sabah, such as Lankayan Island in Sandakan, and, as noted, Sipadan Island in Semporna. Diving is big in Sabah and the location of the country’s jewel, Sipadan Island, one of the top-rated dive spots in the world. At nearby islands to Sipadan large marine life and tiny sea creatures and colourful corals and reef are guaranteed sightings. Among top dive sites, in addition to famed Sipadan Island include: Lankayan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Layan-Layang Island, Mantanani Island, Mataking Island, PomPom Island and Pulau Tiga, famed as TV’s Survivor Island. Spectacular diving can be found amid the beautiful corals, sea turtles, barracudas, clown fishes and sometimes, rare and even endemic species of underwater life. In fact a diver may find rare or endangered sea creatures such as green and hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse

and giant clams, as well as countless species of sharks and schools of thousands of barracuda and jacks. Sabah is not only known for its reef’s larger inhabitants but also as a ‘Muck diving’ paradise with such rarities as the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, mandarin fish, harlequin ghost pipefish plus many types of weird and wonderful frogfish and nudibranchs. With its sandy beaches, tropical islands, blue waters, coral reefs and atolls, Sabah has several dive sites rated to be amongst the ‘Top Ten’ (as well as ‘Top Five’) in the world and many more yet to be truly explored. SABAH ADVENTURES Sandakan is the wildlife capital for Sabah. The endearing orang utan at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary is a must-visit (to be arranged in advance by your agent). It is the leading centre of excellence for orang utans in Borneo and where visitors can view, from a platform, how rescued orang utans are nursed and released back into the wild. Next to it, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre nurses adorable sun bears. The Rainforest Discovery Centre located within the vicinity has a long canopy walkway for an opportunity to sight 250 species of birds and

For ziplining with a different view, head over to Coral Flyer Zipline, the world’s longest islandto-island zipline that stretches from Sapi to Gaya Island and a fun activity for all. Other adventurous things to do in Sabah including spelunking at Gomantong Caves and a visit to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. “Tabin Wildlife is a very good place to see many different animals and it’s also wonderful for bird watchers and flora & fauna enthusiasts”, comments Capt. Jean Francois, adding for those choosing to stay over: “It’s quite an experience to wake up to a pygmy elephant at the front door of your chalet!” Visitors can also getting up close to some of Malaysia's most mesmerising and iconic wildlife in backdrops of lush virgin rainforest when exploring the spectacular Danum Valley conservation area, renowned for its exceptional biodiversity. Here to be encountered are a wide range of wild primates, birds and insects. You can retire to your base at any of jungle lodge accommodations to enjoy nocturnal nature walks (or just relax in the Jacuzzi!). RIVER WILDLIFE Don’t miss the opportunity for an amazing Kinabatangan River jungle cruise! This jungle river is one of the two places in the world where you can spot pygmy elephants. At times these gentle giants can be viewed drinking water and cooling off on a hot day at the second longest river in Malaysia.


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Other than being home to Borneo’s indigenous orangutan and proboscis monkey, the surrounding forest at Kinabatangan River is also one of only two known places in the world where 10 species of primates and all eight species of hornbill in Borneo can be found. A trip up the river at dawn or dusk is the best opportunity to see wildlife and, possibly, the reclusive orangutan population and pygmy elephants. COMMUNITY Apart from the magnificent cruising, marine and nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries and forest reserves, the rural areas of Sabah is where community-based tourism comes in. Community-based tourism (CBT) is an initiative to promote sustainability and improve the livelihood of the community in an area, emphasizing the development and involvement of the community in developing and managing their own tourism destination and products. Sabah consists of more than thirty different races and ethnicities with the number of languages and dialects going over eighty. All these different groups live together and form a homogenous community, where they still retain their own culture, custom, tradition, art, and festivals delivering authentic and rewarding experiences to visitors. CAPTAIN’S NOTES Sabah is divided by a mountain range from north to south and has separated Sabah’s East and West for 20 years. When I arrived there was only a dirt road connecting E to W and it was very often closed due to logging trucks sliding and blocking the road when it rained. However the was covered many years ago. As far as weather, when rain comes from the south west most of it is stopped by the mountain, which is opposite from east coast. However, it is good to note the local weather is very much uncertain, when compared to general weather resulting from a strong high or low close to Sabah. The reason is Mount Kinabalu (9400m) is only 30-40 km from the coast. The humidity on the lower land and the very cold air at the mountain top creates a ‘pump’, taking hot air from the mountain to shore. This pump is often very strong and creates its own system.

Motor Vessels/Yachts and any vessel over 24 meters are now required to use an Officially Approved agent to clear in and out. It is recommended to appoint an agent in advance. The current status during Covid-19 is: “Open with conditional entry approval required”.

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BRUNO BUYS A YACHT

One of the pleasures of my life as a yacht broker is the people I get to meet. From millionaires to seagoing paupers all have interesting life stories to share. The most inspiring and intriguing character so far has been Bruno. The first thing you notice about Bruno is his wheelchair. It's a shock - because he is intent on buying a sailing yacht despite being a paraplegic. Two minutes after our first meeting he has clambered out of his wheelchair and is bouncing his way across the gangplank lifting his useless legs over the guardrail and depositing himself on deck. I must have looked flustered and upset because he tells me to relax. He tells me most "uprights" suffer stress when they first meet him. He asks me to open the fore hatch so that he can drop into the cabin to check out the interior of the boat. Bruno grew up in Rhodesia. His blond hair and tanned body belong to a beach bum. He readily admits that surfing and sailing are his passions. Life changed radically for the twenty-sevenyear-old Bruno in December 1997. A car crash during a failed carjacking attempt in Capetown left him with a broken back. Life up to that point had been a dream. A charter yacht skipper based out in Indonesia surfing some of the best waves in the world; and getting paid for it too!

Recovering from the depths of despair was a hard road to travel. Drugs, drink and even a game of Russian Roulette did not give him the resolution he craved. One day he persuaded a friend to lend him his surfboard to paddle out beyond the breakers where he planned to drown doing what he enjoyed, surfing! He had not counted on the human spirit, the will to live. He found himself surfing a small "foamy" back to the shore. This small surfing success helped him regain his will to live. He resolved to get himself as fit as possible and to resume life to the best of his ability. We are back on the yacht. It's a South African built Atlantis 36, a brand that is rare in Europe. He sees this and its African name as a fateful sign. He borrows a mask and snorkel and slips off the sugar spoon stern to inspect the underside of the yacht. Bruno's element is the water. He lifts himself back onto the sugar spoon and announces that the hull is sound. He shares his plan with me. The idea is to acquire the boat which will become home for him and his beautiful girlfriend. He will move the boat to the Moroccan Atlantic coast, which the surfing cognoscenti will recognise as the new Mecca of the surfing community. I am learning all the time! With permission from the vendor he is allowed to stay aboard for the night so that he can plan the modifications he will need

to make to the yacht. We part company that evening with a promise of a Rock tour courtesy of Boatshed Gibraltar. In truth it's a crude attempt of mine to spend more time with this incredible human being. The following day I collect him at Ocean Village and we set off for the tourist hot spots. At Europa Point he seeks my advice on wind, tides and currents in the Straits. Next we head for the Upper Rock where at St Michaels Cave he singlehandedly negotiates steps (backwards) down into the cave on his specially designed wheelchair. The tourists in the cave that day learnt something about the limits of disability. When we return back to the marina he shares his next big project with me. He is seeking sponsorship to acquire a large catamaran which will be adapted for disabled young people. I tell him to look me up if he needs help. I know Gibraltar is a generous place. Bruno is a shining light. As we move along the pier at Marina Bay at our last meeting he tells me that most people are disabled. In his case it's the legs. The first thing you notice about Bruno is his wheelchair. The last thing you notice about Bruno is NOT his wheelchair.


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THAILAND LIFTS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR YACHTS

New regulations for flying in to Phuket will make it easier for crew changes and the eventual reopening of Thailand scheduled to take place on 1st November. “The Thai government’s aim is to allow all vaccinated crew/ guests to fly into Thailand without the need for Quarantine. Yacht checkin is also scheduled to get easier”, reports Gordon Fernandes in Phuket, co-founder of Asia Pacific Superyachts. Thailand will waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions from Nov. 1 to vaccinated arrivals, authorities said on Monday. After months of strict travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand is gearing up for a return to normalcy by easing some travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and allowing normal tourists to enter the country. The government has introduced Sandbox programs allowing vaccinated travelers to enter the ‘Land of Smiles’ without quarantine. The ‘Phuket Sandbox’ program has welcomed over 35,000 travelers since it started on July 1, 2021. Fully vaccinated travelers from eligible countries who are visiting Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox are not required to undergo a

mandatory quarantine. The Phuket Sandbox travelers are required to stay for 7 nights in a designated SHA+ hotel in Phuket only. The ‘Samui Plus Sandbox’ program has welcomed international travelers since it started on July 15, 2021. Fully vaccinated travelers visiting Thailand through the Samui Plus Sandbox are not required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. Samui Plus Sandbox travelers are required to stay for 7 nights in a designated Samui Extra Plus Hotel in Samui before they are allowed to travel to Koh Phang Ngan or Koh Tao. The Thai government plans to promote tourism next year and set up of a tourism promotional fund to transform Phuket into a world class destination. Restrictions were eased as vaccinations hit 50m doses after record 1.4m doses last week.

The ambitious plan for Phuket and the tourism sector was approved during an online meeting today (Thursday) of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. A tourism promotion fund, with the support of the private sector and civil society, will be set up, not just to promote tourism but also to effect changes in the tourism industry for sustainable growth, as well as reducing as much red tape as possible to promote tourism and welcome more foreign-flagged yachts and superyachts. Yacht Captains and Owners interested in learning more and receiving the most up to date information can email us. ______________________________________ gordon@asia-pacific-superyachts.com www.asia-pacific-superyachts.com




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SHIP & SHORE – EMMA KATE ROSS

Tell me a little about yourself… I’m a South African rotational crew chef, I have been living in London for the last 5 years and run my business from here. It gives me the opportunity to ground myself and welcome any friends transiting through London and now travel is opening up, use it as a base to travel more of Europe… I have grand plans to finally see the Northern Lights this year! How long did you work in yachting? It’s been over 15 years now, from my first 45m motor yacht, to my current boat, a 66m

Lurssen, with a few sailing boats in the middle to keep it interesting. Can you tell me about your yachting career? I started on heavily chartered motor yachts, as a stewardess, then fell in love with a boy on a sail boat, and pretended I could sail so we could work together and spent the next 7 years with him on sail boats. It’s during this time I made the transition into cheffing by standing in for our chef whilst on her holiday and found that was a much better fit for me. I did a couple of chef courses to build up some skills and confidence, then a stage in notable

London restaurants each and every year since to give me more confidence and brilliant food inspiration. I am back on motor yachts now, the walk in fridge and freezer made that an easy decision… What were the highlights? So many! Cruising the South Pacific and daily 7am snorkels in Tahiti. Swinging in hammocks and reading while the hours melt away until your next watch…Star gazing mid Atlantic and sharing music, books and life’s stories with no interruptions, really living in the moment. The ultimate highlight for me though has to


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be meeting some of the best, most brilliant people ever. Friendships on yachts are forged in fire and I couldn’t have asked for better people to come in my life, many who remain my friends today, from detailing toilets to packing cars full to help move into first homes, we’ve done it all! What were your low points? Missing birthdays and weddings, the pain and guilt of not being present for someone you love is a very particular low point most yachties know only too well. Also having to deal with cocaine addled Chief officers and not getting the understanding or support from the Captains or management teams was beyond depressing and dispiriting. Feeling lonely on a boat that is full of people, none of whom are your tribe in life, taking that on and internalising it, rather than moving on to a boat that makes you more content. How did you know it was time for you to make the move to land? It had been a thought for a while, but getting rotation made that a possibility and gave me the time to think and consider what I wanted to do next and plan the exit strategy from yachts. I am so grateful for rotation as it gave me the time to build a life outside yachts, with the safety of a job and boat I know and the security of a salary that keeps me afloat whilst I build up my company. I really believe it should be more widely offered to crew of all positions.

what you eat, where you go and what time you wake up, it didn’t seem important until I had it onshore, now I have it in my life it is much harder to give up when I am back onboard.

opportunity to reduce depression and anxiety risks in seafarers, which may also reduce risks of injury and illness, and drastically improve crew retention.

What do you miss most about working at sea?

What advice would you give to fellow yachties looking to leave yachting?

What was the most difficult thing about the transition?

What do you do now?

The expense! Having to pay for your own food and toiletries and budget for so many more outgoings than ever before. Also having to live a “real life” with no one to beautifully launder your clothes was a wake up call…we are spoilt so much on boats, it was good to take a step back and made me really appreciate the perks when I walk back onboard. What was the best thing about it? For me it is mostly being able to connect with people at home, being able to be present, say yes to parties, celebrations and life events and actually be there. Also, the freedom and being able to have control over your daily life,

I’m still working in yachting and due to my rotation chefs position, I’m fortunate enough to get six months off a year to focus on my company SEAS THE MIND.

I co founded SEAS THE MIND a company dedicated to creating mentally healthy and resilient yacht crew through Mental Health First Aid training. MHFA is an educational course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way, as we learn physical first aid, for STCW95, MHFA teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill-health. We offer two Mental Health First Aid training programs for crew, both online and in-person for yacht crews across all departments. The course is a practical resource for crew to tackle, recognise and fortify their own and others’ mental health on board. MHFA is an

Be prepared, and get support from family/ friends/ anyone. Think through the financial, emotional and psychological implications and plan for the best and the worst. You are going to experience both and they will be wonderful, complicated and frustrating. However, if you know it’s coming and you have people to help you through the tough times and celebrate the good times, you will be doing pretty well! Emma Kate Ross Mental Health First Instructor Co Founder and Director SEAS THE MIND www.seasthemind.co.uk (+44) 447510197297 ______________________________________ Interview by Melanie Winters (+34) 646 897 378 melwmarketing@gmail.com

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ECO YACHT SLOT – LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE & GREENWASHING PT 1 Biodegradable is a term used to refer to the breaking down of a product into smaller particles, literally the fact that it degrades and gets smaller. It can be applied to any material that can be broken down by microorganisms (like bacteria and fungi) and assimilated/ absorbed into the natural environment. This happens over a much larger period of time and needs no specific conditions. November is here and it has been an exciting few weeks in yachting with lots of events happening – the largest being the METS show this month. Now is a time Captains are making choices about new systems to put onboard and looking for new innovative products and ideas. With so many new products on the market and everybody claiming their product is ‘sustainable’ it is hard to know what is the right product and what actually makes it sustainable or better for the planet. Greenwashing, (the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company's products are more environmentally sound), has sadly become is a common practice with some mainstream companies spending more money on their image and PR than actually changing how they run their businesses and make their products. So what is the answer? Who can you trust? Shopping with reliable companies that you develop a relationship is a good start. Don’t be blinded by good images and marketing speak. Another thing to do is learn a little about all they different terms that are used and they symbols you find on products so you know what each of them mean and why they are important. Here is Part 1 of a guide to some language and labels commonly found. As this is such a complicated issue we will deal with the labelling and language of plastics this month.

HOME COMPOSTABLE

This means that the biodegradable packaging will break down under specific home composting conditions back into water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and biomass. INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTABLE

OK Compost label meets the requirements of the European standard for compostable packaging, EN 13432. Carrier bags and packaging with the OK Compost label are guaranteed to compost within 12 weeks in an industrial composting installation (at temperatures from 55 °C to 60 °C). BIOPLASTICS

These terms are used a lot when marketing products and can get confusing. One thing to remember is that “While all compostable products are biodegradable, not all biodegradable products are compostable”

You may have seen a surge onto the market or plastic looking items that advertise themselves as being compostable/biodegradable/made from plants etc. These belong to a new family of Plastics called Bioplastic. According to European Bioplastics, a plastic material is defined as a bioplastic if it is either bio-based, (i.e. produced from a renewable biomass source such as vegetable fat, oils, corn starch etc) OR biodegradable, OR features both properties. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT??

Compostable products are made by organic elements or plants that are able to degrade in a relatively short time, they break down into only natural element which leave nothing toxic in the environment (humus). For this to happen these items need a specific compostable environment to degrade which includes warm temperatures, nutrients, moisture and plenty of oxygen.

A common mistake is with new bioplastics (such as those found in new alternative Coffee Pods / Single use Plastic Cups and Cutlery etc). These are often labelled with the word compostable and a symbol which instantly makes you imagine that in the environment they will break down in the same way that an apple core would for example if it ends up on the ground. However what this label

BIODEGRADABLE V’s COMPOSTABLE

and wording generally means (there are some exceptions) is that in an INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTING FACILITY with perfect conditions this material will breakdown as organic matter. They reality is that there are very few of these facilities in Europe and there is currently no recycling bins especially for these products – if they end up in the environment or the home compost bin they stay for a long time or if they end up in the Plastics bin they can contaminate recycling chains. We want to do the right thing and so we purchase these products thinking are better but it is important to look at the whole cycle and think about where these items will end up and if they really are the better choice. Some companies such as Vegware have set up closed loop systems where they collect their own compostable bioplastics back to recycle in their own facilities. We need to press for these facilities to be more common place in public areas and home collection as well. Are BIOPLASTIC’s Good or Bad? Bioplastics themselves are an great alternative to traditional plastics which we know are destroying our planet. They are plant based, in the correct facilities breakdown into non toxic waste and don’t use petroleum which are all positives. Also some of the newer bioplastics such as types made from Sugar cane (BioPE and BioPET) have an identical composition to traditional plastics meaning they can be recycled together (yay!). To have this available is great but reducing our plastic reliance and switching to alternatives where we can should still remain a long term goal. Bioplastics is a term used to encompass a lot of different types of plastic so always check with each company about how and where you can recycle their products. We are really excited to announce that our new website - made to meet the unique needs of Yachts and their crew is up and running NOW. With everything to help you reduce plastic use, buy more ethically, sustainably and locally made products and a huge range of Bulk Cleaning and Toiletries for guests and crew all in one palce and packed with information – please check it out and let us know what you think! ______________________________________ hannah@viveco.co (+34) 634 326 981 www.vivecoyachts.com Hannah is an ex-stewardess who now runs Viveco an Eco Yacht and Home supply shop in Mallorca.


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SPICE TIME AGAIN! CAJUN SPICE MIX This classic blend of Cajun spices can be used as a dry rub to flavour pork or chicken at your next bbq. It’s also perfect sprinkled over potato wedges and vegetables or added to minced meat to make your own delicious Cajun burgers! 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 dried red chilli, deseeded & chopped 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 2 teaspoons dried oregano 2 teaspoon dried thyme 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 teaspoons garlic powder Add all the ingredients to the spice grinder and pulse until coarsely crushed. Store in an airtight container. MEXICAN SPICE MIX Add to chilli con carne, tacos & burritos. Autumn reawakens the senses. Mornings feel fresher, colours appear bolder and flavours get a little deeper. As the colder weather moves in I tend to look for simple, classic food and I definately like to start spicing up my recipes a little. The tuth is I love the smell of the gently toasted spices and the way they can fill the kitchen with the most amazing aromas. The sheer variety of flavours that they have to offer and can bring to a dish is endless, but seasoning with herbs and spices means complimenting your dishes, not overwhelming and hiding the true flavour of the food. Mediterranean cooks have been blending spices for centuries and they were among the first of many foods brought back to Europe from the east by Marco polo. Spices encouraged the early voyages of Columbus and Vasco Da Gama, who succeeded in rounding the Cape of Good Hope and crossing the Indian Ocean to calicot on the coast of India. Today, its hard to believe when spices cost so little and we can all enjoy freshly ground black pepper and the delicious aromas of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves that these fragrant bits of bark, leaves and seeds were once so costly, so hard to track down and transport, that men were willing to risk their lives crossing oceans and waging war in an attempt to bring them back and build empires with the profits from the resulting spice trade. Using fresh spices is a much better option than buying in ready prepared spice mixes and they also make great little gifts for your friends and family. Always buy spices whole, not ground. Spices contain essential oils that are released when lightly toasted and ground and that is where all the aromas and flavours actually come from. When ground they do detoriate quickly and lose a lot of their magical qualities so my advice is to make your spice mixes often and in small quantities as a little goes a long way. Making spice mixes is great fun. You can travel all around the world with different combinations from India, Morroco and Mexico or you can be really inventive and create your own personal spice mix.

2tsp smoked paprika 4tbsp black peppercorns 4tbsp dried oregano 4tbsp ground cumin. 2tbsp chipotle chilli powder 2tbsp garlic powder 1tsp salt Add all the ingredients to the spice grinder and pulse until coarsely crushed. Store in an airtight container. MEXICAN PORK PIBIL Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 4 hours Ingredients serves 10 2.5kl of boneless pork belly or shoulder For the marinade: 1tbsp Mexican spice mix 100g achiote paste 3tbsp cider vinegar 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 1tsp dried oregano 2 fresh bay leaves 2tbsp sea salt

3tbsp olive oil Juice of 4 oranges Place the achiote paste, vinegar, onion, garlic, herbs, salt, spices and olive oil in a blender and pulse to a paste. Slowly pour in the orange juice with the motor running to incorporate into the paste. Pour the marinade all over the pork ensuring it is thoroughly coated and then marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Transfer the pork belly and its marinade to a large casserole and cover with foil or a tightfitting lid. Cook slowly for 4 hours or until the pork is soft and falling apart to the touch. Serve the pork pibil covered with sauce with boiled potatoes or Shred the pork using 2 forks, discarding the fat to make a delicious fajita garnished with sliced red onions, chopped green chillies and sprinkled with Mexican spice mix. PINCHO MORUÑO Ingredients serves 4 400g boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes Moruño spice mixture: 2tsp finely chopped fresh thyme 1tsp salt 1tsp ground cumin 1tsp hot pimenton or paprika ½tsp black peppercorns ¼tsp saffron threads 200ml olive oil 1 bay leaf 2tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley In a mortar and pestle or food processor, combine the thyme, salt, cumin, pimenton, peppercorns, and saffron. Grind until combined and add the olive oil. Pour the spice mixture over the diced lamb; add the chopped parsley & bay leaf. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Thread the lamb cubes onto 8 long skewers and grill the “pinchos” for 6-8 minutes, turning 3 or times, until they are cooked.


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STEWARDESS’ PICK OF THE MONTH FROM RIALTO LIVING - OUR FAVOURITE LIFESTYLE STORE IN PALMA -

Nothing elevates the mood in your home, or the yacht’s interior, like a chic scented candle. So much more than just a stunning centrepiece, a scented candle’s cozy flicker and delectable aroma have the power to transport your senses and enhance your mood. Even if you find yourself city-bound, or in the middle of the Atlantic, scents can be evocative of a summer’s walk through an Italian lemon orchard or reminiscent of a dreamy siesta on a white-sanded beach. But finding a candle that suits your mood — and pleases your olfactory receptors — is more than just a matter of notes, because not all candles rank high in quality, burn time and intensity. Whether you crave the fragrance of crisp linen, the scent of smoke from an open fire, or soporific properties of fresh lavender, Rialto Living’s selection of high-quality candles have you covered. The store’s aroma-filled winners

include brands that shine through a distinct and delicious local panache, like Castelbel and Panier des Sens. Castelbel’s candles capture the aromas, colours and ambience of sun-drenched Portugal and Panier des Sens’ formulas are designed and made in the seductive Provence. You can also find brands like Byredo and True Grace — perfumers that craft great-smelling candles you could buy for their looks alone. Byredo’s cult candles are loved for their crowd-pleasing scents and chic aesthetic and True Grace’s elegant, aromafilled flickers are shaking things up with scents like ‘Rainstorm’, ‘Library’, and ‘Vine Tomato’. Oh, and not everyone knows that there is a right and wrong way to burn these quality mood-lifters. Always trim the wick before you light up as trimmed wicks make for a cleaner, more even, burn and will prolong the life of your candle.

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Rialto Living, conveniently located on Calle Sant Feliu 3, is just a stone’s throw away from Palma’s STP and sells a wide selection of eyecatching super yacht must-haves. Have a snoop around and see for yourself. And if you make a purchase don’t forget to flash your STP (or other) entry card so you can relax in their leafy, oasis-like café and sip on a complimentary ‘cafe con leche’ before you head back to the boat. ______________________________________ Rialto Living Hours: 11 am and 7pm Monday – Saturday C. Sant Feliu 3, Palma (+34) 971 71 33 31 www.rialtoliving.com Photography: Pär Olsson / Rialto Living


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IN THE GALLEY WITH KALE BOERNER Name: Kale Boerner Years’ Experience as a chef: 13 Nationality: American What are you doing / where are you working right now? I have just recently opened a food truck here in Hawaii called The Broken Mouth. I’m serving Asian style street food and small bites. It’s a good way to keep myself busy as I transition between boats. I was just working on a 100m private yacht as Head Chef a few months ago. The change up in cooking style has been fun and lots to learn about starting my own business. Who is your food hero (dead or alive) and why? Food hero.. hmmmmm. René Redzepi of Noma - his approach to leadership and kitchen dynamics is something that needs to be followed for this profession to stay sustainable. His ability to create so much creativity from his chefs by having a positive and open atmosphere really shows in the work they have been doing. What 3 ingredients could you not live without? Salt, Olive Oil, Garlic. What are your 3 favorite cookbooks and why? The French Laundry - This was the first cookbook I ever read cover to cover; the attention to quality and skillset is incredible. The Japanese Grill - Great techniques and sauces to enhance all your ingredients, especially vegetables.

Gjelina - Beautiful cookbook on California cuisine, bold flavors, spicy & delicious recipes.

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

What three kitchen gadgets could you not live without?

I listen to it all from Bob Marley - to Rezz. Toss in a few audio books or podcasts during the prep sessions before guests’ arrival. Then gangster rap - Classical to get you fired up for service.

Timer, quality cooking shears, clock. What piece of equipment should every yacht have in the galley? Combi Oven - The amount of different applications you can get with a good combi oven is unbeatable. What would you say are some of the most overrated ingredients? Iodized table salt What would you say are some of the most underrated ingredients? Fish Sauce, canned dehydrated chilis

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What has been the most popular (or requested dish) on a yacht by a guest so far? Most requested.. .probably Spaghetti Bolognese, or buffalo wings to be honest. Most popular would have to be ceviche. If you were a guest on a yacht, who would you want to cook for you and why? I would really enjoy having David Chang cook for me. His style of food is what I search for when looking for restaurants. I am a huge fan of Asian styles and flavors.

Best galley tip/hack? Blue tape on the sides of your hotel pan when using foil and sliding into the combi oven. 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? Marshall Islands - I had to bring a private flight from Hawaii with products and speak with the local grocery store to see if I could add a product list onto their shipment from Guam to get the bulk items. What is the hardest part of your job? Day 98… What do you see as being the biggest challenge for chefs in the industry moving forward? I think finding a way to not overwork yourself to burnout, this is an amazing industry for chefs and it’s very easy to get so caught up in work and pushing the limits of your abilities that you forget to take time for yourself. What would you say to people who stereotype chefs as being prima donnas with big egos? I feel there is no place in a kitchen for a big ego, this is old school style, there is enough research


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that shows how to not run a galley that an attitude like that shouldn’t be tolerated.

When you are interviewing a chef to work for you, how do you know if they are any good?

What is your attitude toward crew with dietary requirements?

I think a lot of the interview process comes down to personality and the ability to communicate correctly, I ask personal and detailed questions and see how the individual responds. It’s worked pretty well in my career.

This is something that is becoming more and more of a requirement for chefs to work with on yachts, I feel it’s great that people are finally figuring what their bodies want to eat but I’ve seen it be abused which can create stresses on the chefs and their team. What is the weirdest most bizarre thing you have ever been asked to cook? A lasagna at 2:30AM Name something you have cooked for guests that you are most proud of? I was a sous chef on an 80m and had a 10 day charter, I was responsible for all pastry during the trip. The preferences said they wanted a cake and two desserts for each meal, lunch and dinner. In those 10 days I taught myself basic pastry skills and we ended up crushing it. I’ve had a love for pastry ever since.

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What one thing should all chefs do to help the environment? Pay attention to food waste and plastics. Educate yourself on what the industry is offering in regards to provisioning and ways to make it a cleaner industry. What one thing can chefs do to limit food wastage? Spend a little more time on recreating dishes from leftover items. If you weren’t a chef, what would you want to be? This is tough.. But I would love to be an artist, to have the ability to draw and create art has always interested me.

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MUSHROOM CARPACCIO: THE UMAMI BOMB

Simon brings together the heat and passion of the Mediterranean with the soul of Asia. Before joining Fera as Executive Chef and partner the Carinthian from the village of Eberstein in Austria has worked with several star chefs. Among others, he worked for "Paco Pérez" in the Miramar restaurant (**), as well as in the "Alkimia" with Jordi Vilà (*). Mushroom Carpaccio: The Umami Bomb Simply fascinating: a combination of mushrooms, delicate creamy parsleymayonnaise and wonderfully aromatic herbs... Ingredients (for 4 pers.): 500 g shiitake mushrooms (alternative: mushrooms) 1 clove of garlic 1 sprig of thyme 1 bay leaf 1 sprig of rosemary Olive oil Truffle oil to taste Vinegar Salt blossoms (Flor de Sal d'es Trenc) For the parsley mayonnaise: 40 g parsley 1 egg Salt 200 g olive oil or the oil from the slow-cooked mushrooms

For the pickled Shimeji mushrooms: 1 packet of Shimeji mushrooms (brown or white) 100 g rice vinegar (apple cider vinegar or white balsamic vinegar would also work) 40 g sugar 10 g salt Garnish: pine nuts, chives, shiso cress Preparation: Clean the mushrooms with a brush, cut off a little of the stem at the bottom. Put the mushrooms in a saucepan, add the garlic and herbs and add enough olive oil to cover the mushrooms a finger’s width. Heat slowly over a medium heat until small bubbles appear. Put the pot aside, remove the herbs and garlic and leave to cool down well. To serve, cut the mushrooms into thin slices and arrange in a circle on a plate. Brush with a little vinaigrette (2 tbsp (truffle) oil mixed well with 1 tbsp vinegar).

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For the parsley mayonnaise: Wash the parsley, put it in boiling salted water for about 10 seconds (blanch). Remove. Cool in ice water (this will preserve the colour!). Remove, drain very well and chop. Beat the egg in a bowl, add the parsley and a pinch of salt. Mix everything as finely as possible. Then pour in the oil gradually and mix until you have a creamy mayonnaise. To pickle the Shimeji mushrooms: clean the mushrooms, cut off a little bit of the stalk. Bring the vinegar, the sugar and salt to boil until both have dissolved, and pour the stock over the mushrooms. Cover with cling foil and let it stand. The longer the mushrooms steep, the tastier they become. For serving: Roast pine nuts and sprinkle together with the chives, Shiso cress and some Flor de Sal d'es Trenc over the carpaccio. Put some dabs of green parsleymayonnaise on top and garnish with the pickled Shimeji mushrooms.

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YACHT MEDICAL TRAINING SERIES, PART 2.

I hear many stories of crew having to be the first responder in a medical incident. Only last week a crew member retold to me the story of three crew members hit by a spinnaker pole, one knocked unconscious, and the very next day a captain sent an email to the MSOS team to say that after attending the proficiency in medical care course he used a SAM splint technique he learnt for a friend who was involved in a mountain bike accident. Whatever the medical scenario, there are a few facts that remain true when you are the first responder to a medical incident: • The stress response will kick in, and it will likely be stronger in a medical incident than in other stressful situations. • You will struggle to learn new skills when it does • If you can manage your stress response, and recall your training, you may save a life and importantly, provide a better long-term recovery. So what can we do help get our stress response under control quickly and provide prompt action? It is always the same answer - training. If your training is recent and was effective, as your body goes into the stress response and shuts off your decision-making powers, your brain will search for the skills you learnt and practiced in the muscle memory, which will immediately reduce the rising panic.

So what are the actions that we need to train on regularly so that we have them in the back pocket of our brain, ready to go? I am going to briefly cover them here, highlighting some considerations for the maritime environment. We must initially perform a quick thirty second check for safety and life-threatening injuries. You have most likely heard the assessment referred to as the Drs ABC or ABCDE or primary survey (military). The environment in which they are being performed or who is training you usually determines the name utilised. I consider the maritime environment unique – non-medical professionals performing medical care far from outside support - therefore I like to include four medical first response actions: • CONTROL THE STRESS RESPONSE • CALL FOR HELP • CHECK FOR SAFETY - YOU THE CASUALTY & THE VESSEL • CHECK THE CASUALTY - RESPONSE, AIRWAY, BREATHING & BLEEDING These are four simple to learn & practice actions, with the last action having four parts. Here is a little more detail on each action: STRESS RESPONSE You witness a person thrown across the deck

violently and hit a winch, or retrieve them from the water with a gash from a jet ski propellor, or you hear the ominous ‘medical emergency’ over the radio and it kicks in - a huge dose of hormonal mediators like a jug of espresso is dumped into your blood stream, revving up your sympathetic nervous system - raising heart & breathing rate, and getting more oxygen to your muscles, making you stronger and more ready to ‘fight or flight.’ The primeval system designed to protect your life is in full flow, you get a mind blank, and the abilities you really need to treat a casualty are shut off. I have heard many stories of people momentarily walking away from a casualty and not calling for help during the peak of the response. So how can we combat this natural response? Awareness - acknowledging that this response will happen will in itself will help you cope better, and sometimes even verbalising the feeling (I feel panicked and overwhelmed right now) even silently, strangely reduces panic. Training - as outlined above, panic will reduce if your brain can recall recent training. Simulation - running medical drills where crew first vigorously jog on the spot for a minute and then go and then treat a casualty will simulate that raised heart rate and breathing. IMMEDIATELY CALL FOR HELP ‘ALL CREW ALL CREW, MEDICAL EMERGENCY IN THE (YOUR LOCATION)’


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A simple message which alerts your crew to work as a team to secure the vessel & get the medical kits to you as fast as possible. On a vessel not using radios, a loud shout. CHECK FOR SAFETY - DONT BECOME A SECOND CASUALTY Take a breath, look around you, up and down and consider how the accident happened as you approach. Think about removing hazards to you first, wether that be a circuit break in the engine room, throwing a flotation device to someone drowning before swimming out, or considering moving a casualty off an unstable platform. Also consider the overall safety of the vessel, there is a tendency in a medical incident for everyone to be head down, focused on the casualty, but if the casualty is the captain, who is at the helm, organising the bringing down of the sails, or navigating the vessel back to port? To highlight this, I spoke recently with a first officer who recounted the story of when his captain started having a major heart attack whilst entering the marina, leaving him to take control of the yacht for the first time and support crew through the medical incident, a daunting task, but handled heroically. CHECK THE CASUALTY FOR LIFE THREATENING ISSUES 1) Are they responding? Shout and clap loudly, strongly squeeze the earlobes 2) Do they have an airway - a clear passage from the lips to the lungs? Put one hand on the forehead, then firmly tilt the chin up slightly with two fingers and look in mouth, or if in a confined space and you are behind the head, put fingers under the jaw to tilt the chin up. 3) Are they breathing? Look for movement in the chest/abdomen for 10 seconds. If you don’t see any movement, they are not breathing, you must immediately start high quality CPR and get the defibrillator. (Note: If they are not responding, and you hear snoring sounds (google agonal breaths) this is not normal, we count this as not breathing. 4) Are they bleeding to death?

Scan the body from head to toe, if you find a bleed apply direct pressure where the blood is coming out with a cloth or dressing and your body weight and be sure to finish scanning for other bleeds. Place heavy pressure on the site that blood is coming out, and if possible, raise the legs (move warm oxygenated blood around the body i.e., reduce shock which is lack of oxygen). If you are crew coming to the scene and CPR has started, look for bleeding and put pressure on the bleed site.

causes, giving oxygen and fluids as per your telemed providers advice.

SECONDARY RESPONSE

This is a brief look at the first and second response actions onboard a yacht, I hope it has refreshed your memory, however to build that muscle memory and cement the skills to memory, a training filled with hands on practice and true to life scenarios is required.

Once we have identified & treated any life threatening issues with our quick assessment, we can slow down and look at the scene, and consider whether we suspect a head or spinal injury - fall from height, visible injury, or we saw them hit on the back or head - and if suspected, leave them in position or on the back and put in a guedel airway or nasal airway, and if not suspected put them into the recovery position (either from the front or the back, as we practice in training) and monitor. We then go onto to our secondary response actions which would be calling your telemedical provider if they are not already on speaker phone or via a telemedicine monitor such as the MSOS Themis unit; reassess first response actions, take vital signs, and identify and treat burns, broken bones and any other medical

We must as a medical team onboard also consider taking notes including: timings, what you are seeing, what you are doing, and if the captain or relatives are aware, the casualties history, allergies and medications to relay to telemedical doctors for diagnosis, and supporting the relatives during this traumatic time.

MSOS can train you and your crew onboard your vessel anywhere in the world, for a preseason training or STCW courses, putting all your crew through different levels of training concurrently. Or you can book onto our many fun and engaging classroom based MCA courses for more advanced training. I hope to see you on a training day soon. ______________________________________ Sara Paterson DTN Bsc RN MSOS trainer, freelance yacht medic Instagram: yachtmedicsara


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YOGA FOR BEGINNERS My name is Debbie Lash, I am a LA trained yoga teacher and certified health coach. I’m passionate about helping people take control of their health and happiness in order to live their best life. Reflecting back to my first yoga class, which was over 23 years ago now, I wish someone had told me to start with a beginner’s class. Not because I was unfit, but when you’re new to yoga, the poses are hard enough to master, but add in complicated Sanskrit terminology and all the queuing etc. it can be overwhelming and you spend your time looking around the room to make sure you don’t look stupid. To be honest even when I did know what I was doing, I still wasn’t exactly sure if I was doing it right? For some reason, maybe it`s down to marketing, but people tend to have this preconceived notion that you need to be young, fit, flexible and healthy to do yoga, but that excludes a huge amount of the population and the fact of the matter is that yoga is for everyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much you weigh, what you do for a living, where you live, or what religion you are. You can start at anytime, any place, all you need is a mat and to be willing. I have taught beginners’ from 8 to 80 years old and it brings me so much joy to introduce people to the practice. I have witnessed people from all walks of life challenge their bodies and break through their negative thoughts to become both flexible and strong. When I was living in LA I used to teach a group of men who were HIV positive, and one of them was blind. Can you imagine how hard it is to learn yoga when you can’t see the instructor’s demonstrations? So think of this man when you are listing all the reasons as to why you can’t do yoga. In fact, a lot of people start yoga because they are injured; such as back pain, recovering from cancer, dealing with addiction or suffering from relationship trauma/abuse to name just a few. Some say all suffering is similar, as it wears on our consciousness in the same way. Step into any yoga studio around the world and you’ll most likely find many people in the room who came to yoga because they needed to heal. I think the hardest part of starting a yoga practice, is actually carving out the time for yourself. You will often hear me say in my classes that the hardest part of today’s class is walking through the door and I mean it. Look, we are all busy, but when people say they are too busy, well then to me that boils down to what your priorities are. Everything is choice and I’m a big believer that one good decision leads to another. There are so many amazing teachers around the globe and we are fortunate to have so many of them based here in Mallorca. It’s definitely worth asking around locally who people recommend. Yogis always love to share who their favourite teachers are. Your first experience on your mat really does matters, because it will often determine whether you return again.

The more you practice and experience different teachers, you will quickly come to know what style you like and what teachers voice resonates with you. Each teacher brings something different and unique to the practice and you will know immediately when you find your vibe. And in turn your tribe!

5. Downward Facing Dog / Adho Mukha Svanasana

I know it sounds extravagant but if you are in a position to pay for a private or share a semi private with a friend, it will help fast track you to having a much better experience when you first step into a studio. I love this saying: ‘Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down’. Personally, I turned up for the physical practice and ended up staying for the mental awareness. Here are 8 beginner poses to kickstart your journey.

6. Plank Pose / Phalakasana

1. Mountain Pose / Tadasana

7. Upward Facing Dog / Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana

2. Tree Pose / Vrikshasana

8. Childs Pose / Balasana

3. Cresent Pose / Anjaneyasana

4. Warrior 2 / Virabhadrasana II

I have some beginner’s yoga classes on my YouTube Channel ‘Debbie Lash Yoga’. If you have any questions or would like to contact me, you can via the following ways: Website: www.debbielash.com Instagram @debbielashyoga Facebook: debbielashyoga Please come join one of my classes at Earth Yoga in Santa Catalina or Portals, I would love to meet you on your mat. You can find my schedule on my website or instagram above. Namaste



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This month we’re putting the Nourish spotlight on Anna Johansson - founder of luxe local brand A'DISTRACTION. about her top wellbeing habits and rituals. MY HEALTH & HAPPINESS HABITS: ANNA JOHANSSON Tell us a little bit about your work? I’m the founder and creative director of A’DISTRACTION – a brand offering a curated lifestyle collection of timeless luxury everyday essentials & exclusive yoga couture – made by hand, with love in Mallorca. What did you have for breakfast today? An almond croissant & cafe con leche from my favourite – Thomas Bakeshop, enjoyed on the cliffs of hotel Bendinat after a morning swim with a friend. What does your morning routine look like? After many years of travelling for work with early morning flights, I prefer to wake up no earlier than 8am. I always start with a glass of water, followed by a nice shower to wake up the body. Then breakfast – normally greek yoghurt with fruits and nuts and a coffee. On days with exercise (morning swims, kickboxing or yoga) I prefer to enjoy breakfast after my workout. What are your most important health habits? To eat ginger & pomegranate. To surround myself with inspiring people, friends and family. To spend time in solitude every now and then in nature/by the sea. To dance & listen to great music. To practice yoga/morning swims/kickboxing/ horse riding a few times per week. To eat well and in good company. If possible organic and/or local produce. What is your guilty pleasure? Croissants - almond croissants from Thomas Bakeshop, and hazelnut or pain au chocolate with dark chocolate and sea salt croissants from Lluis Perez… and lotus cookies! What’s one podcast everyone listen to?

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Oprah Winfrey’s Supersoul Conversations In Mallorca, where is your favourite place to: • De-stress: Somewhere by the ocean or in

the mountains. I love Cala Agulla, Colonia Sant Jordi, Cala Deia • Move: Can I choose Ibiza? If so Blue Marlin on a Sunday (post covid), dancing in the sunset surrounded by the ocean, cliffs, boats and beautiful people to the beats of the best DJ’s. • Shop: I love the concept stores Deguayhause and Oma project. For clothes, I mainly try to use my own production of clothes – A’DISTRACTION. Otherwise, brands that are sustainable and items with good quality that I can use for many years. For fresh produce, Fruits Frutería Progresso in Santa Catalina. • Dine: There are so many delicious places to eat so hard to choose only one, but I really

love Vagabundos by Balagan which is owned by friends of mine. Ventuno, Rikito and Rosamunda are other favourites. I also love the tacos from Seven Machos to go, enjoying them with a beer next to the windmill in Santa Catalina. In summertime Ponderosa Beach, and all-year-round picnics on the beach! • Stay: I love everything about Hotel Sant Francesc & Cal Reiet. ______________________________________ Instagram: @adistraction www.adistraction.se www.nourishtheguide.com FB ‘Nourish the Community’ Use #nourishmallorca to be featured on our Instagram feed - @nourishtheguide


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INSTABILITY OF THE ANKLE The ankle joint is one of the few right angled joints in the body that must bear our body’s weight plus gravity. Formed by the long bones of the lower leg, the Tibia and Fibula, connecting to the Talus and Calcaneum which make up the hind foot and heel, it gives attachment to numerous ligaments to support the many smaller bones and arches of the foot. Unlike the more linear joints of the leg such as the knee, forces born through the ankle must support a great deal when the whole weight of our body must be absorbed with every step and even more so when running, running over an uneven surface or playing a sport requiring abrupt changes in direction. Instability of the ankle is most commonly caused by repeated strain to the outside ligaments of the ankle, known collectively as the Deltoid Ligaments.

Chronic ankle instability often begins as an initial sprain to the ankle causing stretched or torn deltoid ligaments. If proper rehabilitation does not take place then scar tissue can be laid down in the ligaments which reduces their elasticity and inhibits them from doing their job leaving the ankle vulnerable to further sprains. Apart from lending mechanical support, these ligaments also play a part in telling the brain the position of the foot and so are also important for balance control. Loss in balance control can lead to further sprain … each sprain leading to further weakening of the ligaments resulting in greater instability. The diagnosis of Chronic Ankle Instability is initially performed by your Physio, Family Doctor or Orthopaedic Specialist. Stress and mobility tests are done to examine the laxity of the ligaments and any pain felt during the test. Physical examination also includes swelling, bony abnormalities and history of haematoma (bruising). Further balance tests may be required, and X Ray or MRI scans requested in the event that a rupture or avulsion fracture may be the existing cause. The resolution of Ankle Instability usually requires a course of Physiotherapy to strengthen the muscle groups supporting the stretched ligaments and to treat secondary issues such as swelling, bruising, balance and gait re-education.

The combined ligaments of The Deltoid prevent the ankle turning over so that the sole of the foot is visible towards the body. Repeated stress to these ligaments can overstretch them such that they are unable to perform their job as stabilisers of the ankle.

Bracing or strapping may be necessary depending on how unstable the ankle is and non-steroidal anti inflammatories or infiltration may be necessary to speed up the recovery. In severe cases where the ankle is “turning” or “giving way” more than once a week or a few times a month, then it really is time to seek help before the instability reaches the point

of requiring surgery. Surgery is usually only performed when all other passive treatment as been unsuccessful. The surgical procedure would be individual to the patient following a detailed investigation. This problem is frequently overlooked as being clumsy, tripping over, an OMG I have done it again moment! Or just being in such a hurry that you don’t consider that there might be a problem. It’s worth while taking a thought as to how many times your ankle fails you and then consider that it might be worth having a check up. _____________________________________ Tracey Evans The Physiotherapy Centre tracey@mallorcaphysio.com (+34) 609 353 805 (+34) 971 405 769

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FITNESS TIPS AND TECHNIQUES WITH BT23 FITNESS This Month SessionIn summery: - 4 exercises - 3 sets of 10 reps - 30 secs to 1 min rest between sets - no longer than 2 mins between exercises * For the exercises that isolate one side of the body (split squat and door frame row) do 3 sets of 10 reps on each side. ______________________________________ For more info on BT23 Fitness Scan the QR code and follow on Instagram or go to: https://bt23fitness.wordpress.com

Welcome back to another session from BT23 Fitness, in this months is-sue we will be doing a full body session, all of the exercises this month can be done using just bodyweight, if you feel the need to make the exercises harder then you can add some weight if you have them.

Russian Twist: Similar position to the Crunch in & out except this time we will try to balance our weight in the middle, keep the legs slightly bent and off the ground and arms into the chest to start, slowly start to twist the shoulders around to the left then back to centre and then to the right, once you have twisted in both directions you have completed 1 rep.

The Importance of rest and sleep: A good nights sleep is one of the most important components in build-ing muscle and losing Fat. Although the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person the average amount required is anywhere between 7-9 hours a night. I’ve stated few basic pros and cons to getting a good sleep however I want to touch more on why sleep effects muscle gain and fat loss. During sleep, leptin levels increase, telling your brain you have plenty of energy for the time being and there's no need to trigger the feeling of hunger or the burning of calories. When you don't get enough sleep, you end up with too little leptin in your body, which makes your brain think you don't have enough energy for your needs. So your brain tells you you're hungry, even though you don't actually need food at that time, and it takes steps to store the calories you eat as fat so you'll have enough energy the next time you need it. The decrease in leptin brought on by sleep deprivation can result in a constant feeling of hunger. The other hormone related to sleep and weight is ghrelin. The purpose of ghrelin is basically the exact opposite of leptin: It tells your brain when you need to eat, when it should stop burning calories and when it should store energy as fat. During sleep, levels of ghrelin decrease, be-cause sleep requires far less energy than being awake does. People who don't sleep enough end up with too much ghrelin in their system, so the body thinks it's hungry and it needs more calories, and it stops burning those calories because it thinks there's a shortage. Science class over, if your trying to lose weight or gain muscle and feel you’re putting in all the work in the kitchen and gym but still not seeing your desired results, consider the amount of rest you’re getting, take a nap or become more organised and make sure you give yourself enough time to get the required 7-9 hours rest your body NEEDS!

Walkouts: From a standing position we bring our hands to the ground and walk out into a plank position, hold for a second and the reverse the movement back into a standing position, make sure you are stood back upright before going into the next rep.

Split Squat: using a bench rest one foot up on the seat and take one hop forward, keep the weight in the standing legs heel and drop down so that the knee on the raised leg is just off the ground, from here press back up through the standing heel until leg is fully extended.

How many times should i train a week?

Single Arm Doorframe Row: Stand with feet shoulder width apart and come down into a squatted position holding onto the door frame taking the weight in the arm, from here keep the elbow tight to your side as you pull yourself into the doorframe, from here slowly lower yourself back into the starting position.

There is no exact science to how many times we should train a week, the aim to achieve is something that is sustainable and long lasting. If you try to train 4/5 times a week but then find you keep cancelling other plans and arrangements then there’s a good chance you won’t stick to your plan. What I often suggest is that you aim for 2/3 times a week, train with a plan so that you make the most of your time and each workout is effective and efficient. If you’re unsure of how to create a plan speak to someone you know who also trains or get in touch with a trainer who should be able to help you get started.



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PHANTOM INFLATION It looks like we may have inflation on the global economic horizon, but we might not. If we have it, it might be a problem, or it might not. It’s one of those all too common occurrences where they say if you put ten economists in a room, they will emerge with eleven opinions. Excuse the 5 dollar tour here, but we should start from the beginning. Inflation is defined as the measure of the rise in prices of stuff. The stuff is figuratively, and almost literally defined by a basket of goods. A loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, a tin of beans and so on. Also added into the mix is the price of electricity, the average of mobile phone tariffs, the cost of a Playstation etc. The items in this notional basket chop and change with current trends. The idea is to attempt to identify if the cost of living for an average joe is going up, or down, and pin a dollar value to the change. The ideal target, for most modern economies, is pinned at 2%. It is generally agreed that at that mark, economies humm along nicely. Below that folks tend to delay purchases where they can as they believe prices may drop. Above that, they perceive that goods are too expensive and delay expenditure. 2% is reckoned to be the sweet spot between the two. Comparisons tend to be made year on year, to iron out seasonal anomalies, like Christmas etc, so we can calculate the inflation rate in June 2021, but comparing prices to June 2020. The second quarter of last year, as I suspect you won’t need reminding, was an unusual one to say the least, with many of the world’s population confined to barracks as coronavirus raged. Economically, nobody was doing much of anything, as retail, hospitality and many other businesses pulled down the shutters to weather the storm, mothballing companies and furloughing staff. Mercifully things appear to be tentatively heading back to normal so the growth in the second quarter of this year is getting back on track. Great segments of the population were fortunate enough to be able to work from home so for the best part of a year, they have been earning their full pay, with next to nothing to spend it on. No train to work, no workday lunches, no restaurants, no holidays, no days out. Many of these have returned to capitalism with renewed vigour and are keen to spend. This wave of spending money

has clashed head on with a supply chain ill prepared for a rapid bounce back. As factories closed for much of the pandemic due to distancing of staff, or drop off in demand, stock levels of everything are low, drivers to transport good about were furloughed, or laid off, and a shortage of employees across the economy has led to production levels of, well more or less everything, being much reduced from normal capacity. As day one of economics class will tell you, when an excess of demand meets a restriction in supply, prices rise fast. So if you measure inflation the traditional way, comparing May 2020 with May 2021 inflation looks rampant, in some parts of the first world rates over 5% which in normal times would sound the panic alarm, but this doesn’t take into account the dip in economic activity in the early months, so compare May 2021 with May 2019 and everything looks basically hunkydory. So does it really matter? Well it depends. Inflation concerns tend to be a little self perpetuating. If you think prices are going to rise sharply, you are more likely to make your purchases now, rather than later, so called demand-pull inflation. If you don’t anticipate inflation rising, demand levels are more normal. The other fuel to the inflation fire is rising costs, so called cost-push inflation. We have that too at the moment. Staff shortages across the board have pushed wages, and therefore costs higher, which is pushing the costs of transport, and raw materials ever higher,

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increasing the price of nearly everything. Add into the mix that governments have been fueling the economy with cash injections to keep everything afloat means there is a lot of money looking for something to buy. So what to do about it? The traditional way is to pump up interest rates. This is already happening in Brazil, Russia and others. The theory is that you make it more attractive to save, and less attractive to borrow, so it takes cash out of the economy and immobilises it in bank accounts and investments. At the same time, quantitative easing, printing money and injecting it into the markets that has been a feature since the 2008 crash would end. If we have ‘real’ inflation this is not such a bad idea, if it is ‘perceived’ inflation, then starving the economy of spending capital at a time when businesses are keen to rebuild after the pandemic may severely stunt growth just when you need it most, and potentially increasing interest payments on personal debt that many had to take on to get by. The next few months are crucial as the balance between perception and reality is a fine one, if this goes the wrong way economists predict a five year inflationary cycle. We need that like a hole in the head right now. Not for the first time in the column recently we have had to conclude that these are not normal times. ______________________________________ Phil D. Coffers The Islander Economics Correspondent

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NEW ANTI TAX FRAUD LEGISLATION Among the main measures contained in Law 11/2021, of 9 July on the prevention and fight against tax fraud regulation, (Ley 11/2021, de 9 de julio, de prevención y lucha contra el fraude fiscal), are the limitation of cash payments and the threshold for appearing on the list of tax defaulters, or the question of the reference values to be considered for certain taxes. It also strengthens the instruments to prosecute avoidance by large multinationals through abusive tax planning. And it modifies the regime of surcharges, deferrals, inspection, penalties and a long etcetera. With regard to the specific measures to combat fraud, it includes the limitation of cash payments for certain economic operations, from 2,500 to 1,000 euros, in the case of operations in which a businessman or professional is involved. In turn, the cash payment limit is lowered from 15,000 to 10,000 euros in the case of individuals with tax domicile outside Spain. On the other hand, the debt threshold for appearing on the list of debtors has been lowered from one million euros to 600,000 euros. Jointly and severally liable persons are also included in the list of debtors. Control over the cryptocurrency market is also strengthened, establishing new reporting obligations on holdings and transactions with virtual currencies, especially in relation to exchange houses and wallets. The Law also obliges Public Notaries to suspend any Public Deeds referred to any business or company which has a Fiscal Number or VAT recording (NIF) blocked, mainly due to unfulfillment of tax obligations. NEW REFERENCE VALUES FOR TRANSFER, INHERITANCE AND GIFT TAX The reference value of the Cadastral Office becomes, as from 1 January 2022, the taxable base for property taxes, i.e. Transfer Tax and Stamp Duty and Inheritance and Gift Tax. This same rule will be applicable to Wealth Tax for properties whose acquisition, whether for valuable consideration or for profit, has been based on the reference value of the Cadastre. It should be remembered that the reference value is different from the cadastral value and therefore, this rule does not affect in any way the taxes that use the cadastral value as the taxable base. Therefore, IRPF, IBI and the Tax on the Increase in the Value of Urban Land are excluded. PENALTY SYSTEM AND SURCHARGES Changes are envisaged in the system of reductions applicable to tax penalties and in the system of surcharges in order to achieve greater simplification and encourage voluntary payment. In this regard, the following changes are introduced to the reductions applicable to tax penalties:

On the one hand, the reduction of penalties derived from assessments with agreement is raised to 65 percent (previously 50 percent).

expiry of the twelve-month period, in addition to the 15 percent surcharge, interest for late payment shall accrue.

On the other hand, the reduction of penalties in the case of prompt payment is increased to 40 percent (previously 25 percent). The reduction for compliance is maintained at 30 percent (Article 188. 1 and 3 LGT is reworded).

Likewise, those who regularise, by filing a tax return or self-assessment, a tax conduct previously regularised by the Tax Administration for the same tax concept and circumstances, but for other periods, not having been subject to a penalty, are exempt from these surcharges, provided that they are regularised within six months from the notification of the assessment and that no request for rectification of the return or self-assessment is filed, nor is an appeal or claim filed against the assessment issued by the Administration.

A transitional regime is established, according to which the increases in the previous reductions will be applied to penalties agreed prior to their entry into force, provided that they have not been appealed and have not become final. For this purpose, the competent tax administration shall rectify such penalties. In addition, the increase in the reduction of penalties in the event of prompt payment to 40% also applies if, from its entry into force and before 1 January 2022, the interested party accredits to the competent tax administration the withdrawal of the appeal or claim lodged against the penalty and, where appropriate, of the appeal or claim lodged against the settlement from which the penalty derives. The surcharge two respects:

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SANCTIONING PROCEDURE The maximum period for initiating penalty proceedings (209.2 LGT) is increased from three to six months, provided that they are initiated on the basis of assessments or rulings issued in a procedure initiated by means of a declaration, data verification, verification or inspection, bringing it into line with the general period for resolving tax procedures. The period for initiating the procedure for the imposition of non-monetary penalties is also extended from three to six months. ______________________________________ Carlos Espinos Solicitor and Tax Adviser (+34) 627 413 201 carlos.espinosa@iurisnautic.com



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ANOTHER UPDATE FROM SAVE THE MED

It’s already November and time for a project update from Save The Med! MARINE PROTECTION Stellaris Action: The first baby sharks are born! Sharks, despite their bad reputation are key to healthy and balanced ecosystems. Despite their importance for us all, they are in decline all over the world due to human activities and are in need of urgent protection. In Balearic waters, the small nursehound shark used to be an abundant species. Now it is listed as endangered in the “Red Book of Fish of the Balearic Islands” and may be fished in marine reserves. The species conservation project “Stellaris Action” aims to protect this threatened species and help recover the populations through a breeding and release programme which is combined with educational components and run in collaboration with the Balearic government, the conservation organizations Mallorca Preservation Foundation, Fundación Palma Aquarium, Petites Illes de la Mediterrània, Marilles Foundation, Shark Med and Save The Med, with the support of the fishermen associations of the Balearic Islands. The first fifteen sharks have been born in, and remaining egg cases are being monitored by marine biologists! Marine Science Expeditions During the summer months, we were joined onboard our marine science expeditions by the students who presented the most impactful projects in the 2021 Changemakers Project, an educational initiative presented by Save The Med in collaboration with Fundación Jesús Serra. Students spent a week onboard the Rafael Verdera, exploring marine ecosystems and gathering scientific data together with STM scientists and edu-cators. Sightings included dolphins, sea turtles, devil rays and sea birds. Coastal ex-peditions with additional student teams took place on the solar powered boat Stenella and STM’s RIB Ondine and included visits to Marine Protected Areas, microplastic sampling using a manta trawl, snorkelling and species identification activities. In august adventurers of all ages joined the Save the Med crew on-board the lovely Bon-nie Lass for a week of marine surveys around the Tramuntana and Sant Elm area. Unfortunately, another expedition scheduled for September was cancelled due to bad weather.

Discover Your MPA Sa Dragonera

The Changemakers Project

Education and awareness activities in the Marine Protected Area Sa Dragonera have continued on a regular basis and include underwater photography workshops, the PhotoCollab MARE - Dragonera, citizen science activities and conferences. To learn more about the area and join coming activities, visit www.sadragonera.org.

Those wishing to take a step further and develop their own projects to protect the sea can also sign up to the Changemakers Project which launched last month and conti-nues until spring. This year we also invite Junior students, aged 8-14 to participate in the Junior version of the project. To find out more, visit www.changemakersatsea.com!

Posidonia Meadows

Plastic Free Balearics

Save The Med participated in the 2021 Mediterranean Posidonia network workshop: a gathering of scientists and administrators to find solutions and best practices for the protection of Posidonia meadows all across the Mediterranean. We also hosted a de-bate during the Forum Save Posidonia Project, focusing on the opportunities and threats of the Blue Economy.

Companies in the hospitality sector on the four islands of the Balearic archipelago have already begun to receive their The Plastic Free Balearics Certifications! This new and pioneering certification has been created to incentivise the reduction of single-use plastics in businesses within hospitality industry. The certification system offers al-ternatives to help businesses eliminate single-use plastics and substitute them for ge-nuinely sustainable products. It proposes direct action, based on scientific evidence, in order to truly reduce plastic pollution in the region. For example, it encourages re-usable products and doesn't accept "bioplastics" as a sustainable alternative. The cer-tification programme aims to support businesses as they transition to a zero waste, circular economy, helping them position themselves as leaders at the forefront of the protection and regeneration of our islands and the sea. To learn more about the cer-tification programme visit www.plasticfreebalearics.org.

PLASTIC REDUCTION The Dos Manos Schools Programme More than 1700 students have signed up to our Dos Manos Schools Programme and are eager to contribute to citizen science, learn about marine conservation and about how we can all help reduce plastic pollution, leaving Save The Med’s education team with a fully booked calendar for this school year! To learn more about our education programme visit savethemed.org and/or contact edu@savethemed.org.



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OUT AND ABOUT IN MALLORCA Mark Julian Edwards and Stephanie Schulz: Faces of Mallorca During one of their chats over a bottle of wine, Mark and Stephanie, two friends from England and Germany respectively, discovered that they both had an idea of telling “stories of people’s lives in an authentic and engaging way”. As they were based in Mallorca, the obvious choice was to tell stories of Mallorcans. This was back in 2018. Three years on – we have a beautiful book, containing sixty distinct stories about Mallorca and its people from all walks of life, from the last lighthouse keeper to Toni Nadal. I caught up with Stephanie to find out more about this fascinating collection of interviews and photographs. She told me that in writing the book they both intended to tell the real story of Mallorca - through its people – away from the sun, sea and sand stereotype. They started their journey by interviewing Baltasar Picornell, an atypical politician, President of Balearic Parliament back then, and it snowballed from there. People they interviewed started telling them who they should talk to next and each new subject was more interesting and engaging. Although

it is incredibly difficult to pick favourite interviewees, Jordi Maranges, a musician and a gay activist, really stood out for Mark, while Stephanie was deeply moved by the conversations they had with Nuns of Santa Clara.

Mallorca, at a deeper level”. Leafing through the book´s 288 pages, I would say that they did a great job! Find Faces of Mallorca in English, German, Spanish and Catalan at all major bookstores in Palma as well as on Amazon.

Mark and Stephanie state on their Facebook page that they “wanted to create a book that the Mallorcans themselves would be proud of and that would show visitors a different

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packaging, especially the use of plastic. Sara tells me that one of their best sellers is a hair shampoo, again in a solid form. In fact, most of their products are solid, but when they have to use packaging they aim to avoid plastic and choose other materials instead. You can find these lovely ladies and their products at various markets and fairs around the island. They are regular in Capdepera on Wednesdays and in Cala Ratjada on Saturdays. While their website is work in progress, you can place orders through their social media and they will send the products wherever in the world you may be at the time. Furthermore, if you are interested in getting all the cosmetics you need on board from Sara and Augustina, they will happily listen to your needs, suggest solutions, comprehensive quotes and personally deliver the orders around the island. Cosmetica Natural SARA: sustainable, innovative and all around gorgeous cosmetics Sara and Agustina Nannini, Argentinian sisters of Italian heritage now based in Mallorca, have swapped their careers - in law and customs office respectively - for starting a cosmetics line. I met them at a fair in Palma and I was instantly drawn by

their stylish stand, innovative products and cheerful personalities. They are both passionate about the environment, recycling and waste reduction. So, they decided to start making natural, organic, sustainable cosmetics, including shampoos, soaps and face and body creams. Many of their products are solid, making them perfect for travel, while reducing

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The sisters also offer workshops, where they tell you about and show you how to make some of their most popular products. This might be an interesting activity for both the crew and the guests, or in fact any group of friends interested in natural cosmetics. Facebook: SARA Cosmetica Natural Instagram: @sara_cosmetica_natural (+34) 635 630 694

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Oro Vegetal Mediterraneo: unique jewellery made out of a gold coloured plant Have you ever heard of vegetable gold? Well, I have not, until I stumbled upon a stand at a local craft market that was selling jewellery made out of Capim Dourado – a wild exotic plant found in a specific part of Brazil, whose natural golden colour lends its name to this unique material. Oro Vegetal Mediterraneo brand is a brainchild of Regina, a former nurse with various non-for-profit organisations, and Borja, a former musician. Both are from Zaragoza, but are now based between Mallorca´s Colonia de San Jordi and Ses Salines, where they have their workshop. The brand´s idea is centred on travelling, crossing the Atlantic, bringing this exotic plant home and working with it to create beautiful wearable designs. Each of their collections is inspired by different places around The Mediterranean: Tarraco (using Mediterranean ceramic), Mallorca (using local pearls), Santorini (inspired by volcanic landscapes) etc.

the material and the brightest shade of gold. The advantage of this material over “typically used metals” is in the fact that it provokes no allergies, it does not lose colour and even the chunkiest of pieces are really lightweight.

The plant is used in its natural form; it is not treated in any way. The most important is harvesting it at the right point of its natural life cycle, for the best strength of

Borja and Regina are making jewellery in their bohemian style, but if you had a particular design in mind they would happily work with you to make a piece of your

dreams (limited only by ways in which the plant can be manipulated)! They are also open to offering tailor made workshops either in their space or yours. Don´t know about you, but I am definitely adding something from Oro Vegetal Mediterraneo onto my Christmas wish list! Instagram: @orovegetal_mediterraneo borjarocha13@gmail.com (+34) 656 314 895


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BOOK CORNER: DAUGHTER OF DEIÀ BY JAN EDWARDS major change in her life. But, also, to throw something into the mix about Mallorca, I made her aunt a travel writer who spent a lot of time on the island and had recently died. Following this, Laura discovered some interesting truths about her family, which led her to travel to Mallorca, to Deià, to find out more. Inevitably she fell in love with a guy from the island, but there were some further discoveries that complicated those matters too… At some point she ends up running a cat refuge and nothing goes smoothly there either… I really, really enjoyed reading the book. It was one of the coolest books I have read this year! Jan: Thank you! I did not want it to be too light and fluffy, or too soppy in terms of romance. I was hoping it would appeal to male readers too, and from the reviews it seems that it did! Is any part of the book autobiographical, based on your own personal experiences? Ever since I moved to Mallorca I have loved reading books about other people's experiences (real or fictional) of living in Spain. So, when I heard about “Daughter of Deià”, I promptly got myself a copy of it and cancelled all my plans for that weekend. All I can say is that it was definitely worth missing the wine festival for, which was happening at the same time as I was engrossed in the (mis)adventures of Laura Lundon, the book's main character. The following Monday I invited the author, Jan Edwards, for a chat - to find out more about her and what inspired her to write such an unputdownable book, full of twists and turns, belly laughs and surprising gasps. So, who is Jan Edwards? Could you tell us a bit more about yourself? Jan: O.K. So, I started my writing career in PR, working for Crest Hotels in the UK and Europe and I loved doing it. I wrote their in-house newsletter amongst other things. But I always wanted to be on the radio, ever since I was eight years old! I used to play “radio stations” with my best friend, whose brother improvised some turntables for us. Some years later I got an opportunity to work on a hospital radio station in Warwickshire. This was followed by overnight and weekend programmes on a commercial station in Birmingham. I think everyone who is on radio should work on overnight radio at some point; it is so interesting to hear who is out there, listening in the dead of night. I can imagine! Jan: Yes! Some very odd people, but also some

lovely people, who kind of consider you to be their friend, as they listen to you, and you talk to them every night! Anyway, following that, I worked on radio in Coventry with a kind of boss who, let's say, wasn’t my favourite person. (laughs) He partly inspired one of the characters in my book. Then I got a call from someone who ran a radio station in Oxford, so I ended up working on FOX FM in the 90s. Oh, I love the fact that we both lived in Oxford at the same time and I must have listened to you without knowing you! Jan: Ha-ha, yes, a small world! I loved that job, but there were a lot of early starts, unsociable hours etc. so I moved yet again, this time to the BBC and I stayed there till my husband Richard, and I decided to move to Mallorca, where we already had a holiday home. Here, I wrote for magazines and started my blog and a couple of podcasts. Great! And how did the book come along? Jan: Well, I have always thought I would write a book one day. I started it six years ago, then paused as I got involved in other projects, but once the pandemic hit us, I finally found the time and discipline to finish it and self-publish it, which was almost as challenging as writing it – if not more. Can you tell us briefly what the book is about, without any spoilers? Jan: Sure! I am a great believer about something you know, so, my main character, Laura Lundon, a radio presenter, and one on the

in writing obviously, had to be verge of a

Jan: No, beyond the fact that the main character is a radio presenter, not really. Plus the fact that I have always had some cats, so I know a bit about them, even though I have never run a cat shelter. The end is very intriguing too. Can we perhaps expect a sequel to “Daughter of Deià”? Jan: Interestingly, I had not planned on that when I wrote the book, but many people have asked me about it, after reading it. Some things might have been left unresolved. So, yes, I am now thinking about a sequel. Fantastic! I look forward to it! And thank you so much for talking to me. Jan: Thank you. It was a pleasure. ______________________________________ Jan Edwards Writer/Blogger/Broadcaster/Podcaster janiceedwards@hotmail.com WhatsApp: (+34) 667 291793 Book available on Amazon https://books2read.com/u/4Dx8ad Blogs www.livinginruralmallorca.com www.eatdrinksleepmallorca.com Podcasts https://livinginruralmallorca.buzzsprout.com https://authorsinmallorca.buzzsprout.com Text: Mia Naprta Photo: Vicki McLeod, Phoenix Media



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RIDERS IN THE STORM...BUT MOSTLY IN THE SUNSHINE the east the first few hours were spent zipping along the deserted Sunday morning roads with a refreshing autumnal chill. Quite the relief as many of the locally based riders trained for this year's ride in the stifling summer heat. The 6th and final point was ticked off at the lighthouse of Ses Salines, with perfect views across to Cabrera, and then on through Palma to a warm welcome back to Port Adriano and a guard of honour from the folks at Asdica.

6Points celebrates its 5th event in support of Mallorca’s charities. Early last month 50 riders hit the island’s highways and byways for the 5th running of the 6Points Challenge Mallorca. The riders rolled out in small groups to match their ambitions and abilities starting from the stunning Port Adriano at sun up on Friday morning, the sun never really put in an appearance though. The grueling first day was going to be more of a challenge than normal as the heavens opened. The idea behind 6Points is elegantly simple. Cyclists set off for a friendly, mostly non competitive three day jaunt around Mallorca, in the process raising some much needed funds for charities based right here in Mallorca. Specifically the event takes in the extreme cardinal points of this cycling paradise. St Elm in the West, Cap Formentor in the North, the lighthouse at Cala Ratjada in the East and the lighthouse at Ses Salines in the South.They also pass the highest point, or at least the highest point you can practically cycle to, the tunnel at Puig Major, and the lowest point, which the sea obviously. This year for the first time a second, slightly shorter, and less arduous route, dubbed the valles was introduced alongside the traditional muntana route taking in the quiet lanes, vineyards and pretty villages of Mallorca’s interior. The event, the brainchild of island resident Bryan Visser, is in its fifth year. Last year disruption due to Covid restrictions clipped the event’s wings a little, but Bryan and his team beat the odds to run the event last October instead of it’s traditional dates in May. Again, Covid necessitated an October start, but this year the roster topped 50 riders.Some old faces came back for more, plenty of new faces trying it for the first time. Many were local residents but a few had travelled thousands of kilometers to line up at the start. Day one is a beast, the hardest of the weekend

by some margin. Taking the serpentine roads along the mountainous west coast it’s 154 kms, and a whisker short of 4,000 metres of climbing on the first day alone. A deluge in St Elm set the tone for the next few hours. Mettles were severely tested as the rain persisted. Tired glum faces turned to tired happy ones as the sun made its debut just as the riders began the long slog up the 14km climb from the Soller valley floor to the mountain tops still with their heads in the clouds. Day one drew to a close in Puerto Pollenca as the riders and support crew dined together and shared the stories of the day before an early bed, for most at least. Clear blue skies and a light breeze were welcome companions on Saturday morning with the amazing ride to the lighthouse at Formentor, if you start early enough you get the place to yourself, and with the last few kilometers still closed to motor traffic you can understand that for many riders this is one to tick off the bucket list, it’s perfection. The final day was fast and flat. Starting from Sa Coma in

6Points is proud to support Asdica, a small Calvia based charity that supports learning disabled young people and their families in the municipality. They welcome the financial support from the ride as it makes a large improvement in the annual budget, allowing them to offer more to those who need their assistance, and have always given fantastic support welcoming the riders home. This year for the first time 6Points has also partnered with Yachting Gives Back, a relatively new organisation that has mobilised the super yacht community on the island to support local homeless shelters and food banks. Their work is more important than ever as Covid has dragged more people into difficulty. Their founder Nick Entwistle said, “We are most grateful to every one of the 50 riders who braved the miserable weather on Friday on our behalf and hope you all enjoyed the better conditions on Saturday and Sunday. We are very conscious of how much effort and generosity 6Points puts into raising funds for Yachting Gives Back and you may rest assured that we will put every centimo to very good use helping Mallorca’s hungry and homeless.” 6Points founder, Bryan Visser has spent much of the last week counting sponsors and donations, so far it seems that this year the event has raised over €25,000 already with more still to count, taking the total raised over all five years to more than €125,000. "2021 was the 5th anniversary year of 6Points Mallorca and, according to all feedback, it was very successful. Some stats - 50 riders, 9 Support Crew, 6 support vehicles, 18 Donors, 21,520 kms, 281,500 metres of climbing, 531 meals, 320 gb of photos! What a ride and huge thanks to all of our Donors, riders, support


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crew, helpers and, specially, to Mallorca Senses Hotels for their amazing support and hospitality and to the Ajuntament de Calvia for their continued wonderful support", Visser said. The dates for next year are in the diary already, the aim is to get back to the preferable May start, so mark out the 20,21 and 22nd in your diary, and get training, it’s only six months away. If you don’t think you are fit enough for the big event, the organisation operates

sporadic rides, a couple of hours and a lunch, and will be operating a women’s group ride from Alaro with team member Amy at the end of October. If you don’t fancy slipping on the lycra at all, then there is always space to join the volunteer team of support cars without whom the event would be impossible. It’s all the fun but without any of the cycling. To keep up to date, follow 6Points on social

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media where you will find details of events, and a link to the web page to reserve your place for 2022. ______________________________________ www.facebook.com/6PointsChallenges www.asdica.com www.yachtinggivesback.com Photography Courtesy of Philip Rogan Photography Projects


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COFFEE AND CAKE

Team photo (Credit: personal archive): Thorsten Meinzer, Karina Sharapova, Analia Bruntz, Alexis Cataldi, Alexandra Kulik, Peter Klein and me and Jeroen Witteveen

Pan de Mar – What's new in the first social bakery in Mallorca? We wrote about Pan de Mar, the first social bakery on the island, at the beginning of summer, when they just opened. They “make fresh delicious artisan bread and give it to people who don't have food, including those who lost their jobs due to the measures implemented in relation to COVID-19”. They also “offer people work, taking them out of the unemployment queue”. Since the opening they have received many generous donations and expanded their product range, but there is still a long way to go as, despite COVID-related restrictions easing up in the recent months, there are still many people in desperate need of food and jobs. So, I caught up with the team once again to find out what is new and how The Islander community can help them further. I interrupted Florencia, the new pastry chef, in making something seemingly super delicious with dulce de leche to find out a bit more about her and the cakes she makes. Originally

from Patagonia in Argentina, Maria Florencia Pascale Ghglia has been here for four years and had worked as a pastry chef for a year and a half before COVID situation made her job redundant. As Pan de Mar was expanding, she jumped at the opportunity to join the team and has been making their cakes ever since. Although she is not a pastry chef by trade, she has been making cakes with her mum since she can remember and also completed some short courses to fine tune her cake making techniques. On the day we spoke I tried her cheesecake with forest fruit. It was so rich and creamy that I could only finish about one third of the generous slice, but the leftovers were even more appreciated the next day. Aside from the cheesecake, Florencia makes fruit tarts with patisserie cream, lemon pies, a famous Argentinian cake with dulce de leche and coconut, some sugar free vegan donuts, which are often sold as soon as they are made etc. As much as she loves sweets, Florencia is pretty health conscious and is trying to replace sugar in her cakes by using dates wherever possible. She is open to making cakes to order as well. I am already a huge fan of Pan de Mar´s

brownie and so I loved Florencia´s take on it, adding a layer of dulce de leche and sculpted meringue on top. If you have not been to Pan de Mar already, please go and try some of these cakes. I promise you will be back sooner than you think! Alexis, the resident baker and one of the founders of the project, joined in the conversation to share some interesting news in their bread and pastries section. They are now offering “bread tastings” every Wednesday and Friday morning and so far this has been a great success. People come to try bread and get interested in the whole social aspect of the project. Every Friday they offer spelt bread. They are also making some great traditional baguettes (daily) and, like several other people I have interviewed for this column, only halfjokingly claim that theirs are the best in town! In terms of breakfast pastries, Alexis is making croissants and pain au chocolat regularly, but is planning to add pain aux raisins on Saturdays. Finally, I had a quick chat with Jeroen, another one of the founders. He told me that pan de Mar received some great publicity from the


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local press and they are really grateful for that. They have expanded, started baking and selling more, but with the current crew they are still not breaking even, so any further donations would be gratefully received. These donations would mean that they can expand further, maybe even into other premises, and thus employ more people in need of jobs.

a Christmas wish list, but please keep these great guys in mind if there is anything you can offer them. Meanwhile, enjoy their delicious breads, cakes and sandwiches safe in the knowledge that every cent you spend on your treats goes to a good cause.

Some of their immediate needs include another baker (at least so that Alexis can have a break!). So, if you are reading this, if you are free for the winter and fancy yourself as a bread maker for a good cause, please reach out to Jeroen. Next, they are looking for more points of sale, local business, schools etc. So, if you are running a business where you need bread daily, try Pan de Mar´s bread and see if you can collaborate. They also make some great sandwiches, so you can order a lunch pack containing for example a sandwich, a cookie and a bottle of water or a soft drink for about 10 euros to be delivered to your crew house or your boat. Speaking of deliveries, if anyone has a delivery bike that they don’t use - Jeroen and the team would be extremely grateful for a donation of that too.

If you would like to sponsor Pan de Mar´s noble cause with any amount, big or small, their IBAN is: ES67 0049 0289 7420 1009 6091. For larger donations they can arrange tax certificates (for tax reductions). ______________________________________

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Coffee: Alessandro of Mama Carmen´s fame opened his third café - Nano coffee lab – at C/ de Can Asprer no.2, just off Jaume lll. In this cool new space the focus is on specialty coffee, but some of the favourite snacks from the other two cafes are also available. You will be seeing me here quite regularly! (IG @nano.coffeelab)

Text and photos: Mia Naprta, unless otherwise stated mia.naprta@gmail.com Instagram: @mianaprta

Chocolate: I attended an interesting talk by Tino Wolter from Cachao, organised by Yellow Talks (Charlas de Bar,) at Arumi sake Bar. Tino told us how he makes raw, organic, chocolate, with no refined sugar and we got to taste some samples. I particularly loved “lavander and apricot”! Look out for his Christmas chocolates with cardamom, cinnamon etc.! (IG @cachaochocolate, @charlasdebar)

Pan de Mar C/ Ample de la Mercè 26, Palma http://pandemar.org (+34) 971 299 179 Instagram: @pandemar.mallorca Open: daily, ex. Sunday Delivery to yachts available on request

Cava: My new favourite place for a glass of cava at the end of a long day is the 8th floor bar at Nakar Hotel on Jaume lll. It is a great spot to relax and watch Palma´s colourful rooftops, including an unobstructed view of the magnificent La Seu cathedral. (IG @nakarhotel)

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AUTUMN APPROACHES AT CAN VIDALET

Can Vidalet engraved in the ceiling

As the nights draw in and autumn approaches, our attention is drawn to the vine leaves that are changing to a lovely rich, reddish brown colour. The temperatures are also dropping to a much more manageable 20ºC (give or take a few degrees) and, although the crowds are still here, it is a more comfortable and manageable quantity. This is as good a time as any to visit a vineyard and appreciate its full glory. Here in Mallorca all of the wineries have finished their harvest and silence resumes, once again, in the fields. All of the stress is now focused indoors, and the main headaches for all of the winemakers are the fermentation processes, the regular stirring of settled lees, and the movement of wines from recipient to recipient. This is an interesting period in the winemaking process, and if you are lucky enough, some winemakers may let you try the wine when it is just finished, so that you can taste the purity of the newly fermented grape juice. Can Vidalet was our most recent trip to a winery here in Mallorca, a winery that is hidden away in the countryside, but well positioned on the outskirts of Pollença. It is situated in a privileged spot, as it overlooks

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the Tramuntana mountain range, and you can also see the Mediterranean Sea, and the pretty town of Pollença in the distance. The winery is surrounded by olive tree plantations, nearby pine trees and some delightful looking villas. It is not a particularly old vineyard in Mallorca, as the project was created in 1996, but it now has a respectable number of harvests under its belt. Can Vidalet may be relatively unknown to some people here in Mallorca, but this small winery looks after 10 hectares of cultivated plots and it's currently undergoing a profound transformation. They are changing some of their grape varieties, replacing French and international grapes, in favour of indigenous varieties such as Callet, Gorgollassa, Prensal and Giró Ros. When we were there we were shown a brand new vineyard that has been planted with Mallorcan Callet on bush vine, which is unusual to see as many winemakers prefer the more easy to manage trellised vines. This is a brave move, to say the least. The soils are also interesting here as they change throughout the whole surface of the vineyard. You will find some clay, limestone soil, fossils, and peculiar stony plots with white calcareous rocks. This unique mix allows the winemaker to experiment with various combinations of grape varieties and types of soil. The vineyard

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surroundings are dotted with fascinating features from the past, such as the classic Mallorcan dry stone walls and an old well. There are also interesting botanicals that grow throughout the land such as lemon balm, wild fennel, and rosemary. These botanicals are nurtured so that they can be used in the spirits (more about that further on). The winery is well equipped with modern installations and a stone cellar that has been dug into the hill. Various rooms contain the necessary vats, barrels and bottle storage required, and everything is kept at a consistent temperature. A few extra details have been built into the walls inside (such as construction dates), and the woodwork within is impeccable. As we sat outside to enjoy the view, the acceptable temperature, and a few refreshments, we began the task of tasting some of the wines produced at Can Vidalet the simple but pleasing Blanc de Blanc, the Ses Pedres oaky Chardonnay, various vintages of the Blanc de Negres (a white wine made with red grapes), and their So de Xiprer red. All the wines are of high quality and they reflect good taste and hard work from the winery's team. A special mention has to go to their Barros de Cecili. This is a white wine that has

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been made with Prensal Blanc, fermented with the skins and aged in a 1000L amphora. In my opinion they have managed to create a very expressive and unconventional wine that will surprise many in a positive way. With this particular wine they have also created an additional special and unique product, The Barros de Cecili Submarino. This wine has been bottled in individual 0,75l amphorae and aged underwater, in the Mediterranean Sea, for 9 months. Only 300 bottles have been produced. Not only does Can Vidalet create wine to a high standard, but they also create their own spirits as they have a still and a licence to distil, something that is quite hard to obtain in Spain due to the tough regulations. They produce a Gin called 'Onze', which has up to 11 botanicals that have been gathered from the land around

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the vineyard, and 'Marc', which is a type of ‘Orujo’ (a less refined Spanish Grappa). Other unique products at Can Vidalet include their three different types of Port de Cecili. These are a range of fortified wines styled in the Portuguese way and include a dry white wine, a sweet white wine, and a sweet red wine. Can Vidalet is the only winery in Mallorca that produces this type of wines, and you will find them presented in some of the top restaurants on the island. After a long tasting and a lovely afternoon spent with the attentive staff, we (like everyone else that came to visit the winery) left Can Vidalet with a few bottles of wine and some gin to enjoy at home. The experience was very enjoyable and relaxing and we were treated incredibly well.

If you want to explore the wine regions of Mallorca beyond the classic areas of Binissalem and its surroundings, a visit to Can Vidalet will be well worth your time. We are sure that it will open your eyes and taste buds to some lesser known wines and spirits. ______________________________________ Wine Industry Mallorca Bringing wine to you - quality wines from lesser known bodegas and interesting wine makers. www.wineindustry.es Ivan Gonzalez Gainza (+34) 657 88 32 48 Lara Corfield (+34) 638 60 19 43


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What better way to spend a Friday lunchtime than in the wonderful company of my Editor Simon and his lovely wife Helen, while being charmed by brothers Pau and Marc Mora Llabres as they show off their gastronomic skills and fabulous front of house humour at their still young restaurant, Temptacions, located on the corner by the Industria windmills in Santa Catalina.

The boys’ background is fascinating. They are the grandsons of the wonderful gentleman who took over the Suau distillery from the Suau family in 1939. Their grandfather was at the helm for decades, bring the name of Suau to the forefront of the minds of those who love their spirits such as gin, rum and brandy. The name Suau has a romantic history, which I feel may have rubbed off on the boys.

Temptacions opened in April 2019 , but then sadly had to close for 9 months due to the pandemic, however the boys are back stronger, brimming with enthusiasm and even more determined than ever to make Temptacions the resounding success it so clearly already is. I ask what inspired the name and they say it’s because of all the small delicacies that they have on the menu that tempt you to want to try each and every one of them. They had a few other ideas for names which they ran through for us, but they weren’t entirely suitable for print. See what I mean about the sense of humour.

In the first half of the 19th century, the Mallorquin entrepreneur Juan Suau and Bennassar was sailing the Atlantic aboard his ship El Mallorquín between Mallorca and Cuba, where the original distillery was founded. On one of his trips, Suau fell in love with a young Mallorquin woman, the daughter of his father’s business partner. He was forced to consider his choices and decided to settle down in Mallorca and move his business of distilling spirits to the island in 1851 and it is still going strong today with the Mora family at the helm. The boys are both clearly proud of their family’s history and are happy sit and talk to any guests

who wish to know more. But moving into the distilling business was not their primary passion, though they can still be found helping out around the Bodega and hosting special events there. What they always wanted from early adulthood was to open a restaurant. This was a dream that needed to wait a short while though, as sensibly they first decided that they needed a career behind them in which to learn their trade and so off they went to different ends of the earth. Marc the eldest by two years spent a lot of time in Asia, and Tokyo especially, honing his Asiatic dishes, but always with a mix of Mallorca. He says this is not an easy thing to do, but he definitely achieved his goal if the food in the restaurant is anything to go by. Pau, as part of his learning curve, chose the Peruvian route and at one point spent four months working with Chef Virgilio Martínez in Lima’s flagship restaurant, Central, which, incidentally, was voted Peru’s number 1 restaurant. What you get from all of this experience are two very complimentary styles, with each brother


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having a strength. Marc’s are definitely his rice and noodle dishes and along with Pau’s ceviche and love of wine, they make the perfect partnership. With all the talk of food we decide it is time that we try some. We had been waiting in anticipation for the first course which we decided to do tapas style. Somewhere I had heard the words pork scratchings and my ears immediately pricked up. In actual fact they are called Torreznos de Soria and are succulent chunks of cured pork prepared in the oven and pan. Any British pub would be on their knees to be able to serve these up as pork scratchings. We ordered half a plate and shared. Though if I’m honest I could happily have ordered the whole plate just for myself! They were simply put, divine. After that dish after delicious dish kept coming. The beautiful hummus with the most delicate of mandarin flavours served with white asparagus and black garlic, was like no hummus I had tasted before. This was swiftly followed by croquets of octopus and butifara. Combined. It may sound unusual, but it really worked. Try it for yourself and see. Then we had the Croaker Fish Ceviche. With all the complex flavours of celery, lime, ginger, onions and garlic and a dash of lemon and orange juice it was tart, but sweet and the

meaty chucks of Croaker were the perfect vessels. Afterwards was the dish we had all been waiting for and which the boys had kept dangling at us. They’re nearly ready, almost, in a minute... Such was the anticipation that they had barely touched the table before they disappeared. And what were they? The pulled pork Bao Buns. Steamed buns that are doughy, but light, with the pulled pork steeped in the richest of sauces that still didn’t overtake the gentleness of the buns. And if you were feeling a little brave then there was an oh so spicy sauce to dip them in. I for one am a fan of the hot so loved it, but for those that aren’t try just a little before going for the full dunk. Next up was definitely the party favourite. The Bon Bon. I don’t want to say to much about it and spoil the surprise, as a wonderful surprise it is. But I implore you to try them when you go. You will not be disappointed. From our expressions, laughter and smiles, we certainly weren’t. It was finally time to turn our attention to the mains. As you can probably imagine from what I have mentioned we had eaten so far we were definitely on the pleasantly full side of the hunger spectrum, however, we were not to be beaten. So we ordered the tuna tataki on a bed of udon noodle and vegetables followed by the beef cheek. They were opposite ends of the menu and perfectly summed up the weather

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transition we are experiencing on the island at the moment. From the light fragrant tuna of summer to the mellow, melt in your mouth, winteriness of the beef. We felt warmed just thinking about it afterwards. Thinking there was not much more we could possibly experience and full to the brim with deliciousness, we were about to pass on dessert when Pau insisted that we at least try a mouthful their cheesecake that is so creamy yet light that is actually wobbles. A mouthful. Ha! The whole thing disappeared in a manner of moments. I think the beautiful medusa patterned seats were beginning to regret us sitting on them, but we would definitely do it all again. Temptacions is just that. A temptation of the senses, of your tastes, your love of food. And it is Pau and Marc’s love of food that shines through in every dish they describe and present, every glass they pour along with its story. They are wonderful hosts, serving up wonderful food and we wish them all the luck in the world and bid them hasta proxima! ______________________________________ Restaurant Temptacions (+34) 871 048 668 Carrer Indústria 12, Palma By Victoria Pearce


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Les Artistes French Restaurant

T. 871 50 48 83 lesartistesymas@gmail.com Plaça Comtat del Rossello, 4 - 07002 Palma de Mallorca

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FOR SALE FOR SALE: Rascal Van full of Boot Sale items. Offers please! With or without Rascal Van, good body, engine not running. So spares or repair! email: gwizz1946@gmail.com. (09.21) FOR SALE: Lock up - 75m2, close to Santa Catalina. Mostly secondhand items - Yachting, Motoring, Household, Collectibles, much much more! Genuine enquiries. Sensible offer to clear all! Contact by email: gwizz1946@gmail.com. (09.21)

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)

FOR SALE: Opel Corsa 2017. All multas paid up!!!!! 5000€ or best offer. Available 13 /7. New brakes, 49.000 km. automatic, just passed ITV. Leave message on 971 675 927, or 645 990 278. (07.21) FOR SALE: VW Multivan 2.5 D Matricula: 7589-HLR 20.07. 2001 Seats: 7 KM 363,888 Tow-Bar 150HP, Turbo Diesel Roof Rack Roof tent: Auto camp, deluxe ITV 19.01,2022. Contact: Andy Leemann: (+34) 661 200 006. (04.21) FOR SALE: Santa Ponsa Top Floor Fully Refurbished 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment sea view balcony. 208.000 €. 647 436 434. (04.20) FOR SALE: Large Wooden shipping boxes, used but good condition, 118cm x 55cm x 56cm treated timber boxes for world wide shipping or storage. 30€ ea. Tel. 971 719 816. Palma. (12.19)

FOR SALE: Bentley upright piano. Weight approx 250kg. Buyer collects but can arrange delivery if absolutely necessary. Price is 400 €. Needs tuning but tuner details as seen on the sticker (based in Mallorca). Dimensions are 110cm x 144cm x 52cm. (09.21)

FOR SALE: 2,3 m carbon fiber yacht gangway. 700€ o.n.o. (new 1.500€). 609 672 344. 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: RYA sailing school for sale, Port Andratx, Mallorca, established over 25 years, 10,000 euros or 55,000 euros with school sailboat. Contact Paul on 607 597 098. (10.19)

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: Good strong dinghy dolly measures 1 meter long and 1.1 wide overall. Located in Santa Catalina. 90 €. 693 821 526. (07.21)

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: Harley Davidson Topper. 165 CC, Scooter 1965 Totally renovated with all new parts and an amazing paintjob! All orginal! currently with no number plates, but with a clean title (American). Price 15.000 € o call 686 740 262. (10.21)

FOR SALE: Catamaran Hobie Cat 21 Wings for sale, original US model year 1995. Trampolin mesh. Main sail and fore sail with furler. 5.000 €. Contact: Enrique 659 979 202 or eaa.correo@gmail.com. (06.21)

FOR SALE: Carbon Swim Ladder, surplus stock made as demo model, unused in perfect condition. Length 1781mm x Width 455mm. For sale at greatly reduced price €13,000. For more photos or information email: info@bmcomposites.com. (11.20)

FOR SALE: Carbon fibre swim ladder un-used. Overall height 2150mm x Width 750mm. Colour change can be arranged. Can be viewed close to STP. 8,000€ ono steve@atlantegroup.com. (09.21)

FOR SALE: Mobility Walker / Shopping aid...in As New Condition. Fully braked, takes up to 110 kg. Seat, backrest, small basket. Foldable so easy to load into a car or stowaway at home. Only...€50! Try before you buy... Porto Pi area. 634 161 551. (09.21)


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FOR SALE: 2002 Maxum 230 SC with Mercruiser 275hp inboard Perfect Cala/over night hopper. 2017 - New upholstered cushions and seating, carpets, Bimini, camper covers and bow cushions. Double cabin with sink and storage. Low hours, serviced and anti fouled annually. Turn key ready to enjoy. UK flag. Lack of time to use forces sale - asking 19,950.00 €. Possible to continue mooring rental in Cala Nova if needed. (+34) 659 244 844. (11.21)

FOR SALE: 4.3m AB Rib, 60HP Mercury outboard, low hours. Ideal as tender to yacht, includes full cover and deck supports. €7,200. Paul 655 430 921. (11.21)

FOR SALE: Property in the middle of santa catalina, divided in two small apartments. Good for investment high rentability in rent 270,000 €. Facebook Bertsapartment. WhatsApp 659 678 089.(11.21)

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FOR RENT: 3 bedroom 2 bathroom charming village house for rent in Puigpunyent, unfurnished but complete with Miele Washing Machine, Miele Dishwasher. Courtyard, Terrace & Patio. Price 1500 / m + electricity & WiFi. tel .no. 629 377 290. (03.21)

JOB VACANCY: Seippel & Seippel, International Insurance Brokers based in Mallorca are offering a full time administrative and sales positions to join our marine division. We are looking for an efficient and professional individual with good PC skills. Minimum languages required are English and German 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 CV with photograph in English or Spanish to jasmine@seippel.com. (10.21)

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: Beautiful village house in the charming Alaró. At the feet of the tramuntana trails, this quiet house serves as a haven of peace. With two double bedrooms and a terrace facing countryside landscape, this house warms its living room with a fireplace. Two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dining room. Short or middle term rental for a nice stay. Pakberasategui@gmail.com 670 326 036. (01.21)

FOR RENT: This beautiful house, settled in the heart of charming son Españolet (by santa catalina). Will be your haven of peace during your stay in Palma, only 5 min walking distance to the center. A unique master bedroom and Two more, double and single bedrooms will serve as a perfect base for your stay in Palma. A big terrace to feel relaxed in a quiet neighborhood, a living room with a fireplace and a complete kitchen to make you feel entirely at home. Weekly or monthly rental. Pakberasategui@ gmail.com. 670 326 036. (01.21)

JOB VACANCY: MTSea SL are looking for an English Speaking, qualified Refrigeration Engineer MTSea are a marine air conditioning and refrigeration company based in Palma, working on yachts in Mallorca. We are looking for a qualified refrigeration engineer (qualifications must be acceptable in the EU) to add to our team. Experience of working on yachts is desirable but not necessary. A good work ethic, high standards and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are all essential. This is a permanent position so must be able to work and reside legally in Spain. Pay is relevant to experience. CallTania to discuss this position 679 51 81 31. (01.21)

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ASSISTANT PERSONAL / CONCIERGE: My name is Isabela Ortega, I have lived in the Balearic Islands for fourteen years, two of them in Palma de Mallorca and the last twelve in Ibiza. I worked twelve years in the private yacht industry around the world, until I settled in Ibiza becoming a personal assistant, concierge and event organizer. That is why I introduce myself and inform you that I am here to help you with what you need in your stay on the island, whatever type of service you need I will make it real. Isabela1315@hotmail.com WhatsApp +34 609131518 (01.21) 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. flyingfifteenspain@gmail.com.

(+34) 659 887 455 info@cancersupportmallorca.com www.cancersupportmallorca.com


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2001 Sunseeker Predator 56 HT ’TIFOSI’ 249,950 EUR VAT Paid - Located in Palma de Mallorca This impeccable example of the popular Sunseeker Predator 56 Hardtop model has been meticulously maintained with no expense spared. Powered by twin MAN 800hp engines, 'TIFOSI' is capable of achieving speeds of up to 32 knots. 'TIFOSI' is in impressive cosmetic condition and presents as a much younger yacht, she is protected by extensive exterior covers year round and has had light private use with only 536 hours on her engines. She boasts spacious accommodation for up to 4 guests overnight in her two large double staterooms. Key features and extras include her hard top with sliding roof, hydraulic bathing platform, 11kW KOHLER generator, bowthruster, surround sound system, wetbar with icemaker & cockpit griddle, upgraded RAYTHEON radar, chart plotter and upgraded power showers in both ensuite bathrooms.

Sealine C430 2018 529,000 EUR VAT Paid Palma de Mallorca

(+34) 971 402 911

palma@devalk.nl www.devalk.nl

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

This Sealine 430 in elegant bronze with IPS 600 and second joystick, bow thruster and Volvo's virtual anchor make handling easy for the small family crew. Complete navigation package with AIS and radar make the ship ready for longer trips.This almost unused beauty is ready for new adventures.

Beneteau Oceanis 523 2005 175,000 EUR VAT Paid Lying Mallorca

+34 971 67 63 92 mallorca@sunbirdyachts.eu www.sunbirdyachts.eu Puerto Portals, Local 10 - Mallorca Beneteau Brokerage Specialists

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Simon Crutchley: +34 656 949 244

2009 Built and delivered in 2010 Beneteau Oceanis 50, 3 cabin 2 heads. Yanmar 110, 1150 hours, 5.5 Onan 650 hrs. Aircon all cabins. New electronics 2021. Constantly upgraded by current owner and in very good condition. 175,000 Eu tax paid. Email simon.crutchley@sunbirdyachts.eu for full details and photos.


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Ferretti 480 2000 325,000 EUR VAT Paid Mallorca This Ferretti 480 has been completely refurbished in 2020. Literally every door, wall, ceiling and floor in the interior has been renewed with the finest materials. In fact, she is in spotless condition. She is powered by two MAN diesel engines with 630 hp each. Furthermore, equipped with; bow thruster, generator, complete navigation equipment, sun awnings, bimini, covers, wetbar, retractable Besenzoni gangway, dinghy with outboard, life raft, a washing machine and air conditioning. One of the nicest Ferretti 480’s on the market right now. Go to www.whitesyachts.com for more info.

PRESTIGE 520 2018 685,000 GBP VAT Not Paid

PRESTIGE 520 FLYBRIDGE lying in Mallorca and available for viewings now! Very low engine hours and great spec including features like a Williams Jet Tender, hydraulic platform, reverse cycle AC, 3rd joystick control in cockpit, bow thruster and generator with silent exhaust amongst others. This stunning boat offers 3 guest cabins including a separate access to the master plus a crew cabin located aft. Ample saloon and galley with 360º panoramic views thanks to the large windows offering plenty of natural light. The very spacious flybridge includes a BBQ, sunpad area, 2 person helm station and a teak dining table with ample seating.

RIBQUEST VELOCITY 12M 2019 215,000 GBP TAX Paid What can you say…? This twin stepped hull come with 6 gas strut support seats, full Nav suite and 3 x 250hp Honda outboards. Simply Stunning. This 2019 bespoke built RibQuest V12, was built as a chase boat for the UK 2020 AMERICAS CUP TEAM. Due to the race being cancelled, the boat is now for sale at a greatly reduced price. Yes she has 300 hours on the engines, but has full engine warranty until 2023. Her original cost was in excess of £260k GBP ex tax, and we have her for sale with an asking price of £215k GBP TAX PAID. She has a full commercial build and is MCA coded, meaning her new owners options are vast. A fast day boat, super yacht tender, or commercial work base she is capable of all those options and more. Fitted with a 700 litre fuel tank, 6 x Ullman Shock Seats, Stainless Bimini, 7kw jet thruster joystick docking system, Navico package, VHF, 3 screens, sonar, telematics and so many other options, if your looking for something a little, different, then look no further.

Golden Line GS850 2017 79,950.00 EUR Lying N Mallorca

• Boat REF# · 257531 • Length · 8.50m

• Year · 2017 • Construction · GRP

• Underwater profile · Planing • Engine · 1 x gasoline 300hp, Mercury Verado (2017)

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 yachting@hamilton-marine.com

M. (+34) 609 43 33 33 www.hamilton-marine.com