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Marina Spotlight – Port Tarraco

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  Last month the spotlight fell on Vilanova Grand Marina, 50km southwest of Barcelona, and once more we’re continuing the Catalunyan theme. This time we’re taking you 50km further down the coastline, direction Valencia, to the uber modern Port Tarraco.   Dominated by large glass-fronted buildings reflecting the abundant sunlight, ... Read More »

Watch Out, We’re Back


This year’s fleet is made up of a selection of incredibly varied yachts. For example, we’ll be able to see new entrants so fresh their paint’s practically still wet (like the previously mentioned 34m Ribelle). These newbies are anxious to get on the start line and prove their regatta-winning potential. ... Read More »

Charter Yacht of the Month La Vie

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La Vie is a new Princess 82 , and is based in Moll Vell marina, Palma. Built in late 2016, La Vie has the feeling of a much larger yacht, with clever use of mirrors, light wood finishes and innovative design. Moll Vell is in an iconic location in Palma, ... Read More »

Dear Islander,


Here we are, half way through 2017 already !! May saw a great Palma Superyacht Show and Palma Boatshow come to a close, with record crowds and good levels of business reported, especially by the brokers. Sailboats dominated the show once more, with 42 of the 65 Superyachts on show ... Read More »

FarSounder Welcomes New Global Sales Director

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FarSounder, Inc. announced today that Michael Mathewson has joined the company in a newly-created position of Director of Global Sales. Reporting to CEO Cheryl M. Zimmerman, industry professional Mathewson is charged with addressing the continued growth in the international marketplace for FarSounder key technologies for commercial, defense and private luxury yachts. A ... Read More »

Stormy Start to College Women’s Nationals

The 2017 Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s series of Spring Championships began today for 36 teams that advanced through national qualifiers to compete in the Sperry Women’s Semifinal Championship. The semifinals today and tomorrow are the precursor and qualifying event for the Sperry Women’s National Championship Finals on May 25-26. The semifinals ... Read More »

Mother Nature always has the final say

Kiteboarding equipment and instruction has improved immensely, making it safer and easier to learn. While this progress has reduced the accident rate, accidents still occur. A kiteboarder on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay in California was getting ready to launch when a strong gust of wind lifted him ... Read More »

America’s Cup: Swedish flag, American technology

The list of speed variables for the 35th America’s Cup has never been shorter. With the sail power and hull platform being one design, the critical design variable will be the underwater foils. Some teams will get this right, and all observers agree that Artemis Racing (SWE) is leading the ... Read More »