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Silent 55 – Just Add Water

I appear to have one of those brains that is permanently ‘on’, and as a result have had a long-term on-off relationship with insomnia.  I’ve tried the lavender pillow, the warm milky drink, the ‘worry notebook’ by the bed, but never found the cure – until now.  Last week, Silent …

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M/Y RoMa For Charter

Northrop & Johnson Spain was recently appointed exclusive world-wide central agent for charter of the stunning M/Y RoMa, a 62m (203’ft) masterpiece built by Viareggio Super Yachts and launched in 2009. Refitted in 2016 and again in winter 2018/2019, to this date RoMa is still one of the most technologically …

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Captains of Ships – Simon Johnson

To condense Simon’s life into a few thousand words seems at best a shame, and at worst downright disrespectful, but it is exceptional to encounter someone who has slumbered with snakes, battled black widows, and fled a country – all before the age of 13.  It’s not too tricky to …

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Dear Islander

I am writing this month’s editorial on the eve of the Superyacht Cup, eagerly awaiting one of my favourite weeks of the year. This year should be no exception with some of the world’s most beautiful Superyachts battling it out in the Bay of Palma, including two J Class yachts, …

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Seagrass Continues To Be Contentious

In July last year, the Balearic Government laid down the law when it comes to the protection of posidonia seagrass.  It approved a very restrictive decree (Decret 25/2018) prohibiting anchoring on any of the posidonia meadows surrounding the Islands.  Anyone caught contravening the rules would be fined –ranging between a …

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Captains of Ships – Ryan Bergman

Ryan and twin brother Matt were born in Sydney to school teacher parents.  He took up every sport he could from basketball to cricket, rugby to football, but never sailing.  In fact, aside from surfing and fishing Australia’s east coast, his first 23 years on the planet were almost entirely …

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