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J- Class in St Barths

Witnessing five J-Class yachts on the starting line off Palma in 2014 was breathtaking. It was the first time that so many of the elegant thoroughbreds had been seen together since the originals competed back in 1930’s.   And yet here I was riding the swell off the sophisticated Caribbean …

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Marina Spotlight – Vilanova Grand Marina Barcelona

Ryanair used to be pretty famous for flying to ambiguous smaller airports outside of major cities and leaving you kilometres away from your intended destination. Frankfurt (actually Frankfurt-Hahn, 125km east of Frankfurt) and Stockholm (likely to be either Stockholm Skavsta some 110km south of Stockholm, or Stockholm Västerås 100km east) …

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Sunset salute to South Africa’s seafaring students.

Another record-breaking fundraising effort at the Marine Inspirations Big Bottle of Wine Party will help to secure the future of Southern Africa’s young sailors.   Proving once again its status as one of Mallorca’s liveliest fundraising evenings, the Marine Inspirations Big Bottle of Wine Party was back this spring with …

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Michl Marine

Founded by Manfred Michl in 1989, Michl Marine started small, but developed continually ever since and is now well known as exclusive sales agent of Overmarine MANGUSTA yachts for the Balearics.   Mangusta is a well-known brand name in the superyachts industry. With more than 300 yachts sold and a …

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Marina Spotlight – Marina Ibiza, Ibiza

  For better or for worse, depending on which side of the fence you prefer to sit, the Balearic island of Ibiza has completely transformed over the past few years.   Left drained, depleted and relatively unknown at the close of the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, it …

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The Pursuit of Better Sails

“If I started a sailmaking company, would you buy a sail from me?”   That’s what Lowell North asked his friend John Shoemaker, one afternoon in 1957, while seated at the bar of San Diego Yacht Club. John replied, “Yes, I would,” which surprised Lowell. Sure, they were friends, but …

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Varnish 101

The Railstar source control system was not developed by an intern at one of the large marine conglomerates, nor does it reek of high-tech. This was derived over time and many refits in an on-going quest for a pragmatic approach to achieving a greater millage of product delivered via brush …

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Ship Shape

  Staying fit before I started living on a boat was a matter of going to the gym. However, this is not generally possible when living aboard. I have had to adapt my fitness plan to what is practical in, on and around the boat.   Seagoing life can often …

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Marina Spotlight – Grand Harbour Marina, Malta

Dropped into the Mediterranean, around 90km south of Sicily, Malta is one of the smallest and most-densely populated countries on the planet – in fact, it features in the top ten. When I say ‘Malta’, I actually mean the Maltese archipelago of Malta, Gozo and Comino which between them cover …

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