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From Superyachts to Sri Lankan orphanages

Sarah Buttery has worked in the Superyacht business as a stewardess for the past seven years, and last winter decided to do some independent travelling, wanting an antidote to the Superyacht working life, during her “off” season. Here Sarah tells us about her background in yachting and her trip. Born …

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First Kymeta panels set sail on a yacht

Technology Update – Roger Horner of e3 Systems  Spain plays host to the international maritime community for 11 days  The Islander’s Nautifest was a huge success with an excellent party sponsored by e3 on Friday evening. The party then moved on to Barcelona for the MYBA Show, hosted by One Ocean …

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Fairline – a Phoenix from the Ashes

On Wednesday 2 December 2015 British boat builder Fairline collapsed and was placed into administration putting hundreds of livelihoods at risk. On Monday 25 January 2016 it was announced that UK-based Russian businessmen Alexander Volov and Igor Glyanenko had paid around 4.5 million pounds to acquire the assets of ‘Fairline …

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2017 Palma Superyacht Cup: 21st-24th June 2017

“Competitive yacht racing, a relaxed informal social programme and the perfect location for superyachts – it does not get any better!” The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe, a favourite with yacht owners, friends, captains and crew who visit Palma de Mallorca annually for the four …

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Marina Spotlight – Port Tarraco

  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, …

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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. …

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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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