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Dear Islander

After one of the coldest and wettest few weeks I can remember on Mallorca, lets hope we are heading into some real spring weather, especially with the forthcoming Palma Superyacht and Boat Shows in mind.

This month sees both the MYBA Charter Show at One Ocean Port Vell in Barcelona, followed immediately by our own Palma Superyacht and Boatshow, where I am proud to say we are taking a stand in the Superyacht area ( Stand SY39) for the first time. Please pop along and say hello, we’d be very happy to see you and listen to any comments, good or bad, you may have about our magazine.

This year’s show is the biggest yet, with a large increase in land space taking over the fishing quay, and an impressive total of 80 Superyachts on display, making it the largest display of sailboats over 8o ft anywhere on the planet.

You may notice that we have given the magazine a bit of a facelift this month, giving it a more modern feel and look. We hope you like it. We have also re launched our website www.theislander.net again, giving it a makeover and adding a few new features and including a new business directory. If your business is not included and you wish to be added, please send an email to mel@theislander.net who will add you to the list free of charge.

The Volvo Ocean Race will have started the leg from Auckland to Brazil by the time you read this, the longest and most arduous leg of the whole race as most of it takes place in the notorious Southern Ocean with its continuous stream of low pressure systems keeping the sailors on their toes and in their foul weather gear ! Congratulations to Akzo Nobel on their success in winning the last leg from Hong Kong to Auckland, eventually by just a couple of minutes from Team Scallywag. The first five boats finished within an hour of each other after 6,000 miles of racing; quite incredible. This latest leg will see Team Vestas re-join the race after her fatal crash just outside Hong Kong harbour preventing her from sailing the last leg. Let’s hope there are no more disasters for any of the teams.

There are rumours of a new plan for Palma Harbour, with a substantial extension to the repair and refit area currently occupied by STP. The area currently used for ferries, just behind STP will move across the harbour freeing up a huge amount of space.This is great news for the industry , IF the plan comes to fruition. Let’s wait and see !


Fair Winds