The past month has seen the Monaco Yacht Show draw to a close, with most participants reporting on a very successful show, despite fewer visitors, but better quality for their market. We have a full report on the show, including comments from local companies who participated in this issue of The Islander.
As I write this piece, the doors of The Barcelona Boat Show are about to open. Let’s hope that the recent Catalan protestestations don’t interfere with the show, although I have heard of several people who are choosing to stay away this year in fear of any violent demos and flight cancellations which have been threatened. Such a shame that politics can instill fear to this extent in what is normally such a peaceful country.
The Volvo Ocean Race is set to leave Alicante on October 22nd on this epic race. I have just been in Alicante for the In Port Race weekend, as a guest of Akzo Nobel who are entering a team for the very first time. I was very lucky to be invited to race on board one of these machines for the first time and experienced some spills and thrills around the bay amongst exalted company including Olympic Gold medallist Martine Grael, multiple Volvo Ocean Race Winner Brad Jackson and Jules Salter to name but a few. We had an awesome time and it will be a day I shall always remember !
We wish all teams a safe and successful race and look forward to following it on the Race tracker online. Today the news broke that Akzo Nobel have parted ways with their skipper Simeon Tienpont in what was described as a breach of contract. This, happening on the eve of the Inport Race and just a week before the start of the Round the World race seems a big call and has certainly created a big debate as to who will replace him at this late hour!
November sees the annual pilgrimage to METS in Amsterdam, when most of the Mallorcan marine industry decamps to the RAI Centre for what is always a fabulous show. For those who have never been, I strongly recommend you pay it a visit, it’s the one event of the year which brings together most of the industry professionals from around the globe to see product launches of all kinds plus the Global Superyacht Forum which has become an increasingly important event with some great keynote speakers.