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Dear Islander

August Edition 2018

Last month we were treated to the sights of the Superyacht Cup, where we spent each day spectating from our RIB, and having a couple of world class photographers onboard, Stuart Pearce and Ingrid Abery. You can see the fruits of their labour on the front cover as well as within the spread we have included in this issue of the magazine. To have the J-Class here again was wonderful, as they provide such spectacular racing, often finishing within seconds of each other.

The Copa del Rey will be underway by the time you read this issue. We will include a full report in our September edition. This year looks like being a record year for entries, with a diverse range of classes, so once again the Team Rib will be in action!!

The Charter season is now in full swing and judging by the number of large yachts we have seen in our waters, it looks like being a busy season, although the poor spring weather won’t have helped. Iconic yachts such as Maltese Falcon, Rising Sun, Shenandoah, Kokomo, M/Y Cloud 9, Kibo, Is a Rose   have all been in our local waters recently enjoying the sunshine and keeping many of our local businesses busy caring for their every whim!

As is normal at this time of the year, the local shipyards are very quiet and many of the workers taking a well-deserved break. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the yard seems to empty at this time of the year. STP will hope to have its new 1000-ton travel lift in operation by early September, in time for the start of the new refit season, enabling them to be able to lift much larger yachts than previously, thus creating extra potential business for all the local contractors.

On a very sad note, we said goodbye to one of our own team, Emily Larkin, who passed away on July 1st, aged just 43 after a short battle with breast cancer. Our thoughts and condolences go to her lovely parents. One of Emily’s best friends, Amy Pleydell Wilson has written a fitting tribute to her which you can read inside this issue. Emily was a lovely smiling lady who didn’t have a bad bone in her body, and will be sorely missed within our team, here at The Islander.


Fair Winds

Simon Relph – Editor