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Dear Islander

Well, apart from Storm Gloria, Palma seems to have been blessed with some amazing early Spring weather, with temperatures well above the norm, and making us think of getting back on to the water. The one positive of Gloria’s visit was the conditions allowing a record being set on the circumnavigation of Mallorca in just over 13 hours. Quite remarkably beating the previous record, set in 2005, by some five hours! Well done to all concerned.

Sadly, I have missed most of the month’s activities, having had surgery on my back in the UK, but by the time this issue hits the docks I should be back on the rock !

The long awaited Brexit day has been and gone, let’s see what its effects and ramifications have on us as individuals and businesses in the months to come. We have the rest of 2020 with the status quo, but I’m sure more and more issues will be raised during the forthcoming months.

The Coronavirus has been filling most of our newspapers and multi media reporters busy, and indeed we have one confirmed case here on the island. Let’s hope the effects aren’t too serious for all concerned and the virus fades away quickly.

We are very fortunate in our industry in having some amazing photographers from all over the globe, providing some beautiful and exciting images for our enjoyment, and I am very proud to say that this month we have a full feature on one of THE best in the world,  Carlo Borlenghi. He doesn’t do many interviews, so we are highly honoured to be able to share this with you.

Locally, the refit season is at full tilt, and most contractors seemingly happy with the season thus far. We are also reminded that next month sees the Palma Superyacht Show and Palma Boatshow opening its doors once more, and I’m told is almost a sell out already. Good news indeed. We shall have our stand in the usual spot, where we will be distributing both our April and May issues throughout the show.

This month sees the St Barths Bucket Regatta taking place, always a highlight in the regatta calendar, where many of our local crew will be taking part in probably the most prestigious Superyacht  regatta of the year. Good luck to all taking part.

 

Fair Winds!

 

Simon Relph: Editor