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Dear Islanders

Writing this piece in the middle of October, it saddens me to see the island with so many hotels and restaurants already closed, giving it a very depressing appearance, particularly in the tourist resorts which have been so badly affected. My heart goes out to those business owners who will not be able to re-open and those families who will inevitably suffer.

This is where local charities such as Yachting Gives Back are becoming so vital  to our local communities, especially here in Palma. Their work is truly inspiring, and Nick Entwistle, the charity founder deserves a huge amount of credit for his vision, and all those who assist in the various projects. The Palma Tardor foodbank and soup kitchen started off earlier this year by feeding around 200 people per day, this has now increased to sometimes over 2,000 per day. The constant need for food donations is certain to increase over the coming months. The yachting community have been leading the way with some fantastic donations which will become even more important as winter approaches. Well done to all concerned and please keep donating.

The repair and refit season is now well under way, and most companies I have spoken to are cautiously optimistic, and most yards are pretty full already, in spite of many yachts staying out longer this year to compensate for their late start.

I was very encouraged to hear that the Cannes Regates Royale went off well, with some gorgeous sailing conditions, followed by two weeks of Les Voiles de St Tropez, who also enjoyed some champagne sailing. It leaves me a little puzzled as to why Palma felt it necessary to cancel the re-scheduled Palma Vela. It’s a real shame we couldn’t hold at least one major regatta here this year.

This month will see the Virtual Balearic Boat Show take place for the first time, on your screens 18-20  th November ; let’s hope we never have reason to do this again. It will be interesting to see the viewing/ participation figures after the event, as the organisers are hoping to attract 100,00 viewers. To me this seems very optimistic, given the usual physical attendance is around 35,000. Let’s see. Valencia Boat Show has done a similar event which will be over by the time you read this, so again it will be interesting to see the level of interest.

With the cancellation of most of the Autumn Boat Shows, I was heartened to see that Boot Dusseldorf are still very confident of holding the event in January 2021, following the successful Caravan and Motorhome recently held at the same venue with similar numbers in attendance as will be expected at the Boat Show. Well done to them, and you can read about this later in this issue.

 

Fair Winds!

Simon Relph – Editor & Chief