Highlight of the superyacht industry calendar, The Pinmar Golf, has this year smashed all previous fundraising records and raised a colossal 101,316 euros for charity. Coming to a close in the not-so-early hours of Sunday 21 October, the four-day extravaganza has once more proved its status as one of the world’s biggest charity golf events.
“This year’s event was bigger and more challenging to deliver than ever before,” said Andrew Clemence, Chief Commercial Officer for organisers GYG plc. “We had 344 golfers, more than 100 sponsors and three separate parties to organise, with over 800 guests – altogether a huge undertaking. Thanks to a huge collaborative effort, we delivered on all fronts and the feedback from our guests, partners, sponsors and the trade media has thus far been extremely positive. The Pinmar Golf is established as one of the most important events in the yachting industry calendar, and the success of this year’s event will, I hope, further enhance Pinmar’s reputation.”
The 29th edition got underway at 8am on Thursday 19 October with a shotgun start at Golf Son Gual. Not only did the golfers face a challenging 18-hole championship-standard course, but also a challenging deluge of seasonal rain. Thankfully, the skies gave way to autumnal Mallorcan sunshine by the afternoon and spirits were in no way dampened.
The presence of Pinmar’s new golf ambassador, 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie OBE, added a new dimension to the tournament’s proceedings. The pro golfer dished out plenty of tips and encouragement and had even packed his replica Claret Jug which inevitably featured on many a Facebook feed. As ever, the pit stop wine and beer bars staffed by sponsors and volunteers helped to kick-start charity fundraising in a remarkable way – taking more than 20,000 euros over the two-day tournament.
The Pinmar VIP Friday Night Party at Palma’s newest nightspot – Social Club – was hosted by Astilleros de Mallorca who celebrate their 75th anniversary in 2017. A fully-subscribed guest list alongside live sax, vocals, percussion and DJ-spun tracks, ensured a captivating and memorable soirée.
Condor sponsors Jotun took ownership of Pinmar’s inaugural ‘Recovery’ Brunch at the stunning El Náutico restaurant on Saturday morning. It was well attended by senior industry figures enhanced by the presence of both Paul Lawrie and Sky Sports’ Kirsty Gallacher who had flown in to compère the Prize Giving and Gala Dinner. Comprising a first-class brunch washed down by a flow of Bloody Marys set against the soundtrack of Puro Cubanos – it’s likely that the Recovery Brunch will become a permanent fixture in the Pinmar Golf programme.
This year’s Prize-giving, Gala Dinner and After Party saw a venue change to the 16th century Mallorcan finca of Son Amar, just outside Palma. The balmy weather allowed for cava and aperitifs on the patio followed by a fully-seated Prize-giving on the Royal Terrace. Master of ceremonies Kirsty Gallacher controlled proceedings with stylish aplomb – putting her TV anchor talent to great use whilst interviewing Paul Lawrie OBE.
Paul and Kirsty were both on hand to award the endless array of prizes whilst Akzo Nobel’s national sales manager for Italy, Antonella Donzelli, was there to represent the night’s headline sponsor – AWLGRIP. The crew of superyacht Zenobia won the coveted Pinmar Trophy for Best Yacht Nett – the first team to mount a successful defence of the title for more than 20 years.
Guests were then treated to a stunning golf-inspired musical and acrobatic show featuring over 40 international artists who had flown in especially. After the four-course waiter-served dinner, the wine continued to flow and the atmosphere was perfect for the charity raffle and live auction hosted by Kirsty in the company of co-compères GYG plc Directors Remy Millott and Rupert Savage. Tens of thousands more euros were added to the total.
In a seamless transition from dinner-theatre to nightclub, DJ Sister Bliss, the musical force behind Faithless, provided a spectacular finale to proceedings. The entire audience was on its feet – some on tables. Meanwhile a Horizon Marine Electronics-sponsored chill out lounge provided the perfect flipside to the strobing lasers and pulsing beats. Rumour has it the last revellers headed homewards at around 6am.
Sister Bliss commented of the occasion, “The Pinmar event team put on a brilliant night from start to finish, in a breath-taking venue, with an eclectic evening of world-class entertainment. It was a pleasure to work with such an efficient team, and play for such a welcoming audience.”
Kirsty was equally complimentary, “What a fantastic weekend and tournament! It was such a pleasure to join everyone at the 29th Annual Pinmar Golf Weekend. Congratulations to all of the winners and competitors.”
Of course, charity is the driving force behind The Pinmar Golf and, thanks to the Class of 2017’s generosity, a number of charities will reap vast benefits. Last year’s winners Zenobia had handpicked The Saïd Foundation which seeks to improve the life chances of young people through education and care, independent medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières, Liverpool-based homeless and housing charity The Whitechapel Centre and the Shambhala Foundation which helps vulnerable young people in Mallorca. The Pinmar Golf Charities Fund will also support a mix of local Mallorcan and international beneficiaries including the relief effort in the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and marine conservation projects – without which the superyacht industry has no future.