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Dear Islanders

I can’t believe we are already in May, with the weather still behaving like it’s March!

The good news this month is the vaccination rollout seems to have gathered pace out of nowhere. In fact I am writing this from the UK, where I had my first jab this morning, but received a call from Palma offering me the jab a few days ago. This is most odd as when I asked before booking flights, I was told my age group would likely be September !! Any way this is good news all round for both residents wishing to travel, and tourists wishing to visits the Balearics. Lets hope the current restrictions, which I think are now very unreasonable to owners of hospitality businesses, are relaxed very soon.

Palma has seen the first shiploads of yachts returning from the Caribbean, which by all accounts has had a better season than expected. Let’s hope the Med season proves a success for all companies involved, such as provisioners, who had an awful 2020. The charter season is looking decidedly better, with bookings being made from families wanting the ultimate socially distancing vacation. Many private owners are also using their boats more than normal, so this bodes well for the industry as a whole for 2021.

Palma Boat Show and Palma Superyacht Show are going ahead as planned, June 3rd to June 6th. We wish the organisers the very best of luck in their endeavours, and look forward to hearing the feedback after the show. There is still some hesitancy amongst companies exhibiting, with a maximum of 1500 people being allowed in at any one time, including exhibitors staff, means it’s a risky call in terms of ROI . There are no parties allowed on any stands either, and we all know that as much business is conducted during those events as there is on the stands, so once again it will be interesting to hear the feedback. We do sincerely hope that it is a great success, and the Balearics leads the way by hosting the first Boatshow in Europe in 2021.

Superyacht Charities is once again hoping to hold the Seafarers Supper at C’an Eduardo on Friday 4th June . Keep your eyes on Facebook and our website for further information over the next few weeks.

Speaking of websites, The Islander is launching a brand new site in the next couple of weeks, which we hope you enjoy. WE think it’s a big step forward from our old site, and I must give a shout out to Alice Taylor from Zinc marketing who has been an absolute str in helping us make this happen. Enjoy!

Fair Winds!

Simon Relph – Editor