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Simon Relph Editor of The Islander Magazine

Dear Islanders

Welcome to summer ! The heat switch has definitely been turned on, meaning more of us can get out on the water and enjoy our wonderful island’s natural coastline.

I am starting to write this immediately after the Palma Superyacht Show, where, in spite of the weather gods not really shining down on us, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the show, and by the number of visitors attending, all within the Covid restrictions. The organisers deserve a huge amount of credit for delivering the first International Boatshow of 2021.

The opening day presented a few issues on entry, with QR codes not always belonging to the correct person, but that seemed to improve as the show progressed. The overall feeling for most people was one of a sense of freedom and being able to meet our industry colleagues, many who we hadn’t seen since the 2019 show ! For most of us, this was a first time in 15 months where we mixed with a considerable number of other people, albeit, wearing masks and none of the normal hugging and kissing !

Hopefully this will mark the start of a much needed holiday season for the island, and the placing of the Balearic islands on to Boris’s “ Green List”, although with the recent delaying of the so called “ Freedom Day” in the UK, we may need to wait a little longer.

As I write this editorial, I look forward to next week’s staging of the Palma Superyacht Cup, one of our favourite events of the yacht racing season. Since we missed out last year, due to Covid, it gives us even more reasons to feel excited. There is a healthy looking fleet of around 15 of the finest Superyachts on the planet, who this year will hold the shoreside events at RCNP, probably the finest Yacht Clubs on the planet ! This move is sensible in the current circumstances, and will save the organisers a small fortune in tent hire etc.

Another major regatta starting in late July is the Mapfre Copa del Rey. This is one of the largest regattas in the Mediterranean season, and this year will be no exception. Around 150 yachts are expected to do battle in the Bay of Palma, under the auspices once more of RCNP.

Finally, we are now approaching peak season for the charter section of our industry, and generally the feedback I have received is positive, with enquiries coming in thick and fast. Actual bookings have been slower than hoped, but many are leaving it until the last minute to book, in search of a “bargain”. Let’s hope those enquiries result in firm bookings and the sector gets a much needed boost.

 

Fair Winds

Simon Relph – Editor 

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