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Simon Relph Editor of The Islander Magazine

Dear Islanders

By the time you read this issue, I sincerely hope that the temperatures have subsided somewhat from the horrendous heat we are currently suffering in August.

The regatta season is well underway, with decent attendances in most cases, now that the travel situation around the world is easing off, allowing crew from different nations to sail with their team mates again for the first time since 2019 in most cases. The recent Copa del Rey in Palma saw some champagne sailing conditions, and the 105 yachts enjoyed a great week’s racing, King Felipe amongst them, sailing the TP 52 Aifos.

As I write this piece, the annual Club de Mar Classic Regatta will be getting underway, again in Palma, with some beautiful yachts on display. Many of the regulars on the circuit will be sailing, Marigan, Gryff Rhys Jones’ Argyll, and our favourite “ Islander “ !!!

Later in the month, the TP 52’s will be in Puerto Portals, their spiritual home, to compete for the World Championship, where a superb fleet of around 17 is expected to compete on the Bay of Palma. A full report and photo gallery will be included in next month’s issue.

The European Boat Show season is also now upon us, with the Cannes Yachting Festival kicking off the action, and Southampton also back on track after last years debacle when it was cancelled on the eve of the opening, resulting in exhibitors losing small fortunes.

Later in the month sees the Monaco Yacht Show return to the calendar, a welcome sight for many Superyacht businesses. It will be interesting to see how it pans out, and what the attendance will be, with travel still being viewed as an unnecessary risk by many people. Also the organisers decision to increase the day ticket price to 500 eu won’t help encourage the uncommitted to attend. This decision has been made to encourage the potential “ buyers” the time and space to attend the show, without being hindered by the great unwashed !! Time will tell if this is a good move or not. There are also a number of businesses who have attended many Monaco Yacht Shows over the years who have decided not to take space this year due to the immense costs and somewhat draconian approach of the organisers as to what you can have on your stand’s display. Some of these companies have taken space outside the show, renting a restaurant for an event, which is arguably equally effective at a fraction of the price. Let’s see what the outcome is !!!

 

Fair Winds!

Simon Relph – Editor