It’s good to feel that Spring is on the way, and we can all look forward to the lighter evenings and the warming sun, in spite of the continuing restrictions we are still living with. Hopefully these will soon be lifted and we can at least go and have a coffee or a dinner at our favourite haunts once more. As I have said in previous issues, I feel so sorry for the owners of these businesses who in many cases are losing their business and their homes through no fault of their own. It seems the authorities are being less than helpful in looking after these people.
The UK are certainly winning the vaccination race, reaching the 15 million milestone by February 15th they promised some weeks ago. I am less than impressed with the European efforts thus far on this front. Let’s hope the pace quickens up soon!
I suspect I am like many of you, addicted to watching the America’s Cup. As I write this piece, we are 2-0 down in the Prada Cup Final, being well beaten by Luna Rossa on the opening day of this best of 13 series. The Italians certainly look like they have made some substantial gains over the past couple of weeks. By the time you read this, it will all be over and we will know who will face Team Emirates New Zealand in the actual America’s Cup Final. It will be interesting to see how the Prada Cup winners compare to the Kiwis, who I’m sure will be quick and will be a well prepared team. The coverage on You Tube has been brilliant, with lots of interview and analysis programmes filmed to keep us hungry between the actual racing.
We have also seen the Vendee Globe come to a conclusion this past few weeks, and I think special mention should go to Pip Hare, who has provided us with a huge amount of live footage from her pretty ancient steed in comparison to many of her competitors. Her determination, courage, resilience and good humour should be applauded. She had some pretty dodgy moments like replacing her rudder in the Southern Ocean in less than ideal conditions. Huge congratulations to her.
Our local yacht industry seems to be weathering the economic storm relatively well overall, with our yards all busy and gearing up for the new season. The charter market also looks like it should have a much better season than last year , and brokers willing to include “Covid” clauses in the contracts, making cancellations less onerous than previously. Fingers crossed for all those businesses who rely on the charter season being a success, such as provisioners, florists, wine suppliers , travel companies etc etc
Simon Relph – Editor