We are getting ready to visit the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, better known as FLIBS. For its 60th anniversary, the Show is introducing a Superyacht Village and Marina, dedicated to yachts over 100m+. The superyacht section can be found at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina. To arrange a meeting, get in touch before the Show, or come and find us on the Balearic Yacht Destination stand, in the Yellow Zone Superyacht Pavilion 672.
Estela was invited to deliver the keynote presentation on behalf of Balearic Yacht Destination at Quaynote’s ‘The Future of Superyachts’ conference, held at Saratoga Hotel in Palma this week. Our James van Bregt addressed a room of 50 delegates, exploring the drivers behind superyacht traffic to the Balearics. Themes such as taxation, regulation and marina capacity were hot topics throughout the day, on which we will report in more detail in the near future.
FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER CASINO DE MALLORCA – PALMA DE MALLORCA Join us for our 4th annual Superyacht Poker Tournament, at Casino de Mallorca in Porto Pi, Palma. Make sure you reserve your seat with the chance to win a great cash prize, and, most importantly, be crowned Superyacht Poker Champion 2019! Buy-in: €60 Entry: €15 (includes two complimentary drinks from the Casino main bar) On arrival inside the private room, guests will enjoy drinks and canapés, while a demo table will be set up for those that haven’t played before, to have a free practice, or just have a bit of fun. All tables are operated by professional croupiers and monitored by Casino management. Not only will players have a chance of lauding it over their yachting colleagues and win some handy tax-free cash, but the evening raises money too for Yacht Aid Global, with 20% of the pot going to the yacht-based humanitarian charity. This year, proceeds will go to ‘Operation Topaz’, bringing emergency supplies like food, tarps, hygiene kits and medicine to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands following Hurricane Dorian. Bounties: There will also be a mystery bounty prize, which we you will discover during the evening. […]
Estela Yachting were in Monaco for the biggest and, probably, the best MYS yet. Watch our recap of the show, join us on board some of the finest yachts in show and get a taste of what happens at the most important event on Europe’s superyachting calendar. Like last year, we co-hosted the Balearic Yacht Destination stand and had a full team of colleagues at the Show. It was great meeting faces old and new and already discussing plans for the 2020 Mediterranean season.
Yes, it’s that time again. No sooner are we home from Cannes — with a short week to turn around a suitcase of dirty laundry and re-pack — and we’re off to the biggest yachting event on the European calendar. Like last year, we will be co-hosting the Balearic Yacht Destination stand, at QUAI ALBERT Ier AL47, and we’ll have a full team of colleagues at the Show. We’re looking forward to meeting captains and crew, partners and fellow yachting folk, so get in touch to arrange a time and place, if you’d like to meet face to face. We are already planning the 2020 edition of The Y Yachting Itineraries, so if you’re interested in featuring your business or location in the guide, now is the time to talk to us. See you there!
Holy guacamole!! Another season is over! To celebrate the end of summer in the Med and to ring in the Caribbean season, join us for our annual season-closing party in Port Adriano, Mallorca, on Friday 4th October. Here at Estela, we know the heroics you yachties perform every day, simply to delight your guests. Now it’s time to put on your mask, pull your underpants up over your trousers, don your cape and morph into the true superhero we know you to be! Blue Nest 💥 Port Adriano 💥 Fri 4th Oct, 18:30 Live Music 💥 Drinks 💥 Buffet 💥 Fancy Dress Raid your wardrobes, party store or charity shop and wow us with your creative superhero gear. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes on the night! Our lair for the night is the Blue Nest restaurant, in the Tony Stark-designed Port Adriano. And to get your Spidey-Senses tingling, two bands who are the best at what they do will be bringing the Spanish rumba and rocking the dancefloor. As crew on a night off can sometimes get thirstier than Aquaman, our bar will keep you refreshed well into the night. Hungry? […]
The Cannes Yachting Festival 2019 was significantly bigger than last year, with the show establishing itself as a major expo for sailing yachts, medium-sized motor yachts and a wide variety of smaller watercraft. In contrast to Monaco’s MYS and other large shows that are charter-oriented, Cannes features mostly new and used yachts for sale. Italian manufacturers were particularly well represented, using the event to showcase new models to prospective buyers and press. For an event labelled a ‘festival’, Cannes lacks the party atmosphere found at other shows, but Monaco should more than compensate. No doubt, we’ll return next year.
Early October is a particularly opportune time for businesses in the marine industry in Mallorca, as it signals the end of the Mediterranean season, before many yachts set off for the Caribbean. Every autumn, we organise the End of Season Party in Port Adriano and the Superyacht Poker Tournament at Casino de Mallorca. These events, now in their 5th and 4th year respectively, present a great way for you to connect with captains, crew, managers and key buy-side decision makers in our industry. It is a chance to thank those who used your services, and a way of growing your visibility in the yacht market. END OF SEASON PARTY FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER BLUE NEST BAR – PORT ADRIANO This event is Mallorca’s biggest party for the end of the Mediterranean season, as well as signalling the start of the Caribbean season. The party is a relaxed let-your-hair-down event, with themed fancy dress, complimentary full buffet and drinks, live band and DJ. The party is always well-attended by captains and crew, as well as brokers and industry colleagues, with complimentary return transport laid on from STP and Club de Mar marinas in Palma to Port Adriano. Last year, we had more than 250 guests, while the fancy dress theme was ‘Celebrities Ahoy’, with […]
This edition of Estela Yachting’s vlog comes from Port Adriano superyacht marina, in Mallorca. Kristy Hollingsworth reports dockside on bunkering with our partners, Termopetroli, with details of a special offer. We provide an update on our annual end-of-season party in October, to be held at a larger, brand new venue in the marina. If your business wants to reach hundreds of yacht captains, crew and industry peers, this is your opportunity to work with us! There is also a reminder about our fantastic Sublimotion competition, with the chance to win dinner for two in the world’s most expensive restaurant, Sublimotion Ibiza. We hope you enjoy this edition and if there is any other topic you would like us to cover next time, we are open to suggestions! Best wishes, hasta luego, The Estela Yachting Team https://youtu.be/BcOHOafJ_Vc
Captain Andrea speaks with Estela Yachting from the bridge of this 77-metre Amels, moored in Club de Mar, Palma de Mallorca. We discuss his steep career path, to captaining a 2,130t ship with 23 crew, by his mid-forties. He tells us about the modern day challenges of managing a large yacht, and the impact of changing communications and environmental demands on the superyacht industry. We thank Captain Andrea for providing this fascinating insight, which is a must-watch for aspiring captains and industry service providers everywhere.
Sublimotion is not just one of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, it is a truly unique immersive gastronomic experience. You can win dinner for two here in 2020, in a prize worth €3300. Competition ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’ is delivered on board thousands of yachts each year and travels to every corner of the world, so this is a photo competition about places. For your chance to win, send us a photograph of ‘The Y’ in the most exotic, interesting, original or special place, either on board or wherever you happen to find yourself. Share it on social media and tag it, or send it to us directly. A panel of judges will choose the winning entry after the competition closes at midnight (GMT+1) on January 31, 2020. See details on page 309 of ‘The Y’.
May has been a busy month for us so far. While the Palma Superyacht Show was still on, half of our team hopped over to Barcelona for MYBA. Just a week later we were back in Barcelona for LYBRA’s The Superyacht Show, before moving on to the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous in Viareggio. Viareggio features in the latest edition of ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’, so should you find yourself there in the coming months, check out our guide here: https://issuu.com/yachtinghandbook/docs/the-y-yachting-itineraries-by-estel/154 Below are two videos reports; the first from LYBRA, including a tour of the Moonen-built M/Y Etoile d’Azur, courtesy of Fraser Monaco. The second is a look around the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous, featuring a striking demo by Seakeeper.
‘Veni Vidi Vinum’ Our annual party held during the Palma Superyacht Show last week was the best yet! Held at Varadero restaurant, next to STP in Palma, we were delighted to greet more than 200 yacht captains, crew, managers, suppliers, designers, partners and sponsors on the night. In keeping with the theme of this year’s ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’, launched at the show, the party theme was Ancient Romans & Deities. More guests might have thrown on a makeshift toga, but the atmosphere was fantastic, with live music from Italian jazz group, ‘Animamina’ and a DJ set until late into the evening. Thanks for our sponsors for making it possible. They were Puerto de Melilla, The Crew Network, Termopetroli, Coral Marine, Agents by Catalano, PortoMirabello, Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Argentario Yacht Services, Alcaidesa Marina and AYSS. Check out the photo gallery here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bHTYQYq94UGkttvi7 We hope to see you next year!
Palma Boat Show, Apr 27 – May 1 Our stand will be unmissable, as we have combined with our partners, Termopetroli, to double it in size, in the same location, near the pontoon bridge in the superyacht section. Our theme is inspired by this year’s ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’ 2019/20, which centres on Italy and the Roman Empire. A key element of the book is the history of the first ever superyachts, the Nemi Ships. These ‘party boats’ were recovered from Lake Nemi a century ago, and we explore the fascinating story of the owner who commissioned them two thousand years ago, Emperor Caligula. To find out more about this year’s guide and to among the first to obtain a copy, come to our book launch presentation on the opening day of the show, around 11:00h. We are honoured to be joined on Day Three of the show by the preeminent expert on the Nemi Ships, author and historian, Professor Giuliano Di Benedetti. Prof Di Benedetti will be giving a talk on his life’s mission to uncover the truth about these mysterious grand barges. We will also be hosting Carlo Cestra Technologies, showcasing their state-of-the-art 3D […]
Much has been written since the announcement last June of the EU’s enforcement of an existing regulation on US-built commercial yachts, or US-made parts on US-flagged yachts. , in response to the US’s imposition of tariffs on EU commodities. (See regulation (EU) 2018/724 amended 28/6/2018 via (EU) 2018/886) The regulation is complex and has deterred some boats from coming across for the forthcoming Mediterranean season, though it’s fair to say that its true impact has been overstated. The number of vessels affected is small, but here are the key facts of which you should be aware: Privately-registered and privately-used yachts, adhering to 18-month ‘Temporary Admission’ (or ‘Temporary Importation’) rules, are entirely unaffected. Import duty of 25%, plus VAT, now applies to pre-owned yachts of 12 metres or more manufactured and registered in the USA and sold/imported into the EU. US-made parts on non-US built but US-flagged yachts are also subject to import duty and VAT. US-built and -flagged yachts of less than 12 metres are subject to a 1.7% customs duty. Yachts imported into France as commercial yachts under France’s ‘Commercial Exemption’ (FCE) regulation, or through other countries, eg Malta, and hold an Import Customs […]
2019 was the first time Estela Shipping attended Boot Düsseldorf. We were blown away by the sheer scale of the show and the calibre of exhibitors we met. We met lots of familiar faces and made many new connections, some of whom we’re looking forward to working with this year. This walkabout is a small taster of the exhibits on offer; we’ll be back next year!
San Sebastiá 2019 No sooner has Spain finished its Three Kings celebrations for Epiphany and the next major event in Mallorca is underway. A week-long festival to honour Palma’s patron saint, San Sebastiá, features music, arts and sports events each day. However, the highlight of these festivities is on Saturday 19th January. ‘Correfoc’ is a feast of fire and drumming designed to scare away the demons and celebrate the eradication of the swine plague in 1523, followed by drink, food and music aplenty. ‘Correfoc’ means ‘fire run’, with hundreds of locals dressed as torch-bearing ‘Dimonis’ or devils, running through flames and fireworks to the incessant sound of drums. This is where health and safety go AWOL, but it makes for an exciting spectacle on a dark winter’s night. There are multiple sound stages positioned around the city, with a number of different style music bands entertaining crowds cooking on wood-fired barbecues in the streets. The Correfoc showdown takes place at the top of Parc de Sa Feixina at 18:30hrs. For the full programme of what’s on around Palma this week, click here. https://participacio.palma.cat/portal/PALMA/participacio/RecursosWeb/DOCUMENTOS/1/0_122610_1.pdf
Almost the same age as our yacht agency in Palma, the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting was the event’s 57th year. The show’s six-day programme was filled with viewings and trial mini-charters of more than 80 yachts, interlaced with social events, presentations, meetings and crew competitions. As a show without exhibition stands or sightseeing members of the public, it is particularly good for professional networking and viewing some of the finest yachts on the charter market. Luckily, there was also time for some private tours, so we invite you to join us on video tours of M/Y Sherakhan and M/Y Siren. We would like to thank their respective crew for taking the time to show us around and permitting us to film.
Last week we attended METS, the Marine Equipment Trade Show, in Amsterdam. METS is the world’s largest show of its kind, boasting 1,500 exhibitors from around the world, showcasing the latest technologies and innovations for the marine sector. From new diesel outboards and drone-defeat systems to cutting edge interiors and fittings, there was plenty to see for captains, engineers and boat-building clients large or small. Our visit was a first for Estela Shipping, keeping an open mind as to what, or who, we would find there. A pleasant surprise was the large number of clients we encountered on our travels, including several captains checking up on the latest products and services. We distributed over 100 copies of ‘The Y’ Yachting Handbook to exhibitors and met with a number of potential partners for next year’s edition. The show also featured a number of new exhibitors that were looking for representation in our region, which may become fruitful relationships in the future. We’ll be back at METS next year, but for a closer look at our first visit, check out the video, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T4kB7AJWwk