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
It’s been another busy week here at Estela Shipping, with the yachting team returning from #FLIBS with many new contacts and prospects to follow up on. We met lots of new and familiar faces at our Balearic Yacht Destination stand; business in South Florida is booming! We are assured some work took place in between all the parties and events, but for an idea of what goes on at one the BIGGEST boat shows in the world, check out our photos …
Visas & Immigration, including transit visas and sign-on or sign-off Arrival and Departure Clearance Cash to Master Logistics & Forwarding Customs Formalities Sanitary Inspection Water Analysis Assistance for Free Medical Certificate (ENG 1) Recruitment Itineraries Planning and Port Booking Rescue/First Aid Improvement Training (WSC) Medical and Rescue equipment Fuel & Lube Oil Visit us in STP, upstairs in the Edificio Nave STP, Mondays 14:30-16:30 hrs or Thursdays 09:30-11:30 hrs, or upon request by emailing email@example.com. Alternatively, our main Palma office is opposite Club de Mar, at Avda Gabriel Roca 37 (entrance in Carrer de la Pedrera), + 34 971 722 532. Feel free to drop by and we will happily answer any queries without obligation, free of charge.
From Palma to the Caribbean Helpful information for your journey Departure Clearance Under EU law, an authorisation of exit clearance from the EU is compulsory. (read more) In case you need to present a departure declaration to the authorities due to your temporary vessel importation period in EU, please contact us and we will assist you. Let us organise all your required documentation before you depart from Palma or any Spanish port Services you may require previous your departure: Departure/Immigration Formalities Ports Booking Fueling Logistics and forwarding Fuel in Gibraltar Stopping off at this British (but non-EU) outpost can be a good option, due to favourable fuel prices. Thanks to local tax exemptions, you can save some 50% on bunkering. We can organise a quote and make sure the service is booked prior to your arrival, including arrival/departure clearance, port booking and any further assistance you may require. Final Pit Stop in Canary Islands Whether you decide to stop in the Canaries for fuel, provisioning or logistics, our offices in Las Palmas and Tenerife are on hand to assist you. Contact us for further information about our services there. ANTIGUA YACHT SHOW If you are heading to Antigua, the Antigua […]
Estela’s third Superyachts Poker Tournament at Palma Casino was another fun night of Texas Hold ‘Em, with some 40 entrants playing hard until late into the night, for some €2000 in prize money. The winner walked off with over €1000, while another beneficiary was the humanitarian charity, Yacht Aid Global. 15% of the total prize fund was again donated to this highly effective organisation, though the proceeds were on this occasion re-directed to the local cause of Mallorcan skipper Xisco Prieto, hospitalised in an unprovoked attack in San Remo. Xisco’s family are raising funds for a medical flight home, as his insurance won’t cover the cost of his repatriation. Our thanks go to Capt Tim Forderer of Yacht Aid Global, who promptly offered to donate all charitable proceeds towards Xisco’s repatriation. If you would like to help Xisco’s family bring him home, you can donate via this link. As we go to press, the total raised is still €2,000 short of their €25,000 goal, so any donation will be hugely appreciated. If you would like to help Yacht Aid Global and support its humanitarian initiatives around the globe, you can do so via this link. Thanks also go to our sponsors for […]
Thanks to everyone who came along to our End of Season extravaganza, ‘Celebrities Ahoy!’. For the complete photo gallery, click here https://flic.kr/s/aHsmts141G A special thanks also to our sponsors who helped us stage the event or donated prizes: Bluewater Crew & Training Atlante Marine Solutions The Antigua Yacht Club Marina & Resort Termopetroli Avance Rent a car Heroesportals Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma Fronda – Magatzem Verd TransferClass Mrs Sweet Crew Bar Nice Price Supermarket Mallorca Gin Burger The Wines Garden We’ll see you again next year.
Situated right at the entrance of one of Barcelona’s prime berthing locations, Estela Shipping partner Termopetroli announces the opening of a new fuel station. Located conveniently at the entrance of Marina Vela, the new bunkering station has a flow capacity ex-pipe of 300l/min. Estela Shipping clients benefit from preferential rates at Termopetroli, contact us for more details.
Dear Friends, As ambassadors for Yacht Aid Global in Mallorca, our third Superyacht Poker Tournament in Palma Casino tonight was again set to benefit this fantastic charity, with 15% of the total pot donated to the cause. However, like many of you, we were taken by the cause of Xisco Prieto, the Mallorcan skipper who is currently in a coma in hospital in San Remo, after being attacked on his way back to the boat on 23 September. As his insurance won’t cover the cost of his repatriation to Mallorca, Xisco’s family is fundraising to get him home. We told Capt Tim Forderer of Yacht Aid Global about this local cause, who immediately offered to donate all charitable proceeds towards Xisco’s repatriation. We would like to thank Tim and Yacht Aid Global for this magnanimous gesture. Hopefully this is even more reason for you to join us tonight for a fun evening of Texas Hold’em, while raising money for this worthwhile cause. And if you can’t join us tonight, you can donate towards Xisco’s flight here https://www.gofundme.com/xisco039s-road-to-recovery, while you can donate to Yacht Aid Global here http://yachtaidglobal.org/donate-now. Thanks again to Yacht Aid Global for their generosity of spirit and we look forward to […]
The requirements for visiting, or working in, US territories have changed significantly since the end of last season and yacht crew have increasingly seen their B1/B2 visa applications denied. As the only yacht consignatory agents in Palma de Mallorca, we have a track record for dealing efficiently with immigration and port authorities. Our expertise is not limited to the Balearics and we have been busy assisting captains and crew travelling across to the US for the winter season in obtaining their B1/B2 visas. US Customs and Border Protection paperwork has never been straightforward and there are a number of new pitfalls to steer clear of, to avoid delays in obtaining the right visa. If you need help with your application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Kristy Hollingsworth on +34 619 655 955.
Cruising to Monaco next week for the #MonacoYachtShow? Any yachts sailing from Spain or the Balearics to the non-EU waters of Monaco need to obtain clearance to exit the EU from border authorities for immigration purposes. Upon return, documentation must likewise be presented in order re-enter. Likewise, if your boat is heading to the Caribbean this winter, or anywhere else outside the EU, don’t forget that you must clear out before you depart! Contact us at Estela to prepare and submit your docs, at email@example.com