Yes, it’s finally here! Delayed for several weeks by the small matter of a global pandemic, but the fourth edition of our annual yachting guide, ‘The Y’ 2021 is now available.
If this is the first edition of our guide you have seen, each year we feature different destinations and fresh ideas for things to see and do on your travels. As well as recommendations for where to go, we provide useful and important information and detailed maps, which are also available online.
Many yachting plans for 2020 will have been changed, deferred or cancelled due to the coronavirus, so in this edition we present some alternative itineraries designed to extend your Mediterranean season well into autumn or even winter! We present some interesting holiday ideas without an Atlantic crossing, so owners and guests need not miss out on time on board.
Perhaps the biggest surprise you’ll find in these pages is what the Canary Islands have to offer cruising yachts and their guests. Long established as a stop-off for passing transatlantic traffic, this archipelago boasts enormous biodiversity and natural beauty, as well as cultural and architectural variety. The icing on the cake is a year-round warm climate and more Michelin-starred restaurants per square inch than you’ll find in many yachting hotspots. The front cover is a strong clue to our main theme. In collaboration with our partners, the Port Authority of Melilla, we bring you a North African itinerary!
Starting with Melilla , the Spanish exclave on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, we cruise to the amazing Tangier , at the northwesterly tip of Africa. Morocco’s Berber and Arabic culture and architecture provide something very different from the usual Mediterranean itinerary, while enjoying the best winter climate in the region.
Being our back yard, the Balearics are always present, with an emphasis this year on gastronomy. Luxury hospitality in Mallorca has been catching up with Ibiza and Formentera, so we showcase the best produce and gastronomy here. Menorca will be the European Region of Gastronomy in 2022, so we explore the food scene there too.
Panama is the road less travelled for most yachts visiting the Caribbean, but there is much more to this isthmus than its famous passageway to the Pacific. A short cruise away from more familiar territory, brings you to a country that is a veritable paradise for nature lovers.
With 1,600 islands to discover and national parks bedecked with rainforests, home to indigenous tribes and big cats, Panama is more exotic than your average Caribbean destination. World-class surfing and sport fishing can be enjoyed here too.
We hope you enjoy reading the book as much as we enjoy creating it. Given the timing of publication, we apologise if some of our suggested restaurants or attractions have failed to reopen after the current global health emergency. The world may look a little different for the coming period, but if you are on your travels and would like a hand with your plans, we are here to help!
Hard copies of the book will be available in the coming days, so if you would like to receive a free copy, please let us know and we’ll get one to you. In the meantime, the complete 2021 guide is available