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. […]
September is looming into view already, signalling the final weeks of the usual Mediterranean season. But this season has been anything but ‘usual’, with many trips curtailed or cancelled altogether, due to the wretched coronavirus. So, here’s a suggestion for owners and charterers to spend some bonus time on board this year, in a safe destination and with warm weather. Without crossing the Atlantic. The Canary Islands have much 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. Click here to read the Canary Islands chapter of the latest edition of ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’. Hard copies of the guide are now available, so please contact us for your copy.
Last week Spain re-opened its borders to tourists from the EU/Schengen zone, as well as a select number of non-European countries, including the United Kingdom. Without quarantine or COVID-testing requirements, Spain is one of the most easily-accessible places for yachts and for private flights, with up to 50 arrivals at Palma’s private LEPA terminal daily! What’s more, Mother Nature has enjoyed the rest that lockdown has provided, with our beaches and calas in pristine condition, and Balearic waters looking even more crystalline than usual. What’s more, summer is here and no rain is expected for the whole of July! Restaurants and bars and beach clubs are open, with masks required to be worn only in confined spaces where distancing is impossible. Smaller clubs are open, offering table service. Just leave your dancing shoes on board, as dance floors are closed. Reports of long delays for arrivals into Greece, for example, are no issue here in Mallorca, with all ports and marinas operating normally. Guests and crew are free to disembark and enjoy the island as normal. How safe are the Balearics? The first tourists to arrive in Mallorca this summer, from Germany, in a pilot programme last month, scored hygiene measures here at […]
Looking beyond the imminent Mediterranean cruising and charter season, you may need to complete your TA and exit EU waters later this year. Consider doing this by visiting Melilla. Melilla is part of Spain, but is not in the Customs Territory of the EU (TAU) or the Territory of VAT application (TAIVA). This makes it a useful point in finalising Temporary Admission, as part of the Inward Processing Regime (RPA). Why not spare yourself the usual ‘cost of doing business’ in Algeria, with the associated inconvenience, and instead enjoy Melilla’s renowned hospitality and professionalism! And, in the event that coronavirus is still a cross-border problem to contend with, you will also avoid the need to quarantine upon your return to Spain. Oh, and as Melilla is part of the Territory of Application of Special Taxes (TAIIEE), you’ll find it very advantageous for tax-free refuelling and provisioning too! Contact us for assistance or information.
Spanish borders are once again OPEN to tourists and visitors arriving from within the EU and Schengen zone, without the need to quarantine! Private flights into Palma de Mallorca kicked back into life on Sunday, while yachts stationed here have started greeting their owners after a long, three-month separation. If your owners or guests are due to arrive from further afield, we should have more news later next week. In the meantime, we may be able to find you a workaround, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Spanish waters, and those beyond, have also been reopened for cruising. Yachts that had kicked off their season in Croatia and Italy are heading back to the Balearics, to enjoy the natural beauty that has benefited from the breather that the lockdown presented. Our beaches are looking beautiful and the lockdown has done the precious seagrass the power of good and Balearic waters are clearer than ever. Only last week 132 sea turtle eggs were laid on Punta Prima beach in Menorca, for the very first time! This season has been a long time coming and we can’t wait. If you are coming our way, get in touch, we’ve missed you!
The 2020 Mediterranean season is approaching fast and here at Estela Yachting, we are working hard on our next edition of ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’ and our events programme this summer. The majority of our 2019 partners have already committed to joining us again this year, so if you would like to know why they work with us, please watch the 3-minute video below.See for yourself how Estela connects with superyacht people others can’t reach. CAMPAIGN 2020: https://mailchi.mp/1e8727a71ad8/yacht-marketing-opportunities-2020?fbclid=IwAR2r0lpFCyMIOd3zz6mA6W9nQaAfdWjgvHpcHnWh30zrifKOv5ctVyBuwsQ
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 […]