Palma SYC 2016 Race Days 12-14 (+Gallery)
Day 12. 0900 – after a quick breakfast and a shower, the day started with a fascinating visit to ObjectPrint, a 3D object-printing company which manufactures spare parts for yachts and yacht models using 3D printing machines.
This was followed by a visit to “Shaun Carkeek Naval Architecture”, and Shaun – a fellow South African – shared much of his knowledge of yacht design and construction, as well as very valuable ‘life coaching’ advice.
After this the boys were welcomed at the ‘Pinmar’ offices nearby. Pinmar is the leading yacht painting and supply company in the world, and their expertise in painting is to be seen on most of the largest super and mega yachts today. Pinmar are great supporters of the Marine Inspirations initiative and many other charity projects.
With a quick lunch at the ‘Pesquera’ restaurant near the fishing nets and boats on the water-front, the team visited Nick Stael von Holstein at ‘MSOS’ in Santa Catalina, a company that supplies and maintains onboard medical readiness and ‘kits’ to support the medical needs and training of yachtsmen. Nick gave a fascinating speech and demonstration, and the boys asked many questions.
Following the invitation of Captain Harry Molenaar, the boys had the opportunity to tour the very special 47 metre Feadship “Mary A”. Feadship build the most exclusive motor-yachts in the world, and the boys were suitably impressed by the quality, and finish, and attention to detail evident in this special 15 year-old yacht. Captain Harry gave a most comprehensive and informative tour.
After a busy day the boys relaxed aboard “Aloha-J” and cooked dinner for themselves.
Day 13. 0900 – the day started with a tour of the “Astilleros de Mallorca” shipyard with Jennifer Maul. This traditional shipyard is a centre-piece of the Palma waterfront and has built a number of prominent yachts and ships in the past. They now focus on all aspects of yacht refit and repair. This was a very broadly informative and valuable tour of all aspects of shipyard work.
The boys were then taken to visit the 42m luxury escort explorer motor-yacht “Bystander”. A remarkable purpose-designed vessel, this visit made a very good comparative experience with the previous day’s visit to “Mary A”.
After a short lunch, the team were taken to North Sails headquarters in the industrial zone, where they were given a tour by South African Mark Sadler of the intricacies and magnitude of sail-making, sail maintenance, and sail design. Having sailed aboard formidable yachts during the Superyacht Cup, it was very interesting for the boys to see how sails are built and maintained.
The day concluded with a visit to the brand-new just launched super racing yacht from Nautor Swan, the Swan 115, “Highland Fling”. Captain X provided a most engaging tour for the boys and they were extremely impressed by the lightness of the materials that have been used aboard this impressive performance yacht.
Another extremely busy day under their belt, the team cooked dinner aboard ” Aloha-J” and turned in early.
Day 14. – 1100 – after packing their travel bags for the long trip back to South Africa, the boys had one more special visit to attend, and were most warmly welcomed by Erik Hansen at Echo Marine Services, a Reverse Osmosis Technology (Water-maker) specialist company. Erik is the noted leader in this field of supplying and servicing the machinery, pumps, membranes and peripheral equipment that allow yachts to process salt water aboard the yachts to produce the vast amount of fresh and drinking water that is required for yacht and ship operation. The boys found this highly technical brief most interesting, and asked many pertinent questions.
Collecting their bags, the boys bid farewell to “Aloha-J of Cariba” and, stopping for some sandwiches and last-minute trinket-shopping, they headed for the airport with Anthony, and started their journey back to Johannesburg and onward to their respective homes in Welkom, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town – for the remainder of their school holidays with their families before returning to Lawhill Maritime Centre for the new school term.
A huge thanks to all of the generous and kind supporters of this action-packed two-week Marine Inspirations initiative for the boys.
To all of the yacht owners, captains, crew, service company management, and the Palma Superyacht Cup organisers, a very big THANK YOU indeed…!
Palma SYC 2016 Race Days 8-11 (+Gallery)
DAY 8. Saturday, and the final day of racing. Bohlale and Luyolo stayed on their boats, P2 and Mariette respectively, and then Win Win offered Loyiso a place for this last race. What a good choice this turned out to be…! Today there was a bit more wind and we had a crowd out on the Aloha J to watch the racing. It turned out that Mariette and P2 won their classes and “Win Win” won the whole regatta. The owner of Win Win made his acceptance speech and talked about Marine Inspirations, having invited all three of our boys up onto the stage.
All in all a very successful regatta for us and the boys and we have inspired others to come forward with offers to help our small organisation and initiative.
Check out the Super Yacht Cup website for more information and details of the racing.
DAY 9. The boys were totally exhausted after three days of racing out in the hot sun, so elected to have a Sunday sleep-in onboard the Aloha J. Mid-morning Luyolo cooked breakfast and then they came up to the Wades’ house for a trip to see Phil’s “Goat House”, a weekend retreat/olive farm in the mountains behind the mountain village of Alaro. We threw some ribs onto the BBQ and admired the view, then down for a refreshing drink in the church plaza in the centre of Alaro. Home for an early night.
DAY 10 Monday, June 27th While waiting for confirmation of appointments for the youngsters to visit various service institutions in Palma, Anthony took the boys up to see the historic 14C Bellver Castle overlooking Palma Port and then to Puerto Portals harbour, outside of Palma, where they got to see another small town and a significant and upscale marina complex. They were also welcomed by the local yacht broker Nigel Wales from Arrival Yachts and given an talk about how that side of yachting ‘purchase and sales’ works.
Day 11. 0900 The boys visited Master Yachts for a second time to be briefed on the sophisticated yacht management software programme that Master Yachts uses – covering crew salaries, technical management, and general maritime operations – which they had shown interest in on the previous visit. Straight after that they were taken aboard the 60 meter schooner Germania Nova and given a comprehensive tour by Justin Holvik, the captain. This was a real eye opener, and is well worth a visit to the ship’s website http://germania-nova.com/1/tradition_and_history.html
After their yacht visit and a light lunch of local tapas and ‘pa ‘amb oli’ they were taken to the HQ of Omniaccess SL, located in the ‘silicon valley’ of The Balearics at Parc Bit. OmniAccess is the leading supplier of Vsat satellite communications and marine onboard IT networking solutions to many super-yachts and ships worldwide.
A further yacht-visit followed with a trip to the Real Club Nautico to tour the very fast and record-holding modern classic 46m schooner “Windrose of Amsterdam” – built by Holland Jachtbou to Gerry Dyjkstra design in 2002.
The evening brought further excitement, as the boys prepared the schooner “Aloha-J of Cariba” and took her sailing in Palma Bay for the night. They conducted all operations: starting engine, leaving harbour, navigation, sail manoeuvres, anchoring, cooking dinner, washing up, standing watch, and returning to port at dawn and docking the yacht – on their own, but under the watchful eye of Anthony. During the night squally and rainy weather passed through Mallorca, and the yacht returned to harbour in the rain.
Palma SYC 2016 Race Days 6-7
DAY 6 Thursday 23 rd and the first day of racing. Buhlale was on P2, Loyiso on Tenaz and Luyolo on Mariette, the classic schooner uilt in 1915. It was a fine day of racing, blue skies and a light to moderate sea breeze in the afternoon which saw both P2 and Mariette winning their respective classes. The boys partook in the after race BBQ and then back to Aloha J for sleep.
DAY 7 Another beautiful, but hot day with light winds. The sea breeze kicked in again in the afternoon as usual in the Bay of Palma and yet again P2 and Mariette won their class. It was a long day on the water and the boys went back to Aloha J right after racing, totally exhausted but with big smiles on their faces.
You can read the detailed report on Day 2 of the racing in the Superyacht Cup’s newsletter
Palma SYC 2016 Race Day 1
DAY 6 / Race Day 1
Post Race Day Photos
After an exciting day of racing in Palma Bay with each of our young men sailing aboard three different yachts, “P2”, “Mariette”, and “Tenaz”, the crew gathered at the Regatta Village for a debrief, dinner, and a musical evening – meeting and chatting with many of the other participants.
Two of the yachts that hosted our Lawhill Students won their days leg of the race. You can read more about the results on their web page
Palma SYC 2016 Summary Day 5
DAY 5 The plan was to take Aloha J out sailing and watch the 8 classic schooner doing a parade in front of the Cathedral but at the last minute the captain of P2 said that the boys should come out with them on practice day in order that they get familiarised with the boat. A good decision.
We still took Anthony’s boat out with MI supporters and friends and what a sight it was with perfect conditions. The boys came back totally exhausted and had a very early night with big smiles on the faces.
You can read a bit more about P2 by visiting their website.