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.