Note from the Editor

Let us entertain you!

Make yourself a coffee or tea, grab your Islander Magazine and take a moment for yourself.

Perhaps you found this copy in Ft Lauderdale, St Maarten or Antigua, and are taking a quick break from a busy charter schedule. Or, maybe you’re in the Med, where the cold has finally arrived mid-January, together with a whopping wind!

Wherever you are in the world, going offline will relax the mind, and reading the Islander will make you 25% smarter, according to scientific studies. While part of the above may be a little made up (but surely not untrue!), what’s certain is that our INIP (Islander New Issue Party) -which takes place every first working day of the month from 5-7 pm- will make you better connected in the industry. Read about the last one on page 29, proof that life doesn’t just happen on your phone!

We are currently firming up our plans to overhaul The Islander’s website to better serve our readers and advertisers anywhere in the world. The website will give you the option to sign-up for a free subscription and receive the magazine at your door. So you can go offline again.


The Islander’s values are to educate, inform, entertain and enhance the community. And I’m proud we’ve implemented them all again in the next 108 pages. By chance, a lot of things come in two’s in this 2nd issue of the year. You’ll read about the entrepreneurial spirit of two young ladies from our yachting community. Gabbi Richardson, CEO of Yachting Ventures who supports start-ups in our industry, and Ella Petersen, who saw an opportunity in the niche of luxury pet accessories. Two chefs we feature both have a thing for beetroot! Two marine conservation organisations that talk about the bigger creatures of the seas. Two Palma-based sailors who both run different, successful racing campaigns.

Out of a personal passion for music, I am also glad to have the opportunity to support an ex-yachtie who is very serious about his music career. When you read this, pull out your phone one last time, go to Spotify and follow and listen to James Stretch. Read all about him on page 34 and 35. 

Then put the phone away and… let us entertain you!

Jens Oomes – Editor 




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