Marina to moor: Porto Rotondo

Boat International by Jordana Reuben Yechiel.

Porto Rotondo

Sardinia, Italy

Porto Rotondo is a favourite with yacht owners and guests. Situated in the stunning southern part of the Gulf of Cugnana, it has a totally different feel to better known Porto Cervo, only a 20 minute cruise away. It is more family friendly and relaxed and has an abundance of shops, cafés, restaurants and tiny piazzas to explore. It’s the perfect place to stroll around, boat watch or shop (make sure to check out the fabulous local jewellery stores). There are also two small, quiet beaches right near the port if you are looking for a day on land or have children itching to use their buckets and spades.

Boat notes: This marina provides excellent shelter when the winds kick up. The Romans appreciated this – Porto Rotondo was built in the 1960s but there are two columns at the entrance that date from Roman times. With space for 600 boats, refuelling facilities and excellent boat services, support and tenders, it’s totally keyed up for superyachts. Don’t expect to save anything by mooring here, though – it’s just as pricey as Porto Cervo.

Where to eat: For lunch get yourselves to Il Pomodoro for the best pizza in town. Stop for a prosecco, Sardinian cold cuts and pecorino cheese at Assaggia. Make sure to make a dinner reservation for Da Giovannino for the best seafood and crudités – the wine list is truly phenomenal. Those wanting Italian should also try S’Astore. Hang out La Pinta or Sazer cocktail bars are great for an after dinner drink or three. Both are located in the centre of town – so sit outside on the cobblestones and absorb the vibes. The young and fun break away and hit the Country Club. Not one for the golfers, it’s an exclusive nightclub that sits on the hill with views overlooking Porto Rotondo. Make sure to arrive before 1am to avoid mayhem at the door.

Who goes: Still very Euro chic, but without the formality of Porto Cervo. It’s the kind of crowd that wears Valentino skirts with a T-shirt tied in a knot, gladiator sandals and a messy bun. Hot tip Some serious shopping can be done here. The Piazza Quadra is at the heart of Porto Rotondo, with Miu Miu, Prada, Versace and all the Italian big wigs.

Local classic: Porto Cervo: Some people can’t go to Sardinia without calling at Porto Cervo or dropping anchor outside the famous Hotel Cala di Volpe. It’s dinner at Madai, a new hot spot in the port, and clubbing at Billionaire nightclub, a landmark that lives up to its name. However, the one place that truly brings everyone together is La Pasqualina, the new ice cream parlour in the port – the perfect antidote to a long hot day.

When you can’t be on the water.

The 5 most beautiful Alpine passes in Austria and Slovenia.

Before the snow renders the Alps impassable for motorists, we asked Curves magazine photographer Stefan Bogner to show us his five favourite Alpine passes in Austria and Slovenia…


The Austrian classic – a wonderful pass to cruise along. Particularly interesting in the early summer and late autumn.

Kaunertal Glacier Road

Perfect for a sporting drive, and at its summit is a ski resort (open in summer). Fantastically varied.

Mangart Saddle

Our favourite pass in Slovenia. Scenic, original and nail-bitingly narrow in places.

Silvretta High Alps Road

The curves of the western ascent are the stuff of legend, with lakes, dam crossings and even the sight of a waterfall thrown in for good measure.


Again, beautiful and varied. The road from the south is truly spectacular.


Fisher Astronaut Space Pens have been used on every manned NASA space mission since Apollo 7 in 1968, the pen also features prominently in a now legendary episode of Seinfeld that was fittingly titled “The Pen” (episode 3, season 3).

Engineers spent years developing the space pen, ensuring that it could not only write upside down, but also write underwater, over grease, in extreme temperatures, in a vacuum, and on almost any material.

The secret to its success is a pressurized ink cartridge guarantees an even, dependable flow of ink in all conditions. Fisher offers a full lifetime warrantee on all pens, a safe bet considering their solid brass construction and well-engineered internals.

Each pen measures in at 5″ long and 0.375″ in diameter at the widest point, and they have a retractable, replaceable cartridge with a side release button.

These are great pens to have around the garage or workshop, they’re 100% made in the USA, and they ship out in a heavy duty box, with one Fisher Pressurized PR4 cartridge with a medium point and black ink. These pens may not be cheap, but they’ll probably be the last one you ever buy. Unless you give it to Jerry of course.


Original Fisher Astronaut Space Pen 2 740x740 - The Original Fisher Astronaut Space Pen

Original Fisher Astronaut Space Pen 1 740x740 - The Original Fisher Astronaut Space Pen

Original Fisher Astronaut Space Pen 3 740x740 - The Original Fisher Astronaut Space Pen about the Rapsody R32

Rapsody Yachts R32 3

The R32 is the latest creation from the Dutch company Rapsody Yachts, it follows in the similar design vein as their previous models with a fantastic, early 20th century looks coupled to modern, 21st century technology, engines and hull-design.

As you may have guessed, the R32 is 32 feet long. It has a Volvo Penta 6-cylinder diesel that produces 330hp and can pushing the R32 up to a top speed of 35 knots, it has a 2 + 2 berth capacity downstairs with a head, shower and other basic amenities required for a weekend on the Mediterranean – or Lake Geneva.

The hull is designed using modern hydro-dynamic engineering, meaning it’s very stable at all speeds and planes remarkably well. The upper deck areas are all traditional mahogany and the R32 makes extensive use of stainless steel and brass throughout to maintain the sense of old-world build quality.


Rapsody Yachts R32 1

Rapsody Yachts R32

Rapsody Yachts R32 2

Jaguar’s ‘E-type Reborn’ is perfect

Car Magazine, James Taylor.

Restored Jaguar E-types are big business. Something that hasn’t escaped the attention of Jaguar itself, which has just launched its new E-type Reborn service.

Just like the Land Rover Classic programme for factory-restored Series 1 Landies and original Range Rovers, the E-type Reborn scheme will sell small numbers of as-new E-types, restored on-site by JLR’s Classic Works department.

How many reborn E-types is Jaguar, erm, re-birthing?

An initial run of 10 cars, for sale directly from its Classic Works headquarters at Coventry. The first one is a 1965 Series I 4.2-litre Coupe, to be shown to the public at the 2017 Techno Classica Essen show in Germany on 5-9 April.

Jaguar E-type Reborn 4.2

What exactly is Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works?

A division of JLR’s Special Operations arm, with a staff of 130 engineers, graduates and apprentices based in Coventry.

Apart from its restoration work, it also builds Jaguar’s from-scratch Lightweight E-type and XKSS continuation cars.

How does this process work?

The base vehicles are sourced by Jaguar and restored at Classic Works as closely to their original factory spec as possible, using build records and drawings from Jaguar’s Heritage Trust vaults.

Any ‘safety-critical’ parts are replaced, and upgrades from later-model E-types can be added at extra cost, including improved cooling, an all-syncromesh gearbox or higher-performance Series 2 brake calipers.

Jaguar says each E-type will be finished ‘to concours standard.’

So, how much will a reborn Jaguar E-type lighten my wallet by?

If you fancy an original Jaguar E-type in good-as-new condition from the company that offered it in the first place, the appeal of the Reborn service is undeniable. But be prepared to reach for your chequebook through your nostrils: depending on spec, prices start from £285,000.


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