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Is there career progression for Spa Therapists in yachting?

Spring 2015 has seen an increase in requests for permanent spa therapists on board various size yachts, we are seeing competitive packages being offered for these positions but I am often faced with more experienced therapists saying that they would like to focus on getting service experience. They feel there is no room for promotion to the echelons of Chief Stew whilst using the beauty skills and staying in housekeeping. One candidate with three years experience as a therapist comments "I quickly realised after joining my first yacht that I had to decide which route I would take for my career, I chose to stick with my beauty therapy. I have always been in housekeeping, I don't think it is possible to be a Chief Stewardess and still offer your skills for treatments, the t...

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Drones - how new flying robots can benefit sailors, from unique photography to MOB and rescue aids

New waterproof drones, or quadcopters, with payload carrying and release mechanisms could open up new opportunities for sea search and rescue. They can also be your 'eyes in the crow's nest' when approaching unknown shoals - and they make for annoyingly cool toys... Drones. Love them, hate them or fear them, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are becoming mainstream. Outside the military, a drone's primary benefit – aerial photography – has meant their popularity has skyrocketed in commercial civilian circles, where they are mainly used for producing film or using the imagery for inspection purposes. And it is thought that over a million domestic drones or quadcopters are already in use. Some have built-in cameras, some are designed to carry...

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Cruising the River Plate between Uruguay and Argentina is a lesson in weird weather

On the border between Uruguay and Argentina, cruising the River Plate not only evinces fascinating political differences, but has some idiosyncratic weather conditions as well, finds Jill Dickin Schinas image: http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2015/05/Argentina-MAIN.jpg 'South-easterly, Force 8,' read the forecast. That wind was going to transform the adjacent coast and the entrance to the River Plate into a lee shore. But we decided that, rather than ducking into La Paloma, we would try to make Punta del Este, 50 miles away and more secure. Thus it was that, eight hours later we found ourselves fighting tooth and nail to keep from washing ashore on the Atlantic coast of Uruguay. Having spent six months...

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New blogs up for all the newbies out there, a little check list of things to do and not do whilst looking for a job

Newbie Checklist   Ok so you managed to get to Antibes, Palma etc. Here are few things to do and places to go;   Organize your cv, do one on a Word doc and one on PDF as you get asked for both by most agencies! Remember you references too very important, written ones and contacts too and of course all your certification. Menus and food photos (your food) for chefs too.  Get your photo done for your cv. Now this sounds simple but every agent will tell you different thing, whether to have the port in the back ground on what to wear etc. Generally be smart no sunglasses and limited make up for the girls and no jewellery please. The background can be plain or with the yachts. I find that people tend to squint too much out in the sun near the boats so end up with a kind...

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British sailor in coma after falling from super yacht as he cleaned it

The 22-year-old, named locally as Jacob Nicol, was pulled unconscious from the water off the Majorcan resort of Puerto Portals  The tragic fall happened off the coast of the popular holiday island of Majorca Photo: Alamy  By Agency 8:31PM BST 17 May 2015     A British sailor is reportedly in a vegetative state in hospital in Majorca after falling from the Russian-owned super yacht he worked on while cleaning it.  The 22-year-old was rescued unconscious from the water after plunging from Kibo, a 265ft yacht owned by billionaire Alexander Mamut. The harness and seat he was cleaning the vessel from hit his head during his fall.  Local press described him as being in a "vegetative s...

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Aussie Beacon Owners to Benefit from Modernized Satellite System

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), in cooperation with Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has awarded a substantial contract to enhance the regional search and rescue satellite system used to detect emergency distress beacons.     AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said McMurdo Group's Techno-Sciences, Inc (TSi) has been selected to establish a next-generation Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) capability in Australia and New Zealand, following a rigorous tender process.   The ten-year Australian contract provides for installation and maintenance of a six-antenna MEOSAR ground station in Western Australia and a Mission Control Centre in Canberra.   Installation is expected to take 15 months.   &l...

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Watson Island super-yacht marina to open by year's end

By Nicholas Nehamas   Looking for a place to park your mega-yacht? Fear not: A new marina on Watson Island designed to hold 50 yachts up to 550 feet long will open in time for the first week of Art Basel in early December, developer Flagstone Property Group said Tuesday. Mehmet Bayraktar. | C. W. GRIFFIN C.W. GRIFFIN/MIAMI HERALD STAFF The deep-water marina is part of a planned, mixed-use development called Island Gardens that has drawn criticism from locals concerned about traffic. The approximately $1 billion project will include two luxury hotels, a residential building, upscale restaurants and a luxury shopping center, developers say, although they are still working to acquire financing for the residential and retail com...

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VIDEO: Here's how to stop Med migrant traffickers' boats: British firm shows off invention

PEOPLE traffickers can be stopped in their tracks on the high seas by a non-lethal British system, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was told this week. By John Ingham PUBLISHED: 17:01, Fri, Apr 24, 2015 | UPDATED: 17:23, Sun, Apr 26, 2015 IG The British-made Buccaneer can put a stop to the migrant tragedies The BCB International  Boat Stopping Systems involves firing a high-tensile rope across the path of the suspect vessel. This bring the boat to a halt within seconds by getting tangled round its propellers or the outboard motor. The systems, which cost between £5,000 and £35,000, can also be fished out of the water and reused. Mr Fallon was shown the boat stoppers, which can halt anything from rigid ...

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Antigua Sailing Week 2015 gets off to a blistering start with a new record, and more could fall

The 45th edition of Antigua Sailing Week starts with a great new record on a feeder race from Guadeloupe image: http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2015/04/Antigua-Sailing-Week.jpg As Antigua Sailing Week 2015 gets ready to start this weekend, the 45th edition of the regatta, a record has already been broken by Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70, Phaedo3. The big trimaran tore between Guadeloupe and Antigua at an average speed of 28 knots, smashing a record that had stood for 11 years, having last been set by the 140ft monohull Mari Cha IV. This sets up Antigua Sailing Week for some high octane racing, and the probability that the regatta's own prime record, the race round the island, will also fall. This year the resur...

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Cheeki Rafiki: 'Structural weakness' blamed in MAIB report

A yacht that capsized leaving four UK sailors missing in the North Atlantic may have been affected by structural weaknesses, a report has said. The Cheeki Rafiki crew had diverted the vessel after it began taking on water last May but contact was then lost. Days later the hull of the 40ft yacht was found with its life raft still on board. There was no sign of the crew. The vessel may have been weakened by previous groundings and subsequent repairs, the MAIB report has said. Skipper Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, was lost in the disaster along with crew members James Male, 22, from Romsey, Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater in Somerset, and Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel in Somerset. They were returning from Antigua Sailing Week to Southampton when they ca...

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