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Everything You Need to Know About the Most Expensive Custom-Built Yacht in the World Owned by Billionaire Abramovich

By Maxine Rodrigues   Valued at a hefty $600 million, mega yacht Solaris is the size of 1.3 football pitches measuring 140 meters. As if that's not impressive enough, Solaris carries 60 crew members and can accommodate up to 36 guests in 48 cabins.    Want to know more? Let's take a closer look.   Solaris is believed to be the newest and number eighth superyacht owned by billionaire Abramovich over the years. However, this could also be expected as he is ranked one of the wealthiest people globally with a net worth of $14.5 billion.    Equipped for a world tour Marc Newson designed mega yacht Solaris as a large explorer yacht, and in 2021, it was launched by German shipyard Lloyd Werft. So, what is the difference between a traditional y...

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4 Wild Truths You Need to Know About the Life of Superyacht Crew

By Maxine Rodrigues   Behind the glamorous champagne-popping lives of superyacht crew, chasing the sun around the globe is not all that they do! Unfortunately, there is a lot of misconception up in the air- thanks to Instagram, but we're about to give you the reality.     Let's dive right in...   Privacy is scarce  They never take their eyes off guests Pristine is not clean enough High standards of guests will rub off on the crew   Privacy is scarce. Finding a quiet spot all to yourself is a rare phenomenon while working and living with others in confined spaces (or on a yacht), and yes, it can also ignite tension and incinerate your patience. But if you watched Bravo's popular drama-filled TV series Below Deck, you ma...

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How the Russian Invasion of Ukraine is Impacting Superyacht Crew

By Maxine Rodrigues   Ukraine is currently facing the devastating war crisis inflicted by Russia, and it is no secret of the sanctions imposed upon Russian oligarchs and their assets. However, by nationality, Russians make up the second-largest ownership of superyachts (9%) behind the USA. So, what does this mean for superyacht crew members?   Let's find out...   Switching locations As some Russian oligarchs who are somewhat involved in the invasion of Ukraine have been identified and named, the authorities have begun their intense hunt for their assets, including luxury apartments, private jets, and yachts. Several yachts have already been seized, such as the well-known superyacht Dilbar, owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, allegedly taken on March 2...

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'O Captain! my Captain!' - Around the world adventuring with Captain Anthony Daebritz

By Georgia Tindale  As the industry's leading jobs board, at Yotspot we try to ensure that we present a balanced and realistic perspective of the superyacht industry and accurately portray the day-to-day reality of what it is like to work in this often idiosyncratic world.  As even the greenest of crew members will tell you, the lived experience of working on board a superyacht can be pretty gruelling, often requiring you to put in very long hours, spend prolonged periods of time at sea, and, vitally, expecting you to deliver exceptionally high service at all times. In other words, despite the external perceptions of yachting, it's certainly not all champagne and ocean views.  With all of that in mind, however, a career in yachting can offer opportunit...

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Be our GUEST: Joey Meen tackles the importance of training for crew

By Georgia Tindale Few people are more qualified to give their two pennies' worth on the current state of crew training than Joey Meen. Having established, managed and run numerous successful RYA/MCA approved training schools in the UK and France for more than a decade, Joey set up her own yacht crew training consultancy business in 2004, before launching the GUEST Program in 2013 (Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Superyacht Training), of which she is now CEO, and which has since been adopted as the go-to bespoke training and certification platform within yachting.  Now holding down multiple high-profile industry roles, including Program Director for GUEST at IAMI (International Association of Maritime Institutions), Joey takes some time out of her ludicrously hecti...

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Introducing MUVE! Online fitness programmes for yacht crew!

We'd like to give you a little info about our new online health and fitness platform and explain why we think you could benefit from Muving more! What is Muve Live? Muve Live is an online platform which gives you access to real instructors in real time. All classes are live and interactive so your instructor can see and hear you at all times. This means that they are able to give you the support, motivation and tips you need to get the most from your workouts. How does this benefit you? Having a fellow seafarer in our family means I can understand the difficulties of being away from home for months and not being in the same place for too long. This presents many challenges and maintaining your physical and mental well-being can be one of them. It can often prove ...

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Round Up: Antigua is back in business – Yotspot at the ACYM After Show Mingle

By Georgia Tindale  As we get our skates on and think ahead towards 2022, we can look back fondly on our trip to Antigua for the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, and, more specifically, at the Yotspot After Show Mingle which we were proud to host alongside Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting.The event took place on 8th December 2021 in aid of Yacht Crew Help, a free 24/7 multilingual helpline for those working in the superyacht industry. With hundreds of industry professionals in attendance and filling the venue at Nelson's Dockyard, the event brought major positive vibes to the island thanks to its swinging 60s theme. The industry certainly did not disappoint in its commitment to dressing up (as we knew it wouldn't), with attendees truly going the extra mile with ...

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How to land your dream job! Behind the scenes with a real-life butler

Alongside rising uncertainty, countless cancelled plans and more time spent staring at the four walls of your house than you'd care to remember, the last two years of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have also given the jobs market a proverbial kick-in-the-backside, with many companies required to shift the parameters of their roles to fit the ever-shifting safety requirements.   With all this extra COVID-induced time on people's hands, many employees have taken the opportunity to reflect upon their current roles and ask themselves key questions, such as: 'Does this job make me happy and fulfil my ambitions?', 'Where will this job take me in five years' time?' and, perhaps most importantly, 'Am I doing this job because I want to, or be...

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A personal insight from Yotspot's Sarah Diggle- Whitlock

After returning from an incredible trip to Antigua, it evoked many memories for many reasons. Our Yotspot end of show 'Mingle' with Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting was to not only raise money for Yacht Crew Help but also a celebration of finally being together again after such difficult times I spent 10 years on Superyachts, lucky enough to of circumnavigated on both motor & sail, completed 8 Atlantic crossings – seeing my first flying fish blew my mind! I have seen the world through the eyes of the rich & famous onboard yachts & their private jets, I sailed down the Amazon river over the Christmas period, to make the boss laugh I sat on an inflatable banana in a Santa hat with Piranhas below me , I've been shipwrecked in Madagascar, jumped off the mas...

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Join Yotspot at the ACYM After Show Mingle

Come and join Yotspot at the ACYM After Show Mingle! Kicking off at a brand new venue for 2021, Nelson's Dockyard, and taking place on 8th December, the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM) is hosting this highly popular industry event sponsored by Yotspot in aid of Yacht Crew Help (YCH), a free 24/7 multilingual helpline for those working in the superyacht industry.  The last two years have been extremely challenging for both yacht crew and the industry as a whole. With so many jobs and livelihoods lost or under threat as a result of Covid-19 and its associated travel restrictions, the impact on Antigua and the surrounding area has been particularly harsh, as a result of the severely reduced tourism in the area which has hurt the local economy. The ACYM After Show Mingle of...

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