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What’s behind the design of Alex Thomson’s Vendée Globe racer Hugo Boss?

A closer look at Alex Thomson's Vendée Globe foil-borne Hugo Boss The new Hugo Boss IMOCA Open 60 race yacht skippered by Alex Thomson. Credit: Lloyd Images/ AT Racing The 2016/7 Vendée Globe race will go down as one dominated by two very different sailors, Frenchman Armel Le Cléac'h and Briton Alex Thomson in two critically different yachts. There is no doubt that the foil-borne Hugo Boss is very fast in perhaps a wider range of downwind conditions, and development of this foiling technology will be at the forefront of designers' minds as they work towards designs for the next monohull round the world races. But what exactly are the key features of Thomson's black boat, and how does it work? For the design...

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JOB SCAM ALERT!

  Dear Members,   As some of you are aware, in late 2016 Yotspot experienced a number of job fake job posts.  As a company, we would like to offer our sincere apologies for these and any inconvenience caused. Thankfully, we work with some very talented developers who could quickly closed this loophole and protected us from any future issues.  As usual, we always insist you ONLY apply for jobs through www.yotspot.com and NEVER directly via email. This ensures your privacy and personal information is protected at all times. Again, we would also like to thank our members for remaining vigilant and informing us of any suspicious activity they've noticed. So what is a job post scam? Probably most of you already know the answer, but for those who don't, here i...

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Top gifts for Yacht Crew

Yes... we know it's still November but with Christmas round the corner we take a look at our top gift ideas for Yacht Crew: 1)  Kannad SafeLink Solo:  The SafeLink SOLO Personal Location Beacon (PLB) gives you direct contact with Search and Rescue services when a life threatening incident occurs anywhere in the world. The SafeLink SOLO 406 MHz GPS Personal Location Beacon (PLB) takes your personal safety to a new level. Whether you enjoy boating, diving or any outdoor pursuit which takes you to remote locations around the world, the SafeLink SOLO PLB gives you direct contact with search and rescue services when a life threatening incident occurs anywhere in the world.The ultra-small SafeLink SOLO is tough and durable, lightweight and compact, designed to be carried with you ...

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Prince Harry to sleep on tanker vessel during Caribbean tour.

Prince Harry has begun his Caribbean tour and is currently in Antigua. During his tour the Prince will live on tanker ship "Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight". Prince Harry will spend 14 days visiting the caribbean on behalf of the queen and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight will act as both his transport and accommodation. Many have seen the use of tanker vessel as a clear sign that Britain needs a new Royal Yacht.  Prince Harry will spend a total of six nights on the tanker as he travels between the island nations including Barbados, St Lucia and Grenada. While onboard the vessel could even be called opon as it is part of Operation Martillo, which is an international drug busting operation being carried out across the caribbean. The actual vessel Prince Harry is staying on ...

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Yotspots Favourite things to do in Antigua

The Yotspot team are about to head to Antigua for this years Yacht show. We thought we would share some of our favourite things to do while in Antigua.  1. Stingray City: Your Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure will be the highlight of your vacation, and an experience that will live with you forever. The Southern Rays are without doubt "The Brightest Rays" in the Caribbean, very friendly and gentle. Come and enjoy with us this unique experience of interacting and feeding a Stingray, together with snorkelling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colourful tropical fish. For more information: http://www.stingraycityantigua.com/ 2: Shirley Heights. "Our best known and longest running event is our Sunday Barbecue party. Now in its 31st year, we have hosted more than 1,560 ...

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Helicopter Firefighting - The Essence of Helideck Safety

Helicopter firefighting is a specialist subject. It is very different to ship compartmental firefighting taught during STCW training and requires very different firefighting techniques. Helicopter firefighting has to be practiced physically and cannot be taught solely using PowerPoint. This is acknowledged by the MCA in its Large Yacht Helideck Safety Training Syllabus, which requires live helicopter fires to be extinguished. The MCA also demands that crew required to hold MCA Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) or Helideck Assistant (HDA) qualifications, must have undertaken an approved helicopter firefighting course before they can perform their helideck duties on board. A frequent statement heard in reply to being asked about helideck team responses to helideck fires is, 'If ther...

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Sailing Yacht A - Meet The World's Largest Sailing Yacht

Yesterday, Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko's (who owns Motor Yacht A) Sailing Yacht A, now the world's largest sailing yacht, took to the sea for a test run. She was reportedly pulled out of the German Naval Yards in Kiel, north of Hamburg, by a tugboat and eventually got to a speed of 20 knots. Her reported cruise speed is 18mph and she will hit a top speed of 24mph. She was styled by the French designer Philippe Starck, as was Motor Yacht A. Impossible to miss, she is 468ft long and has 3 mammoth masts, one that is over 300ft which stands taller than Big Ben's tower. '"The masts were built by Magma Structures in Portsmouth - just a stone's throw from another well known sailing vessel, HMS Victory, which is less than half the length of this new superyacht....

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Masteka 2 Stranded at Sea!

At around 5am this morning, the $20 million superyacht Masteka 2 sent an SOS off the NSW with the Carnival Spirit cruise liner racing to the area to assist the frightened crew. Two cruise ships had to divert from their course earlier today and a rescue plane quickly travelled from Brisbane after the superyacht had lost the control of steering and started taking on water east of Port Macquarie. At the current time of the drama unfolding, there were no paying passengers, who normally, would be paying $3000 an hour.                                    AMSA spokesman Sam Cardwell said the agency had gone to attend the aid of the 37-m...

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Epiphany - The World's Most Expensive Vessel

Andy Waugh who is a yacht designer from Hampton Court in South West London has created a stunning 425ft long super yacht called Epiphany. She is estimated to cost around £200 - £500 million if to be built, but depends on the finished interior look. She was designed earlier this year but only had a price put on her recently. She features an entire deck for the owner, which would include a forward stateroom with elevated ceilings, open views towards a private foredeck, skylights, seating areas and a Jacuzzi. The deck would also have a private cinema and an office with just enough space for assistants or other members of staff. Epiphany has 5 decks in total.                Waugh says the main deck has communal areas at the back...

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SHY - The Definition of Privacy and Secrets

The new 110 metre and 350 foot superyacht 'SHY' is a unique concept which was designed by the Italian studio Lobanov Design which is to be presented at this years Monaco Yacht Show. She is still currently under construction at Oceanco but will be launching later this year. Once the show rolls around, there will be more information given on her as Lobanov isn't giving a lot away, SHY is even marked as 'confidential' on their projects page on their website.                                                "That's how we see the way to express a feeling...

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