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Tax, TV and timings and why the Americas Cup 2017 is to take place in Bermuda

The Americas Cup 2017 will be held in Bermuda. Why and what does it mean for the Cup?The Americas Cup 2017 will take place in Bermuda.The confirmation of the venue for the 35th Americas Cup in June 2017 was announced by the America's Cup commercial commissioner, Dr Harvey Schiller, at a press conference in New York.During the announcement Dr Schiller said that there would be five challenging teams; (Emirates Team New Zealand (NZ), Luna Rossa (ITA), Artemis Racing (SWE), Ben Ainslie racing (GBR) and Team France (FR)) along with the possibility of two further teams for which the Cup organisation had received 'serious proposals'.There was also confirmation that the World Series in 2015 would visit Portsmouth, Gothenburg, Bermuda and one more location that is yet to be announced. In 2...

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Future satcoms may come bundled from shipyards

Satellite communications will be offered through shipyards as a standard package of options within ten years, predicts Tony Holland of superyacht communications integrators e3 Systems. That observation was one of many offered during e3's deep exploration of the issues within superyacht satellite communications, which forms the core of the company's expertise. The event, held during the morning of the last day of the METS trade show in Amsterdam, was entitled "Connecting You to Your Future," and featured in-depth technology and market analyses from leading minds at Airbus Defense and Space and Cobham. Noémie de Rozieres, head of satellite communication sales for key channel partners at Airbus Defense and Space provided an overview of the company's platform-agnostic approach to pro...

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More than 1,000 sailors prepare to cross Atlantic

ARC gets ready More than 240 boats and 1,200 people, including 34 children aged under 16, will take part in the 29th Atlantic Rally for cruisers, which sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2700 miles across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.The first ARC race left Las Palmas in 1986 and has run ever since. However,a high demand from crews wishing to take part in the rally means that the ARC sailors will have a choice of two routes this year,with the introduction of ARC+ Cape Verde. Two starts are planned, and a fleet of 52 boats will depart Las Palmas marina two weeks ahead of the larger ARC fleet  which is 190 boats.The ARC fleet represents almost every principle sailing nation. This year boats are registered across the globe from Aust...

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Police dive teams search Brighton Marina for missing yachtsman Len King

The 74-year-old went missing earlier this month after his yacht was found drifting off Brighton Dive teams have begun carrying out underwater searches in Brighton Marina in a bid to find missing yachtsman Len King. Sussex Police began their operations on Monday and are expected to finish on Wednesday. The 74-year-old from East Sussex went missing on 9 November after his 70ft Sunseeker Stefefree was found unmanned, banging into the marina wall.Sussex Police said in a statement: "Divers from Sussex Police's Specialist Search Unit have been undertaking a search at Brighton Marina in connection with the disappearance of yachtsman Len King on November 9. "The search is a part of enquiries ongoing into his disappearance. The search on Wednesday started again at 10am inside ...

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Be My GUEST: Why Interior Courses are Vital

Like many others, I thought that training courses were unnecessary money-spinners, after all, we all managed fine without these courses before, didn't we? Well I'm not sure that most of us did, not at the beginning of our yachting careers anyway, and this applies regardless if we came from strong hospitality backgrounds or not.  As Lynne Edwards, Interior Training Manager at Abacus & March points out, " If I owned a yacht or were chartering one for $200,000 per week, I certainly wouldn't expect to be served by someone who was "learning on the job" - possibly from someone else who learned on the job - bad habits and all!" Fair point: this is a superyacht, not Starbucks. The story of my first 24 hours on a yacht, back in the mists of 2001 is instructive as to why cours...

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Captains, crew agree with embarrassment of 'Below Deck'

Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding "Below Deck" this week ["Stained pillow, guest antics push me over the reality edge," page A25, October issue]. We watched the Tuesday episode (S:2 E:7) as a crew and were universally embarrassed and appalled by the content. The comments made by the "Below Deck" crew about their current group of guests were inappropriate and beyond unprofessional. Our crew all believe that the show has now crossed the line of being bad for yachting, and especially bad for charter yachts. We can joke about all this with the owner of our boat, but imagine the reaction of a potential charterer or purchaser viewing the show? Does this kind of behavior actually go on aboard yachts? Absolutely. It also occurs in every hotel...

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Why crew need to sign up and get a Yotspot profile

If you haven't already registered with us and made your Yotspot profile, WHY NOT? It takes a matter of moments and unlocks a host of jobs and opportunities. We have been a successful online tool for Captains and crew since 2010 and are a fully MLC 2006 certified agency. We currently have over 6500 registered crew members, 600 Employer accounts and are growing every day!   If you need a reason to join, here's 10:   1. Create your Yotspot profile.   The Yotspot profile has been designed with the Captain in mind. It makes sure you don't miss out on the vital information you need to have on your CV. It provides you with a place to store your references, files, certificates and CV all in one place that is accessible from any computer world wide.   2...

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Princess 43 put to the test in Plymouth

The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo provides a testing afternoon for the Princess 43 We've done it, we have finally tested the Princess 43. It's been on the hit list for some time and with our colleagues in the marine press showering it with praise, we thought it was about time we had a go.The one we tested was a bit special, too. Princess now offers the 43 with a pair of Cummins 6.7-litre 550hp engines, our test boat being one of the first to have this option. This gives you 230 extra horsepower over the standard Volvo Penta D6 435s but, more importantly, around 1,000lb/ft more torque in total. The Cummins 550s provide mountains of torqueIn the sloppy sea conditions we had in the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo that torque was very welcome indeed. The big swell and f...

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The vision for Cowes Harbour in 2020 and beyond

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has today launched its first online consultation aimed at assisting a major review of plans and policies for Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight. The consultation, designed to give stakeholders the chance to have their say on the future of the harbour, can be accessed via: surveymonkey.com/s/CowesHarbourStrategicReview. Captain Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master, said: 'My Commissioners and I would like to invite and encourage input to our e-survey from as many stakeholders and harbour users as possible and indeed from all those who are interested in creating a widely supported and sustainable long-term vision for Cowes Harbour. 'The key question we are asking at this point is, what do you want Cowes Harbour to look like in 2020 and bey...

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Alone on the World's Biggest Trimaran

How will Yann Guichard handle a 131ft trimaran alone across the Atlantic? Matthew Sheahan went to find out This coming Sunday (2 Nov) Yann Guichard plans to start the Route du Rhum, the singlehanded 3,500nm race from St Malo to Guadeloupe aboard the world's biggest trimaran Spindrift 2. At 131ft (40m) LOA with a beam of 77ft (23m) she is the combined size of three tennis courts and dwarfs every other competitor in the 88 boat fleet. She's holds nine world records and is easily the fastest offshore racing boat in the world. But she's a boat that has been fully crewed for all of these records and when you see her up close it is easy to see why. There are no powered winches and when it comes to her sail plan there is nothing you can lift on your own. So how on...

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