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Thailand Eases Travel Restrictions for Ship Passengers and Crews

Thailand on Wednesday further eased coronavirus restrictions and plans to shorten a quarantine period to encourage foreign tourists, an official said, after the country welcomed its first vacationers since a ban in April aimed at halting the spread.Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy suffered its worst contraction in over two decades in the second quarter as the vital tourism sector was badly hit.Relaxed rules will make it easier for people on yachts and the foreign crew of ships to enter the country…

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Sperry Marine, Telemar Yachting Secure Bridge Contract

A combination of global expertise and local presence enabled Sperry Marine and Telemar Yachting to secure a landmark leisure sector contract despite strict travel restrictions during the Coronavirus lockdown.With co-ordination between headquarters and local offices, the Sperry Marine network was able to support Telemar Yachting with sales support when tendering for a newbuilding to be built at the Crescent Custom Yachts of Richmond, British Columbia.The result of this exceptional…

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NZ Says COVID-19 Could Have Impact on America's Cup

Travel restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus could have “some impact” on next year’s America’s Cup but it is too early to determine to what extent, New Zealand’s government said on Thursday.With Team New Zealand set to defend the trophy next March, challenging teams are unsure when they can send advance parties to Auckland to start preparations.New infections have slowed to a trickle in New Zealand but its borders remain closed to all except returning citizens and permanent residents…

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KVH Elite Adds Mediterranean Region for Yachts

KVH Industries, Inc., announced that beginning June 1, it will add the Mediterranean region, a premier super yacht destination, to its KVH Elite service for unlimited HD-quality streaming onboard yachts. The dedicated service, which includes no overages or data limits, was initially launched last October in the Caribbean, where it was well-received by both private and charter yachts.KVH will continue to offer KVH Elite in the Caribbean—including Florida, the Caribbean, and the islands of the eastern Caribbean—in addition to beginning service in the Mediterranean…

Cuba Fears Invasion of US Yachtsmen

The rapprochement between the United States and Cuba could mean that tens of thousands of U.S. yachts could soon descend on the island, an influx for which the country's infrastructure is not prepared, Agence France-Presse reported. Cuban authorities believe that once U.S. President Barack Obama decides to hand down an executive order that will authorize private boats to sail to the Cuban Island, an influx of private American yachts and pleasure cruises would start arriving in the communist island. The U.S. embargo against the Communist nation, along with a 2004 executive order signed by then-President George W.