British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter in the Caribbean Aboard Charter Catamaran AKASHA

November 21, 2014

Embarking on a British Virgin Islands yacht charter in the Caribbean aboard charter catamaran AKASHA you can be sure to experience the holiday of your lifetime, with plenty of fantastic memories and experiences to share for many years to come. Charter Yacht AKASHA combined with her exceptional and attentive crew provide charter guests aboard with utmost in luxury, comfort, entertainment as well as relaxation. In addition to being a British Virgin Islands charter yacht, AKASHA is also available for rent in other Caribbean destinations; these include St. Martin and French West Indies Yacht charter and Grenadines yacht charter. For more information a completely made-to-measure vacation itinerary, please contact our brokers here.

Catamaran AKASHA

Catamaran AKASHA

‘Infinite Space’ – this is Sailing Catamaran AKASHA

Her name speaks for itself! AKASHA in the ancient language of Sanskrit means ‘infinite space’ and this what she is truly about. She is a 76ft (23m) Matrix catamaran, launched in 2005, hosting futuristic design and vast spaces aboard. Her flybridge has cushioned seating, a nice sunbathing area and a refrigerated bar. From here guests will also enjoy the fantastic 360° panoramic views, perhaps while listening to their favourite music throughout the Bose wave entertainment system. AKASHA yacht is also fully air-conditioned and comes with a Playstation 2 and satellite TV.

AKASHA yacht - Saloon

AKASHA yacht - Saloon

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Flybridge.jpeg

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Flybridge.jpeg

“Phenomenal experience of a lifetime … Your personal service, attention to detail, and genuine T.L.C will be remembered forever! We look forward to joining you, again, soon!” guests chartering AKASHA catamaran

Lovely accommodation for 10 charter guests is divided into five cabins, one of which is the spacious master suite with a king-sized bed, a lounge and a spa pool. The additional four guest rooms are all with queen-sized beds, one of which can be converted into a twin cabin; all of them have their own en-suite bathrooms.

AKASHA yacht - master cabin

AKASHA yacht - master cabin

You British Virgin Islands yacht vacation in the Caribbean aboard AKASHA catamaran includes the highly professional crew, all meals and snacks, standard beverages and the use of all water-sports toys on board. The latter includes water skis, wakeboard, kneeboard, sunfish, sailing dinghies, scuba diving equipment, double tube, kayaks, fishing gear, snorkel gear or floating mats. For complete relaxation and rejuvenation one of the stewardess aboard is a qualified masseuse offering full body swedish massage, and there is also a scuba diving instructor.

Luxury catamaran AKASHA - The Crew

Luxury catamaran AKASHA - The Crew

THE AKASHA CREW

AKASHA’s Captain Oswaldo and talented Chef/Mate Briar, stewardess Emma and deckhand Mitch look forward to welcoming you aboard this exceptional  76ft Matrix catamaran. This highly professional team of four is very friendly, attentive as well as entertaining, with their diverse cultural backgrounds and rich life experience.

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Gourmet Food

Sailing Yacht Akasha - Gourmet Food

“What a fantastic time we have had on the Akasha. Your efforts to please us is way beyond what can be expected, for this we are very grateful. The food and presentation as well as the service, fantastic times. Hope we can catch up again sometime in the future.” Guests chartering sailing yacht AKASHA

Enjoy this video of AKASHA and be ready to be inspired for your next holiday!

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER

The BVIs represent a breathtaking cluster of over fifty volcanic islands and cays located to the east of Puerto Rico. Around fifteen of these spectacular islands are inhabited. With the majority of the smaller islands spread only a few miles from each other, the British Virgin Islands yacht vacation offers countless bays to explore, swim and dive around or simply enjoy the spectacular scenery. The largest island is Tortola, which is also home to the capital, Road Town. The southern side of Tortola is prevalently cliff face, whereas the North side boasts unspoilt white sand beaches.

In addition to the first-class cuisine prepared to perfection by Chef Briar in the comfort of your BVI charter yacht AKASHA, the islands also offer a nice selection of lovely restaurants offering delectable menus made of fresh local produce.

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Norman Island or Treasure Island is one of the destination which is often included in a British Virgin Islands yacht rental itinerary and represents a perfect place for snorkelling at the caves, where you will be amazed by the sheer amount of fish swimming in the crystal clear waters. For those in love with hiking, you can walk to the top of the Spy Glass Hill, a renowned lookout point for the pirates.

Another great place to dive and snorkel is the Salt Island. Here you will find The Wreck of The Rhone, which is one of the most famous dive sites in the world. The R.M.S. Rhone (Royal Mail Steamer) went down in 1867 in a hurricane storm and represents one of the first iron ships constructed, featuring elegant lines of a sailing ship.

Peter Island, renowned for its romantic beaches, is the next stop with secluded bays – White Bay and Spring Bay – located on the southern side of the island. This area is excellent for water sports and sunbathing. On the other side, we have the Little Harbour and Great Harbour, both offering pristine anchorages and fabulous place to relax.

Situated in a stunning and sheltered emerald-green lagoon, Marina Cay is an island like no other. It is covered in flowers and surrounded by soft, white-sand beaches.

The Baths on Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

The Baths on Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

The third largest island in the BVI is Virgin Gorda with a unique geologic formation known as ‘The Baths’ situated on the southern end of the island. Here the beach shows evidence of volcanic origins, with massive granite boulders lying in piles on the beach. While on a Virgin Gorda yacht charter you could also visit the Yacht Harbour located in the charming little town called the ‘Spanish Town’, with a few restaurants, small shops and a bank.

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada is a home to the third largest barrier reef in the world and a ‘must see’ on any British Virgin Islands yacht charter in the Caribbean. It boasts deserted beaches, fringed reefs and distinctive flora and fauna, including the pink flamingo. Any Anegada yacht charter should include a visit to the Cow Wreck Beach and the Loblolly Bay. Snorkelling here you might see turtles and other fascinating sea creature hiding behind the reef.

Jost Van Dyke is renowned for its casual lifestyle, lovely beaches and fantastic beachfront restaurants and bars. Places to visit are the White Bay, the Great Harbor, the Diamond Cay and Sandy Spit.

Sailing Yacht Akasha - at the beach

Sailing Yacht Akasha - at the beach

There are many, many more islands and islets to visit on a British Virgin Islands yacht holiday and even more when it comes to Caribbean yacht charter itineraries in general. Luxury catamaran AKASHA is a fabulous boat to take you around and, as mentioned above, she is available around the entire Caribbean, not only the BVI. If you would like to have more information or you would like to talk to us about different itinerary options, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional brokers here, for free and unbiased advise and service.

Video: Refitted Perini Navi Sailing Yacht SPIRIT OF THE C’s (ex Felicita West) under first sea trials

November 21, 2014

Representing the 10th largest sailing superyacht in the world, the impressive 64m (209’) charter yacht Spirit of the C’s (ex Felicita West) has recently undergone the first sea trials, following her extensive refit. Originally launched by Perini Navi in 2003, luxury sailing yacht Spirit of the C’s features naval architecture by Ron Holland and stylish interiors by Nuvolari Lenard. She is available for rent in the Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter locations. Below is a video of the first sea trials of the Spirit of the C’s since her major refit, filmed off the coast of South Florida, using a combination of time-lapse photography and custom drones. The video was produced by Pigeon Vision and shared by Perini Navi Group.

Host of new records set by highly successful METS 2014

November 21, 2014

This week in Amsterdam RAI saw the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) confirm its status as the world-leading B2B event of its kind. The event was attended by a record number of 21,086 visitors and a record number of 1,358 exhibitors. Crucially, early results of the post-show surveys prove that visitors and exhibitors alike were pleased with the results of the three-day event. METS also attracted 6,5% more international visitors and 3% more decision-makers.

METS 2014

METS 2014

The METS 2014 exhibition floor was a hive of activity and the three dedicated pavilions (superyachts, marinas and construction materials) also enjoyed success as the global marine industry got down to business together. The RAI’s brand-new Innovation LAB platform, unveiled for the first time at METS was very well received. Presentations on the Innovation Stage were well attended, the live reporting by IBI magazine went well and large crowds were seen admiring the DAME Award winners and nominations. The fact that 62% of the stand floor space has already been booked for METS 2015 speaks volumes.

“As impressive as these figures are, the real tribute to the success of METS 2014 was the bustling atmosphere throughout the RAI complex,” says Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at Amsterdam RAI. “From the excellent Breakfast Briefing on the opening morning of the show to the final deal struck on the exhibition floor, from the high degree of knowledge exchange at the complementary conferences to the networking fun at the various social gatherings, METS was a great place to be. Now the work starts to emulate this success again at METS 2015 and raise the bar even further!”

Visitor attendance          Exhibitors

METS 2014                    21,086                                1,358

METS 2013                    20,500                                1,320

METS visitor and exhibitor statistics are calculated in accordance with the rules of the UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and are audited by an independent accountant.

METS 2015 will be held from 17 to 19 November in Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.

Oyster Yachts to once again attend 29th annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

November 21, 2014

Preparations for this year’s 29th annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which is set to kick off on Sunday 23 November, are in full swing, with a strong line-up of 226 participating boats.  The prestigious British luxury yacht builder, Oyster Yachts, will have once again an amazing fleet of 13 yachts, gathering in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Oyster Yachts to once again attend 29th annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

Oyster Yachts to once again attend 29th annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

Topping the table on customer service, the Oyster support team have been checking and servicing systems and kit to assist owners and crew to make the 2,700 nautical mile journey to Rodney Bay, St Lucia.

The comradeship within the 13-strong Oyster fleet was evident and in full-swing at the Oyster owners’ party at the Santa Catalina Hotel, Las Palmas and this is set to continue with crews keeping in daily contact with each other on the radio and internet during the crossing to the Caribbean.

The majority of ARC boats will arrive in Rodney Bay between 10 – 15 December with the official finish line closing on 19 December, followed by the prize giving ceremony on 20 December.

Full details of this year’s event can be found on the World Cruising website and you can follow the fleet’s progress via YellowBrick tracking.

Oyster ARC Entries 2015:

Scarlet Oyster Oyster Lightwave 48

Polina Star III Oyster 825

Reina Oyster 825

iSNL Oyster 655

Atalanta of London Oyster 575

Helen Oyster 575

Juno Oyster 575

White Chocolate Oyster 575

El Mundo Oyster 56

Oyster Blew Oyster 56

Aretha Oyster 53

Ostra A Oyster 53

Cloud 9 of Kingswear Oyster 46

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and Marina Industries Association (MIA) sign a global agreement

November 21, 2014

A global agreement has been recently signed by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), a group association of the British Marine Federation (BMF), and the Marina Industries Association (MIA), in order to harmonise the TYHA and MIA Gold Anchor Schemes. One worldwide Gold Anchor Scheme delivered by the two organisations will ensure that accredited luxury yacht marinas and those aspiring to accreditation, receive the full support they need to improve facility as well as customer service standards and that they are appropriately accredited for their achievement.

TYHA

This relationship presents many opportunities including worldwide promotion and lobbying along with knowledge sharing and the development of new resources. The new partnership will be rolled out over the next three years in line with the re-accreditation rolling programme. During the interim period the two schemes will run alongside each other until the single scheme is completed. The agreement makes provision for the territories that the two organisations will deliver the Gold Anchor scheme in to ensure efficiency and best customer service.

The Gold Anchor scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is well known as a credible measure of marina excellence. The 5 level scheme benchmarks marinas against others locally, nationally and internationally providing both a credible measure for boat owners and a business development service for marina operators.

Sarah Hanna, Chairman of TYHA commented: “This is a momentous moment for the Gold Anchor Scheme. It is the beginning of the future for us, and the start of a long partnership between TYHA and MIA. Collaborating together will hugely benefit marina operators worldwide.”

Jeff d’Albora, Director of MIA added: “This powerful new partnership between MIA and TYHA presents a significant opportunity for the further development of the worldwide marina industry through the development and growth of the Gold Anchor scheme. The collective expertise and experience within the two organisations is formidable and I look forward a significant expansion of Gold Anchor through this partnership.”

Ims 700 site final work in progress video released by Ims Shipyard

November 21, 2014

Positioned at the center of Toulon Bay in the South of France, the IMS Shipyard, set to become the largest yacht repair shipyard in the Mediterranean, is proud to release a fascinating final work in progress video of the Ims 700 site, due to open on December 15, 2014.

2,700 square metres of earth removed and reused, over 6,000 tonnes of asphalt already used, 2,000 tonnes of piles for supporting the constructions in the maritime zone (hauling dock, breakwater and yacht pontoon), 4,500 square metres of paint applied, 80 members of staff working full time, i.e. 20,000 hours of work until completion… these figures illustrate the sheer size of this colossal project, a project the entire profession has been awaiting for years and which will house up to one hundred 20 to 80 metre yachts simultaneously all year round.

During the summer, 80 forty-metre tall piles (of the 143 received) were implanted at the bottom of the maritime area at an impressive rate of 2 metres per minute. The 670 tonne lifting equipment (Travelift) was delivered unassembled at the beginning of July in 17 articulated trucks from Italy. The assembly operation went very smoothly, carried out by a team of 10 IMS colleagues over the whole summer. The impressive 19 metre-high machine that represents an investment of over 2 million Euros for IMS Shipyard is now operational on the IMS 700 site. In September work began on the second phase of the 37,000 square metre central platform: civil engineering work above the implanted piles and transforming the buildings into workshops, offices, reception and recreational areas for crews.

Ims 700 site – IMS Shipyard’s yacht restoration, repair and maintenance extension in Saint-Mandrier’s former naval air base (Toulon bay) will make it possible to increase the shipyards capacity fivefold and broaden its service offer, especially for very large yachts (up to 80-90 metres long) thanks to a water depth of up to 10 metres.

With a total 130,000 square metres of surface area, 4 to 5 times more than other existing shipyards, a large private, protected maritime zone and gigantic sheds with a ceiling height of up to 15 metres for long term work and material storage, IMS Shipyard can now offer the best tools on the Mediterranean coast for vessels of up to 80 metres long.

The work schedule for refitting the site has been followed scrupulously:  the site will be ready to receive the first boats very soon and the first reservations have already been completed.

Construction update on luxury motor yacht WIDER 150’

November 21, 2014

Construction of the luxury motor yacht WIDER 150‘ continues to take shape in a very visible and significant way. Last month in the Ancona facility of Wider Yachts in Italy saw the completion of the elegant and avant-garde superyacht WIDER 150’ superstructure. This provides visitors with the first glimpse of her imposing finished profile.

Super yacht WIDER 150 under construction at Wider Yachts in Ancona, Italy

Super yacht WIDER 150 under construction at Wider Yachts in Ancona, Italy

Guests can now walk through the surfaces and get a real feeling for the generous proportions of the master stateroom and its spectacular opening terrace. The ample saloon and sky lounge, sizeable guest quarters, and abundance of deck space can now be walked through and the spaces available for use can be fully appreciated.

Rendering of Wider 150 yacht - Exterior

Rendering of Wider 150 yacht - Exterior

Wider 150 Yacht - Interior

Wider 150 Yacht - Interior

Wider 150 superyacht - Saloon

Wider 150 superyacht - Saloon

Luxury yacht Wider 150 - Cabin

Luxury yacht Wider 150 - Cabin

Whilst plans are underway to enclose the stern of the luxury yacht WIDER 150’ with a multi-opening transom, electricians are busy laying first-fit wiring throughout the vessel, joinery companies are starting the mammoth task of fitting out the interiors, and the yacht has become a hive of activity as workers press forward to the homeward stretch before launch.

A very successful 2nd Qatar International Boat Show for Gulf Craft

November 21, 2014

It has been a very successful 2nd edition of the Qatar International Boat Show for Gulf Craft, one of the world’s top 10 superyacht manufacturers. During the recently concluded five-day event, the company exhibited its largest-ever fleet of luxury yachts and boats, including motor yacht Majesty 101. Superyacht Majesty 101 was the largest vessel at this year’s show.

Gulf Craft’s showcased the largest fleet of yachts and boats at the Qatar International Boat Show

Gulf Craft’s showcased the largest fleet of yachts and boats at the Qatar International Boat Show

The second edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) was inaugurated Tuesday 11th November by H.E. the Minister of Economy and Trade, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohamed Al Thani, who cut a red ribbon to formally open the week-long event.

H.E. the Minister of Economy and Trade, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohamed Al Thani, officially opened the Qatar International Boat Show on November 11

H.E. the Minister of Economy and Trade, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohamed Al Thani, officially opened the Qatar International Boat Show on November 11

Why Qatar? Erwin Bamps, Gulf Craft’s CEO replies to Superyacht Times during his interview, “We have a lot of clients from this market and if you look around the marina here, you will find that 40% of the products in this market are ours – one of our brands’ models that we have produced over the past two or three years. The Qatari market has been very open to experimenting and trying different things with boats and yachts.”

Majesty 101, largest superyacht on display at the Qatar International Boat Show

Luxury yacht Majesty 101 - the largest superyacht on display at the Qatar International Boat Show

He added when asked about why bring pre-owned yachts to the show, “Sometimes it is tempting to show something that is a little older that you have taken as a trade in. Now people will be able to witness a boat that is six or eight years old and make up their own mind about the retention of value. I think that is what we are about. So here we can proudly show a used boat in proper condition and let the owner make up his own mind about what the value is after so many years.”

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Gulf Craft.

Photos and video of Sanlorenzo 46Steel motor yacht TRIDENT

November 21, 2014

A luxury superyacht built by Sanlorenzo, presumably the all-new motor yacht Trident, was spotted yesterday afternoon by the Italian photographer Roberto Malfatti, while entering the port of Livorno in Italy. Launched earlier this year, the 46-metre superyacht Trident represents the sixth 46Steel unit, boasting such special features as a lift that connects the three upper decks, a beach area, swimming pool, as well as open-air cinema.

Sanlorenzo 46Steel superyacht Trident entering the port of Livorno in Italy

Sanlorenzo 46Steel superyacht Trident entering the port of Livorno in Italy

Trident superyacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Trident superyacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Trident Yacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Trident Yacht - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

46Steel Yacht Trident - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

46Steel Yacht Trident - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Motor yacht Trident - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Motor yacht Trident - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury motor yacht Trident - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury motor yacht Trident - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

A short video presumably of the Sanlorenzo 46Steel super yacht Trident entering the port of Livorno in Italy on November 20, 2014, released by Roberto Malfatti:

Pre-Christmas party hosted by Sunseeker London

November 21, 2014

November 19, 2014, saw Sunseeker London play a host to a pre-Christmas party. This was organized in collaboration with luxury partners: Limassol Marina, St George Developments, Vestra Wealth, Watches of Switzerland, as well as Porsche Mayfair. The event was to celebrate the opening of the new Sunseeker offices on Davies Street, and also to pay homage to the new Sunseeker yacht models, scheduled for launch in 2015.

Sunseeker London hosted “The Mayfair Luxury Party” alongside a collection of luxury brands located on Davies Street

Sunseeker London hosted “The Mayfair Luxury Party” alongside a collection of luxury brands located on Davies Street

The event helped create “The Mayfair Luxury Party” – a new event encompassing a collection of shops along one of Mayfair’s most prestigious addresses, Davies Street.

Alex Head (L), Donna Castle, Lauren Head and David Ox (R) pictured at Sunseeker London

Alex Head (L), Donna Castle, Lauren Head and David Ox (R) pictured at Sunseeker London

Special friends of Sunseeker and Mayfair neighbours, Novikov, provided a selection of their stunning Pan Asian menu for guests to taste during the evening, alongside Billecart-Salmon champagne and Chase Distillery vodka and gin cocktails.

Mayfair restaurant Novikov provided a delectable selection of pan asian canapés for the Sunseeker London party

Mayfair restaurant Novikov provided a delectable selection of pan asian canapés for the Sunseeker London party

The event was held in support of the Karen Millen OBE charity Teens Unite, as well as Walking with the Wounded and RAFT.

Karen Millen OBE, founder of Teens Unite, pictured at Sunseeker London with her daughter Jordan

Karen Millen OBE, founder of Teens Unite, pictured at Sunseeker London with her daughter Jordan

Participating companies in “The Mayfair Luxury Party, Davies Street, W1″ included:

Sunseeker London

David Marshall Fine Jewellers

Vera Wang

Hedonism Wine

Kallos Gallery

Udeshi

Vivienne Westwood

Ledger & Davis

The Running Horse Public House/The Whip

Getting into the Christmas spirit at The Mayfair Luxury Party

Getting into the Christmas spirit at The Mayfair Luxury Party

Beautifully lit outside the Sunseeker showroom, Porsche Mayfair showcased a selection of their latest models including the 991 Turbo and Macan, alongside an exquisite Porsche 356 Carrera (valued at £775,000).

This Porsche 356 Carrera was displayed alongside a selection of 2014 models including the Macan, Cayman, Boxter, 991 Turbo and Cayenne

This Porsche 356 Carrera was displayed alongside a selection of 2014 models including the Macan, Cayman, Boxter, 991 Turbo and Cayenne

Inside, the evening paid homage to the new Sunseeker yacht models launching in 2015, including the much awaited Predator 57, which will be unveiled at the 2015 London Boat Show in January.

Details on the full Sunseeker range of new and used motor yachts were available at the Sunseeker London event

Details on the full Sunseeker range of new and used motor yachts were available at the Sunseeker London event

Hundreds of clients, guests and friends walked up the red carpet to the fantastic new Sunseeker London showroom, which epitomises the true luxury and admiration of the Sunseeker brand, with full digital window displays, luxury modern interiors and contemporary art pieces – not to mention the beautiful new festive decorations by Godiva!

Sunseeker London Group Sales Director Christopher Head (L) pictured with Sunseeker founder and Group President Robert Braithwaite CBE (R)

Sunseeker London Group Sales Director Christopher Head (L) pictured with Sunseeker founder and Group President Robert Braithwaite CBE (R)

Attendees at the highly popular event included; Karen Millen OBE, designer & entrepreneur, John & Claire Caudwell, London’s best known society philanthropists, Liz Brewer, former debutante, ex-social editor of Hello! and etiquette expert, Robert Braithwaite CBE and Founder of Sunseeker International, David Lewis, Managing Director and his wife Alexis Lewis of Sunseeker London, and CEOs of Limassol Marina, Vestra Wealth, Watches of Switzerland and St George Developments.

Alexis Lewis (L) pictured with close friends John and Claire Caudwell at the Mayfair Luxury Party, Davies Street, W1

Alexis Lewis (L) pictured with close friends John and Claire Caudwell at the Mayfair Luxury Party, Davies Street, W1

Sunseeker London’s PR & Marketing Director Laura Harrison commented; “This evening’s party has been a great success promoting Sunseeker in London, alongside world famous luxury partners, friends and guests. We have enjoyed welcoming all of our guests to our party and can’t wait until next year! Sunseeker is an International brand which we are so proud to showcase in the one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world.”

Sunseeker London’s Managing Director David Lewis (L) with Limassol Marina CEO Andreas Christodoulides and Sunseeker Group President Robert Braithwaite (R)

Sunseeker London’s Managing Director David Lewis (L) with Limassol Marina CEO Andreas Christodoulides and Sunseeker Group President Robert Braithwaite (R)

The word on the Davies Street yesterday morning was that Sunseeker London was even busier than D&G….

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