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August 10-14: the top 8 yachting stories you can't afford to miss

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Superyachts make the headlines

Superyachts have been splashed across the news headlines this week, with two of the biggest stories of the criminal variety.

It was reported this week that a Picasso painting seized from a superyacht in Corsica has been returned to Spain and is sitting in a museum in Madrid until the fate of the artwork is determined.

At the same time, the yacht of the murdered gangster John “Goldfinger” Palmer was reported to be “discovered” in a marina in Tenerife, but her crew is still on board keeping her in shipshape. Palmer’s yacht, Brave Goose of Essex, formerly called Brave Goose, was once owned by Sir Donald Gosling.

In a more positive light, the first unmanned superyacht-size ship to cross the Atlantic, MARS is being developed and is due to make her pilgrimage in less than five years – accompanied only by drones as her “crew”.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen continues to hunt for shipwreck treasure from Octopus, the world’s largest expedition yacht. Last time he found the shipwreck of a WWII warship, Musashi, this time he found the bell from battlecruiser HMS Hood, which sunk in 1941 during WWII.

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