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What’s the best adventure travel job? Top 25 action sport career options

Windsurfing - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:00

Does the dream job of travelling, adventures and action sports really exist?And what’s the best adventure travel job? We take a look at the top 25 action sport career options, to help you land that dream role. For us adventure junkies an ordinary life and normal job are just not...

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Uncover the UAE: Winter Charter Hotspot

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:00
Uncover the UAE: Winter Charter Hotspot Traditionally, the winter charter season sees the superyacht elite look to the Caribbean islands as their port of call for a sun-filled escape. However, more and more the United Arab Emirates is establishing itself as a leading charter destination. The unique experiences afforded in the glamorous Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are backed by the holistic offering of services that superyacht clientele expect, making the UAE an unmissable adventure.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has long been building towards becoming one of the world’s finest superyacht locations. Mounting a challenge to the Caribbean has taken years of heavy investment and planning, but Abu Dhabi is now reaping the rewards as a haven for UHNW travellers. 

The UAE is experiencing a Renaissance  as a yachting hub, seeing infrastructure developing at an exceeding rate along with their marinas, maritime support and facilities matching the appetite for the region.

Saleed Al Daheeri, Senior Manager of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism, told Superyachts.com that the city is “a diverse destination where visitors will be able to reach culture, retail, diversity of beaches and more.

“We have a global diversity where we have desert, beach, entertainment, Ferrari World, YAS Waterpark, Warner Bros, so a lot of entertainment for people to visit.”  

The UAE capital caters to every luxury tourism fantasy. UNESCO heritage attractions, exhilarating desert dunes, luxurious resorts including a spa where treatment inclusive of being dipped in gold, and of course a bustling nightlife. At the heart of the Emirate’s superyacht community is the thriving Yas Marina. Known worldwide as the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Island hosts one of the most advanced marina facilities for luxury retreats. A high-tech dock and five-star accommodation provide a comfortable basis to explore the endless activity of the Yas Marina, which has been described as a “destination within a destination.”

You can read all about the secrets of Abu Dhabi in our latest InDepth publication, or watch the adventure unfold in our SY Original Documentary.

Dubai is a longstanding yachting hotspot too, with the Dubai International Boat Show approaching its 28th instalment in March 2020 waving the flag for the superyacht community in the UAE. The Dubai Emirate is ideally designed for a yachting escape, boasting 49 miles of natural coastline while also offering on-land amenities that relinquish any need for the word ‘bored’.

Dubai has luxury in abundance. World famous its string of luxury hotels, many of these are based on the tree-shaped archipelago of Al Jumeirah including the iconic Burj Al Arab. Much of your time can be spent enjoying long relaxing days on the water, detached from the world, but at the same time the city of Dubai has many treats in store that cannot be missed. In no other place can such a stunning array of contrasting tourist attractions be found. Every moment there is something new and scintillating for the eyes to take in, whether it be Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – or the natural wonders of Dubai’s Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Culturally, Dubai also has a vibrant palette of experiences. From the traditional markets and authentic tastes of the Old Town, to the glitz and glamour of the city centre and marina, Dubai again ticks all the boxes.

The United Arab Emirates is a destination like no other, offering experiences like no other that will appeal to superyacht owners willing to discover something new. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai offer a diverse blend of city and beach escape. Nature and technology are fused together to offer guests unlimited sources entertainment and pleasure to make their stay unforgettable, while their cosmopolitan approach and luxury hospitality ensure you visit time and time again.

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Maltese Falcon: A Caribbean Charter

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 16:00
Maltese Falcon: A Caribbean Charter One of the world’s largest sailing yachts, Maltese Falcon, is available for charter in the Caribbean during this winter season. Back in March of this year it was announced that IYC would act as CA for the iconic Perini Navi yacht, and now the first Falcon Rig creation has her sails set on a Caribbean adventure.

Delivered by the esteemed Italian shipyard in 2006, Maltese Falcon measures an incredible 88 metres in length but it was the technology behind her three-mast system which redefined the market for sailing yachts upon her introduction to the market.

The DynaRig structure stands 57 metres high, featuring three carbon masts that rotate, with computer driven sail deployment for her fifteen sails. A super cruiser capable of crossing the Atlantic in just ten days, the innovation behind this Maltese Falcon revolutionised the industry. Perini Navi, together with Dykstra Naval Architects and Magma Structures, recently announced that the Falcon Rig structure would be made available to the wider market, prompting excitement for enthusiasts of large sailing yachts. The original Maltese Falcon, however, remains a unique symbol of sailing luxury and performance.

Up to 12 guests can be welcomed on board the Perini Navi superyacht, attended to by a crew of 19 across the exquisite large spaces. Six guest cabins and a VIP suite make up the accommodation, while interior by Ken Freivoch serves as a masterclass in elegance. Fusing an industrial edge with sublime materials topped off with a magnificent collection of art, whilst on-board it is easy to forget that Maltese Falcon is a high-performance sailing vessel and not a centuries-old Palace re-decorated for with contemporary class. A full formal outdoor dining table is complimented by a social circular bar leading into the expansive main saloon, while a Japanese-influence influenced dining area can be found indoors. This yacht is a testament to both versatility and opulence.

On such a high-volume superyacht the space has been used with such shrewd planning, utilising every inch to maximise the guest experience. The luxurious cabins are complimented by an array of breath-taking social spaces, each equipped to add to the endless entertainment of this charter superyacht. Sunbathing decks, an inviting Jacuzzi and the largest outdoor movie screen on any yacht are just a few of the features waiting for guests lucky enough to take the Maltese Falcon out on the Caribbean waters this winter.

There is no superyacht quite like the Maltese Falcon on the charter market. Even just her name resonates with vigour throughout the industry. At $480,000 a week this winter season, we hope to see the white sails of the Maltese Falcon spotted sailing proudly through the Caribbean, providing the experience of a lifetime to her guests

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Graham Morfey, 1937 - 2019

Booker Gliding - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 16:58
A message from Graham's son Alistair:

Graham Morfey died peacefully at home on Monday 2nd December. His wife, Margaret, and children were with him.

Graham took up gliding in later life. He loved the sport and Booker Gliding Club - he served as Treasurer for several years. Graham also had sailing and boats in his blood, from his first Mirror Dinghy to the Bowman 45 (Flight of Time) that he and Margaret sailed around the world. Graham and Margaret celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary in June this year.

His funeral will be at St Mary's Church, Whitchurch on Thames, RG8 7DG at 1.30pm on Monday 16th December. All friend and members are welcome.

Alistair also sent these photos of Graham in happier times.











Heritage and Style On-board 62m Apogee

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:00
Heritage and Style On-board 62m Apogee With the Antigua Charter Yacht Show well underway, all eyes this week have been on the thriving superyacht charter market. As the world’s superyacht fleet turns to the luxury yachting sanctuary of the Caribbean and its warmer shores, we thought it only suitable to take an in-focus look at one of the hottest charter yachts on the water this festive season.

Available for charter in the Caribbean with Thompson Westwood & White Yachts, Codecasa’s flagship build Apogee promises her guests the charter experience of a lifetime this winter. 62 metres of clean, striking naval architecture and an abundance of open outdoor deck spaces set Apogee firmly apart from the crowd, while the Della Role’s sophisticated optimisation of volume on her interiors ensure that guests will want for nothing in terms of socialising and entertainment areas.

Comfortably accommodating an impressive 12 guests in her impeccable staterooms, Apogee’s on-board amenities serve to surpass every expectations of a luxury charter experience. A well-equipped gym, 22-foot-long onyx-topped bar, Jacuzzi and of course the on-board Club Apogee complete this superyacht’s exceptional appeal. All five decks of Apogee are distinguished by their own unique character, linked together with a main foyer elevator and sweeping spiral staircase.

There is no shortage of entertainment on-board this exceptional superyachts; guests can enjoy a choice of indoor and al fresco dining spaces, or make use of her extensive toys and tenders, before retiring to an evening in the stylish Club Apogee.

Having been refit in 2016, Apogee’s features singularly reserve her traditional heritage while bringing her into the very pinnacle of contemporary luxury. Apogee’s interiors retain a rich taste of 1920s class, decked with rich mahogany and soft taupe materials; blending style seamlessly with comfort in a way only a superyacht of such elevated stature is capable.

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Antigua Charter Show Focus: M/Y Eminence

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:00
Antigua Charter Show Focus: M/Y Eminence With the Antigua Charter Show in full swing, we turn our attention to 78.43m M/Y Eminence, a charter charmer with a difference, available for the very first time on the charter market...

The stylish Abeking & Rasmussen's M/Y Eminence built in 2008 will be a charter favourite at the sunny Caribbean charter show this year. The epitome of a show-stopping charter vessel, her exquisite German build reflects a pedigree division of excellence, while her supreme exterior design by Reymond Langton Design showcase superb attention to detail and a striking vision.  The added bonus? Having only had one owner with very low use, Eminence is in impeccable condition, ready to take on a charter adventure.

M/Y Eminence welcomes up to 12 guests in 8, stylishly appointed staterooms. The upper deck master suite offers breathtaking 180-degree views, perfect for miles of ocean views out to sea, while private deck, study and stunning onyx clad bathrooms are just the details one require on an unforgettable charter. Additionally, two VIP staterooms and five equally spacious and luxurious guest staterooms are found on the main and lower decks.

The main salon also offers ample seating in a serene and elegant setting, while her dining salon and sky lounge offer the chance for guests to escape into sublimity. Her five decks encompass a 10-seat movie theatre, spa with sauna and massage room, fully equipped gym, and beach club, perfect for indulging in sumptuous relaxation at sea. 

For life best enjoyed al fresco, there are also numerous outdoor spaces to enjoy gourmet meals and cocktails at sunset while taking in the picturesque scenery. A central elevator runs from the lower deck up to the expansive sun deck with Jacuzzi, bar, and sunbathing areas offering a seamless connection throughout. 

A professional crew of 24 are on hand to launch any of her 2 tenders or variety of toys when you’re ready to hit the water. Take a thrilling ride down the slide, explore below the water on the Sea Bobs or float in her pool off the aft deck beach club. As her name suggests, M/Y Eminence offers a superior luxury charter experience with 24 professional crew on hand to ensure every detail, every moment and every memory is tailored to perfection.

M/Y Eminence is available for charter with Worth Avenue. 

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Top 5 Christmas Charter Destinations

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:00
Top 5 Christmas Charter Destinations As we enter the festive season, Superyachts.com looks at the destinations that are a must on your Christmas charter Wishlist.

British Virgin Islands

A secluded Caribbean paradise, the British Virgin Islands are perfect for the adventurous winter break. Across more than 50 islands, the archipelago offers visitors the chance to explore the many white sand beaches that overlook the blue waters in what is an idyllic yachting destination.

Popular for its abundance of marine life and snorkelling hotspots, the British Virgin Islands are also regarded as one of the best sites for diving in the Caribbean. RMS Rhone, sunk in 1867, lies at the bottom of Salt Island and offers a historic backdrop for divers. Read our British Virgin Islands InDepth here

Antigua & Barbuda

History and hospitality give substance to what is otherwise a simply stunning charter spot. Famous for having a different breath-taking beach for each day of the year, these Islands offer a luxury experience like no other. Top-level marina facilities and activities galore, all serviced with the natural charm that has endeared this nation to so many. This is a prime yachting destination.

You can uncover all the secrets to this playground of the yachting elite in the SY Original documentary here and Antigua InDepth here

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is a destination that has long served at the heart of the superyacht community, and this year more than ever it deserves support in return for the wonders it has consistently delivered.

The devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in August rocked the country, but the majority of the Bahamas islands south of Grand Bahama were largely unaffected and continue to provide the same quality of winter escapes. Many voices in the yachting industry have encouraged charterers to support the local economy in The Bahamas and the health of one of the most iconic charter destinations in the world.

The Bahamas needs very little in terms of an introduction of what it offers. Perhaps the most complete charter destination, these islands cater for peaceful lounging, heavy partying and adrenaline-filled excursions all in the highest luxury. Read our Bahamas InDepth publication here

Adriatic Sea

Back closer to home, the Adriatic Sea is fast developing as a thriving superyacht destination and its ambition is to offer all year round escapes.

Senior PR & Marketing Manager of Porto Montenegro, Danilo Kalezic, told Superyachts.com about how heavy investment has turned the marina into a world-class superyacht haven. “So far we have invested 500m euros in the project in the last ten years,” explained Danilo at MYS 19. “We are investing at least that much in the next 10-15 years.”

"The areas like Montenegro that offer escapes in this region do so with the benefit of being smaller countries, meaning they can offer more privacy for guests and focus on the quality of service. The shores of Croatia, Montenegro and Venice offer something different to the more heavily visited Western Mediterranean routes, with undisturbed waters and crystal beaches." continues Danilo. Read our Montenegro InDepth publication here

South Pacific & Australia

Heading across to the East, the South Pacific and Australia offer a more alternative winter chartering experience. South Pacific islands such as Tonga, Fiji and French Polynesia offer culturally rich experiences and diverse landscapes.

While offering the customary white sandy beaches and tropical wildlife, Fiji also offers treks along rather more undiscovered and undisturbed jungle terrains, such as the volcanic islands of Yasawa and the Waisali Rainforest Reserve.

Chartering a yacht in Australia guarantees to unlock experiences that are otherwise unreachable. The Great Barrier Reef is well-famed for being the world’s largest coral reef stretching over 2,300 kilometres, and through chartering in this area guests can access exclusive diving sites

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Service and Style Onboard Charter Yacht Arience

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 13:00
Service and Style Onboard Charter Yacht Arience In May of this year it was announced that Arience, formerly Excellence V, would be available to charter with Cecil Wright as Central Agent. The 60.93m Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht remains one of the most exciting classic charter yachts on the market, the ideal vessel for a winter escape.

Arience is a yacht built for a connoisseur - a true classic, she is the perfect example of best in class Northern European building and continues to storm the charter market as one of the highest pedigree yachts in her size category.

Featuring an exterior design penned by the esteemed Reymond Langton, Arience is recognisable for her sweeping steel and aluminium lines. The interior, also the work of Langton’s studio, benefits from a meticulous application of materials from leather walls to crocodile tabletops, while standout aspects of the design include a central glass elevator providing access to all five decks.  

What is striking about Arience is her capacity, which matches that of a yacht in the 70-75m category in terms of gross tonnage. This incredible volume is certainly utilised to its full potential, providing ultimate luxury for the 12 guests on board.

Seven exquisite staterooms accommodate the 12 guests, comprising of a master suite, VIP suite, three doubles and two twin rooms. Each stateroom boasts full entertainment centres, television and en-suite bathroom for a homely feel.

Such an important part of the charter experience is the service provided on board by the Captain and their crew. This is something that Cecil Wright believe sets Arience apart from other options on the market, outlined by the brokerage’s comment on the yacht. “She is led by the enthusiastic and massively experience Captain Dean Pilatti and supported by the talented Chef Dean Harrison, interior team led by Lizzie or Jasmin and an eager watersports deck crew armed with brand new water toys.”

Having a dedicated and friendly crew who know the yacht’s cruising areas like the back of their hands enhances the experience, getting the most out of the charter. This, combined with the design pedigree of Reymond Langton and the German engineering of A&R, make Arience the standout charter vessel available this winter.

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Farewell with a rainbow

Booker Gliding - Sun, 12/01/2019 - 17:22
Finally it has stopped raining and given us three days of gliding, though today a slight shower produced a good rainbow.




Today was also Mike Richardson's last day in the tug before his impending move to pastures new in Welshpool. Mike joined Booker in 1990 after learning to fly at Wolds GC while he lived in Hull. As well as gliding, he has contributed hugely to the club as a Full Cat instructor and a tug pilot, in fact he spent 3 years working full time as an instructor. He also provided the bus webcam and supplied the club's branded clothing.


Mike in his natural habitatOne particular memory is the day he completed his first 300k, Yate-Worcester. Here he is having a post-flight drink, hiding behind Nick Hoare, along with Roland Wales (crew) and someone else who had also done the task.

Nick, Mike, Jane, RolandWe wish Mike all the best in his new home.

Festive activity break: 10 best Christmas adventure holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:00

Want to escape Christmas this year? Fancy a festive activity break? Lucky for you we have pulled together 10 of the best Christmas adventure holidays. Why a festive activity break? While most of us love Christmas for some it is a difficult time, so getting away from it all can make...

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Top 11 Italian activity holidays: Best adventures in Italy

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:32

What are the best adventures in Italy? This is a country full of opportunity – brimming with culture and incredible landscapes. All of which means finding the best Italian activity holidays for you can be tricky. Best adventures in Italy Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve scoured this beautiful country...

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Word from the Captain Onboard M/Y Chasseur

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:00
Word from the Captain Onboard M/Y Chasseur Our time onboard M/Y Chasseur was a welcome break from the hectic docks of Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Joined by Sales and Charter representatives from Burgess, we had the pleasure of interviewing Captain Nicole Fawcett about why this 49m is one of the best charter yachts on the market today.

Instant calm ensues as soon as we step on board, welcomed by Captain Nicola, we sat down in the airy main saloon to learn all about this stylish Christensen build. Nicola began, "Chasseur is a beautiful 48 metre yacht and we have six guest cabins... lots of bright light coming in, clear windows." 

She continued, "She's a family boat and we appeal to almost everyone [...] the designer was Varo Design in California, but a lot of influence from the owner." Boasting perhaps one of the most elegant interiors we've seen at the show on a yacht in this range, Nicole continued to talk us through Chasseur's on-vogue features.

From the eccentric Slim Aarons artwork that adds a touch of classic glamour to the contemporary use of glass onboard, Nicole described, "The glass staircase is a showstopper. It's the first time Christensen has made floating staircases like that. Everyone seems to love them!" 

But aside from her interior styling, what else can potential charter guests or buyers expect when the step on deck? "They come on and they just.. it's 'WOW'" said Nicole, "They just absolutely love the boat. They love the brightness of the boat and the length that you see from the aft main deck or even bridge deck. You can look all the way down. From the bridge I can see all the way aft - I can see the flag!"

We also had to ask about the Crew. Holding a number of accolades to their name, Nicole modestly shared, "Last year with Burgess I won Captain of the year and then we just won a photo contest, the Burgess Photo Contest which is really exciting!" Well deserved awards, adding to an experience we're sure any future guest will enjoy. 

Catch a glimpse inside Chasseur and watch the interview with Captain Nicole in full above. 

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FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 09:00
FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts As the 60th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off, we bring our readers our top choices for standout charter yachts at this year's show.

This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show promises to be bigger and better than ever before, as an international fleet of yards, designers, architects and superyacht lovers alike flock to the sunny docks of Bahia Mar for the world's largest in-water boat show. For those seeking to cast aside the winter blues in the coming months in favour of sunnier shores, we selected our top pick of charter yachts headlining this year's show. 

1. Madsummer
Perhaps unsurprisingly, all eyes are on Lurssen's 95m flagship Madsummer this week, the stunning superyacht launched by the German yard earlier this year. Not only the biggest yacht at the show, Madsummer is also available for charter this winter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, with Moran Yacht & Ship acting as the central agent. Aside from her striking exteriors and exceptional Harrison Eidsgaard design, Madsummer also features a forward deck helipad, 12-meter swimming pool and on-board spa. 

2. Phoenix 2
Once again the German giants are dominating the build category of finest large yachts, as Lurssen's Phoenix 2 takes pride of second place for our top pick of charter yachts at this year's show. Also available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, Phoenix 2 promises the perfect luxurious getaway to the Mediterranean this winter, with on-board amenities including an outdoor cinema, sundeck pool and jacuzzi. Her unmistakable Winch exterior and interior design separates this exceptional build effortlessly from the crowd, guaranteeing that Phoenix 2 will certainly be one of the most popular yachts on show.

3. Solo
Our third and final favourite comes from a yard who has exceeded itself in quality yacht-building in recent years, arguably in no case less evidently than the delivery last year of Tankoa's 71m Solo. A trip to the Bahamas & Caribbean on-board Solo this winter promises to be the trip of a lifetime, as guests can take full advantage of the yacht's stylish Paszkowski-designed beach club, pool and jacuzzi, as well as the abundance of interior socialising and entertainment spaces - all courtesy of Northrop & Johnson. 

We will be providing our readers with all the latest from Bahia Mar as it comes in, as well as through our social media channels - and with such special superyacht guests in attendance at the Superyacht Village this year, it's bound to be an eventful one.

 

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The end of the Aboyne expedition 2019

Booker Gliding - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 13:32
As is so often the case, the Aboyne weather saved the best till last, and those who stayed on for Saturday experienced some excellent flying - nice climbs, not too windy, not too cloudy, lots of kms flown.  Here is a sample of the day...

The back of Lochnagar - a bit like the far side of the Moon
Nuff said
The usual view of Lochnagar
Morvern with a sprinkling of snow
Spot the two RAF airfieldsIt was a week for a lot of 'firsts', in particular for our two pre-solo pilots Andy and Dan, including flying the Duo, wave, height, distance, tarmac runways - and also Maddi who towed 318 all the way back. Last words from Dave Byass:
It was a fantastic week, partly due to the wx and also due to everyone mucking in and getting on with it. So: thanks for all the help on the ground, thanks for not flying in airspace, and thanks for not crashing anything! Special thanks to Andy and Dan for being so open to learning in what must have been an occasionally daunting environment. Specially special thanks to Richard, who did a huge amount of organising as well as the flying, which meant I only did fun stuff. Hope next year is as good...
And of course thanks to Deeside Gliding Club for hosting us yet again.

More SW wave

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:14
The forecast was for more strong southwesterlies, and the wind at height was 50kts or more, but it was possible to climb, although it required a Duo or similar to make progress into wind. 315 and 316 made it to 17,000ft, where it was very cold indeed, and 315 went on a couple of excursions up the Dee and round Lochnagar.

The Dee past Braemar
Moray Firth from 17,000ft

Confusing day

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 19:26
The wind was still SW but not as strong as yesterday so in theory there should have been some nice wave without too much of the bumpy stuff. The early launches with the two seaters were back on the ground fairly quickly and there was a pause for coffee and other refreshments. Towards the middle of the day the sky settled down and it was possible to climb for short periods - between the times when showers came through and there were no gaps in the black layer at 4,000ft. It wasn't a day for long cross country flights or height gains but still interesting. There's always something to learn.

The view from 13,500ft
An evening view of the fires which were burning on Morvern all day

A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow Bernard Gallay has announced that 30m Wally cruising yacht Dark Shadow is available to charter in the Caribbean this Christmas season.

Delivered in 2002 with an extensive refit in 2012, Dark Shadow is instantly recognisable by her sleek lines and pure, contemporary design. The sailing yacht is experienced on the regatta circuit, however also serves perfectly as a family charter yacht for relaxing escapes.

The 30.5m yacht accommodates 6 guests in 3 rooms and can carry three crew members. On board the yacht there is plenty of equipment to provide family fun, including water skis, a wakeboard and snorkelling equipment. Her weekly charter rate stands at €45,000 and her availability perfectly covers the Christmas week. Dark Shadow is an enticing option for keen charterers looking to swap the winter cold for an exotic festive period.

Since its inception in 1994, Bernard Gallay Brokerage has grown from dealing with small vessels on a simple level to a global network of offices and representatives. Dark Shadow is just one of many yachts in the Bernard Gallay fleet that will be attracting attention this winter season. Among the others is the 64.5m schooner Atlantic. Designed by William Gardner and delivered in 2010, Atlantic is an authentic replica of the legendary 1903 yacht of the same name. She has recently relocated to Toulon in the South of France this winter, and her price is available upon application.

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A bit rough in the circuit

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 20:57
Today the wind was from the south west, which means it was just a tad rough on tow and in the circuit. It was also a bit cloudy. However, it was possible to find climbs up to 15,000ft or so, and some people followed the wave bar to Feshiebridge.

A bit cloudy.....
.......but clear near the airfield

Another wave day

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 19:43
Today the wind was south of west and quite damp so there was a lot of cloud above 9,000ft, with a line of showers to the west which never made it through the wave. Coming off tow into 8kts of lift set the trend for the day. Everyone had a go, there were no massive height gains to be had because of the cloud but it was possible to explore up the valleys and over to Grantown on Spey.

It got better
Statutory pic of sunset over clouds
On the way back from the Spey valley
Sunset from the groundAt least we didn't have to derig in the dark today.

Waving!

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:56
The weekend was a bit showery, though it was possible to do the occasional flight between showers. One pilot from another club learnt the hard way that you need to have a Plan A, and a Plan B, and a Plan C - viewed from the inside of a cloud the world doesn't look that great. He got back in the end though, with a bit of help from 315.

Today the morning was sunny and completely calm, so circuit practice seemed to be the order of the day, but after lunch the wind picked up and there was a lemming like rush for the launch queue. Success of the day was Mark Dyos who converted to the Pegase and promptly climbed to FL92.

Ready to go
Lochnagar
Ben Macdui
The Lecht
Last of the light
'ello 'ello what's going on 'ere?

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