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1 day Dorset RYA advanced windsurfing course in Portland Harbour

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 21:40

The 1 day Dorset RYA advanced windsurfing course in Portland Harbour is designed to help you master dynamic transitions, advanced planing techniques, the waterstart and the infamous planing carve gybe. Each skill is broken down and simplified, backed up with the relevant theory. Waterstarting, carve gybing and other advanced skills such as advanced carving and …

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Beginner 2 day RYA Start Windsurf course in Portland Harbour, UK

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 20:50

The RYA accredited course will provide all the skills and knowledge to be able to windsurf independently and safely. There will be plenty of time and tuition on the water to hone your progression, but in addition, there will be a wealth of knowledge and understanding, so that you can step confidently into the windsurfing …

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2 day Portland Harbour RYA intermediate windsurf course in Dorset

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 20:44

In the 2 day Portland Harbour RYA intermediate windsurf course in Dorset, we introduce you to the RYA’s Fastforwad coaching technique. With the goal of helping you fine tune basic skills and make your windsurfing faster and more fluid. New techniques such as the beachstart, faster tacks, use of the harness and getting in the …

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2 hour or 1 day Dorset windsurfing taster session in Portland, UK

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 08:48

Our 2 hour or 1 day Dorset windsurfing taster session in Portland, UK is the perfect session for the newcomer to the sport. With a little time spent on the land-based simulator, the aim of the session is to get you out on the water and windsurfing across the wind, turning around to return to …

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The Official Test Centre Ltd

Windsurfing - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 20:20

The OTC (Official Test Centre) is a watersports centre located right on the water’s edge, within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland, Dorset. Catering for windsurfing, kitesurfing, wing-foiling and stand up paddling (SUP), we are also the UK’s first Fliteschool, making the new exhilarating sport of Fliteboard e-foiling accessible for all. Accessible …

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Kiteboarding Lessons

Windsurfing - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 20:36

Sharm el Sheikh is famous touristic place due the sandy beaches, clear water, stunning coral reef and special relaxing atmosphere. Sharm fenced by two National Parks, from one side by Ras Mohammed and from another side by Nabq. The only one place in Sharm where wind blows constantly during the season is Nabq Bay that …

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Charter Spotlight on 68m Ragnar With Burgess

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 00:00
Charter Spotlight on 68m Ragnar With Burgess Raw power meets sophisticated elegance onboard 68.2m Ragnar. A remarkable conversion project launched in 2020 by Icon Yachts, Ragnar is a breath-taking Arctic explorer with ice-breaker capabilities and world-class levels of luxury. Available for charter through Burgess, Ragnar is a superyacht primed for thrilling expeditions to the most remote areas of the world.

With her name deriving from the King of the Vikings, Ragnar is the ultimate explorer. Sananborg, a Dutch-built multi-purpose support vessel, provided the platform upon which Icon Yachts constructed this formidable explorer superyacht.

Whether marauding through ice fields and glaciers or venturing to secluded islands in the remote regions, Ragnar guarantees exquisite luxury and incredible amenities to ensure that guests make the most of their adventure.

Ragnar’s menacing exterior profile and sumptuous interiors have been designed by renowned British studio RWD, affording the yacht a unique character and incredible onboard liveability. The unique living and dining areas embody the Viking spirit of Ragnar, letting guests slip into a fantasy as they cruise the world in luxurious comfort. 

The 68.2m superyacht comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in eight opulent and flexible cabins. The beautiful suites comprise of two elevated B deck master suites, four main deck doubles, a twin suite for staff and an office that can convert into another twin suite. After long days spent immersed in the natural wonders of the world, Ragnar provides an indulgent and relaxing environment to return to.

The phenomenal luxury amenities onboard Ragnar will have guests well pampered during their charter. A comprehensive spa centre with massage room, sauna, steam room and foot spa adds a wellness element to the charter experience, with a fully equipped gym also found on the yacht.

A top deck jacuzzi and C deck pool forward of the helipad allow guests to enjoy activities while soaking up the sun and their surroundings. An al-fresco dining experience is offered on the pool deck, perfect for family meals under the stars followed by drinks in the B deck observation lounge.

This ice-class explorer is destined for adventure, with a range of 6,000nm and zero speed stabilisers for peaceful nights anywhere in the world. To make things even better for her guests, Ragnar boasts a large arsenal of water toys and supporting vehicles which put you in the heart of the action. This includes an Airbus EC145 helicopter for heliskiing and a three-passenger submarine to explore the depths, meaning this superyacht can truly take you to places not seen before. Her other toys include four jetskis, four snowmobiles, 4 quadbikes.

As explorer yachts become more sought after by a clientele demanding expeditions that test the limits of possibility, Ragnar is a unique opportunity on the charter market. To find more about exhilarating escapades onboard this magnificent superyacht, enquire with Burgess.

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Shep (Fred) Sheppard

Booker Gliding - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 21:43
We are saddened to announce that Shep (Fred) Sheppard took his last breath on Sunday 8th November with his family by his side. He had a good, long and adventurous life, much of it spent at Booker. Because of Covid there will be a small family congregation for his committal. At a later date, yet to be determined, the family will have a memorial service or gathering to celebrate his great life.

Christmas Eve 2007 - Shep with some model flying members - John Tournier, Mike Collett, Steve Brown, John Herman


Shep derigging after a flight in February 2008

Shep out-running a cu-nim in July 2008


Damen Yachting's 77m SeaXPlorer La Datcha Delivered

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/10/2020 - 15:30
Damen Yachting's 77m SeaXPlorer La Datcha Delivered The highly anticipated 77m SeaXplorer La Datcha has departed the Damen Yachting shipyard in the Netherlands. Her maiden voyage marks the beginning of her life as a charter vessel with a difference, embarking on an adventurous itinerary set to impress the most daring and discerning of charter guests.

The explorer yacht forms part of the La Datcha Tinkoff Collection, assembled by Russian entrepreneur and founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov. From heli-skiing in Kamchatka to diving along the coast of Papua New Guinea, Damen Yachting have released that La Datcha’s go-anywhere itinerary form part of the yacht’s unique appeal as ‘the first purpose built expedition yacht with a fixed itinerary and commercial goal.’

Overseen by Fraser Yachts and Owner’s Representative Stefano Feltrin, Chief Executive Officer of La Datcha - Tinkoff Collection, the finalisation of La Datcha’s build marked a momentous occasion for all parties involved. 

Stefano commented, ‘The owner’s team is thrilled to take delivery of LA DATCHA and start her journey which commenced on the drawing board years ago and will continue in the remote and beautiful places on Earth. We are thankful to the whole Damen Yachting family for all these months working together in very challenging times. The great end result represented the LA DATCHA yacht has been achieved thanks to the relentless efforts of many talented people that joined forces to make this happen. We felt at home in The Netherlands and at Damen Yachting’s shipyard and are very proud and excited to sail today on such a magnificent yacht.’

The Owner’s vision for La Datcha has always been very succinct, Damen Yachting added - for charter guests to ‘set out on the journey of a lifetime to places others can’t reach — exclusive adventures to share with friends and family in total comfort, style and safety’. The result is the ultimate harmony of rugged explorer capabilities with luxurious comfort and style.

The largest of Damen Yachting’s successful SeaXPlorer range, there is no doubt that La Datcha’s adventures will transform yacht charter as we know it. Managing Director of Damen Yachting Rose Damen explained the significance of the delivery for the Dutch yard: 
‘It is always a very proud moment for everyone who has been involved in the build when a yacht departs our yard. The departure of LA DATCHA is certainly no exception and has definitely been highly anticipated. The interest in her has been phenomenal. She’s a real head-turner with a unique proposition and is not afraid to stand out from the crowd.’

Rose Damen also commented on the significance of La Datcha’s smooth delivery coming at the end of a particularly challenging year. ’In a year that has challenged us all with COVID, new working measures and travel restrictions, it is incredible to see LA DATCHA head off on the adventures she was built to achieve. That is down to the dedication of everyone involved in this project from our own teams at our yards, to our co-makers and the Owner’s teams. We are looking forward to following her adventures as she heads off to explore the world’s far-reaching destinations.’

Managed by Edmiston brokerage, guests onboard La Datcha can expect a totally unique take on charter as they know it. With a range and autonomy geared at taking on previously impossible adventures and environments, La Datcha will be able to go where very few yachts have travelled. In contrast to the oftentimes wild and remote conditions she will be exploring in, guests will be able to enjoy La Datcha’s sumptuous interiors crafted by the Tinkoff Collection’s interior designer Vasiliy Sphrits, making for a truly unique and unparalleled experience.

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Luxury Marina Villages of the East Mediterranean

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 00:00
Luxury Marina Villages of the East Mediterranean The turquoise coastline of the East Mediterranean has an enduring year-round appeal. Its picture-perfect coastline is brimming with white sand beaches, kaleidoscopic coastal towns and a treasure trove of hidden coves and beaches, while enjoying much more favourable climates year-round than its Western counterpart. We put together a tour of the East Mediterranean in luxury superyacht marina villages, including all of the must-see berthing spots along this glamorous cruising route.

Mandalina Marina - Croatia  
The romance, charm and breathtaking beauty of Croatia is no secret. Year after year travellers flock to the old towns of Split and Dubrovnik, to bask in the waterfalls of the Krka national park and discover the Dalmation coast. Yet for a relatively small country, Croatia does retain a mass of undiscovered coastline and hidden treasures off the beaten path. Mandalina Marina in Šibenik is just one such gateway; Croatia’s only marina designed for superyachts and recognised by the prestigious Yacht Harbour Association of London, the marina is impeccably managed by D-Marin and acclaimed as ‘one of the safest berthing places in the Adriatic’. Well connected on St Anthony’s Channel and in close proximity to Split, Zadar and Krka National Park, Šibenik is itself a quaint coastal town abrim with medieval architecture and boasting two UNESCO world heritage sites. The marina offers a choice of 440 berths for superyachts up to 70m in length, a boatyard and catamaran friendly berthing. 

Porto Montenegro - Montenegro
Montenegro is a superyacht haven whose appeal and reputation far outweighs her modest size. With all of Croatia’s beauty and none of her crowds, Montenegro is recognisable from her turquoise seas and rugged mountains, verdant forestry and medieval villages, all untouched by the polluting effect of tourism. And there is no better place to berth while enjoying this jewel of the Mediterranean than Porto Montenegro - nestled in the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro is one of the most luxurious and developed superyacht marinas in the world. On top of a 450-berth luxury yacht marina accommodating vessels over 100m, Porto Montenegro also boasts a glamorous yacht club, boutique shopping, private residences and exclusive events held throughout the year. This state-of-the-art marina has it all - a full range of services, onsite brokers and agents, and a team of staff committed to making your stay memorable - making Porto Montenegro an essential stop-off on your Adriatic cruise. 

D-MARIN Didim Marina - Turkey 
Heading east to Turkey, there is a lifetime of glamorous destinations and breathtaking sites to discover. This large, transcontinental country is utterly steeped in ancient history, and as a gateway between Europe and the Middle East is considered a colourful melting pot of cultures and influences. Didim Marina is an ideal first stopping point - a short sail across the Aegean Sea from Athens, the town of Didim is home to crumbling ancient temple ruins, glamorous resorts and esteemed Turkish eateries set alongside a glittering coastline. And Didim Marina, managed to meticulous standards by D-Marin, is a one-stop superyacht base for Aegean adventure. With an impressive 90 superyacht berths of 576 berthing capacity, Didim Marina is well equipped with a heliport, good transportation links and an array of restaurants and beach clubs in its Didim Yacht Club. Didim Marina is an obvious choice to berth and explore the nearby ruins of the Temple of Apollo, bathe in the mythical Bafa Lake or simply indulge in some world-famous local cuisine. 

D-MARIN Turgutreis Marina - Turkey
Sail further down the Bodrum peninsula and you will arrive at Turgutreis; a breathtaking town of pearly white architecture set against a backdrop of rugged mountains and swaying palms. D-Marin’s elegant flagship Turgutreis marina is located here; just 20km from sunny Bodrum, Turgutreis comes superyacht ready with an award-winning marina village, heliport and 550 berths. Relax in the marina’s prestigious yacht club or take a day trip out to nearby island delights of Karaada’s healing mineral springs or windsurfing hotspots of Kadikalesi and Akyarlar. With an enchanting mythical history, nearby ruins and tantalisingly flavourful local cuisine, Turgutreis marina is ready to welcome yachting guests for an adventure you are unlikely to forget.

D-MARIN Göcek Marina - Turkey
Turkey’s irresistible Gulf of Göcek is a yachting haven, and Göcek Marina is ready to welcome yachts of all shapes and sizes to enjoy this bountiful region. Made up of hidden coves and bays, turquoise waters and lagoons and undiscovered islands, D-Marin Göcek is the perfect place to berth and discover Turkey’s mythical side. Known as the Turquoise Coast for its outstanding beauty, Göcek is a haven for smooth sandy beaches and hundreds of nearby islands for day trips to remember. The well serviced marina boasts a badge of D-Marin approval, berths for superyachts up to 70m and its own boatyard and travel lift. Dock and discover the nearby Butterfly Valley, home to hundreds of butterfly species and rugged clifftops, or take a trip to the mythical ruins of Telmessos. Meanwhile, Göcek Marina has a remarkable array of sports, wellness and shopping facilities, as well as a dizzying choice of fine dining options. 

Limassol Marina - Cyprus
Last but far from least we arrive at the enticing Cypriot coastline, where the state-of-the-art Limassol Marina awaits yachts and luxury yachts up to 110m for an indulgent experience at sea. This outstanding yachting haven has collected an array of industry accolades recognising its excellence for superyacht services and facilities, and it is not difficult to see why. Blending sophisticated private residences with a full-service marina and high end shopping and dining options, Limassol Marina leaves the discerning traveller wanting for nothing. Stroll along Limassol Marina’s elegant promenade and dip into an array of award-winning eateries and beach bars, or relax at the marina’s own spa and fitness club. Limassol Marina is also extremely well connected to the attractions of the East Mediterranean, both in the vibrant Limassol city itself and further afield. Soak in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Limassol, the boutique shopping and flavourful Cypriot cuisine, or venture out into the wineries and orchards of picturesque Cyprus. Wherever you choose to discover, Limassol Marina is sure to be an unforgettable end to your East Mediterranean adventure. 

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Guide to windsurfing in California: 11 best Cali windsurf spots

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/05/2020 - 13:35

In this guide to windsurfing in California we look at where, how and why to visit the Golden State for a windsurf holiday. You are in for a great trip, regardless of whether you visit a single destination such as Davenport Beach or explore the 11 best Cali windsurf spots in an RV/campervan. Why go …

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Aboyne expedition round up

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/29/2020 - 13:05

 Every year Booker goes on an expedition to Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, home to Deeside Gliding Club, and this year was no exception, although it was all a bit different this year, with restaurants closing early and no shared accommodation. However, we made the best of every opportunity to fly, and several members achieved firsts - first solo at Aboyne, first solo at a different airfield, first wave flight. Nils provided an excellent weather briefing every morning with some very pretty graphs from the comfort of his campervan. And when we weren't flying there was plenty of beautiful countryside to explore. We are grateul to Richard and Dave for keeping us in order, and to Dave for his time in fixing some towing damage.

Here is a selection of pics from the trip.

A view towards the east coast past the airfield



Andy Duncan after his first Aboyne solo

Loch Avon and Cairngorm

Morven


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Dave spent a day on repairs

Nils and William enjoying a walk from Crathie


62.5m Apogee Captain John on Chartering After COVID

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:30
62.5m Apogee Captain John on Chartering After COVID The 62.5m Codecasa-built superyacht Apogee has been docked in the Dania Canal in Fort Lauderdale for the past seven months. As her Captain of 17 years John Fleck tells us, this is the first time since being delivered in 2003 that the seminal charter yacht has not enjoyed a European summer season. The luxury yacht and her crew are now looking forward to making up for lost time this New Year charter season in the Bahamas and Caribbean as restrictions are eased. We caught up with Captain John to learn more about the luxurious experience guests can expect from a New Year’s charter onboard Apogee, including the heightened measures of safety the crew will be taking to ensure utter peace of mind at sea.

Apogee is the ultimate charter yacht. Attended by some 17 crew members, Apogee’s onboard experience is defined by rich and decadent interiors, a fully equipped gym and even her own private night club. And the yacht’s crew have not been resting on their laurels these past seven months either, Captain John tells us:

‘The upkeep of the vessel is of the highest interest to the owner. He simply loves and adores the boat - we have actually just had a new 70-inch AK television installed up in the bridge bar while being docked here.’

Despite her high levels of maintenance though (Apogee underwent an extensive refit in 2019), the unique appeal of this superyacht lies in her progressive in-built volume - remarkable even for a yacht of 62.5m, Captain John tells us. ‘She was a little ahead of her time - main aft decks were shortened on Northern European boats, and when we bought the boat we opted out of an enclosed main aft deck. Which left us with a large area which easily accommodates all the guests in comfort under cover in open air.’

With three outdoor decks available to guests, there is certainly no shortage of socialising or entertainment space on this purpose-built charter yacht.

'She boasts four cabins down below, two of which have king sized beds. ‘The volume is also obvious in the lower guest cabins, that it would be very difficult for anybody to go back to a 50m boat after experiencing that feeling of space.’

So difficult in fact that very often, guests will not charter any other boat.

Apogee enjoys a number of repeat clients, which John tells us is testament as much to the appeal of the boat as it is to the success of her crew - a number of whom have served between 10 and 15 years onboard. 

‘Clients have that full experience when chartering Apogee, which is something of an Apogee signature. The owner is very personally concerned about the experience of the guests, he always aims to ensure he has the right crew front of house to take care of them.’  

To illustrate the advantage of Apogee’s extensive and doting crew, Captain John told us of one party of repeat clients with a very particular request. ‘They wanted to swim in a new location every morning at 9am - the challenge being that we had to travel overnight every night. But that wasn’t an issue for us with 17 crew onboard; we can very easily run the boat and provide 24/7 service to our guests.’ 

When Apogee’s Christmas and New Year charter season gets underway, she will return to the Bahamas and Caribbean to catch some winter sun. We asked Captain John about the revamped measures of safety guests could expect during this time. 

‘We’ve had plenty of practice while we’ve been here in Fort Lauderdale! We’ve adopted measures you will see in the commercial industry with safety, health and operations onboard. For example, where our boarding ladder is, we have an upright hand gel dispenser for all guests. Products wise, everything will undergo a strict sanitation process as we bring items onboard.’ 

Apogee’s crew will also be assigning two deputies - another luxury afforded a crew as sizable and experienced as this. ‘That way there will be watchful eyes throughout guiding the safety protocols.’

However, Captain John and his doting crew have been going the extra mile for some time now. John tells us that Apogee’s crew has a forward-looking practice of sending out advance teams to guests’ locations of choice, to ensure standards and requirements are met ahead of the guests’ arrival. 

‘This affords us the added advantage of understanding the safety and wellbeing of our guests - the crew are playing an active part onboard as well as off the boat.

Apogee comes perfectly maintained, well equipped and ready to make up for lost time this New Year charter season. We would like to wish her and her committed crew a very smooth and successful season. 

Apogee is available for charter with TWW Yachts, to book a luxury charter onboard this vessel please contact yachts@twwyachts.com.

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Lanzarote self-catering apartments

Windsurfing - Sat, 10/17/2020 - 15:21

Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote is a great base from where you can experience and enjoy all the activities the island has to offer. DIVING: Puerto del Carmen itself is a haven for both experienced and beginner scuba divers but there are many other dive sites around the island. SNORKELING: Lanzarote has been labelled ‘one …

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SurfHouse Calpe

Windsurfing - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 14:13

Located in the valleys and mountains of the Costa Blanca. Close to the Penon de Ifach Natural Park SurfHouse Calpe is a great place to stay and do activities. Search for us on Instagram and Facebook for more references. We offer various sports and activities that are sourced within reliable suppliers. We specialize in Wave …

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How adventure sports make you happy (mostly): BetterHelp mental health

Windsurfing - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:32

As anyone who does them regularly will tell you, adventure sports make you happy. For the most part that is – we all have bad days when things don’t go according to plan. But overall the effect is a very positive one. Which begs the question: can adventure sports help with your mental health? BetterHelp …

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Undiscovered Mountains

Windsurfing - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 14:00

With over 15 years of experience organising multi activity, adventure and wildlife holidays in the Southern French Alps we are proud of our selection of, in our opinion, the best activities and accommodation combinations for a wide range of trips spanning many activities from via ferrata, to e-biking to ski touring. We also offer fully …

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Watch: 107m Charter Yacht Lana Dazzles in New Video

Super Yachts Charters - Fri, 10/09/2020 - 19:30
Watch: 107m Charter Yacht Lana Dazzles in New Video The launch of 107m Lana caused quite a splash in the industry when she hit the water to widespread acclaim last year. This giga yacht, one of the largest in Italian builder Benetti’s portfolio, is at once gigantic in proportions and exceptionally elegant in aesthetic. Listed for charter with Imperial Yachts, the broker has just released new video showcasing Lana’s exceptional good looks to the world. Video copyrights go to Imperial and Jeff Brown of Breed Media.

Benetti’s in-house design team curated Lana’s external and interior spaces, and the collaborative success of this impeccably curated aesthetic is apparent. It is a difficult feat to achieve an air of streamlined grace and feminine sophistication on a superyacht of this size, but one Benetti is well versed in. Contemporary meets timeless in Lana’s clean curvature, extensive deck space and large, tranquil beach club, while her interior spaces are airy and befitted with specially curated works of art to add flair. 

In the video, two custom tenders can be seen cruising alongside the giant superyacht, shedding light on the proportions of her size as well as the water sport adventures which await up to 12 charter guests. This is assisted by a fantastic array of water toys and tenders - of course, for those preferring to enjoy her onboard comforts, Lana is well equipped with a spa, an on-deck infinity pool, and any number of spacious al fresco dining and socialising areas. A doting crew of 34 awaits to attend each guests’ every need, truly setting Lana apart from the competitive charter market.  

Julia Stewart, Imperial Director, commented at her delivery, ‘Lana is bold, unique, sleek and aggressive, boasting high ceilings up to 1.7m in height and mixing perfect experience at sea and unforgettable charter moments.’

More than just her good looks though, and equally demonstrative of Benetti’s commitment to sustainability, is Lana’s futureproof onboard systems and diesel electric propulsion. A momentous move for a superyacht of this size, chartering to some of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled destinations, Lana’s delivery marks the huge strides Benetti is making in the collective effort to make yachting greener.

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Superyachts to Lead Vital Great Barrier Reef Research

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/08/2020 - 11:00
Superyachts to Lead Vital Great Barrier Reef Research Luxury superyachts have joined the Great Reef Census as part of a world-first citizen science project. The Census will provide a unique opportunity for superyachts to experience the majestic colours of the Great Barrier Reef as part of an important scientific study, contributing to future conservation of this Natural Wonder of the World.

Encompassing over 3,000 individual reefs that stretches for 2,300 kilometres along Queensland’s golden coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and a haven for yachting activity. Maintaining the Reef is vital for both the health of our oceans and for the enjoyment of a remarkable charter destination.

The sheer volume of the Reef is staggering, and up to 40% has never been surveyed before. The Great Reef Census is a project spearheaded by Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, with the aim of providing the most comprehensive snapshot of the Reef ever taken.

For 11 weeks, a wide range of boats will be mobilised to achieve Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’s 2020 goal of a survey of 100 priority reefs. Among those vessels will be the important contribution of some of the region’s major superyachts.

A new partnership between Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and leading Australian yacht agent Ocean Alliance has led to the involvement of superyachts Beluga and Settlement. Beluga is set to take part in the first survey of the Census, departing south from Lizard Island this weekend.

Andy Ridley, CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, expressed his delights at having superyachts involved in the Census. “Superyachts are in a unique position to operate in remote areas of the Great Barrier Reef and utilise their resources, crew, tenders and communications to vastly improve the reach and outcomes of the project,” explained Ridley.

For superyachts, embracing a pioneering spirit across the Great Barrier Reef is a rich reward for taking part in the Census. “Yachts who sign up to join the Great Reef Census have the opportunity to explore one of the most extraordinary places on the planet and reefs rarely visited by boats,” continued Ridley. “These remote reefs are an oasis of marine life, coral, and places which still hold many mysteries.”

Regional Superyacht cluster Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef has played a key role in facilitating the collaboration between superyachts and researchers. The Group’s manager, Joanne Drake, highlighted that superyacht owners and crew have always had a great affinity with the earth’s biosphere.

“In the past, many vessels have been proactive in the important conservation and development efforts of its global ecosystems,” said Joanne Drake. “We are delighted that visiting yachts to our region are now deeply committed to this project, surveying our incomparable Great Barrier Reef to result in some truly tangible outcomes for future reef management and preservation efforts.”

The 2020 goal of 100 reefs is a step towards a full-scale Great Census in 2021. The Census provides a special opportunity for owners and charterers to experience the reef in a unique and exclusive way, engaging with researchers and scientists to gain a comprehensive understanding of this natural wonder.

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Inclusive Holidays Africa

Windsurfing - Tue, 10/06/2020 - 13:53

For those who find themselves hooked to Africa, there comes a time when they want something different, something lonelier and wilder. Not every safari company can take you there, but our hand picked guides with many years of experience come with the kind of pedigree and promise that is hard to resist. As the CEO …

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