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Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

Booker Gliding - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 13:36
Having been glued to the live feed for days. I have never seen such exiting racing. These guys are brave! Jon finished 11th.


Sadly the last race cost Tomas Reich of Chile his life. No news on how. Mountains are very unforgiving. Glider racing is becoming a bit like F1 in the seventies. Maybe we have some thinking to do?


An Ocean Masterpiece on Solandge

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
An Ocean Masterpiece on Solandge A Lürssen Yachts' masterpiece, M/Y Solandge is the lady of the ocean with size in her favour, all 85-metres to be exact. Available to charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, breaking waves across the Caribbean offers an adventurers appetite fulfilled on M/Y Solandge.

Undoubtedly a superyacht built for charter, the empress of the water merges the reputable lines of  Espen Oeino to bring a new meaning to the notion of 'timeless'. For her exterior profile, a commanding stature blending dominance with sophistication, she shines the light on the German shipyard Lurssen as the pioneers behind the power-house. A look inside, Solandge collaborates Aileen Rodriguez and Dölker & Voges to create an staple yacht that evokes unbridlled luxury in more than ample space. 

Truly unique, she is held together by a central ‘tree of life’ art-piece connecting all decks with a visually innovative and astoundingly unforgettable concept. With this as her main, word of mouth stand out feature, her plush movie theatres, elegant dining rooms and grand communal areas are just the icing on the cake of superyacht Solandge. 

When it comes to entertaining, on-deck DJ booths, Jacuzzis and al-fresco bar space starts the party, while indoor spa and treatment rooms offer a morning of relaxation when the party beats mellow down.

With 12 guests invited, Solandge ensures the party only continues. While her bright vibrant interior pours in natural light, her floor-to-ceiling panel of backlit amethyst quartz, honey onyx bar and dazzling chandeliers bring a touch of glamour and decedence to her contemporary inside space. 

When a day of delving into watersports, jet-skiing the Caribbean waters and retreating to a spa at sea, there are the luxe guest cabins each with a different story to tell. Each distinctly coloured cabin is spacious and stamped with style. The biggest perk? A master suite, showcasing panoramic views when awaking to the islets and cays of the Caribbean islands. A dip into its private spa pool and you are the real master of the ocean, on the true master ofcourse; M/Y Solandge. 

M/Y Solandge is available to charter in the Caribbean with Moran Yacht & Ship

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Interior Insight: Family Sized Serenity on Apogee

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
Interior Insight: Family Sized Serenity on Apogee The appeal of M/Y Apogee is evident; contemporary glamour for 18 guests, wrapped up in 62-metres of stylish sophistication. On the market for charter with TWW Yachts, we explore how to best enjoy Codecasa's stunning Italian pedigree in the backdrop of the Caribbean.

Launched in 2003, the in-house masterpiece owes its slender and curvacious lines to the Italian craftsmen and construction experts at Codecasa. Ideal for a family escape across The Caribbean, she features five decks to indulge in, each with its own dimension of interior perfection by Della Role Design. 

Her refit in 2013, welcomed a refresh to her old-world elegance. This time defying model, utterly elegant in every corner, may have seemed ambitious. Apogee's Della Role Design utilizes the interior space to create a sense of connectivity, both with your charter guests and the great outdoors.

This sense of togetherness on Apogee works beyond simply space alone. A notable interior element that distinguishes this vessel is the 22-foot-long backlit onyx-topped bar modeled after Monaco’s Cafe de Paris and Miami’s Delano Hotel. Galmorous, vast and visually dramatic, if fitting all 12 of your family members is your idea of heaven on the water, Apogee delivers this exactly.

Her rich and sultry textures adorn her physique from top to toe. Draped with burl mahogany and rosewood panelling in the bridge deck saloon, intricate woodwork on the main saloon and stunning granite flooring in the foyer, she brings new meaning to 'stately home' style. Imbued with traditional glamour, rich mahogany notes builds on her gentlmanly appeal where warm tones add an old-school charm. Accommodating 18 guests in 7 cabins, space and style for Apogee is her everything. 

For drying off in the afternoon sun, watching the sky slowly shift colour on the sun-deck offers plush panoramic views-and cocktais on tap. The doting crew of 17, alongside al the pleasures of any family charter, ensure you take on your ocean traverse, both on and off Apogee, with ease. After a dip in the underlit Jacuzzi, head to the tender garage to open a world of water toys to glide The Caribbean azure with style. Alternatively, kayak the scenic mangroves, soaking up in the blushing island landscape before hopping back on her majesty Apogee.

Available for charter in The Caribbean in the Winter season with TWW Yachts, her worldly appeal makes her a firm favourite for any family charter, with pleasure and play right at your fingertips.

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The Classic and The Contemporary on CRN's Katharine

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:00
The Classic and The Contemporary on CRN's Katharine On board M/Y Katharine there's an air of sophistication far beyond that of other superyachts on the market. Built in 2000 by CRN, her elegance and gentleman’s appeal takes the classic Italian-build to a new level, making even the most seasoned charter guests feel like they’re visiting a country home, with a crackling wood fire included.

On board at the Antigua Charter Show, Captain Mike O’Neill and his crew told us the story of 61.3-metre (201’1”) Katharine, and what she has to offer for those looking to charter a true home on the water.

Cherry wood interiors, extensively marbled bathrooms and nautical stripes on deck furnishings all add to Katharine’s timeless feel. However, it’s just before you step on board that Katharine’s magnificent curves begin to make you ooze over her opulent appeal. Katharine is oh-so elegant; the kind of superyacht that would make Gatsby feel at home. She has class and style, yet is warm and inviting enough to bring together the whole family.

Discussing her layout, Captain Mike began, “Katharine is an incredibly family-orientated yacht. We’ve had quite a number of families chartering on board. It’s just amazing with all the guest cabins on the same level.” He elaborates, “So you’ve got mum and dad and granny and grandpa and all the children… it’s like being in a home where you’re all on the same level.”

And he’s right; the interior really flows, adding to her graceful experience. Mike describes further, “You’ve got the huge open spaces, the sundeck, where you can have your 3 generations of family all having a wonderful time in the same area.”

With the self-playing piano enhancing the ambience on board, we discussed Katharine’s 2017 refit with Chief Stewardess, Rosie Finn. “They really started a fresh, they made it a lot lighter and kind of gave their own touch which made it a lot more homely,” she began. But her favourite place on board? Rosie continues, “I think the grand-salon where we have the piano is a really lovely place for our cocktail hours so that's usually with the piano playing in the background. It usually gets a nice little atmosphere going in there.”

It’s this atmosphere that creates a charter experience like no other. From 1920’s cocktail hour to a superyacht that creates spaces for granny and grandchild alike, the balance of classic and contemporary on Katharine is excellent. However it’s not all about the glamour; out on the water, Katharine and her multi-lingual crew can make for an adventure to compete with any other.

Deckhand, Mark Scales describes the outdoor experience that guests can expect as part of the package; “For the really adventurous we’ve got the scuba-gear, the great little sailboat and then those a little less adventurous, we have snorkelling, we’ve got seabobos… and that’s the best part as a deck crew member, seeing a whole family just chilling in the water!”

Available for charter with Burgess in the Caribbean this season and in the Mediterranean this summer, Katharine offers a stately space for up to 12 family members to enjoy.

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Lucky Lady: A Charter on the Edge of Excellence

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:00
Lucky Lady: A Charter on the Edge of Excellence A fresh, Caribbean morning was the perfect time to experience Lucky Lady. With the sun providing just enough light to enhance her warming, burnt-orange interiors we were greeted by the award-winning Captain and crew of the 62.6-metre (205’5”) Oceanco.

Stepping on board at the Antigua Charter Show, we discovered the stand-out qualities keeping her at the top of the Burgess charter fleet.

As you step into the main saloon, you’re hit with a zen-like ambience. Inviting and comfortable, the recently refitted spaces have been designed with the sole focus of making guests feel at ease. The burnt-orange interiors, in fact, were a result of the new Norwegian Birch Burl and Mahogany lined walls, enhanced by the reflection from the Lalique glass floor. The second stand-out feature? A wine-cellar that doubles as a work of art, also fit for consumption!

But charter isn’t all about opulence… We soon learned that the feeling of comfort was driving Lucky Lady’s charter successes; “On the charter market we stand out because we’re very comfortable…

It’s one of the things the owners wanted to do when they came on the boat they pretty much changed the interior,” began Captain Rob Shelnut. He continued, “For example the space we’re in now with the wine-showcase was a piano which nobody used. They wanted functional areas that people would use. They made it inviting and comfortable for everybody!”

In fact, the whole on-board experience is effortless for a yacht of 60m+. From dock to sundeck, the build makes for a seamless fluidity throughout; a testament to her builders at Oceanco. Rob elaborates on her most remedying guest feature; “We have a full length owners deck which is private or can be open depending on what the charter guests want to do and I think that makes it stand out; it’s something most boats don’t have.”

Further we spoke with First Officer, Jerad O’Dwyer about what Lucky Lady provides for those with activities at the heart of their charter. He described, “On Lucky Lady we're very lucky to have a full-time golf tee upstairs on the sundeck; so we’re able to clear all the furniture off, move the hand rails and set up a proper golf green [....] on charter at anchor that’s something that’s a really really enjoyable afternoon thing to do as the sun is setting - hitting golf balls out into the ocean.”

And with a Pro-Golfer as part of the crew, a demonstration followed; one that could make a round of golf appealing to even the least adventurous.

In addition to golfing, though, Lucky Lady’s sundeck leaves little to desire. Ample al-fresco dining space, a bar for entertaining, a centerpiece pool complete with a waterfall, and a whole lot of space for lounging. A space you could truly spend all day in without having to move inside.

With these features combined, it’s difficult to think what more 10 guests could need, but a Captain who received the most revered award in charter is really the icing on the cake. Rob explains,  “I think the reason I received the Charter Captain of the Year Award was because I’m very involved and part of what I do is instead of just telling the crew what needs to be done is I’ll be there with them.”

He closes our conversation with the bottom line; “I like to get involved with the guests and be around as they’re doing things and meeting and greeting them as they get on the boat and kind of just get involved in the programme which I don't think a lot of Captains do and I think that’s important.”

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The Magic Behind The Mystery: Uncovering Illusion V

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:00
The Magic Behind The Mystery: Uncovering Illusion V A true statement in contemporary Italian style, Illusion V is a 2014 Benetti-built superyacht that can’t help but catch the eye. On the exterior, her elegant lines extend far past her 58-metres (190’2”) and the reason for her name becomes all the more clear. On the interior, Green and Mingarelli capture a Bali-meets-penthouse style, while the Captain and crew appear effortless at home. Available for charter with Camper and Nicholsons, we stepped on board to discover the magic behind the illusion.

A warm dusty morning at the Antigua Charter Show turned out to be the perfect time to visit Illusion V. It’s likely that Illusion V’s decks are always so pristine; but the smaller details, from vibrant flowers to tropical table-settings painted the picture of a superyacht more than ready for charter. Greeted by an equally pristine crew, we took a tour before sitting down and talking in depth with Captain, Just Vreisendorp.

In response to such a warm welcome, it felt natural to ask how exactly the crew add to guests experience on deck, Just began, “I think the owner is very particular about his crew and I’m almost getting part of the furniture I think… with a few others on board! We’ve been working for such a long time together, so we try to keep crew and I think if you have a happy crew you have happy guests on board.” In fact, the crew even made the media team at home; camera crew and all.

Chief Officer, Matt Havemann talked more about how Illusion V’s sleek surface transforms into a catalyst for adventure. He describes, “We’re incredibly adventurous on board this boat. Yes, it’s ultra-luxurious [...] but we do have such a fun crew and the Captains are so confident in their ability that we like to get really close to the shore, which I guess is a little different to other boats.”

Seeing images of the 58m almost touching the shore; it’s clear he’s not exaggerating. It may be a challenge but one worth the navigation even just for the photo opportunity.

Matt elbarated, “So finding a secluded bay where we can get right up close in this beautiful water and tie up which is really fun for the crew and also great for the guests because you know we have this suspense where you’re getting this boat which is normally out at anchor [...] and you know it’s in swimming pool water.” To top it off, the crew kept referring to the yacht’s custom beach set up, which really takes private beach club to an otherworldly level.

But with all these unique features (not to mention the humidor, two tenders and a fully custom set of water toys) where best to soak them all in? Matt continued, “Of course everyone has heard of the milk-run [...] but because of our itinerary with our boss, Greece is just amazing. We’ve done it pretty extensively and love going down to the Islands that everyone knows about [...] but there’s so many islands in Greece that you never really get to see… so i guess if you use the boat for its mobility and its purpose, it’s awesome.”

To top it all off, Illusion V’s newest addition is Chief Stewardess and yoga instructor Shannon McAlister; who solidifies Illusion V’s status as a bali-chic retreat on the water. Chartering throughout the Caribbean this season, and next in the Med, Illusion V is a statement in style and a lesson in barefoot luxury.

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Andiamo: Refit and Ready for Charter

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:00
Andiamo: Refit and Ready for Charter Fresh and renewed following a recent refit, Andiamo’s charter credentials have gone from good to great. With Patrick Knowles Designs responsible for the update of the Benetti-build; the effortlessly lightened salons and spaces create a neutral escape from the vibrant Caribbean seas. On the market for charter with IYC, we take a look at the calm interior beneath her striking Italian lines in order to uncover the superyacht's charter success story.

Since her launch in 2009, Andiamo (ex-Lady Luck) swiftly became a magnet for charter in the 50m+ range, boasting a reputation internationally between the Med and Caribbean. At 59.6m (195'8") she offers 6 staterooms for up to 12 guests and since her refit, a distinctive dark blue hull that oozes sophistication and commands attention on the ocean.

At home at anchor in a hidden cove, the yacht’s brand new Intrepid Tender transports guests from deck, to a fully-rigged fishing boat where the afternoon can be spent seeking out the top spots, as advised by 15 adventurous members of crew.

While for the less lively, Andiamo’s beach club provides a whole new meaning to escape… Custom-built inflatables transform emerald seas into your own private pool and a sauna on the stern provides a touch of chalet chic.

By nightfall, gusts can delight in alfresco dining in a choice of 3 separate entertaining areas; but the sky lounge -where conversation areas come alive under star light, with the help of the bar and game table on the aft- is the perfect antidote to a day on the water.

But it’s Andiamo’s interior that gives her the charter edge. Where opulence and modernity are found in equal measures, Andiamo finds a comforting balance between luxury and the welcoming of sandy toes. Light satin-finished wood and over-sized windows bring the outdoors in, and the foyer adds lashings of grandeur with a lustrous white marble floor and circular glass elevator leading from deck to deck.

In the master, the king bed is centered with the space from a full-width suite, while to the forward; a private observation lounge provides a snooze-worthy spot to get away from it all.

Available to those wishing to retreat to the charter capital of the Caribbean, Andiamo offers a guests just the right amount of seclusion, serenity and sophistication in an incredibly crafted space. 

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National Geographic Celebrates 130 Years of Exploration

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:36

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On January 13, 1888, members of D.C.’s scientific and intellectual circles gathered to consider organizing a society “for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” Ten months later, the first issue of National Geographic magazine was sent to 200 members. More than 13,000 grants followed, funding the ground-breaking work of Explorers like archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Arctic explorer Robert Peary, primatologist Jane Goodall and oceanographer Sylvia Earl.

Check out this video chronicling 130 years of National Geographic covers in under two minutes. 

To honor our anniversary, National Geographic has launched a monthly digital series that will uncover rare artifacts from the Nat Geo vault. This month, the series reveals a video and images of a 115-year-old expedition to the North Pole

Also check out this video focused on our history, touching on various accomplishments as we look to the future. 

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115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended in Disaster

9 Photographs That Have Made History

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National Geographic Travel Names the Best Small Cities in the U.S.

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:39

February/March Issue Utilizes Data-Driven Research to Spotlight 29 Urban Destinations 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2018)—National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, today unveiled its 29 “Cities on the Rise” based on both a unique set of metrics as well as expert picks from its editors. To identify these rising small cities, Traveler worked with global destination branding advisors Resonance Consultancy in developing a Small Cities Index, a survey that drew from statistics and social media mentions to determine which cities rank highest in a variety of distinctive, fun categories including green spaces, coffee shops, live music and even Instagrammable moments. The results are in the February/March 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, available now on newsstands and online at www.natgeo.com/bestsmallcities.

“At Traveler we’re passionate about tales of urban renewal, about communities that have collaborated to improve their main streets, about smart cities that have pursued development policies that produce happiness. In this article, we report on authentic small cities that each embody a surprising superlative,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “Happy places for locals are also rewarding places for travelers. Our index of small cities on the rise is based on unconventional metrics that we think produce happiness: green spaces, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagrammable moments and puppies!”

Traveler’s 29 Best Small Cities in the U.S. are categorized by 10 key superlatives that influence both residents and visitors alike. Here’s the 10 categories and related features the index factored in:

  • Most Hipster Friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlors, record shops, vintage stores)
  • Musically Grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores)
  • Most Instagrammed (hashtags)
  • Most Artsy (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)
  • Best Groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists)
  • Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses)
  • Most Dog Friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog friendly restaurants)
  • Sudsiest (breweries)
  • Most Caffeinated (coffee shops)
  • Greenest (parks)

The results in each of these areas were then broken down by population sizes: 40,000-100,000, 100,000-200,000, and 200,000-600,000. Through Resonance Consultancy’s algorithm, Traveler surfaced the cities that ranked the highest for each population size and identified “trending” cities that didn’t top the list this year, but look to be climbing their way up. The Small Cities Index is based on Resonance Consultancy’s World’s Best Cities program, which is housed on BestCities.org and features a “Choose Your Perfect City” tool based on this data, as well as extensive city profiles on their top 100 cities.

“Every city is unique,” says Resonance Consultancy President Chris Fair. “Our approach to analyzing millions of consumer-generated ratings and reviews to create indexes such as these is an innovative new approach to revealing the characteristics that differentiate one place from another. We’re excited to be working with National Geographic to share this data and its insights with travelers around the world.”

The 29 Best Small Cities are:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Sudsiest)
  • Anchorage, Alaska (Trending- Most Caffeinated)
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Greenest)
  • Annapolis, Maryland (Trending- Dog Friendly)
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Most Artsy, Sudsiest)
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Best Groomed)
  • Boulder, Colorado (Hipster Friendly, Musically Grooviest, Most Caffeinated, Sudsiest)
  • Charleston, South Carolina (Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy)
  • Columbia, South Carolina (Best Groomed, Meatiest)
  • Greenville, South Carolina (Meatiest)
  • Hagerstown, Maryland (Best Groomed)
  • Healdsburg, California (Trending- Greenest)
  • Hickory, North Carolina (Hipster Friendly)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (Musically Grooviest, Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (Trending- Most Artsy)
  • Lakeland, Florida (Most Dog Friendly)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (Trending- Meatiest)
  • Madison, Wisconsin (Greenest)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (Trending- Hipster Friendly)
  • Newport, Rhode Island (Trending- Best Groomed)
  • Olympia, Washington (Most Caffeinated, Greenest)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (Trending- Musically Grooviest)
  • Pensacola, Florida (Most Dog Friendly)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Trending- Sudsiest)
  • Portland, Maine (Most Instagrammed)
  • Rapid City, South Dakota (Trending- Most Instagrammed)
  • Reno, Nevada (Meatiest, Most Dog Friendly)
  • Santa Cruz, California (Musically Grooviest)
  • Spokane, Washington (Hipster Friendly, Most Caffeinated)

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, itineraries and more with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 40 million – making it the most followed travel brand on social media.

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Staying Ahead of the Charter Stakes on Trending

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:00
Staying Ahead of the Charter Stakes on Trending Last month at the Antigua Charter Show we had the pleasure of sitting down with the Captain and crew on board quintessential 50-metre Westport superyacht, Trending. Recently undergoing a $4 million refit project to create nothing less than a charter machine, we learned how this lady of the Caribbean graces the world’s most enticing islands and forms the perfect backdrop to the Western Med. On the market with Camper & Nicholsons, we discussed the experience; from kite surfing to distinguished dining…

We began our interview comfortably seated inside the main saloon’s pristine interior; freshly updated in crisp white and silver, yet somehow still welcoming of sandy feet. Instantly at ease with one of two Captains, Yan Kunst, we asked what it was about M/Y Trending that appealed on the inside. He confirmed, “The interior is super modern refit, you see all the flooring in here, the marble, the upstairs sky lounge is all super light… a lot of the guests really appreciate that.”

Yes, Trending is extremely modern, but unsurprisingly, the Donald Starkey-designed Westport has her target market well mapped out; “The exterior is pretty much traditional Westport which especially for the American Charter Market, they're very comfortable with that - a slightly more conservative build with nothing too outlandish.” 

So with the American market booming, where better to indulge in a charter than across the waters in Trending’s favourite playground; the Caribbean.

We moved up-deck, where Chief Stewardess, Sophie Bell took us up into the sky lounge: the perfect backdrop to discover more about Trending’s most appealing features fit for tropical destinations.

She begins, “We have a really nice Boston Whaler as a ‘Trender’, so we can set that up to go fishing and also scuba diving... two stand up jet-skis, two regular jet-skis, paddle boards, windsurfing, kite-boards, four seabobs… so really anything you want to do, we can do.” The list really is exhaustive, “oh and also have a hover pack,” she adds.

Adding to the picture, Captain Yan notes a particularly memorable on-the-water moment; “We’ve already had 2 owner trips so the season is well underway, we went all the way down to Canouan and dropped off in Bequia down in Mustique and had a fantastic kite-surfing session next to the runway down in the anchorage. So the owners could see the Trending-branded kites flying while they were taking off in their jets,” and it’s clear that this is one of many memories to be made when chartering Trending.

Finally, we closed the morning speaking with Trending’s Chef, Charlie Blacker, whose enthusiasm for local ingredients and curbing his cuisine-creativity was nothing short of inspiring (and mouthwatering). Watching him at work in the galley, he remarked, “I wish I could say I had one dish; a signature dish… but it’s the bain of my life my own creativity. I seem to just do new things every time!”

And so ears filled with anecdotes of magical charters, we departed Trending and leave her ready for guests this season in the Caribbean and a summer spent exploring the Med.

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Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

Booker Gliding - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:36
Erstwhile Booker member Jon Gatfield is carrying the flag for GB this week in the World Final of the Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago Chile.



Day one was cancelled due to low cloud and poor heating. You can follow the action here: www.sgp.aero

Good luck Jon

Winter Lecture Series

Booker Gliding - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:24
Not so much lectures as briefings aimed at helping early solo pilots, Bronze candidates and others to make progress in their gliding, here is the programme for 2018.

The session on 27th January is for early solo to post Bronze pilots to discuss things which might be slowing their progress and how the club could help them to reach their goals, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about what gliding has to offer.




Adventure travel ideas: 11 of the best summer activity holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:00

If you are not into snow sports, then your adventure travel ideas may feel a bit restricted during the winter. So to keep you inspired, we’ve pulled together 11 of the best summer activity holidays around. Adventure travel ideas If the winter rain, wind and cold is getting you down, then there is nothing better then arranging...

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Lessons in Speed and Style: Chartering Grey Matters

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:00
Lessons in Speed and Style: Chartering Grey Matters When we stepped on board 45.7-metre (150’) Palmer Johnson, Grey Matters at the Antigua Charter Show, we discovered a yacht perfect for the modern day charterer. A 2007 build that wouldn’t look out of place as a new launch, her stripped back and speed-savvy appeal attracts those seeking both adrenaline and adventure.

On the charter market with Burgess, we sat down with her Captain and Crew to uncover Grey Matter’s sporty secrets...

Relaxing in the main saloon, it’s hard to believe Grey Matters most commonly cruises at 18 knots. Darting around islands such as The Bahamas in what would look like a rush, Captain Andy Burridge explains why moving at speed, even during a laid-back week of charter, has its perks. He begins, “Grey Matters is a wonderful boat for the Caribbean. Some of the islands being greater distances apart and with our speed we can bring them closer together.”

Quite literally, bringing land masses within close proximity to one another and allowing far more to be packed into a week’s itinerary is this superyacht’s selling point. Andy continues, “You know, getting between islands in a nice quick time, it’s maximising the time the guests can enjoy the destination rather than the journey.”

Yet Grey Matters racing stripes don’t stop there. Out on the water, her shiny new tender is an indulgent addition to a yacht that boasts a 1.8m draft, but nonetheless one that adds excitement to the experience.

Andy explains, “Our most recent upgrade was our 30-foot tender [...] It makes it fantastic for heading around into those destinations where the boat can’t get. And you can go up and go for a whole lunchtime picnic or afternoon adventure and have all the snorkelling gear on board and toys and it’s a wonderful asset.”

In fact, when it comes to toys, Grey Matters can complete with superyachts way above her size range. A testament to her experienced crew who are experts in the watersports experience, Grey Matters charter crowd are always in safe hands.

Connor Boyd, the yacht’s First Officer elaborates, “On board we have probably 70 years of on water experience. Our Captain first sailed across the atlantic at about 10-years old with his family. So this brings a lot of very good safety features onto our programme. I also think it makes for a more fun water sports experience. Trying to waterski or wakeboard is a very hard thing to do but if you can say the right things and you’ve done it a million times you can get people standing up very quickly!”

So not only does Grey Matters offer a week in luxury, but also watersports training; just the recipe for the kind of guest this superyacht is used to welcoming. “For the most part she really attracts the more adventurous, younger crowd who like to go fast and enjoy that lifestyle,”  Andy describes, “It’s also a great boat for families as we have a theatre on board.”

Available to charter in the Caribbean this season, and the Bahamas in summer, Grey Matters is the superyacht of choice for those who enjoy life in the fast lane, cruising the waters in safe hands and making the most of the world’s most exclusive destinations.

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The Top 100 Fleet in Focus: Kismet's Art Deco Glamour

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:00
The Top 100 Fleet in Focus: Kismet's Art Deco Glamour As a Top 100 contender, Kismet is one of the most iconic superyachts in the world. If topping the list of the largest superyachts wasn't enough Kismet offers a modern elegance unseen in contemporary vessels, offering a chic interior ensemble tailored to perfection.

Beguiling Lines
The silhouette created by Espen Oeino is distinctive from any direction, this pedigree-built superyacht has an imposing, yet graceful, modern profile and features exterior spaces to cater for every situation, wherever you are in the world.

This 95.2-metre Lürssen-built platform for adventure offers those on board unrivalled contemporary style within and endless amenities for up to 16 guests. A truly unforgettable superyacht, she is not only a Top 100 chart topper but a hot member of the charter market. Launched in 2014, she retains her contemporary glamour and character in every sense to this day, magnetising guests to her effervescent quarters to host an ocean voyage like no other.

A Blossoming Interior
Kismet dresses for every occasion; family charters, friends in the Med, a romantic escape to glistening waters of The Caribbean, all with the draping elegance of rich sultry textures and a warm and homely colour palette. Her 'Champagne & Caviar' theme bursts with grandiose, while her architecture illuminates an Art Deco-inspired era of sultry silhouettes.

Providing a platform for the owner to build on his previous iconic yacht, she is truly dashing. Her story is one of modern glamour and traditional flair beam throughout. Take her signature 3D Printed Jaguar bow ornament - just one eye-catching feature that is a talking point for her interior.

A step into her living quarters, one thing is plain. Her intoxicating marriage of black and gold are dramatic and inviting, spark immersive retreats for guests into her luxe corners perfect for marvelling her interior. Throw in a cosy fireplace, she boasts the splendid comfort of a home across 95-metres of luxury.

The First Choice in Charter
Available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, she boasts an exemplary vessel for frolicking the azure. Now, twelve guests can step on board superyacht Kismet to enjoy a charter experience with highlights reminiscent of a romantic novella.

Charter highlights include her mosaic tiled pool with an inset Jacuzzi on the upper foredeck where melting sunsets are met with ocean envelopment. Discover her helipad on the foredeck which excitingly doubles up as a basketball court, or her grand piano perfect for ending an evening with entertainment. Her club room meets cinema is just one dimension to hide away if the spa on the lower deck wasn't enough of an escape.

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The Largest Yachts in the World for Charter in 2018

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:00
The Largest Yachts in the World for Charter in 2018 Whether the goal is relaxation, exploration or entertainment, the charter lifestyle on board one of the largest yachts in the world is, quite possibly, the fastest route to achieving personal nirvana. With a new list of yachts set to arrive in 2018, we take a look at the current list of the world’s largest yachts listed for charter on Superyachts.com.

Kismet
Available for charter in the Caribbean before heading to the Mediterranean this Summer, Kismet is an artfully designed superyacht by Espen Oeino available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship. This 95.2-metre Lürssen-built platform for adventure offers those on board unrivalled contemporary style within and endless amenities for up to 16 guests. A true focal superyacht, not only in the Top 100 but the entire charter market.

Indian Empress
A classic Oceanco which benefited from a complete refit in both 2008 and 2015, Indian Empress hit the water in 2000 and set the bar high for the future fleet of the Dutch builder. Available for charter with Burgess, the distinctively winged superstructure is synonymous with an unbridled lifestyle onboard; offering guests the chance to party in complete opulence, or relax in style against any chosen backdrop.

Moonlight II
The 85.3-metre Moonlight II is a celebrated charter yacht given its decorated career on the water, it's timeless style and unparalleled allure to charter guests around the world. With spa facilities such as plunge pools and a sauna, access to all decks via lift and open spaces to fit any situation, this is widely considered one of the largest, and best superyachts to explore the Mediterranean on board this summer.

Nero
Relaunched in 2016 with a totally updated interior by Laura Pomponi, Nero has recently embarked on a new charter era with Burgess. This iconic example of seamless sophistication and bygone style offers ample deck space, palatial interior surroundings and creates a lifestyle par excellence for up to 12 guests looking to cruise either the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

Lauren L
Built by Alpha Marine and on the charter market with Titan Broker, Lauren L boasts a legion of attractive features for potential charter guests; from a highly-skilled staff of 31 crew to expansive deck and interior areas throughout for a full spectrum of luxury facilities. The 90-metre superyacht offers space for up to 40 guests, with a remarkable ability to host parties of up to 200. An absolute must, given the sheer entertainment factor.

The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon is widely considered the most iconic luxury sailing yacht on the water. A poster-child for progressive performance, unbridled luxury and total freedom under sail, this ultra-stylish Perini Navi superyacht is also one of the finest, and largest, charter yachts on the market. Available for charter with Burgess, The Maltese Falcon - aside from a powerful first impression - offers up a flawless interior and ample accommodation for 12 across the waters of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean this summer.

Aquila
American pedigree and flawless elegance, Aquila may loom over most motor yachts at 85.60-metres but this sophisticated charter yacht is a beautiful vessel to behold. Built by Derecktor in 2010, this Tim Heywood exterior offers up a stunning Dalton Design interior within - filled with breathtaking details to enhance any charter - and endless amenities surrounding the enjoyment of time spent at sea for up to 14 guests.

Solandge
After selling Solandge at the start of 2017, Moran Yacht & Ship is still proudly in charge of this vibrant and distinctive superyacht’s career entertaining charter guests on the water. Seemingly built for the charter lifestyle, Solandge offers everything from DJ booths to transforming Jacuzzis, and sophisticated al fresco dining to relaxed screenings in a personal cinema room. With versatility in its DNA, there’s a reason why Solange is one of the most celebrated charter yachts on the water.

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Sunday Retrieve Team

Booker Gliding - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:21
Anything to keep warm
The cold and wind didn't spoil the fun on Sunday!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 YEAR OF THE BIRD CAMPAIGN, A YEAR-LONG EFFORT DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING AND PROTECTING BIRDS

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:00

National Geographic, National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and more than 100 organizations join forces for 12 months of storytelling and science to examine how our changing environment is impacting birds around the globe

Campaign to include simple but meaningful actions that anyone can take for a healthy planet filled with the beauty of birds

  “If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big environmental problems in the world.”

Thomas E. Lovejoy, Tropical Conservation Biologist and National Geographic Fellow

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2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International will join forces with more than 100 other organizations and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.

This effort aims to heighten public awareness of birds because of their wonder and beauty—and because they symbolize nature’s interconnectedness and the importance of caring for our shared planet. To get started, visitors to BirdYourWorld.org will discover simple but meaningful steps that anyone can take to help birds each month and join a pledge to participate.

Through 12 months of storytelling, science research and conservation efforts, Year of the Bird will examine how our changing environment is driving dramatic losses among bird species around the globe and highlight what we can do to help bring birds back.

Participating organizations include nonprofit and conservation groups, state and federal agencies, zoos, nature centers, and ornithological societies that are working together to raise the visibility of birds and inspire action through #BirdYourWorld throughout 2018. The campaign will also utilize National Geographic’s portfolio of media platforms reaching millions of people around the world with engaging bird content that will educate, inspire and raise awareness about the challenges that birds are facing and what people can do to help.

Content and activities will include:

  • Magazine Features: Twelve feature stories in National Geographic magazine throughout 2018. National Geographic Traveler magazine will also feature print and digital articles to help savvy travelers discover birds of the world.
  • Books: Two new National Geographic books focused on birds: Birds of the Photo Ark, with charismatic bird portraits by Joel Sartore and evocative text by Big Year birder extraordinaire Noah Strycker, publishing March 6, 2018. And The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photography From National Geographic will release 23, 2018. The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America published Sept. 2017.
  • National Geographic Kids Content: National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America, Second Edition, will publish March 13, 2018. And Fly with Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple, publishing Oct. 16, 2018. Visit com/year-of-the-bird/ to find out more.
  • Migration Maps: A supplemental migration map in National Geographic magazine, as well as a dynamic digital map of bird migration, powered by data from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, launching in March.
  • Digital and Social Media: A robust #BirdYourWorld digital campaign and special Year of the Bird offering of infographics, videos, photo galleries, species profiles, short-form articles, and a social video series that will take viewers birding with filmmaker Bertie Gregory.
  • Television: Nat Geo WILD celebrates the Year of the Bird with specials “Planet of the Birds” and “Dino Bird” premiering on Friday, Jan. 19.
  • Museum Exhibition: An exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., featuring photos from iconic photographer Stephen Wilkes documenting four ancient bird migrations across the globe.
  • Thought Leader Event: An event at National Geographic headquarters gathering scientists and conservationists to explore the challenges and solutions for conservation and policy, all through the lens of birds.
  • Prints: Additionally, in honor of the Year of the Bird, National Geographic is offering a curated selection of prints for the home or office. Detailed artwork and stunning photography from the National Geographic archives and the National Geographic magazine is available in partnership with Art.com. The collection of framed and unframed prints represents beloved bird species around the world and makes a great gift for any bird enthusiast. Click hereto see the bird prints. 
  • Travel: Three new birding expeditions to Central and South America led by renowned birding experts, bird-focused programming at many members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, and designated Year of the Bird ambassadors on select voyages aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet.
  • Educational Resources and Events: A number of resources for educators and family-friendly events.
  • Research Grants: National Geographic Society grants building on 130 years of grantmaking history that advance scientific understanding and fill critical knowledge gaps on species, including birds.
  • Monthly featured content: Showcasing inspiring work by BirdLife International, Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

 

National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology brings together scientists, technology, and bird enthusiasts from around the world to improve the understanding and protection of birds and nature. For the Year of the Bird, the Cornell Lab will release new animated maps of bird migration and invite the public to contribute to the Great Backyard Bird Count and two Global Big Days aimed at finding as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. The Lab also invites people all of all ages to delve into the world of birds with the free Merlin Bird ID app, live Bird Cams, online Bird Academy, BirdSleuth K-12 curriculum, books from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, and more. Visit AllAbout Birds.org.

 

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country (including Audubon in USA) – and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7,000 local conservation groups and 7,400 staff. BirdLife strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is driven by our belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through our global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people. BirdLife is a nonprofit conservation NGO. Find us at www.birdlife.org on Twitter (@BirdLife_news) and Facebook.

 

CONTACTS

Nicolas Gonzalez, National Audubon Society, ngonzalez@audubon.org, (212) 979-3100

Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology: PEL27@cornell.edu, (607) 254-2137

Shaun Hurrell, BirdLife International, shaun.hurrell@birdlife.org, (+44) 1223 747555

Ann Day, National Geographic, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6712

Superyacht Charter Focus: Going Green on Grace E

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:00
Superyacht Charter Focus: Going Green on Grace E The plush 73-metre superyacht giant Grace E, offers her guests a unique experience on board the environmentally, ever-chic Italian stallion by Perini Navi's E Picchiotti. Available to charter with Burgess Yachts, she is a jewel to behold, with a 2013 build showcasing the best of interiors by Remi Tessier and exteriors by Philippe Briand. For an escape into alluring comfort, with a sustainable edge, she is the place to be.

Grace E won global acclaim after collecting a host of awards for her exterior design, interior design and eco-technology across her time on the water. Here's why she makes the perfect charter choice for a more environmentally conscious start to 2018.

For Sustainable Superyachting
Her dynamic positioning system allows the yacht to stay in place without dropping anchor, which means Grace E can cruise in ecologically vulnerable locations such as coral reefs, without damaging the environment.

Whether exploring the mangroves of the Caribbean by Winter or the rustic glamour of the Western Med by Summer, take a moment to relish in the vast expanse of your voyage right on the guest deck space.

Her luxe-curved seating is cocooned from the elements, and further protection is provided in the form of low-profile transparent windshields adding a dash of functional design that makes it all the more perfect.

With installations to reduce her carbon footprint, to the systems which mitigate the exhaust fumes and a focus on better trash management and storage, she is just the charter vessel for those looking for an ethical ocean traverse. 

For Relaxation and Replenishment...
With Grace E, not only is her ethical edge a feel-good factor for her charter guests but her wellness centre marks an entirely new approach to superyachting. Take her wellness deck; a massage room with steam and sauna, full gym and treatment room.

Hydrotherapy bath by morning, a dry sauna by day and retreat room for meditation by night, offers 360-degree azure views on the wellness deck for pure escape into nature's splendour. 

Keen to exercise with a view? There is a 3.5-metre exercise pool on the upper deck, perfectly followed with beauty treatments before a visit to her circular bar serving up any alcoholic beverage or juice kick that takes your fancy. 

For His and Her's at Sea...
When romance calls, those within the twelve guest space have a sheer moment of privacy built in the enclave of seclusion that hides within Grace E.

With five decks, four of which are connected by an elevator, the transition between her quarters are seamless for both privacy and socialising with guests. Couples can take to the spectacular full beam master suite featuring a beautiful central bathtub and separate his and her shower rooms.

Interior highlights include noise dampening throughout due to her unique installation that marries perfectly with her soft colour palette. A fusion of dusky greys, creams and contemporary bespoke furniture pieces offer a zen retreat for intimacy and escape. 

For Day to Night Entertainment...
By day, a host of luxury jet tenders and a full assortment of water toys are managed by an energetic crew that are completely dedicated to their guests' well-being. With the ocean your playground to explore, nothing quite say's ocean fun than a scenic skimming of inland waters, a lush island landscape blushing the horizon in technicolour.

For the evening? State-of-the-art audio-visual systems and DJ input on main deck aft mean party beats till the early morning. Sneak to the Kaleidescape movie library for cinematic seclusion.

Marking a trend toward more environmentally friendly superyachts, she is the perfect vessel for those looking to immerse in a sanctuary of serenity both in the style, and comfort, of a traditional superyacht. 

Grace E is available to charter with Burgess both in the Caribbean and Central America in the Winter Season and the West Med in the Summer Season. 

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