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Extremes of weather

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 19:12
Yesterday we believed the forecast and got to the airfield early, so there was plenty of time to enjoy the frost, the mist in the valleys, the sunshine - and the total lack of wave. Well....there was a tiny bit, and Richard did eventually manage a couple of flights to around 6,000ft, but mostly it was just not quite strong enough for a climb, and very confusing.

Today there was no doubt. It rained. A lot. Alternative occupations varied. One party went to Loch Muick.

Very wetAnother couple of carloads went to Newburgh Seal Beach where there were lots of ........seals.....floating up the river on the incoming tide.

Wondering where the incoming tide will go next
Sea. Seals. Rain
The prize for adventure, though not for scenic views, goes to Jacek and Howard, who climbed up Lochnagar in cloud.

The route
Nice view
The summit

SuccessThere is wave in the forecast tomorrow, but also rain, so we will have to wait and see.

Meanwhile back Booker a first solo

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:03



Congratulations to Michael Criseil who went solo in a glider for the first time. A long time power pilot he has come along to try out something new. The smile on his face shows he enjoyed it and cannot wait to do more.


Early and late wave

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:30
There was just time for a quick sortie to 10,000ft for 315 this morning before the front arrived, and some rain. Most people went to the Black Faced Sheep for a cake fix. Later in the afternoon the sky cleared and 315 launched again, along with Howard in his new Ventus, and climbed to around 6,000ft before descending into the sunset.

Waiting for the tug
Morning wave
Later that same day
Howard and a lot of wing

Rest day - mostly

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 17:31
Today the early morning was obscured by clouds - or mist, depending on viewpoint. However, the sky cleared and the sun came out and the benign conditions favoured circuit practice and Mark Dyos, who had his first wave flight yesterday, today achieved his first Aboyne solo.

The grin says it allOther activities included a walk round Craigendarroch and a check on local teashops and outdoor clothing shops.

Field landing assessment



Booker expedition to Aboyne - good things come to those who wait

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:39
Most people arrived on Saturday after a remarkably easy drive - no pouring rain, no hold ups, beautiful scenery and cloudscapes - so on Sunday there was plenty of energy for rigging the Duo and the K21 for check flights.

Today was warm and sunny with nil wind, so the early flights were difficult to sustain - although Richard and Jacek had a memorable encounter soaring with a golden eagle. Later on it was possible with care to find a mix of thermal and wave with the max height being around 6,000ft. Everyone flew, so we are now ready for anything!

Early morning mist
Loch Muick from not very high AGL
Mount Keen
EvidenceDee Valley
Looking good in the Aberdeen airway

The picture above shows the setting for Birkellunn log cabin, our accommodation for week 2. It's in the centre of the pic and the Cambus O May bridge on the river Dee points at it!

Lochs and Morvern viewed from the south.
Bit of a flat sky, but it looked nice

Top 15 high wind windsurf spots: Best windsurfing for experts

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:00

Looking for the best windsurfing for experts? Well this list of the top 10 high wind windsurf spots are a good place to start. Best windsurfing for experts Windsurfing in high winds is considered to be the pinnacle of the sport for many people. Simply because it offers the most...

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Indian activity holidays: 19 best adventure sports in India

Windsurfing - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:09

Most people don’t think about Indian activity holidays when considering visiting this incredible country. But the best adventure sports in India are right up there with anything else you can find around the world, often at a fraction of the price. Indian activity holidays India is a country that’s well...

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Strikes, delays and baggage charges: Do we have to fly anyway?

Windsurfing - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 19:00

Are strikes, delays and baggage charges making you reconsider taking an adventure sports holiday? We ask the question ‘do we have to fly anyway?’ Strikes, delays and baggage charges News that British Airways and Ryanair staff could strike again is bad for travellers. As are delays and major travel disruptions...

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Singles activity holidays in Europe: 5 best places to adventure and party

Windsurfing - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 14:00

Looking for top singles activity holidays in Europe? Then check out the best places to adventure and party below. Planning an adventure and party holiday It’s never too soon to start planning your next adventure. In fact the sooner you start arranging it the more friends are likely to join...

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MYS 19: Ocean Independence on Efficient Explorers

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 13:00
MYS 19: Ocean Independence on Efficient Explorers Since its inception in 2005, Ocean Independence has firmly established itself as a market leader in charter sales. Sales Director Toby Maclaurin and Managing Partner Nick Dean visited the Breaking News Centre at the Monaco Yacht Show to talk about maintaining their place at the top table.

Around the Show, visitors will see that Ocean Independence is exhibiting a number of exciting vessels including Endeavour II and Irimari, some of the most eagerly anticipated vessels at Port Hercules this week.

 The 63m Sunrise yacht Irimari is a favourite among charter clients, and sits right in the centre of Port Hercules, an aesthetic giant turning heads across the show. While Endeavour II, a 50m tri-deck explorer described by Toby Maclaurin as a “pocket explorer”, offers power and performance (perfect for exploration) like no other. Powered by a diesel-electric hybrid system, Endeavour II is a highly efficient explorer yacht that is easily capable of transatlantic crossings. This combination of an efficient and environmentally conscious yacht is something that Ocean Independence sees as a vital part of the industry’s future.

“There is a trend of a move to explorer style yachts,” explains Nick Dean, though he acknowledges that the exact definition of an explorer yacht is variable. Nonetheless, Dean believes that this trend is opening up the market to a new way of thinking. “We have seen some wonderful smaller yachts that 10 years ago we may have said ‘what on earth is that’, but it is fitting client lifestyle.” This shift in the approach is helping designers to flourish and is paving the way for exciting collaborations.

On the subject of green yachting, Nick Dean believes the trend should be viewed as an opportunity, and it must be used as a platform for innovative new designs. “To be green and not look green I think is going to be a crucial part of this business for the future. That’s up to us as an industry to create a new way of thinking. In the next two or three years a lot of this is going to be law. These rules have been coming for a very long time and now we need to accelerate the thinking of ‘how’. It’s not just a trend, it’s a necessity.”

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Whispering Wardrobes 2019

Booker Gliding - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 12:30
The sun shone, the sky was blue - but the wind was just a little too brisk for some of the more feather-like vintage gliders. But the launchpoint was busy all day with training flights and trial lessons in the K21s and people having fun in the syndicate T21 and Robin's Jaskółka. The day finished with Graham flying aeros in his Luňák, after which everyone retired to the clubhouse for one of John Hubb's barbeques. Today the weather has broken and rain is stopping play.

How many people does it take to rig a Jaskółka?
T21 fun
George taking it seriously, under Robin's watchful eye

IOW adventure holidays in Sandown: 18 of the best Isle of Wight activities

Windsurfing - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:19

Think the Isle of Wight is boring? Think again! IOW adventure holidays in Sandown offer many exciting things to do. In this article we find out why the best Isle of Wight activities in Sandown make this a surprisingly adventurous destination. Why IOW adventures? Better weather than the mainland combined...

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Historic day at Booker

Booker Gliding - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 23:01
Well some historic aircraft at least.  Today more than 15 club members took advantage of the opportunity for a flight in a historic aeroplane.  The Shuttleworth Tiger Moth and Miles Magister came to Booker for the day.  Shuttleworth and Booker Gliding Pilots Andy Monk (Tiger Moth) and  Richard Crockett (Magister) were joined by RAF Test Pilot Willy Hackett (Magister), and they gave each of their guests a great demonstration of formation flying and of the handling characteristics of these fine old aircraft.
Many of us got some great photographs and here are some examples from John Otty, Jeremy Gilbey and Bob Smith, maybe you will want a go next year!

If you like the sight of these older aircraft then don't forget that next weekend we have the WHISPERING WARDROBES VINTAGE GLIDER event. Come along and have a go in the club T21, you never know what other vintage glider you may end up in a thermal with.






Ah, so that's why you wear a crash helmet.

Keep an eye on the RPM Biggles.




White Waltham

Booker Gliding - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:04
We were invited once again to take our sim to West London Aero Club's Members' Day fundraising event - raising money for Air Ambulance and the RAF Benevolent Fund. It's a really good day out, with some exciting air displays to distract us from offering sim sessions to those attending.

Henry chatting to a former Booker member who happened to be passingMany thanks to Bob Smith for towing the sim there and back, and to Henry Ross, David Humphreys and Chris Collett for staffing - and to Ann Tabbner who came along to help us pack everything up.

Lady Amanda: Charter Yacht Offers No Rain Guarantee

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:00
Lady Amanda: Charter Yacht Offers No Rain Guarantee Following its sell-out success of charter bookings during the high season in the Mediterranean, popular charter yacht Lady Amanda returns to the market with an eye-catching offer. The 30m motor yacht, managed by West Nautical, is offering a ‘No Rain Guarantee’ to prospective clients.

Built by Couach Yachts in 2006 and refitted in 2018, Lady Amanda has consistently received high praise from charter clients, and is looking to extend her summer season of sailing from September through to November. Available for charter in the south of France and Italian Riviera, West Nautical are offering Lady Amanda with a ‘No Rain Guarantee’ that offers clients a refund should they experience more than 2 consecutive hours of rain on any day between the hours of 10am and 8pm.

The offer would provide clients who make bookings 10 days in advance with the safety net of a full refund for the day, should their superyacht experience be hindered by showery interruptions. Tina Collins, Charter Fleet Manager at West Nautical, said “this offer represents an excellent opportunity for charter clients interested in a late season charter to offset the risk of their experience being spoiled by bad weather, with significant financial savings. The low season weekly rate for chartering Lady Amanda is €43,000 – so clients can save over €6,000 per day if their yachting holiday is impacted by rain.”

Lady Amanda boasts a bright and spacious interior, accommodating ten guests in four ensuite cabins. One Master cabin, one VIP cabin and two double cabins offer luxurious retreats for guests, and each cabin is brightened by pristine white carpets and natural light that flows through the portholes. Plenty of entertainment is installed around the yacht, including a fully-loaded sundeck with fly bridge, bar, large dining area and Jacuzzi.

The ample on-board entertainment and luxury justifies why Lady Amanda is such a success on the charter market, and the excitement is shared by the Captain and crew, who take pride in providing unforgettable experiences to their guests.

“Me and the rest of the crew are happiest entertaining guests onboard, so we welcome the opportunity to extend our summer fun along with our charter guests,” said Captain Ashley Oberholzer. “The owner has made a massive investment in toys including a 4.5m jet tender, an electric scooter, a 5m slide, an ocean pool, blast bag, jet ski, Seabobs, paddle boards, wakeboards, wakeskate, water skis, donut, and even a crane swing.” This action-packed yacht is ideal for those seeking some late summer adventure and the incredible facilities cater for all group dynamics.

The incredible offer is sure to spark an interest among those who recognise the advantages of the Autumn season in the Mediterranean. With crowds thinning out, it is the perfect time to enjoy these beautiful locations with extra serenity, while still enjoying the full bloom. This can all be done, of course, with the added benefit of a risk-free ‘No Rain Guarantee’ charter.

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Emily Collett

Booker Gliding - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 20:15
We are very sad to announce that Emily lost her life on Saturday 24th August while teaching aerobatics in her Pitts. We offer our condolences to Mike and to both Mike's and Emily's families.


Nomad IV Takes on French Polynesia

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 10:00
Nomad IV Takes on French Polynesia In a market of ever-increasing variety, the choice of yachts for potential charterers is expanding at an impressive rate. With bigger and bigger builds from highly sophisticated motor yachts to hybrids, this week’s charter focus instead takes a rather different approach. Enter Nomad IV; the 30 metre sailing yacht built by Italian shipyard Maxi Dolphin offering its guests an alternative and unique charter experience like no other this coming spring.

Superyachts in construction today are undoubtedly getting bigger and bigger. The demand for large, imposing builds has been undeniably on the up, and one look at the Top 100’s impressive portfolio makes it easy to see why. A trip on Nomad IV however offers something very different – and that is, at the very crux of it, a realisation of a pure passion for sailing.

With a non-complex but extremely comfortable and spacious layout, Nomad IV gives charterers the feeling of being close to the sea, which is arguably at its core the principal reason to own or charter a yacht. Its modest size offers charterers the chance to access ports and other areas which the largest superyachts of the modern day could not dream of entering, making it the perfect choice to discover new locations and live the dream of a true sailing adventure.

Nomad IV will be available for charter in French Polynesia from April 2020, presenting the perfect opportunity to explore some of the unspoilt spots in this part of the world. For charterers seeking a yet more alternative choice than Bora Bora, we would recommend stopping off to enjoy some of the lesser known but equally beautiful spots along the South Pacific.

Must-see destinations for the more adventurous charterer include the pristine beaches of the Vanilla Islands, or the glittering turquoise shores of Huahine. Nomad IV’s captain will escort you to discover the rugged landscape of Fatu Hiva, home to his favourite bay Hanvavae, which served as the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s renowned ‘Treasure Island’.

For those readers wondering whether a trip aboard Nomad IV means compromising on any degree of comfort, we wish to put your minds at ease.  Each of her spacious 5 cabins is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, offering room for up to 12 guests. Other notable features include the yacht’s spacious deck saloon, affording guests a 360° panoramic view of stunning surroundings in an idyllic setting.

Nomad IV will be available for charter with Bernard Gallay from April 2020, when she is sure to be a popular choice for adventurous charterers in the spring and summer seasons to come.  

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