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National Geographic, Pop-Up Magazine and The Seattle Symphony Partner for Live Event in Seattle This Spring

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 18:01

National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, presented by The Seattle Symphony, will be held April 30, 2018 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets will be available to the public on Jan. 25, 2018 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2018)—National Geographic and Pop-Up Magazine, the internationally renowned “live magazine,” along with the Seattle Symphony, have announced a one-night-only special event at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Monday, April 30, 2018. National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine is an unforgettable evening of live journalism, featuring acclaimed storytellers from the worlds of film, print, audio, photography and more. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PST  at seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2017-2018/nat-geo/pop-up.

Pop-Up Magazine works with Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio and podcast voices, and internationally known artists to perform thrilling stories at large theaters across the nation. This unique, collaborative edition of Pop-Up Magazine is produced specifically for fans who share National Geographic’s legendary fascination with the world around us, and will feature a mix of multimedia stories from Pop-Up Magazine and National Geographic contributors accompanied by an original live score performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us through ground-breaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “The partnership between National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine is an excellent opportunity to go further and bring the stories that have graced the pages of National Geographic magazine to a live, multimedia platform for curious and engaged people.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with National Geographic. The people who attend National Geographic Live events and Pop-Up Magazine shows are creative and curious about the world. Our show at the Seattle Symphony will bring them all a fun, fascinating night,” said Douglas McGray, Editor-in-Chief of Pop-Up Magazine.  

For more information on National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, please visit seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2017-2018/nat-geo/pop-up.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick / National Geographic / hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6762

Victoria Chow / Pop-Up Magazine / victoria@popupmagazine.com / Tel: (917) 671-8779

Jen Rice / Benaroya Hall / rice1234@yahoo.com

About 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 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Pop-Up Magazine Productions

Pop-Up Magazine Productions brings unforgettable multimedia storytelling to major theaters across the nation with the acclaimed live event, Pop-Up Magazine, called “a sensation” by The New York Times and “beautiful” by the Los Angeles Times. Renowned writers, photographers, radio and podcast producers, and filmmakers perform new, true stories onstage, accompanied by a live band and original score. Pop-Up Magazine Productions also publishes The California Sunday Magazine, the national magazine featuring ambitious reported features and photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America. The California Sunday Magazine, founded at the end of 2014, has been named a finalist for seven National Magazine Awards, including 2017 Magazine of the Year, and won three, including the National Magazine Award for Design and the National Magazine Award for Photography two years in a row. For more information visit popupmagazine.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About The Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Since 2011 the Seattle Symphony has been under the leadership of Ludovic Morlot who will step down as Music Director following the 2018-2019 season and be succeeded by current Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard. The Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year.  The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received three Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Berth Global with Denison Yachts in Golfito Costa Rica

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:00
Berth Global with Denison Yachts in Golfito Costa Rica From dense rainforest to unspoiled fishing grounds, the prime location of Costa Rica is the lush landscape of beauty and adventure turned superyacht hotspot thanks to Denison’s recent team up with the Golfito Marina Village project, the only marina in the Caribbean and Central America entirely dedicated to superyachts.

Whether you are a globe-trotter looking to go off the beaten track, or simply a superyacht owner looking for an edge of adventure alongside the Shangri-La of your superyacht-Costa Rica has it all. Now, with their latest superyacht berth, Golfito Marina Village revolutionises this hotspot, as the perfect superyacht destination.

Why Costa Rica?
With Costa Rica becoming one of the most popular charter destination for adventurers and explorers, the infrastructure followed suit. Golfito Marina Village, the only berth for yachts over 350 feet available for sale with Denison Yachts, makes this protected marina an ultra-desirable facility for any ocean traverse.

Tucked away in the deepwater fjord of Golfe Duce looks set to transform the yachting landscape in Costa Rica, providing easy access to the stunning Osa Peninsula and the superb diving, sportfishing and surfing grounds of the south.

Location, Location, Location
Ideally located in Central America, with cruising distance from the Caribbean ideally located at a crossroads between the Caribbean and the Pacific, Costa Rica is a haven for cruisers, allowing yacht owners to travel in and out of calm waters with considerable ease and a sense of seclusion. Additionally, Golfito is the ideal spot to cross into Panama and transit the canal before journeying up the beautiful Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. With direct access to the Pacific, it is the only allowed drop-off zone for yacht transport in central America.

The Berth of Something Special
Golfito offers 6 slips for sale for yachts up to 350’, half a dozen berths for 150’ superyachts and a dozen berths for 70’ and 90’ yachts. The fuel dock is 265’ long and is the fastest in the Caribbean for refueling your superyacht, delivering up to 200 gpm. One of the fastest in the world. Yet the amenities of the marina don’t stop there. Golfito offers customs and documentation office, a service yard, high speed internet (up to 4K), and 24/7 security. Advantages of the marina include  fastest fuel dock in the entire Caribbean, only docks over 350' for sale in the Americas, unspoiled fishing grounds and crossroads between the Caribbean and the Pacific.  

Eat, Sleep, Adventure, Repeat!
This private marina, a haven for superyachts, became the largest capacity superyacht marina in the Central American Pacific. When it opened on March 1, 2017, Golfito Marina braggs its most notable feature; the village built around the marina, featuring a floating restaurant and nightclub, an exclusive yacht club, multiple private residences and a wide array of activities around the bay. Golfito is poised to become the new home for cruising superyachts marking a shift toward discovery right at the heart of nature.

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Interior Insight: The World As Seen By Lili

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 10:00
Interior Insight: The World As Seen By Lili When Studio Laura Sessa took to the interiors of Amels superyacht, Lili it was with clear intent: to create the most customized Amels 180 ever delivered. Hitting the water just one year ago (2017), Lili has travelled the world, with her destinations as unique as her interior. Providing a garden of Eden-like feel for up to 12 guests, Lili is the perfect charter yacht for discovery both on the inside, and out. We take a closer look at her interior-affinity with unearthing the globe.

At 55-metres (180'5"ft) long, Lili is ideally balanced in a number of ways. Her size bracket provides space for more than enough in the way of entertainment, yet she doesn’t shy from the shallows.  

While Tim Heywood Design was responsible for the model’s iconic exterior design; Sessa has created a similar success story on the inside. Lili’s creamy hull is not only a reflected in her name, but also in Sessa’s choice of a rich palate. Velvety hues run deep, with soft golds and oozy caramel creating the base hues for a tranquil charter environment.

But it’s not just the colours that create Zen. Textures are the basis of Lili’s opulence, with delicate embellishments and luxurious quilting creating the subtle regal touches that charter guests are more than used to.

In fact, everything on board seems as though it’s in place for a sensory experience; from the patterned wall paneling to flashes of abstract art and of course, neutral carpets as a welcome sanctuary for sandy toes. However, you’re never too far away from the open air, with fold out balcony’s providing the ultimate seascape; a place to feel at one with the world.

Nevertheless, it’s out on the sun deck where Sessa’s inspiration really enhances Lili’s unusual cruising grounds. Oversized sun-pads dripping with cushions provide unrivalled spots for taking in the view, while tasteful trinkets of travel decorate the al-fresco space. Bringing nature on board, Lili’s collection of conch shells and miniature palms line the teak with effortless appeal, literally bringing the elements in.

And, when day turns to night, there’s an outdoor cinema to ensure every minute can be spent out in the open.

In fact, there isn’t anything on board this Amel’s creation that doesn’t echo the great outdoors. On the charter market with Imperial Yachts, Lili is spending the winter discovering Thailand and the Indian Ocean before heading to the Eastern Med.

Her 13 crew are more than ready to provide adventures into waters less travelled, with the help of Lili’s gentle surroundings. 

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND SPRINT LAUNCH “CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION” TO FUEL THE GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES OF TOMORROW

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 00:49

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND SPRINT LAUNCH “CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION” TO FUEL THE GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES OF TOMORROW

Winner of the CHASING GENIUS challenge to receive $25,000 to turn their idea into a catalyst for change

(WASHINGTON, D.C. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan.– January 24, 2018) – Because transformative ideas can come from anywhere, and anyone, National Geographic, presented by Sprint, is announcing “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation.” This new CHASING GENIUS challenge is aimed at inspiring innovative ideas focused on wireless connectivity and the network of the future.

Advancements in wireless technology enable people to connect around the globe, sharing new ideas, information, and solutions that can change the world. Through the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge, National Geographic and Sprint will inspire innovative ideas for using wireless connectivity to make positive change, and award the winning idea $25,000 for further development.

The CHASING GENIUS platform, launched by National Geographic last spring, brings together a community of active, aspirational, socially conscious consumers who want to make a difference in the world. Through the platform, challenges are presented to the community in an effort to foster and grow innovative ideas around some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Through the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge, Sprint and National Geographic will tap into this community and ask them to share ideas to create a better world.

“We were so impressed by the response to our first CHASING GENIUS challenge announced last fall, that we wanted to continue to use this platform to connect with our audiences and help them drive change in the world,” said Brendan Ripp, Executive Vice President, Brand Partnerships, National Geographic.

“Imagine a world where everyone, no matter their background or where they live, has access to high-speed, affordable connectivity,” said Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer, Sprint. “That’s what this is all about. We’re thrilled to work with National Geographic to support this platform and provide people with a reason to explore their curiosities, share their ideas, and work to make the world a better place.”

Interested participants can learn more and apply at www.natgeochasinggenius.com. To enter, consumers are asked to create and submit one-minute videos describing their “CHASING GENIUS” idea and the solution it provides. The submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: innovation, creativity, viability and inspiration. Members of the CHASING GENIUS Council will determine the finalists and the CHASING GENIUS community will cast their votes to choose the winning idea. The winner will receive $25,000 to take their idea further.

The CHASING GENIUS Council represents a mix of expertise and influence. Members include top scientists, entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, explorers and creators who know what it means to think outside the box, and are driven by a passion and a purpose to make the world a better place. The Council includes:

ERIC BERKENPAS

ENGINEER

As the Sr. Director of Exploration Technology at Nat Geo, Eric leads a team of engineers that develop specialized equipment to help media groups, researchers, and explorers meet their technology needs in the field. Eric has helped develop a camera that can film from the deepest locations in the ocean; a camera system for collecting video, audio, and other data from wild animals; and some of the first aerial photographic drones used by Nat Geo.

VICTORIA JAGGARD

EDITOR, JOURNALIST

Victoria Jaggard serves as the lead editor for science and innovation news for National Geographic online, primarily covering astronomy, paleontology, and technology. A graduate of Lehigh University, Jaggard has also worked as a reporter and editor for Smithsonian and New Scientist magazines. During her career, she has chased tornadoes in Colorado, witnessed the last space shuttle launch in Florida, and dug up fossils in Wyoming.

TAN LE

INNOVATOR, ENTREPRENEUR

Tan Le creates innovations that extend and improve the way our brains are studied and understood. She is founder & CEO of EMOTIV which aims to advance neurotechnology, broaden participation in brain research, and create a new worldwide platform for sharing brain data. An emerging National Geographic Explorer, Tan’s work is dramatically accelerating the pace of brain research, and her mission entails giving everyday citizens the tools to better understand how their own brains function.

Dr. JOHN SAW

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

John Saw, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer at Sprint, responsible for technology development, network planning, engineering, deployment, and service assurance of the Sprint network, as well as device development and engineering. Dr. Saw has more than 20 years of wireless industry experience and in 2017 was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai.

ALBERT YU-MIN LIN

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ENTREPRENEUR, EXPLORER

Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and what he calls the human frontier. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer based at the University of California, San Diego, he develops methods that combine satellite imagery, crowdsourcing engines, machine learning, VR, drones, ground-penetrating radar, and other tools to push the boundaries of conventional science and take him into some of the most remote and unexplored places in the world.

Each step of the journey can be experienced through www.natgeochasinggenius.com and across National Geographic’s social platforms. The deadline for the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge submissions is March 5, 2018. The winner will be announced on March 21, 2018.

CHASING GENIUS is inspired by National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series, Genius which will once again be supported across National Geographic platforms including the May cover of National Geographic magazine, travel, social, digital, and other platforms. Season two, premiering April 24th, will chronicle the life of another renowned mastermind and tell the untold narrative of the person behind the genius — this time, focusing on Pablo Picasso.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Challenge begins on January 23, 2018 at 10:00am ET and ends on March 21, 2018 at 5:00pm ET. Open to legal U.S. residents and D.C. who are 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. See Official Rules for complete prize description and full details.

About 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 130 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

 

Hemisphere: Beyond The Charter Experience

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:00
Hemisphere: Beyond The Charter Experience The ‘World’s Biggest Catamaran’ is a title held by only one superyacht: Hemisphere. At 44.3-metres, it’s a magnificence that’s difficult to comprehend until you step on board, where the realisation of sheer enormousness and unrivalled stability greets you. A solid platform on which to explore the unexplored, from Caribbean islands to the very depths of French Polynesia, we took a glimpse into what it’s like to charter a global-sailing giant.

Built in 2011 by Pendennis, Hemisphere’s passport has acquired an impressive number of stamps for a modest time on the water. Sitting down with Captain Gavid Blayden - who has successfully navigated Hemisphere to over 50 countries since her launch - we asked what such an alternative approach to charter destinations, on such a wide (in both size and diversity!) platform could offer.

“She’s a little bit unique in the sense that we are the largest catamaran in the world. And what does that offer to the guests? It gives them a very big platform, a very level platform, lots of space.” Gavin began.

“Our back deck is about the size of a 70m back deck, we have a very big fly-bridge, the inside spaces and the outside spaces link seamlessly, the outside spaces are level so there’s not a lot of going up and down the stairs… she's just a big play platform!” he exclaimed.

Quite simply, Hemisphere makes it easy to forget you’re actually on board a vessel, rather than feet-firmly on dry land.

However, the charter experience on Hemisphere is just as much about the time spent off the yacht, and in the water. Dawn Singleton, Hemisphere’s Dive Instructor and Deckhand gave us an insight into ocean-life; “Hemisphere is unique,” Dawn explains, “she is actually a certified PADI training facility, so when guests come on board, if guests are interested in diving [...] we have the capacity to certify them. So if they’re on board for long enough we can give them their open water PADI diving certificate.”

So it seems, a charter on board Hemisphere leaves guests not only relaxed, but also qualified!

Aside from the dive school, Hemisphere is unsurprisingly the charter of choice for getting up close with nature. Chief Stewardess Rosie Packer highlighted a moment at sea that painted the picture of a magical charter moment. She described, “We went to Tonga and we spent time with humpback whales which was incredible, we actually woke up one morning and we had a mother outside right off our transom with a baby. We were able to swim with her for about 45 minutes, uninterrupted time, one on one, it was awesome!” A story that makes chartering further afield worth the long haul.

Available to charter with Burgess in the South Pacific this summer, Captain Gavin shared Hemisphere’s next movements.

“We'll leave the Caribbean around May time, push back through the Panama Canal and it’s just a big playground for us. We’ll revisit some of our favourite locations like Coco Island, part of Costa Rica, and we’ll be down in French Polynesia where we spent a year the first time… We can do very good, high-quality charters there. It’s such an easy destination to cruise and it’s very easy everyday to give guests a different experience.”

And for Hemisphere and her crew, a playground the ocean truly is.

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Breaking Tradition: The Alternative Allure of Adastra

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:00
Breaking Tradition: The Alternative Allure of Adastra It was a typically tropical Caribbean morning when the Superyachts.com film team and I took to the tender of McConaghy Boats 42.5-metre (140’), Adastra. With attention focused on the superyacht experience, the moody skies of Antigua’s atmosphere shouldn’t have formed the perfect backdrop against which to shoot a vessel new to the Charter Market, but soon we discovered they would...

Continually breaking the mold of tradition, Adastra’s striking silhouette appears epic across any skyline and on the inside; offers endless elegance to balance her dramatic exterior.

As we approached Adastra we were instantly hit with her magnitude. Increasing as we closed the gap between anchor and horizon, her intensity is comparable to the shadow cast by a 70-story building on a summer’s day in the city. We circle a few times in awe of her audacious angles and the deceiving length of her hull - seemingly stretching into infinity - before hopping on board to be greeted by Captain Grant Peach and a large dose of enthusiasm.

We took the tour; learning that inside this slender 42.5-metre, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. The interiors are unexpected for a yacht which evokes such drama. Pastel blues and china whites, elevated with delicate orchids create a cloud-like feel; while tableware reclaimed from shipwrecks adds the unusual level of luxury that modern day charter guests now come to expect. The main saloon is as spacious with 360 glass, boasting views of the aft, the bow and beyond. While below deck, Adastra sleeps 9 guests in 3 cabins that are tastefully embellished with treasures, telling a story of travels both far and wide.

And exotic travels are Adastra’s forte. Since 2012, she’s covered a staggering 40,000 miles and weathered 50 knot winds, crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans under Captain Grant and his welcoming crew’s expertise. Dominating the sea in this way would usually come at a cost, however with John Shuttleworth at the helm of design and engineering advancements, Adastra has broken records for her economic capabilities. At 17 knots she has a 4,000nm range increasing to 10,000nm when the speed is dropped; offering the opportunity to visit the world’s most remote locations without restriction.

In fact, clever design cues appear throughout. Magician-like storage, carefully concealed TV screens and pop-up bar space are among Adastra’s long list of hidden charms. In fact, as afternoon arrives; the beach club does too, boasting a huge toy collection - and I still can’t tell you where it was stored. It seems Adastra is not only easy on the eye; but a hub of activity with a crew that just can’t help but share every detail, offering an encyclopedia for adventure. We quite literally explore Adastra’s ability to anchor daringly close to shore before we find a bay in which to really enjoy her offerings; tender, toys and all.

However it’s by night when Adastra’s golden charter moments start to reveal themselves. Tasting some of the most deliciously fresh and vibrantly coloured fish-dishes on the aft deck while the soft sunsets over Adastra’s striking linear form was the perfect antithesis to an active day at sea. And just when we thought the surprises were over, the crew began to light a pathway of lanterns along the bow; where guests can retire to the privacy of the forward sun-pads for an evening watching the stars.

Before we left, “what’s in the name?” we asked. “Well in Latin,” the Captain revealed “Adastra means ‘to the stars.’” And as it unfolded, this eternally-hulled trimaran offers an on the water metaphor for exactly that.

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Designing Exploration with Cloudbreak

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:00
Designing Exploration with Cloudbreak Abeking & Rasmussen’s 72.5m explorer Cloudbreak illustrates the growing desire for adventure reflected through the thriving explorer market, proving discovery is the new luxury for the next generation of yacht owners. Cloudbreak encompasses this very notion, illustrating how design and exploration go hand in hand.

The colossal ocean spectacle named after a famed Fijian surfing reef, translates the love for discovery into 73m ocean quarters. Capable of cruising remote destinations, Cloudbreak offers guests all the golden-hour charter moments one could desire, from stumbling across ecological-wonders by morning, to uncovering some of the world's most treasured vantage points by night. Her interior, inspired by world travel, cradles guests in her luxurious palm for the perfect ocean traverse.

Evolving Explorer Design
Curvaceous, elegant and graceful in every dimension, her Espen Oeino lines tell a different story from her masculine explorer counterparts. On the architecture of adventure, Espen Oeino predicted where the design landscape would move towards in the explorer age; “We have boats going to more remote parts of the world. There’s definitely a trend

towards it, I can see that coming..." says Espen Oeino, “perhaps more people are into experiences that few have done before.” This couldn't be better translated than through her interior space, tech and toys, as well as vast spa facilities perfect after a day of thrill-seeking.

Inviting the Outdoors In
A seamless blend of indoor and outdoor living is echoed throughout, particularly in her stand out features like the winter garden located towards the aft of the upper deck, boasting a retractable glass panelling for soaking up panoramic views of lush forestry, azure vistas and dramatic mountains as they approach.

Alternatively venture onto Cloudbreak's two-tier observation platform, a unique vantage point as you stumble upon nature's wonders. Dance till dusk on her helipad, transforming into a dance floor for guests, or soak in views from its pool, sun-deck area or al-fresco dining spots available on each deck.

A Global Interior
Cloudbreak's interior luxe by Christian Liaigre continues with this discovery-based philosophy. Her unfussy-minimalism fuses rich golden hues, contemporary furniture, and earthly materials, paying homage to an explorer's life on the water. Beach-chic Balinese simplicity is illustrated in her sauna, pool, massage room and gym, while suites channel

the alpine comfort of a ski-chalet, blending rich oaks with dusty creams for true ocean home luxe. Across 7 suites, for 12 guests, each room seamlessly blends in harmony with the next, flooding in natural light via floor to ceiling windows and an airy feeling of serenity.

Tech n' Toys
Innovation in toys and technology stand this explorer out from the crowd. Cloudbreak’s commercial helideck, in which a Custom Bell 429 Global Ranger is situated for private use, is the ultimate explorer perk. However, her adventure built embellishments don’t end there. Retreat into her cinema screens to view a day of action-packed fun recorded on GoPro cameras. For a unique navigational experience, discover YachtEye, showcasing information right from the bridge alongside Google Earth images, with 3D information sharing guest’s location and speed throughout the journey.

Cloudbreak is ready to take on her next world adventure and is available to Charter the Indian Ocean with SuperYachtsMonaco.

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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. 

For anniversary content, please see below:

See 130 Years of National Geographic Covers in Under 2 Minutes

115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended in Disaster

9 Photographs That Have Made History

130 Years of National Geographic

National Geographic Interactive Timeline

 

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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.




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