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How to improve your cross country performance

Booker Gliding - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:53
Following on from Jim's excellent Psychobabble lecture last week, Nils and Jeremy will be discussing flight planning, analysis and boosting performance. Discussions will be centered around some of Nils' great flights last year and we will looks at analysing the data obtained to see how we can use it to improve our x-country performance. We will also look at how to put flights on the ladders and why it helps the gliding community, and us to have fun together in our club.See you thereNils Wedi and Jeremy Gilbey

Not quite the UK but it does make one want to get in the air again

Booker Gliding - Tue, 02/26/2019 - 20:10

Charter Focus: Exploring the West Med With Andiamo

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:00
Charter Focus: Exploring the West Med With Andiamo As winter perseveres, chartering a yacht in some of Europe’s sunnier regions becomes a beguiling prospect. Currently cruising the balmy waters of the western Mediterranean with Hill Robinson, Andiamo represents the perfect escape from the February blues.

Baglietto build Andiamo, which was delivered to new owners during the summer of 2018, represents a contemporary twist on the classic Italian profile. She cuts an impressive figure, with Francesco Paszkowski’s signature clean lines and innovative architectural features such as reverse angled wheelhouse windows.

A perfect charter vessel, opportunities for relaxation abound onboard Andiamo. A vast 140m² sun deck features a unique infinity pool with a waterfall, as well as an area served by a barbeque and bar for the ultimate in al fresco dining.

The 48m displacement is further equipped with a beach club that skims the surface of the water, with fold-out balconies that bring the superyacht experience even closer to the water, yielding gorgeous panoramas that would be unachievable from other angles. Andiamo’s original calling as a family cruising yacht is apparent - ample lounging areas are matched by a tender garage bursting with exciting water toys.

Her indoor spaces are just as rewarding, with fantastic luxury extras including a cinema - the perfect way to wind down a long day of sunbathing, swimming and socialising. The Baglietto build is notable for her onboard comfort; warm, chic and contemporary are achieved by precious wood including lacquered ebony and oak, luxuriously finished in onyx and leather. She can accommodate 12 guests across a VIP cabin, two double cabins and 2 twin cabins.

The craftsmanship of this Andiamo exemplifies its Italian heritage - her Francesco Paszkowski-curated exterior and interior is a beacon of the quality vessels for which the region is celebrated. We cannot think of a better way to explore the sumptuous climes of the Mediterranean.

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The Perfect Valentine's Charter Destinations

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:00
The Perfect Valentine's Charter Destinations Love is in the air this week, and if you’re stuck for an original idea to celebrate Valentine's Day, why not consider a romantic yacht charter? Here are our top picks for an intimate, impulsive getaway...

1. Cote d’Azur
Sipping champagne on the French Riviera is a failsafe option for old-school romance. Here, glorious natural beauty is counterposed by chic seaside enclaves buzzing with glamorous resorts and swanky restaurants. And why choose between the exclusive glitz of Cannes, the haute couture of Saint Tropez and the sumptuous eateries of Antibes when a West Med yacht charter can take you to all of them?

2. Italian West Coast
A charter beginning at the Italian Riviera and stretching down to the Aeolian Islands will yield unbridled beauty. The Tuscan Archipelago is a rustic paradise crystallised in time, whilst Corsica’s rugged terrain blazes with year-round sunshine. Sardinia, meanwhile, is an arcadia of rolling hills dotted with lemon groves. The soaring cliffs, crumbling villages and cerulean sea of the Italian coast is the perfect joint experience.

4. The Caribbean and Bahamas
A Caribbean or Bahamas charter is laid-back affair to be enjoyed at a different pace of life. Days are for languishing away, whilst evenings buzz with the infectious rhythm of the steel drum. Whether you’re cruising the crystal waters of the Exumas or enjoying the powder-sand beaches of the Leeward Islands, the region represents the perfect opportunity to put life on hold.

4. French Polynesia
The South Pacific is a less-chartered destination, but one which is gaining ground. White beaches, technicolour reefs and water of the most intense aquamarine make up the distinctive allure of French Polynesia. However, whilst the famous overwater bungalows are the luxury honeymooner’s dream, the hibiscus-flowers-and-grass-skirt vibe of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Tonga makes for an authentic island-living experience. 

5. Antarctica
If you are one of those couples who consider Valentine’s a hallmark holiday, why not book a yacht charter that speaks to your unconventional nature? Antarctica is a near-deserted continent of hulking icebergs, glittering shores and striking natural beauty. On the itinerary is Deception Island, a collapsed volcano that forms a natural harbour, Paradise Harbour, a spectacular glacier befitting of its name, and Lemaire Channel, a narrow waterway snaking between Antarctic cliffs. One thing is for certain: it will be memorable.

Abaco, The Bahamas Antigua, Leeward Islands Tahiti, French Polynesia Sardinia, Italy

Charter Focus: Burgess Presents Va Bene

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:00
Charter Focus: Burgess Presents Va Bene If you are thinking of chartering this year, Burgess might just have the yacht for you. At 47.8m the Kees Cornelissen built vessel, Va Bene is a perfect specimen for chartering - large enough for the luxe experience but small enough for intimacy.

Up to 12 friends and family can join you onboard Va Bene in what is sure to be an experience that you will treasure for years to come. Cosy communal areas, an expansive sun deck and an attentive, friendly and expert crew set the wheels in motion for the ultimate charter adventure.

Listed with Burgess, the yacht is notably family friendly, with a large selection of water toys, RYA qualified instructors and themed entertainment evenings ensuring that there is never a dull moment onboard. However, she also caters to the grown-ups, with versatile guest areas transforming into sophisticated settings for eating, socialising and entertaining.

With an outward appearance designed by The A Group and interiors masterminded by H2 Yacht Design, Va Bene has a striking silhouette. Built in 1994, her recently re-fitted spaces feature a timeless design of pale, limed wood to optimize the abundance of natural light which pours in, resulting in a light, airy and non-oppressive interior. With a separate dining room and large al fresco dining area on the aft deck, Va Bene prioritises both casual and formal communal settings.

Where the yacht really has the edge is in the wealth of entertainment facilities and extra features. The sun deck is able to transform into a dancefloor with a state of the art sound system, and also boasts a six-person jacuzzi. The aft section, meanwhile, entails a barbeque and vast sun pads that can be cleared to make space for gym equipment. Va Bene’s versatility also makes her a great yacht for charter - the full beam master cabin has a private study which converts to a children’s cabin with a pullman berth.

Va Bene will be cruising to the Mediterranean this summer, and Burgess are open to enquiries for winter charters.

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319 joins Virgin Atlantic for a day

Booker Gliding - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 23:18
The club's ASW19 took part in Virgin Atlantic's Future Flyer and Exceptional Engineers event at their headquarters at Gatwick today.

The objective of the event is to "inspire children and young adults to showcase the amazing opportunities available to them by sharing our wonderful world of aviation".

Organisations supporting the eventOver 800 people attended the event over the course of the day with opportunities to fly Virgin Atlantics Airbus simulators, try out their training escape slides, meet and talk to various aviation related organisations and crucially sit in a real glider and find out about gliding. 319 was a popular attraction with a constant steam of 'future flyers' throughout the day.

319 on display in front of Virgin Atlantic's training rigs
Highlight of the event had to be Maddi giving a group of Virgin Atlantic pilots a very practical lesson in weight and balance....
Maddi's take on "Catch me if you can"

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Windsurfing holiday in paradise: 10 best Caribbean windsurf spots

Windsurfing - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:55

Looking for a windsurfing holiday in paradise? With enchanting islands, warm waters, beautiful beaches, steady winds and friendly locals the Caribbean fits the bill. But what are the best Caribbean windsurf spots? It would be ever so easy to rattle off a top 10 based on visitor numbers or Google search...

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The Must-Sees of Miami Yacht Show

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:00
The Must-Sees of Miami Yacht Show From February 14-18, the biggest and best in boating flock to Florida for the annual Miami Yacht Show. This year, household names in build and brokerage will be docked along the glittering coastline in a turnout of epic proportions. If you are lucky enough to be living it up on the east coast, make sure to catch these beautiful boats…

At 95.2m, Kismet is one of the biggest boats in show, as well as one of the most impressive. This custom Lurssen is the product of the collaboration of a host of award winners, including interior designer Reymond Langton and exterior stylist Espen Oeino. A specimen of uncompromised perfection, Kismet is known for her graceful silhouette and ‘Champagne and Caviar’ themed spaces. She is presented at the show by Moran Yacht and Ship.

Excellence V
Available for sale and charter with Burgess, 60.9m Excellence V will also be at the upper end of the size spectrum at Miami. However, Reymond Langton curated spaces work with sweeping exterior lines to create the interior volume of an even larger boat. This Abeking and Rasmussen build has everything that you would expect of the regarded German shipbuilder: class, quality and capability.

Merle Wood & Associates bring this graceful 57.3m build to the shores of Miami - a timeless yacht which was originally built in 1986 and benefitted from a 2016 reift. The chic De Voogt naval architecture of this luxury Feadship won her a finalist position in the 2017 World Superyacht Awards, and is bound to stir interest at the show.

Lazy Z
Exhibiting with Burgess, this 51.4m build is a yacht of considerable capability. Since leaving the Oceanco shipyard in 2013, Lazy Z has gone through multi-million dollar refits in 2015 and 2017 which brought the yacht up to scratch mechanically and in terms of her design. The Baron Gurney/The A Group exteriors and Richard Hein interiors are well worth a look.

Available for sale and charter with IYC, Kinta was built in the Prokestan/Turquoise shipyard in 2008. This 54.6m yacht is a shining example of the pedigree coming out of Turkey in recent times, and a standard bearer for the emerging market. A stunning 2011 refit by Jean Guy Vergas made Kinta into a completely new yacht - she now epitomises contemporary and sophisticated interior style, and is certainly one of the major players at Miami Yacht Show.

Kismet Excellence V Kinta Minderella

Charter Focus: Around the World on Lili

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00
Charter Focus: Around the World on Lili Imperial Yachts introduce Lili: The Amels 55m embarking on a round the world charter tour. We speak to CA Julia Buklina, who reveals how this ambitious superyacht is redefining charter standards and what vessels like Lili mean for a shifting industry.

Lili began her circumnavigation in mid-December of last year in the Maldives, and will be cruising the Indian Ocean and the Seychelles until April. She then plans on heading to Thailand, before making her way to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2019. Finally, a year after her embarkation, she will cruise to the Caribbean - the best place to be during the bleak winter months.

Having ticked off many of the time-honoured cruising idylls in 2019, 2020 will be a year of adventure, with Lili setting out for some of the world’s less-chartered recesses. “Costa Rica or Ecuador already pinned on the map,” Julia tells us, “She will then cruise north during spring 2020 and explore Alaska through the summer, before heading south and visit the Pacific in August 2020.”

With trips planned in French Polynesia and Fiji, the preliminary plan for winter 2020/2021 is to scale the Oceanic continent until hitting New Zealand waters. Llittle explanation is needed as to why a Lili charter is ideal for those seeking new sensations at sea - not content with exploring just one far flung region, she is heading to all of them.

So why the need for cruises like Lili? According to Julia, the charterers of today have more exotic ambitions than their predecessors. “More and more clients are looking for unconventional and unusual places for their holidays. We’re seeing an influx in enquiries for wild and remote destinations,” she says.

Lili was the perfect boat for the job. She is, first and foremost, eminently capable of completing the task at hand. Julia elaborates on the aptitude of the Amels 180 model for the ambitious tour: “She was customized following the wishes of our client, and the result exceeds expectation.”

“Her layout is very unusual for an Amels 180,” Julia continues, “Lili has 6 cabins with two masters - one on main deck forward with private folding-down balcony, one on the upper deck aft with a private aft deck terrace, and four guests rooms.” An abundance of outdoor space means room for a 4m counter-jet swimming pool, whilst cosy indoor spaces entails a gym and cinema.

Lili also boasts a friendly crew, including a host of multi-skills specialists including a talented chef and an expert spa professional. Full diving equipment and seasoned dive instructor are also at the disposal of guests, who are able to explore the diverse depths of the unique waters that Lili will be cruising.

“With all these elements combined, Lili represented the perfect opportunity to push the boundaries and satisfy the enquiries of the most demanding charter guests,” Julia concludes. The 55m is bound for a stunning couple of years and we can’t wait for updates on her progress, as well as the progress of an industry teeming with a new demographic of charterers pushing the boundaries of traditional cruising.

Lili is available for charter.

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Snowy Saturday

Booker Gliding - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:08
While the briefing room was sheltering those who attended Chris Rowland's lecture on Aircraft General Knowledge, a hardy few set up on 35 for Graham's aerobatic course and some check flights for those wanting to get current - after we had managed to get the frozen hangar doors open. The airfield was surprisingly clear of snow but the fields round about were well covered and the views were stunning.

Attaching the triangle for aeros
Maddi launching the first flight, Bob D in the tug
Luke looking for the airfield
Ah yes, there it is
A good warm hat was essential
Hangar packed, off to the clubhouse for a hot drink


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