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Another December solo

Booker Gliding - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 17:33
Cadet Basel Hammond took time out from his duty day today for his first solo, well done Basel.

December sunshine successes

Booker Gliding - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:40

Congratulations to Ed Skipsey (far left) who was sent solo by DCFI Steve Williams, and also to Stuart Whitehouse who completed his Basic Instructor Rating yesterday.

You can catch up with all of 2018's achievements, expeditions, comps and other activities in the latest newsletter, up on the website here.



National Geographic Magazine, January 2019

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:36
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Sixteen Years in the Making, National Geographic Unveils a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creation of the Highest-Quality Imagery of a Human Body in Existence

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:35

In January’s special edition, single-topic issue, “The Future of Medicine,” National Geographic explores Susan Potter’s decision to be sectioned, sliced and digitized post-death, to come back to life in a virtual world 

National Geographic has released an 18-minute documentary on this journey, “Becoming Immortal: How Susan Potter Will Live Forever

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 13, 2018) – Today, National Geographic releases “The Immortal Corpse,” a story, 16-years in the making, that chronicles the life, death and digital resurrection of Susan Potter and her impact on the future of medicine for decades to come. In donating her body to science to become the highest-resolution virtual cadaver to date, Potter has allowed the medical community to go deeper than ever before in understanding the inner-workings of the human body.

In an effort to find a more effective approach to anatomical medical education and research, Dr. Vic Spitzer Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, worked on the National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project. By taking photographic slices through a cadaver, Spitzer realized the full potential of the approach when Potter, an ailment-ridden, wheelchair-bound 72-year old woman, entered Spitzer’s life in the year 2000.

From shortly after the time Potter’s donation was agreed upon, until the time of her death more than a decade later, her life was documented by National Geographic and Dr. Spitzer across a multitude of interviews, photos and video testimonials. Upon her death, Potter’s body was encased in polyvinyl alcohol, frozen and later sliced 27,000 times. After each pass, her body was photographed, and these individual images were digitized and electronically reassembled to create the world’s most advanced virtual cadaver using the highest-quality imagery of an entire human body in existence.

The swath of images, videos and testimonials Potter left behind will provide medical students and professionals with a personal narrative that connects to Potter’s physical composition – a medical development never before accessible with cadavers, and which allows for a more holistic experience for those in the medical field.

“While the story of Susan Potter and her decision to give her body to science is certainly a story of death, what makes it unique is that it’s also a story of hope and the medical advancements to come,” said Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and editorial director of National Geographic Partners. “When we’re able to pair breakthrough, science-based journalism with characters as eccentric as Potter, we’re able to illustrate that for every innovative treatment or discovery that comes with the future of medicine, there’s also a person with a unique story to tell.”

“The Immortal Corpse,” which publishes today as part of National Geographic’s special edition, single-topic issue on the “Future of Medicine,” is the publisher’s longest lead-time piece in history. Coverage of this story began in 2002 and has come to fruition under the guidance of three National Geographic editors in chief, across the terms of three U.S. presidents and nearly two decades of unparalleled medical innovation.

The story of the Visible Human Project is just one example of new developments we are seeing across the medical spectrum, and those that are chronicled in “The Future of Medicine.” The issue takes an in-depth look at the development of precision medicine practices that will tailor prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to an individual’s biochemical makeup. It also looks at how a new generation is embracing ancient Chinese remedies and why the United States posts one of the developed world’s highest rates of pregnancy-related deaths.

For more than a century, National Geographic has been at the forefront of modern-day science, technology and cutting-edge journalism, bringing its global audience stories of breakthroughs that have major societal impact, and “The Future of Medicine” takes this mission one step further. By infusing fact-forward stories of science and medicine with captivating characters and a spellbinding dimension of human interest, National Geographic’s science and medical content becomes instantly relatable and resonates across demographics.

Select features from within “The Future of Medicine” include the following.

  • Despite medical advances, the U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women who die from pregnancy is increasing rather than falling, and women around the world continue to die during or due to childbirth in ways that are entirely preventable. In “Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,” photographed by award-winning war photographer, Lynsey Addario, National Geographic brings an under-reported battle against maternal mortality into a cogent perspective.
  • Every Body Is Unique” offers a deep dive into the world of precision medicine, an area of highly individualized healthcare treatments teetering at the edge of the medical frontier. While some see precision medicine as the beginning of the end of deadly cancers and a path to early warnings around ailments such as Alzheimer’s, others argue that the million-dollar therapies—that work on exactly one person—offer more hype than hope, and could potentially lead to hackable health data and high-cost false alarms. In this story National Geographic explores a multitude of unique, character-driven stories of current precision treatments, as well as the future of highly individualized medical care.
  • In “Can Ancient Remedies Be Tomorrow’s Cures,” National Geographic offers readers a glimpse of how one of the most ancient forms of healthcare is impacting the future of medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine, a broad range of Eastern remedies that have accrued over thousands of years, has led to the recent development of treatments for liver disease, gallstones, and malaria. In the story, National Geographic looks at the surprising potential Chinese medicine offers scientists.

“The Future of Medicine” is available online now at natgeo.com/futureofmedicine and on print newsstands December 21st.

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The Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2019 Round Up

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:00
The Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2019 Round Up For the 57th year, Antigua’s southern shores welcomed yachts from across the globe to take part in their Annual Charter Yacht Meeting (AYCM). For the past week, the region’s three naturally protected marinas hosted almost ninety superyachts and hundreds of brokers from far and wide to celebrate the art of charter and examine the market in true Caribbean style.

Covering six days and spanning from the historic Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour to the Falmouth Harbour and Antigua Yacht Club Marinas, the show marks the beginning of the season for this sleepy island solace. We sat down to speak with the show’s Chairman, Paul Deeth, to find out more.

Paul began by speaking about the long history of the show; “1961 was the first official charter show in the Caribbean - one of the first pretty much in the world - and it’s been growing in numbers and strength since then.” Of course, with Nelson’s Dockyard as the historic setting, it’s no surprise that the yachting community has always favoured this location.

“The show in length gets bigger every year and in the tonnage,” he continued. “You know, the numbers are good… we’re in the 80s again this year, it’s looking very good [...] 300 brokers are attending the show which is great!” But it’s not just the location that draws the industry to this show…

New and exciting superyachts have chosen to exhibit their charter-ability here for years, with this year as no exception. Paul explains, “There are some new boats, one is GO, a Turquoise, and that’s brand new to the charter market, so there’s a lot of buzz around and that’s one of the great things about the Antigua show.”

In fact, the docks had a number of particular exciting superyachts on show this year. Alongside GO’s dazzling blue hull, Oceanco’s Alfa Nero stood proud at 82m in Falmouth Harbour, showcasing it’s inviting infinity pool for all to see.

Sherakhan also attended, her classic lines and 70m ‘go anywhere’ hull, providing the perfect contrast to the more modern vessels. The largest in the show was Lurssen’s 90m Phoenix 2 an expansive and extraordinary superyacht that is home to 27 crew for the ultimate charter experience.  

Returning next year for the 58th edition the confirmed dates for the show are 4-10th December 2019. But for more on this year’s events, watch our round-up video and see the interview in full, above.

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National Geographic Brings Viewers on Immersive, Global Expeditions

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:47

 National Geographic has partnered with YouTube to create three virtual reality series that transport audiences to the far reaches of the world

WASHINGTON December 6, 2018 – Building on 130 years of groundbreaking storytelling and captivating content, National Geographic has now teamed up with YouTube to further bring their editorial content to life in virtual reality. The partnership will give audiences around the globe a new way to experience the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

As part of the partnership, National Geographic is launching three projects over the next year, the first being a four-part, immersive series that will go live on December 11, bringing audiences to one of the last wild places on earth: the Okavango Delta.

The VR series, The Okavango Experience, follows a National Geographic Society expedition, part of the Okavango Wilderness Project, as it transects the largest wetland in southern Africa. One of the planet’s most biodiverse places, the Okavango is an unparalleled example of the richness of an untamed landscape. This VR series serves to transport the audience to the delta alongside the crew and provide audiences a chance to experience it with their own eyes.

“National Geographic has always pushed the boundaries of visual storytelling,” says Jenna Pirog, Senior Director of Video and Immersive Experiences, “Embracing immersive content continues our tradition of going further, while connecting our audiences directly with our Explorers and the stories of the world they have to share. We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with YouTube that will allow us to remain industry stewards for marrying immersive technology with impactful storytelling.”

Across four separate episodes, each approximately 5 minutes, the new Okavango series transports viewers to Botswana, taking them through the pristine wilderness that is home to the world’s largest remaining elephant population as well as lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and hundreds of species of birds. As part of his annual transect of the delta, National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes travels with his local and international team of Angolan, Namibian, and South African scientists and explorers to explore and protect the rivers – the lifeblood of this unique ecosystem.

National Geographic’s The Okavango Experience will be released to coincide with the television premiere of Into the Okavango, a feature-length documentary created by National Geographic Documentary Films, which chronicles this team of modern-day explorers on an epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to understand and protect the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wild places. The documentary premieres Friday, Dec. 14 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

National Geographic’s mission is to change the world through the combined power of science, exploration and storytelling. With the help of YouTube, National Geographic takes their audience one step closer to the stories, places and issues that matter. This partnership exemplifies National Geographic’s unique ability to inspire viewers to connect with the natural world and understand their place within it, by partnering with technology companies to embrace the latest and greatest in immersive storytelling.

As of December 11, the first episode of The Okavango Experience series will be accessible on National Geographic’s YouTube channel, website and on National Geographic’s VR app on Google’s Daydream platform, and successive episodes will be released weekly, on Tuesdays, thereafter. While the content has been created to be viewed in VR headsets, it can also be watched on desktop and mobile.

As part of the long-term partnership, National Geographic and YouTube plan to release two additional series in 2019. Each of the three series will serve to inspire audiences and connect them more closely with both National Geographic and parts of the world they may never have the chance to experience in-person.

 

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National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:56

WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2018)—Selected from nearly 10,000 entries, a photo of thousands of recalled Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting idly in the Mojave Desert has been chosen as the grand-prize winner of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. The photo, titled “Unreal,” was captured by Jassen Todorov of the United States. He has won $5,000 and will have his winning image featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

A concert violinist by trade, Todorov began soaring above the ground in the early 2000s, eventually becoming a flight instructor and igniting his passion to visually capture the aerial world below—including both epic beauty and environmental challenges.

“When I fly long distances, I listen to a lot of music. I’m able to combine music, flying, and photography. Music has a lot to do with structure and composition, colors and patterns, moods and characters—when I am looking at a photo, I am thinking about the same things,” Todorov said.

Simultaneously flying, communicating with airport control, and photographing is a juggling act Todorov has refined over the years. What he was able to capture was incredible.

On the importance of the photo, Todorov said, “By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious and more caring for our beautiful planet.”

Pim Volkers of Laren, Netherlands, won first place in the Wildlife category for a photo of wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania. Mia Collis of Westlands, Kenya, won first place in the People category for a portrait David Muyochokera on his last day working at his studio in Kibera, Nairobi.

Contestants submitted photographs in three categories – People, Places and Wildlife. Submitted photos also joined National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. The photos were judged by a panel of National Geographic photo editors. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

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Wild Waters: Explore the Wilderness in Alaska

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:00
Wild Waters: Explore the Wilderness in Alaska For those seeking a truly magical charter adventure, look no further than sailing up to the rugged wilderness of Alaska. Wild and unspoiled, Alaska sparks the imagination and brings out the adventurous spirit in everyone. An untamed country of breath-taking beauty, her geography ranges from towering snow-capped mountains to icy fjords with crashing waterfalls, to blossoming meadows and quaint villages gathered under the Northern Lights.

May to September is peak season in Alaska is when the days are longest and the temperatures are warmest, making it the best time to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities. For those seeking a short land-based stay whilst in the northern-most American state, take the opportunity to stay at one of the most remote and luxurious lodges in Alaska.

Reachable only by air, Ultima Thule is located in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, which provides access to some of Alaska's most spectacular wilderness and the largest area of protected land in the world – almost the same size as Switzerland. Ultima Thule is a luxurious, family-run lodge composed of five guest cabins accommodating a maximum of 12 guests.

Bearskin rugs, plush sofas and plump cushions adorn each cabin, inviting guests to sink in at the end of a day of explorations. Jaw-dropping mountains and crystalline glaciers surround this remote haven, where adventures are plentiful and every day is completely unique. Excursions into the wilderness include flight safaris, kayaking, fishing, sledging on glaciers and tucking into picnics in isolated mountain hideaway spots. 

Alaska has so much more to offer, and adventure is around every bend in this incredible charter destination. Take a trip to Mendenhall Glacier to discover the incredible ice caves that lie beneath the ground. Enter the partially hollow Mendenhall glacier by kayak, and then ice climb over the glacier to uncover the otherworldly naturally azure lit caves with a guide, who will explain how these caves have come into being over hundreds of years.

Venture to the incredible Denali National Park and Preserve, a rugged patch of jagged peaks, lush forest and mirrored lakes, to attempt the gravity-defying hike up Mount Denali. The pinnacle of Alaska, the United States, and North America at 20,237 feet above sea level, Mount Denali is a statement climb for any eager mountaineer.

The standard route in recent years is the West Buttress Route, a 16-mile route with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. Climbers should be in excellent physical condition, and aware that they will be spending up to three weeks in incredibly harsh and extreme conditions. Be warned – this climb is only for the brave and prepared.

Denali National Park and Preserve also has slightly less extreme activities to partake in; from guided hiking and kayaking on mirrored glacier lakes to skiing or snowboarding down the snowy sides of the Alsakan mountain range and even trying your hand at dog-sledging.

Another fantastic Alaskan opportunity along your charter is the chance to go flightseeing – going up in either a small helicopter or seaplane across the mountain range and skimming across the lakes to see some of the most spectacular views of Alaska’s best scenery.

The wildlife is certainly not to be missed either in this colder climate – from the heated luxury of your superyacht you can watch whales diving and surfacing, the bobbing heads of seals and sea lions and the incredibly cute hand-holding sea-otters.

On land, there are some incredible and rarely-sighted species to keep an eye out for on your travels; arctic foxes frolicking in the snow, majestic golden eagles circling the mountain tops, huge brown and grizzly bears fishing for salmon in the spring and the fantastically impressive caribou and moose treading the flowered plains of Alaska. 

From holding your breath as you watch a grizzly lumber up a mountainside, to gasping with delight at the incredible views that break through the fir trees as you approach a glacial lake lined with mountains, Alaska is guaranteed to take your breath away. An incredible space when adventure and wonder come hand in hand, Alaska is most definitely a charter destination which should be on your 2019 bucket list of adventures.

Discover more stand-out charter destinations in our Destination Guides here.

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National Geographic Travel Reveals the Best Trips of 2019

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00

National Geographic Traveler’s Editors and Explorers Identify 28 Essential Destinations and Experiences for the Year Ahead

WASHINGTON (Nov. 27, 2018) – With the publication of its annual Best Trips issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine reveals its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Together, Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers have selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure.

The year’s Best Trips list is relevant, surprising and inspiring, highlighting a globe-spanning mix of destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Kansas City, Missouri.

“Our Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief.  “The issue is packed with spectacular National Geographic photography and is driven by our mission to explore, conserve, respect and engage with our planet.”

National Geographic’s Best Trips destinations for 2019 are:

CITIES

  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Matera, Italy
  • Perth, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico

NATURE

  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Montenegro
  • Belize
  • Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
  • South Walton County, Florida
  • Fanjingshan, China
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia

CULTURE

  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Bauhaus Trail, Germany
  • Oakland, California
  • Vevey, Switzerland
  • Dordogne, France

ADVENTURE

  • Greenland
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
  • Isla de los Estados, Argentina
  • Macedonia
  • Canterbury Region, New Zealand
  • Caño Cristales River, Colombia
  • Oman

The December/January 2019 issue of Traveler magazine, is now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2019.

The Best Trips digital experience includes highlights on each destination selected for the list as well as National Geographic’s iconic photography that transports audiences to the chosen locales. Visitors are able to dive even deeper into four of the Best Trips destinations—Mexico City, Tahiti, Dordogne and Oman—with feature stories in the issue.

National Geographic Traveler publishes six issues per year and is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, with 18 international editions. National Geographic Travel shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content, including trip inspiration, travel news, photo galleries and more with its @NatGeoTravel community of more than 50 million people.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2019.

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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 over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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48 Hours Anchored in the Island-City of Singapore

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:00
48 Hours Anchored in the Island-City of Singapore Welcome to the most expensive city in the world – the futuristic and glamorous Singapore. The setting of the recent Hollywood hit Crazy Rich Asians, this compact city calls itself home for over 500 millionaires, and it is little wonder why so many of the Asian elite choose to spend their lives here.

For those who have pulled into Singapore's Marina Bay for a short stopover, experience in this short 48 hours what the residents of Singapore experience every day - sumptuous food, incredible views, indulgent shopping sprees alongside a dose of culture and a pinch of surrealism.

Once anchored at Marina Bay, make your way to one of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore for your 48-hour stay on land. The Parkroyal on Pickering is located metres from Chinatown and a short stroll from the Marina.

A feature which is exclusively reserved for club room guests is the rooftop Orchid Club lounge, which features a sweeping 360-degree view of the city skyline, and beautiful birdcage poolside cabanas. The entire hotel is bedecked in plant life and the interior is sleek and modern, with a naturalistic colour scheme and bespoke art. 

After unpacking and taking in the view from the Orchid Club Lounge, it is time to explore. Head to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark for fantastic views of the city and an opportunity to bathe in an infinity pool at the top of the towering building. After this gravity-defying experience head over to the Gardens by the Bay for an even more surreal adventure.

Here, you can take a step into the future by walking amongst contemporary architecture designed to look like towering, glowing trees. The view from the top of these futuristic is second only to the view from your dinner destination.

Perched atop the grand and glam Marina Bay Sands casino resort, Spago by Wolfgang Puck impresses with a dazzling panorama of Marina Bay. The views are complemented by the Spago Dining Room’s three-course Sunset Menu, which includes dishes like hand-made agnolotti with sweetcorn, honey miso broiled black cod and salted caramel soufflé.

After a wonderful night's sleep in the sound-proofed rooms of the Parkroyal, prepare for a morning of retail therapy. Make your way to ION Orchard, one of the most upmarket and high-end design shopping centre in central Singapore. Splash out in some of the luxury stores such as Gucci or Prada and with any spend over $5,000, you will receive a complimentary limousine ride back to your hotel after lunch. 

Some of the best dim sum in Singapore can be sampled at multi-award-winning Taste Paradise in ION Orchard. The menu consists of over 40 varieties of dim sum, including both traditional and more innovative creations such as their famous XO carrot cake and braised foie gras with blueberry reduction.

Now is the time to head to the opulent SO Spa on Senotsa Island for an afternoon of luxurious pampering and relaxation. Amidst gentle waterfalls, lush vegetation you can discover the unique spa garden, which features three pools for your enjoyment - a cerulean-tiled lap pool, a float pool with cascading waterfalls and a mud pool where you can enjoy the detoxifying effect of Moroccan rhassoul clay. After this afternoon of pampering, you will feel suitably ready for an exciting last night back in the centre of Singapore.

The best place for a traditional Japanese dinner can be found at Lau Pa Sat, an open-air hawker centre filled to the brim with tiny stalls selling exciting plates and savoury nibbles. Eat as the locals do in Singapore's most famous food market, which blends history with striking architecture and sensational local food into one delightful experience.

From here, make your way to the grand 1880's exclusive members club. An eclectic design style of contemporary industrial mixed with opulent Asian tradition makes for an incredibly beautiful place to unwind or liven the crowds. Lounge on hand-stitched leather sofas as you sip on a beautifully blended martini with a Sinagpore twist, and amongst the VIP's of Singapore you can plan your next trip to the city of dreams. 

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Cloud Atlas' Big Summer Refit

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:00
Cloud Atlas' Big Summer Refit Flying Charter have announced that Cloud Atlas is undergoing a significant refit in preparation for a busy summer season. The refit will be completed for summer 2019, when she will re-emerge from the steel shed in her best shape ever, ready to provide unforgettable charters to lucky guests.

The owner of Cloud Atlas has a very specific vision for the new and improved yacht. The entire lower deck will be revamped; they envision a soothing space perfect for winding down to a level of zen appropriate for a summer charter. As a celebration of her reemergence onto the high seas, Cloud Atlas will be charging no delivery fees for the first charter booked from every port between the Amalfi Coast and the South of France.

Cloud Atlas is an impressive 46m from Lloyds Ships. Built in 1990, she benefited from a 2016 refit which entailed a 4m hull lengthening to create space for a brand new water toy garage, as well as a total overhaul of the main engines and generators.

The vessel’s graceful lines create an overall impression of fluidity, whilst a unique glass feature blurs the boundaries between indoors and out. She is light, airy and non-oppressive, moving away from heavy-duty luxury and towards uncluttered chic.

A spacious salon with comfortable lounge, formal dining area and fully equipped bar comprises a wonderful entertainment and leisure area on the main deck. Another standout feature is the sky lounge on the upper deck; a warm and welcoming space consisting of a TV area with plush seating and wraparound windows yielding panoramic views.

Cloud Atlas has five cabins to accomodate guests: A master suite on the main deck with vanity and jacuzzi bathroom, and two double suites on the lower deck, both of which have beautifully appointed marble bathrooms and the latest entertainment systems.

Her outdoor spaces span three decks and covet extensive facilities to guarantee that guests are constantly relaxed and entertained. A sprawling sundeck houses a jacuzzi with solarium and shaded seating, whilst the upper deck boasts alfresco dining and outdoor bar. Sunbathing and lounging spaces dispersed throughout.

The 46m is as much an experience for the active charterer than the leisure-seeking. Her garage is full of toys, and a spacious swimming platform doubles as a beach club.

Cloud Atlas will undergo her second refit before the summer of 2019. The main salon, lower deck and wheel house will be totally revamped, and the decor will experience a start to finish renovation for a completely fresh look. The layout of the cabins will also be changed.

We can’t wait to lay eyes on the new and improved Cloud Atlas this summer, who will undoubtedly emerge from her restoration one of the most formidable, impressive and enviable vessels on the market.

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Top 100 types of extreme sport: Ultimate list of adventure sports

Windsurfing - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:00

Compiling a list of all the different types of extreme sport is difficult – if not impossible! But just like the daredevils doing the activities we love a challenge… So check out our A-Z (abseiling to zorbing) list of adventure sports below. And please let us know if we have missed...

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Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:30
Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands This is not the Bahamas. This is not the Caribbean. The Galapagos Islands are not your typical island paradise in appearance nor in their inhabitants. Known to be the home of ancient tales, this isolated group of volcanic islands looks more like the moon than an idyllic scene from a postcard. But for those who are willing to seek out the wonders of the islands, they will uncover a treasure trove of experiences in this secluded wonderland.

Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied and rare wildlife known to man. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need to preserve these islands from degradation by humans.

Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, this should not be taken for an itinerary, but merely as suggestions for how best to explore the islands.

Home to an astonishing variety of endemic species — enough to inspire a theory of origin that would change the world — this archipelago is also one of the few places on earth where adventurers can observe unafraid wildlife up close.

Travel to Santa Cruz Island to meet the island’s most famous inhabitants; the endangered Giant Tortoises, which can live up to 200 years, at the Charles Darwin Research Station. This iconic national park hosts incredible wildlife research and conservation projects including the giant tortoise breeding program. On this island, you will also find fascinating underground lava tunnels to explore with a naturalist guide.

Kayak from here to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water and frigates. For an even more breathtaking experience, journey to the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, which gets its name from its appearance reminiscent of a Chinese hat. The island’s cove offers excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks, stingrays and colourful seahorses. 

Take a panga (small Asian fishing boat) ride along the dramatic cliffs of Genovesa to El Barranco. Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, this 90 feet steep cliff face has narrow stairs carved into rock. Choose to disembark and climb these stairs to the Palo Santo forest, which is full of birds, including Nazca boobies, Galápagos doves, mockingbirds and storm petrels. With some luck, you may even spot a short-eared lava owl.

This destination is perfect for those travelling by luxury superyacht, as accommodation is easily located wherever you decide to anchor around this maze-like archipelago. However, for those looking for a night on land where one can be immersed in the unique eco-system, Scalesia Lodge offers a luxury safari-like tented camp experience. With fabulous views over the island and a secluded location, Scalesia will allow guests to relax and enjoy these magnificent islands at their own pace.

La Loberia and Punta Carola are just two of the most ideal spots for serious surfers to catch some waves along the Galapagos shores. The crystal clear waters and balmy temperatures make for hours of uninterrupted fun on the white sand beaches that frame the islands. From here, you can make your way back to your luxurious superyacht to unwind after a day of exploration and adventure, with a cocktail in hand and the final image of a gold and rose dyed sky as the sun sets on the Equator.

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National Geographic: Symphony for Our World 2019 North America Tour Announced

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:11

National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., Bring Bleeding Fingers Music and National Geographic’s Vast Archives Together for a First-in-Class Symphonic Experience

Tour Across North America Kicks Off March 2019

 Presale for All Cities Begins November 13

Symphony for Our World Video Trailer

WASHINGTON – November 13, 2018 – National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., today announced an all-new tour for National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, which will visit more than 20 U.S. cities in 2019 (www.natgeo-symphony.com). Symphony for Our World combines stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. Featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, the show brings audiences a breathtaking musical journey coupled with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles.

The tour kicks off in March 2019 and beginning today, people can visit NatGeo-Symphony.com and register their emails to receive a presale password to buy tickets before the general public. Presale tickets will be available beginning November 13 when passwords will be emailed to all registered customers.

Tickets go on sale to the general public for all cities on November 23 at www.NatGeo-Symphony.com.

TOUR CITIES AND DATES

 DATE                          CITY                            VENUE

March 2                       Memphis, TN              Orpheum Theatre

March 3                       Richmond, VA             Altria Theater

March 6                       Norfolk, VA                  Chrysler Hall

March 7                       Hartford, CT                Bushnell Performing Arts Center

March 21                     Columbus, OH            Ohio Theatre

March 25                     Cleveland, OH            Severance Hall

March 29                     Minneapolis, MN         Orpheum Theatre (Hennepin)

March 30                     Madison, WI                Overture Center for the Arts

March 31                     Chicago, IL                  Auditorium

April 4                          Ann Arbor, MI             Hill Auditorium

April 14                        Phoenix, AZ                Symphony Hall

April 24                        Edmonton, AB             Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

April 25                        Calgary, AB                 Southern Alberta Jubilee

April 29                        San Francisco, CA     Davies Concert Hall

May 6                          San Jose, CA              Center for the Performing Arts

May 7                          Milwaukee, WI            The Riverside Theater

May 21                        Buffalo, NY                  Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

June 15                       Houston, TX                Jones Hall

June 22-23                  Dallas, TX                   Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Nov 2                          Tampa, FL                  Carol Morsani Hall

The inspiring 90-minute, live orchestral performance uses groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from over 130 years of National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with an orchestra and choir. The show is based on the national television broadcast of “Symphony for Our World,” an hour-long special that premiered globally earlier this year in 140 countries, commercial-free, on Nat Geo WILD.

Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and finally into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

“National Geographic has inspired generations to explore, understand and protect our world. Bringing this type of storytelling to life in symphony is an incredible honor,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. “We’re bringing together everything I’ve learned from over 20 years in music production with National Geographic to create something truly special.

“Symphony for Our World has been thrilling audiences worldwide since it premiered last Earth Day,” said Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners. “The show embodies our commitment to inspire people to care about the planet, now. We are happy to be bringing it to audiences in North America. Our partner, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., has done a phenomenal job bringing National Geographic’s 130 years of storytelling to life in a new, incredibly moving format that enables audiences to better understand the world and their place in it.”

For more information, tour dates and tickets, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Jason Michael Paul Entertainment

A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, The Legend of Zelda- 25th Anniversary Concerts and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. For more information, please visit https://jmpent.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 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. Visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com for more information, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music has assembled an exceptional and sonically diverse roster of composers to create superlative original film and television scores. Co-founded by Hans Zimmer, Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel, Steven Kofsky and SonyATV, the company’s core belief is that collaboration breeds innovation and working in an environment where the gifted are empowered to be adventurous, experimental and creatively generous results in extraordinary music. Our 20 state-of-the-art studios based on Zimmer’s world-renowned campus and our best-in-class production team allow us the ability to produce music at the very highest standard. Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including Fox’s The Simpsons, BBC’s Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II, and Big Cats, National Geographic’s Diana: In Her Own Words and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, Sony’s Snatch (TV), Netflix’s original Dope, History Channel’s Mountain Men and BBC America’s Superfly.

About Innovation Arts & Entertainment

Innovation Arts & Entertainment is a 17-year-old boutique, live entertainment producer based in Chicago, IL. IAE prides itself in producing events within the domain of Intelligent Entertainment, producing unique live experiences that result in expanding the knowledge and worldview of audiences that participate.  In the last five years alone, IAE has produced tours for Hillary Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, David Sedaris, and Chris and Martin Kratt from PBS.  In addition to Together Live 2018, other current touring projects include the North American Tour of Harry Potter In Concert, National Geographic’s Symphony for Our WorldDavid Sedaris’ 2018 and 2019 tours, and five new projects in development.   At IAE, we relish the opportunity to use the power of art, entertainment, information, and education in such a way that our audiences are changed for the better.

 

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Media Contacts:

Meg Calnan

National Geographic

202-912-6703

Meg.calnan@natgeo.com

 

John Tellem

Tellem Grody PR

310-210-8779

john@tellemgrodypr.com

48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:00
48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is a vibrant, beautiful city, full of colour, music and passion and is the perfect place for a stopover on your charter along the South American coast. Become enamoured with the vibrant and electric capital of Argentina this November, which is when Buenos Aires truly comes to life. Set off on outdoor market strolls, admire the abundance of historical architecture and indulge in an authentic Argentinian alfajore outside one of the hundreds of cafes that shine under the dazzling lights of Puerto Madero.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, make sure to moor at the Yacht Club Argentino - the most prestigious private yacht club in the country - in the port of Buenos Aires. The yacht club has a clubhouse, seven days free mooring for visitors and workshops for repairs. This is the best place to stop when clearing into Buenos Aires either from another Argentinian port or from overseas. 

Venture to the classy neighbourhood of Recoleta to stay in the city’s best hotel. Decked with crystal, antique fireplaces and home to an impressive art collection, Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt may be the most luxurious address in the city. Built in the 1930s, the hotel is inclusive of 165 stately rooms and luxurious suites set amid a central courtyard where high tea is served each afternoon.

Once settled, set out to the streets of Buenos Aires. Stroll through neighbourhoods such as glamorous Recoleta and fashion-forward Palermo, and get lost in the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, Eva Peron's final resting place. Make your way to the fun-filled district of San Telmo for the truly joyful experience of the San Telmo Festival.

San Telmo Festival draws over 12,000 people each week. There are antiques, artwork and other treasures laid out along the pedestrian street of Defensa. There’s also Sunday night milonga in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego where you can see people dancing in the street. 

In the evening, visit one of the most important opera houses in the world, Teatro Colón which first began operating in 1857. Now fully restored to its former glory, you can now enjoy symphonies by famous orchestras, operas and ballets in the majestic building.

The next day is race day at the Argentina Open Polo Championship. You won't want to miss this only-in-Argentina classic, once called the World Series for the sport of polo. Occurring every November and December on the most prominent racetrack in Buenos Aires, the annual event transforms the city into a haven for the ultra-glamorous.

Make your way along the cobbled streets of Palermo to the Campo Argentino de Polo in your finest attire to enjoy a day of elegant conversation, fine champagne and thrilling races. The eight-team event is hosted by the Asociación Argentina de Polo and draws influential business leaders and socialites, including members of royal families from around the world.

Afterwards, head to opulent restaurant, Casa Cavia, for the most coveted reservation in the city. At the Belle Epoque mansion, chef Julieta Caruso serves delicious Asian-inspired dishes like edamame and herbs steeped in lemon broth, with each dish paired perfectly with cocktails by bartenders Lucas López Dávalos and Flavia Arroyo.

After 48 hours in this magical city, you can continue on your charter knowing with certainty that you'll be back again soon. Buenos Aires captures the hearts of all who visit her colourful streets and interact with her friendly, exuberant and passionate locale. 

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MUMFORD & SONS CONFIRM EXCLUSIVE ALBUM SCREENINGS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 20:52

FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM DELTA OUT THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

BAND CONFIRMS MASSIVE 63-DATE WORLDWIDE ARENA TOUR

Mumford & Sons will host listening events at movie theatres across North America this Thursday, November 15, allowing a select group of fans exclusive access to their fourth studio album, Delta, on the eve of its release. These screenings—held in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Toronto—will feature the complete album audio accompanied by visuals directed and edited by Caleb Bardgett, Johnny Dunn and Kees van Dijkhuizen and curated in partnership with National Geographic. Of the concept, the band shares, “While we were recording and mixing Delta, we watched a lot of films on silent including some pretty epic wildlife films by National Geographic—like a vision-track to our soundtrack. So, we felt it would be a nice idea to let fans experience the record in this way too.”

Jill Cress, CMO of National Geographic, adds, “We are excited to have played a part in inspiring Mumford & Sons latest album and look forward to teaming up with the band to bring audiences a unique musical and visual experience they’ll never forget. By pairing the work of some of the world’s most talented filmmakers and photographers with the sounds of these award-winning musicians, we hope to give people an even greater appreciation and understanding of the planet and the importance of protecting it.”

Now available for pre-sale on Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records, Delta was produced by Paul Epworth, written collectively by the band and recorded at London’s The Church Studios.

Already receiving widespread acclaim, the first single, “Guiding Light,” recently enjoyed one of the biggest add weeks ever at both Alternative and AAA radio—closing out every station at both panels. The single currently sits at #1 on AAA (three straight weeks) and his headed into the top 5 at Alternative. Watch the single’s official music video—which was directed by Joe Connor (Sam Smith, Coldplay) and features the band up close and personal, interacting with their fans—HERE. Moreover, a second song from the album, “If I Say,” which features string arrangement by renowned British film score composer Sally Herbert, recently premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats1. Listen/share HERE.

Earlier this fall, the band debuted ”Guiding Light” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with special guests The Roots. Watch the performance HERE. Marcus Mumford also joined host Jimmy Fallon as a guest on the couch. Watch the interview HERE. Additionally, Rolling Stone calls the single, “wildly experimental…Delta has the band incorporating elements of electronica, rap, jazz and other sonic territory rarely visited,” while Paste asserts, “If it’s any indication of how Delta will sound as a whole, this could shape up to be the band’s most experimental album yet.”

In celebration of the album, the band will embark on an extensive 63-date worldwide arena tour this fall featuring a groundbreaking new in-the-round stage design. Kicking off November 16 in Dublin, the tour will span throughout next spring and includes fall North American stops at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center (sold out), Boston’s TD Garden (sold out), New York’s Madison Square Garden (two nights, first sold out), DC’s Capital One Arena (sold out) and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena (two nights, first sold out). Special guest Maggie Rogers will join as support. The band’s largest tour to date, the Delta Tour 2018/2019 includes over 800,000 tickets, which are now on sale via https://www.mumfordandsons.com/live. See below for complete tour details.

Marking ten years since Mumford & Sons made their meteoric debut, the new music follows 2015’s Wilder Mind, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., U.K., Australia Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway and, most recently, 2016’s collaborative Johannesburg mini album. Previous LPs include 2012’s Babel, which was awarded the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year, and their 2009 debut, Sigh No More.

Mumford & Sons are Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall.

MUMFORD & SONS – DELTA TOUR 2018/2019

November 16—Dublin, Ireland—3 Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Belfast, Ireland—SSE Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 20—Glasgow, Scotland—SSE Hydro*
November 21—Manchester, U.K.Manchester Arena*
November 23—Birmingham, U.K.Genting Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 24—Sheffield, U.K.Fly DSA Arena*
November 25—Newcastle, U.K.Metro Radio Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 27—Nottingham, U.K.Motorpoint Arena*
November 28—Cardiff, U.K.Motorpoint Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 29—London, U.K.O2 Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 1—Leeds, U.K.First Direct Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 2—Liverpool, U.K.Echo Arena*
December 7—Philadelphia, PA—Wells Fargo Center* (SOLD OUT)
December 9—Boston, MA—TD Garden* (SOLD OUT)
December 10—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden* (SOLD OUT)
December 11—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden*
December 14—Washington DC—Capital One Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 17—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 18—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena*
January 12Auckland, New ZealandThe Outer Fields at Western Springs†
January 15Brisbane, Australia—Entertainment Centre‡
January 18Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena‡
January 22Melbourne, Australia—Sidney Myer Music Bowl‡ (SOLD OUT)
January 23Melbourne, Australia—Sidney Myer Music Bowl‡
January 24Adelaide, Australia—Entertainment Centre‡
January 27Perth, Australia—RAC Arena‡
February 27Providence, RI—Dunkin Donuts Center
February 28Hartford, CT—XL Center
March 2Albany, NY—Times Union Center
March 4Montreal, QC—Bell Centre
March 5Ottawa, ON—Canadian Tire Center
March 8Buffalo, NY—KeyBank Center
March 9Cleveland, OH—Quicken Loans Arena
March 11Columbus, OH—Nationwide Arena
March 12Lexington, KY—Rupp Arena
March 14Pittsburgh, PA—PPG Paints Arena
March 16Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
March 17Raleigh, NC—PNC Arena
March 18Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 20Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 22Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
March 23Birmingham, AL—Legacy Arena at The BJCC
March 25Indianapolis, IN—Bankers Life Field House
March 27Detroit, MI—Little Caesars Arena
March 29Chicago, IL—United Center (SOLD OUT)
March 30Madison, WI—Kohl Center (SOLD OUT)
March 31Milwaukee, WI—Fiserv Forum
April 25Lisbon, Portugal—Altice Arena
April 27Barcelona, Spain—Palau Sant Jordi
April 29Milan, Italy—Medialanum Forum
May 1Munich, Germany—Olympiahalle
May 3Vienna, Austria—Stadthalle
May 5Basel, Switzerland—St. Jakobshalle
May 7Paris, France—Zenith
May 8Luxembourg, Luxembourg—Rockhal
May 9Amsterdam, Netherlands—Ziggo Dome (SOLD OUT)
May 11Berlin, Germany—Mercedes Benz Arena
May 13Frankfurt, Germany—Festhalle
May 15Cologne, Germany—Lanxess Arena
May 17Copenhagen, Denmark—Royal Arena
May 18Gothenburg, Sweden—Scandinavium (SOLD OUT)
May 19Oslo, Norway—Spektrum
May 21Stockholm, Sweden—Ericsson Globe

*with special guest Maggie Rogers
†Gentlemen of the Road with Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka, Angie McMahon, Sam Fender
‡with special guest Michael Kiwanuka

National Geographic Press Contact:
Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com, 202-912-6715

Sacks & Co. Press Contact:
Carla Sacks, carla@sacksco.com, 212-741-1000
Asha Goodman, asha.goodman@sacksco.com, 615-320-7753 

Glassnote Records Press Contact:
Lauren Papapietro, lauren@glassnotemusic.com, 646-214-6000

ALL OVER THE MAP: A Cartographic Odyssey

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:17

By Betsy Mason & Greg Miller

 

“Maps are one of the best tools ever invented for illustrating and exchanging ideas.”

—From the Introduction by Betsy Mason and Greg Miller

In this beautifully illustrated volume, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller explore maps from a wide range of sources that tell vastly different stories. All Over the Map (National Geographic Books, On Sale: October 30th, 2018, $50/hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4262-1972-6) was created by map lovers, for map lovers. It explores the captivating stories behind maps throughout history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today. This electric collection includes everything from ancient maps of dragon-filled seas to the maps made in secret by the Soviet Army during the Cold War.

All Over the Map is composed of nine chapters that weave through a diverse compilation of maps: Waterways, Cities, Conflict and Crisis, Landscapes, Economies, Science, Human Experiences, Worlds, and Art and Imagination. Readers can explore visual representations of human experiences, from Prohibition in New York City to Chicago’s ganglands in 1927 to 17th century pirates seeing the coast of South America for the first time. These cartographic masterpieces are sure to ignite any reader’s imagination and inspire them to explore further.

The striking layout, designed by former art directors of Rolling Stone, walks readers through visualizations of some of pop culture’s most recognized destinations, such as the schematics of the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. With a vast assortment of topics and interestingly witty text, All Over the Map is sure to be a conversation starter for any adventurous reader.

Included in All Over the Map:

  • Charting the Mississippi’s many paths
  • Images from a pirate’s pilfered atlas
  • Mapping a city’s history through buildings
  • Cartography of war and strife
  • And more!

 

About the Authors

Betsy Mason and Greg Miller are co-authors of the popular National Geographic cartography blog All Over the Map. 

Betsy Mason is a science journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously she was the online science editor for Wired, where she built an award-winning science section, and the science reporter for the Contra Costa Times. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the 2015-2016 academic year. Before becoming a journalist, Mason earned a master’s degree in geology from Stanford.

Greg Miller is a science and tech journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Previously he was a senior writer at Wired and a staff writer at Science, where he won several honors. Miller earned a Ph.D in neuroscience at Stanford University. He has appeared on public radio’s Science Friday to discuss maps and has given talks on a wide variety of cartography-related topics.

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 FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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For review copies or media inquiries, please contact:

Chandler Hueth | chandler.hueth@natgeo.com | 202.791.2425

48 Hours in New York this Christmas

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:00
48 Hours in New York this Christmas New York City could never be fully explored in just two days, but a 48-hour charter stop-off in the Big Apple will prove to be the best dose of seasonal magic for your charter trip. For those on a North American charter or on their way to warmer climates over the Christmas period, New York has its own unique blend of hustle and yuletide which should be at the top of everyone's wish list.

During the holiday period, New York City is resplendent, bedecked in twinkling lights, bright tinsels and a thick layer of snow carpeting the pavements and muffling the sounds of traffic, creating a white wonderland akin to Lapland. Christmas in New York City has been the central focus of hundreds of Hollywood productions, and for good reason. From the glamorous department store window displays to the 30-foot Christmas trees that glow from hotel courtyards, the scene is perfectly set for your festive-filled stopover.

Hopping off your superyacht for the perfect land-based overnight stay, look no further than the Lotte New York Palace on Madison Avenue, or the Peninsula New York in Midtown. These landmark hotels mark the upper crust of New York luxury, and their festive traditions make for an elegant and magical experience for the whole family. The Peninsula includes a ‘Night Before Christmas’ package at this time of year for children, which includes a candy cane scavenger hunt, a biscuit decorating kit and even an in-room gingerbread playhouse. Meanwhile, the Palace welcome children to post their wish lists to Santa in their huge Santa mailbox in the hotel’s central lobby.

Wrap up warm and venture out onto the snow-lined streets of the city towards Fifth Avenue to experience the warm glow from the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, all of which compete to produce the most extravagant festive window displays each year. Seek out ideal gifts for your loved ones in Macy’s and whilst there visit the iconic Santaland, the 13,000 square foot indoor wonderland, complete with prancing reindeer, singing snowmen and even visit Santa himself inside his grotto.

Go for a spin at the Rockefeller Centre Ice Rink, the iconic ice skating rink from Home Alone 2 with incredible views of the city skyline and which is open until midnight. After a session at this celebrated attraction, continue your quintessentially festive day with a visit to Sant Ambroeus and La Maison Du Chocolat, two upmarket cafes famed for their hot chocolates, only a short walk from the skating rink.

As darkness draws closer, now is the time to indulge in a glorious Christmas dinner, choosing from any number of incredible menus across the city. Ideally located within the Peninsula Hotel, the Clement restaurant offers a beautifully detailed and delectable three-course Christmas feast for your enjoyment. Appetizers include a raw bar, bespoke salad mixing station, and a selection of cheese and charcuterie. Entrees include prime beef tenderloin, turkey, and a glazed turbot fillet, and there is a dessert buffet to complete this incredible banquet.

To finish off this magical bolt-on across your magical charter, consider taking a trip to The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, to see "The Nutcracker" performed by The New York City Ballet. To experience this beautiful classic in such a festive city will prove to be truly spectacular, and a fantastic way to round off your short but sweet trip to the city that never sleeps.

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Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:00
Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila Currently available for charter with Burgess, 85.6m Aquila is the largest boat to take to American waters since the 1930s. As if this legacy wasn’t intriguing enough, she also happens to be one of the most distinguished boats on the market.

Aquila was built in the Derecktor shipyard and cruised under the name of Cakewalk until a drastic refit in 2016; exterior styling was overhauled by Redman Whiteley Dixon whilst Susan Young gave the interior a sparkling makeover. After 12 months of renovation implemented by over 1000 employees, the vessel emerged from the steel shed impeccably revised and infinitely upgraded.

The new and improved Aquila is as impressive in her capabilities as she is in her size. An abundance of deck space is divided to serve various purposes: The forward sun deck houses a jacuzzi, bar and luxurious treatment room, whilst all four decks aft volunteer a plethora of spaces for al fresco dining, relaxation and socialising. Finally, a DJ booth, AV system, smoke machine and light show occupies a dedicated party deck; confirmation that there is something for everyone onboard an Aquila charter.

The pervasive feeling inside Aquila is one of tranquility. The shades and shapes that comprise the interior decor are eminently soothing, with a dominant palette of icy silvers, polished woods and crisp whites. This unfussy collaboration is given a touch of homely authenticity in the form of patterned furnishings and soft lighting. Meanwhile, a 11.2m waterfall chandelier cascading through four levels of decks ensures that luxury is not lost; a gorgeous byproduct of this distinguishing feature is the shards of refracted light that are strewn across the marble floor.

In terms of accommodation, Aquila offers a luxury seven stateroom layout to accommodate 12 consisting of a master stateroom, 4 double and 2 twin staterooms. There is also plenty of room to accommodate a sizeable crew of 28, who secure the smooth running, maintenance and service of the boat.

Other aspects that make Aquila a charter representing something bigger and better is her 85 inch screen cinema room and a completely remodelled 60m private deck that overlooks the bow. The luxurious list continues: The 85.6m entails a massage room, hair salon, gym, two massage rooms and chic ‘London Bar’. Exterior spaces are equally entertaining, with a vast beach club where an enticing collection of water toys reside. For fun packed days at anchor Aquila offers guests the usage of numerous tenders, waverunners, jetsurfs, sea kayaks, seabobs, waterskis, snorkelling gear and much more.

Aquila is available for charter with Burgess in the Bahamas and the Caribbean during the winter season and the West Mediterranean in the summer season.

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