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48 Hours Chartering in Antigua & Barbuda

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:00
48 Hours Chartering in Antigua & Barbuda The idyllic shores and sailing waters of Antigua & Barbuda have been popular with the yachting community for decades. Today, the three main harbours house the world’s largest superyachts; whether they are visiting to attend the famous annual Charter Yacht Show or using the marinas as a winter home, here’s how to spend 48 hours on charter around the islands…

No trip to Antigua & Barbuda would be complete without a visit to the historic Nelson’s Dockyard. On arrival, pick one of three fantastic marinas to berth (Falmouth Harbour, Antigua Yacht Club or Nelson’s Dockyard itself) and hop off-deck to discover all that this national park  and cultural heritage site has to offer. Explore the Dockyard Museum before enjoying lunch in the picturesque setting of the Pillar’s Restaurant at 18th Century Admiral’s Inn.

After lunch, take a short trip to Clarence House for a real colonial experience. Built in 1783, the stately property perches on the hilltop providing panoramic vistas. A previous resting spot for members of the British Royal Family (including King William IV, Princess Margaret and Prince Harry), tours are today available to the public. Soak in the Georgian architecture and restoration efforts which have been carefully considered to provide period charm. It’s also a fantastic wedding venue!

When dusk arrives on your first day, enjoy the cooler temperatures by taking a hike up the Goat Path. Aptly named, this nature trail which ascends from the dockyard will give you a boost of energy before revealing the most dramatic view of the coastline - it’s especially good at sunset. As you descend, you’ll feel a real connection with Antigua and be more than ready for an evening of well-earned indulgence.

In fact, the English Harbour region provides plenty of options for dining on land. On a Thursday, head to South Point for twinkling harbour views and live music accompanied by delicious sushi. For a more Mediterranean experience and extensive wine list, head to Catherine’s Cafe on the stunning Pigeon Beach for unrivalled service and atmosphere.

Wake up on Day 2 of your Antiguan adventure with an early morning cruise over breakfast to Carlisle Bay. Anchor in the resort’s quaint bay and enjoy the morning on land. Take part in choice of activities available in the properties day visitor pack. Whether it’s a massage in the resort’s peaceful spa or a one-on-one tennis lesson with the on-site pro, Carlisle Bay provides all the luxuries with one of Antigua’s best beaches as it’s base. Have lunch on the beach before catching a tender back to your yacht.

Your final afternoon in Antigua should be spent enjoying the water at anchor. Spend hours circling your vessel via jetski, cutting through the blues and greens of the ocean. Alternatively, try your hand at paddle boarding on calmer waters. Fancy snorkelling? You might even spot a turtle, just make sure you’re back on board for sunset drinks on deck before an evening you won't forget at Sheer Rocks restaurant, just along the coast from Carlisle Bay.

Nevertheless, spending 48 hours in Antigua & Barbuda isn't quite enough experience everything the islands have to offer. For more on how to enjoy this location by superyacht, take a look at our luxury destination guide InDepth.

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Greek windsurfing holidays: 10 best windsurf spots in Greece

Windsurfing - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 15:00

Dreaming of Greek windsurfing holidays? There are thousands of windswept islands, warm Mediterranean water, and countless coves, bays, lagoons, and beaches in Greece. So we decided to share with you the best windsurf spots in Greece. Greek windsurfing holidays Windsurfing exploded in Greece in the mid 1990’s and has been very popular ever since....

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Winter Lectures 2019

Booker Gliding - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:45
If you are working towards Bronze or just want to brush up a bit, here is the 2019 programme of Winter Lectures, all at 10.00 in the briefing room.


Two more instructors

Booker Gliding - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 20:08
Congratulations to Phil Binnee and Nik von Merveldt on completing their Basic Instructor ratings.






What To Eat When

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 20:08
WHAT TO EAT WHEN A STRATEGIC PLAN TO HACK YOUR METABOLISM  DRS. MIKE ROIZEN AND MICHAEL CRUPAIN TAP INTO THE LATEST RESEARCH ON OUR BIOLOGICAL CLOCK TO OPTIMIZE HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS IN THEIR NEW BOOK

“Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Michael Crupain — the two doctors I always turn to for the latest scientific discoveries — prove that timing really is everything in this insightful, fun, and revolutionary book. What to Eat When show[s] that when you eat is just as important as what you eat — and reveals the right foods for life’s toughest circumstances.” –Dr. Mehmet Oz 

“It really does matter what you eat, not just how much. And now, two of my favorite doctors take our collective knowledge a step further by looking at the timing of when you eat your calories: your circadian rhythm dictates a lot more about when you should eat than you probably realize. Through clear-eyed writing and diligent research, Drs. Roizen and Crupain explain why The When Way might just be the best approach to eating.” –Dr. Sanjay Gupta

“When we think about eating, we focus — as we should — on the quality and quantity of what we eat. It’s becoming clear that we also need to think about chronology — when we eat. Drs. Roizen and Crupain’s fun and revealing exploration of the biology of timing and eating will help you eat the way your body really wants you to.” –Dr. Andrew Weil

WHAT TO EAT WHEN: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health and Life Through Food (National Geographic Books; on sale Dec. 31, 2018; ISBN: 978-1-4262-2011-1), is a groundbreaking new book about the science of nutrition timing, co-authored and researched by best-selling author Michael Roizen, M.D., and preventive medicine specialist Michael Crupain, M.D. The two doctors give readers an inside look at the schedule underlying our body’s metabolism and reveal why the time on the clock matters as much as what’s on the plate. The book provides new research-based guidelines on how to adjust our diets to align when we eat with our biological clock and shows that eating “The When Way” can help us optimize health, increase energy and lose weight. In addition to their easy-to-remember health principles, Roizen and Crupain offer a straightforward 31-Day Plan of Action and delicious food-based solutions to life’s daily challenges.

“You’ve been probably told to count calories, eat low fat, high fat, low carb or high carb, and most of the time the results don’t last and then we fail and blame ourselves. So, we decided it was time to ask a different question: not ‘What should we eat?’ but ‘WHEN should we eat?’” says Roizen, who is chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic.

The doctors’ science-backed advice flips diet dogma on its head (for example, eat your dinner for breakfast, don’t avoid carbs and stop counting calories), and gives us hacks to eat our favorite types of food and still lose weight.

“It turns out that when you eat is as important as what you eat,” says Crupain, chief of the Medical Unit at “The Dr. Oz Show.” “This is groundbreaking, because throughout the day your metabolism is changing based on your internal clock — called your circadian rhythm. By aligning what you eat, with WHEN your circadian rhythm is expecting certain foods, you can take full advantage of your metabolism to maximize health and weight loss.”

In this trailblazing book, Roizen and Crupain assert that food truly is medicine, and explain how to eat it for both health and taste. Of course, no day is perfect or even the same as the last, so the two Dr. Mikes provide 30 short chapters on situational eating that reveal the best way to eat no matter what life throws at you, including:

  • When you’re stressed or anxious
  • When you’re tired or hangry
  • When you’re pregnant or nursing
  • When you’re at a party
  • When you’re exercising
  • When you have a family history of heart disease
  • When you have digestive distress
  • When you have a family history of cancer

As it happens, the doctors not only spend their time working with patients and populations to improve their health and wellness, but they are also passionate cooks who love good food and want you to love what you eat. WHAT TO EAT WHEN is not a diet book but a powerful guide that will help us rethink what and when we eat in order to lead healthier, longer lives.

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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 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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Another instructor rating

Booker Gliding - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 19:48
Congratulations to Jeremy Gilbey on completing his Basic Instructor rating today in glorious sunshine.




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.

Press images are available here:  Dropbox

 

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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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