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Charter Focus: The Contemporary Edge of Ouranos

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: The Contemporary Edge of Ouranos Stepping on board the stylish superyacht Ouranos is a unique experience that encapsulates the joy of charter, offering everyone on board a world of opportunities and the perfect way to conquer the Mediterranean.

Built to an immaculate standard by Italian shipyard Admiral Yachts, the 50-metre Ouranos is a contemporary solution for charter guests looking to embark across both the East and West Med this summer. Designed by Unielle Yacht Design, the simple, angular lines and modern profile of Ouranos make this 2016 launch is a formidable addition to the global fleet.

But, while she may have a strong first impression aesthetically, Ouranos expertly uses an intelligent layout (maintaining the below 500GT volume) to create a spacious superyacht with global appeal. A few notable spaces include the incredible beach club (with terrace and gym) and the open interior spaces with full-height windows running between both large saloons.

Her interiors, designed by Gian Marco Campanino, are a minimalistic play on light and space. Speaking to Superyachts.com recently, the architect discussed the use of extremely high-quality materials to bring an entire atmospheric concept to life, commenting: “Delicate bright suede covered wall and ceilings; stillness of clear skies were translated into clean lines, to emphasize the sense of purity. Darkness and luminosity were re-interpreted by dark Macassar ebony wood, in opposition to huge floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, full of light.”

On deck, the exterior spaces offer up the chance to dine al fresco against your chosen backdrop or relax on the sundeck (featuring jacuzzi) with guests. Alternatively, take to the water with the arsenal of toys on offer; including a 14-metre tender which can reach blistering top speeds of up to 70-knots.

The ethos of adventure and enjoyment run throughout Ouranos, bringing the contemporary superyacht lifestyle to the water in unparalleled style. Available for charter through IYC, this is an unmissable option for those taking to the Mediterranean this summer.

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National Geographic Traveler Cover to Feature Top Photo from Your Shot Photo Assignment

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:05

The June/July National Geographic Traveler cover image was taken by a photographer from National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot, National Geographic’s global online photo community, announced the cover image for Traveler’s June/July 2018 issue. The image, which includes Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, was captured by Takashi Nakazawa, a Japanese photographer. Nakazawa submitted the photo as part of “The Trip That Changed My Life” Your Shot assignment that invited photographers from around the world to submit a photo from a life-changing trip. National Geographic Travel editors selected Nakazawa’s image from nearly 20,000 submissions. This marks the second time in Traveler’s history that a Your Shot member’s photo has graced the cover. The June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler is on newsstands May 29, 2018.

The team at Traveler selected Nakazawa’s beautiful image of a five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as the backdrop in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The image features three Japanese icons—cherry blossoms, pagodas and Mount Fuji. Nakazawa’s photo was chosen by a panel of National Geographic Travel judges that included Editor in Chief George Stone, Director of Photography Anne Farrar, and Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath.

This Your Shot photo assignment encouraged photographers to think like National Geographic photographers and tell strong, groundbreaking stories using the power of photography. “Our mission is to tell unforgettable stories about unforgettable places,” said Stone. “That’s why we love working with the Your Shot community, photographers who are traveling the world every minute, every day, and capturing moments that reveal the epic beauty all around us. We are excited to feature Your Shot photographers in this issue—and especially on the cover. Reviewing 20,000 images has left us with an even greater appreciation for the talents of the next generation of National Geographic photographers.”

Learn more about Nakazawa on Your Shot and National Geographic Travel, and see his stunning image on the cover of the June/July 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveler.


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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6762,

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

 

Planning a meaningful adventure? 11 best countries to volunteer

Windsurfing - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:45

Travelling for pure adventure is great, but combining activities with volunteering takes travel to another level. If you are planning a meaningful adventure, then check out the 11 best countries to volunteer in. Many organised voluntary programs are fairly adventurous in themselves. Plus there is normally time for more adventure before or after the...

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National Geographic Launches Planet or Plastic?, a Multiyear Initiative to Reduce Single-Use Plastics and Their Impact on the World’s Oceans

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:00
Planet or Plastic? Takes Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Major Environmental Crisis, Encompassing Storytelling, Consumer Education & Engagement, Scientific Research and Innovative Partnerships June Issue of National Geographic Magazine Looks in Depth at How Single-Use Plastic Impacts Our Planet National Geographic Asks People to Take Simple Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic; Hosts 3-Day Takeover on Social Channels Featuring Zooey Deschanel

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2018)— As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. Today, National Geographic is launching Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans. Doing so will not only benefit the thousands to potentially millions of marine animals that become entangled in, suffocated by, or ingest plastic each year, but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet’s marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them.

As a global brand with a rich history of scientific discovery and exploration, National Geographic is uniquely positioned to tackle this crisis in a way that only National Geographic can — through storytelling and science. The Planet or Plastic? initiative will leverage the power of National Geographic’s media portfolio around the world and the expertise of National Geographic’s explorers and scientists who are witnessing firsthand the devastating impacts of this crisis. This organization-wide effort will include a major research and scientific initiative; a consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all over the world.

Today’s launch is tied to the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the role single-use plastics play in our society and the impact they are having on our environment. Starting with this issue, National Geographic announced that it will begin wrapping the U.S., U.K. and India subscriber editions of the magazine in paper instead of plastic, with the goal of wrapping all global editions in paper by the end of 2019. The June issue is available online at natgeo.com/planetorplastic on May 16 and on print newsstands on May 29.

Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Some estimates suggest this plastic could remain in marine environments for 450 years or longer, and the problem is only getting worse. Addressing a challenge of this magnitude requires an unprecedented approach. In concert with the release of the June magazine, the Planet or Plastic? initiative will also kick off with the following:

  • PLANET OR PLASTIC? PLEDGE: Starting today, National Geographic will ask audiences around the world to take the Planet or Plastic? pledge, a commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic. By taking the pledge, individuals will become part of a global community working together to stem the tide of single-use plastic polluting the ocean and will continue to receive information and tips to help them in their efforts. The pledge marks the beginning of a comprehensive consumer awareness and engagement campaign that National Geographic will execute across its multiple platforms in the months and years to come. Elements of this campaign will range from inspiring and informative content, ongoing consumer engagement activities, events and more.
  • SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION: The nonprofit National Geographic Society will embark on a journey to better document how plastic travels from source to sea and to fill critical knowledge gaps. Starting with an initial expedition in 2019 to study the type and flow of plastic in a river system, National Geographic will provide science-based, actionable information to help local and national governments, NGOs, businesses and the public more effectively invest in and implement innovative solutions. The Society is also sourcing solutions to the challenge of plastic waste through an existing Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • THREE-DAY SOCIAL TAKEOVER: As the No. 1 social media brand, National Geographic will use the power and reach of its platforms to educate people about the impact of single-use plastic and to encourage them to take the pledge. For the next three days, National Geographic will “pollute” its Instagram feed, @natgeo, with photos of the plastics crisis as well as animated Instagram stories to highlight the true impact of humanity’s pollution of the natural world. Today, @natgeo will feature photos taken by photographer Randy Olson, who traveled around the world to document the plastics crisis and is featured in the June issue of the magazine. On Thursday, May 17, actress and singer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,” She & Him), co-founder of The Farm Project, which recently commissioned the series, Your Food’s Roots, will curate National Geographic’s Instagram account, posting photos of the plastic crisis. On Friday, May 18, National Geographic’s photographers will be posting their own photos of the crisis. Also on Friday, Kathryn Kellogg, a writer and public speaker who lives a “zero-waste” lifestyle and focuses on the dangers of plastic pollution, will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about small, actionable eco-friendly steps that people can take in their everyday lives. Kellogg, who is featured in the June issue of National Geographic, has fit all of the trash that she has generated at home in the last two years into a 16-ounce jar.
  • SKY COLLABORATION: Sky Media and National Geographic are joining forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic litter in the world’s oceans. National Geographic has committed $10 million to support the activities of Sky Ocean Ventures, an initiative launched by Sky Media to seek out investment opportunities in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. Bringing to bear National Geographic’s scientific expertise, grants and media reach, the collaboration will identify and champion projects and groundbreaking technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on oceans. It will also support a series of events with industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations, engaging them around the issue of marine plastic pollution. Collectively, this new collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.
  • CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPSNational Geographic will seek out and partner with a number of like-minded corporations and organizations that are committed to raising awareness about the enormity of the ocean plastic issue as well as to finding solutions. For example, The North Face, who is partnering with National Geographic to introduce a limited Bottle Source Collection, featuring shirts made from recycled plastic bottles diverted from National Park waste streams.  The shirts will be available for purchase at TheNorthFace.com on May 23. S’well and National Geographic will unveil an assortment of co-branded bottles available for purchase beginning in June 2018.
  • INTERNAL COMMITMENT: Finally, National Geographic will be taking steps to reduce its own reliance on single-use plastics. Starting with the June issue and moving forward, those who subscribe to the U.S., U.K. and India editions of National Geographic magazine will receive their issues wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This change will save more than 2.5 million single-use plastic bags every month. By the end of 2019, all global editions will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This is just one of many steps National Geographic is taking to reduce its own single-use plastic consumption. Over the next month, National Geographic will initiate a third-party audit of its single-use plastic use and will develop a timeline and action plan to further minimize single-use plastics in the workplace.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has documented the stories of our planet, providing audiences around the world with a window into the earth’s breathtaking beauty as well as to the threats it faces,” said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Each and every day, our explorers, researchers and photographers in the field witness firsthand the devastating impact of single-use plastic on our oceans, and the situation is becoming increasingly dire. Through the Planet or Plastic? initiative, we will share the stories of this growing crisis, work to address it through the latest science and research, and educate audiences around the world about how to eliminate single-use plastics and prevent them from making their way into our oceans.”

Added Jonathan Baillie, the National Geographic Society’s chief scientist and senior vice president, science and exploration: “By harnessing National Geographic’s scientific expertise, we intend to pinpoint activities on land, particularly near rivers, that contribute to the flow of plastics polluting our oceans — and then use what we learn to inspire change at home and around the world. A crisis of this enormity requires solutions at scale, and National Geographic is uniquely qualified to amass the best in research, technology, education and storytelling to effect meaningful change.”

The efforts announced today are just the beginning of this multiyear initiative. Next month, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in New York City’s Times Square, an entertaining and immersive adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, will highlight this initiative during World Oceans Day on June 8. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle will also be in New York City for the festivities to raise awareness about the damaging impact of plastic pollution in our world’s fragile oceans. On June 15, National Geographic will host a “Party for the Planet” as part of its annual Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C., a night dedicated to the elimination of single-use plastic.

Get the latest updates on Planet or Plastic? HERE and join the conversation on social via #planetorplastic. 

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographic magazine HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.

Press Contacts:

Courtney Rowe

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

Claire Jones

cgjones@ngs.org

(202) 807-3184

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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.

 

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Buy a windsurf board bag: How to travel with windsurfing gear

Windsurfing - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:00

Do you plan to travel with windsurfing gear? Then you should buy a windsurf board bag. Whilst you can just about get by without windsurfing board bags, buy a good one and you’ll wonder how you ever managed before. Ways to travel with windsurfing gear Your board will be much easier to carry...

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The show comes to Booker

Booker Gliding - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:07
This weekend the Elite event is taking over the airfield, filling it with expensive cars and boats and planes. Booker has risen to the occasion with a new set of display materials, and a newly painted clubhouse.
The standClubhouse adorned with flags and banners
Meanwhile those who went over to Haddenham to fly had a fantastic day with Nils, Denis and Geoff completing a 515km task to Presteigne, Chipping Warden, Donington. Well done all.

National Geographic and Wall Street Journal Enter Multi-Platform Collaboration

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:00

Includes production of “Far & Away”, a high-end business travel magazine with supporting digital and social content

 WASHINGTON (May 9, 2018)—National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to launch Far & Away, a premium print magazine for business travelers that will include digital and social content as well. The first issue will be distributed with the May 19th edition of the Journal.

Combining The Wall Street Journal’s global insights and information with the visual storytelling of National Geographic, Far & Away reports on authentic cultural experiences, essential travel strategies, and expert insider intelligence for making the most of a business trip. It celebrates luxurious escapism, intelligent adventure, cultural exploration, and urban discovery for an elite audience of global travelers that are culturally engaged, news-minded, thought leaders.

“I travel around the world for business, and when I can, I stay to have some fun,” says Susan Goldberg, National Geographic magazine editor in chief. “The editors have approached business­ travel hubs as launch points for personal travel, aligning with the current travel trend of combining business and leisure trips into one.”

In addition to the print publication, the initial content rollout strategy will include digital content on NatGeoTravel.com/farandaway and promotion across @NatGeoTravel’s social channels- the most followed travel brand on social media. The digital and social content will echo the magazine’s editorial goal of giving readers the tools to make the most of their time in the city they’re in and inspiring them to want to travel further.

“This magazine is about what to do when your meetings are over,” writes Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker. “Far & Away brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the insights of The Wall Street Journal in a magazine for the ambitious adventurers on the go who are as curious as they are tireless, and who look for adventure around every corner.”

Far & Away has resonated well within the advertising market, with many companies eager to be part of this innovative publication that connects them to two renowned brands.  Space for the premiere issue sold out quickly, with premium advertisers such as Lexus, American Airlines, and Marriott’s Luxury Collection and Autograph Collection, all signing on to be included in the launch.

Far and Away joins the National Geographic Travel family which includes National Geographic Traveler magazine, National Geographic Expeditions, digital travel content, travel books, maps, @NatGeoTravel social media, and a travel programming block on National Geographic Channel.

 

CONTACT:    

Meg Calnan

202-912-6703

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

 

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 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.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. Published by Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. & world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 37 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism

 

Charter the Cote d’Azur: Monaco to Cannes

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:00
Charter the Cote d’Azur: Monaco to Cannes For those craving pool time, party beats and a boutique-paradise topped with endless Margaritas, the South of France beckons your call for charter. With the film world gathering at Cannes Film Festival, as well as automobile lovers heading to the Monaco Grand Prix in their herds, this sunny slice of the Mediterranean is at its prime this season, inviting you to explore it.

Monaco
Making up the real glitz of the region is Monaco. Besides simply earning its name as the yachting hub of the Mediterranean, it has long been associated with bygone luxury and follows suit with its glossy present day reputation. From its deliciously shaded piazzas, luxurious hotels such as The Hermitage, and its beach bathing gems like Nikki Beach, this undeniably petite yet glamorous principality nestled between the French and Italian Riviera is the epitome of a chic escape.

Its dynamic culinary scene is where its melting pot of influences come alive, making this member of the South of France uniquely interesting.

Yet, its remarkable push to remain greener than ever, proves the country is as much about sharing the with its visitors as well as preserving it. Outlined by the Prince of Monaco Albert II at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, Monaco’s refreshing approach to sustainability transcends this the sun-soaked superyacht destination to an ocean-friendly escape.

Cannes
And for this year’s most highly awaited premiers on the other hand, there is Cannes. Attracting some of the largest superyachts in the world to its Film Festival, it becomes the party epicentre that never sleeps, offering a stunning gelato-coloured backdrop for red carpet entrances.

Although notorious for this festival, at its heart, it is a nature-lovers playground. While superyacht owner’s drop their anchor, book the finest of Michelin restaurants and exhaust the sands and seas, the quaint rural hideaways of the region are its winning point. While the La Croisette is the hotter-than-hot promenade for luxury outlets, reverting to the old-school elegance of Sucquet, features winding streets aching to be explored.

Its ancient allure plays host to characteristic eateries hidden in its labyrinth of side streets to rival the majestic luxury hotels dotted with terraces straight out of a postcard. Proving she is undeniably glamorous, the aesthetic of Cannes makes residing in the Med by superyacht a sun-drenched paradise, aching to be discovered.

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New Eagle Creek / National Geographic Collaboration Launches June 1

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:06

Consumers can Pre-Order Beginning May 10th at eaglecreek.com/national-geographic

San Diego, Ca. (May 8, 2018) – The Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series hits retail stores June 1, and eaglecreek.com will be taking pre-orders starting May 10, 2018. On June 1, consumers will be able to see, touch and try on the Guide Series at select outdoor specialty retailers nationwide.

Roger Spatz, President of Eagle Creek said, “Eagle Creek and National Geographic collaborated on a collection that defines adventure travel. The gear is sleek and stylish, but durable enough to stand up to all terrains and conditions. National Geographic explorers inspired the overall design and function and we know these products will inspire people to get out and explore the world.

“For over 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “Eagle Creek shares our passion for adventure, and this collaboration combines our dedication to exploration with their renowned reputation for outfitting travelers and explorers. Given our shared values, this was a natural partnership that has generated a product line that will support National Geographic’s mission of igniting the explorer in all people.”

The Eagle Creek National Geographic Series invites you to explore. Be curious. Seek adventure. Move outside your comfort zone toward those places, destinations and experiences that will undoubtedly transform you.

Combining their passions for exploration, conservation and adventure, Eagle Creek and National Geographic have adopted a design ethos that leverages the expertise of both brands of the benefit of the consumer. Featuring a highly durable double-coated Tarpaulin fabric, wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh for durability that exceeds all standards, the new Guide Series is a mobile base camp, suitable for the most remote places on earth and easily hosed out after a trip. This is what adventure travel bags were meant to be.

Built for dirty, heavy trekking with gear and instrumentation, both photographic and scientific, the new Guide Series uses only the most versatile and durable components so it can be abused – set down in the mud, snow, or gravel, loaded into a plane, strapped to the top of a yak, slid into a cabin on the train, you name it.

With water-resistant, lockable, self-repairing zippers, reflectivity for blackout conditions, and of course, the legendary Eagle Creek No Matter What Warranty, Eagle Creek adds a new level of thoughtful design and versatility than can’t be found on technical packs, with systematic principles to benefit the end user.

Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of its proceeds back to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to support their work. This creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

Color: Black

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series bags will be available at retail 5/1/18.

Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series shared features:

  • Constructed of highly durable Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh
  • Best in class durability
  • Water-resistant, lockable & self-repairing zippers
  • Highly weather resistant
  • Reflective hits
  • No Matter What Warranty

Guide Travel Pack 65L

Built to be the beast of the adventure, with dual access for use in any environment.

Guide Series Expedition Pack (EC0A3SBQ010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 4270 cu in / 70 L (65 L Pack + 5 L Front Pocket); Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz / 2.24 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Built with Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Access main compartment through top opening or back panel in order to access contents without putting straps in dirt or snow
  • Unisex torso suspension adjusts and secures through easy adjusting hook and loop closure (15 – 21 inches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hydration bladder pocket with hanging loop and external tube pass-through
  • External compression straps, daisy chains and tool loop provides
  • quick access to equipment
  • Reinforced tool pockets and stretch pockets on sides of pack
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded back panel and backpack straps provide ergonomic fit
  • Adjustable hip belt, with zip pocket for essentials, features strap keepers
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light

All Purpose Duffel 60L

A true all-purpose duffel for purpose-minded adventurers.

All Purpose Duffel 60L (EC0A3SBR010) MSRP $199

Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63 L: Weight 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.16 kg; Size:

24.5 x 10.25 x 13.25 in / 62 x 26 x 34 cm

Features:

  • 50/50 split compartment opening gives access to two full-panel TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Quick attach bouldering clips secure Air Mesh moisture-wicking pack straps
  • Multiple grab handles, compression straps and daisy chain for gear attachment
  • Anodized aluminum bouldering clips support heavy weight while supplying lightweight, corrosion-resistant hardware
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Handle wrap secures pack straps together as singular grab handle
  • D-rings accommodate optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Utility Backpack 40L

Maximum International Carry On size for maximum adventure.

Utility Backpack 40L (EC0A3SBG010) MSRP $249

Capacity: 2260 cu in / 37 L; Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz / 1.35 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20 x 7.5 in / 31.5 x 51 x 19 cm

Features:

  • Pack has butterfly-style opening for optimal access with internal molle panel for gear attachment (Small Pack-It Storage Cube attaches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers with dust guard for additional protection in high wind, also feature PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Foam-molded ergonomic pack straps and back panel are moisture-wicking and resist dirt
  • Lockable padded 17” laptop compartment
  • Tuck-away hip belt for comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Internal TPU mesh zippered pockets with key fob
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hidden side stash pocket for quick access to phone and Passport
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Compression straps and lash points allow for gear attachment
  • Haul handles with D-ring integration for optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Borderless Convertible Carry On

Any adventure, any mode of transport.

Borderless Convertible Carry On (EC0A3SBE010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 2440 cu in / 40 L; Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz / 3.27 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 8.75 in / 35.5 x 56 x 22 cm

Features:

  • Zip-away backpack straps deploy out of back panel for hands-free mobility
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded backpack straps provide ergonomic fit that resists dirt
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Top quick stash pocket for 3-1-1 toiletries
  • Internal TPU mesh packing pockets for easy ID
  • Internal compression straps keep contents from shifting
  • Compression straps, daisy chain and D-ring for gear attachment
  • Multiple grab handles for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Handle tray protects handle system, while corner bumpers and wheel housing protect bag against rough handling
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32

Take all the gear.

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32 (EC0A3SBF010) MSRP $499

Capacity: 6345 cu in / 104 L; Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz / 5.46 kg; Size: 16.75 x 32 x 12.5 in / 42.5 x 81.5 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Split frame opening gives access to TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Multiple grab handles and mesh ID luggage tag window, for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Internal compression straps secure load
  • Sizable top stash pocket for quick grab items
  • Compression straps, D-rings and daisy chain for quick access to equipment
  • Corner guards, piping bumpers, and heavy-duty wheel housing protects bag against rough handling
  • Kick plate, runner rails, and handle tray protects bag
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M

Ultra compact, ultra durable, ultra organized.

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M (EC0A3SBH010) MSRP $59

Small: Capacity: 215 cu in / 3.5 L, Expanded: 460 cu in / 7.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / 0.12 kg; Size: 10 x 7 x 1.25 in / 25 x 18 x 3 cm, Expanded: 10 x 7 x 4.25 in / 25 x 18 x 10.5 cm

Medium: Capacity: 550 cu in / 9 L, Expanded: 855 cu in / 14 L, Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 14 x 10 x 1.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 3 cm, Expanded: 14 x 10 x 4.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 10.5 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable coated materials are weather-proof and wipeable
  • Two-way zippered opening gives full access for maximum packing
  • TPU mesh front window gives content visibility
  • Compression zipper compacts clothing and gear
  • Small Compression Cube mounts to molle panel in the 40L Utility Backpack for modular organization
  • Top carry handle 

ABOUT EAGLE CREEK

An invitation outside informs all Eagle Creek product designs, innovations and services. From versatile organizers that make travelling seamless to our durable duffels that keep the journey going, our gear and accessories make exploring the unknown possible, effortless and enriching. Eagle Creek. Find Your Unknown.

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.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Alli Noland

Terra PR

307-733-8777

allin@terrapublicrelations.com

 

Hot and blue

Booker Gliding - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 22:10
Record breaking weather it may be, but it's not very good for cross country flying so most of the action has been training and trial lessons. Steve gave it a go on Saturday and dropped in on the ridge field on the way back, to be greeted by some handsome black cattle.


Today the hangar was emptied and the fleet parked out in the trailer park to make way for the event taking over the airfield on 11th and 12th May - our hangar will be one of the exhibition halls.

From Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May all solo flying will be at Thame, where we will be guests of the Upward Bound Trust. There will be a K21 available there for check flights.
Back to normal on Monday 14th May.

Breaking News: Mystery Behind Tut’s Tomb Revealed, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 15:10

**Breaking News**

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls.

Spokesperson and Images Available

Recent radar scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb conclusively prove that there are no additional chambers or passages behind the walls of the famed pharaoh’s burial chamber, Egyptian officials announced today.

This stunning conclusion marks the end of an investigation which began in nearly three years ago, when Egyptologist and National Geographic grantee Nicholas Reeves theorized that the tomb of legendary 18th-Dynasty queen Nefertiti may actually be hidden beyond the walls of Tut’s 3,300-year-old tomb.

To read more about this amazing discovery, read the full story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

The forecast was right

Booker Gliding - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:21
Today the forecast promised good XC weather - and it delivered. The launchpoint was busy with single seaters heading off on task and two seaters being used for training. Even the T21 came out to take to the air.

Meanwhile, John Hubb was working hard on the clubhouse, scraping off the peeling paint and applying a new coat of wood stain. He also renovated the picnic tables. There is still a lot to do, so anyone with a paint brush is welcome to join in. Thanks for your efforts, John,

One panel complete. The supervisor appears to be making tea.
Nice smart picnic table.


Media Alert: National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 18:35

***Media Alert***

National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

News announced today at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated interactive story, “Explore the World’s Biggest Cave From Your Couch,” HERE

At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California, the social media company shared updates on React 360, an interactive WebVR and 360 content publisher. Experiences made using the technology can show up across the web and in people’s Facebook News Feeds, effectively bringing virtual reality to its more than two billion members—no headset required. 

To showcase this feature, Facebook worked with National Geographic and is showcasing an updated version of a 2015 National Geographic interactive VR story. In it, readers are invited to take a virtual tour of Son Doong, a recently discovered cave in Vietnam, believed to be the world’s largest. 

“In the social media world, this is a big deal,” says Martin Edström, the photographer and National Geographic Explorer who originally captured the 360 photo spheres of Son Doong for National Geographic. “Now people can literally walk through the largest cave in the world without leaving Facebook.”

 Son Doong is believed to be the world’s largest cave passage and is estimated to be between two and five million years old. It’s more than three miles long, with numerous chambers large enough to hold an entire city block of New York skyscrapers. Being the world’s largest cave, Son Doong contains many appropriately gargantuan formations, including the 200-foot “Hand of the Dog,” which might be the world’s largest stalagmite, as well as baseball-sized “cave pearls,” a type of speleothem that’s typically much smaller. 

Large scale tourism companies have begun to threaten the preservation of this world wonder. To Martin Erdstrom and other researchers around the world, this new Facebook feature is seen as a powerful new conservation tool. 

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated story on React 360 here

Spokespeople and visuals available.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:11

**Media Alert**

National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Spokesperson and Images Available

Today is the first day of National Pets Month and to celebrate National Geographic has announced the launch of “Domesticated,” an online hub dedicated to all kinds of domesticated animals. This hub will be a collection of stories, photos, and videos about the latest in pet science, how pets evolved, how pets work for us (i.e. therapy dogs), and demystifying our pets’ behavior! 

To kick off the launch of this fun and informative series, National Geographic has shared a number of videos and stories on everything from dogs and cats to the more exotic household pets. Check out the latest stories below:

Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do

Meet the World’s Most Expensive Pet Fish

Why Are Dogs So Friendly? Science Finally Has an Answer

Playful Photos of Well-Loved Dog Toys

What if Everything You Think About Cats Is Wrong?

For more information on the hub and to follow along with the most recent stories, visit natgeo.com/domesticated.

Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic senior director of Animals, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:00
The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht With a growing focus on Spain - be it through new events, luxury destinations or chartering new grounds this season - we honour the upcoming ‘Superyacht Show’ in Barcelona by taking a look at the key points of the region bringing yachts back to the waters time and time again.

Barcelona
Travelling from the Cote d’Azur to one of the most celebrated new cruising grounds on the charter and yacht experience maps today means a journey of world-class food, ancient history and breathtaking backdrops. With two choices of mooring via superyacht in either OneOcean Port Vell or Vilanova Grand Marina, starting your journey across the coast of Spain in Barcelona is the perfect break away from the usual haunts of the Mediterranean.

Activity of boats mooring in Barcelona has faced an incredible rise thanks to the best service based brands entering and growing the region’s yachting infrastructure (i.e. OneOcean Port Vell and Vilanova Grand Marina), offering unparalleled accommodation and direct access to the city.

The architecture of Barcelona itself is an amphitheatre to discovery, surrounding visitors with an artistic legacy with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Park Güell or the Sagrada Familia, both designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, are renowned examples while the Gothic Quarter - combined with the luxurious shopping and dining opportunities, this city will keep adventurers busy for days.

Palma de Mallorca
The largest island of the Balearics - located just a short stretch from Barcelona - Palma has been a luxury yachting hotspot synonymous with sailing and charter for decades. Marry this with countless michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive bars and elegant nightlife, and Palma becomes a slice of the St. Barths lifestyle in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Home to the Superyacht Cup regatta, the Palma Superyacht Show (which closes its doors today after a successful run) and numerous marinas built to accommodate everything from pleasure crafts to 150-metre yachts, Palma is a mainstay of the Spanish yachting boom.

Port Denia
The quintessentially Mediterranean landscape of Denia, and the easy 45-mile passage to Ibiza, makes this mainland luxury escape a growing choice for yacht charterers and owners looking for a lifestyle fuelled by freshly caught seafood, exemplary nightlife and exclusive hotspots.

Speaking with Albert Morell, General Manager of Port Denia, in a recent interview, we discussed some of the hotspots that make the region what it is: “Denia has become a destination in itself, famous for huge collection of restaurants and tapas bars. There are 4 marinas in Denia - 3 for smaller yachts and our 'Port Denia' for superyachts 30-138m with over 2000 berths overall, so it offers a yachting lifestyle with services to match.

Exploring Port Denia (along with the easily accessible michelin starred restaurant, five-star hotel and two golf courses), means the 2015 UNESCO City of Gastronomy becomes an idyllic stop to cruise the waters of mainland Spain before heading over to the island of Ibiza.

Ibiza
Ibiza and its sister island Formentera are harsh rocky isles teeming with abundant wildlife and a rich history; but, with a booming interest of yachts heading to the region and a new push in infrastructure, this exclusive hotspot is getting new attention from the global elite.

Thanks to developments such as Sovren Ibiza building a new epicentre to the island to harbour a new social scene on the docks of Ibiza, this island is stepping into a new era with a new image. The sophistication of Sovren Ibiza offers high-grade marina facilities, luxury residences and a private airport only 15 minutes away, yachts of up to 185-metres can now make the most of this brand-new luxury initiative.

The legendary entertainment scene on Ibiza extends throughout the day and night with wide range of fashionable nightclubs and beach clubs off which yachts can anchor; making this the idyllic place to end a week’s discovery tour of the Spanish coast.

The Superyacht Show begins this week, running from May 2 - 5 in the heart of Barcelona at OneOcean Port Vell. We look forward to bringing you more from the region as the show heats up and the superyachts tie the lines in a new Mediterranean icon.

The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht The thriving superyacht hub of Barcelona (Photo: OneOcean Port Vell) Sovren Ibiza brings a sophisticated new focus to the famed party island A guide to the most up and coming cruising grounds of the West Mediterranean

A new intake of cadets joins the club

Booker Gliding - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 20:25
Yesterday the latest group of young people to join our successful cadet scheme came along for an introductory meeting. Amongst other topics they had a safety briefing.....and a long discussion about T shirt colours. Afterwards the experienced cadets have them a ride in the sim.





Meanwhile, Rob was up a ladder scrubbing the bus as prep for giving it a new paint job.



We suggested something along the lines of Jackson Pollock, which would be fun to apply, but it seems he has other plans. We'll have to wait and see.




Exclusive: What May be World’s Largest Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice Discovered in Peru

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:58

**National Geographic Exclusive News**

What May be World’s Largest Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice Discovered in Peru

Spokespeople and Exclusive Visuals Available

Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history— has been discovered by National Geographic Explorers on Peru’s northern coast.

More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.

While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in colonial-era Spanish chronicles and documented in modern scientific excavations, the discovery of a large-scale child sacrifice event in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world. What could have caused this unprecedented event?

Scientific investigations by the international, interdisciplinary team, led by National Geographic Explorers Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University, are ongoing.

Read the full National Geographic story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Explorers Gabriel Prieto and John Verano are also available for interviews.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Ibiza adventure holidays: 13 best Ibizan activities

Windsurfing - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:00

What are the first things that spring to mind when you hear the name Ibiza? Is it super-star DJs? Sweat-filled mega-clubs? Foam parties? €15 beers? It’d probably not Ibiza adventure holidays! But what most people don’t know is that the best Ibizan activities can rival those of anywhere on the Med!...

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