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Easter Eggs and more solos

Booker Gliding - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 20:56

 We have converted another power pilot to the joys of gliding - fixed wing instructor Jag Nahar did his first glider solo last week.


And then on Saturday it was time for the 17th International Easter Egg Cup Aerobatics comp. The conditions weren't the best - a freezing north-westerly making take offs on 06 quite interesting - but the field of 9 made some creditable performances - that is to say, their figures were recognisable. Their expertise ranged from 'never even done a loop before' to 'practised a bit'. British Aerobatics judge Charles Baker sat out in the cold all day gazing and the sky and tuggie James Roland kept us safe - completing his 3,000th hour of tugging in the process.


The trophy went to visitor Will Jones, with recently solo Leo Sentinella in 2nd place and Jane Moore 3rd. Many thanks to Graham Saw for sitting in as safety pilot on 8 flights, finding Easter eggs in September and organising the whole thing.

Recently solo Leo now getting good at aeros


Will Jones goes off with the trophy


Maybe next year we will hold the comp at Easter for a change.




Geographically embarrassed: Is it the Red Sea or Dead Sea?

Windsurfing - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:22

There are a number of travel trivia questions that always turn up in quizzes and conversations. And every time they have you scratching your head in a, ‘I really should know this’ kind of way. Well, we’re looking at the places and countries that leave you geographically embarrassed, starting with is it the Red Sea …

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Best Isle of Wight adventures: Top 25 IOW activity holiday ideas

Windsurfing - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 14:05

The Isle of Wight is a popular British beach holiday destination, located off the Hampshire coast in south of the UK. But I bet you didn’t know that the best Isle of Wight adventures offer more excitement than your typical sun, sea and sand vacation? The top 25 IOW activity holiday ideas below will hopefully …

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Best Merseyside adventure sports: Top 19 activities in Liverpool

Windsurfing - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:58

Are you heading to Liverpool – or already in the area – and looking for something exciting to do? Well the best Merseyside adventure sports are as good as anywhere in the UK. To inspire you we have put together the top 19 activities in Liverpool for you to try. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, …

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Whispering Wardrobes, solos and more

Booker Gliding - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 19:51

We are now firmly established back home at Wycombe Air Park and the past few weeks have been busy as we have re-started trial lessons and courses. One of our course members, Jim Pearce, who has had a bit of practice flying things like Learjets, went solo after a few flights, converted to the Pegasus and promptly did his Bronze 2 hours. He came down buzzing with the thrill of the newly discovered delights of thermalling. 

This weekend has been hectic with vintage gliders on display and flying. Sadly we had to scale down the event because of covid considerations but there was still plenty going on. And today we had another solo - 14 year old Leo Sentinella, who joined us from Bicester almost ready to go solo, has been working really hard on the final steps and today was the day.

Leo with proud dad David

Petrel and T21 on dual tow behind the Pawnee
Graham ready to go in the Hutter

New Video of TWW's Stylish CA 43m Silver Wind

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 16:30
New Video of TWW's Stylish CA 43m Silver Wind TWW has released thrilling new footage and imagery of its sporty and stylish CA 43m Silver Wind. The effortlessly cool superyacht, listed for charter in the Mediterranean, can be seen dazzling off the coast of La Spezia just earlier this season.

The head-turning superyacht is sure to catch eyes in any port or harbour. Launched in 2014, she sports a timeless Nuvolari Lenard design including a statement silver hull and superstructure hinting at her high-performance abilities. 

Silver Wind’s open flybridge affords a glimpse into clean and contemporary deck spaces, complete with jacuzzi and lounging areas. 

But Silver Wind was not only built for relaxation. At top speeds of up to 38 knots, the ISA superyacht is ready to take the last of the sunshine months by storm. Sleek, clean lines and an understated appearance gives Silver Wind an easily streamlined profile, and the superyacht comes complete with an array of toys, a tender and two jetskis for days of adrenaline on the water. 

The contemporary feel is very much continued inside, where Silver Wind’s interior spaces have been curated meticulously to give a minimalist, airy feel. Soft rich materials have been punctuated with bright artwork or statement features to give a sense of luxury and calm onboard. 

Silver Wind will be cruising in the Mediterranean for the remainder of summer and beginning of winter season. Alternatively she is also available for sale; get in touch with TWW Yachts for more information.

 

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Secrets of Hawaii summer windsurfing in Maui: The off (wave) season

Windsurfing - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:41

When listing dream windsurfing destinations Maui is top of most sailors list. But it is not nuking waves all year round. The off (wave) season is an excellent time to visit, so here are some secrets of Hawaii summer windsurfing in Maui.   Why Maui tops windsurfers wish lists Want to witness the best of …

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New Images of 107m Lana: Listed for Charter with Imperial

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 17:10
New Images of 107m Lana: Listed for Charter with Imperial Departing Benetti’s Livorno shed earlier this year, 107m Lana is the second 100m+ superyacht delivered by the Italian superyacht builders. Representing everything that is unique about the Benetti brand, Lana is predictably bold, sleek and stylish. The latest images released of the Top100 giant showcase a labyrinth of staterooms and salons, each space arrayed with carefully curated artwork and intricate furnishings. Now available exclusively with Imperial Yachts, Lana is nothing short of an unmissable opportunity on the charter market today.

Aficionados of the lavish and niche sphere that is the 100m+ superyacht market will be no stranger to the decadent features which have come to define these floating mansions. Lana’s onboard gym, spa, certified helipad and spacious beach club are almost standard for a superyacht of her size, not to mention the exceptional socialising spaces spread across her numerous decks. 

But it is the meticulous attention to detail onboard this superyacht, remotely sourced materials and painstaking colour palettes, which set Lana apart from the competitive crowd. Although Benetti set the bar ominously high with 107m Luminosity, launched in 2019, Lana more than lives up to her predecessor’s impeccable standard. 

Each of Lana’s luxurious staterooms benefits from its own colour scheme and character, offering a unique and individual experience for each guest. Her high ceilings, some up to 1.7m high, grace her living spaces with a palatial feel, while sculptural elements throughout resonate the fluidity and tranquility of the sea.  

Project managed and available for charter with Imperial, Director Julia Stewart commented on her delivery, “Being linked to the second 100m+ superyacht ever delivered in Italy by the private shipyard Benetti is a pride that we share with the builder. It was a pleasure to collaborate once again with their professional teams and their dynamic behaviour in a proactive atmosphere."

Lana reaches a top speed of up to 18.5 knots and cruises at a speed of 16 knots. She is fitted with a dynamic propulsion to ensure fuel saving, and can carry up to 31 crew members to guarantee a seamless charter experience onboard. Exclusively available for charter with Imperial, Lana will be cruising in the Spring between the Mediterranean seas and the Indian Ocean. 

 

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Bond Magic: Elegant 007 Available to Charter with Hill Robinson

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 08/11/2020 - 18:00
Bond Magic: Elegant 007 Available to Charter with Hill Robinson The 72-metre charter charmer Elegant 007, is now available to charter with Hill Robinson and comes with an array of stylish features, perfect for taking on the Mediterranean season by storm.

Built by Lamda Shipyard  in 2005/2017, this 72-metre superyacht offers a portal of exploration perfect for those seeking a summer escape into Mediterranean bliss. 

The interior, designed by Lally Poulias accommodates a remarkable 30 guests in 15 luxurious staterooms. A master suite on the bridge deck, a VIP suite, eight staterooms on the main deck and five further staterooms on the lower deck, all with a wide and wonderful range of entertainment facilities for a sumptuous stay on the water.

Guest rooms include an art deco-styled dining room, a main saloon that opens aft to an 88m² deck, and a second saloon on the bridge deck. Not to mention, an invitation for guests to enjoy a state-of-the-art gymnasium topped with a beauty salon, a massage room and a sauna. Offering a blissful escape into sumptuous Mediterranean shores, her stylish silhouette is a breathtaking vision across melting Mediterranean sunsets. 

Aside from Elegant 007's bond-style aesthetic, her plethora of water toys ensure a high-octane escape for all the family. Toys include everything from kayaks and waterski's to Seadoo's and wake boards, not to forget snorkeling gear for underwater exploration across the Technicolor reefs of the East and Western Mediterranean. 

Charter guests can take to the on-deck Jacuzzi, 12 person spa pool, perfect for friends and family to enjoy, and not to mention a home theatre, idyllic for further entertaining after a day of activity on the water. 

Luxury and comfort are the truest ways to describe Elegant 007.The vessel's stabilisers at anchor, and underway, ensures a seamless journey onboard that is much like being onboard, an almost unfelt floating mansion. 

Elegant 007 is available with Hill Robinson for charter across the West & East Mediterranean across the Summer and Winter seasons. 

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Trips to the coast, and Devon, and more

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 09:11
There has been some good cross country weather recently and we have been making the most of it. Howard did another 500k on Monday, with a trip to Devon - and back - and Denis took a look at the south coast. Meanwhile back at Booker, Richard took John Blake on his first cross county, they went to Bicester in a K21, narrowly avoided landing there and then soared back home. Two seater training is settling down at Booker, along with the evening groups on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Denis took a look at Havant on the south coastJohn O had a trip to the races - Rockingham Raceway, currently a car park

John enjoyed a trip to Bicester

Nick and Andy's T21 adventure

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/25/2020 - 16:26
We've had some excellent soaring weather recently, so one day Nick Newton and Andy Monk set off from Booker in Nick's T21 thinking that it would be fun to drop in on Chiltern Park. Which it would have been.........they got as far as Nettlebed. Nicely manicured grass field though, and the Pawnee soon rescued them.

Early optimism
Looking good at 4,000ft
Down to earth - so near and yet.........

500s in the bag

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:14
The excellent weather over the last few days has enabled plenty of epic flights from several clubs. Flying the flag for Booker, Paul Field and Howard Joseph completed their first 500k flights (Diamond Distance) on Tuesday. And Howard enjoyed it so much he had another go on Wednesday, although he didn't quite make it. Plenty of other members did noteworthy flights, including Denis Campbell who went to Devon, and John Otty, who cancelled his meetings, arrived at Chiltern Park at 3pm and nipped round a 300k. Just shows what you can do if you want to.

Paul and Howard celebrating their 500k
Denis went to Devon......
.........passing through Sussex on the way
John visited Salisbury........
......and had a view of the Isle of Wight beyond SouthamptonBack at Booker, evening flying resumed on Tuesday - 6 launches followed by beers and a picnic outside the clubhouse. First to fly was 16 year old Ossian O'Sullivan who went solo last year. Evening groups are now running Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from around 1700.

As from 1st August, training flights will be at Booker 7 days a week, with cross country staying at Chiltern Park for a little while longer.

Ossian O'Sulllivan and Graham Saw about to take the first launch on Tuesday evening



Fiji Opens to Private Jet & Superyacht Travel

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:00
Fiji Opens to Private Jet & Superyacht Travel Superyacht owners, guests and charterers have been presented with an opportunity to escape to the paradisiacal archipelago of Fiji. The country has opened up to private jet travel and created ‘Blue Lanes’ which will allow groups to fly in and meet a yacht, before spending their quarantine period cruising the magnificent surrounding area.

With many owners and charterers looking for a safe location to enjoy their next adventure, there are few destinations as promising as the South Pacific. The region has managed the virus with great comparative success, and now some of the world’s most exquisite cruising grounds are reopening to superyacht traffic.

Over the weekend, Fiji has finalised details of a framework which will facilitate superyacht migration to the country. This comes after three private jets carrying UHNW tourists have already been granted access to Fiji in recent weeks.

First launched in June 2020, the Blue Lanes are a government-driven initiative aimed at stimulating yacht and pleasure craft migration into Fiji while adapting to stringent security measures. Allowing the passage of superyachts into the region will not only delight owners, but provide an economic impetus for the economy of Fiji without any risk. It is the strength of the superyacht industry during this time to boost tourism economies while restrictions for high-volume travel are still in place.

“This is great news for Fiji and our region,” said Cynthia Rasch, CEO of Port Denarau Marina where superyachts will first arrive in Fiji. “Once again Fiji has demonstrated the sort of creative initiative that has made Fiji the Hub for superyachts in our region.”

Superyacht Arrival

The entry of international superyachts is still being granted on a case-by-case basis, though the process is relatively simple. Negative Covid-19 tests are required for both passengers and crew no more than 48 hours before departure, and all conditions of the Blue Lane Initiative must be adhered to.

One advantage is that the quarantine period begins from the last port of call, so any uninterrupted days of sailing will be subtracted from the 14 days. Uninterrupted sailing days are days when no persons have embarked on the yacht or disembarked the yacht, and during quarantine the crew must only have contact with those considered within the superyacht ‘bubble’.

Arrival of Owners and Guests

Similarly, owners and guests must produce a negative Covid-19 test inside 48 hours of departure. Temperature and symptom checks are then carried out upon arrival at the airport, before guests are transferred to Port Denarau Marina to meet their superyacht. A planned itinerary should also be provided before boarding the superyacht, so visiting parties are advised to contact a local Fijian yacht agent    

A Perfect Escape

It is hard to imagine a better way to spend quarantine than onboard a superyacht cruising the crystal-clear waters of Fiji.

For superyachts, Fiji offers the ultimate destination for true island seclusion and luxury. The stunning archipelago encompasses a sprawling chain of over 300 rugged islands covered in a haze of deepest emerald that leads down to sugary white sand beaches and cerulean waters teeming with diverse marine life. Superyacht visitation is made seamless by world-class facilities and excellence service at the world-renowned Port Denarau Marina.

The Blue Lanes have made sure that owners and guests can still enjoy their superyacht to the full during quarantine. The conditions state that: “During the quarantine period, the Superyacht will be allowed to undertake watersports such as surfing, kiteboarding, diving and snorkelling to name a few within approved areas.”

Quarantine will be completed under the supervision of members of the Fijian military or navy, who will follow in a shadow vessel. This will ensure that the agreed itinerary and procedures are followed in the interests of both visitors and the local population. 

Interest from superyachts in visiting Fiji has been very high during the lockdown period, and many will be seriously considered taking advantage of this opportunity. Three superyachts were known to be applying for entry into the country before this latest update was confirmed, with a renowned Top100 yacht due to arrive in August.

There is plenty of reason to stay in the South Pacific region through this year and beyond, with the opening of countries such as Tahiti boosting prospects for travel. The America’s Cup will still be held in New Zealand in March 2021, an event which has always attracted high-profile superyachts. For now, though, superyachts will be thrilled to see opportunities for travel to exotic locations open up again.

Summary of conditions for superyacht quarantine in Fiji:

  • Engage with a Fiji Yacht agent
  • Provide a negative RT-PCR test <48hrs from departure. This has to be a laboratory test on a letterhead.
  • Provide details on where they intend to cruise, itinerary
  • Bear cost of a shadow boat containing military/navy personnel during their quarantine cruising period
  • Adhere to all conditions as per the Blue Lane initiative under the Fijian COVID Safe Economic Recovery Framework. 
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Chiltern Challenge Cup final day

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/19/2020 - 13:27
The last day of the comp gave us more good weather, enough for a short task to ensure everyone was back in time for the evening's entertainments. One of the turnpoints was BO3 - Booker - so there was a risk that pilots would make like homing pigeons for Booker, but they all got back. Jim White, John Otty and Denis Campbell have been jockeying for the podium all week but this time for a change Howard Joseph and Bob Smith came 2nd and 3rd behind Jim. The overall winner was Jim, with 2nd place John and 3rd place Denis.

At the end of flying we squashed all the trailers up to one end of the field to make way for parachuting which resumed on Saturday, and then Jim provided a bbq from his motorhome.

Jim the champion, with RichardIt was a very enjoyable week - the only comp in the country this year - and thanks go to Richard for sorting everything out, and to Dennis Pearson of Chiltern Airsports who let us get on with it, mixing safely with gyrocopters and microlights and whatever else turned up. Also to Nils who did weather forecasts every day, and the tug pilots - James Roland, Rob Turner and Doug Hilton - for efficient launching, and not forgetting Pete Wyld who did the scoring from the peace and quiet of his own home.

Scorer's view

In other news, Nick Newton and Andy Monk set off from Booker in Nick's T21 thinking that it would be fun to drop in on Chiltern Park. Which it would have been.........they got as far as Nettlebed. Nicely manicured grass field though, and the Pawnee soon rescued them.

Early optimism
Looking good at 4,000ft
Back to earth
And finally.........James Giles, who has yet to complete his Bronze, made the effort to drive that bit further to Chiltern Park, flew the Duo a couple of times to get used to the site, had a lesson in how to rig a Pegase and then had three long soaring flights - type conversion and a new site! And he did a lot of running around helping to launch the grid.


The grin says it all!

The Booker Chiltern Park Cup

Booker Gliding - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 08:33
In a normal world, this week we would be running the Booker Red Kite Regionals at Wycombe Air Park, but with life as it is, we are running the Chiltern Challenge Cup at Chiltern Park, a 7 day comp with Distance Handicapped Tasks and regionals rules, although it is not a rated comp.

On Saturday 11th July we got off to a good start with a task of 198km, a couple of airfield landouts with aerotow retrieves and the first three places going to Jim White, Denis Campbell and John Otty.

Sunday was an amazing day with 6,000ft cloudbase in parts and light winds and the task was 322km, as always routed past airstrips to allow for safe landouts if necessary. The podium places shuffled a bit: Jim White, John Otty and Denis Campbell. Special mention for David Hamilton, flying his first comp, who managed 221km, having sensibly decided to skip the last turnpoint at Marlborough.

Nice looking skyMonday and Tuesday were scrubs. Wednesday looked unpromising until mid afternoon when the grid launched on a task of 102km. It was a valiant effort - Denis did 52km before turning on his engine, Nils and Jim landed at Abingdon, and John helpfully flew over them before firing up his engine. Everyone else landed back. The result was Denis, Jim and John, but sadly no points because no-one passed the magic Y. There really should be marks for effort! Plenty of people enjoyed the day on tracking from the comfort of their own home though.

Nils and Jim dropped in at Abingdon

On Thursday the task was 152km around Lasham, Membury and Oxford. The sky looked good from the ground but it was plainly not so good on track. The winner was John, followed by Jim and then Denis. A handful of pilots had extra adventures - Ashley landed at a short strip near Kingsclere and was retrieved by road, Martin (a guest from Halton) landed at Membury and got a tow back from the Jones brothers, Nils landed at Bourne Park and was brought home by John in GH, and David picked a mammoth stubble field and was fetched by Richard in the Pawnee (any excuse).

Getting ready to launch the grid
Nils at Bourne Park - sadly soon to close and be built on
David in his mammoth field
The detailed results are here: https://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/booker2020/results

Meanwhile at Booker - we resumed flying at WAP last Friday with 9 training flights, and another 9 on Saturday. The new method of operation worked very well with great joint working with power traffic.

St. Lucian Escapes: Marigot Bay Re-Opens for Visitors

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 16:30
St. Lucian Escapes: Marigot Bay Re-Opens for Visitors Nestled in the heart of St. Lucia, intimate beaches and turquoise seas make Marigot Bay Marina & Resort easily one of the most breathtaking spots to berth in the world. Today, the 5-star luxury marina has re-opened its doors to foreign travellers, offering a safe haven for yachts and superyachts as worldwide travel restrictions are eased.

Reclaiming its official status as port of entry into St. Lucia, Customs will be resuming operations at Marigot Bay as of this week. Those looking to dock at Marigot Bay can expect to see ramped up safety and hygiene measures in keeping with guidelines, but otherwise largely a return to ‘business as usual’. 

And what exactly does business as usual look like at Marigot Bay? Picture intimate bayside dining spots, serving fresh deep-sea fish and locally sourced ingredients. Picture observation decks looking out at vast expanses of unspoilt landscape, pristinely maintained suites and spa facilities, infinity pools. This should give visitors an idea of the slice of paradise they can expect upon berthing at Marigot Bay Marina & Resort. To add to this idyllic appeal, the marina offers berthing capacity for up to 42 yachts, 20 mooring locations anchored in the surrounding bay and world-class maintenance and repair facilities.  

As part of the resumption of operations, Marigot Bay will also see a new port health office established as well as a nursing station in the Marina Village according to the requirements laid out by the Ministry of Health. Visiting yachts fall into one of two categories; those within the ‘Travel Bubble’ and those outside of it. Yachts outside of the bubble will be required to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival and obtain a negative result from a PCR Test within 7 days in line with careful precautions at Marigot Bay. 

The ‘Travel Bubble’ has been defined to include Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Monsterrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.

Troy Blanchard, Marigot Marina Manager, comments, “Providing a safe and clean environment for our boaters and Marina Staff has always been a top priority for Marigot Bay Marina. Now more than ever, we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness and want you to feel at ease when you berth with us.”

He goes on, “As we look forward to the future of yachting and cruising, we have implemented full-scale enhancements to our already stringent quality controls and health and safety measures.  We have embarked on our newly activated CASE programme (Clean and Sanitize Everything) which provides ongoing, real-time guidance on the safety and well-being of associates and guests in the evolving COVID-19 world and beyond.”

Although the local supermarket and restaurants remain closed for now, the upper swimming pool is open to marina guests, and the marina plans to have ‘In-Boat’ call out food service for boats wishing to make an advance order.

 

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Best United States adventure holidays: Top 19 active vacations in USA

Windsurfing - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 14:11

Looking to plan the best United States adventure holidays? It is a huge country offering everything from skydiving to scuba diving… So to help you narrow it down, check out our top 19 active vacations in USA. Best United States adventure holidays The United States is a massive country! Seriously, look at google maps, perhaps …

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Huge Boost for New Charter Clients in Australia

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:00
Huge Boost for New Charter Clients in Australia Superyacht Australia expects to see a huge boost given to domestic charter activity as the country prepares to kick on with its current yachting season. The boost will be generated by Australian charterers unable to reach the Mediterranean this season, and a potential influx of new clients from the luxury cruising market. This represents an opportunity not only for the Australian superyacht industry, but for superyachts seeking a safe and inexhaustible charter location in the aftermath of a turbulent first half of the year.

With a $65 billion spend annually on overseas holidays, Australians represent a mammoth market for travel and tourism. With international travel restrictions still firmly in place, and likely to be so for the foreseeable future, many Australians will be considering an alternative getaway this year. Fortunately for them, Australia itself is one of the world’s most diverse and breath-taking regions. For the superyacht industry, there are now a considerable number of Australian charter clients who usually venture abroad that will now consider charter opportunities in Australia’s vast waterscapes.

Another reason for optimism stems from the ban on cruise ships, with superyacht charter offering a smaller scale and more hygienic luxury alternative to those travellers. Australia has been the leader in the cruise market since 2013, overtaking the US. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 5% of Australians went on a cruise in 2018, accounting for 1.35 million guests and a larger percentage than other major cruise markets (USA 3.7% and UK 3%). It is realistic to believe that a great deal of high-end cruise passengers will become suitable superyacht charter clients, as these passengers regularly pay in excess of $50,000 per person for an extended family of 8-12 passengers.

Superyacht Australia estimates that converting just 1% of top end Australian cruise passengers will equate to 13,500 new superyacht guests chartering vessels in Australia. To cater for these new clients, many term charters on superyachts in Australia can offer all-inclusive packages that will be comfortable for those used to the high-end cruise structure. It is hoped that once these customers experience the exclusivity and exceptional level of service onboard a superyacht, they will become regular superyacht charterers.  

Since Covid-19 has shaken the world, many international superyachts have identified Australia and the South Pacific region as a safe haven, with an increase also noted in enquiries for Australia’s world-class refit shipyards. The potential of picking up charter activity will only encourage more superyachts to head to the region, however the focus for Superyacht Australia remains firmly on helping the domestic charter fleet. David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia, stated that “our objective will be to convert these potential customers into new clients for our member vessels such as M/Y Oneworld, M/Y Silent World, M/Y Spirit and M/Y Dreamtime as well as for our charter brokers. This campaign will be supported by new events such as a charter yacht function in Sydney during October and build on the successful Soiree event that was held in February this year.”

New legislation passed in December 2019 opened up Australia’s glorious cruising grounds to charter for foreign flagged vessels for the very first time. While the Great Barrier Reef region is world-renowned for its kaleidoscopic diving attractions, there are plenty more experiences all around the country from the rugged Kimberley in the north to the southern isolated paradise of Tasmania. Even for well-travelled Australians, it would be nigh on impossible to have seen and experience all the wonders that this country offers, and there is no better way to explore them now than on a superyacht charter.

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Varied aviation at Chiltern Park

Booker Gliding - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:02
We have continued with solo gliding when weather allows, but the other day we were entertained by the wing walking Stearman which came over from Dunkeswell and performed five displays with some brave customers. We carried on flying - having switched our circuit to the west to keep out of the way - and it all went smoothly, with a few gyrocopters and microlights added to the mix. It's great to be at an airfield where different types of aviation are all welcome, and operate alongside each other with no conflicts. Here are a few pics of the day's excitement - no captions necessary!







Kenyaways

Windsurfing - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 16:10

At Kenyaways there are 11 units in total, all are ensuite with hot water showers. They are all equipped with linen, towels, fan cooling, and wifi. Housekeeping twice a day. 5 of the rooms have beach views. The rest are just walking distance from the beach and near the pool and gardens. The property is …

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