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A Jewel of the Ocean with Bernard Galley

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:00
A Jewel of the Ocean with Bernard Galley Like a peek into the future, the effervescent Ocean Sapphire pushes the boundaries of innovation, splits opinion and indulges the more acquired taste in the mode of yacht design. The sketches of her 2010 build today is as cutting edge cool that embodies the ellipsism of designs to come, ahead of the curve 18 years later and ready and raring for charter.

A look beyond the horizon of any West Mediterranean landscape from the crushed-pastel allure of Capri to the turquoise technicolour of the Balearic Islands, Ocean Sapphire is well and truly in her charter element.

Her sharp silhouette, at 14 knots that feel every inch a galaxy away from nature’s backdrop, and thrusts the attention of onlookers as just a part of her charm. Inviting 12 inside to her contemporary living space, she continues the theme inside out, commanding gushing guests to revel in her retro 41-metre sector.

Step inside and the theme takes reign once more; modern musings by Norman Foster ensuring her interior furnishings settles you into both comfort and luxury. Bold colours play host as a punchy and plush palette inviting family and friends to frolik in style between alfresco sunset spots, and cosy indoor dining, where technology teams with her state of the art gymnasium, open air entertainment.

For when you have exhausted utopia, shopping the glitzy shorelines of the Cote d’azure or stumbling across the unassuming historical wonders of the world, there is Ocean Sapphire. A treasured sanctuary that awaits you with a futuristic twist, she catches the eye-and heart-of those who stay.

Ocean Sapphire is available for charter this Summer and Winter Season in the West and East Mediterranean, as well as for sale with Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage.

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February soaring

Booker Gliding - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:57
The sunshine on Friday made for a busy launchpoint with club members and visitors enjoying some early spring soaring. Friday saw a few achievements - James Giles had a busy day passing his Bronze GFT. Cadet Maddi Roberts had her first flight in a Pegasus and loved it, and Max Norfolk felt much the same about the LS7. Saturday was also sunny and soarable, with plenty more flying for those not attending Steve Williams' briefing on Navigation.

Maddi - Pegasus pilot

National Geographic Kids Dives into Fiction with New Imprint, New Book Series

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:17

New series hailed by J.J. Abrams as “A fun, exciting and action-packed ride that kids will love”

WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2018)— After celebrating a landmark 130 years of exploration, science and superb storytelling, National Geographic today announced its next big endeavor: children’s fiction.

A longtime leader in the children’s nonfiction world, National Geographic Kids Books will bring the same caliber of engaging, educational storytelling to the fiction world starting this fall, publishing under a new imprint called Under the Stars. Under the Stars will create fictional stories based on the research and adventures of National Geographic’s leading scientists, photographers and journalists. Publishing one fictional book series per year, the imprint will focus on one or more core National Geographic subjects, including geography, history, space, STEM, exploration and world cultures.

Under the Stars is already off to a buzzworthy start with its first title, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret.” Part of a seven-book series, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” by Trudi Trueit (on sale Sept. 4, 2018; ISBN: 978-1-4263-3159-6; ages 8-12; $16.99) is filled with real-world science, code-breaking and a gripping narrative that follows 12-year-old Cruz, along with a diverse group of his fellow students, as he plunges into a world of critical missions while also having to turn in his homework on time.

The story has received advance praise from LeVar Burton (“Reading Rainbow,” “LeVar Burton Reads”), author T.A. Barron (the Merlin Saga) and director, producer and screenwriter J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars VII” and “IX,” “Star Trek,” “Alias,” “Lost,” etc.), among others. To date, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” is slated to publish simultaneously in nine languages, with other translated editions to be added regularly. Beyond publishing, the series will serve as National Geographic’s first global franchise to include consumer products, family entertainment centers, family travel and education.

“We’ve spent the last few years developing riveting fictional stories like ‘Explorer Academy’ for this new imprint,” said Erica Green, National Geographic Kids Books editorial director. “We hope the characters in these books will offer inspiration, by helping kids and adults alike ultimately want to explore and protect our planet. Each book published through Under the Stars will be steeped in fact and real-world investigation and will showcase characters and illuminate situations that embody our remarkably talented explorers and how they interact with the world.”

Like the Explorer Academy series, all other Under the Stars books will be primarily aimed at the middle grade (kids ages 8-12), with an emphasis on self-expression and an overarching message of the power of curiosity. Each book will work as a stand-alone publication, but will also be part of a transmedia experience, conceived and produced such that the characters and narrative arcs work on various platforms from print, to digital, to screens of all sizes.

“We hope to use these books to continue to carry forth our founders’ commitment to quality, innovative storytelling and bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration,” said Jennifer Emmett, senior vice president of content for National Geographic Kids.

To get early access to the first chapter and learn more about Explorer Academy, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/.

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Media Contact

Caitlin Holbrook  |  (202) 912-6714  |  caitlin.holbrook@natgeo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Nat Geo Exclusive Video: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:27

** Media Alert **

Exclusive: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.

Video Available  

On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

In preparation for the second season of MARS, which is returning to Nat Geo this fall, a camera crew followed Musk and his team on the day of the launch, capturing their reactions as the rocket rumbled to life.

“Holy flying f–k, that thing took off,” Musk exclaimed. Moments later, he and SpaceX staffers ran out the door of the launch control center and turned their gazes upward. “Look at that! That’s unreal!” Musk cried out.

For the full story and video, click HERE.

For press inquiries, contact:

Jennifer DeGuzman, jennifer.deguzman@natgeo.com, (212)-656-0713

 

National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot Launch Cover Photo Competition

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:05

Photographers encouraged to submit photos depicting a life-changing trip for the cover of Traveler’s June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue

WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine and Your Shot, National Geographic’s online global photo community, launched a special assignment, “The Trip That Changed My Life.” One photo submitted as part of this assignment will be selected for the cover of the upcoming June/July 2018 issue of Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Photographers of all levels are invited to ignite their inner explorer and submit photos from a trip that had a profound impact on their life. The assignment is open now and entries must be submitted by March 5, 2018, at natgeo.com/travelercover.

A panel of judges will select one photo from the Your Shot assignment to grace the cover of Traveler, and the photographer will be interviewed by Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone for the issue.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has published the world’s best photography and ground-breaking storytelling, and for 34 years Traveler has presented the world’s best destinations,” Stone said. “This competition will deliver those superlatives and reveal one more: A rising-star photographer with the passion and talent to create a spectacular image of an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to see these amazing images and hear stories of trips that changed lives in our National Geographic community. Let the clicking begin!”

The contest will be judged by Stone, Traveler Director of Photography Anne Farrar and National Geographic Travel and Adventure Associate Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath. The judges will look for images that capture the best of the world, including iconic destinations, beautiful places and epic vistas that invoke the spirit of exploration. Photos should demonstrate a strong sense of place that has readers wishing they were in the picture, just as National Geographic showcases the farthest reaches of the earth through photography. Please note, images should ideally be vertical and must be able to accommodate the Traveler logo.

Photographers can visit natgeo.com/travelercover to submit their best photo via National Geographic Your Shot. The final cover will be revealed in May, and the “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler will be on newsstands May 29, 2018.

Media Contacts

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

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

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

 

Another Wet Saturday

Booker Gliding - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:37

Today we had an excellent lecture from William Parker on Field Landings given to a packed lecture room. Lots of advice about making sensible decisions in good time, looking for big usable fields, working out the wind and assessing the surface from aloft. Good use of yet another wet Saturday.

Gary E. Knell Named to Succeed Declan Moore as New CEO National Geographic Partners

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:00

Los Angeles, CA  –  February 9, 2018 – The Board of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) and the National Geographic Society, announced today that Gary E. Knell, who since 2014 has served as President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will succeed Declan Moore as the new CEO of National Geographic Partners effective March 1.

Moore, who has been CEO of National Geographic Partners since its formation in 2015, led the integration of the organization’s consumer-facing assets into 21st Century Fox (21CF) as part of the two companies’ expanded joint venture. In that time, Moore aligned National Geographic’s programming, publishing and digital strategy more closely around its historic mission to support premium storytelling about science, adventure and exploration. Under Moore, National Geographic grew its global television footprint to 450 million homes, expanded its digital infrastructure and cross-platform storytelling, cemented its status as the world’s leading social media brand, and carried a record number of travelers on Nat Geo Expeditions. Moore began his career at National Geographic in 1995. He previously served in many capacities there, including President of Publishing and Travel and Chief Media Officer.

In his new role as CEO of National Geographic Partners, Knell will oversee all of National Geographic’s global storytelling assets, including the television, magazine, print and digital operations, licensing and travel expeditions. As CEO of the National Geographic Society, Knell was responsible for the Society’s nonprofit and educational activities globally, and until the formation of National Geographic Partners, oversaw the organization’s print and digital platforms, travel and consumer products. Knell presently serves as Chairman of National Geographic Partners, and has also held various board positions at National Geographic since 2003.

21CF President Peter Rice said: “Declan has been a tremendous champion of National Geographic, and his steady leadership in the founding of National Geographic Partners has created a foundation for it to thrive as one of the world’s most iconic media brands for years to come. Gary is ideally situated to build on that momentum. Nobody understands National Geographic better than Gary, and his breadth of media experience, strategic mindset and global perspective make him the perfect leader of the organization at this exciting time of transformation.”

Jean Case, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of National Geographic Society and member of the Board of National Geographic Partners added: “I have tremendous respect for Gary’s outstanding leadership. His passionate commitment to science, exploration and storytelling – combined with his deep expertise in media and his love of the National Geographic brand – makes him ideally suited to lead National Geographic Partners to its next level of success. I also want to express my gratitude to Declan for his extensive contributions to National Geographic Partners and Society.”

Knell said: “I’m thrilled to build on the enormous momentum that’s already been generated by Declan and his team at National Geographic Partners, and to continue to leverage National Geographic’s full portfolio of amazing assets to drive positive change through the best in science, exploration and storytelling. At the Society, we’ve succeeded in developing an impact-driven agenda for the most pressing issues facing the planet, and are well positioned to continue to execute on that ambition thanks to the fantastic leadership team we’ve put in place.”

Moore said: “I’m grateful for the 23 years I’ve dedicated to this extraordinary organization, and am so proud of the teams, the businesses and the brands that we have developed and nurtured in that time. It’s been immensely rewarding working so closely with Peter and Gary and am happy to be leaving NGP in their extremely capable hands. I know that the work we’ve done to scale and modernize National Geographic Partners has positioned the brand for tremendous future success.”

Before coming to National Geographic Society, Knell was president and CEO of National Public Radio. Under his leadership, Knell leveraged the organization’s extensive network of member stations to drive cross-platform journalism and cultural programming, grow philanthropic and corporate underwriting support and draw new audiences to NPR’s distinct offerings. Knell’s career in media spans nearly three decades, including 22 years at Sesame Workshop. During Knell’s 12-year tenure as CEO, Sesame expanded its revenue base, worldwide audience and global recognition. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Knell was managing director of Manager Media International, a print and multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He also has served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office.

About 21st Century Fox:
21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 300 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 22 million customers across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.

About National Geographic Partners:
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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About 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.

Media Contacts:
Jonathan Bing
Jonathan.bing@fox.com
(310) 369 – 1274

Laura Nichols
Laura.nichols@natgeo.com
(202) 912 – 6743

Kelsey Flora
Kflora@ngs.org
(812) 219 – 5133

Media Alert: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Spokesperson Available on the Ground

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:37

** Media Alert **

Why This Week’s Big Rocket Launch May Make History

If all goes to plan, the newest member of SpaceX’s fleet could become the most powerful rocket since the one that sent humans to the moon.

Spokesperson Available  

On February 6, SpaceX will aim to make history with the Falcon Heavy rocket — and they are looking to do it in a most peculiar way. The Falcon Heavy will soar into space carrying a cherry-red Tesla Roadster blaring David Bowie into a sun-centered orbit near Mars.  

What makes this rocket launch unique?

If successful, the Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, capable of launching more than 140,000 pounds of cargo—and one day perhaps passengers—into low-Earth orbit. 

Click HERE to read more.

**National Geographic’s space expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews.

**National Geographic’s science and space expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews on the ground, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

 

For Press Inquiries Contact:

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

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

NAT GEO EXCLUSIVE: LASER SCANS REVEAL MAYA “MEGALOPOLIS” BELOW GUATEMALAN JUNGLE, Images & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:06

** Media Alert **

NAT GEO EXCLUSIVE: LASER SCANS REVEAL MAYA “MEGALOPOLIS” BELOW GUATEMALAN JUNGLE

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought. 

 Spokesperson & Visuals Available  

National Geographic has exclusively reported a major breakthrough in Maya archaeology. Researchers, including three National Geographic Explorers, have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. The results suggest that Central America supported an advanced civilization that was more comparable to sophisticated cultures such as ancient Greece or China. 

 So, how did they make this revolutionary discovery? 

Using a technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed.  

For the full story, click HERE.

  For the drop box of images and usage requirements, click HERE.

 See how LiDAR is rewriting the history of the Maya in “Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings,” a one-hour National Geographic Special, premiering February 6 on the National Geographic Channel. 

**National Geographic Explorers, Albert LinFrancisco Estrada-Belli and Thomas Garrison are available for interviews.

 

For press inquiries contact:

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

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

Exclusive: 99 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Found Trapped in Amber, Images & Experts Available

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:12

** Media Alert **

Exclusive: Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber

Exclusive Images & Spokesperson Available  

Remains of a 99 million-year-old bird encased in amber have been found in Myanmar. While previous specimens in Burmese amber have been more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton as this juvenile bird, which features the back of the skull, most of the spine, the hips, and parts of one wing and leg. 

Although there have been previous specimens in Burmese amber that are more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton as this juvenile bird, which features the back of the skull, most of the spine, the hips, and parts of one wing and leg. 

This discovery, supported in part by the National Geographic Society, adds an important piece to the fossils found from the Cretaceous period. The team hopes to one day have a whole growth series of enantiornithine birds in Burmese amber.

For the full story, click HERE.

**National Geographic science expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

**National Geographic Explorer, Lida Xingis available for interviews out of Beijing. 

 

For Press Inquiries Contact:

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

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

Exclusive: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut’s Tomb, Images & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:29

** Media Alert **

Nat Geo Exclusive: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut’s Tomb

Two previous investigations disagreed about what’s behind the tomb walls. Now scientists are launching an all-out effort to solve the mystery.

Exclusive Visuals & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic has had the unique opportunity to be the only journalists inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb while it is being scanned.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced today that a third round of ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning is underway inside the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun in hopes of answering a question that has long intrigued and stumped researchers: Are the walls of the famous tomb hiding other chambers—perhaps another royal burial concealed for more than 3,300 years?

If the results confirm the existence of voids beyond the walls, it will mark the beginning of an even more exciting scientific pursuit to determine what—or who—rests beyond Tut’s tomb.

For the full story, click HERE.

**National Geographic Archaeology expert, Kristin Romey, is available for interviews remotely from Egypt.

 

For Press Inquiries:

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

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

Statement from Declan Moore, CEO, National Geographic Partners regarding the termination of former Deputy Director of Photography Patrick Witty

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:53
At National Geographic Partners, we take seriously any allegation of sexual harassment. The questions and concerns raised by women inside and outside of our company about Mr. Witty’s behavior were investigated immediately and thoroughly by our Human Resources team and resulted in his termination.   While we received no complaints that Mr. Witty had violated our policies by engaging in harassing conduct during his employment with us, there was enough credible information brought to our attention by many women regarding past inappropriate behavior that we felt his conduct did not meet our business standards of conduct. We believe that Mr. Witty’s continued employment would not serve our commitment to a safe and appropriate working environment for our employees.    We have initiated the additional step of hiring an independent investigator to complete our review of this matter and to ensure that our managers are following the policies we have in place to safeguard our employees. We have already scheduled mandatory company-wide harassment training for both managers and non-managers and we are taking other internal steps to reinforce a safe and respectful workplace.

National Geographic Nominated for Six National Magazine Awards

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 22:52

National Geographic Partners has earned six nominations from the 2018 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. The nominations include:

The annual National Magazine Awards are administered by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Winners will be announced in New York on March 13.

Read the full story here.

Charter Focus: Sail into Surrealism with Maltese Falcon

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:00
Charter Focus: Sail into Surrealism with Maltese Falcon Delivered with true Italian sail expertise, the Perini Navi S/Y Maltese Falcon rewrites the rules of conventional and proves sailing be anything but ordinary. We explore how his masculine 88m stature, bold and imposing for a sail fleet member, waves the flag for an iconic charter with very little left to the imagination.

For so long the yachting world’s best kept secret; today’s Maltese Falcon, refurbished extensively in 2016, is the eccentrically recognisable vessel igniting new meaning to the word ‘futuristic’.  

Breaking all the conventions of a sailing yacht; the remarkable exterior marries animalistic ardour with a monstrous 88m structure to match. Owed to revolutionary DynaRig masts, it is no surprise the awards confettied by industry critics applaud the aggressive lines of Ken Freivokh. However on board, the designer tells an entirely different story.

Gentle and inviting and equally as world-renowned, her interior transcends charter guests into a fusion of contemporary elegance and cutting-edge innovation, welcoming martini clinking anecdotes from plush technicolour bars and cappuccino coloured living space.

Each dimension is a charter space owed to a purpose. For starlit premieres? The beachclub turn luxury outdoor cinema tips guests into the Caribbean coves by winter, and  the sun-drenched coasts of the Mediterranean by summer. In the case you had any doubts, he is indeed the very largest of cinema spaces, enjoyed best by deckchair or Jacuzzi.

Into the sumptuous living space, the owner’s own collection of contemporary artwork, vamps the traditional furnishings whether in the dedicated reading room or luxurious guest cabin. A canvas by Squeak Carnwath best exemplifies this,  awakening traditionalism with a welcomed dash of the contemporary, offering charter guests both an artistic experience as well as ocean voyage.

However, elsewhere, Maltese Falcon rips out the rulebook. The atrium boasts a galaxy of its own with sweeping silhouettes coupled with glam-glow lighting. A step into the saloon,  moody mocha tones and rich sultry textures couple with punchy purples and cherry reds, offering a vibrant aesthetic at play.

When not residing into his artisan realm, guests can waterski, flyboard or take advantage of the RYA training centre for personal watercrafting across lush island terrain. Alternatively, reside into serenity with an on-board massage as the sailing stallion makes its way through ocean passage and you relax awaiting your next destination.

With 12 guests across 6 luxurious cabins, this lifestyle-driven sail choice sets itself apart as a colossal sail contender for your forever after charter memories.

Maltese Falcon is available to charter with Burgess Yachts in the Mediterranean in the summer season, and the Caribbean in the winter season.

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Word from the Architect: A Sky’s Sanctuary on Ouranos

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:00
Word from the Architect: A Sky’s Sanctuary on Ouranos “She is the primal Greek god personifying the sky” shared the Group Art Director Gian Marco Campanino. Although inspired, in a veiled manner, by the mythological meaning of ‘Ouranos’, the architect shares how he utilized this 50-metre canvas, to explore this abstract notion through design.

“No naturalistic figures of the sky were represented anywhere” confirms the designer.  Instead, the ethereal concept of the sky tells a story of darkness and light, space and texture, and the artistic harmony of contrast. 

“Darkness and luminosity were re-interpreted by dark Macassar ebony wood” shares Gian Marco Campanino. “In opposition to huge floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, full of light.” 

Designed to invite the rumbling cliffs of the Eastern Med to meet you at breakfast, a charter escape on Ouranos ensures the rustic elegance of your destination is every bit a part of your interior space. 

Texture and shape however, play an entirely abstract role on board Ouranos. “Delicate bright suede covered wall and ceilings; stillness of clear skies were translated into clean lines, to emphasize the sense of purity” shares Gian Marco Campanino, translating the artistic emblem of nature into each and every silhouette. 

Paying homage to this idea further is her ‘less-is-more’ aesthetic. As a 2016 build her contemporary space is masterfully executed through a minimalist white-black contrast, as well as punchy artworks “wisely placed all around the main ambients of the yacht, as accents to the pure interiors.” To recreate, in the very accordance to her name, a “gleam of the stars.” 

And yet, even with her stripped back interior persona, she retains her exterior character almost anywhere in the world. Whether melting into the rustic allure of Montenegro or the white washed walls of Mykonos, the pencils parts of Uniellé Yacht Design come alive in a cutting-edge body that breaks ocean waves in style. 

To match her modern allure, is her Admiral build. As one of the most silent yachts, in noise and vibration levels on the market, she whisks up to 12 guests across 6 rooms into a motionless cotton cloud escape,  at sea level. 

M/Y Ouranos is available to charter with IYC in the East and West Mediterranean throughout both summer and winter seasons. 

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Discussing the Rise of the Support Yacht with Imperial

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:00
Discussing the Rise of the Support Yacht with Imperial The world is getting smaller, and as the notion of experience becomes a focal pursuit of today’s superyacht owner, the solutions to cruising the world in new and interesting ways are presenting fascinating design discussions across the industry. One of the original creations that prove the rule is the DAMEN Sea Axe range, a shadow vessel which offers exploration, discovery and space to enjoy the water like never before.

We go in search of how these remarkable vessels came to be with the experienced view of Julia Stewart (Managing Director of Imperial) who oversaw the creation and career of Fast Support Vessel 6711 - a leading example of the Sea Axe Range.

What were the market demands that sparked the rise of the support vessel?

"While all superyachts nowadays are including the best of technologies and comfort, Support Vessels are offering another scope of options in addition. While building 6711 together with DAMEN, we kept in mind the main skill of a yacht of this type: being multifunctional, whatever the conditions and the destinations. Being multifunctional means that a support vessel must be able to welcome supernumerary crew or guests, or even cover the Owner’s last minute requests. It also means being fitted for all water sports expectations: superior Dive Center, even a submarine!

Another demand we see more and more on new build superyachts remains the helipad, but what about having a helipad if you are dependent on somebody to fuel your aircraft? All luxury superyachts don’t have the relevant space for such extra assets and when you’re in the middle of nowhere and you want to explore new places, you must rely on your team. This is why 6711 was built for: thanks to her on-board fuelling station, distance is no longer a problem. And we bet this will be the new standards in the future support vessels."

What makes the Sea Axe range, and the support lifestyle, stand out?

"Imperial acted as Owner’s Representative, Build Supervisor and since the delivery of 6711, we are the Operational Manager of the vessel. Above all, we are proud to have been one of the very first companies of the superyacht industry to believe in the new options represented by the Sea Axe range at DAMEN, and more generally by the Support Vessel design.

They have everything, so they already stand out: from the 275 sqm space on the First deck able to carry any type of tenders or water toys (even a submarine), to such amenities like the professional Dive Center fully-equipped including a decompression chamber, the onboard hospital, the 14m D-Value Helipad with its fuelling station able to welcome most of the biggest aircrafts available, we are proud to have given life to one of the most incredible support vessel currently cruising the seas. We can also mention her 360° Bridge with Helicopter Monitoring System or the interiors outfitted by the famous designer Mark Berryman who took a special care about the life on board, but definitely: the Sea Axe range is the dream for all your next journeys!"

How is bringing a support vessel to life entirely different from a traditional yacht?

"Definitely on the safety side: crew training on board a support vessel is different than traditional superyachts. A Support Vessel is above all a working yacht, sometimes not comfortably fitted for guests and it must work smoothly and efficiently in any conditions with an optimal level of communication between all crew and a strong patience to manage all stressful conditions."

How does a support vessel offer up a different avenue of adventure?

"The Sea Axe range is built for adventures, being limitless is in its DNA. To understand the new trend around the Support Vessel, you must accept that the rules are evolving in the industry and more than ever the 21st century will be one of the new explorers, far away from the classic destinations like French Riviera or Central Caribbean.

New owners or charter guests want to explore new territories, face their own fears and push their boundaries far away, they no longer consider their journeys as only relaxing on the sunpads. Thanks to this support range, you can dive remote islands in Greece or South-East Asia, explore underwater wonders thanks to her submarine, fly from an island to another in a helicopter, and create unforgettable family memories that a sole superyacht could not offer. Support Vessel is not only a new trend, it’s a new lifestyle."

Speaking on behalf of DAMEN, Victor Caminada - Marketing Manager at AMELS - explained, “At DAMEN, we have delivered 10 purpose build Support vessels and are a recognised leader in the market. At the moment, two more DAMEN Yacht Support vessels are under construction.”

Delving deeper into the capabilities, Victor offered an insight into the purpose itself, highlighting the autonomy, ability to carry more toys, the guest accommodation for large parties to travel together and safe helicopter operations; proving that these superyacht support vessels, are more than just back up boats but rather a new wave of thinking for adventurous owners.

Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts

The Must-See Superyachts at the Miami Yacht Show

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:00
The Must-See Superyachts at the Miami Yacht Show From February 15th, the yachting community in Miami will return to Collins Avenue for the brand-new instalment of the Miami Yacht Show. With a wealth of yachts from 30 feet to 83-metres, this is our list of the must-see superyachts at the upcoming American exhibition.

Here Comes The Sun
The 83-metre Here Comes The Sun will be the largest contender across Collins Avenue, with stunning Tim Heywood exterior design and cavernous interior volumes offering not only space but a lasting impact following the striking first impression. The AMELS 272 is the result of an owner growing through the ranks and therefore has boundless expertise imbued into the project from every angle.

Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director, commented on the upcoming American debut, stating: “We’re very excited to introduce the flagship of our 55 to 83-metre AMELS Limited Editions range in Florida. Here Comes The Sun is a wonderful showcase of the absolute highest AMELS quality and finish.”

Grace E
Perini Navi’s breakthrough motor yacht with eco-credentials and global appeal, Grace E is one of the largest superyachts on display at the Miami Yacht Show and a standout example of true Italian style. This 73-metre powerhouse of technology is an award-winning masterclass in life on board, and with a launch date of 2013, is not only meticulously maintained, but a future classic given her timeless Philippe Briand design.

Available for charter with Burgess, Grace E runs on the theme of serenity, with a dedicated wellness deck with boundless amenities: such as a spa, jacuzzi, steam sauna, gym, hydrotherapy bath and treatment rooms to name a few. This notion of clean living reaches all the way to the engineering, from the ability to stay stationary without dropping anchor to minimising damage while cruising.

Mine Games
One of the finest Benetti yachts to grace Miami’s coast, Mine Games is a 62-metre motor yacht with undeniable style with a true sense of opulence running through the interiors. On display at the Miami Yacht Show with Galati Yacht Sales, this is the perfect platform to explore the American coast, the Caribbean and beyond.

Iron Man
One of the world’s most prolific superyacht builders, Benetti announced the launch of the Vivace 125’ ‘Iron Man’ in 2015; an advanced vessel befitting of the titular ‘genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist’ himself. The flowing lines, natural profile and three decks of Iron Man offer lifestyle par excellence and a sleek, modern aesthetic throughout the interiors.

Grey Matters
Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the sleek and low-profile lines of the sporty Grey Matters were brought to life by Palmer Johnson in 2007 and stand available for charter with Burgess today. On display at the Miami Yacht Show, this 45.72-metre superyacht is a distinctive vessel with a highly-skilled crew of 8 to make even the most discerning guests feel at home.

The Superyachts.com team were lucky enough to step on board Grey Matters in Antigua, to get a closer look at life on board, click here.

With 1.2 million square feet of showcase, the Miami Yacht Show is preparing to set a new pace for the American market in 2018; all the while offering an insight into inventory on the water in the American yachting capital.

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Media Alert: Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming—First in 35 Years, Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:17

** Media Alert **

Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming—First in 35 Years

Spokesperson Available 

The cosmic trifecta of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse hasn’t been seen anywhere on Earth since December 1982. 

Ahead of the cosmic three-for-one deal on January 31st, National Geographic has published a sky-watchers’ guide that will help readers find the best viewing locations and learn what actually makes the moon turn red. This Wednesday, there will be a super-size full moon as well as a  total lunar eclipse and because of the position of the moon, it will take on a slightly reddish tone — more commonly referred to as a ‘blood moon.’

According to eclipse experts, the event marks the first time anyone on Earth has seen this celestial trifecta in 35 years — and the first time it’s been seen in the Americas in 150 years.

For the full story a click HERE.

**Victoria JaggardNational Geographic astronomy and space expert, is available for interviews today through January 31st out of Washington, D.C.

**Andrew Fazekas, aka the Night Sky Guy, is available for interviews today through January 31st out of Montreal, Canada.

Press Contact:

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

National Geographic, Pop-Up Magazine and The Seattle Symphony Partner for Live Event in Seattle This Spring

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 18:01

National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, presented by The Seattle Symphony, will be held April 30, 2018 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets will be available to the public on Jan. 25, 2018 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2018)—National Geographic and Pop-Up Magazine, the internationally renowned “live magazine,” along with the Seattle Symphony, have announced a one-night-only special event at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Monday, April 30, 2018. National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine is an unforgettable evening of live journalism, featuring acclaimed storytellers from the worlds of film, print, audio, photography and more. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PST  at seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2017-2018/nat-geo/pop-up.

Pop-Up Magazine works with Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio and podcast voices, and internationally known artists to perform thrilling stories at large theaters across the nation. This unique, collaborative edition of Pop-Up Magazine is produced specifically for fans who share National Geographic’s legendary fascination with the world around us, and will feature a mix of multimedia stories from Pop-Up Magazine and National Geographic contributors accompanied by an original live score performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us through ground-breaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “The partnership between National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine is an excellent opportunity to go further and bring the stories that have graced the pages of National Geographic magazine to a live, multimedia platform for curious and engaged people.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with National Geographic. The people who attend National Geographic Live events and Pop-Up Magazine shows are creative and curious about the world. Our show at the Seattle Symphony will bring them all a fun, fascinating night,” said Douglas McGray, Editor-in-Chief of Pop-Up Magazine.  

For more information on National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, please visit seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2017-2018/nat-geo/pop-up.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick / National Geographic / hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6762

Victoria Chow / Pop-Up Magazine / victoria@popupmagazine.com / Tel: (917) 671-8779

Jen Rice / Benaroya Hall / rice1234@yahoo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions 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.

About Pop-Up Magazine Productions

Pop-Up Magazine Productions brings unforgettable multimedia storytelling to major theaters across the nation with the acclaimed live event, Pop-Up Magazine, called “a sensation” by The New York Times and “beautiful” by the Los Angeles Times. Renowned writers, photographers, radio and podcast producers, and filmmakers perform new, true stories onstage, accompanied by a live band and original score. Pop-Up Magazine Productions also publishes The California Sunday Magazine, the national magazine featuring ambitious reported features and photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America. The California Sunday Magazine, founded at the end of 2014, has been named a finalist for seven National Magazine Awards, including 2017 Magazine of the Year, and won three, including the National Magazine Award for Design and the National Magazine Award for Photography two years in a row. For more information visit popupmagazine.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About The Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Since 2011 the Seattle Symphony has been under the leadership of Ludovic Morlot who will step down as Music Director following the 2018-2019 season and be succeeded by current Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard. The Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year.  The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received three Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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