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New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 13:00
New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery Notorious for its rugged landscapes, vast plains and icy cool temperatures, the unique appeal of exploring Alaska is hard to resist for those looking to plan a stray from the beaten track this new year as plans for a summer getaway begin to take shape. Snowy mountaintops, awe-inspiring skies and fascinating wildlife await the adventurous traveller in this intriguing region; yet it is only recently that Alaska has truly begun to open up as an alternative charter destination. Although the appeal of the tropic’s white sandy beaches remains ever-enduring, the rise of the explorer vessel in recent years has meant that more and more charters are easily available to such previously inaccessible regions, presenting an experience of a lifetime to those bold enough to try it this summer.

The first stop on our guide to exploring Alaska by superyacht has to be the breath-taking capital of Juneau. The only capital city in America unreachable by car, Juneau is a melting pot of lush forestry, glittering mountaintops and wild, rugged terrain alongside a small and welcoming community. Only in Juneau can visitors spend a morning hiking across the 70-foot Mendenhall glacier, and the wind down in the afternoon by taking in the city’s picturesque art galleries and museums.

If even this isolated city is not enough to satisfy your cravings for the remote, our next recommendation is a journey through Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, fully submerging yourself in the true Alaskan experience of wild and wonderful beauty. Ideal for a superyacht charter of the most daring proportions, the raw beauty of the Inside Passage is matched only by the fascinating appeal of its wildlife and biology, making this destination popular among imaginative tourists and scientists alike.     

Finally, along your Alaskan superyacht charter do not miss the numerous islands, each containing their own charming character and unique delights simply waiting to be discovered. From the Inside Passage to Juneau, the state of Alaska is brimming with magical hotspots of raw natural beauty, from Duke Island to Revillagigedo. Awash in natural wonder, the opportunities for discovery here are endless – from mountainside eagle spotting to fly-fishing atop a glacier, from basking in hot springs at Bell Island to delving into the hidden waterways of Coffman Cove.  

Chartering through the rugged landscapes of Alaska is simply an opportunity not to be missed for those looking to start the new year by leaping outside of their comfort zone. Yet those who assume that the remote location of this wild destination would mean any compromise on luxury should think again. Superyachts such as Abeking & Rasmussen’s 72m Cloudbreak are capable of high-endurance, long-distance journeys such as these, all while offering the very best in 6 star luxury and on-board indulgence. Speak to a broker to find out more about vessels chartering in this glorious region of unfettered natural beauty.

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Booker's Duo Discus is on holiday in North Wales

Booker Gliding - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:34
Booker's Duo Discus has been stationed at Lleweni Parc - home to Denbigh Gliding Club - for the winter, and various members have taken the opportunity to get some fantastic wave soaring. Below is a selection of pics from their visits.

Any Booker member is welcome to go and have some fun in Wales, as long as you have linked up with an instructor to fly with you. Best way is to join the Booker XC Whatsapp group - ask Richard.

Bird's eye view of Denbigh and the airfield
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Sailing TASTER sessions

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

Do you want to experience dinghy sailing but not sure if you are going to enjoy it?

On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October 2020, we will be running a 2-hour taster session from 15:00 – 17:00. During this session you will be taught the basic skills of dinghy sailing in a double handed boat with an instructor to show you the ropes. You will have a go at both helm and crew positions.

A taster session is £25 per person, and if you subsequently book a RYA Start Sailing Package we will deduct this cost from the course price.

Places are limited so book your…

Windsurfing TASTER sessions

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

Do you want to experience the thrill of windsurfing but not sure you are going to enjoy it?

On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October 2020, we will be running a 2 hour taster session from 12:30 – 14:30. During this session the instructor will teach you the basic skills of windsurfing starting with an on land demo before you hit the water to give it a go.  

A taster session is £25 per person and if you subsequently book a RYA Start windsurfing Package we will deduct this cost from the course price.

Places are limited so book your space today either online…

Kayaking TASTER sessions

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

Do you want to experience the joy of kayaking but not sure if you are going to enjoy it?

On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October 2020, we will be running a 2-hour taster session from 10:00 – 12:00. During this session you will be taught the basic skills of kayaking spending the vast majority of the session on the water giving it a go.

A taster session is £25 per person, and if you subsequently book a BC Paddle Award Discover course, we will deduct this cost from the course price.

Places are limited so book your space today either online or by calling…

Spinnaker and Trapeze Training

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

You will be learning downwind sailing at high speeds and working on your accuracy.  This is an exciting session to truly develop your windsurfing skills and preparing you for the open water sea conditions.  After acquiring these challenging skills you will be ready for anything!

SUP Club Activites - Summer 2019

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

Don’t forget SUP Club on Wednesdays and Sundays.  This month SUP Club has the following activities:

Sunday 28th July - Thames Rivers Trip to Boulters with a stop off at the Cafe for refreshments and ice cream. This is approx 10km paddle, so if not advisable for SUP beginners to participate.

Wednesday 31st July - 2km Time Trial

Wednesday sessions start at 6pm & Sunday sessions are between 10am and 12pm. The Thames River Trip on the 28th July will run from 10am to 1pm, due to us stopping off for some refreshments mid-trip.

If you…

Summer SUP Race Series 2019

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

The Summer SUP race series is well underway (still time to get involved). The first 3 races in the series have proved to be challenging and great fun.  If you are keen to take part, come down to Bray lake, log a time for a 2km paddle (once around the outside of the lake) and we will be happy to give you a time. 

There are 2 more races to come in the Series, which everyone is welcome to participate in. The dates of the next races are:

Bray Lake Summer Series Race 4 - 11th August

Bray Lake Summer Series Race 5 - 8th September

Registration…

N1SCO SUP Races

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

Our N1SCO fun events are proving to be really popular this year, if you are keen to get involved in some fun, one-design SUP races then come and join in.  These events are all about fun and take place over short 50 meter distances. We have boards available for the races but if you own a N1SCO board please bring it along.

You don’t need to be super fit or experienced and if the weather is good, we finish off the evening with a social BBQ and maybe a beer!

For those of you who do not wish to take part in races, you are welcome to use your SUP Club Session to work on your skills.

The…

SUP Offer - New to SUP?

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

New to SUP?  If you would like to get more involved, we run regular club sessions and open hire sessions.  Whether you just want to hire or are considering buying a board, we have loads of different boards for you to try.  Retail boards start from £399.

SUP Yoga

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

Come down on Thursday 19th September for a relaxing evening of SUP Yoga with Elaine. The session starts at 6:00pm and finishes around 7:30pm.

The price is £30/person - this includes the session and the equipment hire. You will need to be a competent paddleboarder and yoga proficient to participate in this session.

Booking in advance is essential as limited spaces are available.

Fingers-crossed we have a nice, calm, sunny evening and a great Bray Lake sunset.

Triathlon Training Centre

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:14

TTC (Triathlon Training Centre) is a world class coaching for all abilities from complete novice, to age group and elite athletes. Seven time World Champion, Richard Stannard, and his team deliver swim, cycling and run coaching with a difference.

They provide coaching for professional athletes and for first time novice swimmers.  If you are new to open water swimming or racing your first triathlon or open water swim event, join us at Bray Lake for an introduction to open water.  We appreciated that open water swimming can be a daunting experience for newcomers and  even experienced pool…

The Best Charter Yachts for Winter Wellness

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:00
The Best Charter Yachts for Winter Wellness Every new year begins with the optimism of resolutions and promises, so many of those involving commitments to better health and fitness. Many of those, if you are at all like me, are also ‘forgotten’ about by the second week of January. To ensure that this year these resolutions are fulfilled, we take a look at some of the best wellness superyachts on the charter market.

Nautilus – 73m Perini Navi, 2014.

Nautilus is a superyacht that has been especially crafted for onboard wellbeing in both her interior and exterior spaces. The 73m Perini Navi yacht, available for charter through Y.CO, is offers perhaps the most complete wellness experience for her 12 guests. A whole deck dedicated to wellness offers everything one could ever want for a January detox. Complete with a jacuzzi, sauna, hydropherapy pool and massage room, she caters for every need.

There is no need to hide away indoors during the detox either, as she also offers a 3.5m resistance pool on the exterior, perfect for a fitness routine enjoyed under the sun. A plethora of toys and tenders is made even more exciting by the fact that Captain David McMorrow is a licensed scuba diving instructor.

Alfa Nero – 82m Oceanco, 2007.

Edmiston are offering a charter escape on board the enormous 82m Oceanco yacht Alfa Nero. Since making an award-laden entrance onto the scene in 2007, she has recently undergone an extensive refit in 2017 to keep her up to the high standards she has set for herself.

Alfa Nero is especially unique in her expansive Master Suite, which spans an entire deck and provide an exclusive mini universe. On the Master Deck, you will find not only a private terrace and Jacuzzi, but a fully equipped gym and spa. The positioning of the gym allows guests to enjoy panoramic views of the sea while working out, meaning that boot camp may not have to be such a scary thought. Climb down post-gym and the 27 crew members will be on hand to pamper you in the many relaxation spaces, including a beauty salon.  

Available for charter through Edmiston

Aquijo – 86m Oceanco & Vitters, 2016.

Perfect for a Caribbean Sailing adventure, the 86m Sailing Yacht Aquijo brings you closer to the water while retaining the volume of amenities normally found on motor yachts.

Aquijo’s spectacular beach club and spa is the ideal place to rid yourself of all those toxins amassed over a festive Christmas period, offering a sauna, steam room and hot tub. An ocean-view Jacuzzi located on the Flybridge is then the perfect place to take in the scenery and bask under the sun. If the adventure of one of the world’s largest sailing yachts is not enough for your appetite, you can take it into your own hands on one of the yacht’s sailing dinghies.

CloudbreakAbeking & Rasmussen, 2016.

This yacht is certainly one for the adrenaline-seekers. There is no better way to make a fast-paced start to 2020 than on this 75.28m expedition superyacht, custom built for extreme adventures while offering a relaxing haven to return to and wind down.  

Cloudbreak’s extreme sports equipment provides the way to dust off the cobwebs in style, as guests can take to heli-skiing or any of the other blood-pumping toys stored on board. The Espen Oeino designed exterior offers comfort in all climates, including even a winter garden to wander through whilst recharging those batteries. An all-encompassing spa offers guests everything from sauna, massage room and a chilled plunge pool, while guests can finish up their routine in the open-air pool fitted on the large sundeck.

Available through SuperyachtsMonaco

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Guide to Philippines adventure holidays: 15 best Filipino action sports

Windsurfing - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:56

Although known for its beaches, Philippines adventure holidays offer plenty to get your adrenaline pumping. You can find the best Filipino action sports and activities across the country offering something for everyone. Guide to Philippines adventure holidays The Philippines is made up of more than 7,600 idyllic islands. It has...

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Adventure sport travel insurance FAQ: Interview Snowcard Insurance MD

Windsurfing - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 14:23

Travel insurance may be the least interesting aspect of action sports holidays but it is one of the most important. In this adventure sport travel insurance FAQ, we interview Snowcard Insurance MD Russell Dadson to learn more about this key element of adventure planning. Adventure sport travel insurance FAQ For...

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The Most Popular Charter Destinations of 2019

Super Yachts Charters - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 12:00
The Most Popular Charter Destinations of 2019 When it comes to stylish charter destinations boasting hidden jewels waiting to be discovered, these five charter hot-spots offer the ultimate 2019 destinations on superyacht travellers global radar. Take a glimpse into our charter favourites where each destination offers a unique world of its own...

The Glittering United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has seen luxury travellers flock there at an exceeding rate. With some of the most luxury resorts across the region, from Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi to the much-loved Yas Marina, it proves the leaders in hospitality remain in the glistening hub of the UAE. From bespoke experiences across desert sand dunes to bespoke luxury shopping on board your superyacht, the region know exactly how to entice and allure its superyacht travellers through a world of glamour and opulence. Now, with the region's yachting infrastructure developing at an exceeding rate, it seems the country is well and truly equipped to deal with the biggest superyachts in the world. With the support, facilities and stand-out services for superyachts well and truly underway, it seems this extravegant hub for exploration is a 2019 favourite. Read our Abu Dhabi InDepth publication to learn more about Abu Dhabi.

The Adriatic Jewel of Montenegro 

This gem of rugged beauty and luxury hideouts combine to create the perfect emblem of Eastern Mediterranean bliss. Plunged on the map for superyacht travellers due to the stylish marina village of Porto Montenegro, the country waves the flag for an unassuming Mediterranean escape into rustic European shores. With a plethora of luxury marinas emerging, an array of boutique hotels and yachting support, Montenegro encompasses the ultimate alternative escape for superyacht owners and charter guests looking for something exceptional. Supremely private and breathtakingly beautiful, it invites luxury travellers the opportunity to soak up the visual drama of mountain backdrops, crystal azure seas, and a terrain of natural beauty waiting to be discovered.  Read our Montenegro InDepth publication to learn more about Montenegro.

The Pristine Bahamas 

The Bahamas, a glistening paradise retreat encompasses the best of a sunny Caribbean escape. An all time favourite destination for superyacht travellers and charter guests alike, this paradise escape offers luxury private island residences, chic resorts at the dozen, and bucket-list discoveries like the famous Pink Sand Beach at Harbour Island. Whether swimming with pigs at the famous Pig Beach or enjoying a private beachside dinner, each experience in The Bahamas is curated for luxury, privacy and unforgettable memories across your superyacht adventure. Jump off-deck and into the region's underwater world and step on land into the Caribbean retreat of The Bahamas. Read our Bahamas InDepth publication to find out more about The Bahamas.

The Rustic Island of Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is the kind of simple, island escape that dreams are made of. It's stripped back island charm, warm hospitable locals and supreme luxury resorts such as Carlisle Bay mean that the destination is truly unparalelled. Charter guests are invited to hop off their yacht into a multitude of curated experiences. From yoga on the beach to zip lining across the island's lush forestry, there is a bespoke experience for adventurers,  zen-seekers, adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. As if made for luxury travellers in mind, Antigua's luxury marinas are equipped with everything charter guests, their captain and their crew require. Visit Antigua & Barbuda when the season is in full swing by attending Antigua Charter Show, where superyachts can be found in abundance and the island is alive with magic. Read our Anitgua InDepth publication to find out more about Antigua & Barbuda. 

Cayman Island Paradise 

Cayman Island is a little but loved member of our charter destination list proving good things come in small packages. Owed to its untouched beauty and sumptuous resorts, it is a step into utopian beauty perfect for charter guests seeking an off-the-radar escape, When visiting the Cayman Islands, it is easy to fall in love with the stripped-back allure. Whether you choose to bask in island bliss, take a culinary retreat into tasting the island's delicious island delicacies or sink your toes into its white sand beaches, it is easy to see why superyacht travellers escape and return here time and time again. Charter guests can expect everything and more from the Cayman Islands. Dive into its crystal clear waters or simply relax in its sun-drenched paradise,the choice is yours.  Read our Cayman InDepth publication to find out more about the Cayman Islands. 

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Bahamian Bliss: Plan Your Perfect Superyacht Charter

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 15:00
Bahamian Bliss: Plan Your Perfect Superyacht Charter As the New Year inches closer, superyacht charter guests turn to the tranquil shores of the Bahamas and Caribbean for a festive escape from the Christmas chill. With such flagship superyachts as Solo, Kismet and Solandge chartering in the Bahamas this winter, the opportunities for the charter of a lifetime are infinite. With this in mind, we give you the perfect guide to a superyacht charter in the Bahamas, including all the must-see islands and delights along the way.

Grand Bahama

As the northernmost island, Grand Bahama is an ideal first stop-off for your superyacht charter in the Bahamas. Brimming with rich history and character, Grand Bahama is divided into three distinct yet charming areas – East End, Freeport and West End. Home to the Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, Freeport’s stunning marina facilities are second-to-none, boasting 72 slips and world class services to its users and guests. For those seeking to experience nature first-hand, the island is home to no less than three exquisite national parks, perfectly preserving a sense of untouched tranquillity in this popular superyacht destination.

San Salvador

A charter in the Bahamas is not complete without a visit to San Salvador, an island steeped in history since it became the first in the New World to be discovered by Christopher Colombus. San Salvador is the epitome of picturesque; with its stretches of white sandy beaches, glittering salt water lagoons and lush, rolling hills, it may come as a surprise that this haven is virtually unspoiled by human touch. For those looking to escape the noise of civilisation and truly submerge themselves into a Bahamian paradise, San Salvador offers an unrivalled island getaway.

Nassau

After relaxing in San Salvador, some may choose to steer their charter to slightly busier shores for a taste of island life. As the capital of the Bahamas, the city of Nassau on New Providence Island promises a stay shrouded in history, charm and character. For the more adventurous charterers, Nassau is a world hotspot for shark diving, as its seas are home to families of tigers, hammerheads and reef sharks. Alternatively, the capital has no shortage of charming bars, golf and tennis clubs, spas and fine restaurants each offering their own unique taste of island luxury.

 

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Culinary Curations On-Board 70m Sherakhan

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 12:00
Culinary Curations On-Board 70m Sherakhan Superyacht charters in the Caribbean are about to undergo their most popular months, and as a cool chill sets upon the shores of the Mediterranean, it is not hard to understand why. But for those looking to understand what makes just such a charter experience so indulgent and unforgettable, we took a look at a day in the culinary life on-board the stunning 70m Sherakhan - available for charter this winter in the Caribbean.

There are many interconnected elements which come together in harmony to form the most unforgettable charter. Without doubt, cuisine is one of the most important of these, as a bespoke culinary experience can truly elevate a superyacht’s appeal. Exceptional gourmet experiences on-board the most luxurious of superyachts can surpass those of even the finest restaurants in the world; sourcing the best ingredients from around the world and tailoring them to your unique tastes, with you as the guest in mind.  

With remarkable accommodation for up to 26 charter guests, Sherakhan is notable not only for her unique preservation of heritage combined with modern luxury, but also for her outstanding cuisine curated by Michelin-starred Chef Toine Smulders. Toine’s experience working for the finest establishments in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland have brought him to face the unique challenges and rewards of working on-board a superyacht of Sherakhan’s stature.

For those unfamiliar with such challenges, to assume that working on-board a floating villa might present its own restrictions in terms of what can be served could not be further from the truth. As Smulders explains, there is no such thing as impossible when it comes to meeting guests’ requirements, adding, “We can cook Dutch frikandel, Saudi Arabian kabsa or South African lemon pie; you name it, we can make it!”

When it comes to his signature style, flavour is paramount for this accomplished chef. “Natural, healthy and recognisable food is very important to me,” Smulders explains. While a dish on-board Sherakhan is far from simplistic, Smulders sees great value in authentic food that goes back to its basics – currently experimenting with healthy, vegan and local food. However, the greatest value in dining on-board Sherakhan is that dishes are uniquely bespoke, curated entirely around the guests’ desires – any taste that can be conceived of can be achieved in a truly unforgettable dish.

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Christmas Charter: Spotlight on Bella Vita

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:00
Christmas Charter: Spotlight on Bella Vita For this week’s charter focus, we turn the spotlight on the 75m Lurssen Bella Vita; a true giant in her field offering her lucky guests an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Although built in 2009, Bella Vita’s exterior architecture has been penned to retain a timeless sense of modernity and style in the characteristic fashion that only renowned designer Espen Oeino can produce.

It is her interiors, however, which truly separate Bella Vita as a standout charter yacht on today’s market. Stepping on-board this Lurssen classic, the scene is not dissimilar to that of a regal palace from the French Renaissance period, brought effortlessly into the modern day. Subtle shades of cream and white in smooth marble give a sense of classic luxury to her interiors, while soft materials and intricately thought-out lighting give this superyacht a sense of being a true home at sea.

There is no shortage of entertainment options on-board Bella Vita; from a choice of al fresco dining spaces to comfortable indoor lounges, guests can choose to enjoy an afternoon in her on-board cinema or an evening in one of her stylish deck bars. Bella Vita has all the features of a classic super yacht of elebated stature; from her 6 expansive decks and extensive choice of toys and tenders, to her aft deck helipad.

Yet it is not just her aesthetics which make Bella Vita stand out from the crowd. Despite having been launched a decade ago, the technological innovation fitted into this yacht’s design are remarkable even today, including an ice-strengthened hull design and stabilising system which render her perfect for exploration in comfort, whether cruising or at anchor.

For a charter of a lifetime, Bella Vita without question offers an experience like no other – and is available for charter this winter in the Caribbean with Moran Yacht & Ship.  

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What’s the best adventure travel job? Top 25 action sport career options

Windsurfing - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:00

Does the dream job of travelling, adventures and action sports really exist?And what’s the best adventure travel job? We take a look at the top 25 action sport career options, to help you land that dream role. For us adventure junkies an ordinary life and normal job are just not...

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