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Word from the Captain Onboard M/Y Chasseur

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:00
Word from the Captain Onboard M/Y Chasseur Our time onboard M/Y Chasseur was a welcome break from the hectic docks of Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Joined by Sales and Charter representatives from Burgess, we had the pleasure of interviewing Captain Nicole Fawcett about why this 49m is one of the best charter yachts on the market today.

Instant calm ensues as soon as we step on board, welcomed by Captain Nicola, we sat down in the airy main saloon to learn all about this stylish Christensen build. Nicola began, "Chasseur is a beautiful 48 metre yacht and we have six guest cabins... lots of bright light coming in, clear windows." 

She continued, "She's a family boat and we appeal to almost everyone [...] the designer was Varo Design in California, but a lot of influence from the owner." Boasting perhaps one of the most elegant interiors we've seen at the show on a yacht in this range, Nicole continued to talk us through Chasseur's on-vogue features.

From the eccentric Slim Aarons artwork that adds a touch of classic glamour to the contemporary use of glass onboard, Nicole described, "The glass staircase is a showstopper. It's the first time Christensen has made floating staircases like that. Everyone seems to love them!" 

But aside from her interior styling, what else can potential charter guests or buyers expect when the step on deck? "They come on and they just.. it's 'WOW'" said Nicole, "They just absolutely love the boat. They love the brightness of the boat and the length that you see from the aft main deck or even bridge deck. You can look all the way down. From the bridge I can see all the way aft - I can see the flag!"

We also had to ask about the Crew. Holding a number of accolades to their name, Nicole modestly shared, "Last year with Burgess I won Captain of the year and then we just won a photo contest, the Burgess Photo Contest which is really exciting!" Well deserved awards, adding to an experience we're sure any future guest will enjoy. 

Catch a glimpse inside Chasseur and watch the interview with Captain Nicole in full above. 

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FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 09:00
FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts As the 60th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off, we bring our readers our top choices for standout charter yachts at this year's show.

This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show promises to be bigger and better than ever before, as an international fleet of yards, designers, architects and superyacht lovers alike flock to the sunny docks of Bahia Mar for the world's largest in-water boat show. For those seeking to cast aside the winter blues in the coming months in favour of sunnier shores, we selected our top pick of charter yachts headlining this year's show. 

1. Madsummer
Perhaps unsurprisingly, all eyes are on Lurssen's 95m flagship Madsummer this week, the stunning superyacht launched by the German yard earlier this year. Not only the biggest yacht at the show, Madsummer is also available for charter this winter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, with Moran Yacht & Ship acting as the central agent. Aside from her striking exteriors and exceptional Harrison Eidsgaard design, Madsummer also features a forward deck helipad, 12-meter swimming pool and on-board spa. 

2. Phoenix 2
Once again the German giants are dominating the build category of finest large yachts, as Lurssen's Phoenix 2 takes pride of second place for our top pick of charter yachts at this year's show. Also available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, Phoenix 2 promises the perfect luxurious getaway to the Mediterranean this winter, with on-board amenities including an outdoor cinema, sundeck pool and jacuzzi. Her unmistakable Winch exterior and interior design separates this exceptional build effortlessly from the crowd, guaranteeing that Phoenix 2 will certainly be one of the most popular yachts on show.

3. Solo
Our third and final favourite comes from a yard who has exceeded itself in quality yacht-building in recent years, arguably in no case less evidently than the delivery last year of Tankoa's 71m Solo. A trip to the Bahamas & Caribbean on-board Solo this winter promises to be the trip of a lifetime, as guests can take full advantage of the yacht's stylish Paszkowski-designed beach club, pool and jacuzzi, as well as the abundance of interior socialising and entertainment spaces - all courtesy of Northrop & Johnson. 

We will be providing our readers with all the latest from Bahia Mar as it comes in, as well as through our social media channels - and with such special superyacht guests in attendance at the Superyacht Village this year, it's bound to be an eventful one.

 

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The end of the Aboyne expedition 2019

Booker Gliding - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 13:32
As is so often the case, the Aboyne weather saved the best till last, and those who stayed on for Saturday experienced some excellent flying - nice climbs, not too windy, not too cloudy, lots of kms flown.  Here is a sample of the day...

The back of Lochnagar - a bit like the far side of the Moon
Nuff said
The usual view of Lochnagar
Morvern with a sprinkling of snow
Spot the two RAF airfieldsIt was a week for a lot of 'firsts', in particular for our two pre-solo pilots Andy and Dan, including flying the Duo, wave, height, distance, tarmac runways - and also Maddi who towed 318 all the way back. Last words from Dave Byass:
It was a fantastic week, partly due to the wx and also due to everyone mucking in and getting on with it. So: thanks for all the help on the ground, thanks for not flying in airspace, and thanks for not crashing anything! Special thanks to Andy and Dan for being so open to learning in what must have been an occasionally daunting environment. Specially special thanks to Richard, who did a huge amount of organising as well as the flying, which meant I only did fun stuff. Hope next year is as good...
And of course thanks to Deeside Gliding Club for hosting us yet again.

More SW wave

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:14
The forecast was for more strong southwesterlies, and the wind at height was 50kts or more, but it was possible to climb, although it required a Duo or similar to make progress into wind. 315 and 316 made it to 17,000ft, where it was very cold indeed, and 315 went on a couple of excursions up the Dee and round Lochnagar.

The Dee past Braemar
Moray Firth from 17,000ft

Confusing day

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 19:26
The wind was still SW but not as strong as yesterday so in theory there should have been some nice wave without too much of the bumpy stuff. The early launches with the two seaters were back on the ground fairly quickly and there was a pause for coffee and other refreshments. Towards the middle of the day the sky settled down and it was possible to climb for short periods - between the times when showers came through and there were no gaps in the black layer at 4,000ft. It wasn't a day for long cross country flights or height gains but still interesting. There's always something to learn.

The view from 13,500ft
An evening view of the fires which were burning on Morvern all day

A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow Bernard Gallay has announced that 30m Wally cruising yacht Dark Shadow is available to charter in the Caribbean this Christmas season.

Delivered in 2002 with an extensive refit in 2012, Dark Shadow is instantly recognisable by her sleek lines and pure, contemporary design. The sailing yacht is experienced on the regatta circuit, however also serves perfectly as a family charter yacht for relaxing escapes.

The 30.5m yacht accommodates 6 guests in 3 rooms and can carry three crew members. On board the yacht there is plenty of equipment to provide family fun, including water skis, a wakeboard and snorkelling equipment. Her weekly charter rate stands at €45,000 and her availability perfectly covers the Christmas week. Dark Shadow is an enticing option for keen charterers looking to swap the winter cold for an exotic festive period.

Since its inception in 1994, Bernard Gallay Brokerage has grown from dealing with small vessels on a simple level to a global network of offices and representatives. Dark Shadow is just one of many yachts in the Bernard Gallay fleet that will be attracting attention this winter season. Among the others is the 64.5m schooner Atlantic. Designed by William Gardner and delivered in 2010, Atlantic is an authentic replica of the legendary 1903 yacht of the same name. She has recently relocated to Toulon in the South of France this winter, and her price is available upon application.

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A bit rough in the circuit

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 20:57
Today the wind was from the south west, which means it was just a tad rough on tow and in the circuit. It was also a bit cloudy. However, it was possible to find climbs up to 15,000ft or so, and some people followed the wave bar to Feshiebridge.

A bit cloudy.....
.......but clear near the airfield

Another wave day

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 19:43
Today the wind was south of west and quite damp so there was a lot of cloud above 9,000ft, with a line of showers to the west which never made it through the wave. Coming off tow into 8kts of lift set the trend for the day. Everyone had a go, there were no massive height gains to be had because of the cloud but it was possible to explore up the valleys and over to Grantown on Spey.

It got better
Statutory pic of sunset over clouds
On the way back from the Spey valley
Sunset from the groundAt least we didn't have to derig in the dark today.

Waving!

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:56
The weekend was a bit showery, though it was possible to do the occasional flight between showers. One pilot from another club learnt the hard way that you need to have a Plan A, and a Plan B, and a Plan C - viewed from the inside of a cloud the world doesn't look that great. He got back in the end though, with a bit of help from 315.

Today the morning was sunny and completely calm, so circuit practice seemed to be the order of the day, but after lunch the wind picked up and there was a lemming like rush for the launch queue. Success of the day was Mark Dyos who converted to the Pegase and promptly climbed to FL92.

Ready to go
Lochnagar
Ben Macdui
The Lecht
Last of the light
'ello 'ello what's going on 'ere?

Extremes of weather

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 19:12
Yesterday we believed the forecast and got to the airfield early, so there was plenty of time to enjoy the frost, the mist in the valleys, the sunshine - and the total lack of wave. Well....there was a tiny bit, and Richard did eventually manage a couple of flights to around 6,000ft, but mostly it was just not quite strong enough for a climb, and very confusing.

Today there was no doubt. It rained. A lot. Alternative occupations varied. One party went to Loch Muick.

Very wetAnother couple of carloads went to Newburgh Seal Beach where there were lots of ........seals.....floating up the river on the incoming tide.

Wondering where the incoming tide will go next
Sea. Seals. Rain
The prize for adventure, though not for scenic views, goes to Jacek and Howard, who climbed up Lochnagar in cloud.

The route
Nice view
The summit

SuccessThere is wave in the forecast tomorrow, but also rain, so we will have to wait and see.

Meanwhile back Booker a first solo

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:03



Congratulations to Michael Criseil who went solo in a glider for the first time. A long time power pilot he has come along to try out something new. The smile on his face shows he enjoyed it and cannot wait to do more.


Early and late wave

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:30
There was just time for a quick sortie to 10,000ft for 315 this morning before the front arrived, and some rain. Most people went to the Black Faced Sheep for a cake fix. Later in the afternoon the sky cleared and 315 launched again, along with Howard in his new Ventus, and climbed to around 6,000ft before descending into the sunset.

Waiting for the tug
Morning wave
Later that same day
Howard and a lot of wing

Rest day - mostly

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 17:31
Today the early morning was obscured by clouds - or mist, depending on viewpoint. However, the sky cleared and the sun came out and the benign conditions favoured circuit practice and Mark Dyos, who had his first wave flight yesterday, today achieved his first Aboyne solo.

The grin says it allOther activities included a walk round Craigendarroch and a check on local teashops and outdoor clothing shops.

Field landing assessment



Booker expedition to Aboyne - good things come to those who wait

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 20:39
Most people arrived on Saturday after a remarkably easy drive - no pouring rain, no hold ups, beautiful scenery and cloudscapes - so on Sunday there was plenty of energy for rigging the Duo and the K21 for check flights.

Today was warm and sunny with nil wind, so the early flights were difficult to sustain - although Richard and Jacek had a memorable encounter soaring with a golden eagle. Later on it was possible with care to find a mix of thermal and wave with the max height being around 6,000ft. Everyone flew, so we are now ready for anything!

Early morning mist
Loch Muick from not very high AGL
Mount Keen
EvidenceDee Valley
Looking good in the Aberdeen airway

The picture above shows the setting for Birkellunn log cabin, our accommodation for week 2. It's in the centre of the pic and the Cambus O May bridge on the river Dee points at it!

Lochs and Morvern viewed from the south.
Bit of a flat sky, but it looked nice

Top 15 high wind windsurf spots: Best windsurfing for experts

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:00

Looking for the best windsurfing for experts? Well this list of the top 10 high wind windsurf spots are a good place to start. Best windsurfing for experts Windsurfing in high winds is considered to be the pinnacle of the sport for many people. Simply because it offers the most...

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Indian activity holidays: 19 best adventure sports in India

Windsurfing - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:09

Most people don’t think about Indian activity holidays when considering visiting this incredible country. But the best adventure sports in India are right up there with anything else you can find around the world, often at a fraction of the price. Indian activity holidays India is a country that’s well...

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Strikes, delays and baggage charges: Do we have to fly anyway?

Windsurfing - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 19:00

Are strikes, delays and baggage charges making you reconsider taking an adventure sports holiday? We ask the question ‘do we have to fly anyway?’ Strikes, delays and baggage charges News that British Airways and Ryanair staff could strike again is bad for travellers. As are delays and major travel disruptions...

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Singles activity holidays in Europe: 5 best places to adventure and party

Windsurfing - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 14:00

Looking for top singles activity holidays in Europe? Then check out the best places to adventure and party below. Planning an adventure and party holiday It’s never too soon to start planning your next adventure. In fact the sooner you start arranging it the more friends are likely to join...

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MYS 19: Ocean Independence on Efficient Explorers

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 13:00
MYS 19: Ocean Independence on Efficient Explorers Since its inception in 2005, Ocean Independence has firmly established itself as a market leader in charter sales. Sales Director Toby Maclaurin and Managing Partner Nick Dean visited the Breaking News Centre at the Monaco Yacht Show to talk about maintaining their place at the top table.

Around the Show, visitors will see that Ocean Independence is exhibiting a number of exciting vessels including Endeavour II and Irimari, some of the most eagerly anticipated vessels at Port Hercules this week.

 The 63m Sunrise yacht Irimari is a favourite among charter clients, and sits right in the centre of Port Hercules, an aesthetic giant turning heads across the show. While Endeavour II, a 50m tri-deck explorer described by Toby Maclaurin as a “pocket explorer”, offers power and performance (perfect for exploration) like no other. Powered by a diesel-electric hybrid system, Endeavour II is a highly efficient explorer yacht that is easily capable of transatlantic crossings. This combination of an efficient and environmentally conscious yacht is something that Ocean Independence sees as a vital part of the industry’s future.

“There is a trend of a move to explorer style yachts,” explains Nick Dean, though he acknowledges that the exact definition of an explorer yacht is variable. Nonetheless, Dean believes that this trend is opening up the market to a new way of thinking. “We have seen some wonderful smaller yachts that 10 years ago we may have said ‘what on earth is that’, but it is fitting client lifestyle.” This shift in the approach is helping designers to flourish and is paving the way for exciting collaborations.

On the subject of green yachting, Nick Dean believes the trend should be viewed as an opportunity, and it must be used as a platform for innovative new designs. “To be green and not look green I think is going to be a crucial part of this business for the future. That’s up to us as an industry to create a new way of thinking. In the next two or three years a lot of this is going to be law. These rules have been coming for a very long time and now we need to accelerate the thinking of ‘how’. It’s not just a trend, it’s a necessity.”

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Whispering Wardrobes 2019

Booker Gliding - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 12:30
The sun shone, the sky was blue - but the wind was just a little too brisk for some of the more feather-like vintage gliders. But the launchpoint was busy all day with training flights and trial lessons in the K21s and people having fun in the syndicate T21 and Robin's Jaskółka. The day finished with Graham flying aeros in his Luňák, after which everyone retired to the clubhouse for one of John Hubb's barbeques. Today the weather has broken and rain is stopping play.

How many people does it take to rig a Jaskółka?
T21 fun
George taking it seriously, under Robin's watchful eye

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