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Lessons in Speed and Style: Chartering Grey Matters

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:00
Lessons in Speed and Style: Chartering Grey Matters When we stepped on board 45.7-metre (150’) Palmer Johnson, Grey Matters at the Antigua Charter Show, we discovered a yacht perfect for the modern day charterer. A 2007 build that wouldn’t look out of place as a new launch, her stripped back and speed-savvy appeal attracts those seeking both adrenaline and adventure.

On the charter market with Burgess, we sat down with her Captain and Crew to uncover Grey Matter’s sporty secrets...

Relaxing in the main saloon, it’s hard to believe Grey Matters most commonly cruises at 18 knots. Darting around islands such as The Bahamas in what would look like a rush, Captain Andy Burridge explains why moving at speed, even during a laid-back week of charter, has its perks. He begins, “Grey Matters is a wonderful boat for the Caribbean. Some of the islands being greater distances apart and with our speed we can bring them closer together.”

Quite literally, bringing land masses within close proximity to one another and allowing far more to be packed into a week’s itinerary is this superyacht’s selling point. Andy continues, “You know, getting between islands in a nice quick time, it’s maximising the time the guests can enjoy the destination rather than the journey.”

Yet Grey Matters racing stripes don’t stop there. Out on the water, her shiny new tender is an indulgent addition to a yacht that boasts a 1.8m draft, but nonetheless one that adds excitement to the experience.

Andy explains, “Our most recent upgrade was our 30-foot tender [...] It makes it fantastic for heading around into those destinations where the boat can’t get. And you can go up and go for a whole lunchtime picnic or afternoon adventure and have all the snorkelling gear on board and toys and it’s a wonderful asset.”

In fact, when it comes to toys, Grey Matters can complete with superyachts way above her size range. A testament to her experienced crew who are experts in the watersports experience, Grey Matters charter crowd are always in safe hands.

Connor Boyd, the yacht’s First Officer elaborates, “On board we have probably 70 years of on water experience. Our Captain first sailed across the atlantic at about 10-years old with his family. So this brings a lot of very good safety features onto our programme. I also think it makes for a more fun water sports experience. Trying to waterski or wakeboard is a very hard thing to do but if you can say the right things and you’ve done it a million times you can get people standing up very quickly!”

So not only does Grey Matters offer a week in luxury, but also watersports training; just the recipe for the kind of guest this superyacht is used to welcoming. “For the most part she really attracts the more adventurous, younger crowd who like to go fast and enjoy that lifestyle,”  Andy describes, “It’s also a great boat for families as we have a theatre on board.”

Available to charter in the Caribbean this season, and the Bahamas in summer, Grey Matters is the superyacht of choice for those who enjoy life in the fast lane, cruising the waters in safe hands and making the most of the world’s most exclusive destinations.

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The Top 100 Fleet in Focus: Kismet's Art Deco Glamour

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:00
The Top 100 Fleet in Focus: Kismet's Art Deco Glamour As a Top 100 contender, Kismet is one of the most iconic superyachts in the world. If topping the list of the largest superyachts wasn't enough Kismet offers a modern elegance unseen in contemporary vessels, offering a chic interior ensemble tailored to perfection.

Beguiling Lines
The silhouette created by Espen Oeino is distinctive from any direction, this pedigree-built superyacht has an imposing, yet graceful, modern profile and features exterior spaces to cater for every situation, wherever you are in the world.

This 95.2-metre Lürssen-built platform for adventure offers those on board unrivalled contemporary style within and endless amenities for up to 16 guests. A truly unforgettable superyacht, she is not only a Top 100 chart topper but a hot member of the charter market. Launched in 2014, she retains her contemporary glamour and character in every sense to this day, magnetising guests to her effervescent quarters to host an ocean voyage like no other.

A Blossoming Interior
Kismet dresses for every occasion; family charters, friends in the Med, a romantic escape to glistening waters of The Caribbean, all with the draping elegance of rich sultry textures and a warm and homely colour palette. Her 'Champagne & Caviar' theme bursts with grandiose, while her architecture illuminates an Art Deco-inspired era of sultry silhouettes.

Providing a platform for the owner to build on his previous iconic yacht, she is truly dashing. Her story is one of modern glamour and traditional flair beam throughout. Take her signature 3D Printed Jaguar bow ornament - just one eye-catching feature that is a talking point for her interior.

A step into her living quarters, one thing is plain. Her intoxicating marriage of black and gold are dramatic and inviting, spark immersive retreats for guests into her luxe corners perfect for marvelling her interior. Throw in a cosy fireplace, she boasts the splendid comfort of a home across 95-metres of luxury.

The First Choice in Charter
Available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, she boasts an exemplary vessel for frolicking the azure. Now, twelve guests can step on board superyacht Kismet to enjoy a charter experience with highlights reminiscent of a romantic novella.

Charter highlights include her mosaic tiled pool with an inset Jacuzzi on the upper foredeck where melting sunsets are met with ocean envelopment. Discover her helipad on the foredeck which excitingly doubles up as a basketball court, or her grand piano perfect for ending an evening with entertainment. Her club room meets cinema is just one dimension to hide away if the spa on the lower deck wasn't enough of an escape.

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The Largest Yachts in the World for Charter in 2018

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:00
The Largest Yachts in the World for Charter in 2018 Whether the goal is relaxation, exploration or entertainment, the charter lifestyle on board one of the largest yachts in the world is, quite possibly, the fastest route to achieving personal nirvana. With a new list of yachts set to arrive in 2018, we take a look at the current list of the world’s largest yachts listed for charter on Superyachts.com.

Kismet
Available for charter in the Caribbean before heading to the Mediterranean this Summer, Kismet is an artfully designed superyacht by Espen Oeino available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship. This 95.2-metre Lürssen-built platform for adventure offers those on board unrivalled contemporary style within and endless amenities for up to 16 guests. A true focal superyacht, not only in the Top 100 but the entire charter market.

Indian Empress
A classic Oceanco which benefited from a complete refit in both 2008 and 2015, Indian Empress hit the water in 2000 and set the bar high for the future fleet of the Dutch builder. Available for charter with Burgess, the distinctively winged superstructure is synonymous with an unbridled lifestyle onboard; offering guests the chance to party in complete opulence, or relax in style against any chosen backdrop.

Moonlight II
The 85.3-metre Moonlight II is a celebrated charter yacht given its decorated career on the water, it's timeless style and unparalleled allure to charter guests around the world. With spa facilities such as plunge pools and a sauna, access to all decks via lift and open spaces to fit any situation, this is widely considered one of the largest, and best superyachts to explore the Mediterranean on board this summer.

Nero
Relaunched in 2016 with a totally updated interior by Laura Pomponi, Nero has recently embarked on a new charter era with Burgess. This iconic example of seamless sophistication and bygone style offers ample deck space, palatial interior surroundings and creates a lifestyle par excellence for up to 12 guests looking to cruise either the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

Lauren L
Built by Alpha Marine and on the charter market with Titan Broker, Lauren L boasts a legion of attractive features for potential charter guests; from a highly-skilled staff of 31 crew to expansive deck and interior areas throughout for a full spectrum of luxury facilities. The 90-metre superyacht offers space for up to 40 guests, with a remarkable ability to host parties of up to 200. An absolute must, given the sheer entertainment factor.

The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon is widely considered the most iconic luxury sailing yacht on the water. A poster-child for progressive performance, unbridled luxury and total freedom under sail, this ultra-stylish Perini Navi superyacht is also one of the finest, and largest, charter yachts on the market. Available for charter with Burgess, The Maltese Falcon - aside from a powerful first impression - offers up a flawless interior and ample accommodation for 12 across the waters of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean this summer.

Aquila
American pedigree and flawless elegance, Aquila may loom over most motor yachts at 85.60-metres but this sophisticated charter yacht is a beautiful vessel to behold. Built by Derecktor in 2010, this Tim Heywood exterior offers up a stunning Dalton Design interior within - filled with breathtaking details to enhance any charter - and endless amenities surrounding the enjoyment of time spent at sea for up to 14 guests.

Solandge
After selling Solandge at the start of 2017, Moran Yacht & Ship is still proudly in charge of this vibrant and distinctive superyacht’s career entertaining charter guests on the water. Seemingly built for the charter lifestyle, Solandge offers everything from DJ booths to transforming Jacuzzis, and sophisticated al fresco dining to relaxed screenings in a personal cinema room. With versatility in its DNA, there’s a reason why Solange is one of the most celebrated charter yachts on the water.

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Sunday Retrieve Team

Booker Gliding - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:21
Anything to keep warm
The cold and wind didn't spoil the fun on Sunday!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 YEAR OF THE BIRD CAMPAIGN, A YEAR-LONG EFFORT DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING AND PROTECTING BIRDS

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:00

National Geographic, National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and more than 100 organizations join forces for 12 months of storytelling and science to examine how our changing environment is impacting birds around the globe

Campaign to include simple but meaningful actions that anyone can take for a healthy planet filled with the beauty of birds

  “If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big environmental problems in the world.”

Thomas E. Lovejoy, Tropical Conservation Biologist and National Geographic Fellow

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2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International will join forces with more than 100 other organizations and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.

This effort aims to heighten public awareness of birds because of their wonder and beauty—and because they symbolize nature’s interconnectedness and the importance of caring for our shared planet. To get started, visitors to BirdYourWorld.org will discover simple but meaningful steps that anyone can take to help birds each month and join a pledge to participate.

Through 12 months of storytelling, science research and conservation efforts, Year of the Bird will examine how our changing environment is driving dramatic losses among bird species around the globe and highlight what we can do to help bring birds back.

Participating organizations include nonprofit and conservation groups, state and federal agencies, zoos, nature centers, and ornithological societies that are working together to raise the visibility of birds and inspire action through #BirdYourWorld throughout 2018. The campaign will also utilize National Geographic’s portfolio of media platforms reaching millions of people around the world with engaging bird content that will educate, inspire and raise awareness about the challenges that birds are facing and what people can do to help.

Content and activities will include:

  • Magazine Features: Twelve feature stories in National Geographic magazine throughout 2018. National Geographic Traveler magazine will also feature print and digital articles to help savvy travelers discover birds of the world.
  • Books: Two new National Geographic books focused on birds: Birds of the Photo Ark, with charismatic bird portraits by Joel Sartore and evocative text by Big Year birder extraordinaire Noah Strycker, publishing March 6, 2018. And The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photography From National Geographic will release 23, 2018. The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America published Sept. 2017.
  • National Geographic Kids Content: National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America, Second Edition, will publish March 13, 2018. And Fly with Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple, publishing Oct. 16, 2018. Visit com/year-of-the-bird/ to find out more.
  • Migration Maps: A supplemental migration map in National Geographic magazine, as well as a dynamic digital map of bird migration, powered by data from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, launching in March.
  • Digital and Social Media: A robust #BirdYourWorld digital campaign and special Year of the Bird offering of infographics, videos, photo galleries, species profiles, short-form articles, and a social video series that will take viewers birding with filmmaker Bertie Gregory.
  • Television: Nat Geo WILD celebrates the Year of the Bird with specials “Planet of the Birds” and “Dino Bird” premiering on Friday, Jan. 19.
  • Museum Exhibition: An exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., featuring photos from iconic photographer Stephen Wilkes documenting four ancient bird migrations across the globe.
  • Thought Leader Event: An event at National Geographic headquarters gathering scientists and conservationists to explore the challenges and solutions for conservation and policy, all through the lens of birds.
  • Prints: Additionally, in honor of the Year of the Bird, National Geographic is offering a curated selection of prints for the home or office. Detailed artwork and stunning photography from the National Geographic archives and the National Geographic magazine is available in partnership with Art.com. The collection of framed and unframed prints represents beloved bird species around the world and makes a great gift for any bird enthusiast. Click hereto see the bird prints. 
  • Travel: Three new birding expeditions to Central and South America led by renowned birding experts, bird-focused programming at many members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, and designated Year of the Bird ambassadors on select voyages aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet.
  • Educational Resources and Events: A number of resources for educators and family-friendly events.
  • Research Grants: National Geographic Society grants building on 130 years of grantmaking history that advance scientific understanding and fill critical knowledge gaps on species, including birds.
  • Monthly featured content: Showcasing inspiring work by BirdLife International, Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

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 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.

 

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. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our 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.

 

National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology brings together scientists, technology, and bird enthusiasts from around the world to improve the understanding and protection of birds and nature. For the Year of the Bird, the Cornell Lab will release new animated maps of bird migration and invite the public to contribute to the Great Backyard Bird Count and two Global Big Days aimed at finding as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. The Lab also invites people all of all ages to delve into the world of birds with the free Merlin Bird ID app, live Bird Cams, online Bird Academy, BirdSleuth K-12 curriculum, books from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, and more. Visit AllAbout Birds.org.

 

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country (including Audubon in USA) – and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7,000 local conservation groups and 7,400 staff. BirdLife strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is driven by our belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through our global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people. BirdLife is a nonprofit conservation NGO. Find us at www.birdlife.org on Twitter (@BirdLife_news) and Facebook.

 

CONTACTS

Nicolas Gonzalez, National Audubon Society, ngonzalez@audubon.org, (212) 979-3100

Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology: PEL27@cornell.edu, (607) 254-2137

Shaun Hurrell, BirdLife International, shaun.hurrell@birdlife.org, (+44) 1223 747555

Ann Day, National Geographic, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6712

Superyacht Charter Focus: Going Green on Grace E

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:00
Superyacht Charter Focus: Going Green on Grace E The plush 73-metre superyacht giant Grace E, offers her guests a unique experience on board the environmentally, ever-chic Italian stallion by Perini Navi's E Picchiotti. Available to charter with Burgess Yachts, she is a jewel to behold, with a 2013 build showcasing the best of interiors by Remi Tessier and exteriors by Philippe Briand. For an escape into alluring comfort, with a sustainable edge, she is the place to be.

Grace E won global acclaim after collecting a host of awards for her exterior design, interior design and eco-technology across her time on the water. Here's why she makes the perfect charter choice for a more environmentally conscious start to 2018.

For Sustainable Superyachting
Her dynamic positioning system allows the yacht to stay in place without dropping anchor, which means Grace E can cruise in ecologically vulnerable locations such as coral reefs, without damaging the environment.

Whether exploring the mangroves of the Caribbean by Winter or the rustic glamour of the Western Med by Summer, take a moment to relish in the vast expanse of your voyage right on the guest deck space.

Her luxe-curved seating is cocooned from the elements, and further protection is provided in the form of low-profile transparent windshields adding a dash of functional design that makes it all the more perfect.

With installations to reduce her carbon footprint, to the systems which mitigate the exhaust fumes and a focus on better trash management and storage, she is just the charter vessel for those looking for an ethical ocean traverse. 

For Relaxation and Replenishment...
With Grace E, not only is her ethical edge a feel-good factor for her charter guests but her wellness centre marks an entirely new approach to superyachting. Take her wellness deck; a massage room with steam and sauna, full gym and treatment room.

Hydrotherapy bath by morning, a dry sauna by day and retreat room for meditation by night, offers 360-degree azure views on the wellness deck for pure escape into nature's splendour. 

Keen to exercise with a view? There is a 3.5-metre exercise pool on the upper deck, perfectly followed with beauty treatments before a visit to her circular bar serving up any alcoholic beverage or juice kick that takes your fancy. 

For His and Her's at Sea...
When romance calls, those within the twelve guest space have a sheer moment of privacy built in the enclave of seclusion that hides within Grace E.

With five decks, four of which are connected by an elevator, the transition between her quarters are seamless for both privacy and socialising with guests. Couples can take to the spectacular full beam master suite featuring a beautiful central bathtub and separate his and her shower rooms.

Interior highlights include noise dampening throughout due to her unique installation that marries perfectly with her soft colour palette. A fusion of dusky greys, creams and contemporary bespoke furniture pieces offer a zen retreat for intimacy and escape. 

For Day to Night Entertainment...
By day, a host of luxury jet tenders and a full assortment of water toys are managed by an energetic crew that are completely dedicated to their guests' well-being. With the ocean your playground to explore, nothing quite say's ocean fun than a scenic skimming of inland waters, a lush island landscape blushing the horizon in technicolour.

For the evening? State-of-the-art audio-visual systems and DJ input on main deck aft mean party beats till the early morning. Sneak to the Kaleidescape movie library for cinematic seclusion.

Marking a trend toward more environmentally friendly superyachts, she is the perfect vessel for those looking to immerse in a sanctuary of serenity both in the style, and comfort, of a traditional superyacht. 

Grace E is available to charter with Burgess both in the Caribbean and Central America in the Winter Season and the West Med in the Summer Season. 

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Festive flying

Booker Gliding - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:26

 Booker Gliding Clubwishes all its members, staff and friendsa Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  Over the holiday period, the club will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but flying on those days will be available to those with self-authorising privileges. 
 

Guide to New Zealand overland trips & best NZ adventure sports

Windsurfing - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:28

Beautiful, adventurous and easy to get around puts New Zealand on most peoples must-visit list. So we’ve pulled together this guide to New Zealand overland trips to help you make the most your visit. We’ve also included the best NZ adventure sports you should try. Why go on New Zealand overland trips?...

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The 2017 Charter Fleet Insights

Super Yachts Charters - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:00
The 2017 Charter Fleet Insights With Winter charter season in full swing, we take a look at the top charter vessels this 2017 with the best insights of the year showcasing the best of watertoys, entertainment and interior sophistication.

The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis
A work of art in itself, the Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht is an example of style, grace and charter appeal. On the charter market with Hill Robinson, we take a look at the stand out features of the Belle Epoque-inspired 78-metre superyacht. Her deep blue hull and striking white superstructure offer an imposing first impression and her Reymond Langton exterior aesthetic softens the scale thanks to flowing lines and elegantly executed style, but it’s onboard where Amaryllis comes to life. 

The Revival of Aquila
Cakewalk is world renowned as the largest American-made superyacht since the 1930s; however, after her sale and subsequent refit, Cakewalk entered a new era as Aquila.  The elegance of Aquila runs deep in the DNA of the 85.60-metre superyacht, with expert construction by Derecktor, a striking, flowing style by Tim Heywood and, arguably, one of the finest interior updates on the refit market thanks to the award-winning work of British shipyard Pendennis.

Achieving Nirvana on Elysian
An almost literal translation of heaven, Elysian is a custom-built 60-metre (196'10"ft) motor yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen. For the most desired charter experience of unconfined freedom, connection to the outdoors an immersion into the heart of nature; Elysian, the winner of the International Superyacht Society Awards 2010 boasts a striking design from the outside in. From its sharp exterior by Donald Starkey to its luxe-living space by interior talents at Bannenberg & Rowell, this 2009 built 60m classic makes for the perfect escape with your guests as you charter the romatic shores of the Med or the picturesque oasis of the Caribbean.

Explore the World on Sherakhan
Sherakhan is one of those timeless yachts which embodies the very image of sophisticated exploration. Measuring 69.65-metres (228’6”ft), this classically styled expedition superyacht is now on the market and ready to explore the world in style. ith space for 26 guests in 13 cabins, not to mention 19 highly-skilled crew on hand, the ample space on board offers accommodation across a master cabin, eight doubles and four twins, staterooms have been designed to be extremely spacious and provide an appealing haven for guests

Escape to the Med on Moonlight II
The 91.40-metre (299’10”ft) superyacht Moonlight II entered the water in 2005 and has maintained her position as one of the most spectacular superyachts on the charter market thanks to a refit in 2015.  One of the largest yachts available for charter in the world, Alpha Marine's Moonlight II is perfectly positioned to take groups, families and friends across the ocean in a blend of style, comfort and excitement.

The Limitless Variety of Solandge
Solandge has made a name for itself in the world of luxury yacht charter since her launch in 2013, and for good reason. Drawing on the extensive design expertise of Espen Oeino to create a timeless exterior profile, the high-quality construction ethics of Lurssen Yachts works with the noteworthy style of interior collaboration Aileen Rodriguez and Dölker & Voges to create an iconic yacht and a great example of an adaptable luxury yachting lifestyle.

M/Y Solandge M/Y Aquila M/Y Amaryllis M/Y Elysian Explorer Sherakhan M/Y Moonlight II

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER GUEST EDITORS TO CELEBRATE 130 YEARS OF THE MAGAZINE

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:39
  • Twelve notable British figures will guest edit the UK issue of the much-loved magazine in 2018
  • World’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes edits the January issue
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Katie Piper, Dr Maria Balshaw CBE and Brian Cox to lead issues later in the year
  • The 2018 project will mark the 130th anniversary of the world’s most read magazine, National Geographic

(LONDON – December 15, 2017) – National Geographic today announces an ambitious new project, to create a unique Guest Editor programme exclusively for the UK National Geographic Magazine.

Working in collaboration with Global Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg and the editorial team, twelve notable British figures, each respected leaders in their fields, will explore topics of such as sustainability, technology, environmentalism and human ingenuity, working with National Geographic to use the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.

Beginning in January 2018, with the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an initial eight Guest Editors have been announced including Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Dr Maria Balshaw, Katie Piper and Brian Cox. Further announcements are due next year.

National Geographic is the most read magazine in the world, with the UK having the highest circulation for any edition, outside of North America. Each Guest Editor will curate and create a range of features for the UK magazine, along with exclusive content for NationalGeographic.co.uk.

We have entered an exciting new phase for National Geographic, building on our 129-year heritage, to allow us to go further in expanding our renowned storytelling capabilities and supporting the growth of the non-profit National Geographic Society”, said Susan Goldberg, Global Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Magazine. “This is the first time that we have had a Guest Editor project for any of our 35 editions around the world, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with some of Britain’s finest as we aim to empower our UK readers to navigate the world, providing authoritative, unbiased content that addresses today’s complex issues.

The UK has always had and a strong affinity with National Geographic”, said Deborah Armstrong, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa. “From renowned conservationists such as Dr Jane Goodall, to the 200 active explorers we have working in the UK today, Brits have played an important part in our history. Our Guest Editor programme is the perfect way to commemorate our 130th year as we continue in our mission to encourage exploration and find new ways to better understand the world in which we live.

January Issue – Sir Ranulph Fiennes:

A man who likes to be first, former SAS soldier and pioneer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, conquers the previously unknown challenge of being guest editor for the January issue. Having spent the last 50 years exploring the planet, who better to launch this ambitious project than the “world’s greatest living explorer” (Guinness Book of World Records). He was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by surface; the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans and the early 1990s saw him complete the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent.

By way of introduction to the National Geographic readers, Fiennes’ editor’s letter talks about his relationship with the much-loved magazine and how the magazine was a great source of inspiration for him in his early life.

“As a child, growing up in South Africa, and later at school in England, I remember happily browsing through back issues. Now, at the age of 73, I wonder how much the articles I read back then sparked my young imagination; whether perhaps they inspired my later expeditions in any way.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer.

Despite being the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface (more people have been on the Moon) and to have visited almost every type of habitat in the world, Fiennes reveals that the polar expeditions have challenged him the most. He is therefore delighted to include an article documenting the Pristine Seas exploration of Nunavut, in northern Canada in the upcoming January issue. North of Greenland and Ellesmere Island, this is a place that has been named the Last Ice Area. Climate projections suggest that by 2040, summer sea ice will disappear from everywhere in the Arctic except here, making it an invaluable haven for wildlife that depends on the sea ice for survival – bowhead whales, seals, narwhals and polar bears.

In a fascinating and insightful interview feature, titled “Exploring the Unknown,” Fiennes reveals what he believes is the crowning achievement of his career; how he constantly craves new challenges and how he is planning yet another expedition!

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***The January issue, guest edited by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will be available on shelves on 3rd Jan***

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Biographies (in alphabetical order):

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Maria Balshaw succeeded Sir Nicholas Serota as Director of Tate on 1 June 2017. Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Maria was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. Maria was also Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017. She is a board member of Arts Council England and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.

Lily Cole
Lily Cole spends her time on art and activism. As an advocate for socio political and environmental issues, Lily has employed technology, writing, filmmaking and public speaking as means to build awareness and encourage dialogue. Lily was awarded a First Class BA in History of Art from Cambridge University in 2011. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com: a technology company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. Lily is a patron of the EJF and has worked significantly with WWF. She writes often for national and international press. ‘Impossible Utopias’, originally is Lily’s first book. Lily has worked with notable photographers and artists from Steven Meisel to Gilliam Wearing. She was the youngest model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and was listed by French Vogue as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Lily began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre and The Old Vic theatre. Lily wrote and presented a six-part TV series on contemporary art for Sky Arts, shoots photography and has directed several short films.

Brian Cox
Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. He has worked primarily in the study of diffractive scattering at the H1 experiment at DESY in Hamburg, the D0 experiment at Fermilab, Chicago, and is currently a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN.  He was the co-spokesperson for the FP420 R&D project at CERN between 2004 and 2009. He is active in the public and political promotion of science, and is known to the public for his documentary work on BBC television. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2005 – 2013, is a Fellow of The Institute of Physics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and holds a British Association Honorary Fellowship. He received an OBE for services to science in 2010, the President’s Medal from the Institute of Physics in 2012 and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2012.

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah is Britain’s greatest-ever distance runner and is a multiple Olympic, World and European Champion, with 10 World and Olympic gold medals to his name. Mo’s achievements are a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia. He arrived in London at the age of 8, speaking very little English, and grew up in West London. He began running at school when spotted by his PE Teacher, who saw potential in the young pupil – although Mo initially wanted to become a player for Arsenal football club! Following a successful junior career, he won his first double European Championship medals in 2010, followed by his first World Championship gold medal in 2011. He subsequently shot to fame at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he won double Olympic gold – competing in the 5k and 10k – something he would later go on to repeat in at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. In August 2017, Mo bid goodbye to major track championships in front of his home crowd at the London Stadium, where he was the only British athlete to win individual medals, securing a gold medal for the 10,000m and a silver medal for the 5,000m. He is now moving his focus onto marathon running, and will compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018. Mo is a dedicated family man and, after several years living in the US, he is returning to live in London with his wife Tania and their four children Rhianna, Aisha, Amani and Hussein.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation,3½ months after a massive heart attack. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie. He has written 23 books, Cold came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014, Heat October 2015 and his latest book Fear in 2016.

Susan Goldberg
Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888. Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender and the magazine received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling and graphics. In 2016, National Geographic magazine won a National Magazine Award for best website; in 2015, it won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.

Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine; in 2017, Washingtonian again selected Goldberg, naming her among the most powerful women in Washington across professions.

Dame Ellen MacArthur
Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education, business and government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation has published seminal reports featuring analysis by McKinsey & Company on the economic opportunities associated with this regenerative approach, and in 2016 and 2017 the Foundation launched two systemic initiatives to transform the plastics and textiles industries to adopt circular economy principles. Dame Ellen acted as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Meta-Council on the circular economy until 2016, and sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi is an Emmy Award winning British actress as well as a campaigner and philanthropist. Best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East which won a BAFTA for Best Film. She then went onto star in the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated international hit Bend It Like Beckham. She appeared in John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardener, which was nominated for 10 BAFTAS and won an Oscar and went on to work alongside Angelina Jolie in the gut wrenching A Mighty Heart.  Archie then went on to star in the BAFTA winning Netflix/BBC series The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson as well as Shetland.  She recently starred on the American TV hit Blindspot and in the International blockbuster earthquake movie San Andreas opposite Dwayne Johnson. The New Year will see Archie lead the highly anticipated 6 part drama Next Of Kin on ITV.

Archie is the Rotary Global Ambassador for the We Are This Close Campaign to eradicate polio in partnership with UNICEF and The Gates Foundation. At the United Nations, she has spoken about her experiences of Polio victims in Mumbai where she lived as a child. Archie fronted the Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, which eventually brought about several policy changes in support for victims of violence. She also participated in The Women of the World Summit in New York and London and was a guest speaker at the Harvard University prestigious Artist in Residence Program.

Katie Piper

Katie Piper is a best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner. Katie made the decision to share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’ which was watched by over 3.5million viewers and nominated for Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010. In 2009 she set up a charity The Katie Piper Foundation to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities. Simon Cowell supported Katie by becoming the patron and remains actively involved to date. The charity’s vision is a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well-being.In addition to her charity commitments, Katie also presents a number of TV shows which are shown on C4 in the UK and in a number of countries around the world.  Katie has also written five books, two autobiographies ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Beautiful Ever After’, an affirmations book called ‘Start Your Day With Katie’ , a self help booked called ‘Things Get Better’ and her most recent book, published in December 2016,  ‘Confidence: The Secret’. This quickly became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.

 

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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 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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Antigua Yacht Meeting: The World's Charter Showcase

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00
Antigua Yacht Meeting: The World's Charter Showcase As the yachting calendar goes, the past few months have taken us around the world in Yacht Shows. But from the dust settling over MYS to the bustle of FLIBS, there’s nothing quite like the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. With a certain Caribbean edge, the world’s biggest annual charter show gave us sun, sea and probably the most exciting showcase of yachts available on the charter market today.

Boasting the luscious green backdrop of Antigua’s national parks, both English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour join together each year to provide a platform for brokers to not only exhibit but also visit a wide range of yachts on the charter market.

From sailing giants such as Hemisphere to the recently refitted Nero, we spent the week hopping from yacht to yacht and taking in the best of Caribbean charter.

While each and every participant rolled out their red carpet; Flag's tropically-dressed crew hosted a dock-side barbeque, Lucky Lady, a 7-Course Broker Lunch, and Trending, the party of the week, we spoke to the show Chariman, Paul Deeth, about the history of the meeting, “In 1961 was the first ever Antigua Charter Yacht Show, and ever since then it’s been our 56th year and we’ve had a charter show ever December since then!”

Touching on the success of this year’s show, he made light of the fewer yachts in attendance by addressing that sometimes less is more; especially where intimacy is involved. Paul continued, “We had slightly less yachts this year; 65 yachts… but it’s worked out very well because we had over 300 charter brokers and the feedback has been really positive, the yachts really felt like they’d seen a lot of brokers and the brokers felt they seen all the yachts.”

Further where quality was high, it was safe to say brokers were also happy with the standard, despite the small drop in numbers which Paul put down to the tragic events of Hurricane Irma.

Nevertheless, Antigua still boasts an unrivalled location for this show, with its Caribbean situation and natural harbours’ reigning supreme. This alone keeps exhibitors bringing the best of charter back year on year. Listing the island’s hosting skills Paul expands, “You’ve got Falmouth and English Harbour and you really can’t beat them as far as natural harbours to tie up in.”

He develops, “Also, the location of Antigua is in the center of the Caribbean, and traditionally yachts could base here and if they had a charter in the north or the south it wasn’t far to go. So it’s hard to beat!”

So with the 56th successful show up Antigua’s sleeve, we look forward to bringing you content from across the week and hearing reports of the show’s charter successes in the New Year. 

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Charter Yacht Focus: Superyacht Martha Ann

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00
Charter Yacht Focus: Superyacht Martha Ann The 70.10-metre charter powerhouse Martha Ann is a blank page for guests stepping on board, with a world of diverse experiences on offer and a busy schedule across one of the greatest cruising grounds in the world, the Caribbean. We take a look at just some of the reasons to venture out across the blue on board this Winter.

Lürrsen’s construction is world-renowned as an exercise in precision and skill across the largest yachts on the water, and Martha Ann is just one of many examples of this. An ocean-going giant with huge onboard spaces, this is an opportunity for 12 guests to explore the Caribbean on a timeless superyacht with relaxation and adventure at its core.

Once on board, the daunting profile becomes a home with expansive decks with a 12.8-metre beam providing cavernous interiors and open areas to gather both family and friends. Martha Ann is a five-star experience, with ample chance to enjoy breakfast on the aft deck, all the way to cocktails in the swim-up bar and dinner on the sundeck as the light hangs low over your chosen Caribbean backdrop.

Moving inside and Francois Zuretti’s style becomes just as part of the first impression as the looming, sleek and stylish profile of the yacht itself. Martha Ann was brought to life with classic appeal, with gold accents adorning seamless woodwork with marble flooring and onyx countertops creating an atmosphere of sophistication throughout.

While the large Martha Ann offers endless lifestyle elements on board - such as cinema rooms, jacuzzis, pools, gym and split-level Master Suite with private observation deck - the cruising opportunity across the Caribbean is engineered to work with the environment to enhance time on board.

The wealth of tenders and toys means guests can venture to nearby islands in style, break waves with jetskis and dive to the depths with SeaBobs, scuba gear and more. The huge beach club - mixed with the open sun deck - is the ideal space for sun-worshippers and guests looking to relax by the water.

Available for charter with IYC, this is one of the most reputable charter yachts across the huge fleet in the tropics this winter and easily makes our Caribbean Charter Special series for the myriad elements on board. Stay tuned for more top picks as the Antigua Charter Show reaches its peak this week.

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National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:20

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017)—Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Bojan took the winning photo after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behavior that he knew he had to capture. After waiting a day and night near the suspected location, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning at a spot a few minutes up the river. As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate. About five feet deep in a river supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.

On capturing the photo, Bojan said, “Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone; and Todd Kennedy of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Contestants submitted photographs in four categories – Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater – through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

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Westport Charter Icon Wabi Sabi Finds New Owner

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:00
Westport Charter Icon Wabi Sabi Finds New Owner One of the finest Westport yachts on the water, the 50-metre Wabi Sabi has been announced as sold by Burgess & Moran Yacht & Ship. Now sailing under the name ‘Hospitality’, this global voyager is effortlessly stylish and is set to return to the charter market in time for Christmas and New Year.

A testament to Westport construction, this Donald Starkey design is a five-star experience with an adventurous edge. Thanks to a transatlantic range of 4000 nautical miles and upgraded engineering, Wabi Sabi was designed to visit the most remote places in the world and maintain autonomy with minimal stops.

Hospitality is an apt new title for Wabi Sabi, as this is a yacht with a deceptive amount of space on board and completely updated interiors thanks to a major refit in 2016.

The external spaces allow guests to make the most of the backdrop while enjoying al fresco dining, cocktails or soaking up the sun on the higher levels and her interiors offer rest and relaxation in meticulously maintained comfort.

The interior decor is a more sophisticated view of life on board, with a layout that brings both friends and family together through expansive saloons, space for 18 guests in total and a dedicated Owner’s Deck.

This is a yacht which has spent time in Iceland, Scandinavia, Australia and beyond, so naturally, the interiors are a work of flawless engineering in terms of layout while the homely design adds a new dimension to the overall experience.

Showcased for sale at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Hospitality has become one of the latest success stories to emerge from America. Now, following its refit, sale and a new name, this yacht has firmly entered a new era thanks to an immediate turn-around and return to the charter market this Winter with Moran Yacht & Ship.

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Charter Focus: The Zen Appeal of Endeavour II

Super Yachts Charters - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00
Charter Focus: The Zen Appeal of Endeavour II A 50-metre vessel, showcasing the minimalist sophistication of the Orient with an elegant European flair, boasts a reputable partnership teaming builder Rossinavi with the edge of interior designer Achille Salvagni; the perfect recipe for a luxury home on the water. We step inside to explore the charter ready charm of the elegant Endeavour II.

By request of the client, Interior Designer Achille Salvagni, has created the masterpiece of a "light Japanese style” space, with a real ode to the ocean, paying homage to the very concept of seclusion at sea. “The original floor from Japan named Tatami is a surface that absorbs the noise” states Sara Maggi, Rossinavi Project Manager of Endeavour II, one that adds to the dampening stabilizer system by CMC Marine to create a sublime feeling of serenity on board.

The tranquil minimalism continues to the owners suite. Described as “very simple, very clean”  a harmony of soft creams, dusty grey accents and lashings of gold marrying together to create a haven of relaxation. Refreshed with bespoke Achille Salvagni pieces; splashes of punchy pinks and contemporary silhouettes, offers a chic comfort for both owner and charter guest alike.

However, it’s earthly elegance is best evoked by a unique choice of materials. Take the use of synthetic teak chosen to remain pristine and durable “In 20 years this teak will look exactly the same.” states Sara Maggi. The vessel also draped in luxurious Cremo Bello marble is described as a “delicate but a beautiful effect.”

The real perk? Is her owner’s suite, a seamless-flow balcony offering an unrivalled connection to the ocean. Expansive windows are the staple feature inviting prime panoramic views of the azure while welcoming in the pouring pleasure of natural light. A step into her luxurious suites, the theme of tranquillity continues, with 4 guest cabins, two twins and two doubles that evoke every inch the zen-stricken comfort one could desire after a day of adventure.

A charterer's dream, Endeavor II is topped off by a passionate and creative chef, who shares his thoughts of functionality meeting design- (even in the galley!) as well as the gastronomic delights on offer for charter guests. "Some chefs are limited to what they know” states Chef Nicholas Kennedy. “I was trained in French cuisine, but any world cuisine required or dietary requirements are welcomed. Anything for the client”  another impressive feature of the 50-metre charter spectacle tantalisingly alluring.

Powerful, pristine and distinguished by credible Italian craftsmanship, the 50-metre vessel’s 16-knot speed, cutting-edge water toys, and stylish interior showcases a dedication to perfection, and is now undoubtedly ready to take on the ocean. 

Endeavour II is available for charter with Ocean Independence, and we look forward to bringing you more from her promising career on the water.

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Charter Yacht Focus: The Revival of Aquila

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:00
Charter Yacht Focus: The Revival of Aquila Cakewalk is world renowned as the largest American-made superyacht since the 1930s; however, after her sale and subsequent refit, Cakewalk entered a new era as Aquila. Having been transformed into one of the finest charter yachts on the water today, we take a look at the new lease of life on board.

The elegance of Aquila runs deep in the DNA of the 85.60-metre superyacht, with expert construction by Derecktor, a striking, flowing style by Tim Heywood and, arguably, one of the finest interior updates on the refit market.

Outside, the four decks of Aquila offer a huge amount of external space for those stepping onto the teak to relax. The alfresco dining of the three aft decks and expansive sun deck (with new forward areas) are enhanced by countless additions such as a large Jacuzzi, dining areas, day bar and treatment room to compliment the chosen backdrop of the day. There is even a DJ booth, smoke machine, light show and space for plenty of guests for parties, showing the true ‘day and night’ versatility of the charter yacht.

This also applies to her vast beach club, offering open spaces and an arsenal of toys to turn the ocean on which the yacht sits, into an extension of life on board.

Moving indoors and the original interior was transformed from a traditional decor to an effortlessly cool, contemporary and stripped-back style. The 11.2-metre chandelier on board is just one of the notable design elements throughout the boat, which extends from sun deck to lower deck and showers Aquila’s chromes, colours and marble in an elegant light.

Other layouts and design features include a cosy cinema room and the incredible Owner’s deck. This giant space offers a private terrace spanning 60 square metres overlooking the bow, a hair salon, study and massage room to please any guest.

The exclusive members club feel carries through to the rest of the yacht, with wide and open saloons, gym, more massage rooms and ‘London Bar’; a part of the renewal project which enhances the charter appeal of one of the world’s finest refits even further.

Available for charter across the Bahamas & Caribbean this Winter through Burgess, Aquila is also a choice for the future summer months as she heads from her current position in the Americas to the traditional cruising grounds of the Mediterranean.

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Making the best of it

Booker Gliding - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:54
Saturday was the date for the second of Graham's aerobatics courses, unfortunately the weather gods hadn't heard, so there was only time for one flight before the front arrived and we put the kit away. We did however have an extensive discussion in the briefing room about how exactly it is that wings work, upside down as well as the right way up.

After the kit had been put away, Rob had the bright idea of cleaning the bus. Most of it looks better now, we need a longer ladder, or a longer broom.





Charter Focus: The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:00
Charter Focus: The Idyllic Lifestyle of Amaryllis A work of art in itself, the Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht Amaryllis is an example of style, grace and charter appeal. On the market with Hill Robinson, we take a look at the stand out features of the Belle Epoque-inspired 78-metre superyacht.

At first glance, the scale of the deep blue hull and striking white superstructure offer an imposing first impression; however, this gentle giant is a modern take on traditional yachting values. Her Reymond Langton exterior aesthetic softens the scale thanks to flowing lines and elegantly executed style, but it’s onboard where Amaryllis comes to life.

The exterior spaces are vast, and carry the first impression of size from the water all the way to the deck. Launched in 2011, this is one of the beamiest yachts in the Abeking & Rasmussen portfolio, and offers up an impressive amount of versatility for those looking to relax, dine and drink against their chosen charter backdrops; even offering a 5-metre pool with changing colours.

The 12 guests on board are accommodated in 6 cabins, including an owner’s deck with private terrace and a VIP on the main deck, staying on board is part of the comfort at hand. The gym and spa facilities on board are there to add a dimension of well-being, while the highly-skilled crew bring home the five-star comfort.

The Art Deco interior is another addition to the luxury levels on board, with opulent whites, woods and creams complimenting intricate detailing throughout. The giant saloon with plush seating areas feels as much a part of home as the lavish suites in which to retreat after a long day exploring the tender garage.

Often spotted in the UK and Northern Europe, her chosen Summer cruising grounds of the Caribbean and The Bahamas are a traditional choice, but a fitting backdrop for a superyacht filled with every aspect of the superyacht lifestyle.

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Media Alert: Yeti Legends are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows; Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:20

** MEDIA ALERT **

Yeti Legends Are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows

 Spokesperson Available 

 Purported to be a towering human-like figure covered in shaggy fur, the Yeti continues to excite dedicated believers still hoping for evidence that the mythical beast is real. Now, DNA analysis of multiple supposed Yeti samples—including hair, teeth, fur, and feces—shows that the stories are based on real animals roaming the high mountains. The results are the best evidence yet that the Yeti legend is rooted in black and brown bears. With this new study,  the team has been able to create a new family tree of vulnerable subspecies of Asian bears, which may prove useful in efforts to protect the animals.

 Learn more about what these findings mean by reading our full story here.

Nat Geo Expert Available for Interviews:

Science expert and editor, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Contact:

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

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