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Headlining The Superyacht Show: The 5 Biggest Yachts

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:00
Headlining The Superyacht Show: The 5 Biggest Yachts As anyone who makes it their business to stay attuned with the world of luxury yachting will be well aware, last year’s first annual Superyacht Show in Barcelona was a booming success. That being said, as this 8th May marks the second inauguration of the event, this year’s line-up looks set to top the last - featuring jaw-dropping builds from some of the most reputable shipyards in the business. Our team take a closer look at the 5 biggest yachts on show, and which features in particular we love about them…

1. Maltese Falcon
At a proud 88 metres, Maltese Falcon is the flagship entrant of the year from Perini Navi. This 2006 build, who is available for charter through IYC, displays all the classic features of the finest Italian craftsmanship. With a striking triple-mast sail system atop black and silver steel body by the British design house Ken Freivogh, Maltese Falcon’s equally impressive interiors have forced us to redefine our conventional notions regarding sailing yachts - making her a truly innovative boat in more ways than one.

2. Secret
Abeking & Rasmussen’s 82.3 metre masterpiece M/Y Secret is the second largest yacht in show this year, and is available for charter with Burgess. A superyacht in every sense of the word, Secret effortlessly stands out from the crowd by virtue of her distinctively streamlined hull, which creates an incredible visual impression as she cuts through the water. We have to applaud this remarkable feat of engineering by the German shipyard.  

3. Eminence
Abeking & Rasmussen’s second entrant, M/Y Eminence, is certain to draw more than a few sets of eyes at the show this year. Although her two-toned 78 metre hull is certainly a sight to behold, it is her sumptuous interiors, designed by the celebrated Reymond Langton, that are most notably impressive about this 2008 German build. Seamlessly blending modern with classic in a whir of creams, taupe and marble, a trip on this megayacht promises to be more reminiscent of a stay in a 5-star hotel than anything else.  

4. Solo
Some of our readers may remember M/Y Solo, the 71 metre Tankoa build, from her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. Aside from her Francesco Paszkowski design and dark stone-hued décor, Solo, who is currently for sale with IYC, is remarkable in more ways than one. This megayacht made ripples throughout the industry after her launch some months ago, and unsurprisingly so, as she was awarded the RINA prize for most ecological yacht of the year. We would therefore like to hail Tankoa for their entering Solo in the show this year - a representative of a dynamic and conscientious shift in the yachting industry that is very much underway.   

5. Lady Christine
68 metre M/Y Lady Christine, a 2010 launch from Dutch ship-building giant Feadship, has earnt her worthy spot in the final of our top 5. Her naval architecture, whose striking, clean lines are a veritable feast for the eyes, is the characteristic work of De Voogt naval architects. But it is Rodney Black Design Studio’s rich interiors who steal the show on-board this megayacht. Plush, warm tones and intricate Art Deco features shed light on the owner’s unique but esteemed taste, giving Lady Christine an air of a still-contemporary throwback to a more stately and sophisticated time.

Although each of the above yachts boasts her own unique character and exceptional features, the show is set to feature far more incredible feats of engineering and innovative showcases of design than we have time to discuss here. For those lucky enough to be at the docks between the 8th and 11th of May, don’t miss out on viewing the full range that this year’s Superyacht Show has to offer.

M/Y Secret M/Y Solo M/Y Lady Christine M/Y Eminence M/Y Maltese Falcon

Jetsada Gets his Solo

Booker Gliding - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 08:59
Congratulations to Jetsada Machom on his first solo on Monday. Jetsada is on a Get Your solo course - we hope this is the first solo of many!




Flying Fox Enters Imperial Charter Fleet

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:00
Flying Fox Enters Imperial Charter Fleet Following a successful maiden trip, Top 100 yacht Flying Fox has passed into the capable hands of Imperial, who will act as her Central Agent for charter. At a staggering 136m, this magnificent vessel is one of the largest currently chartering the high seas.

Built for breaking records, Flying Fox was delivered by Lurssen in March. She is now exclusively available for charter worldwide through Imperial, whose yacht management expertise oversaw the construction process and are now continuing their services in Operational Management.

The 136m’s curvaceous exterior design was imagined by Espen Øino, whose genius is felt everywhere from the round gas fireplaces on Upper and Bridge deck aft to the multiple options for exterior lounges throughout.

Meanwhile, a luxurious interior is the work of Mark Berryman, and accommodates 22 guests across 11 cabins. A warm colour scheme is achieved with bamboo, teak and oak, combined with Travertine and Jerusalem stone and finished with fine leathers. The design is brought together with an immersive touch of green - real trees and plants are featured throughout.

Notable features include a beautiful spiral staircase, a large 2-floor salon and wood fireplace and a vast 22-seat dining table. Flying Fox also boasts a Cinema room with D-box seats and state-of-the-art surrounding sound, as well as an aft deck with outside Cinema screen. And that’s not all - this comprehensive yacht offers innumerable extras such as a Beauty Centre, an Observation Salon and a panoramic exterior salon on the Roof deck - a private paradise on board.

At her heart, however, Flying Fox is a yacht built for lovers of the great outdoors, with her on-deck features stealing the show. A particular highlight is a 12-metre swimming pool, which runs transversely on the Main deck - a technological first for a superyacht of this size.

This outdoors connection is enhanced by a collection of sea activities at guest’s fingertips. Flying Fox possesses an impressive Dive Store area, as well as a large array of water toys (including Sea Doo, jet skis, Seabobs, Zapata flyboard and hoverboard) and 9 tenders in total!

Crewed by 54 professionals with proven credentials, nowhere will you be better taken care of than on a Flying Fox charter. The onboard culinary experience is particularly exquisite, with Michelin-star chefs serving up the finest cuisine daily.

Julia Stewart, Imperial Director, has commented: “There is nothing like Flying Fox on the charter market. This superyacht is unprecedented, ad we look forward to marvelous and unique charter journeys on board for the most demanding of guests.”

Imperial and Flying Fox are reinventing the art of chartering, with the combination of luxury and expertise making for the trip of a lifetime. Cruising plans for this impressive Lurssen are currently available on request.

Flying Fox Enters Imperial Charter Fleet

Denis went to the seaside too

Booker Gliding - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:18

SwanageStudlandCorfe Castle towards Lulworth

Wareham

At one point on the flight the only lift was a sea air convergence along the Isle of Purbeck. The lift improved so I continued with the task. On the way back a cloud climb at Chilbolton promised a glide home. Unfortunately ice on the wings modified the glide angle somewhat and I didn't quite make it back. 

Nils goes to the seaside

Booker Gliding - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 20:21
It was a bit chilly today, with a strong north wind, but very unstable with strong climbs for those who could handle the wind. Nils went off down to the South Downs and ended up over the sea, still in thermals.





Getting back wasn't as easy as going, with the headwind to battle with, but he made it just before another of the showers which developed in the afternoon.

Scary looking shower approaching WAP



Cecil Wright Announces Charter CA for Arience

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:00
Cecil Wright Announces Charter CA for Arience Cecil Wright are pleased to announced their Central Agency of recently renamed Arience (formerly Excellence V). Delivered in 2012 by Abeking & Rasmussen, this majestic 60.9m was represented by the brokerage in her recent sale and will continue to charter 12 lucky guests to the Western Mediterranean this summer.

Arience is a yacht built for a connoisseur - a true classic, she is the perfect example of best in class Northern European building. She continues to storm the charter market as one of the highest pedigree yachts in her size category.

Her sweeping steel and aluminium exterior lines were architected by industry-renowned designer Reymond Langton, and built to Lloyds class by the German shipyard. Since her delivery, she has been meticulously maintained - a 2017 superstructure repaint, full main engine service and a rebuild of the generators went a long way to ensure her immaculate presentation today.

Reymond Langton’s award-winning team also did a standout job with Arience’s interior. With a huge gross tonnage of 1,632 and generous interior volume, she seamlessly achieves an expansive range of luxury features including a central glass elevator to all five decks encircled by a dramatic staircase, a dedicated cinema and a gym with waterfront views.

The rest of the indoor space comprises of chic, high-end decor such as smooth wood floors, leather walls and crocodile tabletops. The dining area, meanwhile, features a stunning Macassar table, black emperador marble and white onyx countertops.

The yacht accommodates her guests across seven comfortable staterooms, comprising a master suite, VIP suite, three doubles and two twins, all fitted out with entertainment centres, television screen and en-suite bathrooms. Crew, who are dedicated, friendly and know Arience’s cruising areas like the back of their hand, are housed in discreet quarters.

Arience is an ideal vessel for the ‘floating palace’ experience, both due to her size and her pedigree. If a summer spell in the glorious Med aboard this luxury and quality-balancing vessel appeals to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Cecil Wright.

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First solo for Zulq

Booker Gliding - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 21:45
Zulq Ashraf joined Booker as a Junior member because he plans on a career as an airline pilot and he thought it would be a good idea to learn proper flying first. He starts his training with Easyjet shortly, after going solo yesterday.

More fun that airliners
Today Paul Field added to his already impressive list of accomplishments by converting to the Pawnee.

Not quite the same as a Lightning - or an A380





Destination Focus: From Peaks to Beach in Croatia

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 16:00
Destination Focus: From Peaks to Beach in Croatia If for you, as with many yachters, the summer months herald the irresistible call of the Mediterranean, why not consider Croatia? Chartering this Adriatic paradise can make summer cruising dreams of emerald waters shadowed by ancient cities a reality. M/Y The Wellesley (with TWW Yachting), Meamina (with Burgess) and Rosehearty (with Perini Navi USA), to name a few, will soon be heading to this mesmerising part of the world.

Croatia’s island-speckled coastline makes it the perfect destination to explore by superyacht. Here, the sea sparkles with jewel-like intensity under the Mediterranean sun, lapping at secluded pockets of beach. The best reside along Makarska Riviera, where you will find miles of sequestered coast lined with fig trees and olive groves.

Rocky seabeds provide astounding underwater visibility, and has made the region famous for astounding ‘in situ’ (on site) museums, including ancient shipwrecks such as Baron Gautsch off the coast of Rovinj, or Taranto near Dubrovnik. Not to be outdone, natural aquatic splendours include Te Vega Sea Lake, which is reachable only by underwater tunnel, and Bisevo Cave near the island of Vis, whose bright blue hue has to be seen to be believed. 

Croatia is the ideal nautical destination, with the discovery of lavender-scented bays and olive grove-studded islets easily accessible by superyacht, not to mention the irresistible allure of soaking in the Adriatic.

Dragging your gaze from the green-tinged ocean, mainland Croatia is a fortress of natural and man-made wonders. The looming Dinaric Mountain Range hugs the majority of the coastline, carving out a landscape of contorted peaks, caverns and canyons from its limestone karst.

Inland, sublime peaks give way to rolling countryside. Vineyards criss-cross Dingač, Postup and Komarna, accompanied by wine cellars offering a plurality of gorgeous vintages from indigenous grape varieties.

And the country’s anthropological wonders are no less impressive. Croatia’s cities are crumbling mazes of ancient architecture that groan with historical ambience. Dubrovnik Old Town’s 16th century walls and the remains of Diocletian’s Palace in Split are particularly extraordinary.

Meanwhile, life on Croatian islands harkens back to a bygone era, with winding roads flanked by grazing livestock and elders playing ‘bocce’. Others exist at an accelerated pace of life, playing host to legendary 24-hour parties. The island of Brač is famed for its white stone topology and sumptuous delicacies of olive oil, sheep cheese and mandarins, whilst the sealocked Hvar is a popular playground for the rich and famous.

Between the beautiful beaches of Dalmatia, the fantastic food of Istria and the cruising idyll of the Adriatic, Croatia is a destination that will stay with you long after the Mediterranean summer ends.

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More Instructor achievements

Booker Gliding - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 16:49
The instructors have been working hard all week on training exercises. Paul Field has now completed his Full Cat rating, leaving him free to complete his tug training.
Here's Paul after gaining his Aeros badge earlier in the yearYesterday Jane Moore completed her 5 year Asst Cat renewal with Andy Monk. Andy took off (literally) at lunch time with Jim R in LH, they flew down to Lasham so that Andy could do a quick spin in a K13 to complete his own FIS(S), then it was back to Booker for more coaching.
Andy during the 2017 Booker Regionals
Jane enjoying some Cabriolet fun a few years agoAfter flying, Jim White gave a talk on learning styles, showing the importance of recognising that the student's way of learning may be different from the instructor's. 
Jim putting us all into boxesThen it was off to the Elaichi for a group dinner, which pretty much filled the restaurant.
There's more BI and Asst Cat training in progress today, with a bit of shower dodging

Hill Robinson Opens New Office on Australia’s Gold Coast

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 13:00
Hill Robinson Opens New Office on Australia’s Gold Coast In the latest announcement of their expansion, Hill Robinson has issued a statement about the establishment of an office on Australia’s magnificent Gold Coast. The new office the first of its kind for the ever-expanding yacht management firm, and marks Hill Robinson’s steady growth into the rapidly booming Asia Pacific market.

The office’s location is perfectly placed at the very heart of Australia’s tourism hub, enjoying sunshine almost all year round, an eclectic array of events, features of natural beauty and some of the world’s premium superyachting facilities.

Hill Robinson’s new Asian outpost can be found in the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, a 250 hectare area exclusively dedicated to the marine sector, making it one of the largest facilities of its kind in the southern hemisphere and indeed in the world. This prime position, in a marina dedicated to the dual values of matching top service facilities to top quality marine trades, is certainly congruous with Hill Robinson’s brand.

The Australian branch joins an ever-growing fleet of Hill Robinson offices around the world – from Antibes, Monaco, La Spezia, Palma, Cyprus and the UK in Europe, to Jeddah in the Middle East and Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach in the US.

Donna Murray, armed with a wealth of experience in yacht management in the Asia Pacific, as well as Europe and the Middle East, will head up the new office as Director. This comes after Donna’s success as Global Recruitment Manager for Hill Robinson, overseeing the smooth expansion of the HRCrew division into what is now 4 offices worldwide.  

“Having lived and worked in Europe and the Middle East, I am very excited to see the continuing growth and exploration of the yachting industry in the Asia Pacific region which has so much to offer. I am very proud to have established our new office at GCCM joined by Lisa Ricourt and look forward to bringing the global expertise and resources of Hill Robinson down under,” said Murray.

“Hill Robinson are global leaders in yacht management, and we are delighted that they can see the growing strength of the South Pacific region as an emerging Superyacht hotspot. We are proud that they have recognised the world-class facilities and services at GCCM and chosen to open their official Australian headquarters here onsite,” said GCCM CEO Trenton Gay.

In addition to their mutual emphasis on premium quality, GCCM and Hill Robinson share a strong customer-oriented approach to delivering their services, with the ultimate aim of rendering all aspects of the yachting experience, from building to maintaining, the best they can possibly be.

Hill Robinson is confident in its delivery of a bespoke yacht management solution to the Asia Pacific region, backed by the assurance of its successful global reach and support.

And the calendar ahead certainly looks exciting for Donna and her team, who will be Silver Sponsor of the upcoming Australian Superyacht Rendezvous in May, as well as the ASMEX Conference and Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. These events mark the beginning of what will certainly be a prosperous journey for Hill Robinson into the new region and its network of relationships.

Lisa Ricourt, Crew Specialist Lisa Ricourt, Crew Specialist Donna Murray

Part 1: East Med Yachting on Chartering a Region

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:00
Part 1: East Med Yachting on Chartering a Region East Med Yachting provides regionally acclaimed crewed yacht charters across the regions of Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Turkey. We speak to Managing Director Kaan Mutlugil, who explains why these stunning cruising grounds are fast breaking into the mainstream as charterers look for alternatives to established summer staples.

“The Eastern Mediterranean is a very special place,” begins Kaan, “You have a hugely diverse range of cultures, amazing cuisines and spectacular landscapes.” Indeed, the Aegean, Ionian and Adriatic seas, and all of the blissfully secluded islands that inhabit them, are picture-perfect, yielding an visual feast of emerald waters and burnished shores. And let’s not forget the region’s rich history: “These areas are crowded with fascinating archaeological sites, namely ancient ports and medieval towns,” says Kaan.

So what makes this corner of Europe particularly suited to chartering? From the Managing Director’s enthusiastic response, it is clear that that the answers to this question are manifold. “The secluded and sheltered bays, as well as the multitude of picturesque islands, make for amazing cruising grounds and numerous possible itineraries,” he says, “There is also plenty of safe anchorages for swimming and water sports, made even better by the cleanliness and beauty of the water.”

The warm climate and favourable waters are only half the appeal of an Eastern Med tour, however. A regional charter will take you from one stunning embarkation spot to the next, where stepping onto dry land yields a world of opportunities for activity, leisure and discovery. “Firstly, the region is very accessible, with lots of incoming international flights and short distances to the nearest airports. There are also lots of marinas and ports, so it is a very easy place to navigate by yacht,” Kaan elaborates, “But once you do disembark, there are beautiful landscapes, amazing dining facilities and the warm hospitality of the local people to enjoy.”

Continued in Part 2...

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Part 2: East Med Yachting on Chartering a Region

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:00
Part 2: East Med Yachting on Chartering a Region East Med Yachting provides regionally acclaimed crewed yacht charters across the regions of Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Turkey. We speak to Managing Director Kaan Mutlugil, who explains why these stunning cruising grounds are fast breaking into the mainstream as charterers look for alternatives to established summer staples.

An ideal charter itinerary in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to Kaan, would begin at the Montenegrin yachting hub of Porto Montenegro. This bustling homeport, nestled in the naturally protected waters of the Bay of Kotor, is the leading luxury resort in the Adriatic Sea, as well as a full service marina and the perfect place to begin cruising. “From Tivat, you can either do a round trip, covering the ancient destinations of Kotor, Perast, Boka Bay, Budva and Sveti Stefan,” says Kaan, “Alternatively, you can go to Dubrovnik along the south Dalmatian coast.”

The opportunities for chartering here are endless, however, and long seasons mean that no stone need be left unturned - travellers should begin in Croatia and Montenegro, and when the weather begins to turn, head to the balmy climes of Greece and Turkey. Whether you are drawn to the party atmosphere of Mykonos, the official Ancient Wonder of Bodrum or the fortresslike architecture of Split, East Med Yachting has the perfect itinerary. From the Cyclades to Symi, Cavtat to Corfu and Dubrovnik to Datca, all of the Mediterranean must-sees are on the agenda.

What’s more, the team at East Med yachting have the perfect vessels in their fleet to facilitate such ambitions, whether the charter is a family affair, a gathering of friends or an intimate couples retreat. “We offer selection of luxurious crewed motor yachts, sailing yachts and motor sailers from 24 to 50 meters,” says Kaan, “All are well equipped and in good condition for a luxury charter, with very professional and friendly crews.”

The 32m motor sailor White Swan, for example, offers comfortable accommodations for 12. Having benefited from a major refit in 2018, this wide body vessel has fantastic deck spaces for dining, relaxing and sunbathing, as well as an arsenal of water toys and a hospitable crew. The 39m semi-displacement Ottawa is another standout - this tri-deck motor yacht offers a modern interior, Jacuzzi on the Sun deck and luxurious swim platform.

When it comes to chartering this magical region, East Med Yachting lead the industry. With over 15 years of experience in the sector, they know these waters like the back of their hand. The Tivat-based team are dedicated to providing clients with the perfect yacht, cruising area and itinerary for a paradisiacal cruise that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

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Charter Focus: Turkish Delight Onboard M/Y FX

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 18:00
Charter Focus: Turkish Delight Onboard M/Y FX The East Mediterranean, with its chalky towns, turquoise waters and sandy beaches, is one of the most highly recommended cruising destinations in the world. And what better way to enjoy the region than a glorious summer charter? Thompson, Westwood and White Yachts has the perfect solution...

M/Y FX is the ideal vessel to facilitate a charter through the Eastern Med. A 2016 launch from Peri Yachts, she offers awe-inspiring facilities for entertaining up to 10 guests. This stunning 38m, with her colour-chaning metallic finish, is proudly available for charter across the coasts of Greece and Turkey, giving superyacht lovers the chance to explore the ancient mountaintop city of Thera or the rich winery of Santo, all while travelling at the height of luxury.

FX’s charter itinerary presents plentiful options for an idyllic summer retreat. Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea about 200km from the Greek mainland, is one of the most photographed spots on our route, famous for its white stone architecture, dramatic views and volcanic geology. Why not take advantage of FX’s water toys and jet tender to explore Santorini’s renowned volcanic caverns? Alternatively, relax and unwind on a paddleboard in the healing hot springs, or marvel at the island’s active volcano from the comfort of the yacht’s expansive external decks.

While cruising the East Med, do not miss out on the chance to explore the ancient ruins that dot the magnificent coast. The city of Anemurium, Alanya Castle and the Alahan Monastery are just a few examples of rich historical sites along the Turkish coast which have taken on a near-mythical quality today. We would recommend unwinding after a day spent taking in the local heritage in FX’s Jacuzzi – especially after attempting the 6.5km trek of Alanya’s castle walls!

This region’s historic towns, sprawling beaches and calm seas constitute a world waiting to be discovered. The natural wonders of Greece and Turkey, the untouched islands dotted about their coastlines, and the pleasure of travelling onboard the majestic FX makes this Eastern Mediterranean tour unlikely to be one you’ll forget in a hurry.  

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Destination Focus: A Pint-Sized History in Malta

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:00
Destination Focus: A Pint-Sized History in Malta As the warmer weather begins to hit European beaches, a good deal of yacht owners will retire their Caribbean outposts and set sail for the West Mediterranean. For those searching for the perfect stay to meet all their desires this summer, look no further than the Maltese Islands.

Docking in Marina di Valletta is hassle-free, with room for more than 250 yachts and instant access to the capital of Valletta - a recent luxury addition which, despite its newness, contrasts easily with the steeped history of the rest of the city.

Considering its picturesque beauty and rich history, Malta is surprisingly unaffected by the clout of congestion which tourism often brings – making it the perfect secluded getaway for those seeking a more peaceful slice of heaven this summer.

A cluster of islands, of which Malta represents the largest, Goza and Comino smaller and more secluded, and others entirely untouched by human inhabitation, the Republic of Malta is nestled just 50 miles south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t be fooled by its size though; we take Malta as definitive proof that the best things really do come in small packages. Indeed, there is so much to do on the islands that, for those of you who planned just a brief fly-by, an extension of your stay will prove almost inevitable.

For the inquisitive traveller, Malta is a veritable treasure trove of colonial influence, from the Byzantines to the Arabs, dating back to 5900 BC. Each rule has left its own distinct mark on the island, perhaps most noticeably peculiar in the evidence of British pubs within walking distance of the towering 16th Century Baroque masterpiece that is St John’s Cathedral. The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an excavated prehistoric burial site complete with eerie wall paintings and multiple limestone levels, is believed to be the oldest underground temple in the world; making it a must-see for the more morbidly-fascinated traveller.

Or for those seeking a more relaxing experience and a spot of water sports, where better to dock than the Blue Lagoon Island at Comino for an afternoon of sun, sea and snorkelling? The Azure Window, a naturally occurring archway of great rugged rock through which the Maltese sun proudly shines, foreshadows the gloomy Blue Grotto cavern, which itself is well worth hopping off your yacht to kayak through.

Some of our readers may be familiar with the quote that ‘an island can only be called such when viewed from the sea’. Taken literally, then, surely the only way to truly appreciate Malta’s unique beauty must be from the luxury and privacy of a superyacht?

A marina in Vittoriosa (photos courtesy of Y.CO)

2019 Instructor Training Week

Booker Gliding - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 21:26
LukeThe Instructor Training Week got off to a good start with wall to wall sunshine and lots of flying and briefing going on, with members doing Basic Instructor training, or working on their Flight Instructor modules. One of the prospective BIs is Luke Bishop who featured in the May 2018 issue of the newsletter. He's made a bit of progress since then - over the weekend he brought his newly acquired Nimbus 2b to Booker and had his first couple of flights in it.

On the other end of the rope we have a new tug pilot. John Otty did some dual flying with James Roland in the Robin and then did his first solo tows.


John during last year's Regionals, hands full of prizes


And not forgetting our new season's tug pilot Kamil Dutkiewicz, who converted to the Pawnee.


More fun - and hard work - tomorrow.













Travel vs ethics: Should I go on a Saudi Arabia adventure holiday

Windsurfing - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:22

When considering a Saudi Arabia adventure holiday the travel vs ethics debate often crops up. Should I visit a country whose way of life I don’t agree with, just because there are things I want to see and do there? Saudi Arabia makes up the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula,...

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Part 1: Following the Voyage of Vripack's GALE FORCE

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:00
Part 1: Following the Voyage of Vripack's GALE FORCE GAYLE FORCE has recently embarked on an incredible year-long voyage. At just 29m, the yacht has so far cruised through Antarctica, Patagonia and Chile and is now on its second leg cruising Robinson Crusoe Island before heading to Galapagos. We learn more from the Captain on its inspiring journey....

With inspiring comments and anecdotes from Captain Scott Whittaker, the story of GALE FORCE is one of adventure and intrigue, as well as epitomising Vripack’s design philosophy; to create safe, durable yachts with light, elegant and comfortable interiors that make you feel at home, at sea.

Heading to Antarctica is never a simple task. Even on board an expedition vessel the risks are plenty. But when cruising on an “unproven”  29m explorer – the smallest private Marshall Island flag boat to ever venture to the Southern Peninsula – you need to be sure of two things, a) that you have an open mind, and b) that the vessel is designed by Vripack.

Captain Scott Whittaker grew up sailing. With 30 years of marine industry experience under his belt there are few places on Earth where he hasn’t travelled. But when Wayne and Gayle Laufer, owners of 29m GAYLE FORCE (ex PATRIOT) requested to see the wilds of Antarctica, he knew it was “game on”.

First built in the Netherlands in 2003 by Bloemsma & Van Breemen, GAYLE FORCE forms part of Vripack’s legendary Doggersbank Offshore series. Known for its heavy duty use, low emissions, clean engine rooms and long-lasting equipment, the Doggersbank epitomises Vripack’s design philosophy; to create safe, durable yachts with light, elegant and comfortable interiors that make you feel at home, at sea.

For Captain Scott, however, the real adventure began long before the voyage itself, with a long 20 months spent in the shipyard “decomplicating” the numerous changes that had accrued over time.

Captain Scott shares; “One of the biggest things that Vripack helped us with was weight/balance. We ended up taking around 25,000 pounds off the bow of the boat, and replacing the unnecessarily large 23mm anchor chain with the original 16mm version,” he says. “We also converted the crew lounge into a third guest cabin, and importantly added zero speed stabilisers. I really feel that with an expedition boat, the only defence you have is to slow down. It’s not a long enough boat to stick your nose into it, but to slow to 3-4 knots, stay upright and keep running – GAYLE FORCE does that really well now.”

On 20 November, 2018, GAYLE FORCE left Panama City, Florida, and made the non-stop 3,800Nm journey straight to Valparaíso, Chile, “essentially unproven”. For Captain Scott, it demonstrated that the yacht “has a solid 5000Nm range, if not more like 6,500Nm, which is huge for a little boat”.

It went without a hitch, and they spent a few weeks cruising the vast waters around Patagonia where they experienced “relentless winds and high seas, and the boat took a phenomenal beating, as did the crew”. Captain Scott tolerated his fair share of adversity, too, having elected to bunk down on the bridge for the Antarctic leg in a bivy sack and -20 sleeping bag to accommodate the ice pilot and naturalist.

Follow the rest of GAYLE FORCE's story, to be continued in Part 2...

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Part 2: Following the Voyage of Vripack's GALE FORCE

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:00
Part 2: Following the Voyage of Vripack's GALE FORCE In Part 2 we continue to follow the incredible journey of Vripack designed GAYLE FORCE, which has recently embarked on an incredible year-long voyage. At just 29m, the yacht has so far cruised through Antarctica, Patagonia and Chile and is now on its second leg cruising Robinson Crusoe Island before heading to Galapagos...

With inspiring comments and anecdotes from Captain Scott Whittaker, the story of GALE FORCE continues to bbe one of adventure and intrigue, as well as epitomising Vripack’s design philosophy; to create safe, durable yachts with light, elegant and comfortable interiors that make you feel at home, at sea.

The Laufers typify the ambitious and visionary clients that Vripack’s creative, holistic and collaborative approach attracts, and so despite being in their 70s, the rough conditions only added to excitement. “Wayne is an old adventurer, and it wasn’t that cold,” says Captain Scott, the Captain of the invincible GAYLE FORCE.

Captain Scott continues; “The coldest we saw was around -26, although with wind it was probably chillier. I think we saw colder in Patagonia!”  

Wildlife abounded, with humpback, fin and blue whales aplenty. Penguins were in their thousands, and every type of seal was sighted. The highlight for Captain Scott, however, were the two nights spent drifting with the ice in the Gerlache Straits. “We had amazing evenings there, it was truly beautiful. It felt like something out of Space Odyssey, semi-light out, just watching the ice, silently drifting together.”

The next phase of the year-long voyage will see GAYLE FORCE heading to Robinson Crusoe Island, before moving on to Galapagos, and Cocos Islands. For both the Laufers and Captain Scott, a key element of the enjoyment is “to tie the history of the boat back” and to see GAYLE FORCE do “what she was built for”.

“In 2003 GAYLE FORCE was the most technologically advanced vessel in under 30m, so it’s interesting to see what she’s doing now,” he enthuses. Since 1961, Vripack has been involved in more than 7,400 projects, from the smallest of boats to the largest of vessels, delivering interior design and external styling that is underpinned by pioneering naval architecture.

“Vripack were instrumental in bridging PATRIOT’s history to present day GAYLE FORCE,” says Captain Scott. “The ability to access history of build and actually work with some of the Vripack team that were on the build, throughout our yard time and chosen modifications, was priceless."

 

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Guide to Lisboa windsurfing holidays in Portugal: Windsurf spots in Lisbon

Windsurfing - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:15

Want to know about the top windsurf spots in Lisbon? Then read guide to Lisboa windsurfing holidays in Portugal. Portugal’s energetic, attractive capital has many things to offer its visitors. Great food, good weather, warm local’s and reasonable prices make Lisbon a popular holiday destination. Lisboa windsurfing holidays in Portugal But...

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The Must-See Yachts of MYBA 2019 (Part 1)

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:00
The Must-See Yachts of MYBA 2019 (Part 1) In just a few short weeks, Barcelona will become home to an influx of the most stunning vessels on the charter market. Anyone who is anyone will be cruising into the sunny West Med between the 30th April and 3rd May for MYBA, a show whose success has been growing for 30 years. We take a look at the most impressive yachts in attendance...

Nero
Burgess bring this incredible vessel to the shores of Barcelona as the largest yacht in show - at 90.10m, Nero is a Top 100 giant. This 2008 Corsair Yachts build cuts a formidable silhouette, with sleek lines and a classic exterior that harkens back to the golden age of private yachting. Designed and built to meticulous standards, Nero offers charter guests a huge promenade deck, numerous seating and dining areas and an array of luxurious amenities, including interior and exterior cinema projector screens and incredible water toys. Following her extensive refit in 2016, Nero has never been more authentically charming or technologically innovative, representing an elegant chater platform for the most discerning clients.

Wheels
Represented by Fraser Yachts, 76m Wheels joins the stunning MYBA fleet. This seven deck colossus was designed in 2008 by Sam Sorgiovanni, whose legendary status in Top 100 yacht building is demonstrated by his work on 110m Jubilee (interior) and 88m Nirvana (exterior). This 2008 Oceanco vessel boasts outstanding features including a master stateroom with panoramic views, a cinema room and a brand new Canadian SPA hot tub on the sundeck aft. Having undertaken a recent refit overseen by an Owner who has been meticulous in her maintenance, Wheels is in pristine condition to take on charter guests. Her stylish interior, advanced technological systems and dive/watersports facilities make her one of the most desirable charters on the water.

Axioma
Also gracing the sunny shores of Barcelona is Axioma, a 72m represented in the show by Yachting Partners International. The Dunya Yachts build features stunning beach house-style interiors by the legendary late designer Alberto Pinto, including a double-height salon atrium with mezzanine. Other standout features include an Owner’s deck with media lounge and master sized VIP, a gym with massage and steam room and a 3D cinema for eight. Charter guests also enjoy a world of luxury on deck, with a huge aft swimming pool, main-deck infinity pool and jacuzzi with a swim-in bar. Axioma offers sumptuous living in every space, and is one of the most sought-after yachts on the water.

Continued in Part 2...

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