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Top Destinations for a Spring Charter

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:00
Top Destinations for a Spring Charter With the spring season upon us, we take a look at some of the most inviting destinations worth visiting, as well as the best charter superyachts available to make the adventure one to savour. Whether it be adrenaline-fuelled adventures or a serene escape, these destinations have you covered.

Location: Maldives | Superyacht: Cloudbreak

The Maldives are known as the pearls of the Indian Ocean, and for good reason. A collection of 26 breath-taking atolls, The Maldives provide the perfect blend of natural beauty and luxury indulgence.

For Superyacht owners, the experience is enhanced by the possibility of reaching areas inaccessible to other others, making it a purely exclusive escape. Such a mission is best reached on an explorer vessel, and there are very few on the market that can match the standards of 72.50m superyacht Cloudbreak. Delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2016, Cloudbreak is best suited for daring voyages to exotic lands. Six sumptuous staterooms welcome 12 guests to enjoy prime standards of luxury, while a large sundeck featuring an inviting open-air pool is the ideal place to bask under the sun and enjoy the tranquil ocean around you.  

No visit to the Maldives is complete without some high-octane thrills and scuba diving. From pools of dolphins and sharks to face-to-face encounters with rays, turtles and lobsters, Maldives boasts a rich sea life that will leave you with plenty of stories to tell. Cloudbreak’s comprehensive arsenal of toys and tenders ensures guests are never short of options for taking to the water.

Available with SuperyachtsMonaco, who have managed the superyacht from construction to charter, Cloudbreak is no doubt one of the most suitable yachts for uncovering the Maldives.

Location: Bahamas | Superyacht: Bella Vita

The Bahamas is now a well-established luxury destination and a favourite among superyacht owners and charterers.

The island’s laid-back yet vibrant culture that radiates from the friendly natives, so guests are treated to just as much entertainment on land as they are when exploring the stunning cruising grounds of the Caribbean. A culture too strong to ever falter to foreign influences, The Bahamas is a unique spot for those open to embracing indigenous festivities and festivals, offering everything from African drum rhythms to Bahmanian Goombay.

Luxury abodes are plentiful for those visiting by superyacht as the country is well-equipped with state-of-the-art marina facilities. There are no qualms for those visiting on large superyachts with places like Albany Marina on hand to provide world-class facilities that leave owners and captains at peace about the care given to the yacht, while guests can freely explore the hidden treasures on both land and at sea.

Lurssen’s 75.40 superyacht Bella Vita offers a floating palace like no other, sleeping 12 guests while also holding a 22-strong crew to service their every need. Bella Vita’s lavish setting is the perfect way to enjoy The Bahamas and the Caribbean region, and can be chartered through Moran Yacht & Ship.

Location: Great Barrier Reef | Superyacht: Manifiq

The world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef sells itself. Located conveniently between the mainland towns of Port Douglas and Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef is the paramount of maritime beauty.

The only dilemma that guests will face is factoring in enough time to explore the 3000+ coral reef systems, so it is best to come well-prepared with equipment that will make the most of the experience. On such a note, Mondomarine’s 40.50m Manifiq is available for charter in the region and boasts a plethora of toys for all purposes. Paddle boards, kayaks and seabobs are just a few options that guests can take advantage of. Wind-down time is not amiss onboard Manifiq, with a sky-lounge cinema room and a spacious sundeck area ready to greet guests on their return from adventure.

The benefits of exploring the Great Barrier Reef’s picturesque islands are unquestioned, but there is also so much more to explore at just a short cruise away. For example, The Whitsundays offer unprecedented cruising ground and opportunities to anchor in a quiet area where that the eyes can never be sore of seeing. Staying longer isn’t an issue as unrivalled refit and maintenance facilities are in abundance around Queensland, something 74m Lurssen superyacht Aurora will testify for after her refit at Brisbane shipyard Rivergate.

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Explore the South Pacific Onboard 75.28m Cloudbreak

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 11:00
Explore the South Pacific Onboard 75.28m Cloudbreak In the age of the explorer, there aren’t many on the charter market that match the sophistication and extreme nature of Abeking & Rasmussen's 75.28m Cloudbreak.

The luxury explorer yacht was built in 2016 to withstand the most challenging weather conditions with the purpose of taking her guests on adventures to unchartered territories, whilst enjoying the luxury of a modern superyacht. Available to charter with SuperyachtsMonaco, she is recommended for voyages through the South Pacific where she can reach remote islands and uncover a new adventure.

Hosting 12 guests in six opulent staterooms Cloudbreak is nothing short of a floating palace, so it is remarkable to imagine that she can reach the most secluded spots in the world. A fruitful collaboration between Paris-based Christian Liaigre and Norwegian guru Espen Oeino, Cloudbreak is the pinnacle of timeless superyacht design.

Espen, who is the designer behind the soon-to-be-launched 182m explorer REV, penned a rugged yet striking exterior profile that suits the yacht’s flair for adventure. While panoramic views offer complete serenity, there is plenty to keep guests busy onboard. Espen’s outside living areas include a sundeck complete with a large open-air pool for day lounging, and even a helideck that transforms into a party space with full light and sound systems. Liaigre’s interiors are warm and welcoming, making use of natural light and tones to create bright and spacious living areas, meaning guests relaxed and peaceful no matter the outdoor conditions. A luxurious spa offers the perfect wellness retreat, and the main deck boasts both a large living area and formal dining area for sophisticated entertainment.

Cloudbreak is the ideal explorer yacht to charter for island-hopping escapades in the South Pacific, after all, her name is derived from a famed surfing reef in Fiji. A region that is unparalleled in its diverse natural and cultural experience, South Pacific itineraries can take you from the volcanic landscape and fiery sunsets of French Polynesia, to the untouched wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in just a couple of days. Culturally rich destinations like Papua New Guinea, where over 700 languages are spoken in a country that has guarded traditional ways of life, are complimented by Instagram-famous locations such as the honeymoon hotspot of Bora Bora, all found along a fascinating South Pacific Trail.

A trailblazer in the large explorer category, Cloudbreak brings her owner and guests closer than ever before to the natural wonders of the world. With all that the South Pacific offers as a diverse area brimming with undiscovered gems, the two make for an unforgettable superyacht experience for any shrewd charterer.

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GlaGla Race Report

Water Sports Braylake - Mon, 02/03/2020 - 13:36

“Être GlaGla” in English translates as “frozen stiff” and that’s exactly what my board bag was when I removed it from the car roof on race day morning.

A Magical Event

The Gla Gla is an epic 14.5km (shorter 6km route available) race that takes place on Lake Annecy in mid January. Located at the foot of the Aravis mountain range in the Haute-Savoie region in Eastern France, 60km due south of Lake Geneva, it’s a breathtaking location.

These factors, amongst…

A Caribbean Getaway: 24-Hours in Antigua

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:30
A Caribbean Getaway: 24-Hours in Antigua As January comes to a dwindling end, the Mediterranean shores remain unwelcoming as ever, and the appeal of a Caribbean escape becomes ever more difficult to resist. Anyone familiar with this spectacular region of the world is well aware that its island delights are far too abundant to enjoy in their entirety in a limited timeframe. Nowhere else does this apply more than the stunning island paradise of Antigua, whose wild and wonderful activities on offer far outweigh her size. For the adventurous charterer looking for a weekend getaway, we put together a bespoke itinerary for how best to spend 24 hours in Antigua.

For charterers with a passion for history and culture, Antigua has no shortage of heritage waiting to be discovered. Start your day in English Harbour, a stunning attraction on the southern coast brimming with stories of Antigua’s rich maritime history. Wander over to Nelson’s Dockyard, UNESCO World Heritage Centre and home to a number of historical artefacts and restored buildings from the colonial period, under command of Admiral Nelson. After taking in the sights, don’t miss the opportunity to sample the delicious local seafood served in Admiral’s Inn – a boutique hotel with its own quaint charm and elegance overlooking the turquoise waters.

From here, take a scenic cruise over to Carlisle Bay, one of the island’s most picturesque bays bordered by a 5 star resort to match. Spend an afternoon diving along this dazzling coastline, then finish up with a relaxing yoga session and massage in Carlisle Bay Resort’s critically acclaimed spa facilities.

Once you have finished up in Carlisle Bay, cruise back to English Harbour for an evening at Shirley Heights lookout, an idyllic spot atop the hills overlooking the Dockyard and affording its viewers sweeping panoramic views of Antigua and Barbuda. Shirley Heights is also home to sunset parties, where visitors can enjoy watching the sun set to the tune of live Caribbean music with a drink in hand.

There is no shortage of exceptional charter yachts in this glorious region of the world. For an true sailing experience which promises to be unlike any other, get in touch with Perini Navi USA to enquire about chartering S/Y Seahawk, available for charter in the area. Alternatively, check out our InDepth publication covering everything and anything about chartering in Antigua and Barbuda. 

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Best soft adventure holidays: Easy active breaks for the mildly adventurous

Windsurfing - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 15:01

Not everyone wants to be extreme, but most people would like to have an adventure. So we have come up with the best soft adventure holidays. There are nine easy active breaks that are suitable for the mildly adventurous. The adventure media – ourselves included – are overly focussed on...

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New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery

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

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

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

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

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

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Booker's Duo Discus is on holiday in North Wales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Places are limited so book your…

Windsurfing TASTER sessions

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

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

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

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

Places are limited so book your space today either online…

Kayaking TASTER sessions

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

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

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

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

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

Spinnaker and Trapeze Training

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

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

SUP Club Activites - Summer 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday 31st July - 2km Time Trial

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

If you…

Summer SUP Race Series 2019

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

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

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

Bray Lake Summer Series Race 4 - 11th August

Bray Lake Summer Series Race 5 - 8th September

Registration…

N1SCO SUP Races

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

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

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

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

The…

SUP Offer - New to SUP?

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

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

SUP Yoga

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

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

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

Booking in advance is essential as limited spaces are available.

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

Triathlon Training Centre

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

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

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

The Best Charter Yachts for Winter Wellness

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

Nautilus – 73m Perini Navi, 2014.

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

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

Alfa Nero – 82m Oceanco, 2007.

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

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

Available for charter through Edmiston

Aquijo – 86m Oceanco & Vitters, 2016.

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

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

CloudbreakAbeking & Rasmussen, 2016.

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

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

Available through SuperyachtsMonaco

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Guide to Philippines adventure holidays: 15 best Filipino action sports

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

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

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Adventure sport travel insurance FAQ: Interview Snowcard Insurance MD

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

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

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