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Breaking News: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:42

**Breaking News** 

Exclusive: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

New data from two Arctic sites suggest some surface layers are no longer freezing. If that continues, greenhouse gases from permafrost could accelerate climate change.

 Spokesperson and Visuals Available 

For the first time in recent memory, the ground that insulates the deep Arctic permafrost did not freeze in winter. In Cherskiy, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and one of the coldest spots on the planet, a team of scientists bored down into the earth and instead of finding hard soil, they found thick, slushy mud. Researchers in northern Siberia believe that this means the frozen land might be thawing far faster than expected.

This discovery has led some Arctic experts to weigh a troubling question: Could permafrost thaw begin decades sooner than many people expect in some of the Arctic’s coldest, most carbon-rich regions, releasing trapped greenhouse gases that could accelerate human-caused climate change?

Why did one of the coldest places on earth not freeze? What does this mean for global warming? How can this trend be prevented?

National Geographic’s climate and environment expert, Craig Welch, was on the ground in Siberia with the scientists and is available to provide insight into these concerns and address the ongoing research.

 Read the full story HERE. 

Craig Welch, National Geographic environment and climate expert, is available for commentary out of Seattle, Washington.

 

Press Contact:

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

Sixth solo of the week

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:52
Today new Ass Cat instructor Paul sent off his first solo student, Brooke, another Air League scholar. Congratulations both. It's been a very busy week!

The grins say it all


Statement in Support of Shahidul Alam

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:01

National Geographic is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of renowned photographer, educator and humanitarian Shahidul Alam. A bright light in the photographic community, Mr. Alam is currently being detained in his native Bangladesh. We join together with others across the world who are troubled by Mr. Alam’s arrest and support his immediate and safe release.

And another solo...........

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:38
..........bringing the total to 5 in two days. Air League scholar Gurpal went solo yesterday, making the most of the weather before today's rain band. Well done Gurpal!

Strategically placed bucket shows that cleaning has occurred!


Four solos in one day!

Booker Gliding - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:24
This week we have been training a group of young people who won Air League scholarships and yesterday three of them went solo. Then the Tuesday Evening Group arrived and 14 year old Ossian, son of member Brian O'Sullivan, brought the total to four. Not bad for one day. Congratulations to all of them.

Scholars Luke, Eric and Mark 

The Story of a Face: National Geographic Unveils Youngest Full-Face Transplant Recipient in American History

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:00

With unprecedented access granted by the Cleveland Clinic, National Geographic dedicated more than two years exclusively documenting this groundbreaking scientific journey

 Featured as the September issue cover story of National Geographic, this is a story about breakthrough science, human identity and hope

 

WASHINGTON August 14, 2018: – In a world that seems increasingly obsessed with image, National Geographic has today unveiled an exclusive and powerful new story, over two years in the making, that asks the question: ‘Are we our faces?’

To follow the story of Katie Stubblefield, the youngest face transplant recipient in U.S. history, a team of National Geographic journalists was given unprecedented access by the Cleveland Clinic to document Katie’s journey and detail a full-face transplant procedure in a way that has never before been done. The story is featured on the cover of the September 2018 edition of National Geographic and is available now at natgeo.com/face. National Geographic has also released a 22-minute documentary, “Katie’s New Face,” here.

The Cleveland Clinic performed the full-face transplant over the course of a 31-hour procedure in 2017. Writer Joanna Connors, as well as photographers Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson, together spent hundreds of hours with Katie, her parents and doctors over a period of more than two years, documenting Katie’s story at the Cleveland Clinic, throughout many surgeries, and ongoing as she continues her recovery.

“‘The Story of a Face’ is about hope and resilience, identity, the power of a family’s love and devotion to their daughter, and the medical miracle that gives Katie Stubblefield a second chance at life,” said Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine. “It is told with the unparalleled visual storytelling that National Geographic is known for and uniquely connects audiences to the deeply human story behind the science, thanks to the bravery of Katie and her family who gave us unfettered access to share their journey with the world. The result is an extraordinary look at a breakthrough scientific procedure that will make you question how you think about the relationship between outward appearance and our inner selves.”

Katie’s face transplant surgery was paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in an effort to improve treatment for service members who are wounded in battle and come back with similar injuries. As such, Katie’s face transplant surgery has made her a lifelong experiment for the treatment of ballistic trauma to the face.

Trauma to Katie’s face occurred on March 25, 2014, when Katie was 18 years old, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Katie received a full-face transplant starting May 4, 2017. Katie was 21 years old at that time, making her the youngest full-face transplant recipient in the United States.

Katie was on the transplant list for over a year before a donor was found. Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old woman who had recently passed away, was a match. Her grandmother, Sandra Bennington, made the decision to donate Adrea’s face to Katie. Adrea was a registered organ donor whose heart, lungs, kidneys and liver were also donated and saved lives across the United States.

In publishing “The Story of a Face,” National Geographic continues its tradition of bringing its audiences around the world incredible stories of science, exploration and the human journey in an up-close and personal way. In the last two years, National Geographic has explored the latest developments in the science behind addiction in response to the global opioid crisis; released a single-topic issue on the shifting landscape of gender that became a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting; and published The Race Issue, a controversial, yet timely exploration of what race means in the 21st century.

“The Story of a Face,” from the September 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine, is available online now at natgeo.com/face and on print newsstands August 28.

INFORMATION FOR PRESS:

Interviews and visuals available.

“Story of a Face” digital hub: natgeo.com/face

Direct link to full cover story, “The Story of a Face”: here

Direct link to full documentary: here

Link to Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg’s Editor’s Letter about the cover story: here

Link to b-roll of Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg discussing “The Story of a Face”: here

Link to list of available spokespeople and individual pieces of content: here

Link to September issue media alert: here

Link to social media toolkit: here

Link to teen suicide prevention resources: http://natgeo.com/katiespeaksup

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

Leah Jereb, Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com, 202-912-6716

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

 

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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 130 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, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Magazine, September 2018

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:00
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To access press release for “The Story of a Face,” click here.

 

 

National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT announce an extensive long-term cruise partnership

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:00

National Geographic and PONANT create a new strategic partnership to develop its Small Ship Expedition programme in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

With significant shared experience in exploration and luxury travel,
National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT will create unique experiences on board a fleet of state of the art ships

Over 100 unique itineraries have been created by PONANT for
National Geographic Expeditions, on sale from 8th August 2018

Sydney 8th August 2018: National Geographic Expeditions, the travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and PONANT, a world leader of luxury expedition cruises, have today announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of co-branded, luxury expedition cruises. With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions will offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

National Geographic Expeditions is the premium provider of travel experiences that embody the renowned National Geographic spirit of adventure, conservation and education.  Offering unique access, experiences and expertise that only National Geographic can, the company also returns a portion of all proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.

PONANT is a world leader in luxury expedition cruising operating a state of the art fleet of 7 small ships, increasing to 12 by 2021, with the delivery of new Expedition class vessels and a luxury hybrid Icebreaker powered by LNG.  The full fleet has been ‘clean ship’ certified and offers a number of leading edge technologies to protect the environment, including recycling and reuse programmes, reduced exhaust emissions and sustainable purchasing practices. All efforts made by the luxury cruise operator are designed to respect the environment and marine life.

As part of the overall experience, PONANT will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from A$4730 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners commented “Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network.  We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT added “We are thrilled and gratified that one of the greatest specialist media companies in the world has chosen PONANT to be their expedition cruise partner. This  partnership brings together two highly respected globalorganisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability.

The new cruise experiences will be available to book from 8th August 2018. Discover the video and expedition cruises on PONANT website at au.ponant.com/national-geographic

Discover more on National Geographic Expeditions website at www.nationalgeographic.com.au/ponant

Dedicated Phone line: Australia: 1800 889 088 | New Zealand: +61 2 8311 0808

Dedicated Email: natgeo.au@ponant.com

Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.

 

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Notes To Editors

For National Geographic Expeditions please contact:

Angela Alexander, National Geographic Publicity: 0411 483 321

Angela.Alexander@fox.com

For PONANT, please contact:

Michael Corbett, Manager PR.  Phone: 0417 469 228

Email: michael.corbett@bigpond.com

About 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 unrivalled 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 130 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.  Every year, the Society awards more than 575 grants to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around the world. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About PONANT

Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS EXPANDS LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:22

NEW YORK, August 7, 2018 – Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; the “Company” or “Lindblad”), a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, announced today that it has expanded its agreement with National Geographic Partners (“National Geographic”) to include all of the Americas.

The relationship between Lindblad and National Geographic, founded in 2004 and steeped in a shared interest in exploration, research, technology and conservation, includes co-selling, co-marketing and branding arrangements that run through 2025. With the addition of the Canada and Latin America markets to the existing agreement covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Lindblad and National Geographic have further deepened their long-term strategic partnership and will collectively invest to further accelerate growth in these important geographies.

The United States has long been the primary source market for Lindblad, and with the rapidly accelerating demand for authentic and immersive experiential travel the Company certainly expects significant domestic growth for years to come. At the same time, many of the trends powering the increase in expedition travel in the United States are manifesting themselves globally as well, and deepening expansion into select international markets is a core part of Lindblad’s growth strategy.

The expanded collaboration with National Geographic provides an opportunity for Lindblad and National Geographic to leverage the strong brand position National Geographic holds in Canada and key Latin American markets, while at the same time building upon Lindblad’s long-established leadership position in the United States expedition travel market.

Given the accelerating demand for high quality and authentic expedition travel and the expanded agreement with National Geographic, Lindblad’s Board of Directors recently approved the build of an additional blue water vessel to explore the world’s most unique and remote locations. This state of the art vessel, which is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, will be the next step in the Company’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture to the fleet in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in the first quarter of 2020.

Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Lindblad has been a pioneer in expedition travel for fifty years. By extending our successful partnership with National Geographic, energizing new markets and expanding our fleet, we are taking the next steps in our long-term growth strategy. Our experience and track record in delivering unparalleled experiences in the world’s most amazing locations ideally positions us to capitalize on the explosive growth in high quality adventure travel.”

“National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions have, over the past 14 years, found an extraordinary level of common cause. This manifests itself in knowing the importance of people exploring the world, building understanding and becoming more knowledgeable and energized citizens,” says Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Our collaboration goes far beyond business, into education, conservation and storytelling through expedition travel. We know collectively that our partnership’s goal is to consistently grow the number of people who explore our world and that’s why we’re so excited to expand our partnership to include the Canadian and Latin American markets.”

 

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that focuses on ship-based voyages through its Lindblad Expeditions brand and on land-based travel through its subsidiary, Natural Habitat Adventures, an adventure travel and ecotourism company with a focus on responsible nature travel.

Lindblad Expeditions works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

Natural Habitat partners with the World Wildlife Fund to offer and promote conservation and sustainable travel that directly protects nature. Natural Habitat’s adventures include polar bear tours in Churchill, Canada, Alaskan grizzly bear adventures and African safaris.

For more information visit www.expeditions.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

About 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 130 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include the Company’s financial projections and may also generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe the Company’s financial guidance or future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) changes adversely affecting the business in which the Company is engaged; (ii) management of the Company’s growth and its ability to execute on its planned growth; (iii) general economic conditions; (iv) the Company’s business strategy and plans; (v) unscheduled disruptions in our business due to weather events, mechanical failures, or other events; (vi) compliance with laws and regulations; (vii) compliance with the financial and/or operating covenants in the Company’s credit agreements; (viii) adverse publicity regarding the cruise industry in general; (ix) loss of business due to competition; (x) the result of future financing efforts; (xi) the inability to meet revenue and Adjusted EBITDA projections; (xii) delays and costs overruns with respect to the construction and delivery of newly constructed vessels; and (xiii) those risks described in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Stockholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More detailed information about factors that may affect the Company’s performance may be found in its filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or at http://www.expeditions.com in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.

 

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Contact:

Patty Disken-Cahill, Lindblad Expeditions, pattydc@expeditions.com, 212-261-9081

Meg Calnan, National Geographic, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, 202-912-6703

Regionals round up

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 11:16
What a week it's been! Six contest days with two 300k tasks on consecutive days. We had a go on Day 7 but the weather went downhill and the Director scrubbed 2 minutes before the start gate opened as gliders sank towards relights and the sky darkened. Pilots were glad to derig before the rain. Saturday was very breezy so although a task was set it was scrubbed as it became clear that it wouldn't be practicable. Nils the Met Man had already spotted this and booked a holiday in Italy. The day ended with an excellent BBQ organised by the Director, plus prize giving.

Congratulations to the top three..........

Denis Campbell - the cup already has his name on it, lots of times
Jim White, who tried very hard to wrest first place from DenisSpeedy John Otty with his 3rd place prizes.....and congratulations to all the other competitors for making it a safe and fun comp.

Many thanks to all the people who made the comp a success.......


Richard - Director, BBQ chef and occasional tug pilotNils the Met ManPete the Scorer
Bob the Grid Marshal
Maddi and her team of cadets
Jim and the other tuggies - Bob and Rob
George for flying the Duo with club membersBob for Control, IT and lots of other stuff, including taking most of the pics

Overland activity holidays: 10 best road trips for adventure lovers

Windsurfing - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 23:20

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Regionals Day 6

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:02
The forecast today was a hard one as the arrival of rain and sparky stuff was difficult to predict. Eventually a task round Calvert Jct - Oxford South and Brill was set. While we waited for cu to develop, Control's clock said it was 33.8degC so shade was at a premium.
Control, Director, assorted pilots and a couple of wilting cadets
Bob the Grid Marshal taking a break
That white stuff behind Nils is altocu, not much use for XCNils the Met Man finally managed to magic up some cu and the grid launched. Control barely managed to get back to its gazebo before Denis was back, with John and Jim hot on his heels.
The forecast looks uncertain for Friday but we will do our best to get a task out of it.

41m OKKO Listed for Charter with Imperial Yachts

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:00
41m OKKO Listed for Charter with Imperial Yachts Monaco-based brokerage house Imperial Yachts has proudly announced that 41m OKKO built by Mondomarine will be added to their Charter CA Fleet. Built in 2012, this versatile superyacht has proven successful charter records and is already offering availabilities for cruising in the Mediterranean this summer.

OKKO is a sleek, all-aluminium, semi-displacement superyacht with three impressive decks. From the shore, her size and styling draw the eye; however, at night, her underwater lighting highlights the simple, sleek and sophisticated superyacht.

Designed inside and out by Giorgio Vafiadis, OKKO has a detailed exterior with several large outdoor relaxation spaces and a spacious sundeck space built to specification. Vafiadis has fused contemporary styling with comfort for the interior, using Glyn Peter Machine furniture, Tai Ping carpentry, along with Fendi and Cavalli extras throughout to create a stylish and relaxed interior space. The use of mixed African Frake wood helps to create a serene environment that is pleasing to the eye and is also durable.

Five generous en-suite cabins provide accommodation for 10 guests. The owner’s suite occupies a generous space forward on the main deck with the en-suite finished in marble and back-lit onyx. The remaining four guest cabins are situated on the lower deck, comprising two doubles and two twin cabins with Pullman berths. Each cabin has its own Kaleidoscope system offering a wide selection of world cinema from your iPad, and a large selection of A/V amenities.

OKKO’s twin MTU M91 engines deliver more than 1,750kW each, and the combination of her engine power with the hull and bow shape ensure smooth sailing and low fuel consumption. With a cruising speed of 14.5 knots, OKKO glides through the water seamlessly and quieter than most thanks to specific vibro-acoustic work that ensure greater acoustic insulation and decreased vibration issues.

OKKO is available for charter from August 15th from Imperial for summer cruising around the Mediterranean with a charter rate of EUR 150,000/week. 

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Regionals Days 3, 4 and 5

Booker Gliding - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:08
The competitors have been having a blast in these amazing conditions. Day 3 and Day 4 saw them nipping round 300k tasks , today's task was slightly shorter. George Darby flew 315 on the 300k tasks with club members who are just starting to fly cross country, giving them valuable experience on how it's done. Today he flew 318, the fixed wheel Pegasus, and did extremely well, beating a glider with much bigger wings and higher performance. It just shows how a handicapped distance task levels the field. The other benefit of the task format is that we can tell (unofficially) who the winner is from the task times on Control's log sheet, without having to wait for the Scorer to perform his arcane ritual with the traditional scoring system. Of course the Scorer has to pore over the traces but usually he agrees with Control.

Denis is still in the lead overall, with Jim White and John Otty close on his heels. There is more good weather forecast, apart from Friday when it might actually rain, so there is still all to play for.

Here are some pics of finshes

Nils and his LS4 with a Red Kite
Johns's ASG29
Nick in his Libelle
Denis in his VentusControl was much more comfortable today having been offered a very nice gazebo by Steve Gaze. Here are a couple of cadets exercising their engineering skills.

The Gaze Gazebo

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FLEETWIDE

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:56

NEW YORK, NY, July 25, 2018 — Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced today that they have successfully completed a comprehensive single-use plastics elimination program across their fleet.  Lindblad’s ships are now 100% free of all single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws and stirrers. The effort supports National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? campaign, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans.

“The ocean is under major assault on so many fronts, and its protection is both a business mission and a personal passion,” stated Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, ocean advocate and founding member of Ocean Elders. “It is enormously gratifying that our team has achieved this milestone in our elimination program. The health of our planet is dependent on our oceans, and it is essential that we change our behavior with regard to plastics.”

“Lindblad Expeditions has been a valued partner since 2004, when we first started working together to offer extraordinary expedition cruises to some of the world’s most fascinating places,” said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Our shared passion for adventure and conservation made our alliance a natural fit, and their tremendous effort to eradicate single-use plastic reaffirms that. We are proud that Lindblad is taking action to make a positive impact on this pressing problem, and we hope that their efforts inspire other travel companies to do the same.”

Lindblad Expeditions began working towards the elimination of avoidable plastic waste in 2007 when they banned single-use plastic water bottles. Instead, guests receive individual reusable stainless-steel bottles that may be refilled at filtered-water stations located around the vessels. Lindblad’s commitment continues as they work with suppliers and seek partners to eliminate and reduce plastic packaging for the items they supply.

“The next phase in executing a broader reduction in our plastic packaging requires an industry-wide mandate to our suppliers to explore sustainable alternatives,” Lindblad said.

Lindblad has built a global travel company with conservation and environmental stewardship as core business tenets. The company’s commitment to the places they explore includes (since 1997) more than $15 million to support stewardship efforts through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund (LEX-NG Fund), which awards approximately $1.5 million dollars in grants per year. In 2017 that funding supported initiatives in Alaska, Baja, Galapagos, the Peruvian Amazon, Cambodia, Antarctica, the Pacific Northwest, Central America and more through the Pristine Seas project, National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation. Initiatives included killer-whale research in Antarctica, artisan training in the Peruvian Amazon and Galapagos, and conservation-based research projects to protect humpback whales in Southeast Alaska.

The LEX-NG Fund has recently strengthened its strategic mission in support of projects that address the health and viability of the world’s oceans, coastlines and coastal communities. Focused on the global regions explored by the LEX-NG fleet and beyond, in 2018 the aim is to engage and inspire people from all backgrounds, building unprecedented capacity in a new generation of marine leaders, while furthering its established conservation initiatives worldwide.

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About Lindblad Expeditions

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Booker Regionals Day 2

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 22:01
It was a late start today as we had to wait for a stubborn layer of cloud to go somewhere else, but the grid finally got going after lunch. The task was 162k around Hurstbourne Tarrant and Brill, with the usual sneaky diversion round Huntercombe and Rockwell End at the finish. It was a bit of a tricky start with a few relights but it was a close race. Denis won again with Nils and Geoff on his heels

Here comes Denis
Jim took a relaxed attitude to launching but his competitive spirit became apparent later in the day.

On the grid

Booker Regionals Day 1 - off to a flying start

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:21
Nils the Met Man said today's weather was 'interesting', which is always a bit of a worry, but he managed to find a bit of the country to fly in, a task of 181k up to Buckingham, down to Oxford services and back to Stony Stratford. All the pilots got round, with Denis 370 romping home in just under 2 hours, closely follwed by Jim J1M who had to do it the old-fashioned way when his flight computer packed up part way round. Everyone seemed to have had a good time, tomorrow we do it all over again.


Day winner Denis
Denis and Jim exchanging notes just after landing

Nils the Met Man
Director Richard, 787 Captain Jan, Grid Marshal Bob, Chairman William and Tug Pilot Jim

V66 syndicate goes to Thame and the Lunak catches fire

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:26


Nice day out with strong and tight thermals but big areas of sink in-between. V66 syndicate of Jim and Bob went to Thame and the Lunak caused a bit of a stir with the tower who thought it was on fire (but always grateful for their help/concern) when his smoke system was still going after he landed.



Geoff's big adventure

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:41
What a fantastic day's gliding, and congratulations to Geoff Lyons on completing his first 750. People were glued to Spot the Glider as far away as Poland watching the final turn round Wisbech and the long trip back to Booker, especially the very marginal final glide from somewhere north of Milton Keynes. Those in the clubhouse rushed out in time to see him sneak in over the NE boundary and land straight in.

10 hours flying and all we could find him was a Diet Coke
Looking surprisingly cool after such a long flight
And let's not forget John Otty who completed his first 500 last weekend for Diamond Distance, we have only just caught up with him for a photo opp.

Congratulations John

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