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Farewell to Scotland

Booker Gliding - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:57
Friday saw the arrival of the snow so there were alternative activities - one party went to the Grampian Transport museum in Alford, another group bravely circumnavigated Loch Muick in a blizzard.

Between snow showersAnd then it was time to pack up and drive home. Many thanks to Deeside Gliding Club for welcoming us and for laying on some fantastic weather for us to fly in. We will be back next year!

Snow on Morven

Thursday waving

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:57
Yesterday started a bit cloudy but then opened up into a beautiful westerly wave morning with proper wave bars. Richard and Frankie in 315 and Barry LTY got to 15,000ft or so, Jacek 318 and Ashley 319 also got to great (unspecified) heights. Rain stopped play after lunch so most people adjourned to the Black Faced Sheep for lunch morphing into afternoon tea. The evening saw the whole team assembled at the Boat for another excellent meal.

The view from the ground

Much better view from above
Spectacular lenticular
Those two lochs again

Another good day for wave

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 22:00
Another good wave day. It was effectively a blue day in the local area, although we had a blanket of cloud at about 25,000 ft.  There were some clouds marking wave bars North of Strathdon (25k away). The local wave weakened for a while mid morning, but then re-energised with some good climbs. By late afternoon there was a steady 8 knots to 10,000 ft and more in the lee of Morvern.  Richard took 315 around the periphery of the Cairngorms, a 210k XC with William P and then again in the afternoon with Howard. Bob D (V66) flew to Glenfiddich to sniff the air, then to a few other local hotspots.  Jacek got an easy gold ht with a climb to 19,000 ft.  Others bimbled around the local area with climbs up to 20,000 Ft.  Oh yes, and Jane (118) got to FL 210 for an easy Diamond badge at her first attempt.

Wow, sunset pic from Jacek.A blue day with no sun! Loch Muich and the Tay Estuary (Dundee) in the distance.
Spot the airfield.

Owner's Perspective: Sherakhan in Unchartered Waters

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 14:00
Owner's Perspective: Sherakhan in Unchartered Waters Available with Y.CO, 69.65m Sherakhan will be cruising Central America with no delivery fees this winter. The area is little travelled by superyacht; thus Sherakhan offers the opportunity to explore uncharted territory in a dynamic winter adventure. We speak with her owner, Jan Verkerk, who shares a privileged insight into Sherakhan's winter route...

Central America is a vibrant region bursting with beauty and history. The east coast yields the cerulean beaches of the not-too-distant Caribbean, whilst inland areas are carpeted with lucious jungle, active volcanoes and a mind-blowing diversity of fauna. Nestled in amongst this emerald expanse are sites of fascinating cultural significance steeped in Hispanic and Mayan heritage, from mountain-top villages to the crumbling temples of ancient civilisations.

Intrepid charterers will have the unique chance to explore the tropical highlands of Panama, the flora-carpeted ridges of Colombia and the glorious surf spots of Costa Rica. Also on the itinerary is the Mayan ruins of Belize, profusion of Cuban wildlife and the sprawling beaches of Mexico.

So why is this region such an exciting prospect for superyacht charterers? “South America is an emerging market, only a few yachts have been to these destinations,” explains Jan, “It offers privacy, untouched nature and traditional culture.” Central America is a completely off-the-beaten track cruising experience as of yet untouched by tourism, meaning that beaches are pristine and local heritage intact.

Furthermore, the unconventional nature of the region means that cruising is a highly dynamic, interactive and exciting experience. “A holiday to Central America is more like an exploration tour,” Jan tells us. “Guests will see things not normally seen in traditional destinations, such as local tribes living in traditional ways.”

“The Panama Canal is a bucket list item for a lot of people,” he continues, “But possibly the most spectacular place is the Sea of Cortez, where you can go diving with whale sharks. The wildlife, nature and scenery is mind-blowing.” Jan goes on to tell us about the aptly named Costa Rica, which is translated as ‘rich coast’, and the wonders of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao: “The ABC-islands are in the Caribbean, but offer a totally different vibe then the better known Leeward Islands.”

Sherakhan is the perfect yacht for exploring this far flung destination. Originally a merchant-educational vessel, she was built for sailing around the world, rather than merely the traditional conditions of the Caribbean.

“Sherakhan is equipped with a hull suitable for cruising in various water-conditions, is installed with low noise and low vibration engines, and is environmentally friendly so she can easily be taken to protected destinations,” Jan explains. She is the perfect yacht for the seasoned traveller, being as comfortable cruising South America and Antarctica as the balmy waters of the Mediterranean.

Sherakhan is a prime example of combining performance with exceptional onboard spaces. Her exterior is chic, cool and classic, with traditional aspects such as circular portholes for an old-world nautical touch. Interiors are equally impressive, with a cavernous atrium with overlooking mezzanine cast in wood, glass and chrome.  Inviting suede armchairs, bespoke dark wood furniture and shelves lined with curiosities remind that she is an eccentric explorer vessel with a distinctive personality.

Sherakhan is also unrivalled in terms of onboard additions and luxury features. “She offers a look-out house on the sun deck and a large jacuzzi with glass bottom,” says Jan, “Her dining room sits in an atrium fitted with a table for all 26 guests, and features like the spa and the gym make guests stay onboard a true dream come true!” As if this isn’t enough, Sherakhan also boasts an 8m water slide, two 7.3m tenders and three waverunners.

To complete the experience, a seasoned crew continually surprise with their expertise. “From themed evenings to amazing excursions, our crew guarantee that guests leave Sherakhan with wonderful memories for life,” Jan tells us. The award-winning chef and his team are also recipients of Jan’s high praise; he assures us that guest feedback for the onboard cuisine has been outstanding.

A true world explorer, Sherakhan is gracefully equipped for the interactive, dynamic and demanding routes of Central America. We know where we would like to be this winter!

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Breezy

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 19:08
Yesterday the BBC forecast a bit of a breeze, which appears to be their word for hardly being able to stand up. The Met Office spot wind forecast had something like 95kts at 18,000ft. Anyway, there was wave, so there was flying. Howard gets the prize for endurance, spending 6.5 hours in the Pegase, and finally missing out on a Diamond height by 12 metres. David 314 climbed to 14,000ft, Ashley 319, Bob T4, Bob V66 and the KSM team John and Nick got up to around 18,000ft, Richard and Jacek in 315 made it to 20,000ft.

Lenticular viewed from KSM
315 topping out
Ashley's view of the sea
By the time the gliders were put to bed the wind had really picked up to quite a moderate breeze and a large crew was required to put the covers on KSM.


Hanging on tightIt was a lot more peaceful at ground level on the shores of Loch Kinord, normally viewed from above.

Nice wave barsToday the breeze was even more moderate, and after a few flights - 315 was one of them, up to 18,000ft again and over to Braemar - flying was suspended for the day, 30kt gusts were making the circuit too exciting. After lunch in the Black Faced Sheep a group went to Ballater and climbed Craigendarroch, from which there are excellent views over the town and mountains.


Height gain 717ft

Charter Focus: A Mediterranean Spring with Cloud Atlas

Super Yachts Charters - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:30
Charter Focus: A Mediterranean Spring with Cloud Atlas During the spring/summer season of 2019, 46.02m Cloud Atlas will be cruising the Cote d’Azur, Italian west coast and all of the beautiful Mediterranean islands in between. Built by Lloyds and refit in 2016, we take a look at her charter appeal...

Cloud Atlas’ charter route represents an idyllic way to pass the warmer months. Winding along the picture perfect coastlines of this classic cruising destination, she encounters green-tinged waters, platinum beaches and ancient architecture. Charterers will have the opportunity to experience the hedonistic sanctuary of Cote D’Azur, the volcanic beauty of the Aeolian Islands and the rustic paradise of the Tuscan Archipelago.

The balmy beaches of this sublime Franco-Italian region are what make it a time-honoured retreat, however there is more to the area than meets the eye. Cloud Atlas offers the perfect opportunity to explore an established paradise in a fresh new capacity; lesser known Amalfi Coast destination Narano provides an authentic taste of La Dolce Vita, whilst cruising the cubiform villages of the French Riviera takes on a different meaning in Cannes, home of the annual film festival.

Available with Flying Charter, the 46.02m cruising vessel is perfect for the experience; she is small enough for intimacy, but possesses a sociable carrying capacity of 12 with further room for 9 crew. She harbours vast amounts of living room for a yacht of her size, making her an ideal space for friends and family to come together.

Charter guests are impeccably looked after by a crew of 9 expertly overseen by captain Daniel Giometti, a highly experienced seaman whose experience both with mercantile ships and luxury yachts compounds an unrivalled knowledge of the Mediterranean coasts. Guests are fed by chef Gabriele Spinosa, who combines his passions for cooking and seafaring by preparing mouth-watering delicacies onboard Cloud Atlas and whose culinary specialities span traditional Italian, patisserie and sushi.

The boat’s sleek exterior lines are complemented by the timeless marriage of white and wood, making her a classic sight as she cuts through royal blue waters. Her main deck boasts a large salon with a lounge that combines warmth and sophistication, as well as a separate formal dining area with fully outfitted bar.

Accomodation spans five gorgeous cabins; a master suite on the main deck with double bathroom and private jacuzzi, two double suites on the lower deck (one of which converts into a twin) and and two additional twins, all of which have beautifully appointed marble bathrooms.

Extensive outdoor spaces span three decks, and offer endless possibilities for both activity and leisure. There is a large jacuzzi, sun loungers and an outdoor bar for days spent luxuriating  in the sun, as well as exciting added extras that ensure guests are as entertained as they are relaxed. There is never a dull moment onboard Cloud Atlas; her garage is bursting with toys and a spacious swimming platform doubles as a beach club.

The onboard enticements are endless, and we can’t think of one reason why you wouldn’t want to spend the winter months cruising through the Med in the attentive luxury of Cloud Atlas.

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It's choppy on tow and windy in the circuit

Booker Gliding - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 21:44
Many of the week 1 participants have now made their way home as we move in to week 2 of what is proving to be a great expedition. Another great day of wave soaring at Aboyne, a repeat of yesterday with a weak front passing during the day to make life interesting. At one point it got quite windy on the ground. As we sat in the wave it was a little thought provoking to hear discussions on the radio about putting aircraft in the hangar to avoid them blowing away. Nevertheless, the wind was straight down the runway and not a problem.  Lots of really good fun flights.
Dave B and Jan (316) went for a climb to 14,000 at Corgarff Castle and then pushed further west. Howard J (318) also went out over the cloud to Corgarff and almost accidentally got a Gold Ht in the process, luckily he missed by a couple of metres and avoided the paperwork.  John H and Paul F had an adventurous flight taking the Duo (KSM) on a tour to Feshie and Easterton getting to 16,500 ft in the process.  Richard C and Chris R (315) got high and went West.  Jane M (13,500Ft - that tow was a bit bracing), Dave H, Bob D, Bob S (18,000Ft) stayed closer to home but all got above 10,000 ft.

18,000 Ft over the Lochs looking South. Nice wave gap.Thursday. Loch Muick (rt) Lochnagar (ctr) Ballater (under wing tip) East coast in the distance.

Rainbow Friday

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 21:30
Yesterday was a rest day - nil wind and a bit overcast so there was walking and tea shops and model flying. Today it paid to get up and get going into the magnificent sunrise. Jan and Dave got the covers off the Duo and Maddi and Richard flew the K21 and by 8.30 they were storming up to FL100 in 15kts of lift. The later launches didn't get quite such fast climbs but there was plenty of fun to be had up to 12,000ft or so before an occlusion arrived and it looked as though we would get rained out of the sky so the entire fleet landed for a cup of tea. After lunch the second wave launched for another go as the wave re-established.

Start of another gliding day30 mins later Jan and Dave were at FL100 Passing Tomintoul
Eye to eye with an approaching occlusionCircular rainbow
Airfield rainbow



Cheap adventure holidays: 28 tips for budget adventures

Windsurfing - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:46

In my experience, there are two types of adventurers. Those with enough money to pay for exactly what they want, and those on a budget who book cheap adventure holidays to get the most bang for their buck. With the second group in mind here are 28 tips for budget adventures. What counts as adventurous is...

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What day is it? Ah yes, Wednesday

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 20:36
So much flying! We had a fantastic lot of weather today, a nice westerly with no bumpy bits, lift all down the Dee Valley to Braemar and beyond. Here's the tally:

Luke (319) - second solo at Aboyne, 14,000ft
Max (318) - second solo at Aboyne, 10,000ft
David (314) - first solo at Aboyne, 10,000ft, could have gone higher but forgot to turn the oxygen on!
Bob (V66) - 11,000ft
Barry (LTY) - 7,500ft
Bob (T4) - 16,000ft, and he went to Feshie South, he didn't get his 50k because he failed on the 1% rule by a significant margin
Jane (118) - Glenshee car park, Linn of Dee, 11,000ft

And in the two seaters:
Simon in 315 with Dave went to Spittal of Glenshee, climbed to 12,000ft
Phil in 316 took Richard to Spittal of Glenshee - very bold in a K21!
John and Nick in KSM were having a very nice time up the Dee Valley when the local constabulary called at the club to ask who was 'circling over Balmoral'. What they were doing was making use of a wave bar at around 8,000ft but a new lot of royal protection officers had got a bit jumpy - must have very good binoculars! The local police were very apologetic at having been instructed to come and make enquiries.

Photo gallery from the day:
Beinn a'Buird - no, we don't know where it is either
Dubh Loch and Loch Muick
Over Glenshee - in a K21
Somewhere

Somewhere else
Gastronomy notes - apparently they are eating well at Birkellun. Here in Wisdomhowe we are taking a different approach.






Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:30
Destination South East Asia: Discovering Hidden Gems Today we spent dreaming of warm hues blended with pastel blues, endless soft white sand and the sound of pure peacefulness. Alternatively, you could experience this first hand on your extraordinary charter across South East Asia, the ultimate winter retreat.

The Beauty of Burma
The main cruising area, the Mergui Archipelago, is located in far southern Myanmar (Burma), where 800 deserted islands lie in the heart of the sailing area. You can enjoy endless azure waters afar; dive from your yacht and swim amongst the colourful reef fish.

Whilst you’re submerged in warm crystal-clear waters and soaking up the sun which shines in Mergui all year round, cocktails are being made to order, fusing the tropics surrounding you. The weather alone makes Mergui an alternative getaway in the winter months for charterers eager to explore somewhere a little different; there are perfect weather conditions between December and February, with warm weather and steady winds of 20 knots across calm seas.

Discover the archipelago paradise where the sight of a human footprint is rare and majestic animals including gibbons, pythons, civet cats, huge monitor lizards and the rabbit-sized mouse deer roam. Look up, and you will find white-bellied sea eagles circling the islands.

Whilst the sunny weather plays a vital role in catching that golden glow, the surrounding islands are nothing short of supreme nature. Not only is there an extensive list of activities to enjoy such as swimming, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving, but visitors to this paradise can indulge in fresh, locally sourced food. A broad range of fresh fish can be sourced directly from the sea whilst sailing or when sitting close to the shore.

Last minute business meeting? Book the meeting room at one of Myanmar’s yacht club and resort, Ngwe Saung, take a dip in the swimming pool or dance the night away at Skipper’s nightclub. More facilities include a spa, gym and ballroom. The activity centre at Ngwe Saung yacht club and resort offers a variety of activities such as fishing, water sports, snorkelling, excursion boat tours, SUP, banana boats and diving.

The Flavour of Phucket
Following your stop off in Myanmar you could sail further south and feel the warm tropical weather of Phuket; the charter destination gem of Thailand. There is no doubt the Thai culture, cuisine and landscape have enticed charter goers developing Phuket into a world-class cruising destination. You will find several marinas on the Phuket Island; exploring a myriad of outstanding charter possibilities around the Andaman Sea

Award-winning marina, Royal Phuket Marina, is situated on the east coast of Phuket and the Aquaminium condominium features the world’s first penthouse with its own on-water private yacht garage. Within the marina, you will find prestigious properties, the Royal Villas, with their own direct-access private yacht berth. The leisure and lifestyle hub offers a serene setting for guests to enjoy exclusive residences, fine dining, boutique shopping as well as a health club and spa.

If you want to sail across silky waters onboard a larger yacht, why not visit Phuket Yacht Haven on the northeast coast of Asia’s premier island retreat. The marina has deep-water access with 6-metre draft capacity and allows the marina to berth yachts of 100 metres. Why not take a plunge in the pool, located at the condo or let off some steam in the newly equipped gym of 120 sqm and yoga room. Relax in one of the marina’s residential units which are comprised of seven apartments and studios ready to rent.

This is just a taste of the rich and awe-inspiring nature of South East Asia. A drop in the ocean, the region offers an alternative retreat during winter months and countless charter opportunities for friends and family to explore the many islands waiting to be discovered. Visit our South East Asia Destination Guide to find out more...

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A southerly breeze.....

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:08
Another murky start with a very damp airmass so although there was wave there wasn't room for more than a couple of gliders in the gaps between the clouds. Richard and Maddi in the K21 made it to 15,000ft, they had with them our friend Glyn, for his last ever wave flight. After they landed, we all went to the river bank where Roy scattered Glyn's ashes at a place he loved.

After lunch the air dried out and pretty much everyone launched. Ace of the base was Chris in 318 who got to 18,000ft, but the other gliders posted respectable height gains, as well as trips up the valley to Balmoral and Crathie church. Here are some of the views we saw:


Richard and Maddi taking Glyn for his final wave flight


118 from 315
Interesting mushroom over Aboyne
Scotland somewhereClouds
More cloudsNick and John with KSM
The sun set in the East today - either that or Aberdeen is on fire


The early bird catches the wave

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:42
The sun shone early this morning and there was enthusiasm for flying. Luke struck lucky flying with Richard in the K21, they launched early and managed to get into the wave and climb up to FL100 - Luke's first experience of wave flying. Max also flew in wave for the first time, in the Pegasus - he didn't climb but had a nice sightseeing flight over Morven. Dave and Jan in the Duo also contacted some weak wave.

Luke and Richard heading for 10,000ft
Later in the day the thermals got going and a Bob (V66) and Jane (118) had a very nice time going round in circles for a while.

Meanwhile, Jan, Maddie and Luke went off to explore local beauty spot Burn O'Vat....and there was quite a lot of fettling getting done in the trailer park. We are ready for tomorrow!


Maddie out on a limb

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD FOR PLANET OR PLASTIC? INITIATIVE

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:08

National Geographic Joins Wattpad to Raise Awareness of the Global Plastic Crisis, Inspire Wattpad Users to Preserve the Planet

TORONTO (October 15, 2018)–National Geographic and Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, today announced that they are joining forces to raise awareness of the global plastic crisis through a creative storytelling challenge.

As the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic has announced a global commitment to help tackle this pressing problem, launching a multiyear “Planet or Plastic?” initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of plastic that reaches the world’s oceans.

Today, as an extension of its Planet or Plastic? initiative, National Geographic (@NationalGeographic) joined Wattpad to launch a global story contest, asking writers to explore the alarming impact of plastic on the environment, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to do their part to protect the environment through creative storytelling and artistic activism.

By sharing stories with the hashtag #PlanetOrPlastic, Wattpad users will be able to inspire others to take the pledge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in their lives. Participants in the contest will also get the chance to have their stories featured on NationalGeographic.com.

“Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, impacting marine life and doing irreparable damage to our world,” said Jill Cress, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at National Geographic Partners. “Storytelling is among the most impactful forms of advocating for positive change, and by partnering with Wattpad we will engage a passionate, global community of readers and writers to help inspire the next generation of stewards for our planet.”

“At Wattpad, we understand the power of storytelling to raise awareness for social causes,” said Chris Stefanyk, Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad. “Every day we see millions of writers use their creative voices to take a stand for social issues. We are honored to welcome National Geographic to our platform and use storytelling to further educate our community on ways to preserve the planet.”

You can find the new National Geographic profile at www.wattpad.com/user/NationalGeographic. You can join National Geographic’s efforts by pledging your commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic at natgeo.com/plasticpledge.

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About Wattpad

Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. The global multiplatform entertainment company uses the power of community and technology to enable the creation and distribution of content across a variety of formats. Its flagship app, Wattpad, is home to a community of more than 65 million people who spend over 22 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Tap by Wattpad, the company’s second storytelling product, offers short, chat-based stories in over a dozen languages. Wattpad Studios co-produces stories for film, television, digital and print, together with industry partners. Wattpad Brand Solutions offers a full suite of advertising products to help brands build deep engagement with Millennial and Gen Z consumers. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at: company.wattpad.com

 

About National Geographic

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.

National Geographic Announces Initiative to Donate 1,000 Underwater Drones to Explore the Ocean

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:08

The S.E.E. Initiative launches on Open Explorer, National Geographic’s digital platform created for the science, conservation and exploration community

National Geographic and OpenROV are joining forces to foster ocean exploration and empower communities with new tools and resources to further their work

Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2018) – National Geographic has partnered with OpenROV to launch the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative, a pioneering effort to explore the ocean. In 2019, the S.E.E. Initiative will donate 1,000 underwater drones to explore, monitor and protect marine environments, thanks to funding from a coalition of supporters, including the Avatar Alliance Foundation, Rolex, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, OceanX and a number of private philanthropists.

“We need more people exploring the ocean,” says James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-at-Large. “We need them to feel the sense of curiosity and wonder that drives all science and exploration. Putting these tools in the hands of scientists, students and educators through the partnership between National Geographic and OpenROV is exciting.”

The recipients of OpenROV’s Trident drones will document their fieldwork and research on Open Explorer, National Geographic’s community platform for explorers and scientists. Open Explorer is an online community and digital field journal created to provide explorers and scientists a place to document, share and collaborate on expeditions in real-time, directly from the field. Created and structured by the Avatar Alliance Foundation, the S.E.E. Initiative builds on the momentum of the Open Explorer community, and engages audiences around the world in solving the local and global conservation challenges facing us today.

“One of the limiting factors for understanding the ocean is the risks, costs, and accessibility issues of experiencing these underwater ecosystems,” says David Lang, National Geographic Explorer and co-founder of OpenROV. “Many researchers, citizen scientists and underfunded conservation efforts don’t have the resources to monitor, study and explore. And we need that data to make informed conservation and policy decisions. The S.E.E. Initiative is an effort to empower people of all backgrounds to help tell these ocean stories in a more meaningful way.”

Researchers, citizen scientists, educators, nonprofits, and students can apply for sponsor-funded Trident ROVs through Open Explorer. Qualifying and interested groups and individuals are encouraged to apply for a robot for any marine project, and to follow the work of others through Open Explorer, which will be hosting the countless stories and projects that demonstrate the impact these drones are making in the name of science, conservation, and exploration.

“There’s never been a better time to be a curious person. New tools and technologies, like the Trident, are making science and exploration accessible,” Lang says “We’re helping people experience their world in a new and profound way. It’s not virtual reality. It’s not augmented reality. It’s just reality — the beauty, wonder and mystery of the unexplored world below the surface.”

For more information about Open Explorer and the S.E.E. Initiative, see the website here. Read more about this journey and the researchers and explorers behind it here.

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

About OpenROV

OpenROV designs and manufacturers professional exploration tools. The Trident Underwater Drone allows users to pilot the underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) down to depths of 100m and streams live video back to their smartphone or tablet. Learn more at OpenROV.com.

 

Press Contact:

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

National Geographic Launches 2018 Photo Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00

Entries accepted until November 15 at 12 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2018) – National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000 (USD) and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in any or all of three categories: Wildlife, People and Places. Once submitted, contest entries will join Your Shot, National Geographic’s online photo community, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fees begin at $10 (USD) per entry for Week 1 and increase weekly as follows: $15 for Week 2, $20 for Week 3 and $25 for Week 4. There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12 p.m. EST.

“The photo contest is an exciting opportunity for photographers from all corners of the globe to show us their unique perspectives on the people, places and wildlife they encounter in their own lives, said Jennifer Samuel, a National Geographic photo editor and judge for this year’s contest. “I hope we receive a broad range of diverse and innovative entries this year and encourage people to apply.”

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published on the @natgeo Instagram feed. The first-place winner will receive $2,500, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $750. The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the three category winners and will be announced in December 2018.

For details and official contest rules, please visit natgeo.com/photocontest.

 

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Kelsey Taylor

kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6776

 

About National Geographic
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.

 

 

 

Booker goes to Scotland

Booker Gliding - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:17
It's the start of Booker's annual expedition to Aboyne - home of Deeside Gliding Club - with the aim of experiencing the best that wave flying can offer. Most people drove up yesterday, in the most appalling weather. The locals accused us of bringing the rain with us, but it only really started lashing down when we crossed the border so.....

Today the strong winds had died down to nothing, and although the day started grey it slowly brightened from the west into a gloriously sunny afternoon. The day was devoted to check flights, with Dave B in the K21 and Richard in the Duo working hard to introduce newcomers to the local area and circuit planning at a site which is quite different from Booker. Three people did a first Aboyne solo in the Pegasus - Maddie, Max and Luke - well done to them.


Dave strappiing in, helped by Phil, with Maddie showing her appreciation
The lochs looking a bit murky before the sun came out
Tomorrow there is a bit of wind forecast so we will be up early to take advantage.

Gastronomic notes: The Birkellun residents have hit the jackpot, as Hakan's partner Fiona has said she will cook for them all week. Tonight the menu was apparently roast pork. Watch this space!


11 best UK family adventures: British activity holidays with kids

Windsurfing - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:05

If you’re looking for the best UK family adventures, then you can find them in every corner of the country. From British activity holidays with kids in Scotland to exhilarating family fun in southern Cornwall. There are countless opportunities across the UK to spend some exciting and quality time together....

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National Geographic Pairs Contemporary Photography with Historic Collection in “THEN AND NOW” Flash Print Sale

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 16:20

Signed or Officially Stamped 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

 

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2018)—A dedication to visual storytelling has been at the core of National Geographic for over a century, and to celebrate this legacy, National Geographic Image Collection has launched a flash sale of prints, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW. The flash sale will feature 20 contemporary and historic works from National Geographic’s historic vault of images. Prints will be available to buy as signed or stamped 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 (USD) each at NatGeoPrintSale.com.

Each archival work is thematically paired with a contemporary take on the same subject by some of the most renowned National Geographic photographers and artists. From modern day Tokyo to small town living, to endangered animals and big game hunters, these works highlight artistic connections between the living masters of photography and the groundbreaking artists of National Geographic’s past. Contemporary photographers taking part in the sale include Joel Sartore, David Guttenfelder, Jodi Cobb and Jimmy Chin.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Image Collection (formerly Nat Geo Creative), is a tribute to National Geographic’s legacy of capturing the world’s most iconic and inspiring imagery. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on acid-free archival paper and signed by the respective photographer or, for historic prints, stamped with the National Geographic seal.

“For the latest flash sale, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW, our editors have created pairs of images that reflect the heart of the National Geographic Image Collection,” said Alice Keating, SVP of Photography Business Strategy at National Geographic Partners. “Some are historic firsts in photography, milestones that changed the artform forever; others are photographs charged to inspire conservation and some are light-hearted looks at everyday life. With this flash sale, everyone has the opportunity to own visual treasures from one of the world’s most significant photographic collections.”

The FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW Flash Sale is live online from October 5, 9 a.m. EDT through October 13, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

About National Geographic
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.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Kelsey Taylor

kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6776

 

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