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A Captain's Perspective: Cruising the Fjords with Steel

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:00
A Captain's Perspective: Cruising the Fjords with Steel In the latest trend to sweep the industry, yachts are increasingly looking to cruise to areas where no yacht has cruised before. One such vessel satiating the appetites of adventurous guests is Steel, the 54.8m Pendennis for charter with Hill Robinson. We speak to someone at the very heart of the action, Captain Justin of Steel.

“MY Steel has A1 Ice class and a massive fuel range of 6000nm, so long expeditions of the amazing fjords and high latitude scenery is easily achieved,” begins Captain Justin. Steel’s impressive expedition capabilities means that she is perfectly at home chartering unconventional destinations such as Scandinavia. These areas are some of the most uniquely beautiful in the world, offering experiences quite distinct from the established idylls of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. “The scenery is amazing and the midnight sun is incomparable,” says Captain Justin, “On our last cruise we saw whales and dolphins. Norway is becoming more popular, but as soon as you leave the port you are on your own with the fjord.”

These alluring destinations are gaining the recognition that they are due, as more and more superyacht owners and charters catch wind of this stunning corner of the globe. Increasingly, therefore, shipyards are met with requests to create yachts with the technical capabilities to venture into the unknown. “I do think that this is the direction that the industry is moving in, and that people increasingly looking to travel to less conventional destinations,” says Justin, “But it will always be more of a niche market as the water is not quite as warm. However, the scenery more than makes up for it.”

Steel also makes no compromises when it comes to balancing her explorer status with the luxury onboard experience. “She does this incredibly well,” says Justin, “We have a dedicated interior team of 5 and sufficient deck crew for all guest activities, and each anchor chain is over 250m long so the ship will always be safely anchored wherever she may be.” The 58.4m also refuses to cut corners when it comes to leisure and entertainment facilities, offering a full garage of water sports equipment, a heated 6m swimming pool and a large 10m rib for touring the spectacular fjords.

This 2009-launched ice-class yacht is all the proof you need that hardy explorers can coexist as custom-tailored luxury designs. Place this in amongst the sublime fjords of Scandinavia, and you have an unforgettable charter experience.

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Summer windsurfing in Europe: 11 best places for European windsurf holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:00

Summer windsurfing in Europe can be idyllic, incredible and indecently expensive. So to avoid paying out for a flop, we’ve pulled together 11 of the best places for European windsurf holidays over the summer. Summer windsurfing in Europe Work got you down? Your local spot is flat and windless? Then...

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Catching Up With Lili: 55m Amels Charter Giant

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 10:00
Catching Up With Lili: 55m Amels Charter Giant A few months ago we spoke with Imperial Yachts to learn a little more about Lili, the gorgeous Amels 180 who features striking exterior design by the esteemed Tim Heywood, on her exploration adventure around the world. Five months later, we caught up with Lili’s captain Andrew Carter for all the details of her action-packed world tour, to find out an answer to the question, ‘Where in the world is Lili now?’

One undeniable prevailing trend in yachting in recent years has been the increase in demand to charter in increasingly remote and adventurous locations. In a dynamic industry that always seeks to evolve and innovate the newest technology, modes and methods, the bar for superyachts to reach is climbing ever higher. Enter Lili, the 55m Amels superyacht, who embarked last December on what can only be described as the charter adventure of a lifetime. 

Equipped with an abundance of features - from an on-board cinema to an expert spa professional - to ensure her guests enjoy the height of luxury during their stay, Lili has been exploring the far-flung corners of the world’s oceans since her foray into the Maldives in the middle of last December. 

At the time of writing, Lili is basking in the Mediterranean sun in northern Sardinia, having stopped off in the Middle East en route to the Indian Ocean. As Captain Carter told us, “Lili has been chartering in the South West corner of Turkey and also the Italian Riviera (Capri, Amalfi, etc…) and expects a very busy and successful summer charter season!” 

In terms of what is next for Imperial’s crown charter jewel, she expects to stop off at the Balearics in early August for mid summer season during her short stay in the Mediterranean. September will see a Mediterranean month, preceding a shipyard stop in November - October months, before embarking out to the Caribbean in December. 

Captain Carter has confirmed that the requests for charter have been coming in thick and fast - in shedding some light on Lili’s commercial success, he adds, “The success is based on the quality of our crew and the experience offered on board… we look forward to discovering more!”

Carter also reports that the team is not only “on time on the Worldwide Tour Plan” but also perhaps unsurprisingly have “considerably extended [their] possibilities, so charter guests can expect the best from the vessel and the crew”. 

Such is testament to Lili’s unfettered success, and we at Superyachts.com can confirm that we will certainly be keeping a close eye on this dream vessel’s journey as she sails onward.

Lili is currently available for charter with Imperial Yachts.

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SuperYachtsMonaco's Latest Charter Addition

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 17:00
SuperYachtsMonaco's Latest Charter Addition The SuperYachtsMonaco charter fleet just got a bit bigger… the brokerage today announced their new Central Agency for Heesen 46m Naseem. The third vessel to come out of Heesen’s successful 4700 series in 2008, this classic motor yacht exemplifies the unrivalled pedigree of Dutch yachting.

The charter experience offered by Naseem is, in a word, luxurious. She is an elegant yacht, achieving perfect synthesis between a modern interior and tri-deck outdoor living. Her layout accommodates 12 guests across 5 staterooms, the crowning glory of which is a stylish full-beam master suite.

Her art-deco-inspired spaces are beautifully styled by Bannenberg & Rowell, and always exhibit a fresh, modern twist. This is particularly apparent in the main living areas, which include an open-plan salon and dining room on the main deck and a chic sky lounge with a cocktail bar and lounge area on the upper deck.

As for her exterior, the classic lines and a graceful profile of this 46m was curated by Omega Architects. Combining functionality and simplicity, Naseem’s on-deck leisure spaces entail a convertible tender garage (carrying a 7m Pascoe 260hp Yanmar tender and a Novaraina rescue boat) which doubles as a beach club, plus an idyllic sundeck with a raised spa pool and sunpads. 

This Heesen build is also a yacht of impeccable performance. Built from aluminium with a steel hull, she cruises at 16 knots and features a cutting edge stabilization system that leaves guests barely aware of the yacht’s motion whilst cruising.

Naseem is a failsafe option for an unforgettable charter. She is a classic yacht from a world-renowned shipyard with a range of leisure and entertainment facilities that mean there is never a dull moment on board. If a summer cruising in the west Mediterranean sounds like heaven, do not hesitate to contact SuperYachtsMonaco.

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Klippeneck 2019 - Day 6

Booker Gliding - Sun, 06/16/2019 - 06:58
Lot of top cover suggesting it wasn't going to be ideal for cross country but still soarable locally.
The trailer park looking suitably "Booker" filled
Vic launching John
The 2 seaters were kept busy all day and in spite of the apparent poor viz, the Alps were well defined to the south.
The Alps in view shortly after takeoff
The high temperatures were kicking off good thermals to over 6,000 feet but there was little sun on the ground or cumulous to indicate were the lift was.
Maddie climbing at 8 knots up to 6,000ftOnce everyone had had their fill and the kit was put away for the day there was an excursion to "IndyKart" in Rottweil for a petrol fuelled crashing and bashing time at the go kart track (its just as well we don't fly gliders like we drive the karts).  Two of the drivers who made it to the podium were Red flagged but it didnt stop the fun.

Honours went to Richard, Howard and Maddie - 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The winners

Klippeneck 2019 - Day 5

Booker Gliding - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 06:40
Woke up to a promising looking sky.

Action in the trailer park

and by the hangarsA good if tricky in places day. Cloud base remained fairly low to start but as the day went on the cloud base rose to around 6,500 feet and the day started to go blue with gaps between thermals getting longer.

Task area was set to the North East. In the morning the Duo Discus did a trip to Blumberg near the Swiss border with Maddie and Richard, in the afternoon it went to Ulm and back with Nick in the front. There were a few 'lowish' moments on the way back.

Good flights were achievied by 370 doing 300k, and 319 with Howard J doing 240k and JTY with Frank N doing 180k.

319 on task towards Ulm
Not all the flights got home, 35 landed out a short walk from the airfield and HA unfortunately managed to land out 110k from the airfield near Ulm.

Steve and his new found friends in Altheim
Those of us back at the airfield enjoyed a wonderful sunset and Thai Green Curry....
Sunset at Klippeneck
whilst those on the retrieve from Ulm had....
And it tasted mighty fine but the overall concensus was that it had been a fine day out.

Klippeneck 2019 - Day 4

Booker Gliding - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 07:05
What a wet start! Everyone woke up to the sound of heavy rain and the sight of really low cloud and no thoughts of flying but Richards view on conditions and met suggested it would all clear by midday and a good afternoon would follow.

So we all met at the hangar and sure enough the skies were clearing and the kit was brought out.
Towing out from the Hangar

Getting ready to launchThe cloud base took a while to get up and early flights were under a variable 1,000 to 1,500 feet but very soarable.

A new spin on "Bug Wipers"The Duo in formation with itself

The morning view
Same view in the eveningFlying carried on until late in the day, it was still very soarable even at 19:00 when the cloudbase had risen quite significantly.Chilli for dinner

S/Y Palmira: Where Sailing Meets Splendour

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:00
S/Y Palmira: Where Sailing Meets Splendour A Palmira charter with Y.CO represents yachting as it should be: in the open air and close to the ocean. This regatta champion and global cruiser unites sailing charm, oceangoing thrill and a level of luxury that is the cherry on top of a dream charter.

A Fitzroy Yachts build, 45m Palmira is a household name in the sailing world, with a formidable history as a regatta contestant and plenty of podium finishes in her time. She also has the proud legacy of being the superyacht of choice for some of the biggest names in sailing, including British Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson and New Zealand sailing superstar Cameron Appleton.

With an exterior by Dubois Naval Architects that won the 2010 Showboats Design Awards for ‘Best Exterior Design & Styling in the Sailing Yacht’ category, Palmira offers uncluttered deck areas with fixed sun pads aft, a spacious forward deck area and alfresco cockpit-dining. Options for relaxing and entertaining abound, whilst leaving plenty of areas for the crew to operate without infringing on guest comfort.

Her inner recesses reveal luxurious trimmings by Adam Lay Design to rival any large motor yacht. A split-level main salon, 4 spacious cabins and uncluttered deck are attired with an impeccable taste level, featuring walnut furniture, lime oak flooring, light hemp wall paneling, dark Wenge wood tables, a white onyx bar and light reflecting sofas by Giorgetti Spa.

A spacious main salon is flooded with natural light from skylights and wrap around windows to maintain the theme of bringing the outdoors in - an outdoors that features an alfresco cockpit dining with optional awning, a spacious main deck with fixed sun pads aft and a fold-down swim platform connects guests to the water, tenders and toys.

Palmira offers guests the adventure of cruising the ocean onboard a regatta-topping vessel capable of cruising from Panama to Tahti, with all the trimmings of an ultraluxe superyacht. She is a true bridge between the thrill of sailing and the opulence of motoring.

Palmira is available for charter in the Med this summer. Contact Y.CO for more information

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Klippeneck 2019 - Day 2

Booker Gliding - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 06:59
More local flying and site familiarisation, this time from the 23 launch point with landings on 22 where the locals expect you to stop before track that crosses between the two runways. Everyone behaved today and stopped as necessary.

The earlier launches had the pleasure of seeing the Alps to the south before the weather deteriated and low cloud and rain moved in.

Climbing out with the Alps in view
315 an der Position zur Landung auf der 22
Cloud moving in
Last flight of the day

Another glourious meal care of Fiona an Hakan - stuffed peppers and Turkish beans with rice. We will have to start thinking about the B in CBSIFT........ if we keep getting fed like this.

Klippeneck 2019 - Day 1

Booker Gliding - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 16:36
The early part of the morning was spent with a reminder briefing on the site and operations before going out to rig the club 2 seaters and then site familiarisation flights for those who haven't been here before or wanted a refresh before flying their own gliders

Rigging after the sheep had been moved on
Getting the gliders to the launch point
First launchThe evening concluded with an excellent chicken curry courtesy of Fiona and Hakan.

InterClub League Round 1

Booker Gliding - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 22:28
Booker has returned to competing in the InterClub League after a few years off. This comp is an excellent opportunity for pilots with little or no experience of comp flying to learn a bit aboutg how it works.

The comp consists of three classes and we sent a team of six:
Novice - Luke Bishop and Stuart Whitehouse
Intermediate - George Darby
Pundit - George Hunter, Nils Wedi and Tim Scott

Lasham took a slightly different approach, they didn't bother to pick a team, the whole grid flew the tasks - 113km for Novices, 214km for Intermediate and 312km for Pundits - so we were a bit outnumbered.

Our boys did very well. Luke in his newly acquired Nimbus 2 came 2nd in the Novice class, and Stuart, flying Pegasus 318, was 3rd - not bad for a first ever cross country flight. In the Intermediate clas, George very nearly got back, but he picked a very nice field near Thatcham (turned out it belonged to Lord Sainsbury so he maybe picked up a few Nectar points). This gave Luke and Stuart an opportunity to learn about retrieves. In the Pundit class, against stiff opposition, Tim Scott came 2nd.

The grid - mostly Lasham's team but with our six in there somewhere
Briefing
Luke's new Nimbus on the right and its previous owner on the left
George as a guest of Lord Sainsbury
Luke and Stuart with Team captains Bob and Bob putting 318 away before the rain came Well done to the team and to Bob Smith for organising it all.

Klppeneck 2019 - Arrival day

Booker Gliding - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 14:48

Time for Booker Gliding Club's summer expedition to Klppeneck. Everyone for week one has arrived and met up for dinner and a beer (or two) at the "half way house" and enjoyed a glorious sunset.




Canary Islands adventure holidays: Guide to activities in the Canaries

Windsurfing - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:03

Interested in Canary Islands adventure holidays? This island by island guide to activities in the Canaries will help you decide which island to visit. WARNING: after reading you’ll probably want to visit all seven! Canary Islands adventure holidays The Canary Islands are one of the most popular holiday destinations for...

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Charter Focus: Sophisticated Solo

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:00
Charter Focus: Sophisticated Solo It’s a quiet day in Barcelona when we take the tour of M/Y Solo. Marina Port Vell is recovering from the MYBA Show; as are the Captains and crew of the world’s most impressive charter yachts which line the docks. We embark, invited into the spaces of Tankoa’s latest delivery: spaces that are designed to impress.

But before we come to the design symposium that is Solo’s interiors, we get lost on the decks. While 72m is considerably large for a charter vessel, the exterior space is still surprisingly large. Made even more special by curved glass free from view-disrupting partitions, the sundeck offers us 360 degree views of Barcelona’s skyline. A few steps down and the skylounge aft is perfect for a quick dip in the pool or late night party; the preferred use, but this area also transforms into a touch-and-go helipad.

For dinner, head to the upper deck-aft dining table and to unwind wander down to the beach club; one of the most inviting we’ve seen with an XXL sized toy-box to match, not to mention the bar, sauna, gym and fold-out balconies. This is definitely the place to be on a charter…

But sadly we’re not charter guests; so eventually we’re persuaded inside where we had the pleasure of speaking to Tankoa expert and Build Captain, Renzo Chelazzi. “It’s the second yacht that we have launched for the same owner,” he tells, explaining why the yacht is so successfully suited to serving charter. “It has been very helpful for us at Tankoa during construction to improve what has been done on the first yacht and modify according to what the charter requests were on the previous yacht.”

And indeed, Solo’s meticulous attention to detail is clear. Designed by Francesco Pazkowski in collaboration with Margarita Casprini, her interior social spaces and cabins have been noticeably crafted as an art collection is curated; every piece, each texture, carefully considered. Captain Renzo describes, “You can find marble, oak in different colours, black oak for the floor, gray oak for the walls. Calacatta marble, ebony, macassar, cappuccino stone from Rajasthan which mixed all together makes the interior be so amazing.”  A mix that makes Solo seriously sophisticated.

Yet the piece-de-resistance on Solo has to be the Master Cabin; though ‘cabin’ isn’t really a satisfactory way to describe this space. A choice of private elevator or staircase leads guests directly from the main deck into this oasis of calm and cool. A king-size bed acts as an anchorage for endless views of the horizon which is bettered only by that from the owner’s own private deck and jacuzzi forward.

With room for up to 12 guests served by expert crew, Solo is available for charter with Northrop and Johnson. You can find out more about the experience on board in full by watching the video above.

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