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Hill Robinson Opens New Office on Australia’s Gold Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part 1: East Med Yachting on Chartering a Region

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

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

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

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

Continued in Part 2...

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Part 2: East Med Yachting on Chartering a Region

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charter Focus: Turkish Delight Onboard M/Y FX

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

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

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

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

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

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Destination Focus: A Pint-Sized History in Malta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Instructor Training Week

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

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


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


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


More fun - and hard work - tomorrow.













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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continued in Part 2...

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The Must-See Yachts of MYBA 2019 (Part 2)

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:00
The Must-See Yachts of MYBA 2019 (Part 2) In just a few short weeks, Barcelona will become home to an influx of the most stunning vessels on the charter market. Anyone who is anyone will be cruising into the sunny West Med between the 30th April and 3rd May for MYBA, a show whose success has been growing for 30 years. We take a look at the most impressive yachts in attendance...

Continued from Part 1

Maltese Falcon
As a 'one off' appearance in the charter market, Maltese Falcon makes her way to MYBA represented by IYC. The iconic 88m sailing yacht revolutionised the industry in 2006 with her ‘Falcon Rig’ system, and notoriously balances exceptional performance with uncompromised luxury. Today, this mighty vessel provides a once in a lifetime charter service, offering guests stunning indoor and outdoor spaces for leisure and entertainment. Her interior features accommodation for 12, a spacious saloon and a formal dining area comfortably sits 12. On deck, charterers enjoy al fresco dining, an upper deck jacuzzi and an array of tenders and toys. Maltese Falcon represents an unmissable chance to cruise the beautiful Balearics onboard a yachting legend.

Solo
Northrop and Johnson will be presenting Solo at MYBA, a 71m Tankoa build that rocked the industry last year. Designed in a collaboration between Francesco Paszkowski Design and Margherita Casprini, Solo’s interior nails contemporary-classic, with six striking staterooms, an ambient main salon and a vast master suite offering 180-degree views from bed. The yacht’s living spaces seamlessly flow from interior to captivating outdoor areas that allow charter guests to enjoy the alfresco lifestyle - on the skylounge aft, guests can take a dip in the swimming pool or dance the night away on the private dance floor (which converts to a touch-and-go helipad). From her refined interior to dedicated crew, a Solo charter is not one to be forgotten in a hurry.

RoMa
Another must-see at MYBA is 62m RoMa. Camper and Nicholsons are opening this 62m Espen Oeino design to the public, who are welcomed to view the array of impressive onboard facilities that are packed from bow to stern. A colour palette of crisp whites, subtle golds and deep reds unite luxurious living spaces, including an opulent main saloon with chic Onyx bar and dining table, and a glass elevator to all levels from the entrance lobby. RoMa is also unrivalled in terms of entertainment, bringing to the table water toys, an on-board cinema, a private beach-club, a 24-person BWA tender and a swimming pool with current enabling jets. Whether you envision reclining on a sunlounger or riding the waves on a jetski, RoMa is the ultimate charter experience.

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Word from the Captain: Cloudbreak Exploring the Med

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:00
Word from the Captain: Cloudbreak Exploring the Med With two years as Captain of one of Abeking & Rasmussen most iconic superyachts, Jim Aladin has travelled the globe, leading some of the world’s most far-flung charters. With 75m Cloudbreak heading to the better-known waters of Med this summer, we spoke with the Captain to learn all about the lifestyle on offer to those lucky enough to spend a week on board.

Available to charter exclusively with SuperYachtsMonaco, we caught up with Cpt. Jim as the yacht makes its way to Norway having just undergone a 3-metre extension to increase space on the stern platform. Asking what he hoped was on the summer agenda for Cloudbreak, the Captain told us this was “a very difficult question to answer as there are many lovely spots to choose from.” High on his list though were the culture, history and beach-binding destinations of The Ionian Islands, Croatia and Venice, favored for their quiet anchorages and delicate afternoon breeze; “ideal for windsurfing before the sun goes down.”

In a brief itinerary for chartering in the region, the islands of Kefalonia, Lefkada and Corfu were just the beginning. Followed by five days visiting some of the 1000+ islands in Croatia “where you will find hidden restaurants, beaches and party islands, if that is your thing and you want to dance!” the week would end docked overnight in Venice. Here, “some Italian food, visiting the Murano glass factory and all the must-see historical buildings and bridges, before taking a classic wooden water taxi to the airport” would provide the perfect end to what sounds like an extremely action-packed week.

“Greece, Croatia and Italy are three countries with very different cultures and scenery, ticking all the boxes for a great vacation” Jim explained. However, these destinations aren’t Cloudbreak’s usual cruising grounds. Noting some of his most memorable moments on board, Jim shared, “Alaska comes to mind, along with seeing 50-100 new-born baby turtles coming out of the sand and scurry down to the water in Madagascar.”

But whether she’s deep in the depths of Antarctica or anchored off the Cote D'Azur, Cloudbreak is still a luxury explorer vessel. She offers the same comfort, luxury and high-quality food expected but alongside so much more. Jim elaborated, “We have experienced crew with great knowledge. This ensures an unforgettable experience in any location. We create the perfect balance of onboard relaxation with an array of ocean activities with our toys, beautiful beach picnics and for the avid adventurer including cycling in various environments and more such as hiking up Stromboli with Cloudbreak’s experienced crew. We also love to celebrate occasions onboard, transforming our heli deck into a disco with our resident DJ mixing music on our immense sound system.”

The Captain even explained how the crew are trained in ‘bear safety’! A necessity when picnicking on an Alaskan beach but perhaps something you won’t require assistance with when choosing to charter in Europe. Nevertheless, Cloudbreak’s crew seem to be a key ingredient in her charter appeal, Jim adds, “The CB team can do much more than just serving and driving a tender!”

So whether it’s sending the children off for an afternoon on the yacht’s inflatable water wonderland, or trekking Italy’s highest peaks with experienced crew in tow; exploring the Med, Cloudbreak-style is certainly a stand-out charter experience... An experience that Captain Jim Aladin and SuperYachtsMonaco will ensure is truly unforgettable.

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The 16th International Easter Egg Cup Aerobatics Competition

Booker Gliding - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 21:04
Under grey skies and low cloud, with a brief bright spell in the middle of the day, various pilots could be seen executing mysterious manoeuvres over the airfield. The competitors were given the choice of three sequences - Standard, Tricky and Joker. For those of you who speak Aresti, these are illustrated below.


The day started with a briefing, and then Graham Saw, the organiser, explained to Paul Field how to fly the figures in the standard sequence. Paul said he had never flown aeros before, except as part of his fighter pilot training, but he said that didn't count, so he had a quick practice flight and then flew the sequence solo, thereby gaining his Standard Aerobatics Badge.

Paul after his Lightning Aeros badge flightThe comp is taken seriously..................

George clarifying the finer points of the Joker sequence with GrahamAfter a long - and cold - day the competitors reconvened in the briefing room for the results - and prizes, presented by safety pilot Will Jones

Champion Maddi Roberts
2nd place - Paul Field
3rd place - Richard CrockettJudge Graham noted that everyone did well considering the conditions, no-one landed out and no-one crashed. The results and scores in full were:

1st - Maddi Roberts - 78% - Standard
2nd - Paul Field - 70% - Standard
3rd - Richard Crockett - 62.2% - Joker
4th - George Darby (last year's winner) - 61.1% - Joker
5th - Geoff Silvey - 55% - Standard
6th - David Humpreys - 48.9% - Joker
7th - Norbert Eschle - 47% - Tricky

Congratulations to all the competitors and many thanks to Graham for organising the comp and to Will for acting as safety pilot.

Charter Focus: At One With the Ocean Onboard Aslec 4

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:00
Charter Focus: At One With the Ocean Onboard Aslec 4 AM Charter present Aslec 4, the perfect 45m for an intimate yet luxurious charter. This Rossinavi build will be cruising the idyllic shores of the Western Med this summer.

Built in 2012, Aslec 4 perfectly balances classic with contemporary. Her interior, created by Rémi Tessier Design, is luxurious without being ostentatious, featuring carbon fibre details, precious black chrome and gold foil adorning the ceiling and walls. 12 guests are accommodated in across 5 sumptuous staterooms.

Onboard comfort is matched with futuristic entertainment technology. Aslec 4 offers an audio-video system with global control that covers all bases: the Kaleidescape System for on-demand entertainment, Lutron for managing the domotics and the Apple system with integrated AirPlay for complete audio control. Up on the sundeck, a large jacuzzi completes Aslec 4’s comprehensive picture of luxury.

The Rossinavi build provides the full package, also addressing one of the yacht industry’s current priorities: environmental efficiency. She makes the most of interior volumes - an economic use of size that is apparent on boarding, where a 70sqm aft deck welcomes guests onboard.

This respect for the ocean is echoed throughout the yacht’s design, which has a special focus on the owner’s desire to maintain close contact with the sea. Aslec 4 has been designed with a large aft cockpit, vertical bow and military-esque lines which are balanced by the harmony of the interiors.

An Aslec 4 charter is perfect for longstanding lovers of the ocean, with indoor and outdoor spaces that are eminently equipped for a life at sea.

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Part 2: The Best Family Charters for Easter

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:00
Part 2: The Best Family Charters for Easter The Easter holidays are just around the corner and spring has well and truly sprung - what better excuse for an idyllic getaway charter with the family? Superyachts.com present some of the best family friendly vessels on the market for an unforgettable break.

Bella
Magnificent 44.65m charter vessel Bella offers families the chance to escape to the stunning coastlines of the Eastern Med over the Easter break. This Feadship build is the perfect vessel to take you on a paradisiacal adventure throughout the rugged paradise regions of Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Adriatic. Moran Yacht and Ship, along with Bella’s crew, are dedicated to creating the perfect holiday for her guests, offering a world on luxurious onboard amenities and a full complement of water toys and tenders.

Ocean Club
IYC bring Ocean Club (formerly known as Blind Date and Rockstar) to the charter market, a spring getaway opportunity for guests who enjoy a touch of glamour. The Trinity Yachts build, which is in immaculate condition following a 2014 refit, has a timeless interior designed by Patrick Knowles and inspired by the glamorous era of old Hollywood. Ocean Club offers everything that you would want out of an idyllic holiday in the Bahamas, including glorious alfresco dining, a large sundeck perfect for socialising and entertaining, and sunpads on the Portuguese Bridge for days spent languishing in the sun.

Sunrise
A Cecil Wright charter with an Oceanco build, Sunrise truly heralds the summer. A light, airy interior creates an mirrors expansive deck areas, creating a sense of oneness with the ocean. Furthermore, the 52.80m is eminently family friendly, with a large swim platform, two jacuzzis and space for up to 12 extended family members, not to mention the wealth of sun soaked havens to stop off at and enjoy around Monaco, France and the Western Mediterranean region in general.

Sequel P
Burgess are offering unforgettable charters to the timeless summer region of the Mediterranean with Sequel P. Whether the Cote d’Azur takes your fancy, or you feel the pull of the Greek islands, this beautiful Proteksan Turquoise build sets the scenes for a perfect Easter getaway. With a versatile six-cabin layout, massive sun deck and unique features including a massage therapy room, fully equipped gym and accredited watersports training centre, the enticements of a Sequel P charter are limitless.

Ocean Club Sunrise Bella Sequel P

Part 1: The Best Family Charters for Easter

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:00
Part 1: The Best Family Charters for Easter The Easter holidays are just around the corner and spring has well and truly sprung - what better excuse for an idyllic getaway charter with the family? Superyachts.com present some of the best family friendly vessels on the market for an unforgettable break.

Cloudbreak
A slightly bigger vessel for the extended family, 73m Cloudbreak is the perfect charter yacht for the family with a passion for exploring the outdoors - her adventurous legacy is reflected in her name, which refers to Cloudbreak surfing reef in the South Pacific. With SuperyachtsMonaco overseeing proceedings, the world really is your oyster onboard this grand Abeking and Rasmussen build. No region is out of reach, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure cruising far flung destinations with up to 12 of your nearest and dearest. 

Slipstream
Slipstream will be cruising the balmy waters of the Mediterranean this Easter, with Burgess furnishing the one of the most family-friendly charters on the market. With her black hull and silver superstructure, this CMN 60m is certainly one of the most stylish boats on the water, and comprises the perfect balance between relaxation and fun-packed experiences that the kids won’t forget in a hurry. Guests have access to an air conditioned gym, outdoor spaces designed with comfort in mind, and a full cinema experience in the sky lounge. 

Irisha
Inspired by a modern jet fighter aircraft, Irisha cuts a chic silhouette that is sure to impress the kids. The semi-displacement 51m, built by Heesen, also achieves a top speed of 25 knots - she is the perfect charter for cruising along the Cote d’Azur in style. Irisha is a yacht made for charter, able to accommodate up to 12 guests across 5 sumptuous staterooms in a versatile setup that can convert twin rooms into a VIP suite. She also accommodates 9 experienced crew who will work tirelessly with SuperyachtsMonaco to make your charter an utterly hassle-free experience.

Continued in Part 2...

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Rest day in Wales

Booker Gliding - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 20:19
Yesterday in Wales it was lovely weather - but not for gliding, so alternative pursuits were sought. Jacek decided that he had to get above the clouds every day so he climbed Snowdon.

On top of the world


Richard climbed the local ridge to see the tower he'd been buzzing all week from closer quarters.

Moel Arthur
There was enough air to keep a hang glider up

The rest of the party went to Caernarfon. Jim R posted a pic of the top of Snowdon, the suspicion is that it was taken from the Eurofox.


They visited the Airworld Aviation Museum and the castle.

A proper aircraft in amongst all that powered stuff 
Denbigh CFI Chris tried out the Hawker Hunter for size
Nick J and Rolf at the castle
Nik VM got out his drone and took some pics of the airfield.
Approach to 27 - 830m of tarmac
We await news of today's activities.

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