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Top 100 types of extreme sport: Ultimate list of adventure sports

Windsurfing - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:00

Compiling a list of all the different types of extreme sport is difficult – if not impossible! But just like the daredevils doing the activities we love a challenge… So check out our A-Z (abseiling to zorbing) list of adventure sports below. And please let us know if we have missed...

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Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:30
Charter Wild Waters: A Gander to the Galapagos Islands This is not the Bahamas. This is not the Caribbean. The Galapagos Islands are not your typical island paradise in appearance nor in their inhabitants. Known to be the home of ancient tales, this isolated group of volcanic islands looks more like the moon than an idyllic scene from a postcard. But for those who are willing to seek out the wonders of the islands, they will uncover a treasure trove of experiences in this secluded wonderland.

Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied and rare wildlife known to man. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need to preserve these islands from degradation by humans.

Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, this should not be taken for an itinerary, but merely as suggestions for how best to explore the islands.

Home to an astonishing variety of endemic species — enough to inspire a theory of origin that would change the world — this archipelago is also one of the few places on earth where adventurers can observe unafraid wildlife up close.

Travel to Santa Cruz Island to meet the island’s most famous inhabitants; the endangered Giant Tortoises, which can live up to 200 years, at the Charles Darwin Research Station. This iconic national park hosts incredible wildlife research and conservation projects including the giant tortoise breeding program. On this island, you will also find fascinating underground lava tunnels to explore with a naturalist guide.

Kayak from here to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water and frigates. For an even more breathtaking experience, journey to the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, which gets its name from its appearance reminiscent of a Chinese hat. The island’s cove offers excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks, stingrays and colourful seahorses. 

Take a panga (small Asian fishing boat) ride along the dramatic cliffs of Genovesa to El Barranco. Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, this 90 feet steep cliff face has narrow stairs carved into rock. Choose to disembark and climb these stairs to the Palo Santo forest, which is full of birds, including Nazca boobies, Galápagos doves, mockingbirds and storm petrels. With some luck, you may even spot a short-eared lava owl.

This destination is perfect for those travelling by luxury superyacht, as accommodation is easily located wherever you decide to anchor around this maze-like archipelago. However, for those looking for a night on land where one can be immersed in the unique eco-system, Scalesia Lodge offers a luxury safari-like tented camp experience. With fabulous views over the island and a secluded location, Scalesia will allow guests to relax and enjoy these magnificent islands at their own pace.

La Loberia and Punta Carola are just two of the most ideal spots for serious surfers to catch some waves along the Galapagos shores. The crystal clear waters and balmy temperatures make for hours of uninterrupted fun on the white sand beaches that frame the islands. From here, you can make your way back to your luxurious superyacht to unwind after a day of exploration and adventure, with a cocktail in hand and the final image of a gold and rose dyed sky as the sun sets on the Equator.

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National Geographic: Symphony for Our World 2019 North America Tour Announced

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:11

National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., Bring Bleeding Fingers Music and National Geographic’s Vast Archives Together for a First-in-Class Symphonic Experience

Tour Across North America Kicks Off March 2019

 Presale for All Cities Begins November 13

Symphony for Our World Video Trailer

WASHINGTON – November 13, 2018 – National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., today announced an all-new tour for National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, which will visit more than 20 U.S. cities in 2019 (www.natgeo-symphony.com). Symphony for Our World combines stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. Featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, the show brings audiences a breathtaking musical journey coupled with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles.

The tour kicks off in March 2019 and beginning today, people can visit NatGeo-Symphony.com and register their emails to receive a presale password to buy tickets before the general public. Presale tickets will be available beginning November 13 when passwords will be emailed to all registered customers.

Tickets go on sale to the general public for all cities on November 23 at www.NatGeo-Symphony.com.

TOUR CITIES AND DATES

 DATE                          CITY                            VENUE

March 2                       Memphis, TN              Orpheum Theatre

March 3                       Richmond, VA             Altria Theater

March 6                       Norfolk, VA                  Chrysler Hall

March 7                       Hartford, CT                Bushnell Performing Arts Center

March 21                     Columbus, OH            Ohio Theatre

March 25                     Cleveland, OH            Severance Hall

March 29                     Minneapolis, MN         Orpheum Theatre (Hennepin)

March 30                     Madison, WI                Overture Center for the Arts

March 31                     Chicago, IL                  Auditorium

April 4                          Ann Arbor, MI             Hill Auditorium

April 14                        Phoenix, AZ                Symphony Hall

April 24                        Edmonton, AB             Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

April 25                        Calgary, AB                 Southern Alberta Jubilee

April 29                        San Francisco, CA     Davies Concert Hall

May 6                          San Jose, CA              Center for the Performing Arts

May 7                          Milwaukee, WI            The Riverside Theater

May 21                        Buffalo, NY                  Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

June 15                       Houston, TX                Jones Hall

June 22-23                  Dallas, TX                   Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Nov 2                          Tampa, FL                  Carol Morsani Hall

The inspiring 90-minute, live orchestral performance uses groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from over 130 years of National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with an orchestra and choir. The show is based on the national television broadcast of “Symphony for Our World,” an hour-long special that premiered globally earlier this year in 140 countries, commercial-free, on Nat Geo WILD.

Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and finally into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

“National Geographic has inspired generations to explore, understand and protect our world. Bringing this type of storytelling to life in symphony is an incredible honor,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. “We’re bringing together everything I’ve learned from over 20 years in music production with National Geographic to create something truly special.

“Symphony for Our World has been thrilling audiences worldwide since it premiered last Earth Day,” said Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners. “The show embodies our commitment to inspire people to care about the planet, now. We are happy to be bringing it to audiences in North America. Our partner, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., has done a phenomenal job bringing National Geographic’s 130 years of storytelling to life in a new, incredibly moving format that enables audiences to better understand the world and their place in it.”

For more information, tour dates and tickets, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Jason Michael Paul Entertainment

A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, The Legend of Zelda- 25th Anniversary Concerts and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. For more information, please visit https://jmpent.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an 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. Visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com for more information, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music has assembled an exceptional and sonically diverse roster of composers to create superlative original film and television scores. Co-founded by Hans Zimmer, Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel, Steven Kofsky and SonyATV, the company’s core belief is that collaboration breeds innovation and working in an environment where the gifted are empowered to be adventurous, experimental and creatively generous results in extraordinary music. Our 20 state-of-the-art studios based on Zimmer’s world-renowned campus and our best-in-class production team allow us the ability to produce music at the very highest standard. Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including Fox’s The Simpsons, BBC’s Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II, and Big Cats, National Geographic’s Diana: In Her Own Words and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, Sony’s Snatch (TV), Netflix’s original Dope, History Channel’s Mountain Men and BBC America’s Superfly.

About Innovation Arts & Entertainment

Innovation Arts & Entertainment is a 17-year-old boutique, live entertainment producer based in Chicago, IL. IAE prides itself in producing events within the domain of Intelligent Entertainment, producing unique live experiences that result in expanding the knowledge and worldview of audiences that participate.  In the last five years alone, IAE has produced tours for Hillary Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, David Sedaris, and Chris and Martin Kratt from PBS.  In addition to Together Live 2018, other current touring projects include the North American Tour of Harry Potter In Concert, National Geographic’s Symphony for Our WorldDavid Sedaris’ 2018 and 2019 tours, and five new projects in development.   At IAE, we relish the opportunity to use the power of art, entertainment, information, and education in such a way that our audiences are changed for the better.

 

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Media Contacts:

Meg Calnan

National Geographic

202-912-6703

Meg.calnan@natgeo.com

 

John Tellem

Tellem Grody PR

310-210-8779

john@tellemgrodypr.com

48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:00
48 Hours Anchored in Colourful Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is a vibrant, beautiful city, full of colour, music and passion and is the perfect place for a stopover on your charter along the South American coast. Become enamoured with the vibrant and electric capital of Argentina this November, which is when Buenos Aires truly comes to life. Set off on outdoor market strolls, admire the abundance of historical architecture and indulge in an authentic Argentinian alfajore outside one of the hundreds of cafes that shine under the dazzling lights of Puerto Madero.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, make sure to moor at the Yacht Club Argentino - the most prestigious private yacht club in the country - in the port of Buenos Aires. The yacht club has a clubhouse, seven days free mooring for visitors and workshops for repairs. This is the best place to stop when clearing into Buenos Aires either from another Argentinian port or from overseas. 

Venture to the classy neighbourhood of Recoleta to stay in the city’s best hotel. Decked with crystal, antique fireplaces and home to an impressive art collection, Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt may be the most luxurious address in the city. Built in the 1930s, the hotel is inclusive of 165 stately rooms and luxurious suites set amid a central courtyard where high tea is served each afternoon.

Once settled, set out to the streets of Buenos Aires. Stroll through neighbourhoods such as glamorous Recoleta and fashion-forward Palermo, and get lost in the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, Eva Peron's final resting place. Make your way to the fun-filled district of San Telmo for the truly joyful experience of the San Telmo Festival.

San Telmo Festival draws over 12,000 people each week. There are antiques, artwork and other treasures laid out along the pedestrian street of Defensa. There’s also Sunday night milonga in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego where you can see people dancing in the street. 

In the evening, visit one of the most important opera houses in the world, Teatro Colón which first began operating in 1857. Now fully restored to its former glory, you can now enjoy symphonies by famous orchestras, operas and ballets in the majestic building.

The next day is race day at the Argentina Open Polo Championship. You won't want to miss this only-in-Argentina classic, once called the World Series for the sport of polo. Occurring every November and December on the most prominent racetrack in Buenos Aires, the annual event transforms the city into a haven for the ultra-glamorous.

Make your way along the cobbled streets of Palermo to the Campo Argentino de Polo in your finest attire to enjoy a day of elegant conversation, fine champagne and thrilling races. The eight-team event is hosted by the Asociación Argentina de Polo and draws influential business leaders and socialites, including members of royal families from around the world.

Afterwards, head to opulent restaurant, Casa Cavia, for the most coveted reservation in the city. At the Belle Epoque mansion, chef Julieta Caruso serves delicious Asian-inspired dishes like edamame and herbs steeped in lemon broth, with each dish paired perfectly with cocktails by bartenders Lucas López Dávalos and Flavia Arroyo.

After 48 hours in this magical city, you can continue on your charter knowing with certainty that you'll be back again soon. Buenos Aires captures the hearts of all who visit her colourful streets and interact with her friendly, exuberant and passionate locale. 

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MUMFORD & SONS CONFIRM EXCLUSIVE ALBUM SCREENINGS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 20:52

FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM DELTA OUT THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

BAND CONFIRMS MASSIVE 63-DATE WORLDWIDE ARENA TOUR

Mumford & Sons will host listening events at movie theatres across North America this Thursday, November 15, allowing a select group of fans exclusive access to their fourth studio album, Delta, on the eve of its release. These screenings—held in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Toronto—will feature the complete album audio accompanied by visuals directed and edited by Caleb Bardgett, Johnny Dunn and Kees van Dijkhuizen and curated in partnership with National Geographic. Of the concept, the band shares, “While we were recording and mixing Delta, we watched a lot of films on silent including some pretty epic wildlife films by National Geographic—like a vision-track to our soundtrack. So, we felt it would be a nice idea to let fans experience the record in this way too.”

Jill Cress, CMO of National Geographic, adds, “We are excited to have played a part in inspiring Mumford & Sons latest album and look forward to teaming up with the band to bring audiences a unique musical and visual experience they’ll never forget. By pairing the work of some of the world’s most talented filmmakers and photographers with the sounds of these award-winning musicians, we hope to give people an even greater appreciation and understanding of the planet and the importance of protecting it.”

Now available for pre-sale on Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records, Delta was produced by Paul Epworth, written collectively by the band and recorded at London’s The Church Studios.

Already receiving widespread acclaim, the first single, “Guiding Light,” recently enjoyed one of the biggest add weeks ever at both Alternative and AAA radio—closing out every station at both panels. The single currently sits at #1 on AAA (three straight weeks) and his headed into the top 5 at Alternative. Watch the single’s official music video—which was directed by Joe Connor (Sam Smith, Coldplay) and features the band up close and personal, interacting with their fans—HERE. Moreover, a second song from the album, “If I Say,” which features string arrangement by renowned British film score composer Sally Herbert, recently premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats1. Listen/share HERE.

Earlier this fall, the band debuted ”Guiding Light” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with special guests The Roots. Watch the performance HERE. Marcus Mumford also joined host Jimmy Fallon as a guest on the couch. Watch the interview HERE. Additionally, Rolling Stone calls the single, “wildly experimental…Delta has the band incorporating elements of electronica, rap, jazz and other sonic territory rarely visited,” while Paste asserts, “If it’s any indication of how Delta will sound as a whole, this could shape up to be the band’s most experimental album yet.”

In celebration of the album, the band will embark on an extensive 63-date worldwide arena tour this fall featuring a groundbreaking new in-the-round stage design. Kicking off November 16 in Dublin, the tour will span throughout next spring and includes fall North American stops at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center (sold out), Boston’s TD Garden (sold out), New York’s Madison Square Garden (two nights, first sold out), DC’s Capital One Arena (sold out) and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena (two nights, first sold out). Special guest Maggie Rogers will join as support. The band’s largest tour to date, the Delta Tour 2018/2019 includes over 800,000 tickets, which are now on sale via https://www.mumfordandsons.com/live. See below for complete tour details.

Marking ten years since Mumford & Sons made their meteoric debut, the new music follows 2015’s Wilder Mind, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., U.K., Australia Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway and, most recently, 2016’s collaborative Johannesburg mini album. Previous LPs include 2012’s Babel, which was awarded the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year, and their 2009 debut, Sigh No More.

Mumford & Sons are Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall.

MUMFORD & SONS – DELTA TOUR 2018/2019

November 16—Dublin, Ireland—3 Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Belfast, Ireland—SSE Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 20—Glasgow, Scotland—SSE Hydro*
November 21—Manchester, U.K.Manchester Arena*
November 23—Birmingham, U.K.Genting Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 24—Sheffield, U.K.Fly DSA Arena*
November 25—Newcastle, U.K.Metro Radio Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 27—Nottingham, U.K.Motorpoint Arena*
November 28—Cardiff, U.K.Motorpoint Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 29—London, U.K.O2 Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 1—Leeds, U.K.First Direct Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 2—Liverpool, U.K.Echo Arena*
December 7—Philadelphia, PA—Wells Fargo Center* (SOLD OUT)
December 9—Boston, MA—TD Garden* (SOLD OUT)
December 10—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden* (SOLD OUT)
December 11—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden*
December 14—Washington DC—Capital One Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 17—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 18—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena*
January 12Auckland, New ZealandThe Outer Fields at Western Springs†
January 15Brisbane, Australia—Entertainment Centre‡
January 18Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena‡
January 22Melbourne, Australia—Sidney Myer Music Bowl‡ (SOLD OUT)
January 23Melbourne, Australia—Sidney Myer Music Bowl‡
January 24Adelaide, Australia—Entertainment Centre‡
January 27Perth, Australia—RAC Arena‡
February 27Providence, RI—Dunkin Donuts Center
February 28Hartford, CT—XL Center
March 2Albany, NY—Times Union Center
March 4Montreal, QC—Bell Centre
March 5Ottawa, ON—Canadian Tire Center
March 8Buffalo, NY—KeyBank Center
March 9Cleveland, OH—Quicken Loans Arena
March 11Columbus, OH—Nationwide Arena
March 12Lexington, KY—Rupp Arena
March 14Pittsburgh, PA—PPG Paints Arena
March 16Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
March 17Raleigh, NC—PNC Arena
March 18Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 20Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 22Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
March 23Birmingham, AL—Legacy Arena at The BJCC
March 25Indianapolis, IN—Bankers Life Field House
March 27Detroit, MI—Little Caesars Arena
March 29Chicago, IL—United Center (SOLD OUT)
March 30Madison, WI—Kohl Center (SOLD OUT)
March 31Milwaukee, WI—Fiserv Forum
April 25Lisbon, Portugal—Altice Arena
April 27Barcelona, Spain—Palau Sant Jordi
April 29Milan, Italy—Medialanum Forum
May 1Munich, Germany—Olympiahalle
May 3Vienna, Austria—Stadthalle
May 5Basel, Switzerland—St. Jakobshalle
May 7Paris, France—Zenith
May 8Luxembourg, Luxembourg—Rockhal
May 9Amsterdam, Netherlands—Ziggo Dome (SOLD OUT)
May 11Berlin, Germany—Mercedes Benz Arena
May 13Frankfurt, Germany—Festhalle
May 15Cologne, Germany—Lanxess Arena
May 17Copenhagen, Denmark—Royal Arena
May 18Gothenburg, Sweden—Scandinavium (SOLD OUT)
May 19Oslo, Norway—Spektrum
May 21Stockholm, Sweden—Ericsson Globe

*with special guest Maggie Rogers
†Gentlemen of the Road with Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka, Angie McMahon, Sam Fender
‡with special guest Michael Kiwanuka

National Geographic Press Contact:
Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com, 202-912-6715

Sacks & Co. Press Contact:
Carla Sacks, carla@sacksco.com, 212-741-1000
Asha Goodman, asha.goodman@sacksco.com, 615-320-7753 

Glassnote Records Press Contact:
Lauren Papapietro, lauren@glassnotemusic.com, 646-214-6000

ALL OVER THE MAP: A Cartographic Odyssey

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:17

By Betsy Mason & Greg Miller

 

“Maps are one of the best tools ever invented for illustrating and exchanging ideas.”

—From the Introduction by Betsy Mason and Greg Miller

In this beautifully illustrated volume, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller explore maps from a wide range of sources that tell vastly different stories. All Over the Map (National Geographic Books, On Sale: October 30th, 2018, $50/hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4262-1972-6) was created by map lovers, for map lovers. It explores the captivating stories behind maps throughout history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today. This electric collection includes everything from ancient maps of dragon-filled seas to the maps made in secret by the Soviet Army during the Cold War.

All Over the Map is composed of nine chapters that weave through a diverse compilation of maps: Waterways, Cities, Conflict and Crisis, Landscapes, Economies, Science, Human Experiences, Worlds, and Art and Imagination. Readers can explore visual representations of human experiences, from Prohibition in New York City to Chicago’s ganglands in 1927 to 17th century pirates seeing the coast of South America for the first time. These cartographic masterpieces are sure to ignite any reader’s imagination and inspire them to explore further.

The striking layout, designed by former art directors of Rolling Stone, walks readers through visualizations of some of pop culture’s most recognized destinations, such as the schematics of the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. With a vast assortment of topics and interestingly witty text, All Over the Map is sure to be a conversation starter for any adventurous reader.

Included in All Over the Map:

  • Charting the Mississippi’s many paths
  • Images from a pirate’s pilfered atlas
  • Mapping a city’s history through buildings
  • Cartography of war and strife
  • And more!

 

About the Authors

Betsy Mason and Greg Miller are co-authors of the popular National Geographic cartography blog All Over the Map. 

Betsy Mason is a science journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously she was the online science editor for Wired, where she built an award-winning science section, and the science reporter for the Contra Costa Times. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the 2015-2016 academic year. Before becoming a journalist, Mason earned a master’s degree in geology from Stanford.

Greg Miller is a science and tech journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Previously he was a senior writer at Wired and a staff writer at Science, where he won several honors. Miller earned a Ph.D in neuroscience at Stanford University. He has appeared on public radio’s Science Friday to discuss maps and has given talks on a wide variety of cartography-related topics.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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For review copies or media inquiries, please contact:

Chandler Hueth | chandler.hueth@natgeo.com | 202.791.2425

48 Hours in New York this Christmas

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:00
48 Hours in New York this Christmas New York City could never be fully explored in just two days, but a 48-hour charter stop-off in the Big Apple will prove to be the best dose of seasonal magic for your charter trip. For those on a North American charter or on their way to warmer climates over the Christmas period, New York has its own unique blend of hustle and yuletide which should be at the top of everyone's wish list.

During the holiday period, New York City is resplendent, bedecked in twinkling lights, bright tinsels and a thick layer of snow carpeting the pavements and muffling the sounds of traffic, creating a white wonderland akin to Lapland. Christmas in New York City has been the central focus of hundreds of Hollywood productions, and for good reason. From the glamorous department store window displays to the 30-foot Christmas trees that glow from hotel courtyards, the scene is perfectly set for your festive-filled stopover.

Hopping off your superyacht for the perfect land-based overnight stay, look no further than the Lotte New York Palace on Madison Avenue, or the Peninsula New York in Midtown. These landmark hotels mark the upper crust of New York luxury, and their festive traditions make for an elegant and magical experience for the whole family. The Peninsula includes a ‘Night Before Christmas’ package at this time of year for children, which includes a candy cane scavenger hunt, a biscuit decorating kit and even an in-room gingerbread playhouse. Meanwhile, the Palace welcome children to post their wish lists to Santa in their huge Santa mailbox in the hotel’s central lobby.

Wrap up warm and venture out onto the snow-lined streets of the city towards Fifth Avenue to experience the warm glow from the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, all of which compete to produce the most extravagant festive window displays each year. Seek out ideal gifts for your loved ones in Macy’s and whilst there visit the iconic Santaland, the 13,000 square foot indoor wonderland, complete with prancing reindeer, singing snowmen and even visit Santa himself inside his grotto.

Go for a spin at the Rockefeller Centre Ice Rink, the iconic ice skating rink from Home Alone 2 with incredible views of the city skyline and which is open until midnight. After a session at this celebrated attraction, continue your quintessentially festive day with a visit to Sant Ambroeus and La Maison Du Chocolat, two upmarket cafes famed for their hot chocolates, only a short walk from the skating rink.

As darkness draws closer, now is the time to indulge in a glorious Christmas dinner, choosing from any number of incredible menus across the city. Ideally located within the Peninsula Hotel, the Clement restaurant offers a beautifully detailed and delectable three-course Christmas feast for your enjoyment. Appetizers include a raw bar, bespoke salad mixing station, and a selection of cheese and charcuterie. Entrees include prime beef tenderloin, turkey, and a glazed turbot fillet, and there is a dessert buffet to complete this incredible banquet.

To finish off this magical bolt-on across your magical charter, consider taking a trip to The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, to see "The Nutcracker" performed by The New York City Ballet. To experience this beautiful classic in such a festive city will prove to be truly spectacular, and a fantastic way to round off your short but sweet trip to the city that never sleeps.

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Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:00
Chartering America's Largest Yacht Aquila Currently available for charter with Burgess, 85.6m Aquila is the largest boat to take to American waters since the 1930s. As if this legacy wasn’t intriguing enough, she also happens to be one of the most distinguished boats on the market.

Aquila was built in the Derecktor shipyard and cruised under the name of Cakewalk until a drastic refit in 2016; exterior styling was overhauled by Redman Whiteley Dixon whilst Susan Young gave the interior a sparkling makeover. After 12 months of renovation implemented by over 1000 employees, the vessel emerged from the steel shed impeccably revised and infinitely upgraded.

The new and improved Aquila is as impressive in her capabilities as she is in her size. An abundance of deck space is divided to serve various purposes: The forward sun deck houses a jacuzzi, bar and luxurious treatment room, whilst all four decks aft volunteer a plethora of spaces for al fresco dining, relaxation and socialising. Finally, a DJ booth, AV system, smoke machine and light show occupies a dedicated party deck; confirmation that there is something for everyone onboard an Aquila charter.

The pervasive feeling inside Aquila is one of tranquility. The shades and shapes that comprise the interior decor are eminently soothing, with a dominant palette of icy silvers, polished woods and crisp whites. This unfussy collaboration is given a touch of homely authenticity in the form of patterned furnishings and soft lighting. Meanwhile, a 11.2m waterfall chandelier cascading through four levels of decks ensures that luxury is not lost; a gorgeous byproduct of this distinguishing feature is the shards of refracted light that are strewn across the marble floor.

In terms of accommodation, Aquila offers a luxury seven stateroom layout to accommodate 12 consisting of a master stateroom, 4 double and 2 twin staterooms. There is also plenty of room to accommodate a sizeable crew of 28, who secure the smooth running, maintenance and service of the boat.

Other aspects that make Aquila a charter representing something bigger and better is her 85 inch screen cinema room and a completely remodelled 60m private deck that overlooks the bow. The luxurious list continues: The 85.6m entails a massage room, hair salon, gym, two massage rooms and chic ‘London Bar’. Exterior spaces are equally entertaining, with a vast beach club where an enticing collection of water toys reside. For fun packed days at anchor Aquila offers guests the usage of numerous tenders, waverunners, jetsurfs, sea kayaks, seabobs, waterskis, snorkelling gear and much more.

Aquila is available for charter with Burgess in the Bahamas and the Caribbean during the winter season and the West Mediterranean in the summer season.

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Charter Wild Waters: Thrill-Seeking in the 50th State

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:00
Charter Wild Waters: Thrill-Seeking in the 50th State One of the most idyllic of America’s 50 states, Hawaii has always been an escape for superyacht owners seeking sun, sand and the soothing sound of gentle waves. However, for those daring to experience it, Hawaii’s wild side can be found in the technicolour reefs and towering volcanoes that beckon adventurers from miles around. To discover the best crystal-clear waterfalls to dive from, and the toughest mountain paths to tackle on the side of active volcanoes, read on…

In Hawaii, life flows smoothly, the easy-going and low-key attitude of the locals infecting everything. Despite this casual relaxation for which many come to Hawaii to experience, one can just as easily spend a morning on the beach with a coconut drink to an afternoon traversing a towering sea-cliff, metres from the Pacific Ocean. This casual flippancy between repose and rush in Hawaii is a constant attraction to superyacht owners looking to break up their conventional charter routine.

Take the opportunity to go hiking across ancient lava flows in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or to scale the Pali Puka trail, a short but dangerous hike which offers sensational views of Oahu’s windward coast and vertical drops which will take your breath away. Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of 'wave sliding,' on the North Shore, known worldwide for its epic breaks and incredible death-defying surfer stunts.

Go snorkelling or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles in the azure waters off the coast of Maui at the Molokini Crater. For the true daredevils, take your diving gear over to Hulop’oe Bay to dive amongst the sharks at 'The Cathedrals'. Named the best cavern dive site in the Pacific by Skin Diver magazine, this aquatic phenomenon is sure to get your heart racing as you swim through shimmering light between the cavernous natural arches whilst the reef sharks play below. 

Kayak to a deserted offshore island such as Lanai to visit the Garden of the Gods, or take your superyacht for a turn around the islands to watch for whales and Hawaiin monk seals. For those seeking a more relaxing saltwater sensation, try your hand at stand-up paddling in the shallows or horseback-riding on the shore. 

Back on land, try riding horseback with the paniolo, Hawaii's cowboys, or discover some of the hidden beaches away from the crowds that can only be reached by an extreme hike. Waipio Valley Beach on Big Island is sheltered by 2,000 foot high cliffs and is a gruelling hike from the top to the inky shores at the bottom. You'll be rewarded with the incredibly soft inky black sand that frames the clear turquoise waters, and to top it off, you can experience first hand the incredible spectacle of the tumbling Kaluahine Waterfall. 

Whatever your pleasure, Hawaii caters to any and all of your adventure fantasies whilst retaining its natural relaxed vibe. So you can be sure that after an eight-hour hike across an active volcano, you can don your swimsuit and take to the white sands of the beach to truly relax afterwards. 

Discover our Destination Guides for more off-the-beaten-track adventure spots like Hawaii here. 

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Interior Insight: The Sophistication of Skyfall

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:10
Interior Insight: The Sophistication of Skyfall Step onboard and take a peek at the sumptuous M/Y Skyfall crafted by Trinity Yachts in 2010. Recently refitted in 2015, the 57.90-metre superyacht showcases an entire interior upgrade designed by Patrick Knowles featuring ample space for up to 17 guests.

Skyfall’s interior marries her voluminous exteriors designed by Geoff Van Aller, which provides plenty of deck space and a beach club for water sports when the semi-displacement superyacht is anchored.

Stepping upon the aluminium built superyacht; guests are welcomed with soft neutral carpet lined across the three-deck layout. An array of relaxation spots onboard Skyfall includes a large saloon with comfortable seating embellished with elaborate velvet deep-blue-sea cushions, a spacious formal dining area for 14 guests and the entertainment feature of a 50-inch home theatre television screen.

Bright turquoise details are eye-catching against dark wood furnishings creating a characterful and distinctive interior. Bold chandeliers create a warm atmosphere as you wander through each section of Skyfall. Ornaments including embellished starfish, seashells and dolphins create a close sense of connection with the sea, that feel every inch the charter one could desire. 

Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to the seven-stateroom layout, including a spectacular split-level master suite located on the main deck with open views out to see. Likewise, it's king size bed, private study, private lounge, his and hers baths and 280-degree views are just the winning details of Skyfall that distinguish her from the crowd.

Two double VIP suites below have king size beds while and two further doubles have queen size beds. What’s more, all cabins have a 42-inch television screens and en-suite bathrooms facilities.

M/Y Skyfall is for sale and charter with IYC. Charter cruising areas include the Caribbean during the winter and the Mediterranean during the summer.

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A Festive Charter Onboard Benetti's .11.11

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:00
A Festive Charter Onboard Benetti's .11.11 This winter, formidable Benetti build .11.11 will be cruising a range of well-loved charter destinations, and has plenty to offer charter guests seeking sumptuous solitude onboard. The 63m yacht, which was built in the Italian shipyard in 2015, will be taking groups of up to 12 guests to the paradise waters of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Cuba (she also possesses a Croatian charter license) over Christmas and New Year, and represents an idyllic way to pass the festive season...

The 63-metre spectacle .11.11 is one of the standout vessels currently storming the charter market, reflected in the accumulation of numerous accolades including a World Superyacht Award and Asia Boating Award in 2016.

Distinctive exteriors consist of a unique axe bow whose vertical blades make for a seamless cruising performance. Her interiors, meanwhile, are like stepping back in time, having captured the glitzy sophistication of the Art-Deco era.

Gatsby-inspired spaces from the owner’s personal design team include a mirrored bar with 3-dimensional geometric patterning, bold artworks, stainless steel, Italian marble and custom furnishings. Combine this with expert craftsmanship, high onboard standards and excellent service provided by Captain Vaughn and his crew, and you have the perfect charter vessel.

Luxurious on-the-water living includes a sprawling private owner’s deck with a master suite consisting of white leather upholstry, glossy dark wood surfaces and sweeping 180-degree views. The suite opens out onto a private sundeck with jacuzzi, steam room and massage room. Other key features onboard include a full beam main-deck, 4 further deck cabins including 2 convertible twins and an Italian stone bar and terrace on the sundeck.

A .11.11 charter is guaranteed to be as entertaining as it is relaxing; an enticing arsenal of water toys include seadoos, seabobs, kayaks and a wide selection of towables and inflatables. She also houses an 8m custom Limo tender for exploring oceans and running ship-to-shore in any one of her beautiful destinations. Guests will never be want of things to do aboard this glorious vessel.

The Benetti fleet member .11.11 is sure to grant your festive wishes, wrapped up in 63-metres ready to take on the ocean.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES STARSTRUCK, A CELEBRATION OF SPACE ACROSS ITS LOBAL NETWORKS, MAGAZINES, BOOKS AND MORE  

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:23

Starstruck Kicks Off With Second Season of Critically Acclaimed Series MARS and Fifth Season of Emmy-Nominated Series STARTALK With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Event to Also Include Two New Specials: MARS: INSIDE SPACE X and MISSION TO THE SUN, Plus Fall Book Releases “Space Atlas” and “Apollo to the Moon”

Starstruck Continues Into 2019 With a New Season of COSMOS and Weeklong Celebration of the 50-Year Anniversary of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing in July

Visit New Starstruck Portal for All Things Space, Including National Geographic Space Photography and In-Depth Reporting on the Latest Space News

 

WASHINGTON (Nov. 1, 2018) – For 130 years, National Geographic has been helping people explore the unknown, from the deepest oceans to the farthest reaches of the universe. Today, National Geographic announced that it will embark on a new storytelling odyssey, exploring the past, present and future of space across its vast media and entertainment platforms with Starstruck: National Geographic’s Yearlong Celebration of Space.

The yearlong commitment to presenting the best of space content kicked off today with the launch of the Starstruck Space Portal, as well as the recent release of National Geographic’s updated “Space Atlas.” The celebration continues Nov. 4 with an all-day marathon of the critically acclaimed series One Strange Rock beginning at 10 a.m., and with new seasons of MARS and STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson in an intergalactic block of programming that premieres Monday, Nov. 12.

Additionally, two new specials will air this fall: MARS: INSIDE SPACE X also on Nov. 12, and MISSION TO THE SUN on Nov. 19.

Culminating with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing next July and a coinciding week of blockbuster Apollo programming on National Geographic channel, Starstruck will rally National Geographic’s unrivaled portfolio of storytelling platforms around the spirit of space exploration, and the nostalgia, curiosity and feeling of limitless possibility that it brings.

Starting today, Natgeo.com/Starstruck will be National Geographic’s one-stop digital hub for all things space. Highlights of the content across all platforms include:

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD TV PROGRAMMING:

  • Season 2 of Nat Geo’s groundbreaking, genre-busting, hit docudrama MARS premieres Nov. 12 at 9/8c.
  • A new season of the award-winning STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson debuts Nov. 12 at 11/10c.
  • MARS: INSIDE SPACEX, premiering Monday, Nov. 12, at 8/7c, is an unprecedented glimpse into one of the world’s most revolutionary companies’ plan to make Mars home. Filmed over the course of three years, this journey will take viewers behind the scenes with Elon Musk and his engineers as they persevere amid both disheartening setbacks and huge triumphs to advance the space industry faster than thought possible.
  • MISSION TO THE SUN, debuting Nov. 19 at 8/7c, goes behind the scenes as NASA preps for the launch of the Parker Probe, a historic quest to explore the last great frontier of our solar system — the sun. The special will feature new NASA footage, interviews and animations to further capture this groundbreaking mission, and a behind-the-scenes look at the exclusive team of NASA scientists who have made this skillfully planned endeavor a reality.
  • A brand-new season of EXPLORER programming will launch Nov. 12 at 10/9c, with a special Starstruck episode featuring space lemurs, flat earthers and real space cowboys, premiering Dec. 10.
  • Following a wildly successful run in 2014 as the most-watched series ever on National Geographic Channels internationally — seen by more than 135 million people worldwide on National Geographic and FOX — the highly anticipated Emmy award-winning worldwide phenomenon COSMOS returns this spring with COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon, astrophysicist and host of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk, returns as host of COSMOS.
  • A special week of Apollo programming in July shines a light on the grit and glory of the Apollo missions and a look at the new era of space travel and exploration.

LATEST SPACE NEWS, SKY WATCH GUIDES AND STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • Up-to-the-date reporting from National Geographic’s prize-winning editorial team on the Starstruck news page, including live news coverage of the NASA InSight Mars landing (Nov. 26) and the NASA Kuiper Belt flyby (set for Jan. 1), the latest insights on the upcoming blood moon eclipse, and more
  • Exciting National Geographic magazine space content, debuting in various issues over the next year, including an essay from November guest contributor Bill Nye on space sailing, and future features celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • Monthly sky-watching guides, best space pictures of the month and a spacecraft love letter series (featuring first-person essays written by journalists, scientists, educators and enthusiasts who have a personal connection with the space probe), starting this month on the Starstruck portal

NEW SPACE-THEMED BOOKS, FEATURING ALL THE WONDERS OF THE COSMOS:

ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES AND OTHER INTERSTELLAR CONTENT

  • International NG Live events with ISS commander and “View From Above” author Terry Virts, as well as COSMOS writer and producer Ann Druyan
  • Special classroom and public events about the latest mysteries and discoveries in our universe, with partners like NASA
  • Curated lists of the best National Geographic trips and lodges where travelers have the opportunity to experience out-of-this-world night sky events
  • A Ron Howard-curated “Places We Love” feature in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveler, recommending Earth destinations that are enhanced by our love of space
  • Ongoing space-related research on Nat Geo’s Open Explorer platform that invites users to join in the discoveries

From the very dawn of the space age, National Geographic has covered the science, mystery and adventures of space exploration with unrivaled access, in-depth news reporting and cutting-edge science and technology.

In 1935, National Geographic and the U.S. Army Air Corps jointly launched aeronauts into sky in the Explorer II Stratosphere Balloon, helping to pave the way for the space program and marking a manned altitude record that lasted for 21 years. Later, in recognition of National Geographic’s contributions to space research and photography, astronaut John Glenn carried the National Geographic flag on the first U.S. manned orbital space flight in 1962. And on July 16, 1969, a National Geographic flag was again vaulted into the sky on the 238,000-mile voyage to the moon, with Neil Armstrong observing to his team that it was a privilege that the flag that had “accompanied every major recent expedition,” should also accompany the first one ever to set foot on the lunar surface. In 1977, National Geographic was part of the curation of the Golden Record, and more recently, presented the first-ever Instagram Live from the International Space Station with Will Smith in April 2018.

With Starstruck, National Geographic aims to once again inspire people to “look up” by bringing the awe and wonder of space to audiences around the world.

“National Geographic has always sought to tell stories that matter, to create content that inspires others to explore the greatest depths of Earth and our universe,” said Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners. “This year, we’re excited to set our sights on space. As we prepare to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the historic lunar landing, we’re leveraging the power and reach of National Geographic’s global media platforms and the expertise of National Geographic explorers and scientists who are actively exploring the cosmos to extend our love of space to millions around the world.”

“We’re thrilled to share this slate of entertaining, mind- and genre-bending space content that begs audiences to consider the worlds beyond,” added Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. “We can’t wait for viewers to experience the power of space exploration that’s at the heart of this year’s Starstruck storytelling across platforms, and to become as curious and inspired by the cosmos as we are here at Nat Geo.”

“From the dawn of the space age to our quest to explore Mars and beyond, National Geographic has chronicled all the wonder and promise of the cosmos,” said Susan Goldberg, editorial director at National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic magazine. “We covered the first orbital flight in June 1962, mapped the moon in February 1969 and shared all the details of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with a special cover issue in 1969. We’re excited to continue this tradition of in-depth, high-quality space journalism over the course of the next year with Starstruck.”

As the world prepares to look back at a historic anniversary, National Geographic is excited to look ahead at the next chapter of space exploration. Share in the wonder and stay tuned for further plans to inspire everyday explorers at NatGeo.com/Starstruck.

Useful links:

  • Watch the Starstruck launch video here.
  • Catch the latest Starstruck news here.
  • Media photos available here.

 

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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.

 

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Christmas Charter: The Best Superyachts this Winter

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:00
Christmas Charter: The Best Superyachts this Winter When the sun retreats, charterers traditionally migrate to the balmy climes of the Caribbean and Bahamas, yet these staples of winter escapism are witnessing increasing competition from less established paradises. Whether you are looking for a traditional or innovative charter, we provide the low down on some of the up and coming cruising grounds this Christmas period.

Conventionally Caribbean with Sycara V
Golden sands and aquamarine seas are visions realised by a charter onboard Sycara V, which will be cruising to the Caribbean and Bahamas this winter under the management of IYC. Having undergone a refit in 2017, Sycara V’s Pure Design exterior styling and Craid Beale interiors have never looked or performed better.

The 68m Nobiskrug is a penthouse-style yacht characterised by a casual ambience and abundance of natural light, boasting impressive dining and lounging areas including a foredeck terrace. 12 guests are accommodated in 6 spacious staterooms, and have free reign of an air conditioned gym, stylish bar and countless other luxurious amenities. A combination of the craftsmanship of the build and the timeless bliss of a Caribbean/Bahamas charter makes Sycara V a surefire success for winter cruising.

A Southeast Asian Escape with Titania
A standard bearer for the pedigree of the shipyard, 73m Lürssen yacht Titania will be available for charter in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia this winter with Burgess. This part of the world strikes the perfect chord between archetypal tropical paradise - think rainforested peaks and aquamarine waters - and somewhere that is slightly off the beaten track.

Titania boasts outstanding exterior areas and interiors comprising opulent lounging, dining and sleeping spaces. She offers large deck spaces for relaxing, socialising and entertainment, 7 comfortable staterooms and unparalleled luxury extras such as a gym, spa and pool. Her indoor spaces abound with warm woods and sumptuous fabrics and are flooded by natural light pouring in through floor to ceiling windows; a glorious feat of design by François Zuretti.

Off the Beaten Track with O'Neiro
Although the Caribbean and Mediterranean are a failsafe option for a winter charter, one could equally argue that variety is the spice of life. From Golden Yachts, 52.7m O’Neiro will be cruising the regions of Egypt and the Red Sea this winter. The Eastern Mediterranean and Northeastern Africa are an ancient and relatively unchartered realm offering beaches and deserts in equal measure.  

Overseen by Burgess, O’Neiro is an intimate charter for 14 guests representing something a little bit different. She does, however, retain all of the luxurious trimmings of a superyacht cruising the Med, from a large jacuzzi and extensive water toys to majestic cabins and the latest in audio visual systems.

Tropical Trails with Martha Ann
Although there has arguably been a shift towards experiential charters in remote corners of the world, this does not mean that traditional havens have fallen out of favour. 70m Martha Ann is a case in point; the Lürssen build will be travelling to the Caribbean and The Bahamas this winter with Burgess.

Martha Ann is an impressive vessel with commanding naval architecture by Espen Oeino and award winning interior design by François Zuretti. Even for a large yacht she boasts impressive volume, offering 13,000 square feet of lavish living space over 5 sprawling decks. Interior spaces feature the irresistibly chic combination of mahogany, marble and onyx, with bespoke furnishings hand picked by the owner. A swim spa and a packed toy garage complete the ultimate charter package. 

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Sri Lanka SUP holidays in Negombo: Paddleboard, wake & waterski

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:43

Looking to discover a dream spot to try the fastest growing water sport in the world? Then check out Sri Lanka SUP holidays in Negombo. A beautiful water sports destination in easy reach of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo that also offers wakeboarding and water skiing. This is your chance to discover...

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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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