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Top Superyachts to Charter at The Cannes Film Festival

Super Yachts Carters - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:00
Top Superyachts to Charter at The Cannes Film Festival Between 17 to 28 May in the heart of Cannes, the Old Port will play host to those visiting the 70th Annual Film Festival as one of the most enviable events on the French Riviera. With an atmosphere that welcomes attendees with excitement and elegance, we take a look at the top superyachts still available for charter in this cultural hot-spot.

The Wellesley
A seamless extension of one of Knightsbridge, London's most prestiguous hotels, 56m M/Y The Wellesley is an art-deco masterpiece; perfectly in tune with the film festival's glamourous surroundings. Laced with Italian Arabescato Corchia marble and showcasing the most impressive array of cigars, this 1993 Oceanco vessel was refit in 2016 making it the superyacht-match for a covertable Cannes charter, still available through TWW Yachts.

Coral Ocean
Mirroring the French Riviera's vintage appeal, Coral Ocean is 73-metres of quintessential Lurssen. It's creamy-hull, as commanding as it's stature and size, is the perfect base to bask in the area's old charm. New to the charter market with Burgess and until recently, shrouded in secrecy, it's expansive 3-deck outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining until the early hours. 

Kismet
A Lurssen giant from 2014, 95m Kismet has a reputation like no other.  Available through Moran Yacht & Ship, her interiors by Reymond Langton are grand enough to compete with any surrounding, and her Espen Oeino exterior is as striking as the South of France's craggy coast. Boasting a number of titles, including a position in the Top 100, to spend time on board in Cannes, is to spend time on one of the largest and most admired charter yachts on the market today.

Here Comes The Sun
A marriage of Tim Heywood's renowned exterior styling and Winch Design's dramatic interior style, the 83m Here Comes The Sun is another Top 100 entry available for Cannes that is sure to turn heads. New to the market in 2016, the Amels-built superyacht is an elegant retreat complete with a 24 man crew attending to your every need. Whether it's an on-deck dining experience or entertaining at sundown, Here Comes The Sun offers an extremely exquisite experience, available for charter with Fraser Yachts. 

Astra
Lazy moments resting on 55m Astra's never-ending sundeck could not be better suited to afternoons at Vieux Port. Immersing yourself in her jacuzzi and bar or tasting delights from her Teppaniaki grill are the best antitheses to the bustling crowds of Cannes. On the market with Imperial, by night enjoy a film or two of your own on her drop down screen before retiring to a Laura Sessa interior, as rich and indulgent as your surrondings. 

Soy Amor
Built by Benetti in 2014, 41m Soy Amor is a contemporary vision with an undeniable Italian flair. Her angles are sharp and interiors ooze sophistication, whilst 4 teak-decks are aplenty for enjoying the best of the Western Mediterranean sunshine. The ideal escape from a day of festival-frolics, relaxing on board against a backlit marble waterfall is more than tempting and more than possible with Moran Yacht & Ship.

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National Geographic Kids and Toyota Launch Effort to Build World’s Largest Toilet-Paper-Roll Sculpture

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:05

WASHINGTON (April 21, 2017)—Nat Geo Kids and Toyota Highlander invite kids of all ages to help them create the world’s largest toilet-paper-roll sculpture – in the shape of a rocket! Now through May 5, Nat Geo Kids is accepting toilet-paper-roll submissions to build a rocket sculpture big enough to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title.

Participants will have the chance to make history on May 31, when the upcycled sculpture will be unveiled and formally assessed by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicators at Nat Geo headquarters in Washington, D.C. YouTube personality Hank Green, former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and MLS soccer stars are among those who have already contributed their toilet-paper-roll tubes.

The project, which, if successful, will mark Nat Geo Kids’ 10th GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, aims to get kids and families excited about STEM, space and upcycling.

“For this record, we wanted as many kids as possible to participate, so we’re asking them to send in something they already have at home,” explained Rachel Buchholz, VP and editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazines and digital. “Nat Geo Kids has always tried to inspire kids to engage in ‘out-of-this-world’ exploration. That’s why we thought that building a giant sculpture of a rocket, using toilet-paper-roll tubes we usually just throw away, would be a fun way to get conversations started about upcycling and space.”

Kids can go online to find out how to send in their own empty toilet-paper-roll tubes, build their own model rocket, take fun space quizzes and explore more space-related content at natgeokids.com/launch-party.

The effort to set the record is sponsored by Toyota and in partnership with Girls Who Code, The Mars Generation, DIY, National Geographic Education, DreamUp, Life is Good and the California Science Center.

All toilet-paper-roll tubes must be submitted by May 5 to be a part of the record attempt.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

Easter Tuesday

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:40
This is why I love flying in the Spring...

 Climbing near Didcot
Categories: Gliding

National Geographic Honors Earth Day with Multiple Activations on April 22

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:09

Looking to Celebrate Earth Day? National Geographic Offers a One-Stop Shop to Make You Smarter About the State of the Planet; Practical Ways to Get Involved; and Programming, Videos and Photos to Inspire You Along the Way

Celebration Includes Dedicated Wi-Fi Network and Recharging Tent for Participants at the March for Science; Sponsorship of the Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2017)—National Geographic is commemorating Earth Day’s 47th anniversary on April 22, 2017, including celebrating one of the greatest scientists of all, Albert Einstein, at this year’s March for Science on April 22. The March for Science is an unprecedented global gathering of scientists and science advocates joining together to acknowledge the vital role science plays in our lives and the need to encourage research that gives us insight into the world. At the event, which will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., National Geographic will be hosting a Genius-branded tent that will offer marchers free Wi-Fi and a place to recharge their phones. National Geographic Channel’s new series Genius, a scripted, 10-part global event that premieres on April 25 and stars Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, reveals how Albert became Einstein and explores his extraordinary achievements. As Einstein himself once said, “Science can only flourish in an atmosphere of free speech.” While charging their phones and relaxing in the tent, marchers will be able to watch clips from the highly anticipated show. Watch the series trailer here.

Beyond the march, National Geographic is bringing Einstein back to life via a conversational chatbot on Facebook. Using natural text input, the chatbot will allow users to engage in free-flowing conversation with the show’s title character one-on-one, discussing his early life, how he feels about the March for Science and the series’ major plot points. Check out a demo video of the bot here or start chatting with Einstein here.

In addition, National Geographic is sponsoring and participating in this year’s Earth Optimism Summit from April 21-23. The summit, led by Smithsonian Conservation Commons, convenes scientists to discuss and share solutions for preserving biodiversity and addressing climate change. The Summit is hosting thousands of thought leaders, researchers, artists, civic leaders, media and conservation-minded citizens this year. In addition to National Geographic Explorers and executives speaking on panels at the Summit, National Geographic will be hosting an interactive exhibit space featuring Earth Day-focused content and National Geographic Explorers in the “Innovation Commons,” which will be open to the public.

Powerful visual storytelling is and always has been at the core of National Geographic’s mission to further understanding of the world. For the first time ever, National Geographic is holding a flash sale from now until midnight on Earth Day: Prints by 22 National Geographic photographers that celebrate the rich diversity of our Earth will be available to buy as signed, 9.5”x 9.5” unframed prints, priced at $100 each. The sale, presented by National Geographic Creative, includes both classic and contemporary photography by photographers such as Cory Richards, Ami Vitale, David Guttenfelder and Paul Nicklen, and is available at www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com.

Finally, Nat Geo WILD is celebrating Earth Day with a special premiere of Mission Critical: Animals of the Year on Sunday, April 23, at 8/7c. This special is the latest installment of the network’s inspiring monthly Mission Critical strand that highlights important work being done by today’s wildlife warriors. Take a look at some of our favorite animals in 2017, and how their populations are faring around the world. Discover what challenges animals such as whales and apes are facing today, and what we can do to give them hope for the future.

National Geographic has focused on environmental and climate literacy for over a decade as a way to empower individuals with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about our planet. Please visit our Earth Day-focused digital content online at www.NationalGeographic.com and our climate change hub at www.natgeo.com/climatechange or visit the National Geographic booth at the Earth Optimism Summit this Earth Day.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter,InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Want to become a National Geographic Explorer? Learn how you can apply for a grant from the National Geographic Society here.

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50k success

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 21:04
Phil Binnee took advantage of the strong thermals today to fly Enstone for his Silver Distance (50km). He did have the advantage of flying an LS8 (we might have to send him off in a Junior to do it again) but he had to deal with dodgy batteries which put paid to his nav equipment, so he had to resort to actual map reading, a lost art.

Congratulations Phil!

Back in the trailer park

Categories: Gliding

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES 2017 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR CONTEST

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 17:00

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2017)—The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest launches today, inviting photographers of all levels to submit their most wanderlust-inducing shots to the annual competition. The grand-prize winner with receive a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions as well as the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The contest is open now and entries must be submitted by June 30, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Photography has been a core component of National Geographic’s storytelling since the 1890s. National Geographic Travel has continued this tradition, drawing on the best photographers to take readers around the world to places they might not have been themselves. The Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is designed to elevate new talent, and showcase their captivating images on National Geographic Travel’s influential platforms.

“Travel is about curiosity, and travel photography is about capturing and sharing that curiosity with the world. Our Travel Photographer of the Year contest surfaces extraordinary visions that inspire us all to get out and explore—with camera in hand,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit their best photos in any or all of the three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos an entrant can submit.

In each category, National Geographic Travel will award first-, second- and third-place cash prizes of $2500, $750 and $500 respectively. All winners will also receive a year-long subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine. In addition, all winning photos will appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler as well as in an online feature.

The grand prize, which is selected overall from the three categories, is a trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions. The winner will have the opportunity to snorkel with exotic fish, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see rare giant tortoises and explore the pristine islands by kayak or glass-bottom boat. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, which offers more than 200 trips across all seven continents.


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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic’s World-Renowned Photographers Celebrate Earth Day with Flash Print Sale

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:00

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2017)—Furthering the understanding of the world is and always has been at the core of National Geographic’s mission since its inception 129 years ago, especially by way of powerful visual storytelling. This year, in honor of Earth Day, National Geographic is holding a flash sale for six days only: Prints by 22 National Geographic photographers that celebrate the rich diversity of our earth will be available to buy as signed, 9.5” x 9.5” unframed prints, priced at $100 each. Including both classic and contemporary photography, prints by photographers such as Cory Richards, Ami Vitale and Paul Nicklen will be available for a limited time only, through midnight on Earth Day, April 22, to purchase at http://www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com/.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Creative, which represents many of National Geographic’s photographers, is a lead up celebration to Earth Day and the first time the agency will host a flash sale with promotion through our Instagram accounts (@NatGeo and @NatGeoCreative). The National Geographic Imaging Lab at Headquarters in Washington, D.C. will be overseeing all of the printing. The selection of images was curated by the photographers themselves, working in collaboration with Nat Geo Creative staff and Sarah Leen, National Geographic Partners’s director of photography, and celebrates the rich diversity of life on Earth.

“We are offering signed prints from our renowned photographers who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness of our earth and bringing the world to people through their imagery,” says Alice Keating, senior vice president, National Geographic Creative. National Geographic Partners returns 27 percent of its proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society, creating a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter,InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Categories: National Geographic

Jane out-manoeuvres the men, again.

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 23:04
A great end to the instructor week, more feedback on that to follow in a future post.  A good day for the increasingly popular Easter Egg Cup Aerobatic competition. All ten competitors flew, with most electing to complete the Standard pattern.  Dave H went for the more advanced Cor Blimey sequence.
Many pilots had not done any more than a loop before the weekend, but thanks to some excellent coaching, and safety pilots, everyone posted a good score.The top three were - 1st  - 83.7% -  Jane Moore.2nd - 78.7% - Rob Kehr3rd  - 78.1% - Chris Collett
For those that can speak Aresti, the sequence diagrams are shown below. See Mr Saw for a full translation.


A heated debate took place at prize-giving about who was the best aerobatic coach, perhaps next year there will also be a prize for best team coach.  Jane won for the second year running; many were heard muttering about how many years one person can win before moving up in to the Cor Blimey class.
Thanks as always to Graham Saw for organising the event, and to Charles Baker from Lasham for scoring. 
Club Chairman William Parker presents Jane Moore with the Easter Egg Aerobatics Trophy.
Looks like he is keeping hold of that Easter Egg though!In other news - 315 flew two XC tasks in one day - including first landout of the year at Bicester. 
Categories: Gliding

No course or expedition is complete without a food entry

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 20:48

The instructors week meeting at the Grouse and Ale. Great middle to the week's events and still 3 more days to go. The week has already generated about 150 launches and 10 hours in the motor glider.
Categories: Gliding

Our new seasonal tug pilot getting to grips with towing

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:02

Adam Ropka has joined us for the season as our tug pilot. He his currently being trained but will be about and ready to tow you soon. Please say hello and make him welcome
Categories: Gliding

Yacht Charter Focus: Ocean Sapphire and Beyond

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:00
Yacht Charter Focus: Ocean Sapphire and Beyond Futuristic and feisty, Ocean Sapphire by Rodriguez Yachts divided opinion like nothing before when she launched back in 2010. Not one of her 41-metres resonates classic superyacht and that is exactly the reason to choose her for your next charter.

From the outside, Ocean Sapphire is both striking and intriguing. Slicing the water at a modest 14 knots, her solar-silhouette isn’t just there to catch the attention of onlookers (although indeed, this yacht isn’t one for the shy) rather, it cleverly maximizes the use of indoor and outdoor space to ensure all 12 of your guests have plenty of room to revel in her space-age style.

Step inside and the story is similar. Much like her façade, famed Norman Foster designed her interior with strong lines in mind. As vivid as her bold exterior curves, what lies beneath is sharp and slick, maximizing space and ensuring there is more than enough room to spread your wings. In fact, her family focus is paramount, offering 30 percent more relaxation-room than any other yacht in her class.

But cruising across the Mediterranean on Ocean Sapphire isn’t just about playing odyssey on Earth; there’s a certain satisfaction only obtainable on board a vessel so modern and distinctive, whilst exploring the historical and craggy coastlines of Europe’s continental cities.

Enjoy the extensive technology of her gymnasium whilst watching the sun set over the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik; make the most of her open-air entertainment systems on a balmy summer night or have 7 crew members serve and al-fresco dinner overlooking the Balearics.  However you choose to spend your charter, Ocean Sapphire provides everything you’ll ever need with a 22nd century twist.

Ocean Sapphire is available for charter this Summer Season with Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage.

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Categories: Charters

Briefing for day 3 of the instructors week

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 08:58


Using the swanky new interactive whiteboard  (no pens allowed!)
Categories: Gliding

Evening groups up and running

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 21:42
Hurrah - the evening groups have begun again!

In a blaze of determination brought about by lack of flying we managed to fit the following activities into a couple of hours on Tuesday evening:

  • Jump in the glider for a take off on 24 - wind at 90 degrees to take-off.
  • Receive instruction to change runway to 06 from the tower.
  • Strap most of the launch point to the buggy and race across the field before the tug lands.
  • Sneak in some more flights vaguely in the direction of 06 - wind still at 90 degrees to take off.
  • The evening tuggy, then rushed from cockpit to lectern to deliver a fascinating talk on mountain flying.
If field selection in flat lands causes dread, reading the instructions for emergency landing fields in the Alps is not for the feint of heart: My recollection of one such landing field is as follows:

"Fly over the first electrical wire, but under the second. With 18m wings, sideslip a lot to fit between the trees, then land on the first rock at no more than 60 knots, so that you only have a glancing blow on the second boulder at 45 knots... and do not land long: The lake at the end has piranhas with a taste for dehydrated glider pilots. Successful landings usually require retrieval by helicopter. Ratio of successful to unsuccessful lands so far is... "

I exaggerate for effect of course...

Then we dreamed of having the skill and nerve to soar amongst the magnificent peaks - whilst making "friends" with the chef at the pub, by ordering eight meals two minutes before his home time.

Fantastic!

Talk about squeezing a lot into a short amount of time.
Categories: Gliding

Superyacht Silver Fast Set to Impress at Singapore

Super Yachts Carters - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 19:00
Superyacht Silver Fast Set to Impress at Singapore With the Singapore Yacht Show opening tomorrow, we take a look at the crowning superyacht set to dominate the Asian superyacht showcase; Silver Fast.

The largest yacht on display in Singapore this week, Silver Fast was introduced to the water in 2015 and has since acted as the flagship for the distinctive Silver Yachts fleet.

Measuring 77-metres (252’7”ft), speed, engineering and cutting-edge style come together to create a yacht which is truly different thanks to exterior styling by Espen Oeino.

Responsible for the entire fleet, Espen explained that the Silver Yachts range itself is a different concept to modern yachting; built with a super-efficient nature thanks to its design. The volume distribution is stretched out, instead of vertically stacked, giving the design a slimmer shape, shallow draft and high-speed results.

The engineering of the boat enhances that design, boasting a modest ‘power plant’, which provides fantastic fuel consumption results with a cruising speed of 18-20 knots.

Famously able to bridge the gap between Australia and Europe in just 21 days, Silver Fast is at home in major global superyacht hubs such as Dubai or Monaco, but equally comfortable in the depths of the Caribbean.

The Vain Interiors design throughout creates an added depth of solace thanks to a stripped back take on modern style. Complimented by a range of beautiful furnishings and perfectly paired art, Silver Fast's interior works to enhance the unique nature, and overall experience, of the yacht.

This is one of the must-see superyachts at any show and an undoubtedly unavoidable attraction at the Singapore Yacht Show. Superyachts.com interviewed the Owner of Silver Fast to discuss the lifestyle of the British Virgin Islands, read the full story here.

Photos © Guillaume Plisson Photos © Guillaume Plisson Photos © Guillaume Plisson Photos © Guillaume Plisson Photos © Guillaume Plisson Photos © Guillaume Plisson
Categories: Charters

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES LISA THOMAS PROMOTED TO PUBLISHER AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF ADULT BOOKS

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 14:48

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (APRIL 4, 2017)— Lisa Thomas, SVP & Editorial Director of National Geographic Adult Books since 2014, has been promoted to Publisher and Editorial Director Adult Books. Thomas will oversee National Geographic’s award-winning books editorial group, which publishes more than 40 books a year in its core categories of history, science, photography, travel, and illustrated reference. She will report to Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National
Geographic Partners
and Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine, and to Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President of Consumer Products and Experiences.

“Lisa is a creative, forward-thinking editor who knows how to get the best out of writers,” said Goldberg. “At the same time, she understands the demands of modern publishing — whether in print or pixel — and is a terrific strategist for National Geographic as we reposition our content for the next generation of readers and users. We are lucky to have her in our corner and in this role.”

“This is an exciting time at National Geographic as we pursue big books and world class storytellers,” said Thomas. “I’m honored to be part of team creating and telling stories at this scale.”

Lisa Thomas has worked with the books division for 16 years. She has conceived, acquired, and edited a range of New York Times bestsellers, including legendary Forrest Gump author Winston Groom”s The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II. She was instrumental in conceiving and editing Dan Buettner’s franchise Blue Zones series. She also published the national bestsellers In the Footsteps of Jesus and National Geographic 125 Years. As SVP & Editorial Director she has overseen the successful publication of recent bestsellers, including No Dream is Too High by Buzz Aldrin, StarTalk by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Destinations of a Lifetime, and many more.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels 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, location-based entertainment, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

15 best summer mountain activities in the Southern French Alps

Windsurfing - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 16:57

The Southern French Alps are famous for glorious sunny weather and a diverse range of adventurous things to do. But if you are planning a visit, what are the best summer mountain activities in the Southern French Alps? Mountains everywhere are full of exciting challenges, but the unique location of the...

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Newbery Medal-winning Author Kwame Alexander Joins National Geographic and First Book to Support Kids in Need

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 15:15

WASHINGTON (Apr. 3, 2017) — Tomorrow night, Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander will address hundreds of educators and professionals supporting children in need about the empowering and inspiring role of poetry in young people’s education. The event will culminate with a gift of a signed copy for each educator of Alexander’s National Geographic Kids book, Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, in addition to other resources. The event is a partnership with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million books to kids in need, and National Geographic. National Geographic will host the event at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. Video of the event will be made available to educators nationwide.

In a 2015 survey of First Book members, all of whom exclusively serve children in need, 93 percent of respondents cited sparking a love of reading as the primary motivation for accessing books for their classrooms and programs. The educators ranked developing this affinity for reading even above the development of the skills to read at grade level, which was cited as a goal by 79 percent of respondents. In the same survey, 87 percent of educators and program leaders saw an increased interest in reading among the kids they serve after distributing books from First Book.

“Kwame’s commitment not only to literacy, but to sparking the love of reading in young people, is critical to building a generation of empathetic, informed adults,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “We are very grateful to him, and to National Geographic, for partnering with us to create this opportunity to connect with the educators who work with kids in need every day, and to provide them with a resource that will assist them in the classroom.”

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, is a picture book that pairs the stunning photography of National Geographic Fellow and photographer Joel Sartore with Alexander’s mix of poetry and prose, and it celebrates the beauty, diversity and fragility of the animal world. The book was coauthored by Mary Rand Hess and Deanna Nikaido.

KPMG has provided generous support for the event and distribution of books to educators in the DC Metro Area in celebration of its partnership with both First Book and National Geographic. Its efforts are a part of KPMG’s Family for Literacy Program, which combats illiteracy by providing new books to children in need.

“We are thrilled to host Kwame at our headquarters and partner with First Book in sharing this powerful message of conservation,” said Jennifer Emmett, vice president of content for National Geographic Kids. “The combination of Joel’s beautiful images of animals from around the world and Kwame’s unique, lyrical text have created something truly special. We are excited to share Animal Ark with First Book’s network of educators supporting children in need.”

The event is part of First Book’s Authors & Illustrators in Action program. In addition to their creative contributions, prominent children’s book creators have supported the organization in raising awareness and funds to promote literacy and education in their local communities and across the country, in classrooms, online and at other events. Since its founding, the organization has built a network of more than 300,000 educators—a number that represents 23 percent, or nearly one in four—of the estimated 1.3 million formal and informal educators working in the lives of children in need in the U.S.

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About First Book                                                                             

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 1992 that has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada, which, with more than 300,000 members, is the largest and fastest growing network of educators exclusively serving kids in need. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

About KPMG

KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations.  KPMG is the fastest-growing Big Four professional services firm in the United States and is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Its people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.
KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries.

Categories: National Geographic

Yacht Charter Focus: Explore the World on Sherakhan

Super Yachts Carters - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:00
Yacht Charter Focus: Explore the World on Sherakhan Sherakhan is one of those timeless yachts which embodies the very image of sophisticated exploration. Measuring 69.65-metres (228’6”ft), this classically styled expedition superyacht is now on the market and ready to explore the world with IYC.

Sherakhan hasn’t aged a day, considering her original construction date of 1966. Completely rebuilt in 2005, the new lease of life turned an old vessel into a globally capable explorer yacht with a modern superyacht lifestyle throughout.

A unique interior is characterised by individual spaces including themed staterooms, each with their own personality and flair. With a configuration of the master cabin, eight doubles and four twins, staterooms have been designed to be extremely spacious and provide an appealing haven for guests.

Given her flawless charter history, Sherakhan is both at home in the Mediterranean and on the edges of the Antarctic. With space for 26 guests in 13 cabins, not to mention 19 highly-skilled crew on hand, the ample space on board offers accommodation across a master cabin, eight doubles and four twins, staterooms have been designed to be extremely spacious and provide an appealing haven for guests.

The master suite includes its own private owner's deck, separate study that can convert into an additional cabin and a Jacuzzi in the bedroom. Communal spaces include large saloons and lounges, a fully equipped gym, spa and themed massage room, with each again boasting their own individual style and drawing on a range of beautiful and opulent materials.

Designed to be an expedition yacht capable of seeing the world Sherakhan has proven her credentials as a popular charter yacht with an incredibly adventurous past itinerary. An incredibly stable hull, paired with stabilisers, ensures that guests can enjoy the highest levels of comfort when cruising. She has also been designed with families in mind, making her ideal for groups including children. For more information on chartering Sherakhan, click here.

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Categories: Charters

Some more pics of fun at Lleweni Parc

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 20:36
The members on the spring expedition to Wales had another fantastic ridge day with everyone here spending several hours beating up and down before showers brought an end to the day around 1730.

Here are a few pics:

A view of the ridge from ground level
27 launchpoint
Somewhere over Wales
Ed in KV, photographed by his syndicate partner Phil from 315
Ed again
Categories: Gliding