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Experience Life in the West Med On Board RoMEA

Super Yachts Carters - 12 hours 15 sec ago
Experience Life in the West Med On Board RoMEA The West Mediterranean is surrounded by a heritage of maritime luxury, born from the golden age of glamour. So it’s no surprise that it still stands as one of the world’s favourite charter destinations today, even among a shifting landscape of new and exotic locations.

During the busy Summer season, the Cannes Film Festival and the historic Monaco Grand Prix are part of the grand calendar of events taking place across numerous superyacht hotspots this year; just two of the most sought after charter experiences in the region.

Matching the gravity and history of luxury in the West Mediterranean, Imperial Yachts is presenting the exclusive charter opportunity to spend time on board the incredible 82 metre superyacht RoMEA. Fully available from July.

At Sea
Having only reached the water in 2015 at the Abeking & Rasmussen facilities in Germany, this is a new superyacht with an imposing sense of both style and size with design expertise from Terence Disdale.

At first glance, her classic, stately lines evoke the majestic power and grace of a vessel that is equally at home crossing deep oceans or navigating fjords, inlets and the best ports across the world.

Her engineering has helped shape a swift, stable and comfortable superyacht to reach exciting new worlds in ease, rising high above the waterline and making the most spectacular views part of RoMEA’s DNA.

This superyacht was built with decades of expertise in both design and construction, opening up spaces throughout to make the most of every area for every type of guest.

On Board
The interior - also the work of world-class designer Terence Disdale -offers different spaces for every mood and scenario while maintaining a unified character throughout. From grand saloons, elegant lounges and multimedia entertainment centres, RoMEA represents the very ideal of the luxury yachting lifestyle.

Her beautifully crafted layout offers everything a guest could possibly need, whether it’s a formal evening of entertainment or a family get-together.

Her main saloon, upholstered in supple, cream-toned leather, creates a light and luxurious atmosphere surrounded by art. Her on board cinema provides the opportunity to entertain and preview movies, while her formal dining room brings everyone together under the gourmet menu of the on board chef.

The Spa and Salon also allows guests to relax in a dedicated wellness centre, with Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi and deluxe showers which are styled to create the ultimate sense of tranquility.

On deck, RoMEA offers a huge sense of space across her external areas, with pool, sundecks, external entertainment systems, observation decks and al fresco dining complete with barbeque, as well as tenders and a full array of watersports facilities and equipment.

RoMEA is exclusively for charter with Imperial Yachts, and presents the ultimate in luxury during an exciting period in the West Med on board a yacht ranked 90th among the Top 100 Largest Yachts in the World.

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Air League visit

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:52
Today we played host to a group from a school in Hillingdon taking part in an Air League event organised by Andy Perkins. The day was aimed at giving the students a taste of gliding and to encourage them to apply for Air League scholarships to enable them to progress their training.

The weather was unstable and windy, with occasional showers of snow and hail, and decidedly chilly, Everyone had a great time, both in the air and driving the buggies around, with luck the fresh air and exercise will set them up nicely for their mock maths exams tomorrow.

Andy with some would-be racing drivers
Who took the ignition key?
Getting ready to launch
Certificates all round
Happy pilots
Gratuitous pic of 315 showing the day's sky
Categories: Gliding

National Geographic and Partners Unveil “Scenic, Wild Delaware River” – America’s Newest Travel Destination

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 19:16

NEW YORK (May 19, 2016)—Businesses, organizations, elected officials, the National Park Service and community leaders participating today in the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism initiative will introduce America’s newest and most compelling travel destination: the “Scenic, Wild Delaware River.”

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River region offers unique cultural, recreational and natural experiences along the upper and middle Delaware River. Its attractions lay within a few hours’ drive of New York City, Newark and Philadelphia. The region is anchored by three river-based national parks: Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River.

Here visitors can fish, swim and canoe in a river carved by geologic time and human history. They can connect with nature by watching eagles soar overhead and deer browse in forests and fields. The family can enjoy waterfalls that make the heart leap, learn to catch a fish downstream and picnic along the river’s banks. Visitors can discover friendly towns steeped in culture and history nestled among a postcard landscape from a bygone era.

At today’s event, leaders will unveil the Scenic, Wild Delaware River MapGuide. Created in coordination with National Geographic Maps, the MapGuide is an interactive travel website featuring more than 600 landmarks, natural resources, attractions, activities, events, lodging and dining venues nominated for inclusion in the MapGuide by local residents, businesses, organizations, public and private land managers, educators and community establishments.

The MapGuide aims to attract a niche market of national and international geotourists to the Scenic, Wild Delaware River region. This resource will serve national and international tourists seeking culturally and naturally authentic places, and it will allow visitors access to travel advice from local residents in order to create their own itineraries. The MapGuide may be previewed at www.delawareriver.natgeotourism.com.

Featured speakers at the unveiling will include leaders from the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Stewardship Council, along with James Dion, National Geographic Maps’ director of tourism programs. Speakers will showcase how to use the new travel website and announce projects for the coming year. Businesses, sites and attractions that appear in the new MapGuide will also be represented.

Members of the media are invited to attend and must RSVP to schiron@npca.org by COB on May 18.

WHAT: Cocktail Reception To Unveil America’s Newest Travel Destination: The Scenic, Wild Delaware River Region

WHEN: May 19, 2016 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: National Parks Conservation Association Northeast Office,

256 West 36th Street- 12th Floor, New York, New York 10018

A locally based Geotourism Stewardship Council oversees and manages the Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative. The Council’s first product is the MapGuide. Residents and visitors may continue to nominate new sites, events and special places for the website, which will be dynamic and constantly updated.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative is one of only 23 geotourism programs worldwide. The MapGuide highlights the region’s unique character by showcasing businesses, sites and events nominated by area residents, and providing travel advice, itineraries, and insights from locals.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative seeks to contribute to the area’s economic health and long-term vitality by promoting geotourism: Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. On average, geotourists are highly educated, take four or more leisure trips per year, care about the protection and preservation of the places they visit, and about half have annual household incomes above $75,000.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River region includes Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey; Delaware, Orange and Sullivan counties in New York; and Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania. The area is anchored by three national parks — Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River.

Initial funding for the Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative was provided by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, with funding also from the Claneil Foundation, to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The nonpartisan NPCA is a nonprofit, independent advocacy organization working to protect and enhance America’s national parks.

National Geographic Maps has partnered with communities across the United States and the world to produce more than 20 Geotourism MapGuides, including for the Greater Yellowstone (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming), Crown of Continent (Montana, British Columbia, Alberta), U.S. Gulf Coast States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida), Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province and The Bahamas Family of Islands.

National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic magazine and other Society groups for 100 years. National Geographic Maps produces outdoor recreation mapping software, Trails Illustrated maps and software, globes, wall maps, travel maps and atlases. For more information on National Geographic Maps, visit www.natgeomaps.com.

 

The initial “Wild, Scenic Delaware River” Geotourism Stewardship Council includes travel and tourism industry representatives; businesses owners; members of cultural, art and historical organizations; members of local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups; conservation and recreation organizations; local public and private land managers; and other community leaders throughout the region:

 

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic and Partners to Host Community Celebrations for “Scenic, Wild Delaware River” Geotourism Initiative

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 19:10

BUSHKILL, Pa. (April 18, 2016)—Following months of unprecedented collaboration, the “Scenic, Wild Delaware River” Geotourism Stewardship Council will host three community events to celebrate the geotourism initiative for the middle and upper Delaware River region, and preview the Geotourism Mapguide website produced in collaboration with National Geographic Maps. The website will be publicly unveiled on May 19 at an event in New York City.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative seeks to contribute to the area’s economic health and long-term vitality by promoting geotourism: Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.

At each community celebration event, the Geotourism Stewardship Council members will acknowledge and thank organizations, businesses, community leaders, National Park Service staff, elected officials and others who have supported the initiative. Additionally, the hundreds of business, sites and attractions featured on the Scenic, Wild Delaware River MapGuide are invited to attend and receive their certificate of participation and other identifying materials from National Geographic. These can be publicly displayed to highlight involvement in this collaborative promotion and stewardship initiative.

These events are free and open to the public. Members of the public are kindly requested to RSVP online by clicking here. Members of the media are invited to attend and are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Sam Chiron at schiron@npca.org.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

Walkpack Inn

Route 615, Wallpack Center, NJ 07881

Lunch provided

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

100 Shawnee Inn Dr. Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356

Lunch provided

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Narrowsburg Union

7 Erie Avenue, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Light refreshments provided

 

“Our Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative not only brands the middle and upper Delaware River region as a destination for responsible, meaningful tourism, it also will help us sustain our unique history and culture,” said Geotourism Stewardship Council member Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau in Pennsylvania.

“This geotourism initiative has brought communities across the region closer, and it promotes all of our amazing assets to better preserve the cultural, historic and natural attractions that we all love,” said Stewardship Council member Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president and CEO of New York’s Sullivan County Visitors Association.

“We’re all united by the Delaware River, and the partnerships we’ve built through this geotourism initiative will help us promote what’s special about where we live and share it with visitors,” said Stewardship Council member Tammie A. Horsfield, president of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey.

“Not only is this region a short drive from major cities, the middle and upper Delaware River region also is culturally and geographically significant,” said James Dion, National Geographic Maps’ director of tourism programs. “This geotourism initiative underscores the importance of connecting communities in an area to share their tremendous scenic, historic and cultural assets, and helping them thrive together for future generations.”

Formed in September 2015, the Geotourism Stewardship Council’s first product will be an interactive, customizable travel website called a MapGuide that aims to attract a niche national and international market of geotourists to the Scenic, Wild Delaware River region. On average, geotourists are highly educated, take four or more leisure trips per year, care about the protection and preservation of the places they visit, and about half have annual household incomes above $75,000.

Since the Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative was launched, local residents have nominated more than 600 unique landmarks, natural resources, attractions, activities, events, lodging and dining venues to be included on the MapGuide. Residents and visitors may continue to nominate new sites, events and special places for the website, which will be dynamic and constantly updated.

The MapGuide, which may be previewed at www.delawareriver.natgeotourism.com, will be unveiled in New York City on May 19. More information about the New York City event announcing America’s newest and most compelling travel destination will be made available in the coming weeks.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River region includes Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey; Delaware, Orange and Sullivan counties in New York; and Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania. The area is anchored by three river-based national parks: Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River.

Initial funding for the Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative was provided by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, with funding also from the Claneil Foundation, to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The nonpartisan NPCA is a nonprofit, independent advocacy organization working to protect and enhance America’s national parks.

National Geographic Maps has partnered with communities across the United States and the world to produce more than 20 Geotourism MapGuides, including for the Greater Yellowstone (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming), Crown of Continent (Montana, British Columbia, Alberta), U.S. Gulf Coast States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida), Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province and The Bahamas Family of Islands.

National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic magazine and other Society groups for 100 years. National Geographic Maps produces outdoor recreation mapping software, Trails Illustrated maps and software, globes, wall maps, travel maps and atlases. For more information on National Geographic Maps, visit www.natgeomaps.com.

 

The initial “Wild, Scenic Delaware River” Geotourism Stewardship Council includes travel and tourism industry representatives; businesses owners; members of cultural, art and historical organizations; members of local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups; conservation and recreation organizations; local public and private land managers; and other community leaders throughout the region:

Categories: National Geographic

The Superyacht Destination Handbook: Port Denia

Super Yachts Carters - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 16:09
The Superyacht Destination Handbook: Port Denia With an exciting shift in focal global destinations for owners and charter guests, we look to some of the marinas and regions available for berthing during the Summer breakaway starting with Port Denia, Spain.

An ideal home port for Winter berths and surrounded by idyllic coastal areas and islands for the Summer months - not to mention shipyard facilities for updates and repairs - Port Denia is a Spanish destination which offers owners everything from lifestyle to state-of-the-art facilities.

Superyachts up to 130 metres can berth in Port Denia, making it part of the world’s list of largest capacity marinas. Aside from the global positioning, the culture of the traditional, lively and yet historic Spanish town is busy enough for crew and guests while offering the quiet sophistication of the Spanish old town style and 25km of blue flag beaches.

Port Denia is also located just 45 miles from Formentera and Ibiza, perfect for a few days trip to some of the most sought after lifestyle nightspots in the world. Closing the connection, the owner of Port Denia is in fact the owner of the Palladium Hotel Group, based in Ibiza and famed for huge concerts, parties and VIP treatment.

Strategically placed for the ideal start or finishing phases of a Caribbean crossing, the facilities and shipyard offers both mooring and repairs, while all on-shore amenities cover the full spectrum of needs for large yachts as well as the owners and guests travelling to and from the passerelle from anywhere in the world.

The facilities themselves feature two haul-out slipways available for superyachts up to 1200GT, which is a relief for Captains of larger yachts looking to plan ahead. While yachts of 70 metres may be too heavy, most of the spectrum of services offered by the Port Denia shipyard can be taken to the yacht on the water.

Once on the docks of Port Denia, the restaurants - particularly the famed Quique Dacosta with two Michelin Stars - bars, shops, views, golf courses, water sports and adventure sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing provide the attractions for the up and coming destination.

Surrounding locations such as Valencia, Alicante, Altea, Calpe, Ibiza and Formentera enhance the position of Port Denia, but the marina and facilities itself provide a central hub for yacht owners cruising the waters of Spain.

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Categories: Charters

National Geographic Society Names Emma Carrasco Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Senior Vice President of Global Strategy

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:00

WASHINGTON, DC (April 22, 2016) – The National Geographic Society announced today that Emma Carrasco will take on the newly created position of chief marketing and communications officer and senior vice president of global strategy. Carrasco, who joins National Geographic Society after four years at NPR, will play a crucial role in reaching key constituencies and effectively communicating the Society’s mission and impact on the world. She will serve on the senior leadership team, reporting to President and CEO Gary Knell.

Carrasco brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, branding and communications to the role, including work guiding the strategy for international brands. Since 2012, Carrasco has been chief marketing officer and senior vice president for audience development at NPR, one of the country’s most iconic news organizations and the producer of highly regarded programs that include Morning Edition and All Things Considered. At NPR, she led the creation of an audience-centric marketing culture and broke new ground in how NPR cultivated and engaged new audiences.

“For more than 128 years, National Geographic Society has been fulfilling its critical mission to explore and protect the planet,” said Knell. “With her vast experience, Emma will be a crucial leader for the Society and our brand as we expand our work supporting science, exploration and education. In her new role, she will grow our ability to share with a global audience how National Geographic’s programs – our explorers, our grant making, and our educational outreach – are demonstrably changing the world.”

Carrasco’s career also includes agency experience: at FleishmanHillard in Los Angeles and New York she created corporate responsibility and media relations campaigns, and as executive vice president at Republica, a strategic and creative agency based in Miami, she worked with an array of major national and international brands to grow their market share and revenue. In addition, she also has served in executive marketing roles for major brands including Univision, McDonald’s Corporation and Nortel Networks.

Her recent honors include being inducted into Direct Marketing News’ “Marketing Hall of Femme” as one of the top-15 female CMOs in the country. She also was named one of Ad Age’s 2013 “Women to Watch.”

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Bee Welcomes Mo Rocca as New Moderator

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:57

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2016)—The National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society’s annual geography competition, welcomes journalist and humorist Mo Rocca as the new moderator of the competition finals, which will be held at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the 28th year of competition, will see 54 geography whiz kids take the stage at the end of May to compete for the title of National Geographic Bee Champion.

Currently, Rocca hosts the Emmy-winning series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and is a regular correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. No stranger to the rigors of competition, Rocca also appears as a frequent panelist on NPR’s news quiz show, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!.

In 2012, Rocca became the host and creator of Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned how to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers in kitchens across the United States. He began his career in television as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. From 1998 to 2003, Rocca served as a regular correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, notably contributing to a series of special episodes called Indecision 2000 satirizing the 2000 Presidential Election. In 2004, Mo wrote a historical novel, All the Presidents’ Pets, about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making. The following year, Rocca starred in a “bee” of his own during his stint on Broadway as the bee’s moderator, Panch, in the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography competition for fourth- through eighth-graders. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and will also have the opportunity to travel on a Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. The expedition will include a stop at Glacier Bay National Park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

The Bee was developed by the National Geographic Society in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Since then, the event has empowered students to learn about their world and how they can make an impact as global citizens. Tune in to see Rocca moderate the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT and starting Saturday, May 28, on local public television stations

About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Categories: National Geographic

William Trubridge’s Top 5 Diving Activities in The Bahamas

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:48
William Trubridge’s Top 5 Diving Activities in The Bahamas The natural cruising grounds of the Bahamas offer owners and charterers the idyllic superyacht experience. We take a fresh look at the region by speaking to William Trubridge - 15x World Record Holding Freediver - to discover more about the underwater destinations of the Bahamas.

An expert opinion is a highly sought after asset when diving, but first-hand knowledge of adventurous locations, rare experiences and exciting new diving styles from William Trubridge is another matter entirely.

Cave Diving
“There’s cave systems in the Bahamas like nowhere else in the world. In some cases they extend for miles underneath the limestone rock. You’ll go through chambers and passageways with the most incredible stalagmite and stalactites, and then you’ll pop up somewhere else in another tiny blue hole. For someone with a lot of experience it would be one of the most incredible things you can do on the planet.”

Free Diving
“Dean’s Blue Hole off of Long Island is widely considered the best destination for freediving in the world. The water is so deep yet you don’t have to deal with swell, waves, currents, boats and jelly fish – the things that are typical in the open ocean. It’s also a spectacular place to dive because it almost feels like you are in an underwater cathedral.”

Shark Diving
“This is an experience that everyone should get first hand. To actually be amongst these creatures when they’re feeding makes you a lot more confident about being in the water because you see how non-threatening and uninterested they are in humans, and it can dispel some of the fear created by films like Jaws. Almost every island has a shark dive where you go out in a boat sit on the sand at the bottom and the sharks come around and swim as they feed on the fish that the dive master brings.”

Swimming with Wild Dolphins
“Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, which come through Bahamian waters, are the most social species of dolphin in the world. They will spend hours swimming around and interacting with people. And if you dive down about 30-40 feet and then come up very slowly with your hands by your sides, a group of them will often cluster around you, and as you float to the surface they will spin around and break away, kind of like a flower erupting from the water. It’s the most incredible thing to be so close to these mammals and look them in the eye and see the intelligence so vividly displayed in their gaze.”

Wall Diving
“Almost every island in the Bahamas has a wall close by where the shelf or the flat sandy banks will drop off from 30-40 feet to thousands of feet very, very quickly, and along that edge there’s a lot of activity, a lot of reef and groupers and sharks and all sorts. So it’s a great place to dive and go slightly deeper than you can in most other places in the Bahamas and to experience that vastness of the open ocean whilst still having the reef close by.”

While these activities may seem daunting, there is a word of encouragement from the globally revered sportsman for those looking to embrace the adventure of life underwater.

What would you say to people looking to try freediving?
"If you’re on a yacht, free diving is something you can do anywhere. It’s not something that requires super deep water – you can free dive just on a shallow reef. So by learning the skills of free diving it would enrich your experience of cruising around the islands. One of the most amazing things is just to stop the boat, jump in and swim down into this ever-lasting expanse of blue. If you can acquire the confidence to hold your breath and the ability to swim efficiently, you can enjoy the water so much more and essentially become a sea creature yourself."

You also run a freediving centre in the Bahamas – what can you tell us about that?
"When I first came to Dean’s Blue Hole to see if it would be suitable for setting up camp, I fell in love not just with the Blue Hole but the island itself. It’s the perfect combination of a tropical island but with not too much tourism. It still retains its own individuality and hasn’t become another destination on package tours. And it offers a lot of things for me to do outside free diving time, most of them relating to the water, but it still gives me that diversity."
 

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Categories: Charters

National Geographic Magazine, May 2016

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:27

A full PDF version is available here.

Categories: National Geographic

Want to visit Southern Europe? 10 of the best Mediterranean activities

Windsurfing - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 15:03

Do you want to visit Southern Europe? Tens of millions of us flock to the Mediterranean each year for the endless sunshine, incredible food, stunning landscapes, laid back lifestyles, and abundant culture. There’s also a lot of fun things to do, so what are the best Mediterranean activities you should try. 10 of the best Mediterranean activities...

The post Want to visit Southern Europe? 10 of the best Mediterranean activities appeared first on AWE365.

Categories: Wind Surfing

Gridded up Evesham Frome under a great sky

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 19:26

Check the ladder to see who did what on the Handicap task
Categories: Gliding

ECZ flies again

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 09:29
ECZ - now known as 316 - flew again yesterday, under a very nice looking April sky.

Looking good....
Categories: Gliding

New Exhibition at National Geographic Focuses on Yellowstone’s Hidden Boundaries

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:51

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2016)—As part of National Geographic’s year-long celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial, the National Geographic Museum will open the exhibition “Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations” on April 15. The exhibition features stunning photographs, immersive video, interactive migration maps, cultural objects and artwork by James Prosek that explore the compelling story behind some of the most amazing animal migrations on the planet.

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area 10 times larger than Yellowstone National Park itself, is divided among federal, state, private and tribal lands, and is in the path of some of the most significant wildlife migration routes on the planet. Many of these lands have conflicting interests and are unprotected, creating major challenges for migratory animals as they leave Yellowstone National Park boundaries. The long-term conservation of these animals depends on the actions of landowners and other stakeholders far beyond the national park’s borders.

The “Invisible Boundaries” exhibition features the work of National Geographic Explorer and wildlife ecologist Arthur Middleton and National Geographic Explorer and photographer Joe Riis. Two years ago, the pair teamed up to document the elk migrations of Greater Yellowstone, hoping to raise awareness of the issues that arise when humans impose boundaries on nature and to form a coalition to solve these conservation challenges. Middleton and Riis are the recipients of the 2013 Camp Monaco Prize by Prince Albert II of Monaco and were nominated for the 2016 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award.

“Invisible Boundaries is an example of the unique contribution and impact National Geographic is making on conservation efforts,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions. “We have brought together some of the foremost experts on ecology, conservation management and wildlife photography to showcase a pressing issue facing one of America’s most beloved national parks and to inspire action to preserve it.”

In addition to the “Invisible Boundaries” exhibition, Riis and Middleton are working on a documentary film titled “Elk River.” Riis’ photos appear in the June 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine, a single-subject issue about Yellowstone National Park.

The National Geographic Museum exhibition is organized in partnership with The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and its Draper Natural History Museum and Whitney Western Art Museum. Other partners include Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Wyoming Migration Initiative of the University of Wyoming and exhibition designer Split Rock Studios.

Middleton and Riis will share their perspective on Yellowstone’s conservation challenges on April 28 at a National Geographic Live event, “The Future of Yellowstone.” The event will feature a panel discussion with Middleton and Riis; Dan Wenk, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park; and author David Quammen, a 30-year resident of the Yellowstone area and contributing writer for the May 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. National Geographic magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg will moderate the discussion.

This exhibition is located in the M Street Lobby of the National Geographic Museum and is free and open to the public. The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. It funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of its members and donors, the Society works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Categories: National Geographic

Cloudscape over Benson

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:12
Just a small part of my flight yesterday.....
Jim
Categories: Gliding

Proper April weather

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 20:02
The sunshine brought everyone out today and the launchpoint was busy with training flights and instructor training. A few single seaters went off to dodge round the showers, finding excellent lift along the shower edges. Meanwhile, members vied with each other to try out the SZD Perkoz demonstrator in one or other of its three configurations. As it is fully aerobatic it was on occasion to be seen flying inverted downwind legs, as well as in a variety of attitudes at height.

Graham about to fly with the Polish Aerobatic Team's instructor
Hmm not sure about that shower
Not exactly elegant but very nice handling
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The National Geographic Society Announces Brooke Runnette as Executive Vice President, Chief Program and Impact Officer

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 18:35

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2016)—The National Geographic Society announced today the promotion of Brooke Runnette to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Program and Impact Officer. Runnette will play an instrumental role in helping the 128­ year-­old Society make a greater global impact through its mission-­driven work. Combined with a new organizational structure also announced today, the Society is better positioned than ever to explore and protect the planet by harnessing the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling. The move was announced by National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell.

The National Geographic Society has expanded to become one of the largest non­profits in the world, doing work that supports science and exploration, inspires global citizens and protects the planet. Through a joint venture partnership with 21st Century Fox forged last fall, the National Geographic Society has more than doubled its ability to fund innovative science, exploration and education. Leveraging expanded multi­media platforms that reach more than 700 million people worldwide, the National Geographic Society is perfectly poised to have a greater impact around the globe as stories and images, shows and events are more widely and effectively distributed.

“There has never been a more important time for the National Geographic Society to fulfill its critical mission to explore and protect the planet,” said Knell. “Having spent the better part of the last century providing venture capital for good, we are fortunate to have more resources than ever before to invest in the world’s best scientists, explorers, photographers and educators. Brooke’s new role will unite the Society’s programs into a single, integrated pipeline, helping the organization deliver maximum impact. She has a successful track record of combining creativity and operational efficiency to get the most out of projects.”

An Emmy­- and Peabody Award­-winning producer, Runnette has a long list of successes as creative executive, with a history of balancing risk­-taking with operational discipline. Runnette was previously president of National Geographic Studios, responsible for all television, film and digital video production for the Society. She rebooted the Explorer series for the National Geographic Channel, which premiered with the multiple ­award-­winning Warlords of Ivory, featuring National Geographic Explorer of the Year Bryan Christy. More than just a TV show, the investigation of illegal poaching across Africa became the centerpiece of a new impact initiative around wildlife trafficking for the Society.

Before joining National Geographic, Runnette served for six years on the creative team at Discovery Channel as an executive producer and director of development for special projects. She oversaw cable’s longest-­running event, Shark Week, putting a greater emphasis on natural history while simultaneously increasing ratings.

As part of the new structure, Mike Ulica has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Financial Officer. Ulica joined National Geographic in 2006 as the chief financial officer for National Geographic Ventures, the Society’s taxable subsidiary. He was named the Society’s deputy chief financial officer in 2012 and the chief financial officer in 2014. Ulica was previously at Discovery Communications, where he spent 10 years in a wide range of financial roles, including senior vice president and chief financial officer of Discovery’s corporate services division.

“Mike has always been and will continue to be an invaluable resource in keeping the organization running smoothly,” said Knell. “The team we have in place, with Brooke and Mike at the helm, will help us maximize our commitment to exploration, protection and inspiring new generations to care about the planet.”

About the National Geographic Society

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-­winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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Dan Smith Memorial Trophy 2016 - aerobatics

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:19
Late news just in - our very own Graham Saw competed in the Dan Smith Memorial aerobatics comp at Dunstable on the weekend of 2/3 April. For this comp all the competitors fly a K21, there are two Sports sequences, a Known and and Unknown. This year the comp attracted entrants from Poland (two previous word champions) and the Czech Republic. Graham came first in the Unknown and second in the Known, with an overall silver medal.

Congratulations Graham!

The grins say it allFull story here.

Categories: Gliding

Easter Egg 2016 - Aerobatics comp

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 19:14
The annual Easter Egg Aerobatics Comp took place today, with a number of members and a guest from Dunstable hurling themselves around the sky in a bid to impress the judge, Graham Saw. The strong southerly produced challenging conditions and presented the competitors with some interesting decisions on how to position themselves for their sequence. Competitors could choose between the Standard and GorBlimey sequences and could fly as many times as they liked. The surprise results were as follows:

1st - Standard - Jane Moore - 81.3%
2nd - GorBlimey - Alun Jenkins - 78.1%
3rd - GorBlimey - David Humphreys - 70.6%
4th - Standard - Jan Wazny
5th - Standard - Jim White
6th - GorBlimey - Rob Kehr
7th - Standard - Rob Turner
8th - Standard - William Parker

Jane
Alun
DavidMany thanks to Graham for organising and judging the event, and to Geoff T for presenting the prizes.

In other news, George rigged his Ventus with the aim of staying up - and landed out......... But at least he tried.
Categories: Gliding

Spring showers

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 17:34
Today provided some excellent soaring but only for a few hours, the rain arrived soon after lunch. As well as training flights, a few people rigged to and set off to explore the cloud streets. George Hunter made it as far as Wantage, making use of the lift along the front of the showers.


Categories: Gliding

2016 National Geographic State Bee Winners Announced

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 21:30

ALABAMA- Kapil Nathan, 6th Grade, Brock’s Gap Intermediate, Hoover
ALASKA- Ben Ng, 8th Grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau
ARKANSAS- D.J. Quezada, 8th Grade, Haas Hall Academy, Bentonville
ARIZONA- Ari Mehta, 8th Grade, Explorer Middle School, Phoenix
CALIFORNIA- Nishaanth Krishnan, 8th Grade, C.E. Utt Middle School, Tustin
COLORADO- Cooper Hanley, 7th Grade, Louisville Middle School, Louisville
CONNECTICUT- Ritwik Bose, 8th Grade, Scotts Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield
DELAWARE- Eric Smith, 8th Grade, F Neil Postlethwait Middle School, Camden
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Max Garon, 6th Grade, Sidwell Friends Middle School, Washington
FLORIDA- Rishi Nair, 6th Grade, Williams Magnet Middle School, Tampa
GEORGIA- Jerome Perera, 7th Grade, Taylor Road Middle School, Johns Creek
HAWAII- Mika Ishii, 8th Grade, Kaimuki Middle School, Honolulu
IDAHO- Nicholas Monahan, 7th Grade, Payette Lakes Middle School, McCall
ILLINOIS- Mantra Dave, 8th Grade, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal
INDIANA- Simon Molenaar, 7th Grade, Highland Christian School, Highland
IOWA- Patrick Taylor, 8th Grade, Northwest Junior High School, Coralville
KANSAS- Aviral Misra, 8th Grade, Prairie Star Middle School, Leawood
KENTUCKY- Shyam Ravishankar, 8th Grade, Noe Middle School, Louisville
LOUISIANA- Luke Alexander Andel, 8th Grade, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans
MAINE- Haden Buzzell, 6th Grade, Massabesic Middle School, E Waterboro
MARYLAND- Rishi Kumar, 5th Grade, Worthington Elementary School, Ellicott City
MASSACHUSETTS- Saketh Jonnalagadda, 8th Grade, Stony Brook Middle School, Westford
MICHIGAN- Pranav Arunandhi, 8th Grade, Reuther Middle School, Rochester Hills
MINNESOTA- Lucas Eggers, 7th Grade, STAR Homeschool Academy, Minnetonka
MISSISSIPPI- Edmund Doerksen, 7th Grade, Oxford Middle School, Oxford
MISSOURI- Nikhil Krishnan, 8th Grade, Rockwood South Middle School, Fenton
MONTANA- Grace Rembert, 8th Grade, Sacajawea Middle School, Bozeman
NEBRASKA- Deeksha Sridher, 6th Grade, Millard North Middle School, Omaha
NEVADA- Spencer Gabe, 8th Grade, Las Vegas Day School, Las Vegas
NEW HAMPSHIRE- Abhinav S. Govindaraju, 6th Grade, Shaker Road School, Concord
NEW JERSEY- Veda Bhattaram, 6th Grade, Robert R Lazar Middle School, Montville
NEW MEXICO- Lakshay Sood, 5th Grade, Manzano Day School, Albuquerque
NEW YORK- Ethan Tsvayg, 7th Grade, IS 239 Mark Twain Gifted School, Brooklyn
NORTH CAROLINA- Samanyu Avinash Dixit, 6th Grade, Jay M Robinson Middle School, Charlotte
NORTH DAKOTA- Jonathan Farnsworth, 8th Grade, Valley Middle School, Grand Forks
OHIO- Saket Pochiraju, 6th Grade, Orange Middle School, Lewis Center
OKLAHOMA- Keane VanTrease, 8th Grade, Jenks Middle School, Jenks
OREGON- Ashwin Sivakumar, 6th Grade, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland
PENNSYLVANIA- Benjamin Fischer, 5th Grade, Vida Charter School, Gettsyburg
RHODE ISLAND- Eli Fulton, 8th Grade, Rhode Island of Home Educators (Home School), North Kingstown
SOUTH CAROLINA- Joshua Woodfin, 8th Grade, Greenville County Home Educators, Simpsonville
SOUTH DAKOTA- Owen Fink, 5th Grade, Bridgewater-Emery School, Bridgewater
TENNESSEE- John Webster, 8th Grade, Evangelical Christian School, Cordova
TEXAS- Pranay Varada, 7th Grade, Dewitt Perry Middle School, Carrollton
UTAH- Ankit Garg, 6th Grade, Bear River Charter School, Logan
VERMONT- Isaac Krementsov, 7th Grade, Shelburne Cmty School
VIRGINIA- Vishvesha Sridhar, 8th Grade, Blacksburg Middle School, Blacksburg
WASHINGTON- Satvik Kabbur, 4th Grade, Bear Creek Elementary School, Woodinville
WEST VIRGINIA- Surya Perla, 8th Grade, Andrew Jackson Middle School, Charleston
WISCONSIN- Thomas Wright, 7th Grade, Univ School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee
WYOMING- Degory Day, 7th Grade, Evanston Middle School, Evanston
ATLANTIC TERRITORIES- Matthew Haughton, 7th Grade, Antilles School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
PACIFIC TERRITORIES- Victoria Nicole Santos, 7th Grade, Marianas Baptist Academy, Saipan, MP
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS- Connor Buchheit, 7th Grade, Wiesbaden Middle School, APO, AE

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