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Juniors Day 2

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 18:10
George did a great bit of street running today making around the first turn in the corner of the sector and back as far as Stow on the Wold. A good effort.

Look on comp.glidertracking.co.uk and click on 319 for his trace. No scores as I write.

Categories: Gliding

10 of the best Morocco adventure activities

Windsurfing - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:30

From the iconic Kasbah of Tangier and bustling souks of Marrakech to the enigmatic and vast Sahara desert, Morocco has big cultural appeal. However, it’s perhaps the fact that the best Morocco adventure activities can equal those anywhere on the planet that makes the country a real hotspot for multi-activity adventure...

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Categories: Wind Surfing

SUP Festival

Water Sports Braylake - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 21:12
Sunday 13th September, 09:30-17:00

Join us for the day and take part in free, instructor-led clinics and demonstrations to take your SUPing to a new level:

  • Free Junior Improver Clinic (includes introduction to racing)
  • Free Adult Improver Clinic
  • Free Refresher Tuition

If you haven’t been SUPing for a while…

Categories: Water Sports

Juniors Day 1

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 20:55
Tricky day with three distinct air masses. Blue to the S, raining to the W and towering cu to the NE. The task was NE. George did a brilliant job staying up before the start then getting back into the zone for a start at a decent height.

Unfortunately, like others, he glid from there around the first turn at Andoversford to a good field just beyond. Not first, but not last by a long straw. Only 5 got round.

More when the scores are in.
Categories: Gliding

Guide to Peru adventure travel and action sports

Windsurfing - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 16:43

Located in the west of South America, Peru offers adventures as varied as its climate and regions. With arid coastal deserts, cooler Andean highlands and tropical rainforest it plays host to spectacular scenery and exciting activities. This guide to Peru adventure travel and action sports looks at the range of activities...

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Categories: Wind Surfing

George at Junior Nationals

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:05
Our star cadet George is competing in the Junior Nationals which starts on Saturday at Aston Down. He is in a huge field of over 50 pilots taking part. I am sure that everyone wishes him great success in his first Nationals competition.

 He has crew arranged on both weekends (his dad) and members of the club throughout the week: Glyn on Mon, Tue, Wed, Richard on Thursday, and Steve Williams on Friday. Extra help may be necessary at short notice so keep your ear to the ground please. I will be going down on Saturday to hopefully get him off to a good start.

Best of luck George.
Categories: Gliding

Mark Warner discount: 5% off windsurfing holidays

Windsurfing - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:08

Mark Warner have been providing active holidays for over 40 years and have won numerous awards. Their windsurfing holidays in the Mediterranean offer you the chance to windsurf every day or to try other activities such as sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, mountain biking, road cycling, SUP, kayaking, tennis and much more....

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Categories: Wind Surfing

National Geographic Magazine, September 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:46

Full-size PDF version of press release available here.

Categories: National Geographic

Gift Giving, Social Status Drive Global Ivory Demand, New National Geographic/GlobeScan Study Finds

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:01
Research Conducted in China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and United States Elephant Populations Face Further Peril if Trends Continue

WASHINGTON (Aug. 12, 2015)—A new international analysis of consumer ivory demand released today by the National Geographic Society and GlobeScan presents empirical evidence that there is a substantial ivory market driven by ivory’s perceived suitability for gift giving and the social status ivory ownership conveys. This is despite the fact that support for government action to ban or limit the ivory trade is widespread in all countries surveyed, even among ivory owners and those who express an interest in buying it. Taken together, the results provide critical data and consumer insights that can inform and refine strategies to curb ivory demand that would ultimately help protect the world’s disappearing elephant populations.

National Geographic retained GlobeScan to research consumer demand for ivory in the five countries where demand for ivory is known to be concentrated — China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States. The three-phased study, conducted between February 2014 and September 2014, was designed to understand the dynamics driving ivory demand among adults 18 and older. Said Terry Garcia, chief science and exploration officer for the National Geographic Society, “We are sharing this research in the hope that it can help guide efforts to mitigate consumer demand in these critical markets.”

GlobeScan collected data using a variety of methods, including in-depth interviews, focus groups and quantitative surveys. Respondents in each country were grouped according to their stated interest in purchasing ivory and their self-reported financial ability to do so. Of the five groups identified, “Likely Buyers” are individuals who expressed the strongest intent to buy ivory in the future and by definition are the most likely to drive continued ivory demand.

The number of Likely Buyers is substantial, totaling 22 percent of respondents across all five countries surveyed. In China and the Philippines, Likely Buyers represent just over one-third of those surveyed.

A majority of these Likely Buyers (67 percent) — including current owners of ivory products — said they would support a ban on all ivory trade in their country. “What is especially striking in this study is that although support for regulation is high, it is not strongly linked to individual purchase intent,” said Garcia. “Therefore, strategies to reduce ivory demand will need to address the social values driving that demand as well as regulatory actions.”

The study also found that nonprofit environmental organizations, scientists and academics are the most trusted sources of information on issues related to ivory. According to Eric Whan, director of GlobeScan’s sustainability practice, “These types of organizations and individuals are uniquely positioned to impact consumer demand for ivory, particularly if people find the information these organizations and individuals provide worthy of passing on to peers.”

National Geographic initiated the study after the 2013 launch of the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants, a three-year Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, which aims to stop the killing of elephants for their ivory; stop the trafficking of illegal ivory; and stop the global demand for ivory. The Commitment to Action was made by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), African Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Conservation International, and was announced at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. National Geographic and 10 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are participating partners.

“As a founding member of the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants, we welcome the results of the National Geographic/GlobeScan study,” said John Calvelli, executive vice president of public affairs at WCS and director of WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign. “With an in-depth understanding of what’s driving consumer demand for ivory, we are much better positioned to stop that demand at its source and, ultimately, put an end to the incessant poaching of Africa’s threatened elephants.” The 96 Elephants Campaign brings together world citizens, partners, thought leaders and change makers to leverage collective influence to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand.

Among the study’s other reported findings:

Likely Buyers may not be who you think.

  • On average, Likely Buyers tend to fall into the low- to middle-income bracket; skew younger than average; and are somewhat more likely to have a religious affiliation.
  • Likely Buyers tend to describe themselves as fashionable, social and religious. Their purchase decisions are more likely to be influenced by friends and a desire for products that convey financial and social position and give them a sense of pride. Likely Buyers are attracted most by the perceived power and status that ivory confers on owners.

The demands for ivory are complex.

  • Across the five surveyed countries, the strongest drivers of ivory purchase intent are its perceived suitability for gift giving; the feeling of happiness it provides to the giver and the receiver; and the perceived status that ivory confers.
  • The belief that there is nothing wrong with using animals as a source of materials or food and the desire to stand out for taste and style among peers are also important drivers.

Support for a government ban is widespread and is driven by a variety of factors.

  • In all the countries surveyed, majorities of respondents said they would support a government ban on all buying, selling, importing or exporting of ivory.
  • In descending order, the factors driving increased support for regulation are the rapid decline of African elephant populations and animal rights concerns; the illegality and criminal aspects of the ivory trade; and general consumer desire to make ethical purchases.

The complete results of the National Geographic/GlobeScan study are online here. For images related to the study, please contact Claire Jones at (202) 857-7756 or via email at cgjones@ngs.org.

Investigative journalist Bryan Christy’s September National Geographic magazine cover story “Tracking Ivory,” a special investigation using fake tusks and hidden GPS devices to expose the trail of Africa’s elephant poachers and track the route of the illegal ivory trade, is available now at www.nationalgeographic.com/tracking-ivory and on print newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 25. In addition, National Geographic Channel will premiere “Explorer: Warlords of Ivory” on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, documenting Christy’s in-depth look at the devastating effects of the global illegal ivory trade. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/explorer.

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. Each year, we fund hundreds of research, conservation and education programs around the globe. Every month, we reach more than 700 million people through our media platforms, products and events. Our work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives is supported through donations, purchases and memberships. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About GlobeScan

GlobeScan is a research consultancy providing global organizations with evidence-based insights to help them set strategy and shape their communications. Companies, multilateral institutions, governments and NGOs trust GlobeScan for our unique expertise across reputation management, sustainability and stakeholder relations. GlobeScan conducts research in over 90 countries and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact. Established in 1987, GlobeScan is an independent, management-owned company with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and Cape Town. For more information, visit www.GlobeScan.com.

Categories: National Geographic

Founders of Beloved Life is Good® Brand Reveal Power of Optimism in ‘LIFE IS GOOD: The Book’

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 17:33

WASHINGTON (Aug. 7, 2015)—For over two decades, the much-loved Life is Good® brand has brought smiles, hope and help to millions. Over the course of their business career, founders and brothers Bert and John Jacobs have learned that optimism isn’t a marketing tactic — it’s the force that drove them to overcome tremendous obstacles and build a $100 million clothing company with just $78 and a used minivan. LIFE IS GOOD: The Book: How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1563-6; Sept. 1, 2015; $25 hardcover) is the story of the Jacobs brothers’ journey and the secrets to their success.

Beginning with their tough upbringing in working-class Boston, LIFE IS GOOD: The Book charts the trajectory of their lives and the company they built. A key influence was their mother, Joan, who could always be counted on to put a humorous and positive spin on everything. “I like running out of money,” she would say. “Then I don’t have to worry about what I need to buy.” This undaunted optimism became the driving force of the Life is Good brand.

As they note in their introduction to the book, studies have demonstrated a strong link between optimism and increased mental and physical health, greater resilience in the face of stress and adversity, and a higher overall quality of life. “Optimism is a powerful and pragmatic strategy for accomplishing goals and living a fulfilling life. By acknowledging obstacles and opportunities — but focusing on the opportunities — optimism enables us to explore the world with open arms and an eye toward solutions, progress and growth. It also makes life a hell of a lot more fun,” they write.

LIFE IS GOOD: The Book offers lighthearted, practical self-help that will inspire and empower readers to embrace life with delight and daring. Bert and John use their experiences to illuminate the 10 Life is Good superpowers that drive optimism:

  • Openness is transformative, allowing us to discover new ways of being and acting by withholding judgments and preconceptions.
  • Courage is our inner resolve to try new things.
  • Simplicity sheds unnecessary complications and distractions.
  • Humor is a universal connector.
  • Gratitude is the practice of taking stock of the many things that are good, right and working in our lives.
  • Compassion is an act of connecting and sharing in the hard stuff, helping ease the pain, heal the hurt and right the wrongs.
  • Fun is the irresistible spark that connects and inspires us to feel truly united and alive.
  • Creativity enables us to reach beyond conventional thinking to make things better.
  • Authenticity is knowing who you are and acting like it.
  • Love is the most powerful force in the world.

About Bert and John Jacobs

In 1989, brothers Bert and John Jacobs designed their first T-shirts. They began selling their designs in the streets of Boston and out of an old van at colleges and street fairs. Today, Life is Good® is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand focused on spreading the power of optimism. Ten percent of Life is Good’s annual net profits go to helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. The Life is Good Kids Foundation partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to the most vulnerable children. Bert and John both reside in Boston. For more information, visit www.LifeisGood.com.


About National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment creates and distributes books, videos and other print and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids and releases 250+ new DVDs and digital downloads of the Society’s films and TV shows, and these National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books and videos dealing with subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced. For more information, visit facebook.com/NatGeoBooks and nationalgeographic.com/books.


Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Live Announces Fall 2015 Season Lineup

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 19:14

WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2015)—National Geographic Live announces its 2015 fall season lineup of events at National Geographic’s downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters. Hear explorers’ thrilling reports from the field, be inspired by National Geographic photographers, go on assignment with a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and experience the excitement of Telluride Mountainfilm, all without leaving Washington. The fall schedule features 11 fascinating events that reflect National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, including presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario and renowned climber Jimmy Chin. Tickets go on sale Aug. 10 and may be purchased online at natgeolive.org/dc, via telephone at (202) 857-7700 or in person at the National Geographic Museum ticket desk between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

“We look forward to providing Washingtonians with another season of illuminating programming that offers inspiration and entertainment to audiences of all ages. They will have the opportunity to see, hear and, in some cases, even taste the experiences our incredible explorers and storytellers have to share,” said Andy van Duym, National Geographic’s vice president for National Geographic Live.

The fall season kicks off on Sept. 16 with “Pope Francis and the New Vatican,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the August 2015 National Geographic magazine cover story and corresponding book, with National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, writer Robert Draper, photographer Dave Yoder and special guest Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The season closes on Jan. 16 with the first ever National Geographic Photo Fest, where the audience will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by renowned National Geographic photographers on the heels of the annual invitation-only National Geographic Photography Seminar.

The Nat Geo Live fall schedule also includes two student matinees featuring modified versions of the evening presentations geared toward students. Nat Geo Live’s student matinees are supported by education sponsor Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. On Nov. 4, photographer and National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore will present to students about Photo Ark, his ongoing quest to document biodiversity by photographing the world’s most endangered species before they disappear. A Photo Ark exhibition will be on display in the National Geographic Museum beginning Nov. 5. The fall student matinee schedule wraps up on Dec. 8 with photojournalist Ami Vitale and “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions.” Nat Geo Live’s student matinees are open to school groups for $10 per student, which includes admission to the National Geographic Museum. For tickets or more information on the student matinees, call (202) 857-7281.

All events take place in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. Free parking is available in the National Geographic underground garage for programs that begin after 6 p.m. For the full fall schedule, visit http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/washingtondc/dc-fall-2015-events/.



SEPT. 16, 7:30 PM

A week before the first papal visit to the United States since 2008, join National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg for a behind-the-scenes look at the August 2015 cover story of National Geographic magazine, “Will the Pope Change the Vatican?” National Geographic was given special access to the pope and permission to document his daily life inside the Vatican for the story. Goldberg will moderate a conversation about this remarkable man with writer Robert Draper, photographer Dave Yoder and special guest Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. A sale and signing of Draper and Yoder’s recently published book, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN, will follow. The event is sponsored by The PNC Foundation.



OCT. 15, 7:30 PM

National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki is on a quest to conquer the world’s last unclimbed peaks. Follow Libecki as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters, all backed by the technology that helps his teams summit and bring the stories back to us. The event is sponsored by Dell.


OCT. 22, 7:30 PM

Get an insider’s look at National Geographic’s new Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which was established to expose elephant poaching and combat the illegal wildlife trafficking that’s driving many animals to extinction. The unit’s director, investigative reporter and National Geographic Fellow Bryan Christy, will take the stage to share how the SIU is going undercover to report surprising stories that are making a difference around the globe.



NOV. 4, 7:30 PM

Photographer and National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s most endangered species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind, with 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters and personal stories to document a world worth saving. A Photo Ark exhibition will be on display in the National Geographic Museum beginning Nov. 5.


NOV. 11, 7:30 PM

Go on assignment with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario to the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. Addario has survived death threats and two kidnappings to bring back powerful images from hotspots such as Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan for National Geographic magazine and The New York Times. She’ll share the heart-pounding reality of working in war zones and explain what keeps her going back to places to which most of us would never venture.


NOV. 12-14, 7 PM

Over three unique evenings, enjoy a rich selection of films moderated by Telluride Mountainfilm’s director David Holbrooke and the unveiling of National Geographic’s 2016 Adventurer of the Year nominees. Since 1979, this festival held high in the Rockies has been one of the major events in the adventure film circuit, immersing audiences in issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.


NOV. 19, 7:30 PM

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala reports on his journey to save the last untouched places in our oceans. Through National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project, Sala and his team work tirelessly to inspire the creation of vast marine protected areas, from tropical paradises like the Seychelles to the Pitcairn Islands. Book sale and signing of PRISTINE SEAS: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places will follow. Attendees can also visit the Pristine Seas exhibition in the M Street lobby of the National Geographic Museum to learn more about National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project.



DEC. 1, 7:30 PM

Join renowned climber Jimmy Chin and filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi for a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning film “Meru.” This thrilling feature documentary follows Chin and fellow climbers Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk’s quest for the summit of Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in Northern India. Chin and Vasarhelyi share the thrills — and challenges — the climbers faced, including a serious head injury to Ozturk and a terrifying avalanche slide for Chin. Through film clips, never-before-seen images and gripping firsthand accounts, Chin and Vasarhelyi deliver an exciting tale of adventure and inspiration.


DEC. 3, 7:30 PM

Savor a deliciously surprising and delightful evening celebrating the story “The Science of Delicious” featured in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine. Awaken your senses and mind with innovative food and drink pairings during this unique event. Also, learn the science and art behind what tastes good, what tastes bad and why we even taste at all.


DEC. 8, 7:30 PM

Experience our world through the eyes of award-winning photographer Ami Vitale, whose career has brought her face-to-face not just with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Her work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria and donned a panda suit — all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” Vitale will share her personal odyssey through the images and adventures that have made her a celebrated global photojournalist.



JAN. 16, 9 AM-6 PM

Enjoy a day of inspiration and exclusive access to National Geographic magazine photographers and editors. In the morning, see powerful presentations from the world’s best photographers. Then, choose your own adventure: Go on a Your Shot photo walk; have your portfolio reviewed; or experience live photo shoots and get tips for taking pictures of your own family and pets. Celebrate the day’s close with a not-to-be-missed party.

About National Geographic Live

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Drawing from a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including New York, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration on stage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. In 2014, National Geographic Live events were attended by over 150,000 people. For more information, visit natgeolive.org.


Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Kids Magazine Launches 2015 International Photography Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:42

WASHINGTON (Aug. 3, 2015)—Young photographers are invited to take part in National Geographic’s International Photography Contest for Kids, with the U.S. grand-prize winner receiving an eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure, and the worldwide grand-prize winner receiving a trip to visit National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The worldwide grand-prize-winning photograph and the winning images from each of the four subject categories from the U.S. contest will be featured in the May 2016 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine. Open to children ages 6 to 14, the contest is hosted by National Geographic Kids magazine in the United States and through 10 local-language editions in Australia/New Zealand, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

U.S. Contest: U.S. contestants may enter now through Oct. 15, 2015, by submitting one photo in any or all of four categories: Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals, or wild animals); Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery); Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny); and Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels). Photos may be black-and-white or color and shot with a digital camera or with conventional film. Entries may be submitted online at natgeo.com/kids/photo-contest or via mail to International Photo Contest for Kids/KB, National Geographic Kids, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-4688.

A panel of National Geographic Kids photography experts will select and announce the U.S. winners in November 2015 and feature them on the National Geographic Kids website. Four first-place winners and four second-place winners will receive digital cameras, memory cards, and a selection of National Geographic Kids books. The first-place winners will compete for the U.S. grand prize of the eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure. Their photos will go on to compete against first-place-winning entries from international editions in the worldwide contest.

International Contests: International contest deadlines vary by country, and contestants should check local-language editions for details. More information is also posted here.

Worldwide Contest: In December 2015, each participating international local-language edition will submit its winning entry in each category to National Geographic headquarters to be judged alongside the winning U.S. entries for the grand prize of the global contest: a trip for two to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The grand-prize-winning photograph and the winning pictures from the U.S. contest in each category will also be featured in the May 2016 issue of the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine. The worldwide winners will be featured on the National Geographic Kids website. 


About National Geographic

The National Geographic Society 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 nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. Follow National Geographic Kids on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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National Geographic Traveler Magazine Announces Winners of 2015 Photography Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:47

WASHINGTON (Aug. 3, 2015)—Selected from more than 17,000 entries, an underwater photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale taken by Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico, has won the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest grand prize. Floriuk wins an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two. Shot near Roca Partida, an island off the western coast of Mexico, the winning photo is titled “Whale Whisperer.”

“The photo wasn’t planned,” Floriuk said. “I was taking photos near the head of the whale, and all of a sudden she began to swim toward the rest of the diving team. The divers gave the whale and her calf space, and I just clicked at the moment when the flow and composition seemed right.”

Faisal Azim of Chittagong, Bangladesh, placed second for his photo “Gravel Workmen.” He will receive a six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two. The third-place photo, “Camel Ardah,” was shot by Ahmed Al Toqi of Muscat, Oman. He wins a six-day cruise for two from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage. Seven merit-prize winners will receive a $200 (USD) gift certificate to B&H Photo and the National Geographic Masters of Photography course on DVD. All winners will receive a subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine. The winning photos may be viewed online on the Traveler Photo Contest website.

“National Geographic Travel celebrates and illuminates destinations around the globe, and it was exciting to see that same theme captured in the contest entries,” said Maggie Zackowitz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. “I was blown away by the creativity of the photographers.”

This year’s contest received more than 17,000 entries from photographers around the world. There were four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Judging consisted of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality.

As grand-prize winner, Floriuk will embark on the National Geographic Sea Lion for the Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Photo Expedition, an eight-day voyage with a National Geographic photographer and a team of photo instructors. Tracing the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Panama, guests on board the vessel will explore the Manuel Antonio National Park, Osa Peninsula, Isla de Coiba and much more on the way to the Panama Canal. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, which offers guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 80 destinations.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; digital travel content; travel books; maps; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 10 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Categories: National Geographic

I do like to be beside the seaside.....

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 10:01
    Great fun on Thursday. It looked a bit overcast at Booker but improved to the south west with climbs of 8 to 10 knots to 6000ft later in the day. Conditions were best at the coast with a tempting convergence out to sea  Devon Coast - Approaching Budleigh Salterton
Out to sea, following the convergence towards Weymouth
Categories: Gliding

Friends Gliding Evening

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:09
Last Tuesday evening saw a group of Dave Humphreys's friends finally (at the 3rd attempt!) get to try out gliding.

Neil getting prepared

Christina (the helicopter pilot) looking forward to her first glider flight.
Elisa about to fly with Graham.
Hugh looking relaxed before his flight.

Highlight of the evening was Trish insisting that Graham showed her some aerobatics. Her hands were still shaking with adrenaline 5 minutes after she had landed!

Trish mid loop.

I think she enjoyed it!

A fantastic evening was rounded off at the Grouse & Ale. Many thanks to Chris and Graham for flying with everyone.

I thoroughly recommend members to bring up friends to fly. It's a great way of spending an evening (and also good for the club finances of course!)

Categories: Gliding

Festival fun

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 09:03
Yesterday the Marketing Team went for a 4th time to the Wycombe Community Festival on the Rye, where our stand was the central attraction in the middle of the field. We were kept busy all day with visitors - the queue of children and adults waiting to sit in the Junior was longer than the queue for the beer tent. Gliding is a mystery to most people as we are usually high in the sky, so it was good to be able to show them what a glider looks like and explain the various aspects of gliding - cross country racing, expeditions, aeros, wave etc etc.

Many thanks to the team - Chris, Hedda, Hugh, Jeremy, Simon P, Rob T and Rob G - for giving up their day to promote the club.
Categories: Gliding

Discovering gliding

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:05
Earlier this year CFI Richard and a number of our senior instructors went to Benson to explain gliding to the RAF and other GA reps, and to learn about how the base operated. They came back with plenty of useful tips about staying safe while flying near Benson which were reported in the April edition of the newsletter. As a result of this meeting, Richard was invited to visit White Waltham to talk to the power pilots there, and a large number of them expressed an interest in coming to Booker to find out 'how the other half lives'.

On 9 July we hosted a group of about 20 power pilots from White Waltham and Denham with experience ranging from pre-solo to airline pilot. They were given the opportunity to try general flying in a K13, aerobatics in the K21 and a taster of cross country in the Duo Discus.

Waiting to launchThey all had a really good time, quotes included:

"Fantastic, I wish I'd done this 50 years ago."
"It's been a super day, quite an eye-opener."
"Best fun you can have with your clothes on."

Yesterday a few more pilots who had been unable to join the first trip came along, they all had a great time, and commented how valuable it was to have a better idea of how gliders fly and operate - they don't just cluster round gliding sites!
Where's the engine?
......and after!Adding colour to the day were Graham's Lunak and Robin's Jaskolka, putting all those plain white gliders in the shade.

Jaskolka in blue, Lunak in yellow
Categories: Gliding

Guide to Slovenia windsurfing holidays

Windsurfing - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:15

Slovenia is often overlooked in favour of larger neighbours including Italy and Croatia. But this Central European country deserves more attention. It’s a fantastic destination for adventure sports of all kinds – including windsurfing. Slovenia windsurfing holidays can combine a visit to it’s small – but lovely – Mediterranean coast, with the stunning mountain...

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Categories: Wind Surfing

National Geographic Books Unveils Special Access to Pope in New Book, ‘Pope Francis and the New Vatican’

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:55

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2015)—Since his ascent to the papacy in 2013, Pope Francis has electrified the world and infused the Vatican with unprecedented energy. National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder was given over six months of special access to the pope to document his daily life inside the Vatican. POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN (National Geographic Books, ISBN: 978-1-4262-1582-7; Aug. 4, 2015; $40) beautifully captures the spirit of the new Vatican and the transformation sweeping through the Catholic Church.

Through breathtaking photography and exclusive reporting, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN showcases the pope’s public life and personal convictions as never before. Yoder’s photos and the stories behind them, written by acclaimed author and journalist Robert Draper, highlight the deep love and mercy that lies at the heart of Francis’ ministry. Draper spent a month in Rome interviewing Vatican officials and three weeks in Argentina interviewing dozens of Pope Francis’ lifelong friends, many of whom had never spoken with the media before. Draper’s essays reveal the themes that have been woven through the pope’s entire life.

The Vatican finds the pope to be a paradox. Known as the “available pope,” a contradiction in terms, he is hailed by the press as a reformer, a radical and a revolutionary. Those close to him in Rome say he is all of these things, and yet none of them. The answer to the question reverberating around the world remains a mystery: Will Pope Francis change the Vatican, or will the Vatican change him?

“He won’t change doctrine. What he will do is return the Church to its true doctrine — the one it has forgotten, the one that puts man back in the center,” says the pope’s longtime friend, Franciscan priest Ramiro de la Serna.

Timely and poignant, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN reveals this spiritual revolutionary through a new lens. Yoder and Draper take readers on a stunning journey through the complexities of the new Vatican under Pope Francis, his early life and journey to the papacy, and the Church’s relationship with our rapidly changing world.

Publishing just ahead of Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States in September 2015, the book is being released in conjunction with the August issue of National Geographic magazine, which features Yoder and Draper’s work on the pope and the Vatican as the cover story. The magazine is on digital newsstands now and will be on print newsstands July 28.

For National Geographic’s youngest fans, National Geographic Kids is simultaneously releasing a Level 1 reader, POPE FRANCIS (978-1-4263-2253-2; Aug. 4, 2015; $3.99), available in English and Spanish.

About the Author and Photographer

Robert Draper is a contributing writer to National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine and is a correspondent for GQ magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Dave Yoder is a National Geographic magazine photographer and a National Geographic Society Explorer based in Milan and Rome. His work has appeared in prestigious publications around the world.

About National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment creates and distributes books, videos and other print and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids and releases 250+ new DVDs and digital downloads of the Society’s films and TV shows, and these National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books and videos dealing with subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced. For more information, visit facebook.com/NatGeoBooks and nationalgeographic.com/books.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine, August 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:47

Full-size PDF version of press release available here.


Categories: National Geographic