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National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 14:24

WASHINGTON (Dec. 9, 2016)–Selected from thousands of entries, an underwater photo of sardine migration on the Wild Coast of South Africa has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Sardine Run,” was captured by Greg Lecoeur of Nice, France. He has won a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

Lecoeur took the photo in June 2015 after waiting two weeks to witness the natural predation on sardines captured in the photo.

“During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes and sea lions. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface,” Lecouer said. “In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable.”

Varun Aditya, of Tamil Nadu, India, placed first in the Animal Portraits category for a photo of a snake; Vadim Balakin, of Sverdlovsk, Russia, placed first in the Environmental Issues category for a photo of polar bear remains in Norway; and Jacob Kapetein of Gerland, Netherlands, placed first in the Landscape category for a photo of a small beech tree in a river. Lecoeur’s photo won the Action category.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, and National Geographic photographers Joe Riis and Jim Brandenburg, both of whom have been widely published for their natural history photojournalism. Contestants submitted photographs in four categories — Action, Landscape, Animal Portraits and Environmental Issues — through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

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, global experiences and events, 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.

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Club SUP Race Series

Water Sports Braylake - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 22:09
SUP Club Series 2016

This winter series will see a total of 5 races, and your best 4 results will count towards your overall score. Each race will be a mixture of distance, sprint and technical races on the lake or river. There will be prizes for each race as well as overall series prizes.

New to racing? Don't worry, there'll be a novice class for you to join!

There's also a junior SUP series running on the same dates, so get your young SUPers involved!


Races will be held on the following dates, starting at 10:00:

Sun 16th October …


Categories: Water Sports

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CONSUMER PRODUCTS, ROSA ZEEGERS

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:17

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (DECEMBER 2, 2016)—Rosa Zeegers has been named Executive Vice President of Consumer Products and Experiences, overseeing National Geographic’s global licensing, merchandising, travel, location-based entertainment and National Geographic Live businesses.  Her appointment was announced by Declan Moore, National Geographic Partners CEO. She will report to Moore.

“National Geographic is one of the most storied brands in the global media landscape that resonates with consumers worldwide,” said Moore. “Our opportunity is to extend the brand and our sterling brand values built over the last 128 years and translate that into new spaces that deliver products and experiences that are authentic to National Geographic and relevant to the lives of our consumers.  Rosa’s keen insight into consumer behavior, her expertise in building strategic partnerships and her global experience, will be integral to helping us achieve those goals.”

“I am honored and humbled to lend my experience to extending an iconic brand like National Geographic into new and already growing consumer experiences and licensing partnerships,” said Zeegers.  “I look forward to working with the exceptional and talented team Declan has assembled.”

With more than 20 years’ experience in licensing, consumer products and marketing, Zeegers comes to National Geographic having served most recently as a brand strategy consultant. Prior, Zeegers spent 12 years at Mattel as the Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Products where she oversaw global marketing and licensing activities for a variety of Mattel Brands. Prior to her work with Mattel, Zeegers was Vice President of Brand Management for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with oversight for brand and loyalty management, marketing communications, in-flight entertainment, marketing services, and market research.

Zeegers is a regular guest speaker at various universities across the country, teaching negotiation in different cultures. She has a master’s degree in Medieval German literature and is a certified translator and high school teacher.

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.

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National Geographic Announces World Legacy Awards Finalists

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:11

Washington/Berlin, 1 December 2016 —The 15 finalists of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards were unveiled today. The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from entire countries to small islands and from urban hotels to jungle retreats — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry.

This year’s World Legacy Awards entries spanned the planet, representing 45 countries and six continents, showcasing how sustainable tourism has no boundaries. Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of more than 20 judges. A multi-step judging process also included on-site inspections of each finalist. For details on the judges, go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards/judging.html

Costas Christ, Chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “We have reached a tipping point as more of the travel industry understands that there can be no future for tourism without sustainability, including environmentally-friendly business practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, and tangible social and economic benefits to local people in travel destinations. Those countries and companies that understand this today will be the travel leaders of tomorrow. These 15 World Legacy Awards finalists are showing the way forward to a brighter future for people and the planet.”

For the first time the World Legacy Award Ceremony will take place in the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin.

Rika Jean-François, CSR Commissioner for ITB Berlin: “The World Legacy Awards, which are about to be held for the third time, have established themselves as highly prestigious for the global travel industry. The finalists will be introduced on ITB Wednesday to a truly international audience and the winners will be announced on the spot. We are also happy to invite the finalists to present their innovative solutions to an international audience at our renown CSR Day on ITB Friday. ITB Berlin is strongly heightening awareness of the important issue of sustainability and responsibility in tourism and has also recently become a member of GSTC, the Global Criteria for Sustainable Tourism.”

The 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards finalists are:

Conserving the Natural World — Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat, protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.

  • Mark Thornton Safaris, Tanzania — This guide-owned outfitter works to protect endangered wildlife habitat by establishing indigenous community partnerships on the Simanjiro Grazing Easement of the Maasai Steppe, a critically important wildlife migration corridor and wildebeest calving ground.
  • Misool Eco Resort, Indonesia — Misool actively works to protect marine habitat, influence policy, and empower local communities. They manage more than 350 square miles of marine protected area in the heart of the Coral Triangle – the global center of marine biodiversity.
  • North Island, Seychelles —Hailed as the Galapagos of the East, this eco-resort’s innovative Noah’s Ark project has successfully reintroduced some of the Seychelles’ rarest species back to nature as part of their restoration of native habitat on the former plantation island.

Earth Changers — Recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon-emissions reduction.

  • Cayuga Collection, Costa Rica and Nicaragua – Reduce, reuse, recycle is a daily mantra at this ultra-green hospitality company.  Innovative practices include a program to eliminate plastic waste (even drinking straws are reusable bamboo) and guests join back-of-the-house tours to learn how sustainability touches their vacation experience.
  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Ecuador – Finch Bay’s closed-loop sustainable technology produces organic food for their guests with a high-yield process that conserves water, eliminates pesticides, and reduces carbon food miles. Their success is now being replicated by other Galapagos hotels.
  • ITC Hotels, India – Demonstrating that large luxury urban hotels can set a new standard for going green, ITC’s 11 iconic city properties, spread across India, are all LEED Platinum certified – the highest level recognized by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Sense of Place — Recognizing excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including implementing vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archeological sites, indigenous heritage, and artistic traditions.

  • Adventure Canada, Canada – Working closely with indigenous groups, this small-ship company helps native communities realize their tourism potential while protecting an authentic sense of place, including opportunities for Inuit youth to gain first-hand experience in archaeology, teaching about their heritage, and guiding.
  • Awamaki, Peru – Located in the Sacred Valley, this non-profit rural community tourism organization works to empower indigenous women artisans and their families to alleviate poverty, while providing travelers with an experience of authentic Quechua culture in an immersive, sustainable, and respectful manner.
  • City of Santa Fe, USA – If American pioneers from more than a century ago re-appeared in Santa Fe’s plaza today, they would recognize it instantly. The oldest state capital in America considers safeguarding its rich heritage a duty, including Fiesta de Santa Fe, the nation’s oldest continuous public celebration.

Engaging Communities — Recognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care, and education.

  • Andaman Discoveries, Thailand – Established in response to the 2004 tsunami, Andaman Discoveries immerses guests in the cultural and natural diversity of Thailand. All initiatives are local community-led: villagers decide a fair cost for their tourism services and 50 percent of profits support a foundation for community development.
  • Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize – Belize’s pioneer eco-resort demonstrates that putting local people first benefits employees, villages, and its own bottom line. The Lodge provides economic benefits to community projects across the nation, directing 10 percent of all room revenue to support social and environmental programs.
  • Chambok Community Based Eco Tourism/Mlup Baitong, Cambodia – When non-profit group Mlup Baitong began, Chambok villagers were faced with unrelenting poverty, resorting to illegal logging and wildlife poaching to survive. Today, this self-sustaining ecotourism project contributes 20 percent of its profits to a local fund supporting women’s micro-enterprise initiatives and community health care.

Destination Leadership — Recognizing destination stewardship, including cities, provinces, states, countries, and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection for cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local people, and educating travelers on the principles of sustainable tourism.

  • Riverwind Foundation/Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, USA – Working together, these two organizations actively engage public and private stakeholders to support environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality through destination stewardship policies and planning, including an open space resolution ensuring protection of 25,000 acres, and a Sustainability Code of Conduct for visitors.
  • Segera Retreat, Kenya – This high-end ecolodge in Laikipia acts as an incubator for innovative technologies and conservation approaches that can be tested, refined, and replicated in Africa and beyond, including successful projects to enhance local livelihoods, support health care, protect endangered species and restore natural habitat. 
  • Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia – With nearly 60 percent of its land forested, the country of Slovenia has successfully laid the foundation to become one of the world’s most sustainable destinations. The Tourist Board unifies all stewardship initiatives through its Green Scheme, which sets guidelines and provides tools for monitoring sustainability progress.

The winners will be announced live on stage at the World Legacy Awards ceremony on 8 March, 2017, held at the Palais am Funkturm during ITB Berlin. Winners and Finalists will also be recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

The sponsors of the World Legacy Awards are Adventure World and TreadRight Foundation. To learn more about the sponsors, visit www.adventureworld.com.au and www.treadright.org

For more information on the World Legacy Awards and this year’s Finalists, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards/ or http://www.itb-berlin.de/en/ITBBerlin/SocialResponsibility/WorldLegacyAwards/.

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, global experiences and events, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention

ITB Berlin 2017 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 8 to 12 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 8 to Saturday, 11 March 2017. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2016 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 187 countries exhibited their products and services to 180,000 visitors, who included 120,000 trade visitors.

Categories: National Geographic

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE APPOINTS EXECUTIVE TALENT AGENT AND CONTENT LICENSING MANAGER

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:44

WASHINGTON (Nov. 29, 2016)—National Geographic Creative, a Talent and Content licensing agency within National Geographic Partners representing NG photographers, filmmakers and explorers such as Joel Sartore, Paul Nicklen, Anand Varma, Stephanie Sinclair, David Guttenfelder, Cory Richards and other industry leaders, has named Karishma Singh West Coast Talent and Commercial Sales Agent, representing talent for custom commercial work. Dorian Romer has been hired as a Content Licensing Manager, negotiating the licensing of photo and video content and developing business in the advertising and corporate sectors. She works closely with major advertising agencies, brands, corporations and non-profits. Singh and Romer will report to Alice Keating, Senior Vice President of National Geographic Creative.

Singh will represent National Geographic talent for commercial work originating from ad agencies and brands, seeking world-renowned talent, to highlight their campaigns and initiatives. Singh formerly worked as a Senior Art Producer at TBWA Chiat Day in Los Angeles, where she worked on brands such as Gatorade, Airbnb and Nissan. She received her master’s degree from The New School University in New York and began a career in advertising production at the Estee Lauder Companies.

Romer is responsible for licensing commercial stock photography and footage. National Geographic Creative provides professional buyers with photography, motion and talent, and Romer negotiates with external parties to procure those assets. Prior to joining National Geographic, Romer worked in other visual collections including Veer, Dissolve, Getty and Corbis. Romer has more than 20 years of experience working in various facets of the photographic field, including licensing photo and video content, representing commercial photographers, and working as a fine art photographer. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Singh lives and works in Los Angeles; Romer lives and works in New York.

Useful Links:

National Geographic Creative: http://www.natgeocreative.com/ngs/

National Geographic Creative on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natgeocreative/

National Geographic Creative on Twitter (@NatGeoCreative): https://twitter.com/natgeocreative/

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

Winter Saturday

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 11/26/2016 - 20:04
Not a bad Saturday considering some forecasts suggested fog and much cloud.  The early mist cleared by mid morning, and a number of trial lessons and club members took to the sky.  Later there was some low cloud about, but with sufficient gaps to tow above them for spectacular views, including some ghostly shadow effects...


Categories: Gliding

National Geographic Travel Announces Best of the World List

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 20:02

WASHINGTON  (Nov. 17, 2016) – National Geographic Traveler magazine announced its annual Best of the World list today, which highlights 21 must-see places to visit in 2017. The destinations were all chosen by the Traveler editors and fall into one of three categories- Cities, Nature, or Culture. The full list can be found in the December/January 2017 issue of Traveler magazine, available on newsstands nationwide starting November 29, and online now at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017.

“This special issue takes readers on a globe-spinning journey to 21 of the world’s best destinations,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “We think this year’s list represents a carefully curated selection of forward-leaning places that reveal the bright future of travel. This list is all about exploration and discovery. It’s not just about where to go, but why to go now and how to make 2017 a year of enlightenment through travel.”

The 2017 Best of the World destinations are (in alphabetical order):

  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA
  • Baja California National Marine Parks, Mexico
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Canton Uri, Switzerland
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Central India’s National Parks
  • Chengdu, China
  • Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
  • Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
  • Finland
  • Georgia, USA
  • Guadeloupe Islands
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Malta
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Via Dinarica, Western Balkans

The online hub includes an immersive visual experience with 360 videos along with helpful tips and facts for planning trips to each locale. Visitors will also find inspiring illustrations to download and share. National Geographic Travel will be hosting a Best of the World-themed Twitter chat on Friday, November 18, from 2-3:00 PM EST. Join the conversation with @NatGeoTravel and #BestTrips2017.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 16 international editions. 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 over 20 million.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017

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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, global experiences and events, 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.

 

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DAMEN Creates New Adventure Yacht to Meet Demand

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:00
DAMEN Creates New Adventure Yacht to Meet Demand A new 43 metre (142ft) sport and adventure yacht has emerged and enhanced the ever-evolving exploration fleet of DAMEN.

Redefining the yachting experience for true outdoor action and adrenaline lovers, DAMEN has developed the Adventure 4008 in response to growing demand for carrying capacity on board their famous support line.

“There’s nothing else like the Adventure 4008 on the market,” says Rose Damen, Sales Manager at AMELS, DAMEN’s Dutch luxury yacht builder which handles sales and marketing for the Adventure 4008. “The 40 to 50-metre yachts on the market just don’t fit the bill for these clients. They don’t want to compromise on the gear they love – big, 30-ft tenders and fast boats up to 60 knots, submarines, helicopters or sport aircraft. Not only can they carry it all on their Adventure 4008, but they can also bring their friends and family and live the adventure in comfort and style.”

“The SEA AXE’s muscular, rugged looks are not just for show,” says DAMEN Product Director Mark Vermeulen. “The Adventure 4008 has serious capability with proven performance in the most demanding environments. It’s a no-nonsense yacht – very reliable. Plus, as part of the SEA AXE family, we have a smooth and finely tuned production and that means on time and on budget delivery in just a matter of months.”

The Adventure 4008 has all the makings of an unforgettable weekend. Send the Adventure 4008 ahead and meet it with a private jet and helicopter. How about heli-skiing with good friends in Alaska, or sport fishing with the kids in the Bahamas, or surfing on the Baja Peninsula and then be back in the board room by Monday?

Thanks to the Adventure 4008’s fast delivery, Owners are just a few months away from enjoying the most thrilling gear in the world’s most spectacular destinations.

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Categories: Charters

The Tomahawk Explorer Superyacht Concept Arrives

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 13:00
The Tomahawk Explorer Superyacht Concept Arrives Columbus has introduced a new fully custom explorer yacht under the name of Tomahawk, measuring 52 metres and providing space, style and stability for those in search of a new adventure.

Marco Casali based the concept of the new explorer on Palumbo’s shipbuilding experience and heritage. The Columbus Tomahawk combines technical seakeeping ability and high-levels of comfort, mixed with a rugged adventure style with a bow based on the titular Native American battle axe.

The clean design of the explorer vessels combines the extraordinary spaces for guests, with high quality finishing and unique comfort, with an innovative layout and spacious interior. Created to span lengths of 40 metres to 100 metres, the Columbus Tomahawk is a full custom design which can satisfy the owner’s wishes on a new and exciting platform.

“Tomahawk is conceived as a yacht inside a ship, because of its comfort qualities,” explains Marco Casali, designer of Tomahawk. “The owner’s cabin (75sqm) lies at the bow with its forward-facing windows overlooking a 21 square metre private terrace with its sun bathing platform and Jacuzzi: a clear 180 degree view in total privacy.”

“The guest area in the lower deck is connected to the gym-spa area with windows overlooking the beach club. The guests and the owner may reach the beach area, the pool and the water directly without passing through the saloons. A unique dining area is hosted in the bow with an American bar and a cinema/karaoke space. The crew area is also larger than usual and focuses on the quality of the space.”

The vessel’s extra-large volumes can be seen on the beach club, which also gives way to a fully stocked tender bay with space for anything from up to two 12 metre tenders, four jet skis, a submarine or several motorcycles and sea toys.

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Categories: Charters

Sunny November afternoon - 1st Solo

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 11/11/2016 - 21:15
A crisp sunny Friday saw Peter Jones make his first solo in 316. Peter joined the club around May 2016 and his hard work all came together today. Congratulations !
Richard congratulation Peter Jones after his 1st Solo in 316

Categories: Gliding

National Geographic Offers Gifts for the Adventurer, Traveler, Stargazer, Photographer, Book Lover, Young Scientist and More

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 11/11/2016 - 21:02

WASHINGTON (Nov. 8, 2016)—Explore the world with National Geographic and give a gift inspired by travel, adventure, science, exploration, photography and global craft this holiday.

If you have a love of people, places, culture and history or if you are looking for gifts that are out of the ordinary, National Geographic has some
unique selections in its 2016 Holiday Look Book.

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From books to home goods, eclectic apparel and jewelry, gear, photography workshops and private expeditions National Geographic offers high-quality, authentic gifts that would delight anyone on your list.

Another plus: All purchases support National Geographic Society’s vital exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education programs around the globe.

“Buyers from National Geographic travel the globe in search of beautiful, handmade objects that tell a story,” said Jill Dvorak, director of site merchandising & marketing, catalog and online operations for National Geographic. “We’ve assembled an extraordinary collection of gifts for the traveler, the book lover, stargazer, home decorator, adventurer, animal lover, young scientist and beyond that will inspire them to learn and explore the world around them.”

 

Highlights from the 2016 gift selection:

 

National Geographic Exclusive

Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit

$179.95










 

 

For the Holiday Host or Hostess

Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters (Set of 4)

$55.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Adventurer

Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light

$45.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Book Lover

Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

$40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Photographer

Camera Lens Travel Mug

$24.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Stargazer

Star Talk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson 2-DVD Set
$34.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Roadtripper

Personal GPS Tracker

$89.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Global Chic Home

Irish Aran Knit Throw

$129.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the ‘Outlander’ in All of Us

Scottish Castle of Mey Wool Scarf

$58.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Young Scientists and Animal Lovers

Brain Games Kids

$19.99

For Your Bucket List

Around the World by Private Jet

$76,950 (2016)

 

High-res image files are available for media. Contact Rebecca Penovich, rebecca.penovich@natgeo.com, 301-807-0362. Take a look at
what www.natgeostore.com has to offer and find something wonderful for your holiday gift giving this year.

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, global experiences and events, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

10 best beaches in Gran Canaria for surf and adventure

Windsurfing - Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:15

Gran Canaria has some stunning beaches that tick all the boxes for relaxation and family fun. It also has some prime spots for surfing, kiting, windsurfing, swimming and other adventure sports. But what are the best beaches in Gran Canaria for surf and adventure? Gran Canaria is one of the Spanish...

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Categories: Wind Surfing

The 57th Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Round Up

Super Yachts Carters - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 17:00
The 57th Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Round Up With 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries spread over 3 million square feet, centred around a display of 1,500 yachts, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show welcomed 100,000 visitors to a showcase of serious strength.

With a highlight on positivity, even with a tense atmosphere surrounding the elections looming, the influx of yachting enthusiasts walking the docks kept every single brand within the superyacht and surrounding marine industry busy.

A Message of Positivity
“Good attitudes, everybody is happy,” says Daryl Wakefield, President of Westport Yachts. “We started feeling this energy back in the summer. I think a lot of people thought the election would have a lot of control over it, and it certainly hasn’t had any effect on the traffic and the attitude.”

“There’s a strong demand in the market place […] we sell of 475 boats a year, and hopefully in 2017 we’ll hit that 500 mark”, adds Rob Bowman, Marketing Director of HMY. “We’re seeing a lot more of the larger motor yachts sell. I think you’re going to see a couple more 100 foot boats sell here very shortly.”

“We’re having a great year, 2016 has been really phenomenal [...] We’re here right now in 9 different venues,” says Darren Plymale, Vice President of Galati Yacht Sales. "This is the mecca, if you’re going to come here and you’re going to be part of what’s going on in this large motor yacht segment, you’ve got to be here.”

A Platform for World Debuts
Several world debuts in the US - with Feadship’s Savannah acting as a main attraction opposite the stunning Galactica Supernova by Heesen Yachts - kept those on the docks running back and forth to see the latest European imports, with Fast & Furious representing the latest focus on exploration from AMELS & DAMEN.

Heesen Yachts also launched Project Cayman at the show, an all-aluminium 138ft (48 metre) superyacht geared for the American market, due to its draft making it perfect for the Bahamas and reduced fuel consumption.

Oceanco launched its incredible new project Spectrum, presented in conjunction with Mario Pedol of Nauta Design. This premiere spans five decks with a remarkable modern exterior, and still maintains an unparalleled relationship with the water given its length of 102 metres (334ft).

After successfully presenting the superyacht project Sundance with Steve Gresham at the Monaco Yacht Show, Fincantieri took to America to present the angular, modern and outstanding Private Bay design, which spans 120 metres with an Horacio Bozzo exterior style.

Full insights surrounding each of the new unveilings in FLIBS will arrive soon; however, American debuts came in the form of the Westport 125, a beautifully styled in-house designed yacht which has been attracting a lot of attention during the show, and the two new Christensen motor yachts Chasseur and Silver Lining which were all launched this year.

With an increased level of footfall, strong responses from all industry members, new announcements and a full American Market feature highlighting activity on its way this week, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is already being coined as yet another busy year for the superyacht community.

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National Geographic Announces 2017 Adventurers of the Year

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 13:30

WASHINGTON (Nov. 3, 2016)—National Geographic has announced the 2017 Adventurers of the Year, whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism have distinguished them in the past year.

Online voting for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year is now open and will run through Dec. 16, 2016. Fans can go to www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year.html to vote every day for their favorite honoree. The adventurer with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be announced in January as the 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

This year’s honorees include celestial circumnavigators who crossed oceans on the famed Hokule’a 62-foot double-hulled, voyaging canoe guided only by the stars; a cave diver who discovered the world’s deepest underwater cave; a pair of journalists who embarked on a full-length hike through the Grand Canyon; a kayaker who completed the first solo descent of the 5,464-kilometer-long Yellow River in China; and a teenage rock climber who became the first female (and youngest person) to complete some of the hardest-rated boulder routes on Earth.

The 2017 Adventurers of the Year are:

  • The Hokule’a Team, comprised of celestial circumnavigators who have embarked on a four-year journey across large swaths of oceans in the famed Hokule’a voyaging canoe guided only by the stars and the belief that Polynesian culture should not be lost to the wake of modernization. In the process, they ignited a cultural restoration in Hawaii and taught a new generation of adventurers how to navigate by the stars. Nainoa Thompson, a member of the team, was a 2016 recipient of the National Geographic Society’s most prestigious award, the Hubbard medal.
  • Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, an American business woman and adventurer turned conservationist. Tompkins funded the creation of a large wilderness conservation areas in the heart of South America’s famed Patagonia region. Along with her late husband, Doug Tompkins, she helped create five national parks and preserved more than 2.5 million acres of mountains, forests, waterways and the fauna that depend on the landscape.
  • Krzysztof Starnawski, a Polish cave diver and National Geographic Explorer who discovered the world’s deepest underwater cave in the fall of 2016. For two decades Starnawski believed that the Hranická Propast cave complex in the Czech Republic could be the deepest underwater cave system in the world. Last year, he discovered a small passage 800 feet down that he squirmed through to discover a deeper chamber. This fall he went all the way to the bottom (1,325 feet) using a combination of human and ROV-enabled exploration.
  • Mira Rai, a Nepalese trail runner in search of opportunities, which were lacking for young girls in her rural village. As a teenager, Rai sought to better her life by joining the Maoist rebel movement. Ultimately, she found her calling in trail running where she has come into her own, competing internationally. This year, she returned home to start a race in her home village.
  • Peter McBride and Kevin Fedarko, American hikers , journalists and National Geographic Explorers both with long ties to the Grand Canyon, embarked on an incredible journey to hike its entire length—875 mostly trail-less miles. While the arduous journey has been completed before, McBride’s images and Fedarko’s words catalyzed attention to the troubling issues facing not only the Grand Canyon, but our park system as a whole.
  • Semit Lee, a Chinese kayaker who completed the first solo source-to-sea descent of the 5,464-kilometer-long Yellow River in China. The river is thought of as the cradle of Chinese civilization. Lee negotiated fierce rapids and steep gorges, but the trip also had a different purpose—a cultural and environmental survey of how people live along the river banks.
  • Colin Haley, an American mountaineer who has doggedly pushed the boundaries of alpine climbing for the last 15 years. But, as veteran alpinist Rolando Garibotti put it, Haley’s 2016 season might be the best anyone has ever had in Patagonia. He completed the first solo ascent of Torre Egger, the 9,350-foot snowcapped granite turret on the border between Chile and Argentina, considered amongst the hardest climbs in the world. He also achieved several other rapid ascents in the region. Then, in June, he stormed up the Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker in the Alaska Range by himself in a day.
  • Ashima Shiraishi, a teenage American rock climber who has continued her progression as one of the world’s best climbers, becoming the first female to climb the hardest-rated boulder problem—Horizon in Japan, in March, then Sleepy Rave in Australia, in August.
  • Antoine Girard, a French paraglider who soared above 8,100 meters to fly over the summit of Broad Peak on the China-Pakistan border in the Himalaya. It’s the first time a paraglider pilot has broken that elevation, much less flown above the summit of one the world’s tallest peaks.
  • Shannon Switzer Swanson, an American surfer, marine conservationistand National Geographic Young Explorer who embarked on an ambitious journey to illuminate the global supply chain of tropical fish destined for American aquariums. Using her unique set of water skills and an academic approach, Swanson and her team journeyed from Indonesian reefs to enthusiasts’ homes to shine light on human impacts both positive and minus on our world’s sea life.

“This is the 12th year that National Geographic has searched around the world for individuals who personify the adventurous spirit in unique ways,” said Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic Adventure editorial director. “This year’s honorees are extraordinary and inspiring people who push the boundaries of exploration.”

National Geographic has named Adventurers of the Year since 2006. Mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, from Nepal, was voted the 2016 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. By the time she was 15, she’d lost both her parents and was left to care for her 6-year-old sister. Still, she made her way up the world’s tallest peaks including K2 and Everest and continues to work tirelessly to serve the disadvantaged in the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

The first ever National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Hall of Fame Award will be unveiled this year. In September 2016, Arctic explorers Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer, and Ben Stookesberry—all past Adventurers of the Year and National Geographic Explorers—completed their traverse of the Greenland ice cap by kite-ski and the first kayak descent of a glacial river cut by massive waterfalls. Despite setbacks that included a serious head injury, dangerous crevasses, and an uncharted route, the team relied on their extensive polar experience to bring them safely across Greenland’s mysterious landscape.

To learn more about each adventurer through photos, interviews and a video, and to vote daily for the 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year.html or follow @NatGeoAdventure on Instagram or @NGAdventure on Twitter using #advofyear.

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Charter Focus: An Artistic Escape on Superyacht JoyMe

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 15:00
Charter Focus: An Artistic Escape on Superyacht JoyMe Created by the team at Philip Zepter in 2011, with a unique exterior design by Mijo Radunovic, JoyMe is a sleek, ultra-contemporary and stylish 50 metre (163.7ft) superyacht perfect for charter when discovering the Mediterranean beauty of the Adriatic.

JoyMe’s design concept offers something spectacular with a combination of open air exterior areas and minimalist interior space, perfectly encapsulating indoor and outdoor living. 

Philip Zepter created his own superyacht to match a unique vision. Built by Zepter Yachts, the bold and distinctive character, art-inspired interior and striking, colourful exterior is the work of myriad visionaries, such as Marijana Radovic and Mijo Radunovic. 

With a crew of eleven at your disposal, the 6 in-suite air-conditioned cabins and guest accommodation are uniquely located at the main deck, with each cabin offering a distinct retro design that utilises space and colour to communicate a unique experience to its guests.

Its VIP suite, located on the Upper Deck, boasts exterior terrace areas with open sea views as well as a walk-in bathroom and Portuguese bridge with seating and sun beds on the bow.

JoyMe's impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for taking to entertaining with family and friends. Complete with the latest water toys and Gym with a Finnish sauna & Hammam Spa with the spectacle of a sea view.  A sun deck boasts a 3.5 meter Jacuzzi and sky lounge perfect for summer evenings on the water.

She is the largest yacht under Croatian flag available for charter on the Adriatic, offering the best way to explore the coast of Croatia and Montenegro full of stunning medieval towns framed by crystal azure waters. 

New to the Thompson, Westwood and White (TWW Yachts) fleet, JoyMe is available for charter across the Montenegro and Croatia; offering an idyllic escape across one of the world's most exciting new charter hubs.

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SUGGESTIBLE YOU: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 14:14

WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2016)— What you believe has literal, biological, quantifiable—in other words, real in every way—effects on your body and overall health.

Award-winning science writer Erik Vance plumbs the depths of our mind-body relationship in SUGGESTIBLE YOU: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal (National Geographic Books; on sale Nov. 8, 2016; ISBN 978-1-4262-1789-0; 228 pages; $26), investigating what our brains can lead our bodies to achieve and considering the implications of that power. A fascinating excerpt on the subject will be the cover story of National Geographic magazine’s December issue.

A few facts from SUGGESTIBLE YOU:

  • In many drug trials more than half the people receiving a placebo feel better and peer pressure can boost placebo effectiveness.
  • There are placebo trends! Bigger pills work better than small ones. In Asia, injections work better than pills, suppositories work better than either in France.
  • A medical practitioner making eye contact, establishing an empathetic connection, can affect the success of treatment.
  • Certain conditions respond particularly well to placebo, including chronic pain, a condition 100 million Americans suffer from annually. fMRI brain scans of patients reporting less pain due to a placebo showed less activity in the pain-related regions. People did not imagine less pain, they felt less of it!

In SUGGESTIBLE YOU—praised as “compelling” and “eye-opening” by Kirkus, and “inspired” by Publishers Weekly—Vance considers the incredible power of our minds from every angle. From the historical perspective (Plato was in favor of placebo to help patients) up through current cutting-edge research, Vance isn’t afraid to jump into the fray. In the course of his research, Vance attempted to become a hypnotist, was electrocuted, and chose to be cursed so a brujo (witch doctor) could work to remove it. His own upbringing as a Christian Scientist, a group that believes in prayer not medical intervention for healing, opens the book in dramatic fashion and offers a unique perspective and unexpected entry into the topic.

Through it all Vance does what the best communicators of science can do—presents compelling, complicated ideas in a clear voice full of the excitement of discovery.

About Erik Vance

Erik Vance is an award-winning science writer based in California and Mexico City. Raised as a Christian Scientist, he graduated with honors from the Christian Science school, Principia College, in 1999 with a degree in biology. After working as a scientist on research projects dealing with dolphin intelligence and coastal ecology, Vance became an educator and then an environmental consultant. In 2005, he attended UC Santa Cruz’s famed science communication program and discovered a passion for journalism. There he learned that only through compelling characters can stories touch and inspire us. Since then, Vance has built his career around science-based profiles of inspiring, dedicated or controversial figures in society. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York TimesThe Utne ReaderScientific American, and National Geographic. He is also a contributing editor at Discover magazine.

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, global experiences and events, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Charter RoMEA in the Caribbean for the First Time

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 13:00
Charter RoMEA in the Caribbean for the First Time Superyacht charter in the Caribbean is one of the world’s most unrivalled luxury experiences, and life on board RoMEA was seemingly engineered for cruising the waters of the crisp white coasts thanks to a world of on board amenities designed for charter.

Now available in the Caribbean for the first time, Imperial Yachts is offering a winter experience like no other on board their latest addition to the charter fleet; the 82 metre Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht which was delivered in 2015.

With impeccable records for charter already across the Med and the Red Sea, this new superyacht features sleek and elegant styling from exterior to interior. On board features include complete Spa and Massage area, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor cinemas as well as state-of-the-art accommodation for 12 guests in 6 luxury staterooms.

Available from the beginning of December, RoMEA is truly an exciting addition to the both the Imperial Yachts charter fleet and the Caribbean armada.

To watch a full interview with Imperial Yachts Founder Evgeniy Kochman and Director Julia Simpson, click here.

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WILD, BEAUTIFUL PLACES: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:52

WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2016)—Travel: the anticipation, the aspiration, the thrill, all before your bags are packed. Whether you’re daydreaming or ready to leave, let National Geographic tempt you with some unexpected and gorgeous destinations in WILD, BEAUTIFUL PLACES: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe (National Geographic Books; on sale Oct. 25, 2016; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1740-1; 320 pages; $40).

From national parks and the Seven Wonders of the World to secluded, rarely photographed sites—a total of 50 incredible locations across the globe—experience some of the magnificent (and slowly disappearing) vistas of our world. Each image is accompanied by first-hand accounts from the photographers as well as useful travel information to help readers’ wanderlust become a reality. The complete package has already been recognized by Publishers Weekly in its 2016 Holiday Gift Guide where WILD, BEAUTIFUL PLACES is highlighted among the “beautifully packaged illustrated gift books for fans of all stripes.”

George Stone, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel and National Geographic Traveler magazine, provides the expert and inspiring foreword. Amid the gorgeous images and dreams of vacation, he thoughtfully invokes National Geographic’s mission of “inspiring people to care about the planet,” hoping the book does spur travel while also reaffirming the need to protect these pristine, stunning landscapes.

About George Stone

GEORGE STONE is editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel and National Geographic Traveler magazine. Stone has worked as a writer and editor for Traveler for 18 years, and he is also the author of two books published by National Geographic, From Mist and Stone: The Folklore of the Celts and Vikings and Raging Forces: Life on a Violent Planet. Stone has spent the last three years in Singapore as an editor-at-large for Traveler covering global travel trends and emerging markets.

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, global experiences and events, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Expedition round up

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 18:33
The weather this year has been unusual because of the stationary high pressure over Scandinavia which has blocked the lows out in the Irish Sea and provided easterlies. In the first part of the week this produced warm sunshine and opportunities for thermal soaring over the Cairngorms, but in the last couple of days we have had rain. However, this area provides plenty of alternative entertainments.

The River Dee which passes by the airfield has changed as a result of the epic floods last December, it's now rather wider and the fishing hut has disappeared. There was heavy rain last night and today so the water level is back up, below are pics from earlier in the week and today.

The Dee transformed...and after the rainGlen Tanar, the other side of the ridge to the south of the airfield, was the place to go wave hunting when there was some south in the wind. It's also a great place to go for a walk, with several trails of varying lengths.

Fishing lake in Glen TanarBraemar seemed to have been taken over by knitted fish and other sea creatures, and the walking trails also had orange stripey fish at intervals for no apparent reason. The walks were good though, and the cafe.

Braemar bridge
Loch Muick is the place for wave in a northwesterly, which we haven't been fortunate enough to experience this trip, but it's a great place to go for a walk - almost 8 miles all the way round.

Loch Muick panorama
When the rain is too much for walking, there is the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, which has a fine selection of steam and motor vehicles, and a steam organ.


Back at the airfield, there has been a lot of model flying, much to the alarm of the local bird life.

Surprised heronAnd finally........our loyal readers have it seems been disappointed in the lack of culinary reports. The local restaurants and takeways have been doing good business but culinary expertise has been in evidence......

Add some peanut butter - delicious

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