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.. and at the other end of the field ..

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 22:21
A steady stream of trial lessons and a few club members braved the murky sky, to be rewarded with a rather pleasant day and some decent thermals in the afternoon.  Lots of bugs, though, who seemed to find the gliders and the inside of the cockpits their preferred hangout for the day.

Webcam working well from 06. Are we waving or swatting flies?
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One man went to mow

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 20:22
It's like magic. The grass in the trailer park takes on the aspect of a summer meadow - buttercups, pink clover daisies, all very pretty - and then someone cuts it. Who could that be? The Mower Meister is in fact Rob Turner, who has a fine selection of mowers and strimmers for those who are at a bit of a loose end on a no-fly day. Here's part of today's effort.

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Guide to Algarve adventure holidays: Best multi-activity destination?

Windsurfing - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 15:08

Occupying the extreme south-western point of the European mainland, the Algarve is a rugged outcrop of Portugal that’s popular for sun, sea and fun. In this guide to Algarve adventure holidays we summarise what’s on offer and ask; is it the best multi-activity destination? Guide to Algarve adventure holidays With a...

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Fawley Hill steam extravaganza

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:38
Over the weekend of 20-22 May we were lucky enough to be at Fawley Hill Steam Extravaganza, thanks to an invitation from Lady McAlpine who organised the event to celebrate her husband Sir William McAlpine's 80th birthday.

We had an interesting position next to the merry-go-round and the station, so we had a grandstand view of the steam train making its regular trips down the hill laden with passengers, and then struggling back up - on occasion having to go back down and take another run at it.

We took the sim and the Junior (in its current cabriolet configuration) and had plenty of visitors, many of whom enjoyed sessions flying around the mountains in New Zealand.

Cabriolet Junior
The sim proved popularThe club members who came along took time out to look around the show with its many attractions - engines, cars, tractors, buses, camels, a unicorn (honest) as well as sampling Somerset cider and Gurkha curry. The only fly in the ointment was the downpour on Sunday afternoon just as we were thinking of packing up, so we got back to Booker very wet and muddy.

More traction engines than you could shake a stick at
We should have brought Mavis
New buggy?
Camels. Why not?Many thanks to all those who helped out, in particular to Bob Smith who towed the sim trailer there and back, and to Robin Willgoss for tech support on the sim. Also to: Bob Davey, Chris Rowland, Chris Arnold, Julian Saakwa-Mante, David Fogden, Terry Clements, Chris Collett, Hedda Couture, David Humphreys, Symeon Economou, Bob Sinden - and Robert Turner, whose loan of a gazebo saved us from drowning.
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Chartering Superyacht IDOL in the West Mediterranean

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 15:46
Chartering Superyacht IDOL in the West Mediterranean As the Monaco Grand Prix fires the starting pistol on Summer, we sharpen our focus on the 2016 charter market by taking a closer look at the 58.8m superyacht IDOL.

Available in the West Mediterranean, IDOL was built by Austal Yachts in 2007 and provides every element required for the unbridled charter experience.

Drawn by Sam Sorgiovanni, this immediately distinctive superyacht is comfortable, fast and features enviable exterior spaces made for charter vacations. On top, IDOL offers a huge sun deck with room for a full bar, extensive dining in the sun or under shaded canvases, Jacuzzi, Basketball, gym, Table Football and sun pads.

To further the fun, IDOL features a whole range of toys such as canoes, jetskis, a transit tender and an inflatable banana boat for a high-octane challenge with the family.

Moving inside, her spacious interior - also by Sorgiovanni - keeps the focus on the experience of being on board by keeping it light and simple. While contemporary in style, each space is understated in design and achieves a level of comfort which enhances any charter vacation.

Her style moves through to the accommodation, keeping a consistent tone across seven luxury staterooms that can sleep a total of twelve guests.

IDOL’s crew, much like her central agents at Hill Robinson, are seasoned veterans and compliment the opportunities of the yacht itself in creating idyllic charter experiences. Find out more about chartering IDOL by clicking here.

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Denison Conduct Milestone Sale of Cartouche

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:46
Denison Conduct Milestone Sale of Cartouche Denison have announced the recent sale of the award-winning 28.8m (95') sailing catamaran Cartouche. Combined with a beam of over 12.19m (40'), this is one of, if not the, largest catamaran ever sold in North America.

Built by Blue Coast Yachts in 2010, Cartouche is widely considered one of the most technologically-advanced catamarans ever-built.

The vessel has gained a strong reputation for her ease of handling and fast cruising with a minimal need for crew.

Her sporty appeal and comfort at sea are billed as providing an idyllic means of enjoying the thrills of luxury sailing with all the high-end amenities of an exceptional cruising vessel.

She is also the biggest luxury sail catamaran to be equipped with a fully automatic furling boom allowing safe and easy sail reduction.

The Seller was represented by Catherine Relandeau (Cath Yachts) and Jean-Marie Cabri (Denison Yacht Sales) represented the Buyer.

Denison Announces Sale Of 29m Cartouche
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Reach Uncharted Territories on Superyacht Cloudbreak

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:41
Reach Uncharted Territories on Superyacht Cloudbreak After recently announcing their appointment as worldwide central agent for charter, SuperYachtsMonaco is now offering the unique experience of adventure on board the brand-new 72.50 metre explorer superyacht Cloudbreak.

Launched from the Abeking & Rasmussen facilities this year, this is one of the latest additions to the global charter fleet and a superyacht which stands out on a number of levels. Cloudbreak has exploration in her DNA, and fits beautifully into the most exotic and exciting destinations in the world.

Her Espen Oeino design is modern, rugged and compliments her nature, while her Christine Liaigre interiors offer understated relaxation in clean and modern surroundings. This is a yacht named after a Fijian surf mecca, hinting at the adventure behind the build.

This superyacht is loaded with every imaginable tender and toy to ensure guests experience exotic locations to the full. Cloudbreak is undoubtedly one of the best equipped and most luxurious expedition yacht ever launched.

On her maiden round-the-world voyage guests can charter her in one of the many thrilling and exotic locations that she will visit. Heli-ski on virgin slopes, surf undiscovered breaks, dive some of the world's best dive locations or simply relax and let the professional, multi-skilled crew take care of you in absolute luxury in any of these remote, exotic locations.

Cloudbreak will be available through SuperYachtsMonaco from September 1st across British Columbia, before heading to the shipyard in October to prepare for her November in the Caribbean and Central America. Find out more by clicking here.

New to the Charter market: the 72.50 metre superyacht Cloudbreak
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Richard digging into his cow

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:58

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View from the restaurant

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:57

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Ashley in 944

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:55

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The chairman in his Discus

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:54

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Duo climbing out to a promising sky

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:53

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Hold on its going to be a bumpy ride

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:51

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Schwenningen museum

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:50

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Schwenningen aircraft museum

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:48

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Klippeneck 2016

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:44
After the somewhat epic day we had 2 days of heavy rain. Various trips were made to local museums or points of interest in the area. The Zeppelin museum at Friedrichsaven proved popular as did the more local aircraft museum at Schwenningen. Tuesday night was concluded with Karting. The timetable for this meant a period of racing before going for a Indian meal and then back for more racing. Unlike gliding where adding ballast increases speed a chickin jalfresai doesnt help with lap times.On Wednesday normal service was resumed with clear skies and forcast cloudbase of around 6/7000ft.There was some wave influence around which most pilots found broke the thermals and made it generally hard work but Graham in the Petrel contacted the wave of and was happy to climb to 10,000ft. The evening concluded with a good meal in the restaurant overlooking the scenic area below Klippeneck. Photos to follow 
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Rishi Nair of Florida Wins 2016 National Geographic Bee and $50,000 College Scholarship

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 19:43

Students from Massachusetts and Alabama Take Second and Third Place
Final Round to Air on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 27

WASHINGTON (May 25, 2016)—Rishi Nair of Seffner, Florida, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Williams Magnet Middle School, took top honors at the 28th annual National Geographic Bee held today at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. In addition to earning the title of National Geographic Bee champion, Rishi received a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. He will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, on a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic eight-day adventure to Southeast Alaska aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion, including a stop at Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society.

The second-place winner and recipient of a $25,000 college scholarship was 14-year-old Saketh Jonnalagadda of Westford, Massachusetts, an eighth-grader at Stony Brook Middle School. Third place and a $10,000 college scholarship went to Kapil Nathan of Hoover, Alabama, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, who was also among the 2015 top 10 finalists.

In the nail-biting, seven-question final round between Rishi and Saketh, Rishi took the lead after the first question by correctly answering: “The Gotthard Base Tunnel, expected to open in early June, will be the world’s longest rail tunnel. This tunnel is located in which country?” Answer: “Switzerland.”

Saketh did not answer the first question correctly but caught up when Rishi incorrectly answered the fifth question: “An active lighthouse is located on a cape that is the easternmost point of mainland Australia. Name this cape.” Answer: “Cape Byron.”

The final question, which clinched the win for Rishi, was: “A new marine sanctuary will protect sharks and other wildlife around Isla Wolf in which archipelago in the Pacific Ocean?” Answer: “Galápagos Islands.”

Rishi is the second Florida student to win the National Geographic Bee. In 2010, eighth-grader Aadith Moorthy of Palm Harbor was the national champion.

Fifty-four state and territory winners took part in the preliminary rounds of the 2016 National Geographic Bee on Monday, May 23. The top 10 finishers in the preliminary rounds met in this morning’s final round, which was moderated for the first time by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca. The seven other finalists, who each won $500, were Grace Rembert, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bozeman, Montana; Rishi Kumar, a 10-year-old fifth-grader from Ellicott City, Maryland; Pranay Varada, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Irving, Texas; Lucas Eggers, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Rochester, Minnesota; Samanyu Dixit, a 12-year-old sixth-grader from Matthews, North Carolina; Thomas Wright, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Mequon, Wisconsin; and Ashwin Sivakumar, an 11-year-old sixth-grader from Beaverton, Oregon.

The final round of the Bee will be aired on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 27. It will also be aired on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

Almost 3 million students in 11,000 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools took part in the 2016 National Geographic Bee.

NOTE: B-roll, photos from the preliminary and final rounds and other press resources, including profiles of the 54 state champions, are available in the National Geographic press room: http://Bit.ly/GeoBeePress.


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Charter Life On Board Sirocco with Titan Broker

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:00
Charter Life On Board Sirocco with Titan Broker The 47 metre Sirocco is currently offering charter guests an effortless lifestyle on the waters of the Mediterranean and Caribbean this year with Titan Broker. We take a look at what life on board Sirocco has to offer.

Heesen Yachts is a pure pedigree brand, who know how to create a yacht with style, purpose and comfort. Launched in 2006, Sirocco is a testament to the Dutch builders timeless appeal.

View from the Shore
Named after a strong, penetrating south wind which blows from the Sahara Desert, Sirocco is one of the finest yachts in the Heesen fleet.

Sirocco's stylish exterior - designed by the in-house Heesen design studio - could turn heads in any Mediterranean port or cruising the crystalline water of the Caribbean in complete comfort. The sleek profile hints at both her performance capabilities and the absolute luxury within.

Life on Board
Inspired by the African continent, the lavish and spacious interior - designed by Omega Architects - offers features from the region such as Makassar wood, leather, natural stone and wooden floors, creating a stylish and contemporary feel.

Her impressive and versatile layout, offers accommodation for 12 guests, comprising of 6 staterooms, including a full beam master suite, a VIP stateroom, two double cabins and two twin cabins.

Sirocco is designed with entertaining in mind, she has beautiful finishing’s and an abundance of seating areas for both sun worshippers or those in search of gourmet dining.

The dining area itself is situated next to the main deck saloon and seats 12 guests; perfect for family gatherings or corporate entertainment.

With performance capabilities of reaching a maximum speed of 26 knots, with a comfortable cruising speed of 22 knots, this yacht can adhere to your destination requests thanks to the 2100 nautical mile range.

The Charter Experience
The experienced crew in charge offer an exclusive choice of itineraries, located in some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations. Each member of the crew is well versed in global luxury destinations and VIP treatment thanks to an extensive history of making charter memories for those stepping on board Sirocco.

For guests that are interested in water sports or travelling ashore in style, Sirocco has a large range of facilities. She has two tenders - one Castoldi 6.2 meter, one 5.5 meter Nouvuranin - as well as an MCA approved Zodiac rescue boat.

The vessel is also equipped with a collection of toys, one Bombardier Seadoo Wave Runner, one Yamaha Jet Ski, water skis, wakeboard and snorkeling gear. For diving enthusiasts there is a Bauer dive compressor and scuba equipment.

Sirocco is available for charter this summer on the French Rivera, and in the winter of 2016/2017 in the Caribbean. Click here to find out more.

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One of the hazards on the airfield - especially when cleaning

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:03

They keep the grass nice and short but their by-products stick to the underneath of the glider like sh!& to a hairy blanket.Booker expedition members cleaning the kit after flying and leaving it pristine ready for the next days flying  (as should always happen wherever the glider is!)
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John H at 9000ft in KCZ

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 06:57

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