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National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT announce an extensive long-term cruise partnership

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:00

National Geographic and PONANT create a new strategic partnership to develop its Small Ship Expedition programme in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

With significant shared experience in exploration and luxury travel,
National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT will create unique experiences on board a fleet of state of the art ships

Over 100 unique itineraries have been created by PONANT for
National Geographic Expeditions, on sale from 8th August 2018

Sydney 8th August 2018: National Geographic Expeditions, the travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and PONANT, a world leader of luxury expedition cruises, have today announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of co-branded, luxury expedition cruises. With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions will offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

National Geographic Expeditions is the premium provider of travel experiences that embody the renowned National Geographic spirit of adventure, conservation and education.  Offering unique access, experiences and expertise that only National Geographic can, the company also returns a portion of all proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.

PONANT is a world leader in luxury expedition cruising operating a state of the art fleet of 7 small ships, increasing to 12 by 2021, with the delivery of new Expedition class vessels and a luxury hybrid Icebreaker powered by LNG.  The full fleet has been ‘clean ship’ certified and offers a number of leading edge technologies to protect the environment, including recycling and reuse programmes, reduced exhaust emissions and sustainable purchasing practices. All efforts made by the luxury cruise operator are designed to respect the environment and marine life.

As part of the overall experience, PONANT will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from A$4730 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners commented “Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network.  We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT added “We are thrilled and gratified that one of the greatest specialist media companies in the world has chosen PONANT to be their expedition cruise partner. This  partnership brings together two highly respected globalorganisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability.

The new cruise experiences will be available to book from 8th August 2018. Discover the video and expedition cruises on PONANT website at au.ponant.com/national-geographic

Discover more on National Geographic Expeditions website at www.nationalgeographic.com.au/ponant

Dedicated Phone line: Australia: 1800 889 088 | New Zealand: +61 2 8311 0808

Dedicated Email: natgeo.au@ponant.com

Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.

 

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Notes To Editors

For National Geographic Expeditions please contact:

Angela Alexander, National Geographic Publicity: 0411 483 321

Angela.Alexander@fox.com

For PONANT, please contact:

Michael Corbett, Manager PR.  Phone: 0417 469 228

Email: michael.corbett@bigpond.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivalled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it.  Every year, the Society awards more than 575 grants to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around the world. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About PONANT

Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com

Regionals round up

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 11:16
What a week it's been! Six contest days with two 300k tasks on consecutive days. We had a go on Day 7 but the weather went downhill and the Director scrubbed 2 minutes before the start gate opened as gliders sank towards relights and the sky darkened. Pilots were glad to derig before the rain. Saturday was very breezy so although a task was set it was scrubbed as it became clear that it wouldn't be practicable. Nils the Met Man had already spotted this and booked a holiday in Italy. The day ended with an excellent BBQ organised by the Director, plus prize giving.

Congratulations to the top three..........

Denis Campbell - the cup already has his name on it, lots of times
Jim White, who tried very hard to wrest first place from DenisSpeedy John Otty with his 3rd place prizes.....and congratulations to all the other competitors for making it a safe and fun comp.

Many thanks to all the people who made the comp a success.......


Richard - Director, BBQ chef and occasional tug pilotNils the Met ManPete the Scorer
Bob the Grid Marshal
Maddi and her team of cadets
Jim and the other tuggies - Bob and Rob
George for flying the Duo with club membersBob for Control, IT and lots of other stuff, including taking most of the pics

Overland activity holidays: 10 best road trips for adventure lovers

Windsurfing - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 23:20

Fancy a road trip with plenty of adventures along the way? Then overland activity holidays could be just what you are looking for. To help you find that perfect trip we have pulled together this guide to the best road trips for adventure lovers. For this article we only considered actual roads, such...

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Regionals Day 6

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:02
The forecast today was a hard one as the arrival of rain and sparky stuff was difficult to predict. Eventually a task round Calvert Jct - Oxford South and Brill was set. While we waited for cu to develop, Control's clock said it was 33.8degC so shade was at a premium.
Control, Director, assorted pilots and a couple of wilting cadets
Bob the Grid Marshal taking a break
That white stuff behind Nils is altocu, not much use for XCNils the Met Man finally managed to magic up some cu and the grid launched. Control barely managed to get back to its gazebo before Denis was back, with John and Jim hot on his heels.
The forecast looks uncertain for Friday but we will do our best to get a task out of it.

41m OKKO Listed for Charter with Imperial Yachts

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:00
41m OKKO Listed for Charter with Imperial Yachts Monaco-based brokerage house Imperial Yachts has proudly announced that 41m OKKO built by Mondomarine will be added to their Charter CA Fleet. Built in 2012, this versatile superyacht has proven successful charter records and is already offering availabilities for cruising in the Mediterranean this summer.

OKKO is a sleek, all-aluminium, semi-displacement superyacht with three impressive decks. From the shore, her size and styling draw the eye; however, at night, her underwater lighting highlights the simple, sleek and sophisticated superyacht.

Designed inside and out by Giorgio Vafiadis, OKKO has a detailed exterior with several large outdoor relaxation spaces and a spacious sundeck space built to specification. Vafiadis has fused contemporary styling with comfort for the interior, using Glyn Peter Machine furniture, Tai Ping carpentry, along with Fendi and Cavalli extras throughout to create a stylish and relaxed interior space. The use of mixed African Frake wood helps to create a serene environment that is pleasing to the eye and is also durable.

Five generous en-suite cabins provide accommodation for 10 guests. The owner’s suite occupies a generous space forward on the main deck with the en-suite finished in marble and back-lit onyx. The remaining four guest cabins are situated on the lower deck, comprising two doubles and two twin cabins with Pullman berths. Each cabin has its own Kaleidoscope system offering a wide selection of world cinema from your iPad, and a large selection of A/V amenities.

OKKO’s twin MTU M91 engines deliver more than 1,750kW each, and the combination of her engine power with the hull and bow shape ensure smooth sailing and low fuel consumption. With a cruising speed of 14.5 knots, OKKO glides through the water seamlessly and quieter than most thanks to specific vibro-acoustic work that ensure greater acoustic insulation and decreased vibration issues.

OKKO is available for charter from August 15th from Imperial for summer cruising around the Mediterranean with a charter rate of EUR 150,000/week. 

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Regionals Days 3, 4 and 5

Booker Gliding - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:08
The competitors have been having a blast in these amazing conditions. Day 3 and Day 4 saw them nipping round 300k tasks , today's task was slightly shorter. George Darby flew 315 on the 300k tasks with club members who are just starting to fly cross country, giving them valuable experience on how it's done. Today he flew 318, the fixed wheel Pegasus, and did extremely well, beating a glider with much bigger wings and higher performance. It just shows how a handicapped distance task levels the field. The other benefit of the task format is that we can tell (unofficially) who the winner is from the task times on Control's log sheet, without having to wait for the Scorer to perform his arcane ritual with the traditional scoring system. Of course the Scorer has to pore over the traces but usually he agrees with Control.

Denis is still in the lead overall, with Jim White and John Otty close on his heels. There is more good weather forecast, apart from Friday when it might actually rain, so there is still all to play for.

Here are some pics of finshes

Nils and his LS4 with a Red Kite
Johns's ASG29
Nick in his Libelle
Denis in his VentusControl was much more comfortable today having been offered a very nice gazebo by Steve Gaze. Here are a couple of cadets exercising their engineering skills.

The Gaze Gazebo

Booker Regionals Day 2

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 22:01
It was a late start today as we had to wait for a stubborn layer of cloud to go somewhere else, but the grid finally got going after lunch. The task was 162k around Hurstbourne Tarrant and Brill, with the usual sneaky diversion round Huntercombe and Rockwell End at the finish. It was a bit of a tricky start with a few relights but it was a close race. Denis won again with Nils and Geoff on his heels

Here comes Denis
Jim took a relaxed attitude to launching but his competitive spirit became apparent later in the day.

On the grid

Booker Regionals Day 1 - off to a flying start

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:21
Nils the Met Man said today's weather was 'interesting', which is always a bit of a worry, but he managed to find a bit of the country to fly in, a task of 181k up to Buckingham, down to Oxford services and back to Stony Stratford. All the pilots got round, with Denis 370 romping home in just under 2 hours, closely follwed by Jim J1M who had to do it the old-fashioned way when his flight computer packed up part way round. Everyone seemed to have had a good time, tomorrow we do it all over again.


Day winner Denis
Denis and Jim exchanging notes just after landing

Nils the Met Man
Director Richard, 787 Captain Jan, Grid Marshal Bob, Chairman William and Tug Pilot Jim

V66 syndicate goes to Thame and the Lunak catches fire

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:26


Nice day out with strong and tight thermals but big areas of sink in-between. V66 syndicate of Jim and Bob went to Thame and the Lunak caused a bit of a stir with the tower who thought it was on fire (but always grateful for their help/concern) when his smoke system was still going after he landed.



Geoff's big adventure

Booker Gliding - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:41
What a fantastic day's gliding, and congratulations to Geoff Lyons on completing his first 750. People were glued to Spot the Glider as far away as Poland watching the final turn round Wisbech and the long trip back to Booker, especially the very marginal final glide from somewhere north of Milton Keynes. Those in the clubhouse rushed out in time to see him sneak in over the NE boundary and land straight in.

10 hours flying and all we could find him was a Diet Coke
Looking surprisingly cool after such a long flight
And let's not forget John Otty who completed his first 500 last weekend for Diamond Distance, we have only just caught up with him for a photo opp.

Congratulations John

Bahamas adventure holidays: 17 best Exuma activities

Windsurfing - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:02

The 365 cays and islands in the Exumas are the perfect place for Bahamas adventure holidays. This Caribbean archipelago begins around 35 miles southeast of the capital, Nassau. Although known for its laid back, relaxing atmosphere, the best Exuma activities involve wind, water and excitement. The Exumas were originally known...

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Just a few trial lessons

Booker Gliding - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 19:36

After a cancellation earlier in the year due to bad weather, the club has now completed a successful day of flying (on Wednesday) with The Air League. As you will see from the pics, it was a busy day of flying.  One group of 20 + in the morning, a second group of 30+ in the afternoon; have had an introduction to gliding.  These are all youngsters that have, in one way or another, expressed an interest in flying.  This makes them a very important group for the future of gliding.  We expect to see a few of them back in August to complete Gliding scholarships with the club.  
Morning Group

Afternoon group
I built this from my own garden shed you know.
I wonder if he knows i'm listening to Heathrow Approach. 

Imperial lists Mondomarine 41m OKKO for sale

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:00
Imperial lists Mondomarine 41m OKKO for sale Monaco-based brokerage house Imperial has proudly announced its appointment as the central agent for the sale of 41m OKKO built by Mondomarine, with the price upon application.

OKKO is a slick, all-aluminium, semi-displacement superyacht with three impressive decks and a powerful bulbous bow. Her twin MTU M91 engines deliver more than 1,750kW each, and the combination of her engine power with the hull and bow shape ensure smooth sailing and low fuel consumption. With a cruising speed of 14.5 knots, OKKO glides through the water seamlessly and quieter than most thanks to specific vibro-acoustic work that ensure greater acoustic insulation and decreased vibration issues.

Designer Giorgio Vafiadis has created a detailed exterior with several large outdoor relaxation spaces and a spacious sundeck space built to specification. This area has been created to hold a maximum of 12 guests comfortably whilst offering scenic views and is perfect for relaxing with the addition of a bar, BBQ, Jacuzzi, seating and sunbeds.

Vafiadis has tried to blend contemporary styling with comfort, using Glyn Peter Machine furniture, Tai Ping carpentry, along with Fendi and Cavalli extras throughout to create a stylish and relaxed interior. The use of mixed African Frake wood helps to create a serene environment that is pleasing to the eye and is also durable.

Five generous ensuite cabins provide accommodation for 10 guests. The owner’s suite occupies a generous space forward on the main deck with the ensuite finished in marble and back-lit onyx. The remaining four guest cabins are situated on the lower deck, comprising two doubles and two twin cabins with Pullman berths. Each cabin has its own Kaleidoscope system offering a wide selection of world cinema from your iPad, and a large selection of A/V amenities.

Built with care and attention to detail, OKKO is a contemporary and stable vessel designed purely for the comfort of guests and her owners.

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New age crop circles

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 22:16
Not sure what has caused these patterns in the fields near Enstone, but they were very clear today.  I'm sure there is probably a simple answer (my favourite theories, pattern of irrigation sprays or site for local fete). I haven't seen anything quite as fancy before.


Friday evening success

Booker Gliding - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:38
After yet another excellent cross country day with temps in the high 20s, Symeon and the Friday Evening Group took over the airfield. It was a perfect evening for soaring and Paul Clarke was delighted to see his young son Stevie go solo.

Stevie looking relaxed after his first solo landing
Proud Paul congratulates his son 
Perfect sunset landing for Stevie

Dive into the Mediterranean with M/Y Penelope

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:00
Dive into the Mediterranean with M/Y Penelope In celebration of Flying Charter's successful appointment as the central agent for M/Y Penelope, we take a look at the enticing charter locations guests on board the 30-metre superyacht will no doubt want to explore during the hot summer season.

Part of Ferretti’s Custom Line 97 range, Penelope was built in 2008 with a complete refit in 2018, which increased the internal volume and provides accommodations for up to 12 guests. This is the first year Penelope is available for charter in idyllic locations across the Mediterranean and is moored in Marina di Stabia, in the Gulf of Naples. This beautiful stretch of the Italian coast offers guests a host of sunbathing hot spots and dining opportunities.

Penelope’s charter manifesto begins in the rugged landscape of Capri in southern Italy, at one of the Island’s best-know attractions, the Blue Grotto. Guests can enjoy spectating the scenic cove-studded coastline while relaxing in the Jacuzzi or take a dip into the natural, exquisitely blue waters.

The motoryacht’s exterior offers al fresco dining making any dining experience special especially with a backdrop of picturesque Ischia. The medieval castle, Castello Aragonese, has stood for nearly three centuries and remains one of Ischia’s most iconic sights. Guests can continue their adventure into Ischia’s famous thermal waters that can be found in thermal parks and gardens, natural spas and wellness centres. Aphrodite Thermal Gardens in Sant’Angelo has 12 pools ranging from 20-42 degrees Celsius ensuring comfort for all visitors.

Immersing in conversation amongst family and friends can be further enjoyed ashore from a choice of ravishing dining spots the Amalfi Coast has to offer. The rugged coastline layered with pastel colour is staggered with an array of extravagant restaurants including the Michelin-starred restaurant, Zass. Chef Alois Vanlangenaeker says, “My aim is to enhance the existing product. I have great respect for the ingredients.” Experience authentic Italian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients from Il San Pietro’s vegetable gardens and local farmers.

If guests prefer to dine on-board Penelope, the superyacht features a teak dining table located on the aft deck with talented chef Daniele providing the very finest, mouth-watering homemade recipes from handmade pizza and focaccia to Italian pasta and seafood dishes.

With only skimming across the surface of what the Mediterranean has to offer; guests are ensured that this isn’t their first or final charter to the region onboard M/Y Penelope.

M/Y Penelope is now available for charter with Flying Charter in the Mediterranean starting from EUR 55,000.

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Glyn Read

Booker Gliding - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:29
It is with great sadness that we have to report the untimely passing of Glyn Read on 3rd July 2018, aged 69.

Glyn was a long-standing member of Booker Gliding Club. along with being an extremely talented pilot, Glyn also spent many years working with the committee and Wycombe District Council negotiating lease and rent renewals.

Glyn was also a member of the Deeside Gliding Club and Lasham Gliding Society where he enjoyed many years of gliding, in particular at Aboyne where he formed his second home thanks to his love of wave soaring.

He will be sorely missed by his friends and business associates.

Below are some photos of Glyn in happier times:


Aboyne - flying with Nick
Aboyne - with Bob the logkeeper
Enjoying a laugh at Booker Regionals
Talgarth with Nick and William


Klippeneck

Booker Gliding - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:08
A couple of photos from my Klippeneck trip:

Returning to Klippeneck from the NorthLooking South towards the Alps with the hangars on the right and 05 threshold next to the cliff at the top.

SchuchsleeOver Schuchslee lake in the Black Forest. Had great tea and cake there with Tracey on our day out.

Great trip for all levels of experience. Richard and Doug can provide great XC training and experiences to early pilots. The Swabian Alb and Black Forest provide challenging XC opportunities for the more experienced with fabulous views of Lake Constance, the Alps, hills, lakes and forests of the area.

Jim

Surf science of wave formation: Where do waves come from?

Windsurfing - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:37

Have you ever walked along the beach and wondered where do waves come from and how they are formed? If you fancy learning about the surf science of wave formation you can do a little experiment. Return to the same beach every few weeks and make some observations about the size and...

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Longest day and the one after

Booker Gliding - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 22:10
The Solstice came with some stupendous weather, despite the 20kt wind - strong climbs and a high cloudbase. Geoff Lyons did 500k, and the sky was still looking good when he got back.

 The following day was rather more difficult, but Nils managed to extract himself from a work meeting and take an afternoon launch, heading south where he saw some dramatic clouds generated by heath fires. Amazing what you see when you're up there.

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