Super Yachts Charters: FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0000

FLIBS 2019: Top Charter Yachts

As the 60th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off, we bring our readers our top choices for standout charter yachts at this year's show.

This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show promises to be bigger and better than ever before, as an international fleet of yards, designers, architects and superyacht lovers alike flock to the sunny docks of Bahia Mar for the world's largest in-water boat show. For those seeking to cast aside the winter blues in the coming months in favour of sunnier shores, we selected our top pick of charter yachts headlining this year's show. 

1. Madsummer
Perhaps unsurprisingly, all eyes are on Lurssen's 95m flagship Madsummer this week, the stunning superyacht launched by the German yard earlier this year. Not only the biggest yacht at the show, Madsummer is also available for charter this winter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, with Moran Yacht & Ship acting as the central agent. Aside from her striking exteriors and exceptional Harrison Eidsgaard design, Madsummer also features a forward deck helipad, 12-meter swimming pool and on-board spa. 

2. Phoenix 2
Once again the German giants are dominating the build category of finest large yachts, as Lurssen's Phoenix 2 takes pride of second place for our top pick of charter yachts at this year's show. Also available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, Phoenix 2 promises the perfect luxurious getaway to the Mediterranean this winter, with on-board amenities including an outdoor cinema, sundeck pool and jacuzzi. Her unmistakable Winch exterior and interior design separates this exceptional build effortlessly from the crowd, guaranteeing that Phoenix 2 will certainly be one of the most popular yachts on show.

3. Solo
Our third and final favourite comes from a yard who has exceeded itself in quality yacht-building in recent years, arguably in no case less evidently than the delivery last year of Tankoa's 71m Solo. A trip to the Bahamas & Caribbean on-board Solo this winter promises to be the trip of a lifetime, as guests can take full advantage of the yacht's stylish Paszkowski-designed beach club, pool and jacuzzi, as well as the abundance of interior socialising and entertainment spaces - all courtesy of Northrop & Johnson. 

We will be providing our readers with all the latest from Bahia Mar as it comes in, as well as through our social media channels - and with such special superyacht guests in attendance at the Superyacht Village this year, it's bound to be an eventful one.


M/Y Madsummer
M/Y Phoenix 2
M/Y Solo
Booker Gliding: The end of the Aboyne expedition 2019
Sun, 27 Oct 2019 13:32:00 +0000
As is so often the case, the Aboyne weather saved the best till last, and those who stayed on for Saturday experienced some excellent flying - nice climbs, not too windy, not too cloudy, lots of kms flown.  Here is a sample of the day...

The back of Lochnagar - a bit like the far side of the Moon

Nuff said

The usual view of Lochnagar

Morvern with a sprinkling of snow

Spot the two RAF airfields
It was a week for a lot of 'firsts', in particular for our two pre-solo pilots Andy and Dan, including flying the Duo, wave, height, distance, tarmac runways - and also Maddi who towed 318 all the way back. Last words from Dave Byass:

It was a fantastic week, partly due to the wx and also due to everyone mucking in and getting on with it. So: thanks for all the help on the ground, thanks for not flying in airspace, and thanks for not crashing anything! Special thanks to Andy and Dan for being so open to learning in what must have been an occasionally daunting environment. Specially special thanks to Richard, who did a huge amount of organising as well as the flying, which meant I only did fun stuff. Hope next year is as good...

And of course thanks to Deeside Gliding Club for hosting us yet again.

Booker Gliding: More SW wave
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 20:14:00 +0100
The forecast was for more strong southwesterlies, and the wind at height was 50kts or more, but it was possible to climb, although it required a Duo or similar to make progress into wind. 315 and 316 made it to 17,000ft, where it was very cold indeed, and 315 went on a couple of excursions up the Dee and round Lochnagar.

The Dee past Braemar

Moray Firth from 17,000ft

Booker Gliding: Confusing day
Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:26:00 +0100
The wind was still SW but not as strong as yesterday so in theory there should have been some nice wave without too much of the bumpy stuff. The early launches with the two seaters were back on the ground fairly quickly and there was a pause for coffee and other refreshments. Towards the middle of the day the sky settled down and it was possible to climb for short periods - between the times when showers came through and there were no gaps in the black layer at 4,000ft. It wasn't a day for long cross country flights or height gains but still interesting. There's always something to learn.

The view from 13,500ft

An evening view of the fires which were burning on Morvern all day

Super Yachts Charters: A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow
Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:00:00 +0100

A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow

Bernard Gallay has announced that 30m Wally cruising yacht Dark Shadow is available to charter in the Caribbean this Christmas season.

Delivered in 2002 with an extensive refit in 2012, Dark Shadow is instantly recognisable by her sleek lines and pure, contemporary design. The sailing yacht is experienced on the regatta circuit, however also serves perfectly as a family charter yacht for relaxing escapes.

The 30.5m yacht accommodates 6 guests in 3 rooms and can carry three crew members. On board the yacht there is plenty of equipment to provide family fun, including water skis, a wakeboard and snorkelling equipment. Her weekly charter rate stands at €45,000 and her availability perfectly covers the Christmas week. Dark Shadow is an enticing option for keen charterers looking to swap the winter cold for an exotic festive period.

Since its inception in 1994, Bernard Gallay Brokerage has grown from dealing with small vessels on a simple level to a global network of offices and representatives. Dark Shadow is just one of many yachts in the Bernard Gallay fleet that will be attracting attention this winter season. Among the others is the 64.5m schooner Atlantic. Designed by William Gardner and delivered in 2010, Atlantic is an authentic replica of the legendary 1903 yacht of the same name. She has recently relocated to Toulon in the South of France this winter, and her price is available upon application.

A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow
A Christmas Charter: S/Y Dark Shadow
Booker Gliding: A bit rough in the circuit
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 20:57:00 +0100
Today the wind was from the south west, which means it was just a tad rough on tow and in the circuit. It was also a bit cloudy. However, it was possible to find climbs up to 15,000ft or so, and some people followed the wave bar to Feshiebridge.

A bit cloudy.....

.......but clear near the airfield

Booker Gliding: Another wave day
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 19:43:00 +0100
Today the wind was south of west and quite damp so there was a lot of cloud above 9,000ft, with a line of showers to the west which never made it through the wave. Coming off tow into 8kts of lift set the trend for the day. Everyone had a go, there were no massive height gains to be had because of the cloud but it was possible to explore up the valleys and over to Grantown on Spey.

It got better

Statutory pic of sunset over clouds

On the way back from the Spey valley

Sunset from the ground
At least we didn't have to derig in the dark today.

Booker Gliding: Waving!
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:56:00 +0100
The weekend was a bit showery, though it was possible to do the occasional flight between showers. One pilot from another club learnt the hard way that you need to have a Plan A, and a Plan B, and a Plan C - viewed from the inside of a cloud the world doesn't look that great. He got back in the end though, with a bit of help from 315.

Today the morning was sunny and completely calm, so circuit practice seemed to be the order of the day, but after lunch the wind picked up and there was a lemming like rush for the launch queue. Success of the day was Mark Dyos who converted to the Pegase and promptly climbed to FL92.

Ready to go


Ben Macdui

The Lecht

Last of the light

'ello 'ello what's going on 'ere?

Booker Gliding: Extremes of weather
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:12:00 +0100
Yesterday we believed the forecast and got to the airfield early, so there was plenty of time to enjoy the frost, the mist in the valleys, the sunshine - and the total lack of wave. Well....there was a tiny bit, and Richard did eventually manage a couple of flights to around 6,000ft, but mostly it was just not quite strong enough for a climb, and very confusing.

Today there was no doubt. It rained. A lot. Alternative occupations varied. One party went to Loch Muick.

Very wet
Another couple of carloads went to Newburgh Seal Beach where there were lots of ........seals.....floating up the river on the incoming tide.

Wondering where the incoming tide will go next

Sea. Seals. Rain

The prize for adventure, though not for scenic views, goes to Jacek and Howard, who climbed up Lochnagar in cloud.

The route

Nice view

The summit

There is wave in the forecast tomorrow, but also rain, so we will have to wait and see.

Booker Gliding: Meanwhile back Booker a first solo
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:03:00 +0100

Congratulations to Michael Criseil who went solo in a glider for the first time. A long time power pilot he has come along to try out something new. The smile on his face shows he enjoyed it and cannot wait to do more.