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