|Super Yachts Charters: Top Destinations for a Spring Charter|
|Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:00:00 +0000|
Top Destinations for a Spring Charter
With the spring season upon us, we take a look at some of the most inviting destinations worth visiting, as well as the best charter superyachts available to make the adventure one to savour. Whether it be adrenaline-fuelled adventures or a serene escape, these destinations have you covered.
The Maldives are known as the pearls of the Indian Ocean, and for good reason. A collection of 26 breath-taking atolls, The Maldives provide the perfect blend of natural beauty and luxury indulgence.
For Superyacht owners, the experience is enhanced by the possibility of reaching areas inaccessible to other others, making it a purely exclusive escape. Such a mission is best reached on an explorer vessel, and there are very few on the market that can match the standards of 72.50m superyacht Cloudbreak. Delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2016, Cloudbreak is best suited for daring voyages to exotic lands. Six sumptuous staterooms welcome 12 guests to enjoy prime standards of luxury, while a large sundeck featuring an inviting open-air pool is the ideal place to bask under the sun and enjoy the tranquil ocean around you.
No visit to the Maldives is complete without some high-octane thrills and scuba diving. From pools of dolphins and sharks to face-to-face encounters with rays, turtles and lobsters, Maldives boasts a rich sea life that will leave you with plenty of stories to tell. Cloudbreak’s comprehensive arsenal of toys and tenders ensures guests are never short of options for taking to the water.
Available with SuperyachtsMonaco, who have managed the superyacht from construction to charter, Cloudbreak is no doubt one of the most suitable yachts for uncovering the Maldives.
The Bahamas is now a well-established luxury destination and a favourite among superyacht owners and charterers.
The island’s laid-back yet vibrant culture that radiates from the friendly natives, so guests are treated to just as much entertainment on land as they are when exploring the stunning cruising grounds of the Caribbean. A culture too strong to ever falter to foreign influences, The Bahamas is a unique spot for those open to embracing indigenous festivities and festivals, offering everything from African drum rhythms to Bahmanian Goombay.
Luxury abodes are plentiful for those visiting by superyacht as the country is well-equipped with state-of-the-art marina facilities. There are no qualms for those visiting on large superyachts with places like Albany Marina on hand to provide world-class facilities that leave owners and captains at peace about the care given to the yacht, while guests can freely explore the hidden treasures on both land and at sea.
Lurssen’s 75.40 superyacht Bella Vita offers a floating palace like no other, sleeping 12 guests while also holding a 22-strong crew to service their every need. Bella Vita’s lavish setting is the perfect way to enjoy The Bahamas and the Caribbean region, and can be chartered through Moran Yacht & Ship.
The world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef sells itself. Located conveniently between the mainland towns of Port Douglas and Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef is the paramount of maritime beauty.
The only dilemma that guests will face is factoring in enough time to explore the 3000+ coral reef systems, so it is best to come well-prepared with equipment that will make the most of the experience. On such a note, Mondomarine’s 40.50m Manifiq is available for charter in the region and boasts a plethora of toys for all purposes. Paddle boards, kayaks and seabobs are just a few options that guests can take advantage of. Wind-down time is not amiss onboard Manifiq, with a sky-lounge cinema room and a spacious sundeck area ready to greet guests on their return from adventure.
The benefits of exploring the Great Barrier Reef’s picturesque islands are unquestioned, but there is also so much more to explore at just a short cruise away. For example, The Whitsundays offer unprecedented cruising ground and opportunities to anchor in a quiet area where that the eyes can never be sore of seeing. Staying longer isn’t an issue as unrivalled refit and maintenance facilities are in abundance around Queensland, something 74m Lurssen superyacht Aurora will testify for after her refit at Brisbane shipyard Rivergate.
|Super Yachts Charters: Explore the South Pacific Onboard 75.28m Cloudbreak|
|Thu, 06 Feb 2020 11:00:00 +0000|
Explore the South Pacific Onboard 75.28m Cloudbreak
In the age of the explorer, there aren’t many on the charter market that match the sophistication and extreme nature of Abeking & Rasmussen's 75.28m Cloudbreak.
The luxury explorer yacht was built in 2016 to withstand the most challenging weather conditions with the purpose of taking her guests on adventures to unchartered territories, whilst enjoying the luxury of a modern superyacht. Available to charter with SuperyachtsMonaco, she is recommended for voyages through the South Pacific where she can reach remote islands and uncover a new adventure.
Hosting 12 guests in six opulent staterooms Cloudbreak is nothing short of a floating palace, so it is remarkable to imagine that she can reach the most secluded spots in the world. A fruitful collaboration between Paris-based Christian Liaigre and Norwegian guru Espen Oeino, Cloudbreak is the pinnacle of timeless superyacht design.
Espen, who is the designer behind the soon-to-be-launched 182m explorer REV, penned a rugged yet striking exterior profile that suits the yacht’s flair for adventure. While panoramic views offer complete serenity, there is plenty to keep guests busy onboard. Espen’s outside living areas include a sundeck complete with a large open-air pool for day lounging, and even a helideck that transforms into a party space with full light and sound systems. Liaigre’s interiors are warm and welcoming, making use of natural light and tones to create bright and spacious living areas, meaning guests relaxed and peaceful no matter the outdoor conditions. A luxurious spa offers the perfect wellness retreat, and the main deck boasts both a large living area and formal dining area for sophisticated entertainment.
Cloudbreak is the ideal explorer yacht to charter for island-hopping escapades in the South Pacific, after all, her name is derived from a famed surfing reef in Fiji. A region that is unparalleled in its diverse natural and cultural experience, South Pacific itineraries can take you from the volcanic landscape and fiery sunsets of French Polynesia, to the untouched wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in just a couple of days. Culturally rich destinations like Papua New Guinea, where over 700 languages are spoken in a country that has guarded traditional ways of life, are complimented by Instagram-famous locations such as the honeymoon hotspot of Bora Bora, all found along a fascinating South Pacific Trail.
A trailblazer in the large explorer category, Cloudbreak brings her owner and guests closer than ever before to the natural wonders of the world. With all that the South Pacific offers as a diverse area brimming with undiscovered gems, the two make for an unforgettable superyacht experience for any shrewd charterer.
|Water Sports Braylake: GlaGla Race Report|
|Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:36:38 +0000|
“Être GlaGla” in English translates as “frozen stiff” and that’s exactly what my board bag was when I removed it from the car roof on race day morning.
A Magical Event
The Gla Gla is an epic 14.5km (shorter 6km route available) race that takes place on Lake Annecy in mid January. Located at the foot of the Aravis mountain range in the Haute-Savoie region in Eastern France, 60km due south of Lake Geneva, it’s a breathtaking location.
These factors, amongst…
|Super Yachts Charters: A Caribbean Getaway: 24-Hours in Antigua|
|Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:30:00 +0000|
A Caribbean Getaway: 24-Hours in Antigua
As January comes to a dwindling end, the Mediterranean shores remain unwelcoming as ever, and the appeal of a Caribbean escape becomes ever more difficult to resist. Anyone familiar with this spectacular region of the world is well aware that its island delights are far too abundant to enjoy in their entirety in a limited timeframe. Nowhere else does this apply more than the stunning island paradise of Antigua, whose wild and wonderful activities on offer far outweigh her size. For the adventurous charterer looking for a weekend getaway, we put together a bespoke itinerary for how best to spend 24 hours in Antigua.
For charterers with a passion for history and culture, Antigua has no shortage of heritage waiting to be discovered. Start your day in English Harbour, a stunning attraction on the southern coast brimming with stories of Antigua’s rich maritime history. Wander over to Nelson’s Dockyard, UNESCO World Heritage Centre and home to a number of historical artefacts and restored buildings from the colonial period, under command of Admiral Nelson. After taking in the sights, don’t miss the opportunity to sample the delicious local seafood served in Admiral’s Inn – a boutique hotel with its own quaint charm and elegance overlooking the turquoise waters.
From here, take a scenic cruise over to Carlisle Bay, one of the island’s most picturesque bays bordered by a 5 star resort to match. Spend an afternoon diving along this dazzling coastline, then finish up with a relaxing yoga session and massage in Carlisle Bay Resort’s critically acclaimed spa facilities.
Once you have finished up in Carlisle Bay, cruise back to English Harbour for an evening at Shirley Heights lookout, an idyllic spot atop the hills overlooking the Dockyard and affording its viewers sweeping panoramic views of Antigua and Barbuda. Shirley Heights is also home to sunset parties, where visitors can enjoy watching the sun set to the tune of live Caribbean music with a drink in hand.
There is no shortage of exceptional charter yachts in this glorious region of the world. For an true sailing experience which promises to be unlike any other, get in touch with Perini Navi USA to enquire about chartering S/Y Seahawk, available for charter in the area. Alternatively, check out our InDepth publication covering everything and anything about chartering in Antigua and Barbuda.
|Windsurfing: Best soft adventure holidays: Easy active breaks for the mildly adventurous|
|Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:01:27 +0000|
Not everyone wants to be extreme, but most people would like to have an adventure. So we have come up with the best soft adventure holidays. There are nine easy active breaks that are suitable for the mildly adventurous. The adventure media – ourselves included – are overly focussed on...
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|Super Yachts Charters: New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery|
|Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000|
New Year Charter Inspiration: Alaskan Discovery
Notorious for its rugged landscapes, vast plains and icy cool temperatures, the unique appeal of exploring Alaska is hard to resist for those looking to plan a stray from the beaten track this new year as plans for a summer getaway begin to take shape. Snowy mountaintops, awe-inspiring skies and fascinating wildlife await the adventurous traveller in this intriguing region; yet it is only recently that Alaska has truly begun to open up as an alternative charter destination. Although the appeal of the tropic’s white sandy beaches remains ever-enduring, the rise of the explorer vessel in recent years has meant that more and more charters are easily available to such previously inaccessible regions, presenting an experience of a lifetime to those bold enough to try it this summer.
The first stop on our guide to exploring Alaska by superyacht has to be the breath-taking capital of Juneau. The only capital city in America unreachable by car, Juneau is a melting pot of lush forestry, glittering mountaintops and wild, rugged terrain alongside a small and welcoming community. Only in Juneau can visitors spend a morning hiking across the 70-foot Mendenhall glacier, and the wind down in the afternoon by taking in the city’s picturesque art galleries and museums.
If even this isolated city is not enough to satisfy your cravings for the remote, our next recommendation is a journey through Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, fully submerging yourself in the true Alaskan experience of wild and wonderful beauty. Ideal for a superyacht charter of the most daring proportions, the raw beauty of the Inside Passage is matched only by the fascinating appeal of its wildlife and biology, making this destination popular among imaginative tourists and scientists alike.
Finally, along your Alaskan superyacht charter do not miss the numerous islands, each containing their own charming character and unique delights simply waiting to be discovered. From the Inside Passage to Juneau, the state of Alaska is brimming with magical hotspots of raw natural beauty, from Duke Island to Revillagigedo. Awash in natural wonder, the opportunities for discovery here are endless – from mountainside eagle spotting to fly-fishing atop a glacier, from basking in hot springs at Bell Island to delving into the hidden waterways of Coffman Cove.
Chartering through the rugged landscapes of Alaska is simply an opportunity not to be missed for those looking to start the new year by leaping outside of their comfort zone. Yet those who assume that the remote location of this wild destination would mean any compromise on luxury should think again. Superyachts such as Abeking & Rasmussen’s 72m Cloudbreak are capable of high-endurance, long-distance journeys such as these, all while offering the very best in 6 star luxury and on-board indulgence. Speak to a broker to find out more about vessels chartering in this glorious region of unfettered natural beauty.
|Booker Gliding: Booker's Duo Discus is on holiday in North Wales|
|Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:34:00 +0000|
|Booker's Duo Discus has been stationed at Lleweni Parc - home to Denbigh Gliding Club - for the winter, and various members have taken the opportunity to get some fantastic wave soaring. Below is a selection of pics from their visits.|
Any Booker member is welcome to go and have some fun in Wales, as long as you have linked up with an instructor to fly with you. Best way is to join the Booker XC Whatsapp group - ask Richard.
|Water Sports Braylake: Sailing TASTER sessions|
|Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:14:09 +0000|
Do you want to experience dinghy sailing but not sure if you are going to enjoy it?
On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October 2020, we will be running a 2-hour taster session from 15:00 – 17:00. During this session you will be taught the basic skills of dinghy sailing in a double handed boat with an instructor to show you the ropes. You will have a go at both helm and crew positions.
A taster session is £25 per person, and if you subsequently book a RYA Start Sailing Package we will deduct this cost from the course price.
Places are limited so book your…
|Water Sports Braylake: Windsurfing TASTER sessions|
|Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:14:09 +0000|
Do you want to experience the thrill of windsurfing but not sure you are going to enjoy it?
On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October 2020, we will be running a 2 hour taster session from 12:30 – 14:30. During this session the instructor will teach you the basic skills of windsurfing starting with an on land demo before you hit the water to give it a go.
A taster session is £25 per person and if you subsequently book a RYA Start windsurfing Package we will deduct this cost from the course price.
Places are limited so book your space today either online…
|Water Sports Braylake: Kayaking TASTER sessions|
|Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:14:09 +0000|
Do you want to experience the joy of kayaking but not sure if you are going to enjoy it?
On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October 2020, we will be running a 2-hour taster session from 10:00 – 12:00. During this session you will be taught the basic skills of kayaking spending the vast majority of the session on the water giving it a go.
A taster session is £25 per person, and if you subsequently book a BC Paddle Award Discover course, we will deduct this cost from the course price.
Places are limited so book your space today either online or by calling…