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Super Yachts Charters: Huge Boost for New Charter Clients in Australia
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0100

Huge Boost for New Charter Clients in Australia

Superyacht Australia expects to see a huge boost given to domestic charter activity as the country prepares to kick on with its current yachting season. The boost will be generated by Australian charterers unable to reach the Mediterranean this season, and a potential influx of new clients from the luxury cruising market. This represents an opportunity not only for the Australian superyacht industry, but for superyachts seeking a safe and inexhaustible charter location in the aftermath of a turbulent first half of the year.

With a $65 billion spend annually on overseas holidays, Australians represent a mammoth market for travel and tourism. With international travel restrictions still firmly in place, and likely to be so for the foreseeable future, many Australians will be considering an alternative getaway this year. Fortunately for them, Australia itself is one of the world’s most diverse and breath-taking regions. For the superyacht industry, there are now a considerable number of Australian charter clients who usually venture abroad that will now consider charter opportunities in Australia’s vast waterscapes.

Another reason for optimism stems from the ban on cruise ships, with superyacht charter offering a smaller scale and more hygienic luxury alternative to those travellers. Australia has been the leader in the cruise market since 2013, overtaking the US. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 5% of Australians went on a cruise in 2018, accounting for 1.35 million guests and a larger percentage than other major cruise markets (USA 3.7% and UK 3%). It is realistic to believe that a great deal of high-end cruise passengers will become suitable superyacht charter clients, as these passengers regularly pay in excess of $50,000 per person for an extended family of 8-12 passengers.

Superyacht Australia estimates that converting just 1% of top end Australian cruise passengers will equate to 13,500 new superyacht guests chartering vessels in Australia. To cater for these new clients, many term charters on superyachts in Australia can offer all-inclusive packages that will be comfortable for those used to the high-end cruise structure. It is hoped that once these customers experience the exclusivity and exceptional level of service onboard a superyacht, they will become regular superyacht charterers.  

Since Covid-19 has shaken the world, many international superyachts have identified Australia and the South Pacific region as a safe haven, with an increase also noted in enquiries for Australia’s world-class refit shipyards. The potential of picking up charter activity will only encourage more superyachts to head to the region, however the focus for Superyacht Australia remains firmly on helping the domestic charter fleet. David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia, stated that “our objective will be to convert these potential customers into new clients for our member vessels such as M/Y Oneworld, M/Y Silent World, M/Y Spirit and M/Y Dreamtime as well as for our charter brokers. This campaign will be supported by new events such as a charter yacht function in Sydney during October and build on the successful Soiree event that was held in February this year.”

New legislation passed in December 2019 opened up Australia’s glorious cruising grounds to charter for foreign flagged vessels for the very first time. While the Great Barrier Reef region is world-renowned for its kaleidoscopic diving attractions, there are plenty more experiences all around the country from the rugged Kimberley in the north to the southern isolated paradise of Tasmania. Even for well-travelled Australians, it would be nigh on impossible to have seen and experience all the wonders that this country offers, and there is no better way to explore them now than on a superyacht charter.

M/Y Silentworld
M/Y Oneworld in Sydney
M/Y Spirit aft beach club
M/Y Oneworld
M/Y Dreamtime
M/Y Spirit
M/Y Dreamtime interior
Booker Gliding: Varied aviation at Chiltern Park
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:02:00 +0100
We have continued with solo gliding when weather allows, but the other day we were entertained by the wing walking Stearman which came over from Dunkeswell and performed five displays with some brave customers. We carried on flying - having switched our circuit to the west to keep out of the way - and it all went smoothly, with a few gyrocopters and microlights added to the mix. It's great to be at an airfield where different types of aviation are all welcome, and operate alongside each other with no conflicts. Here are a few pics of the day's excitement - no captions necessary!







Windsurfing: Kenyaways
Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:10:48 +0100

At Kenyaways there are 11 units in total, all are ensuite with hot water showers. They are all equipped with linen, towels, fan cooling, and wifi. Housekeeping twice a day. 5 of the rooms have beach views. The rest are just walking distance from the beach and near the pool and gardens. The property is …

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Windsurfing: Kenyaways
Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:10:48 +0100

At Kenyaways there are 11 units in total, all are ensuite with hot water showers. They are all equipped with linen, towels, fan cooling, and wifi. Housekeeping twice a day. 5 of the rooms have beach views. The rest are just walking distance from the beach and near the pool and gardens. The property is …

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Super Yachts Charters: BWA Yachting Croatia Launches New Provisioning Unit
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:20:00 +0100

BWA Yachting Croatia Launches New Provisioning Unit

BWA Yachting is the yacht provisioning agency with an edge. Namely, a global reach and a truly all-inclusive portfolio of services. From booking a berth to sourcing local ingredients, BWA provides a reliable solution to every yachting requirement or whim - making it a firm favourite with captains around the world. Now, BWA Yachting Croatia has announced the launch of its new yacht provisioning department - an announcement which could not come as more timely as the country becomes one of the first in the Mediterranean to re-open for charter.

It is not just an advantage but a requirement for a yacht provisioning agency of BWA’s standing to stay ahead of the curve at all times, predicting and meeting consumer needs in a demanding market. BWA Yachting Croatia’s latest announcement is an example of just that. 

The new unit for yacht provisioning comes in addition to its existing services in operation throughout Croatia - cemented in an array of offices based in Opatja, Rovink, Sibenik, Split, Dubrovnik and Cavtat.

The popularity of Croatia as a charter destination is still on the rise; aided by immense natural beauty, glittering shores and an endless array of picturesque port towns, Croatia will certainly see a fleet of superyacht charters flock to its stunning shores as travel restrictions are lifted. 

As the longest standing yacht service provisioner in Croatia, the move came as a natural strategic next step for BWA Yachting Croatia, as part of a development plan which has been ongoing since November 2019. 

The new service will entail top-quality food and beverages, both locally and internationally sourced and in keeping with BWA Yachting’s scrupulous standards for quality. 

BWA Yachting Croatia will be deploying the latest enforcements of personal protective equipment and other stringent safety measures to ensure the highest levels of security and hygiene amongst its services.

Dorijan Dujmic, head of BWA Yachting Croatia, said: "We are confident that our new yacht provisioning department in Croatia will be able to have an immediate impact, presenting a range of benefits to yacht professionals. Not only will we deliver the quality products which BWA Yachting is renowned for all over the world, but we have the ability to provide thorough assistance to yacht crew during times of high pressure… With this new in-house provisioning unit we have created a special synergy between all the departments (provisioning, spare parts and agency) that is unique in Croatia and BWA Yachting clients will benefit of it."

Mr Dujmic, who boasts a wealth of experience in nautical tourism and a lifelong passion for the trade, will oversee the exciting new venture. 

Image Credits: BWA Yachting
Image Credits: BWA Yachting
Image Credits: BWA Yachting
Image Credits: BWA Yachting
Booker Gliding: Booker's Chiltern Park Challenge
Sun, 14 Jun 2020 21:43:00 +0100
For a bit of fun, and to test Covid comp rules, Jim White directed a mini comp this weekend, using Nils Wedi's weather forecasts and Distance Handicap Task rules. Saturday came with a stiff breeze but a 6,000ft cloudbase allowed for a 200k task, zigzagging so as not to venture too far from the airfield. The winner was Denis Campbell in his starship, with Met Man Nils Wedi 2nd and Bob Smith 3rd. The day finished with a bbq, since Jim and Nils had brought their campervans to the site for the weekend. Sunday sadly did not come up with good enough weather for safe flying so we scrubbed. However, the weekend was a success in proving that we can run a comp safely in the current environment - all we need is the weather.

Denis launching on his winning flight

Dinner chez Jim

Evening weather

Jim's breakfast - not sure what's in that glass

Booker Gliding: Booker at Chiltern Park
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:11:00 +0100
We're still at Chiltern Park, still having fun. Duo Discus 315 has been retrieved from Lleweni Parc where it was on loan to Denbigh Gliding, as well as being available for members to drive up and spend some time in the Welsh wave. GH is also back on the fleet after a spell with the GSA. More people have brushed off the cobwebs and returned to flying - though still only single seaters. We have welcomed a couple of new members - Rob Hines and his beautiful Libelle, and old friend Paul Brice who is returning to gliding after a few years of powered aeros.



Rob landing his Libelle

Duo Discus back from its holiday in Wales

GH back on the fleet

Windsurfing: MadLoop WindSurf School
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:43:04 +0100

MadLoop WindSurf School has been open since 1994. We can teach WindSurfing , WindFoiling Sailing and WingSurfing. We were one of the first schools in the world to teach WingSurf and WindFoil. WingSurf is a combination of WindSurf and KiteSurf and you fly on a small board with a hydrofoil.WindFoiling is WindSurfing with a hydrofoil, …

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Windsurfing: MadLoop WindSurf School
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:43:04 +0100

MadLoop WindSurf School has been open since 1994. We can teach WindSurfing , WindFoiling Sailing and WingSurfing. We were one of the first schools in the world to teach WingSurf and WindFoil. WingSurf is a combination of WindSurf and KiteSurf and you fly on a small board with a hydrofoil.WindFoiling is WindSurfing with a hydrofoil, …

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Booker Gliding: Booker flies again
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 18:08:00 +0100
After three long months of lockdown, the ban on recreational flying was relaxed on 22 May and those lucky enough to be solo were able to get back in the air. We are currently based at Chiltern Park while we wait for Wycombe Air Park to open fully again. In the meantime we are having a lot of fun flying well set tasks which enable fast times while not venturing too far and staying close to airfields and strips  - in these troubled times we don't want to upset those less fortunate than us by landing in their field. It must be hugely frustrating for those needing check flights and we hope for an early solution to the two seater flying problem.

We are grateful to the BGA for their efforts in getting the ban lifted, to Dennis Pearson of Chiltern Airsports for making us feel at home, to RAF Benson for understanding gliding, and to CFI Richard for setting it all up.








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