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September October 2011
DASSAULT FALCON 2000S
EUROCOPTER MERCEDES-BENZ HUGH HEFNER’S HARE FORCE ONE NEXTANT AEROSPACE 400XT | AERO SYSTEM
TOP VEGAS SUITES
SIR RICHARD BRANSON’S PRIVATE ISLAND PATEK PHILIPPE’S THIERRY STERN | AUBERCY CLARIDEN LEU’S JIMMY LEE
FRAUSCHER 717 GT by Audrey Lee
A GENTLEMAN’S WATERCRAFT FIT FOR SERIOUS RACING AND LEISURE OUTINGS
OPPOSITE PAGE The 717 GT’s vintage form and style is reminiscent of 1920s powerboats THIS PAGE A boat made for both racing thrills and leisure Elegant teak and plush leather make for elegance in this powerboat All images courtesy of Frauscher Boats
FRAUSCHER BOATS PAY HOMAGE TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF BOAT RACING
THERE WAS A TIME IN THE EARLY 1900s when ‘gentlemen’s runabouts’ — small, fast boats made of varnished wood — were the craft of choice for powerboat racers and pleasure seekers. Austria’s Frauscher Boats pays homage to these good old days with its newest hybrid yacht, the 717 GT. It was named 2010 European Powerboat of the Year, an award given by an international jury led by German powerboat magazine Boote. Adhering closely to the traditional runabout design, the 717 GT’s framework is stylishly minimalist. A stand-out feature of the series is its intricately designed mahogany and chrome-plated deck. Stretching to slightly over seven metres in length, its elongated bow offers a spacious storage room and a long lounge deck. There are two choices for upper deck design — classic and elegant teak, or a personalised sportive graphic design complemented by the series’ signature bathing platform and inner teak floors. The interior comes with deep leather seats, while the frameless tinted windshield provides just enough protection for pilots in the cockpit. Although designed for pleasure, the 717 GT gets down to
business with an impressive power package, emulating the essence of the gentlemen’s racers of the 1920s. While the central motorisation brings out a proportionate composition, its classic shaft propulsion lets the vessel glide efficiently or cut through waves when the going gets a bit rough. Like other Frauscher watercraft, the 717 GT can be fitted with a petrol, electric or hybrid engine to produce 250-500 hp. This power is complemented by a runabout hull with a hydrofoillike design, which creates forces that lift the boat as it gains speed. The boat then skims the water, minimising drag and increasing overall speed. As a hybrid yacht, the 717 GT can speed silently through inland waters and nature reserves. Its electric engine allows the driver to manoeuvre it through shallow waters and navigate tricky harbours. It also powers other equipment on board the vessel, removing the need for additional power generators. The environmentally-friendly boat produces zero emission. Such environmental vigilance proves that it is not only serious racers who can derive pleasure from powerboats. Leisure boaters who believe in marine preservation can too.
MAKEPEACE ISLAND by Audrey Lee
M AV ER I C K RETREAT
A HEART-SHAPED ISLAND WINS VISITORS FOR ITS FORESTS,, WATERS AND OWNERS FAME
The island was named after Hannah Makepeace, a housekeeper who arrived in 1924 to take care of the 1911 Queenslander residence there
FROM TOP Villa balconies are a tempting spot to dine in Business maverick Sir Richard Branson, one of the island’s owners, opened Makepeace to guests in July this year Accommodation comes in Balinese-style villas
LAZY RIVERS AND THICK FORESTS, A CALM PACE AND PRIVATE SPACE — Makepeace Island is all you could expect of an Australian retreat. Yet, however beautiful and serene, perhaps its biggest attraction is the fact that its owner is none other than Sir Richard Branson. Nestled in the Noosa region in Australia’s Sunshine Coast, Makepeace Island was previously reserved for family and friends of owners Branson and Brett Godfrey, business magnates and Virgin Australia founders. Only recently did the duo decide to share their 10-hectare heart-shaped hideaway with the rest of the world. “When neither Brett nor myself are visiting Makepeace, we will make the island and its facilities available for others to enjoy the tranquillity of what is a very special place,” Branson announced in July this year. The island features Balinese architecture and interior design, with teak, granite and natural stone meticulously sourced from Bali, Java and elsewhere throughout Indonesia. The interiors of the villas boast giant sculptures, while bold and striking works of art are scattered throughout the rooms. Authentic volcanic boulder bathtubs, ornamental lighting and wooden furniture complete the look. Up to 22 guests can stay in the island’s four-bedroom Bali House and three distinct, individually decorated bures. Branson’s personal villa is the riverfront Bali House, which can host a maximum of eight guests. Each bedroom in this house has an en suite bathroom and a private deck that overlooks the Noosa River that the island sits in, and the rainforest. Two of the bedrooms have queen-sized beds, while the other two rooms are furnished with twin king singles. Airconditioning and heating units help ensure comfort all year round. >>
GETTING THERE Whether for one or 22 people, booking for Makepeace Island is for the entire isle, not individual villas. To get to Makepeace, international guests can fly to Brisbane Airport. Local flights can land at Sunshine Coast Airport (also called Maroochydore Airport). Guests are then chauffeured to Noosa Marina where a boat will take them to Makepeace Island.
Take a dip in the island’s 500,000litre lagoon pool or a helicopter tour of Noosa
>> For recreation, there is a full-sized tennis court, games room, two-storey wantilan (Balinese pavilion), 500,000-litre lagoon pool, indoor bar and spa facilities, to name a few. The island also has a Hobie Cat sailboat, kayaks, canoes and fishing equipment for active guests who enjoy being out on the water. With Makepeace’s location near the mouth of the Noosa River, it takes only a few minutes to reach the vibrant and bustling Noosa Heads precinct, where chic restaurants and shopping places abound. From there, it is easy to get to the 4,000-hectare Noosa National Park, where curious hikers can find rare and endangered animals like koala bears, and adventurers can fish, surf, snorkel or climb rock walls.
COORDINATES OFFICIAL AIRPORT NAME: Brisbane Airport TIME: UTC+10 CIQ FACILITIES: Yes IATA CODE: BNE ICAO CODE: YBBN LATITUDE: 27° 23’ 03.00” S LONGITUDE: 153° 07’ 03.00” E ELEVATION: 13 feet (4 metres) RUNWAY: 01/19, length 11,680 feet (3560 metres ) x 148 feet (45 metres) 14/32, length 5577 feet (1700 metres) x
WITH MAKEPEACE’S LOCATION NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE NOOSA RIVER, IT TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES TO REACH THE VIBRANT AND BUSTLING NOOSA HEADS PRECINCT Makepeace staff can arrange a private flight to Lady Elliot island as well. Just an hour away, Lady Elliot sits on the Great Barrier Reef, and boasts year round visibility in its 15 dive sites rich with turtles, manta rays, moray eels, coral gardens and even a sunken sailboat. Guests of Makepeace can request a helicopter tour of the region, or arrange for a round of golf on any of the various courses in the area. Branson called Noosa his “favourite place in Australia”. After a stay at his house, you might just agree with him.
98 feet (30 metres) RUNWAY PCN: Asphalt, 108FDWT (Runway 01/19), 015FAYT (Runway 14/32) TOWER FREQUENCY: 120.5 LIGHTING SYSTEM: T-VASI NAVAIDS: TYPE:
VOR-DME / NDB
BN / BN
079X / -
113.2 / 302
DISTANCE FROM FIELD:
1.6 NM / 1.7 NM
BEARING FROM NAVAID: 215.4 / 26.8 JET A-1:
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