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JACK NIKLAUS ISSUE NO. 18
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20 boating & yachting 20 Broderickâ€™s World Class Selection Bringing It Home
Pershing & Parmigiani Fleurier
Clanwilliam Dam & Koro Lodge
A Shared Culture
Live The Life
sail & charter 18 Panerai The 2008 Classic Series
Volvo Ocean Race
Ericsson Sisters Set Sail
SA Girls Go For Gold
luxury living 14 Bugatti Veyron Roaring Retro
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Paying Through Your Nose
Breitling & Bentley
Beachcraft Premier II
Perfumeâ€™s Personal Chemistry
Wings To Fly
Further, Faster & Higher
style 46 Indigenous
Photo Exhibit By Gordon Clark
Tommy Hilfiger In SA Roll On The Red, White & Blue
travel & stay 32 Hemingway’s Key West A Legend’s Stomping Ground
Thakadu River Lodge
Dancing With Divers
Babes In The Bush
regulars 8 From The Helm 10 GizmosGadgetsGear 12 Crow’s Nest - Your Letters 76 Classy Classic Cocktails 79 From The Galley 80 Making Waves
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from the helm Yup, it’s a jungle out there, as they say. No, we really mean it. Huge dongas, blackjacks, buffalo grass and thorns that rip right through deck shoes. This was our experience when we were asked recently to meet with golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in the place where he was busy setting out his latest South African signature golf course near Bela Bela in Limpopo. What an experience. Project partners Atterbury, Rand Merchant Bank and the Bou Raath Family Trust (why do trust fund kids never have names like Van Der Merwe or Jones?) are developing a 39,000-hectare Big Five game lodge along with the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. They invited a bunch of us to join Jack out in the bush to try and see what he was already envisioning in this beautiful stretch of veld. This is the first time ever that the Big Five will form part of a Nicklaus signature golf estate. Nicklaus, who visits South Africa several In this edition times each year, has already purchased one of the 19 fullymanaged farms that will form part of this estate. On this Jack Nicklaus in South working trip, his family was with him, with his son-in-law out hunting on a nearby farm with bow and arrow (and we thought Americans were gun crazy?). Driving to Grand Central to catch the media plane meant facing Johannesburg traffic, so we opted to drive in to Meletse, the new development, for the day. All in a day’s work – dodging giraffe, hippos, blou wildebeest, waterbok and several more species – in order to get to the lunch, set up in the absolute remotest of bush under three massive acacia trees. Plenty of dust, that became immaterial when looking at the sweeping Waterberg surrounding the car on all sides. Then, we got to speak to Jack. What a joy to meet someone so passionate about his life’s work and still at the top of his game. It was fascinating watching his hands help describe the thought behind each hole design, as if he was following the flight of the ball after a perfect shot through this future golf course. Prestige caters for the luxury market, so we were curious which elements of this African experience would appeal to the sense of luxury of a man that has had a life so well-lived. So, we asked him just that. His response – the absolute remoteness of it all. Being on the cusp of that which is just close enough to still be viable, yet far away enough from it all to feel you have found something others are yet to discover. What luxury then for us local South Africans, to be so close to such remoteness. At the end of the day, we drove home on dirt roads for more than an hour before seeing another car. Yes, it’s a jungle... On the boating side, the upcoming summer season has officially kicked off with a successful Durban Boat Show, and with the National Boat Show in Johannesburg and the Cape Town International Boat Show coming up soon. Time to start planning how your family will spend your summer – on your own motor yacht, sailing new waters, chartering in an exotic foreign location, or just lazing in a luxurious tented safari camp inland. Jack Nicklaus reckons there are plenty of foreigners who will pay big money to come and play in Africa. We are already here – enjoy!
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GizmosGadgetsGear No Need for Sunscreen Over the years, Columbia Sportswear has developed a definite reputation for the quality, performance, functionality and value of its apparel. But they’ve gone even further now and partnered with The Skin Cancer Foundation to introduce a new protective clothing line with a minimum Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 30. The Omni-Shade line includes over 100 UPF-rated products for men, women and children, with items ranging in protection factor from UPF 15 to UPF 50. The Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) series includes a variety of shirts, T-shirts, convertible pants, caps, fly vests, jackets, and sun gloves. This UPF-rated clothing is specifically designed and tested to be comfortable in the hottest conditions, incorporating features such as mesh, venting and lightweight fabric. The fabric is designed to air dry rapidly, leaving anglers comfortable when at the will of the elements. The PFG range for men and women is available at Angling Africa. Contact +27 12 663 1560, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give Your Eyes a Break You hear it often enough: the eyes are the window to the soul. So then why do we protect them with cheap and flimsy blinds giving inadequate protection? Eyes easily become tired, puffy, and ringed with ghastly dark circles. To avoid this, you need a lens that effectively blocks UV rays, protecting the fragility of the eye itself, and the delicacy of the surrounding skin. Opt for new Transitions lenses; variable tint lenses that change according to varying light conditions. Indoors, the lenses start out clear, turning dark in proportion to the intensity of UV light when exposed to direct sunlight. They block 100% of UV rays, glare and reflections from reaching your eyes, minimising eye fatigue and discomfort. And they’re available for kids, too. Children’s eyes are far more sensitive to UV light, and thus resultant damage, than adults’ eyes. It’s never too late – or too early – to protect your eyes. For more information, visit www.transitions.co.za.
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Charl and Tanya, Wow, Wow, Wow – that’s all I can say, I suppose. The spread looks great! I am sure your readers are going to be enthused with this insert in a recent edition – Ibo Island certainly provides for some unique and different reading. Thanks again for your kind support of our island and project. Ibo and the Quirimbas are certainly the new buzz word in travel, so it’s definitely a good reflection of your publication. Kindest regards, Jo-Anna Dear Charl, Can you help me with a copy of the Studebaker that you featured in an earlier edition? I would like to enlarge it and make a poster for my office. Sincerely, William Stoney
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The Bugatti family has been graced with a combination of artistic talent and engineering genius through four generations. The launch of the latest Bugatti Veyron continues in this tradition with its perfect fulfillment of the main design objective: to produce an uncompromising combination of highest elegance and state-of-the-art technology.
Words: Dale Immerman Images: ÂŠ Bugatti
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he passion for extraordinary design was born with Giovanni Bugatti, an architect and sculptor. Around the turn of the 20th Century, his son, Carlo Bugatti, earned international acclaim with his revolutionary furniture designs made of exotic materials. And then there were Carlo’s two sons, Ettore and Rembrandt Bugatti, much alike – both showing a knack for design and engineering – but at the same time very different. Ettore became the engineer and Rembrandt the sculptor, the latter's work fetching high prices even today. Ettore was certainly the most famous member of the Bugatti clan. Design, craftsmanship, and high aesthetic standards were the defining elements of his work, and the automotive scene still stands in awe of this legendary engineer. Ettore’s son Jean, who died young, could have carried on the family tradition at the crossroads of art and engineering; yet since this was not to be. His younger brother Roland took over the family business after World War II. However, Bugatti was unable to keep pace with industry developments and ceased to be a major player in the automobile world. The rebirth of the Bugatti brand began with its 1998 acquisition by Volkswagen AG. In 2000, Ferdinand Piech, then CEO of Volkswagen, announced the Veyron project and its stunning performance goals. The Veyron would make a statement, not a profit. The car would sell for $1.2 million while each of the 300 models to be made would cost VW a rumored $5 – 6 million. Engineers spent years refining the eight-
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liter, four-turbo, 16-cylinder engine (the 16.4 in the name) to squeeze 1,001 horsepower out of it. Asked about a release date four years after the initial announcement of the Veyron project, the president of Bugatti Automobiles SAS, responded, “Picture a diamond, which must be carefully cut and polished before the breadth of its brilliance can be revealed. Following in the footsteps of Ettore Bugatti, the Veyron too will be brought to technical perfection. This takes time. And we will take all the time we need.” A year later the first W16 engine in the world made its debut. The first Bugatti Veyrons, built mainly by hand, were delivered to customers including reality TV pioneer Simon Cowell, Hollywood hot shot Tom Cruise, and fashion designer Ralph Lauren. With its luxurious length of 4.47m, the Veyron is a perfectly balanced combination of high-powered performance and sleek, racy design. Capable of more than 400 km/h, it is driven by a 16-cylinder midengine, that at 710mm long is no larger than a conventional V12 unit. Its compact dimensions are due to the unique arrangement of its cylinder banks in a W configuration – essentially two V8 blocks. The engine delivers 1,001HP at 6,000rpm and provides a maximum torque of 1,250Nm at between 2,200 and 5,500rpm. Even at a complete standstill, the car’s enormous power is evident. The design of the Veyron honors a great heritage. Every detail of the classic two-tone color scheme,
a nod to the 1920s and 1930s, has been carefully thought out, resulting in the typical Bugatti profile with the classic, contrasting ellipsis – the stylistic element used by Ettore Bugatti himself. The “crest line,” which runs uninterrupted from the hood to the only 1.21-metre-high roof, is a proud homage to the Veyron’s forebears. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 cannot be compared fairly with other cars, because none, including Formula One racers, can match its specifications. Try to comprehend a vehicle that climbs from 200 to 300km/h in less than 10 seconds. Grasp the feeling of leaving Formula One cars behind when you easily reach 370km/h! Imaging passing the length of an entire football pitch every second. Bugatti refined the aerodynamics with a morphing rear wing and adjustable suspension to get a final top speed of 407km/h. They developed a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to harness torque blasted to all four wheels. The final product is a supremely stable super car that can be driven by anyone, is mind-bendingly fast, and may probably never be matched in our lifetime. Only 80 Bugatti Veyrons are still available, and this number is expected to become null by 2009. The legend and influence of Ettore Bugatti lives on, not only in the company logo sporting 60 pearls alongside his initials, but also in the Veyron which has put the Bugatti name well and truly back on the map... travelling at 407km/h.
Panerai Classic Series Words & Images: © Vendôme
he Robert H Tiedemann Regatta kicked off the 2008 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in the US in early July. The two-day race celebrates the memory of a man who was iconic in the world of classic yachting. Panerai’s participation in the Challenge makes it possible to understand the parallel that exists between the sport of classic yachting and the world of luxury watches: the elegance of the craft, the focus on style, and the passion for speed and precision. “The watchmaker’s work is as precious and rare as the one of the axe master building a classic yacht,” adds Angelo Bonati, CEO Officine Panerai. “Whether we are dealing with yachts or watches, the men who create them and those who own them are both animated by the same emotions.” Panerai’s history, dating back to the late 1800’s as the official supplier of high
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precision mechanisms to the Royal Italian Navy, represents a proud example of innovation, tradition, authenticity and a long-time connection to the sea. Approximately 40 boats participated in the event as hundreds of spectators who share Tiedemann’s passion for classic boating watched from the shores. Race participants were extremely challenged by the light winds on the water the entire weekend. On Saturday, the fleet started a round-theisland race with a southeasterly breeze that ranged from only 7 to 11 knots. As they continued along the east side of Conanicut Island, winds lightened further to 2 to 3 knots as they made their way to the finish line on the north end of the island. On Sunday, a particularly light southeasterly breeze caused the fleet to converge to a near halt at Kettle Bottom Rock until the southerly filled in to power competitors to the finish. The crew of the S-Boat Osprey, owned
by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and skippered by America’s Cup veteran Dyer Jones, captured overall honours for the Vintage Class yachts class and was awarded a Panerai Luminor Chronograph Regatta watch. Class winners who were awarded with Panerai wall clocks included: Northern Light, the top-scoring vintage 12meter restored by Bob Tiedemann; Michael Dominguez’s custom-designed Halcyon; Stephen and Paul Pepperell’s ketch Long White Cloud; and L-24 Belle, skippered by Joe Loughborough. Panerai Classic sponsors a circuit for classic yachts held in the US, Caribbean, and Mediterranean waters. The circuit will continue in Nantucket, MA from 11 - 17 August with the Opera House Cup and will return to Newport, RI from 29 August to 1 September to sponsor the Museum of Yachting’s 29th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta.
Broderick Sports Bring It Home
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Broderick Sports hold the local rights to import some of the biggest names in international boating – Azimut, Cobalt, and Mastercraft. From Italy hail Azimut’s luxury yachts, the multiple global awardwinners and European market dominator. Cobalt’s American day-cruisers are perfect for a day out on the water. And Mastercraft is the boat of choice for competitive waterskiers and wakeboarders alike. Words: Charl du Plessis Images: © Azimut, Cobalt, Mastercraft
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rom humble beginnings, John Broderick went the way that many of the kids who grow up around water have gone – making a living from their rivers and dams. John built Broderick Sports into the biggest supplier of water craft on the busiest recreational waterway in South Africa, the Vaal. Never shy to invest in his dream, he recently built, with Mike Friedman, a world-class mooring facility called Marina Riviera at the five star Riviera Hotel landmark on the Vaal, offering top-end boating only 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. This is the home of the fine international yachts that Broderick imports, and a place for you to park your own hydraulic boat lift for easy entry and exit from the water. Visit www.brodericksports.co.za.
Azimut Yachts Top of the range in the Broderick stable is the Azimut yacht series. Italian yachting enthusiast Paolo Vitelli started Azimut as a yacht charter company in 1969, even before he attended university, as the water was his passion. After a couple of successful early fiberglass launches, the real impetus for Vitelli came in 1982 when launching the Azimut 105-foot Failiaka, the largest fibreglass yacht at the time produced in series. Among famous owners is the fabled Christina Onassis. The Benetti shipyard, based in Viareggio, had been owned by the Benetti family since its foundation in 1873 and in 1985 was taken over by Azimut. The yard had earned an exceptional reputation for boats built with classical lines and fitted with luxury interiors. Unsurpassed in producing top class boats based on traditional craftsmanship, Benetti were revolutionary for being the first to introduce and develop the modern concept of “motoryachts.” Azimut continued its dynamic growth on the back of leading-edge research and technology, amongst others being the first to develop the frameless window that today still gives Azimut its sleek design and particular feel. More boat yards were acquired as Azimut grew into one of the world’s leading production facilities. Today, as Azimut offers a full range of fly bridge motoryachts from 3 foot to 116 foot and a full range of Azimut Open Line boats (S line) from 43 foot to 103 foot, no serious luxury boat buyer would exclude them from a short list. According to the latest available figures, Azimut dominates the European market with a 54 percent market share, while claiming 26 percent of all luxury yacht sales in the US. Starting at roughly R6.5 million, this treat is also now available to the discerning South
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African individual or corporate. Drive out to meet John Broderick on the Vaal River where one of these beauties graces the waters, and be ready to kick your shoes off when entering this world of unimagined luxury. Find your next screensaver at www.azimutyachts.com.
Cobalt Day-Cruisers Cobalt boats come right from the American heartland, from a place where a handshake is still sufficient to the sealing of a dream. The moms and dads who make Cobalt boats learned a long time ago the life lessons first heard on a baseball diamond: back up your buddy, hang tough against the inside pitch, hustle on and off the field no matter the score. They do work well together, these rugged individuals who share Pack St. Clair’s ongoing contention that the best place to build boats happens to be in a small land-locked Kansas town. For four decades, Cobalt has operated on principles of individual skill, individual responsibility, and the peculiarly individual rewards to be found in the purposeful chase of a long, long, ultimately uncatchable fly ball. Cobalt boats bring families and friends together in waterborne explorations of life’s best moments. When first we went down to the water, the impulse was always, always to jump. Little kids look neither right nor left with a lake straight ahead. Headlong and willy-nilly, the moment suspended in a squeal, a nine-year-old throws herself laughing against the waves. Who can say when it fades, the childlike abandon? Too bad, this adult reluctance to run and jump, to swing for the fence every time. Sad a bit, this grownup insistence on knowing the score, on computing beforehand the ocean’s exact temperature, its unknowable depth. The perfect runabout, the absolutely flawless performance cruiser will never be built. But
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every business evening, as Cobalt’s Neodesha plant quiets down with a dozen individually crafted boats out the door, there is just one thing to be said: these kids, that Cobalt bunch, they came to play. In the ongoing exchanges between owners and builders, Cobalt has shown an entire industry exactly the way to go. In what has become perhaps the most imitated component of runabout performance, the Cobalt extended running surface forces more of the hull into continuous, hugging contact with the water at cruising speeds. This means quicker planing, firm and true turns, minimized bow rise, and enhanced lift astern. Then the extended running surface combines with the other critical elements of the Cobalt hull – the deep, deep-V shape and the reversed chines most of all – to produce a design so nearly perfect that model-year-to-model-year changes are beside the point. It was Cobalt who first built walk-thru transoms on smaller boats; Cobalt who devised the flip-lip seat, with all its flexible comfort and all its multitasked convenience; Cobalt who saw a way to build protection into necessarily vulnerable points of overall design – at the bow, for instance, where the now-legendary Cobalt scuff plate stands guard, or at the windshield where a stainless steel latch beefs the hold in the open position. In April this year, Cobalt was, for the seventh straight time, ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the 2008 JD Power & Associates Boat Competitive Information StudySM, addressing owners who purchased their boats between 1 June, 2006 and 31 May 2007. The study investigated owners’ satisfaction with their runabouts across six factors: engine, ride and handling, design and styling, water sports, sound system, and helm and instrument panel. Cobalt boats
ranked highest in each of the six factors. Today, you can choose from 10 different bow-rider options in the 20 foot - 30 foot range, and Cobalt also offers two day-cruisers over 30 foot. Prices start at R550,000 and peak at R3.5 million for the top-end day-cruiser. You can moor your Cobalt at the Marina Riviera on the Vaal and ask Broderick Sports to have it ready for you on arrival over the weekend. Visit www.cobaltboats.com.
Mastercraft MasterCraft, based in Tennessee has been shaping the boating industry since 1968. More than three decades after the original MasterCraft made its debut, the goal remains the same: to continue building the world’s best ski, wakeboard and luxury performance powerboats, year after year. Mastercraft’s X series hulls are legendary among the pioneers of the wakeboard world. Built for power, manoeuverability and mostly one thing – big air from an engineered wake – one can invite friends into a private sanctuary of performance and comfort while at play. The Prostar and Maristar ranges add additional power and size to allow for a full day of family skiing and fun. The Saltwater range is robust enough to use on coastal waters, with that all-American bug-bear – safety – foremost in the minds of the designers. For the active waterskier and wakeboarder, there is no better way to go than to talk with John or Mike at Marina Riviera to find the model that fits your lifestyle. Visit www.mastercraft.com to view the whole range, and to enjoy the bragging rights of this award-winning team. Boat prices start at about R700,000 and can range up to R2 million. BRODERICK SPORTS John Broderick: +27 83 629 2835 Mike Friedman: +27 82 801 7065
Paying Through Your Nose Pe r f u m e ’s Pe r s o n a l C h e m i s t r y
The chemistry of a fragrance is easily explained. Its compounds, too, can be understood with just a little scientific exploration. But the essence of any scent, and the spell that such a scent can cast, shall forever remain a mystery.
Words: Bernie Hellberg Images: © iStockphoto.com
s a chemical, perfume can be coldly described as nothing more than a mixture of fragrant essential oils, aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects and living spaces, a pleasant smell. Anyone who has ever fallen in love with a fragrance, however, knows how intimate a perfume or cologne can be and how powerful an effect the right fragrance can have. There are those that are bold and daring, those that are seductive and sultry, and yet others still that are lighter and reminiscent of lazy summer days. The word perfume derives from the Latin per fume, meaning “through smoke.” Perfumery began in ancient Mesopotamia
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and Egypt but was developed and further refined by the Romans and the Arabs. Recently, archaeologists uncovered what they believe to be the world's oldest perfumes in Pyrgos, Cyprus, in an ancient perfumery. At least 60 distilling stills, mixing bowls, funnels and perfume bottles were found in the 4,000 square metre factory. The fragrances discovered date back more than four centuries. With years of training, certain individuals become highly adept at identifying the components and origins of scents in almost the same manner as a wine expert would. For most of us lacking in those particular olfactory skills, the most practical ways to set about describing a perfume are according to its concentration level, the family to which it belongs, and the notes of the bouquet.
These all affect the overall impression of a perfume, from its first application to its final, lingering scent. The concentration level of perfume in particular is achieved by adding a solvent such as ethanol – or a mixture of ethanol and water – to the original perfume oil. Dilution is necessary as undiluted oils contain volatile components that may cause allergic reactions when applied directly to the skin. As the amount of perfume oil in any mixture decreases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent created. The description of a fragrance is also born from this practice. Pure perfume contains between 20 percent and 40 percent aromatic compounds, while eau de parfum contains between 10 percent and 30
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percent. Most eau de toilette variants have between 5 percent and 20 percent oils in them, while eau de cologne has a mere 2 percent to 5 percent. As for the family to which a perfume belongs, there are almost as many descriptors as there are fragrances available. The technique preferred by most modern commercial perfumeries is the fragrance wheel. On this wheel are the five standard families: floral, oriental, woody, fougère (meaning fern) and fresh. Perhaps the most delicate talent required from a perfumer is the expert blending of various fragrances, combined with the intimate knowledge of how the perfume evaporates over time. It is this which creates the three defining notes of the perfume: top, middle and base notes. The first whiff of a perfume consists of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. These form a person's initial impression of a particular fragrance, and are thus very important in the selling of it. Middle notes create the scent of a perfume that emerges after the top notes dissipate. Also known as
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the heart notes, they mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasing with time. The scent of middle note compounds can appear anywhere from two minutes to one hour after the application of a perfume. So, when shopping for a new perfume, allow it time to develop on your skin. There is little doubt that the gift of perfume is a most thoughtful and sensual one. But scent is a very personal thing, and therein lays the most alluring quality of any perfume – the inimitability it presents on the skin to which it is applied. One perfume spritzed onto a number of different skins will exude a dissimilar aroma from each. In ancient times, perfumers used herbs and spices – such as almond, coriander, myrtle, conifer resin, and bergamot – but never flowers. Persian doctor and chemist, Avicenna, introduced the process of extracting oils from flowers by means of distillation. From as early as the 14th Century, this practice spread to Europe partially due to Arabic influences and knowledge. However, Hungarians ultimately
introduced the first modern perfume, a compound made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution. This was created in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, and was known throughout Europe as “Hungary Water.” The art of perfumery prospered in Renaissance Italy, and in the 16th Century, Italian refinements were taken to France by Catherine de Medici's personal perfumer, Rene le Florentin. Catherine de Medici defended her personal aroma with the same vigour she displayed as guardian of the French crown – le Florentin’s laboratory was connected with her apartments by a secret passageway, so that no formulas could be stolen en route. Perhaps this was because she, too, at some point, had fallen victim to a spellbinding scent. On the other hand, maybe Catherine de Medici simply came to the same realisation as Coco Chanel, a more modern authority of style, who was fond of saying, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
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n mid-July, sister boats Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 left Nynäshamn, Sweden, and set sail on their mandatory qualifying run. The 3,000 mile trip back to the team’s training base in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, is being used as a shakedown for the Volvo round-the-world race, as it is the first time that Ericsson 4 has embarked on a long passage since its launch in late June. Ericsson have entered two boats in the 2008-09 race. One features an international crew while the sister boat will fly under an all-Nordic banner. Almost 80,000 man hours have been invested in the 15-month build programme for the two boats. “It’s been a long time coming to reach this point, but we’re very excited to see how the two new boats perform against each other
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in the qualifying sail,” said yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian. The boat was built under the direction of Ireland’s Killian Bushe and took shape in a purpose-built facility adjoining Ericsson’s Swedish headquarters. “Each boat is a progression and an evolution of what we did before,” Kouyoumdjian explained. “The racecourse around the world has changed so we had to adapt the parameters to the new wind and sailing conditions. If we’ve done our homework right, we’ll all get a good score this time.” The journey time for the two boats, skippered by Torben Grael and Anders Lewander, will be approximately 10 days. Kouyoumdjian has every right to be anxious. The Argentine designed the winning yacht in the 2005-06 Volvo – ABN Amro One – and has spent much time and effort since
then creating the new generation Volvo Ocean 70s for the 2008-09 Ericsson campaign. As for how he expects Ericsson 4 to perform, Kouyoumdjian said, “Some boats, every now and again, come with a soul of their own and I believe this boat has a soul of its own. Hopefully it will perform.” The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, it will, for the first time, take in Kochi, Singapore and Qingdao before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia. Spanning 37,000 nautical miles, stopping at around 11 ports and taking nine months to complete, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier yacht race for professional racing crews. For more information, visit www.volvooceanrace.org.
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“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life… For the writer does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day. For a true writer each book should be a new beginning, where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed” – Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Words: Toni Ackermann Images: © Gallo Images / Getty Images
n 21 July 1899 in Chicago, Illinois, a proud country doctor, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, and his wife Grace Hall, smiled a gentle welcome to their new baby boy. The child was named Ernest Miller Hemingway, and was his grandfather’s namesake – Ernest Miller Hall – an English immigrant and Civil War veteran who lived with the family. Hemingway’s mother nurtured the hope that her sprightly son would develop an interest in music, though Hemingway chose instead to take the lead from his father, adopting his outdoorsman hobbies of hunting, fishing and camping. These early experiences in close proximity to nature instilled in Hemingway a lifelong passion for outdoor adventure and for living in remote or isolated areas. Indeed Hemingway spent some time travelling and exploring various countries in Africa, where the thrill of the hunt constantly beckoned to him,
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and where the people he met were always an inspiration for another novel or short story. As a young adult finishing high school, Hemingway opted not to attend college, and took up a job as a writer for a newspaper in Kansas City – The Kansas City Star instead. After just six months, and against his father’s wishes, Hemingway left to join the US Army. He would later base many of his narratives on events he either witnessed or experienced during his time on the front. After returning to the US, Hemingway began writing for various Canadian and American newspapers as a war correspondent. Being an ambitious sportsman himself, Hemingway liked to portray soldiers, hunters, bullfighters – all tough, sometimes primitive people – in scenes set against the brutality of modern society. He used his experiences as a reporter during the Spanish Civil War as the background for his most ambitious tome, For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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On the advice of fellow writer, John Dos Pasos, Hemingway paid a visit to Key West in the late 1920s. While waiting for his new Ford Roadster to arrive, Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline Pfeffer, took up residence in an apartment above the car dealership. Hemingway soon established a routine of writing in the early morning, as the temperature was coolest at this time, and exploring in the afternoons. It was not long before he grew fond of Key West and began calling it home. Key West was a town unlike any Hemingway had visited before, filled with interesting personalities from the well-todo socialites, to the down-on-their-luck fishermen. He used several of these people as characters in his book To Have and Have Not. Hemingway’s friends Charles Thompson, Joe Russell (also known as “Sloppy Joe”), and Captain Eddie “Bra” Saunders, together with his old Paris friends, came to be known as the “The Key West Mob.” The “Mob” would go fishing to the Dry Tortugas, Bimini and Cuba for days, sometimes weeks at a time, in pursuit of giant tuna and marlin. Everyone in the “Mob” had a nickname, which is how Hemingway became known as “Papa.” Whether composing novels and novellas in his Whitehead Street writing studio,
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fishing for big game in the island’s waters, or sharing a drink and an anecdote with the locals, Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. His literary prowess, his zest for life, his adventurous spirit, and his enduring affection for this wee island endured through the 1930s, and can still be felt there. Even now, Hemingway’s home is a landmark in Key West, and the unusual, very visible living link to his past remains in the descendants of his cats, which were polydactyl. The story has it that Hemingway made the acquaintance of an old sea captain who was the owner of a six-toed tomcat. When the captain left Key West, he gave Hemingway his unusual feline. Today, there are around 60 six-toed cats living in and around Hemingway’s residence, which has been transformed into a museum. Ernest Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. His distinctive writing style is characterised by economy and understatement and had a significant influence on the development of 20th Century fiction writing. It is not just his legacy as a great writer that continues to resound, but also his quest for adventure in the world of nature and the peace he found in the eclectic town of Key West.
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Using the original 1907 plans of master boat builder, Alfred Mylne (1872-1951), Philip Walwyn constructed the classic yacht Kate in St Kitts during the mid-1990s. Now, whenever Kate sails past, the cameras turn and people click away, as her beauty strikes even those with no interest in sailing. Words: Charl du Plessis, Mylne Ship Yard Images: © Mick Watts
s kids, we never envied our Pretoria cousins, who were a family of six kids. It just seemed like too much competition to try and stand out for adult attention. As they grew up, this early bootcamp for individuality stood them in good stead, and they amassed an amazing array of skills and experiences. My middle cousin is a trained bio-chemist and film-school graduate, and an accomplished cellist who traded his cello for a motorbike behind his parents’ back as a student in order to get away more often to go diving. For years now, he has worked as a master carpenter in the UK, renovating Victorian homesteads, and forever young and blue-eyed, travelling the world whenever the chance arises. He is no sailor. So, when he contacted me from St Kitts in the Caribbean, where he was helping out on a summer project, to tell me about this beautiful classic yacht, the Kate, I knew it had to be something to behold. The Kate drew his attention for its workmanship and aesthetics, and he also seemed to enjoy the companionship of his new neighbour in St Kitts, the “real gentleman” Philip Walwyn, whose Pleasant Boats Company had completed this dame in 2006.
Digging deeper into the story of the Kate, we stepped into the world of charm and grace that envelops the classic yacht enthusiast. Tradition, craftsmanship, and a stubborn refusal to adopt modern technological short-cuts (the Kate has no engine and uses handheld navigation devices) transport us back to a period when quality and beauty, rather than time, meant money. The logic seems compelling – how can you build anything timeless like a Mylne-designed classic yacht if it is done in a race against time? Aldred Mylne is a boat building legend among classic yacht enthusiasts. He was apprenticed to the famous Scottish shipbuilders, Napier Shanks & Bell, and later drew the plans of the Royal yacht Britannia – the racing cutter first owned by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) which later passed to his son, King George V. Mylne set up his own office in 1896, which almost certainly makes his ongoing firm the world’s oldest yacht design firm in continuous production. He immediately established a reputation as a designer of winning yachts, and was one of the people behind the most successful yacht handicap rules of all time, namely the International Metre Rule.
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Mylne designs were always admired for their elegance, and this was one reason why many owners came to him for cruisers of every size. He also produced One-Design classes and racing dinghies, launches and some commercial craft. Mylne ran the design office and yacht yard through both World Wars, producing craft for the Royal Navy as well as major components of flying boats for the Royal Naval Air Service. Kate was designed by Alfred Mylne in 1907 and built by Philip Walwyn, a past British and European Champion in the 6-metre class, and his small team of woodworkers in St Kitts. They estimate that at least 20,000 man hours were devoted to this labour of love, using copies of Mylneâ€™s original drawings and calculations. Displacement is as designed, as is ballast ratio and rig. Construction is wood, epoxy, bronze, fastened throughout, and glass sheathed using two layers of 300gsm biaxial. Walwyn has used this method over the past 30 years to build a number of boats for himself. Epoxy, additives and glass cloth are from SP Systems in the Isle of Wight. Coatings are by Awlgrip. Frames are laminated mahogany, as is the centreline structure. Planking, screwed and glued to the frames is 35mm Oregon pine, while a 2mm veneer of Okoume covers the interior planking. Deck beams are laminated Oregon pine. Decks are two layers of 10mm Bruynzeel ply with a laid deck of Oregon pine of 4mm glued over. The spars are Sitka spruce, made hollow. Sails are cream Dacron by Gowen of West Mersea. The keel of 11.5 tonnes is lead with 18 bronze keel bolts. Rigging is by Spencer of Cowes using Sta-Lok terminals and rigging screws. Ten bronze, Meissner, self tailing winches handle halyards, runners and sheets. Bronze and steel hardware is by Classic Marine in Woodbridge. There is no engine, no tanks and apart from a masthead tricolour, no electrics. Handheld GPS and VHF are on board. The boat is a symphony in simplicity. For more information on the Kate, visit www.1906-twelvemetre.com. When we last checked, she was looking for crew for the 2009 circuit that spans Newport, Mystic, Buzzards Bay, Eggemoggin Reach, Edgartown, Marblehead, Stonington, Oyster Bay and New York. ď ?
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Shared Culture Words: Carl Marks Images: ÂŠ Pershing
An ambitious partnership now binding Pershing (a Ferretti Group brand and prestigious Italian shipyard specialising in luxury yacht construction) with Parmigiani Fleurier (a Swiss fine watchmaking brand) arose from their shared entrepreneurial culture.
he result of this partnership was the creation of the first range of Pershing aquatic sports watches for men and women. The Pershing collection comprises two different lines: the limited edition "115," available in 18-carat rose gold or 950 Palladium, was created in honour of the biggest and most prestigious Pershing vessel, measuring 115 foot. The Pershing Chronographs collection, available in steel with four dial variants, is a non-limited edition. Two men, Tilli Antonelli and Michel Parmigiani, have succeeded over the course of several decades in creating extraordinary industrial facilities, each embodying their respective objects of passion â€“ luxury yachts and elegant timepieces. The young Antonelli has a fascinating personal history in which it is told that while sailing aboard a legend of the seas, il Moro di Venezia, his intuition led him to pursue the art of boatbuilding at a very early age. At almost the same time, on the other side of the Alps, in the heart of a region known as Valde-Travers, a young student called Michel Parmigiani discovered a passion for the
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mechanics of time, inspired by another legend â€“ the grand masters of Swiss watchmaking. The meeting of their two worlds could only underline their mutual will to achieve the exceptional in precision manufacturing and in style. Since 1985, Pershing, one of the world leaders in top-end yacht construction, has made innovation pay off with each of its new creations. A symbol of the refined Italian aesthetic for all devotees of the sea, Pershing is distinguished by its capacity for anticipating trends and giving them an exceptional identifying style. By adhering to stringent in-house production standards, and the choice of the finest materials, the best boatbuilding craftsmen pull off the feat of offering a unique creation every time. With a total of around 100 yachts built every year, Pershing exhibits gems of know-how on a daily basis. At least 12 different professions are involved in creating the various yachts under construction, ranging between 46 and 115
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foot in length. From resin specialists to joiners, from hydraulic engineers to architects, over 500 people work together to bring Pershingâ€™s constantly evolving ideas to fruition. Since its beginnings, Parmigiani Fleurier has borne the tradition of high quality Swiss watchmaking. Thanks to the trust and support of the Sandoz family foundation, a lifetime passion has been transformed into an exceptional jewel of fine watchmaking. Its template for expansion has been set out by the acquisition of a rich diversity of production centres, creating a craft-industrial facility acknowledged today as one of the few fully verticalised and completely independent Swiss manufactures, incorporating all the facets of a watchmaking art essential to achieving a high quality watch. Over 500 craftsmen are involved in this watchmaking success story, contributing to the spread of the Parmigiani Fleurier brand throughout the world, with the creation of over 5,000
timekeepers per year. This similarity of outlooks and passions is today the core reason behind the two companies bringing together their creative spirit and giving life to a whole new family of highly sporty watchmaking collections – from the chronograph to grande complication mechanical models. The first collection created in honour of this new partnership is the limited edition "115," which pays homage to the luxurious Pershing 115 yacht, an image of which can be found engraved on the watch case-back. This exclusively 18-carat rose gold or 950 Palladium series comes in two dial versions, Tan and Silver, each of 115 pieces, incorporating the self-winding chronograph
movement Calibre PF 190. The Pershing chronograph has an hour and minute display, as well as chronograph seconds in the centre, and has one 12-hour counter and one 30-minute counter, a small seconds, plus the tachometer and large date indicator. The case is water resistant to 200 metres, and has a rotary bezel. The second collection of Pershing chronographs is a non-limited edition and has the same innovative volumes, but comes in four dial versions: Graphite, Silver, Blu Metal and Amaranth. This steelonly piece is inspired by the silvery reflections of Pershing yacht hulls; an emblematic, instantly recognisable colour
of the Italian brand. The steel metal exhibits contrasts between the satinfinished loops and shiny watch middle band. It incorporates the new Parmigiani Fleurier "house" self-winding chronograph movement Calibre PF 334, fully developed by the Fleurier manufacture. Available with a rubber strap or steel bracelet, it is also water resistant to 200 metres, and has a rotary bezel and engraved caseback representing one of Pershing's flagship models. For Parmigiani Fleurier’s first complete collection of aquatic chronographs, there could be no better symbol of power, speed, innovation and performance than Pershing’s image.
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Indigenous by Gordon Clark
South African photographic artist, Gordon Clark, has a new collection of his rare and highly sought-after African images on display at Cape Town’s Odes Gallery, in his latest exhibition titled Indigenous. Words: Toni Ackermann Images: © GORDON CLARK
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ordon Clark is a worldrenowned photographer who, after living in Los Angeles for 20 years, recently returned home to South Africa. His latest exhibition, which offers genuine and timeless portraits of rural African communities living hand in hand with the land, draws attention to the thin line distinguishing a life past from a life present. Clark says, “I wasn’t interested in the usual photographs portraying hardship, pain or suffering;” instead, he chose to convey people living in peace.
Clark is driven by a passion for the exploration of life, culture and society at its most untouched. His style is described as “intangible,” and said to capture a “mythical, timeless spirit still to be experienced in the remote regions he visits.” This photographer has an unobtrusive presence in the images he shoots, and none of his scenes are ever posed. Over time, every scene emerges naturally. These particular works were captured using one of the last remaining caches of the rare and now discontinued Kodak PMZ 1000 film, which has culminated in images with an exceptional definition, colour
palette, and grain structure; a structure that is impossible to recreate. Images in the collection are limited to 12 in a series and prices are dependent on the number of works sold in each limited edition. Several of the works have already been purchased by prominent rare photography collectors and celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Jonathon Barnett and Rod Dyer. Indigenous can be viewed at Odes Gallery, in the Old Biscuit Mill Complex, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. For more information, contact +27 21 423 4687, visit www.gordonclark. co.za, or email email@example.com.
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tobago Film director James Cameron, whose credits include Titanic, knows a little something about ships and the sea. In 1989, when Cameron wanted a yacht from which to enjoy his passion for diving, he chose a hull being built for commercial fishermen and had her fitted out to his own personal requirements. Wind Dancer is now owed by Peter Hughes; another man famous for his passion for diving. Words & Images ÂŠ Frances and Michael Howorth
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ughes placed Wind Dancer into his charter fleet and based her in the waters of Tobago in the southern end of the Eastern Caribbean. Here, she is available for diving charters as she is fit to carry 18 passengers in nine double staterooms, with guests looked after by a crew of eight, all of who are from the Caribbean basin. Together with sister island Trinidad, Tobago makes up a single country and is perhaps the most prosperous of the independent states in the Caribbean. The crystal sea, majestic coral and abundant fish life have brought us to this corner of the globe, which boasts some of the best diving sites in the world. These are the waters in which manta rays swim; huge B52 bomber-size fish that move with surprising grace beneath the waves. Here too are sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, tarpon and barracudas, not to mention angelfish, trunkfish and parrotfish, all of which seem bigger than elsewhere in the Caribbean. This water is a treasure chest for divers, with visibility often good for a depth of around 36 metres, and water temperature seldom dropping below 27Â°C. We joined Wind Dancer in Scarborough, the islandâ€™s raucous, hot and dusty capital. In reality, this precipitous little town is no more than an untidy village but is nevertheless an appealing place; with houses and roads spilling higgledy-piggledy down the hillside. At the foot of the town lies the Atlantic Ocean. On a hill overlooking it all: the Fort of King George, with its lighthouse dating back to 1762. Scarborough is a working town and it makes little pretension to being anything else. This is, of course, what most attracts visitors who enjoy watching local life, sampling new cultures and getting a taste of traditional fare.
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Wind Dancer set sail very early on the morning after our embarkation around the southern tip of the island, leaving the Atlantic rollers for the relative calm of the Caribbean leeward side. By midmorning we were at anchor in Mount Irvine Bay, and by afternoon had set sail northwards past Plymouth, the site of the second oldest settlement on the island. Tobago has always been the haunt of pirates. Marauding bands of buccaneers would use the island as their base, bringing their booty back to lairs in bays whose names bear testimony to their recklessness: Bloody Bay, Englishman’s Bay, Black Bay, Man of War Bay and Pirates Bay. Anchoring in these bays nowadays is quite different, with no evidence of this turbulent past. It is peaceful but by no means quiet. Dusk is a rushed affair in the tropics, and passes quickly into night, though not before the parrots have started their evening squawking, which in turn sets off the monkeys, who bicker in the trees until the frogs tell them all to be quiet and listen to some serious croaking. Perhaps it is this that coaxes fireflies from their hiding places and beguiles them to begin their luminous dance under the star-studded sky. The anchorage in Man of War Bay is a perfect spot from which to enjoy the natural beauty of Tobago. Charlotteville, an unspoilt fishing village, nestles at the head of the bay with clusters of local fishing boats, called Pirogues, bobbing at anchor close to the beach. Ashore, seine nets hang to dry from what seems like each and every manchineel tree, firm evidence of
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the importance of fishing in these communities. More than 60 percent of the island’s catch is landed here. It is from this beautiful bay that we dived on the Sisters, a line of five rock pinnacles rising out of the water just 2.5 kilometres off the coast, south of the bay. The impressive spires plunge to a depth of around 36 metres, and offer a multitude of dive combinations depending on personal skills and sea conditions. Underwater rocks are encrusted with a low-profile reef growth of flattened brain and star coral formations, and a maze of canyons with alpine-like slopes. Manta rays, though not as common as they were a few years ago, are still seen in this area. This is a dive that rewards the motto to keep a good lookout in all directions: look up to get a feel for the enormity of the landscape; look around to spot mantas, eagle rays, barracudas and sharks; and, of course, look down at the reef for its rich fish life, eels and the occasional turtle or two. Leaving this serene anchorage we sailed around the northern tip of the island, passing St Giles Island and the rock named London Bridge for its arched formation and the site of yet another excellent dive. We entered the bay at Speyside through the narrow channel between the main island and Goat Island. Some of the Caribbean’s best diving is to be found in here, and there are those who rate these sites as some of the finest in the world. At times, the effluence from the Orinoco River is brought to Tobago by the Guiana Current, which may adversely affect
underwater visibility in Tobago. However, it is these same nutrients that provide sustenance to the reefs, supplying a wonderful variety of healthy coral, invertebrate and fish life. Sometimes this site offers a gentle drift with plenty to see, while at spring tide, it can be a very different experience: wild and thrilling. No matter what time of month, one site in particular – Japanese Gardens – offers a very rewarding dive. The dive starts at one end of Goat Island, swimming over a reef covered with corals and sponges and swarming with sea life, which makes it easy to imagine an oriental garden and reveals the reasoning behind the name of the dive. The exciting turn at a depth of 14 metres leads you through a rock passage at high speed. If you hold your arms out in front of your body like superman, you can enjoy the closest sensation to what it will ever feel like to fly underwater. We voyaged back to Scarborough along the windward side of the island, where our last evening aboard Wind Dancer was made extra special by one of the crew, Roland “CNN” Williams, a talented musician and an excellent dive leader, who gave us a personal concert on his double second steel pan. White sandy beaches, tranquil turquoise water, lush rain forests, dramatic mountain ranges, numerous bird species and a plethora of world-class diving sites; what more could you need? Peter Hughes is based in Miami Lakes, Florida. For more information and prices, contact Peter on +1 305 669 9391, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go For Gold
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ailing was first contested as an Olympic sport in Paris in 1900, although the race format and the classes of competing boats have changed significantly since then, reflecting the global spread of the sport as sailing has become more accessible around the world. Olympic racing is now conducted with boats categorised into one-design classes based on similar weights and measurements. This year, South Africa will be represented by one team only. Isigungu, a Zulu word meaning “working together towards a common goal,” is an all-female sailing team of Dominique Provoyeur, Penny Alison and Kim Rew. Since January 2007, the team has been campaigning internationally in the Yngling class in preparation for the Olympics. Given that the Yngling is such a new
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boat to South Africa, and has never been raced by any other South African, when world-renowned Australian Coach Dayne Sharp agreed to be the official coach, the team was delighted. In early June, the women arrived in Beijing to set up an apartment in anticipation of the big event. Skipper Provoyeur reports that they are adjusting well to a new culture and have maintained their intense training schedule under the watchful eye of Coach Dayne. On the programme of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing 2008 between 9 August and 21 August are a total of 11 sailing events. Races are sailed in what is known as a fleet racing format, where fleets of equally matched boats race around the same course area at the same time. The courses incorporate a variety of different sailing angles: upwind, downwind and reaching. Races are scheduled to last between 30 and 75 minutes depending on
the event. Scores are awarded according to finishing positions in each race. Boats are identified on the water by national flags on sails and the crew names on the mainsail, so keep your eyes open for the pride of South Africa.
Yngling History The Yngling is a fast, small, racing keelboat, sailed 3 up with a maximum crew weight limit of 205kg. It is an open keelboat, weighing 645kg, has 3 sails, and is commonly referred to as the “Little Sister” of the Soling. The boat was originally designed in 1967 in Norway by the Late Jan Herman Linge who designed the boat for his son. In fact, the word Yngling actually means “youngster.” The boat was only introduced to the Olympics in Athens 2004.
Roll on the Red, White & Blue
Tommy Hilfiger in SA Fashionistas, return your Ralph Lauren, drop your Dior and kick off your Calvin Klein because Tommy Hilfiger is back in SA. This all-American clothing brand, with its fresh style and signature red, white and blue trademark colours, is now exclusively available in select Stuttafords stores. Words: Toni Ackermann Images: © Tommy Hilfiger
he addition of Tommy Hilfiger boosts the already impressive international brands assortment that includes names like Banana Republic, Gap, French Connection, Dockers and Calvin Klein. Although Tommy Hilfiger menswear is currently the only available collection, Tommy Hilfiger ladieswear and Tommy Jeans will soon complete this fashion line-up. Tommy Hilfiger’s spring/summer 2008 Men’s Sportswear Collection consists of four fashion groups – American Icon, Dramatic Chic, Falling Water and Mojito Sky – and pays homage to America’s heritage of artistry and innovative design. American Icon is inspired by the most famous American symbol of all: the Star Spangled Banner. The look is smart and collegiate, with subtle variations on a range of timeless American designs. All-American classics such as Oxford shirts, chinos and rugby shirts are represented through sturdy cottons and soft twills, achieving a look that is sporty but still sophisticated. Dramatic Chic takes its cue from the work of legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams, whose black and white images captures the spirit of the American Southwest. In a manner similar to Adams’, this group makes dramatic use of a reduced palette, building a powerful harmony from black, white and beige tones. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous work provides a striking source of inspiration for Falling Water. In creating a house atop a waterfall surrounded by
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forest, Wright produced a prime example of “organic architecture” – a building that fits seamlessly into its natural environment. This harmonious approach is reflected in the cool, natural shades of this group: beiges, khakis, and creamy whites are complemented by a strong orange red. Washed linens and garment-dyed cottons complete the earthy, organic look. Mojito Sky abandons the forests in favour of the sun-drenched Florida Keys, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s final novel, “Islands in the Stream.” The bittersweet Florida summer is recalled in a
group dominated by pastel tones, with whites offset by faded oranges and blues, bright pinks and soft greens. T-shirts, polos, Bermudas and cargo shorts come crafted in linens and lightweight fabrics, evoking the laid-back maritime ambience of Hemingway’s Florida. Tommy Hilfiger is now available in Stuttafords Sandton, Eastgate, Menlyn and Canal Walk with more store roll outs planned for later this year. For more information, contact +27 11 879 1054, visit www.tommy.com, or www.stuttafords.co.za, email email@example.com.
The brand that Tommy Hilfiger created in 1985 is today an icon of contemporary pop culture. Thomas Jacob Hilfiger likely inherited his sense of style and charm from his father, a jewellery store watchmaker. In the late 1960s, Hilfiger realised his small town contemporaries wanted to modernise their look, but lacked the fashion know-how. Starting his business by selling denim jeans out of the boot of his VW, Hilfiger was an instant success. By the mid 1970s, Hilfiger and his partners owned several stores around New York State. Tommy Hilfiger launched a menswear label under his own name in 1985, and from the get-go demonstrated a particular flair for marketing. In 1989, Hilfiger took control of his own brand, listing on the New York Stock Exchange just three years later. In 1995, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded Hilfiger the best menswear designer of the year, the equivalent of an Academy Award for the fashion industry. Soon after this, Hilfiger released “Tommy,” his first fragrance, which was swiftly followed by “Tommy Girl.” Hilfiger did not stop there, however, and continued to develop more clothing and lingerie lines, watches, jewellery, furnishings and new fragrances. Further diversifying his brand, Hilfiger acquired Lagerfeld Gallery, the label of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, and other Lagerfeld collections, in January 2005. Tommy Hilfiger built his menswear business on the design sensibility of his youth: the preppy classics he grew up with, just given a modern twist. His strength has always been delivering style with broad appeal to different types of men: from 30-year-old sailors to 60-year-old golfers, transcending race and background. “Fashion is a way of expressing yourself,” says Hilfiger. “Two different people can wear the same outfit in two different ways – originality comes from the way you show yourself and not from the clothing itself.”
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Live the Life with Yamaha
Whether your way of life means you spend your weekends and holidays fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, or simply lazing about on the water enjoying a sundowner, you can be sure that Yamaha has a boat suited to your particular needs and wants. Words: Toni Ackermann Images: ÂŠ Yamaha
o match its comprehensive range of supreme outboards, Yamaha recently extended its range of boats. Apart from their long standing relationship with acclaimed Australian brand Quintrex, their series now includes internationally renowned names such as Skeeter , G3 Suncatcher Pontoon boats and the awesome new Campion range. These fine international companies have aligned themselves with the exceptional brand of Yamaha and have entrusted the distribution of their choice products to none other. If you thought life on the water was good before, just you wait. The G3 and Campion ranges incorporate all the luxury, comfort and performance features to offer the best quality pontoons in the industry. The entire line has only the best in amenities to enhance your hours of relaxation on the water. Newly designed, stylish lounge areas offer plenty of plush seating and convenient storage, with most
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models featuring a “double-wide” sun deck for lazy relaxation in your favorite cove. For the avid angler, most Sun Catcher pontoons come standard with large, aerated live wells that keep your catch fresh all day long. Apart from the scores of standard convenient features in these boat models, Campion offers the buyer a comprehensive list of optional features to customise the boating experience, tailoring it for use and comfort. Skeeter invented, designed and manufactured the first ever bass boat and no other company can dispute this. Yamaha are now the sole importers of the Skeeter Bass Boat range into South Africa. Some 13 years after Skeeter’s first launch in 1948, the fibreglass bass boat was released, opening the door to a whole new world. In fact, Skeeter has had several world-first innovations, including the full-length rod box, the first bass boat rated for 150HP, and the introduction of “space-age” composite materials. The range of Skeeter Bass Boats includes the I-Class series, the spacious and agile ZX series, the powerful SX series, the multipurpose SL series, and the Saltwater and Deep-V series. Skeeter offers the driest and smoothest ride, as well as super spacious, comfortable fishing platforms. The Skeeter 20 ”I” (and the ZX and SL range), for example, is one of the few bass boats in the world that is stable enough to allow the driver to let go of the steering wheel at full throttle, travelling 120km/h, and be completely safe. Skeeter’s exceptional hull configuration caters for the additional weight of new technology engines, meaning
a more level floating boat when casting. If security is your concern, fear not, because all models in the “I” series have a built-in security system; just punch in your personal code on the dash panel and all hatches are automatically locked down, accompanied by an ear-piercing alarm. What a way for bass anglers to protect that prized selection of rods and tackle on board. Five decades on from their first launch, Skeeter is an industry leader in bass boat building. Through years of in-depth study, field use and product testing, their boats bring together all the aspects of great performance. Skeeter attributes their success to the fact that they are a company who listens; listens to tournament fishermen, to their dealers and to their allimportant customers. Skeeter is indeed “engineered like no other.” Their boats deliver what they promise. So, whether it is a day of fun you are after, a quiet afternoon in your favourite fishing haunt, or a high stakes tournament on the roughest water, a Skeeter boat will comfortably accommodate you in every whim or whimper. An aluminium dinghy left out in the sun has an estimated life span of 30 to 40 years compared to a fibreglass boat that, on average, would likely last about 10 years if kept in the same conditions. Aluminium is considerably lighter than the same size fibreglass boat, which means less horsepower is needed to operate it, and thus lower fuel consumption and running costs can be expected. An aluminium boat is also more durable. The Quintrex 340 Traveller Cartopper, for example, is a general-purpose dinghy
weighing in at around 52 kilograms and reaching 3.4 metres in length. It can comfortably carry four people, and is itself easily carried by just two people. This little boat makes a perfect yacht tender, and when powered by an outboard of between 6 and 8 HP, easily planes to one’s destination. The 5-degree V-hull is ideal for small lagoons, rivers and protected waters, and is superbly stable and manoeuvrable. The hull has a closed bow to keep your goodies dry, and the two thwart seats are filled with foam to provide buoyancy far in excess of the new South African legislation. If you need to make haste from one end of the lagoon to the next, in search of that beautiful, albeit elusive fish, this little boat is the best. So, if you’re looking to live the life of luxury for which you are surely destined, give Yamaha a call, after all, who else would you trust to bring world-class quality closer to you? For more information or details of your nearest dealership, contact 0800 926 242 or visit www.yamaha.co.za. Enter and Win One Prestige reader stands the chance to win a Yamaha watch valued at over R700. Simply answer the following question: What are the four international boat brands imported and distributed by Yamaha SA? Email your answer, your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, using YAMAHA as the subject line. Competition closes 30 September 2008.
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&Bentley With Wings to Fly
By an extraordinary twist of fate, Breitling’s Flying B signature closely resembles Bentley’s dynamic Winged B emblem, a semblance that has given rise to the launch of two exclusive BREITLING for BENTLEY watches, the Flying B and the Flying B No 3. Words: Jacqueline Khalukov Images: © Breitling / Bentley
or decades, Bentley’s Winged B ruled the roads as the mascot of the most prestigious British automobiles Symbolising luxury, elegance and performance, it embodied the Bentley style with its blend of tradition and innovation. Likewise, Breitling’s Flying B signature signals its expertise in the field of fine mechanical watches. The resemblance between the Winged B and Flying B was too close to ignore, and Flying B is now the name of the striking and opulent Breitling for Bentley watch collection. There are three watches in this exceptional line. Breitling initially launched a Flying B jumping hour model and later added a superbly stylish chronograph equipped by a motor, along with a slightly smaller model named Flying B No 3, which features an entirely redesigned dial. The two more recent Flying B models in the Breitling for Bentley collection first catch the eye with their inimitable design and dial decoration, crafted in a spirit of luxury and refinement worthy of the finest English cars. The gaze is also captured by their amazing cambered rectangular case fitted with a thick bevelled sapphire crystal following its curved profile. The radiating hour-markers, framing a large Roman numeral at 12 o’clock, are adorned with natural mother-of-pearl inlays. The dial centre carries a knurled motif inspired by the Bentley control buttons and matches the steel, red gold or white gold of the case. Playing with the signature design features of the famous British car manufacturer, Breitling interprets the outer part of the dials in shades borrowed from the Bentley livery. The slightly arched dials represent technical and aesthetic masterpieces that are individually crafted. The caseback of both models is engraved with the famous Flying B after which it is named. The Flying B Chronograph and the Flying B No 3 are also available in prestigious jewellery versions with a diamond-set red or white gold case.
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Babes in the Bush Thakadu River Lodge What is that we seek when we travel with our children into the bush? The sounds, smells and sense of anticipation of spotting animals in their natural habitat are all part of the experience. And if that is complemented by a little rest & recuperation for ourselves, what more could we ask. Words: TANYA GOODMAN Images: © MADIKWE COLLECTION
rom the moment we embarked on our first game drive with Tsolo, our ranger at Thakadu River Lodge, the kids were on the edge of their seats with promises of seeing elephants. During three separate excursions over two different days, and despite the fact that we never in fact saw the beloved ellies (or “emments” as our two-year-old came to call them), our experience was filled with thrills, both great and small. It was a true testament to finding the joy in little things, as our five-year-old called out, “Fresh elephant pooh ahead.” The true highlight was topped off by a visit to a fresh kill, on our daughters birthday, where lazy lionesses kept one eye fixed on their cubs frolicking in the sun. Thakadu, which means “aardvark” in Tswana, is itself a remarkable story. A luxury tented camp located in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve close to the Botswana border, Thakadu is an ecotourism partnership between NorthWest Parks and the Molatedi Community. Under this agreement, the community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing to the community itself. The Madikwe Collection, as an operating company, provides the expertise the local community requires to make their business work. And so the wheel has come full circle. The people who were dispossessed during the Apartheid era now own a world-class business. The lodge is staffed by people from the village and the rigorous training programme has been designed to ensure that the
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Sikelele in the bathtub with their shower caps on when we sneaked up the path to see how they were doing. We swiftly returned to the main lodge where blankets for our knees and a roaring fire waited to complement our enjoyment of a fine dinner while the kids were bathed, put in pajamas and tucked into warm beds. An expansive king-size bed with thick feather duvet and electric blankets welcomed us home later and made the chill of the winter air seem a blessing. Snuggled up on the foldout couch in the family size tented suite were our exhausted kids, content and full of images for bush-inspired dreams. Madikwe is easily accessible via good roads or air and is approximately 3.5 hours from Johannesburg by car, or 45 minutes by air. For more information about Thakadu River Lodge, visit www.madikwecollection. co.za” or contact +27 11 805 0995. Details about their children’s programme are also available.
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Molatedi develop the skills to manage their own lodge within a 15 year time frame. They receive a fair rental from the bookings, which is available for investment in the village and its people. The sense of hope and pride is tangible here, and it seems as if the partnership concept has had an impact. We had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with the kitchen staff as they prepared a lodge favourite for dinner – pork belly, or “Thakado Mpana ya Kolobe” as they collectively agreed to call it. When it came time to present the dish for an impromptu photo shoot, everyone pitched in. Speaking to various people working at Thakadu, the evolution of the lodge has made a difference in their lives, and many who have done a stint at other luxury bush camps in Madikwe
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and beyond aspire to return to a place they can call home. At Thakadu, our children were embraced by Thakadu’s staff and we were immediately put at ease. Although there is a schedule of game drives and meals, they are remarkably flexible and amenable to individual requirements. I am convinced that much of our stay at Thakadu will become part of our family’s folklore. There was the sheer delight of watching our little ones strip down naked to dance in the icy water of the pool overlooking the river despite the winter season. The marshmallow toasting on assegaais, hosted by a charming Simon, had the kids sticky from top to toe, and the rest of the crew in stitches. And there was the gentle manner of our child minder, Kedibone, who had the kids singing N’kosi
The chefs at Thakadu work as a team, with six people on staff: Collen Mplina, Tsholo Segoe, Boitumelo Modise, Moses Mogabi, Lebogang Motshwane, and Baliki Matlapeng. Asked what they would like to prepare as their signature dish, they were unanimous in their selection of “Thakadu Mpana ya Kolobe” – a slow-roasted pork belly, butterflied and then wrapped with roasted peppers and whole grain mustard (apologies to the aardvark). In the oven at a gentle 150 degrees for three hours, served with a rich sour cherry sauce, and accompanied by a creamy mustard mash and seasonal root vegetables, it was both hearty and delicious. The prelude to this main course was a velvety cauliflower, carrot and cilantro soup served with freshly baked bread. And a delicate granadilla crème brulee sweetly topped off a relaxing and fulfilling dining experience.
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SHOSHOLOZA Words: Di Meek Images: © Di Meek / Clotilde del Balzo
With a virtuoso display of speed, technology and African exuberance, Shosholoza wowed the city of Naples, Italy, in June earlier this year as the celebrity guest entry of a 200-boat fleet competing in the city’s annual nautical festival – the Naples Velalonga.
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t was an impressive spectacle for the thousands of people lining the promenade as the 24-metre (78foot) South African America’s Cup class yacht towered over the fleet in the pre-race sail past. The festival is held in the dramatic Gulf of Naples, hemmed by a steep cityscape of ancient castles and palaces, the volcanic Mount Vesuvius and the romantic isle of Capri. Although it was only an exhibition race, it was a poignant performance for Shosholoza helmsman Paolo Cian and team managing director Captain Salvatore Sarno, both of whom are celebrities in this historic Italian port city. Cian, himself a Neapolitan, is a national sailing hero currently competing in the World Match Racing Tour. Captain Sarno grew up in a nearby village and is famous for founding the South African campaign that evoked so much passion at the 2007 America’s Cup. He is also applauded for Shosholoza’s development wing – the Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation for Youth – which was also represented at the festival. “Everyone was very excited and happy to see and touch Shosholoza,” said Captain Sarno. “It was an important opportunity to show the Italians our African dream. We want people to know us at close quarters and to invite them to come to South Africa,”
said Sarno, who, as a resident of 20 years, has adopted South Africa as his own. Paolo Cian said sailing Shosholoza in the Naples Velalonga was the greatest feeling. “This is the place where I started sailing as an eight-year-old on a tiny Optimist, and today I was on a rocket ship, right here in my sea with my team. It was just amazing!” Shosholoza sailors were stopped in the city streets for autographs and mobbed by young sailors at the Lega Navale, a nonprofit corporation that helps organise the annual event. “I like very much the meaning of Shosholoza,” said Rafaela Montella, a Neapolitan fan. “For us it is a symbol that we in Naples can aspire to. Like Shosholoza we can be inspired to work together, move forward together and grow together.” Izivunguvungu coach Kader Williams said the six students from Simonstown in the Cape were warmly welcomed by the Lega Navale. President of the Lega Nevale, Rosaria Rosini, said the friendship generated by Shosholoza and the important work done by Captain Sarno for youngsters at the Izivunguvungu Foundation showed the way for promoting all that was positive in society. “We have to build for our future. We can start by creating a spirit of fraternity among all of us, no matter what our differences are,” said President Rosini.
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Weekend Boating @ Clanwilliam Dam
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Clanwilliam is the core of South Africaâ€™s flourishing Rooibos tea area and one of the 10 oldest towns in the country. It is also the site of the magnificent wild flower displays that follow the chilly winter months, and is soon to be the home of a new boat storage development that will forever alter the recreational landscape of this pretty Western Cape town. Words: Toni Ackermann Images: ÂŠ Koro Lodge
lanwilliam lies at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, roughly 230 kilometres from Cape Town, and has plenty to charm visitors: impressive mountain views and hikes, historical sites and rock art locations, numerous opportunities for bird watching and most importantly, plenty of water on which to play. Two rivers, the Olifants and the Jan Dissels, embrace the town. Together with a good rainfall, this turns the desert into a floral paradise and brings water levels up in the town’s two dams, Clanwilliam Dam and Bulshoek Dam. Clanwilliam Dam is a spectacular body of water, popular for recreational purposes of all kinds. Watersports enthusiasts enjoy weekends at the dam, with this particular body of water the favourite in the Western Cape for water skiing. The local Angling Club arranges regular competitions, of which the Bass Classic in October is probably the most significant. Following the success of similar concepts in Gauteng, a new boat storage facility in Clanwilliam is scheduled for completion by this year’s summer season. According to co-developer Dave Harris, this development, which will be located at the entrance to the Clanwilliam Dam, is perfectly positioned to service the more than 900 boats that constitute both Clanwilliam & Bulshoek’s thriving boating fraternity. “The dams located between Clanwilliam, Misverstand and Bulshoek
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have more boats per capita than anywhere else in the Cape,” says Harris. The facility will offer far larger than regular garages, varying in size from 4.0m x 10m and 4.5m x 10m to 4.8m x 15m. These garages have been designed to accommodate the new breed of waterski and wakeboard boats, which are longer and wider than normal. They can also house larger and higher (4.5m in height), 10metre pontoon boats and day cruisers. “All of these boat types are substantial leisure investments for consumers and this development will provide a significant convenience factor, foregoing the need for transportation from destinations such as Cape Town and further afield,” says Harris. “There are only 30 garage opportunities available for sale. To date, we have been inundated with enquiries and this is even before the official launch date.” Negotiations are also underway to include in the development a commercial element in the form of a showroom to display popular brands of new, local and imported boats along with space for used boats, a lifestyle boating accessory shop, a professionally-run boat workshop, and a boat valet service. Other features include access-controlled security, a paved centre forecourt, toilet and shower facilities, and a drainage system in each garage to remove any excess water from washing the boat. Once you’ve enjoyed an afternoon on the dam, and parked your boat in this ohso-convenient storage spot, slumber at the serene and splendid Koro Lodge, situated in
the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat. This five-star ecological oasis unites luxury and nature, and is a sanctuary to many endangered species of fauna and flora. It also has over 130 San Bushman rock art sites within its boundaries. An already existing farmhouse, Koro Lodge has been completely renovated and transformed into an intimate villa surrounded by open vistas of wilderness and wildlife. It is lavishly endowed with beautiful, handcrafted local objects and furnishings in natural earth tones. It is designed and equipped to provide every need and service to satisfy, with most luxury amenities available for both adults and children, from a fully-equipped kitchen and bar, flat screen TVs, and Wi-Fi to games, DVD players and independent cable channels. The two master bedrooms have private terraces and en suite bathrooms while a cleverly designed loft area, upstairs from the main living area, comfortably sleeps 4 children of all ages. The living room is the ideal space to relax, unwind, and enjoy cozy dinners in front of the open fireplace. A stay at Koro Lodge is completely private and includes the services of your own hostess, chef and guide, as well as housekeeping and laundry services. Bushmans Kloof is recognised as one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites and is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux. For more information on Koro Lodge, contact +27 21 685 2598. For more information on the boat storage facility, contact Dave Harris Properties on +27 82 450 1059 or +27 21 851 0651.
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Faster and Higher: B e e c h c r a f t P r e m i e r II Fasten your seatbelts: the world’s largest, best performing and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet has just been launched. Words: Toni Ackermann Images: © NAC
he Premier II, which evolved from the highly successful Premier IA, has higher cruise speeds, a 20 percent longer range with four passengers and an increased payload, which means a greater range and thus greater flexibility for travel. It also offers the largest cabin in its class. The jet has a state-of-the-art, all-composite fuselage, with construction that is 20 percent lighter, three times stronger, and 70 percent stiffer than aluminium. This gives the aircraft unprecedented structural strength, efficiency and high resistance to corrosion and fatigue. The Premier II is infinitely more advanced than its predecessors. At the centre of these major advancements are the turbofan engines, which are highly efficient, and ultra powerful. When coupled with the drag-reducing winglets, the
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aircraft is more aerodynamic, able to climb faster and higher – to maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet or 13,715 metres – and fly further. The aircraft’s 4,000-foot operating ceiling puts passengers well above most traffic and weather, meaning a smoother, shorter ride. The cabin of the Premier II is 3 percent larger than that of its nearest competitor. From its adjustable custom seating to its private lavatory, the cabin is rich in its array of conveniences and amenities, enhancing the stature and value of the jet. While the Premier II’s cabin pampers passengers with luxury and comfort, its cockpit delivers an advanced level of operational sophistication and situational awareness, precisely what you would expect in a single-pilot jet. The aircraft’s flight deck is fine-tuned to accommodate a new 3-in-1 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS),
FADEC control switches, VHF Comm ground switch and avionics integration of the standby COMM / NAV controller, all of which make for an easier, safer flight. Simply put, the Premier II saves owners and operators time and money, and offers the ultimate in private, luxury air travel. “The Beechcraft Premier II will redefine the light jet market and take it to a new level in meeting customer expectations,” said Jim Schuster, Hawker Beechcraft Chairman and CEO. “With its unmatched performance and efficiency, impressively spacious cabin and advanced technology, the Premier II is a natural choice for business and private travellers who want to travel in comfort and get to their destination quickly.” For more information, contact NAC on +27 11 267 5000. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nac.co.za.
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A spectacular welcome greeted the crews of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race as they arrived in Liverpool at the end of their 35,000-mile circumnavigation. For the nonprofessional crew onboard each of the ocean racing yachts, this marked the completion of a challenge of a lifetime as they battled the elements in search of victory. Images: © onEdition
rriving in Liverpool in early July after 10 months at sea, Durbanite skipper, Ricky Chalmers said, “It’s fantastic to be back after a gruelling race. We’ve had our ups and downs and our share of adventure. It was frustrating not being able to race after we were dismasted, but the team has pulled together and it has been a great experience.” Crossing the finish line overnight at the end of the 14th and final stage of the Clipper 07-08 Race, the US entry, New York, took first place. Hull & Humber, New York’s closest rival, saw their hopes of claiming the title fade as New York stretched out a small but significant lead in the fast reaching race from Cork, Ireland to
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Liverpool, UK. Skipper Duggie Gillespie said that after his team crossed the line he let off two flares on the bow of the boat in celebration. “That was a bit of fun,” he said, “But I was trying not to burn the sails! It was great, being in the Irish Sea, in the middle of nowhere, to know you’d not only won the leg, but won the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.” When the pennant was handed to a jubilant New York, round the world crew member, Gary Purdom from Bainbridge Island, Washington, US, said, “It’s spectacular in the sense that you think about doing something for 30 years. Winning is just the icing on the cake when you have a dream just to circumnavigate, so I’m thrilled.”
Doctors, students, teachers, lawyers, secretaries and a taxi driver are among the crew members who have succeeded in their challenge. On board each of the 10 internationally-backed yachts is just one professional – the skipper – whose role it is to lead the team to victory. The crew members are all amateurs, nearly 40 percent of whom had no sailing experience. The Clipper Race is the brainchild of legendary yachtsman, Sir Robin KnoxJohnston, who, in 1969 became the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world. In 1996, he created the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to give ordinary people the opportunity to follow in his footsteps. For more, see www.clipperroundtheworld.com.
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ith a fabulous selection of specialty cocktails now making the circuit in stylish bars across the country, concocting a drink based on the classic character of a traditional spirit can create a luxurious experience. Respecting the heritage of a fine whisky like Glenmorangie doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little artistic flair, whether it is an eclectic new take on mixing it up or a minimalist approach to revealing the true essence of a trusted taste.
Glenmorangie Spring Tea A deliciously refreshing and fruity cocktail, the Earl Grey tea complements the gentle smoke and bergamot notes of the Glenmorangie Original. • 50ml Glenmorangie Original • 25ml Earl Grey tea • 75ml cloudy apple juice • 25ml strawberry juice • 15ml fresh lemon juice Shake and strain into highball glass full of cubed ice. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.
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Glenmorangie Naked As a signature cocktail for Glenmorangie Original, the Naked showcases the Original’s alluring colour and clarity. An elegant twist on a very simple drink. • Glenmorangie Original • Lemon twist Glenmorangie Original stirred with ice and strained in a martini glass. Serve with a twist of lemon in the glass.
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From the Galley Florida’s Key West is famous for its fabulous Key Lime Pie, one of America’s best-loved regional dishes. In 1994, the State Legislature officially recognised the Key Lime Pie as an important symbol of Florida and it became the official state pie.
Words: Chef Dilene Cranna Images: © iStockphoto.com
Pie Crust • 1 packet digestive biscuits • 100g butter, melted Crush the biscuits to very fine crumbs using a rolling pin or food processor. Add the melted butter and combine until the crumbs stick together to form a ball. Press the crumbs into a tart mould and refrigerate for 1 hour. The zest of a lime, lemon or orange can be added to the crumbs for extra flavour, as can cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or mixed spice, should you like.
Meringue Topping • 4 egg whites • 6 tbs castor sugar • ½ tsp cornflour or maizena • 1 pinch salt Whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the castor sugar while continuing to beat. Add the cornflour and salt and whip mixture until all the sugar has dissolved. Spoon the meringue on top of the cooked pie and brown under the grill. Leave to cool before serving.
Pie Filling • 125ml freshly squeezed lime juice • 125ml fresh cream • 1 tin condensed milk • 2 tbs lime zest • 5 egg yolks Combine all the ingredients together and mix. Pour into the biscuit-lined tart mould and bake at 180°C for 10 – 15 minutes, until the mixture is firm to the touch. The pie can be served on its own as is, topped with flavoured cream, or piled with meringue and baked.
Cream Topping Whip together 250ml cream with a flavouring of your choice – such as lime zest, cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger, cardamom, granadilla pulp, or strawberry pulp. Spoon over the baked pie and serve.
Key limes versus Persian limes Key limes are much smaller than Persian limes and are nearly perfectly round with a very thin skin and barely any seeds. Green Key limes are actually immature fruits, prised for their acidity. As they ripen to a yellow colour, the acid content diminishes greatly, resulting in a sweeter fruit. Key Lime Pie needs the green version to give the dessert its tartness. Dilene Cranna is the Executive Pastry Chef at the exclusive, five-star Sheraton Pretoria Hotel. She is one of South Africa’s most talented pastry chefs, which earned her a spot on the South African Culinary Olympic Team. The team competes later this month, in Erfurt, Germany, in the International Culinary Olympics.
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Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus has been a very busy man lately. Why? Because he has been developing the first-ever Jack Nicklaus signature-design golf course within a Big Five game reserve. The planned Meletse Big Five Reserve and Golf Estate is located 70 kilometres west of Bela Bela (Warmbaths), just 2.5 hours from Johannesburg. The estate guarantees exclusivity as membership is limited to Meletse owners and will comprise 413 full-title golf course stands ranging between 5,000 and 10,000 square metres, 74 full-title golf lodges, and 24 bush lodges. A further 19 managed 500-hectare private game farms within the 16,000-hectare reserve perfect the offer. Included in the Meletse package is access to the reserve’s landing strip, lifestyle centre, clubhouse, gymnasium, squash and tennis courts, crèche and restaurant. Also planned for the estate are a spa and wellness centre, and a fully-equipped equestrian centre. The estimated completion date is December 2009, with construction of the golf course and clubhouse commencing later this year. For further information, visit www.meletse.com, call +27 12 483 8676 or email email@example.com.
Private Airport Entices the Rich and Famous A new private airport facility, costing R250 million and scheduled to open early next year, is set to be built alongside Cape Town International Airport. The ExecuJet Business Centre will be one of only two in the country offering exclusive arrivals and departure facilities for upper-end business clients and wealthy executive-class celebrities. The centre will boast a state-of-the-art office building offering an executive passenger lounge with basement parking for close to 140 cars. A 2,262 square metre hangar will accommodate as many as 35 helicopters, while the 5,347 square metre jet hangar space will house up to three global express aircraft at any one time. The centre will also have a dedicated fuel supply and a workshop for the maintenance and repair of visiting aircraft. Already, the ExecuJet Business Centre has attracted the attention of several top executive jet companies. International aviation companies Agusta and Sikorsky have already signed up to use the facility. According to ExecuJet Aviation, this centre is the only one of its kind offering direct access to an international airport in South Africa.
New Uber-Luxe Jeweller at the V&A With the recent launch of the V&A Waterfront’s “Platinum Mile” retail development came the opening of numerous high-end boutiques and stores. One of these was the luxurious brand of CHRISTOFF, the brain child of Christopher Greig and Anne Tripp. Specialising in superior bespoke jewellery, the brand is built around the concept of quality and excellence, and embodies innovation, elegance and glamour. The jewellery at CHRISTOFF will, like its 108-year old parent company Charles Greig, be of the highest international calibre in terms of materials and design. The range is innovative and contemporary, drawing on the best available, locally and internationally. CHRISTOFF is located at Shop 7217 at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. To contact the store call +27 (21) 421 0184, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.christoff.co.za.
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Published on Aug 1, 2008