The Americas Cup competition all started on August 22, 1851 when the British challenged the United States in a sailing event which the British thought they would easily win. The British have always been known for their naval supremacy and for having been more technologically advanced in its time than the rest of the world. But it was at that event, held around the Isle of Wight, that Queen Victoria had to hand over the prize of 100 Guineas to the American team who had sailed in their 90 foot schooner called precisely America, from the United States to England in just 21 days. The Americas Cup name does not come from the fact that the Americans had been on a winning streak for over the past 132 years, winning 25 times in a row, but from the name of the first non-British boat that achieved taking away the trophy from them. The British pride was badly hurt and they even tried to come up with some accusations like- the Americans had taken a short-cut or having used other types of propellants, but it was all rejected and ever since then, up until 1983, the American teams have been challenged by many countries, all trying to win this prestigious cup.The next challenge was held in 1870 when Englands Royal Thames Yacht Club entered the competition with their sailboat named Cambria against 18 other American challengers. Unfortunately, the Cambria had an accident with another boat and came in in one of the last places. But like we said, the British are very proud people and the itch to bring the Americas Cup back to England has made some very curious people become particpants such as Sir Thomas Lipton, the tea millionaire or Sir Thomas Sopwith, famous for his aircrafts used in different wars. And some wealthy Americans have also sponsored this event such as Harold Vanderbilt or more recently, the T.V. magnate Ted Turner. In the 1970s, shipbuilders started to realize that design was a minimal part of winning and that with all the new tecnologies, much faster boats could be made without ignoring design and comfort in handling. In 1983, five different countries wanted to take their shot at this thrilling activity, and one above all really stuck out. The Australia II, owned by Alan Bond, was said to have a top secret designed keel which Bond kept protected and hidden from spying eyes until the main event was underway. The question that was in the minds of all was whether the keel was legal, keeping within the regulations that had been set down for the competition. In the end, he keel complied to all standard rules and the final race was set the U.S. Liberty against the Australia II. It was a neck to neck race but in the last few miles, the skipper of the Australia found a way to make a quick escape with a gust of wind and won by only 25 seconds. Up until that time, the majority of the people in the world had no idea about sailing or even dreamt about owning a yacht, let alone being interested in the Americas Cup. But news quickly spread about Australias victory and having broken the spell that had lasted for 132 years. The Americas Cup 2007 in Valencia Spain In 1992, this event was really becoming something big and it was necessary to set up a new organization which would set down strict rules controlling the size and design. Therefore, the International Americas Cup Class or the IACC kicked into action to supervise all the details. Now that the size and design were being watched over, the shipbuilders went for new and better materials making the sailboats lighter but more durable. Some of the recent changes have been longer masts and more sail area, increasing the potential wind to be caught and used for speed. With this, more crew and manpower have also been added making it 17 with one more VIP for a total of 18, to be able to handle this new found speed and power.But do not fret if you are thinking that you are going to miss out on this wonderful happening which will take place in June 2007 in Valencia http://www.valencia-information.com/spain/americas-cup.html . There will be great television coverage, newspaper articles and internet details for all. Maybe you are even lucky enough to find a cheap flight, hotel and car hire deal and make your dreams come true. And if you are really curious, there is an Americas Cup Museum founded in 1983 which is in Australia, depicting a great collection of all the sailboats which have ever participated in this event. And most probable too, is that in the Fallas of Valencia, there will be more than one carton figure paying honour to this incredible event.
Retaining the ownership of a timeshare property can become impractical sometimes. The reasons for selling the time shares might vary greatly. A person after enjoying the "time share" resort for a number of years could have got bored of it, or the financial position of the owner could have changed, or the life style is no longer suitable for enjoying the timeshare he owns etc. Whatever might be the reason, it is just like a piece of real estate and selling needs good planning. There is lot of legitimate agencies which will assist the owner to sell his timeshare in a very professional manner.Selling a timeshare can be very difficult as lots of factors are involved in the sale. When selling a timeshare the owner has to sell not only the particular time of the year but also the location of the time share resort. Some buyer might be only interested in the location but not the period of the year and vice versa. Pricing the property rightly is the key to sales: If the owner of the property likes to sell the timeshare the fast and the easy way, he has to price it right. To price it right it is good to analyze the features and amenities available to the owner, whether it is fixed or floating or rotating type of timeshare, the number of rooms available, if it is freehold or leasehold kind of ownership, fees collected in the form of maintenance and annual fees, location of the unit say if it is overlooking the beach or near the mountain side etc. By emphasizing the features, it can be sold at a reasonably higher price. Normally time shares are sold for 20 70 % less than the original value. Professional advice will be very helpful in getting a competitive price as well as it can be made very legal.If selling of the time share is not feasible, the next option to get returns out of it is to rent it. Also the owner has to be wary of paying the up-front fees in case of hiring a broker for selling timeshares. If hired on a commission only basis, it avoids the risk of paying money for the services not received. A reputed broker will be able to advice on the current trends of the time share and will ensure that both the owner and himself get the best out of the deal.
Ever wondered how so many ordinary people like you and me are able to travel the world 3 times over? And these people live amongst us. Our relatives, close friends, peers, ex-schoolmates are just but to name a few. Well, its now possible with the advancement of new technologies.What I am about to share with you are real examples how people have made world travel highly affordable. Things that you can you personally do by yourself. And I am pretty sure you will not be able to sleep tonight once you realize how easy this magic formula works. Its no rocket science. Its something you can do today.To travel you need to save enough of cash. Period.But with the current inflation and rising energy costs, it is almost impossible for ordinary folks like us to even save a penny. What more a thousand dollars.Fortunately, there is always a solution. The solution I am proposing would be one that will counter the rising energy costs - both for electricity and gas. Imagine if you can just slash your monthly electricity and gas bills by just 20%, in a year you would have saved several hundred of dollars. But how to save?For electricity, start using energy efficient appliances. The ones with Energy Star logo printed on them. Due to production cost cutting, many electrical appliances were manufactured with substandard components. This will cause highly inefficient use of electricity. Inefficient use of electricity means WASTE.Start using energy saving and fluorescent lights with one additional electricity saver device. Energy saving and fluorescent lights need ballasts to light up. Ballasts are highly non-efficient. Therefore, to maximize energy savings, each home must have an electricity saving device which can be easily bought online for less than $60. This device can also lower the energy consumption of air-conditioners, fans, refrigerators and all AV equipment.As for gas, plan your trips well. For unplanned trips, you will oftentimes ended up traveling further than you should have. Carpool with friends is another great idea. So is taking public transportation. Gas companies produce different grades of gas. Premium grade gas is very expensive and do not usually provide you the equivalent of premium price you pay for. Stick with the Regulars.Also, get yourself a magnetic gas saver. It has helped millions of people all over the world saving gas. Those who have tried will tell you this is a miracle device that you cannot live without. It gives you a fighting chance against the escalation of gas prices. This device usually is sold at less than $30 and is truly value for money.Follow these simple steps and I know youll be able to see the world for free! See you in Bali next year!
As the kick off to the FIFA World Cup 2006 draws closer, the 12 host cities are putting the final touches to their preparations to hosting the largest sporting event in the world. Some of the cities are used to large scale events and influxes of tourists whilst others are new to such attention. But Germany has put a large scale of resource and six years of planning into hosting the event and the host cities are well prepared for the first whistle of the World Cup.Germany is well placed to host a World Cup. With several large cities and strong regional infrastructure, Germany is well placed to show the anticipated 3-4 million visiting fans a good time. Frankfurt is typical of the attention to infrastructure and detail that has gone in to the planning and execution of the event. Germanys financial centre is one city that has long had the infrastructure capable of holding large scale events, but there are none larger than the World Cup and even a city which is established on a world scale will be tested to the fullest as the festival of football marches into town.Frankfurt retains a cosmopolitan and international feel. With the financial centre attracting visitors and residents from all around the world, Frankfurt is perhaps most naturally placed to cope with its share of visiting fans. The addition of the new Waldstadion, a 50,000 seat arena built specifically for the World Cup furthers the facilities on offer in Frankfurt this summer. Frankfurt is used to dealing with tourists and the business community and has the facilities and attractions expected of a major German city. A modern metropolis of skyscrapers and bank HQs, Frankfurt has over 400 hotels to cope with the influx of visitors and additional camp and caravan sites are available outside the city. Despite facilities, Frankfurt will be stretched for accommodation this June and visitors will need to check major hotel resellers (http://www.superbreak.com/resorts/FK-hotels.htm ) and the official Frankfurt city website (http://www.frankfurt.de ) for up to date information and availability.Travelling to and from Frankfurt is simple and efficient. The city is well served by an international airport offering domestic flights to the other host cities as well as continental and transcontinental flights. Frankfurt is the most central of German cities and is an ideal base to follow your countrys fortunes. A central hub on the autobahn network, Frankfurt is ideal for traversing Germany by road as all of the major car hire firms in the city (http://easycar.com/aspx/car-hire/location/Frankfurt.aspx/EN ) either at the airport or ain the city centre.
I am sure that you have been approached in the last year by someone trying to get you to purchase a timeshare ownership. This may have been a simple sales call promising a free weekend stay if you agreed to attend a 90 min. presentation during the three day weekend. It may have been more forward as you received an e-mail or phone-call attempting to sell you a week at some resort. So what should you do, listen to the marketing or listen to that little person inside you telling you it can't be that great of a deal.To make this decision it is important for you to analyze the type of travel you enjoy and undertake with your family. Do you as a family:Take Vacations every year at approx. the same time of year.Go to the same vacation spot year after year.Enjoy staying at extended stay Hotel style accomodations.Then the traditional timeshare is the perfect fit for you and your family. Proceed to any of the online sites and research the best value for a timeshare that you can find. Low price with Low flexibility is the perfect fit. Now what if I always enjoy:Different vacation spots every year.Taking my vacations at different times of year.Staying in quaint houses and Bed and Breakfast spots.Then the timeshare ownership is not for you. Now what happens if I fall somewhere between the two lists:I occassionally like to change up my vacation destination, but not every yearI generally like to take one summer vacation a year and maybe a winter vacation.I prefer deluxe accomodations and also occassionally enjoy a little more intimate setting.Then you will either need to continue on your current course of action or be prepared to pay for one of the premium timeshares. Companies offering the Premium Services are Marriott, Hilton, and Disney. These companies offer flexibility with an extended network of timeshares and trade partners. You get premium trade value with any of their accounts.What is this trade value. Simply put, timeshare owners are teamed together and allowed to deposit vacation weeks in a bank for later use. The owners at a later time can request different resorts and different weeks from their originally scheduled week. So why was it said that certain resorts get premium trade value, do they not rate everybody the same?The answer to that question is no, in the area of timeshares not everyone is the same. If you own a Marriott, Hilton, or Disney week you get first options on any weeks in those chains. What does this mean, if you are a non-owner and are awaiting a week to come up at a Marriott for example and are next on the list for that resort. Naturally when the week comes open you should get it first come first serve. Not so fast, a Marriott owner comes in and says that they want the same week as you. The Marriott owner gets the nod even though you have been on the list longer. Does not seem fair but it is the way of the timeshare companies.So what does this cost. The premium companies are going to cost you from 3x to 4x of the non-premium companies. For this added cost you gain flexibility and priority in trades. If moving is not important go with the cheaper vendors. If flexibility is needed go with one of the premium companies.Charles Cater