Frequently Asked Questions






There are many things people want to know about skiing, water skiing, running and sailing – from advice on how to get started to information about upcoming events and championships. Here Azmi Mikati answers a few of those questions asked most frequently.


How long does it take to train for a marathon?

The length of time it takes to train for a marathon depends on the experience and general fitness level of the runner at the start of training. However, conventional wisdom recommends beginning a training programme as much as a year before the event to avoid injury, starting slowly and building up mileage gradually. Once a runner can complete 20-30 miles every week then they are seen as ready to begin training in earnest.


Where can I find the best skiing?

There are many fabulous ski resorts around the world but one of the most popular is Zermatt in Switzerland. The majesty of the Matterhorn overlooks three separate ski resorts, with a further two just over the border in Italy, offering a wealth of opportunity for skiers of all levels to hone their skills. Zermatt also offers much in the way of après-ski facilities, including no less than 50 on-mountain restaurants, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cable car and several local hotels and bars.


Where can I charter a motor yacht and what experience or training do I need?

Almost any coastal destination in the world will offer some form of boat chartering experience and the quality, type of service available and price will vary hugely, so it is best to check online before booking anything. For a bareboat charter you will need to show some form of certification of proof of boating experience, and again exactly what is required varies from country to country. There is also the option of hiring a crewed charter on a luxury yacht for those who want a more relaxed sailing experience.


Are there different types of water skis?

There are four basic types of water ski available, each of which offers a slightly different experience. Beginners will usually opt for combination skis, which are wider and easier to control. Slalom skis operate singularly with the skier standing on one leg. Combination skis are so called because one has a double binding to transform into a slalom ski as required. Jump skis are longer and wider than any other type and specifically designed for ramp jumping, while trick skis are shorter and wider, making them harder to control but ideal for spins, slides and jumps.