Letter of the year
Clients' photo album...
Here are a few letters sent in by clients who
chartered sailing yachts in 2003
Finally I've got time to mail you. I just want to tell you that we had
a lovely vacation in Greece and I want to thank you for everything you
arranged. Janos (the taxi driver) was in time at the dolphin
harbour, so we had a good ride to Thessaloniki. It was a pity, that we
had a delay of 6 hours (it's like being in prison, waiting on an airport
for so long time), but finally we got home.
Will you send Gerry our greetings. We didn't see him anymore, but we loved
the Nefeli very much.
When we come back sailing another year, and we sure do, we will contact
I am still experimenting with my photo's ( a new digital camera), but
when I have a nice picture for your website, I'll mail it ( if you're
still interested; otherwise you throw it away).
Anneke and her husband Peter from the Netherlands, sailed the Sporades
islands from Skiathos for ten days in June-July 2003 on S/Y
Nefeli, Bavaria 34.
we had a very nice holiday, we enjoyed a lot and of course we sailed a
lot, more than we expected.
Thanks again for your availability and willingness.
You has shown profesionalism and tactfullness.
This means next time I need a boat you'll be my fist choise.
I'll be around up to next July.
Hope to see you again.
Alberto, his brother and their families from Italy, chartered El Nino, Dufour 45 Classic, from Volos, 19
- 26 July 2003.
Thank you very much for all your help. We had a wonderful time and everything
went like clockwork. We’re now planning next year!!
PS I’m not sure if this would also work in Greek...
"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at
an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in
waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht
frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses
and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed
ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe."
Taht'll fcuk the splelchekcer...
Graham D, UK, chartered Rafiki, Bavaria
40, from Skiathos, 10 - 17 September 2003
I don't think I have ever emailed you both to say how much we enjoyed our
holiday in Greece. The week at Naxos where the kids totally enjoyed their
windsurfing in a laguna bay was just brilliant: totally relaxing, very together,
and just rather nice. We met up with Stephen at this horrid bus station
in Athens (Pimps, hooker, drugs, police, bust up.....) where after I had
paid for the ticket he arrived late and we missed the bus. We then fled
Athens and took a taxi to catch the ferry at Constanti whatever to Skiathos.
There we found the boat immediately next to the ferry landing place which
was very convenient for our luggage. The yacht was great and we had a wonderful
time. We have visited nearly all the places we wanted to go. We did find
it very quiet altogether, so quiet that even I was ready on some days for
a neighbourly chat. That says something. We noted that there were not many
teenagers out on the yachts, but it meant that the children bonded evenmore.
We have had some lovely meals out and the fried cheese was definitely one
of my favourites, and the fruit salad with greek yoghurt in the mornigs
was a gastronomic delight for all of us. Sadly the fruitsalads here just
don't taste the same without the ambiance of Greece itself.
We did not see much additional wild life, but did spot the dolphins from
the hills on the East coast of Pelion. We totally enjoyed the Pelion as
well and hopefully we will get back to look for a little property there
one day. It may have to wait until the children decide not to join us on
our annual holiday anymore so that we have more time to explore the nitty
gritties of the possibilities.
For the 3 nights after the sailing part I had not booked any accomodation
and that turned out to be a total disaster..... We spent hours looking for
beds and one night I spent it on the floor of a tiny rooms, with the fear
of cockroaches coming from the bathroom, but instead Justin spotted a rat
walking over the balcony banister...... The last night to be had in Athens
was the summit of agony and in the end I paid 280 euros to stay in the Sofitel
at the airport for only 10 hours... no food included, but a gynormeous bed
and a little teddy bear to take home.
Holland was fine and lovely, Uk even better with Stephen's family in one
of his brother's farmhouse, and then the felting holiday in the Lake district.
The return flight with Olympic Airways from Amsterdam was lifethreatening:
we hit some very serious turbulence and Justin's seatbelt got undone in
the panic and he hit the roof of the plane whilst he threw up. This happened
several times..... totally shocking and I will never sit on a plane without
a seatbelt and will always take the put your belt on sign very serious.
Hopefully I will never find myself caught on the loo.
Surprisingly despite the fact that ofcourse the staff of the flight from
Athens to Dubai were totally aware of our very worrying experiences, there
were various kids, even bigggg ones, sitting on their parents' laps without
the belts, not even the extension belts... We just could not believe it
- these hostessses had obviously not experienced what we went through. The
ongoing flight in our plane was actually cancelled as it was totally wrecked
with the food and drink all over the ceiling......
And now, back in Dubai the holiday memories are slipping into the background
again and we are full flow with our daily lifes of school, felting, workshops,
work and visitors coming for Christmas...... grrrrrrrrrrrr
No plans yet for next year, we'll be in touch if we are wanting to go sailing
again. (We gave the details to several yachties we met on the way: they
could not believe the good deal that we had.) Who knows some more business
will spin off.
Miriam and family
Miriam W, Australia, chartered S/Y
Sophia from Skiathos in August 2003.
I also wanted to let you know that
it is your website design and the
personal service that I have received so far that has prompted me to
continue to want to work with you. Your website is easy to navigate,
contains tons of relevant information and past customer comments, gives
good itinerary information and price expectations. The email I sent to
you previously was answered promptly and with all my questions answered.
Having obviously done much research on sailing options for our holiday
can say that working from a foreign country over the internet, you dont
have much to go on when choosing a company to work with. Prices are all
about the same and itineraries are similar so it comes down to the
little things... Im sure that I will continue to be pleased to work
Gillian joined a cabin cruise between Santorini and Mykonos in May 2004
Thank you for your kind note.
My mother loved Greece, and at 92 still talkd about "beautiful Greek
men" -- she was quite a woman. David and I certainly plan to return
and complete our sail. Our trip home was quite an odyssey--- complete
with pounding seas for the ferry journey and very sick passengers in the
cabins on either side of us. On arriving in Pireaus we were greeted by
a taxi strike..of course, we were carrying duffles and the marble sink(!)
that we bought on Paros. We must have looked pretty bedraggled marching
around the harbor to the airport express bus ! With contruction and traffic
we arrived at the airport with 45 minutes to spare...but there was another
strike in Paris so all was well !! 55 hours after leaving Naxos we arrived
in Macon Georgia.
Marcos was terrific in helping us arrange transportation on such short
notices. Please share our thanks with him...and we look forward to next
Helen S was a guest on the crewed yacht: Alba,
with Captain Marcos in October 2003.