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Here are a few letters sent in by clients who chartered sailing yachts in 2003

"Dear Francesca,
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 you first!
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 W"

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.

"Dear Francesca
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.

Dear Francesca,
Thank you very much for all your help. We had a wonderful time and everything went like clockwork. We’re now planning next year!!
Thanks again
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

Dearest Francesca,
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.

Many thanks
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 I
can say that working from a foreign country over the internet, you don’t
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... I’m sure that I will continue to be pleased to work
with you.

Gillian D

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 time

Helen S was a guest on the crewed yacht: Alba, with Captain Marcos in October 2003.

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