Comments from clients who sailed with us in 2008
"Thank you for everything - we had an excellent
time - we'll definitely recomend you to anyone thinking of sailing around
Mr Clinton L from Australia and family chartered s/y Spanaki, Bavaria 41 (2003) from Athens, 10 May - 17 May 2008.
We had a wonderful time aboard S/Y Oto 2. We found
the boat to be well equipped and well prepared. It was easy to sail and
we felt at home very quickly. The owners handover was very thorough
and we had no issues or further queries during the week. As we received
the boat slightly earlier on the Saturday, we set off for Aegina and then
visited Poros, Hydra, Spetsai, Ermioni, then back to Poros and finally
Kalamaki. We found the route to be perfect for our first sail in the Aegean
and enjoyed the differences in the Islands. Along the way other sailors
lent a hand when we moored and the locals were very friendly and helpful.
The overall experience was excellent.
Kate James and friends from UK chartered s/y
OTO 2, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37.1, from Athens around the islands
of the Saronic Gulf, on a bareboat charter between 17 - 24 May 2008.
Pictures can be seen here....
"Very happy with equipment and yacht specification.
Excellent, friendly and efficient (service)."
Mr Malcolm West from the UK chartered s/y Ioli, Bavaria 44 from Athens,
17 - 31 May 2008
Check boxes: Reception, condition, inventory, engine, sails, base, area
- all excellent. No suggestions for improvements.
"Excellent reception, very helpful."
Mr Konstantin G from Romania chartered s/y Alexandros 3, Bavaria 37 cruiser,
from Lefkas, 24 May - 31 May 2008
Feedback Form: all check boxes - excellent.
"The skipper organised a bbq on the beach -
great! A wonderful, exhilarating and safe time was had by all!"
Malcolm H from Canada chartered s/y Phedra,
Bavaria 46 cruiser, 2008, with skipper Haris Lykos, from Athens, 31
May - 1 June 2008.
Feedback form - all excellent. No suggestions for improvements.
Dusan L from Slovenia charterd s/y Damianos, Bavaria
50 Cruiser, 2007, from Lefkas, from 14 - 21 June 2008.
Feedback form: - all excellent. Suggestions: 'Use
only plastic cups and not glass.'
Sherine el G. from Egypt chartered s/y Sea Star II from Mykonos with skipper
Mr Kravaritis, from 14 - 18 June 2008.
"Hello dear Francesca,
This one of a very few times that I find will and energy to write a feedback
even not asked for, but I have to admit the case is exceptional by itself.
On the behalf of all the friends on board and myself I'd like to thank
you personally for excellent courtesy throughout booking process and arrangement
of all the logistics (provisions, etc). The staff that met us at the port
was really friendly and helpful, the yacht was in a really good condition
and a pretty fast one, so we've been really satisfied with our own choice.
But most of our admiration goes for a skipper Tomek on professional level
effortlessly guiding us throughout cyclades as well on personal level
taking care of all the crew and warning us about forecasts (coming meltemi
25+ knots) so we could adjust our trip so that everybody could feel comfortable.
He definitely is the skipper that we'd like to have for our next trip.
If you ever need any reference, just let me know - I'd be glad to help
Best regards / huge thanks
Gytis & friends"
Gitis and friends from Lithuania chartered s/y Ydrousa II, Bavaria
46 Cruiser, from Athens, for 10 days in June 2008, with skipper Tomak.
Feedback forms: 'All were marvellous - kind, resepectful
and gentleman, very sweet and excellent cooker. We were very lucky to
find Takis and Lenina as our skipper and hostess both were really nice,
kind and generous with the family. Francesca was excellent, just if you
can give all the information of where to go or talk one week before arrival" Recommendations: more cushions and snorkeling equipment.
Jose SC from Mexico and USA and family chartered s/y Okkiroi, Athena
44 from Syros - Syros, with skipper and hostess, from 21 - 28 June 2008.
Thank you for you email. Yes, we had a really good time
and all my crew enjoyed the experience despite the very strong winds for
most of the two weeks. It certainly made for some good sailing!
The yacht was fine. One or two pieces of equipment were
a little bit worn and caused us minor trouble, eg the jib furling cleat
which we needed most of the time; the winch handles were a bit worn; and
the dinghy had no bungs for the first week so we were not able to use
it. But Nikos sorted that out
by sending some bungs to Mykonos. We should have checked that it could
be pumped up in Athens, but one does not think of everything and both
he and I presumed they were there. He was most helpful whenever I called
him. My one suggestion may be to have a written set of instructions for
the yacht, esp the electrics and water, because one does not always remember
everything that is explained at the initial briefing.
Thank you for arranging everything. If we sail in Greece
again I will certainly let you know. If I have some good pictures, I will
send them through.
Good luck for the rest of the season.
Peter from South Africa chartered s/y Ioli, a
Bavaria 44, from Athens for 2 weeks, June and July 2008
Feedback forms: all categories - excellent (sails - good) Recommendations:
needs seat cushions.
Comments: Jorgos was wonderful.
Darryn D, family and friends from USA chartered s/y Iosef, Ocean Star
51.2 2007 with skipper Georgios Kypriotis from Athens, 28 June - 12 July
Thanks for all your help and information in respect of our charter of
Assante. A solid boat that handled a bit of 50 knot meltemi without too
A week was not long enough to explore some of the further afield anchorages
and I now realise that you do not need to try and pick the 'smallest boat
that will fit the crew' as this leads to hot cramped sleeping in spacious
easy to use anchorages and moorings capable of holding far larger yachts.
Comfort is the key if it is warmer than you are used too.
I will return in 2010 and we will be looking for a 42-46' yacht capable
of sleeping 8. I have checked prices with some competitors and although
some of your boats are older your prices are keen and the condition of
Assante relative to her age was very good.
I look forward to dealing with you again and feel free to pass on my comments
if you feel they will help any of your future clients coming from our
colder climes. I will be passing your company details to one of my clients
here who is keen to experience some warm weather sailing and I hope they
may use your services.
John from Ireland chartered s/y Assante,
Bavaria 36 (2003) from Skiathos in July 2008.
Just to confirm that the week went great and the skipper, boat, weather
and itinerary were perfect!. Very happy with the service from odyssey
sailing and have already recommended to friends!
Donal and Sofia from Ireland (and Spain) chartered s/y AriAle, Elan 340
with skipper, Georgios Karvounis, for their honeymoon, from Lavrion in
"Very good staff in Lefkas and Corfu. They did a
great job for us."
Harald E, from Norway, chartered s/y Virgin Mary, Bavaria
39 cruiser (2006) from Lefkas - Corfu, 6 - 19 July 2008
"We had a marvellous time. Tough to improve."
Philip W from UK chartered s/y
Alba IV, WaveDancer, Atlantic 55, from Santorini - Mykonos, with skipper
Marcos Voutsinos, from 12 - 19 July 2008.
Thanks for helping us organise such a wonderful holiday!
We had a fantastic time and Marcos was great. He's a very experienced
captain and we felt very safe in his capable hands. He is very friendly
Verity W from Ireland chartered s/y
Alba IV-WaveDancer with captain Marcos, from Mykonos to Santorini,
from 27 September - 4 October.
We had a great time and were sad to leave because we didn't think we had
done enough! We will be back. Your service and communication have been
excellent throughout and I would happily recommend your company to friends.
The family that travelled with us this year are keen to go again so after
we have decided where and when we will be back in touch.
Ian S from UK chartered s/y Athos, a
Nautitech 47 catamaran (2008) from Athens for 2 weeks in July.
Sorry to be so slow in responding
out from two weeks out of the office! The sailing charter was excellent,
and the whole family had a great time. We made it clear early on to Stamatis
that we were interested in tipping the balance in favor of more time sailing
and less sightseeing on the islands, and he accommodated that desire well.
The itinerary worked out well for us
we enjoyed the smaller more
werent as enamored with Mykinos or Ios; which
were too party-oriented for our collective tastes. The boat was great
the right size for us. Tan was a gracious hostess, and the Thai food was
delicious and a nice switch from doing taverna food every night. Probably
our only food disappointment (clearly no fault of Stamatis and Tan) was
that we expected to be able to dine on lots of fresh fish when we were
ashore for meals
and found it to be nearly universally unavailable.
Stamatis told us that this was because the high winds were keeping the
fisherman from getting out, and what little catch was coming in was being
reserved in advance of the dinner hour by folks more attuned to the situation.
I cant think of much to offer in the way of suggested improvements.
We have not yet sorted through our pile of photos from
the trip, but will endeavor to send a couple along once we do.
Dave P from USA and family chartered
s/y Hocux Pocux with crew Stamatis and Tan, from Mykonos to Santorini
in June 2008.
Just a note to say that we very much enjoyed our 10 days
sailing. Andre was a great skipper and did everything possible to make
it a memorable holiday.
John and family from UK/France chartered s/y Lemanja, Sun Odyssey 43 with skipper/owner Andre Leroy, from Athens, from 19
- 29 July 2008.
Sorry for the delay in replying, due to the fact we have
been out of the country.
We all had a very enjoyable time on Kirki including Pauls
80 year old mother. I recall we did complete a form for the Odyssey office,
so hopefully they have forwarded it to you.
Although we took photographs, they were really just of
the people and unfortunately no good shots of Kirki sorry.
Maggie & Paul
Maggie and Paul and family from UK chartered s/y Kirki, a
Tobago 35 catamaran, from Corfu - Corfu in July 2008.
We are now back from our holiday and I just wanted to
drop you a quick email regarding our sailing trip in Greece.
Everyone in our group had an amazing trip with Nico on
The itinerary Nico selected for us was perfect (although we missed out
on Delos as we were there on Sunday and it was closed). We didn't feel
like we were on a regular charter following all the other boats as Nico
took us to some lovely secluded bays and quiter islands. This is exactly
what we wanted and why we hired a boat. His local knowledge of the area
and passion for sailing only added to the experience.
We never felt rushed or stressed as Nico took care of pretty much everything
and seemed to take it in his stride. Nothing was ever too difficult for
him. We went fishing (ask Nico about the Barracuda that got away!!), sea
urchin hunting and hunting for herbs for our dinner!
It was an absolute pleasure to spend the week week with Nico on the boat.
For everyone on our group it will be a trip to remember.
I will be sure to recommend the boat to anyone planning
to go sailing in Greece.
Thanks also to you for answering all my questions, your
professionalism and prompt service throughout the booking process.
All the best
Natalie and friends/family chartered s/y
Arianna with skipper Nikos Vagher from Syros to Santorini, 26 July
- 2 August 2008.
Thought I would drop you a line having now been back on dry land - oops
I mean very wet windy UK land for a couple of days!!
We absolutely loved it and the kids had a fab time too - we would have
no hesitation in recommending the holiday, particularly Rick & Blue
Planet to anyone else - it was such a fun week and we were all sad when
Saturday came round oh so quickly.
Thank you for arranging a fantastic week for us - an experience that the
kids wont forget and of which we have 100's of photos to remember it by.
Maria and family chartered s/y
Blue Planet with skipper Rick Driscoll from Corfu in August 2008.
Everything was fine. We were happy and will recommend you further.
Kosas K chartered s/y Medusa, a
Sun Odyssey 37 from Skiathos for 2 weeks in August 2008.
'Stamatis and Tan have been excellent by all means, ie,
skills, kindness, discretion, advice. They did their best to make the
cruise pleasant and accommodate all our sailing experience. Congratulations
to all of you.
Sergios S and family chartered
s/y Hocux Pocux with Stamatis and Tan from Syros, in August 2008.
Just a quick note to confirm to you that everything went well with the
odissey, of course I would have liked more wind, and maybe more independance
at dinner time, but all in all a nice holiday.
Jean-Hubert from France joined the
Aegean Adventure Cruise for 2 weeks from Athens in August 2008.
We had a great time in the Cyclades, thanks again for
all your efforts and the excellent services of (base reps).
Lukas from Switzerland chartered s/y Tina, Elan 40, from Paros - Paros,
for 2 weeks in September.
s/y Nicholas, Bavaria 33 Cruiser
Return comments sheet = Excellent - all categories!
Very good experience. Would recommend / come again.
Eric A and Kristen K from USA chartered 13-20 September from Lefkas
thank you for you interest.
The servis was fine and even an owner of the boat was very helpful - we
forgot something on the boat and he came again to open the boat for us.
We had really good time and wind was not so bad. We had possibility to
try all the types of weather, so it was good to make an idea what is sailing
There was just one thing what our captain mentioned - that the ropes for
the sails were not on electricity and we had to use our hand power :-),
what we really did not mind. But it should be stressed, that it is so*.
The result is that the boat corresponded to the price.
Thank you very much for your help and information, you
are very helpful as well.
I wish you many satisfied customers as we were.
Katerina and friends (Czech Republic) chartered s/y Nemesis, Oceanis
411, from Athens for one week in September.
*(Note from Francesca: As I pointed out to Katerina, with the exception
of one or two exclusive luxury models / crewed
yachts over 65 feet, I have not heard of any standard bareboat charter
yachts that have electric sails! Maybe things are different in Czech Republic.)
Thanks for your interest. We didnt mind the weather,
we were on holiday. We had a great time, the boat was fine, very clean
and serviceable. The only frustration was that despite letting Odyssey
know we would arrive at around 2pm a couple of weeks in advance, the boat
wasnt ready until 6:30pm despite all the paper work being done as
soon as we arrived. I know that the official time 5pm which would have
been fine but we were starting to get a little frustrated when we couldnt
leave until after dark nearly 5 hours after we arrived at the marina.*
Thanks for all your help in organising the charter.
Mark S, (UK) and family chartered s/y Atena, Elan
45 from Athens, 20 - 27 September.
* Note from Francesca: as I pointed out to Mark, the official embarkation
time is 17:00 although our base reps will always endeavour to board clients
as early as they can. However, if a boat needs last minute repairs or
replacements or if there are more charters at the base than normal, it
may mean that every now and then embarkation time may be delayed, although
this is the exception, rather than the rule
We all had an absolutely great time so thank you! Although
I had sailed in other parts of Greece this was my first visit to the Sporades
so it was good research as well as fun.
The handover at Volos was quick and efficient and I also
thought that Antonis was very helpful and friendly so no problems there.
We definitely paid the 100 euros cleaning charge so I hope there is no
difficulty with that.
The yacht was absolutely fine. Ocean Blue has been well
used over the years and shows it but that said we all felt she was well-equipped
and in fair condition and with a few very minor exceptions everything
worked. It was certainly presented in a clean condition internally
particularly the cabins and heads and we were pleased about that.
The only issue that detracted a little was an apparent freshwater leak
somewhere in the port forward cabin that caused the shower sump to slowly
fill up and left the whole cabin with a sour, musty smell. The crew using
it only mentioned it to me on the Thursday night so I had no time to investigate.
I gave Antonis a list of the defects including that one.
Overall we were very happy with all aspects of the charter
so thank you again and please pass this on to the owner.
Thank you again for arranging this successful charter.
We will certainly want to charter from you again ourselves.
Dave and Sue, Elite Sailing
Dave A (UK) chartered s/y Ocean Blue, an Ocean
Star 495 from Volos - Volos, 4 - 11 October.