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Letter of the Year 2008

"Oto 2, Sun Odyssey 37.1, 17th May - 24th May 2008, from Athens, Saronic Gulf.
Charterers: Kate , Dick , Suzanne & Stuart.


Hi Francesca

Here's our comments about our week's sailing. We had a wonderful time and thanks for your help in arranging everything

Suzanne and Stuart


"The check-in procedure was thorough and adequate and Kyriakos kindly met with us earlier than previously arranged so we could set sail the same day. It would have been even better had we been able to complete check-in before lunchtime although I appreciate that this is dependent upon the owner's availability. Alimos Marina whilst very convenient for the pick-up isn't the prettiest of harbours so we wanted to set sail as soon as we could. Similarly the checkout procedure was straightforward and Kyriakos very helpful in letting us leave our luggage aboard until we had to leave for the airport.

The boat was very well equipped and we didn't feel there was anything missing at all from the inventory list, the only thing missing was tea towels which we tried to buy all week but in vain! And Kyriakos pointed this out to us on handover so we were aware of it, a minor laundry glitch. A couple of hooks to dry the towels outside of the heads whilst under sail would have been useful.

The boat was comfortable and lovely to sail and we had a fantastic holiday overall, in fact, we wished we had booked 2 weeks! We were very glad of the integral gangway as we did notice that all the Bavarias we encountered along the way had planks of wood instead!

Regarding suggestions for future clients, although the complete Rod Heikell book was on board, you could suggest that clients buy their own copy of his West Aegean book before the holiday so they can look at the routes and plan etc. Luckily Kate had bought the book and we were able to study it over dinner the night before we picked the boat up so we had an idea of possible routes. The chart on board was great but despite careful handling it deteriorated over the week and perhaps you could build the cost of a new chart into the rental and let clients take it away with them as a memento of the holiday. (We passed a chart floating sadly in the water between Hydra and Poros!)

A nice extra service would be a supermarket run prior to leaving. The supermarket next to the Poseidon hotel does deliver but they can't specify when; we managed fine but it would just be a little extra luxury to have a car help you back with everything to the marina, and a service that we would certainly be happy to pay for.

Technically, in the briefing we had it would be a good idea to tell clients that the mainsail needs to be wound tightly onto the in-mast roller to make unfurling jam-free. Tacking could be greatly enhanced by plastic sleeving on the shrouds to assist the passage of the main sheet across the shrouds as the bowline at the foot of the mainsail snagged on the shrouds and was a constant irritation during tacking.

We sailed late afternoon 17th May and anchored at Ayia Marina off Aegina which was quite a choppy anchorage but very nice and we took the tender ashore for a meal at one of the tavernas. The next day we sailed for Poros which was just gorgeous, and moored stern-to on a lazy line and that was quite amusing as each new boat that came in was greeted by the other boats yelling "NO ANCHOR" at the top of their voices. We then set off to Hydra and sailed into the harbour to find it already packed, but a helpful Sunsail rep in a dinghy told us that Mandraki was good holding and we anchored there for the night. Beautiful island and wonderful meal at "The Garden of Taste", and a really special island. We set off for Spetsai the next morning, not much wind, but we managed to secure the very last mooring next to a very smart motor yacht! We liked Spetsai for its traditional Greek boat building yards and its feel of "real" Greece. The next day we planned to anchor in a bay and swim before sailing on to Ermioni which worked very well. There was a fine wind up in the harbour in the evening which tested our skills at tying extra lines on! We decided to go back to Poros for our last night in the islands, and ended up mooring next to the exact same boat (Keith and Jane, Sun Odyssey 34) that we had the first time and this time the marina was cordoned off at points so it was anchors down and tying on stern-to. We had a wonderful meal at Karavolos (recommended in the Rod Heikell book and also by Keith) and a lovely end to our sail. The final day we anchored briefly at Ormos Ligia south side of Aegina for a swim and then had the best sail of the whole week back to Kalamaki.

It was truly one of the most wonderful holidays we have ever had and we would have no hesitation in recommending your company and Kyriakos to anyone wishing for a similar experience. "


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