IONIAN SAILING CLIENT COMMENTS and REVIEWS
We had a fantastic week on 'Shortbread'. I was proud to be sailing on a Sail Ionian boat compared to some of the other charter boats we saw in the harbours. Yacht was very well equipped and had everything we needed. Weather was changeable during the week, but the boat was a pleasure to sail in the sun or rain. This group of islands is a superb area to sail in, with many great harbours and bays, and as a novice skipper provided just the right balance of different experiences for me. We had a S.I. skipper for two days who was very patient and taught us new techniques well. I'm sure we will visit again and if we do we will certainly book with Sail Ionian again. All the staff were so friendly and professional, at the boat show in the UK as well as in Greece.
When your boat is your home for two weeks it's very important that it's comfortable and safe, with every detail thought about. This company is fantastic, professional and serious about giving great service. The staff are well trained and work long hours. We didn't have any issues at all with our boat but I know that if we did it would have been dealt with fast. On talking with other clients who had years of experience with Sail Ionion we learnt of their fantastic professional and fast service in cases where things happened ( and with boats we know 'things'-happen) We will definitely be going back.
My husband and I have just returned from a training week with sail Ionian. I did competent crew David did day skipper. Our skipper was very good and covered the syllabus thoroughly. He also had lots of patience !.
The yacht was very well kept and had everything you could possibly need on board Including lots of safety equipment
The staff were very friendly and always there if we needed help.
We liked it so much we've booked to go back next year
The whole experience of sailing with Ionian Yacht Charters was exceptional. Wonderful boat, fantastic sailing area and a most helpful, efficient staff - not had a better sailing holiday in 40 years Strongly recommend the company.
We've just had our tenth charter with Sail Ionian so we must like them! Di, Neil, and the team do a thoroughly professional job of boat chartering and they deserve the success the business has clearly become. Why do we keep going back?
The whole team is efficient, friendly, and clearly enjoy what they do...
The boats are maintained very well, any problems get sorted quickly wherever you are...
Admin on booking and onwards is efficient, good communications...
Swift departure when you first arrive at Vliho...
Lots of help for folk new to The Ionian with their own comprehensive guide and pre-sail briefing
Very well equipped boats...
Greta range of boats to suit all pockets...
Our experiences have all been positives and no negatives, and no I'm not the owner of Sail Ionian!
The place, the yacht, the skipper - all absolutely perfect. This was my first time sailing with Sail Ionian and they certainly did not disappoint - really professional and friendly. Booking arrangements were smooth and efficient and everything went according to plan. The yacht was prepared beautifully and we even got a short sail in on the day we arrived. It handled beautifully too, and we comfortably did up to 9 knots when the wind picked up in the afternoon (we tended to be late starters and late finishers so that suited us). Being 2 females wanting to increase our sailing experience, we did as much of the sail as possible. Our skipper, was perfect - very skilful; good instructor; and patient - and we had a great laugh. Highly recommended.
We completed our day skipper/comp crew course last month and immediately booked our holiday with Sail Ionian. We didn't really know what to expect and were very impressed with the helpful and very knowledgeable skipper who helped us out for the first afternoon and next day. The yacht was spotlessly clean, well equipped and a very generous welcome pack was included when we arrived. We had a problem with our anchor mechanism on our second day (our fault) and this was rectified instantly with clear and friendly instructions and no hint of blame! We will most certainly book our next sailing holiday with Sail Ionian.
Very professional company - yacht was in good condition, staff were friendly and knowledgable, and the transfer to and from the airport was arranged without issue. I would certainly recommend in favour of other companies in the region, and I will be returning in the years to come.
This was my first experience of Sail Ionian and I am truly delighted with everything - the customer care, quality of yachts and contents and the slick admin work! Sail Ionian is a really impressive family team with great/committed staff!
I've previously bareboat chartered in the Ionian with a major charter company for 3 years and had become increasingly disappointed by their slapdash attitude and apparent lack of concern for safety. It appeared to be more about the money than the people (or indeed the staff who were definitely fed up).
I was a little nervous about changing to another company particularly as this year we were booking for two weeks and being joined on the second week by 5 family members who are not experienced sailors. However the booking team were outstanding and took care of our complicated arrangements. On arrival at the base we were delighted with the quality of our yacht and the smoothness of the checking in process - we were very quickly on the water and sailing to Meganisi where a team were on hand to help us onto the pontoon (it was 8 pm by this time and light was starting to fade). What really impressed me (as a sailor) was how orderly everything is laid out on the boats and labelled, along with lots of extras to make the boats really seaworthy (lots of extra rope, good heavy kedge anchors, a full tool kit, good sized first aid kit etc).
Each day we'd receive a text giving the forecast - particularly helpful during our second week when we experienced thunderstorms and biblical rain!
We swapped boats when our family members joined us and therefore witnessed at first hand just how hard everyone worked to turn the boats around ready for the new intake. We even watched as one young man lifted out every single tender and scrubbed it down. The boats were all scrubbed inside and out, sails checked and re-stowed - the attention to detail was exceptional.
We had an outstanding second week in 45 ft of luxury with a bow thruster! We were all really impressed with the welcome packs too - how lovely and what a nice surprise.
Thanks to everyone in Sail Ionian - we had a great holiday and really appreciate all your hard work!
From the initial meeting at the airport with bottles of chilled water available, a comfortable coach at the ready and an easy journey to the Vlicho base, we found the paperwork had already been completed ready for signing, and the boats all fully prepared which avoided any delays.
A comprehensive handover and quick chat with Neil regarding weather and passage plan and we were sailing within an hour,
Essential daily weather updates were send via text each morning, and full backup was available via radio and phone if required.
This was our second family sailing holiday with Sail Ionian and we will definitely be back for more with this professional and friendly team.
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