IONIAN SAILING CLIENT COMMENTS and REVIEWS
Karine, Herman & the kids
I'd rather not write any review and keep this for me, Sail Ionian are really great people, the boats are not brand new but really look as if there were all 1-2 years old, are fully equipped with all you need to sail and enjoy incl. bed linen, towels and basic supplies if you want to leave at once, all security equipment (I know, passed the RYA practical Day Skipper with them and had to check all flairs, epirb...) and are spotless clean/100% in good order. Even the most minor fault (once the Heikell pilot was missing) is adressed in a promptly & friendly manner. You are never left to your own devices, boat handover, daily weather texto f'cast, first evening together if you want to at Spartakhori... As a comparison I once rented a boat at a reputed charterer in Bretagne, what a difference! no service, no human contact, no handover, no nothing but technical faults despite being a brand new Oceanis, just horrible. So we keep coming back to this small paradise, this was our 6th time with them, have basically rented everything from the Bavaria 35 Coconut to the 46 Tranquilizer, skippered the first 2 years, one practical course (thanks David, you learnt us everything) and bare boat thereafter, and the wife, kids & myself can't get enough of it. Add to that the gorgeous Ionian sea and people... so please don't tell anybody.
We had rented a 39 Bavaria, for a week (August 2014). Although our vacation ended abruptly because of our carelessness - the assistance, the understanding and help provided by Sail Ionian, was very exceptional and the best. This is also what counts, because the sea is not joking. Have the Charter Company by your side, whatever happens.
Many thanx to the team of Sail Ionian.
Sail Ionian are the most professional outfit we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with - everything they say they do and everyone of their employees clearly understands the family ethos of quality and commitment and deliver 110% in every aspect of what they do. We would have no hesitation in recommending Sail Ionian to everyone and would go as far as to say you should not look at any other company as you will struggle to get any that would meet the extremely high exacting standards that Sail Ionian have and do. We will definitely be back again, again and again and thank Neil, Di, Katie, Chris, Lesley and the whole Sail Ionian Team for taking time to care about what they do and what they deliver - you should be the number 1 attraction in the whole of Greece.
Two adults, two children... first time ever on a Yacht! For us this was an alternative to a villa for a week ... Something a little different.
Needless to say we opted for a skippered charter. We took the HANSE 495 and we had a great week. The Yacht was like new, plenty big enough for the four of us. Everything about the week went smoothly, from the airport pick up, to registering for the Yacht on arrival, the week itself visiting beautiful islands, bays and tavernas (the food was better than I expected - not five star - just fresh, local, rustic dining) to the final drop off at the airport at end of a great week.
Our skipper, Tom, can only be described as an absolute credit to Sail Ionian. Professional, amicable, helpful, good with the children - he got the balance spot on and was never 'in the way'. He was always happy to teach a little 'sailing' but equally happy to let us kick back and chill - we had to do nothing but could get involved as crew if we wanted.
Tom's local knowledge meant he could guide us on the 'must dos' whilst being able to listen to our preferences and match them to an itinerary that was flexible and relaxed.
Just back from a fantastic holiday with Sail Ionian. Very friendly, efficient team and brilliant support. Boat in good condition and spotlessly clean.
Our daughter (11) loved snorkelling in the beautiful clear waters and teenage son loved the sailing. Plenty of opportunities for everyone to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
Thoroughly recommend this holiday. Many thanks to the Sail Ionian team.
We chose Sail Ionian for our fist sailing holiday because a local skipper told us they were the best in the area. He was right: our boat was just one year old and the others in the fleet appeared new or in spotless conditions. We had the support of a skipper during the first 2 days as promised and for one day more because of the exceptionally windy weather. We had excellent support in the informal flotilla, they have been supportive and friendly and we always had the choice of the harbor. At the end we were offered to return the boat on Sunday morning thus allowing us an additional lovely night on a nearby island.
Sail Ionian does not just try to charter you a boat, they are organized to let you sail as much as possible and they work hard to deliver you an unforgettable holiday. We will certainly sail again with them next year!
We just spent 5 days on a Bavaria 46 with a skipper and it was the best vacation ever. Our skipper was very professional the boat was in excellent condition. The itinerary we picked guided by our skipper was great. Will definitely do it again.
Margaret and John
Sail Ionian, with great instruction by Craig, has turned us into confident sailors with Day Skipper and Competent Crew certificates. A superb week on Calypso, working hard most of the time to get our skills to the standard required. The night sail was challenging and humbling! Visited some ports that were new to us. Of course the organisation was up to the high standards that you always get from Sail Ionian. Looking forward to next year!
We had a great week sailing down to Ithaca and Cepahalonia. One day when it really blew up we were grateful for some help with mooring; otherwise our small 3 boat flotilla got on with it and had a great tiime Very professional support and well maintaiined and equipped boats: thanks to the Sail Ionian team.
We had heard many good things about Sail Ionian but were still really impressed at the high standard of yacht maintenance, highly efficient organisation and friendly personal support provided with the bareboat package. Absolutely faultless!
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