Testimonials

Here is some client feedback following charter holidays with Sail Connections.

New Caledonia

Just returned from a great sailing holiday in New Caledonia.

The Catana 47 and crew were really excellent. I can't praise Dream Yachts enough for the excellent presentation of the yacht and the high quality of the crew. The sailing itinerary was magnificent (far more adventurous than I could have managed myself) and the food was cordon bleu. We were blessed with excellent weather including good sailing each day.

Thanks so much for making the arrangements. When spending that amount of money it is important everything goes well.

Simon, New ZealandNovember 2016


Croatia

Once again another cracker charter. Croatia was fantastic, with a six-day circuit through Kornati National Park, Prvik (a brilliant coastal town) and Sibenek.

The yacht was brand new and best we have ever had. Good winds up to 20 knots in afternoons and dead calm in mornings. Kornati National Park was definitely the highlight.

Sincere thanks for all your help.

Lou, New ZealandSeptember 2016


Sardinia, Italy

Just a quick note to say we had a fabulous holiday and fantastic charter. The boat was perfect and the skipper Salvo and hostess Lucia were excellent could not fault anything.

Salvo took us to some amazing places, always had our comfort and safety in mind, and was a lovely guy, Lucia was an amazing cook we ended up having most of our meals on board she was so good, also great company and very friendly and helpful. Everyone at North Sardinia Sail were also helpful and very friendly.

A truly memorable experience, thank you both for all your help and guidance in getting us there!

Tony, AustraliaAugust 2016


Croatia

Excellent internal layout for cruising, spacious living area, opening rear panel made for al-fresco living, closed only when in port, for security. The old cities of Dubrovnik and Trogir and Split with their history and achitecture, the beautiful anchorages in secluded bays, the clear warm water for swimming, the island walks. Your service was very good.

Keyran, AustraliaJuly 2016


Croatia

The highlight was actually having a skipper who could make berthing arrangements at each place we visited. Toni was fantastic. He would also make restaurant recommendations and bookings as well. He took the stress of decision-making away which meant we had a much better experience at each island we visited. Everything flowed!

Janine, New ZealandJuly 2016


Tahiti

We are home and Tahiti seems a distant memory. We had a wonderful time away - it was warm and the water was lovely. Cynthia our skipper was awesome, incredibly respectful and such a lovely woman. Thanks so much for all your help and assistance for a great holiday.

WOW Tahiti is so different to sailing in the Med, but we loved it and had a really relaxing time. And of course it's such a bonus to be only a 5½ hour flight away.

Anna, New ZealandJuly 2016


Martinique

Wow, what an excellent sailing machine and in the right place. The yacht performed as you indicated. We had mostly 12 – 27 knots with only 1 ½ hrs. of no wind in the 10 day charter!!!! We had only a couple of opportunities to beat, and were close reaching and beam reaching most of the trip down to Union Island and back.

Dream Yachts base was excellent. Ladies in the office were great and although we had a delay getting off the dock so they could repair some things, the sailing made up for it.

Paul, USAMarch 2016


Tahiti

Totally awesome place and a trip of a lifetime!. My wife and I enjoyed the remoteness we found in Avea Bay on Huahine. We had the place to ourselves. We enjoyed learning about the culture and had a great time at Ficus on Tahaa where we saw a very entertaining show and ate authentic Polynesian food which we enjoyed.

We met some great people on our trip. The sailing provided a mix of adventure and relaxation. The natural offerings were spectacular and we enjoyed snorkeling where we saw many beautiful fish and several Manta Rays. Awesome.

Lisa is the best. Greatly appreciated her help and she was very responsive.Thank you Lisa.

Robert, USAFebruary 2016


Italy

I just wanted to say thank you. We had a great time sailing though Italy and we appreciate your help putting that together. One of the things that made our trip so memorable was our skipper Alex. If you have other people looking to book trips in Italy I would strongly recommend him. 

We had a blast on the trip! Cilento is beautiful and I'm really glad we went south before heading across the bay to Capri and Amalfi. Happy to share more stories/insights from the trip so you can help other explore this beautiful region, Thanks again.

John & Leah, USASeptember 2015


New Caledonia

Just writing to say thanks for your help with our New Caledonia trip. We had a fabulous time, and the kids have been treating the trip as the new 'gold standard' for holidays. Everything in life, from proposed trips to how good a curry tastes, is being compared unfavourably to "how it was on the boat".

Please pass on our thanks to Stephan and the team up there, who made it all very easy. We are already talking about Vanuatu!

Best wishes, 

Neil 


Croatia

Thanks for organising such a great holiday on the boat. The charter company was very professional and well run and the boat was really nice. Croatia was a revelation, didn't expect it to be so nice. Now for Sardinia!!!! Could you send me some information on boats down there??


Thank you again, 

Paul 


Tahiti

How does it get better than last year....Alain our skipper took us to all his secret snorkeling spots. What an amazing place Tahiti is. Almost everyone swam with a humpback and her calf, we all swam with sharks and for me the highlight were the manta rays! Absolute paradise.

Sarah 


Turkey

Just thought we would give you a report on our sailing holiday in Turkey....one word describes it well...fantastic!!!! We had a great time and did not want to get off the boat this morning.The sailing here is great and very easy. We found some quiet little coves to anchor in at night which suited us fine. A very lazy and relaxing time. EGG were very easy to deal with and the boat was in good working order, we will be back for sure.

Thank you for the birthday card, Ross had a great birthday, sitting at anchor in a quiet cove with a gentle sea breeze and a bottle of champagne, what more could you ask for!

Our wish list for next year is sailing in Dubrovnic, Croatia, we have the European sailing bug for sure!! Thank you for organising this for us and we look forward to touching base soon.

Kind Regards,

Ross 


Thailand

Happy New Year!! Thank you for organising our Thailand sailing trip. We had a fantastic time, loved every minute of it. It is a great sailing area and was not crowded at all. Most nights we were moored in a bay by ourselves, just perfect! Our boat was great too, we met Nick and Marilyn who own "fidji" and has a drink with them, very nice people. TML were very good to deal with and nothing was a problem.

Cheers,

Bev 


Tonga

Just a word to say thanks for helping organise what has turned out to be a great trip to Tonga, although, my insubordinate crew have still got a lot to answer for. Heaps of whales and managed not to hit any... surprising.

Nigel 


Croatia

It was very remiss of me not to drop you a line on our return from Europe in September last year to say how much we (and the rest of our crew) enjoyed our Adriatic adventure. What fun, great sailing, hot weather, swimming and all that goes with eating, drinking and generally loafing about in a foreign clime. Thanks for your help and input.

Graham 


Tahiti

Why do holidays have to end? Well we have had a great trip and managed to achieve navigating around all four Tahitian islands. Most impressed that there were no hiccups and all travel plans run smoothly. Sunsail have a very professional approach and were great to deal with. Thanks for all your help look forward to arranging another trip some time.

Many Thanks,

Graham & Denise 


New Zealand

We had an absolutely fabulous time in the Hauraki Gulf. Could not have asked for better captain, cook, weather, and oh, yes, crayfish! The Barrier is just as spectacular as everyone had said - the boys want us to sell our apartment at the Point immediately and buy a property over there! Thank you so much for all the arrangements - everything was perfect.

Happy New Year! Hope it will be a good one for you and Sail Connections.

Karie 


Tahiti

Thanks for your welcome home email. We had a fantastic time!!! Bora -Bora was our favourite, the whole trip was just so much fun for everybody. Mooring is excellent, we are keen to do it again next year in Croatia with a 50 footer. Let us know what is available in that part of the world.

Regards,

Andrew and Atka


Croatia

We had an absolutely wonderful time cruising the Croatia coast, the boat was great and Abba Vella were very helpful. Thank you for all your help organising the charter, we are all now planning our next sailing holiday, if you have any suggestions about where another wonderful sailing destination would be please let me know.

Regards,

Ray 


Tonga

I just got back from the holiday in Tonga. It was fantastic! The weather held off most of the time, with 3 or 4 sparkling sunny days and only two wet days. The culture was great, the scenery amazing and the people are ridiculously friendly. We made good friends with the school children at Matamaka GPS (on an island about 10nm from Neiufa) where we attended their assembly, kicked the footy around and they showed us the classrooms. And the singing at church! I couldn't figure our how that much sound can come out of 30 people.

The boat was great but we spotted a 46 foot boat while at moorings base that we will have to upgrade to next time. Just a little bit of boat envy. I was in Auckland last Friday and would have come in to the office asking for refund because come the seventh day of sailing we had not seen any whales. However, you are saved, because on our way to Mariners Cave, we came across possibly 15 whales (including lots of calves) in the space of an hour, two of which put a good show about 50m in front of the boat.

Thanks for all your help arranging the holiday. very professional and always there to answer my silly inane questions. Any ideas for destinations in 2010?

Cheers,

Simon 


Croatia

Just thought I would advise you that we are back from our trip in Croatia. We had great time, the boat was fantastic. There were a few minor issues that we had to sort out although it did not affect our holiday at all but I think Ashley will advise you more on the details as he was the sailor.

We can say that winds are definitely light to zero in July as we only had sails up about 5 days in total, but always with a motor as the breeze was not strong enough on its own. But again that was not an issue as the motoring was easy and we were definitely in no hurry to get anywhere.

The boat's nav and depth system was brilliant and with that and our pilot book we stayed out of marinas. We stayed in coves and bays overnight the whole time which was beautiful and peaceful. Anchoring everywhere was easy with good mud or sand beds.

So it all went quickly now that we are back, but we have talked about doing it again so you might hear from us again at some point.

Regards,

Roger


Greece

Thank you for all your help with our charter in Greece we had a great time. When I get a chance I will send you some pics, we saw some amazing places and having a skipper was awesome as he knew all the hidden jewels :-)

Simone 


Turkey

Had a great trip in Turkey, thanks for the organising. Great recomendation to sail one way from Bodrum to Fethiye. Charter co was excellent, yacht good, well maintained and had no problems. We all thought that the sailing was better in Turkey than Croatia.

Regards,

John 


Tahiti

We had a wonderful experience [in Tahiti] even though it took a slow start. Fortunately the Sun Sail staff were quick to respond and replaced the starboard engine heater hose. We would advise others to be aware of the transfer charges from base to airport and know that provisions are much less "third world" on Bora Bora. All in all great trip no real complaints only compliments to staff at Sunsail and courteous locals!!!

Gwen 


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