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It’s been an experience on several levels, a great one that one doesn’t find just about everywhere.
As each of us, the crew, participated and vacationed for different reasons and motivations, I was hardly an exception.
I also was very thankful about your quick reaction on our bedbugs-problem. Something like that is absolutely unforeseeable and bad luck, but as you managed it perfectly we only lost one day and could enjoy the trip without any bedbugs-thoughts! Thanks you for that, I hope you hadn’t any problem with the charter company afterwards resp. financial disadvantages in result!
One week has passed from the end of the trip, I think I’m ready for the review even if I’m not very good in writing!
First of all, it was my first sailing trip. I wanted to learn at least the basic of sailing and I did it!
Then…I really enjoyed how the trip was designed: lot of sailing, lunch and dinner on the boat (or restaurant) in beautiful bays. I also enjoyed the morning at the natural park biking and the night in Hvar (just to change a bit!).
As you know for sure, on a trip like this the atmosphere on the boat is the key factor.
I think there was a great atmosphere on “Vagabund”! Probably this was helped by the fact that none of us knew each other before and that there was only one boat (I’m not sure that with 6 boats it would have been the same).
About Marc, he’s the skipper I’d like for my next sailing trip!
I really liked how he managed the trip, creating the “atmosphere” on the boat, but at the same time behaving professionally.
So..for me it was a great experience!
Everything went perfectly, sunny weather, comfy boat, relaxed crew, great scenery, good food (my special diet hasn’t been a problem at all, everyone has been very understanding and super nice about it), and last but not least Nicolas the skipper was awesome, he taught us so much in just few days, he really does have excellent teaching skills. He clearly made the sailing trip golden 🙂
Well, a little more wind and some more fish to admire would have been appreciated, but that’s not Naleia’s flaw ;P
I like it, hugs and kisses !!! Your Russian Princess, with love from Italy !!!
I really appreciated having the 50ft boat, as there were 10 sailors, and having 5 berths and 3 heads was great.
Nico is an excellent skipper!!! and a fantastic host / organiser when we were on land. He always took the time to explain things very clearly and he gave us options of what we can do so it was easy for us to make decisions.
I am so pleased we made the crossing to Corsica when we did, it was strong winds but we had some experienced sailors on board, and it meant we could experience Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio.
The people on the boat were great. I thought we all got on well.
The toothbrush murder game was fun too and added another dimension.
An area that I can give some feedback on is Portisco Marina. I have no information on whether there are other Marina’s to choose from. From memory we received the boat on Saturday evening at approx 6pm which was too late to leave the marina for our first overnight stay on the boat, and the Marina required the return of the boat by 4pm on Friday. It felt like we only the boat from Sunday to Friday. I totally understand that there are some good reasons why the boat was delivered and returned in this timeframe. If it was designed to allow sailors to book our flights in the knowledge that we would be at the marina for any flight out any time on the Saturday, I do appreciate this as my flight from Olbia left at 8:30am on Saturday (very early wake up).
Also, Portiso Marina does not have anywhere suitable for a final party night at the marina, other than the restaurants, which are expensive to pay for drinks. I didn’t mind that there was no final party, as I didnt want to have a hangover the next day 🙂
The sailing week was awesome, and I will definitely be signing up for more Naleian adventures.
I enjoyed a lot being in Greece, and didn’t wanna go back to cold germany!… It was great to have Baukje with us, as she could tell us about stories related to temples, places we visited. It seems a great idea to have some ‘adapted participants’ relative to one trip, like Baukje in Greece, or the Yoga sailing with your yogi friend in the end of August. Finally, this is the same idea that everyone is welcome to enriched the trip with something he/she likes to do. I’m afraid no one would be excited with some maths related sailing !!…. 🙂 like “discover all the Greek islands where the famous ancient mathematicians were living” ! Pythagoras of Samos, …
In other words: the sailing week in Greece was a blast! I really enjoyed the sailing, the explorations, the crew, the weather! Couldn’t have been better!
Everything we needed was on the packing list, the information was clear and – at least for me – there were no bad surprises.
Suzie and I enjoyed the sailing trip and I braved the still chilly sea.
The extreme squall on day two was particularly instructive and useful for me, which Nico handled in his usual calm and capable fashion.
The 500 BC Temple of Apollo on Thursday was the most interesting bit of sight seeing, and Suzie and I would sign up for a trip where such sightseeing is done daily, and not necessarily in Greece.
Nico skillfully handled and coached our very mixed crew on how to sail in his charming and inimitable way. All certainly got good value for money.
Regarding the feedback: well, I had probably the best time of my life, that sums it basically up, no need to say more 🙂
If I could I’d immediately quit my job and went sailing for the rest of my life… 😉
Enjoy reading the testimonials below.
This was easy given the recruitment of crew was largely from the couch-surfing forum and word of mouth. These are generally a selection of the community that is open to new experiences and meeting new people etc. This was evident on our crew of russian/german, australian, polish, austrian who got along well with the common language of english and an interest in travel and meeting new friends.
The joy of sailing in Croatia is the convenience and aesthetics of the many islands. Beautiful islands create lovely views and also many options for bays/coves/marinas for lunch and overnight choices.
I met amazing people, from a different country with different experiences and culture. I could talk a lot and learn a lot from them:) the most helpful, open minded and funny crew ! Lucky me!
It’s interesting how different is to live in a boat. There is a lot of little rules that It’s very important to remember just for being safe but also to make journey more comfortable. The most beautiful thing is that all people in a boat are responsible for eachother, it means there is now ,,me” only ,,we” . It makes you feel great!
Croatia is beautiful but seeing that country from the yacht is even more attractive. Varaity of bays, landscapes and nature in general! There is a lot to explore and everyday sth new to make you feel impressed:)
It was amazing to watch how the different kind of people from all over the world grew together during each week. No matter what origin, nationality or whatever. Very good!
Compared to your home, living on a yacht is uncomfortable, intense and dangerous. Especially for your toes and your head. But every single bruise and bump it´s worth it. After two weeks of sailing with Naleia Yachting to my feelings it´s the best way to get a maximum of mental distance to you everday life. Best holiday ever!
I like the diversity of the crew. People are from different countries and with different background. But we all come together because of common interest in sailing. It was awesome team work with my crew.
It was totally a new experience to me and I like adventure. I got used to living on a yacht after a few days. Although to be honest it’s not as comfortable as staying in a hotel, I enjoyed my time on the boat and I am proud that I did it! As for sailing, it’s amazing!
We stole the cutlery of our friends ship, hahaha that was fun.
Take you time in a nice nice mood.
Croatia? Amazing, the light is so beautiful there!
People were very open minded, nevertheless the culture / background / religion. Everyone treated each other with great respect.
Never did sleep on a boat before! Don’t expect the luxery of a hotel, but the luxery of adventure :-)!
Comparing: I loved the trip to the south the most. Beautiful nature! Lot’s of different things to do: scooter riding, shopping, swimming, great great food!!
Naleians are very outgoing and easy going people. I felt immediately at home when I stepped on board. Lots of them are still on my mind 6 months later. Unique.
Crazy thing about a yacht is that it’s small and spacious at the same time. Sailing, swimming, snorkeling, meeting new friends, making food, having dinner, …
Croatia is a great place. The northern Dalmatian is amazingly beautiful. Could be on an island for a week and just staring at the sea and the other islands
I participated in both weeks (note: in 2014 we had just two weeks) and both crew and skipper were awesome. Very easy-going, open-minded people from all over the world.
It was my first sailing trip and I had a blast. Sharing a small space with 8 other people from around the world couldn’t have been easier and more fun.
Croatia is amazing. I never got tired of the water. The people at the marinas and islands were very friendly too.
To be a part of such a harmonic and open minded crew with people from all over the world was great and very exciting. We have been strangers, now friends. ❤
The wind in the sails heading towards unknown places. Adventure. Friends. Relaxation. Sports. Amazing atmosphere. An unforgettable time. Here you got it all.
Diving in clear waters with fish swarms underneath. Beautiful and inviting landscapes. Gorgeous places. Dreamy villages. Croatia is definitely worth visiting.
You go on the yacht with strangers and you leave it with friends. Great. Very nice People from all over the world, a very great experience.
It could be a Little Close for somebody, but you get along with it. you will be mostly on deck and sleeping is easy because you will be leacheds out. Have fun
Croatia is a beautiful Country with an amazing coast and a lot of beautiful small Islands. Very friendly inhabitants and very, very tasty Food.
Meeting so many different and great people was just one of the amazing experiences. Sailing, cooking and celebrating together all and all a fantastic adventure!
Even though the space is limited on the boat, there is everything there one needs and the greatest thing is that you see many different places when sailing.
Seeing Croatia from the seaside is a total different experience: rough but beautiful coastlines, small & nearly deserted islands and picturesque marinas…
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Malta, Poland, Russia, Switzerland…. all cool and interesting people on our boat and on the others, having a good time together.
You sure have to like the small bunks, the rocking etc. But sailing is great fun, learning some theory, performing the maneuvers, steering the boat yourself…
Sea-filled caves, thousands of islands, nice little towns, ancient castles, rocky bays, the sun… and the cicadas!
Our crew was very well sorted, we had a lot in common, and shared some wonderful experiences. We even had jam sessions and I learned how to play the ukulele.
Sailing is very relaxing and exciting, especially with the right crew. Hail and gale are also quite an adventure! It is definitely the best “sea experience”!
The sea has a special blue color, and the green of the woods, and the city lights at night are amazing! I particularly enjoyed the blue cave and the beaches.
This kind of thing seems to attract people who enjoy life. Pulling in a sail together has a strange power. You get to know people, not just meet them.
Some like room service, some like restaurants with the menu on the window in pictures. For the rest of us, there’s this.
Hopping around on space rocks and picking fresh wild sage on lunch break swims. I imagine Croatia has plenty more to offer, but I was there for the sea.