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We have returned from 10 days on the gulet "Ya Selam" in the area of Turkey's Turquoise Coast between Gocek and Kekova Roads. From our initial contact with the Agent's representative to watching "our" gulet depart for its home port in Bodrum after we disembarked in Fethiye we reflected that there was not one thing that could have been done better. The crew were so helpful that it was embarrassing yet they remained unobtrusive. We had expected to average one meal ashore each day, in fact we had none! Meals on board were too good to miss. Ya Selam was the prettiest vessel wherever we anchored and we spent hours admiring her from sea and land. The crew seemingly always had a cloth in hand polishing varnish and removing any spray from windows and obviously had great pride in their gulet. Accommodation was attractive, comfortable and spotless. Our party of 13 ranged in age from 3 to 75 years but our captain always provided a schedule to meet our needs as if we had programmed it ourselves. He was a very kind man who seemed to anticipate our every need. The trip was wonderful and I can't speak highly enough of the captain and crew of the Ya Selam.
Ahoy Lauren, Maggie and Trevor. I have had time to recover my strength after two fabulous weeks in Croatia…and thought it time to thank you all very much for making our holiday such a happy one. Venus 1 crew assembled for the first time in Split, and thanks to your attention to planning and detail and friendly hosting, our sailing rally was a lifetime highlight. It all went smoothly from our first email contact and we appreciate how much effort you have all put into organizing such an event-packed and interesting trip. And we even survived the meteo-tsunami….which we have since “googled”….happened exactly as we watched the sea rise and fall at the back of our boats early in the day while docked at Polace. We have now had time to browse our many photos and relive the excitement and enjoyment. Thanks to you we have seen some beautiful places ….small island harbours and villages, swimming bays and marinas, hilltop forts and villages, Roman roads, walled cities, wonderful live musicians and exceptional restaurants. Our fellow travelers were all friendly and Maggie and Trevor the perfect hosts (much more patient than me, especially with the more boisterous crews!!) The racing was more challenging than I expected, but with skipper Bruce at the helm and your calm voice on the radio Maggie, we soon got down to business and learned a lot about hauling sheets, putting out poles, setting sails, hanging over the edge and generally looking like sailors to a casual observer. And we departed good friends…. Hopefully you too have had a quiet week Maggie and Trevor to recharge batteries and enjoy Croatia at your leisure. You are a class act. Thank you again for your kind hospitality and constant support for all in our fleet. It has been a sailing trip to remember….what a way to discover Croatia. May the seas stay smooth for your next journey…..with best wishes, Julie (and Graham)
It really was fantastic to meet you lovely people - you made us feel so welcome - you are the best hosts in the world
Thank you, Thank You, Thank you again to Trevor and yourself for giving us this opportunity to sail the beautiful islands and to get to meet you and all the other interesting people in the rally.
Margaret and Billy
Margaret and Billy
Thanks for a fantastic holiday, we all enjoyed it very much. Howard, Sail Tahiti Yacht Rally 2014
Thanks for everything – it was truly a SUPER experience. I was stoked and it was absolutely wonderful to be able to take my father along with me.
Stephen S. Holden
The Mariner Boating Yacht Rally exceeded my expectations in all areas from travel organisation with Lauren to selection of the most interesting islands and anchorages and of course the restaurants and great friendship that developed among the participants. The support and advice provided by Trevor and Maggie and Tomo was without parallel. Trevor and Maggie's knowledge and experience over 20 years, made all the difference in being able to enjoy this wonderful experience. The comfort of sailing in company with others and the knowledge that help was readily at hand if needed, made the Rally the success that it was.