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From the day on when I put the first step on to the catamaran I felt like I was in paradise, perfect secret empty spots, perfect wind conditions, very nice company, perfect service you wouldn\'t expect on a sailing boat...thx for that on the crew and the organizer! An epic kite experience you shouldn´t miss.
Right from the start, this voyage on the luxury 40 ft Catamaran Giorgis II was a fantastic adventure. We started off in Paros, Meltemi had just started in time so we had our first session in 20 kn plus. The crew consisting of three other like-minded kite-aficionados plus of course the wonderful cook Mister 'Z' and the Captain Tomaz turned out to be the perfect line-up for the amazing week we had. The days were an uninterrupted sequel of highlights on every level: - food was sumptuous - the kite sessions we had were more than exciting also due to the strong Meltemi - the good sleep and relaxation we had in the comfy beds of the spacious cabins - the feeling of safety we had knowing you'd be fully monitored getting out on the water so that boat launching lost its initially slightly unpredictable character - the downwinders we had being accompanied by the cat and allowing us to further experiment our moves and jibes. Thank you so much, Tomaz and Zdravko, for all your never-ending efforts to make this trip as outstanding as it turned out to be!
it was a perfect experience!! Nice Kitespots and places to be.Nice other guests. Nice Skipper. 2 Things where not so nice: the cook was a showmaker and did not cook for the guests but for him and the cruise should have Union Island as start and endpoint, because two Transfers in one week to go there and to come back where to much sailing...
First of all: many thanks to the captain Vincent, he made a very good job! And we have had good luck with the other guests on our boat, they made our cruise enjoyable! The remains was not. The catamaran was totally scruffy and a lot of things have been faulty, like cabin windows, bathroom bilge pump and fresh water generation. Then starting from Martinique means cruising about 20h to Union Island first day and also backwards on the last day. With only one captain cruising the whole day and night... The most important thing for us were the expectations towards the spots: They did not match. For us, only Mayreau offered a nice Caribbean scenery combining a kite spot, which was worth taking part in such a trip. Union Island with JT and Clifton and the Tobago Cays are not, there are many better places to kitesurf all over the world. All in all we have been disappointed. Tomaz descriptions and videos of these cruises raised our expectations and in reality it did not fit. We would not take part in a trip like this. --- Answer from Tomaz: Thank you for your comments, Marco, I really appreciate it. Since this was a New Year cruise, the busiest week of the season, we hosted 2 separate groups using Nautitech 482 and Lagoon 450 catamarans. We didn't experience any problems with Lagoon 450 skippered by myself, but Nautitech 482 skippered by Vince did experience minor problems which were unforeseen - and I only say minor because safety was never compromised. I spent the previous week on your catamaran and indeed, the solution for cabin windows should be improved, especially since the catamaran was only built in 2014. To address the shower pump malfunction, I'm sorry for this even being brought to guests attention as the bilge pump was solving the problem. The water-maker malfunction was unfortunate, but still producing water and it's always possible to get fresh water from nearby islands. I agree this isn't good, nevertheless, catamaran is a small house on water with a lot of electronics, filters, pumps and batteries, and as such, things brake and need maintenance. You've raised a very good point about the long sail from Martinique or St. Lucia to the Grenadines. It is not always as bumpy as it was during your period. Guests are sometimes not aware of sail intensity and duration even after reading the customized itinerary for their period. Some people enjoy long sails, some don't. For this reason we offer different boarding possibilities which also include boarding on St. Vincent or Union island. Guests mostly choose to board on Martinique and St. Lucia because of better and cheaper flights there. To maximize your vacation time we usually do the long passage at night. This means we depart from Martinique or St. Lucia in the evening and you already enjoy lunch and afternoon kite session in the Grenadines the next day. Yes, it is hard for the captain, I know this first hand and not everybody can or will do it. Not every day is like this and captain needs to adjust resting periods accordingly. The new year cruise was only 7 nights and I believe we did maximize everybody's time on water. Regarding the kite spots, in general people with directional boards like Mayreau the most, while freestyle goes towards Frigate and as for the scenic touch everybody would vote for Tobago Cays. I would say the main advantage of kitesurfing in the Grenadines, besides constant winds, is that it is suitable for everybody, from complete beginners to advanced riders. It offers many different spots with different water conditions reachable with the boat inside one hour and there are rarely more than 10 people on the water at the same time. I am happy to read people you shared the boat with made the cruise enjoyable and that Vince made a good job despite difficulties and I regret this trip wasn't fulfilling expectations of your family. Tomaz, skipper and founder
We joined the cruise together with my wife who was not kiting at the start of the week but got lessons and got hooked ! Overall the cruise has been a fantastic experience, unbelievable kitesurfing, probably the best I've ever done in Union island and Mayreau. The cruise went on really well, our skipper Tomaz and Chef Polona took care of us like family and we felt at home on the boat from the first instants we boarded. from Breakfast to dinner, we kept being impressed by the food cooked by the brilliant Polona. Last but not least, the company on board was great and we literally spent some of the best holidays ever ! Wind was great and we got to kite every single day, more often 2 or 3 sessions daily for the rabid kite surfers amongst us !highly recommand !
The Meltimi winds blew 25-35knts the entire time, which makes for an incredible week of kiteboarding regardless of anything else. As for the kitecruise, it was an overall great experience. Our captain, Chandre, and our chef, Polona, were wonderful, and the 44ft Lagoon catamaran had plenty of room for the eight of us onboard. Looking forward to another cruise in the near future.