Boat rental in Italy – Aeolian Islands – Panarea

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The Aeolian Islands are named after the ancient Greek God Aeolus and they are well known as the seven pearls of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

hotel-liscabianca-panarea(7)The narrow little streets of Panarea, accessible on foot only, create a cozy ambience so that in no time you feel at home and make friends with locals. This is why, every time the ferry arrives in the small harbor of St. Peter, a lot of people come to greet those leaving or to welcome those arriving.

Panarea, despite being the smallest island of the archipelago, is the most popular one, particularly among young people, due to its very lively nightlife.

panarea1The island in winter has just over 300 residents, but in summer you can find all facilities, from Medical  first aid,  ATM, shops, bars, restaurants and a nightclub that is among the most famous in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

cala-junco-panareaThe island has a few beaches that can be reached on foot, including one of the few sandy beaches in all the Aeolian Islands, but there are lots more beaches on the several small islet all around which are only reachable by boat.

 

 

To enjoy the Aeolian Islands at best you can either rent a bareboat yacht in Sicily or Calabria or charter one of the many crewed gulets, yachts and catamarans cruising in this charming spot of the Mediterranean Sea.

For more info:    InterCharter

Yacht charter in San Blas: the best Caribbean sea … by boat

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image11851One of the most charming and virgin places in the Caribbean sea, San Blas in Panama – Guna Yala – in Guna language.

Since we discovered it, we try to attract travelers interested in one of the most incredible and unknowns places in the Caribbean sea and, maybe, in the world.

 

A place made to sail, to dive, to fish and to relax in transparent and crystalline waters full of coralline barriers.

A constant temperature year round (30º C), the perfect islands, an Indian community still with their own culture, costumes and style of life, immutable in the last centuries.

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The islands of the San Blas Archipelago are strung out along the Caribbean coast of Panama from the Golfo de San Blas nearly all the way to the Colombian border. San Blas is a series of 365 islands of which only few are habited by the Guna Indians. Although only a 20-minute plane ride away from Panama City, a trip to the San Blas islands will transport you centuries into the past. The Guna Indians, who run all the islands as an autonomous province with minimal interference from the national government, have maintained their own economic system, language, customs and culture, with distinctive dress, legends, music and dance and thus have avoided traditional tourism development.

image3271The economy of the islands is based on coconut sales, fishing and tourism, and they offer travellers good snorkelling and swimming. Facilities are few and simple, as is the food. The area is surrounded by reefs, some of the oldest in the world, and offer wonderful snorkelling opportunities.

 

image3211San Blas is famous for one of its arts and crafts, the mola. Guna women make rainbow colored fabrics, emblazoned with fish, birds, jungle animals and geometric designs. The men still fish from canoes as they did before Columbus came. They still run up to the corner coconut palm trees for something fresh and cool to drink each morning, just as they have for untold centuries.

San Blas islands have been selected as “one of the two best sailing destinations in the world” by several of the most important nautical magazines. San Blas offers pristine nature, without any cruise ships or touristic resorts.

How to get to San Blas Islands

By Airplane:  AIR PANAMA  has daily flights from Albrook Airport n Panama City, to San Blas: El Porvenir  (30 min. Fly).

By Car: The ride takes two-and-a-half hours by 4×4 truck from Panama City to Cartí. Daily rides available.

Let us know if you need more information about  transfers from and to San Blas

charter@intercharter.com

InterCharter

Boating Holidays on the French inland waterways

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We can offer a range of  hire boats on France’s most beautiful canals and all the advice that you may need to choose the perfect boating holiday on the French inland waterways.

In Burgundy, we rent Boats on the Canal du Nivernais, River Yonne and Canal de Bourgogne, and in the south of France we offer Boat rental on the Canal du Midi.

 

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Burgundy is one of the most famous and beautiful regions of France, with the Canal du Nivernais and Canal de Bourgogne offering some of the most attractive canal & river cruising to be found anywhere in the world.preambule-loire-bourgogne
Add to this Burgundy’s reputation for fine wine such as Chablis & Sancerre and it’s gastronomy and you have the perfect ingredients for a most memorable French boating holiday.

The base at Vermenton is ideally placed for you to discover the rustic charm of the canal du Nivernais.
The Nivernais is often described as France’s most beautiful canal, a reputation that is well deserved.
The fine wines and excellent restaurants also merit a similar reputation and the regional cuisine is not to be missed.
Vermenton not only offers the Nivernais, but also gives access to the River Yonne and the stunning medieval city of Auxerre.

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Cruising Suggestions for 1 week

Return Cruises
Canal du Nivernais:
. Vermenton – Auxerre – Clamecy and return
. Vermenton – Clamecy – Tannay and return
Canal du Nivernais/Yonne:
. Vermenton – Auxerre – Joigny and return
One-Way Cruise
Canal du Nivernais/Yonne :
. Vermenton – Auxerre – Joigny – Laroche – St Florentin

St Florentin – Canal de Bourgogne

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St Florentin is a bustling town with many shops and restaurants, and is the gateway to the green and undulating countryside that characterises the Canal de Bourgogne.
Skirting the Chablis wine vineyards the Canal de Bourgogne meanders through green pastures and is studded with many historic towns and Chateaux.
Opportunities abound to step ashore and to sample the excellent local food and wines.
The river Yonne is also accessable from St Florentin and is perfect for those who also enjoy river cruising.

bourgogne2bisCruising Suggestions for 1 week
Return Cruises
Canal de Bourgogne:
. St Florentin – Tonnerre – Ancy le Franc – Rougemont and return
Canal de Bourgogne/Yonne:
. St Florentin – Joigny – Sens – Pont sur Yonne and return

One-way Cruise
Canal de Bourgogne/Yonne:
. St Florentin – Laroche – Joigny – Auxerre – Vermenton

Canal du Midi

preambule-aquitaineThe Canal du midi, the most famous canal in the world, together with the medieval city of Carcassonne have both acheived UNESCO world heritage status- a tribute to their historic and natural beauty.
Linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the Canal du Midi runs through beautiful hills in the shadows of the Pyrenees.
It then passes tantalizingly close to the Mediterranean in the Camargue.
Cruising by boat along the canal there are many ancient towns and villages, where you can discover many hidden treasures, together with local gastronomic and cultural delights.

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The base at Capestang is on the « Grand Bief » a 54km lock free section that runs between Beziers and Argens.
From here a cruise to the stunning medieval city of Carcassone is not to be missed.
Meandering along the foot of the black mountains the midi is surrounded by vineyards that come right down to the waters edge.midi5
There are numerous canal side villages and restaurants and the ever present Mediterranean sun.  Equally alluring is the Camargue and the Etang du Thau.
As well as return cruises, we offer the possibility of one way cruises between Capestang and Port Lauragais.

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Return Cruises
1 week : Homps – Carcassonne or Béziers – Marseillan
2 weeks : Narbonne – Homps – Castelnaudary

One-way Cruise*
1 week : Capestang – Port Lauragais
*Subject to special conditions : contact us !

For enquiries: charter@intercharter.com
InterCharter

Better a boat rental in “Early-booking” or in “Last-moment” ?

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Gulet_in_GreeceIs true that there is sometimes better discount in “last-moment”, but this did not worked at all last year because the European flights to Greece become so expensive in the last moment!
Example : no possible to find a flight for less than 1000 Euro, and now is around 200 or less.

 

So much better to use the actual “Early-booking” discount combined with flights at their lower price!

December is the last month to apply “Early-booking” discount for yacht charter.

That’s why is now the time to book a private gulet charter in the Greek islands

with InterCharter

 

Visiting Premium Winemakers by Yacht in Croatia 2° by Intercharter

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Secret charms of Hvar terroir by renting a boat

ivo-dubokovic-wine-jelsa-1History of the winery

Ivo Bubrovic produces supreme quality dalmatians wines. The winery was built in 1939 as a part of family house. Aware the quality of family wineyards located on exquisite locations, Dubokovic, with assistance of his cousin Ivo Barbic, who is in professional winemaking bisiness in Switzerland, went on a quest to make a top quality wine. He succeeded. The quality launched his wine high in the world of wines. The Dubokovic winery offers ten wine sorts and soon shall have eleventh – rosé of plavac Mali. This family winery makes 30000 bottles a year.

272521About winery

Winery offers sightseeing winery tours, which can host events with a capacity of maximum 30 people. The winery does not contain hosting facility, thought in the port of Jelsa next to the berths, mr & mrs Jones restaurant is located offering Bubokovic wines and olive oils. Guests arriving to Jelsa by boat can anchor in the port. The closest petrol station is only 400 mt away. Jelsa also offers heliport.

Winery opens as per request, so it is best to make a reservation by phone a few days before arrival. Also guests arriving to Hvar can contact agency Hvar Tours, which organizes winery visits and wine tasting tours.

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Maximum anchoring depth 3.5 mt, 22 boats of max 35 mt.

To rent a boat and reach Jelsa during a splendid cruise in Croatia, please contact  InterCharter

Catamaran Lagoon 570 for charter in Greece (bareboat or crewed)

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Lagoon 570 | Dragoon One

*by Dragoon One staff

Dragoon One is a Lagoon catamaran with a length overall of 17 meters and a width of 9 meters.lagoon570

It’s possible to rent Dragoon One with a crew consisting of his captain for a perfect navigation and the hostess taking care of the internal management and for the kitchen or Bare Boat with only a sailor on board (included in price) for navigational support.

A holiday on Dragoon One ensures high comfort and a high level of service.

The port of departure of Dragoon One for 2014 season is the Greek port of Messolonghi, 40 km away from the port of Patras for those who come by boat from Bari / Brindisi and 70 km from Patras Araxos airport served by Ryanair. The yacht’s staff will take care of transportation to and from the port of arrival . The navigation area is mainly the Ionian Greece but the strategic location allows easy access to the Aegean Sea through the Strait of Corinth. Therefore, the possible routes are as follows:charter_grecia

  • Ionian Islands : Zakynthos, Lefkada, Kefalonia
  • Peloponnese and Kythira Islands , Alonissos and Crete
  • archipelago of Sporades : Alonissos , Skiathos , Skopelos, Skyros
  • Cycladic Archipelago

The route will be arranged with Dragoon One’s guests  according to their preferences and available time.

Itinerary 1: Peloponnesse – Kythira – Elafonissos

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Peloponnese Itinerary includes the departure from the port of Messolongi, stop at the island of Zakynthos which is only 30 nm away. the island offers secluded coves with clear water combined to the bright colors of nature and typical local villages. Overnight sail to the port of Pylos (55 mg) a nice caracteristic greek fishing harbor, where you can enjoy fresh fish and tzatziki. Then, cross towards to the islands of Alonissos and Kythira (70 nm), with their beautiful bays and beaches.

Itinerary 2: Aegean Islands

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The itinerary in the Aegean Sea is one of the most charming and typical in Greece. It touches some of the most renouned islands but it is also the most challenging, only suitable to passengers who like to sail in strong wind, because of the constant presence of the  “Meltemi” that sweeps the Aegean Sea in the summer months. You can get to the Aegean Sea either through the Strait of Corinth (but there’s a fee to pay) or by circumnavigating the Peloponnese. The itinerary allows you to touch islands such as Milos, Paros, Ios, Mykonos, etc. ..

Itinerary 3: Sporades – Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros

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If you are prepared to sail long distances and your charter lasts at least 2 weeks , this itinerary (400 nm) will take you to the fascinating Sporades islands, the most genuine and typical of Greece. These islands are full of hidden coves and fishing harbors, with a very lively night life. There are numerous bars, parties and cocktails on the beach at sunset. Must pass through the Strait of Corinth!

Itinerary 4: Ionian Island Corfù, Cefalonia, Zante, Lefkada, Itaca, Citera

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Quiet itinerary that leaves more time for stops and does not require many sailing hours per day. The Ionian islands are all close together and distances never exceeded the 40 nm. There are many bays with crystal clear waters and many marinas where to moor and enjoy a fish dinner!

Itinerary 5: Dodecannese

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This route sails long distances but it is of great satisfaction. It is not recommended during the months of July and August though, due to the Meltemi, making it difficult to sail the way back. The distances are long and require at least 24 h running of navigation. You’ll be able to touch also the beautiful coast of Turkey, with the characteristic harbors of Bodrum and Marmaris.

Info: InterCharter

Intercharter – Your specialist in yacht charters in Italy

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2962brochure1Founded and run by Italian brokers and with headquarters in Italy for many years, InterCharter, while operating internationally, can offer specific experience in bareboat and crewed yacht charters in Italy.

In the years we could select the best gulets, catamarans, sail and power yachts and the most reliable charter companies in this beautiful country in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.

Italy’s two main islands, Sicily and Sardinia, as well as the West Coast of Italy, from the Italian Riviera to the the Amalfi Coast, with its three fantastic small archipelagos (Tuscan archipelago, Ponza archipelago and the Flegree Islands) offer some of the most scenic 3559brochure1sailing grounds in the world.

We’ll be delighted to share our knowledge with you and advise you about how to enjoy your cruise in Italy at best.

 

GetBoatImageFor a pleasant and hassle free sailing vacation, everything has to be planned carefully and our commitment is to guide our clients through all the phases of their charter experience, from the selection of the most suitable yacht, until the completion of the charter.

Yacht Charter in Italy: Sardinia

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Sailing  Sardinia

Sardiniportiscoa offers miles of pristine white beaches for unforgettable good cruising.

North Sardinia is the most popular mostly for the richness of anchorages and for the extraordinary beauty of the coast, while western and eastern coasts have their attractions but are largely seen as a means of travel from N to S.

Carloforte, in the south-west is a good destinations too, rich in charm and history.

 

North East Sardinia

In terms of boating enjoyment, Costa Smeralda (this is the name of the area) offers a different mooring or anchoring every night even for two or three weeks of cruising time, both for those searching the solitude in the charm of the evening sunset and for those who prefer to enjoy the more exclusive social life.

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NE Sardinia is enormously popular in peak season (French and Italian holidays; mid-July to late August); a series of many islands,  good and sheltered anchorages, beautiful beaches, flat water  even with strong winds, good food, and some of the smartest resorts in the world .

The really attractive part of the coast starts from  Olbia (a working town and port, but with good facilities), and stretches the NW.

portisco_1Portisco Marina is located in the beautiful “Costa Smeralda”, between Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo only 10 minutes away from Olbia Airport. Portisco Marina is a natural Green Bay and is ideal for sailing tourism and offers a variety of services in a warm and welcoming environment.
Many yacht charter companies have their base in Portisco. The boat rental, directly from this port, allows you to enjoy this unique beauty even in one only cruising week .

Many charter companies offer bareboat solutions for crews up to 10 and even 12 people, also including the provision of professional skippers for those who do not have the ability to conduct the boat on their own.

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For those looking for more comfortable solutions there is a great offer of
gulets, catamarans and sailing boats or motor yachts, fully crewed, that can guarantee unforgettable holidays even to the most demanding people.
InterCharter, in his luxury yacht charter section, is also able to propose a large number of offers for a fulfilling and exclusive experience in Costa Smeralda.

 

 

A safe yacht charter booking

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rose_of_jerichoWhat are the Pros and cons of using a yacht charter broker versus booking directly with a charter company?

Yacht charter brokers have a much wider range of yachts to choose from (as they usually have several charter companies in their portfolio) and they are therefore able to select from a greater number of yachts the one that better suits your needs. Furthermore, a charter broker has no interest in offering charters aboard any yacht he or she feels is substandard.
However, brokers often don’t have thorough or firsthand knowledge of any given yacht as they are usually based in another country and must therefore rely on what the charter company feeds them. It can be a trade off in some cases.
Intercharter only works with selected high reputable and trustworthy companies.
In the unlikely event of a dispute between you and the charter company, the broker will act as your advocate. It also has to be noticed that there is no price difference regardless of whom you book with.

Feedback from Jacques Le Roux

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I finally have a few minutes to send this message. As stated we had a wonderful holiday. Here is some constructive feedback:

leroux2Intercharter:

I spent quite some time deciding on the charter package which combined the necessary elements for our group, including the model and age of boat, the location and the price. However it is also of great importance that one should feel comfortable with the charter broker, and that one can establish a position of trust. On this front I must thank you for your great service on all fronts. You were always very friendly, helpful, efficient, professional and courteous. In addition to locating the right boat and package for us you also went out of your way to assist with the necessary documentation for money-transfers, visas and also made local arrangements on our behalf for mooring bookings in the likes of Lipari (which worked out perfectly, by the way!). You also mediated with Gulliver on the issue of the deposit, and the cheque system worked out well in the end. Thank you for this excellent service; Intercharter will be my first stop next time around.

 

Gulliver:

The boat was exactly where we agreed to collect it. Vittorio Mango called me the day before and when we arrived he and his assistant (wife?) were there to meet us. They were very friendly and helpful and super efficient, and I can only praise them for their professionalism. Vittorio’s wife even took some of our crew to the shops with their private vehicle so that they could start getting supplies whilst we went through the hand-over process. Everything was perfectly clean and in lerouxworking order when we received the boat, and the hand-over process was very professional and detailed. In addition, they worked very hard to complete the cleaning and handover early, so that we were in a position to get underway by mid-afternoon instead of only after 18:00. Similarly, the hand-back process also proceeded very smoothly and efficiently.

Whilst we had very little other interaction with Gulliver, I am gratified that they “made a plan” to find a solution with the deposit requirement in the absence of their having a credit card facility on hand. (I propose that they find a solution to the latter.)

leroux1S/Y Pascha:

The boat was all that was promised and as expected. It is a fantastic, modern charter boat, with the space and amenities to ensure a great vacation. I always liked Lagoon, and their use of space and lay-out remains in my view the best of all the catamarans. Pascha sails very well too, and all the systems worked as one would expect on a new boat. All the equipment that was needed was there. Of course it helps that it is still a relatively new boat, but I am sure that under the capable management and care of Mr. Mango it will be in good condition for a long time to come, so perhaps we will even charter exactly the same boat again.

 

When it comes to the boat there were a few minor points I should like to offer as feedback or as constructive criticism:

 

1. The little tender provided is impractical for this size boat. It is a very pretty (and probably quite expensive) little tender, but it is simply too small, too low in the water when loaded with people, and too under-powered. It is perhaps good enough for a private family holiday but not for charter purposes, especially when one considers that with 8 adults on board every shore excursion required multiple trips (as one could only ferry 3 people at a time). In addition there was very little space for shopping bags, etc, and if another boat passed by or the water was even slightly choppy it often resulted in wet bums and clothes (and one drowned mobile phone) – not pleasant if one still needed to explore town or go for dinner. For charter the tender should perhaps be more of a work-horse, and I recommend a larger size tender with a little more power (15hp+) and with an open deck (i.e. hand-steering instead of a steering wheel and gear system, which takes up a lot of space).  I think most seasoned sailors would agree.

 

2. The linen provided was not enough and also not of great quality or standard. I understand that there was some confusion in that Mr. Mango received the message that we wanted a double set of linen too late, resulting in too few pillow cases and not a complete second set, hence the need for us to spend extra time and an additional Euro 65 to have it all laundered in Lipari. But apart from the sheets and pillow cases being too few, it was also of poor quality and a mix of different patterns and materials. I would propose simple white cotton through-out, and enough to go around for a two-week charter. The towels were fine.

 

3. Ditto for the cutlery and crockery provided. Maybe the owners are concerned that charterers will break or steal these items, but I think that for this price and quality of boat the plastic cups, knives and forks and plates were of very poor quality and below the required standard. In fact, a number of the plastic yellow handles on the forks broke off within the first two days. We went out and bought a quantity of proper steel knives and forks and a cutting knife, as well as a few sets of glasses (for wine and water). Whilst this was not a major expense it was an inconvenience and we should have liked proper quality utensils as part of the package (as for the linen). I would also recommend proper coffee cups instead of the thin plastic ones supplied, and perhaps an ordinary kettle to boil water in for tea drinkers. We took our Nespresso machine with, but it was awkward to boil water in the weird little aluminium pot for the tea drinkers.

It is a great boat with super equipment and gear, but the kitchen utensils and the linen was not on the same standard.

 

4. On the exterior there were only minor issues, which I brought to Mr. Mango’s attention.

(i) The anchor chain counter on the upper deck (at the steering position) under-reads, showing approximately only 30% of the issued chain in meters. Once we understood this it was easy to manage, but the system clearly requires some calibration. A very minor inconvenience, but I would recommend 5 m chain-interval markings on the anchor chain anyway.

(ii) The German reefing system on the main sail works fine (though we did not get to use it much for lack of decent wind!), but it does complicate the sail plan in that the 3 reefing lines do not seem to run smoothly through the boom and then interferes with the hoisting of the main sail. In addition, one of these lines regularly got caught between the boom and the plate on the end of the boom. Possibly one simply needs to live with this, but it does make for a messy top deck when the sails are down. Maybe the internal rollers need servicing to ensure the reefing lines run free when hoisting and stowing the main..

(iii) The generator worked perfectly (if a bit noisy) the whole trip until the very last night when it stopped working. This was no problem as we did not really need it but I did bring it to Mr. Mango’s attention. It could simply have been the impeller that was blocked.

(iv) The water hose on board did not have a connection that could be used for the deck water supply system; this meant that we could not wash down the boat unless we were in port and had access to shore water.

(v) I would recommend the installation of a VHF repeater on the bridge deck next to the wheel. It is not good seamanship to go below to speak on the radio, for example when entering a port and especially with the number of ferries around.

 

Please Note: None of the above-mentioned issues spoiled our fun, so I simply raise it here as feedback; Gulliver can consider how they can utilise this information to offer an even better package.

Lastly, the cruising ground:

The Aeolian Islands is a fantastic place to visit by yacht. It is incredibly beautiful with lots to do, pretty towns and villages, excellent food and wine, friendly people and great variety between the islands. The sailing is very easy (mostly line-of-sight) and the islands offer great anchorages irrespective of the weather. We liked all the islands, but Salina, Filicudi, Panarea and Stromboli were the hi-lights (if we HAD to choose!). The weather was great, with my only complaint that we did not have enough wind to do much sailing. In fact, whilst we had the sails up on most days it was often simply to assist the motors; there were only a handful of really good days for sailing, with winds only occasionally reaching above 12 knots. Perfect, private and quiet anchorages in secluded bays, clear warm water and dead calm evenings all contributed to an unforgettable holiday. I can highly recommend this area to all yachtsmen, and would gladly advise any prospective client of yours should they wish to find out more – simply give them my e-mail address.

 

So to conclude, we had an excellent vacation on a fantastic boat in a spectacular part of the world. Thank you for your great service Francesca, and please convey my thanks and appreciation to Gulliver as well as Mr. Mango for their huge contribution to making our charter a success.

Kind regards,

Jacques Le Roux.

(South Africa)

 

PS: I attach a few of the thousands of pictures – my wife and I in front of La Canna rock, anchored close inshore on Lipari, and sunset over Filicudi.