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Perfect family adventure holiday and great customer orientated service

We absolutely loved our 3 day course with Josh, a very experienced sailor who taught us so much in... read more

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ClareHarvFam
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Perfect Family Getaway!

We did the 6 day ‘learn to sail’ package as a family (me, wife & 2 daughters aged 7 & 10) on board... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2022
Dan_Waterston
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Nanyuki, Kenya
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Reviewed 14 March 2019 via mobile

We had a wonderful few days away exploring the Bay of Islands in a Nolex 25. What a way to explore the islands by water with a perfect boat setup and easy boat to handle. Brilliant hoists Julie and Billy providing a first class service to new and experienced sailors, family’s, couples and friends getting together on the water.
Highly recommend

Date of experience: March 2019
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2019

Thank you so much for taking time to write us a review, we're glad you had a wonderful holiday and agree the best way to enjoy the Bay of Islands is out on a boat. Thanks for the recommendation and we look forward to having you come to sail with us again.

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Reviewed 9 March 2019

We spent a week exploring the Bay of Islands on 'Esprit', a Noelex 30. Easily managed by two adults, and bags of room below with just two. Never any problem finding somewhere to anchor for the night, and anchor and chain provided were more than adequate. Our second trip, and would love to come back for another.

Date of experience: March 2019
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2019

Thanks very much for your review, it is much appreciated. The Noelex 30 is a fun boat to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands with and we're very glad you had a great time and look forward to having you come sailing with us again.

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Reviewed 7 March 2019 via mobile

My wife and I rented a Davidson 20 as part of the tail end of our honeymoon. The boat was easy to sail and Julie gave us a great overview of the harbor and boat. We went to Roberton Island and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Definitely will do this again when back in Russell.

Date of experience: March 2019
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2019

Thanks very much for taking the time to write us a review, it is very much appreciated. So glad we were able to share our special part of the world with you. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 23 February 2019

I came solo and Julie found a partner to me in one single day to make my course possible (but a posteriori i would definitely go for it solo, despite the extra cost !!) and adapted the schedule 2 days before so i could make it !

Daryl was my instructor for the course. It was way above my expectations.
Indeed, the purpose of the course is really to make you autonomous with a boat, from planning a trip with forecast and charts, checking the safety elements on the boat and giving you all the basics to navigate safely, to the technical aspects of sailing.
It is a lot of thinking and hands on practice.
Don't forget the part where you sleep on the boat which makes it really a complete immersion experience !

Daryl was an amazing instructor, very clear,kind and calm, making us involved and alert, verifying at each step that we were fellowing and understanding, and sharing some tips and stories born from his huge experience !

The school is really about sharing the passion of sailing and making you a secure and good skipper. This is human size and human oriented, communication is easy and they will help you the best they can. You can go eyes closed and my only regret is that my time there was too short !! If you can go for the 6 days holidays, go for it !! I definitely would do that on my next time here !

Date of experience: February 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2019

Thank you so much for your comprehensive review. We're glad we were able to share our passion with you. It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to have you sailing with us again sometime in the future.

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Reviewed 17 February 2019

We had an exceptional experience with Great Escape when we hired a 25 foot yacht for 5 days in the Bay of Islands including 2 days hands on refresher sailing instruction. The instructor Martin was extremely knowledgeable and patient, and imparted huge amounts of information in absorbable chunks. The support from Julie and Bill was superlative. I really feel we have cracked passage plans and transit points :) and have a good foundation for future land based island sailing! Having 5 days fine weather and light seas helped, the scenery is spectacular and the wildlife also wonderful, a shoutout to Project Bird Song for the birdlife on the islands.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is really appreciated. We're glad you enjoyed our spectacular part of the world and benefited from the excellent work Project Island Song is doing ensuring our islands are predator-free and a safe haven for our beautiful birds. Well done on your passage planning and successful use of transit points, we wish you all the best for your next sailing adventure and hope to see you back sailing with us sometime in the future.

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