Customer Sailing Holiday Reviews
A couple of weeks ago we completely fell in love with a sailing boat called Bright Spark. She is beautifully kept and gave us both exhilarating sailing on Barton Broad and peaceful moments sailing down the rivers. This was our children's first sailing trip and Bright Spark allowed for a perfect introduction to our nine and four year old (plus my rusty old self!). Although we chose one of the coolest Easter's that I can remember, we were kept warm and snug with the boats heating, complimentary throws, and gorgeous duvets. Our welcome hamper was such a great touch, as we arrived a little later than we had expected. We also picked up some very scrumptious meals and brownies (oh those brownies!) that Alison and Nick provided at generous cost. The nature was amazing, as were the places and pubs we visited. We ate like kings, met lots of very friendly locals, helpful boaters and sailors on the broads, and saw deer, and too many species of birds to list! Communication before the holiday was wonderful. Nick's briefing helped us to become really familiar with Bright Spark, her rigging, and confident with lowering and hoisting the mast - which was very simple and not at all arduous. Thank you so much Alison and Nick. We are really looking forward to our next sailing trip. Liz Mockler
What a wonderful weekend and great company. We sailed when we could and motored when we could not sail. Bright Spark was beautifully prepared and Alison and Nick could not have been more helpful. The briefing and introductory sail with Nick were great. The welcome hamper was enjoyed by all. The weather could have been warmer but with excellent duvets we were warm and snug in our bunks. Really terrific breakfasts were prepared by the two younger members of the party. Eggs, bacon and sausages I had eaten before but spinach omelette was new to me and will be repeated. We had dinner in various Broads pubs. It was lovely to be back, cruising on the Broads again after an absence of 60 years. We hope to be back next year and I am thinking of a further trip this year. Thank you again Alison and Nick. Bill Peters.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the most lovely long weekend on Bright Spark. I've spent 19 years renting yachts, and yours was the most beautiful, best equipped and most fun to sail I've ever chartered. You were so helpful during the booking process, the hamper was delicious and thank you for picking up the extra food we ordered from the deli - the ready meals were amazing. Nick's manual was exceptionally helpful and clear, and his run through faultless.
Above all Bright Spark is a dream to handle, with all your added extras making the world of difference. Rather than renting one of many boats from a faceless charter company, it felt like we were borrowing your pride and joy, and the boat felt very different - and very much more loved - as a result.
We had the best three days in October half term - mooring up on deserted dykes, spotting so many birds, telling ghost stories at night, storming around broads and feeling brave enough to sail up rivers. Astrid my youngest even made a flag especially for the weekend. We felt like celebrities on the boat - everyone wanted to take pictures and talk about the boat and her topsail at every turn.
We'd love to come back next year - you're lovely people and I hope your business takes off. You deserve every success that comes your way.
Many thanks again
Jonathan, Lola (12), Felix (11) and Astrid (7)
"Hi Alison and Nick,
Once again thanks for the use of your wonderful boat. We all had a great time with a few adventures on the way... The challengers of river sailing were interesting for Pete and Judy as they usually sail on the sea with a bit more room to manoeuvre...
The quality of finish on the timber work is the best I have ever seen on a small yacht, a credit to you. All the bedding and galley equipment was of a high quality and much apretiated and the welcome pack was very generous and very welcome for our first day...
We wish you all the very best in your venture and will never forget what lovely people you are. We would certainly recommend you to any of our friends who would fancy a sailing holiday on the Broads... I hope you like the pictures, a pity the cloudy weather did not show up the colours as well as I would have liked.
With kindest Regard and all the best for the future.
David and Jean Pete and Judy"