Customer Sailing Holiday Reviews
Thanks for a brilliant few days on Bright Spark. Our first trip to the Broads and we were not disappointed. So beautiful. Bright Spark was easy to sail and stepping the mast was child’s play...😀 Everything you need is on board and the hamper was delicious.- Tracey Ryder Richardson -2018
BIG shout out to Oliver’s ⛵️ Holidays, Alison & Nick could not have been more helpful from start to finish. Beautiful yacht, beautifully equipped with everything you need to be comfortable, especially the luxury ‘hotel’ duvets 😴 😊. The complimentary and pre-ordered hampers and ready meals are faBulous quality and just perfect to get you underway.
We are novice sailers (just one days tuition long ago) and therefore we had Karl as our skipper/tutor for three half days - by the afternoon of the third day we were deemed competent and were confident enough to ‘sail’ solo and if you are not then
‘Brightspark’ is wonderful to motor along these tranquil Broads in 😊. Karl was just superb, he’s a hugely knowledgeable, patient, flexible, interesting young man - he loves sailing, (and it shows), so this is his hobby - his ‘proper’ job is pretty interesting too!
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this great team/company for a sailing holiday in a very quiet part of The Broads and will definitely be back, hopefully before Winter arrives if we can fit another weekend end 🤞
Huge thanks to Karl, Alison & Nick for getting us sailing ⛵️, Kay & Rob, Cambridgeshire - August 2018
We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She is beautiful, ingenious in so many ways (lowering and raising the mast is a doddle) and a joy to sail or just sit around on listening to the wildlife. I'm missing it already! Nick and Alison couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommended. Mike Bees -2018
Just spent a perfect five days aboard Bright Spark, she’s pretty, fast, well found and easy to handle. Loved exploring the Broads on this little yacht, and we lost count of the number of other people’s holiday snaps we appear in as we ghosted quietly along between the rushes, spotting Herons, Grebes, Marsh Harriers and Cormorants. Can’t recommend this holiday highly enough. Jonathan Ryder Richardson - 201
Dear Alison and Nick
On behalf of the five of us, I want to thank you for all of the hard work that you put in to make our half term holiday so enjoyable. From the cleanliness and quality of the yacht to the instructions and little labels that made looking after her so easy, from the ease of communicating with you to the lovely welcome basket; all in all a wonderful experience.
Joe, Sultan, Adam, Sophie and Coco The Dog (who enjoyed her time on Bright Spark the most!) 2018
We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She is beautiful, ingenious in so many ways (lowering and raising the mast is a doddle) and a joy to sail or just sit around on listening to the wildlife. I'm missing it already! Nick and Alison couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommended.
Our family of 4 had an idyllic few days on Bright Spark during half term and can absolutely recommend this as the perfect way to get away from it all. Nick and Alison were incredibly friendly and helpful, and generous with their time and advice. The boat is truly beautiful and kept in perfect condition, and equipped with everything you could need to be comfortable on the water regardless of the weather. I do think some minimum level of sailing experience is advisable because of the specific sailing conditions - some narrow channels and a slightly unpredictable wind! But even with only one somewhat experienced sailor among us, we soon got the hang of it. Nick's intro briefing was thorough and patient, and he spent as much time with us as we needed to feel comfortable to take charge of Bright Spark on our own. Once we had a feel for the area we gently hopped around between pubs and overnight mooring spots - although 'wild mooring' on the banks of the river, away from everyone else with only the ducks and geese and herons and swans and marsh harriers for company, was everyone's favourite way to spend the night. Our 8 and 11 year old deck hands loved the experience and learnt loads, and all of us enjoyed exploring a very special part of the country on board such an elegant and comfortable sailing boat. We will be back!
Hester Le Roux - June 2018
We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She is beautiful, ingenious in so many ways (lowering and raising the mast is a doddle) and a joy to sail or just sit around on listening to the wildlife. I'm missing it already! Nick and Alison couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommended. Mike Bees - May 2018
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 - April 2018
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 - April 2018
We’ve just come away from a fabulous 4 nights on Dreamtime. The boat was beautifully kept and maintained and was great to sail. It was the first time we’d hired from Alison and Nick and they went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thanks for a great holiday! Jeremy Evans -October 2017
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"