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Great experience

Wonderful team! I could not recommend them less. Friendly, easy to communicate and great experience since we first contacted them until the end of the charter. Look no further. We will be back. Thank you everyone!

Bruno M. (United Kingdom)

Memorable and special visit to Croatia

Dear Ivana, Oz & Juliana

 

Hello from Brac!!!  

 

We are just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our visit to Croatia such a memorable and special one. 

 

We all absolutely loved our week sailing.  We were so lucky having Borko as our skipper, amazing weather & winds and our lovely boat too!  Everything was perfect and it was a fabulous way to see some of the Croatian islands, their beauty & history and swim in some of the most idyllic locations.  The girls were blown away by the colour of the sea and just how clear the water was.  We all loved being on the move each day, our delicious meals out at some fabulous restaurants and the peacefulness of sailing.

 

We only have four days left of our holidays and really don’t want to leave Croatia. 

 

We will be highly recommending your Company to all our friends and hope to return for another sailing holiday very soon.  

 

It really was the best experience ever, thank you so so much for all your advice & help with our amazing trip. 

 

Big love & thanks to you all.

 

Nicole, Jim, Georgie & Emilia x x x
(United Kingdom)

unforgettable time...

hi ivana, thank you so much for everything. we had the best skipper and host we could ask for and an unforgettable time. we made a fun game with the paddle boards. one person stands on the swim platform dancing and makes the people on the boards dance until they fall off. 

 

we will certainly recommend your company to our friends and come again for even longer!

 

please if you come to hawaii ever, let me know!

vanesa (Hawaii)

Already missing the relaxed Croatian lifestyle

Hi Ivana, Oz, Jules, Jope & Deyo (and anyone else I've missed),

 

First off - thanks for an amazing holiday. The boat was perfect, the sailing and location were incredible, but mostly, the help and service you all provided along the way couldn't of been better.

 

We all had a fantastic time and even came home to sunshine after it had rained here for 2 weeks - my grapevine has tried to take over the entire neighbourhood whilst away! We're back to work with a bump and already missing the relaxed Croatian lifestyle.
Once again - thanks. I'll be in touch when I've pulled together crew for next year so we can see what availability you have.
D.E. (United Kingdom)

Dream team ❤

Ivana , Julia ,Josipa, Ozren , Mujo i Haso

Mi smo bili super zadovoljni sa vašom uslugom .
Nemojte ništa da menjate - dream team .

Barbara , Polona , Matjaż i Karel
(Slovenia)

Your family in the Adriatic

We've been wanting to make this trip for a long time. My Grandfather was born on Hvar and I wanted my children to visit Croatia. I reached out to Ivana because of all the positive reviews, but words alone could not prepare you for what a fantastic company and more importantly person she is. The entire staff were incredible. Our captain, Valentino was amazing. His seamanship and knowledge of the area including hidden little gems nobody else knew about made for a perfect adventure. The best part is they helped me find my family that I had lost track of and after 35 years we were able to have dinner together on Hvar. I could never ever thank you enough, you made us feel like we were a part of your family. Hvala!!
Mark S. (USA)

It's the little things that make the big picture work!

Ivana

 

Congratulations to you and Ozren....in a world where “nothing sells better than service” ...you have excelled in providing us what can only be described as one of the best holidays we have ever had.  Juliana, together with your entire dock crew, were head and shoulders above in every aspect, going beyond what would normally be considered acceptable service....and should be commended in so doing.  It’s the little things that make the big picture work.  The “miles” of email communications, the suggestions, all the assistance in “painting the picture’ for this Novice sailor that helped us in making our choices to join your crew.  The bag storage and many extra touches too numerous to mention, but all part of the greater experience.  And lets not forget your choice of city guide (Ariana) and restaurant (with Sandra the great waitress)

 

But the piece d’ resistance was the Bavaria 46 and the exceptional choice of Vinko to guide us.  What an incredible young man and an incredible credit to not only himself, his family, but to you his employers.  He really made the difference in presenting Croatia in the most enjoyable light.  And yes while we must give Croatia, its many wonderful Islands, and beautiful weather some credit....it was Vinko who put it all together for us.  It was like he could read our minds of what we would enjoy each day.  His many suggestions of places to stop and enjoy an afternoon of swimming etc., or places to eat, gave us all memorable experiences each and every day.

 

I’m sure we will return as there is so much more to see and enjoy.

 

Again, thank you for all you and your team have done and we wish you all continued success.

Best regards

Bob T. (from Canada)

Magical week

Hello Ivana!

It's wonderful hearing from you! Still we talk and reflect on the wonderful time spent aboard your yacht, with Oz as our skipper. It was a magical and enchanting time for our family and we'll never forget it. We want to do it again!

Your email reaches us during America's Thanksgiving holiday, so we've been a little slow to reply. But count on us to send an email to your client, raving about the wonderful time we had toodling up and down your beautiful coast.

We hope you're well and thriving. Please give our very best to the Skipper.
Russel H.
 

Dear,

I'm told you're contemplating a trip to Croatia and engaging Oz to be your skipper aboard his yacht.

You'll never have a better time. Our family spent a magical week with Oz on his boat last summer, and it was pure enchantment. We've never had a better time. The coast, islands and the villages were positively marvelous, but the real treat was Oz. He was of course a highly skilled skipper, but also a gourmet chef serving up the most delectable meals, using healthy and interesting local ingredients.

Not only this, he was fun and companionable, and full of interesting stories. He always knew exactly what to do, joining with the family or giving us space.

It was our family's favorite vacation ever, and we want to do it again and again.

Yours,

Russell H. (from United States)

Magnificent week

Dear Ivana and Oz,

Thank you for a magnificent week.... even wet mattresses and sheets haven't dampened our sincere appreciation for Oz's skillful skippering and magical culinary surprises. Hope your trip back was uneventful, Oz and the salsa dancing has been fun Ivana. Helen is now somewhere between Dubrovnik and Melbourne and I imagine Oz is just arriving back in Split.
We are looking forward to going through photos adn trying out some of the recipes. Ivana I'll send you some photos in case they are useful, via Drop Box.. and who knows Oz,,... I may join Facebook!!

Kind regards and good luck for the rest of the summer
Suzanne C. (from Australia)


 

The best trip ever

Dear Ivana,

 

I hope you are well! 

 

I heard you were having some medical trouble just before we left, I hope all is ok! 

 

Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything! We had the best trip ever, better than we could have ever imagined! 

Borko and Veki were amazing, and really added so much to our overall experience and trip.

 

We are going through all our photos now, and will certainly share some for your facebook, etc. Is it best for us to post them, or send them over to you?

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I hope to see you again soon! 


Best

Lindsey S. (from United States)

A great match for our family

Dear Ivana

 

Peter and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our sailing week in Croatia on board Lela with Step as our skipper. It was a perfect week - weather, wind, water and scenery - and a great introduction for us to your beautiful country and to sailing. You were right to have Step be our skipper. He was a great match for our family - a wonderful captain and teacher, and great company for all of us. He was someone who became a friend by the end of the week. We would highly recommend your company and Step to friends for another time.

 

Many thanks,

Laura and Peter A. (from California)

A unique trip

Hey Ivana - thanks for the note!  

 

Our trip was incredible!  We visited so many beautiful and interesting places - the Dalmatian coast is a really special place.  Highlights for us I think are the Donkey winery, biking around the lake on Mljet and being fortunate to spend a good amount of time on Vis.

 

Also, Gagi was fantastic, the trip wouldn't have been the same without him.  He helped us work through logistics in the marinas, planned an incredible itinerary and even introduced us to a few friends of his along the way.  I have a feeling we got a unique trip and we really appreciate it.  

 

I'd be happy to serve as a reference in the future - let me know how I can be helpful.  Thanks again!
Frank C. (from United States)

Wonderful memories of Croatia

Hi Ivana,

 

We had a fantastic time with Ales and on the Milena.  She’s a beautiful boat!  We had a lot of fun trying to learn how to sail (poor Ales was very patient).  Our itinerary was perfect and I felt like we got enough time to check out the places on my hit list (Korcula, Hvar plus swimming in lots of little coves).  I’m happy to hear you guys liked the brownies hehehe.  =) 

 

Split and Dubrovnik were great – very different but we enjoyed both (and the transfer was very smooth).  In case your future clients are interested, we really enjoyed the “luxury room” at the B&B Kastel 1700 in Split (separate from the main building, it overlooks the square about one block north), and we stayed the B&B Fresh Sheets in Dubrovnik which we’d highly recommend as well as it’s in a prime location within the old town of Dubrovnik.  For both, just have to be comfortable with walking two flights of stairs up.  Both were very reasonable for fantastic location and nice, modern rooms. 

 

Thanks again for helping us create such wonderful memories of Croatia!  We would love to come back – maybe with family next time.  Please say hi to Oz and Ales for us.  Did Ales survive his week with the partying Brits after us?  Hahahaha

 

=)

 

 

Best,

Elissa C. (from Australia)

Hello Ivana, 

 

A much overdue mote to thank you for providing us with a superb holiday - it was a great way to celebrate Tony's 60th birthday. 

 

From the comfy well equipped boat to the awesomely competent skipper (thank Borco again  - he really looked after us very well, great places to anchor for the night, good restaurant recommendations etc. very easy to be with - he made a real & positive difference to our holiday). 

 

And thank you for being so easy to deal with.  We are determined to come back maybe not for a couple of years but this part of the world is so beautiful (and I am now eager  to see the rest of Croatia - I am telling everyone I know how wonderful it is and also sending people your details  - so easy to be on a boat even if one has no experience!). 

 

Thank you again. 

 

Warmest regards, 

 

Anne B. (from Singapore)

Dear Ivana,

 

Just to say thank you again for a wonderful sailing week.

We loved it and also LOVED eating steak and tuna steak at your friend’s restaurant in Split.

Truly amazing.

We will be in touch about next year latest by September.

All the best

 

Tina & Alan with

Max, Luc, Zara & Jonny

 

And a big thank you to Gino too who made this week perfect for us.

 

Tina R. (from United Kingdom)

Well done!

Hi Ivana and Juliana.

 

Now that the excitement is starting to die down, we just wanted to say well done to your wonderful country for what your football team achieved at the world cup. Being able to watch their ¼ and semi finals while we were on our magnificent holiday was such an unexpected bonus but a once in a lifetime experience that we will all never forget. Obviously we had a magnificent experience watching the ¼ final in the restaurant at Vrboska but then we luck enough to watch the semi in Zagreb. We had an apartment in a small square just around the corner from the main square where all the celebrating was and we watched the game at a restaurant in that small square but went to the main square at ½ time and full time to experience the atmosphere! It was so much fun! Then finally we got up at 3am NZ time on our Mon morning (first day back at work – ugh!) to watch the final – which you should have won!! We are so proud to have adopted Croatia as our team for this world cup and so pleased for your wonderful country that you did so well. Everybody back in NZ was backing Croatia in the final because our countries have a lot of similarities and everyone fell in love with the Croatia story. Thanks so much for the supporters gear. They will be displayed proudly in our house to remind us of the wonderful trip and especially the football experience. Finally, below is a link to a You Tube clip that sums up the Croatia spirit so very well.

https://www.facebook.com/soccerstories.KeliNetwork/videos/241966666454279/

 

Thanks for our wonderful time on Slovenska. You may be forgiven for thinking the football was more of a highlight but that’s not the case! The sailing was out of this world and our family loved every minute of it. It is such a beautiful part of the world. You did a terrific job matching us with Valentino and Tonka and while we know it’s their job, they did a great job of making us feel like they were only doing this trip for us. We have so many wonderful memories and photos of the sailing trip and have already recommended your company to others. Please pass on our sincerest thanks to everyone in your small team and to Valentino and Tonka. We’d love to do it all again one day!

 

Thanks for everything and take care.

 

Volimo Hrvatsku!

Stuart B. (from New Zealand)

Hey girls,

 

How is this weather! We took Oz's advice and sailed last night to Hvar further than we expected. Wanted to get to the restaurant on Bol he suggested but ran out of time. But found a great one just at the back of town which served only fresh produce.

 

Anyway, could you email us the information on all the islands you emailed me last year, I remember it was really useful but I forgot to bring it.

 

Thank Oz again for bringing Kevan back from the car hire place, we really appreciated it.

 

The little personal touches on the boat were lovely and the sheets beautiful.

Lisa C. (from Australia)

'Vana is like a summer home away from home'

Dear friends,
Just a quick note to say hello and to let you all know that enthusiasm for next year’s trip is already building!  This past year was the best ever combination of crew and weather.  Please hold a spot for us, again with Vana.  Vana is like a summer home away from home. 

Greetings from the guys (2018) and hello from several others who have sailed with me in the past years in Croatia.  We all hope you have enjoyed your summer and will begin to slow down a bit as the sailing season comes to an end.  Of course there is always much for you to do, but I hope you get some rest after another successful season…

Best regards,

Peter W.  (from Germany)

Great service and superb yacht

Hi!

Back in Finland for a week now….

Thanks for the great service and superb yacht. Baby Blue served us perfectly despite of some minor technical issues (which I reported to the technical person at check-out process). Also other services at your base worked fine. I’m not surprised that all of our friends keeps returning to you year after year.

 

I was sailing at Croatia 14 year ago and had very nice memories. This time simply enforces those memories. We’ll be back some day for sure!

 

Tonight I might sail to Tallinn (about 45 nm across Gulf of Finland) on my own boat, a Sirena 38. Conditions will be a bit different compared to our week on Baby Blue… sea water about 10C…. That makes a difference.

 

Thanks once more, and have a good prosperous season!

Ilkka H. (from Finland)

Lovely time

Hi Ivana,

 

We are back home and wanted to drop a quick note to you. We had a lovely time on the boat and Roko was great. It was sad saying bye to him.

 

Thanks again and hope to be back in Croatia soon.

 

Maryann I. (from United States)

Incredible trip

Ivana and Juliana,

We all cannot stop smiling. Everything was perfect! The trip was incredible and you and Juliana and Valentino made it so. We are beyond grateful to you and to him. Incredible memories. Valentino is a true gem. So thoughtful and kind and fun. He even made a thunderstorm fun!

Alex M. (from United States)

Magical trip

Hello Ivana and Juliana,

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful week last May sailing in Croatia with your (and ‘our’) boat. Our Captain Borko made our trip even more magical. Thank you so much. Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season. Hope to see you soon again.

Warm Regards,

Natasha K. and Family (from United States)

Wonderful time

Dear Ivana, Juliana and Oz,

We are back home. Croatia was the best country we visited. We had a wonderful time visiting the islands, sailing, swimming, eating, and drinking, and really loved your Vana boat.

Thanks for all your help, and hope to be back soon.

Have a great summer. Hugs

Angelica V (from USA)

Absolutely fantastic time

Dear Ivana, Juliana and family!

 

Many thanks for your email and the fantastic service we received while booking and during our recent charter, despite the spring weather not quite being what we expected- we had an absolutely fantastic time. 

Croatia and the islands off Split were all amazing and thanks to Borko’s local knowledge we had safe and interesting berths each night, and he was able to point us in the right direction for local sights and great food and wine; the fish meal we all shared in Vis was a highlight for both of us! 

Your service throughout the process was fantastic and we are so pleased we chose your family owned and operated company over the much larger commercial operators. 

We will certainly recommend your charter business to our friends and family and hope that we get a chance to return to Split in the future for another charter with you.

Many thanks again for your amazing service and to Borko for providing us with the experience we had.

 

Warmest regards,

Richard and Janette C. (from New Zealand)

Nice days in the Adriatic

Hello Ivana!

Thank you for nice days in the Adriatic onboard your “Vana”, a safe and very well maintained boat which gave us what we came for! We had nice and warm days, we had strong winds, heavy rain and even rough sea, but all the time she managed everything perfect and nothing unexpected occurred. We will also like to thank you and your partners for top service and guidance, and we’ll like to recommend you and your company to our friends in our sailclub. All in all, after this wonderful days  we are now finally ready for the long and cold winter in Norway. Next year we will be back, perhaps another boat or another route, but we will be quite sure of what we get when we hire a boat from you.

Best regards to all of you

Torunn & Odd (from Norway)

Great pleasure to sail...

Dear Ivana, 
thank you again for the great pleasure to sail with Vana and the “tip” to stay in your fathers apartment on Solta!!!

It was more than perfect and a dreamful honeymoon (even the team-feeling during the storm between Korcula and Mljet)
Back in Germany (windy, raining, cold)- last week- we just wanted to enter the plane again to go back to Solta...
Silvia nad Chris G. (from Germany)

'Loved our trip...'

...We still think of our trip on Vana. We have downloaded our pictures and written our journal. 
We did see more of Dalmatia, we had a day trip to Trogir. We also went to Salona and Plivicka National Park, it was beautiful. We also spent a morning in the Archaeological museum. 
We are off next Thursday on our boat for a two week trip in the San Juan Islands. We loved our trip, enjoyed meeting you, Ranko and Tony. 
Let us know if you ever get to Seattle. 
Pat and Arnie G. (from the USA)

Amazing trip

…Just wanted to drop another quick Thank you for the amazing trip we all had. We had such a good time on the 'Buba' the first time and I am sure it will be an annual thing…

Michael T. and friends (from the USA and the UK)

Hope to meet you again

Hello Ivana,

Once again, thank You very much for all Your assistance in Split when renting Your "Vana".

Hope You will have a nice summer and hope to meet You again.

Kind Regards

Mrs. Cecilia L. & family (from Sweden)

...best summer holidays ever...

...It was really a pleasure to sail the 'Vana' in your beautiful country. The boat was perfect to our needs.

I am sure we will meet again. 
Mr. Klaus T. (from Finland)

 

...We are back at home and at work. The temperatures are low over here so we really miss your weather. We had a great time, thanks, and we tell anyone, even if they don’t want to listen.

Keep well

Mr. Garth B. (from South Africa)

 

For me this year that finishes will be remembered for having enjoyed the best summer holidays ever...

Ivan S. (from Spain)

Great service!

Dear Ivana!

Now we are in Moscow again!

The weather is very bad here, seems like autumn already: raining and cold. After lovely Croatian climate it is really make us upset. But we look at our great photos and video and it helps us to wait for the next summer :-)

Thank you very much for your GREAT SERVICE!

We miss you, Ranko and Buba, of course!

Your skipper,

Olesya

...more than we expected

Dear Ivana!

It took me a week to analyze and think over the experiences and emotions which came up during and after our stay in Dalmatia and Split.

I’m sure that all of us share the feeling that you have a very beautiful environment for sailing and water sports in general. Everything worked very well and we were satisfied with the boats and Your staff’s smiling attitude. Even though we could experience only a small slice of Your country, it was more than we expected. And it is easy to imagine how much more there is to be explored. Nature, architecture, history, culture, people, food and of course the weather inspired all of us. Your historic tour in split was excellent and gave us a lot of perspective and fresh viewpoints to the history of Split.

On behalf of all of us I take the opportunity to forward our warm gratitude to you.

Thank You so much for your kind attitude and hospitality. You are doing fantastic work not only for the customers but also for Croatia.
Our whole group wishes you both favourable winds and also enjoyable autumn and winter period. 
(By the way I’m planning something for next spring. Might be two boats or so for a week. We’ll meet again...)

With kind regards,

Kari V (from Finland)

 

Hyvä Ivana!
Kesti hetken matkan jälkeen sulatella tunnelmia ja kokemuksia Splitistä ja Dalmatian saaristosta. Uskon, että kaikki osallistujat, 21 henkilöä voivat yhtyä siihen, että teillä on ihastuttava ympäristö ja saaristo purjehdukseen ja vesiurheiluun yleensä. Kaikki toimi oikein hyvin. Olimme kovasti tyytyväisiä veneisiin ja henkilökunnan alati hymyilevään ja iloiseen palveluasenteeseen.

Vaikka viikon aikana ehdimme raapaista vain pintaa, se ylitti kuitenkin odotuksemme. On helppo kuvitella, miten paljon jäi vielä tutkimatta ja näkemättä. Luonto, arkkitehtuuri, historia, kulttuuri, ihmiset, ruoka ja tietysti ihana sää inspiroi kaikkia.

Opastettu historiakierros Splitin vanhassa osassa oli mainio ja antoi meille kaikille sekä perspektiiviä että uutta tietoa Splitin historiasta.

Haluan välittää terveiset ja lämpimät kiitokset koko kolmen veneellisen puolesta. Asenne, vieraanvaraisuus ja palvelu oli kohdallaan. Teette hienoa työtä ei ainoataan omalla saralla ja asiakkaillenne vaan myös koko Kroatian matkailun edistämiseksi.

Koko ryhmä toivoo teille suotuisia tuulia, nautinnollista syksyä ja nopeasti taittuvaa talven selkää.

Lämpimin terveisin,

Kari V (from Finland)
Purjehduksenopettaja

Excellent yachts and excellent skippers

...The whole trip was brilliant with excellent yachts and two excellent skippers.

The islands we visited were interesting and beautiful, with blue warm water and plenty of places to explore. The yachts weren’t just our home, but a place to have fun out of… We sailed, swam, free dived, climbed, slack-roped, played in dinghies, snorkelled, ate, drank, talked and laughed...

Leo with Lela & Buba team (from the UK)

Ivana,

Moram ti napisat, da smo se na jadranju spet imeli odlično. Tebi in tvoji ekipi se zahvaljujem za spet res vrhunsko storitev. 
Kjerkoli drugje najemam barke je vedno kej narobe. Čakanje na prevzem me vedno spravlja ob živce. Pomanjkljiva oprema, popravila v zadnjem trenutku pa še to samo, če sem dovolj vztrajen, da odpravijo opažene pomanjkljivosti. Da ne govorim, da ti posteljnino dajo v recepciji in jo potem po možnosti pozabiš v kafiču, ker si moral vmes it nekaj spit, ker je pot od recepcije do barke podobna prečkanju Sahare. 
Zakaj pri tebi še nisem imel razloga za znoret? A imaš slučajno na barkah kakšne škrate, da vse poštimajo ali zaradi dobrodošlice v obliki zrihtane barke, sadja, hladne pijače, postlane postelje in dobre družbe ne opazim, če je kej narobe. Sigurno je kombinacija vsega našetega. 
Uživajte in se vidimo čim prej.

Vlado (from Slovenia)

A very successful vacation

Dear Ivana,

We just want to thank you and Ranko once again for your superb services and for a very successful vacation in Croatia. All six of us agree that the "Vana" was in very good shape, meticulously maintained and a very comfortable and safe vessel in all respects.

"The crew" is already urging me to start preparations for next year. So, it is not at all unlikely that you will hear from us again.

Please say hello to your family whom we met at Maslinica. We really enjoyed their hospitality!

Mr Stig R. & crew (from Norway)

Lots of great new memories

Dear Ivana,

Long time since we sailed along around the Dalmatian islands...

It was a great week with brought lots of great new memories for us as a family. We will keep returning to your coast, since it is so beautiful, especially from the sea-side (although Split night-life was interesting too :-)

I hope everything is alright with you and your company, and that you're enjoying a nice indian summer.

Hopefully other guests enjoyed Lela just as well as we did...

Jochem & family (from the Netherlands)

Wonderful time

Ivana and Ozren,

I have to tell you that we again had a wonderful time! Thank you and your crew for excellent service again. 
Wherever I charter other boats, there is always something wrong. Waiting for hours for check-in is really annoying.Then there is always something missing from the equipment. And all those repairs in the last moment, (and that only when I make them do something about it). Not to mention that they give you the sheets at the reception, which you usually forget in the cafe, where you had to stop for a cold drink if you want to survive the long way back to the boat which feels like crossing the Sahara...
Why can't I find any reasons to complain when I come to your boats??? 
Do you maybe have some Dwarfs on each one of them, who take care that everything is perfect by the time we get there? Or do I fail to notice anything wrong because of the welcome I get with cold drinks in the fridge, fresh fruit on the table, meticulously made beds and nice company...
I guess it is the combination of all those things.
Have fun and see you as soon as possible,

Vlado

(from Ljubljana, Slovenia)

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