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“A Must Do” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phantom Sailing

Phantom Sailing
Public Wharf, Russell, New Zealand
0800 224 421
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A day out on Phantom gives you a chance to get away from the crowds. This is adventure, relaxation and scenic beauty all in one with the personal atmosphere created by your hosts, Rick and Robin. Enjoy a great home cooked lunch amongst the beauty of the islands on this great owner- operator boat.
Hawaii
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“A Must Do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Rick and Robin were gracious hosts on our day at sea with them. They are both a fountain of knowledge about the area. Rick is a seasoned Kiwi sailor and Robin is a formidable first mate!

Robin served a tasty, healthy lunch that was enjoyed by all. The scenery, the narrative, and the enjoyable conversation made for a perfect day in Russell and sail around the Bay of Islands.

It was a cozy cruise without the crowds. Thank you Rick and Robin.

Visited October 2013
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you so much for that lovely description - a cozy cruise - a great phrase. It is very nice to read review from our guests as they appreciate the same things we do - healthy food, good conversation and a beautiful Bay. We really enjoyed meeting you.
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“An amazing day out!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We absolutely loved our day with Rick and Robin! They ensured our comfort and safety at the highest standard. They were very informative and friendly as we sailed and shared some of their amazing experiences. The dolphins played alongside the boat which was an added bonus. Our lunch was great in both the quality of the food and the experience of having the meal beneath the sails. This was just an all round fantastic day and well worth the cost! We couldn't recommend it more!

Visited October 2013
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thanks for coming out with us on a gorgeous day in the Bay. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and interesting conversations - that's what make our job a pleasure. We appreciate your review and would love to see you again. Cheers.
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Sailing in Bay of Islands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Could not have been a better sailing trip - much better to go on a small yacht like Phantom, with personalised service, than on the alternative services on offer. Rick and Robin are first class hosts, the lunch was fantastic, and the trip is very good value for money. We couldn't recommend it more highly.

Visited October 2013
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We also enjoyed your company and the fantastic sail we had that day. Meeting new people, good conversation along with food in a gorgeous atmosphere make our job easy and fun, Thanks for joining us.
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Dequincy, Louisiana
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“Phantom sailing in The Bay of Islands with Rick and Robin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Had the privilege to sail the first day of the 2013 season with Rick and Robin. You get the feeling that the couple have invited you to spend the day in their home, and actually they have, this boat was their home for many years while rearing their son. Fantastic and enjoyable day. Also delicious lunch with homemade bread.

Visited October 2013
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thanks for being there to start the new season, what a wonderful day that was. We really enjoyed meeting you and sharing the Bay. Hope we get a chance to see you again another time and now that you will pass along your recommendation. Thanks so much!!
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“What a fantastic way to spend the day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The bay of Islands is pretty stunning whichever way you look at it, but it doesn’t get any better than seeing it from the water on a sailing boat. Rick, Robin and their son Jackson are clearly passionate about sailing and eager to share it with their guests on the boat – or just sit in the sun and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The lunch stop was a great opportunity for a swim and a tasty freshly prepared lunch, as vegetarians we were willingly catered for.

Visited February 2013
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Thank you for this lovely review. We are passionate about our boat and our lifestyle and take pride in being able to provide just that something extra to give our guests a memorable experience of their trip to the Bay of Islands. such thoughtful reviews are what helps our business grow!
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