A mixed bag review. I'm a local and I like trying local things so I can recommend them to tourists that I meet at work. Couvon had a 2 for 1 and I was thrilled to take advantage of that.
Our first conversation with Sue on boarding the ship was to be chastised for our footwear. No 'Hello and welcome!', just "Those are terrible!" and on looking at husband's boots "Those are even worse!" due to the metal lace hooks. We are not sailors, and all we knew was not to wear sandals aboard. We felt terrible! We were respectful of the ship and were very careful but surely there is a better way to greet your guests and let them know what to be aware of. So from the first moment we had a bad taste in our mouth. We felt awful, a little bit bullied, and that never really left us for the duration of the trip.
No wind, but still a pleasant sail and it was interesting to get a different perspective on the coastline from the water. Len did shut the engines off for a while so at least we got to experience the feeling a little bit. Nature is fickle and we were a little disappointed but no big deal.
After being so gruff with greeting us and giving the safety lecture, Sue was surprisingly supportive of me when I just couldn't make myself walk out on the net to sit on the bowsprit.
Len had great stories to tell and a highlight was when he fired the little cannon at a whale watching boat...hilarious!
I'm glad others have had great experiences with their sails and I would recommend this excursion to others because maybe we just caught Sue on a bad day.
My advice to them is to realize that they may have hosted a zillion sails, but this is most likely their customers first time out. I work with the public and I know how frustrating that can be but you have to suck it up, slap on the smile and try to be professional.
Also, your customers want to escape and do something different and exciting. They don't want to hear about how much you hate the whale watchers, how much you'd rather just be out on the open ocean sailing or other negative comments.
Would I recommend this? Sure, because everyone has an off day and I understand that. However, I can't be too enthusiastic about it after our experience.
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