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“Great day!!”
Review of Phantom Sailing

Phantom Sailing
Ranked #1 of 17 Tours in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Rick and Robin are lovely, fascinating people who took us on their sailboat around the Bay of Islands, stopping off at Roberton Island for an optional walk up the hill where we saw the most stunning view of the surroundings! We loved that they didn't take more than 10 passengers as it made the trip much more personal than some of the other crowded touristy boats we'd seen. The whole thing was really easy going, fun and interesting, you can bring your own drinks and the lunch provided was delicious! For people who want to avoid tourist traps, I really recommend Phantom as a friendly and beautiful local experience.

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you so much for writing this review. Glad you enjoyed your day and appreciated the relaxed atmosphere we try to create on Phantom. Robertson Island is one of our favourite anchorages and that was a fantastic day for the view! We had perfect summer weather that day on board....thanks for selecting Phantom!

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stayed in Paihia for a week and decided to spend one day on the water with Rick and Robin. We were a little concerned about the weather, but Rick assured us we would have an enjoyable day and not to worry about the little things! He was right- it was a little cloudy in the morning, but we had blue skies all afternoon and the scenery is amazing. This is a fast and sleek yacht, and the day could not have been better. Leaving Russell we encountered a pod of dolphins almost immediately and watched as the played around us, dove under us and jumped for our enjoyment! I think they were having as much fun as we were! We then set the sails, and headed out to the Bay. The winds were light, but the Phantom manages to make the best of the breeze and we were moving quickly. The area is beautiful and Rick and Robin are gracious, informative and funny hosts. They obviously love what they do, and it shows. We anchored for lunch, and time to swim or hike up to the top of the hill for a great view (Rick transports you ashore in the dinghy.) Then Robin served lunch, touted as the best in New Zealand, and that is no idle boast. From the best fritatta I have ever eaten to fresh baked bread and cakes, it was perfect and just the right amount of food for the day. We sailed back into Russell around 4pm, which gave us time to walk around the town and drive up the hill afterward. We could not have had a better day. Thank you to our hosts. I highly recommend this tour!

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

What a great detailed review. Thank you so much for that! We enjoy every part of the day and are happy to read that you also found the day to be a worthwhile experience. We're very lucky to have the jobs we do and meeting appreciative folks like yourselves help to create that great atmosphere. Thanks for selecting Phantom for your day in the Bay.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We spent a great day with Robin and Rick 3 years ago on our first visit to Russell, and were delighted to return to the Phantom today for another brilliant day of sailing in this gorgeous part of the world. Consummate professionals who ensured we had a marvellous time - and the lunch was superb. Highly recommended. Fair winds Phantom until next time, and thanks again Robin and Rick.

Thank Judith W
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

And we so enjoyed seeing you guys again. Thanks for writing a review of the trip. It feels like we must be doing something right when people return. After 15 years sailing in the Bay of Islands, every day is still fresh for us and we're still loving what we do - see you next time!

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

This was a great way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands and I can't imagine visiting the area without doing this trip. Real quality sailing on a beautiful boat, some time on a beautiful island, dolphins swimming up to the boat on apparently 90% of trips (we got a great show from them) and an atmosphere conducive to great conversations with the very interesting hosts and other guests.

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2014

What a very nice review. Thanks so much. That is exactly the way we feel about the Bay - can't imagine being here and doing it any other way. The bonus is always interesting people and conversation. (And, as I always say, the setting is pretty amazing too). Glad you could share it with us and thanks for coming out on Phantom and giving us your feedback.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great day out, so much better than the larger commercial cruise boats and for a similar price. Fantastic hosts and super lunch. Nothing better than viewing the islands, dolphins, penguins and sharks (yes sharks!!!) under sail.

Thank ChrisPJ86
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2014

Thank you for your kind words. We think it's great that folks like you care about coming on a more personal trip and leaving the more commercial trips to the crowds. We love our job and sharing the Bay with like-minded people. Thanks for coming aboard our lovely Phantom!

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