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“Awesome yachting experience”
Review of Phantom Sailing

Phantom Sailing
Ranked #1 of 16 Tours in Russell
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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.
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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“Awesome yachting experience”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

A day on The Phantom is a must do when visiting the magnificent Bay of Islands. We cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Thank you Rob & Rick for an experience which was intimate, personalised, relaxing, exciting & professional. Lunch - yum! Thank Rob for including home made gluten free cookies for me. Our day on the Bay on The Phantom has certainly been the highlight of our New Zealand holiday - now home and back to the frenetic pace of work it is our day on The Phantom that we take ourselves to when we feel stressed, with calming results. Mark & Lee

Visited April 2014
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
It was fantastic having you on board, meeting you and enjoying some great conversation - there always seem to be some common threads. So glad to hear that the day on Phantom gave you the relaxation you needed as I remember that you both had very busy lives. Hope to see you again - Australia is so close! Thank you for writing this.
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“a truly fantastic experience”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

I'm a lifelong sailor, owner of my own sailboat in Maine, and so a bit leery of what I call "dude yaching." But this was one of the best sailing experiences I've ever had. Rick and Robin are true professionals, with a lifetime of sailing experience, friendly and willing to share their considerable knowledge, as well as give everyone, including non-sailors, a great day. With perfect weather and wind, experiencing the Bay of Islands from a sailboat is amazing. We anchored for lunch at a secluded bay on an island, swam, took a short hike and enjoyed Robin's delicious lunch. Phantom is the perfect yacht to be on to experience this great sailing area. No motoring, no gimmicks, just pure, delightful sailing,

Visited March 2014
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, April 13, 2014
Wow! Great words to read! It was very interesting to share sailing stories and reminisce about trips to New England and see how much you enjoyed your afternoon at the helm. We love Phantom and being at the helm so can appreciated another sailor's smile just string the boat - you had a big grin! Thanks so much for coming aboard!
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Sacramento, California
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“Bay of Islands sailing”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Our party of 6 had a wonderful day of sailing aboard the 50' Phantom sailboat with Rick and Robin hosting us. We sailed around the Bay of Islands to a sand beach. Wonderful lunch of frittata, bread with cheese and chutney, and fruit. Very personable hosts with lots of time to just relax and enjoy nature and conversation.

Visited March 2014
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thank you, Doreen, for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet the family and really enjoyed getting to know you and the family, if only for a short period. Our jobs allow us to meet some very interesting people and share all of our stories - and how blessed we are. Thank you for coming aboard!!
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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“Thank you Phantom!”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

We spent the day with Phantom for my Dad's 60th birthday and what a special trip it was. The Bay of Islands was stunning, the weather glorious and the boat fantastic. Rick and Robyn are excellent hosts and that the boat only had 6 on it (including 4 of us) the whole trip feels very relaxed and personal.
You get to sail on the boat, swim in the bay, relax on the beach, climb one of the islands to a postcard view and have a fantastic lunch (with fish caught by the boat only the day before). Rick and Robyn even threw in a present for our birthday celebration.
If you're going to go sailing in the Bay of Islands, make sure you pick a small, family run company, and make sure it's in a small group - I would recommend Phantom without hesitation.

Visited March 2014
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thanks for writing your review. We really enjoyed having you aboard and knowing that we will part of the 60th birthday memories. It was a great, fun day and fantastic getting to know you all. We have a special appreciation for families coming aboard as it's a wonderful way to spend the day together. So nice to meet you!
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Perth, Australia
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“Phantom Fantastic!!”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Rick & Robyn are ultra experienced professional sailors, with sailing stories from around the globe, and are very friendly and knowledgable. Phantom is a smooth ride suitable for all ages. Great lunch, great part of the world & great company.

Visited March 2014
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thanks, Helen, for your kind words. We really enjoyed having you and Keith on board. You definitely made our day a lot of fun and great getting to know you. hope to see you again!
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