We had a wonderful long weekend with the Great Escape team. As almost novices we got a lot out of the two days instruction and we were confident enough to go out on our own for a couple of days round the bay. Our teacher Michelle was fantastic and (importantly) patient, and we enjoyed meeting Darren who runs the Great Escapes business. We will absolutely be back to sail round the beautiful bay of Islands with Great Escape.
Note that the sailing lesson/charters offered by Great Escape are a very good deal - far cheaper than any other sailing school we know of. Not surprisingly the boats (at least the smaller ones) are fairly "no frills". However my view is that these basic sort of yachts are best to learn on, and if you want luxury you need to be prepared to pay quite a bit more.
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