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About Phantom Sailing
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.
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Thank you Rick and Robin for such an amazing day on the water. What a perfect way to experience the Bay of Islands: Visiting beautiful beaches, sailing amidst uninhabited islands and sharing a delicious lunch. You are wonderful guides and gave us and our three...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Russell C
Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thanks Russell for your kind words. It was so nice having you on the boat and meeting your wonderful kids, Joe, Ethan and Sydney - loved your style of parenting - you and Lynette are very kind and really enjoyed our time together. Thanks for...More

Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Just back from the most amazing day on board the Phantom with Rick and Robin. This is a must for anyone visiting the BOI. Spectacular scenery, and the chance to visit usually-unchartered beaches and bays. Lunch on board was fantastic and you can BYO to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

What a very lovely review to read!! Thank you so much for coming aboard and we wish you both the very best for your future - what great news you emails to us about this glorious marriage proposal after a wonderful day for all of...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018

We joined Rick and Robin for this year’s Russell Boating Club Tall Ships Race and what a day it was! Rick and Robin are wonderful hosts and it is clear they give their all to provide a wonderful trip and experience. Coming aboard the Phantom...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Robyn and Rick are amazing hosts and sailors! We had the most fabulous day. We caught a fish whilst sailing which we ate as part of a delicious lunch cooked by Robyn. We were also so lucky to see dolphins and we simply cannot imagine...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thanks Barney for taking the time to write this review - such lovely thoughts! We had a great day ourselves and really enjoyed meeting you guys and Cordelia's family.Thanks for choosing Phantom!

Reviewed 5 January 2018

The yacht is an old classic, well set up for sailing or racing. We were looking for a relaxing day soaking up the sun but ended up more soaked. Good points: They had raincoats so we could stay outside, the lunch was good and we...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Well, being a New Zealander you know that the forecasters don't always get it right. The rain came a lot earlier than supposed - but glad it was a warm rain - hypothermia? 99.9% of our guests are pretty non-plussed about taking off their shoes...More

Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We joined Rick & Robin for a cruise on Xmas Eve. Because they limit the group size, we were not crowded at all and got to meet all of the other passengers. Robin’s lunch was fantastic and Rick shared some great history of the area....More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Thanks Chris for writing this review. Was great having you and Steph aboard and thank you for choosing Phantom.

Reviewed 20 December 2017

where to begin? I have been on a LOT of sailing charters -- Rick and Robin are the MOST engaging hosts- you really feel like the boat is 'yours' for the day -- the company was wonderful and they usually limit their number to 10...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Thank you guys for writing this review. We really enjoyed meeting you and thanks so much for bringing the family to spend the day with us. great conversations and lots in common. do come back again!

Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Before setting sail today, I told my two teenagers that they would remember this day for a lifetime. I am sure I was right. From the very start, Rick was kind and engaging to us all and had us taking the helm as often as...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you Andrew for taking the time to write this review. It was a very enjoyable experience having you and your kids on the boat and thanks for coming aboard!

Reviewed 14 December 2017

Our family of 7 had a wonderful day sailing with Rick and Robin. Both are expert sailors, but also they are interesting and interested - we enjoyed great conversation along with beautiful views from the Phantom. Rick anchored near a small, quiet island beach where...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2017

Thanks Wendy. We just loved reading this! Thanks for choosing Phantom.

Reviewed 10 December 2017

To really experience the Bay of Islands, you have to get out on the water, preferably under sail.Sailing with Rick and Robin is more like spending a day with friends having great conversations, hosting a picnic lunch, sharing local knowledge and taking you to some...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank kcole5
Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

How lovely to read these words. We do love what we do and making our guests enjoy the day on our live-aboard home has always been so much fun. thanks so much for coming aboard!

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Diane P
5 May 2016|
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Response from RobinB690 | Property representative |
Hi Diane, Thanks for getting in touch. We resume operating on the first of October. Regards, Robin and Rick
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28 November 2015|
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Response from malia15 | Reviewed this property |
The cruise ship should shuttle you in to Russell's wharf and the Phantom leaves from there, so it should be easy! You do need reservations on the Phantom as they only take a maximum of 10 people.
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mkf122014
11 June 2015|
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Response from RobinB690 | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. The trip aboard Phantom starts at 10am from Russell and returns at 4pm. We serve lunch on board, the cost is $110per person and payment is made in cash. We take a maximum of 10 passengers - the... More
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