I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about booking a week of sailing – none of us had ever sailed before, would our 3 children (aged 17, 16 and 13) drive us and each other mad being in a confined space for a week, how on earth would they cope without social media?? I did lots of research, contacted a couple of companies, and decided upon Sail Kefalonia due to Ray’s prompt and friendly responses, reasonable prices and such positive reviews from families on Trip Advisor. I’m so glad we took the plunge and booked, the whole family agree that it was the most fantastic week. Upon meeting Ray and Steve I felt we were in safe hands, and they made us feel so welcome. Mala is Ray’s pride and joy and kept immaculately. We sailed to Ithaca, Meganisi, Paleros (on the Greek mainland) Sivoto, Aghia Effimia and ended out trip in Poros.
Every morning began with a delicious breakfast of Greek yoghurt, peaches, walnuts and honey. Cereals were available and Ray had even contacted me prior to our trip to ask if there any specific cereals or drinks our children liked so he could get them in for us. Granola was requested by one of my sons which apparently is not easily sourced in Kefalonia but Ray’s wife Nikki still managed to find some for him. After breakfast we’d head off to coves with crystal clear turquoise waters for a swim stop. Ray found us some amazing snorkeling spots where we’d draw the many fish in by feeding them bread. We paddle boarded every day, even I could stand up by the end of the week, and we fished. We were always greeted back onto the yacht with a delicious lunch, sometimes a stir fry, other days potato salad with salmon, but always plentiful and served with beer, wine and soft drinks. We all had a go at the helm and raising the sails. Whilst on our travels we saw dolphins, flying fish and even a sword fish leaping out of the water.
We’d head to picturesque harbours for the evening where Ray recommended some great restaurants. Both Ray & Steve are keen guitar players and singers – the memory of our harbour sing-off with a nearby yacht after we’d all had a few drinks still makes me smile. And the jokes are never far away.
If you’re thinking of booking a sailing holiday then I can wholeheartedly recommend Sail Kefalonia. The Ionian Islands are idyllic, but it’s Ray & Steve’s knowledge of the area, kindness and great company that really made this holiday so much fun and special.