It is January, and even in Greece where we are now, planning for the next sailing season, the winter is in full swing… Perfect weather to get our files in shape for Uncle Sam, see how we did financially, what we need to tweak and what we want to innovate.
2016 was our “make it or break it” year – a year of trying to play with the big dogs, namely the well established Greek operators. In the months before the season we forged new partnerships, explored new distribution channels, added new features to the web site – including a great credit card processing capability…
Our new partners are both startups, like us, and well established companies – it was thrilling to see how they were able to bring business in… We made friends with the port masters, fellow skippers, sailors and boat owners, we learned all the best restaurants and can take you to those secluded bays for a great night under the stars.
We are still a 100% online company, and we try to keep our overhead to a minimum, hence able to offer very competitive prices.
So, why sail with us? Here are a few reasons…
- We believe in it – we are hands on, involved with our customers, trying to understand what their dream vacation looks like and offer it to them. There is no routine, all our trips are unique, and that is part of the excitement such a business generates.
- We work with the locals and know all the best places. Sailing in Greece can be treacherous – the winds can change unexpectedly and all of a sudden a pleasure ride to the next island can become a challenge. I have seen so many foreign skippers scared of Poseidon’s mighty blow… With us, you will be safe because we’ve been there and know what we can expect.
- We love multilingual and multicultural environments and speak quite a few languages. Our boat will always be a “United Nations” boat, a place where different cultures meet and new friendships are born. On a boat the whole crew has to pull together at times, which is what makes it such a fantastic adventure.
- We love nature, healthy living, good food, and we love to have fun! So we’ll invite you to try to detach from your cell phone for a bit and go back to the basics – enjoy all the wonders the sea and sun can offer you. It changed our lives, it can change yours!
So what’s new for 2017 (Chinese year of the rooster)? We’ll tell you in a future post… Stay tuned…