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Awesome sailing experience!

My husband and I just completed Great Escape’s 5 day learn to sail course and can’t recommend them... read more

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5 nights bay of islands 2021

Fabulous trip. Weather perfect! Kokako was a great boat and was set up perfectly for us. 1 adult... read more

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Reviewed 22 March 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our charter with Great Escapes. Communications from our initial enquiry to the end - were handled perfectly. The handover from Bill and Julie was very professional. The boat itself had clearly had a lot of money lavished on it: new fully battened main, new genoa, new engine. We sail a more modern boat back in Europe - but the Raven has a great solid quality, with nice woodwork in the main saloon.The forecabin in particular is very impressive for a 31 foot boat. As for the cruising ground, it is hard to imagine anywhere with a greater number of sheltered anchorages - most with beautiful walks ashore. We walked to Cape Brett from Deep Water Cove, and also enjoyed walking around Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands and others.

Date of experience: March 2020
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GreatEscapeSailing, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review, it is very much appreciated. We're glad you had a good time aboard one of the Raven 31s and enjoyed our lovely cruising grounds. We look forward to having you come to sail with us again soon.

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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

We did the 6 day learn to sail then sail yourself holiday with Great Escape sailing school. Had a lovely instructor and at the end of the 3 day learn to sail part we had the 3 day sail yourself holiday. We were blessed with the weather being perfect for all but one day and had a fabulous time. If you want to give sailing a go this would be the way to do it. Highly recommended, the Great Escape crew that we met we’re all lovely people.

Date of experience: March 2020
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GreatEscapeSailing, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us, it is appreciated. We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday with us and learnt a lot about sailing, we have a pretty unique program with the learn to sail then sail yourself sailing adventure, it really gives our sailors a chance to learn and then apply the learning immediately, there is nothing like time on the water to learn how to sail. We hope to see you back sailing with us again sometime.

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Reviewed 2 March 2020

This is our eighth year chartering from Great Escape. Bill and Julie took over the business two years ago and are going from strength to strength. This year we were back on our favorite 31 foot Raven "Liaison" for four days. She has had a thorough overhaul in the last twelve months, including a new engine, much of the interior, and a fresh coat of paint. Similar upgrades are happening throughout the fleet, so you can count on a well cared for vessel on the water, as well a friendly, warm, efficient welcome on land. Top notch!

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

The two day learn to sail a yacht course with Julie and Great Escapes was superb. Very good, clear, thorough teaching but with a sense of fun and joy, in a beautiful beautiful place.

Date of experience: February 2020
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GreatEscapeSailing, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We're so glad you had fun, learnt something and enjoyed our beautiful Bay of Islands. We'd love to have you back sailing with us again in the future.

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Reviewed 25 February 2020 via mobile

Hiring a sailing boat in the bay of islands is really great ! The raven31 is a lively fast and seaworthy boat. The water was 23 deg or more , nice days of sailing, swimming hiking and anchoring in picturesque spots

Date of experience: February 2020
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GreatEscapeSailing, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, it is appreciated. We're very glad you enjoyed sailing the Raven 31, they are a fun boat. We are also happy you enjoyed our beautiful Bay of Islands, we think it is a pretty special place. We look forward to having you come back to sail with us again.

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