Guests' Reviews 2014 - S/Y Velos


Guest Book 2014
(on S/Y Velos with captain Thanos and hostess Alicia)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 28 September - 5 October 2014 (Saronic Islands)
To the Team of 3 - Velos, Alicia & Thanos (VAT)

We have waited all year for the wonderful welcome, fun&games and all the amazing adventures and experiences we loved last year in the Ionian. The Argo-Saronic has been different but just as special - exquisite meals (making visits to the tavernas totally unnecessary) - exciting winds (we have learned so much from Thanos’ calm professionalism) and the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the generosity of Thanos and Alicia as they shared their life with us for our week.
The experience of a life time!

Thank you,
Jane and Steve
Ju and Roger

P.S. Don’t forget the “Thank goodness he didn’t flush the loo” moment! (Phantom C.....r)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 14 - 28 September 2014 (Cyclades Cruise)
Dear Thanos and Alicja,

OMG - what a truly amazing holiday! You two are the best! Once again you exceeded our expectations.
Alicia - you are an amazing chef and Thanos, you are the best Skipper / Captain - all wonderful -


Awesome! - we will be back
Hugs - Barry and Pat C. (Newcastle, Ontario, Canada)

P.S. Thank you for providing a wonderful setting for our wedding - it was awesome!

Piraeus - Piraeus, 14 - 28 September 2014 (Cyclades Cruise)
Dear Thanos and Alicia,

We have enjoyed our continued exploration of the Greek Islands. The islands and people are truly special. We have always felt their friendly ways and peaceful nature. We have complete confidence in the both of you and would travel anywhere. Being part of Pat and Barry’s wedding was really touching and will always be remembered.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and your fun loving dispositions.
Noel & Diana H. (Hampton, Ontario, Canada)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 14 - 28 September 2014 (Cyclades Cruise)
To the Capitan and Capitana,

My deepest gratitude, I found freedom, excitement, people, good humor, companionship and had an amazing time sailing through storms, swimming in paradise bays, and walking picturesque towns. Your care and love for what you do made my vacation the best!

Ester (Toronto, Canada)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 14 - 28 September 2014 (Cyclades Cruise)

We saw a different side of Greece on this two week trip. We saw dolphins and a seal. We had wonderful laughs involving vacuums (“Heather! Heather! Are you sleeping? Can I have the vacuum cleaner?!” - “Are you kidding?” - “No! Can I have it now?!”).
We also had a very special, touching wedding on board.
You two are the best hosts. We will return for sure.

Heather and Dan (USA & Canada)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 14 - 28 September 2014 (Cyclades Cruise)

Fab food and such a beautiful country - thanks for a wonderful time!

Melanie (USA)

Lefkas - Piraeus, 7 - 14 September 2014 (Ionian, Gulf of Corinth, Saronic)
Dear Alicia and Thanos,

You made our dream vacation come true. We could not imagine seeing the Greek Islands any other way. We will always contend the food served on the Velos was the best on any island – thank you Alicia! We are waiting expectantly for the cook book! Thank also for your insights to the local culture and history. This will be a trip to remember always.

Jeff and Nella H. (South Carolina, USA)
Walter and Drury J. (Greenville, SC, USA)

P.S. Cookbook!!!

Lefkas - Lefkas, 31 August - 7 September 2014
Dear Alicia and Thanos,

We have really enjoyed sailing with you on Velos this week. We love the space and comfort of this yacht. As ever, Alicia’s food has been exceptional as the tightness of our belts increases. We love Greece and we hope to be returning once again in the near future. Despite the unusual weather, it has been a lovely holiday. I will miss swimming in the warm sea…

With love to you both,
Georgina and Roger (UK)

P.S. It was a pleasure to meet Costas. He is a very good friend to have.

Lefkas - Lefkas, 17 - 24 August 2014

It was a wonderful week and everything we expected; Fine weather, great boat and the islands with their picturesque harbours. Thank you for our sailing holiday, Thanos. Alicia, and last but not least, your lunches are very ‘special’.

Richard and Trish (Sydney, Australia)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 17 - 24 August 2014
Dear Alicia and Thanos,

We thank you for this relaxing and complex trip. We thank very much Alicia, for her great cooking, and Thanos for letting the boys sail, he made their dream come true.

Lots of love,
Marina, Ada, Visi, Oni (Albania)

Corfu - Lefkas, 10 - 17 August 2014

Merci pour cette merveilleuse semaine en Mer. Vous nous avez fait decouvrir des endroits et des paysages extraordinaires.

Nous avons apprecie votre gentillesse et votre hospitalite ainsi que la nouriture delicieuse!!!

C’etait un privilege pour nous d’etre en votre compagnie
Sylvie et Samuel (Canada)

Corfu - Lefkas, 10 – 17 August 2014

With many thanks for a beautiful holiday! A wonderful trip to the Islands in your very capable hands.

With kind regards,
Tanya end Peter (Sydney, Australia)

P.S. Thanos & Alicia, for your Australia trip visit Queensland and sail around the Great Barrier Reef – see White Haven Bay

Corfu - Lefkas, 3 - 17 August 2014
Thanos and Alicja,

Once again we have spent a wonderful time on the Velos. Thank you for your superb hospitality. The fantastic food, and the chance to see new places to dream of, during the rest of the year. We will take away memories of your paradise with us.

With our very best wishes until next time,
John and Monique (France - Switzerland - UK)

Corfu - Northern Ionian Islands - Corfu, 3 - 10 August 2014
Dear Thanos and Alicja,

Thank you for a great holiday. I’ve had a great week. I’ve had some amazing food and also the water in the sea has been amazing and the fish were so cool!
Thank you for all you’ve done for us!!
From Ru (UK)

Corfu - Northern Ionian Islands - Corfu, 3 - 10 August 2014
To Dear Thanos and Alicja,

Our friends, every holiday you take away our weariness, fill our hearts with fun and sunshine and our tummies very round. You both have a very special place in our hearts.

Philippa & Ru (UK)

Corfu - Northern Ionian Islands - Corfu, 3 - 10 August 2014
Dear Thanos and Alicja,

Thank you so much for a blissful week - a wonderful start to our honeymoon. It has exceeded every expectation and this is largely down to your knowledge, kindness and sense of fun (as well as Alicja’s fabulous cooking!). Two great people and a lovely couple to spent time with - we will be telling all of our friends!

Lots of love,
Shaun and Maxine G. (St. Albans, UK)

Corfu - Northern Ionian Islands - Corfu, 27 July - 3 August 2014

Another week in Paradise. Thank you for making in so memorable and enjoyable. The food, as ever, was fantastic and infinitely variable. How do you do it?!

Thank you again! Lots of love and hugs!
Simon, Nicky, John and Tricia (UK)

Lefkas - Corfu, 20-27 July 2014

Sing to me of the man, Thanos, and the woman, Alicia
who braved sail, sea, caves and toilets.

A wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime trip! Thanks for your skill, your humor, your putting up with us! We hope to meet again.

Mike and Stephanie B. (Nashua, NH USA)

Lefkas - Corfu, 20-27 July 2014

What a great joy this entire week has been. We indeed feel that we have 2 new friends in Greece. The new relationships, the sailing and, of course, the food, were only matched by the beauty of the Ionian and the Islands.

Thank you for a most enjoyable and memorable week.
Philip and Melanie (Greenville, S.C. USA)

Lefkas - Corfu, 20-27 July 2014

What a wonderful holiday! Many beautiful memories, that will always be with us.

Thank you, Thanos and Alicia! Safe travels!
Donna and Jeff (SC, USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 13 - 20 July 2014
Thanos & Alicia,

This is our 4th visit, but the magic never dies. We return home relaxed, tanned and several lbs. heavier! (Thanks to Alicia!! & your wonderful cooking)

We have some wonderful memories of the crystal clear waters and picturesque villages (oh, and the cute naked butt and other bits and bobs (or boobs) from the guests on Alexandros.

Alicia, I think you are right that it would have ‘got messy’ if we all stayed another week.

With love from
Lisa and Alan
Nino and Marissa
Mike and Bobby
Guy and Virginia

Lefkas - Lefkas, 6 - 13 July 2014
Thanos, Alicia and Atilla,

A fabulous week made special for all of us by excellent weather, tremendous food (courtesy of Alicia) and some spectacular sailing around some beautiful islands.
Highlights? Well, these were numerous but in no particular order:

- Fab lunches from Alicia (see anko-yachting (Yacht Velos) on Facebook!)
- Amazing belly flops from passengers on Alexandros
- Cliff-jumping into deep emerald waters
- 10 knots sailing with boat cruising through Ionian Seas
- Italian food – Libretto on Vathy, Ithaca
- Thai restaurant in Fiscardo
- Sivota Bay for pizzas / pasta
- Thanos through away one … - v. amusing
- Thanos sailing tuition
- Alicia’s shells – thanks from Zoe and Yasmin

Ben, Debs, Charlie, Yasie and Zoe (UK)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 6 - 13 July 2014

For once, nothing to add to Ben’s comments.
Not often lost for words!
Last year on Alexandros was excellent; Velos - new level.
Will be back - perhaps next year but let’s see!

Ian, Jayne and Jake (UK)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 29 June - 6 July 2014

Skonczył się kolejny już dla nas rejs z Alicją i Thanosem - i znów było wspaniale! Czy kiedyś nam to spowszednieje? Chyba nigdy!

Marysia i Wiesiek (Poland)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 29 June - 6 July 2014

Było nam z Wami super!!! Dziękujemy bardzo. Wrócimy do Was wkrótce.

Ania i Zbyszek (Poland)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 29 June - 6 July 2014

To była piękna przygoda w naszym życiu! Bardzo dziękujemy i do zobaczenia wkrótce!

Aurelia i Daniel z Torunia (Poland)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 29 June - 6 July 2014
Kochanej Alicji i Thanosowi,

W podziękowaniu za wspaniałe przeżycia i świetne towarzystwo!
Kasia i Karol (Poland)

P.S. Kuchnia cudowna – czekamy na książkę! Życzę Wam spełnienia wszystkich marzeń, tych wielkich i maleńkich!

Lefkas - Lefkas, 22 – 29 June 2014

Thank you for a most amazing vacation. Thank you for your hospitality – opening your home to us, the best food in Greece (lunch) daily, and a most amazing experience for us and our family!

The N. family (USA)

- I loved the lunch and the yogurt, see you again! Keeley

- Can’t wait for the next year! Teri, Joe, Marissa and Keeley

Lefkas - Lefkas, 22 – 29 June 2014
Thanos and Alicia,

Thank you so much for the most incredible family week we can remember. The boat… the wonderful food… the snorkeling… the sailing… the chance for a 14 year old to drive a 500.000 Euro boat! The ports… the tiny octopus… Alicia’s scream when she was inked… Thanos’ calm smile. How did you fit so many experiences into what felt like 2 days!?

Mike, Cynthia and Kendal (USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 15-22 June 2014

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Alicja and Thanos,
We feel so grateful to You!

Thank you for sharing your amazing Islands! Thank you for the hospitality, professionalism, amazing food and great company!

Kristina (San Francisco Bay, California, USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 15-22 June 2014
Thanos & Alicja,

Thank you dearly for the kindness and generosity that you have shown to us this week. Sailing on the S/Y Velos will stay with me forever and has created wonderful memories. Thanos, thank you for letting me help you to sail this magnificent craft and Alicja… well, I need a diet after all your gorgeous food.
The Greek Islands will always be my favorite destination but seeing it through your eyes was mesmerizing.

Fondest thoughts,
Alison and Alan (UK)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 15-22 June 2014
Dear Thanos and Alicja,

Thank you for a wonderful holiday, for amazing food & great company. It’s been really great to meet you both!

Karen and Nik!! (UK)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 15-22 June 2014
Thanos and Alicia,

You have provided one of the most amazing vacations ever! The sailing, Velos and the food were fantastic! I hope to come back soon…

Jeanne (USA)

Piraeus - Lefkas, 8 - 15 June 2014 (Saronic, Gulf of Corinth, Ionian)

A really amazing time. Beautiful boat, great people! Thank you so much, Thanos and Alicia!

Nikos and Francesca (France, Italy)

Piraeus - Lefkas, 8 - 15 June 2014 (Saronic, Gulf of Corinth, Ionian)
Dear Thanos and Alicia,

We are so happy to have spent a week on the beautiful Velos. From the exquisite meals to the gorgeous views and well-chosen swimming locations, we had and experience that will never forget! Hopefully we will come back to sail with you again!

Melissa and Jeremy (San Francisco Bay, CA, USA)

Piraeus - Lefkas, 8 - 15 June 2014 (Saronic, Gulf of Corinth, Ionian)
Dear Alicia and Thanos,

Thank you so much for your warmth and hospitality this week. This trip has been a dream come true and while we are sad to see it come to an end, we are delighted to have been here. We will sing your praises when we return to the States.

Your friends,
Emily and David (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Piraeus - Lefkas, 8 - 15 June 2014 (Saronic, Gulf of Corinth, Ionian)
Thanos and Alicja,

I’ve been dreaming of sailing the Greek Isles for years! Thank you for making my dreams a reality. My wife and I loved it. I wish you the best of luck. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Andy and Emily (Chicago, IL USA & Grenoble, France)

Piraeus, 1 - 8 June 2014 (Saronic)
Dear Thanos and Alicia,

We all want to thank you for a wonderful week. No, not so exciting as your helicopter escape, thank God! You both radiate tremendous confidence due to your skills and team work. The food was exceptional and we all want to see/buy your recipe book Alicia, we are so pleased you changed your career from horse riding to sailing!
Also, every time we count to 7 we will think of you.
We look forward to a reunion on Velos.
Thank you for your warmth, graciousness and humor.

Best Regards,
Tom and Carla
Badger (- come sail with us in Seattle, Washington!)

P.S. Keep updating your Facebook page. Look for our comments!

Ios - Piraeus, 18 May - 1 June 2014 (Cyclades and Saronic)

You are a very special couple and thanks for letting us share your home. The hospitality received was wonderful and the care and attention provided to all guests was given with genuine warmth and feeling. You created a very happy and extremely safe environment for all to experience. I just hope we can manage a return visit at some stage!

Christa, Ann and Jenny (Australia)

Ios - Piraeus, 25 May - 1 June 2014 (Cyclades and Saronic)

Awesome, life changing experience. Thank you for your expertise and professionally running of your magnificent yacht. The hospitality and food was exceptional.

Susan and Chris (Australia)

Ios - Piraeus, 25 May - 1 June 2014 (Cyclades and Saronic)

Thank you for a wonderful time. It was a great experience and made our honeymoon very special. We’d love to see you if you ever find yourselves in Tasmania.

Best Regards,
Jillian and Steve (Australia)

Ios - Ios, 18 - 25 May 2014 (Cyclades)

I’m feeling so blue
Hardly knowing what to do
It’s because of both of you!
Thank you Thanos & Alicia
I shall be back – it’s really true!

An absolutely great vacation! There isn’t anything I can think of to make it better. The Company, food, the Islands we visited… were all fantastic. I hope to return with some more lovely companies in the near future.
William N. (USA)

Ios - Ios, 18 - 25 May 2014 (Cyclades)
Thanos and Alicia

Thank you so much for the amazing trip. I had no idea of the amazingness of the Greek Islands until you took us to them and let us discover, while feeding us amazing meals and being great hosts. What a relaxing and eye-opening trip.
It’s been a pleasure to be able to watch 2 people who love that they are doing and love each other as well.

We will be back! Love,
Lisa, Ann and Bill (USA)

Rhodes - Ios, 11-18 May 2014
(One way cruise through the Dodecanese and Cyclades)
Dear Thanos and Alicia,

What an extraordinary experience for us all. Seven wonderful days sailing on the beautiful S/Y Velos! 8 Aussies living the dream - everything we expected and more. Alicia’s cooking is second to none - the very best by far since we arrived in Greece!
This holiday will always be remembered as eight friends having the best time ever! We will treasure our noisy “CHICKEN” calls for ever!
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality - two great hosts and such a special couple!

Janet & Alan
Leon F. & Vivien
Malcolm B. & Kaylene
Lindsay & Jeanine

P.S. “Watch out for the Russian!”

Mykonos - Kos, 27 April - 4 May 2014
(One way cruise through the Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese)
Dear Alicja and Thanos,

We’ve completed our fourth week of sailing with you and the magic continue. Every day is a new adventure and this time the wind was fantastic - The very best sailing we’ve ever experienced. Thanos had the opportunity to prove the strength of his seamanship - and nerves - with several tankers!
And Alicja continues to work wonders in the galley - please send those recipes!

Hope to see you soon - maybe next year on Hydra!
Wendy and John (USA)

P.S. By now, you know we will be back! Cheers!

Mykonos - Kos, 27 April - 4 May 2014
(One way cruise through the Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese)
Thanos and Alicia,

You’ve made our first journey through the Aegean so memorable that I hope it will not be our last. Thank you for the wonderful sailing, the great meals, and most of all, your warmth and information along the way.
The little chapels, white against the rocks on so many islets, built to memorialize the success of a fisherman’s prayers Thanos explained, testify to faith - our faith remains also with Poseidon - and with you both!

Thank you,
Tom and Karen (USA)

Mykonos - Kos, 27 April - 4 May 2014
(One way cruise through the Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese
Thanos & Alicia,

This has been an extraordinary week. From the moment you greeted us, your hospitality has been exceptional, the food so varied, plentiful and delicious! The accommodation: spacious and easy for us all to live together for the week. As for sailing, the boat handles beautifully and I was comfortable even in high winds. Days of 8 hr. sail with force 5-7 provided marvelous days at sea.

I will never fail to marvel at your skills and even temperament even in the - to me - stressful experience of the incompetent Polish skipper! The experience of sailing in the Greek Isles has been a dream for decades and the beauty of this country. The graciousness of all we have met plus the fascinating history has made this a rich week indeed!

Many thanks to you both and our sailing companions - Wendy, John, Marlene, Bill, Karen and Tom -
Judy (Boston, USA)

Mykonos - Kos, 27 April - 4 May 2014
(One way cruise through the Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese)
Dear Alicja and Thanos,

We had wonderful wind, seas, sights and sailing. The meals and accommodation were first rate. But what made the trip so very special is the very special relationship and partnership that the two of you share. It conveys joy and fun while at the same time great security in navigating those waters.

Many thanks and our best wishes,
Bill and Marlene W. (USA)

Piraeus - Kos, 20 April - 4 May 2014
(One way cruise through the Cyclades, Sporades and Dodecanese)
Alicia, Thanos,

Oh dear, only one page since I last wrote how much I enjoyed sailing and exploring the islands with you, I couldn’t wait to come back and see another area, the Cyclades.
Some wonderful long sailing days in perfect conditions, new friends and lots of talking, maybe a bit too much tasting of local wines! Beautiful islands, some short swims in the still cold clear seas, exploring the history of the islands.

Your sailing skills and hosting are always impressive, they make time on board always comfortable and relaxing. All good wishes to you both for a great season and who knows, I will surely try and be back again.

Phillip M. (Australia)

Piraeus - Mykonos, 20-27 April 2014
(One way cruise through the Cyclades)

Drodzy Przyjaciele,
Dziękujemy po stokroć za wspaniały rejs. Cudowny czas spędzony na żeglowaniu po błękitnym morzu, słońce, wiatr i skaczęce delfiny dały nam dużo radości.
Pływanie z Wami to czysta przyjemność, dziękujemy Alicjo za przepyszne jedzonko, dziękujemy Thanos za pełne przygód żeglowanie i bezpieczne do portu wpływanie.
Życzymy Was i Waszym załogantom wspaniałego sezonu. Czekamy już z zapałem na nową przygodę, na nowe doświadczenia, których nigdy przy Was nie brakuje!

Agnieszka i Kuba (Poland)


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