Guests' Reviews 2016 - S/Y Velos


Guest Book 2016
(on S/Y Velos with captain Thanos, hostess Alicia & little Nicolas,
but also second hostess Darina for the last 3 months of the season)

Piraeus – Piraeus, 2-9 October 2016

Thank you for a wonderful 30th anniversary vacation. It was our first trip to Greece and could not have been a better introduction to your beautiful country and culture. We felt like part of the Velos family while we were on board. We hope to come back again and continue to explore with you.

See you soon!
Skip and Tammy P. (USA)

Piraeus – Piraeus, 2-9 October 2016

Thank you for this wonderful week I spent on your boat! You’re amazing people, so nice, positive and hospitable that it’s hard to believe that such people exist. You can make every day of the trip unforgettable! Sailing, delicious food and good company – everything was perfect!
Hope to see you again !

Kisses and hugs,
Inga (Russia)

Lefkas – Piraeus, 25 September – 2 October 2016

Ten years on this holiday has exceeded all our expectations! It has been a pleasure sailing with you again in your wonderful yacht. Delicious food, lovely company! A good time had by all. Not bad!!

Gill and Bob O. (UK)

Lefkas – Piraeus, 25 September – 2 October 2016
Alicia, Thanos and Darina,

A perfect week, thank you for the Polish/Greek hospitality, a winning combination. We are planning to get a new dog in the Spring and will be calling it Velos!

Sylvia B. and Michael C. (Ireland)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 11-18 September 2016
Alicja and Thanos and Darina,

Thank you for a wonderful week and congratulations on doing everything so well. The boat, the food, the service from all of you.

Stuart and Chris T. (Australia)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 11-18 September 2016
Alicja, Thanos, Darina and Nicolas,

Thank you all so much for an awesome week. We really enjoyed our swim stops, island stops and of course your company! Not to mention the great food on board!

Love always,
Shana and Bill K. (Australia)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 11-18 September 2016

I just wanted to tell you that this trip has been amazing and fun! Great weather, incredible food and super nice people! Thank you so much for everything, I’m only taking awesome memories with me.

Muchas gracias por todo,
Julia G. (Spain)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 11-18 September 2016

Thanks for the wonderful trip. Everything was absolutely perfect. Hopefully, you can use that anchor Alicja and I found at the bottom of the sea!

Thanks so much,
Evinn D. A.K.A “Anchor Man” (USA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 4-11 September 2016
Alicja and Thanos and Darina,

Thank you for making our week so memorable (despite the stormy weather!!). The food was delicious, boat was lovely and we had such a relaxing time – and we are in love with little Nicolas!!

Liz and Sheldon P. (Australia)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 4-11 September 2016

Για ακόμη μια φορά, υπέροχα - υπέροχα - υπέροχα!!! Ευχαριστούμε πολύ για τη φιλοξενία, τι κι αν είχαμε μια βροχούλα, δεν ήταν ικανή να ταράξει τις υπέροχες μέρες στο Βέλος!! Καλές θάλασσες και θα είμαστε μαζί πάλι σύντομα !!

Ευχαριστούμε πολύ!!
Στέφανος και Κωνσταντίνα Κ. (Greece)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 28 August – 4 September 2016
Alicia and Thanos,

Thank you for such a wonderful week filled with sailing, sun, laughter and food!!! We enjoyed every minute!

Thanks again,
Beth D. and Elena S. (Chicago, USA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 28 August – 4 September 2016
Alicia and Thanos,

Thank you for the most amazing week, relaxation, great food, great atmosphere and such a beautiful boat. We had an amazing time and look forward to our next trip with you both and Nickolas.

Thank you so much,
Gareth S. and Drew W. (Australia)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 21-28 August 2016
Alicia and Thanos, WOW!!

What an absolute awesome week we had sailing the Ionians with you both! Thank you for all you did to make this week a once in a lifetime. You guys outdid yourselves on my birthday and made the celebration so so special. 40 is for sure starting off with a bang.

We loved every minute of the trip. The cliff jumping, swimming into the cave, dancing on the front of the boat and especially Alicia’s cooking made for one hell of a time. We hope to be back soon and look forward to waterboy sweet Nickolas grow up.

Much Much Love,
Brigette and Brad S. (Atlanta, USA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 21-28 August 2016

We second everything that Brigette said, we truly had an amazing trip and couldn’t ask for anything more. We loved meeting the four of you!!

Beth and Jeff D. (Atlanta, USA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 21-28 August 2016
Alicja and Thanos,

Words cannot explain how much Pete and I enjoyed our trip with you on Velos! You have helped us create memories that will last a lifetime. Our hope is we will be able to come back and continue our adventure, so this is not a good-bye but will see you soon!

Kristy and Pete E. (Atlanta, USA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 14-21 August 2016
Thank you Thanos and Alicja!

What an awesome team with Darina and the cute little Nicolas!!
What a great week on your beautiful yacht in a magnificent part of the world. Your cooking was the highlight – can’t believe what you can whip up in that little kitchen and give us a feel for Greek food.

How you bring together people from all parts of the world and make us feel so welcome and sharing your local knowledge is a real credit and success. There were so many highlights on the trip, the islands, the swimming, the sailing, the food and the happy hour. We enjoyed every moment on the holiday!

Thank you!!
Kathy and Tania (Australia and Finland)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 14-21 August 2016
Thanos and Alicia,

Thank you so much. I had a hard time selling my husband Don on the idea of a week on a sailboat. Judging by his smile all week I can go home as still a couple! Do not change anything! Had a perfect time! Was truly magical!
Carolyn S.

I did have a great time, loved my new friend Nicolas!
Don S.


Lefkas – Lefkas, 7-14 August 2016

Σας ευχαριστούμε για τη φιλοξενία και τις όμορφες βουτιές στα μέρη που μας πήγατε. Ήμασταν πολύ άνετα και ακόμα και με το κύμα ήταν όμορφα. Σίγουρα θα σας επισκεφτούμε και πάλι και θέλω να πιστεύω ότι θα περάσουμε πιό όμορφα.

Ευχαριστούμε πολύ!!!
Πέτρος – Αγγελίνα (Greece)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 7-14 August 2016

Nous avons passé une bonne vacance, parce que le temps a été beau, l’équipage très jolie, surtout Darina et Alicia (Thanos est le capitain!), les personnes très gentiles et agreables. Surtout nous avons apprecié la très bonne cuisine de Alicia, vraiment ameliorée depuis huit ans (nous avons fait une autre vacance en 2008).

Continue comme ça!
Fabrizia et Marco (ITALIA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 7-21 August 2016

Fabrizia a tout dit!

Brigitte (Switzerland)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 7-21 August 2016

Wishing you all the best in cruising on beautiful Velos.

Francois (Switzerland - Serbia)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 31 July -7 August 2016

So we came back!! For our 2nd adventure… it was as amazing as last time if not better. We made some amazing new friends that made our trip even better than it would have been. Thank you for the experience. Looking forward to that cookbook Alicja!!

Volkan and Alese (UK)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 31 July -7 August 2016

Υπέροχο ταξίδι, με ένα υπέροχο σκαφος, με υπέροχο πληρωμα και υπέροχους ανθρωπους. Τα λόγια είναι λίγα για να περιγράψουν τα συναισθήματα!

Απλά αξέχαστο... ευχαριστούμε για ολα!
Παναγιώτης – Ελένη – Κωνσταντίνα – Γιώργος (Greece)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 31 July -7 August 2016

P. Coelho powiedział: “to możliwość spełnienia marzeń sprawia, że życie jest takie fascynujące”. Sądzę, że pobyt na „Velos” jest takim spełnieniem marzeń i fascynującym przeżyciem.

Ela W. (Poland)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 24-31 July 2016

What an amazing holiday ! Thank you for the wonderful sailing experience and for the best cruise in the Ionians! We have really enjoyed ourselves. You are great hosts and ‘the baby’ is a joy to behold! :) Best holiday ever.
Thank you and see you again!
Katy H. x x x

Many thanks for introducing us to the ways and sailing and the Greek islands. The week has flown by!

Genuinely lovely holiday ! Enjoyed every moment!
Thank you very much !

Thanks for everything, it was a truly amazing experience!

We had a great time ! Thanks for the experience!

A really fun experience for everyone.
Thank you,


Lefkas – Lefkas, 17-24 July 2016
To Thanos, Alicja and Nicholas,

Many thanks for your splendid hospitality and excellent itinerary. We all enjoyed finding out new things and interesting facts about these islands. We greatly appreciated the fabulous dishes prepared by Alicia and Darina. It was great to stay on such a well found boat that is obviously loved by you both – just as I would like to keep my boat – you set a great example!

Best wishes to you and your young family,
John and Kareen S. (UK)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 3-10 July 2016

Thank you for a great vacation! Thanos, Alicja and the beautiful Nicolas were fabulous people to have as hosts. The scenery, food and good times defy description. We hope to return some day to sail with them again!

Nancy and Mike S. (USA)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 19-26 June 2016
Thanos Alicja and “Junior Crew” Nicolas,

We have had a most excellent week on board your wonderful Velos. Thank you so very much for taking us back to find old memories and show us new joys. From our first moments leaving Nydri to Vathi for a quiet evening, we have enjoyed the sailing, your hospitality, knowledge and Alicia’s culinary delights very much!

“George” at Kalamos celebrated a great sail (Monday);
One house bay (almost alone on Tuesday) was perfect solitude on Atokos;
Vathi for “Sirenes“ on Ithaca was exciting as they always were(!) for Wednesday night;
Another memorable sail on Thursday to Fiskardo on Kefalonia having lazed in “Ring” bay;
Friday’s quiet sail to Sivota and the evening heat after a lazy morning was perfectly timed;
Saturday gave us our best sailing skirting the rain and thunderstorms to the south of Meganisi and north to Spartochori for a jolly evening entertained by Panos –
all perfect and splendidly timed to fill a relaxing week.

So many thanks to “Junior crew”!!
All good wishes,
Graham and Hilary W. (UK)

Piraeus – Piraeus, 5-12 June 2016
Thanos, Alicia and Nicolas,

We had a fabulous time aboard the Velos! Meeting you has been a pleasure. The two of you do a wonderful job and made our trip truly special. Your new little son Nicolas is an absolute doll!

We wish you all the best,
Chaig and Sandy E. (USA)

Piraeus – Piraeus, 5-12 June 2016
Dear Thanos, Alicia and Nicolas,

What a wonderful opportunity for us to meet and enjoy our sail. You were wonderful hosts and made this past week very special. We will return somehow, somewhere. We loved the food and company !

Jeff and Debbie McC. (USA)

Piraeus – Piraeus, 5-12 June 2016
Dear Thanos, Alicia and Nickolas,

You have made me fall in love with Greece. I was here 3 years ago and was not enamored with our trip. If I were to look up hospitality in the dictionary, it would have your names listed there!

Thanos, you gave us each an opportunity to enjoy what we most love about the sea. Alicia, your meals are amazing. So impressed! Nickolas, you shared your smiles and coos and gave 4 grandmas an experience of a lifetime.

Thank you all!
Marsha and Tom S. (Columbia and New Orleans, USA)

Lefkas- Lefkas, 29 May – 5 June 2016
Thanos, Alicιa and Anna,

What a wonderful experience. Your hospitality and graciousness has exceeded all our expectations. Alicia your meals were exceptional and I know the ladies are excited about getting your recipes. Anna you were always there for us and we appreciated your excellent breakfasts. Thanos, you are one of the most patient people we have met and we learned much about sailing from you.

We will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends. We wish you success in the future and many more Nicholas’s!!

Rich and Mary P. (USA)
Tom and Karen B. (USA)
Bob and Kathy McD. (USA)
Tim and Anne W. (UK)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 22-29 May 2016

The cruise when baby got named! Trust Nicolas enjoyed this week as much as we did! Captain, crew, weather, everything was perfect but the blessing was Alicja!

Thanks for this unforgettable cruise,
Micky V. and Philippe L. (Belgium and France)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 22-29 May 2016
Dear Thanos, Alicιa and Anna,

Flawless. Couldn’t have been better. You two are lovely, competent and oh so hospitable. We are delighted to be in the company of newly named Nikolas. We are confident that he also will continue the family tradition. XoXo

Joan F. and David S. (USA and Belgium)

Piraeus – Piraeus, 8-15 May 2016
Dear Alicja and Thanos,

What a memorable week it has been for us – from swimming in the cool blue waters of the Saronic, to enjoying the peace and tranquility of the small island towns and villages we stopped at. Even to the challenging death march (aka, “walk of love”) up to the volcano of Vathi, it was all a lot of fun and a great experience! For our first visit to Greece ever, we can’t think of a better way to have spent it.

Our time on the Velos was enjoyable. Thanos, your expert sailing abilities made it look so easy (though we know it’s not) and Alicιa, your hospitality and cooking abilities are second to none! We are looking forward to seeing your “Cooking for Sailors” cookbook in bookstores or on Amazon.com very soon!

We enjoyed and were honored to be some of the first people to sail alongside your new baby son – what an adorable and good natured little guy he is! You are a beautiful and wonderful family, and we wish you all the best going forward, including “Baby boy” getting an actual name someday soon – what a funny story! Can’t wait to hear what it is!

If you ever make it to the USA, please be sure to come visit New Orleans. We would love to return a little bit of the hospitality and guarantee that Alicιa would pick up lots more ideas for cooking – it’s very hard to find a bad meal in New Orleans!

Greg and Amy K. (USA)


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ANKO YACHTING Ltd. ZAIMI 52, RIO 26 504, GREECE Thanos & Alicia Christopoulos
(0030) 6936 797 680