Guests' Reviews 2017 - S/Y Velos


Guest Book 2017
(on S/Y Velos with captain Thanos, hostess Alicia & little Nicolas, or captain Antonis & hostess Darina)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 1-8 October 2017
Thanos, Alicia and Nicolas,

Thank you for showing us such a wonderful week! Words can’t begin to describe. Your hospitality, knowledge and kindness was above and beyond. We’ll never forget the wine we tasted from your wedding in Vathy, the beautiful swims and of course Nicolas’ giggle! :)

We hope to come back and see Nicolas grown and meet your beautiful baby to come. Sending you all hugs and love, all the way from California!

Katie & Alexander G. (Los Angeles, USA)
P.S. I’ll be recreating your recipes at home!

Lefkas - Lefkas, 17-24 September 2017

A group of fine, fun loving Canadians set sail from Lefkas aboard this immaculate boat - The Velos. Over the course of the week we lived like Greek tycoons thanks to our incredible hosts. We learned to love the Greek cuisine (thank you Alicia), the sport of sailing (thank you Thanos), and the charm of a well travelled, mature young lady (that’s you, Darina!).

We loved the ice cream of Kastos, the music in Fiscardo and the bay on Meganisi. We tore it up on the Velos dance floor too!!!
Efharisto - best vacation ever. YAMAS!!! xoxoxox

Bill B. & Tracy L.
Kathryn M. & Robert B.
Dave M. & Ivonne F.
(Peterborough, Canada)

When the Ouzo runs out, we’ll be drinking Champagne! (or Metaxa)!
P.S. You are gorgeous Nicolas!!

Lefkas - Lefkas, 10-17 September 2017
Dear Thanos, Alicia, Darina and Nicolas,

This is my 2nd time visiting the Ionian Islands with you, and I am so happy that I got to bring my husband Eric to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. 7 days is never enough time on the Velos with wonderful company and being delighted with Alicia’s cooking. We already feel homesick to return and look forward to the next sailing adventure.

Warm wishes,
Melody S. (Houston, TX, USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 10-17 September 2017
Thanos, Alicia, Darina and Nicolas,

Thank you all for such an amazing experience. Truly an unforgettable part of my life. My wife had previously traveled on the Alexandros and told me what a great time she had, but you have exceeded all expectations. You all are special people and I wish you the best – including Aga and Kuba.

Blue skies,
Eric S. (Houston, TX, USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 10-17 September 2017

Houston, we have a problem…
We need to leave…
Hope to see you again soon, as well as the Crew and the Captain of course! And his wife and the Little Captain, Nikolaki, as well! We will miss all the fantastic moments and hope we can come here again next year!

All the best,
Aga and Kuba S. (Poland)

P.S. We look forward to sail with the New Little Crew Member! :)
P.S. II The food was great, water beautiful and Nicolas gave us a lot of fun! Dziekujemy!

Lefkas - Lefkas, 3-10 September 2017

What a wonderful week of sailing the Ionian Islands. Darina and Antonis, you both made this extra special with your attention to detail, brilliant sense of humour and nothing was ever too much trouble. Hope you always remember to use the “bullshit meter” especially when Antonis claims to cook the meals.

Darina, your cooking was amazing and we will enjoy cooking the recipes from Alicia’s cookbook. You found us lovely bays to swim in, lovely places to explore and even a storm to experience together, on deck in the middle of the night!! You were both fantastic and we loved every minute of our sailing holiday.

Thanks so much!
Adele and Grant B. (Perth, Western Australia)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 3-10 September 2017

We were recommended your sailing holidays by Brad and Catherine W., we are so grateful, we have had a fabulous week with our friends the B’s and meeting new friends.
Antonis and Darina were wonderful hosts, thank you!

Karen K. Perth (Australia)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 3-10 September 2017

Such a wonderful week with Darina and Antonis and especially sailing your beautiful yacht Velos. Sailing was fantastic, only surpassed by the amazing food and company. Ionian Islands are great sailing grounds. I especially liked the tours and ports we visited.

Your yacht Velos was always the best looking and best presented of the yachts in the marina. You should be very proud of your crew, they made us so welcome and were always very professional. Karen and I loved the experience and we make sure we pass on the enjoyment we had to our friends.

Greg and Karen K. (Perth, Western Australia)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 3-10 September 2017
Our Dearest Darina and Antonis -

Thank you so much for a beautiful week aboard Velos. Amazing food and even better company. Each of your personalities are so wonderful and helpful, and we loved our time with you. Good luck in Chile, or wherever winter takes you, Darina! Hopefully we will see you next year!!

Love and hugs,
Amy M. and Johnny O.-W. (UK)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 27 August – 3 September 2017

Golden Wedding on Velos!
The perfect venue to celebrate 50 years of marriage with our family and Antonis & Darina, who provided every comfort and met every need with care, energy and expertise. We have journeyed with Odysseus, swam, sunbathed and snorkeled in the warm Ionian waters where the September sun has bronzed our Northern bodies and the Darina’s delicacies filled them.

Thanks to them and to Thanos and Alicia (who should sign all her cookbooks, of which we bought two!). We have all taken turns at steering Velos, who has been our best friend for a week.

Edward and Hanna B. (Denmark)
Lisa (Denmark), Tris, Amelia and Daniel (UK)
Helena B. (USA)

P.S. Darina has concocted for us the Velos Golden cocktail. Try it!

Lefkas - Lefkas, 13-20 August 2017
Dearest Darina and Antonis,

Thank you for a lovely week of relaxation, exhilaration and fantastic sailing! Your attention to detail this past week to ensure we enjoyed ourselves was impeccable. We loved every lunch, enjoying both Darina’s delicious cooking, Antonis’ stories of large yachts and the lovely company and view.

Antonis - go for a swim! Darina - always have as much passion for the islands as you do now, it is infectious! The Velos is a beautiful yacht and it has a great crew.

Lots of love,
Michaela and Stuart (The Aussies)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 13-20 August 2017

Με πολύ λίγα λόγια θέλουμε να σας εκφράσουμε το πιο μεγάλο ευχαριστώ!!! Η εβδομάδα μαζί σας ήταν ένα όνειρο που είχαμε και οι δύο από καιρό και δεν φανταζόμασταν ότι μπορεί να πραγματοποιηθεί και μάλιστα με τις καλύτερες συνθήκες!!! Ο Αντώνης και η Νταρίνα έκαναν τις διακοπές μας τις καλύτερες που είχαμε εδώ και αρκετά χρόνια.

Πολύ πολύ αγάπη και από τους δυό μας,
Κάλλη και Θανάσης (Greece)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 30 July - 6 August 2017
Dear Antonis and Darina,

We had the best time! Thanks for all the laughs and fun. You were both such a delight to be around. Darina’s food was great and Antonis’ seamanship was fabulous to watch. We thought you were a great team! Will take away very fond memories of our week together in the Greek Islands.

Karen and Tom K. (Australia)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 30 July - 6 August 2017
Antonis and Darina,

Thank you for a wonderful week of laughter and fun and good humor. Darina’s food was the best and Antonis’ skills were fascinating. You are such a professional team. The memories of one week sailing the Ionian Islands will last a lifetime.

Thank you again.
Anne and Brian T. (Australia)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 23-30 July 2017

Thank you Thanos, Alicia and Darina for an excellent week; for your flexibility; for tying us up in knots; for teaching us the ropes (or some of them); for wonderful food (our first experience of Polish - Greek fusion); and for providing a safe but exciting atmosphere for our holiday. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank you,
Nick, Kate, Edward, Johnny, Elizabeth, Luke and Hugh (UK)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 16-23 July 2017

Great time Thanos and Alicja. We had a wonderful week. The sun, the scenery, the swimming but especially the great service from you guys! We will all remember the delicious lunches and breakfasts. Lanny loved driving the boat.

All the best to you and your family!
Richard S., Maria L., Lanny D., Ellen D. (USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 9-16 July 2017

Best ever, thank you so much, we really enjoyed it 100%. Lovely boat, beaches, crew and the food!! We will be coming back :)

Sonja, Max, Anna, Hakan D. (Sweden)

Lefkas – Lefkas, 2-9 July 2017

Only way to experience this part of the Ionian Sea is on Velos ! Thanks for being great informative hosts/hostesses. There were so many highlights but I appreciated the marvelous sailing most!

Best to you all!
David O. (USA)

Lefkas - Lefkas, 18-25 June 2017
Alicjo, Thanasisie I Nicolasie!

Jeszcze miesiąc temu prawie
Nie marzyłam o wyprawie.
A tu nagle bez obiekcji
Zagościłam w pięknej Grecji!

Przyjaciele bez wątpienia
Chcieli spełnić me marzenia
Co zbyt często się nie zdarza...
Wzięli mnie na marynarza!

Dość kiepskiego, bez patentu
Lecz chętnego i bez wstrętu
Znosić urok żeglowania,
Ster potrzymać bez gderania

I mieć zaszczyt ciągnąć żagle,
Z lądu w fale wpłynąć nagle,
Poczuć słonej wody smak
Wiatr we włosach, lazur, blask.

Szefem tu Thanassis mądry,
Zeglarz z niego bardzo dobry.
Dba o łódke, śledzi fale,
Sztormu się nie boi wcale.

Coś tam pstryka, zawiaduje,
Z mapą trasy opisuje...
Dzięki niemu jest porządek
Sprawdzi,zajrzy w każdy kątek.

Jest spokojny,uśmiechnięty,
Radzi,uczy bez zachęty
Zycie pod rozkazem jego
Zamienia w wilka morskiego!

Lecz nic byśmy nie zrobili
Bez Alicji,moi mili,
Piękna,zgrabna, sprawne ciało,
Wciąż pływiania jej za mało.

Pyszne dania tworzy w mig
I do wody szybko, BRYK!
Karmi smacznie, no i zdrowo,
Na jej stole kolorowo:

Ryż, musaka, bakłażany,
Kalmar „bez oczu” dla mamy!
Każdemu smakiem dogodzi,
Cuda prawdziwe tu płodzi!

Gdy my zaznajemy ochłody,
pływamy, skaczemy do wody,
Ona z uśmiechem gary zamiesza,
Smaży, pitrasi,wsiąż coś ulepsza,

Potem opowieść snuje ciekawie,
O każdej swojej pysznej potrawie.
Szczęściem dla obu oraz dla gości
Jest Nicolasa po łódce pościg.

Slicznotka mała śmiechem zaraża,
Każdy z ochotą mu więc pobłaża.
Jest oczkiem w głowie pełnym radości
Dla babci Krysi, rodziców,gości.

Aż na wyspach ludzie go znają,
Pilnują,pieszczą i oprowadzają,
Smakołyk wcisną, w górę uniosą,
A on ucieka, w pampersie, boso!

Szaleje, psoci, wchodzi do wody,
Zeglarz jak tata,marynarz młody!
Zyją tak sobie pełni miłości,
Wielkim zaszczytem być u nich gościem.

Nie wiem, jak za to WAM podziękować,
Wyrazić wdzięczność.uchylić czoła...
Gorące dzięki przyjmijcie zatem
Za to, że mogłam przybyć tu latem.

Być tu,jak w raju przez tydzień z hakiem
Cieszyć się szczęściem i smutków brakiem.
Zyczę WAM siły,zdrowia,radości
Uszczęśliwiajcie kolejnych gości!!!

Gorące podziękowania za spełnienie marzeń!
Asia T. (Poland)

Piraeus - Lefkas, 11-25 June 2017
Dear Thanos, Alicia and Nicolas,

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime! It has been my dream to come to the Greek Islands and I can’t think of a better way to do it! Thank you for being the most amazing hosts, for the wonderful meals, the welcome drinks in every port and most importantly sharing a part of the most amazing way you live your lives with us.

We will have fond memories of having Nigel on board, snorkeling in the beautiful bays and the quaint little villages. We will travel home richer with the experiences we have gained!

Lots of Love,
Diane K., Mike B. and Nigel x x x (New Zealand)

Piraeus - Lefkas, 11-18 June 2017
Dear Thanos, Alicia and Nicolas,

So sad to leave this perfect week. We have taken a lot of great vacations including sailing trips and this week ranks up there in top 10! Loved Ionian Islands and the crossing from Athens to Ionian. Company was lovely.

I’m sold on share a yacht concept - we now have new friends in New Zealand. So many great laughs, especially with the Pink Flamingo Nigel!
You two are great parents and having the baby on board was an extra treat. Keep in touch if you need help with marketing.

Maria and Bill W. (USA)
Julie and Kat D. (USA)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 4-11 June 2017
Thanos and Alicja,

Impossible to put into short words how much we enjoy sailing with you and love the fine lunches and all the special touches that go into an Anko cruise. So happy to join you again and meet Nicolas! See you in London and France soon.

Mel and Annmaree B. (New Zealand)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 4-11 June 2017
Thanos and Alicja,

After 9 years it was so fantastic to see you both again AND meet Nicolas.
THANK YOU for your generosity and hospitality.

Annmaree B. (New Zealand)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 4-11 June 2017

Lovely to see you all and thank you for a very enjoyable week!

See you again soon!
Nick T. (UK)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 4-11 June 2017
Thanos, Alicja (Anna and Antonis)

This was better than expected! Such a beautiful way to experience Greece! Thank you all for your hospitality. And a big thank you for the scrumptious food! If we don’t see you for another cruise we will attend your restaurant opening!

Rowan and Yvonne G. (Perth, Australia)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 28 May - 4 June 2017
Dear Thanos, Alicia and Nicolas,

What a week we have had !!Thank you so much for such an incredible trip around the Saronics aboard your beautiful yacht, Velos. The whole experience has way surpassed our expectation (which was high given the brilliant account we’d heard from our friends!) and we are all so sad to be leaving today!

Thanos’ expert sailing skills and great sense of humor made us all feel so welcome and comfortable and at ease throughout the whole journey - even the slightly rocky waters on Day 1!
Alicia’s cooking was second to none - every day was better than the last- truly amazing to see what she’d produce each day from that tiny kitchen!
And Nicolas! Well what can we say, he really has stolen our hearts and we will all really miss his gorgeous smile next week.

Thank you all, and we hope to see you again very soon…
Paul, Alison, Edward, the Emmas, Jade and Elizabeth xx (UK)

Piraeus - Piraeus, 21-28 May 2017

Thank you so much Alicia, Thanos and Nicolas! We had such a wonderful week full of golden memories!
Jamie E. and Issac R. (USA)

Thanos, Alicia,
Thank you so much for your amazing hospitality and for showing us some of the most beautiful locations of Greece. May the joys of the pineapple floatie spread far and wide in your upcoming trips :)
Karen Ν., Jessica Η., Paul P., Cari L., Lukas B. (USA)

Alicia, Thanos and Nicolas,
What a joy this past week has been! Thank you for your tireless care and constant smiles - I am already looking forward to the idea of traveling with you again. I will miss waking up on the boat!!

Love,Shing K. (USA) :)
P.S I am excited to try to reproduce some of your amazing cooking!

Piraeus - Piraeus, 30 May - 7 June 2017

Alicji i Thanosowi za wypoczynek dziękujemy,
Ze wspaniałymi wspomnieniami długo pozostaniemy.
Za pyszne jedzenie i ouzo na dziobie,
Zawsze będziemy myślami przy Tobie.

Kąpiele w zimnej wodzie bardzo lubimy,
Może Greka kiedyś poślubimy?!
Niestety czas mija tu nieubłaganie,
Dziś jemy tutaj ostatnie śniadanie.

W majówkę tak czas spędzać lubimy,
Za morzem na pewno znów zatęsknimy.
Wrócić tutaj nadzieję mamy,
W Polsce tej myśli nie odpędzamy!

Agnieszka, Ania, Jagoda, Szymek, Damian, Adam, Kasia, Oskar (Poland)

P.S. Szymek za desery serdecznie dziękuje,
w domu sam tak pysznie nie gotuje.
Obiady były dla niego marzeniem,
Będzie myślał o nich z utęsknieniem!


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