This was our first flotilla holiday and we were not sure what to expect We had planned it as a treat for ourselves for our 25th wedding anniversary and so went for the full two weeks, and I'm very glad that we did. We never visited the same place twice and each bay we visited had its own little treasure, from the simple rustic charm of Cold Water Bay to the plush luxury of Wall Bay.
Our boat was an older model, but well maintained and in excellent working order; you can tell how well the company look after their fleet, and my wife and I were delighted with the Beneteau 343 chosen for us. It was ideal for our needs.
The lead crew of Alan and Kristin were professional, entertaining and a pleasure to spend time with over the two weeks we were there. We made friends with the other boat crews and obviously had our shared love of sailing as a common interest, which gave us loads to talk and laugh about in the evenings where we enjoyed the local foods and wines of the area which were both plentiful and very high quality. The company owners often met up with us on location for the evening and Dave and Nukhet were very easy to talk to and get on with.
My wife is already talking about next year's holiday and I must say I'm fully on board with that!
Gordon - June 2017
Thank you so much for making our holiday so wonderful, the balance was perfect; the sailing was exciting with all the passages easily achievable without motoring, all the locations were beautiful, the food was excellent and you guys are the best . . . hope to see you next year!
Benjamin - July 2017
I would like to praise both Alan and Kristin Carter for the professional service they gave to all the flotilla crew during our week in Fethiye. In addition to this I would personally like to draw to your attention to the caring behaviour of Kristin when I was rushed to hospital on the Sunday evening (at the start of the holiday). The speed at which transport across the bay and an ambulance could be organised could not be faulted. Kristin was by my side during my visit to the hospital and reassured me at every moment possible.
I would not hesitate in recommending this holiday to anyone fortunate enough to have 'The Carters' on the lead boat.
Val - June 2017
The crew at Yildiz Yachting were fantastic: all of them. We could not have wished for a greater bunch of people to organise things. The flotilla lead crew of Alan and Kristin were absolutely first class.
Their true colours really showed when a crew member on one of the other boats suffered an allergic reaction to something she had eaten. We were in a remote location, but their obviously rehearsed contingency plans, together with the immediate response of the restaurant owner, ensured that she was in a hospital in Dalaman in quick time. This was partly as a result of the fast motor boat ride across the bay...
the quality of the transfers to the marina in Fethiye at both arrival and the end were 'premiere class'. The boat, whilst over 10 years old, was well equipped, in excellent condition, with new sails and EVERYTHING worked. How refreshing!
Richard and Lisa - June 2017
Mr K was very happy to charter with you! He said that everything was of high quality.
Agent - May 2017
Well done Yildiz! Alan and Kristin are fantastic hosts. What a great week. Thank you.!
Sarah - May 2017
Dear friends at Yildiz Yachting
This year we have often been asked if we are still sailing in Turkey. The beautiful coast between Bodrum and Fethiye has been our home for 12 years now. One could say, we know our way quite well ;-)
Since the middle of the year, of course, we have been thinking about the situation, as have so many of our sailing friends. We really do know each other well enough, so we asked you, and we followed your advice to book our flights back here after our summer holiday when our yacht was out on the hard. When we came back we were positively surprised that here along the coast nothing has changed. Back in the marina our Turkish and international friends gave us a warm welcome, and apart from one British couple, all the sailors were still there.
We have been on our way again since September; sometimes we stay in lonely bays overnight, sometimes we moor at restaurant jetties. We have known a lot of the restaurant owners for many years, and sometimes the jetties were full and sometimes not so full. What attracted our attention was that until the end of October there were more home-country tourists than in the years before, and we met Turkish charter crews everywhere and chatted nicely with them. Foreign charterers were mostly regulars, who sailed several times in turkey and knew the country well. We felt safe and sound everywhere. The landscape is wonderful, and the people are as kind as ever. For us the Turkish coast is still the best sailing area in the world!
Maurice and Anna, October 2016
'First of all we like to thank you again for your great support and your kindness on our journey through the Gulf of Fethiye. Then we would like to apologise for our bad English. You were so kind to try to understand us all the time. Thank you for that.
We learned a lot on this week with you and it was a pleasure for us to meet you and all the nice people in the places we sailed to and the friends on the other boats. Especially Recep in 22 Fathom Bay, it is a very nice please we all wouldn't have found without your help and recommendation.
For me as the skipper it was the best way to start my first trip as a day skipper in your flotilla. I had the best support I could get and because of the very good briefings every morning I was able to concentrate on my sailing and the seamanship of my crew :-)
We are happy to see forward for another trip with you in the future again'
Heiko and Stephanie - September 2016
"We had an excellent time, thank you. Our 32 foot boat was in good nick and everything worked that needed to and we did not suffer any breakdowns. Our flotilla hosts, Debbie and Mike, were absolutely superb. The perfect mix of being there to help you but standing back as well. They are, I think, the best flotilla leaders we have come across over many years.
The bays and harbours were very busy due to the unexpected extended public holiday, but they got us in to a good restaurant every night, even if it was not their first choice.
This was our first Turkey experience and we loved it so much we will be booking again, probably next May!"
Stephen and Heather - September 2016
I wholeheartedly agree with Rob's comments. Celia & I were on the same flotilla, we have done many - 20+; this was one of the best, due to the service provided by Yildiz Yachting and particularly Mike and Debbie. There were no issues due to the current situation and I would happily return tomorrow.
David and Celia - September 2016
I can second that sentiment wholeheartedly. We have just sailed "Vivimus" for 2 lovely weeks with our family from Orhaniye both with David/Nuket and David/Kate, and also for a few days on our own, and Turkey is still the same beautiful, friendly and safe country it always has been and this was our 7th visit. There is so much to see and the sailing is as good as it gets. So if you are thinking of going to Turkey, stop thinking and get on a plane.
Michael - September 2016
We just got back from a flotilla sailing holiday booked through Nautilus with Yildiz Yachting. Had a wonderful time sailing the gulf around Fethiye with Mike and Debbie, our lead crew, and the rest of the flotilla; wonderful weather, great winds and wall-to-wall sunshine. If you are thinking about a sailing holiday in Turkey and worried about the recent situations - DON'T. It’s trouble free and a great time to go, it’s not so busy and so many great places to sail and visit
Rob – September 2016
We came back shortly from our one week flottilla in the gulf of Fethiye. We´ll remember this great week fo a long time. Everything was organized very well. The handover and the return by Yildiz Yachting went smoothly. A great thanks to Debbie and Mike for the excelltent and professional flottilla leading. At all times they had a friendly ear for us. We hope to see you again next year.
Reiner and Bettina - August 2016
I would like to take the chance to say once again 'Thank you' for your wonderful organisation and everything around.
I must admit (if I am honest) that I had in the very beginning, mixed feelings to book directly in Turkey instead of using the safe way of using a German agent, but our group decision was more than perfect. I need to pay your company a maximum compliment and I am sure we will return as happy customers anytime soon.
Thomas - June 2016
All went very well. Transfer was waiting for us at Dalaman and we were received very well at the port. One thing I would like to congratulate the sailing company on is for the cleanliness of the yacht. Everything was spotless.
Very good flotilla leaders. Loads of information available.
David - June 2016
Our yacht, Pangea, made an excellent and comfortable floating hotel - with the best fridge we have every had on a boat!
The skipper of the Yildiz flotilla was friendly and helpful too.
Neville - May 2016
We loved Turkey, what a great place with lovely people. Very different to trips we have had in the past. The water is very clear, the food, along with the shopping, was great.
Yildiz were great, in fact a Welsh couple that run the flotillas came to our boat on the day we arrived and gave us an itinerary and some very good recommendations. The other good news is we got to see all the rugby games on our travels so that was awesome.
Overall the boat was in great condition and we had a ball.
Andrea – October 2015
We just come back from a two-week holiday with Serap (6 people). Although ten years old, she brought us safe everywhere! The first week we were in a flotilla. It was the best decision because our skipper hasn’t been to a ship for some time and the tips John and Elsa gave us were just great.
For the second week they gave us some advice where to go. The support by Yildiz was perfect. We would choose Yildiz and John and Elsa again and can recommend them 100%!
Claudia – September 2015
Yildiz, once again have done a great job. Although Serap is 10 years old, she’s in really good nick and they do an excellent job of maintaining the yachts. Everything worked and nothing failed in the 2 weeks we were aboard.
Brinsley, Valerie, Felix and Tabitha - August 2015
We’ve just come back from an excellent week’s sailing out of Fethiye. We had a great time, made all the better by the excellent support provided by Yildiz Yachting and particularly the services of John and Elsa.
Paul - August 2015
We’ve just returned from our two-week flotilla in Orhaniye. We had one of our best sailing holidays ever – although the winds were light, we had odd days of excellent sailing.
The main reason for this e-mail though is to give feedback on the flotilla leads, Alan and Kristin. They were truly outstanding and an asset to the organisation.
Jim - July 2015
First I would like to thank for the perfect flotilla trip to Orhaniye for both myself and my wife. Please send our best to Alan and Kristin. They were both marvelous. The route was nice, they have been very helpful. We have learnt a lot from Alan in terms of sailing I must add.
I think all members in other yachts had a great time together and were really happy to be a part of such a team and have fun there.
Dr Adil - July 2015
Just back from a really excellent holiday, great boat . . .
Joe, Roger and family - July 2015
We had a fabulous holiday. Yildiz Yachting are great. Great sailing area (Orhaniye)...
Veronica - July 2015
I just wanted to let you know how delighted my party and I were with the customer service and quality of yacht supplied on our flotilla sailing holiday. I have enjoyed many flotilla sailing holidays in Turkey and Greece with other companies and the importance of the lead crew cannot be overestimated. Without doubt Alan and Kristin made 2015 stand head and shoulders above the rest and we are already planning our return for 2016!
Andrew - July 2015
We had a fantastic time. Everything went smoothly and a good time was had by all. I didn’t realise how much I had missed sailing in the four years break that I have had.
Pete - July 2015
Since Saturday I’m back from my lovely flotilla tour with Alan and Kristin. I want to thank these two guides for a wonderful week of sailing and meeting international people.
They prepared the daily tours so excellent especially with handouts (very important for non-native English speakers – so you can read the information once more).
It was marvelous to watch Alan’s magic tricks and to get Kristin’s tips at the end of the briefing in the morning.
My crew and I enjoyed very much our week
Hartmut - July 2015
Brilliant holiday, thanks. John and Elsa were amazing flotilla leaders, both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area which provided fabulous sailing.
Yildiz Yachting also provided a really good boat, well maintained and reliable.
Tracy - June 2015
Just to let you know we had a fantastic holiday – one of the best ever. Everything was perfect – and I mean perfect.
Chris - June 2015
Just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic week on Scooby-Doo. The weather was kind with plenty of sun and plenty of wind so great sailing – the ‘newbies’ thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of sailing too!
The lead crew and all at Yildiz were very professional and the boat was well equipped. We were thoroughly briefed and debriefed.
So many thanks!
Nicholas - June 2015
We are very satisfied with our vacation. When we arrived at Martı Marina we received a thorough introduction to the boat and when we returned it we appreciated the scrupulous control of the boat status. This shows professionalism and responsibility towards the customers. We will recommend you to friends and will certainly consider you on our next sailing vacation.
Anders - June 2015
In June 2015 we rented, for the first time, a sailing boat with another family. We chose the catamaran Johanna (Lagoon 380) because we wanted the space. This proved to be an excellent choice. We did not know quite what we expected but Serkan and Yildiz Yachting gave us a very good impression, and everything was of a high standard. Good briefing and equipment in the boat. We really recommend renting from this business and go sailing around the bay outside Fethiye. We found new paradises each day.
Claes - June 2015
I’d just like to pass on how much we enjoyed our flotilla on Blue Sky last week. In particular I would like to mention John and Elsa, whose friendliness and professionalism made a huge difference to the holiday. From the moment we arrived, they did everything they could to ensure that we had a fun and safe holiday; they made a number of great suggestions as to things we could do and places we could visit, and we knew that if we had any problems (which we didn’t) they would always be on hand to help. We leave with very fond memories of our trip.
Jo - June 2015
We had a really great time bareboating on Zarif out of Orhaniye. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and there was always someone on the jetty to take your lines. There were many memorable moments but especially the pre-ordered loaf of bread which “landed” in the cockpit early one morning and the taverna owner who towed us back to the yacht when we had paddled 300yds to eat that evening. The yacht was well prepared and Yildiz were very helpful.
Tony and Linda – October 2014
Hi Yildiz Yachting Team!
We want to say thanks a lot for our holidays on board Double Happiness at Orhaniye 04-14 October.
She is a very good sailor in very good condition.
Best wishes and hope to see you again!
Victoria, Larisa, Alexey and Evgeny (skipper) – October 2014
The flotilla was just 5 boats including the lead boat: a good size group to enable easy fitting in small harbours, and to get to know each other.
Our flotilla leaders, Kristin and Alan, were superb: the morning briefings were thorough and informative, pre-prepared handouts with details and sketch maps of the harbour for everyday were helpful. They were well organised, knew the places we were visiting well and made sensible adjustments to the itinerary when the weather required.
The yacht was well prepared and equipped
The weather was great and so was the sailing
Lesley - October 2014
Hello we had a fantastic week’s sailing from Fethiye around the islands and finished at Gocek. Leaving Gocek for the return to Fethiye we were sailing at nine knots, the weather was sunny and hot and plenty of wind. What more could you ask for a brilliant holiday enjoyed by all?
Harold – August 2014
We had a great holiday. Our flotilla leaders were excellent and well organised as lead crew. The boat was in very good condition, and the route was well planned.
Caroline and Nick – August 2014
This was our 3rd recent charter in Turkey and our most enjoyable.
The Yildiz shore base staff were very efficient and helpful, the boat was in very good condition and well prepared.
The weather (as high as 44C) was way above normal for June and winds lighter but we had a reasonable amount of good sailing. The short leg back to base was the only day-off for the sails.
The scenery in the area was spectacular and we were delighted with all the Restaurants we visited. Dirsek Buku got the top vote but Serce Limani; Captains Table, Sogut; Aphrodite, Bozburun and the new Jetty Restaurant at Kuzbuku were all very enjoyable and the people were delightful.
David, Angela, Alan and Kay - July 2014
The cleanliness and presentation of the boat at the start was the best I have ever experienced. The lead boat crew, John and Elsa, were superb in every way. Transfers were seamless. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Ceri and Jean - July 2014
Hi, Just a short note to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our sailing holiday with Yildiz Yachting. They were great to deal with and even though we had a mechanical problem with the boat they were very quick to put it right with much apologies. We had perfect weather and the boat was in very good condition and was very well equipped.
Trevor and Clare - July 2014
We have just had an amazing week, the best of our three flotillas to Turkey and Alan and Kristın had the most significant influence on our experience. Since we last came in 2012 they have introduced some great value add services.
Daily passage plans that not only support safe sailing but also act as a lovely record of the route and evening base.
Turkish mobiles on board so you can contact other flotilla members and the lead boat when out at sea – saves UK mobiles costs.
The Yildiz embossed sunscreens that provided valuable protection in what was our hottest week so far.
The route this year was great, good sailing waters but not a massive trek each day. (It’s a holiday not an endurance test so the distances appealed to our needs) The evening locations were a great mixture of rustic, shabby chic, bohemian and boutique, every night was different and all were top quality.
The briefings were excellent each morning and Alan and Kristin helped us every day and also developed our skills (this is important when we only sail once a year) and always with fun. They are great company, hugely competent and a total pleasure to sail with again.
Katrina - July 2014
We have just returned from one of the best flotilla sailing holidays ever! (after at least ten years regular experience!)
Our flotilla leaders could not have tried harder. They provided an itinerary with outstanding Turkish food from a good variety of venues, from the rustic to the more sophisticated. The weather was kind and a lovely balance of warmth and pleasant winds. The location - stunning!
Martin and Chantal - June 2014