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Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters

Appledore, United Kingdom
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About Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters
Come sailing - no expereince is necessary. We offer private sailing and motor boat trips around the beautiful Torridge Taw estuary - a UNESCO biosphere and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in a traditional locally built lug sail boat (2 to 4 hours, up to 4 adults or 2 adults 3 young children / 3 adults 2 young children). Or sail out to sea in an ocean going yacht (4 or 9 hours up to 5 people, no children) including trips to Clovelly or Lundy depending on the weather. Longer trips with overnight stops are also available. You have the whole boat for your party with skipper and we make each trip a unique experience. Join in with sailing and crewing the boat. We can suit all levels of age and experience including novices. Any training you might like is included within the cost. Safety equipment and life jackets are supplied. Both the boats and the skipper are fully licenced.
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Paul W wrote a review Oct 2019
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This was a great day to get the feel of sailing a boat on the see. I had many many questions and Nikki the sipper pretty much answered them all with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Nikki was very accommodating and allowed myself and my lad to sail the boat while we were out from dawn to dusk. A very satisfying experience and I would definitely recommend Appledore Sales and Nikki Tait to anyone who wants to experience sea sailing in a confident and safe environment.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Niki T, Owner at Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters
Responded 15 Oct 2019
Thank you Paul, so glad you both enjoyed your day.
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IanStrat wrote a review Oct 2019
St Albans, United Kingdom257 contributions90 helpful votes
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My wife and I had a super day sailing with Niki on Patron... We have done a fair amount of sailing on skippered charters in warmer waters and had always wanted to get out sailing from the North Devon coast. We were delighted to find Appledore sails. All the excellent reviews are fully deserved. Niki puts safety first as the best way to ensure that her guests have a fun day sailing. My wife was delighted to be allowed to helm as much as she liked after Niki had expertly guided us out of Appledore. The tides are extreme, so her local knowledge was invaluable in ensuring that we had an enjoyable trip. We sailed out towards Hartland Point before stopping for our packed lunch and welcome cups of tea and coffee at Clovelly. In the afternoon, we explored the sailing towards Saunton before heading back for an expertly judged return on the tide. The best part for us was that Niki was keen to sail as much as possible ensuring that both my wife and I had a super day - finished off with fish and chips from the Appledore chip shop. We subseqently enjoyed watching Niki helm Patron in round Lundy race a couploe of days later, which started in rough conditions and ended in perfect blue skies. if you like sailing, or would like a good introduction to sailing, I would heartily recommend taking the time to sail with Niki - we will be returning again Ian & Sara
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Niki T, Owner at Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters
Responded 15 Oct 2019
Thank you for the lovely review Ian and Sara and so glad you enjoyed your day. Love to take you sailing again
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Martin R wrote a review Sep 2019
Appledore, United Kingdom1 contribution
Our small group of novice sailors all had a great day coastal sailing experience with Appledore Sails. Our Skipper was Niki in her Moody 31 yacht named Patron. The 9-hour sail took us out of Appledore, across to Baggy Point and then onwards to Clovelly where we anchored for lunch. We then sailed back to Appledore in the evening. Niki is clearly a very experienced Yachtswoman who made us all feel safe and passed on much of her knowledge within the time available. She enabled us all to get involved, answered our many questions and ensured we all had an enjoyable day. I would highly recommend Appledore Sails for anyone wishing to experience sailing for the first time, to develop current sailing skills or even just for a day out on a yacht.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Niki T, Owner at Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters
Responded 5 Sep 2019
Martin - what a lovely review. Thank you. It was a great day wasn't it and thank you all for joining in with everything and so clearly being so interested and wanting to learn. Makes my job feel so worthwhile. Do hope to take you all again
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CJOA wrote a review Aug 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom17 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited Appledore Sails again after our fantasia sail on the estuary last year, slightly more adventurous this time, a full day at sea on Niki's yacht Patron. We left Appledore on the morning tide, spent 9 hours exploring the headland between Morte and Hartland Point to sail back on the evening tide. We had a go at everything and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Saving the pennies for next time, thanks Niki!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Niki T, Owner at Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters
Responded 9 Aug 2019
Wonderful review, thank you. So very glad you enjoyed your day. Really looking forward to taking you out next time
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Roxy Willis wrote a review Aug 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom2 contributions
We wanted to give our children a introduction to sailing and this was the perfect start! Niki was really patient with the kids (aged 7 and 9) and gave them a great intro on how to sail. They both had time on the tiller and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It’s a beautiful area and lovely to hear some of the history from Niki. Thanks Niki for a fab time!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Niki T, Owner at Appledore Sails - Private Day Charters
Responded 8 Aug 2019
It was lovely to take you and your children sailing and so glad they enjoyed themselves - natural little sailors. It makes my job so worthwhile when you gtet children like yours who are so interested in what they are doing. Do come again.
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