Nina, Birmingham, UK
“Dear Neil and Sam, my week sailing in Guadeloupe has flown by and been wonderful. The food and sailing have been fantastic - in particular, the cheese and wine :-) Thank you, Neil, for your help with my sailing - this time next year I may have my day skipper (well theory anyway!). I’ll be in touch to book trip #3!
Andrew, Worthing, UK.
“A wonderful nine days in the BVI. Brilliant meals and hospitality and attention to dietary needs. Great to participate in the sailing. Very capable and relaxed style. Nemo is in excellent condition and well cared for. Lots of interesting stops and anchorages and insights into the local history.”
Hallie, California, USA
“Neil, Sam, Nemo and Dory! The experience is just what I had hoped for. Plus, taking home the best of memories. I will be dreaming about the ‘Rock and Roll!’. You have done a fine job of taking care of me, I am very grateful. Till then!”
Rebecca from Arlington, VA.
“Sam and Neil, I can’t believe how fast the week went by! You are both such gracious and patient hosts, and your goal of making sure everyone enjoyed their trip was definitely achieved. I learned so much about living aboard a boat and sailing. You knew just the right spots to take us for swimming, snorkelling and time ashore. The meals were fantastic and I am amazed at the creativity that comes out of such a small space! My favourite time was in the evening after dinner, just sitting outside chatting. I’m definitely already planning my next trip aboard Nemo!”
Jeff from NY State
“Dear Sam and Neil, I can't thank you enough for your hospitality and attentiveness. To say I enjoyed my week with you aboard Nemo would be an understatement. This vacation was more than I ever imagined and I have you two to thank for it. Sail on!”
Trager Family, California
“Thank you so much for such a fun trip. I loved how educated you guys were about all the islands. Especially getting to eat lobster! Probably my favourite parts were skim/wakeboarding behind Dorey the dinghy. What an awesome week.” Preston, age 14.
"Thank you so much for the brilliant trip. I had so much fun, especially with scuba diving and skimboarding. Setting the new speed record (21.6 knots!) in Dorey was awesome too! I am so glad my Mom planned this trip.” Grant, age 12.
"Thank you for sharing your home, sailing ship and friendship with us. This has been a dream vacation holiday for me and you have made it effortless, fun, the best ever! We loved your hospitality, amazing/brilliant meals, stories, favourite beach spots and multi-sport activities! Bless you and your journey and Nemo. May we meet again on the high seas or in a beautiful cove! Luv Mari
"Captains! Yo Ho! What an awesome time we had! Thank you so much for sharing your world with us. What a treat! I am confident that we shall cross paths again. Peace and love." Eric.
Art & Patti, Marblehead, MA
“Dear Sam and Neil, Well it is the night before our departure and I can't believe we will be saying goodbye tomorrow :-(. I don't know how to begin to thank you both for such a relaxing and fun 10-days sailing in the BVI. I loved Neil, your calm competence at the helm and just in general. Sam - let us not forget the incredible and bountiful meals you prepared. Really extraordinary, and I’ll be looking for those recipes! And really the two of you are such a fabulous team. This truly has been a voyage I will always remember. Thank you so much, Patti.
Thank you so much for a PERFECT sailing cruise through the BVI’s. Not only was the boat Nemo a fun boat to helm and meals way above and beyond expectations, but you both also made the whole experience comfortable and relaxing and you are a joy to be around. I could go on and on but instead, we will just come back next year! All the best wishes to you both, Art."
Olaf, Marianne, Angelika, Walli and Opa Bert, Germany
“Dear Sam, Dear Neil, 'Günstige Winde kann nur der nutzen, der weiß, whoin er will'. Wir hatten fünf wundervolle Tage an Bord Nemo. Danke für die Segeln Erfahrungen, das super Essen, die behaglich Unterkunft und die liebevolle Betreuung. Es war für uns eine wunderbare und unvergessliche Zeit. ‘Man weiß selten was Glück ist, aber man weiß meistens was Glück war.’."
"Dear Sam, Dear Neil, 'Favourable winds only help those who know where they want to go'. We had five wonderful days aboard Nemo. Thank you for the sailing adventures, the great food, the comfortable accommodation and the loving care. It was a wonderful and unforgettable time for us. 'You rarely know what luck is, but you usually know what luck was.’"
"Thank you, Sam and Neil, for the 65th birthday present for a keen new sailor that went way beyond my expectations. A warm welcome, superb sailing training, catering and care, terrific sailing experiences, wonderful surprises, magical locations and enormous fun. All in the easy comfort of the good ship Nemo. I can’t recommend you and BlueFoot Travel more highly. I shall enjoy following your adventures when I am back home in Blighty.”
Fabian & Cathy, St Johns, NL, Canada
Neil and Sam, this was a grand 10-day voyage :-) Cathy and I really enjoyed our introduction to sailing in the Caribbean Sea. Neil, thank you for all the sailing tips, for sharing your knowledge and gentle reminders to "bear away” when I got too close to the wind. Sam, your meals were brilliant :-). Thank you for taking such good care of us and making the experience such a memorable one. We hope to see you both in the future.”
Mike Steele, aka Macho Mike (By Sam) Hamptons, NY
“Another great adventure. I’m a repeat offender, formally 'Mike The Crusher’. We had great meals and awesome winds the whole trip. The Bequia music festival was great to visit too. Big thanks to Sam and Neil for keeping us safe and thanks to a great couple, Harvey and Karen for diving in with all the activities on board.” PS. Check out my can crushing tips video :-)
Harvey & Karen, Alberta, Canada
“Sam and Neil - Holy Moly!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! The first thing that became obvious to us as we started the journey was that you both put in 110% in everything you do. It is really inspiring. Wonderful meals, drinks, accommodation, conversation, friendship and learning to sail opportunities. We could say that we can now scratch this off our bucket list, but instead, we will put it back on! Wishing you lots of fun and adventure ahead. We will definitely recommend you highly to our friends, family and travel agent. Will think of you often with fond memories (in-fact every time I tie a sling on I will think of you both - got to love the knot tying skills! Thanks again, and cheers to 'Mike the Crusher' for being such a fab companion from New York.”
Jim & Louise, Calgary, Canada
"This has been the most memorable holiday we've ever had. Thank you for making one of our dreams come true - we had a “brilliant” time! The sunsets, the dolphins, turtles, pristine waters and the sailing have made for an experience we will treasure. Your hospitality, the food, experience and patient teaching of sailing techniques were much appreciated. Thank you both very much and we would love to sail with you again.”
Tony, Grand Rapids, MI
“Thanks for making a bucket list item even more exciting than I had hoped. Companionship, hospitality, food and the sailing refresher was BRILLIANT! Thank you."
Debi & Denis, Netherlands
"Thank you so much for two wonderful days and for helping Denis discover the joys of sailing. Sam, your cooking alone is a reason to come back from more. Neil, your patience and chilled teaching style make it fun to learn new things and take the helm. In Dutch they say “kort maar krachtig” which means short but powerful. The trip was great and your hospitality fantastic. We will be in touch and hopefully will be back on Nemo before too long.”
Josh, LA, USA
“Sam and Neil, thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. Sure the Caribbean is beautiful, but that is really just a great setting for what was an incredible experience. You shared your incredibly well taken care of yacht, your knowledge, enthusiasm, experience in so many different ways, that anyone who is lucky enough to spend time on Nemo, certainly cannot take for granted. You are both excellent teachers, and my time at the helm was thrilling and relaxing at the same time. Sam, your food as always delicious and you made me feel so comfortable with my strange dietary restrictions! Together we discovered that olive oil does indeed come from the noble olive tree! Thank you especially for the tuna meatball recipe which I am excited to eat again and for my new best friend, the Bacon Butty! I hope to return soon.”
Don & Shelly Houston, Ontario, Canada
"Sam and Neil, Thank you so much for the most excellent adventure! Excellent hospitality, food, sailing, snorkelling, exploring, camaraderie and most of all excellent fun! Our visit was everything we hoped for and so much more! We hope to be able to do it again!"
Rachel, London, UK
“This is hands down, the best holiday I’ve ever been on. Everything has been just perfect. Thank you for the hospitality, instruction, patience and laughter. See you again soon!" Read my blog about the trip here: https://www.bluefoottravel.com/guest-sailing-blog1/.
Cate, San Diego, USA
“Sam and Neil - Wow! What else can I say?! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! It was a really fantastic trip/adventure - something that I really needed to do for myself. You are both wonderful hosts and I so appreciate the patience in the sailing instruction, the attention to detail for all of your guests and your fun and kind natures. It’s inspiring to see people doing something they love!"
Dawn, NYC, USA.
“Thank you for the wonderful holiday, complete with relaxation and great food - in particular, the desserts and the banana bread!
Dan, Oregon, USA.
“Thank you, Sam and Neil! I took the ten-day sail from Grenada via the Grenadines and back to Grenada. This was a perfect trip for me. I just wanted to escape and relax and I bookended the trip with several days in Grenada. First I want to say what great travelling partners Neil and Sam have been. Ten days on a boat and they made everyday fun. I appreciated the peace and quiet of a sailing journey. Sam’s cooking is second to none. Please ask to try her quiche - best ever. I have not really sailed before and Neil was kind enough to teach me some techniques and terms. I even got to take the wheel. Snorkelling was great and we even got to see a shark along with many turtles. We anchored in quiet bays and a hopping marina. I got to read a book and just stare at the remarkable watercolours. We visited a few fine restaurants (Lazy Turtle for lionfish was *****). We also hit a few rum bars and met many nice people along the way. A perfect vacation!”
“Liebe Sam, Lieber Neil! Für die schöne Zeit mit Euch beiden aufNemo sage ich ein großes DANKESCHÖN. Die tollen Erlebnisse werde ich lange in Erinnerungen schalten. Ich wünsche Euch auf allen weiteren Fahrten alles Gute, und immer genug Wasser unter dem Kiel und Wind in den Segeln."
"A huge thank you for the wonderful time with you both on Nemo. I will remember the great experiences for a long time. I wish you all the best on all further trips, and always enough water under the keel and wind in your sails.”
Regine & Friedrich, Germany.
"Liebe Sam, Lieber Neil, Vielen Dank für eine wunderschöne Zeit bei euch hier an Bord. Es war für uns wieder mal eine ganze neuer Erfahrung auf so einem Boot zu sein und Euch bei der Arbeit zu beobachten. Die Erinnerungen an tolle Segelstunden, Schnorcheln in türkisblauen Wasser mit Fischen und Schildkröten, die Atmosphäre der Karibik zu genießen, wird uns immer bleiben. Wir wünschen Eurch gutes Wetter sum Segeln, immer nette Gäste und weiterhin viel Erfolg auge den Wegen des Meeres. Thanks for everything!"
"Dear Sam, Dear Neil, Thank you very much for a wonderful time with you onboard, it was a whole new experience for us to be on such a boat and to watch you at work. The memories of great sailing hours, snorkelling in turquoise blue waters with fish and turtles, enjoying the atmosphere of the Caribbean, will always stay with us. We wish you great sailing weather, nice guests and continued success in the on the high seas. Thanks for everything!"
Annette, Soren, Anders and Peter, Denmark
"Thank you so much for the most fantastic holiday - from the day you picked us up in Bequia to now in Grenada. It has been everything we dreamed of. Beautiful scenery, wonderful snorkelling, great food and good company. Thank you for showing us all these wonderful places, for letting us try our hand at being sailors and taking care of our every need. We have all learned lots of new things and you’ve both been great teachers as well as companions. It has been great getting to know you and we wish you the best of luck with BlueFoot and Nemo. Thanks again."
Dave & Mandy, St Albans, UK
“Thanks to Sam and Neil for a fantastic week sailing around St Vincent & The Grenadines. We took in lots of beautiful places (particularly Tobago Cays), saw some fantastic sights and experienced the warmest hospitality aboard Nemo. The fact that we learned some sailing skills in the process was an added bonus! Thank you, Neil, for the great instruction (and for letting me hang over the front of the boat!) and Sam for the great food and bottomless Dark & Stormys! Only had to revert to Plan B once too! Happy sailing and we will be back to join you again next year."
Nina, Birmingham, UK
Thank you both for a fantastic adventure! Each island and bay we visited between St Vincent and St Lucia had its own special beauty. The time flew by and you both went above and beyond when it came to making my trip one to remember. Very appreciated. See you both next year for a French adventure. Oh la la!!
Zane, Ohio, USA
Just finished a 10 day trip from Martinique to St Vincent and the Grenadines with Sam and Neil. If you love to sail, but don’t want to charter a whole boat, this is a rare opportunity to join a blue water sailing adventure, which includes daytime passages between islands and quiet beautiful anchorages. Maybe you just finished a sailing class and are looking for an adventure to stretch your skills, or maybe you love to sail but your spouse wants a traditional vacation where he/she doesn’t have to contribute to sailing or cooking. This is your chance!
Most “cabin charters” are designed for non-sailors and you aren’t allowed to be actively involved. With Sam and Neil, you will be encouraged to helm the boat, trim the jib, raise the anchor, and be an active member of the crew. I’ve searched far and wide for this type of experience, and I can assure you it is rare.
As an avid sailor I can also say that it is a true pleasure to sail on such a well maintained and lovingly cared for vessel. Yacht Nemo is a 51 foot Dufour that sails well and has generous cabins. The boat is better kept than the boats I’ve chartered with the Moorings.
Another very important consideration is safety. The safety equipment on board is top notch and well maintained, unlike many private boats I’ve seen. Neil is a serious sailor and well trained. I’ve experienced some tricky situations sailing with Neil before on other trips, and I have been duly impressed with his knowledge and skill. He knows how to make tough conditions seem easy.
I really enjoyed getting to know Neil’s new partner Sam and appreciated her constant attention both to the sailing and to the needs of her guests. She is a great cook as well!
You will want to bookmark their website and make plans for their next season. Maybe I’ll meet you on your trip, since I am certain that I will be joining them again next year!
Jeff, Edmonton, Canada
When this western Canadian prairie boy first heeled over at 7 knots with spray in my face and Sam at the helm I knew I was in for a special time! And, as expected, the highlights kept popping…snorkelling through a turtle traffic jam with a ray feeding below us in the cays…jumping around on the dance floor at Basil’s (with Basil!)…the heron alighting with water drops from his wings glistening in the sun as my kayak glided by…safely skirting a squall and catching the edge in a burst of excitement. If you want a sailing adventure that is both exciting and relaxing at the same time, if you want to experience the Caribbean like someone in the know, and if you want to ride the waves on an elegantly simple and beautiful boat, go with Sam and Neil (and Nemo!). I can’t recommend BlueFoot Travel more highly, great value and a great experience! Thank you, and thank you again!
Nicole, Oliver, Doris, Thomas, Switzerland
After our first meeting in the bar in Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia we four Swiss travellers entered two by two onto Nemo and it was love at first sight. After hoisting the Swiss flag we started our journey towards Grenada. We took in many fabulous islands, swam in turquoise waters filled with turtles and tropical fish, met and danced with lots of friendly locals, visited local bars and ate lobster on the beach! We miss the sailing under Neil's great guidance, super delicious catering par excellence from Sam, the lapping of our beloved Dory behind the boat and your great hospitality. Thank you for a great sailing week!
Sam, London, UK
Huge thanks for a fabulous trip from Martinique to the Grenadines. It has been so fantastic to get some great sailing in, surround by stunning scenery and sampling delicious food. It’s been a great combination of exploring and chilling. Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm at all times :-).
Midge & Joe, Carlisle, USA
It was a most delightful 10 day trip from Martinique to the Grenadines. We learned a lot, had good conversation, wonderful food and drink. We have memories we will treasure all our lives. Thanks for everything!
Mike, Hampton Bay, NY
Thank you for a great vacation. I learned a lot about sailing safely in the Caribbean and enjoyed my time on Nemo’s helm. The weather was handpicked for us and the food on board was awesome. Great trip and great times.
Don’t close your eyes for a moment when you join Neil and Sam on their lovely yacht ‘Nemo’. If you do, you might miss taking in the amazing colour of the ocean, the changing pattern of the waves or the fascinating wildlife that accompanies the boat as she glides through the water driven by the power of the sails. Under Neil’s expert tuition you can learn how to handle the boat or relax and simply enjoy the experience. Very little comes close to the feeling you get when you first take the wheel and guide Nemo towards her destination, although there is absolutely no pressure to do so if you just want to sit and take in the sun. Anchoring in picturesque bays and going ashore in Dory is great fun – whether exploring the area or eating in one of the beachside restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities to snorkel and the reefs are teeming with mind blowing fish and coral. Turtles, pelicans and flying fish are frequently spotted and, if you’re lucky other, larger, marine life such as dolphins can be seen. On our trip we were accompanied for several miles by a brown booby who flew just a few feet alongside the boat, occasionally dropping down to take a fish that had surfaced in our wake, which was very entertaining. Everyone is well catered for, thanks to Sam’s expert cookery skills and all meals on board are first class. The cabins are extremely comfortable with plenty of space - more like a floating hotel room than a boat, with the added advantage of being gently rocked to sleep every night as you lie at yet another beautiful anchorage. If you like looking at the night sky, then you won’t be disappointed by a heaven crammed with stars and waking early to watch the sunrise is another absolute joy. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a curious first timer, you can’t help but be enchanted by the whole experience and the only thing you’ve got to lose is stress. Try it – it’s good for the soul!
Ann & Hugh, Manchester, UK
We had a wonderful holiday. Ann was initially a reluctant sailor but Sam, Neil and Nemo turned that all around. Nemo is a lovely comfortable boat kept in perfect condition by Sam and Neil and she was a pleasure to sail. Sam’s food was delicious and Ann was amazed that she cooked such a variety of dishes on a boat! Neil was very patient and helpful in showing me ‘the ropes' and improving my steering. The places we visited and the shore trips (especially at night in Dory when a fish jumped in to join us!) and restaurants they found for us were also great. All in all a wonderful holiday and we can’t wait to try sailing again!
Trokel Family, New York, USA
We can't thank you enough for your hospitality and generosity. What a wonderful sailing vacation with such nice, friendly and warm company. Thank you for making us feel so at home and welcome. We learned a great deal from the two of you. You both have such easy going and natural ways about you. The sailing was spectacular and the food fabulous! Each of the islands were a little different, making each day a new adventure. We loved the snorkelling and Tobago Cays and enjoyed both the dives in Bequia and Carriacou. Sister's Rock and Rose Wreck were amazing. We seriously had an amazing trip! Thank you for everything.
Anja, Heike, Dieter, Gudrun & Heidi, Germany
We spent a wonderful time with you, had lots of fun either sailing, diving, snorkelling, SUBing, canoeing (and life-saving!). We had wonderful food too, Sam you surprised us every day with fabulous meals. Neil thanks for the sailing instruction, the ‘knot-lessons’ and your patience! You both do a wonderful job!! And we love Nemo and Dory!
There is a German Band called Dicke Fishe. One song is ‘Mir get’s gut, Dir get’s gut, Uns get’s gut. We are happy we could stay with you.
Thomas & Sonja, Germany
Liebe Sam und Neil,
Vier tolle Tage geben leider viel zu früh zu Ende. Tolle Inseln, schöne Buchten, die unvergesslichen und unbeschreiblich schönen Tobago Cays. Super segeln, exzellentes Essen und sehr nette und freundliche Gastgeber! Einfach super!
Dear Sam and Neil,
Unfortunately, four great days have come to an end much too soon. Great islands, beautiful bays, the unforgettable and indescribably beautiful Tobago Cays. Great sailing, excellent food and very nice and friendly hosts! Wonderful!
Sharon, Ottawa, Canada
My first sleep aboard Nemo is something I will remember forever. You made this trip very special. It is clear how much thought, effort and care you put into everything you do. I wish you both every success with BlueFoot Travel and I hope we meet again and get to sail together on Nemo.
Sarah, Toronto, Canada
Thank you so much for taking us on an unforgettable adventure! I really appreciate all the extra effort you put into every detail. Nemo is a beautiful yacht and you make a great team! I hope our paths cross again soon, and in the meantime happy sailing!
Lucyanna, Toronto, Canada
I loved my 10 day experience on Nemo! From great food, hands-on practice at the helm and figuring out what to do with all those ropes was amazing! I had lots of fun adventures, thank you.
Graham, Podere Sant’ Angelo, Italy
Thank you for a memorable sail through some beautiful seas. The last ten days have by so quickly that I think Einstein got it wrong - sailing at 5 knots in Nemo makes time warp and pass quickly - not travelling at the speed of light….The fantastic food, great company and sailing instruction made this a great holiday.
Laura & Tim, California, USA
Thank you so much for our wonderful trip around several islands of the Caribe. Your expertise made it a great adventure and you are both wonderful hosts. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in the Caribbean for another trip soon.
Frank & Gill, Warwick, UK
What a brilliant time we had! All thanks to the hard work and personal attention of Neil and Sam, who have been perfect hosts, skippers, tour guides, teachers and cooks. We have had some wonderful sailing days where two landlubbers learnt new skills in basic crew, paddle boarding and kayaking! The food has been superb and many thanks for tailoring meals to meet coeliac dietary requirements - we could not have asked for more. A perfect holiday, perfectly arranged and managed. Thank you!
Michael, California, US
Thank you Neil and Sam for a great mini break in St Martin. Nemo’s layout is wonderful for relaxing on, and the food on board and ashore was really great. I enjoyed jumping off the back of the boat for a swim with the toys and just luxuriating!
Bob & Barbara, Somerset, UK
We had a lovely holiday with Sam and Neil that brought to us the delights of Antigua and Barbuda. We sailed to Barbuda and all around Antigua visiting beautiful coves and golden sand beaches under the excellent skippering of Neil. Use of their kayak and paddle board provided lots of fun above the water and their snorkelling kit provided plenty of opportunities to visit the underwater paradise of coral. Throughout we enjoyed 5* dining on board thanks to Sam’s amazing cooking and thanks to both their local knowledge we dined on shore at restaurants that provided excellent local cuisine within the wonderful ambience of the Caribbean culture. Thanks for a wonderful holiday, we look forward to the next time.
Don, California, US
I had a great time on my sailing trip with Neil and Sam. The sailing was excellent with Neil by my side, and the meals on board Nemo prepared by Sam were wonderful and when we went ashore the restaurant selection was excellent. This is my first trip with BlueFoot Travel and I look forward to joining them again.