No experience necessary – Tropic Sailing takes clients to relatively undiscovered destinations in Greece and beyond No experience necessary – Tropic Sailing takes clients to relatively undiscovered destinations in Greece and beyond

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A sailing holiday specialist who operates particularly in the Greek Islands, but also in Croatia and the Pacific, says his offerings are ideal for brokers and agents with ‘boomer’ clients who may be slowing down but still want an active and different experience.

Patrick Carpenter, owner, skipper and guide with Tropic Sailing, says his itineraries are also embraced by people wanting to mark milestones, have a family reunion with adult children who may be living overseas, or just get away with a group of friends. ‘It is not unusual to have groups of two, three or four couples who get away on a biennial or triennial basis and this suits them perfectly,’ says Carpenter. Operating since 2009, he says a key to Tropic Sailing is that clients do not need any prior experience. ‘I can teach them as much as they want to know.’

Another selling point is that in the ‘core destination’ of Greece, Tropic sailing takes clients beyond the well trodden paths. ‘A lot of people have been on a Mediterranean cruise, they’ve visited Mykonos and / or Santorini and they know there are other special islands out there – they just don’t know how to reach them.’ Favourite destinations include the Cyclades, which Carpenter describes as the ‘quintessential Greek Islands’, still to be unearthed by mass tourism. He says the itineraries are commissionable to trade and he is happy to discuss sailing in general, or specific destinations with agents and brokers. ‘If agents want to secure specific dates for their clients then I advise booking at least 12 months in advance. We are sold out for 2020 and starting to get bookings now for 2021.’ patrick@tropicsailing.com

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