The story of Sail & Discover
October 2011 - Set sails
At the end of 2011, with the help and support of my friends Claire-Lise and Yves Haldemann, we created Sail & Discover Sarl, based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more than forty years, sailing was my passion, now, thanks to Sail & Discover, it has become my way of life.
2011 - 2016 - Cruising speed
Throughout these years, we organized an average of 15 to 20 weeks of customized and privatized sailing cruises in Croatia, Scotland, Greece, Italy and the Caribbean.
The operating mode was simple: A contact, a project, a skipper, a sailboat, a sailing area and we had found the recipe for pleasure at sea. My path as a skipper became clear, by the pleasure I have to do this activity and by the positive return of our customers who trusted us.
November 2016 - A change of location
After having lived most of my life in Switzerland, at the end of 2016, we decided to move to Berlin, a kind of return to the roots for the German I am. The Sail & Discover adventure continues.
January 2019 - A good wind shift
During a summer cruise in 2018, I met Constantin Christov and his family. We have the same desire to sail and share our passion. We decide to join forces and in January 2019, the company Sail & Discover SAS was born.
The purchase of a Bavaria 50 completes the Sail & Discover family, and with it we are expanding our offer. We can finally propose cabin cruises to singles or couples who wish to share a week of sailing with other enthusiasts like them.
Chronos, our new yacht is based in 2o19 in the Ionian Sea, Greece. Greece seduces us and the Ionian Sea offers many possibilities of cruises without suffering the strong winds of the Aegean Sea especially during the summer months. We can therefore offer private cruises from Corfu, Lefkas or Preveza. The sailboat will make trips around the Mediterranean in 2019 - 2020 and a crossing on the West Indies is planned at the end of 2020.
November 2019 - First season with Chronos
Our first season with Chronos went well, and we were completely satisfied with the yacht. 2019 was a pivotal year as we still organized cruises in other regions with chartered sailing boats. We are looking forward to sailing a full season with Chronos. The 2020 season will be Greek and Croatian with cruises from Dubrovnik, Zadar, Athens, the Cyclades and the Ionian.
January - May 2020 - Covid-19 pandemic
The world has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and for a lot of us, it did change our business and daily routine. As all travels are suspended, we could not sell and organize our season the way it as planned. All the cruises sold previously have been cancelled, and reimbursed to our customers. As Sail & Discover SAS is a young company ( created in January 2019) , we could not get any help from the French state or else as the company had not yet a fiscal year report. Our yacht, Chronos is still on dry land, and we do not know at the time of writing if we would be able to operate in 2020.
We took the decision to close the company Sail & Discover SAS until the end of the year. For my part, I will keep operating Sail & Discover the way I used to do from the beginning as a self employed. We will still operate Chronos but also propose other destinations with charter yachts.
Thank you !
To conclude, I would like to thank all those who allowed me to life this wonderful adventure, who appreciated the time spent with me and who trusted me. Sail & Discover would not exist without Claire-Lise and Yves Haldemann, their support throughout these years has been invaluable to me. Of course, I thank Constantin Christov very much for believing in our project, and also for having done everything possible to allow us to continue to share these wonderful landscapes and the love of the sea.
My special thanks go to Christelle, my partner, my right-hand at Sail & Discover, my hard drive and the one without whom I could not live fully.
A new chapter has just opened for Sail & Discover, we look forward to writing the story with you.
See you soon on board.
SAIL & DISCOVER – Stephan RAUER
German tax id number: 16/ 485 / 00541
Adress : Friedelstrasse, 48, 12047 Berlin – Germany