The True Story of yachting°com
The creation of yachting°com began less than 400 million years ago, when the first living organisms transferred from water to land. We decided to rectify this mistake of nature and since 2001 we have enabled all land dwellers to return to the sea, rivers and oceans to the extent that their entitlement to annual leave allows*.
It is absolutely natural that yachting°com was founded in Prague, because the middle of the continent is where desire for the sea is the strongest. Jiří Zindulka, the founder of our company, at a young age constructed a small sailing boat with his friends, which set sail on big adventures. Within a few years he had travelled across the whole of the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the Caribbean, several times crossed the Atlantic, sailed north of the Arctic Circle, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland and in the English Channel. He became the epitome of the modern sailor, a true amphibian diving down thirty metres, frolicking with sharks, dolphins and small children (always separately). In addition to this Jiří worked in boat rentals for several years in Greece, Turkey and Croatia, gaining experience and contacts that few people can boast of. His story and adventurous nature inspired many others, so Jiří began to dedicate himself to yacht hire and yacht training full time.
Another important milestone in the return of humanity to the sea was the addition of Tomáš Vondráček
, a miserable sailor but a highly-capable internet and marketing entrepreneur, who gave Jiří’s business wind in the sails and set a clear course. Tomáš has added the company to his group of companies which operates in the Czech Republic, Germany and Holland amongst others and works on prestigious internet projects worldwide. The company has professionalised, expanded its team and offerings, and improved its services and marketing. Within a short period of time it has become the market leader in the Czech Republic and has subsequently expanded its business abroad with the newly acquired domain yachting°com
today has over twenty permanent employees and is supported by many others, whether it be tutors, captains, or through the group of companies to which we belong. For many Croatian and Greek charter companies, we have become the largest trading partner in Europe
, with for many others in Croatia
or the Caribbean
we have a significant position and continue to grow
. In the area of houseboats
our position is similar and we are likely to be the European leader
, or at least one of the biggest players to focus on France
and the Netherlands
. In 2018 we are likely to reach the magical milestone of three thousand bookings.
Our most important product is the online search system
which is the result of thousands of hours of programmers, designers, and testers. This makes it the only one in the world
to collate online data about the availability of more than 15,000 boats
across numerous countries, such as Croatia
, Greece, Italy
, the Caribbean
as well as the Seychelles
and many more. Every month we are widening our offer by adding more and more boats to our system. At the same time, we are continuing to improve the system of communication with charter companies and providing assistance to clients so as to be as intuitive and simple as possible. Moreover, we are the largest organizer of captain courses
in the Czech Republic and we are expanding this service to other countries. For three years now we have been running a comfortable yachtbus
, which takes sailors to the Croatian marinas, where this year we also operate the largest rental paddleboards on the Adriatic
. We have developed our own deposit insurance
, reduced our first-minute deposits, we provide free localized weather forecasts
, and we are constantly improving and transforming.
Perhaps it's an obsession, maybe just the desire to change the world for the better. Some would say it’s the ability to adapt as a prerequisite for evolution. In any case, we believe in the long-term perspective of our business, because even if our planet continues to pollute the ocean in the future, we and our clients will continue to enjoy yachting, as ships set sail on the water and data runs in the cloud. We recommend trying our services now, even though water currently only covers four-fifths of the Earth's surface.
Jiri, Tomáš and the whole yachting°com team
* In 2016 one of our clients ordered 11 yachting holidays, omitting only August. To retirees or rentiers who are not limited by an employment contract, we offer you the opportunity to beat this record and become part of the history of our company. To this end, we note that August is also a very good month for yachting.