Geneva & the lake are synonyms, summer & sailing are also synonyms. So what do you get if you combine the four? An unmatchable summer experience! Or at least a refreshing escape from the heat wave!
Sailing on the luxurious catamaran « Floatinn » is different than any boat trip across Lac Léman (aka Lake Geneva). Forget about the big boats that take you to Nyon or Yvoire which can get very crowded. This catamaran is a personalised, luxurious indulgence & a romantic experience where sailing the boat is a reflection of lifestyle and not a mere transportation medium.
The sensorial cruise
The moment we stepped on the deck, we felt a completely different atmosphere. One that is chilled but stylish at the same time. We even took off our shoes as the boat’s deck was sparkling clean and bright white as the crew takes care of it before every trip!
It’s an experience that we felt with all our senses. The feeling of wind in our face, the rush of adrenaline as the boat cuts through the waves, the splashes of clean chilled water mixing with the champagne bubbles.
Our 3-hour cruise was passing like a dream. As the boat cuts through the water, wonderful views roll by like a surreal movie from both left & right sides. You pass by many of the fantastic landscape of the lake’s Southern tip, starting from the Jet d’eau to Cologny to even the dramatic Mont-Blanc in the far background.
The cherry on the top is dinner. A table is nicely set in the shaded area of the catamaran and a 4-course meal is served. Everything is home-made: fresh salad, grilled lamb with ratatouille, delicious selection of local cheeses, all from Suisse Romande, and finally the chocolate fondant dessert.
The beautiful catamaran
This 30 ton boat is impressive by all means. The deck is spacious and can fit a big group of people. There is a shaded area where the meals are served.
The catamaran has 5 cabins with a toilet and shower that can accommodate 2 people each. The name of the boat is Juusan, which holds a particular meaning for the owners.
It’s environmentally-friendly as the engine is used only shortly for going out and in of port and then the big sails do most of work during the trip. For those into engineering, the design of the catamaran itself with two “hulls” and a big void in-between, allows the boat to sail faster with less energy due to reduced friction with water.
There are several cruise options you can choose from: a 3-hour lake cruise ( with or without dinner), a full day or weekend cruise. Floatinn also opens for sleeping overnight in the cabins (with breakfast).
The lovely family
The catamaran is run by a lovely family, mainly the father and daughter. They take care of this amazing boat since about 10 years. Jean-Luc, the owner, is the captain and throughout the trip he shared his extensive experience in sailing and even allowed us to sail the boat ourselves under his supervision. As they lift up the sails, they explain the role and size of each and how to manoeuvre with the wind.
We had the chance to navigate the boat for a short while. What an experience to be in charge of this beauty! Sailing a boat that weights 30 tons is nothing like driving a car. You have to practice patience and adjust your reaction time as its manoeuvring is much slower, and little wind or waves movement can interfere with the direction.
Sailing means high attention to details but for Jean-Luc’s family this is an integrated part of their preparation. Everything is impeccable : from the amazingly maintained interior and exterior, to even the flower decoration on the dinner table.
The smaller sister boats
In addition to the catamaran, Floatinn has two smaller Solar boats that are suitable for a group of maximum 12 people who want to take a short trip on their own. The Solar Floatinn as indicated by the name, is powered by solar energy and is very environmentally friendly. It does not need a license to drive, so it’s accessible to all who can take it for a ride on the lake as a group, or event want to sleep the night onboard as it’s quite spacy for a small group or a family.
Our experience of sailing in Geneva with Floatinn was as glamorous as a Hollywood movie. We didn’t try to imitate the famous scene of Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet from “Titanic” at the front deck😁. We preferred to live our own memorable experience & to “ Go with the wind”.