The Ultimate Island Hop in memory of Ismet (Issy) Emin.

The challenge: 3236 km in 31 days.

On 17 April, the Sunvil team awoke to the news that our dear friend and colleague, Ismet (Issy) Emin had passed away after a hard fought battle with the Coronavirus. He was a much-valued and much-loved member of our family, with an ear for all and a spirit to light up the room. We all miss him dearly.

Ismet and his family were, and remain, passionate supporters of the charity Help For Heroes, having lost loved ones in conflict. We have chosen to take up his baton and to raise funds in his name for the cause so close to his heart.

From 01-31 May we will be attempting to cover 3236 km - the distance between all of the Greek islands featured on our holiday programme - starting in Corfu we will be running, walking, cycling, stepping and skipping towards our finish line in Skiathos.

Donations can be made online at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/IsmetEmin

We continue our island hop challenge in Agios Nikolaos or Aghios Nikolaos, a coastal town on the island of Crete which is east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. 

Agios Nikolaos, Crete Agios Nikolaos, Crete

We have now reached Kasos or Casos which is located to the east of Crete and is the southernmost of the Dodecanese island cluster. This small island with its rocky landscape is a far cry from the popular Greek tourist destinations with traditional stone houses of old-world charm, pristine beaches and the welcoming hospitality from the locals.

Kasos, Dodecanese islands Kasos, Dodecanese islands

It's Day 5 and as we head to our next island, our colleagues Lloyd (Latin America), Julie (our representative in Lefkas) and Annabel (Accounts team) are all striving to reach the top of the leaderboard.

Karpathos lies between Rhodes and Crete and is the third largest of the Dodecanese. Long, narrow, remote and starkly beautiful (especially in the vertiginous north), it is similar in these respects to Amorgos and Ikaria. 

Karpathos Karpathos

Day 6 and with Karpathos behind us, our colleague Lloyd has reached the top of the Sunvil leaderboard - can he maintain his lead as we get ready to walk, cycle and jog on the largest island of the Dodecanese - Rhodes?

One of the most popular of all the Greek islands, Rhodes is a multifaceted place, almost like a small country, with a history that has stirred romantics for centuries. It also has some of the best beaches, archaeological sites, restaurants and nightlife in Greece.

The team face their first real 'uphill' challenge of the island hop so far as they have to gain 1215 metres equivalent to ascending Mount Attavyros which stands in their way ahead of their next group of islands. With very few mountains close by in the UK, the team are going to have to pull out all the stops to make up the metres. However, Kellie, our representative on Samos is gearing up to climb Mount Kerkis, the highest mountain on the island and literally on her doorstep.

Lindos, Rhodes Lindos, Rhodes
Mount Attavyros, Rhodes Mount Attavyros, Rhodes
The early morning workout all adds to achieving our goal and reaching the finish line The early morning workout all adds to achieving our goal and reaching the finish line
Chris cycling past Heathrow airport Chris cycling past Heathrow airport
Jackie using her daily walk to add to the challenge mileage Jackie using her daily walk to add to the challenge mileage
Chris Wright

By Chris Wright

12th May 2020



Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Chris is the Sunvil Group’s managing director and is not only responsible for the overall running of the company, the welfare of its staff, the fabric of the building, the efficient working of its computer systems but also for overseeing and contracting much of the accommodation on the GIC The Villa Collection programme. He is a very hands on managing director, a friend and helper to all, mad on aircraft and indefatigable. Chris joined The Greek Islands Club in 1993, after two years running a scouts’ holiday camp in Wales. He was responsible for maintaining The Club’s sailing boats on Paxos and generally acting as a rep for the villas. Sunvil Inherited Chris on purchasing GIC in 1998 and his abilities were quickly realised. He well deserves the top job.

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