Taking you one step closer to your dream holiday, dream adventure or dream future!

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Nina Blaettler

Nina is originally from South Africa, but has lived in Portugal, the USA, Italy, the UK and Switzerland. She is fluent in three languages, English, Portuguese and German. A trained language instructor to adults by profession, she fulfilled her life long ambition of setting up her own business in 1998 in Luzern, Switzerland. After 19 years, yet another new step was set in motion with the successful sale of this business, which in the meantime had become the third largest language school in German-speaking Switzerland, and at the age of fifty, set off on the dream of emigrating to the sun and doing something entirely new. With OneStepCloser her dream of living in the sun, and helping others to fulfil their dreams became reality.

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Paul Blaettler

Paul is Swiss and from the beautiful central region of Switzerland and the city of Lucerne. He is fluent in two languages, German and English. Paul’s dream of becoming a Swiss banker was fulfilled at the age of 25 after stints as a truck driver and landscape gardener, and culminated in a very successful career for a major Swiss bank in Zurich. But his dream of having his own business one day accompanied him quietly for some years and he took the plunge at the age of 45 and left banking to join his wife in her language school as finance and sales director. His dream had come true. After 8 wonderful years in business together, Paul and his wife Nina are now OneStepCloser to their new dream of living in the sun, running a new business and helping people take their steps to their future dreams and ambitions.

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Paul the skipper

Paul is a fully licensed high seas skipper from Switzerland. He will be your skipper on Illustrious 6 for day sails, short trips and longer ones if you need him. He has many years of experience in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, the coast of Portugal and has crossed the Atlantic (east to west). Illustrious 6 is moored in Vilamoura, Algarve, where you can also sleep on board in the marina for that holiday feeling.