Skippers and boats

About Skippers and boats.  Chartering a yacht with a skipper is a great idea if you wish to experience without distractions and worries the fun of your very own yacht charter.

Professional skippers ensure your sailing holiday to be informative, safe and trouble free. Also allows you to enjoy your sailing skills as much as you like. Skippers are responsible for the safety of guests and the yacht and have a very good knowledge of the local sea waters as well as perfect locations and you can be based on their guidance and chosen destinations.

George Sifonios was born in 1954.  He has Bachelor in Ecology, from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece and Master in Economics.  Of course, Offshore Sailing Diploma and most than 25 years of experience as a skipper in the Aegean and in the Mediterranean Sea, since 1985. He is single with interest in reading, sculpture, woodwork and finance. He speaks Greek and English. He is sailing on ANDREAS

Antonis Biskentzis is 41 years old. He is also the owner of Greek water yachts. His passion for the sea and sailing was grown from his early childhood. Born and grew up in Paros by a family full of sailors was really difficult to choose a different way in his life except of being a sailor himself. As far as he remembers he was always on board fishing or a sailing boat or on board a big ship following his father. After high school he joined the Merchant Navy Academy and became an officer. He worked for 17 years on board passenger ships, mostly in the Aegean Sea. He sailed in the most isolated places building up his experience, really enjoying what he was doing. As the years were passing he got married and the first difficulties appeared on the horizon and in his mind because he was always away from his beloved persons. The time for a change in his life had come. Having in mind that he is in love with the sea he decided to establish this company in order to have exactly what he wants in his life, the sea and the family. He continues sailing for a few weeks as a skipper onboard his yachts and also has the whole winter for his children and his wife. He has two lovely kids, probably the next sailing generation of this family. He loves reading, travelling, hiking in the nature and he appreciates very much what he already has by now. His philosophy of simplifying the things is very obvious as soon as you will meet him. Good life for him has nothing to do with enormous profit and luxuries. Very simple everyday things and activities is the happiness he is looking for. Dealing with nature is the only key to achieve this target. He speaks Greek and English. He is sailing on RAFAELLA.

Skipper’s Duties

At this point it is very important to have in mind and know which the duties of a skipper onboard are. First of all he is responsible for the safety of you and the boat 24 hours a day, for as many days as the charter lasts. Your captain is the guy who is going to navigate and sail the yacht from one island to the other. He is the one who will man oeuvre at the ports and the one who will take you ashore with the dinghy, if you are at an anchorage. He is also the technician who will fix the problems that might arise, if it is possible and finally your guide for life ashore with his recommendations. The working hours for a skipper are maximum eight, out at sea, but after that he is in charge of the boat’s safety, something that might keep him awake for the whole night, if the circumstances require it. Conclusively he is the hospitable host who will answer all of your questions and even teach you some basics of sailing, if you are interested.

 

Important Notice referring your Skipper

It’s very important to have in mind that you will need to buy some food for your skipper. When you buy provisions for cooking onboard, keep in mind that one more person is in your company. You are also free to invite your captain ashore for dinner. However, he might decline your invitation simply because he needs rest. For him a season consists of successive, intense weeks. Tips are not mandatory. They are just a sign of recognition for a good job.