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Captains make a huge difference on any charter. For that reason we have carefully selected and trained our Captains and Program Directors for exactly what the Aegean Adventure Cruises & Flotillas Program requires.

The Very Best Team in the Industry!

Captains make a huge difference on any charter. For that reason we have carefully selected and trained our Captains and Program Directors for exactly what the Aegean Adventure Cruises & Flotillas Program requires.

On some of the two-week cruises this spring and fall, your guide is our very own charter director Steven Parry. Captain Parry is a 39-year-old Royal Yachting Association certified skipper registered with the British Department of Transport who is also a member of the Canadian Power Squadron and a graduate of the J-World Sailing School. He is a certified PADI Divemaster and is trained in first-aid. This will be his 13th year in the Greek islands and the 'Aegean Adventure Cruises & Flotillas Program' is based on his experience in the region. Steven trained in archaeology with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology attending the University of Texas A&M Masters level course in marine archaeology. He also dove with the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology on the oldest shipwreck in the world at Dokos Island. Captain Parry is convinced that exploring the enchanting Greek waters by private yacht is one of the best vacation experiences possible.

Frode and his wife Kristin Flatnes hail from Kristiansand Norway. They are both certified "Sea Scout" instructors who grew up sailing the cold waters of the North Sea. They both hold boating certificates with the Norwegian Maritime Authority. Frode currently owns two classic wooden boats. One is a Bermuda rigged Dragon built in 1941 on which he races with a three person crew. The other is a classic Norwegian double ender built in 1918. Frode is a registered nurse in the winter and sails with Poseidon Charters in May and June. At only 28, this will be Frode's fifth year with Poseidon Charters. Both he and Kristin are extremely safety conscious, warm hosts and are highly praised by all who sail with them.

Panos Gikas is a veteran sailor hailing from Northern Greece. He holds a Greek merchant Marine Captains license and is at home on the sea with guests. Our charter director chose him, as he is extremely knowledgeable on all Greek waters and the boats we use. He works the winter months preparing the Poseidon Charters Archaeological lead boats so he is also an expert at maintenance and repairs. He has proven himself as an indispensable part of our team and he is also well respected and liked by our guests. Panos' demeanor and gentle humor wins over everyone he sails with. He will also catch and grill octopus for guests!

Skipper Thomas Vassilacos has been sailing professionally in Greece and Turkey for the last 17 years. From 1986 to 1989 with Kavos-Moorings. Since 1990, he has chartered only his own private 51 foot Beneteau which he ads to the Poseidon Charters fleet. Before that time, he lived in London for 10 years, studied film and made sailing documentaries in the Mediterranean and the North Sea. Now he is occasionally involved in media advertising projects with his yacht. He is a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Ocean Yachtmaster and has a NOV Diploma (Offshore Nautical Club) a HCG (Hellenic Cost Guard) SpeedBoat License and LFS (London Film School) Diploma. He is an articulate captain who offers first class service and exceptional detail for dining aboard and ashore. Thomas is arguably one of the most experienced sailors in Aegean waters. His compelling tales of the wine dark Sea and his thorough knowledge of the ancient winds captivates his guests!

Yannis Christidis 33, was chosen by our charter director for his teaching abilities, island sailing knowledge, attention to safety and his up beat style of authority aboard. He is most well known for his dry sense of humor and practical jokes!

Argiris Kaltsounis is another excellent young captain whose father was one of the first to start charter in Greece in the 1950's. Arghiris is well known in the Aegean for his racing talent and his friendly demeanor.

Pericles Chatzimakoy holds a Royal Yachting Association offshore license and has worked with numerous charter companies in Greece including The Moorings. He has been chosen by Poseidon Charters for his excellent sailing skills and Greek islands knowledge as well as his good nature and polite manner with clients.

Gary Watson is a citizen of the world but calls Perth, Western Australia, home. He grew up with boats and recently covered 3000 miles solo around the northern coast of Australia. He has worked as professional crew on maxi and super yachts for 10 years. He has done two trans-Atlantic crossing and numerous Indian / Pacific Ocean crossings. He has sailed with Poseidon Charters in Greece, Turkey, Australia and the Caribbean. Gary brings a lot of technical experience to the Poseidon Charters team. He has a boyish shyness about him and guests really like his quiet encouragement, teaching abilities and tales of the seven seas.

Stan and Glenda Baker are certified US Coast Guard captains and began sailing in the West coast of the United States. They first sailed the Aegean Sea, with their family, as part of a Poseidon Charters flotilla. They fell in love with the islands, culture and the Poseidon Charters program. Since then they have both received degrees in Greek History and Architecture and have worked as Program Directors with Poseidon Charters. Guests find Stan and Glenda's attention to detail and their zest for life addictive.

Program Director Sharon Weiner, joined the company in 1997 and has been instrumental in developing our Program Director position. She is knowledgeable on all the islands that Poseidon Charters visit and she guides guests on many of the excursions. Sharon works the during the summer charters each year and is involved with briefings, provisioning and logistics for the Flotilla guests. All the guests appreciate her organizational and hospitality skills. Sharon can be met at many of our trade shows.

Additional Greek skippers have been selected for their expertise in the industry. Our Captains and Program Directors do a fantastic job and in our opinion are the best trained professionals working in Greece. See images and references on our website for more information on our team. A massage therapist will be scheduled aboard certain departures for hire

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