Captain Jonathan Chandler
John has been sailing for most of his life. Coming from a long line of sailors, 3 generations of Royal Navy, he and his father built his first sailing dinghy when he was 7 years old, and has not looked back since then.
He is half-English and half-Greek, taking advantage of both worlds as he speaks fluent Greek. Having sailed in many parts of the world, over the years, John has thousands of sea miles logged. He spent his early twenties in the Royal Hong Kong Police as a Chief Inspector in charge of a Fast Patrol Launch. Here he patrolled the Islands of Hong Kong and
along the Chinese coast. As a member of the Admirals cup Hong Kong sailing team in 1979, he competed in the Fatal Fastnet race that year.
Moving on to the USA John spent several years competing in Florida at such events like the S.O.R.C, Miami – Jamaica race, Antigua Race week, Annapolis – Bermuda Race. In his 30’s he became Captain of the Racing Maxi “Boomerang” and sailed the yacht around the world competing in the Maxi World Cup. Sailing across the Pacific and the Atlantic several times.
Captain Vardis is our Greek sailing instructor, although as a multi lingual who speaks 4 languages fluently, he is more the international member of our team. He was born on the island of Crete.
He studied in Athens and earned a degree in architectural design and decoration. However his passion for adventure and particularly, sailing and the sea was much stronger. In the beginning, he was involved with windsurfing, actively competing and racing to Olympic standards. He strived for something more adventurous and started sailing and racing in
larger yachts. Then in August of 1982, he went on an ultimate adventure, sailing to the southern Peloponnese on a windsurfer. For 9 days on his windsurfer he sailed alone all day and all night. He covered a distance of 230 miles. A few years later, he began to work as a skipper/instructor on sailing boats. With the same passion and security, covering about 3000 miles per year, he continues to offer you unforgettable sailing vacation around the Greek islands.
Captain Mirko (Michael)
Michael is the captain of Calypso. The yacht is a 70ft charter vessel available for private use and charter. Michael is form Serbia and has been with the parent company now for over 10 years running Calypso for many special clients.
The yacht is equipped with all the comforts form home everything from air conditioning to private entertainment centers in each cabin. She has 4 large double size cabins each with its own huge ensuite bathroom and loads of closet and draw space for holiday items and clothes.
Captain Lex Van de Post
Lex has been working for Athens Yacht Charter since he first passed his instructors exams. He came to Greece to learn how to sail. He passed all his ASA student exams and then decided to progress to his instructors rating. He is an example of following his dreams. He now runs classes in the summer. When he is not in Greece he is a Physical education teacher
in Holland. He teaches the middle school grade 7 – 10 year olds.
When he is not teaching, he plays national level handball and is in a first division team. Lex also enjoys biking and skating when the Dutch lakes freeze over.
Our Office Manager (The real Boss)
Conny Keessen is Dutch and is the office manager and general administrator for the company. Her knowledge of Greece and the travel industry helps many of our guests complete a memorable holiday.
When she is not answering emails for the company, or helping clients, you will find her working at her real job as a freelance journalist.