N°1 CYCLADES ISLANDS SAILING

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Since 1962, the Archipel team of enthusiasts invites you to discover the Greek islands on board its yachts in a simple and authentic way. We believe our success and reputation are attributed to our professional friendly crew and well maintained boats. Our commitment to superior service is what sets us apart from other operators. Together, we have a deep knowledge of the onboard conditions you are likely to experience, the Aegean Sea environment and how to ensure you have a memorable and safe sailing vacation. We offer skippered/fully crewed yacht charters as well as catamaran cabin charters.
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1962

Dimitri and Odile Gritsis, two sailing enthousiasts, establish Archipel in Athens.
 

Dimitri and Odile tuning their racing boat.
 

Contrasting to the low, wet and intricate yachts of those days, our fleet consisted of simple, user-friendly, ocean capable boats.
 
1964

Business is conducted by snailmail and marketing is carried out with classified ads in european yachting magazines. The yachts provides the luxuries of the 60’s: dry bunks, cool drinks, hot meals and (sparingly) a fresh water shower. For Northamericans the fashion is to buy a second hand VW van in the Netherlands, tour Europe and cruise the Greek islands on one of ten Archipel’s sailing yachts.
 
1969

George Gritsis at 10 years old. Athens.
 
1987 / 1997

Map of the two sailing world wide tours of George Gritsis.
 
2003

In 2003, George and Vanessa take over the management. They move Archipel to Paros in the heart of the Cyclades islands, a world renowned sailing paradise. While they remain faithful to the principles which led the previous generation, they create a custom charter catamaran fleet, the Pahi. These purpose built yachts are to sail, no-nonsense and above all sea worthy.
 

Archipel's base in Paros, Parikia.
 
2005

George Gritsis and his crew during the maiden voyage to Greece of the first custom built Pahi catamaran.
 
2006

James Wharram and George Gritsis in discussion.
 
2011

George Gritsis training his 9 and 8 years old boys in Parikia's bay, Paros.
 
2012
Archipel Club
Our catamaran sailing trips
reviewed by HK Magazine

 
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George Gritsis
Operations Manager
Date of birth: 1959
George spend 2 decades circumnavigating the globe under sail and skippering large yachts. In 2000 he receives a literary prize for the narrative of his voyages while in 2006 he won the "Man of the Year Award" in Greece for his maritime achievements. When he is not skippering, he can be found at the pier making sure things are running smoothly and our yachts are in perfect condition. George loves to share the wonders of the Greek culture with everyone, so be prepared to learn a lot!
  
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Vanessa Rousselot
Bookings, Logistics
Date of birth: 1973
Vanessa is Archipel's office star, handles all enquiries, bookings and website. While she values perfect logistics, particularly in the harsh marine environment, she will give you all the necessary info and assistance you may need, 24/7.
Having traveled a lot off the beaten track and mother of three, families will value her experience onboard yachts with children.
  

Raphael Noirot
Skipper
Date of birth: 1986
Raphael, the Norman of our team, is a sailing buff boasting lots of professional sailing in the Atlantic and the Aegean sea. With a history degree, he found in the Greek islands the ideal territory to combine his passion for sailing and his thirst for culture.

Antonis Biskentzis
Skipper
Date of birth: 1973
Born and grew up in Paros by a family of sailors, Antonis has been working for 13 years as professional Officer onboard merchant navy ships and 4 years as Skipper in S/Y in the Mediterranean sea. He will be your insider connection to the local Greek island community and a font of invaluable knowledge about cool or romantic places to go that no bareboater would ever know about.

 
  

Sophia Gritsis
Skipper
Date of birth: 1961
Sophia Gritsis is George’s younger sister. Like him she grew up on sea water. Sports and venue management specialist, she shall greet you shore side and help you solve any arising logistics problems.

 
  

Jason Gikas
Skipper
Date of birth: 1984
Jason, 34 years old, is a local Parian with extensive knowledge of the Aegean and beyond. His impressive curriculum includes yacht master offshore since 2002 (skippering sailing yachts since then, including transatlantic) merchant marine and naval reserve officer since 2007. Father of 2, Jason is bilingual Greek and English.

Bertrand Benoit
Skipper
Date of birth: 1969
French born and merchant marine certified, Bertrand Benoit has sailed since his childhood. Having spent 15 years crewing renowned classic yachts, he then goes sailing on his own. After his last transatlantic crossing, he finally decided to settle at the heart of the Cyclades,on the island of Amorgos. This Greek maritime tradition enthusiast will undoubtly make you discover the hidden charms of the Greek islands.
  

Harris Pavlides
Skipper
Date of birth: 1971
Harris has over 27 years of sailing experience in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with the last 13 of them as a professional sSkipper. He lives in Paros since 2003 where he is also an Offshore Sailing Instructor. Harris is a very warm, personable and fun loving skipper with a deep knowledge of the Greek waters and their history. He is fluent in Greek and English.
  

George Sifonios
Skipper
Date of birth: 1964
George is Greek and has been working as Professional Skipper in S/Ys-mostly in Mediterranean- and as Yacht delivery captain worldwide, since 1985. His level of seamanship, local knowledge and personality are excellent. Whether you are an expert sailor or a novice, with him you are in good hands!

  

Vaggelis Patrikis
Skipper
Date of birth: 1968
Vaggelis was born in Athens. He has graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy of Oinnousses Chios. He holds an A’ class Master Captain’s diploma as well as a diploma of offshore sailing and advanced medical and life safety certificates. He started his career from various tankers and cargo ships travelling all over the world. Since 2009 he is the permanent captain of the luxury Lagoon 500 catamaran. He speaks fluent Greek and English.
  

Dionysis Savvas
Skipper
Date of birth: 1983
Dionysis was born in 1983 in Corfu where he grew up. He has BSc in Computer Science, MSc in Networking and he worked for several years as an IT administrator and Computer instructor. Simultaneously, he started sailing the Greek seas and after gaining enough experience became a professional skipper. His favorite sailing moments are the sunsets and the meetings with dolphins. He speaks English and Italian.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

ARCHIPEL
84400 Parikia - Paros - Greece
00 30 69 32 63 27 21 (we speak English, French, Greek and German)
 
Over 50 years experience in crewed yacht charter in Greece
A friendly and expert team by your side until your disembarkation
Permanent skippers
for constant boat maintenance
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