Captain: George Liassides
Cheerful, responsible, and professional!
These are some of the skills endorsed by AD ASTRA 80 guests for Captain George. The experienced captain was born in Cyprus in 1970 and has had Athens as his permanent residence since 1990. He began sailing in 1993 until he decided to make his love for yachts and tourism part of his career and life in 2001.
He studied Shipping, Travel & Tourism. His naval education includes the MCA/RYA Offshore Yacht Master, National Sailing Offshore Diploma, and Greek Coastguard powerboat certification (up to 24m). Additionally, he is certified for "GMDSS/GO," "Medical Care," "Medical First Aid," "STCW/95 B. Safety Course," "Crowd and Crisis Management Ro/Ro Passengers," "Survival at Open Seas," "PADI Open Seas Scuba," and "IATA/UFTA.
His experience as captain of several luxury sailing and motor yachts in Greece and the South Mediterranean has given him the opportunity and pleasure to sail to the most amazing and secluded spots in the Greek seas! As a captain, he maintains a professional and friendly attitude, making all guests feel welcome and ensuring they have the sailing holiday of a lifetime. For Captain George and his crew, providing high-quality hospitality to their guests is their top priority on a daily basis.
Chef: Stathis Giannakos
Chef Stathis brings a wealth of culinary expertise to the crew of Ad Astra. With experience as a Head Chef at the prestigious 5-star Hotel Grand Resort Lagonisi and as a Sous Chef at Michelin-starred establishments such as Hytra in Athens and Adrian Quetglas in Palma, he has honed his skills to perfection! Additionally, his experience as a Private Chef on both motor and sailing yachts has equipped him with adaptability and creativity in varied culinary environments. Having spent three seasons at the esteemed 5-star hotel Costa Navarino, Chef Stathis understands the high standards expected in luxury hospitality. Beyond his culinary prowess, he possesses a deep knowledge of wines. He is friendly, well organized in his kitchen and a great team player! Fluent in both Greek and English, he ensures seamless communication with the crew and guests alike, enriching their stay and overall sailing experience aboard Ad Astra!
Deckhand: Loukas Douvaras
Introducing Loukas, a dynamic 29-year-old deckhand set to embark his journey on Ad Astra 80 this year. Born in 1994, Loukas swiftly transitioned from a base technician/manager role to become a deckhand for day cruises during 2023. His adaptability and eagerness to learn propelled him into various sea-related tasks, including yacht transfers from France to Greece. Despite his relatively recent entry into sailing, Loukas's profound love for the ocean drives his dedication and reliability in all circumstances.
Loukas's array of interests, spanning winter skiing, boxing, running, swimming, and reading, mirrors his vibrant and enthusiastic character. Armed with outstanding communication skills and an unwaveringly motivated demeanor, Loukas exudes a sense of serenity and composure when faced with the challenges of navigating the open waters. His multifaceted talents and team spirit, make him an indispensable addition to the Ad Astra team.