Friday, July 3, 2020

The luxury of simplicity

A war correspondent in winter, a skipper in summer, an explorer and an experience addict, George Tsakiris wouldn’t allow a cruising week to be just another week in the water.

The luxury of simplicity

A war correspondent in winter, a skipper in summer, an explorer and an experience addict, George Tsakiris wouldn’t allow a cruising week to be just another week in the water.

Has an octopus ever walked on the palm of your hand? Has a Greek yiayia (grandmother) ever shown you how she makes homemade tzatziki, or a traditional onion pie? Have you ever helped a local fisherman pull up his net so you can pick your fresh fish for a barbecue on a secluded beach? Have you ever had lunch with a shepherd under an olive tree? If not, then you haven’t experienced Greece like the locals, and you certainly haven’t met Captain George yet. A sworn enemy of anything remotely boring, Captain George believes we should enjoy our life before we die, so he switched from bullets to sea waves, and wants to take you around the Greek islands on a boat ride… with a twist. Combining decades of cruising experience with his passion for what he calls the “true Greek life and summer”, he created “Captain George”, an alternative travelling concept offering personalised boat trip experiences. Together you will discover the luxury of simplicity, embrace Greek traditions and experience the life of an explorer. Visiting dreamy bays, swimming in crystal clear waters and learning the secrets of the locals is a promise.

Fresh fish and octapus, ready for cooking.

Gazing at the picturesque Kioni in Ithaca. 
Gazing at the picturesque Kioni in Ithaca.

Collecting fruits.
Collecting fruits.

Local products are more than just goods; they are about the lifestyle, laughter, songs, smiles and the smells of real Greece.

Helpining a local fisherman pull up his net.
Helping a local fisherman pull up his net.

Bread, cheese and tomato, the local's snack.
Bread, cheese and tomato, the local’s snack.

Swimming in the waters of Ionian sea. 
Swimming in the waters of Ionian sea.

How and why did you create Captain George? 

The enjoyment of the sea and the real, authentic Greece, being far away from crowded tourist places, was my reward for working hard all the year around. When the financial crisis knocked on our door and the newspaper I worked for as a war correspondent was shut down, I only had two choices: to either sell my boat, or to share my experiences with people from all over the world. I’ve chosen the latter, and that’s how Captain George was born.

Do you go on your boat by yourself?

I’ve never done that. Experiencing something so beautiful, like the amazing emerald waters, dolphins swimming next to you, sunsets in the middle of nowhere, by yourself is only half the joy. Sharing these experiences is what I love most. If someone doesn’t see your smile when you are happy, then it’s half a smile.

Dive in the deep blue sea.
Dive in the deep blue sea.

Homemade local meze.
Homemade local meze.

Barbecue on a secluded beach.
Barbecue on a secluded beach.

Cooking with a greek yiayia. 
Cooking with a greek yiayia.

What did you learn about life while travelling the sea?

When you are cruising, or sailing you only look ahead of you, never at what is happening at the back of the boat. Did you just go through a wave? The only thing you should care about is the next one.

How would you describe real Greece?

Local products are more than just goods; they are about the lifestyle, laughter, songs, smiles and the smells of real Greece. Wine is not just liquid inside a glass bottle. Olive oil is not about what is written on the label of a supermarket item. Feta is not just white cheese in a plastic wrap. Yogurt is not just what you eat from a tub. Real Greece tastes different, smells different and feels different. To me, wine is all about the young harvester stomping barefoot on the grapes in barrels, to bring them to life. Cheese is about the shepherd who coagulates the milk from his goats to make real feta, real butter and divine yogurt.

www.captaingeorge.eu

Dinner with locals.

A new friend from Greece.
A new friend from Greece.

Hidden paradise.

Cheers or yamas (in greek)!
Cheers or yamas (in greek)!

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