Escale Yachting, founded by Denis Kyriazis in 1987, is the first Greek Maritime Agency specializing in yacht charters with a concept of organizing your Greek sailing holiday beyond all expectations. Based on Syros island, the capital of the Cyclades, Escale Yachting is an international team of passionate, enthusiastic and professional sailors with a vast experience of the marine environment.
Denis is half French, half Greek and born in Bretagne region of Paris. He worked for nearly 15 years in cultural associations in the Paris region. Passionate about sailing on the open sea he decided to move to Greece where he founded Escale Yachting. Since then he has been sailing in the Aegean and offers sailboat charter holidays in Greece as well as other areas globally. As a pedagogue and lover of the sea he participates in teaching others to sail. Many skippers have been taught and perfected by him. He is also an instructor for the Greek Skipper's License at the Yacht Club of Syros. “Pleasure is sailing in itself and away from tourist crowds, sailing around the islands in your own rhythm gives everybody a feeling of freedom and discovery. A successful sailing trip is a combination between people on board the boat and nature and all this I love to share with others. An invitation is extended to all seafarers to travel with us and make this dream a reality.” Denis
Suzanna settled and stayed on Syros for more than 20 years, half of her life time. As a full partner and collaborator of Escale Yachting, she plays an important role in the management and development of the company. She is Dutch and also speaks French, English and Greek. Practicing yoga for more than 15 years, she will help you to meet your body and find tranquility, relaxation, through Iyengar yoga, stretching therapy and massage. Suzanna is also an experienced sailor, on board she will make your sailing enjoyable. Through her encounters she will also help you to appreciate the Greek culture by teaching you traditional dances. For her, combining the sea, the practice of sailing and yoga in the Cyclades is a magical experience. A great discovery.
Peggy is Greek and originates from a very old family from Syros island which is the capital of the Cyclades. Always in a happy mood, Peggy will be at your disposal for any requests for information you may require. She will give you all information about your stay ... she likes meeting people and has a strong desire to establish links between them. She holds a Diploma in French Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and has been a French teacher. She is also fluent in Italian and English. She was responsible for hosting and coordinating the Olympic teams in the Cyclades during the 2014 Olympics. She has worked in administration and in particular the Cyclades Chamber of Commerce. Knowing Greece very well, she will guide you in this very living culture and will help you to discover more, to decode these mysteries, far from the tourist flow.
Ramses Sturm is our youngest skipper at the age of 24. Dylan grew up on Syros and around the beautiful Cyclades Islands. Dylan speaks fluent Greek, English and Dutch. He has great knowledge of the Greek culture and habits and became a naturally talented sailor at very young age! After growing up around real sailors and local fisherman he mastered some very skillful fishing techniques and if you’re lucky you will experience these on board. Since a very young age he joined the crew while sailing and many times he caught the tasty fish for dinner on board! Dylan first experienced sailboats at the age of 3 and became well accustomed to yachts, the sea and the Cycladic Islands. At the age of 21 he got his professional Royal Yachting Association skipper license in The Netherlands. With wintertime work in Amsterdam and the summer season in Greece he is living the best of both worlds!
Yann is 45 years old and is a federal sailing instructor at Glénans. He is fluent in English and German. He is a lover of Greece and he will make you share his passion ...
“You dream of Greece and its islands! I sailed from France to the West Indies, from the China Sea to Croatia ... And for me, the most authentic sailing area remains the Aegean Sea and the Cyclades. It is the paradise of sailing. Greece is a fabulous country where you will find wild and mineral landscapes. We will be almost alone on the water and at the stopover we will have the pleasure of docking in small fishing harbors and at the welcoming tavernas. Ulysses has wandered 10 years to return home to Ithaca, for us it will be a week of sailing in its wake, to visit its preserved islands, to the discovery of the Greek culture and hospitality”. Yann.
Nicolas, 32, holds a RYA Yacht Master skipper degree.
“My childhood in the Aegean Sea and my love for the sea and nature brought me to practice sailing and I found my job very quickly. At the age of 18 I was already a professional skipper. With dual citizenship I am fluent in Greek and French but also speak English and I can get along with Spanish. My working experience as a skipper is rich in chartering and also with private yacht owners.”
From 2010 to 2013 I worked as a skipper on a great yacht that gave me the opportunity to sail through the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Brazil, the United Etas, the West Indies and the Azores. Today I can say that Greece and especially the Aegean remains for me a unique and beautiful place and I always come back! The climate, the Meltemi, history and nature that remains wild even in high season, authenticity, the freedom of this country is for me ideal for sailing.
Adrien Darene, 30, holds a Captain 200 sailing diploma.
After having sailed a lot in Europe I made the choice to go discover Asia aboard on a catamaran and have been sailing between Thailand and Malaysia for over a year and have had the chance to discover the most beautiful places. It will be my pleasure to help you discover these two cultures through landscapes and cuisine. There is no better way to experience this region as with a catamaran criss-crossing through the islets and coral reefs.
Flavien was born in 1986 and trained at the Sailing school of Glénans in Brittany. He has held a certificate of state obtained at the National School of Sailing for over 10 years.
“I spent several years practicing at the Glénans as a trainer and then in various positions where I discovered new areas of sailing especially the West Indies ...”
“I would therefore like to welcome you on our charter holidays to pass on my knowledge to you and share my experience and my passion for sailing. By involving you at your own pace in maneuvers during sailing you will have the pleasure to live aboard a boat propelled by the force of the wind with a sensation of freedom ... To you discover new landscapes! The sparkling villages of whiteness, the small fishing ports and the creeks with clear waters make this zone of sailing ... a paradise!”