Your friendly skipper in Greece

French skipper Istvan Ferrare is the owner of the sailing yacht Cinderella and also the founder of the company Windfinders MCPY.

Istvan has done 14 seasons back to back as a charter skipper in Greece. His love for the Greek islands and passion for sailing is said to be contagious to those who sail with him. You will find out that Istvan is not only an extremely skilled professional sailor but also a very entertaining host with a cracking sense of humour.

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Skipper Istvan Ferrare

Name: Istvan

Surname: Ferrare

Age: 30

Qualifications: RYA, MCA Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster

Years at sea: 29 (Istvan grew up and has spent all his life on a sailboat).

Professional skipper since: 2007 (14 seasons)

Favourite sailing area: Aegean sea!

Hobbies: Sailing, sailing regattas, fast sailing, windsurfing in storms, freeride snowboarding, cooking and taking photos are some of Istvan’s hobbies!

People say: Istvan’s always on the move and up to something! He spends a lot of time improving things on his boat in order to get closer to his idea of the ultimate sailing experience for his guests! When Cinderella is not on charter, he sails her out on exploration trips to discover new places he wouldn’t dare sail for the first time with charter guests…

What is your motto? A good quality of life and being surrounded by nice people! Sea in summer and mountains in winter.
 
What’s your style of sailing? I have tried a bit of everything and I would say that the conclusion is that I enjoy being at sea, no matter whether I’m sailing in cruising mode or I’m at 20-knot speed  on one hull, helming a racing carbon catamaran. In winter, I enjoy escaping to deliver brand new boats from the factories in France and spending 18 days at sea all the same… In the end, on the water the most important to me is good company.
 
How did you become a skipper? I fell into it when I was very small! Indeed, I was barely a-year old when my parents decided to buy a 48ft aluminum sailing boat and to go on a sailing adventure … I grew up on this boat sailing around the Mediterranean sea, mainly between Greece and Turkey.
I was “boat-schooled” by my parents and had a correspondence course (my mum’s a teacher).
As a teenager, I started helping my father and delivered brand new sailing yachts and catamarans all over Europe. At 17, I was offered my first charter as a professional skipper in Greece. In 2009 my parents decided to go back to France after living 18 years aboard the family sailing boat.
I wanted to stay in Greece and I have kept on working as a skipper during summer charter seasons, and delivering sailing boats in winter ever since. 
 
For you, what is a successful sailing cruise? For a sailing cruise to be successful, it has to remain simple. It is of course important to plan a cruise before leaving, in order to meet your crew’ s expectations and dreams but still, the route has to remain flexible. The best days at sea have always been those planned on the very morning of the cruise, while enjoying a nice breakfast.
As I have been a sailing charter skipper in these waters for over a decade, over the seasons I have learned to decipher the desires of my crew, often beyond their expectations even, which often allowed me to surprise them pleasantly with activities adapted to the pace and conditions of the moment.
 
What do people say about you?
People always say that I am calm and reassuring, that I never get into a panic. I never shout either. I have also often heard that I am very cheerful and even funny too.
I really like sharing my passion and make my crew take part in the sailing (when they are willing to). I can of course sail the boat single-handedly, but it is not really the spirit of sailing on a sailboat this size.

This is the reason why I did not go for the biggest sailing boats where crew and guests are never teamed.

Spoken languages ? I’m fluent in French, English, Turkish, I speak Italian and I know a little bit of Greek as well.

What people say...

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Theresia Be
Theresia Be
15:18 29 Oct 20
I couldn't have imagined anything better for this October than sailing through the Cyclades with Istvan, his Cinderella and a friend. On this trip we got everything we could have wished for. Sunrises in lonely bays, dolphins, barbecues on the beach, hot springs, short hikes to small towns and much... more. Istvan is a lovely and helpful host with extraordinary knowledge about the area and about sailing. He is fun, spontaneous and flexible and stays focused when needed. It felt like traveling with a friend.read more
Laur-Andrei Tsk
Laur-Andrei Tsk
15:48 13 Oct 20
Best experience ever! Istvan is the best skipper ever and he treats like you are part of his family!
Ole Connor
Ole Connor
14:26 07 Sep 20
Fantastic Charter for Sailing into Cyclades with Skipper
frederique sauvez
frederique sauvez
07:37 01 Sep 20
Merveilleuses vacances à bord de Cinderella... Toutes les conditions réunies pour une croisière inoubliable.. Les Cyclades, un magnifique terrain d'aventure à la voile et merci surtout, Istvan pour ta gentillesse et ta bonne humeur... La famille au grand complet te donne rendez-vous l'annéee... prochaine.Frédériqueread more
Ole Connor
Ole Connor
07:12 26 Aug 20
Fantastic sailing trip from Paros to the cyclades. The boat to rent is a nice Dufour sailing boat and István the skipper knows all hidden beautiful places. We rented the sailing boat for one week from Paros to Antiparos, Sifnos, Poliagos, Folegandros, Ios, Schinoussa, Naxos, and some more Islands... from the small cyclades. The boat comes with four double bed rooms beside the skipper cabin with each one bathroom and could handle up to 8 charter guests.The skipper is very experienced into the area, which he knows for more than 19 year’s.We used the dingi boat for all land trips, snorkeling and cave visits. Sailing with Windfinders was a pleasure for us and it was the best way for me and my family to explore the islands of the cyclades by sailing.All sailing boat details we found on windfinders.netSee you next year again - Skipper:)read more
Annette Connor
Annette Connor
07:05 26 Aug 20
Great boat, great spots, unforgettable moments in one of the nicest areas in Greece. If you love sailing you are right here!
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Our family of 6 spent a week on board the Cinderella from 1-8 August as part of a longer multi island trip in the Cyclades. The week exploring the small Cyclades, hidden coves and quiet beaches, as well as decent sailing hours, with skipper Istvan turned out to be the highlight of our summer vacation. As we were advised by someone, the skipper and his/her knowledge of the area and the ability to get along with the guests can make or break the trip. With Istvan we hit bingo as he turned out a fantastic host for us and the kids, always willing to embark on an activity, on sea or on land. He knows his ship and the Aegean sea and that gives a very comfortable and safe feeling. Equally important, Istvan is really a nice guy, very relaxed about almost everything. Many thanks Istvan for a great week on board the Cinderella. 5/5 stars for sure.

Hoes family from Netherlands

We went on our first sailing trip ever five years ago and decided to choose Istvan Ferrare as a skipper. It was said that he is one of the most trustful skippers in the agean sea. After one week of sailing with him we got very good friends, got the sense of sailing and we NEVER felt unsafe!! Istvan has a great sense of humour and he is really sensitiv,he is an entertainer and skipper in one person . He would never risk something without thinking or do something unsafe. Istvan is an expert in finding the best places for you in the Agean. We really enjoyed every sailing week with him.

– Spreizer family from Austria

Just had the most amazing sailing holiday with Istvan and his boat Cinderella. We felt completely safe and secure on the boat, Istvan’s knowledge and experience is incredible and he took us to fabulous beauty spots that are not on the commercial path. We would recommend Windfinders to everyone with confidence…..Istvan is not intrusive and gives you space and privacy so if you are thinking of booking a sailing holiday then book Windfinders. Thanks Istvan

Susan from UK

Just back from a week of sailing on Cinderella with Istvan.
Cinderella is beautiful with everything you need and plenty of space. Istvan is just perfect! He knows the best places and is extremely competent which makes you feel totally safe. Istvan is very knowledgeable and an excellent host.
I will definitely book again and will be recommending without any hesitation whatsoever.

Josephine from UK

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