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.
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…
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.
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.
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...
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