Interview with Giorgos Gialitakis, owner of a yacht charter base in Greece
September 2011: Dominik, Giorgos and I were sailing for a couple of days from Athens in the Saronic Sea. Our purpose: To watch out for nice bays and places for the Flotilla 2012 in Greece. We were very happy that Giorgos, as a local, friend and yacht charter, was with us showing us the most beautiful areas. Giorgos and Dominik have been friends for several years. Giorgos also has known Join The Crew since it started. We conducted this interview while peacefully sailing through the Greek waters…
Barbara: Giorgos, while we are doing this interview, you are sailing together with Dominik for a couple of days. The purpose: to show him the nicest places for the flotilla next year. How is your feedback for the trip?
Giorgos: This trip is one of the most relaxed trips of the last few years. I am not stressed with something, the telephone is not ringing. I have time to talk with Dominik, because when we meet in the summer we are both so stressed and we don´t even have time for some coffee.
Barbara: When did you meet Dominik for the first time?
Giorgos: I met Dominik five years ago. That´s when he was chartering the first boat. I gave him some information about Greece, where he could go sailing, and where to find interesting places. Inside his heart he had a feeling for how life is like in Greece: often not very organized, but eventually they find a solution for everything… I also learned from Dominik. I like the way he is in contact with the people. For him, it´s not first about the money, but he wants to make people happy.
Barbara: How did you start your business as a charter company?
Giorgos: When I was very young it was my dream to have boats. Later it meant the exit to freedom for me: I was working in Athens, driving a lot in the car. I was selling alcohol in Athens (that´s maybe why I don´t like alcohol so much anymore).
It all started when I bought a cheap boat which was in very bad condition. It was only nine meters long and very simple. It didn´t have a gps, a bimini or a sprayhood. I didn´t even know how to sail then. First I got the boat and repaired it by myself, then I took sailing lessons. And I really can say that I made a hobby a profession!