• MCA/RYA Yacht Master Ocean certificate
  • MCA (STCW 95) Basic crew training
  • Diploma of offshore sailing up to 20m from Hellenic Yacht Fed
  • Holder of Greek seaman’s logbook.
  • PADI Diving license
  • Holder of license for power boat up to 20m.
  • MCA Proficiency in Medical First Aid Aboard Ship.
  • RYA Diesel Engine maintenance
  • RYA Small Craft Radar
  • RYA Small Craft base sea survival
  • CYA Race Management
  • RYA Power boat LEVEL 2
  • Lifeguard-Rescue


Absolutely key to the success of your sailing vacations on Nova is her Captain Costas Hiotis, her Chef Stelios Petsas, and her hostess Konstantina Belsi.

Costas is one of the most experienced sailing yachts skippers in Greece.

He was born on the island of Hydra. He is married and has two young daughters.

Costas started sailing at the age of 13 and is a professional skipper since 1989, on 50 to 65 feet mono-hulls and catamarans.

Costas has all the training and experience to sail you safely. You are on board Nova to relax and enjoy a wonderful cruise, Costas is here to take care !

Costas knows the Greek islands and coasts like nobody else: idyllic remote bays, good fishing spots, nice harbours and their best restaurants and bars, interesting sites to visit, etc…. He has friends on many islands, and knows the key persons and facilities that will help make your cruise a success, on most of them.

Costas has a relaxed and outgoing personality, and adapts easily to new people. On board he is warm and discreet at the same time. His hobbies include sailing, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, cooking, and models making.

He speaks fluent Greek, English and Italian.

Stelios Petsas is a professional Chef. He graduated in 2008 from the Athens Palmie Academy of Restaurant Studies. He is also a mechanical engineer from the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.

Since 2008 Stelios has worked as a chef for the Commander in Chief of the Hellenic Navy, then in several luxury restaurants in Athens, and at the Athens Grand Tennis Club. His delicious and inspired mediterranean cuisine will contribute to making your cruise onboard Nova unforgettable !

 Calm, easy going and hard working, Stelios speaks fluent Greek and English. His hobbies include gyms and swimming, music and cinema.

Konstantina Belsi is the hostess onboard Nova.

Konstantina worked in different areas before she started sailing, and was notably a Greek dance teacher. She has 4 years experience as a hostess onboard crewed yachts.

Konstantina is a charming, energetic and clever young lady. Her strong empathy and attention to others help create a relaxed and well being atmosphere onboard. When it comes to setting up the table, Konstantina is an artist, who will make your meals a pleasure for the eyes as well.

She speaks fluent Greek and English, and holds the Greek speed boat and sailing boat licences, and the medical first aid certificate from the European Red Cross. Konstantina is also an excellent masseuse, trained in Swedish and Thai massage, and aromatherapy.


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