Captain Name: Artemis Artemakis
Captain Nationality: Greek
Number of Crew: 3
Captain: Artemis Artemakis
The captain of NAMASTE is Artemios Artemakis, also known as Captain Artémis, a pleasant yet assertive character, with over 30 years of sailing experience as part of his pure love for sea activities. His high responsibility and natural talent to work under pressure are two powerful endorsements he gained from his successful career in Mechanical Engineering (University degree). For over the last 10 years, Artémis has been working as a professional skipper in both sailing and motor yachts in the East Mediterranean and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic), is a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster.
In addition, he has been a divemaster since 1998 holding a PADI & NAUI certificate, with diving experience both in the greek and the Dominican waters. Artémis is the kind of man who makes you feel assured and relaxed. He is an excellent trainer in both sailing and scuba diving, really dedicated to serving his co-sailors every single day.
Languages: Greek and English (fluent)
Chef Maria Kokkou
Chef Maria, born in 1988, is from Athens, Greece. After graduating in Psychology Counselling in 2012, she went on to study at Le Monde Culinary Institute. She graduated in 2016 and reached Professional Instruction level in Culinary Arts and in Dough Methodology and Technique. Specialized in Mediterranean cuisine, passionate about food, she has completed many seminars to enhance her career- Chef on a Cruise Ship; Sushi; Introduction to the Italian Pasta Culture; Mexican Flavours; Aroma, Taste, and Memories in Cooking and Wines – and many more!
In 2007, even before attending Le Monde, Maria began work as a Sous Chef and then a Chef on motor yachts. In time, she went on to spend years as a chef at resorts, event halls, and as a personal chef- re-joining the yachting world in 2019. Maria loves being back on the water and is excited to welcome guests onboard Namaste. With her creativity and love of food, she offers a delicious culinary experience for your charter holiday.
Languages: Greek (native); English and French (fluent)
Deckhand/ Stewardess: Meni Ralli
Meni was born and raised in Florina, Greece in 1980. Like her father, who was working as a chef on ships for many years, she learned to love the sea and traveling. Growing up, she started sailing. She travels a lot and she likes meeting new people and experiencing cultures from various countries, which has helped her to become easily adaptable to her job. The past few years she has worked as a hostess on sailing yachts. She loves theater, films, and sports. She speaks English and Greek.