Stavros Kanis

General Manager

Founder of Ionian Catamarans


Stavros was born in Chios, a north-eastern island of the Aegean Sea. His parents and close relatives were all sailors and fishermen. From a very early age he developed a special connection to the sea, making small boats out of paper and going fishing with his family. At the age of 10 he started spending his free time swimming and three years later he started sailing at the Chios N.O. with E14 and 470 sailing boats. Later on, at the age of 16, Stavros became a rowing athlete and won a gold medal in the Coxless Pair Panhellenic Event. At the age of 20, he started travelling with commercial ships in order to become a captain. When he gained the degree of 3rd captain, he left and began working with sailing and motor boats. 15 years ago, Stavros became a professional sailing athlete, taking part in many races, as the Ionian and Aegean rallies. He is also the main sailing instructor at the open sea sailing school of Argostoli, Kefallonia. His love of sailing and years of experience being a skipper will inspire confidence for a perfect and safe trip to the Greek islands.