James 'Jimmy' Elliott is your skipper for an unforgettable sailing holiday around the Greek islands    


Meet OFF THE BEATEN TACK FOUNDER James, also known as 'Jim' or 'Jimmy'

Jimmy is a qualified RYA Offshore Yachtmaster and professional skipper who has over 10 years experience working within the sailing industry. Jimmy says "there is nothing in the world I enjoy doing more than professionally skippering a yacht and sharing my love of sailing and the sea with others. Ihave a great passion for the sea and what I do, and I try to express that through the core values of Off The Beaten Tack".

Jimmy is fully licensed and capable of sailing his yacht alone but loves to involve his guest crew and enable them to sail themselves as much or as little as they wish.

Jimmy says "I gain huge personal satisfaction from seeing my guest crew enjoy their time aboard the yacht, teaching them to sail so that they too can experience the thrill of handling a large yacht at sea whilst enjoying life and  nature in stunning locations in the same way that I do".

Over the last few years Jimmy has travelled the world and sailed thousands of miles in all conditions. He has completed trans Atlantic crossings from East to West, North Sea routes to Norway, the Mediterranean, Ionian, Aegean and Adriatic. 

In the winter months Jimmy delivers new yachts to clients around the world. He has also worked previously for specialist sailing holiday firms in France, Croatia, the Caribbean and Greece."

If you're interested to know more about Jimmy's qualifications and experience, connect with him on LinkedIn.


Captain Ivan

Captain Ivan a qualified and commercially endorsed RYA/MCA and an ISA yachtmaster offshore both power and sail.

Capt Ivan is a competent long distance and heavy weather sailor with experience as a sailing skipper in the North and Mid Atlantic, the North Pacific, South and East China Seas, Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, Med and many other areas. He’s not sure how many sea miles he has anymore as he gave up counting some time ago. He has worked in adventure tourism for the past five years and is a very well-known character in the Greek Islands.

He seems to know the history and mythology of every part of the Cyclades, often presented with his own bizarre twist. Capt Ivan is very definitely a warm people person and brings the Irish tradition of ‘seanchaí’ (story telling) Off The Beaten Tack. Some of his story’s might even be true! With a background in geology Ivan will be also able to you about every rock you see - really though, so unless you’re interested in rocks… Ask him at your own risk! 

Captain Ivan is an pure adventurer in the classic sense, and doesn’t hold back when it comes to providing exciting ideas for things to do and see.

Royal Yacht Association

James & Ivan are a commercially endorsed offshore yachtmasters qualified and approved by the Royal Yacht Association