Skipper is another word for captain in small ships. However, they are much more valuable for your holiday than a captain who will bring you from A to B safely.
You can consider your skipper as: The guy to take care of everything regarding the yacht. From the technical handover to the checkout.
Personal tour guide: A skipper should be familiar with the area and the language, if not a native, who will give you insights about what to do, see and experience, based on your needs.
Trip planner: The most important and difficult part of a sailing trip is the right planning. Taking mainly into consideration the weather conditions, your wishes and the options which the area offers, the skipper will be coming with the best possible plan every day.
Safety guy: A good skipper will put the safety of their crew and the boat first. Even at the slightest details, which you may cannot notice, but this makes a big difference in enjoying every moment carefree.
Sailing teacher: Not all the skippers share the same excitement, about teaching, but if***********
Cook: While it is solely your responsibility to ensuring that your skipper is fed, sometimes your skipper may surprise you! Many have great skills you might want to take advantage of if offered.