Turkish born Baris, 36, was an architect employed and living in Switzerland when he decided that it was time for a career change. Aiming for a Yachtmaster qualification, Baris started his training with Flying Fish in Cowes, before flying down under for his Australian sailing adventure.
Baris remembers his three-week passage from Hamilton Island to Sydney:
Whales and dolphins
We experienced a variety of weather from huge storms to idyllic peaceful days with gentle breezes. It was wonderful to see whales and dolphins swim past the boat.
At Lady Musgrove Island we navigated our way through a perfect coral reef that encircled the deserted island. With no land for miles the untouched white sandy island surrounded by turquoise waters was spectacular.
The boat was always happy
Our skipper Chris Hollis was great. He's a walking encyclopaedia of sailing. In addition he makes you feel very safe at all times. He ensured that the boat was always happy and he kept us entertained on long nights with his fascinating knowledge of movies.
We arrived in Sydney and it was amazing. I had only really looked at Sydney on the map before I booked the course and was completely unprepared for the beauty of the place. Our first stop after sailing past the Sydney Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge was the fish market where we indulged ourselves and feasted on 2 kilos of fresh prawns!
Baris successfully passed his Yachtmaster Offshore examination and went on to do the RYA Cruising Instructor course.
His first job on a transatlantic delivery from Les Sables d'Olonne to Tortola. Then he took a sailing instructor job with Sunsail in Turkey for the summer season.
Baris summarises his whole Flying Fish experience:
It was BIG! Australians really are great friendly welcoming people and the beach life is fantastic.