Flotilla Skipper, Göcek, Turkey
When did you start working with Sunsail?
Summer 2014 was my first season with Sunsail.
What is your average day on a Flotilla like?
My day starts with meeting all the Flotilla as a group and going through the briefing for the day – covering destination information, weather, mooring advice etc. I always aim to be the last out and first in so after helping everyone out I have to race the Flotilla to the destination if they are going straight there. After I get in I listen to the VHF and start assisting everyone into the mooring for the night. After all the boats are in and the Host has explained the local area and what to do and the Engineers has checked any issues, we all get ready for a big group meal.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the relationship I’ve built with the locals. Turkish people are by far the nicest people I’ve ever met and worked with – they always want to help, get involved and be your friend. I always look forward to seeing them again.
Where would you recommend a first-time visitor to Göcek go?
I was skipper of the Kas Flotilla, and when we got to our furthest point at Ucagiz I would always recommend Gokkaya Limani bay. It just ticks all the boxes – it’s a great holding for anchors and there are fresh-water springs, turtles, crystal clear water, an amazing cave and a hidden pirate bar called Smuggler’s Inn. The owner does water sports and goes around the boats to see if guests wanted picking up in the evening for dinner. The restaurant is very basic but everything on the menu always tastes great!
The bay of Göcek. The wind is always perfect there, sailing is great, and there are loads of bays to pop into and plenty to see – it’s a great place to start and end a Flotilla.