The Desired Crew Profile: We believe that people with true, deep love for
sailing, adventure and nature will make a good crew. Add to
this a good sense of humor, tolerance and ability to handle sensitive situations
and there it is, our perfect FIU crew
If you are interested to join Fiu on our ocean adventures and you think
you have some (or all!) of the above characteristics please let us know by
sending us an e-mail. It is desirable to have some offshore sailing experience
as well. Those with limited offshore experience but with the 'sailor's heart' are welcome as well
but they should be aware that out there it can get rough, not only in terms
of rough weather but also 'socially'. Spending weeks and months on a very
limited space can be a very frustrating affair! Disembarking 'difficult cases' in the middle of ocean is no one's
For further information about Fiu SA please read
Frequently Asked Questions
(43 kb). If interested to join Fiu Sailing Adventure please
contact Ivo by sending
an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
403 802 707) to send you Crew Survey
Form and Crew Booking form.
Ivo Orlic, skipper & owner
Ivo has a deep passion for
sailing. He sailed a lot, but, certainly not as much as he wanted. For the
past ten years, family and job commitments of the modern western society dragged
him further and further away from sailing (sounds familiar??). As a scientist he
travelled extensively with his family and worked on 6 continents; Europe, Asia, N
& S America, Africa and finally for the past five years has settled down
in Australia, Sydney. Although science was his passion for many years, it
eventually became just 'a job' and SAILING emerged again as the No. 1 passion.
Ivo reached the stage that many of us are familiar with, the stage that can be
well described with the Polynesian word Fiu. Fiu can loosely be
translated as 'time for a change', and therefore the name of this Adventure and
the Yacht (for detailed description of the word Fiu
Ivo in his ex-lab in Sydney
Like many sailors', Ivo's life-long dream was to sail
across the oceans, to visit dream islands of the South
Pacific, to circumnavigate the world. Ivo started sailing as a young boy in the
sheltered waters of the beautiful bay of Punat, in Adriatic, Croatia. Initially
he sailed on open
boats, until the age of 19 when he upgraded his father's 20 ft boat to a
sailing boat. Later he built his own 28 ft sailing boat and few years later
purchased his first 'proper yacht', Jeanneau 40. Ivo sailed extensively in
Adriatic, Mediterranean, South East Asia, and last few years in Atlantic and
clocking up more than 55,000 nm of blue water sailing. He holds a number of
first aid, sea-survival, sailing & boating certificates.
Punat-where all started
Ivo's motto can be well summarized by the following
Be unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new
philosophies. Have the curiosity to experiment… to test and try new ways
of living and thinking.
Recognise that the only ceiling
life has is the one you give it and come to realise that you are
surrounded by infinite possibilities for growth and achievement.
Keep your heart young and your expectations high and
never allow your dreams to die.
by Wilfred Peterson
ARC 2003 Crew
During the Atlantic crossing, there
were 8 crew on board Fiu.
They were, in order of signing up;
Bojan, Susan, Paul, Andre, James, Ben, Luigi and
of course Ivo.
The ARC crew - A big happy family!
Paul, Andre, Bojan, James, Ben, Susan, Luiggi and Ivo
André Ruegg -
Swiss Citizen, found a lot of
opportunities to go sailing while he lived in Sydney where he worked in his profession as IT Project Manager. After the
beauty of Sydney Harbour, he added in July and August 2003 a trip from
Sydney to the Whitsunday Islands where he also could brush up his
sailing skills during the race weeks. He is well travelled (Australia,
Europe, SE Asia, USA, Central America, Africa).
Favourite sports: running, snowboarding, diving and of course sailing.
After having resigned and now being between jobs he decided to go for a
sailing sabbatical before resuming his
conventional work life. André is determined to clock up another 7000
miles as he is going for ‘all or nothing’ as he said when I asked him what legs is he going to do with us.
So, Andre will be with us all the way from Adriatic to Tortola, BVI,
almost three full months! I am sure we’ll be able to get along well! He
already got some ‘brownie points’ as he seem to be an excellent cook!
Who could resist to that art?
Luigi Chiapparini -
Swiss/Italian, fell in love with sailing some years ago
at the Swedish West Coast. After a couple of charter weeks with his
friends he found now the opportunity to gain some more sailing experience.
Luigi will be with us all the way from Dubrovnik to Tortola, BVI and boost
his sailing skills as much as possible.
Susan - originally from
currently working in Dublin, Ireland. Susan traveled a lot and lived in 8
different countries. Sailed extensively on her own 45 ft ketch, Med,
Atlantic, Caribbean. Other sports:
literature, travel, walking, interested in most things.
Keen to do
a transatlantic crossing and to sail South Pacific Paradise islands. Also need to get away from a demanding job and
best way to stop thinking about work is to sail. Love the great open space
of offshore sailing.
Susan initially joined Fiu
for ARC 2003 and continued to sail with Fiu on her way to Australia.
James and Ben Fisher - brothers, originally from UK and presently
leaving and working in Switzerland. Big travelers with extensive sailing
experience (Med, USA, Caribbean). Other sports: mountaineering,
snowboarding, motorcycle racing, diving, etc. James and Ben will tell us
more about themselves shortly. They will join Fiu for ARC in Las Palmas.
Paul Less - Australian, leaving and working as miner in Tasmania.
Traveled extensively in USA, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Sailed
in Tasmania and along Eastern coast of Australia. Would like to brush up
on his navigational skills. Other sports: bushwalking. Cooking skills – no
mentioned at all in his survey form! Hopefully he can do the dishes?
Bojan Koprivica - Croatian, working in IT industry in Germany. Bojan started sailing as a kid in
Adriatic on a small
family boat, Flamingo. With
years, unfortunately, other things became more important, and he neglected
his childhood love. However, Bojan can
nowadays be seen more often close hauling or broad reaching. He joined the
Adriatic Nautical Academy (ANA), where he refreshed his old sailing
skills, added new ones and keeps learning more about the art of sailing.
He took part in the last years renewal of ANA's Off Shore Training where,
under the guidance of skipper Zivko Matutinovic and under the sails of a
beautiful ANA No.1 Elan 45 boat, the
team clocked 1300 NM from Jezera to Malta and back.
Many other crew joined
us during our Caribbean and Pacific cruise
Sonny Kojic - is
originally from Novi Sad (former YU) and now living in Canada. He is 36, married, with twin
girls now 3 years old. Besides adoring his girls (all three of them)
full-time, Sonny works in the automotive industry as a mechanical engineer
(he hold M.A.Sc. from
Sonny with his
daughters Monika (L) and Lidia (R)
by Detroit River.
Sonny has been entertaining the idea of getting into sailing for a long
time, but, so far, had not had the fortune to live near water. As his
girls are growing up, he is currently planning on buying a sailing dinghy
to start practicing near home on Great Lakes. His intention is to
introduce girls to the sport and maybe do some sailing together in a
couple of years.
Sonny joined Fiu for a learning experience and fun sailing in the Caribbean
during April 04 (Tortola to St Lucia).
from Germany, Lesley from USA - Caribbean to Galapagos,
Paul C. and Jane from Australia - New
Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and GBR
Brut S. from Slovenia - Sydney to New Zealand
Julian S. and Tom from New Zealand -
Sydney to New Zealand crossing
George K. from Australia - Red Sea to Greece
Dragec from Croatia - Red Sea to Greece
as well as numerous family and friends.