Born and raised in Zagreb, capital of Croatia. My favorite sport (other than sailing, of course) is skiing. I never miss an opportunity to ski. My list of hobbies also includes painting. When I paint I’m relaxed, focused and calm. It’s very stress-reducing, time just passes and I love that feeling. I can compare it to that magical state of freedom that happens when sailing.
My business career started right after I graduated from University. I was working as a sales representative for promotional products in one of the best creative agencies in Croatia and gained experience to work as a buyer in the purchasing department of Nestle Adriatic. The position of operational manager in a hospitality company came next. After years of amateur sailing and boating in private arrangements I transferred my career to sailing industry.
MY SAILING BACKGROUND
I started sailing with my parents when I was a child. My first formal sailing education was at the age of twelve when I finished optimist class sailing school. In 2005 I got my first boat skipper license, B category. In the following years I finished ‘Professional skipper preparation course’ and ‘Advanced maneuvering course’.
TURNING POINT IN MY CAREER
2018 was the year when I decided to work only as a skipper/boat captain. I got my C category boat skipper license and started doing boat transfers over the Mediterranean and the Adriatic in spring. In the summer I worked with charters in Croatia. After the season ended I wanted to learn and practice more which resulted in Yacht Master Category license. The next step will be the British RYA Yacht Master.
Six months in Vancouver working as a manager assistant in Vancouver Marina was a valuable asset for understanding administrative and financial side of yachting industry. International experience gave me confidence to partner up with Vedrana and open our own travel agency.
- Certificate of Competency as Yacht Master, Category A (yachts up to 100 GT)
- Safety Training Certificate – Standards of training, certification and watchkeeping (STCW VI/1)
- Master of Business Administration
- Languages: native Croatian, fluent English, basic Italian