Goran Stojsavljević, born 1979 in Zagreb, Croatia, has been a professional athlete for 17 years. As a handball player he travelled the world. Experience of living in Italy, Germany, Spain, Oman and Qatar provided him with many stories and experiences and chatting with him is a sheer pleasure.
He started sailing 11 years ago, and works as a professional skipper for the last 7 years. He transferred his sports discipline and hard-working mindset into his new career and acquired his Yachtmaster 100 GRT license, World Sailing Offshore Safety course, VHF Radio-operator license and D2 On-board safety license. He is fluent in English and German, but handles Spanish as well. Goran acquired his experience as a large sailcraft captain serving on 52ft catamarans and 57 ft sailing boats. His passion for sailing is contagions, and so is his desire to show you the best of the destinations, hidden gems and introduce you to the most charming local people.
Goran is a true example of what a skipper should be, and his professionalism and cool head will fill you with the feeling of safety and his safe hands provide you with a truly relaxing holiday regardless of the situation.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY BESIDES MY WORK, SEA & BOATS: I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with others. I organize a skipper academy, so if you want to know more about the sea, sailing or great Croatian food and wine, I will gladly share my knowledge.
Paola Marotti was born in 1996 in Zagreb and ever since childhood her curious nature has prompted her to broaden both experience and knowledge in most various fields. In 2013 as a passionate skier she obtained a diploma of ski instructor: by teaching both children and adults to ski she learned how to be responsible and caring yet playful and easy-going.
Next challenge she took on was seemingly quite the opposite, all the same the one enabling her to enjoy the nature and people in the summertime: so, becoming a skipper was the obvious choice. Working as one, she found out that the job of a skipper is much more than meets the eye: high level of responsibility does not only include safety of the boat and passengers aboard, but also providing for guests’ restful and enjoyable vacation. As a keen cook able to prepare delicious meals of most various cuisines (conventional, vegan, vegetarian, allergy-friendly), she rounded it up with a natural companion to every tasty nibble: knowledge of wine and food pairing – sommelier know-how. Apart from officially obtained knowledge and certificates her general human traits are also well worth mentioning; she is a fast learner, customer focused, detail oriented, well groomed, always smiling, respectful and eager to provide our guests with the best service possible.
WHAT MAKES HER HAPPY BESIDES MY WORK, SEA & BOATS: In her free time, she likes to slackline, windsurf and hike: actually, everything that gets her adrenaline going. Paola’s first language is Croatian, she is fluent in English, her command of German is very good, and she can communicate a bit in Italian. She’s been working as hostess for two years and our guests’ feedback on her work was more than favourable, so we’ve decided to get her into our team again. Currently, she’s a freshman at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Opatija.
Ivana Bekavac, born 1992 in Zagreb, Croatia has been a professional cook for past 9 years. As a cook she got the chance to experience living and working abroad. Up on finishing high school she decided to follow her path and choose cooking as her career.
Her choice of education was the top culinary school in the world ‘The Culinary Institute of America’. There she spent next 3 years getting the best possible education. After getting her degree she stayed in the USA and worked in some of the best restaurants there.Once she came back to Croatia, she continued challenging herself and worked in fine dining restaurants.For past 3 years Ivana has decided to try herself out as a Yacht Chef. Her passion for sailing was the winning combination with love that she has for cooking. Ivana is fluent in English, but also handles Spanish and Italian.
Ivana is a true professional who will do everything to make your holiday unforgettable.
WHAT MAKES HER HAPPY BESIDES HER WORK, SEA & BOATS: She is a very outgoing person. She enjoys travelling and spending time in nature. Besides being a big foodie she also enjoys wine. When she is not in the kitchen you will most likely find her running, that’s her ‘go to’ stress relief activity.