Ivana Juric

Hello everybody, I am Ivana, and I founded this little company almost 15 years ago (OMG, where did the time go?!) In the beginning, I was mainly working alone, learning everything there is to learn about boats and chartering. And little did I know that it would all grow and I’d be able to surround myself with family and friends, thus fulfilling my greatest wish- to be truly happy with my job and enjoy the company of the people around me, day after day. And really, isn’t it a blessing- we all have to spend at least a third of our lives working, so why not making it relaxing and fun for everybody?! To be completely honest, my amazing team now overtook almost all of the hard work from my shoulders, which means I can just supervise, and spend more and more time doing fun stuff- sailing, travelling, partying and dancing. To cut the long story short, I am here to make everybody happy, to make sure you, our guests, feel like home on our boats, to share with you my love for our beautiful country, and to help you get the most of every single day you plan to spend with us... #samoljubav

ivana@sail-charter-in-croatia.com

Ozren Marušić

Hi guys, I am Oz, the one from Ivana & Ozren, and I am a wizard and a conductor standing in front of this beautiful orchestra, at all times thinking three steps ahead and making sure that every part, every little note is in tune. But it wasn’t always like that; when I started school nobody realized I was highly dyslectic, they just thought I was ‘special’- for hours sitting in my room alone and thinking about things that didn’t interest other kids around me. Questions like, how can an airplane fly, what is bigger than the universe, what happens inside a radio when I press the On button and so on. I learnt fluent Italian as a 5 year old just by watching cartoons on tv (in those communist times, our television had only one cartoon a day, so Italian ones were much more interesting to me). Understandably, I was horrible at school, giving my parents so much grey hair that they still haven’t forgiven me, and probably never will. And as a result, my whole life I’ve been trying to prove to them, and to the rest of the world, that I can do everything I set my mind on- the harder it was, a bigger challenge it became to me. I did so many different jobs and along the way learned so many different things, and still I am spending so much time learning- a discovery of audio books was a revolution for me, not to mention having guys on youtube talking about literally anything I can think of. Half of my life I spent on and around boats, and still, whenever I need to find my peace, I put up the sails as that is the only way to push out thoughts from my head. You won’t see me a lot on the dock of our marina; I prefer sitting in my car with air-con on, and since everybody else knows what they need to do, driving you to the supermarket and talking to you is my main job in the season. Please just don’t pay too much attention to my politically incorrect jokes and don’t mind if I introduce myself several times a day… #samojako

ozren.marusic@live.com

Karlo Dobrić

Hello there, I am Karlo. Born in Split in 1975; Deyo’s big brother and the oldest in our little team. I guess that it should make me the most responsible one, and yes, I usually take care that the others don’t get carried away in their own worlds, that they drink enough water when running in the sun and that they don’t work too much but also go home from time to time. It feels like I started working the moment I was born, and I changed many different jobs trying to find my place under the sun; from civil engineering, marketing and administration in publishing, even plumbing. After all this – I did the only logical and healthy life step – I started working with my friends, in the best charter company in the Adriatic. And I am still here, planning to stick around until retirement. I have been happily married since I was 18, which is probably why I spend most of my free time at work – in the marina. I have two amazing children who you also might meet, since they spend their free time running around our boats, swimming and having fun with all the other kids. My job is literally everything- I take part in organizing everybody, I do some of the technical and physical work on the boats and I help with the administration – so yes, I am the oldest and I work the most, but usually from behind a curtain, so you won’t see me a lot. All in all, I am here to predict everything that can happen, and make only the good things go through. I love peaceful early mornings in the marina, so I am always the first to come to work; if you are an early bird too, find me for a cup of coffee before everybody else arrives and the working day starts… #samopomalo

karlo.dobric@gmail.com

Dean Dobrić

Hi, I am Deyo, born on the first day of summer of 1978, in Split. Already in primary school I realized I would need to find a job that includes working with my hands, and I am generally fixing everything everywhere I come; my friends just invite me for coffee, and I somehow end up repairing their vacuum cleaner or hanging pictures on their walls. I spent a few years working in civil engineering, but I can’t say I was happy, so I decided to join my friends and begin the adventure of my life – working with boats in a little local marina and not having to travel anywhere because people from all over the world now come to me. The first half of every day I spend maintaining boats and the second half I spend trying to make my beautiful red-head girlfriend Valentina happy (you’ll probably meet her too, she is always close by). Ok, ok, I also have some free time that I use to play table tennis with my friends... I am that barefoot, sweaty man with greasy hands walking on the dock, usually carrying huge canisters and your shopping bags. You can stop by to tell me a joke, ask for help with anything, or just give me a beer – to this I never say no. Also, when I am not making jokes, I am here to show you every little detail on our boats and to answer to any question you can think of… #samopivo

dejo.dobric@gmail.com

Tomo Lovrić

Hello, I am Tomislav Lovrić, or Tomo, to make it easier to pronounce and remember. My parents are originally from Bosnia and Hercegovina, but lucky for me, they moved to Split in time so that I could be born by the sea, in Split. I don’t know how else I would be able to explain all this salt in my blood… My first memories are of cars and motorbikes, their engines and spare parts. And of trying to repair them, where, I have to be honest, I did more harm than good. But I guess this is how you learn… After finishing high school, I went thought different jobs that took too much of my energy in a wrong way, and now I am finally settled here, with engines and spare parts everywhere around. Just like fast bikes and cars, boats can give you their soul too, but they are not as dangerous. Lately, this became an important factor for me, since I am newly married and planning a family with my wife Željana. I am actually really happy, although it sometimes seems like I love engines and their logic much more than people, so my colleagues don’t let me interact with guests too much. When you come to our marina, I will be that strange grease creature running around, talking to myself and to different objects in my hands. But don’t worry, I usually don’t bite, and if you really need something, I’ll do my best to come down from my cloud and to answer to all your questions. Just keep in mind that a simple question, such as how fast this boat can sail, can result in a 15 minute explanation on theory of aerodynamics… #samoželjana

tomislavlovri@gmail.com

Juliana Vujević

Hi! I am Juliana, also known as Juli, Jules, Julie, whatever is easier for you… I am the smallest and youngest in our little team, and very lucky to be treated like a princess, but a princess who can open a beer without a bottle opener. I was born in South Africa and at the age of 6, I gladly traded the Indian Ocean for the Adriatic Sea. And although I am also half Italian, in love with French chansons – I am pretty sure that Split is exactly where I want to be for the rest of my life. Living by the sea, we spent our summers as kids on boats – Jope and I have some stories to share from the adventures we had with my dad – a true modern-day pirate. Jope and I went to school together, we worked together through studies and lucky for me – we are still working together, as members of this little sailing family. In my free time I sing in a small acoustic band in restaurants and bars in Split (I will let you know where and when), in a gospel choir, in the car, at the office… My mum says that I started singing the moment I was born, and then talking very soon after – so meeting many amazing people from all over the world, talking to them and hearing their stories is probably my favorite part of this job. First, we will get to know each other through our emails, I will help you with ideas and suggestions, organizing all the little details and making sure everything goes as planned. And then, one happy Saturday, I will be one of the smiling faces meeting you and introducing you to your home on the sea- one of our dear boats… Until then, in wintertime, I am wrapped up in a blanket on my couch with my dog, answering your emails, dreaming about summer… #samodobro

Josipa Topić

Hi, I am Jope – originally Josipa Topić. I feel very lucky to have been born in Split, in the centre of Dalmatia, by the most beautiful sea you can imagine! I was raised by the sea and can’t imagine living my life without it. So fortunately, after trying on many different jobs, I found myself as a newest member of this little company, and following that, I found a way not only to work by the sea, but actually a possibility to live my everyday life with it. I am also very passionate about photography, traveling and cooking- this last part especially makes my friends and family happy to be close by. As for traveling, my favourite part is exploring our islands, every single hidden spot you can imagine; but naturally, I love experiencing different cultures, peoples, and customs. My actual role here is still learning everything about everything, so that I could make the lives of my colleagues and of our guests easier and as relaxing as possible. I am here to help with bookings and paperwork for your summer adventure, to answer to your questions, and to share my experience of this area with you. I’ll be that tall smiling girl waiting for you in our marina, helping with your luggage and going out of my way to make everything perfect. And I can’t wait to meet you all and learn so many new things about your homelands. #samosreća

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