Characters of the Sea

Meet Alenka Alujević, Long-Term Nava Employee and Sailing Enthusiast

Character of the Sea

The sea can call us to her in sometimes very roundabout ways but once we find our passion, we stay… meet Alenka Alujević, long-term employee of Nava Boats, passionate sailor and advocate for the sea. She shares her story and some advice for first-time charterers. I met Alenka in 2017 on the...

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Croatia's Foreign Entrepreneurs: Heike, from Germany to Tisno on Murter

Character of the Sea

January 17, 2018 - Continuing our look at the foreign entrepreneurs trying to make it in Croatia, meet Heike from Germany who - along with husband Chris - have swapped stressful life in Germany for idyllic island Dalmatian living in Tisno on Murter. 1. First and foremost, why Croatia? Because of the...

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Meet Mark Boellaard, A Man Turning Trash into Treasure

Character of the Sea

My inbox is never normally a very exciting place to be but every now and then, out of trash comes a treasure… meet Mark Boellaard, a man who is doing just that – turning trash he collects from beaches, into art. On the 7th October 2017, we spoke with Mark to learn more about it. Recently, I...

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Leo Lemešić, Circumnavigating the World

Character of the Sea

Continuing our Characters of the Sea series, on Saturday 2nd September 2017, I met with Leo Lemesić who was the first Dalmatian to circumnavigate the globe. I don’t think I will ever stop being surprised by the number of people who have a mad-passion for the sea, especially here in Dalmatia. If...

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Characters of the Sea: The Bench

Character of the Sea

Continuing our Total Sailing Feature, Characters of the Sea, meet an institution which has seen it all over the years - The Bench. Our series 'Characters of the Sea' normally focuses on the fascinating personalities of the Adriatic, but the character of the region's coastal towns has more...

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Lidija Lijić, Free Diving Extraordinaire

Character of the Sea

Lidija’s main discipline is ‘Dynamic with Fins’ and ‘Dynamic no Fins’ – what does this mean? This is part of the free diving disciplines, both of these disciplines require the diver to hold their breath and travel in a horizontal position under water (world records are held in a pool),...

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Dragutin Žic, Alfa and Omega of Nautical Tourism: How the First Marina on the Adriatic came about

Character of the Sea

The love of Dragutin Žic for the sea and ships is tied to an old bracera (coastal cargo vessel) which he sailed in his youth, and now its ribs adorn the lobby of the Kanajt hotel. Thus came about the recognisable emblem of the Punat marina, made by Slovenian photographer and designer Sergio Gobo,...

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Marin Novaković, Centuries at Sea

Character of the Sea

Marin Novaković has been at sea all of his life, his family history stretches back centuries at sea and he has personally seen and moved with almost all tourist trends. I met Marin at the beginning of the season when I decided to do a sunset cruise in Split with the Total Split Editor – Daniela...

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Captain Jerry, Otac Duje & the Nazor Family (Photos)

Character of the Sea

Total Croatia Sailing has launched this series 'Characters of the Sea', to share the incredible stories and history of individuals and families who have a passion for the sea. To many, the Adriatic is as much a part of their lives as the oxygen they breathe. This week we met with Captain Jerry, his...

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Tonci Regjo: Split Harbour Pilot

Character of the Sea

Tonci holds his Master of Ship of 3.000 GT+, he passed his Pilot exams in 2005, in 2010 he became the President of the Croatian Maritime Pilots Association and in 2011 he became a delegate in the European Maritime Pilots Association. In the last 12 years, he has been on all kinds of ships from 50 m...

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