Captain Name: Ivan Rakuljic
Captain Nationality: Croatian
Number of Crew: 9
Crew Profile of M/S CORSARIO
Captain: IVAN RAKULJIC, Croatian,
Talking about professional choices – here is a man who claims he didn’t have one. Since he can remember he pictured himself only as a captain. His family had traditional mini cruiser ship, but Ivan feels his seaman’s career is not simple consequence of family legacy, he was just lucky enough to be born in perfect environment for the job that was meant for him. After Maritime high school diploma, he already had enough experience gathered during summer breaks as a sailor, but he continued to work next 3 years on that position. As he says, he was interested to learn all tricks of the trade as a sailor before moving to the position of the captain.
For past 7 years Ivan worked as a captain on mini cruisers. His knowledge, professional attitude, calmness and team guiding skills provided him excellent job offers. Praised by the guests, appreciated by his crew and the owners of the ships he worked on, Ivan was first choice of the owner of M/Y Corsario for captain’s position. As working on the luxury yacht was Ivan’s unspoken wish and knowing the owners of Corsario; quality of their ships and their concept of providing bespoken service, decision was easy. Able to pass his working enthusiasm to the rest of the crew, Ivan promises a wonderful experience at sea for all guests. Be sure to visit the Bridge to share some of Ivan’s knowledge and passion for life at sea. Ivan’s hobbies are sports (football and rugby have special place), music, books, movies and old historical towns are his favorite travel destinations. Still there is no hobby that beats learning things from his 4-years old son.
Chef: MLADEN MUSTRA, Croatian,
Languages: English, German
Working expirience in profession: 15 years, from the day I got my Professional Chef diploma at the High School.
Working experience outside of profession: I never worked outside of profession. I don’t see myself ever doing that.
It’s that simple for Mladen. After 12 years working in restaurants, Mladen had to liberate his creativity as he says and started working on yachts. Reason? I want to thrill each guests with my work, I know I am capable to do that and I can’t accept anything less anymore. Giving my best in the restaurant mostly was not enough, there were too many things involved which didn’t depend on me. Yacht is different. Whole crew is dedicated to keep clients happy day after day. I have opportunity to get both instructions and impressions directly from the guests. It gives me much more joy, and joy while cooking is essential.
For any case, let us say that Mladen is passionate about his job. Communicative, organized, curious and easygoing, Mladen constantly improves his knowledge thru specialized culinary seminars and workshops. He has gathered international experience because “there are no borders for food, if food travels, so should chefs.” Mladen describes his favorite style as Mediterranean fine dining with a twist – local, fresh, seasonal ingredients as a base with appropriate contemporary touch.
As Mladen insisted – we need to emphasize that his personal favorite style is irrelevant; in the first place he is on board Corsario to follow preferences of the guests.
Marko’s main hobby is studying eno-gastronomy; he also enjoys reading professional literature while his general interests include music, travel, and sports.
Chief Hostess: IVANA VULIC, Croatian
Languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian
Ivana brings to Corsario bespoken reputation from her international experience in yachting industry. After she earned her Master degree in Entrepreneurship in Culture and Tourism in 2016 she decided to join yachting industry as it seemed perfect way to put in practice knowledge gathered during her education. As a person of sparkling energy, curious, optimistic and confident, eager to learn and upgrade her skills and knowledge Ivana moved fast up in yachting industry. In first season of her international career she worked as a solo hostess on private yacht. In 2017 she joined 54-meter charter yacht “Burkut” as 3rd stewardess and in 2018 she took position of sous-chef on the same yacht. Responsible and hardworking, with natural sensitivity for others and genuine interest in helping when possible and needed Ivana was selected for the role of the Crew representative, dealing with their issues, problems and demands on Monthly Management Meetings. Ivana considers meeting interesting people and having opportunity to explore Mediterranean and Caribbean as special bonus she got from her charter career. Although she was ready to close that chapter of her life and dedicate her time to newly found interest – Management of human resources, Ivana couldn’t refuse offer to join S/Y Corsario. As she said, she was excited and proud to find out that local Croatian entrepreneurs are developing projects on world standards. She accepted invitation to join the crew as Chief Stewardess – outstanding in making people feel comfortable around her, she will attend every need of guests on board Corsario. On top all of this, Ivana’s knowledge about local history will impress anyone interested in what Adriatic has to offer.
In her free time, she works as volunteer with children with special needs, enjoys running and other sports but also reading, cooking and DIY projects.
Ivana is looking forward to welcome you on board of Corsario.
2nd Hostess: IVONA JERKOVIC, Croatian
Languages: English, German
Yachting world was, and still is, an aspiration in Ivona’s life. From her early years sailing was her regular daily activity.
When she had to make decision on her formal education, joy of working with children was the influence that prevailed, so Ivona became an early childhood and preschool educator. Besides formal academic study on Faculty of Philosophy in Split, she upgraded her education at various distinctive programs in education of children.
During her study, Ivona gathered experience in hospitality industry: developed organizational skills managing local family restaurant and improved it working on different positions working in hotel in Germany.
Still, as soon as she finished studying Ivona became a full-time stewardess as her fascination with sea, nature and yachting industry was too strong to be unfulfilled. As chef/stewardess Ivona has sailed in Adriatic and Caribbean. Eager to present her experience and skills as a team member of Corsario’s crew, Ivona will provide genuine care for guests on board.
Ivona holds a Silver Service certificate and prides herself with a keen eye for a detail.
Her interests are numerous: photography, cooking, jazz ballet, fitness, reading, travelling, music, films.
3rd Hostess: KATA JANKOVIC, Croatian
Besides diploma of Master of Nautical Engineering from Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split, Kata holds numerous additional certificates relevant for her maritime career which started 3 years ago. She can picture herself in the future as a deck officer or captain, ready to sail on different kinds of boats still as she started working on yachts in charter industry – for the time being she can’t find a reason not to continue. Her cheerful, outgoing and sparkling personality combined with diligence and highly professional ethics make her a perfect team member. Kata has proved to be additional value to all yachts she has worked on, as besides her sailor’s duties she’s always been ready to assist on any other position unexpectedly required. Kata has amazingly filled positions of hostess, sous-chef and chef. No wonder that person capable to deliver equal quality on so many different positions was invited to join Corsario’s crew.
Her free time is also occupied with different activities; she enjoys music, arts, dancing, sports (volleyball in particular) and will take every opportunity to pack her bags and travel.
Room Maid: IVANA GRCIC, Croatian
Languages: English, French, basic Spanish
With international experience in hospitality industry, Ivana is excited to join yachting industry as member of Corsario’s exquisite team. Agile, responsible, dedicated to deliver her best performance in whatever she does, communicative, person of many interests, world traveler, Ivana proves strive of the owners of Corsario to assemble fantastic team on board.
Impressive list restaurants and resorts in Croatia and USA where she worked on different positions becomes fascinating knowing that alongside she was equally successful in her academic life; Ivana recently obtained a title of The Master of Arts in Applied Geography.
Adventurous, curious, in loved in geography, active in speleology and mountaineering, passionate about travelling and animal lover – that is what Ivana says about herself. Ivana is looking forward to making guests of SY Corsario feel comfortable and at home.
First Mate: PAVE LACIC
Langurages: English, Spanish – basic
Knowing he will get his Yacht Master certificate one way or the other, as yachting and charter world is the only sphere of his interests, Pave opted for different formal education. As a student of Zagreb University, Pave joined international program of Murdoch University in Perth, Australia and now holds Master of Business Economy degree. Having that sorted out, he focused to maritime accomplishments; with 1st officer certificate already in his pocket, he is just few months away from Yacht Master position.
A passion for boats is part of Pave’s life as long as he can remember; in particular enjoyed work on deck – grinding, varnishing, painting, carpentry work. With time, he turned to be a proper craftsman when it comes to deck work. He started working with his bother on their family mini cruisers 7 years ago and discovered that his knowledge of deck jobs combined with his devotion to needs of guests on board, outgoing personality, communication skills make him feel on board of charter yacht exactly where he belongs. Eager to learn every position on yacht, Pave started from basics and worked his way up, always delivering more than required from positions he held. Regardless which position he had in last few seasons on his family mini-cruisers, for guests on board – he was the most the most memorable person, always ready to assist, explain and contribute to their experience of Croatian coast and people. When it comes to Corsario; Pave has been involved with it from the very idea till the final product, so he knows every corner of SY Corsario and will ensure its immaculate condition.
Besides vast knowledge of Adriatic coast and islands, thanks to his cheerful, attentive and genuinely pleasant personality Pave gathered excellent local connections on every island, port and bay.
In his free time Pave enjoys reading, music, films and sports: he is very active futsal player (indoor football), loves outdoor activities, nature and travelling; impressed with Romanian mountains and Sicily but Australia is still most fascinating place he visited. He marks Faroe Islands and New Zealand as the most desirable destinations yet to visit and hopes to have opportunity to sail outside of Adriatic waters.
Chief Engineer: MATE SILIC, Croatian
Mate has been on and around the sea since his childhood; coming from Racisce (island Korcula) where over 90% of male population are sailors, sea profession is in his genetic code.
Already during high school he started working on charter yachts and excursion boats, Mate gained a reputation of the person every captain wants in the engine room of his yacht; easygoing, diligent team player with no issues to give a hand wherever needed. Mate had no doubts when he received an offer to join Corsario. In his spare time Mate is active in sports; handball, basketball, MMA, enjoys music, books and films. Soon to graduate from Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split.
Sailor: IVAN MALES, Croatian
Languages: English – basic
When Ivan took an opportunity to work on yacht 7 years ago, he didn’t dream he will like it so much to decide to stay. Now, he can’t picture himself doing anything else. Cheerful and hard working, organized, attentive, well-focused, in control of the situation in his working domain this experienced sailor has been recognized as a right person to take a position on board of SY Corsario.