I was born on a beautiful spring day in Sistiana, in the province of Trieste, Italy and like all people from Trieste I have the sea in my veins. When I was six, I took my first sailing course and it was hate at first sight. I made a promise to myself: “I will never set foot on a boat again.” (That was only the first of an endless series of times I made this promise to myself…).

Ten years later, however, I returned to the sailing club (YC Čupa) for a windsurfing course and I liked that (or maybe I liked the instructors?!), so I never left. I started out as an assistant on windsurfing courses, then I decided to do the Italian Sailing Federation instructors’ course.

For about ten years I spent the summers running a sailing school, with the kids on Optimists and with teenagers on windsurfers. In summer I worked on the sea while in winter I was studying in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where I graduated in 2005.



 At the age of 29, I decided to leave my job as a teacher and go on a sabbatical. I therefore bought a one-way ticket and left for Asia.
A couple of months later in Australia I met Rick, who was living on a boat. We fell in love and sailed together for nine years, exploring Australia, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga and Fiji. Our shared life afloat ended in 2018 in Fiji. I returned to Italy where I bought my new boat, Tahuata.

Now you can find me mainly in the Adriatic, in summer I sail and run my own sailing school, in winter I write books and present them at different events. But as soon as I can, I board a plane and take a trip to the South Pacific, a sailing ground I deeply love.