A good bonus this week my friends,Croatia’s women’s 470 duo, crew Romana Zupan and helm Enia Nincevic have taken a few moments to catch up with us at TheSaltySister as they head into their Olympic regatta. The team qualified for the 2012 Games in May while competing at the 470 Worlds in Barcelona. Fun and focused and a barrel of laughs in the boat park, make no mistake that these ladies are a force on the race course despite being the only 470 women’s team in Croatia. Read on for a quick intro into Romana and Enia’s sailing history and team dynamic. Good luck girls!
Salty Sister: Tell us about your sailing history.
Romana: We met in Y.C. Sveti Krsevan (Sime Fantelas club) Enia sailed optimist and I was dancing Latin-American dances (hahahaha) and started sailing when I was around 17 . Enia started when she was 8 in optimist and then straight to 470 when she was 15. We are together since then, the only 470W (in Croatia) and even if we would like to change crew or something…we cant hahahahhahahah. And in 2007 we changed club and we are Y.C. Uskok since then.
Salty Sister: What are you most looking forward to during the Olympics?
Romana: Hope to sail well and to get some new experiences for our future career, and to have as much fun as we can get!
Salty Sister: How is the Olympics different from a regular world cup event?
Romana: It is different mentally I think, because this is the highest you can climb, there is no bigger event than the Olympics, but then again you sail with the same people all year. best thing is to relax and enjoy, and to be proud that you can race in an Olympic fleet.
Salty Sister: Any words of encouragement to young female sailors?
Romana: Sailing is a kind of sport that can build your personality in many ways, you get stronger and you face things in life with more power and makes you think and view life from new and different angle. and it is a perfect way to have fun, travel around world and meet new and interesting people…