Sail Talk with Sime Fantela
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Sail Talk with Sime Fantela

Sime Fantela, a Croatian sailor and Olympic gold medal-winner in the 470 Class in Rio de Janeiro, racing on the WallyCento V.

Sime Fantela, Croatian Olympic sailor, are you used to sailing here in Porto Cervo on maxi yachts and large boats?

Sime Fantela: Yes, I've been here before, quite some time ago. I believe it was in 2015 when I first came here on a Wally 80, and I have nothing but beautiful memories. It's a wonderful place. We always have good breeze for sailing, and I appreciate the numerous challenges on the racecourse. Each section of the racecourse has its own unique tips and tricks that you need to grasp.

Do you have a preference between the Archipelago de la Maddalena or the Croatian Islands?

Sime Fantela: They are remarkably similar. I can honestly say I love it here because it reminds me of the Kornati islands and the areas around my hometown of Zadar.

You are an Olympic sailor accustomed to Windward-Leeward courses, but I assume you started sailing around the Kornati or similar islands. Has that experience been helpful for you here?

Sime Fantela: About 95% of my time is spent sailing windward-leeward courses. However, the beauty of it is that you can adapt those skills to coastal races as well. What I really enjoy is the new challenge that coastal races offer. I love learning new things. Naturally, I apply my knowledge to coastal races, so it's a nice blend of new experiences and the strategies I'm familiar with, which I try to employ to win races.