Puerto Benus and Portofino, the first one near Marbella, the second one near Genova have been the playground of the rich and famous in the yachting world. Add the dosage of St Tropez and Sicily and the circuit of the yachting world for the rich and famous is closed. Srđ Portolan, a member of the Adriatic Yacht Services executive board explains that after the yachting season finishes around St Kitts and St Lucia and when another one starts in the Mediterranean basin, the Adriatic sea comes at the bottom end. Srdj Portolan, Darijan Portolan and Kristian Vrbanic, all three members of the Adriatic Yacht Services were shocked to realize when they went on their French Riviera business trip back in 2013 that the vast majority of the captains take the Italian coast route to Venice and back. Srđ tells us that lack of marinas and in particular the lack of super marinas for mega yachts prevented the captains to use Croatian coast on their way to Rovinj and making that last bit of trajectory journey to Venice.
Portolan stressed that captains are unsure of what to expect in Croatia, Srđ continues to tell us that he utterly understands their concerns. Srđ Portolan is among those who believes that one of Croatia’s most profitable state companies ACI Marinas, needs to privatize even larger slice of the share capital.
Furthermore, Srdj believes that such measure would lead to the construction of mega yacht marina something Portolan and Co witnessed on their visit to French Riviera’s Billionaire Docks. Srđ Portolan states that the state’s involvement into promotion of Croatia as Europe’s next must visit yachting destination would play a primordial role in steering the captains’ attention towards Croatian marinas.
Not everything is black as it seems to be as the Adriatic sea marina sector is growing rapidly. Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Montenegro is a typical example of the theory “ When there is a will, there is a way” In true adage of an ex-soldier Srdj Portolan concludes “Who dares wins”. Remains to be seen whether something like Porto Ragusino is on the horizon that in the eyes of many would turn Dubrovnik into new Monte Carlo. Watch out this space!