LUKA VERZEL

I started sailing when I was eight years old in my home town sailing club "JK Jadro KOPER" in 1992.

I was selected for the Slovenian national team in 1995.

On optimist I sailed up to and including 1997.

From 1998 to 2007, I sailed on the boats Europe Class, 470, Laser, J-24 and RC44.

In all these years I have represented my country at all major competitions.


In 2006 and 2007 I got the Award for top sport achievements from Slovenian Sailing Federation.


I first met with coaching in 2003 - 2005 as a part-time job at the club where I grew up.

When I completed my sailing career, I decided to become a full time coach in 2008.


In February 2008 I joined the Yacht Club Adriaco in Italy, where I am currently head coach for the Optimist Class, from 2015 also for 420 and 470 class.



Work Experience


2004-2006 Part-time coach JK Jadro Koper

2008-Present Head Coach for Optimist Class Yacht Club Adriaco (ITALY)

2016-Present Head Coach for 420 Class Yacht Club Adriaco

2016 Team Leader at Optimist European Championship (Slovenia)

2016 Coach 470 at Junior European Championship (Italy) 



Formation


- 2º Degree- Slovenian Sailing Coach

- BLS Certified

- First Aid

- Boat Driving Licence


 Languages


- Slovenian Written and spoken

- English  Written and spoken

- Italian  Written and spoken


Sailing:


- Started in Optimist Class in 1992

- Classes: Optimist, Europa, 470, Laser, J24 and RC44

- Slovenian National Team 1995 – 2007

- 6 place Medemblik World Cup

- 13 world ranking 470

- 14 Medals From Diferent National Championships


As a Coach


-2014 Italian optimist under 12 champions Anna Pagnini.

-2014 Italian optimist under 12 champin Massimiliano Antoniazzi

-2014 Italian optimist championship 3rd place in female category Luisa Penso.

-2015 Italy European national team Luisa Penso

-2015 U12 Italian national championship 2nd place Massimiliano Antoniazzi.

-2015 Italian optimist Championship 3rd place Luisa Penso

-2016 World national team Luisa Penso

-2016 European national team Anna Pagnini

-2016 World bronze medal in team racing Luisa Penso

-2016 European 6th  (5th EUR) place Anna Pagnini

-2016 Swiss national team race championship 2nd place.

-2016 Eurpean team race championship 1st place Anna Pagnini

-2016 Croatian national championship 2nd and 3rd place Erica Milone and Anna Pagnini

-2016 Slovenain optimist national championship 2nd place Massimiliano Antoniazzi

-2016 Easter regatta Portoroz (521 competitors) Best Team.

-2016 2nd Place Trofeo Ciutat de Palma Massimiliano Antoniazzi

-2017 National team for Optimist World Championship Massimiliano Antoniazzi