Vedran Bobanac was born in 1983 in Zagreb, Croatia. At the age of 10 he started sailing on the Optimists. When he was 13, his father completed the construction of their family boat – a 25-foot racing sloop. In the following years Vedran acquired knowledge and experience by sailing this boat with his father along the Croatian Adriatic coast. In 2002, he completed a Skipper course at Academia Navalis Adriatica (ANA), the school of sailing and nautical skills. In 2004 he joined ANA as a part-time instructor. Ever since, he has regularly worked as a sailing instructor and as a skipper in his free time. He also participates in various sailing regattas. He studied at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, where he received MSc and PhD degrees, in 2007 and 2015 respectively. He is also an internationally certified skiing instructor. He lives and works in Zagreb.