How does one even begin to describe The Yacht Week? Trust me, it is not an easy task. I’ve been at a loss for words trying to sum up my experience and honestly, the word that keeps popping into my head is “insane”. That’s TYW for you: it’s insane. Insane all over the board. It’s an insanely great time, an insanely crazy experience, insanely epic, and it is absolute floating insanity.
When you spend the week on the water in close quarters on a pretty much go-go-go schedule, it is so important to have a great crew alongside you. My boat, The Bird Watchers, had that down perfectly. We hired a skipper named Max who led our charge and sailed us from port to port and guided us through the week. Whether recommending and booking our dinner reservations, getting our pre-parties hyped up, or just showing us an amazing time, Max was a riot and the perfect addition to our crew.
We also hired a hostess named Flora, who cooked our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and a couple of our dinners. Somehow she managed to make the most magnificent meals in the smallest of kitchens serving up eggs benny on French toast, fresh brownies, risotto, stuffed mushroom caps, mini cheesecakes, and so much more. She’s not only one of the best chefs but one of the sweetest individuals I’ve ever met. Max and Flora hands down we’re essential to making our week unforgettable. If you’re going on The Yacht Week I highly suggest requesting these two if they’re available, if they are not, definitely still get your boat a hostess and a skipper as they’ll make your lives so much easier and add to all the festivities.
It also helps having a boat full of people that are somewhat like minded. We all loved to party with TYW crew but also enjoyed taking it easy every so often, staying active and healthy, playing cards and have our own dance and sing along parties on our yacht. When you sign up, make sure you have at least one other person on your boat who beats to a drum similar to your own.
The Yacht Week events live up to all the hype. Even being someone that doesn’t party often, I had such a crazy fun time at the different events. The two floating raft parties offered something truly unique to TYW and gave off the best vibes all around. The regatta however was the highlight for me. My boat dressed up as a dodgeball team, and we spent the day sailing, dancing, singing and chanting at the top of our lungs attempting to get the judges attention, embracing the lighthearted yet competitive atmosphere of the day. The volleyball tournament and the all white parties are also a ton of fun. Make sure to book a table for at least a couple of the events so you get the full experience. Whether you just want to dance, drink, explore, or play games, you’ll have a blast- the staff wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sailing Croatia is dreamlike, the islands are absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. You’ll get a small taste of each one of the ports once you dock – my favourites were Bol and Split. In Bol we spent the afternoon on a Wipe Out course and ate delicious gelato. Split’s narrow alleyways made it feel as though we were wandering around a cobblestone castle or an underground city. PRO TIP: we got a hotel room in Split for our last night. This was much needed after a week of constant insanity, lack of air conditioning, and living in small quarters. Being in a big comfy bed, with the AC blasting, after a proper relaxing shower was the cherry on top of The Yacht Week. Cheers to all the memories made and a week well spent with people I’ll never forget.