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Bookings are approaching and the anticipation is killing us, so we can only imagine how you feel! To reduce confusion we have asked Leo, TYW’s Skipper Manager, to explain the difference between the various yacht types. Hopefully this helps you make the most suitable choice for your upcoming sailing trip…
TYW:Ok lets jump right in! What are the different categories of yachts that guests can book on TYW?
Leo:TYW offers four kinds of yachts. There are cruisers, performance yachts, catamarans and TYW’s Special Edition fleet.
TYW:What type of sailing experience would guests have if they were to book a cruiser?
Leo:Cruisers are for guests who want to sail with out a care in the world. They have big cockpits and hulls, making them spacious and comfortable. They are also engineered to be easy to handle. Cruisers will sail from one location to the next at a slow and stable pace, literally lulling guests into relaxation.
TYW:How about performance yachts, what type of sailing experience would those provide?
Leo:Performance yachts are exciting and lively! You are in for a true sailing experience if you book one of those. They are speedy and quick to react, which makes every sail thrilling!
TYW:Do catamarans provide an exciting experience as well?
Leo:In comparison to a performance yacht, catamarans are made for a more relaxing sail. The catamarans size and design makes the yachts stable, and a little difficult to manoeuvre. They are big, spacious, great for large groups and probably the most deluxe yachts listed. Cabins are generally large and the kitchen area is nice. A popular feature that guests likes to take advantage of is the net located at the bow of the yacht, by either using it as a trampoline or a tanning bed.
TYW:And what do you consider special about TYW’s Special Edition fleet?
Leo:The Salona 44s are awesome! Basically they are the best of everything combined! Salona 44s are fast like the performance yachts, but with large cockpits that have high quality sound systems, that I recommend you take advantage of! You can also find key features in the cockpit like drink holders, an icebox, and night lighting, which will ensure the party keeps going all day and night!
Over all the Salona 44s have been tailored to include everything that will make guests’ yachting experience even more fun then it already is!
TYW:Nice, that sounds amazing! So which yacht brand falls under which category?
Leo:If you are looking at booking a cruiser, then you would want a Bavaria, Benteau, Jeanneau or Elan. The performance yachts are Hanses, Dufours, Grand Soleils and Salonas …excluding the Salona 44s, those ones are a Special Edition fleet!
TYW:Great! Do you have any final words before saturday sign-ups open?
Leo:Ya, everyone should know that no matter what yacht they book, they are going to have one of the best times of their life!
One of the most challenging moments on TYW (if there are any) is the grocery shop at the beginning of the trip. The three words to go by when shopping for food is easy, filling and local. Here are a couple of our favourite DIY dishes that follow those three words and will keep you and your crew satisfied all week!
Fruit Parfait (serves one person)
- 1/3 cup of granola
- Sliced up fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, bananas…)
- 1/2 cup of yogurt (use greek yogurt for a healthier alternative)
This meal is quick and tasty. First grab a small bowl and fill it partially with the yogurt of your choice. Sprinkle granola on top of the yogurt and repeat to create two layers. Grab the sliced fresh fruit and place it on top. Bon appetite!
- 110g Pancake mix – note that you can substitute water for milk in all pancake recipes
- 2 Eggs
- 275ml of milk/ water depending on your preference
- Fancy ingredient (be creative): blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, ham/cooked bacon
Lazy days can always be complimented with some delicious pancakes! Most grocery stores will have pancake mix and for a cheap price. We have listed the basic pancake mix ingredients above, but double check the bag incase it calls for others.
Pour the pancake mix into a large bowl, followed by a pinch of salt. Take two eggs and crack them, pouring the egg contents into the bowl. Add the amount of water or milk indicated on the package (usually 200ml). Mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork, until there are no more lumps left in the batter.
Heat a butter in a frying pan. Once the butter has melted take a ladle full of pancake mix and pour it into pools in the pan, keeping in mind the size you want. Add the “fancy ingredient(s)” of your choice to the pancakes. Flip to the other side after 1.5 minutes or when it is golden brown. You can do this as many times as you like. Serve warm with maple syrup or lemon juice and sugar. Yum!
Note: If you feel your crew will eat more than this recipe makes, then double the recipe.
Crazy Quesadillas (serves one to two persons)
- 2 Tortillas
- Block of cheese
- 1/2 a tomato sliced
- 1/3 of an onion sliced
- 1 jalapeños cubed
- 3 Cooked chicken strips
On one tortilla layer cheese, cooked chicken, sliced tomatoes and onion and sprinkle jalapenos on top. Then place second tortilla on top. Put a pan on the stove at a medium-high heat. Take some butter and fry it in the pan. Once butter has melted place the quesadilla on to the pan and fry for 15 seconds on one side then flip to the other side. Continue flipping sides until the tortilla is golden brown or when you can see the cheese is thoroughly cooked, then serve it up!
Not your regular Potato salad (serves 3 people)
- 10 small red potatoes
- 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- Fresh basil or coriander
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
This is a great basic for the boat! First boil potatoes for 5-10minutes. Once cooked take potatoes and put them in the fridge to cool for 30 min. Take them out after they’ve finished cooling and cut them into cubes, then place them in a large bowl. Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh basil or coriander, salt and pepper then stir. Voila your meal is ready!
Spaghetti and hotdogs (serves 4 people)
- 4 hot dogs chopped
- 8 oz uncooked spaghetti
- A jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 Cubed red and yellow peppers
- 5 Cubed artichokes
This is a fun one! Poke uncooked spaghetti through chopped hot dogs. Boil a pots of water. Add pasta and hot dogs in the pot and let it boil for about 10 minutes then strain the water. Add butter and mix it into the pasta. Next include the red and yellow peppers, artichokes and tomato sauce into the pot. Stir then let the pot sit on low temperature until ready to serve.
The Skipper Burger (Serves 8 people)
- 4 lbs raw ground beef
- 8 slices of cheddar cheese
- 8 burger buns
- 1 white onion sliced
- 8 cooked bacon strips
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
Separate the ground beef into 8 paddies making sure there about 1” thick. Heat olive oil in pan at medium heat. Cook patties for 12 minutes (for medium rare), flipping them once. Place cheese over each burger and wait until cheese is melted to remove burgers. Dress the burgers however you like using the bacon, tomatoes and lettuce. Don’t forget your condiments!
Never cooked on a boat before? See what its like in TYW’s clip “Lunch at Sea”:
Yep that’s right we’ve got more and it’s not just us pumping your tires, these are the facts!
When sailing, activating your muscles happens on a daily basis. Don’t believe it? Think about hoisting the main sail or jib. It requires you to use your arms, core and legs in order to fight against the wind, to get that sail up. Doing this a number of times also builds endurance, enabling the process to become easier over time.
Swimming happens when you’re yachting, no questions asked! So whether you get pushed in or penguin dive off the side of your yacht, make the most of it cause it’s a great workout too! It tones the whole body by acting as a resistant, which builds muscle mass and stamina.
When you submerge yourself in the water your body only carries 10% of your weight decreasing the impact of each movement, which makes the exercise gentle on your body as well.
And how about all that dancing! Girls in heels, you’re stimulating your core and strengthening your legs and butt in order to keep yourselves up, moving and looking good. Meanwhile, you boys are strengthening their arms with each fist pump that punches the air.
Further core strengthening, can also come from the task of getting to and from the yacht on a thin plank, or the rocking of the boat. Your sea legs kick in really fast when your about to take a spill over the edge! But to ensure that doesn’t happen remember to keep the stomach muscles activated. It will ensure better balance and stability the longer you spend on the ocean…and a better chance of keeping dry-er.
Behind every great captain and sailor there has been great moustaches. This month sea farers from all over have shaven their facial hair and have begun their pursuit to grow a moustache. Here are a few mo-captains that have made our list for best moustaches.
Captain Paul Watson
Captain Takeo Hirose
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
At The Yacht Week, our Movember participants have started the moustache growing process, and in addition have accepted the office challenge. What is it? To surpass these historical men in the moustache art.
See how The Yacht Week team’s moustaches are faring in the competition or donate to our team for the cause by clicking here: http://bit.ly/17wXsR7
We can all agree that sailing is a semi-leisurely activity usually involving friends, food, drinks and amazing experiences, but have you ever thought of the health benefits you get out of doing it?
The most obvious is the exposure to the great outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine surround us yachters, allowing us to breath in clean oxygen and soak up vitamin D, which most of us city dwellers lack. The salt water has healing properties, which helps cleanse those questionable cuts and bruises.
Food is fresh, delicious and unique. Coastal people are generally praised for their diets, mainly because of the amount of seafood they eat (not just the amount of wine they drink). Fish have many beneficial properties such as omega-3 and fatty acids, which your brain and body need. When sailing, you can be exposed to the different delicacies islands have to offer and if you’re the adventurous type there are local markets where fresh seafood can be purchased. If seafood isn’t your fancy, there are stalls full of plump fruits and vegetables on every corner in harbour towns.
What’s more, sailing is an escape from technology and everyday worries. Being immersed in technology on a daily basis is hard on you. From time to time it’s
important to take a break and surround yourself with friends and like-minded people. While on the ocean, this is simple because the access to wifi or cell phone service is limited, which gets your eyes off the phone and allows you to realize your surroundings, talk with your fellow crew or read a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for years.
So grab a group of friends, a book and take that holiday you deserve!
C.K: Do you remember the exact moment you told yourself right, this is not how I want to live my life?
K.R: Yes, actually. I was working in Corporate Wealth Management at a firm in LA and commuting an hour to and from work each day from Santa Monica. I rented a flat from an Australian couple that ultimately never saw me because I would leave for work before the sun came up and get home just before I needed to crash and get my recommended 4-5 hours of sleep. One night, they asked me over for dinner and, unbeknownst to me, that was the day of my “career” intervention.
They were seriously concerned about how hard I was working and said to me, “Kiersten, this is crazy. This is your ten-year plan? Are you sure this is what you want to do? Most Australians take a gap-year.” I responded blankly as if they were speaking a foreign language, “A what?” Shaking their heads, they then dumbed it down for me; “You should take a break from your career, travel and come back (or don’t) and do something you want to do.” It was the first time I had ever questioned my own career path. So, I quit my job, enjoyed what was left of my summer in LA and moved to Australia.
C.K: Were did your travel adventure begin and what was it that triggered it?
K.R: I guess my leap of faith into travel wasn’t that I simply booked a ticket to Australia. I was bartending at a nightclub in Hollywood to make some cash (after I left my career) and decided I would revisit those big, scary life decisions after the summer. Funny enough, I got an opportunity to move to Indonesia to perform at an amusement park with a group of dancers from LA. I imagined it as something like Indonesia’s version of Glee performers at Disneyland.
I was absolutely thrilled to go and had decided I would go to Australia after my one-month contract in Indonesia. Everything was set to go but, the week before the trip, the whole dance team was called off. My heart was so set on traveling that I took a leap of faith and bought a plane ticket to spend three months traveling around Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.
C.K: And from there, I can see you haven’t stopped one second. How do you manage to afford it?
K.R: I’ve found a routine that works for me. Before I left on my very first trip, I sold what I could, moved everything back home (never thought that day would come) and ultimately simplified my life down to as few expenses as possible so that I could keep on traveling. I’ll typically book a trip and leave for as long as I can afford to; then I come home and work, save and travel again. The cost of living in Southern California is incredibly high, so it’s typically cheaper for me to be traveling.
I don’t take luxurious trips. I usually stay with friends or in $10/night hostels, cook for myself whenever possible and seek out local’s experiences rather than high-priced tourist attractions. The key to long-term travel is having a practical budget and sticking to it. If I can save enough money for airfare and set aside an extra $600-1000 for play money, to me, that’s a month in South America or Southeast Asia.
Now that my blog has grown, I’ve learned a lot about the travel blogging industry (mostly the hard way), so I started my own business. I now work with other bloggers on mentorship, tourism boards on content creation and with travellers on travel planning. In pursuing my dream, I’ve been able to create a business by helping people and doing something that I love. It’s pretty amazing.
C.K: I read on your blog that you have travelled 30ish countries these past couple of years. Has the experience been how you imagined it?
K.R: I thought that I wanted to travel to see beautiful places, to eat delicious food and to have amazing experiences. But, I’ve experienced more by not traveling like a typical tourist. I’ve ultimately learned that travel is about people. The places, the food and the experiences all boil down to the local people; the stories they tell and the culture they share.
Thanks to Facebook and social media, I have stayed in touch with people from around the world that I’ve met in my travels (and through my blog) that I talk to regularly. No matter where I go, I reach out to friends, or friends of friends, or set an intention to befriend locals. Instead of setting off into “the great unknown” with nothing more than a backpack, I now feel at home in the most foreign of places.
C.K: From all the destinations, which has been your favourite and most memorable and why?
K.R: I’m still trying to figure out this one. It’s everyone’s favourite question but it’s so hard for me to pick a favourite. I could definitely say The Yacht Week, but seeing as I get to talk about those experiences in the next question, I’ll choose something else
One of my favourite experiences was spending a month in Bolivia. I think because I was so surprised by it. I had gone there to volunteer with an organization called Biblioworks. We had been fundraising for the first ever book fair in the city of Sucre, and I didn’t have any expectations of the trip other than to help however I was needed.
Between volunteering, I ended up going on some very unique and crazy adventures around the country. My first weekend led me on a cycling adventure down the Death Road in La Paz. And, on my last weekend in Bolivia, I went on a 4×4 tour through some of the beautiful natural habitat I’ve ever seen. We drove through a national park with snow-capped mountains, volcanic geysers and blue lagoons with pink flamingos. The grand adventure ended at the world’s largest salt flats in Uyuni.
My expectations of volunteering in a developing country were clearly exceeded.
C.K: I also saw that you have been on The Yacht Week a couple of times What brought you to us?
K.R: I first ended up on The Yacht Week in Croatia by mistake. I had spent a week in Mykonos and some of my friends from San Francisco asked if I wanted to join them for sailing in Croatia. I honestly pictured some sort of sophisticated sailing trip. I decided to get all of my partying out of my system in Mykonos so that when I showed up in Croatia, I would be ready to unwind on a sailboat.
After the first night on this “sailing trip” my mind was officially blown. I definitely had no idea what I had gotten myself into! My week on The Yacht Week ended up being the highlight of my European summer.
I then ended up bringing 8 of my girlfriends down to the British Virgin Islands earlier this year for TYW BVI’s and, again, had the time of my life. It was a completely different experience than Croatia, but it had that special touch that TYW brings to travel.
I put together a YouTube video of my TYW Croatia trip and an article, “Beginner’s Guide to The Yacht Week,” which got a lot of people coming to my blog with questions about Croatia and other routes. I think that, with most people that have been on The Yacht Week (blog or not), people sort of become unofficial ambassadors for TYW. We never stop talking about how incredible the experience was. TYW problems.
C.K: And what The Yacht Week memories to you take with you?
K.R: What makes TYW so special is the unique social experience it creates. It’s really not about how amazing the parties are or how sexy the Swedish skippers are (although it’s definitely a HUGE bonus); it’s about the people you share the experience with. You sail with groups from all over the world and end up making friends while dressed in crazy costumes on random boats. “It’s nothing like the real world.” Literally.
Another thing that makes TYW so special is that everyone you meet on TYW stays in touch in some way or another. I actually ended up joining some South Africans I met on The Yacht Week in Croatia on another sailing trip in Sardinia this summer. They’ve become really close friends of mine.
C.K: Your new project Juantaroo Dream Job Contest sounds extremely exciting. Congratulations on making it all the way to the finals! What made you take such a big step and immerse yourself in this competition?
K.R: I’ve never actually entered into a travel contest before. You see them all the time, but I was never really attracted to them. I figured I don’t need to win a contest to travel. I’ve been traveling on my own for two years now. But, Jaunataroo’s contest was a bit different. It’s not a year around the world dream trip. It’s ultimately a job.
The winner will travel for a year around the world as Jauntaroo’s brand ambassador and content creator; they will receive a $100,000 salary and also participate in voluntourism activities.
As a travel blogger, I’ve taken a lot of risks with financial stability. In order to turn blogging into a business, I had to learn A LOT about content creation, social media engagement, the business of blogging, working with tourism boards and travel companies and how to balance a job on the road. I think my professional experience has had a lot to do with the success of my blog.
As with any job application, alignment in Jauntaroo’s company values with my own values was very important. I started my blog to share my own experiences to inspire people to travel and, more importantly, to give back. The voluntourism aspect of the job is ultimately what inspired me to enter into the contest.
I never dreamed there would be a job opportunity more perfectly suited to my skillset.
C.K: What would it mean for you to win?
K.R: While I already have my dream job, 99% of what I do goes unpaid. It’s my passion for people, storytelling and travel that have kept me so dedicated to blogging. In a perfect world, I would continue sharing my stories forever and never worry about making a dime from my blog.
Winning this contest would allow me to continue what I love doing but on a much larger scale. I’m ready for the challenges and the new opportunities that would come from working with Jauntaroo.
What would I do with $100,000? For starters, pay off my college loans. Every twenty-something year olds dream. I’d also take my family on their first international trip. My parents have never been out of the country.
Help Kiersten win the competition by voting for her at http://bit.ly/pickkiersten
For more travel stories and inspirations, check out her blog www.TheBlondeAbroad.com
Thank you to our official partner Sperry Top-Sider for supplying all of our winners and skippers this summer with their Sperry’s! We couldn’t have thought of a more natural element to sport these nautical shoes!
We’d also like to give a big thanks to everyone who participated in the #SperryMoments photo competition. We got so many creative shots this summer coming from Italy, Greece and Croatia.
We hope you will be reminded of The Yacht Week experience when you slip on your pair of Sperry’s!
After a week of meeting like-minded people in a sun drenched paradise on the sea, it’s only natural to feel a bit of the post-vacation blues or what we’d like to call The Yacht Week withdrawals. You get this type of feeling the minute you step off the plane and get back into the office or the normal day-to-day routine where something deep inside of you nostalgically longs for that certain week you thought would just be a simple holiday to let go and enjoy the sun.
Perhaps these withdrawals come from the fact that it’s only a week, but for some reason each day feels like a month long trip in itself because of the different places you visit with the new friends you make. You all had one thing in common before embarking on this adventure: To have a good time and to meet people who could only be capable of maximizing that good time. Your happiness was turned into bliss and any negative feelings suddenly disappeared.
Did you climb a volcano in Italy or were you part of making a 50 boat pool in the middle of the Adriatic in Croatia? Perhaps your favorite moment was something so simple as having dinner with the crew staying next to you on the mooring or renting vespas for a day in Greece.
Despite the location or the activity, it all comes down to the charisma, energy, spontaneity and positive vibe you have all brought to The Yacht Week this summer. Some say this simple sailing holiday suddenly gives people that urgent sense of wanderlust because after the trip has ended many go directly to organize the next vacation – whether it be sailing in the BVI’s or booking a trip on the very first Ski Week.
It doesn’t matter what the trip may be, but together an open mind, a free spirit, and a little bit of initiative opens the doors to keeping those new friendships. The withdrawals are hard to cope with, but the memories are easy to fall back on.
We caught up with Lead Skipper Neil Malcolm to get an insight into The Yacht Week through a ‘salty’ person’s eyes…
The Yacht Week: Before kicking off – If you could choose some background music for people to listen to while reading this interview, what song would you choose?
Neil Malcolm: Nina Simone – Sinner man – Felix Da Housecat House Mix:
TYW: Where do you live and where are you from?
NM: I was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. I like to move around but for the past 6 months, besides skippering in the BVI’s, I’ve been working in Whistler, Canada.
TYW: If you had to describe yourself in a quote, movie or book, what would it be?
NM: ‘Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ – 1964 (A Classic…)
TYW: How did you get involved with TYW?
NM: I was part of a charity cycle, with Yacht Week photographer Sam Bénard and two other friends from Leeds University, through Croatia 3 years ago and loved it – started looking into a group holiday there for my uni friends – found TYW – was blown away by the video – got a group together but unfortunately it fell apart due to commitment issues. I then found the Skipper Academy, applied, passed, and got the job!
TYW: What is the day to day of this job?
NM: Get up early most days, start on the clean up from the previous night, and turn the engine on to wake up the crew Then I have to get the trash off the boat, pay the marina fee, grab the boat papers, and set sail! I usually head to a bay or stop somewhere to relax, recover, and swim. For the last stretch of the day, I take my crew to the next spot and settle for the evening to party!
TYW: What has been your favorite moment while on TYW as a Skipper?
NM: Leaving Vis, Croatia, at 4.30am straight after the beach party and watching the sun rise with my Australian crew en-route to the Blue Caves.
TYW: What are your favorite spots on TYW and why?
NM: Vis, Croatia – good to get there early – head to a restaurant/the beach/wine tasting – then get ready for the evening – a few drinks on the boat before going for an amazing meal at Villa Kaliopa – then back to the boat before heading up to an amazing open air event at Fort George.
Hvar, Croatia – two days in Palmizana marina – relax at the tree top bar the first night in preparation for the craziest party of TYW the following day – beginning with ‘Skipper Breakfast’ in the morning and then its “Happy Hvar Day!”
Virgin Gorda, BVIs – Located right next to Richard Branson’s private island – Virgin Gorda is a beautiful resort to take your crew for their mid-week recharge. Lots to do and amazing Food!
TYW: What are the best parts and the worst parts of being a skipper?
NM: First of all the positives far out weigh the negatives. I love the camaraderie between all the skippers – I enjoy the simplicity of sailing to an island to party on it then doing the same thing the next day. Being able to kill your hangover early in the morning with a jump off the boat – most importantly though, there is no other place you can meet a bunch of new amazing, young, like-minded people from all around the world, with whom you forge strong lifelong friendships with, built around the shared experience of TYW – an experience that is never forgotten. I revel in the knowledge that I am playing my part in creating these great memories for people week after week. With TYW on the most part attracting young professionals – I now have a wealth of business connections that I can call upon for advice in the future. The negatives are often small things that you can you can nip in the bud before you set off. Things like: advising the crew all to chip into a group fund to cover all expenses (fuel, food, skipper food, drinks, marina fees), which saves arguments later in the week and makes sure they know to FEED THE SKIPPER! Blocked toilets can also be an expensive issue – its important to let crews know that toilet paper does not go down the toilet.
TYW: Why did you decide to learn how to sail?
TYW: Is it hard to spend seven days in a boat with people you don’t know?
NM: On TYW?? Not at all! Everyone is there for the same reason – to experience the best week of their lives. It’s a great feeling when a crew welcomes you in and offers you your first drink – you become part of their group. You share everything including the experience.
TYW: I assume you love partying and you love the ocean, but what specifically makes you want to be on TYW?
NM: The People. Beyond my Yacht Week staff and skipper friends, I get to meet a whole new batch of fun energetic people each week that become friends for life. Anywhere I go now there will be at least two or three people there that I know. There is no price you can put on that.
TYW: Why should people come to TYW?
NM: For a life changing experience that will open their horizons
Finally, The Yacht Week lands in Monte Carlo on July 26th with an ultimate Nautical Party.
Champagne, sailor girls and sailor boys, we’re plating it up at the finest place in town – Sea Lounge.
Come and find out why The Yacht Week is nothing like the real world!
Theme: Nautical. Get out your stripes, sailor hats, boat shoes, anchors, anything at all that says ‘we’re sailing’ on blue waters under sunny skies!
Doors open at 4pm
Flekkster – TYW Resident DJ since 2008
Stanislas de Boissieu
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