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Today, 10 years ago we set out into the unchartered waters of a brand new adventure named The Yacht Week. In honour of all these years of hazy but crazy sailing stories, we’re super excited to launch the #TBTYW (Throw Back The Yacht Week) competition starting today!
We’re encouraging all Yacht Weekers, old and new, to scroll to the top of their camera roll, pan for gold and post the absolute gems on Instagram for the next 10 days using the hashtag and mentioning @theyachtweek. Cause you don’t need a Thursday to post a throwback The Yacht Week!
Winner will be rewarded with a free TYW trip for two next year⚡️ So get sharing!
We’re always on the look-out for new opportunities to make sure Yacht Weekers have an adventure to remember! This year we’ve exclusively partnered with Bondi Beach sunglasses brand, Pacifico Optical, to style your eyes with handcrafted Italian frames built to withstand the knocks and bumps of any true adventure.
The roots of Pacifico Optical are set in the dreamy Adriatic Sea where, during a summer holiday in Croatia, co-founders Nick and Alain connected over a common interest in vintage eyewear. For this reason it is only fitting that we collaborated with a brand sharing our spiritual home!
We’ve specially designed a pair of shades for all you seafaring, summer-lovers adequately named the: Yacht Master. Each pair comes with a stylish sailing inspired cord to prevent them from toppling overboard during swells. They come in either Cola or Amalfi Blue with Carl Zeiss Vision Polarised lenses and optional clip-on lenses for that extra summery feel.
Open your eyes to a whole new way of travel:
There’s a reason why la vita è bella – life is beautiful – in Italy! In geological terms, Aeolian means carried or produced by the wind, so get carried away and be ready to set sail on what’ll surely be the week of your life.
1. First stop: Granita in Portorosa
When in Italy, there ain’t no party like a Granita party! A cone of your favourite flavoured crushed ice comes as a godsend once the temperature gauge tops 30 degrees. Granita is Sicilian through and through but you’ve never really tasted it until you’ve had it in the tiny marina town of Portorosa.
2. The hidden Grotta del Cavallo
Another route, another cave. On the way to Salina, stop by Grotta del Cavallo for a swim in a little gem hiding amongst the cliffs. This is Italy’s equivalent to Croatia’s Green Caves, where the waters are warm and the level of good vibes reach level 10.
3. Salina’s Colourful Streets
There’s something about the Sicilian port towns that makes you want to Rome around and explore. Salina’s beautiful back streets are the perfect place for that: behind the Italian coffee shops and authentic pizzerias you can find an adorable little church, built in 1733 – it’s definitely worth the cultural detour!
4. Shopping in Salina
Hop in honey, we’re going shopping! Exploring the city is fun, but if you fancy popping into the stores to find that perfect outfit for the White Party, we won’t stop you. Shop until you drop is taken very literally here! And remember, on Wednesdays, we wear bikinis.
5. Swim at Lisca Bianca
Drop the anchor, jump in the blue crystalline water and take in the views of that mesmerising rock. Lisca Bianca roughly translates to “white bone” – you’ll understand why when you see the solid volcanic stone appearing as a mirage on the surface of the sea.
6. Aperitivo in Panarea
You’re probably familiar with the saying “aperitivo all’italiana”, if not – you’re in for a surprise at Hotel Raya in Panarea. Sicilians take their aperitivo VERY seriously, so don’t miss out on the prosecco, foccacia and stunning views. Warning, big time Insta material here!
7. Hike up Stromboli
Stromboli Volcano – nicknamed the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean” – has been active since the beginning of historical records, which makes it particularly unique. So grab those sneakers and let’s hike this thing! Whether it’s a sunset stroll or, for the more adventurous, a night hike to watch the lava erupt, the views are indisputably breathtaking. And remember: selfie safely folks.
8. Cannolis at Pasticceria d’Ambra in Lipari
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend obviously never tasted the cannolis at Pasticceria d’Ambra in Lipari. We’d like to say they’re not our favorite thing on earth, except they are, they really really are. Flavours for daaaays.
9. Mud baths in Vulcano
Some of the best wines in Sicily are produced with the grapes from Vulcano island, mostly thanks to its fertile volcanic soils, another bi-product of this are the epic mud baths. We’ve experienced so much together, I think it’s finally safe to say those three words: let’s get dirty.
10. Four Wheeler Ride on Vulcano
Vespas in Italy are a thing, but when in Vulcano there’s no better way to experience la Dolce Vita by renting four wheelers and buzzing around the island at sunset with the troops. There’s always room for new adventures here, and as an old man once said: Chi vivrà verdà – Who will live, will see.
Ciao for now la gente! If you missed Italy this year, make sure you pre-book for next year over here.
In celebration of our 10th birthday, we wanted to share our 10 absolute fav things to see and do in our spiritual home, Croatia. We’re all about living the dream and we’re confident you’ll be ready to do just that after reading this. It’s a pleasure.
Split: where it all begins
1. Split is for all the wanderlusters out there. It’s filled with vibrant stories and hidden pathways leading to open air squares of restaurants, cafes and fruits stalls. It’s also Croatia’s second largest city and home to the Game of Thrones’ city, Meereen. That being said, we know the perfect place for all you GOT fans to kickstart your week, it’s none other than Klis Fortress.
Vis: the explorer’s island
2. Vis town is where the party’s at, here we host the unforgettable Fort George party. We’re all about that healthy and balanced lifestyle, so for those of you ready to get that extra sweat in, we recommend a jog up to the Fort. First one to the top wins the best views!
3. Exercise? Oh, I thought you said extra fries! If you’re more into taking it easy, head over to the wine caves. Ever tasted a 17% alcohol wine? Maybe you have and you just don’t remember. Any excuse to do it again…
4. Looking for an alcove amidst paradise? Say no more. Stiniva bay offers some of the clearest waters on the island. And what’s more, you can access it both by boat or by renting those scooters everyone’s talking about. Mark a cross on your map for this one, it’s definitely the place to go.
Komiza: everything small is cute–Fact
5. On the other side of Vis island is the small fishing village Komiza. Only opened to the public in 1994, this is THE place to wander the streets and snap the perfect Instagram pic. We all scream for ice cream is taken very literally here, you’ll find some delicious and well deserved cones of the good stuff dotted around the riva. I personally scream for Nutella meets cookie dough – But that’s just me.
photo: Victoria Törnegran
Hvar: where the magic happens
6. Queen B’s once been spotted in the area, so when in Hvar, always fly high. And there’s no better way to do that than flyboarding at Hula Hula. Never tried it? Well my friend, it’s only by trying that you succeed! I dare ya.
7. In Palmizana, Hvar is home to the the lush Laganini. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views from the comfy cabana pillows in the trees! People have said it’s the cure for everything and we think there’s a lot of truth in that. Tip: try the truffle pastas and an iced coffee for the ultimate revival.
8. Coffee first, adulting later. A little birdie once told us about this perfect spot for the perfect snap, located at the top of Adriana’s hotel. Since a coffee a day keeps the grumpy away, we highly recommend a stop there before hitting the road to Hula Hula. Because spending the day on a floatie is just SO exhausting, I can’t even.
Starigrad: just keep floatin’
9. When life gives us watermelons, we make cocktails. OBVS. We don’t believe a tunnel raft is successful without a proper watermelon party and on the plus side it totally counts as one of your 5 a day. Here’s the perfect recipe:
- 1 watermelon, seeded and diced
- 4 ounces vodka
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- LOTS of ice cubes
- 4 lime slices (optional)
Place the watermelon, vodka, lime juice and sugar and mash it all up. Puree until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blend until the mixture resembles crushed pink ice. Garnish with lime slices and pour it up! Cheers, and always remember: you are one in a melon.
Back to Split, but no splitting up just yet
10. *sighs* The Yacht Week has come to an end (for now) and since big girls don’t cry, we’re always on the lookout for new escapades to extend the Croatian adventures and postpone those TYWW (The Yacht Week Withdrawals). So, we’ll let you in on one of our many secrets: rent a car and take the whole squad for a day to Krka Waterfalls for breathtaking views and a swim in the fresh pools.
A certain cat in a top hat once said “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.
photo: Kendall Paige Blakeman
You can’t use up experience. The more you use it, the more you have. Let’s take this moment to remember and embrace the bold and the beautiful, the weird and the wonderful of all that was The Yacht Week 2015, because what’s the point of history if you can’t learn from it?
Warning! The following content may contain flashy imagery that could heighten your TYW Withdrawals.
1. Bring the Bare Necessities
Fruit, fishing rods, disposable cameras… you never know what opportunities could be thrown your way during the week. Come prepared, and even if you don’t use them, it makes for a great photo. Win win.
2. Been There, Done it, Got the Wristband
The only thing better than sailing, is sailing with your best friends. And what we’ve learnt over the years is that The Yacht Week experience is a boundless source of great pub stories among the mates. You’re welcome.
3. The Circle Of Life
No matter what you tell yourself, life is simply not complete until you have sipped an icy cocktail, splashed around in the middle of a floating day party and posted at all on Insta –otherwise it didn’t happen, obvs. If this isn’t on your 2016 bucket list, then you’ve got adulthood all wrong.
4. Dance Somewhere Different
Top tip from 2015: If you get hot and sweaty on the dance floor, aka the deck of your yacht, take a quick dip in the ocean, whip yo’ hair back and forth and dance through sunset to the sounds of a DJ dressed in a bikini.
5. Carb the Diem
Being in close proximity with your crew, you may find yourself getting hangrier as the day goes on. A TYW hostess will eliminate that risk, all you need to do is sit back, relax and feast your heart out, unashamedly.
6. Volcanoes are so Hot Right Now
Once all is said and munched, the best way to nip those extra calories in the bud is a leisurely stroll up an active volcano in Italy. We’re all about getting fit the right way.
7. Siesta in the Sea
Floating your worries away is definitely one way to clock in some quality ME time during the week.
8. Outdoor Shower Hour
Rinse the last reminisces of your hangover off so that you’re ready and amped for the evening ahead. And do a little dance whilst you’re at it, ’cause why not?
9. I Can’t Feel My Face… But I Love It
A flyboard backflip is one way to zhoosh up another generic sunset photo. Turn your whole world upside down and see Greece from a new perspective.
10. Arrive in Style
The best looking people at the Caribbean beach party were always the ones smiling. So round up your troops and run onto the dance floor, laughing.
11. Turn Down For Yacht?!
If there’s one thing Yacht Weekers know how to do, it’s start a party. Tree lights, DJ , and a garden full of Yacht Weekers is one way to do it.
Thanks to everyone who joined us in 2015, you guys were absolute champions, all of you! If this has warmed the cockles of your heart so much that your own summer plans seem tepid in comparison, clearly the universe is telling you to get involved.
It’s no secret that life is meant for great moments and even better friendships. In 2015 we invited our award-winning friends from Another Brother productions to capture us having a damn good time in the sun and snow. These guys have filmed a few of our best trailers as well as videos for Google, Red Bull, Absolut Vodka and many more... Thanks to our Swedish brothers from another mother, adventure travel has never looked so good.
We were lucky enough to catch up with the guys to chat a bit about their awesome selves and the shiz that went down whilst filming:
At first glance TSW and TYW are polar opposite events; one is all about summer sailing and the other happens thousands of feet above sea level. Yet something brings them together, what would you say these common ingredients are that make it ‘The Week of Your Life’?
AB: We believe that TYW and TSW both build on the same emotion. It’s not really about the event itself but rather the mix of new friendships, epic experiences and the break from reality and normal life. The feeling and experience you get with TYW and TSW is so far from the everyday grind that you can’t really compare it to anything else.
We were really struck by the stunning shots and editing techniques in the trailer. What inspired your filming style?
AB: At Another Brother, we believe that if you don’t get goosebumps, it’s not good enough. So with the new tools you get nowadays we always try to push the limits of “normal” filmmaking and create that extra bit of emotion.
How would you describe the filming conditions on TYW & TSW? Did you find it easy to balance work and play?
AB: The hospitality of TYW and TSW can’t be matched with anything else, from the moment you arrive you’re a part of the family. This makes the working conditions, at least in our field of work, extremely easy. To be honest, we don’t really think that there’s a dramatic difference between work and play with you guys
Where do you think TSW and TYW are going to next?
AB: For TSW, we think that Whistler would be an epic destination because of its mountains and nightlife. For TYW, the Maldives would be a perfect destination for both sailing and surfing.
Now that we’ve dappled in skiing and sailing. What do you think the next ‘Week’ concept could be?
AB: We think The Surf Week would be an awesome compliment to the sea and snow. We all need some sand between our toes in the morning and a couple of sunset drinks in the evening.
Thanks Another Brother! You guys are the heat.
Leave nothing but footprints. Capture nothing but memories. Waste nothing but time.
To help dolphins stop drinking beer and turtles dressing up in plastic, our Croatian office, a 12-man team of professional divers and the local authorities, took a few hours out of their Saturday to clean up the seabed in our favourite bay on Vis Island, Croatia.
After being in the water for only 6 hours the team plucked out a whopping 1 tonne of waste from the ocean!
We are very aware of the impact of our activity on the environment, specifically the oceans and recognise the responsibility we have towards those in the local communities we engage with. We are lucky enough to offer experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful locations and we aim to keep them that way.
Help by doing your bit on TYW:
- Don’t throw anything overboard
- Put your rubbish straight into the bin to avoid it blowing away
- Keep an eye on your floaties, they tend to drift off when no one’s watching.
- Embrace the silence of sailing. No need to motor around everywhere you go.
We will be doing regular ocean clean-ups to help the fight against ocean pollution, but we need your help too! A little goes a long way.