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Guys, as our mothers told us, accept good advice when it’s offered and listen to what resident blogger, Sara, has to say regarding fashion on the dockside.
What to pack…
It’s a no-brainer. Nobody suits a lobster face.
Come on boys, swimwear doesn’t have to be a trial – there are plenty of great European brands doing tasteful swimmers for men these days. Take the ultra baggy Billabong boardies and lycra to the charity shop and check out Vilebrequin, Orlebar Brown and Paul Smith for a selection of cotton swim-shorts in various tan-enhancing pastel hues and stripes.
Linen shirts and deck shoes. Sperry Top-Siders worn with good quality cream, navy or black linen shirts and pastel chino’s or shorts make summer dressing a breeze.
Break the ice with an inflatable beach ball, frisbee or a pair of bats and a ball. Just save them for on-shore games or you’ll be returning home without them!
What not to pack…
Approach the following articles with EXTREME CAUTION:
- Jesus sandals
- Deep V-necks
- Slogan T-shirts
- Excessively thick/dark bodily hair
- Reflective sunglasses
NB: Any/all of the above can work on the right person. If in doubt, just avoid.
You might love your latest iGizmo or souped-up techno camera like a newborn baby, but King Tritans’ great underworld kingdom doesn’t have a lost property office. If it’s worth more than you’d be willing to give away, don’t bring it.
Nobody cares how much you spent on that super shiny pair of shades, leather monogrammed carry-case or velvet brogues. Leave your ego behind and your judgement at the shore – TYW is a place to relax and escape from the pressures at home.
Thursday 13th of March, The Yacht Week is partnering up with SPERRY TOP-SIDER for a exclusive pop-up event in Covent Garden.
News to follow after the event…
THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS are locally known as Nature’s Little Secrets, and easily the best sailing destination in the Caribbean. Warm weather year round and consistent trade winds make the BVIs a sailors paradise. Add the countless hidden coves, secluded bays, bountiful landscape and sunny skies – and you’ll quickly see why we’ve fallen for them hook, line and sinker.
- They are 60 of the most exclusive islands in the world. There is no direct air service from the UK or North American mainland. This makes it more untouched, exclusive and desirable.
- The islands are consistently rated as a premier destination by many notable travel publications including Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines.
They boast pristine sand beaches, clear blue waters, an infectious party vibe and almost endless opportunities for sunbathing and water sports – all to be experienced in stunning sunshine and pleasant heats.
- There’s ample opportunity to discover secluded locations off the beaten track and explore areas that are totally unchanged and unprepared for tourists. You can taste the real flavours of the BVI culture.
- The islands are very eco-conscious. There’s a big focus on green energy and the air is beautifully clean – a far cry from polluted city streets.
- It’s where celebrities go to escape. Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig are believed to have honeymooned on Guana Island while Necker is home to Sir Richard Branson.
- The super-rich anchor their super yachts in bays once seething with pirates and adventurers. You never know whom you’ll bump into.
The local “painkillers” are pint glasses with a cocktail of cream and coconut. It’s the best “painkiller” we’ve ever come across.
- The islands offer something for everyone. Water sports, remote locations, delicious cuisine and the promise of adventure.
- The Baths: This collection of sky-high boulders, near the island’s southwest corner, marks a national park and the BVI’s most popular tourist attraction. The rocks – volcanic lava leftovers from up to 70 million years ago, according to some estimates – form a series of grottoes that flood with seawater. The area makes for unique swimming and snorkeling; the latter is distinctive as many boulders also lurk under water.
What to pack…
Lots. Your bikini is going to be your daily uniform, and you wouldn’t dream of wearing the same outfit two days in a row at work – so pack a different one for each day.
You’ll need pieces for:
Tanning days on the deck – think itsy bitsy, teeny weeny bikinis if you can get away with them. String bottoms and strapless styles will ensure maximum bronzage and minimal tan-lines (No they’re not a marker of how far you’ve come – they’re just déclassé).
Watersports and games on the beach – you might want to think about a little more coverage to avoid flashing everybody. If this is secretly the goal however… go ahead and get on that surfboard in the tiniest piece of string you can find.
Loungey beachside bars and glamorous photo ops. A cutout one-piece or embellished bikini is designed for showing off. Sheer beaded kaftans, a chiffon scarf or even a fine textured wool cover-up will come in useful to drape around your shoulders as the sun goes down, or wear around your waist if you’re feeling self-conscious at lunch.
Sunburn doesn’t suit anybody, cancer even less.
There ain’t no party like a Yacht Week Party. Make sure you get noticed with plenty of eveningwear in bright, summery colours and eye-catching prints. Metallics work in the sunshine, as do light, breezy fabrics. Thick body-con fabric does not.
What not to pack…
Yes, they make you look thinner, and we know – they add those ultra important extra inches but stilettos + sand just equals disaster honey. They wreak havoc on our beautiful wooden decking too. Flip flops and a fresh pair of Sperry Top-Siders are all you’ll need. Wedges if you must.
See above point about wooden decking. Soft cotton or canvas bags work best people. Lighter baggage = more weight for clothes and accessories too!
Entire Bathroom Cabinet
Sorry Essex, but thick, heavy make-up, false lashes, fake tan and hairspray just doesn’t cut it at TYW. Pack a lightweight tinted moisturizer, mascara and some pretty pink cream blush and rock the naturally sun-kissed, “no make-up” look. Embrace what your mama gave you girls!
You’re on holiday. You’re in the middle of the ocean. Leave it all behind, switch off from life back home, breathe deep and live in the moment.
In the midst of the auspicious industry affair that is London Fashion Week: 400 miles north of London, the Charity Fashion Show put on at St Andrews University has become one of the most popular and notorious events on the glittering UK social calendar – raising over £300,000 for worthwhile charities over the past 22 years. Little wonder then, that The Yacht Week couldn’t wait to stick an oar in (pun intended) and get a few friends together to put on the exclusive Fashion Show after party, Stop Start.
The show has come a long way since one Catherine Middleton shyly graced the catwalk in 2002, wearing a black and gold organza creation designed by a fellow student… last week’s show featured some of the most celebrated local and international designers in the world, whilst a youthful “FROW” danced at the sidelines. The crowds of guests at the catwalk edge were certainly a refreshing contrast to the well behaved, unsmiling celebrities front row at Somerset House, the home of London Fashion Week.
Hot models in coated metallic leather and heels, full length evening gowns and lace bustiers strutted in front of a raucous audience of over 1,500 sailing-mad students who had bought tickets to be in with a chance to win a place on TYW 2014 in Croatia, Italy, Greece, British Virgin Islands or Thailand*. The revelling began as soon as the lights went down, and continued on to the after party at a specially erected Marquee on the spectacular University grounds. True to its’ reputation for throwing a party like no other – The Yacht Week brought together a few of it’s very best DJ partners, a pumping sound system, expert mixologists behind the bar and performances from John Christian and A.C.B to keep the crowd moving.
The girls dressed to impress, hoping to score their Prince Charming for the night (or at least a future Wall Street banker, city lawyer or doctor!) as the Duchess of York herself did at the same event more than ten years ago. As for the boys – the hottest accessory of the night was one of the cheeky bright green Yacht Week caps, worn backwards with the breezy, carefree attitude of a YW holiday maker. Given The Yacht Week’s passion for exhilarating, sensory experiences, a rollicking great party, and of course, philanthropy – the relationship with the St Andrew’s Charity Fashion Show will continue for years to come!
*Congratulations to Catherine Ewers on being picked out of the draw to win this prize for her and a friend!
The Yacht Week has been announced as the official sponsor of the University of St. Andrew’s Fashion Show After-Party: Stop Start.
At The Yacht Week, we feel that both the University of St. Andrew’s Fashion Show and ourselves share an enthusiasm for creating and delivering unforgettable events with people from all over the world. With an exceptional and magical zest for life and entertainment, the collaboration of our two brands and the scheduled performances of John Christian and A.C.B. ensure an exhilarating night for the attendees
Erik Biörklund, co-founder of European Travel Ventures, the parent company to The Yacht Week, commented: ‘The University of St. Andrews Fashion Show is an institution in its own right. The flare, passion and atmosphere of the event is electric, and one we think is mirrored over the summer onboard the boats. We’re very excited to be taking part in this event.”
Stop Start ticket-buyers will be given the chance to win a place on The Yacht Week 2014 at one of our five international locations including: Croatia, Italy, Greece, Thailand and the British Virgin Islands, upon purchase of a valid ticket.
To find out more and to book your ticket visit: http://stopstart.standrewsfashion.co.uk/
Thanks to Sarah Feeneyy and Suitcase Magazine for their article on The Yacht Week’s partnership with Ultra Europe.
To read the full article, click here …
As the curtain falls on TYW Thailand, the crews scream for an encore. Whispers creep through the fleet;
“Should we change our flights? I am not ready to leave this place, who’s in?”
After two days on Koh Phi Phi, tenders make last dashes to Maya beach, getting their last fix of paradise before our long sail back to Au Po Grand Marina in Phuket.
We were not giving up easily – if last night’s skipper ‘v’ skipper Muay Thai boxing match is anything to go by, we’ll go out fighting.
The last day on the water was one of the best days of my life.
Like a family we maneuvered into a flying-V formation, sailing northwest from Koh Phi Phi towards Khai Nui.
Khai Nui is a private owned island, situated just opposite Khai Island, on the east coast of Phuket. The miniscule, almost deserted island homes a shipwrecked beach bar, Chokdee Restaurant.
I took a time out and sat at the back of the bar, watching the pick ‘n’ mix of bikini and swimming togg clad international crew pop champagne corks and sip on a rainbow of cocktails. A hand reaches over my shoulder, a Spanish crewmember grabs pulls me into his arms. Laughing he shouts,
“This is the best week of my life. If you can’t have fun here, you can’t have fun any where”
The day was slipping away from us, we held on strong and launched into our last leg back to base camp.
The sun was melting into the horizon, dotted with red lights of fishing trawlers scanning the ocean for their nightly harvest. With a perfect backdrop, a German crewmember climbed the halyard and swung a wide breath from our 41’ Mono Hull.
He screams “Yeewwww, yeah boy” as he reached to the heavens landing in the ocean after a perfect backflip.
TYW Thailand closing party was held at XANA beach club. A location rocked out by the Black Eyed Peas last week. With its stunning beachfront location, 35 meter pool, state of the art sound system and cocktail and food menu to die for!
With every crew member letting Chinese lanterns fly off into the night sky with the hope and the wish off being able to do it all over again.
I am a massive believer that you carve your own destiny. But this week, destiny dealt me a bloody good hand.