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A hostess will take your trip to the next level of relaxation; doing the food shop, helping with the cleaning and whipping up some tasty treats. Guiding you and your crew safely through the bewildering array of fresh Mediterranean produce. Curating delicious marine meals for you and your mates to savour; from the tangiest tomatoes to the richest sun-kissed olives.
Don’t believe us? Scroll down for a taste of what could be coming your way.
1. Food with a view.
Taste the high life with a marine meal; parma ham, fresh mozzarella and peppery rocket come together and served above the sea bed.
2.¡Hot in Herre!
Guacamole, quesadillas and roasted tomato salsa. Some spicy food to ensure your radiating contagious charisma lasts from dawn till dusk.
3. Bohemian Rhapsody.
The wrap is the humble sandwich’s sassy older sister and the foodie’s version of lego. Build yours to the gentle rock of the waves.
Supercharge your morning and start your day with some delightfully fluffy scrambled eggs, succulent tomatoes and a smattering of cracked black pepper.
5. When life gives you melons, Hostesses make melonaid.
That constitutes a perfectly refreshing watermelon based cocktail; the perfect holiday nectar.
6. Release the Dragon.
The dragon fuit only flowers underneath a full moon; this bewitching fruit is on par with a glossy dark red pout in the glamour stakes.
7. Pas’ta banter
Food has a curious way of fueling fun. Book a hostess and watch the mercury rise on the fun-o-meter.
8. Tuna down for yacht.
This glorious pasticcio of eggs, tuna and olives will pack you with the nutrients you need for that beach babe glow you’ve been pining for.
9. It’s the small things in life.
Because sometimes less is more. For a perfect little bite of paradise, try some Italian melt-in-the-mouth brushcetta.
10. Keep it unreal.
Dine like Kings and Queens; the bigger your budget, the bigger the bang. Ensure yours is the alpha yacht this summer and grant your hostess the liberty to create magical dishes.
11. Do knot tie up your hostess
Let’s tie up this post with how NOT to treat your Hostess. Remember, like a Skipper, the Hostess will become part of the crew and take up a space on your yacht. She will fuse together dreamy dishes, fun and friendship to ensure your holiday is nothing short of a real life fantasy from start to finish.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your hostess now.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a style maverick?
Scroll down to view the most stylish shots of the beautiful people that graced our decks in 2014. Take note: your sartorial choices could earn you a place in our 2015 edit – so what are you waiting for? Get your yacht and we’ll see you port side.
1. Underwater Baywatch Beauties
Been sweating it out in the gym? Baywatch is always in vogue. Unleash your inner Pamela with a fiercely sexy red bathing suit.
photo: Arron Leppard
2. Stripe a Pose
Ahoy sailor! Pair mirrored shades with nautical stripes: when vanity strikes, simply whip them off, peer into the lenses and rest assured that you’re still Prince Charming.
photo: Arron Leppard
Love a gimmick? So do we, there’s nothing like uniting your crew with a fun accessory. Add a splash of colour to your outfit with one of these *totes* adorbs Pingu inspired phone covers.
photo: Fabian Wester
4.Birds of Paradise
Blessed with golden locks? Perfectly sun kissed skin, slinky body to boot? No? Me neither. But if you are one of the privileged few, dare to bare in canary yellow. This hot hue is sure to turn heads.
photo: Fredrik Nystedt
5. We Like Short Shorts
Show off perfectly honed pins in a pair of denim cut-offs. Be sure to don your favourite pair whilst strutting down the promenade. Distressed? Bleached? Patterned? Embellished? Whatever floats your boat.
photo: Fabian Wester
6. Get Fruity
Leave your strict Ralph Lauren style philosophy at the dock and opt for something a little more light-hearted. Clothe your bottom half with a pineappley print and you are sure to be a talking point among the ladies.
photo: Fabian Wester
7. Make some noise with your TYW (fabric) band
Leave your expensive metals at home and wear your TYW band with pride. For extra style points follow this lady’s lead and co-ordinate your beach cover up with your TYW wrist candy to ensure you are THE belle of the beach.
photo: Fabian Wester
8. All White on the Night
White is the perfect complement to sun glazed skin, a passport to angelic beauty and a stamp of meticulous sophistication. TYW White Parties are a firm favourite, be sure to pack this heavenly homage.
photo: Fabian Wester
9.The Power of the Flower
Don’t be beige. Throw somber shades out of the porthole and show your true colours in a fabulously floral ensemble. Accentuate the look with a garland on the wrist for some perfect tropical charm.
photo: Fabian Wester
10. Feel like you’re flagging?
If style indecision has washed over you like a tidal wave, here’s a little Yacht Week tip. Grab that flag that’s been advertising your homeland like a billboard all week and swaddle yourself in national pride. Accentuate the waist with some old rope and VOILA, you’ll be oozing Olympic medal podium chic.
photo: Arron Leppard
11. Purrfect Feline Prints
Nothing screams feisty like leopard print. Team with some cat eye sunglasses and you’ll be all set to prowl the pier with SASS.
photo: Fredrik Nystedt
12. Colourful Crochet
Channel your inner boho babe with some vibrant crochet garms. Match with your bestie for a perfect Karlie Kloss/Taylor Swift BFF vibe.
photo: Arron Leppard
13. Get Ahead with a Visor
Keep the sun’s unwanted side effects at bay and invest in some protective head gear. Caps, visors and sunhats will ensure that you’re werkin’ it all week long.
photo: Mattias Alm
Did 2014 see you dabbling in the art of man-bunnery? Make 2015 the year of facial topiary. Beware; menvy may ensue.
photo: Fabian Wester
Still hovering around TYW booking page like it’s a tray full of canapés? Join us today!
As the summer draws closer and the memory of salt, sunscreen, sails and BBQ’s come back into the fore of our daydreams we decide to look back on a regatta that celebrated the skill and hard work of the people that are the beating heart of The Yacht Week – Skippers. After a long season on the water across Croatia, Greece and Italy the The Yacht Week in conjunction with Skipper Academy decided to assemble the best in the business for a long weekend in Alicante, Spain.
With skippers from over twelve different countries flying in to the home of the Volvo Ocean Race, the second annual Skipper Regatta was set to be as fun as it was competitive. Seven teams entered into the regatta with Team Management considered the hot favorites and plans already under way by the other international teams to undermine them.
Regatta day was perfect for racing with blue skies, warm water and 10-15 knots of wind. The hour long bus ride to the race area saw last minute team tactics being vigorously debated as teams tried to get the slightest advantages consolidated.
With the 35 skippers keen to show off their skills and claim dominance, the race start was delayed as teams kept clear and tried to get in last minute practice. Five, four, three, two, one… and all six teams where across the line perfectly. With the upwind leg first, teams pulled, hiked, trimmed, screamed and pushed these TOM 28 Max boats to their limits. It was all about making the first marker in the lead.
With each race consisting of two laps of the course and taking roughly 25 minutes overall, consistency and fitness were going to be the deciding factors. It soon became clear who was in the running to take out the overall line honors with team Sweden working like a well oiled inlagd sill, team Spain using their local knowledge to their advantage and team Nordic (with a Slovenian import for a skipper) also proving they belonged at the front of the fleet.
It was a grueling six races but in the end there could only be one winner, team Sweden. It was an experienced outfit with skipper Leo Alsved, winner of the first Skipper Regatta a year prior, that got the job done. A disappointing result from team GB with a first time helmsman hindering their chances and Team Management as there was high expectations leading into the event.
The post regatta celebration was ended with the traditional medal and regatta cup presentation followed by a champagne shower for first place. The podium finishers were presented with special edition Sperry Top-Sider shoes that will be a constant reminder to others until next year about who was the best on the day.
As the sun set, bow ties and crisp white shirts were donned in true skipper tradition for the evening gala dinner. Our Spanish hosts had the whole team dining in one of Alicante’s oldest and most elegant establishments overlooking the harbour and the Volvo Ocean Race village. After a full five-course meal we again congratulated the winners and looked back at what had been a fantastic day racing.
As the team descended on the race village for a night out many of the Volvo teams were seen walking around making their final adjustments before the first in port race the following day. They had an aura about them that is hard to explain but instilled instant excitement and respect about what these sailors where about to embark on.
Many of the skippers had the opportunity to meet some of their hero’s within the sport. Nicolai from team Vestas Wind had heard about The Yacht Week and said that once he finished this years Volvo Race he would love to come and join us for a summer (the offer still stands Nicolai, just remember to check the charts). He liked the comradery of the The Yacht Week outfit and compared it to his team on the Volvo.
As we look towards the 2015 summer season in the Mediterranean it is great to see the level of professionalism, excitement, competitiveness and friendship displayed during this regatta that will ensure another successful season on the water.
Skipper Academy and The Yacht Week are always looking to bring on more like minded, hard working and driven skippers to work with us all over the world and also help beat Team Sweden at next year’s regatta. If your interested check it out the trailer and visit the website at skipperacademy.com.
1. Team Sweden
2. Team Nordic
3. Team Spain
4. Team GB
5. Team Mac
6. Team Pink
7. Team Management
Our resident Mixologist, Camila Massu, introduces the best hair of the dog of the Caribbean adapted for yacht life (unless you packed your NutriBullet or Vitamix of course). This recipe is simple: chuck it all in a big jug and shake it with the ebb and flow of the waves as you sail into the next port of call in the BVI’s. And if your feeling sprightly, climb a local palm tree and pluck a fresh coconut straight from nature’s larder!
History has it that the original Painkiller was created in the 1970′s at the Soggy Dollar Bar of Jost Van Dyke, so naturally, they are best experienced in situ, so treat yourself and join our next event in the British Virgin Islands.
If sun-kissed skin is but a hazy memory and your shades are rapidly gathering dust then it’s time to stop bemoaning your winter worn condition and escape to a tropical nirvana this March.
Allow the sea to gently rock you into a state of seafarer’s bliss and relax as the sun skillfully contours your glistening limbs. The volcanic islands, lovingly created by earth’s core are packed with swashbuckling drinking dens, ample stretches of glimmering white sands and mysterious magical phenomenons such as bubbling jacuzzis that appear and disappear in line with the island’s tidal rhythms.
Snack sized route info
The route’s first calling point is Norman Island, the tropical hunk of land that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to pen Treasure Island. The coastline of the island is embellished with caves tucked behind rocky outcrops once used as stop-over points for pirate ships looking to keep a low profile in between quests.
Today the cavernous pools retain their restorative qualities, unwind as your ‘to do’ list is quickly dissolved into: Relax, kick back and enjoy the tide.
For evening time tomfoolery, head to the island’s infamous Willy T’s, the floating bar and restaurant which cultivates unforgettable memories day in, day out.
Jost Van Dyke
JVD is petite Eden-esque island, so small that it once disappeared from the map owing to Captain John Walton’s 17th century questionable map drawing skills. Today the BVI’s very own bonsai island makes up in personality for what it lacks in size.
Foxy, an island legend, opened his bar of the same name on JVD in the 1960s. Now his bar is of equally mythical status. Foxy know’s a thing or two about hospitality; his bar never runs dry (the extended tikki shack has it’s very own micro-brewery) he always keeps guests entertained by bursting into calypso songs, telling jokes and expounding island tales.
Kaleidoscopic Reefs and Wreck Diving
Take full advantage of the BVI’s snorkelling and diving spots throughout the week. Our New Year guests reported organised diving excursions and sub aqua explorations of a shipwreck. Those more suited to snorkeling will find Virgin Gorda’s unusual geolgical rock formation ‘The Baths,’ to be the perfect aquatic playground: vast granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, the perfect habitat for reef fish and turtles.
The next opportunity for a BVI adventure is just around the corner and yachts are selling out fast. There will be 3 opportunities to join us in March with weeks beginning on the 7th, 14th and 21st of March. So, what are you waiting for…
Images: Andrew Goble
Text: Laura Goodson
Contributors: Oggi Fitz & Jamie Hunt
It’s that time of year again, if Christmas has lured you into a semi permanent residence by the fireside then New Year’s Eve is calling for you to get suited and booted for one last ‘hoorah’ before the Great January Detox.
Keep the dreaded NYE anti-climax at bay and treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime. If you haven’t any plans yet, here’s a late Christmas present: a mini guide of where to head and what to do.
1.For Romantic Foodies
Saint Sylvestre in Paris. If you’re planning an exclusive New Year’s Eve treat with a special someone, then head to the original capital of romance: Paris. To go all-out, look no further than the charming La Tour D’Argent nestled in the Quai de Tourneille. Sample the restaurant’s infamous duck, (reared on their own farms) whilst gazing out at the spectacular view of the Notre Dame and the River Seine. A little before midnight, stroll towards the Eiffel Tower to catch the light show or head to the Champs Elysees for the fireworks.
2. For Fresh Pow enthusiasts
For those who can’t get enough of the white stuff here’s a powder fresh experience of a lifetime. Head to Japan’s Niseko; the resort enjoys 15m of snow a year and is a firm favourite among off-piste fanatics and Asian celebrities alike. New Year’s Eve here is serious business. The lifts are open until 11:30pm allowing for celebratory night skiing followed by a captivating torchlight descent. Scour the mountains carefully and you’ll see the resort’s frozen monsters; a ghostly, natural phenomenon caused by snow-encased trees. This wintry spectacle becomes particularly hypnotic at night when the resort illuminates them with kaleidoscopic lights. When morning arrives, take to the resort’s hot springs.
3. For Full Time Party Hounds
Rio di Janiero, the Empress of the Carnival, the Capital of Exuberance and the perfect location for a really good time. Take to Rio’s Copacabana Beach. It is tradition to be clad in white as it is thought to bring you luck. Take a bottle of champagne with you, but be mindful that it’s real function is to douse fellow party goers with bubbly goodness. After the fireworks have finished it’s a mad dash to the seashore; the perfect opportunity to refresh, reset and restore. Stagger home to the Copacabana Palace.
4. For the Ultimate Escapists
If ringing in the New Year surrounded by fellow humans fills you with horror, then the perfect solution could be a trip to the Scottish Highlands. For a restorative escape, gather the few beings that you can bear and rent out your own little slice of Scotland (renting a castle needn’t be extortionate if you share the cost). Most villages hold their own ceilidh parties: an authentic Scottish Hogmanay experience, you may even be treated to a display of the Northern Lights as you amble home.
Brush away the cobwebs the next day with a hike into hills, pack your binoculars and you could lay eyes on the handsome stags that reside there.
5. For Committed Yacht Weekers
It would be blasphemy not to mention the route curated by TYW itself. For a perfect piece of tropical paradise, look no further than our own offering; a blissful opportunity to kick back in the British Virgin Islands. Adjust to the laid back Caribbean lifestyle, letting the easy-going chimes of reggae music set the pace. By day, scour the seabed armed with a snorkel. By night, dance till you drop! Old Year’s Night itself will take place on Jost Van Dyk at the island’s party bar, Foxy’s. Fill your party engine with Painkiller cocktails and freshly caught lobster for an unforgettable night.
What do Yacht Week skippers do when they are not skippering in the Med? In James Kell’s case he is a photographer. James and a few others will be combining their sailing and photography by setting sail from Southampton in December to Sydney, crossing the Atlantic then Pacific oceans. On the way they will be rolling out a new social enterprise called Tribe Photo that aims to bring photography equipment and skills to villagers in remote communities, and a platform for them to sell their best photos to the world for $1 each. They gain photography skills and money, the world gains unique images.
On Thursday night at The Yacht Week headquarters Tribe Photo will be putting on a party to launch both Tribe Photo and its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. There will be a DJ, a bar, art installations and all past and present Yachtweekers are welcome to attend. Entry is free so bring a friend!
- When: Thursday 6th November at 7pm
- Where: European Travel Ventures, c/o Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BX (nearest tube is Farringdon)
- Who: Tribe Photo
- Dress: Smart casual
- Cost: Free
- RSVP here
When? Saturday, November 8th 8pm – ? UTC+08
Where? Boujis Hong Kong, 37 Pottinger Street, Central District, Hong Kong
What? The Yacht Week Bookings Launch Party
HKD$250 open bar from 9 pm -11 pm, including spirits, beer and wine
To celebrate the launch of bookings for The Yacht Week Summer 2015, and to wave goodbye to the summer in HK, The Yacht Week is partnering with Boujis for a night of fun!
***For questions and RSVPs, please email email@example.com
Bookings for the Summer 2015 open on Monday October 27th at 6pm GMT and yachts are going to go fast! We are expecting our biggest summer yet and to help make sure you get your spot, here are some tips from TYW team:
1. GATHER YOUR FRIENDS
Every trip is only as good as the company you’re with, so make sure you have the right crew to make TYW as good as it can be. Bring only the sun-seeking adventurers and start preparing for the best summer yet.
Make sure you have the right ratio of guys and girls! We want to make sure you have the best time at our events, and that means meeting the specific ratio for the week you book so that the event you’re on ends up being 50/50 guys and gals overall. Trust us, you’ll be thankful!
If you’re two people travelling, why not check out our cabin bookings, which comes with everything included for the week (minus the getting there bit).
2. PICK A DESTINATION
With TYW in four locations this summer – Italy, Greece, Croatia and Ultra Europe – you need to make sure you choose the right one for you and your friends. Each destination is unique in its own way and might be surmised as:
ITALY – the most exclusive of all the destinations, where TYW meets the Italian jet in a stunning archipelago of volcanic islands with c. 15-20 yachts per week. It goes without saying, but the food is next level… Watch the trailer.
CROATIA – with up to 50 yachts per week, per route (we offer the Black and Red Route in Croatia), the original destination is calling us back year after year for great sailing, big parties and stunning coastal towns.
GREECE – somewhere between Croatia and Italy in terms of flotilla size, the Greece route was one of the most popular in 2014 and we can’t wait to show more Yacht Weekers why this place is so special. Watch the trailer.
ULTRA EUROPE – now in our 3rd year of partnering with Europe’s premier EDM festival, this route will suit those sun seekers looking to experience some of the biggest DJ’s on the planet from a VIP promontory whilst experience the best of TYW. Watch the trailer.
3. CHOOSE A YACHT
Having the perfect yacht for your group is essential! Do you want space or is price the most important? To help you decipher the difference between the yachts available, check this out:
Catamaran – twin-hulled yachts made for a more relaxing sail. The catamaran’s size and design makes the yacht stable and a little difficult to manoeuvre. They are big, spacious, great for large groups and some of the most luxurious yachts listed. Cabins are generally large and the kitchen area is nice. A popular feature that guests like to take advantage of is the net located at the bow of the yacht, typically using it as a tanning bed!
Cruisers – monohull yachts for guests who want to sail without 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. Makes to look out for: Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau or Elan.
Performance – these yachts are exciting and lively! You are in for a true sailing experience if you book one of these. They are quick and responsive through the water, which makes every sail thrilling! Makes to look our for: Hanse, Dufour, Grand Soleil and Salona.
4. BOOK A SKIPPER
Can’t sail? No problem! We have a team of experienced skippers from all over the world that can take care of that while you island hop and soak up the sun.
5. ADD A HOSTESS
Want to completely relax? Leave the cooking and grocery shopping to our trained hostesses. We want you to have the best and most comfortable experience, so let them handle the lunch while you sip that freshly made cocktail as you sail by day and party by night.
6. THE YACHT WEEK WRISTBAND
TYW Wristband is the only way to access all the exclusive events during your vacation. We send in world renowned DJ’s and use only the best venues to ensure you are dancing from dusk til dawn. As of 2015, the wristband now comes included in the yacht package.
7. READY… SET… BOOK!
Bookings open Monday October 27th at 6pm GMT. We recommend knowing exactly what destination, week and yacht you want so that when bookings open you are as slick as a Mozart on the keyboard to book!
You’ve now booked your spot in joining us for the biggest summer event yet, so get excited and ready for the best week of your life.
Booked but too excited to wait until summer to experience TYW? We’ve got you covered! Our routes in Thailand and the British Virgin Islands are happening this winter and spring and booking are still open! Otherwise, like us on Facebook to be kept up-to-date on all our international parties that we throw year round in over 20 different countries.