FAQ Destinations

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Croatia Specific

How do I get to my marina?

All of the marinas that we use are within an hour of Split Airport. For details on how to get there, please visit ‘Getting There’.

How many boats will be on this trip?

There will be up to 50 yachts on both the Black and Red Routes every week in Croatia.

Is it safe?

Croatia is safe, but as is the case when traveling in any country, be careful with your personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended. It is not necessary to lock your belongings (think of Vermont in the 1950s), but the boat can be locked to protect your valuable belongings if you wish. In an emergency, we have means to contact authorities and the coast guard to quickly address any issues.

What other costs can I expect?

There may be some additional modest payments required during the trip. These can be found here.

Are there mosquitoes in Croatia?

It is unlikely you will find mosquitoes especially if you are sailing.

What’s included in the price?

Vacation prices are per person in Euros. The price includes most costs associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper, sheets and towels, snorkel equipment, safety equipment, GPS, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper, water, fuel or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. You and your boat mates will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks. We will also go ashore frequently for meals. The Yacht Week staff will be around to provide advice on stocking your boats before we travel.

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Greece Specific

How do I get to Lavrio?

Lavrio is relatively easy to reach from anywhere in Europe. The closest airport is in Athens. There are many airlines that fly to Athens. From there you can get the public bus that costs €4 and takes about 40 minutes. When you arrive at Athens ask the info desk and they will point you in the right direction. Another option is a taxi. This costs €50 and takes about 30 minutes.

Are there mosquitoes in Greece?

It is unlikely you will find mosquitoes especially if you are sailing.

How many boats will be on this trip?

There will be up to 25 boats every week in Greece.

What’s included in the price?

Vacation prices are per person in Euros. The price includes most costs associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper, sheets and towels, snorkel equipment, safety equipment, GPS, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper, water, fuel or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. You and your boat mates will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks. We will also go ashore frequently for meals. The Yacht Week staff will be around to provide advice on stocking your boats before we travel.

What travel documents are required?

While planning your trip to Greece do not forget to check your passport if it is valid for at least 90 days. Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need a Visa to travel to Greece. To check you can visit this website: http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Greece/Visa.

Is it safe?

The islands we go to in Greece are completely safe but as is the case when traveling in any country, be careful with your personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended. It is not necessary to lock your belongings (think of Vermont in the 1950s), but the boat can be locked to protect your valuables if you wish. In an emergency, we have means to contact authorities and the coast guard to quickly address any issues.

What other costs can I expect?

There may be some additional modest payments required during the trip. These can be found here.

What currency is used in Greece?

Greece uses the Euro.

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BVI Specific

How do I get to Tortola?

For details on how to get there, please visit ‘Getting There’.

We are flying into St. Thomas. Can you recommend how we get to the boat from there?

From St. Thomas airport, you will need to take a taxi to the ferry dock at Charlotte Amalie. Then you take a ferry to Tortola. Here is the schedule. Ideally you will get the ferry to Road Town, Tortola which is just a few minutes from our starting marina. If that is not possible, you can ferry to West End, Tortola and take a taxi from there (about 25 minutes).

What travel documents are required?

U.S. citizens are required to have a passport to travel to the British Virgin Islands. Please be sure that yours is valid and that its expiration date extends more than six months beyond the completion of this trip (a common requirement for international travel). If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your consulate about travel requirements for the BVI.

How many boats will be on this trip?

There will be up to 30 boats every week in the BVI.

What’s included in the price?

Vacation prices are per person in US dollars. The price includes most costs associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper, sheets and towels, snorkel equipment, safety equipment, GPS, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper, water, fuel or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. You and your boat mates will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks. We will also go ashore frequently for meals. The Yacht Week staff will be around to provide advice on stocking your boats before we travel.

Are linens (sheets, towels, pillows), snorkeling gear and cooking utensils included?

Yes, cooking utensils are onboard. Each boat has a full kitchen, although compact. You will have everything you need.
Yes, there will be linens, towels, pillows, and everything you need for full bedding. We recommend that you bring an extra towel for the beach. Leave the provided towel on the boat to have a towel for showers and bring a towel for the beach that will get sandy.
Snorkeling gear is available at the marina where we start. We always find it to be quite good. Some people don’t like using a snorkel that other people have used and bring their own, but the charter company does clean them, of course! If anyone has unusually large or small feet, it might be tough to find a precise size match for fins, but they do have a lot there.
You can bring any toiletries or suntan lotion you want. Personally, we don’t bring large suntan lotion bottles (because of the liquid ban on flights) and buy it in situ, but you are not restricted from bringing or using anything you want.

Is it safe?

The British Virgin Islands are exceptionally safe. In all of our previous trips we have never encountered nor heard of an incident. It is not necessary to lock your belongings (think of Vermont in the 1950s), but the boat can be locked to protect your valuables if you wish. In an emergency, we have means to contact authorities and the coast guard to quickly address any issues. The islands are very close together and we are never far from land or other boats if we need to seek assistance.

What other costs can I expect?

There may be some additional modest payments required during the trip. These can be found here.

Are there mosquitoes in the BVI?

No, it is unlikely you will find mosquitoes especially if you are sailing.

What currency is used in the British Virgin Islands?

The British Virgin Islands use the US dollar.

Where can we get groceries?

We recommend everyone to go to the big supermarket to stock up with food before heading out. The Yacht Week staff will explain to you how to find it. Don’t go shopping too early. Your food will get really hot and there is nowhere to store it until your yacht is ready. Go shopping 1 hour before boarding your boat. Shop as much as you can (in terms of non perishable food)!

Is there a grill/barbecue on the boat?

Yes, our boats all have barbecue grills mounted on the back railing.

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Italy Specific

How do I get to Portorosa?

Portorosa is relatively easy to reach from anywhere in Europe. We would recommend you fly to Catania, which is about 150km from the marina and will take you 2 hours to transfer. The following airlines fly to Catania: EasyJet (from London), Lufthansa, Air France, Air One, British Airways, Austrian Airlines and Finn Air. From the airport you will then need to take a taxi or a bus. For full details see Getting There.

How many boats will be on this trip?

There will be 20 to 25 boats every week in Italy.

Is it safe?

Italy is safe, but as is the case when traveling in any country, be careful with your personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended. It is not necessary to lock your belongings (think of Vermont in the 1950s), but the boat can be locked to protect your valuable belongings if you wish. In an emergency, we have means to contact authorities and the coast guard to quickly address any issues.

What other costs can I expect?

There may be some additional modest payments required during the trip. These can be found here. During the Italian high season, there may be additional costs to the wristbands for entrance into the clubs.

Are there mosquitoes in Italy?

It is unlikely you will find mosquitoes especially if you are sailing.

What’s included in the price?

Vacation prices are per person in Euros. The price includes most costs associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper, sheets and towels, snorkel equipment, safety equipment, GPS, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper, water, fuel or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. You and your boat mates will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks. We will also go ashore frequently for meals. The Yacht Week staff will be around to provide advice on stocking your boats before we travel.

What travel documents are required?

While planning your trip to Italy do not forget to check your passport if it is valid for at least 90 days. Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need a Visa to travel to Italy. To check you can visit this website: http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Italy/Visa.

What currency is used in Italy?

Italy uses the Euro.

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Thailand Specific

How do I get to Phuket?

Due to the distance of Phuket from where most of our guests come from, travellers can expect at least one transfer, which can happen in Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and a couple other locations. For a variety of options go to the Skyscanner to see what foreign airlines are offering flights to and from the Phuket International Airport. For full details see Getting There.

How do I get to Ao Po Grand Marina?

The marina is located on the northeast tip of Phuket in Phang Nga Bay. Once you arrive at the Phuket International Airport there will be taxis, mini buses and private cars available outside the airport’s arrival area on the main floor. From there it will take approximately 30 minutes to get to the marina. Please be sure you come to an agreed price with the taxi driver before you are driven to the marina. It should cost 600B. If you have chosen to take a minibus or private car it should cost 1800B.

How many boats will be on this trip?

There will be 13 boats on the inaugural trip.

Is it safe?

The islands we travel to in Thailand are completely safe, but be sure to take care of your personal possessions and never leave them unattended while checking out the various locations. There is no need to keep your valuables locked away, but if you feel more comfortable knowing they are, each boat can be locked for protection. When swimming in shallow areas make sure you keep your feet up high to avoid grazing sea urchin spikes. Also, make sure you avoid the jellyfish. They are slow and easy to avoid if you are swimming near them, just be sure not to jump on one when diving off the yachts.

What vaccines are required

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines and that you have received all of the following vaccinations accordingly before coming on the trip:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis B*
  • Japanese Encephalitis*
  • Malaria*
  • Rabies*
  • Yellow Fever**

* Please ask your doctor for his opinion on these vaccines as they are only necessary for certain places or are recommended for precautionary measures.

** You must provide proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This excludes the US.

Are there mosquitoes in Thailand?

Yes, like most hot climates mosquitoes are common in Phuket. Luckily mosquito repellent is inexpensive and easy to find at local stores or if you would prefer, bring some from home. It is rare to find mosquitoes out at sea however.

What’s included in the price?

Vacation prices are per person in Euros. The price includes most costs associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper, sheets and towels, snorkel equipment, safety equipment, GPS, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper, water, fuel or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. You and your boat mates will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks. We will also go ashore frequently for meals. The Yacht Week staff will be around to provide advice on stocking your boats before we travel.

What travel documents are required?

While planning your trip to Thailand do not forget to check your passport if it is valid for at least 90 days. Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need a Visa to travel to Thailand. To check you can visit this website: http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/thailand/Visa.

What currency is used in Thailand?

Baht is the currency used in Thailand.

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Before You Go

Is this vacation for me? I’ve never been on an extended sailing trip before. Is that okay?

Very few of our passengers have been on a similar trip before joining us. Nearly all of them have said it is one of the best vacations they have ever had. Sailing on a yacht is an amazing experience, both active and relaxing with a great mix of lounging in the sun surrounded by stunning scenery and great fun at night. Living on a boat for a week is a thrill and you’ll get used to the accommodation right away.

I’ve never been on a boat before. Is that okay?

It sure helps if you’ve been a on boat, although it is in no way necessary. Boating is a different way to travel, a mix between luxury and camping. Our yachts are high-quality for extended cruising, but the living space on a sailboat is very compact. Think of a high-end RV on the water. We’ll make you as comfortable as can be and you’ll feel right at home in just a few hours.

What should I wear?

The Yacht Week will provide packing tips as we get closer to our departure date. Think beach and casual evenings, every person who has ever traveled has over-packed for the week.

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Booking

Is it possible to book a spot on a boat if I am traveling by myself?

No, we recommend that you post a comment on our Facebook page. We have a discussion topic in our Forum titled “Crewfinder Croatia/Greece/BVI etc.”

Why do the prices vary for different boats?

Each boat has its own cost based mostly on the size and age of the boat. All of the boats are in outstanding condition, but a five year old boat will have a lower price than a brand new boat due to general wear and tear as well as having different amenities inside.

What is the schedule of payments?

Find out by looking at the booking schedule for your destination here

Is there a security deposit?

Upon arrival in the marina, all crews need to put down a deposit for their boat. The deposit is there to cover any damage that is caused during the week, as a security measure for the yachting charter company. The deposit is paid on the day of arrival prior to departure from the marina and will be handed back to you upon return (as long as you don’t destroy the boat).

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Please read the cancellation information here

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The Boat

Who sails the boat?

Wait… I thought you knew how to sail this thing!?
If nobody in your group is a licensed skipper, we will provide one for you. The skipper will be experienced and keep you safe and on course throughout the week. They will not take up a spot in one of the cabins, but he or she will sleep in the saloon – a portion of the galley (kitchen) with a fold-out bed to accommodate an extra passenger or two.

This is a vacation meant for you to relax. You do not need to do any sailing work if you don’t want to. One person onboard will be required to pull a rope every now and then (because certain things require more than the skipper’s two hands), but the skipper will make it easy.

A normal skipper comes at a considerable cost, but through our sailing network, we are able to attract sailors with appropriate qualifications for a fraction of the price and provide them for you. We will expect you to keep your skipper well nourished by sharing your meals throughout the week. A TYW skipper does not pay for food, fuel, or other shared boat costs; and they are not regarded as an employe of TYW – he or she is an extra friend on the boat on vacation with you and your friends.

What is the accommodation like?

Our reservations page provides a diagram of the interior of each boat. Sailboats are compact and comfortable, though not especially spacious inside. You will share a cabin with one other person in a double bed. Cabins have small closets and cubbies for your clothes. Each boat will have multiple heads (bathrooms) and showers. They are small, but you will get accustomed to them right away. Boats each have a full galley (kitchen) and dining table below, but you would be most likely choose to eat breakfast and lunch at the table on the deck – some days you may lunch at a restaurant ashore. The boats have full refrigeration, electricity, stereos, and other amenities that you would expect in conventional lodging, but it is not a luxury hotel. The boats are not air conditioned and you will be outside nearly the entire time except whilst sleeping in your cabin.

Who is on my boat?

It would be ideal if you could bring friends to fill a boat. The price per person is considerably better when booking a full boat together and you can be sure to know everyone beforehand. Whilst we do not offer to mix crews our Facebook page includes a section under the Forum, which helps you to meet others who are seeking to join together to fill a boat.

What type of electrical power and current is on the boat?

Our boats have electrical power to charge camera batteries, cell phones, iPods, and other devices (even your laptop, although we don’t advise bringing a computer on your vacation). The boats, however, use DC power and 220 Volts rather than the typical AC power and 110 Volts like outlets in the US. Therefore, you will need to use an inverter and adapter. Inverters are similar to what is used in a car cigarette lighter. These can be purchased or rented – The Yacht Week will provide advice on this before we travel.

How can we communicate while onboard?

The VHF radio on our boats is used to communicate with other boats and for emergencies. Internet access might be available at certain restaurants. Your Blackberry/iPhone is likely to work in most places.

Is there a CD player or something we can plug our iPods into?

There is a CD player and radio. Many boats have an auxiliary plug to plug in an iPod, but you will need to bring the cable, which is typically a 3.5mm Jack-to-Jack.

I know there is electricity but will there be adapters to rent? Is it possible for you to send specific examples of exactly the products we would need to plug in our electronics?

There is electricity on the boats but you will need an inverter to switch from DC power to 110 V AC. The device you need is just like what would plug into a car cigarette lighter. You can pick one up like this. The marina has a rental store for all of this electronic equipment.

How much time do we spend on the boat each day?

The islands are relatively close together, so sailing between destinations can be relatively quick. Some days will involve about 2 to 4 hours of sailing, while others could be as long as 6 to 8 hours. Navigation is exceptionally easy since all of the islands are within sight of each other. There is no sailing in open ocean where you can’t see land. Every evening, we stop right in a harbour and anchor the boat for the night. This allows us to go ashore easily. The schedule provides a great balance of cruising through the water while still leaving plenty of time to spend on the beach, at snorkeling spots, at restaurants and bars, shopping and other activities. All of the boats in our group will travel together, allowing for amazing social activities with a large group of really fun people.

How do I reserve a yacht?

All of our bookings are done online through this website. Please see our ‘Booking and Payments’ page for more details.

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Other Questions

What are the ages of the group?

Nearly everyone who was traveled with The Yacht Week in the past has been between mid-20s to early 40s. We expect a similar age range for other vacations.

What are the health requirements?

You must ensure that you do not have any medical conditions that will inhibit traveling with The Yacht Week. The yachting trip is not strenuous (unless you want it to be). Guests are not required to perform any physical activity. However, if you are interested in participating in the sailing, snorkeling, and other sporting activities, then those are available to you.

What if I am prone to seasickness?

If you are prone to seasickness or nausea, please take a look at this website before you travel. Our guests have found excellent remedies that have inhibited any unpleasant nausea during sailing. We have not, however, resolved nausea caused by too many cocktails.

Will you be taking photos?

We will take many photos during the trip and share with you as many as we practically can. Occasionally, we will use photographs taken of guests for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photograph not be used, please notify us.

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