What is it?
The idea of The Yacht Week is simple: grab a load of friends, book a boat (and skipper to sail it), and spend a week sailing around the Croatian islands with all the new friends you’ll meet on other boats. TYW also have routes in Turkey, Italy, Greece, and Thailand and the BVI in Winter. There are two routes in Croatia (Black and Red) and just go to different islands on different days. Croatia is the original route with the other countries coming later.
I’d advise you to watch their teaser video here to really understand what TYW entails.
Is it for me?
The minimum age is 20 although I was told the average age is around 24 for Yacht Week goers. This worries me a little as I thought I might feel really young (I’m 21) but that wasn’t the case at all.
It brings together like-minded people from all over the World and you’ll leave having made lifelong friends. There are organised parties just for Yacht Week goers every evening in all sorts of venues, one of the most memorable being Fort George. A lot of partying is also done on the boats by rafting them all together which is so much fun.
There is no access to luxuries like hairdryers, straighteners and often proper showers so if you can’t live without these then TYW isn’t for you.
If you’re expecting to actually be doing loads of sailing then you might be disappointed. There isn’t a great deal of sailing actually done, we just motored to most of the islands which was fine by me as it meant more room for sunbathing and relaxing.
What do I need to take?
Pack light. Minimal clothes are needed as you’ll spend most of the week in your bikini/swimming trunks. You’ll also be in the water a lot of the time so I’d only pack two pairs of shoes.
The dress code for the evenings is very casual and flip-flops are acceptable to wear to all the parties.
Remember to pack inflatables as most of the time you’ll spend socialising in the water on these. Also some team fancy dress for the regatta on the last day.
Apart from that all you need is yourself!
If you can’t find a group big enough to fill a boat then TYW have an official ‘crew finder’ which you can use. This way you can go with one friend and just book a cabin on another boat, a great way to meet new friends!
Is it worth it?
TYW is no cheap holiday. I can’t tell you exactly how much the week cost as I was taken for a friends birthday so didn’t actually pay for the boat. However, the higher price tag means you don’t get groups of school leavers looking for a cheap boozy holiday but instead young professionals from all over the World.
TYW was one of the best weeks of my life. I’m not a huge fan of clubbing but when the club is a raft of boats and the dance floor is a load of inflatables in the sea you can’t complain. Everyone is there to meet new people and just have a good time.
I can’t recommend it more, just go and see for yourself.