12 November 2012
Sailing Croatia with The Yacht Week
There are few more enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon than stretched out on board the deck of a 50ft yacht. We can state this with some certainty thanks to six unforgettable days away with The Yacht Week; perhaps the hottest addition to the world of sailing since, well perhaps ever. We had heard word of Yacht Weekers – of beautiful bronzed creatures from across the globe coming together to form a flotilla and sail their way around the Central Dalmatian Islands of Croatia, stopping occasionally to sample the local hotspots or dive overboard into deep navy seas. We had seen the videos and flicked through photographs of people who looked impossibly happy and admittedly thought it could never be quite as good as it looked. As it turns out, it is.
The brainchild of two enterprising young Swedes, The Yacht Week has revolutionised the world of sailing, making it accessible to a new generation of nautical converts. The concept is pretty straight forward – simply round up a group of friends, hire at yacht (and a skipper if your seafaring skills are a little under par) and set off on an island-hopping holiday that will see you and your friends feasting on seafood plucked fresh from the surrounding seas and dancing until the early hours at a variety of jaw-dropping venues. Over in Vis we tucked into a candlelit dinner on the beach before heading up to a crumbling hilltop fort which had been lovingly decorated with fairly lights and lanterns, transforming it from ruin to romantic castle-cum-club.
Partying is part of the agenda here but this doesn’t mean you have to turn nocturnal. Take time to explore the stunning island scenery and winding Croatian streets or head off for a spot of wine tasting at one of the many vineyards. There’s a particularly good winery called Lipanovic set into the caves overlooking Vis Old Town where you can sip crisp whites and earthy reds whilst wandering through an underground labyrinth of caves lined with barrels and wine-making apparatus.
But mostly The Yacht Week is all about the sailing and if you weren’t a boat person before, we guarantee you will be after. Booking lines are set to open shortly for their New Year’s BVIs trip, or if you’re committed to a cold Christmas there are always next season’s destinations to look forward to. With new routes opening up, in Italy and Greece as well as their famous Croatian trips, summer’s looking pretty good.
Words by Katie Manning