Forget Coachella. Today’s jet set party at The Yacht Week…
Fusing electro beats with luxury sailing routes, The Yacht Week is a floating festival for the exclusive crowds. Nicola Moyne hits the Adriatic to hop aboard
It’s 6am and I’m lounging on a 57ft sailing yacht watching the hazy, amber-streaked sky slowly turn a dazzling cobalt blue. My ‘hostess’, Charlotte – a bubbly brunette from Australia, hands me a freshly brewed coffee while preparing a colourful platter of fruit and eggs benedict for breakfast later. All I can hear are the waves lapping softly at the hull and the wind filling the sails. Then, dolphins emerge on the horizon. This is The Yacht Week, done right.
Established in 2006 by two sailing-mad Swedes, The Yacht Week is packaged as a boutique floating festival, where revellers sit astride flamboyant floaties in the azure rather than some random stranger’s shoulders in a mud pit; luxury catamarans replace a sea of identical panic-purchased Argos tents; and the beautiful moneyed crowd is more ‘Greek-island hopping’ than ‘Glastonbury’. Basically, think champagne, not cider.
I’ve hopped aboard the beautifully classic teak-decked Bella Regazza to sample the original Croatia route on Week 31, which transports you from the sun-drenched cobbled streets of Split (from where you can also explore ancient Trogir via water taxi), to the pretty ports of Vis, Hvar and Bol.
But the festivities pretty much take place all-year round with glamorous-spot-stopping routes in five different countries, including Montenegro, Greece, Italy and the British Virgin Islands. There’s even a ‘buzz’ boat to keep the party going when the yachts raft up into Insta-worthy star and circle formations – quite literally a floating DJ booth pumping electro-pop beats into the middle of the big blue.
Grab a GoPro and get your party on in the big blue. Photograph courtesy of @GoProUK and @simonearmanni
It’s a vast operation. Our tanned Aussie skipper, Jake, tells me that the 49-strong fleet we’re sailing with is ‘actually pretty small compared to Ultra Festival’ – another Croatia-based route run by The Yacht Week that regularly sees up to 70 yachts join the Adriatic flotilla.
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