Regatta races with a medley of ‘Burning Man’ and ‘Shower Cap Chic’ fancy dress, a love boat with many a scandalous tale, an endless stream of high quality music and a floating art car that is creating a musical ripple effect in the Adriatic sea; that’s a small taster of what The Yacht Week has to offer.
The Yacht Week is a series of floating festivals set in the world’s most beautiful locations including Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and the British Virgin Islands, all organised by Day 8. This large community of sailors materialised through a selection of friends who sailed together over a period of 11 years. The Yacht Week’s unique and tailored experience allows more than 16,000 adventurous travellers each year to discover vast new open waters through its carefully curated seven day sailing programme. Not one of those 7 days are the same, each providing a new adventure without fail. And Day 8 marks the point from which the memories and friendships formed continue to prosper.
It’s Rude to Stare were invited to join in on The Yacht Week’s fun pact offerings in Croatia. Once checked in to the beautiful Bali Katermaran, docked just outside Hvar – the St. Tropez of Croatia – we enjoyed an evening of riviera chic at Carpe Diem Beach, one of the country’s most beautiful beach clubs, watching the sunset with cocktail in hand. The next day we found ourselves boating to the Island of Vis, where you can explore an endless stream of hidden beaches or discover the rooms and passageways within Tito’s natural caves. When the sun had gone down it was on to the Tropical Retro Party at Fort Gorge; expect a forest of pine trees accompanied by a breathtakingly panoramic view of the Adriatic. Then more sailing to, yes, more beautiful locations. We enjoyed Zlanti Rat, one of Croatia’s largest beaches, situated in the stunning town of Bol, where volleyball, cocktails and sunbathing are mandatory activities.
The Yacht Week Regatta was next – fancy dress imperative for each yacht – it was the ‘Shower Cap Chic’ crew who won in the eyes of It’s Rude to Stare during our visit. After a full day of racing and sailing in a fleet, our evening destination was Starigrad Bay for the raft party. With all yachts docked together, we jumped from boat to boat whilst being serenaded by the newly made Arthropod – Yacht Week’s floating art car. This is no ordinary beached taxi boat but a winged wonder, a DJ boat of dreams. Thanks to Void Speakers, the Buzz Boat has been graced with the highest quality sound system to provide a maritime music extravaganza. DJ Bladtkramer, one of Yacht Week’s most treasured techno whizz kids from Copenhagen, graced the decks on board the art car, providing an endless stream of carefully curated top quality beats.
Once the raft party died down, It’s Rude to Stare met with DJ Bladtkramer and Paul Lojszczyk – the genius behind The Yacht Week’s brilliant selection of entertainment – to get some insider knowledge on this summer music/events programme, Lojszcyk explained:
When I joined the company in 2014, the whole EDM beast was peaking and this was certainly reflected on our events. Being a Swedish company there was a lot of Avicii (RIP <3), Swedish House Mafia, and other big room progressive house artists. However as the guests became more diverse and global music trends changes, so did the music at our events. Over the past few years we have been shifting the music towards a more sophisticated sound. We’ve seen a few music trends come and go, but we are now refining the musical experience with a focus on house, disco and hip hop, so we have a pretty nice variety of quality sounds during the week. In five years time I see a well rounded event that creates incredible experiences in stunning locations, with people making life long connections. There will be a focus on music, culture, travel and wellness. From a musical perspective, I see it continuing to mould into a week of diverse, cutting edge music that finds the balance between musical education and the music you know and love.
The Yacht Week prides itself on the carefully curated parties it hosts for its hedonistic sun seekers. Something that is reflected in this year’s lineup, which includes the likes of Goldroom, HedKandi DJs, Menendez Brothers, the DJ collective Applebum as well as the unapologetically fabulous collective, The Provibers.
Paul: Such a hard question! Mine would have to be one night in 2015 at the incredible Fort George Croatia which is a 200 year old fort located on a headland, overlooking the Adriatic Sea on the island of Vis. This one particular night there was a series of huge thunderstorms that circled the island and venue. For several hours there was an incredible natural light show to complement the party, and then all of a sudden, at around 1:30am, Armageddon hit and it started bucketing down. About 50% of the crowd left the dance-floor to seek cover like any normal person would. However the remaining 50% embraced the rain, thunder and natural strobe light and the energy was incredible and the atmosphere was electric 😉
Mads: Last year for the Greece closing week we had some special programming to finish the season off. We had each of the most experienced residents on a yacht, sailing with the guests and the music, crowd, guests were all amazing. We essentially got to experience The Yacht Week as a guest and the experience was so good!
It’s fair to say that It’s Rude to Stare had a flirtatious insight into what Yacht Week has to offer, our verdict being a great deal. Day8 prides itself on being the ultimate place to come with your group of friends, and make hundreds of new ones. Its welcoming and all inclusive attitude is reflected in the genuine bond between the company’s team. Hospitable, honest, fun, determined and dedicated to providing a service that is the best possible for its holiday goers, Day8 are wholly representative of the term ‘work hard, play hard’ and should be fully credited for their international success. If you want fun in the sun and the opportunity to dance to some of the best music around until the early hours in a variety of the world’s most beautiful spots, The Yacht Week is the one for you.