The Yacht Week. Ahhh…what to say, what to say? “Where to start?” should be the question…cue the daydreaming music ☁️
After an hour of going in circles, we finally arrived at the incredibly difficult to find new-ish Kastela Marina. Thankfully (??), our skipper forgot he worked so we were the last to leave. Oh, and our battery caught fire TWICE! And we didn’t get to do the regatta. All in all, to say it was unorganized is an understatement. #negativenancy
On the positive, we got to see a few things that were off the beaten path. Our skipper was a local and recommended places and areas to check out. And, of course, the Croatian islands are beautiful!! So, can you really complain when you’re sailing the Adriatic Sea?? And even though all the parties weren’t spectacular, the two that were definitely made up for it.
I’ve rated each day and have an overall rating of the week (scroll to the end if you just can’t wait). We’ll take a closer look at each day for even more details, tips and recommendations in posts to follow 😀
Day 1 was mostly a whirlwind. Trying to figure out what was going on, waiting around as everyone left before us, and coming back to a battery that caught fire didn’t set the right tone to start off The Yacht Week #notimpressive When we finally made it to Trogir, we were kind of left out. Everyone had a place to anchor to and was ready for the night. Us, not so much.
Day 1’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐
Most of the day was spent groggily getting ready for our departure. Nothing like jumping in the cold sea to wake you up!!
Day 2 was very relaxing. It was disappointing not having all the information that everyone else did – information our skipper was supposed to share 😥 If it seems like your skipper is holding out, ask ask ask! It’s annoying to miss out on something you had no idea was even going on. The group dinner was fun, but missing the night’s party was a bummer.
Day 2’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐
Day 3 seemed to really kick The Yacht Week off for me after a rough start. I got to do some exploring on the island, hiked to the island’s fortress with incredible views, and partied the night away like a true yuppie :p
Day 3’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Day 4 was great for exploring. Our skipper really did a good job with letting us stop and take in some different views instead of getting caught up in the mass tourism idea that comes with The Yacht Week – even the cloudy/rainy-ish day couldn’t compete with these spots! When we made it to Komiza for the night, we didn’t have too much time to explore, but we did get to eat some traditional Peka at Grillhouse Bak.
Click here to get a glimpse of the food (fast forward to 1:12 for the Peka 😉 )
The night ended with the beach party at Lunatic Bar. Maybe I was just tired after a long night, but this wasn’t my favorite party. Since we were anchored out in the middle of the ocean, waiting for a water taxi to get back at the end of the night was a pain in the 🍑🍑🍑 Just imagine a late night, a long wait, and an even longer, unorganized line to get a water taxi. I expected a group that claims to have these great parties all the time to at least have this part down.
Day 4’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Day 5 was A LOT of fun. Exploring, wine and a champagne party. There is so much to see and do here that it made me wish we could have stayed longer.
The downside of Day 5 was due to The Yacht Week staff. While fun, the champagne party quickly turned ugly when someone on our crew found a purse and was genuinely trying to return it. In return, he was accused by the drunk girl who lost it and TYW staff quickly turned into jerks…a little more training to handle these type of situations would be useful. Or just common sense. Here’s the purse, there’s the drunk girl who lost it, nothing’s missing, return it, problem solved…but no, instead it was all about which TYW guy was the most macho 😒
Day 5’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐
If it weren’t for the TYW staff being such wannabe baddies, this rating would have been a total 5/5! But, since it was a direct experience from TYW, it’s hard to say the day was better. The best parts of the day were because of me, the worst part was because of TYW.
Day 6 is the day that all yachts are linked next to each other, making one long canal where EVERYONE puts their big floaties in for some lazy, sea drinking. If you coordinate with your crew, you can get a HUGE group float and sit together. At night, in what we were told was a tradition, someone will bring music and jump from one boat to the next for a quick 5 minute dance party. Then you go to the next boat until there are too many people to move. It’s incredibly entertaining!!
Don’t expect to do much of anything else since you’re out in open water for 24 hours. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!! ☀️
Day 6’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐
Day 7 was the most relaxing, which works out after a week of constantly going from one thing to the next. There was a closing party that night at a local club in the mainland with shuttles taking you back and forth between it and the marina. We had a Euro Trip to continue the next day, so three of us opted to go out to dinner at Re Di Mare, recommended by a local, and get as ready as possible to continue our journey.
Day 7’s Rating (out of 5): ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Yacht Week was unlike any other experience I’ve had. Yes, we had some bad moments, but we also had some great moments! And you can’t beat the view, open water and adventure you get. Would I do The Yacht Week again? Absolutely. BUT…maybe a different route. Would I do The Yacht Week Croatia Route again? No. I’ve had the experience. I know what parts I preferred and which ones I didn’t. And while TYW Croatia Route may not be one to repeat for me, visiting Croatia without TYW is definitely at the top of my list ⚓
So basically…what I’m trying to say is that at the end of the trip, it’s going to be your trip. You can make this the best trip of your life. Or you can make it a mediocre one. With so many people being a part of it, you’re bound to find something bad, but brush it off. If you want to explore, don’t let other Yacht Week-ers, bloggers, internet trolls tell you that Croatia doesn’t have much of a culture. Every single place has its own culture, but you can’t stick to the main tourist areas and expect an authentic experience. If you want to party, great. Just don’t expect every single party to be the best one.
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Have you visited Croatia? Or been on The Yacht Week? What was your favorite part?