25 Nov 11
60 Yachts, 500 people, five destinations, one week
– The only fun, affordable international sailing holiday company to hit Europe & The Caribbean
– Celebrating new routes to Turkey and Italy, and collaborations with Pioneer and CR2 Records
The Yacht Week, the only company in the world to organise offshore chartered yachting holidays, is proud to announce the addition of two further destinations to its portfolio – Turkey and Italy.
The Yacht Week, catering to travellers between the ages of 22 – 35 from over 40 countries, offers an outstanding holiday at competitive prices to some of the world’s most sought after destinations in Europe and the Caribbean. With an array of modern yachts to choose from, ranging between 38ft to 59ft, and with a skipper commandeering the journey across the Mediterranean, Aegean and Caribbean Seas by day and private island parties by night, it makes for the ideal holiday for those looking for a sun and sea filled adventure.
The Yacht Week was founded in 2006 by Erik Biörklund and William Wenkel, two students from Sweden. They decided to challenge and rejuvenate the traditional yachting market. Typically regarded as a sport for the retired, they brought forth the concept of young, fun, affordable sailing. Within five years, it has gone from strength to strength. Previously only available in Croatia with 25 yachts, today holidays are available to The British Virgin Islands, Greece, Italy and Turkey with a flotilla consisting of 700 yachts.
Every minute of the week is taken care of without having to follow a choreographed itinerary. From touchdown, there are no tickets to arrange, no baggage to wrangle or transport to worry about, making it a truly one of a kind experience. A route is suggested, skipper provided and dinners, clubs and beach parties all organised. By day yachts can voluntarily sail as part of a 60 yacht flotilla with equally minded, fun loving professionals to a private island party or beach club where an event awaits to impress; by night there are parties at open air-clubs.
The Yacht Week’s attention to detail and dedication to making this concept achievable is what makes each week so successful.. Last year saw the launch of a Skipper Academy, the largest academy of its kind in the world to provide training for every Yacht Week skipper, as well as event staff.
Erik Biörklund & William Wenkel, The Yacht Week Co-Founders comment:
‘We are extremely thrilled with the way the company has grown and the support we have received from all 36 markets. We are now doing to sailing what happened to skiing in the 1970’s – we’re make yachting accessible and appealing to the young generation. We strongly believe in delivering a full experience and provide as much of it as possible to create the best product. Launching the Skipper Academy is one effort that reflects this ambition’.
In addition to the new routes, 2012 will also see The Yacht Week expand in to the music industry with support from Pioneer and CR2 Records.
THE SKI ALTERNATIVE – The British Virgin Islands
Half the price of a ski holiday and gain a full body tan – do something different this year and spend New Year and Easter sailing the clear warm Caribbean Ocean. The 8 day trip consists of visits to Peter Island & The Baths, Jost Van Dyke, Marina Cay, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Norman Islands.
29th December – 5th January 2012 & 3rd – 23rd March 2012. Rates start from £456 per person per week, sleeping 2 – 12 pax
THE PARTY RIVIERA – Croatia
The origin of the Yacht Week, Croatia is one of the best areas for sailing in the Mediterranean. Few places, if any, can compete with Croatia, with its mix of climate, prices, culture and beautiful surroundings. With speedboat rides to an evening dinner, a casual sailing regatta with 50 other yachts and the opportunity to make new friends there’s no wonder why this route has always been a hit. There are now two route concepts in Croatia due to popular demand.
June – September 2012. Rates from £256 – £690 per person per week depending on yacht model, sleeping 2 – 12 pax
PLAIN SAILING ISLAND HOPPING – Greece
The Saronian Islands are far away from the main tourist spots and offer a Greek experience that can’t be found at many other places in the whole Aegean Sea. Party as Mick Jagger and Onassis did in their hay day on Hydra, know for it’s stunning location, night life and food. The eight day trip also consists of visits to Palea Bay, Poros, Dokhose, Plaka and Spetses.
July – August 2012. Rates start from £256 – £690 per person per week depending on yacht model, sleeping 2 – 12 pax
CHASING THE COVES & GROVES – Turkey (NEW)
The Carian coast between Bodrum and Marmaris has recently become the most popular yacht charter and gulet cruise area in Turkey. Sailors are attracted by the gentle sailing conditions, the beautiful bays, sparkling waters and fine, white sand Cleopatra herself is said to have transported to the area. The Yacht Week flotilla of 20 boats will sail to Ciftlik, Buzukkale, Bozburun, Detca, Serce, Gerbekse Cove and Marmaris.
16th – 23rd July. Rates start from £256 – £690 per person per week depending on yacht model, sleeping 2 – 12 pax
PARTY ON PANAREA – Italy (NEW)
The beautiful Aeolian Islands off Sicily are now worshipped for their glittering nightlife and smouldering volcanoes. Still virtually unknown to the European traveller, the flotilla of 25 boats will sail to Lipari, Stromboli, Portorosa, Panaria, Salina and Filicudi.
17 July – 7th August. Rates start from £256 – £690 per person per week depending on yacht model, sleeping 2 – 12 pax