How to join

3-step guide

Step 1

Gather your friends

Do it like a hardcore hedonist! Invite your friends and assemble your crew of party animals. A yacht sleeps up to 12 people, but if you’re only two – don’t worry, you’ll just book a cabin.
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Step 2

Book a yacht or cabin

Yachts come in all shapes and sizes and you should select the one you really like! Depending on how many friends you are traveling with, you may choose to book a cabin (2 persons) or a yacht (6-12 people). All aboard!

Step 3

Escape to paradise!

Enjoy yacht and chill all day and Sonus thrill afterwards! It’s time to gear up and set sail on an adventure of your life time. Get to Croatia, leave your worries behind and let’s enjoy life from the sunny side. See you soon!

The role of the skipper

Skipper is your captain in charge aboard ship. Sailing without a skipper on board is simply impossible.

S/He takes care of:

  • Maneuvering the yacht
  • Your crew; safety is key
  • Sailing you to the best spots in the Adriatic
  • Teaching you sailing if you wish to

The role of the hostess

A hostess is your good vibes’ fairy. You’ll realize how precious she is when your yacht’s a mess from last night and all you wanna do is chillax on the deck.

She takes care of:

  • Cooking and cleaning the common areas
  • Party planning, guiding and helping out when needed

Note: You will be sharing your living space – it’s customary to include both the skipper and the hostess when planning sleeping arrangements and meals. The hostess and the skipper usually share the bunk bed in a cabin or in the saloon/common living room.

Inside the yacht

Our yachts vary in size and shape and can fit anywhere from 6 up to 12 people in 3 to 5 cabins. This is an example diagram of our 5 cabin yacht for 12 and it includes a fitted kitchen with an oven, mini fridge (stocked by you to your heart’s content), double cabins, bathroom with a shower and a comfy common room that also provides a fold out single or double bed. We’re sure though that most of your time you’ll be spending top side chillaxing on the deck!

Cabins

As a rule of thumb, 10 people can rent a yacht with 4 double bed rooms since the common area has usually a fold out bed for 2, but as most people can’t sail themselves this space is usually reserved for the skipper and hostess. Keep this formula in mind when putting together a crew and selecting your yacht.

Bathroom

Yachts have bathrooms with showers, but showering off the back of the boat is certainly much more fun in the summer. The toilets are usually pump action, but the more luxurious models have your standard flush toilet.

Kitchen/Common area

If you’ve ever been on a boat or a yacht, you know space is used to maximum effect so a standard yacht will have a kitchen and a dining table in the common area, which folds out into a bed.

*Skipper

You have to have one if none of your crew have a skipper licence and its certainly advisable if you are to experience a carefree vacation and the best of Croatia’s Adriatic Sea.

*Hostess

We highly recommend having someone to keep your common areas tidy and helping with the cooking, cleaning, shopping and managing the daily itinerary. You can only add a hostess if you have a Sailing.hr skipper on board.

What to pack

TIPS FOR GIRLS

Boat Shoes

Boats are slippery and have lots of metal thingies all over the deck put there specifically to break your toes. Do yourself a favor and bring a pair of boat shoes or, at the very least, a pair of shoes that will protect your feet and keep you from slipping.

Sandals

Same goes with sandals. Flip flops can be a cause for injury. Your best bet is to bring a gladiator-type pair with straps around your foot and ankle.

Sunglasses

You’ll definitely want polarized sunglasses to save yourself from the glare of the sea. Also, bring a few neck straps for your sunglasses so you don’t sacrifice them to the deep.

Props

Here are some ideas for props & toys to bring:

  • Country Flag for your boat
  • Waterproof Deck of Cards
  • Water-Guns
  • Body-Paint
  • Inflatable rafts & Floaties
  1. Miscellaneous – The last round of items you’ll want to bring are whatever cameras and electronics you’ll need to stay connected as well as a few other helpful items to ensure an awesome trip.
  • Beach towel – for lounging on deck or on the beach (the other towels come with the Yacht)
  • Travel Insurance – because boats and alcohol
  • Auxiliary-cord
  • Ipod, Mp3 player or CD’s (Helpful Tip: Each boat has a different stereo. To be safe, we suggest to always bring an auxiliary-cord and maybe a handful of CD’s as well. Throw some oldies on there just for nostalgia.)
  • Waterproof Phone Case
  • GoPro with Floaty Back
  • Selfie Stick – We know they don’t make you look cool, but this is one trip you’ll want one
  • Multi-port charger
  • Earplugs and an eye-mask – Two things that will get you through the week
  • Floating key chain (optional)
  • Dry-bag (optional) – if you’re bringing a camera or any electronics that are not waterproof

Battery powered fan for your cabin (optional) – some boats have A/C, some have fans… and some neither.

Money

The Croatian currency is KUNA. To make purchases in Croatia you can use most widely accepted credit or debit cards, but they’re not always accepted in smaller places, so cash is your best choice. Exchange your currency to Kuna in order to be able to purchase things. If you cannot exchange it before arrival don’t worry, you’ll be able to exchange it at any bank or in any exchange office in Croatia. In case your home currency isn’t widely accepted it’s safer to exchange it to one of the following:  Euro (EUR), United States Dollar (USD) or Pound Sterling (GBP).

Power Bank

You’ll have a limited supply of electricity for most of the week. On every sailing yacht there are 12V plugs, if you wish to charge your electrical items you will need a transformer which changes 12V to 220V. When the sailing yacht is docked the 220V items can be charged without the transformer. If you need to stay powered up bring spare batteries or a solar charger.

What Not to Pack

  1. Denim: Takes forever to dry (bring linen instead)
  2. Heels: If you are set on bringing a pair of “lift kits” bring wedges, but put them on and take them off when you’re on the boat
  3. Jewelry: You can definitely bring jewelry, but don’t bring anything expensive. We suggest to bring 2-3 chunky necklaces to dress up an outfit in the evenings.
  4. Linens, pillows or towels: They’re provided.

Carry-on bag

First things first, do everything in your power to pack in a soft duffle bag. If everyone arrives with big, hard suitcases there is nowhere to store them and they will lay on top of your beds or in the living room. Most cabins have mini-closets so you’re able to unpack most of your things and roll the duffle bag up to store completely out of the way. If you plan to travel a lot before or after Yacht Week and you’re bringing a big suitcase, you can store it at the marina.

Shoulder bag

Great for everyday use.

Toiletries

  • Makeup – We’re not trying to convince anyone they don’t need makeup. But our forewarning is that most days you’ll wash off your makeup swimming (or sweating).
  • Deodorant – Do all your crew mates a favor and apply and then reapply. Also shower when you can.
  • Wipes – They don’t call it the “Yacht Week shower” for nothing. Most nights, you won’t have the luxury of a proper shower, so wipe away.
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Medical Kit

You’ll need a medical kit, but only one person in your crew needs to bring it. Make sure it has Band-Aids, gauze and tape and some pain meds for headaches or hangovers. Also, don’t forget to throw a bottle of Dramamine in there for sea sickness.

Cosmetics

Sunscreen, after-sun lotion, mosquito repellent, shampoo, conditioner & soap. With the essentials, the best plan is for everyone to save space in their bags by leaving everything behind and purchasing group-sized sunscreen, after-sun lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soap.  You can buy it all when you go for your big shop before boarding. Leave the bottles somewhere convenient and everyone can use them as they need. Do you really need 10 travel-sized bottles of each liquid on the boat? We think not!

Helpful Tip: Keeping in mind you’ll be exposed to the sun all day long, the best way to stay protected is to wear sunglasses, a hat and to apply a lot of sunscreen SPF 30 or above! Drink enough liquids throughout the day so you don’t dehydrate. Follow these rules thoroughly at least for the first few days.

Apparel

Alright girls, you only need 7 outfits total (and you still won’t wear everything). We promise.

  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of lightweight linen pants or a long skirt
  • 2-3 tops
  • 1-2 kimonos (for bikini cover-ups)
  • 1 romper
  • 3-4 quick-drying dresses
  • 1 lightweight sweater
  • 1 cocktail-style evening dress
  • 1 pair of boat shoes
  • 1 pair of strappy sandals

The most important thing to remember is to only pack quick drying fabrics. We recommend either sheer or very thin fabrics. You can always wear your bikini underneath, but you don’t want wet clothes sitting inside your cabin.

Helpful Tip: Most boats are stocked with some clothespins for hanging wet clothes outside of the boat to dry. Just to be safe, buy a package at the store when you do your shopping trip.

Bikinis

Our packing tip for bikinis is to pack everything else first. Then, however many bikinis that will fit in your bag. Anything from 5 on is great.

TIPS FOR GUYS

Duffle bag

First things first pack in a soft duffle bag. Most cabins have mini-closets so you’re able to unpack most of your things and roll the duffle bag up to store completely out of the way. There is nowhere to store big, hard suitcases so they lay on top of your beds or in the living room. If you plan to travel a lot before or after Yacht Week and you’re bringing a big suitcase, you can store it at the marina.

Swimwear

You’re going to be living on the sea for a week. All you need is a few different swimming trunks to switch things up during the week and you’ll be good to go. Trust us when we say that you’ll be living in your swimming trunks 95% of the time. As for a shirt at sea, you won’t need one. Speedos are welcome too if you want to avoid the dark/white flesh mark on your quads.

Socks & Underwear

What about socks and underwear? The only time you’re going to need socks is if you decide to dress up at night (w/ dress shoes) or when you want to toss on your sneakers to hike and explore some of the islands. Even then, most people still wear their flip flops. Bring a couple pairs of socks but just know that you probably won’t find yourself wearing them too often. As for underwear, you’ll only need these for the night parties otherwise you’ll likely be hanging around in those shorts or speedos of yours.

Dress Code

The only time you might feel the need to dress up is in the evenings (for dinner on the islands) and when you head out to some of the Sailing.hr themed parties.

Insider’s Tip: You only truly need to dress up for two or three events during yacht week. All other events have a pretty casual dress code. Feel free to wear shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, etc. If you want to feel a little more presentable all it takes is tossing on your jeans with a simple plain tee and boom you’re golden.

Necessities

  • 3-4 swimming trunks
  • 5-10 t-shirts
  • 2-3 button up/ polo/ dress shirts
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2-3 pairs of boat style shorts
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 1 light hoodie for chilly nights/mornings (rare but can happen)
  • 1 beach towel
  • Sunglasses – Fake, real, it doesn’t matter. You’re going to need them. Pack a couple extras because you’ll probably lose a pair or two along the way.
  • Life-Proof case – Because your phone + sea water is never a good combination.
  • Sunscreen – If you’re packing a carry-on bag, you’re not going to want to buy sunscreen until you reach Croatia. We suggest buying one and splitting it with the rest of the Crew.
  • Medical Kit – You might need a medical kit, but only one person in your crew needs to bring it. Make sure it has Band-Aids, gauze and tape, Dramamine for seasickness and some pain meds for headaches or hangovers.

Insider’s Tip: As you will be exposed to the sun all day long, you’ll need protection. The best way is to wear sunglasses, a hat and to apply a lot of sunscreen SPF 30 or above! Drink enough liquids throughout the day so you don’t dehydrate. Follow these rules thoroughly at least for the first few days and you’ll be fine.

Optional

  • Earplugs and an eye-mask – Two things that will get you through the week
  • Waterproof Bluetooth Portable Speaker – For all your music needs on Yacht Week.
  • Travel Insurance – because accidents can happen
  • Auxiliary cord
  • GoPro with Floaty Back
  • Selfie Stick – We know they don’t make you look cool, but you’ll want that selfie later

Props

  • Glow in the Dark Body/ Face Paint – It’s fun, flirty and it’s totally Yacht Week.
  • Inflatable Rafts & Floaties – These are pretty much a requirement. Without one, you’ll feel left out at raft parties. The cooler, more unique raft the better. We’ve seen everything from pizza slices to doughnuts, unicorns, orcas and alligators to giant island rafts with cup-holders that fit 10-15 people. You can choose to buy a raft in Split but if you want a specific raft/ float your best bet would be to pick it up prior to arriving.
  • Country Flag (represent your country – the bigger the better)
  • Water guns or other fun props for parties

Money

The Croatian currency is KUNA. To make purchases in Croatia you can use most widely accepted credit or debit cards, but they’re not always accepted in smaller places, so cash is your best choice. Exchange your currency to Kuna in order to be able to purchase things. If you cannot exchange it before arrival don’t worry, you’ll be able to exchange it at any bank or in any exchange office in Croatia. In case your home currency isn’t widely accepted it’s safer to exchange it to one of the following:  Euro (EUR), United States Dollar (USD) or Pound Sterling (GBP).

Power supply

  • Universal travel adapter – Everyone needs one if not two of these on hand when travelling. There are 12V plugs on every sailing yacht, if you wish to charge your electrical items you will need a transformer which changes 12V to 220V. When the sailing yacht is docked the 220V items can be charged without the transformer.
  • Spare batteries – If you need to stay powered up it’d be good to bring some.
  • Wall/ Car Dual USB Adapter – Charge your laptop and two devices with this little adapter. This little gadget is crucial for keeping your gear charged during Yacht Week.
  • Portable Battery Charger (10 000 mAh) or a solar charger – Highly recommended.

What Not to Pack

  1. Jewelry: You can definitely bring jewelry, but don’t bring anything expensive. It might end up on the bottom of the sea.
  2. Linens, pillows or towels: They’re provided.

Bookings & Payments

Book now and get 24 hours to pay your first instalment.

Secure the vacation of your life with a 30% deposit and pay the rest with two additional instalments.

Bookings

STEP 1: Gather your friends and chose a yacht or a cabin for two.

The yachts accommodate 6 – 12 people. The booking system automatically anticipates our skipper but you can decline that service if you or one of your friends has a permit to navigate the yacht. The hostess service is optional. In case you are looking for more people to join your crew and split the cost go to our Crew Finder or our Facebook page.

If you are travelling with a friend, book a cabin for 2 and join the crew of other cabin bookers on one of our mixed gender ratio yachts.

STEP 2: Chose a week of your sailing event. All 6 yacht weeks start on Saturday and end a week later on Saturday at 09.00 AM.

STEP 3: Once you book your yacht or a cabin, you will be able to make your payments by bank transfer, Paypal and debit card or credit card.

* THE ORGANIZER    The booking of a yacht or a cabin is done online by one person – the organizer, who will be Sailing.hr’s main contact responsible for on time payments and Crew list details.

Payments

Modes of payment

Bank transfers, WSPay and debit or credit cards: Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Amex and Diners

Payment instalments

Yacht Security Deposit (Refundable)

Obligatory for all yacht and cabin bookers before check-in. Payable by credit card or cash and as an insurance to the charter company. Used as security against any damages caused to the yacht during the week. If no damages are reported at check-out inspection you will be refunded the full amount.

Refunds

In case of cancellations we always work in our guests best interest to recover as much of your expense as possible from charter companies, but certain charges are incurred. Minimum cancellation charges (as a percentage of the total booking cost) apply:

Yacht Bookings

  1. From booking date to 61 days before event date – 30%
  2. From 60 to 35 days before event date – 50%
  3. Within 34 days of event date – 100%

Cabin Bookings

  1. From booking date to 81 days before event date – 30%
  2. From 80 to 51 days before event date – 60%
  3. Between 50 days and event date – 100%

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