Hello Everyone! My name is Dee, and I’m bringing you more of the 411 on The Yacht Week. If you’ve been following along with Bree’s series on The Yacht Week, you know we went with a group of our favorite people to Greece in August 2015 for 30th birthday celebrations (one of them being mine, woop!) That trip made for many great “instagrammable” moments, and enough “remember that one time” stories to last a lifetime! Bree has already covered how to pack and given a few tips to maximize your experience, so definitely check those out if you haven’t already. The Yacht Week experience is really what you make of it, so I’m here to talk about one of my favorite things, which is TEAMSPIRIT!!!
When we first decided to go on this crazy adventure, we tried to look online for information about how to pack, what to wear, what we’re getting ourselves into, etc. Let me tell you, there was definitely not much out there in terms of info, so you’re super lucky that you came across this blog! However, there was a common theme on the few sites we did find: Your Crew Can Make or Break Your Trip. So, here are some ways to ensure it's nothing but CREW LOVE.
Invite People Who Would Make Fun Roommates in a Box
I’m serious on this one people… The 1st step in having great team spirit is having a crew of fun, positive people! Because living in tight quarters can bring out the worst mmm… “best” in anyone, it’s really important to make sure you are spending this week with people that you really love and get along with. Drama queens/kings need not apply for a spot on your yacht. Our crew was made up mostly of ladies who have been friends for a very long time and have awesome personalities, so thankfully we had no major issues in this department. Once you come up with your awesome crew, it’s time to pick a name! Your crew name can be anything you want, but you will need to come up with something to enter into the online portal. This name also appears in the Yacht Week app during the week you are attending. Shout out to our crew, Pier Pressure!
Create Fun Theme Days
Themes play an integral part in team spirit. Coordinating your day or evening wear really gives your group a sense of cohesion (and it’s really fun!). You can opt for coordinating outfits on one or two days just for fun, or go all the way and coordinate outfits every day! We chose to coordinate swimsuits for about half of the week so that we had time to wear our own favorite swimsuits on other days. The themes we chose were neon, red, white and blue, and all white. We had a mixed group and the boys participated too. That made for some fun pictures! Our friends, on another boat, went all the way with their themes-- They even got a few crew shirts made!
Even if your group is not the "matchy matchy" type, you’ll at least want to coordinate one theme for Regatta Day. This is the day of the ultimate yacht race and a theme day on the trip that all boats are encouraged to partake in. Start talking about themes as soon as you get your crew together, because it can take a while to get your group to agree on everything. Plus, you want to allow time for everyone to get what they need. I recommend creating a Doodle so that everyone can easily vote on their favorites.
Be sure to get your costume pieces BEFORE reaching the marina on Day 1. We thought we could buy ours at this store called Jumbo (like the Greek version of Party City). This seemed like an awesome idea, because it opened up space in our luggage! But, when we got to the marina at Lavrio, we found out that Jumbo had plenty of floaties, and NO COSTUMES, AHH!!! So we had to get a bit creative. I present to thee, Trap Kings and Queens…
LOL. So just do yourself a favor and secure those costumes before you go on your trip. You can split the costume pieces up among your crew, so no one person is lugging around the extras.
Feng Shui the Yacht!
Living in tight quarters can be stressful! Adding a little flair to your yacht can help harmonize everyone to the new environment. Not only does everyone get to contribute to making the boat feel like more of a home, but you will be helping make your boat distinct from the other boats on your route! (This is super handy when returning after a night of partying). We got a little excited and decorated with a random assortment of paper pom poms.
At the minimum, adorn your boat with an array of flags (from your country of origin or your alma mater, etc). If you want to get REALLY creative, you can create a flag with your team name on it, and hoist that up too!
Are you going to The Yacht Week and are excited about your amazing crew? Even if you are not Yacht Week bound, you probably have a favorite memory from a group trip. Let us know all about it in the comments!