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Finding the perfect soundtrack to compliment your sailing holiday is vital. Not only can listening to your favourite music help as a technique to psych yourself up before a race, it can also really enhance your overall experience on the water. From heavy metal and progressive rock, to trip hop and classic rock, we asked members of our team to pick their favourite songs to sail away to:

Pip Tyler – Overseas Manager

“Top tunes on the speakers whilst sailing are the icing on the cake in my book! As a racer we often have tunes on post start but as we need to communicate well with the crew during the race, we reserve our playlists for deliveries in-between. For example, Brighton to Dartmouth can take up to 24 hours so you need a mix of tunes depending on the weather and whether it’s dark!

As a bloke of a certain age you can’t beat Pink Floyd with a full moon Avalon Sunset Cover and the wind behind you! Great Gig in the Sky is a favourite from the classic ‘Darkside of the Moon’ album. As for the sunsets, Tom Waits jazzy tunes always ease you into the night watch – Heart Attack and Vine is a favourite, along with Come Together from the Beatles. When sunrise comes around you often need a lift – this is where we get all nostalgic with The Who’s I can see for Miles or the Clash’s Magnificent Seven.”

Pete Tyler – MD, Neilson Active Holidays

“There is no better song to blast from the deck speakers before the start of a race than Thunderstruck by ACDC – the live version is a classic and never fails to get the team fired up. For something a bit mellower, Van Morrison Always goes down well, and These are the Days from the ‘Avalon Sunset’ album always brings a smile to the crew’s faces.”

Andrew Parry – Beachclubs Development Manager

“Most here in the office are often very wary about asking me anything music related so thanks for asking! Some of my greatest musical discoveries have been completely by accident – I wandered into a bar in Brighton one summer a few years ago to catch a set by a band called Katzenjammer, their album ‘Le Pop’ is now a firm favourite on my playlists with Rock, Paper, Scissors appearing Ocean Rising - New Model Armyon all the sailing ones. Not sure why it is a favourite sailing track but they do play the song in a boat on the video!

New Model Army have long been a favourite band of mine and lead singer Justin Sullivan has penned many tracks about the sea. My favourite to listen to whilst on the water is Ocean Rising from Justin’s solo album. It was written mid-Atlantic whilst returning from touring America and there is an obvious nautical theme – another ever present on my playlists.”

Adam Sutton – Activity Manager – Adakoy

“My top tune is At the River by Groove Armada. It is part of a chill-out playlist that I have, perfect for a calm evening breeze sail to get you in the mood for a G&T on the quay! Sailing is all about relaxation and getting away from it all and this is the perfect tune to forget about everything else in the world!”

Fancy discovering the hidden coves and deserted beaches along the Dorian coast for yourself? Take a look at our range of flotilla holidays to Turkey for some inspiration. What tracks are on your sailing playlist? Have we missed any classics out?

Please leave your comments below.

Comments (13)

  • Paul says:

    We’ve just returned from a fantastic weeks sailing on the Lycian Coast and our playlist for the week consisted of tunes from the appropriately titled “Yacht Rock” genre. The Flotilla LOVED it, just ask Nick, Ben and Pete about radio “Zsa Zsa”….

    The Spotify playlist is here:

    • Neilson Holidays Neilson Holidays says:

      Thanks for sharing your playlist Paul. Great to hear you had a fab sailing holiday on the Lycian Coast, hope to see you again next year.

      All the best,

  • John B says:

    Moving in a more classical direction, I suggest the old BBC Radio 4 theme tune – the one they used to play before the early morning shipping forecast. It’s a melody of traditional tunes from around the UK culminating with Rule Britannia. You can find it on iTunes by searching for “Sailing By”.

  • Roy Stannard says:

    Being something of a music buff and a radio presenter – although the day job is working for an ad agency, the topic proved irresistible!

    Below is a show I hosted last year with a ‘water’ man Neil Tomlinson of Aquapax which can be heard on Mixcloud here:

    Hour 1

    1.Dead Sea by The Lumineers
    2.Grown Ocean by Fleet Foxes
    3.Surfacing by Chapel Club
    4.Nightswimming by R.E.M.
    5.God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise by Ray Lamontagne
    6.Have You Ever Seen The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    7.Water of Love by Dire Straits
    8.I can see clearly now by Jimmy Cliff
    9.Sea Cruise by Frankie Ford
    10.Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
    11.Surfin’ Bird by The Trashmen

    Hour 2

    1.Sea within a sea by The Horrors
    2.Beach Side by Kings Of Leon
    3.Einstein on a Beach (For an Eggman) by Counting Crows
    4.Ocean Spray by Manic Street Preachers
    5.The Light and the Sea by Dar Williams
    6.Wide Sargasso Sea by Stevie Nicks
    7.Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
    8.Surf’s Up by The Beach Boys
    9.Sailing by The Sutherland Brothers
    10.Swimming by Tracey Thorn
    11.Oceans Away by Phillip Goodhand-Tait
    12.The Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel

    Glyn Morgan (who rang me today about another matter) is visiting your place to see Pete and Pip Tyler tomorrow – tell both of them that I would be happy to host a show with Pete or Pip or both choosing the tracks. Seaford on a Thursday evening 7-9pm on / 96.3FM

    Nice topic (I could bore you with another show that was themed – ‘Getting away from it all’!)


    01273 575102

    • Neilson Holidays Neilson Holidays says:

      Wow thanks Roy, that’s quite a list! We’ll be sure to pass the message on. Many thanks, Neilson 🙂

  • JaneyG says:

    Gotta be ….. David Gray – Sail Away

  • User says:

    I love listening to “safe with you” (feat. Mailn) [Henry Krinkle Remix]
    Love the rifts and the Vocals with that summer sound of the brazillian brass drums dressed up in a very good manor’. Time just drifts away

  • FionaG says:

    Kids are looking forward to blasting out our favourite song of the summer – Cheerleader by OMI – in a few weeks time on the Adakoy flotilla.
    Dumb question I’m sure but it’s been a few years since we’ve been on one of the yachts & I was just wondering what sort of music system are in the yachts these days – are they ipod friendly?!

    • Neilson Holidays Neilson Holidays says:

      Hi Fiona,

      We’re looking forward to welcoming you all on your flotilla holiday! Not a dumb question at all. All of our yachts have a car stereo system with a 3.5mm jackplug input – that plugs into your headphone socket so you’ll be able to use ipods etc.

      Have a great time!

      All the best,

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