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 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 on 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?
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