If you are a fan of the Bravo TV reality show Below Deck, this true story is for you!
On August 11th, 2020, a group of cool American tourists entered our shop. If you watched episode 1 and 2 of the Below Deck Sailing Season 2, then you know them: the main charter guests Nikki and Rusty, along with their friends, came to our Trogirska 8 Split Atelier & Outlet Store in Split to leave a very generous donation of 1200 USD on behalf of their ARNI Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida to help with the stray cats situation in the Split area, donation which was put to very good use by the ladies who run the Macke & Co. Group.
They have read Daniela Rogulj's article in Total Croatia News about the work that the ladies from the Macke group are doing and about the bake sale we organised in our shop in support of the stray cats of Split, and they came to us straight after getting off Parsifal III.
Nikki and Rusty had no idea what our shop was actually about, but they immediately fell in love with our nautical bracelets and, besides getting some for themselves and friends back home, they ordered 12 of our Yacht Club anchor bracelets for the crew of Parsifal III, all custom engraved with the message "Live long, sail hard" to honour Nikki's father, who was an avid sailor (you probably say also the T-shirts they were wearing in episode 1 of Below Deck Sailing).
We also made a special Captain by Break Time all black nautical bracelet for Captain Glenn, engraved with PARSIFAL III (and from what we could gather from the teaser images, he is wearing it later in the show).
Since we (myself and my partner, Leonard) are big fans of the Below Deck show - and have had the pleasure to meet in our shop Malia and Max from Below Deck Med season 2 (also filmed in Croatia) - we made the special delivery ourselves, the next morning before opening the stores in Split.
We went to Le Meridien Lav Marina and - because of the Covid restrictions - we could not meet the crew ourselves (bummer!), so we left the gifts from their happy charter guests with the production crew.
And - of course - we took a few photos of the gorgeous Parsifal III luxury sailing yacht and the action on board.
But this story is not over! A couple weeks later, Nikki wrote to us and asked us to make 80 more custom engraved "Live Long, Sail Hard" anchor bracelets from our YACHT CLUB by Break Time original collection, for the entire production team of the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 2 Croatia. It was our biggest private order in 2020 and we were happy to oblige. My partner, Leonard, worked non-stop for a whole day to make them and engrave them, while I helped packing them nicely.
The next day we went back to Le Meridien Lav marina and delivered them to these charming members of the Below Deck Sailing Yacht production team.
Thank you Nikki, Rusty and friends for this amazing donation for the stray cats of Split and for the shopping spree in our store Trogirska 8 Split and afterwards online! In a summer season that was not exactly a successful one, meeting you and having this cool story to share was definitely one of the highlights of the year.
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PS Thank you Total Croatia News for picking up our story!!!