When you first feast your eyes on the Monaco Yacht Show from up on the hill – one of life’s more inspiring sights – you’re faced with a very pressing problem: where on earth to begin? I’m hopeful our preview of this year’s show, which starts on page 10, will be a good place. It’s always a very pleasing summer exercise in the Superyacht World office to round up the stunning new yachts (page 13), the dramatic concepts (page 30) and the brilliant brokerage yachts (page 48) that are being fettled for the show. The cold hard numbers are impressive enough, but the real causes for celebration are the vision of the owners and the myriad examples of creative and technological solutions. We’ve been on board two of the stars of this year’s show – Heesen’s 70-metre Galactica Super Nova (page 62) and Baglietto’s 44-metre Unicorn (page 90), both of which pack in a host of creative features.
Elsewhere we’ve been looking back at the early Monaco Yacht Shows through the eyes of the people who were there (page 56), and sampling the Principality during the Feadship Heritage Fleet and the F1 GP weekends (page 82). If this sounds a touch Monaco-centric, that’s because for four days at the end of September, Monaco is the centre of the superyacht universe.
There are myriad examples of CREATIVE and technological solutions