Ahoy there

At the heart of the ac­tion dur­ing the Grand Prix, we cel­e­brate The Yacht Club de Monaco

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With its sparkling azure wa­ters and spec­tac­u­lar coast­line, it is lit­tle sur­prise that the seas around Monaco have been a favourite with yachts­peo­ple for more than 150 years.

Founded by Prince Rainier in 1953, The Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) can trace its roots back to those 19th cen­tury re­gat­tas but, with its Nor­man Fos­ter-de­signed club­house on Quai Louis II, it is an his­toric institutio­n with a very mod­ern out­look.

Its 2,000 mem­bers own a mix­ture of mo­tor­boats and sail­ing boats (among their ranks are the own­ers of 25 of the world’s 100 largest yachts) and the club holds reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions and events, in­clud­ing the So­lar & En­ergy Boat Chal­lenge in July and the bian­nual Monaco Clas­sic Week, which takes place this Septem­ber. And this year cel­e­bra­tions will fo­cus on the 110th birth­day of the club’s own 15M 1R Tuiga.

As well as two bars, the ‘1909’ and ‘Sun­rise’ Restau­rants, an out­door pool and fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties, the YCM of­fers sweep­ing views out to sea dur­ing re­gat­tas, as well as an en­vi­able vantage point for Grand Prix watch­ing.

At its heart is the naval eti­quette of Art de Vivre la Mer (the art of life at sea) which em­braces good man­ners, sports­man­ship, fair-play and help­ing oth­ers, and while you have to be nom­i­nated by two ex­ist­ing mem­bers to be con­sid­ered for mem­ber­ship, those val­ues mean a warm wel­come awaits those who join.

The Yacht Club de Monaco Quai Louis II, 98000 Monaco +377 93 10 63 00

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