At the heart of the action during the Grand Prix, we celebrate The Yacht Club de Monaco
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
WHAT’S NEW... What does every sailor need? An ultrafine Montecristi Panama from Lock & Co. of course. It is the oldest hat shop in the world. Just don’t lose it in a gust of wind. www.lockhatters.co.uk