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YCM. La Belle Classe Destination

Yacht Club Monaco: where creative ingenuity meets the foresight of the intellect. The image is that of an elegant steamer floating along the calm waves, long-limbed like a ship, amongst terraces connected to steps that evoke majestic jetties.

The ambitious project, designed by Lord Norman Foster, was built according to the solemn principles keeping with the high standards of sustainability required by Monaco; the pillars are photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels, and sea water cooling systems.

The wide internal glazed courtyard is full of sophistication, among the pastel shades that diminish in comparison to the Monegasque ivory shades, the Art de Vivre la Mer.

“A wonderful place for meeting others and exchanging ideas, the sea unites us and identifies us. Yachting is a way of life, a state of mind, a philo- sophy for living that goes way beyond being a simple leisure or competitive activity.

This ‘art de vivre la mer’according to the Yacht Club de Monaco is about applying values from the great yachting tradition to our daily lives. It is also about living in our times, while respecting the rules of courtesy, solidarity and the knowledge handed down to us by our elders”, says HSH Prince Albert II.

In recent years, there has been a series of innovation and expansion: the Giraglia Rolex Cup’s arrival in Monaco for the first time in history; the International 15 M Challenge that unites four show-stopping jewels – Mariska (1908), Hispania (1909), Tuiga (1909), and Lady Anne (1912); the presence of Tara’s expedition schooner that YCM has supported since 2007 with various scientific campaigns for environmental protection; another spectacular arrival was that of the Venture Cup, the endurance motorboat race that repeated the prestigious 1972 event between London and Monaco at a distance of 2,750 nautical miles; finally, the presentation of 122 Mythos, the largest Riva yacht ever built.

In accordance with its statutes, this exclusive private Club has a threefold charge as its mission: to enliven the harbor with regattas and other attractive nautical events, become the key catalyst of the international yachting scene, and develop a passion for navigation in its members and owners while welcoming them in the architectural elegance of Monaco.

A winning spirit, a team that is passionate for the exclusive club with exorbitant numbers: 2,000 members, 68 nationalities, 1,061 yachts with the YCM flag (a third sailboats and two-thirds motor yachts), 214 owners of 40-meter yachts, 100 of the largest yachts in the world – a quarter of which belong to YCM members.

Upcoming 2017 events include GC32 Racing Tour 2017, San Remo Classic Regatta from August 16 to 19, Palermo- Montecarlo (next edition August 21-26), Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez from September 30 to October 8,Trophée Grimaldi (October 21-22). Resuming the races between Monaco and Italy, the Grimaldi Trophy is a 28-mile race in the sea between Sanremo and Monaco that is organized by YCM together with Yacht Club Sanremo to end the successful season of an international jet-setting dynasty.

Author: Chiara Melani

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