Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe
13-17 September 2017

 

The YCM Marina at the foot of the Yacht Club de Monaco is beginning to fill with classic yachts, here to participate in the 13th Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe which starts on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

The first to arrive was Creole (1927), considered Charles Nicholson’s masterpiece. The impressive 58m three-master was followed by the William Fife design Moonbeam IV (1914), once owned by Prince Rainier III under the name Deo Juvante, and Puritan (1931), one of John J. Alden’s most beautiful schooners, making her grand return to the Principality after taking part in the very first Monaco Classic Week in 1994.

 

The tone is set. For a week owners and fans will come together to share their passion for all things classic.

A biennial event, the first in the world to honour sailing and motor boats, it reflects the Yacht Club de Monaco’s unwavering attachment to maritime heritage. In the image of the first powerboat meetings initiated in 1904, it is the only one to bring together the world’s most beautiful classic sailing boats, period motor-yachts, vintage motorboats and, for the last three editions, a fleet of 12’ Dinghies.

 

In the court of the greats

 

For the 2017 edition, there are no less than 21 Big Boats (+25m), nine more than in 2015. They include Creole who is celebrating her 90th anniversary and the 1925 ketch Sylvia, another Charles Nicholson design, here for the first time in Monaco.

There is much to entertain the public:
– 80 classic boats including the four 15M IR yachts,
– 40 motorboats including 26 Rivas,
– 4 period motor-yachts, and
– 40 of the charming 12’ Dinghies.

 

 

All welcome!

 

Races, regularity trials and speed contests combine to light up Monaco’s bay. These events can be watched from the Yacht Club de Monaco terraces by members; and for the public any view point in the Principality overlooking the bay and from the quays watching boats leave and return to their berths after a race.

The public are also more than welcome to browse round the Monaco Classic Week Village (entry is free), open Wednesday to Saturday, 9.00am to 9.00pm, an opportunity to see all the yachts and some 15 exhibitors, among them craftsmen, antiques dealers, painters and sculptors.

And for the first time, an exhibition of large-format photographs from the Palace Archives will be on display retracing the Evolution of Monaco’s Harbour (1830-2017).

 

 

Festival takes up residence on land

 

After the races, other events continue ashore, such as the La Belle Classe Restoration prize, the aim of which is to encourage preservation and promote maritime heritage, and the Chefs Competition.

Presided by Jacques Maximin, an outstanding figure in the gourmet world after 54 years in the business, this original take on cuisine gives crews a chance to show-off their creativity to produce dishes paired with champagne. While the taste buds are tickled, there is also a feast for the eyes with Elegance Parades when the whole fleet parades in front of a jury of artists and celebrities. They have the difficult task of selecting the one which combines the most elegant lines with crew attire and respect for naval etiquette.

 

A highlight of the week is the awarding of the Monaco Classic Week Trophy by a jury headed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop round the world.

For five days, the Principality revives the past, especially on the Saturday when all the sailors dress in uniforms corresponding to the period of their yacht.

Rendezvous on the quays for a journey back in time!

 

 

Provisional programme (subject to change)

 

Wednesday 13th September
9.00am Start of technical inspections by the La Belle Classe Restoration jury
12 noon 15M IR and classic boat races

 

Thursday 14th September
9.00am Technical inspections by the La Belle Classe Restoration jury
9.00am-10.00am Chefs Competition (distribution of ingredients)
11.00am 15M IR and classic boat races
5.00pm-7.00pm Chefs Competition: presentation of dishes on the quays with Moët Hennessy

 

Friday 15th September
11.00am 15M IR, classic boat and 12’ Dinghy class races
12 noon-4.00pm Regularity event for motorboats followed by picnic at sea

 

Saturday 16th September: The Belle Époque of the Roaring Twenties – each to his own style!
11.00am 15M IR, classic boat and 12’ Dinghy class races
2.00pm-3.30pm Elegance parade for motorboats
2.30pm-3.30pm Exhibition of vintage rowing skiffs in the YCM Marina
(in collaboration with the Société Nautique de Monaco)
4.30pm-5.30pm Elegance Parade (sailing-yachts)

 

Sunday 17th September
11.00am Prize-giving (by invitation)

 

Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe
13-17 September 2017

 

The YCM Marina at the foot of the Yacht Club de Monaco is beginning to fill with classic yachts, here to participate in the 13th Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe which starts on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

The first to arrive was Creole (1927), considered Charles Nicholson’s masterpiece. The impressive 58m three-master was followed by the William Fife design Moonbeam IV (1914), once owned by Prince Rainier III under the name Deo Juvante, and Puritan (1931), one of John J. Alden’s most beautiful schooners, making her grand return to the Principality after taking part in the very first Monaco Classic Week in 1994.

 

The tone is set. For a week owners and fans will come together to share their passion for all things classic.

A biennial event, the first in the world to honour sailing and motor boats, it reflects the Yacht Club de Monaco’s unwavering attachment to maritime heritage. In the image of the first powerboat meetings initiated in 1904, it is the only one to bring together the world’s most beautiful classic sailing boats, period motor-yachts, vintage motorboats and, for the last three editions, a fleet of 12’ Dinghies.

 

In the court of the greats

 

For the 2017 edition, there are no less than 21 Big Boats (+25m), nine more than in 2015. They include Creole who is celebrating her 90th anniversary and the 1925 ketch Sylvia, another Charles Nicholson design, here for the first time in Monaco.

There is much to entertain the public:
– 80 classic boats including the four 15M IR yachts,
– 40 motorboats including 26 Rivas,
– 4 period motor-yachts, and
– 40 of the charming 12’ Dinghies.

 

 

All welcome!

 

Races, regularity trials and speed contests combine to light up Monaco’s bay. These events can be watched from the Yacht Club de Monaco terraces by members; and for the public any view point in the Principality overlooking the bay and from the quays watching boats leave and return to their berths after a race.

The public are also more than welcome to browse round the Monaco Classic Week Village (entry is free), open Wednesday to Saturday, 9.00am to 9.00pm, an opportunity to see all the yachts and some 15 exhibitors, among them craftsmen, antiques dealers, painters and sculptors.

And for the first time, an exhibition of large-format photographs from the Palace Archives will be on display retracing the Evolution of Monaco’s Harbour (1830-2017).

 

 

Festival takes up residence on land

 

After the races, other events continue ashore, such as the La Belle Classe Restoration prize, the aim of which is to encourage preservation and promote maritime heritage, and the Chefs Competition.

Presided by Jacques Maximin, an outstanding figure in the gourmet world after 54 years in the business, this original take on cuisine gives crews a chance to show-off their creativity to produce dishes paired with champagne. While the taste buds are tickled, there is also a feast for the eyes with Elegance Parades when the whole fleet parades in front of a jury of artists and celebrities. They have the difficult task of selecting the one which combines the most elegant lines with crew attire and respect for naval etiquette.

 

A highlight of the week is the awarding of the Monaco Classic Week Trophy by a jury headed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop round the world.

For five days, the Principality revives the past, especially on the Saturday when all the sailors dress in uniforms corresponding to the period of their yacht.

Rendezvous on the quays for a journey back in time!

 

 

Provisional programme (subject to change)

 

Wednesday 13th September
9.00am Start of technical inspections by the La Belle Classe Restoration jury
12 noon 15M IR and classic boat races

 

Thursday 14th September
9.00am Technical inspections by the La Belle Classe Restoration jury
9.00am-10.00am Chefs Competition (distribution of ingredients)
11.00am 15M IR and classic boat races
5.00pm-7.00pm Chefs Competition: presentation of dishes on the quays with Moët Hennessy

 

Friday 15th September
11.00am 15M IR, classic boat and 12’ Dinghy class races
12 noon-4.00pm Regularity event for motorboats followed by picnic at sea

 

Saturday 16th September: The Belle Époque of the Roaring Twenties – each to his own style!
11.00am 15M IR, classic boat and 12’ Dinghy class races
2.00pm-3.30pm Elegance parade for motorboats
2.30pm-3.30pm Exhibition of vintage rowing skiffs in the YCM Marina
(in collaboration with the Société Nautique de Monaco)
4.30pm-5.30pm Elegance Parade (sailing-yachts)

 

Sunday 17th September
11.00am Prize-giving (by invitation)