A festive day was in store at Monaco Classic Week starting in the morning with HSH Prince Albert II being given a guided tour of the gaff cutter Partridge, here to celebrate her 130th anniversary.
Then in the afternoon a dozen Rivas did their manoeuvrability trials in Port Hercule while outside the harbour the 12’ Dinghy class had their first race. Not much bigger than the Optimist, these wooden-hull gems managed two races in the light breeze.
In the evening, an emotional Catherine Chabaud was announced ‘Personnalité de la Mer’ 2015 at the La Belle Classe party.
Saturday sees the first ever rowing race at Monaco Classic Week on classic rowing boats both in and outside the harbour, plus an auction.
She does not look 130 years old yet she left the Camper & Nicholson boatyard in 1885! Since she arrived in the Mediterranean in 1999 she has not left these shores, apart from one outing to Cowes, Isle of Wight to take part in the America’s Cup Jubilee. Based in La Ciotat, this lovely 21m (LOA) participates regularly in the classic yacht regattas, cutting a fine figure with her unusual lines, inspired by the English pilot boats at a time when race-style boats had yet to be developed.
Yacht Club de Monaco President, HSH Prince Albert II wanted to celebrate this anniversary by coming aboard.
The only ones to race in a wind too light for the other boats, the four 15M IR racing machines managed one race although they had to shorten the course. Mariska was again the winner today and looks set to take the second stage of this annual Trophy. Tuiga, first in Palma, is still in with a chance with two stages remaining. A much more difficult challenge faces The Lady Anne and Hispania.