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21 June 2017
Members Cocktail parties into the early hours
22 June 2017

Fête de la Mer: Record attendance

Attendance at the annual Fête de la Mer on Saturday broke all records, attracting over 500 people to this open-to-all family day discovering sea-related activities available in Monaco. The event was organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in partnership with Monegasque institutions including the Mairie, Société Nautique (rowing club), Pontons de Monaco Association, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Oceanographic Museum, scuba-diving Club d’Exploration Sous-Marine de Monaco, Rocca Jet Club and Association Monégasque de la Protection de la Nature.

 

 

Grand Parade puts maritime traditions in the spotlight

Sixty-plus sailing boats, motorboats, rowing boats and “pointus” responded to the invitation to meet in front of the Oceanographic Museum. After a blessing at sea, a moving tribute was paid to Gérard Brianti, the Yacht Club’s former Commodore, who died tragically in an accident earlier this year. In the presence of his wife wreaths were laid on the water in a shower of rose petals thrown by all those taking part.

The Club’s two flagships, the 1909 gaff cutter Tuiga and the IMOCA 60-foot Malizia II, led the parade flanked by the 1958 fishing trawler Olgange belonging to HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II and the Maritime Affairs Department’s Sainte-Dévote. The parade moved towards Larvotto before rounding a buoy to enter the harbour and process as far as Sainte Dévote.

 

 

Water games

 

On the quay, activities kicked-off with the National Anthem sung by choirs from the Prince Rainier III Music Academy. Children and adults made the most of the many activities on offer from sailing on Toppers, paddle-boarding and rowing to kite-surfing and a giant water slide.

Other attractions included a jet-ski demonstration by World Speed Vice-Champion Lisa Caussin-Battaglia and a free style display by 2013 French Champion Michael Ferreira, who is currently lying 2nd in the national ranking.

 

 

Prevention and safety at sea

 

France’s lifeboat body, the SNSM (Société Nationale des Sauveteurs en Mer) put on several simulated sea rescues involving the lifeboat’s RIB and six newfoundland dogs from Club 06.

 

 

And marine environment conservation

 

Club President, HSH Prince Albert II, was keen to be part of this day of relaxation and fun dedicated to the sea, including an outing into the Pelagos Sanctuary. It seems marine wildlife were also in on the invitation as the party saw five whales, 20 dolphins, some turtles and a manta ray, all just 20 nautical miles off Monaco’s coast!

These outings into the Pelagos Sanctuary are run all summer by David Gamba. Last year the Yacht Club de Monaco attained the High Quality Whale Watching label that is managed by ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and contiguous Atlantic Area).

A foretaste of long summer holidays by the sea!

Attendance at the annual Fête de la Mer on Saturday broke all records, attracting over 500 people to this open-to-all family day discovering sea-related activities available in Monaco. The event was organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in partnership with Monegasque institutions including the Mairie, Société Nautique (rowing club), Pontons de Monaco Association, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Oceanographic Museum, scuba-diving Club d’Exploration Sous-Marine de Monaco, Rocca Jet Club and Association Monégasque de la Protection de la Nature.

 

 

Grand Parade puts maritime traditions in the spotlight

Sixty-plus sailing boats, motorboats, rowing boats and “pointus” responded to the invitation to meet in front of the Oceanographic Museum. After a blessing at sea, a moving tribute was paid to Gérard Brianti, the Yacht Club’s former Commodore, who died tragically in an accident earlier this year. In the presence of his wife wreaths were laid on the water in a shower of rose petals thrown by all those taking part.

The Club’s two flagships, the 1909 gaff cutter Tuiga and the IMOCA 60-foot Malizia II, led the parade flanked by the 1958 fishing trawler Olgange belonging to HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II and the Maritime Affairs Department’s Sainte-Dévote. The parade moved towards Larvotto before rounding a buoy to enter the harbour and process as far as Sainte Dévote.

 

 

Water games

 

On the quay, activities kicked-off with the National Anthem sung by choirs from the Prince Rainier III Music Academy. Children and adults made the most of the many activities on offer from sailing on Toppers, paddle-boarding and rowing to kite-surfing and a giant water slide.

Other attractions included a jet-ski demonstration by World Speed Vice-Champion Lisa Caussin-Battaglia and a free style display by 2013 French Champion Michael Ferreira, who is currently lying 2nd in the national ranking.

 

 

Prevention and safety at sea

 

France’s lifeboat body, the SNSM (Société Nationale des Sauveteurs en Mer) put on several simulated sea rescues involving the lifeboat’s RIB and six newfoundland dogs from Club 06.

 

 

And marine environment conservation

 

Club President, HSH Prince Albert II, was keen to be part of this day of relaxation and fun dedicated to the sea, including an outing into the Pelagos Sanctuary. It seems marine wildlife were also in on the invitation as the party saw five whales, 20 dolphins, some turtles and a manta ray, all just 20 nautical miles off Monaco’s coast!

These outings into the Pelagos Sanctuary are run all summer by David Gamba. Last year the Yacht Club de Monaco attained the High Quality Whale Watching label that is managed by ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and contiguous Atlantic Area).

A foretaste of long summer holidays by the sea!