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Fête de la Mer: Sharing and having fun as Monaco celebrates St Peter, patron saint of fishermen

Over 40 sailing and motor boats turned out for the Fête de la Mer organised this Saturday by the Yacht Club de Monaco in collaboration for the first time with many other Monegasque nautical institutions to honour the patron saint of fishermen, St Peter. They included the Monaco Mairie (City Hall), Société Nautiques (rowing club), Association des Pontons de Monaco (pleasure boats), Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Oceanographic Museum, Club d’Exploration Sous-Marine de Monaco (scuba-diving) and Association Monégasque de la Protection de la Nature. 

 

We are delighted to see small and medium pleasure boats bringing life to Monaco’s harbours alongside the Yacht Club de Monaco,” said Franck Lobono, President of the Association des Pontons de Monaco.

 

 

Maritime traditions honoured

 

After a blessing for those missing at sea, given by Father Hien Dieudonné from the St Dévote church and Father Claude André from Saint-Charles Church in front of the Oceanographic Museum, the whole fleet followed Tuiga, the YCM’s flagship, in a first ever grand parade. Among those taking part was Olgange, a 1958 boat belong to HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, surrounded by a dozen beautifully maintained ‘pointus’, traditional fishing boats from the region. The parade proceeded as far as Larvotto before turning back to file through Port Hercule, greeted by many boats in the harbour blowing their horns, as far as the St Dévote corner. 

 

The Yacht Club’s Art de Vivre la Mer philosophy was in full regalia, with all the crews dressed in blue striped mariners smocks and straw boaters enjoying a lunch of local specialities prepared by Chef Christian Plumail, after the Monegasque national anthem had been sung by children from the Rainier III Music and Theatre Academy. The young choristers, who are preparing to record six songs on Wednesday 28th June with the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra, followed this rendition with several sea chanties.

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“Everything we organised today reflects the tradition that unites Monaco to the sea,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, YCM General Secretary. “I am delighted to rediscover the atmosphere we had on the other side of the harbour in our former location near the Rascasse. It’s a real home from home among friends that we are perpetuating today.”

An emotion shared by Jacques Pastor, councillor for Sports and Leisure in the Monaco Mairie: “It’s wonderful to see so many people from all generations, like the shipwright Jacques Savorani. Now 86, Jaco taught us how to build a wooden dinghy in the fifties and here he is today among all these youngsters who clearly love the sea. That’s been the spirit of the day!”

  

 

Introduction to watersports

 

Over 350 people joined in with all the activities, and to see the marine archaeology photographic exhibition put on by Eric Dulière and Olivier Jules along Quai Louis II. All sorts of nautical activities were on offer and open to the public, such as outings in Bugs and Toppers, stand-up paddling, rowing, kitesurfing, a giant waterslide and even scuba-diving, the idea being to give everyone a chance to try something new and discover the joys of being on the sea. It was also an opportunity for those who hadn’t seen the Club’s new building to have a look around.  

 

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Preserving a clean sea for our leisure activities

 

A day of sharing but also raising awareness of the marine environment. “We had an important message to convey about protecting our playground,” explains Bernard d’Alessandri. 

 

This commitment was reflected in the signing today of the High Quality Whale Watching label by Jacqueline Gautier Debernardi, President of the Association Monégasque Protection de la Nature (AMPN), Florence Descroix-Comanducci (Executive Secretary of ACCOBAMS) and Bernard d’Alessandri (YCM General Secretary).


Registered by ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Contiguous Atlantic Area), the certificate promotes best practices for whale watching in the Mediterranean. “This signing marks the beginning of a collaboration with the YCM in a year when ACCOBAMS, which groups 23 countries, celebrates its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we are organising a dinner at the Club on 23rd November,” says Jacqueline Gautier Debernardi, whose association was chosen to represent Monaco within this entity. In practice the signing will also see the YCM organising regular sea outings all through the summer, led by David Gamba who is in charge of the project for the Club. 

 

The day ended in style with the arrival of Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70, Maserati, which will be officially presented at a press conference on Wednesday 29th June organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco.  

 

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Over 40 sailing and motor boats turned out for the Fête de la Mer organised this Saturday by the Yacht Club de Monaco in collaboration for the first time with many other Monegasque nautical institutions to honour the patron saint of fishermen, St Peter. They included the Monaco Mairie (City Hall), Société Nautiques (rowing club), Association des Pontons de Monaco (pleasure boats), Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Oceanographic Museum, Club d’Exploration Sous-Marine de Monaco (scuba-diving) and Association Monégasque de la Protection de la Nature. 

 

We are delighted to see small and medium pleasure boats bringing life to Monaco’s harbours alongside the Yacht Club de Monaco,” said Franck Lobono, President of the Association des Pontons de Monaco.

 

 

Maritime traditions honoured

 

After a blessing for those missing at sea, given by Father Hien Dieudonné from the St Dévote church and Father Claude André from Saint-Charles Church in front of the Oceanographic Museum, the whole fleet followed Tuiga, the YCM’s flagship, in a first ever grand parade. Among those taking part was Olgange, a 1958 boat belong to HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, surrounded by a dozen beautifully maintained ‘pointus’, traditional fishing boats from the region. The parade proceeded as far as Larvotto before turning back to file through Port Hercule, greeted by many boats in the harbour blowing their horns, as far as the St Dévote corner. 

 

The Yacht Club’s Art de Vivre la Mer philosophy was in full regalia, with all the crews dressed in blue striped mariners smocks and straw boaters enjoying a lunch of local specialities prepared by Chef Christian Plumail, after the Monegasque national anthem had been sung by children from the Rainier III Music and Theatre Academy. The young choristers, who are preparing to record six songs on Wednesday 28th June with the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra, followed this rendition with several sea chanties.

 BD_FDLMER_2016@Franck Terlin-0427

 

“Everything we organised today reflects the tradition that unites Monaco to the sea,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, YCM General Secretary. “I am delighted to rediscover the atmosphere we had on the other side of the harbour in our former location near the Rascasse. It’s a real home from home among friends that we are perpetuating today.”

An emotion shared by Jacques Pastor, councillor for Sports and Leisure in the Monaco Mairie: “It’s wonderful to see so many people from all generations, like the shipwright Jacques Savorani. Now 86, Jaco taught us how to build a wooden dinghy in the fifties and here he is today among all these youngsters who clearly love the sea. That’s been the spirit of the day!”

  

 

Introduction to watersports

 

Over 350 people joined in with all the activities, and to see the marine archaeology photographic exhibition put on by Eric Dulière and Olivier Jules along Quai Louis II. All sorts of nautical activities were on offer and open to the public, such as outings in Bugs and Toppers, stand-up paddling, rowing, kitesurfing, a giant waterslide and even scuba-diving, the idea being to give everyone a chance to try something new and discover the joys of being on the sea. It was also an opportunity for those who hadn’t seen the Club’s new building to have a look around.  

 

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Preserving a clean sea for our leisure activities

 

A day of sharing but also raising awareness of the marine environment. “We had an important message to convey about protecting our playground,” explains Bernard d’Alessandri. 

 

This commitment was reflected in the signing today of the High Quality Whale Watching label by Jacqueline Gautier Debernardi, President of the Association Monégasque Protection de la Nature (AMPN), Florence Descroix-Comanducci (Executive Secretary of ACCOBAMS) and Bernard d’Alessandri (YCM General Secretary).


Registered by ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Contiguous Atlantic Area), the certificate promotes best practices for whale watching in the Mediterranean. “This signing marks the beginning of a collaboration with the YCM in a year when ACCOBAMS, which groups 23 countries, celebrates its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we are organising a dinner at the Club on 23rd November,” says Jacqueline Gautier Debernardi, whose association was chosen to represent Monaco within this entity. In practice the signing will also see the YCM organising regular sea outings all through the summer, led by David Gamba who is in charge of the project for the Club. 

 

The day ended in style with the arrival of Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70, Maserati, which will be officially presented at a press conference on Wednesday 29th June organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco.  

 

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