Over 1,000 members came together around their President, HSH Prince Albert II, for the Yacht Club de Monaco’s traditional annual cocktail, during which some 30 new members were officially welcomed and everyone enjoyed the different genres of musical entertainment provided to celebrate the annual Fête de la Musique.
“Two years has sped by since we celebrated an historic occasion in the life of our Club with the inauguration of this new building on 20th June 2014. Today, may I take a moment to think about my father, Prince Rainier III. A true visionary, it was his dream to have a new flagship, as he had already anticipated very early on the need to build a tool that would be at the service of our Principality and enhance its standing. Our Club, envied by everyone, has become a showcase for yachting and a favourite port of call for owners,” said HSH Prince Albert II. The YCM President then went on to share his vision for the Club, and to present its event calendar.
HSH the Sovereign Prince congratulated his nephew, Pierre Casiraghi, on his project with Malizia, a new fully foiling generation of GC32 catamaran which he is helming on the GC32 Racing Tour competing against top international sailors. “A dream is becoming a reality, with our Club the first and only one to be represented on this European circuit.” With their capacity to literally take off and reach eye-watering speeds, these boats embody the future of sailing. After the first stage held in Riva del Garda (26th-28th May), Pierre Casiraghi and his crew will be back on the road to Italy, heading for Malcesine for the second regatta (7th-10th July).
Later this month “in line with our constant desire to move forward, for the first time we will be hosting a stage of the M32 Mediterranean Sailing Series. These boats will be putting on a show from 22nd to 24th July with an exciting race format that takes place very close to the shore.”
Having announced that the Yacht Club de Monaco has just obtained ISO 14001 certification, HSH Prince Albert II went on to highlight the Club’s support for his friend Bertrand Picard’s Solar Impulse project, the solar-powered plane currently flying over the Atlantic.
Solar technology is also the focus from 14th to 16th July, with the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge, a competition for solar-powered boats built and driven by young engineers. “This is a meeting we are very keen to develop. What can be more rewarding than to encourage those who are building our future. It’s up to us to pave the way, push them to believe in their dreams, and convince them that they have the ability to break new ground and change the world.”
While the President focused on YCM members, he also addressed professionals in the sector.
“Our universe, that of yachting, is changing, an evolution that requires all players to be involved. The success of the first ‘RendezVous’ organised by the Cluster Yachting Monaco [8th June 2016 attended by 200 people] is very satisfying. This association of professionals, who are based in the Principality, meet to discuss and seek solutions on issues and challenges specific to their industry.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the success of La Belle Classe Academy, our new training centre dedicated to our owner members and yachtsmen, as well as professionals. I am absolutely delighted to see these two projects, announced two years ago, come to fruition.”
Tuesday being the annual Fête de la Musique, HSH the Sovereign Prince also unveiled that “the Club is involved in organising yet another new event, with Sir Elton John coming to the Club to give a private concert”.
Meanwhile, and in partnership with Monegasque institutions, the Yacht Club de Monaco invites all those with boats to participate in the Fête de la Mer, this Saturday 25th June, in honour of St Peter, patron saint of fishermen.
All craft, sail or motor, under 18m in length are invited to a grand parade on the sea that will leave from the Oceanographic Museum at 10.00am. For her first official outing of the season, the Club’s flagship Tuiga will be taking part in the festival. Numerous activities, requiring prior registration, are being organised throughout the day.
True to its reputation, and remit to bring life to the harbour, the Club promises an exciting summer of different activities around its motto: One Spirit, One Team, One Club.