GUIDED TOUR OF THE YACHT CLUB
A symbolic centrepiece of the remodelled harbour, the Yacht Club’s new premises celebrate the Principality’s spectacular coastline and maritime heritage, with a series of terraces stepping up along the quay offering uninterrupted views out to the races at sea, as well as views inland over the Formula 1 Grand Prix track. Built on reclaimed land, the development includes the YCM Marina which extends the existing marina to the east and accommodates a range of craft including sailing boats and superyachts from 25m to 60m.
Deck 2 is reserved exclusively for YCM members. The Clubhouse has a library of 1,600 nautical reference books, a restaurant and outdoor swimming pool. On Deck 1 there is a gym, also just for members, where yachtsmen and the Club’s youngsters in the competition teams can train. The Sunrise Restaurant with a panoramic view.
Other areas are available to the yachting industry for nautical events. They include the Ballroom and its mezzanine (Decks 3 and 4), and a Meeting Room on the ground floor.
For exclusive events, it is also possible to hire the beautiful Aquarama Riva Bar (Deck 5) which has stunning views over the harbour and historic Monaco Boat Service. The bar has been designed as a tribute to Carlo Riva, l’Ingegnere de Sarnico, the man behind a certain world-renowned “art de vivre”.
Four “cabins” (Deck 4) are also available to accommodate guests on a stopover.
The panoramic terraces are shaded by retractable fabric screens supported by a mast and booms. The harbour elevations are fully glazed and shaded by louvres, and can be opened to provide uninterrupted views. Photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels and sea-water cooling systems have all been integrated to ensure the building sets new standards in line with Monaco’s environmental ambitions.
The lower floors accommodate the Société Nautique (rowing club), the YCM Sailing School and Sports Section, with sliding doors to encourage activities to spread out onto the quay. Designed largely for children, the Sailing School has classrooms, workshops and a loft for small boats.
Inland, on the roof of the Sports Section and Société Nautique there is a landscaped park. Bounded by the Yacht Club’s restaurant terrace on one side and leading on the other side up to an area for sports activities, it complements a sequence of green spaces forming a new link in the pedestrianized route between the quay and Casino Square.
Located directly in front of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building on Quai Louis II, the YCM Marina has been in operation since October 2013. With 26 berths for yachts from 25m to 60m, the complex has a pontoon for tenders and departure point for charters. Superyacht owners will have privileged access to the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Clubhouse throughout their stay in the Principality, as well as facilities offered by Maserati, the YCM’s Official Car.
Not only is this orientation towards the luxury yachting sector a big opportunity for Monaco to consolidate its position as a mecca for yachting, but also a source of direct and indirect revenue.
Located in the heart of Port Hercule, in front of the YCM Marina, the YCM Gallery was officially opened on 31st July 2014. It is a new area open to the public in the Principality which has three new boutiques. Rolex, the famous Geneva-based watch manufacturer in partnership with local retailer Zegg & Cerlati; Brooks Brothers, America’s oldest fashion emporium; and Only Yacht, a branch of the Suisscourtage firm specialising in superyacht insurance.