The Yacht Club de Monaco’s Flagship
“For a long time I had wanted our Club to have a prestigious vessel that would be a demonstration of the faith and esteem in which we hold our maritime heritage and classic yachting. So, when I discovered Tuiga in the harbour in Cannes and the opportunity arose to purchase her in 1995, I was very happy to seize it. One could not have found a more beautiful or motivational boat to give our younger as well as older sailors a taste for classic yachting. Tuiga is a very enjoyable boat to helm but sailing her is a sport in itself.”
Tuiga is a 28m (LOA) gaff cutter, built in 1909 in Fairlie on the Clyde estuary in Scotland which many consider to be the birthplace of yachting, in the famous William Fife boatyard.
She was commissioned by the Duke of Medinaceli, a close friend of the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII, and has had ten owners in 100 years.
In 1995, captivated by the slender lines of this yacht – regarded by Eric Tabarly as “one of the world’s most beautiful yachts” – HSH Prince Albert II decided to purchase her, with the support of members in the Tuiga Committee.
The International 15 Meter Class (15M IR) yacht has been participating in the big classic yacht regattas ever since, crewed by YCM members who fiercely defend La Belle Classe values (preservation of our maritime heritage, and respect for etiquette and the environment) so dear to the YCM.
Today she is the Rock’s finest maritime ambassador, and testimony to the Principality’s commitment to classic yachting.