Monaco Classic Week - September 13-17, 2017

One of the largest gatherings of classic boats, Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe, starts Wednesday 13th September 2017. Time has not left a mark on this biennial event which was launched over 20 years ago and remains an authentic Belle Époque occasion that is unique in the world.

In the image of the first powerboat meetings initiated in 1904 and international competitions launched by Prince Rainier III to the YCM’s founding in 1953, owners of classic sailing and motor yachts, and those passionate about motor-boats go out of their way to meet in the Principality. It is a major event, as evidenced by the thousand sailors who attended the previous edition.

Journey back in time unique of its kind

Once again, an exceptional collection of sailing and motor yachts will be moored in the YCM Marina, including over 60 classic sailing boats, period motor-yachts and 40 vintage motor-boats.

As in 2015, when there were nearly 50, the classic single and double-hander 12’ Dinghy class, an Olympic series for the first time in 1920, will be brightening up the race area. They will be on parade alongside many of the world’s most beautiful boats, including the four surviving 15 Metre International Rating class still sailing: Hispania, Mariska, The Lady Anne and the YCM’s flagship Tuiga.

A festival at sea and ashore

Classic yacht races, regularity trials and speed contests combine with a Chefs Competition, Elegance Parades, and a host of other activities organised around the YCM’s Clubhouse. A loyal public regularly turn out for this meeting, keen to see what the Monaco Classic Week village has to offer and meet exhibitors. For this edition, they will be strolling down Quai Hirondelle and Quai Louis II where a display of large photographs from the Palace archives retraces the history of Monaco’s harbour in L’Évolution du Port de Monaco (1830-2017).

Creole celebrates 90 years

Considered by many as Charles Nicholson’s masterpiece, this three-mast schooner was built in 1927. Bought by Maurizio Gucci in 1983, she required six years to restore, starting in the Italian Beconcini shipyard then Lürssen. It was completed in the Astilleros yard in Mallorca. After an absence of 20 years, the yacht started competing again and won the 2013 Monaco Classic Week Trophy. The prize recognises the best restoration that has remained faithful to its original plans, combined with elegant lines, respect for naval etiquette, crew presentation and fair-play. This year Creole celebrates her 90th anniversary and will be sailing alongside Sylvia. Two years older, the ketch is the second largest boat that Charles Nicholson designed after Creole, and is coming to Monaco for the first time. Another newcomer is the 50m three-mast Trinakaria, launched 1927 as a Bulgarian training school yacht, whose current owner converted her into an offshore cruiser.

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