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How to get on board your superyacht at the Monaco Grand Prix

To make the most out of your Monaco Grand Prix experience, read our guide on how to start the day in style by boarding your superyacht like a VIP.

Watching the grand prix from aboard a superyacht berthed along Port Hercules’s Quai des Etats-Unis is the ultimate way to experience the iconic F1 fixture.

A coveted spot here provides the very best views as drivers power out of the tunnel in excess of 170mph before putting on the breaks to tackle the sharp Nouvelle Chicane.

A select number of exclusive grand prix superyacht hospitality packages make securing this highly sought-after viewing position possible. Just make sure you begin your F1 experience like you mean to go on.

Monaco’s street circuit

The Monaco Grand Prix is famed for its street circuit which wraps around the centre of the principality and past the glittering superyachts lined up in Port Hercules.

In order to accommodate this, the areas surrounding the circuit have to be shut off while there are cars on the track, whether it be due to practice sessions, qualifying or racing. As the track runs alongside the marina, Quai des Etas-Unis cannot be accessed from the streets when the circuit is in use.   

Reaching your yacht

When it’s not possible to reach the quay from the streets, yacht-goers have to reach their superyacht another way – by taking a high-speed tender from nearby Fontieville Harbour.

The best grand prix superyacht hospitality packages include VIP tender transfers as part of the deal. The trip takes around 15 minutes, and arrangements will be made to pick yacht-goers up.

To comply with safety procedures, superyachts along Quai des Etas-Unis have to be moved back from the sea wall ahead of racing. This leaves a wide passage for tenders to drop off and pick up guests from the aft section of superyachts berthed here.

All eyes will be on those jetting across Port Hercules in a high-speed tender as they step aboard a superyacht located in one of the most coveted berths Monaco has to offer. It’s the perfect way to see and be seen.

Timings

When there are cars on the track, tenders cannot pick up or drop off guests watching the F1 action from aboard a superyacht berthed along Quai des Etas-Unis.

Monaco Grand Prix-goers, therefore, need to ensure their tender transfer takes place when there is a break from the racing. But, these details will be sorted out when a hospitality package is booked.

Returning to land

Those with a superyacht hospitality package will need to disembark their yacht at some point during the day as the deal is unlikely to include accommodation on board. If this is you, make sure you know when you can leave the yacht and make the tender trip back to Fontieville Harbour

Charterers renting out their own private yacht will not need to worry so much about returning to shore as they will have their own on-board accommodation. Yet plans will need to be made if occupants want to check out Monaco’s post-race social scene. The crew will be able to help with this.  

Also, you will need a ticket to access the parts of Monaco closed off during the race and practice sessions. So if you are staying on a yacht at anchor and take the tender ashore to watch the race on land, make sure you have the appropriate ticket beforehand.


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By Rebecca Bradbury   Last Updated 6 March 2019

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