A gathering of more than 3,000 guests were invited to celebrate the occasion with a lavish opening ceremony party and tour of the brand new premises which forms the centrepiece of Monaco’s remodelled harbour. Amongst the VIP’s were a number of superyacht Owner’s including Eddie Jordan who had his 47m/155’ charter yacht BLUSH delivered to him earlier this year, as well as yachting industry dignitaries such as Peter Lürssen, Nick Edmiston and Espen Øino.
Also in attendance was the talented architect for the new Yacht Club de Monaco, Lord Norman Foster who has created not only a building of aesthetic beauty but also one that sets high standards for sustainable design. Nodding to its fine sailing heritage, the clubhouse features large, deck-like terraces that offer sweeping views over the harbour and sea while being powered by renewable energy.
During the ceremony Lord Foster commented on his design for this iconic Yacht Club: “The building is a little like a city in microcosm, with schools, parks, offices, restaurants, a network of interior circulation ‘streets’ and a hierarchy of public and private, social and functional spaces. It is a continuation of Monaco’s dense urban fabric, as well as the Yacht Club’s traditions and will be an important part of civic life.”
This impressive new premises further cements Monaco as an international centre for yachting excellence, something that HSH Prince Albert II who has been President of the club for 30 years feels is significant: ‘It marks an important phase in the life of our Club, for Port Hercule and for the Principality. With this architectural masterpiece, we are affirming our Monaco yachting identity, our ambition being to continue to orient our country’s future prosperity to the sea.’
The Yacht Club de Monaco will be hosting the Monaco Yacht Show at its new premises in September 2014, for further information about the show contact your yacht charter broker. See all yachts available for charter in Monaco.
47m Sunseeker, 2014