Monaco Classic Week 2017

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Launched in 1994, this biennial event stands out in that it brings together in one harbour the full spectrum of boats of yesteryear, from the small recreational craft to the luxury units: classic sailing yachts, 12ft Dinghies, motorboats, and period motor-yachts.

Between tradition and the art de vivre la mer lifestyle, this is a week for strolling along the southern quay of the YCM Marina to admire these dames from another era, all restored to their youthful prime by their owners.

One of the largest gatherings of classic boats, Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe, starts Wednesday, 13 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.

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.

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.

Monaco Classic Week

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).

Monaco Classic Week

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.

Monaco Classic Week Riva

Provisional programme (subject to change)

Wednesday 13 September
9.00am Arrival & Registration
Start of technical inspections by the La Belle Classe Restoration jury
12 noon 15M IR races start Classic boat races (starts organised by rig type – Big Boats, Vintage Gaff, Vintage Marconi and Classics – CIM rating)
6.30pm Members Cocktail ‘A la Rencontre de la Monaco Classic Week’ (by invitation)

Thursday 14 September
9.00am Technical inspections by the La Belle Classe Restoration jury
9.00am-10.00am Chefs Competition (distribution of ingredients)
11.00am 15M IR and other classic boat races (starts organised by rig type – Big Boats, Vintage Gaff, Vintage Marconi and Classics – CIM rating)
5.00pm-7.00pm Chefs Competition: presentation of dishes on the quays with Moët Hennessy
8.00pm Crew Party (by invitation)

Friday 15 September
11.00am 15M IR and other classic boat races (starts organised by rig type – Big Boats, Vintage Gaff, Vintage Marconi and Classics – CIM rating)
11.00am 12ft Dinghy class races
8.00pm ‘La Belle Classe’ evening (by invitation)

Saturday 16 September: Belle Époque Day
11.00am 15M IR and other classic boat races (starts organised by rig type – Big Boats, Vintage Gaff, Vintage Marconi and Classics – CIM rating)
11.00am 12ft Dinghy class races
2.30pm-3.30pm Vintage rowing skiff race (in collaboration with Société Nautique de Monaco)
3.00pm-4.30pm Exhibition of Powerboats
4.30pm-5.30pm Elegance Parade (sailing-yachts)
8.00pm Nuit du Yachting (by invitation)

Sunday 17 September
11.00am Prize-giving (by invitation)

Monaco Classic Week

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