The yachting of yesteryear is set to celebrate from September,13-16, as Monaco Classic Week-La Belle Classe organised by Yacht Club de Monaco pays tribute to all the splendour associated with sailing’s maritime heritage.
Around 110 classic sailing and motorboats are expected for this 16th edition alongside a 20-strong fleet of the clinker-built Dinghy 12’ class; a fabulous line-up that will fill the YCM Marina with a dozen period motor-yachts, 50 vintage motorboats, including around 30 Rivas and three powerboats from the early 20th century as well as 50 classic sailing yachts.
Launched in 1994, this unique biennial event pays homage to large and small pleasure boats that bear witness to the yachting of yesteryear. The meeting brings owners and their crews out on the water for a range of contests with social occasions in the evening in the time-honoured tradition of a certain ‘Art de Vivre la Mer’ so dear to Monaco’s Yacht Club.
Among those joining Yacht Club de Monaco’s flagship Tuiga (1909) will be Maliclaire, a 35m topsail schooner (1909), the three-mast schooner Creole, built in 1927 by the Camper & Nicholsons yard and Atlantic, replica of that famous three-mast schooner helmed by the legendary Charlie Barr which left her mark on the history of sailing by setting the first record for a North Atlantic crossing. It was a record that would remain unequalled for 75 years.
PHOTO: Monaco Classic Week-La Belle Classe organised by Yacht Club de Monaco pays tribute to the splendour associated with sailing’s maritime heritage LaPresse/Carlo Borlenghi