For many, he may have been more widely known and respected as one of history’s few monarchs to have ever successfully expanded their territory (in this case by over 23%) without any recourse to war or conflict, but for HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the man they called ‘the builder prince’, there was one other aspect of Monaco business and life that he was determined to help develop – yachting.
In 1953 Prince Rainier set out a vision to make Monaco ‘the capital of yachting’. Now, nine years after his death, his son, HSH Prince Albert II, will open what must be the crowning glory in the story of yachting in Monaco.
Designed by the studios of leading British architect, Lord Norman Foster, in collaboration with Monaco-born architect, Alexandre Giraldi, the breath-taking new headquarters for the Monaco Yacht Club (YCM) open on June 20th.
Designed to resemble the deck terraces of a yacht with unrivalled views over the harbour, the stunning new structure houses the new YCM clubhouse with the most up-to-date facilities including restaurants, bar, meeting rooms, pool and 150 space car park for its 1,300 members as well as shops and other amenities at Quay level.
From its inception, HSH Prince Albert took a keen interest in helping ensure the project had the least environmental impact possible by making use of the very latest technology and design. As a result, efficient water, waste and energy management systems have all being installed including photovoltaic solar panels and a hydro-cooling system that recycles water from the port.
Located directly in front of the new YCM, the YCM Marina has 26 berths for superyachts of 25 to 60-metres in length as well as a pontoon for tenders and a terminal for charters. Yacht owners will also enjoy privileged access to the Clubhouse during their stay in Monaco.
For more information on the Monaco Yacht Club, the benefits of being a member and an overview of facilities open to YPI clients please contact: