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The New Yacht Club de Monaco Opens this Summer

12th Mar 2014

The Yacht Club de Monaco will soon have a new venue on Quai Louis II, an extension of Quai des Etats-Unis, in Port Hercule, Monaco.

The building works that started in 2012 for a project initiated more than a decade ago have now been completed and were officially presented to the members of the Yacht Club and a group of 800 select guests from the Principality and beyond on 4th March 2014. Whilst the sports activities will soon be housed in their new premises, the grand opening and range of social activities the Yacht Club de Monaco is also known for will launch at the traditional summer cocktail for YCM members in June 2014.

As slender as the liners which used to cruise between England and America in the early 20th century that provided the early inspiration for its silhouette, this new building, the second level of which will be reserved exclusively for YCM members, will offer yacht Owners and yachting professionals a friendly meeting place, that will contribute to the vitality of life in Port Hercule and the Principality’s international prestige.

Designed by Sir Norman Forster, it is an architectural marvel that combines beautiful, light, luxurious and modern aesthetics inside and out with highly technological achievements, especially with regard to its environmental quality, one of the key requirements from the initial brief. Built to HQE® (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standards, the building will have significantly low environmental impact thanks to efficient water, waste and energy management using the latest technologies, from solar panels to a hydro-cooling system recycling water from the port. Next to the Société Nautique and the YCM’s Sailing Division this nautical hub will host the Yacht Club’s new Clubhouse, with an atrium occupying a vital space at the heart of the building in terms of its architectural originality and strategic location. A monumental spiral staircase will link all the club’s new spaces such as an exhibition hall, ballroom, swimming pool and terrace, a library, fitness room and five spacious ‘cabins’ for guests on stopovers, whilst opening onto a few marina slips managed by the YCM that are bound to become a premier berthing area — with an aim to provide exclusive and highly sought after services to visiting charter superyachts.

Located directly in front of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building on Quai Louis II, the YCM Marina is an ideal port of call for Yacht Club de Monaco members and visiting yachts, with its 26 berths for superyachts from 25m (82') to 60m (196'1). An innovative complex, it has a pontoon for tenders and terminal for charters. Superyacht owners will thus enjoy the benefits of having privileged access to the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Clubhouse throughout their stay in the Principality, with the highest standard of reception, services and security.

An ambitious and symbolic project that was built in collaboration with Monaco-born architect Alexandre Giraldi, and supervised by the Public Works Department, it promises to be a superb showcase for Monaco in the third millennium, reinforcing Monaco’s position as a ‘capital of yachting’.

by Camper Nicholsons

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It is an architectural marvel that combines beautiful, light, luxurious and modern aesthetics inside and out with highly technological achievements, especially with regard to its environmental quality, one of the key requirements from the initial brief