Yacht Club de Monaco opens in new premises
His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince Albert II unveils Yacht Club de Monaco's spectacular new premises in front of 3000 guests.
Yacht Club de Monaco's highly anticipated new premises were finally opened by His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince Albert II on 20th June. Cleverly designed to resemble the deck terraces of a yacht, YCM's new premises offer unrivalled views over the harbour. The stunning new structure houses its new Clubhouse along with an array of fantastic facilities, including restaurants, bar, meeting rooms, pool and a 150 space car park for its 1,300 members as well as shops and other amenities at Quay level. Keen to ensure the project had the least environmental impact possible, 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.
What is more, its 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.
Watching over proceedings was the building's mastermind himself, famous Britsh architect Lord Foster. Designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and state of the art, Lord Foster said about his work: “When designing this building which is open to the sea, at the centre of the harbour and embracing the city, we wanted to preserve the traditional spirit so dear to the Principality.”
Noting the historic significance of the occasion, His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince Albert II commented: “The flag I raised today flies proudly on the mast at the top of our new premises. It marks an important phase in the life of our Club, for Port Hercule and for the Principality.”
To mark the opening of the premises celebratory festivities were held over the entire weekend, including the Giraglia Rolex Cup prize-giving, the world premiere presentation of the 37m (122') Mythos (the largest Riva ever built) and two days of racing for the 15M IR class.