The history of Monaco has been written by peoples who came from
the sea – Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, then corsairs, Saracens and Genoese, and these last included the Grimaldis, the aristocratic merchants and magnates who have ruled Monaco since 1297 and made it a principality. The sea, sailing and business are therefore in the city-state’s DNA, an unchanged spirit that now has the added magic of its role as yachting capital. This leading position is one that has been gained over many years, with the presence of so many professionals and owners making it an international reference point. Together with the Côte d’Azur, it now represents 50% of the world’s fleet of super yachts, an international elite which is offered every connected luxury service each year. As Aristotle Onassis used to say, “you don’t need to run after money, you need to go to meet it,” and the principality successfully applies this when it comes to yachting. The sector now accounts for over 2% of its turnover, excelling globally in brokerage and yacht management, and playing host to super yachts of up to 100 metres and more, which choose the quaysides of Monaco for a variety of reasons and spend on average 100 nights per year here with their crews. 214 members of the Monaco Yacht Club have yachts with lengths in excess of 40 m, and 24 of them own yachts on the list of the 100 largest in the world.
The club itself is the touchstone for the cluster through which the Monaco Capitale du Yachting executive committee promotes Monaco as a destination.
5,000 super yachts sail the world today, 1,000 of which are available for charter, with growing demand and around 200,000 people with personal fortunes great enough to become owners in this exclusive market segment. It is no accident that China has included yachting in its development plans and chosen the Principality of Monaco as a model in terms of lifestyle and dedicated services.
The Monaco Yacht Show is constantly developing in synergy, and has now been the leading show in the sector for around 10 years. It serves as an ambassador and a barometer for the world luxury yachting industry and everything around it, able to meet and often anticipate demand.
In 2016, this equally practical and exciting event will welcome private clients, visitors and major brokerage and construction companies in each sector from 28 September to 1 October. The show’s official sponsor will be Ulysse Nardin, and its 20,000 m2 area will be occupied by 560 luxury yachting companies from 38 different countries, with 120 one-off super yachts and 40 luxury tenders in the water, all to delight the 34,500 people who are expected to attend. As in previous years, the objective is to make the MYS a true brand, promoting all of this to a global audience using innovative, courageous solutions.
China Night is one example of this, an event to which 200 private clients and yachting representatives are invited to meet and mingle, and the visit to the Yacht Show of a group of Chinese VIPs who participated in Monaco Week is another.
The latter event has been held in China for three years now, and MYS has participated in association with the Embassy of Monaco in China. The event was first held in Shanghai, followed by Beijing and in June this year, Chengdu, the fifth largest city in China, accompanied by members of SYBAss and two big names in shipbuilding. The purpose of the event is to provide an open forum partly for the local lifestyle and financial press, but most importantly for a privileged social elite interested in discovering the world of yachting. It is this same elite who we find on the blue carpets of the MYS and in part at the events accompanying the show, which begin the night before it opens and especially include the show’s first night, now in its third year as a major event, when the super yachts on display are awarded prizes.
The MYSummit, exclusively reserved for some 50 top-level guests and held in association with Yacht Investor and Global Partnership Family Office, will take place in the morning in the form of thematic workshops led by expert speakers, looking at the various aspects of the super yacht world and providing practical information for owners, potential future purchasers and their representatives.
As Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of MYS, explains: “The event this year confirms the desire and ambition we have worked towards for three years to promote the super yacht industry to potential clients, meet their demand for information on a sector that they know little or nothing about, and invite them to meet exhibitors on the docks of Port Hercules the next day.” In the same vein, the Sapphire Experience, a voluntary initiative implemented without fanfare for the last two years, will offer 100 personalised visits to the show to a specific clientele interested in buying or chartering a super yacht. These clients will be assisted by a concierge from their arrival at Nice Airport to the hotel, then on a visit to the yachts primarily selected from the Sapphire Experience brochure and to lunch at the MYS restaurant in the Upper Deck Lounge made by Michelin-starred chef Philippe Joannès, with champagne of course. This high-class 650-m2 space dedicated to the luxury brands linked to the super yacht lifestyle is where Ulysse Nardin will display its annual limited edition Monaco Yacht Show watch collection, and it also features meeting areas, lounges, a restaurant and the famous champagne bar.
Its sponsors include eminent names like Dassault Aviation, Glyn Peter Machin and Lanson and Preciosa, together with home designers Sabrina Monte-Carlo & Paola Lenti, with catering provided by the Fairmont Monte-Carlo. The captains and crews of the super yachts on display or moored in the bay will have the Captain and Crew Lounge in the Monaco Yacht Club at their disposal. This welcoming space covers two floors, with a restaurant open from 08:30 to 14:30 and a bar open until 19:00. Like last year, WorldWine Services will offer outstanding wines and other drinks.
A room will be set aside for listening to music or reading, and Daniele de Winter will provide a relaxation space where massages, facials and body treatments will be available. FunAir, one of the 2016 partners, will provide demonstrations of how the owner and guests can enjoy themselves with its range of inflatable toys for yachts. This special attention to those who work on board is more than justified by the fact that the MYS is focused on super yachts and in this context charter companies have a very strong presence, both in the stands and in the sea with their yachts. It is worth remembering that Monaco is the headquarters of the leading brokerage, yacht management and charter companies, that famous boats with equally famous guests on board stop there, and that crews are happy to be there because they can find everything they need within one square mile or so. According to experts in the sector, the Principality for its luxury and the Côte d’Azur in general make up the best charter area in the Mediterranean, with a season running from April to the end of October although in Monaco it can last even longer. The yachts can be experienced not just for sailing, but also as a place to spend a few days relaxing, enjoying all the excellence the principality has to offer, with a succession of events of all kinds, including the Grand Prix, and a local business environment which has made a culture of luxury. This includes exclusive shops like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent, restaurants, night clubs and bathing facilities at the same level, as well as five casinos including the historic Monte Carlo Casino which has enthralled the international jet set since the 19th century. And of course it also has the great privilege of enjoying the recognition and support of His Serene Highness Albert II, Prince of Monaco, who, like every year, will attend the MYS and many of its events
The arrangement and logistics of the 26th MYS will reprise the 2015 set-up, with the show dominating the whole of Port Hercules, while the transport services will offer even more convenient, fluid movement through each zone. This is possible thanks to a network of shuttles between the various docks and a special shuttle between Quai de L’Hirondelle and Quai Antoine 1er, at the two farthest ends of the port. By land, the golf buggy service will have additional stops and longer hours, while by air, a line of helicopters will link Nice Airport with Monaco Heliport in the Fontvieille area, with a shuttle bus from there to the MYS. As always, courtesy cars will go back and forth from the hotels. To facilitate a visit to the show even further, from mid-August the MYS App will be available, a smartphone application that will not only provide the classic details and information but also suggest how best to approach the event, buy tickets, book hotels and, using interactive maps, get to the stands you want to see as quickly as possible.
A preview of the super yachts on display
With the kind permission of the ship owners,
the world’s leading shipyards will display their masterpieces with at least forty new launches present
in their world debuts – names such as Abeking & Rasmussen, Amels, Azimut-Benetti, Blohm+Voss,
CRN, Feadship, Ferretti, Fincantieri Yachts, Lürssen, Nobiskrug, Silveryachts, Perini Navi, Oceanco and more. In terms of sailing yachts, Perini Navi will show the 70-m Sybaris, launched in May, the second largest sailing super yacht ever built by the shipyard, designed in association with Philippe Briand, as well as the 38-m Dahlak, an aluminium alloy sloop which took to the sea in March with lines by the same designer.
For Southern Wind Shipyard it is the turn of SWS102 Seawave, a 32-m sailing yacht with interior design and exterior styling by Nauta Design.
The best of motor yachting will be on display with a variety of vessels, such as Lürssen’s 91-m Lady Lara with interiors and exteriors by Reymond Langton Design, or the 47-m Giaola-lu, an interesting creation by Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts.
The Netherlands will be represented in style by Heesen Yachts with the 70-m Galactica Supernova, the biggest yacht ever launched by the yard, also known as Project Kometa, and by Feadship with the 66-m Vanish, launched this year at Kaag Island.
The Italians will astound with several different yachts, including the steel and aluminium displacement vessel Mangusta Oceanco 42 by the Overmarine Group, designed by Alberto Mancini.
Tilli Antonelli will have people talking about him once more and about the Wider Superyacht Division with the 47-m Genesi Wider 150, delivered in April – the first ship in the world to get the top score for the RINA Comfort Class certification.
We will certainly see the Ferretti Group’s revolutionary semi-displacement Navetta 37 Custom Line, which has just had its official debut with a world first appearance at Yachts Miami Beach, as well as the elegant multi-award-winning MCY105 flybridge launched last year by Monfalcone-based Monte Carlo Yachts, part of the Beneteau Group. Mondomarine and Baglietto will each have two yachts making their debut.
A further two stunning sister ships will arrive from the Ligurian shipyard Mondomarine: the 60-m S designed by architect Luca Dini, and a 50-m craft for which he designed the interiors – both aluminium displacement vessels. Baglietto will delight us with the 54-m Unicorn and the 46 Fast, the first in a new line by Francesco Paszkowski Design.