Monaco Classic Week 2013

What: Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe
Where: Port Hercule
When: 11-15 September 2013

Nothing beats the thrill of a major yachting event. Whether it’s traditional rigged craft, the latest luxury super-yachts or the speed and power of oceangoing racing that fires you up, there’s no doubt: the Côte d’Azur is the place to be.

Monaco has built up an unassailable reputation as the principality of yachting. Since the earliest days of regatta racing here in the 1860s, the involvement and support of the royal family has brought prestige, tradition and a sense of occasion. Albert I of Monaco founded the Oceanographic Institute and oversaw the first regattas on the Riviera, while Prince Rainier III was the first president of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Today, H.S.H. Prince Albert II continues that long association between the princes and the sea.

As a result, Monaco is richly blessed with a full calendar of yachting events year round, culminating in the annual Monaco Yacht Show. But every two years another even takes place which truly recalls the glory days of traditional sail yachting. Monaco Classic Week celebrates that heritage with hundreds of meticulously restored traditional sloops, yawls, ketches and schooners, competing in a variety of events in the third week of September.

A week of both tradition and yachting lifestyle, Monaco Classic Week is one of the most thrilling and beautiful events hosted in the Principality. Strolling along the quay on the south side of Port Hercule will offer a glimpse into the past, the golden age brought vividly back to life through the work of careful restoration of these magnificent sailing yachts.


Tuiga; photograph by Donan Raven

Throughout the week, timed races will see gaff cutters, sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners compete off the coast of Monaco. With all these activities you might imagine there would be little respite for owners, skippers, captains and crews. But after battling it out on the high seas there will be a chance for them to meet on shore at the prestigious “La Belle Classe” evening and the “Nuit du Yachting” hosted at the Oceanographic Museum, when the coveted “Personnalité de la Mer” prize is awarded.


Tuesday 10 September
6.30pm Opening night Titouan Lamazou exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery, 10 to 28 September (yachtsman attire, by invitation)
Wednesday 11 September
4.00pm Belem arrives
6.30pm Opening Cocktail for the 11th edition of Monaco Classic Week
in collaboration with Monaco’s Tourism and Convention Authority (yachtsman attire, by invitation)
Thursday 12 September
10.30am-3.30pm Chefs’ Competition
Lifestyle, tableware and fine dining come together in this original challenge that allows chefs on yachts to demonstrate their creativity. They have to pair dishes with champagne while taking account of table presentation in front of a jury of renowned chefs led by its president Alain Ducasse.
1.00pm Classic yacht race (sailing boats)
6.00pm Cocktail to officially launch the Feadship Heritage Fleet (by invitation)
8.00pm Crew Party (Crew attire, by invitation)
and prize awarded for Jeroboam painting competition
Friday 13 September
10.30-12.00 Regurality Challenge (motor-yachts)
1.00pm Classic yacht race  (starts organised by rigging type)and Dinghy 12′ race
3.00pm-4.30pm Manoeuvrability Challenge (motor-boats)
4.30pm-6.00pm Steam-yacht challenge
5.00pm Demonstration of Dinghy 12’s in the harbour
6.00pm Art de vivre la mer auction, organised by the Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
8.30pm La Belle Classe soirée (yachtsman attire, by invitation)
Saturday 14 September
10.00am Elegance Parade in Port Hercule (sailing boats)
A jury of specialists led by its president Princess Beatriz de Orleans-Borbon judge the attire of the crew and their yacht which will have been meticulously prepared for the occasion. Respect for etiquette, harmony and elegance are on trial here.
1.00pm Classic yacht race (starts organised by rigging type) and Dinghy 12′ race
3.00pm-4.30pm Elegance Parade in Port Hercule (motor-yachts and motor-boats)
5.00pm Demonstration of Dinghy 12’s in the harbour
7.00pm Personnalité de la Mer 2013 prize announced in the Salle de Conférences of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco  (yachtsman attire, by invitation)
followed by Nuit du Yachting at the Yacht Club de Monaco (by invitation)
The Personnalité de la Mer trophy, awarded in 2011 to French producer and director Jacques Perrin, is a tribute to men and women of the sea by members of La Belle Classe and the YCM to a major player in the battle to preserve our marine environment.
Sunday 15 September
11h00am Prize-giving (yachtsman attire, by invitation) 
2.00pm Belem departs
3.00pm Departure of the Trophée Grimaldi Monaco-Villefranche passage race