Monaco Classic Week

Monaco Classic Week, over 100 boats expected at Yacht Club de Monaco

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Monaco Classic Week: over 100 classic boats on display

Organized by Yacht Club de Monaco and hosted by the Principality of the same name, the 16th Monaco Classic Week will take place from September 13-16.

Launched in 1994, this unique in the world biennial event pays homage to the history of yachting.

This year, a photography exhibition will be dedicated to Prince Rainier III to celebrate the centenary of his birth. The event will include regattas, parades, the elegance contest, the chefs competition and the final award ceremony on Saturday 16 September at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Visitors will also have the opportunity to admire a fleet of Dinghy 12′, the most classic of sailing dinghies, born in England 110 years ago.

Access to the quays and exhibitors Village is free for the entire duration of the event.


Monaco Classic Week 2023Around 110 classic boats are expected in Monaco from September 13-16 for this 16th Monaco Classic Week-La Belle Classe. A unique and exclusive in the world event which, with the participation of boats by invitation only, pays homage to the international maritime heritage. The meeting brings owners and their crews out on the water for a range of contests with social occasions in the evening in the time-honoured tradition of a certain ‘Art de Vivre la Mer’ so dear to YCM.

The fabulous line-up that will fill the YCM Marina will comprise a dozen period motor-yachts, 50 vintage motorboats, including around 30 Rivas and 3 powerboats from the early 20th century as well as 50 classic sailing yachts and a 20-strong fleet of the clinker-built 3.66 m Dinghy 12’ class, born in 1913 from the pencil of the English designer George Cockshott.


Yacht Club de MonacoAmong those joining Yacht Club de Monaco’s flagship Tuiga (1909) of note will be Maliclaire, a 35m topsail schooner (1909), the three-mast schooner Creole, built in 1927 by the Camper & Nicholsons yard and Atlantic, replica of that famous three mast schooner helmed by the legendary Charlie Barr which left her mark on the history of sailing by setting the first record for a North Atlantic crossing. It was a record that would remain unequalled for 75 years.

This year the public and classic yacht enthusiasts also have the opportunity to see a photography exhibition dedicated to Prince Rainier III as the Principality celebrates the centenary of his birth. Prince Ranieri III, a lover of sailing, was the founder of the Yacht Club de Monaco 70 years ago, today presided over by his son Albert II, the current sovereign prince.

Access to the quays and exhibitors Village (painters, photographers, craftsmen, official YCM Boutique) is free to everyone starting Wednesday 13th September from 10.00am.


TuigaAll the yachts of yesteryear which are still sailing continue to fascinate as they bear witness to a rich cultural heritage from a distant past. Every two years, YCM puts the spotlight on boats that are the pride and joy of their owners and reminders of the long tradition that links the Principality to the sea.

In 1862, the first regattas were already being held in the bay, and by the end of that century Monaco had become a mecca for the international yachting world where the biggest names in finance, industry and entertainment met. The year 1904 also saw the first international powerboat events held in Port Hercule with the emergence of the internal combustion engine.

All the big sailing and motor yachts flocked to be privileged spectators of these meetings. Within a few years, Monaco became the centre of innovation and fashionable water sports.


Atlantic, the replica of the legendary schooner commissioned in 1903 by New York Yacht Club member Wilson Marshall will celebrate her 120th anniversary. The reconstruction project led by Ed Kastelain was an ambitious one. With a deck length of 56m she is the largest racing schooner ever to be rebuilt. In terms of her lines and sail area she is identical to when she won the 1905 Transatlantic Race that ensured her immortality in yachting’s history.

Slender lines accentuate her elegance while the 42m waterline, narrow beam, and masts soaring 45m above the water supporting 1,750m2 of sail, make her breathtakingly fast. A fabulous sight to behold!


Participating in the Monaco Classic Week is not just about results but celebrating a passion, with special prizes to encourage the involvement and commitment of owners to preserve their boats as the true heritage of a timeless maritime culture.

Monaco classic weekThe coveted La Belle Restoration Prize rewards the quality of the restoration these boats have undergone, many of which are well over a hundred years old, judged by a Jury chaired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and comprising yachting history experts.

Marks are given based on respect for the original plans, materials used in their construction and the knowledge of those who restored them. The Elegance Contest is also judged by the same Jury whose job is to rate the boats on etiquette, style and respect for a certain way of life and conduct at sea, all in a festive fun spirit.

Both these are combined to decide the winner of the Monaco Classic Week Prize that encompasses all the criteria evaluated in terms of restoration and elegance to which is added a coup de cœur (favourite) element for the spirit that prevails on board among the crew, as well as maintenance and restoration.

Living well at sea also means knowing how to combine the pleasures of good food with the joy of sailing. The Chefs Competition is a chance for owners to get their chefs to produce a menu on board their boats within a given time from a basket of mystery ingredients.

The grand finale that concludes Monaco Classic Week is a big parade when participants gather just off the Oceanographic Museum and file one behind the other eastwards towards Larvotto Beach.


Wednesday 13th September
• 10.00am: Opening of Monaco Classic Week Exhibitors Village
• 1.00pm: Warm-up race & 15M IR Encounter
• 3.00pm – 6.00pm: Inspection of yachts by “La Belle Classe Restoration” Jury

Thursday 14h September
• 9.00am – 6.00pm: Inspection of yachts by “La Belle Classe Restoration” Jury
• 9.00am – 10.00am: Chefs Competition (distribution of ingredients on the quays)
• 12 noon: First warning signal for the Dinghy 12’ class
• 12 noon: Start of race for classic sailing yachts – coastal race
• 5.00pm – 7.00pm: Chefs Competition with Moët Hennessy (presentation of dishes on the quay)
• Before the party Prize-giving for Chefs Competition

Friday 15th September
• 9.00am – 6.00pm: Inspection of yachts by “La Belle Classe Restoration” Jury
• 10.00am: First warning signal of a passage race Yacht Club de Monaco – Ventimiglia for the sailing yachts, motor-yachts and powerboats
• 12 noon: First warning signal for the Dinghy 12’ class
• 3.00pm: Start of the return passage race Ventimiglia – Yacht Club de Monaco

Saturday 16th September
•9.00am – 6.00pm: Inspection of yachts by “La Belle Classe Restoration” Jury
• 11.00am: Elegance Parade for classic sailing yachts, motor-yachts and classic powerboats
• 12 noon: First warning signal for the Dinghy 12’ class
• 12 noon: Start of race for classic sailing yachts – coastal race
• 2.00pm: Manoeuvrability Challenge for the classic motorboats
• 4.00pm – 5.00pm: Monaco Classic Week Grand Parade
• 7.00pm: Prize-giving & Closing Cocktail – Lucciana jetty (by invitation)