On the 20th June 2014, 3,000 assembled guests joined His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Lord Foster, one of the biggest names in architecture, to celebrate the grand opening of the new home of the world famous Yacht Club de Monaco.

The news resonated around the nautical world and, as if it were needed, endorsed yet again, Monaco’s position as a ‘Capital of Yachting’.

The multi-levels look stunning and cleverly resemble an ocean going liner with each ‘deck’ having a purpose whether  for entertaining, relaxing, conferencing or ‘overnighting’.

The open air observation decks and aft terraces are shaded with fabric, booms and masts to fully reflect a nautical theme but embrace the latest eco-technology to keep the building warm, wet, wet, dry and cool in all the right places! And it unquestionably fulfils its motto, L’Art de Vivre La Mer or should that be Le Science de Vivre La Mer!

Located on the eastern side of Port Hercule, the club can be accessed from Quai Louis II and on the other side, the YCM marina is equally accessible from the water or land, making it an ideal port of call offering 26 superyacht berths up to 60 metres and slips for sailboats, tenders and other craft.

It’s a busy club, with social functions, regattas, international and national racing championships going on pretty much the whole year round.

Sports activities are all inclusive, with a vibrant youth programme, where budding sailors as young as six years old can experience the excitement of sailing in an Optimist or Laser dinghy for the first time.

Besides the ability to learn the basics, there is of course another side to the club which is truly elite and involves the union of some of the most famous superyachts in the world - La Belle Classe.

There are two sub categories; La Belle Classe Tradition for owners of traditional or period yachts and La Belle Classe Superyachts for owners of yachts over 40 metres.

Members of either have to demonstrate a commitment to maritime heritage, naval etiquette, sharing and respect for the environment and the sea. These principals are reflected in the recruitment of new members to join the throng of 1,200 already in existence from 60 countries.

Two members are required as sponsors and, if successful, a cocktail party with all other members ensues, with the expectation of dinner to celebrate the event in the Club restaurant. It could be an expensive night!

And for the men, tie pins are to be positioned 10cms away from the tie knot after 8pm!

If passing though, be sure to visit the new Riva Aquarama bar on the top deck. The area leaves absolutely no doubt as to its inspiration and whilst there, sip on a drink, take in the awesome view that beholds you and feel a million dollars!

For further information visit www.yacht-club-monaco.mc