This photo above shows Monaco's Port Hercules filled to the brim with superyachts of all shapes and sizes. As we recently took a walk down memory lane with a look at nine decades of yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix, we know that the yachts in attendance have changed greatly over the years since the first race. As the yachts have grown more grand and opulent, so too have the parties and the esteem of watching the race from a yacht.
This aerial view of the hilly principality of Monaco gives a brilliant bird's eye view of yachts taking centre stage during the Monaco Grand Prix. The yachts fill up the port and anchor offshore in the harbour to take in the festivities of the F1 race.
Port Hercules cannot hold all the yachts that visit during the Grand Prix. The overflow of spectator yachts can be found in the harbour just offshore Monaco, ranging from superyachts to small day boats.
The new Yacht Club de Monaco opened to acclaim last year, much thanks to its visionary yacht-inspired design by acclaimed architect Norman Foster. Set between the harbour and the road, no doubt members had an ideal view of the Monaco Grand Prix. The photo above shows a view of the yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix looking over the myriad balconies of the yacht club.
In this photo we see that yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix really do have the best view, with the track running right behind the aft deck. As a few cars have taken an unfortunate dive into the water over the years, yachts moor a ways off the seawall to avoid any accidental collision. This also prevents non-VIP guests from hopping on the larger yachts berthed here.
If not lucky enough to be on board a yacht at the Monaco Grand Prix, then a balcony overlooking the race is the next best thing. As a bonus, from here you can enjoy both a view of the tricky turns in the race and take in the beautiful yachts, too.
The superyachts didn't only stick to the waters right off Monaco, of course. Here we see two of the largest yachts in the world, 134 metre Fincantieri Serene and 126 metre Lürssen Octopus, owned by Paul Allen, anchored off the nearby peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Earlier this year, Paul Allen and his crew discovered a long-lost WWII shipwreck during an expedition on Octopus.