The Monaco Grand Prix marks the beginning of the Mediterranean season and is a headline fixture for those cruising the French Riviera at the turn of spring. After travel restrictions forced organisers to cancel the event last year, the yachts have begun to return to Port Hercules this week to celebrate the Formula One race weekend in true Monte Carlo style - although with reduced capacity in the grandstands. If you're in town for the weekend, keep an eye out for these 10 iconic yachts...
Zeus | 74.5m
Zeus (née Eco) is one of the biggest boats in Port Hercules and has scored a coveted trackside berth along Quai Kennedy, just past the Nouvelle Chicane. Built by Blohm+Voss and delivered in 1991, Zeus still turns head to this day with her lean destroyer-style hull and dramatic convex windows. Zeus is one of the fastest yachts in her class with a top speed of 36 knots, powered by two diesel engines and an electric-gas turbine.
Symphony | 101.5m
Delivered in 2017, Symphony was the first yacht built by Feadship to exceed the 100-metre mark. She was later surpassed by the 110-metre Anna but still remains the second largest superyacht to leave the Dutch shipyard to date. Anchored just outside of Port Hercules, a helipad allows guests to come and go as they please with an infinity pool astern for morning laps.
Atlantis II | 115.76
Classic motor yacht Atlantis II was built for Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos by Hellenic in 1981. Atlantis II is one of three identical superyachts built by Niarchos to outclass rival shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who built the 99.15 metre Christina O. Unlike most yachts visiting Monte Carlo for the race weekend, Atlantis II is often considered part of the skyline and spends most of her time berthed in Port Hercules.
Faith | 96.55m
The award-winning Feadship Faith is rumoured to be owned by fashion magnate Lawrence Stroll, who also happens to own the Aston Martin Formula One racing team. The perfect retreat for a post-race party, highlights include a nine-metre, glass-bottomed swimming pool fed by a waterfall, a games deck and a helideck for trips to and from the mothership. There are three chefs on board ready to whip up a feast with wine pairings sourced from the wine cellar below deck. She picked up two Neptunes at the World Superyacht Awards in 2018 including the coveted title Motor Yacht of the Year award.
Lady Moura | 104.85
Despite having an 8,000 nautical mile range, Lady Moura rarely ventures far from her home berth in Port Hercules. Launched in 1990 by Blohm+Voss, Lady Moura was the ninth largest yacht ever built at the time - and the most expensive - with seven decks and a grand total of 6,539GT. Highlights include an indoor pool that can be opened to the elements thanks to a retracting roof, a huge cinema lounge, and a helipad. Nothing is done by half measures on board, even her rubbish bins are monogrammed and her nameplate is plated in gold. Lady Moura can sleep a total of 30 guests served by an army of crew - 60 to be exact. In 2019, she was listed for sale for the first time.
Tatoosh | 92.42m
Tatoosh was recently listed for sale following an extensive 11-month refit and is sitting pretty outside of Port Hercules during the Monaco Grand Prix. Custom-built by German shipyard Nobiskrug, Tatoosh features a long list of luxury amenities including a two-storey owners' apartment, a 12-metre-long Hinckley tender on the top deck, a basketball court and even carries her own sailing yacht. Tatoosh can host a total of 19 guests across 11 cabins with a crew of 30 on hand.
Luminosity | 107.6m
At 107.6 metres in length, Luminosity is one of the biggest yachts to leave the sheds at Benetti and is among the largest anchored outside Port Hercules for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. She was designed entirely from the inside out as has been dubbed the “glass palace” thanks to her 800 square metres of windows that wrap the top three decks. There are two helipads and an enormous 250 square metre beach club complete with a pool clad in mirror-polished stainless steel. Luminosity is the second of three 100m+ superyachts launched by Benetti over just four months from December 2018.
Hampshire II | 78.5m
Hampshire II is another big Feadship spotted anchored just outside of the port. Launched in 2012, the yacht was built for a seasoned Feadship owner "with a great love for action and sports", according to the yard. From trackside to courtside, Hampshire II's foredeck can transform into a multi-purpose sports court allowing guests to play basketball, tennis or badminton without setting foot off the yacht. Towering above, a 25-metre-high crow’s nest offers the best views of the principality as the sun sets behind the skyscrapers.
Axioma | 72m
Axioma is an easy one to spot thanks to her bright blue hull. She is one of the most sought-after charter yachts on the water and is currently anchored outside of the port. An infinity pool dominates the aft deck while a sundeck lounge spills over onto the bridge deck below where a swim up/sit up Jacuzzi pool awaits guests after a day spent trackside. You might even spot Axioma's new Fjord 44 coupé tender making the short trip to the track, flaunting the same bright blue as the mothership.
Lionheart | 90m
In 2016, Lionheart was launched by Benetti as the Italian shipyard’s new flagship and is the owner's third Benetti to bear the same name. The 90-metre motor yacht is no stranger to Monte Carlo, spending most of her time cruising the French and Italian Riviera from home base in Port Hercules. Lionheart has remained secretive in the five years since her launch and is currently berthed at the end of Quai Rainier.