The Fife-built classic sailing yacht The Lady Anne has been crowned winner of Monaco Classic Week after taking line honours.
The 24-metre classic was built in 1912 and is one of just three 15 Metre models still sailing, along with the Yacht Club de Monaco's flagship Tuiga (1909) and Mariska (1908). All three sisterships crossed the finish line within four minutes of one another, beating their much larger rivals such as Atlantic, celebrating her 120th birthday, and former Monaco Classic Week winner Creole.
Held in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco, Monaco Classic Week is a biennial, invitation-only event that welcomes around 100 of the finest classic sailing and motor yachts and celebrates their unique history with a number of coastal races and exhibitions. The Monaco Classic Week Trophy, however, not only takes race results into account but also the quality of restoration work as assessed by a jury of experts who are looking at how faithful it is to the original plans, the materials used to build the boat and the knowledge of those who restored them. The Lady Anne garnered the most votes from the jury.
“This event is unique in its genre as it brings the most beautiful yachts together in Monaco so the public can see what yachting was like a hundred years ago. If we don’t preserve our history, what do we have left? History can tell us what the future will be like,” said Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, president of the jury.
The next event hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco will be the third edition of the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Yachting Rendezvous between 24 and 25 September.