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100 Classic Yachts Attend 14th Monaco Classic Week

100 Classic Yachts Attend 14th Monaco Classic Week

More than 100 classic yachts attended the 14th biennial Monaco Classic Week at the Yacht Club de Monaco last week.

The event, which took place from 11 to 15 September, paid tribute to US-built boats and host classic yachts designed by famous American naval architects such as Nathanael Herreshoff, Olin Stephens and John Alden.

Attending yachts included the likes of the 79 metre SS Delphine, which was built for the Dodge family in 1921, Elena of London, Invader, Naema and Moonbeam of Fife. The 66 metre famous New York Yacht Club schooner Atlantic also attended the event for the first time.

Alongside the selection of classic yachts on display were a number of vintage motor boats including Rivas and all-wood Chris-Crafts. Four William Fife-designed gaff cutters dating back to 1906 also made an appearance.

Eight races also saw sailing yachts go head-to-head around the bay, as motor boats compete in timed speed trials. All vessels then took part in the traditional Concours d’Elégance, during which the judging panel assessed boat lines, crew attire and naval etiquette.

The event culminated in a prize giving ceremony attended by Prince Albert II, which saw the Monaco Classic Week trophy awarded to Puritan (1930) and the 2019 La Belle Classe Restoration Prize was presented to the Swedish gaff Ester.

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