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US maritime history to take centre stage of Monaco Classic Week

US maritime history to take centre stage of Monaco Classic Week

America’s maritime heritage is to take centre stage at the biennial Monaco Classic Week at the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Running from 11 to 15 September, the event will pay tribute to US-built boats and host classic yachts designed by famous American naval architects such as Nathanael Herreshoff, Olin Stephens and John Alden.

The Yacht Club de Monaco will also create an event “village” with a bar, lounge and a stars and stripes theme, honouring the country described as “dear to the heart” of the club’s president, Prince Albert II.

A selection of 70 invited yachts, including the schooners Puritan (1931) and Orianda (1937), will be on display, alongside vintage motor boats including Rivas and all-wood Chris-Crafts. Four William Fife-designed gaff cutters dating back to 1906 are also set to make an appearance.

Eight races will see sailing yachts go head-to-head around the bay, as motor boats compete in timed speed trials. All vessels will then take part in the traditional Concours d’Elégance, where the judging panel will assess boat lines, crew attire and naval etiquette to crown a winner.

A number of onshore competitions will accompany the racing, including La Belle Classe, the restoration prize for impeccable preservation of maritime heritage, and the Chef’s Competition, where crew members pair innovative dishes with champagne. A bustling social programme will also include cocktail and crew parties.

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