The royal yachting event of the year, the Monaco Yacht Show, running this year from 27-30th September, has been the yachting event of the year since 1991. Over nearly three decades it has grown exponentially and demonstrates again-and-again that it truly wears the crown when it comes to international yachting events. And what could be a more apt location for a ‘reigning monarch’, than centre stage in the Principality of Monaco?
But what exactly is it that makes it rule supreme? This year’s Monaco Yacht Show 2017 edition is crammed full with all the usual wonders and attractions during the show’s four days. But having spoken with Gaëlle Tallarida, MD of the Monaco Yacht Show, we now have the inside line on what’s truly special at the show in 2017; and are happy to share these with you in our very own lingo…
1. High expectations
Location, location, location. Nestled beneath the royal palace and spread out to sea like an armada in all its shining glory, this year will see a whopping 125 of the world’s most mind blowing superyachts on display, worthy of the most discerning royal audience.
From naval architecture, to build quality and performance, to engineering and just the sheer beauty of their looks, these jaw-dropping megayachts are what will make the Monaco Yacht Show 2017 glimmer the brightest; along with its 590 exhibitors all relevant to the yachting world and hailing from 38 different countries.
2. Need for speed and (boys) toys
If you’re a bit of a petrol head and superyachts aren’t only your soft spot then head over to the car deck- complete with test drive opportunities and advice from the supercar manufacturers’ experts themselves. This year sees the car deck moved to the new hotspot area that is Quai Antoine 1er. Here, Italian super-brand Lamborghini will open up the doors to its mean machine, the V12 Aventador S along with the fastest standard production car ever built, the incredible V10 Huracán.
New kid on the block, Hoffman & Novague, will also be in situ to unveil its very own limited edition HN R200 production car, inspired by the legendary Škoda 200RS. Elemental Motor will also showcase its Top Gear approved RP1 sports car built by a group of British F1 engineers, making it the only road car in the world with an F1 style- feet up, low driving position and genuine underfloor down force aerodynamics. Va va voom guaranteed.
For those needing an extra bit of an edge, take a peek at the Tender & Toys Show covering an impressive 30 brands, both dockside and afloat. From water to air the toys don’t stop, and the sky’s the limit with the Monaco Yacht Show thanks to not one, but TWO Leonardo helicopters on display.
3. Where to find the best beer
Everyone has heard of ‘La Rascasse’, situated on the Quai Antoine 1er of Port Hercules, but at Monaco Yacht Show 2017 the area will become a focal point not only for the many-litres of beer consumed there but also because of Starboard and the HISWA Pavilion. This area features a collection of Dutch exhibitors, who also will probably add record numbers to the average amount of beer consumed during the show!
4. Brush up on inside info at the Monaco Yacht Summit
If you are a new superyacht charterer or owner, you should think about attending the Monaco Yacht Summit. The event takes place a day before the official opening of the show and will be held as five table-talks led by industry leaders who will share personal insights and provide unbiased information about the fascinating world of superyachts.
5. Sapphire Experience – a royal welcome
If a made-to-measure superyacht experience is your kind of thing and you qualify of course, then the Monaco Yacht Show 2017 Sapphire Experience will be offered and tailored to you. Featuring a concierge service for premium clients only, VIP Sapphire guests are granted private visits onboard the superyachts and are invited to the exclusive and official Monaco Yacht Show opening gala. These lucky few attendees will also be pampered with VIP tender rides, personal invitations to events for the duration of the show along with a courtesy car service and complimentary lunches at the official show restaurant: situated in the über luxurious Upper Deck Lounge located within the Parvis Piscine tent.