HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, accompanied by the Monaco royal family and the building’s architect Lord Foster, have officially opened the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco.
The event was attended by 4,000 guests, which included all government ministers, the Minister of State Michel Roger, President of the National Council Laurent Nouvion, YCM members (1,300 society members, 66 nationalities), friends of the club from around the world, and all those taking part in the Giraglia Rolex Cup.
Shortly after 7.00pm HSH Prince Albert II closed the old premises on Quai Antoine 1er by lowering the YCM flag. Then, accompanied by the club’s general secretary Bernard d’Alessandri, they brought the flag across the harbour in a “pointu” (traditional Mediterranean fishing boat) to the new building at Quai Louis II.
The Monaco Government chose Lord Foster to design the YCM’s new flagship, as the renowned British architect is famous for his hi-tech approach to the environment.
Sleek and elegant, with an LOA (length overall) of 200m, the building blends harmoniously into the site, and was built in partnership with the Monaco architect Alexandre Giraldi, and supervised by the Public Works Department. Designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and state of the art, it has been constructed to HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standards.