Eleven years ago, British architectural firm Foster + Partners began designing the new Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) clubhouse. Since construction began in 2009, the superyacht world has waited with baited breath for the completion of what will inevitably become one of the most iconic homes of yachting in the world. On Friday 21 June 2014, the wait was over with over 3000 guests descending upon the new building for the opening ceremony.

“The flag I raised today flies proudly on the mast at the top of our new premises,” announced His Serene Highness, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II after arriving at the clubhouse by boat to a crowd waving red and white YCM scarves. “It marks an important phase in the life of our club, for Port Hercule and for the Principality. With this architectural masterpiece we are affirming our Monaco yachting identity, our ambition being to continue to orient our country’s future prosperity to the sea.”

The building itself presents a bold new profile on the Monegasque skyline, its architecture clearly embodying a nautical aesthetic. Deck-like terraces sweep along the side of the 200m-long structure, providing beautiful views of the harbour as well as over the road, ready to offer superior vantage points during regattas or the Formula 1 Grand Prix. The YCM opening also saw the opening of the new Riva Aquarama Lounge on the top floor, a stylish space that can host up to 1300 members.

Among the guests at the opening were a number of notable owners and industry figures including designer Espen Øino, SYBass’ Theo Hooning, Bill Duker, who currently has a 70m in build at Perini, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio, Eric Benson, owner of M/Y Satori, Rob Tobin, director of Döhle Private Clients Limited, Eddie Jordan, owner of M/Y Blush, Guido and Maren Krass and president of CRN Lamberto Tacoli.

The opening coincided with the race Giraglia Rolex Cup, which was finishing in Monaco for the first time in the offshore race’s 62-year history. The racing yachts were berthed outside the clubhouse during the ceremony and the race’s prize giving on Saturday was the first official event to be hosted by the YCM in the new clubhouse, with YCM member Igor Simcic, owner of Esimit Europa 2, winning a Rolex Timepiece, the Rolex Trophy and the Trophy Rene Levainville for first place on elapsed time and the Beppe Croce Trophy for the first yacht to reach the Giraglia rock. Saturday also saw the world premiere of the newly launched Riva 122′ Mythos, Riva’s new 34m flagship outside the clubhouse.

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