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Ship ahoy! The Monaco Yacht Show 2011

What: 21st Monaco Yacht Show 2011
Where: Port Hercule
When: 21 to 24 September 10am to 6.30pm

The big draw of the coming yachting season is without doubt the 21st annual Monaco Yacht Show, With over 80% of visitors coming from abroad, and forty countries exhibiting, the show remains one of the most international of all the great displays of the nautical calendar. Last year’s show posted excellent figures, and similar, if not higher, numbers are anticipated this year, flocking to see boats of all shapes and sizes ranging from the latest 30/40s and sailing yachts to exclusive superyachts of 25 to 90m in length.

Forty new designs are making their worldwide debuts here (ten more than last year) and what stands out this time is the remarkable range of yachts, attracting many different kinds of owner.

For the explorer, there are two yachts of particular note: the dramatically-designed Big Fish – who since her launch last year has already explored great swathes of the world’s oceans and visited Antarctica – and Galileo, the latest exciting design from Vitruvius Yachts: a blue-water, global explorer yacht also designed for Arctic and Antarctic conditions.

The collector and aesthete will come to admire the new 39-metre Snowbird, a veritable floating art gallery; while for sportsmen and women, all eyes will be on Shooting Star, a superfast 38-metre superyacht from the drawing boards of Danish designer Espen Oieno.

The Amels 212 ‘Imagine’

One of the biggest, yet most appealing yachts on show is the high-volume 64-metre Imagine, a spectacular craft built in Holland by Amels. Her graceful hull and gull-wing mast arch will certainly be turning heads, as will the 50-metre sailing vessel Zefira, winner of this year’s Sailing Yacht of the Year title at the World Superyacht Awards. But it’s not just the big yachts that are exciting press attention. Already many compliments have been paid to the excitingly designed Mugler Spire  – a tiny 9.5 metre superboat based on the Batmobile, capable of over 90 knots.

It’s perhaps no surprise to see such a wide range of new builds. Many of the world’s superyacht shipyards are operating below capacity, and there are half-finished hulls and new projects just waiting to be snapped up by discerning owners or speculators. In the opinion of Hein Velema, CEO of Fraser Yachts and former marketing manager for Feadship, ‘Now is the time to build… shipyards are still operating well below capacity and my recurring message to all our customers for the last 18 months has been build, build, build and start now!’


This is the event which more than any other sets the tone and the standard for prestige yacht shows, with royalty and millionaire yacht owners mingling with visitors to the Principality over a four day period fuelled by great weather and great entertainment.

But of course this is principally a meeting and market place, and as well as admiring the boats, visitors have the chance to meet representatives of the international luxury yacht trade: over 500 brokers, builders, charterers, designers and equipment manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate their wares and – who knows – maybe even persuade you to part with your money. Despite continuing economic uncertainty, the general mood is that the market is picking up again – not too fast – but definitely showing signs of positive recovery.

Dark Knight: Thierry Mugler’s’ Spire’ superboat

As in previous years, organisers have pledged their continuing support for the Monaco Association against the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a local charity. Last year the Association received a donation of €51,500. Helping the cause this year will be the Only Watch charity auction. which will take place at 4pm on 22 September at the Hotel Hermitage.

In the lead up to this year’s show, CityOut will be providing comprehensive coverage of latest developments from exhibitors, as well as a guide to key companies and events.

Additional events

20 September 2011

The Captains’ Hideout
plays host to all professional captains and crew during the Monaco Yacht Show, with complimentary refreshments and internet access throughout the day. The Hideout is the perfect place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the show. Please note that the Captains’ Hideout is open only to professional superyacht captains and crew living on board the yachts participating in the show.

22 September at 4pm
Hotel Hermitage

Only Watch 2011 – auction of one off and limited edition luxury timepieces on behalf of charity

23 September at 7pm
Monte Carlo Beach Hotel

Captain’s Party for yacht captains and yachting industry representatives taking part in the show. This event organized jointly with Informa Yacht Group and backed by The Yacht Report and Ascoma Maritime is an opportunity for guests to socialize in a convivial ambiance while admiring the view over Port Hercule. By invitation only.

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© CityOutMonaco 2011


Vladimir Antonov