The twenty-fifth Monaco Yacht Show opens today with more superyachts, networking opportunities, dinners and cocktail parties than ever before. A prestigious showcase of 115 waterborne palaces, it is the official launch platform for 40 of the year’s most eagerly anticipated new yachts.
Much has changed since the first edition in 1991. Twenty-five years ago, Monaco was known simply as a meeting place for the European jet-set and did not have an international yachting event to call its own. The first show saw only around 50 companies exhibiting with 30 yachts averaging a mere 100 feet long.
The MYS is now one of the flagship super yacht and luxury industry events; with over 500 hundred exhibitors – a roll call of the largest shipyards, top designers, major brokers and the finest yachting suppliers. In recent years, the MYS has become a global brand, welcoming potential buyers from the United States and the Middle East.
Stars of the show
The standout yacht of this year’s event will be the 278-foot SOLANDGE. Built by the Lürssen shipyard in 2013, it’s the largest yacht on show. This iconic yacht, designed by the internationally renowned naval architect Espen Oeino and interior design consultant Aileen Rodriguez, offers true luxury on six extraordinary decks and is intended to be a home-away-from-home on the high seas with space for up to 16 guests in eight cabins.
The 236-foot Stella Maris, from Italian yard Viareggio Superyachts (VSY), continues to receive wide acclaim and is ready for immediate delivery to a buyer willing to offer the $85 million price tag. Unique features include a helideck and floor-to-ceiling windows around the main and upper decks which have been acoustically engineered for silence – the ultimate luxury.
It isn’t all about creating a floating palace in gleaming white. Innovation, craftsmanship and finesse float alongside the crazy and the awe-inspiring. Celebrating their military heritage, Baglietto has created a series of patrol inspired day boats with hand-painted camouflaged hulls. Cantiere Savona is leading the way in eco-friendliness, with a tender that combines solar energy, hybrid propulsion and environmentally friendly materials.
When the Mediterranean sun sets
The show takes advantage of its prime location in the Cote D’Azur to offer visitors world class partying. At the centre of events will be the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new clubhouse. Designed by Norman Foster and Monaco-born architect Alexandre Giraldi, it was officially inaugurated on 20th June 2014 with a weekend festival celebrating L’Art de Vivre la Mer. Superyacht owners attending the event have privileged access to the clubhouse throughout their stay in the Principality.
Looking to buy or charter?
Victor works with the global superyacht industry leader Burgess Yachts, who are on hand at the show to arrange viewings and guide you through every aspect of yachting, including sale and purchase, new construction, charter and operational yacht management. You can visit Burgess at stand QH16, which is at the end of the Quai de l’Hirondelle right opposite the stunning 85m SOLANDGE.
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