Published: Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Around a thousand participants on sailing yachts, motoryachts, powerboats, Rivas and classic rowing skiffs - 115 vessels in total - left the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) with magical memories from the 12th Monaco Classic Week (Sept 9-13).

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Guests were welcomed by the YCM’s new building, inaugurated in June 2014 and designed by Lord Norman Foster.

The Monaco event was a week dedicated to a certain ‘Art de Vivre la Mer’, alternating nautical events with culinary, artistic and elegance contests.

This year welcomed classic vessels that left their mark on the period when they were launched, with sailing yachts from 1885 through to 1975.

The big winner of this edition was the sailing yacht Morwenna who received the Monaco Classic Week Trophy 2015.

Morwenna also won the La Belle Classe Restoration prize for all classes, a well-deserved recognition for the Guip boatyard.  In 2013, the Brest-based yard restored this English schooner launched in 1914 by Stowe & Sons of Shoreham in West Sussex from plans by Linton Hope, famous for having designed military boats for the MacDonald Nile expedition to Sudan.

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(Photos: Stefano Gattini)

In the 15-metre IR class, Mariska dominated winning four of the five races held.

Elena of London, the faithful replica launched in 2009 of American designer Nathanael Herreshoff¹s 1916 schooner won the Big Boat category for vessels over 23m, at 55m (LOA) she proved unbeatable.

In the Vintage Gaff category, Olympian (1914) beat Chinook a New York 40 from this one-design class designed by Nathanael Herreshoff, and Eva, a 13.5m Marconi-gaff rig, design n°505 of William Fife III.

In the Vintage Marconi category, victory went to the 1937 Olin Stephens design Manitou, once John F. Kennedy’s presidential yacht. The ketch made life difficult for Rowdy who came second, with third place going to Carron II.

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For her first participation in Monaco Classic Week, Stiren won the Classics category ahead of Il Moro di Venezia, a Frers design launched in 1975 and Bufeo Blanco, a Cesare Sangermani design launched in 1963 which after a total restoration in Viareggio in 2006/2007 returned to the race circuit and now monopolizes the podiums.

Raising awareness toward ocean climate and the environment was Catherin Chabaud, who was presented with the coveted Personnalité de la Mer 2015 award by General Secretary of the YCM Bernard d’Alessandri and jury member Patrick Poivre d’Arvor.

As the first woman to complete the solo non-stop round the world Vendée Globe race, Catherine Chabaud is involved in this December’s COP21 Climate Conference being organised by the French government.

“This is an issue for governments of course but also for all of us,” says Chabaud. “We all have in common the fact that the oceans are our future, and it is imperative the voice of the ocean is heard in Paris 2015.”

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Monaco’s reputation for glamorous partying ensued throughout a few highly successful days. The celebrations included a gathering with HSH Prince Albert II, President of the Yacht Club de Monaco since 1984, celebrating the oldest yacht present, the 130-year-old Partridge.

The next Monaco Classic Week will be help September 13-17, 2017.

Monaco Classic Week Results:

Monaco Classic Week 2015 Trophy

Winner: Morwena (Robeen Kenyon)

Concours d’Elégance

Winner: Patna (Greg Powlesland)

Special powerboat prize: Ismaelia II (Stéphane Warny)

La Belle Classe Restoration

Winner, all classes: Morwena (Robeen Kenyon)

Winner, Riva: Maud II (Alexander Kurgnasky)

Classic yachts - 15M IR

1st: Mariska (Christian Niels)

2nd: The Lady Anne (Richard Le May)               

3rd: Tuiga (Pierre Casiraghi)

4th: Hispania (Marcos Garcia)

Classic yachts - Vintage Gaff Category

1st: Olympian (Guillaume Fetas)                                                           

2nd: Chinook (Jonathan Greenwood)

3rd: Eva (Charlotte Franquet)

Classic Yachts - Vintage Marconi Category

1st: Manitou (Alex Tilleray)

2nd: Rowdy (Brendan Mac Carty)

3rd: Carron II (Nicolas Groux)

Classic Yachts - Classic Category

1st: Stiren (Oren Nataf)               

2nd: Il Moro di Venezia (Massimiliano Ferruzzi)

3rd: Buffeo Blanco (Francesco Manzi)

Classic Yachts - Big Boat Category

1st: Elena of London (Steve MacLaren)             

2nd: Moonbeam of Fife (Erwan Noblet)

3rd: Wayfarer Alfa (Ercole Riva Faccio)

12 Dinghy (the whole class)

1st: Barabba (Vincenzo Penagini)

2nd: Orietta Mia (Emmanuele Tua)

3rd: Always AICD (Igor Petukhov)

Manoeuvrability prize

1st Riva: Hatchi (Luca Pagnamenta)

1st Powerboat: Albatros (John Fildes)

Regularity Trial

1st: Maria Teresa (Fabrizio Lovati)