HSH Prince Albert II confirms the next two rendezvous of the Yacht Club de Monaco: Palermo – Montecarlo (Open sea race, 17-23 August) Monaco Classic Week (Classic Yachts, 12-16 September) Monaco, Thursday 28 June 2007. On Tuesday at Valencia, HSH Prince Albert II attended the third America’s Cup race between Defender Alinghi and Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand, and being a well-informed spectactor he could appreciate the spectacular duel which unfolded between the two teams. “Our Club is strongly represented at this 32nd edition of the America’s Cup”, he had commented during the recent summer cocktail party for new members, organised at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 21 June, “whether it be on the Smeralda 888s during the opening regatta, or with the stopovers made by yachts flying the YCM flag, through to the presence of Tuiga alongside other “Belle Classe” yachts, or with the involvement of certain club members within the teams in competition. This human and state-of-the-art technological challenge is one of the most difficult to conquer because it demands excellence in the two domains”. On its return to the Principality, the delegation from Monaco goes straight into action to prepare for the next two rendezvous at the club. On the programme: Palermo – Monte-Carlo from 17 to 23 August 2007, an open sea race of 500 nautical miles, and Monaco Classic Week from 12 to 16 September 2007, the point of reference for traditional yacht meetings. Even today it is still the only event to embrace traditional sailing yachts, classic motor yachts and vintage motorboats in a single port. Two events between modernity and tradition, organised in collaboration with the Swiss watchmaker Hublot, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s offical timekeeper, who manages to translate the dynamism and sporting vocation of the Monaco Club, while remaining very attached to its traditional heritage. – Monaco Classic Week (12-16 September 2007): Official poster unveiled It was alongside Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, that HSH Prince Albert II unveiled the official poster for the eighth edition. Designed by the marine artist Marc P.G Berthier, the poster is very much in the spirit of those produced in the last century. In the foreground, a couple on deck dressed in yachting attire admire a fleet of traditional yachts passing some motorboats: an ambiance close to that which reigned in the Principality at the beginning of the last century. Since 1904, Port Hercule has also been the theatre of some of the century’s great innovations, notably the first international motorboat trials, giving birth to the internal combustion engine. Excellence and conviviality: these are the two key words which best describe this biennial event which offers an exceptional line-up, notably Lulworth (1920), Iduna (1939), Eleonora (replica of 1910), SS Delphine (1921), Mariquita (1911) and also Moonbeam IV (1914). Participation is by invitation only. Nearly 50 vessels will be berthed in front of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Challenges and regattas for traditional yachts, time trials, a competition for chefs and one for elegance, a trophy for restoration and heritage, cocktails, social evenings… an eighth edition dedicated to owners who live the maritime tradition. Sport advance programme (subject to modification) Mercredi 12 Septembre 13h00 Day of the Challenge 19h00 Nautical conference Jeudi 13 Septembre 13h00 Traditional Yachts Regatta 14h00 Regularity Trials (Motor-yachts) Friday 14 September 10h30 Onboard Chefs Competition 13h00 Traditional Yachts Regatta 14h00 Powerboats and racers demonstration 21h00 Nuit du Yachting (upon invitation) Saturday 15 September 10h00 Elegance Contest (Sailing yachts) 13h00 Traditional Yachts Regatta 14h00 Elegance Contest (Motor-yachts) Sunday 16 September 10h00 Prize-Giving Ceremonies (upon invitation) 14h00 Start of the regatta.