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The queen among the regattas in the Mediterranean, the Giraglia Rolex Cup, was in this year’s edition touched by royalty. That has been clear from the time the course of the offshore race was set from Saint-Tropez, around the Giraglia Rock, to Monte-Carlo in order to combine the unique opportunity of the official opening of the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which has been led for 30 years by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Esimit Europa 2, the fastest European monohull and a proud member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, on this occasion welcomed on board Monegasque Pierre Casiraghi, a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Board Committee, who was one of the helmsmen at this exceptional offshore race. By racing with Esimit Europa 2, Pierre Casiraghi was carrying the message “All Together – For Europe” with the multinational Esimit Sailing Team, which sails under the European flag and promotes values such as team spirit, solidarity, collaboration and innovativeness. It was a very special moment for the team to win its jubilee 30th consecutive line honours victory in front of its home yacht club on 19 June; moreover, Monegasque crew member Pierre Casiraghi sailed to home waters victoriously and proudly helmed the blue yacht into the Port Hercule, where the yacht club is located.
As the heat of the inauguration event rose the following day, Esimit Europa 2 welcomed Hugues Moret, French Ambassador to Monaco, and members of the Association of Honorary Consuls of Monaco on board for the VIP sailing in the afternoon with best Russian female sailor, Ekaterina Skudina, helming Esimit Europa 2 at this occasion. The special guests not only enjoyed the amazing experience of sailing with the fastest and technologically most advanced European yacht, but were also offered splendid views of Monte Carlo from the sea, with an exhibition of the Yacht Club de Monacoʼs new building at the dock side, which was already decorated with red ribbon and red carpet for the inauguration act.
On 20 June, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, accompanied by the royal family, officially opened the new premises of the Yacht Club de Monaco. During the ceremony he crossed the harbour by boat and delivered the club’s flag from the old premises to the new. “The flag I have just raised today flies proudly on the mast at the top of our new premises. It marks an important phase in the life of our Club, for Port Hercule and for the Principality. With this architectural masterpiece we wished to affirm Monaco’s yachting identity, our ambition being to continue to orient our country’s future prosperity towards the sea,” said HSH Prince Albert II to the 4,000 guests, including government ministers, members representing 66 nationalities, and crews taking part in the Giraglia Rolex Cup who attended the celebration.
The new building, designed by renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster, is shaped in the form of slender liners which used to cruise between England and America in the early 20th century; it combines light, luxurious and modern aesthetics inside and out with highly technological achievements, especially with regard to its environmental quality. Built to HQE® (Haute Qualité Environnementale) standards, the building has significantly low environmental impact thanks to efficient water, waste and energy management using the latest technologies, from solar panels to a hydro -cooling system recycling water from the port.