Over 30,000 people descended on Monaco’s Port Hercules last week for the Monaco Yacht Show, continuing the show’s 20 year legacy that has solidified Monaco as the yacht capital of the world. More than 100 mega yachts were in attendance, including at least half of the world’s biggest yachts, for several days of exhibitions, events, parties and fun. M-Theory was there to capture all of the action to show you why the Monaco Yacht Show is the mecca for yachting enthusiasts, owners and admirers.
The Monaco Yacht Show attracts the affluent and wealthy to the smallest country in the world with top-tier yachts and tenders, the beautiful Port Hercules, exotic supercars, beautiful people and an incredible nightlife scene centered around the Monte Carlo Casino, one of the most famous casinos in the world where scenes from James Bond ‘s Golden Eye and Never Say Never Again were filmed.
Many of the yachts showcased at the Yacht Show every year bring a detailed history of significant importance in their wake. The Atlantis II is a special attraction because it was originally launched in 1981, yet remains close to the top of the list of the world’s longest yachts. Another classic yacht is the Lady Moura, launched in 1990; it was the first yacht to hide its “tenders”, or transport boats, as well as streamlining all the external fixtures on the hull for the more stylized look we are familiar with today.
For some yachts, the essence trumps the physical appearance. The Sokar is an older yacht that attracts many crowds as it has a bit of tantalizing history on its decks. The Sokar was launched in 1990 and is owned by Mohammed al-Fayed. It was the mee
ting place of his son Dodi and Princess Di during their fling. The couple was photographed regularly on the Sokar shortly before their deaths.
Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC’s owner, has a deep relationship with some of the top yachts on display at the Monaco Yacht Show. Many of these yachts have passed through his port in recent years and remain at the top of their class including the Ecstasea, which is one of the most modern and luxurious yachts and always a crowd pleaser. The Pelorus, which houses a crew of 46 all year and remains in the top 20 largest yachts in the world, was recently sold to David Geffen for $300 million.
The Monaco Yacht Show has partnered with many foundations and green projects since 2005 including Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy and the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco which raises awareness of deforestation and involved in protecting wood used in the boating industry. M-Theory was in Monaco filming the annual Bal de le Mar event to benefit the International Seakeeper’s Society, a global yachting foundation that focuses on marine research and ocean conservation.
With 500 exhibitors occupying 9,000 square meters of space and hosting a plethora of parties, the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show was packed with beautiful people, luxurious yachts and plenty of things to see and do around the clock. The show took place September 21-23 at Port Hercules in Monaco. For more information on the event visit the official Monaco Yacht Show website here.