Despite being the second smallest country in the world, many of the world’s richest call Monaco home. With a GDP of $153,177 and the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita, this tiny principality is the perfect destination for an annual yacht show!
The Monaco Yacht Show 2014 took place between 24 and 27 September this year. Around 33,000 visitors came to view 115 of the worlds most expensive luxury yachts set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo’s Port Hercules. The galleries provided by our friend Christian Sauer show just a fraction of the yachts on display.
The Monaco Yacht Show 2014 saw the very first award ceremony with a number of ships receiving inaugural awards. Perini Navi-Picchiotti’s Grace E, a 73m 2013 build, won the award for the best interior design. The interior is a Remi Tessier design. It features 5 decks loaded with a gym, massage room with steam sauna and hydrotherapy equipment.
Solandge won best exterior design. At 85m, the Lürssen Shipyard yacht is one of the most exclusive charter yachts currently available. Espen Oeino handled the exterior design. The yacht features a panoramic top deck which plays host to a chic beach club area with customised dance floor, Jacuzzi and bar. The interior design is a collaboration between Rodriguez Interiors and Dolker&Voges.
The 91,5m Equanimity won the award for the best in show. Built and designed by Dutch ship builder Oceanco, this yacht features a 20m squared pool on her deck with jets, a private hot tub outside the master suite and a beach club. Interior design was completed by Andrew Winch.
Yersin, a project currently under construction by Piriou shipyard based at Concarneau in France, won the an honourable award. It will be unveiled in June 2015 and will call the principality its home port. It will be able to manage 12,000 mile voyages when complete and will help researchers and scientists in the most difficult of nautical environments.
The final award, the Green Plus Yacht award went to super yacht Entourage built by Admiral. A Maxima 47 vessel, Entourage has an Admiral Yachts interior and a Luca Dini Design exterior. It won its award for the use environmentally sound construction methods.
One yacht which missed out on the awards was the Feadship Como which we featured recently on our frontpage. Its groundbreaking exterior design features a large amount of structural glass. We also like the retro design of the Bandito 90 which we believe to have been built by Taiwan-based builder, Jade Yachts.
Among the other yachts on display, the 295 foot Athena catches our attention. Originally built for Internet entrepreneur James H. Clark, it is the third longest sailing yacht in the world. It was built in 2004 and has been listed for sale since July 2012 and currently commands an asking price of $75 million.
The final picture below is of the Germany-based Nobiskrug’s Mogambo, named after a 1950’s film. The film featured hollywood A-listers Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Monaco’s very own Grace Kelly. It is vast at 241 foot and its design was penned with the aid of Reymond Langton Design.
Plans are already afoot for the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 which promises to be bigger than ever before!
Special thanks to Christian Sauer for representing GTspirit at the Monaco Yacht Show 2014!