Today we are taking a quick trip to the Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera for Monaco Classic Week 2013 – courtesy of fellow Woody Boater Marty Feletto. Held biennially, Monaco Classic Week is a week-long festival held at sea and on shore from September 11-15 which features a series of events celebrating Monaco’s rich maritime history. – Texx
From the Monaco Yacht Club website – Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco from 11-15 September 2013, Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe reflects Monaco’s unwavering attachment to the sea and its maritime heritage.
The Principality of Monaco enjoys a historic legitimacy when it comes to top level nautical events; from the first sailing regattas held here in 1862, to the motorboat meetings of the early 20th century and, from 1904, the races, presentations, trials and performances of the early combustion engines which attracted Europe’s elite from industry and the aristocracy. They brought Monaco into a privileged circle of maritime nations, making it a regular port of call for the world’s biggest yachts.
Armed with their iPhone cameras, Marty and his girlfriend Debbie snapped these photos from Monaco as the boats arrived for the big show and as the event got under way. They then e-mailed the photos to us from their favorite bar in Monaco which had good WiFi service – as they enjoyed a cold drink (or two).
Marty noted in his e-mail – Texx, Monaco Classics Week is a big deal over here, mostly vintage sailboats – some huge. Probably more wood in this harbor than anywhere in the world this weekend if you consider the sailboats. Lots of Rivas and others as I noted – mostly RHS (Riva Historical Society) members. Some Chris-Crafts including a small Cobra, lots of big old sail boats. Just a nutso Monaco harbor with an assortment of everything including about 30 – 300′ mega yachts.
I am here using a friends Aquariva out of Monaco Boat Service, but not officially part of the event. We have spent time here in Monaco with Lia Riva, Carlo Riva’s daughter, and others which is always a wonderful experience.
Then we are leaving on Saturday to go up to R.A.M. in Sarnico (Revisione Assistenza Motoscafi) and play in Ron’s Ariston. (Also check out the impressive R.A.M. Sarnico website – Texx)
Marty Feletto is a master of finding cool old wooden boats, and he is always on the lookout for them. It’s almost like he has some kind of “wooden boat spidey sense” that kicks in just at the right time. In this shot, you can see he is on to something good….
And all of a sudden, as Marty’s “spidey sense” is on full alert, a big triple appears on the horizon… (Don’t forget that you can click on the photos to enlarge them – Texx)
It was a 1984 replica of 1935 30′ Morgan Hacker triple cockpit runabout – The name on the transom was “Miss Nancy” from Pt. Pleasant, NJ. It’s always great to see a big triple anywhere, and fun to see one in service at Monaco.
As Marty & Debbie were cruising around the Monaco harbor they couldn’t help but notice the Ocean Pearl Super Yacht that was there. They snapped a few shots of this radically designed yacht. To learn more about Ocean Pearl you can check out the great story on Superyachts.com or even charter her if you feel the need for some first class luxury cruising in the Mediterranean.
Special thanks to Marty & Debbie for taking the time to share some great photos from their visit to Monaco with us today, and give us a glimpse into yet another side of the classic boating lifestyle from a different part of the world.