Monaco Yacht Show takes centre stage
The 31st Monaco Yacht Show features a stunning line-up of superyachts including the 115m Lürssen Ahpo, while the four day event continues evolving on and off the water to engage with a new generation of owners.
MYS returns to Port Hercule
As reviewed in Yacht Style Issue 66, the 115m Ahpo by Germany’s Lürssen is the biggest vessel at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show from September 28-October 1, as the superyacht spectacle continues its three-year development programme ‘to promote superyachting among a new generation of clients’.
With no event in 2020, the 30th edition was held last year against the backdrop of slowly-easing restrictions for international travel, with the first post-pandemic edition attracting 19,000 visitors and 101 yachts to Port Hercule. It was a well-received return for the show, although figures were down on the 31,000 visitors and 125 yachts of 2019, then described as the biggest edition since the show started in 1991.
This year, organisers expect over 450 exhibitors and around 115 superyachts including about 40 new models. The show is again preceded by the Monaco Yacht Summit at Yacht Club de Monaco, where show visitors with a yacht project (purchase, charter or construction) receive advice and insights from industry experts including designers, brokers, builders and financial advisors.
The first day of the show is invitation-only, with private clients holding ‘Discover’ passes and their parties (‘Advise’ passes) granted access to the Dockside Area while other areas are open to all passes. From the Thursday to the Saturday, the Dockside Area is open to all visitors.
ADVENTURE AREA, SUSTAINABILITY HUB
This year, organisers have introduced an Adventure Area and a Sustainability Hub. Dedicated to adventure, exploration and leisure activities on board a superyacht, the Adventure Area spans two sites at Port Hercule.
Quai Antoine 1er on the south side of Port Hercule includes an Adventure Area linked to the former Car Deck and Tenders & Toys exhibitions, bringing luxury cars and motorbikes, yacht tenders and water toys together in one location. The other Adventure Area features about 20 tenders moored at Quai Jarlan, as in previous editions.
The Sustainability Hub is for companies specialising in technology aimed at reducing superyachts’ environmental footprint and covers 200sqm in Darse Sud, the southern tent dedicated to equipment, technology and yachting services.
Other changes this year include an upgrade of the Dockside Area, the relocation of the Sailing Yacht Area to the protected inner side of Quai l’Hirondelle, and a doubling of the size of the Yacht Design & Innovation Hub, which includes a new 100sqm conference area at Virage Louis Chiron. The three themed areas were introduced last year as part of the organisers’ three-year revamp.
Yacht Design & Innovation Hub
On the west side of Port Hercule, themed areas include the Parvis Piscine tent for yacht interior design and decoration companies, while its Upper Deck Lounge displays luxury products and services. On the south side, the Quai Albert 1er tent is for yacht-related equipment, maintenance and service companies.
HIGHLIGHTS ON SHOW
However, it’s the superyachts and megayachts in the water that are the show’s major attractions. As well as the world premiere of the 115m Ahpo, Lürssen builds include the 90m Phoenix II (2010), 61m Marguerite (2004) and 46m Lucy III (1992).
Lurssen 115m Ahpo
Damen Yachting is showing its new custom Amels 78 Energy and the first Amels 60 Come Together as well as Here Comes The Sun (2017), which the Dutch builder extended from 83m to 89m as part of a refit completed last year. Other on show include the 55m Amels 180 models Kamalaya (2013) and Papa (2019), the 52m Amels 171 Lind (2010) and the 54m Faribana V (1998) shown by Northrop & Johnson.
Builds by Germany’s Abeking & Rasmussen include the 86m B2 (2009), 74.5m Elandess (2018) and 68m Soaring (2020), while other big yachts on show include the new 88m Project X by Greece’s Golden Yachts and the 85m Victorious (2021) by Turkey’s AKYacht.
Italy’s Sanlorenzo is exhibiting the new 62Steel Alchemist and the 44.5m Alloy Sailing Grace (2021), while Dutch builder Heesen is staging the world premiere of its new 60m usine , which features an exterior by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and an interior by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design.
Benetti 65m Triumph
A year after its 108m ‘gigayacht’ IJE headlined the show, Benetti is showcasing a trio of new builds, with the world premieres of the custom-built 65m Triumph and the first B. Now 50M (Iryna) joined by the first B.Yond 37M (Goga) following the latter’s world premiere at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.
Sister builder Azimut is listed as showing its 38m flagship Grande Trideck Shabby, the S10 Bash 2 and the Grande 36 Metri that had its world premiere at Cannes.
Italy’s CRN, part of Ferretti Group, is staging the world premiere of its 62m Rio (Review, Issue 67), which has spent the summer in the Mediterranean. Another new CRN on show is the 52m Ciao, exhibited by Ocean Independence.
CRN 62m Rio
Ferretti Group is displaying the Custom Line 140’, the brand’s new 42m flagship that debuted at Cannes, along with a new hull from the Navetta 37 series, while a Navetta 42 (Botti) is exhibited by Denison Yachting.
Ferretti Group’s world premieres include Riva’s 130’ Bellissima, the brand’s largest model since the flagship 50Metri, while Riva is also showing a 110’ Dolcevita. A Wallywhy200, a model unveiled at Cannes last year, is also among Ferretti Group builds on show.
British yard Sunseeker is showcasing an 88 Yacht, 90 Ocean and 116 Yacht, while Gulf Craft’s Majesty 100 and 120 Rocket One are also appearing following the latter’s European debut at Cannes.
Gulf Craft Majesty 120
Among brokers, Camper & Nicholsons has one of the largest displays, with five yachts including the 65m Feadship Callisto (2006), the 55m C (2021) by Italy’s Baglietto and the 43m CRN Only Eighty (2013). Fraser is showing the 67.5m Icon (2010) by Dutch yard Icon Yachts, 50m K2 (2021) by Italy’s Columbus and 29m Anvilugi (2021), an Extra 96 by Italy’s Extra Yachts.
Among the sailing yachts line-up at Quai l’Hirondelle, Camper & Nicholsons is exhibiting the 45m Blush (2007) by Italy’s Perini Navi and the 51m Borkumriff IV (2002) by Dutch builder Royal Huisman.
Other Perini Navi sailing yachts include the 40m Ellen and 50m Silencio, while larger models include the 54m Pink Gin VI by Finland’s Baltic Yachts and 56m Salvaje by New Zealand’s Alloy Yachts, which closed in 2016.
New sailing yachts include the first ClubSwan 80 My Song and a Swan 98 by Finland’s Nautor, the 24m Advanced 80 by Italy’s Advanced Yachts, the 35m Sorvind by South Africa’s Southern Wind and the 36m Perseverance 1 by Finland’s Baltic Yachts.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Polish catamaran builder Sunreef is exhibiting its new 80 Eco sailing catamaran, Marie-Joseph, which debuted at Cannes. The 80 Eco showcases Sunreef’s groundbreaking green tech solutions including solar panels built into the hull sides, superstructure, hard top and even mast.
The propulsion is 100 per cent electric and while under sail, the yacht keeps producing power due to a hydrogeneration system.
Sunreef 80 Eco
Sunreef is also showing a new hull from its 80 Power line, the 24m Kokomo, one of two powercats on show. Silent-Yachts is partnering with Turkey’s VisionF Yachts to exhibit the VisionF 80 power catamaran, which has inspired the Silent VisionF 82 hybrid catamaran currently in build.
Organisers also expect about 50 tenders, which continue to be exhibited at Quai Jarlan and Quai Antoine 1er, and as part of the new Adventure Area exhibition.
Note: Article based on MYS preview in Issue 67 and updates from shipyards and MYS.