Yacht Club de Monaco works reach major milestone

Shell of iconic yacht club now complete, with finishing works set to start in autumn

Prince Albert II of Monaco toasted a major milestone in the completion of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new Norman Foster-designed clubhouse last week.

The iconic yacht club is getting a brand new home right on the waterfront in Port Hercule, and members were celebrating the completion of the building’s shell.

The next stage is weather-proofing the structure. The glass facade will be added in autumn, after which the final finishing work can begin.

Due to open in 2013, the facility will house restaurants and bars, a rooftop pool, a sailing school with changing rooms and a workshop.

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Monaco’s sovereign said: “Delivery of this new building represents one of the major milestones in the restructuring of the physiognomy of the harbour.

“Completion of this architectural gem symbolises the Principality’s ambition to confirm its role as the capital of yachting.”

The Yacht Club de Monaco was founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier III and its burgee is now carried by some of the biggest boats on the planet – including a quarter of those on the 100 biggest yachts list.

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