The Rendezvous Bids Farewell to Sunny Monaco for 2010 but the next Rendezvous in Monaco will take place in June 2011.
Guests and friends met at the Yacht Club de Monaco this morning to bid each other farewell at the conclusion of The Rendezvous in Monaco by Boat International Media.
On another beautiful sunny day in the Principality of Monaco, the Yacht Club hosted a brunch for the owners and guests of 13 superyachts ranging from 39m to 75m with a combined length overall of nearly 700 metres, which over the past four days have participated in fun and friendship on and off the waters of Monaco.
Motor Yacht Petra Video:
After brunch, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, Bernard d’Alessandri, and Tony Harris, CEO of Boat International Media, invited guests to The Rendezvous in Monaco prizegiving. The first awards were presented for the Concours des Chefs, in which the chefs of each participating superyacht competed for the honour of impressing a panel of Michelin-starred chefs who judged their culinary skills.
Chair of the judges is Head Chef to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Christian Garcia, who kept the audience in suspense for the final outcome before revealing the winning chef, Michael Goller of motor yacht Petra, a 44-metre Heesen yacht.
Mr Goller could not disguise his pride and delight at winning as he raised his trophy aloft in triumph, along with a jeroboam of Moët & Chandon. ‘This is thrilling to win this prize,’ said Mr Goller. ‘I knew I’d done a good job but then I knew all the other chefs would have done a good job too, otherwise they would not be working on a superyacht, so I can’t tell you how excited I am to win this award.’ Craig Stevens, chef of the 62.5m superyacht Icon, the first of the Icon yachts, won a Special Commendation for Outstanding Dessert.
Final award of the prizegiving was for the Prix “Art de Vivre La Belle Classe Moët & Chandon”. Again this was judged by a panel of five experts, representing the Yacht Club de Monaco, Boat International Media and Moët & Chandon.
Since its creation in 2005 at the instigation of HSH Prince Albert II, President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, “La Belle Classe” has established a code of good conduct and etiquette among members of the superyacht industry, with the intention that “Today’s superyachts can survive the test of time to become the classic yachts of tomorrow.”
The award pays tribute to the owners of superyachts’ way of “Living the Sea” and the judges were asked to consider three criteria:
– The owner’s approach and philosophy of “Living the Sea”
– Respect for Etiquette
– Crew Behaviour during the week and quality of greeting
The judges agreed that the winners of the Prix “Art de Vivre La Belle Classe Moët & Chandon” should be Mr. & Mrs. Howard Meyers, owner of motor yacht Ingot, a 47 metre superyacht launched in 2008 by the American shipyard, Burger Boat Company. ‘It’s wonderful to win such an accolade, and we’re very happy,’ said Mr Meyers afterwards.
The 2010 Rendezvous in Monaco brought owners of superyachts together in ways that have never been done before. Today Superyacht Media presented a music montage of some of the highlights of the past few days, and some extraordinary helicopter footage reminded guests of that wonderful cruise in formation to Cap Ferrat two days ago.
Raffaele Costa, owner of the AMY Admiral 54 superyacht, Sea Force One, and a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, said: ‘The Rendezvous has managed to bring owners and their guests together in a way that has never been done before. It’s a very unique event and more people need to learn about The Rendezvous and experience it for themselves. This year has been incredibly well organised, spot on with the weather. Going out to sea was great, and maybe next year we could even go out for one night on the sea. That could be extraordinary. But this year’s event is the result of a lot of hard work and we have enjoyed a beautiful time in Monaco.’
As mentioned the next Rendezvous in Monaco 2011 will take place in June.