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Monaco Grand Prix

Head to Monaco on the last weekend of May and you’ll find an electric atmosphere, loaded with anticipation for the Sunday race day of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. On this weekend every year, the small Principality of Monaco is filled to capacity with F1 fans from all over the world and all walks of life. The Monaco Grand Prix is perhaps the most accessible on the calendar catering for every fan at every level, be it sitting in the stands, perched on the hillside overlooking the port, or sipping champagne from a private terrace or the deck of a luxury charter yacht.

Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in the crown of the F1 social calendar and an annual highlight for the international jet-set. The famous Amber Lounge club sets up in the stunning grounds of the Meridien Beach Plaza and hosts events around the glistening pool all weekend. The fashion show kicks off the weekend on the Friday evening. Raising millions for charity, this event brings together well known faces from the worlds of fashion, motor sport, film and music. Great fun is had by all as the drivers and the team girls go head to head to strut their stuff on the catwalk, often more nervous about their fashion debuts than they are about the race! Followed by a charity auction, a divine dinner with performances from the world’s best musicians. Top DJs power the adrenaline filled atmosphere and guests party away until dawn.

Friday night parties are legendary at the Monaco Grand Prix and before guests head to Amber Lounge late in the evening, yachts moored in Port Hercule are alive with music, dancing and champagne fuelled frivolities. This is the heart of the action and where everyone wants to be and what better way to enjoy the most spectacular GP of the year than on the back of your own charter yacht!

Securing a charter yacht with a trackside berth in Monaco for the Monaco Grand Prix isn’t easy but it is possible (with the help of a yacht charter broker specialised in Monaco GP yacht charters) to be granted a prestigious position along the Quai des Etats Unis. Trackside yacht berths for Monaco Grand Prix are also available on Tabac Corner and by the Piscine, all with great views of the action. The rest of the port is also packed full of superyachts, all there to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy lavish parties. Most guests arrive onboard via speeboat at around 10am and the champagne starts flowing, served all day along with exquisite canapés and food to tantalise even the most refined taste buds. Along with the trackside action, there are huge screens erected around the port so fans can catch the action from the rest of the circuit once the cars have zipped through the Nouvelle Chicane, around Tabac Corner and out of sight past la Piscine and around Rascasse.

Some yacht owners and yacht charterers prefer to anchor in the bay during the Monaco Grand Prix where they can enjoy the atmosphere “for free” and then head into port via tender to enjoy the racing ashore. Elegant hospitality is offered on the many terraces lining the circuit, be it a private terrace for an intimate gathering or a large party on a roof terrace or the stunning terraces of the Hotel de Paris or Hotel Hermitage.

One of the absolute best spots for true racing fans at the Monaco Grand Prix is the terrace of the Hotel Miramar in the port. Here racing fans have the unique opportunity to get closer to the track than anywhere else. Gripping the wire fence, standing on a raised platform cars swoosh past just metres away, the temporary platform provides perhaps the best views of the circuit anywhere in Monaco. From here, it’s possible to see the first corner of Saint Devote, Beau Rivage and Massenet before cars disappear from view as they head into Casino Square and then down and around Loewes hairpin. The whole of Monaco is absolutely silent for brief few moments before the roar returns as cars fly through the tunnel, and dart around the Chicane. From the Miramar, guests can witness cars exiting the Chicane before flying along the Quai des Etats and around Tabac Corner and on past la Piscine, only disappearing as they turn to pass the Rascasse and down the start/finish straight. The white linen table cloths on the upper terrace may be replaced with high ball plastic tables, but the champagne is still chilled to perfection, the canapés divine and the buffet lunch served downstairs in the restaurant is just delightful. The Miramar has to be one of the very best  places for the true F1 fan to spend a glorious weekend!

This article was written by Rachel Coles, charter broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter.

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