The classic sailboat Mariella wins the Monaco Classic Week 2021 trophy

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The classic yacht built by Fife Mariella, originally delivered in 1938, was crowned winner of the Monaco Classic Week 2021 Trophy.

Mariella was awarded the La Belle Classe Restoration Prize by a jury chaired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who paid tribute to all the yachts on display.

All images: Raphaël Montigneaux

“In the end, it is a very difficult decision to make, so many craftsmen who work on these boats to preserve them in all their original size did an excellent job. Ultimately, it’s the heart that decides for each member of the jury, ”he said.

Other winners include the 1948 powerboat Iran, 1954 motor yacht Istros and sailboat from 1908 Alto, who won their respective categories in the Concours d’Elegance.

The yachts were among a coveted selection of vintage yachts built before 1950 that competed in the event from September 8-11. This included a dozen motor yachts, including the 78.5 meter SS Delphine, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and hosted a big parade on the last day of the event.

Along with the nautical events, a lively social calendar, including the coveted chef’s competition, in which ten boats participated and saw chefs tasked with concocting culinary delights on the theme of ‘Land and Sea’. The winning chef was Thibaud Barbafiera aboard the Bermudian cutter 1938 Eileen.

Commenting on the event, the General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, Bernard d’Alessandri, said: “As the curtain falls on this 15th edition of the Monaco Classic Week, we are all very moved to have shared our passion for all these boats.

“This event is unique but also makes sense because it brings together people who have the same concept of sailing and pay the same attention to the preservation of maritime heritage.

Combining heritage, elegance and glamor, the Monaco Classic Week has been held every two years since its launch in 1994.


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