Monaco Grand Prix 2016: only the drivers are closer


When one thinks of Monaco, two things tend to come to mind: super yachts, and the Grand Prix. That these two worlds are inextricably linked becomes no more obvious than during those few days in the Grand Prix calendar when thousands descend upon this sun-drenched Principality to watch incredible cars race through the narrow and winding streets, making it one of the most exciting, and demanding, races out of all the circuits. No other Grand Prix circuit evokes such feelings of glamour and luxury, two words most often used to describe the yachting industry.

One of the highlights of watching the Monaco Grand Prix is to see the rows of super yachts lining Port Hercule, offering truly spectacular views of the race. Only the drivers are closer to the track. For these few days it is one of the only times when such a collection of the world’s finest high-performance yachts and cars are in one location. Competition for position is rife, not just for the drivers, but for those angling for that berth in the Port which offers the best view, both for those gazing out from the luxury of their own private deck, and those gazing in.

Since 1929, drivers have been roaring along the streets of Monaco, with winning often viewed as a pinnacle of any race driver’s career, such is the common view held that there is something truly magical about this circuit. Indeed, this year sees the return of the Historic Grand Prix, where the some of the original race cars take to the streets of Monaco once more, promising a most authentic experience.

The triumvirate of luxury, cars, and yachting did not come into effect, however, until Prince Rainier III of Monaco turned his Principality into a hub of maritime glamour in the 1950s, aided of course by his marriage to Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, and his close association with the great Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis.

Aside from stirring up images of champagne-quaffing spectators standing resplendently on the immaculate aft decks of some of the most beautiful yachts on the water, the links between yachting and motor-car racing are numerous; behind the yacht owner or racing car driver is an exorbitantly large team of designers, engineers, craftsmen, crew… Every miniscule detail has behind it years of planning and design, and both fuel their own micro-economies. There is a constant striving for perfection, and to be the best. It is no wonder then that past Formula 1 drivers, Eddie Jordan most famously, have turned their passion sea-ward.

Chartering a yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix, then, can be seen to be the ultimate way in which to view this incredible spectacle, and really immerse yourself into the Monaco everyone dreams of. Imperial is proud to represent the magnificent MANIFIQ as the yacht of choice for both of this year’s Grand Prix. Her spacious aft and sundecks are perfect viewing platforms, and her highly trained and experienced crew are ready to make it an experience to remember. Experience the Grand Prix like never before. Book a charter through Imperial now.

Monaco Grand Prix 2016: May, 26th-29th, main race on Sunday, May 29th.

Your Imperial Charter contact for MANIFIQ:

Imperial Charter Department
T +377 97 98 38 80


The yacht of choice for the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix is definitely MANIFIQ: live the race from her splendid upper aft deck!