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Sailing the Mediterranean on Royal Clipper


sunny 71 °F

After a wonderful 'welcome aboard' dinner, we hoisted the sails and headed toward Monaco. In reality we probably motored the whole way as there was little if any wind.


Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate on the French Riviera a few kilometres west of the Italian region of Liguria, in Western Europe, on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a semi-enclave bordered by France to the north, east and west. The principality is home to 38,682 residents, of whom 9,486 are Monégasque nationals; it is recognized as one of the wealthiest and most expensive places in the world. The official language is French; Monégasque, English and Italian are spoken and understood by many residents. With an area of 2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi), Monaco is the second-smallest sovereign state in the world, after Vatican City. Its population of 38,367 in 2023 makes it the most densely-populated sovereign state, trailing only Macau. Monaco has the world's shortest coastline: 3.83 km (2.38 mi). The principality is about 15 km (9.3 mi) from the border with Italy and consists of nine administrative wards, the largest of which is Monte Carlo.

Today in Monaco is the finals of the Monaco Gran Prix. The Monaco Grand Prix is ​​one of the oldest and one of the three most prestigious races in the world , contested in the principality of Monaco , on an urban circuit designed in 1929, by Antony Noghès , son of the president of the Automobile Club of Monaco , under the auspices of Prince Louis II of Monaco . This creation responded to the challenge of organizing a competition in the cramped territory of Monaco (around 1.5 km2 at the time), a condition required by the International Sports Commission for the Automobile Club of Monaco to be internationally recognized. Indeed, the other major Monegasque competition, the Monte-Carlo automobile rally , created in 1911, was contested on the roads of many European countries. The Monaco Grand Prix is ​​organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco founded as Sport Vélocipédique de Monaco in 1890 , which also organizes the Monte-Carlo car rally. The inaugural race was won onApril 14, 1929by William Grover-Williams , driving an official Bugatti from the Molsheim manufacturer . Since then, the principality has only known fourteen years without a Grand Prix.

As you would expect the city was packed with lots of formula one race fans. Without a very expensive ticket it was virtually impossible to get near the race course, however we did manage to see several of the cars race by in a preliminary race. Additionally there a number of cruise ships present - us (Royal Clipper), Silversea Silver Spirit, SeaDream Yacht 1; and the brand new Ritz Carlton Evrima. As all were anchored out - there were tenders and boats everywhere shuttling people to the cruise ships and probably 100 or so ultra luxury Yachts.


Posted by rpickett 14:53 Archived in Monaco Tagged monte carlo

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