This famous Grand Prix car race has been an annual event in Monaco since 1929. This particular race is special because it takes place on the streets of Monaco, which pass by its glitzy harbor. If you are considering watching the race by charter yacht, we will help you find charter yachts with access to prime dockage, though you'd best book early! In the world of crewed luxury yachts, our goal is to be the ONLY company you'll need for an event such as this. Please feel free to
The Circuit de Monaco, as the grand prix track is called, is approximately two miles long and provides a very exciting race because it includes hairpin turns, elevation changes, and even a portion that goes through a tunnel. Imagine racing as fast as you can only to go into darkness and then emerge having to adjust to the sunlight! Formula One racing is not for the timid.
Setting up the circuit takes six weeks (but only three to take down), and the awards ceremony for the top three finishers takes place at the 'Royal Box.' The Grand Prix's first winner was William Grover-Williams who drove a Bugatti to secure his win. Over the years other notable racers have made headlines too; Graham Hill won five times in the 1960s alone, and Ayrton Senna won six times total! Graham Hill eventually achieved the Triple Crown by winning the Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans, and the Monaco Grand Prix.
There is always a practice scheduled the Thursday before the race, and then the streets reopen to the public for a little while on Friday. This year the practice will be Thursday May 24, then qualifying on Friday and Saturday, followed by the race on Sunday May 27 at 2 p.m. The race is 78 laps of the circuit or two hours of driving, whichever comes first. Many people will gather to check out the royals, look for celebrities, buy some Formula One merchandise, and then watch what has been called the "slowest and the hardest of the World Formula One championships."
Some attendees will arrive by limo, helicopter, or yacht. Like everything in Monaco, the Grand Prix is in fact grand. The dangerous course means that mistakes can definitely be fatal, and people will want a prime location from which they watch all the action. You can check out the race from the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo's terrace, or you can just look for celebrities at the Columbus or the Grand Hotels. Another point of interest is that every other year on the weekend prior to the race, Monaco hosts the Historical Grand Prix that features old cars and uses the same circuit as the modern cars use. This must be a terrific trip back in time! A chance to visualize Monaco's old charm and glamour.
Other Grand Prix events around the globe include Australia's Grand Prix, the Malaysian Grand Prix, and the Chinese Grand Prix. Since Monaco Grand Prix's inception in 1929, the race has had three royal patrons. Louis II, Rainier III, and Albert II all share the glory of continually hosting the race and holding it to a high standard of sportsmanship and entertainment. This feat in automobile racing is also a wonderful social highlight of the year. People will come from their accommodations in Nice, Cannes, and elsewhere on the French Riviera to see the Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes, Bugattis, and Renaults as they all compete in the sun for a piece of history. Perhaps it's best enjoyed on a luxury yacht however!