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Some of world's famous yachts rest in waters of bay. Some of them are so big that they have helicopters on their top decks. Among worlds' 100 largest yachts are:
* Octopus - owned by Paul Allen, Microsoft cofounder; * Tatoosh - owned also by Paul Allen; * Atlantis II - owned by Niarchos family, descendants of Onassis’ rival Stavros; * Le Grand Bleu - owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich; * Delphine - owned by American car magnate Horace Dodge; * Montkaj - owned by Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, son of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd.
Following its policy of capitalisation of all (though scarce) natural resource, Principality quickly became aware of potential of Hercules Bay and started a yachting tradition. There is a Yacht Club founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier and it was all along supported by himself and his son Albert, who is also its President. The Yacht Club de Monaco gained international fame attracting worlds' greatest names in sailing to came and do battle on Monegasque waters.
Naturally, there are also prestigious yachting events of international interest, excellent opportunities for yacht owners all over world to show off. There is Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, Challenge Inter-Banques, Monaco Classic Week, Fête de la Mer, Régates Corporatives, Monaco Yacht Show. The events are organised with support of H.S.H. Prince Albert I and of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. All of these events have display and competitions parts, except for Monaco Yacht Show which is greatest in-water yacht exhibition in Europe, without competitions show.
So, rich or less rich, you can enjoy for free at least a great show if you happen to be in Monaco at right time. Welcome aboard!
Laura Ciocan writes for http://www.ilovemontecarlo.com/ where you can find all you want to know about living in Monaco
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