Innovate - Explore - Witness - Preserve

Be they owners, captains or professional explorers, La Belle Classe Explorer by the Yacht Club de Monaco brings together «Adventurers» in the noblest sense of the word. Men and women who promote technological innovation, then virtuous navigation with respect for the environment. They have a burning desire to discover the oceans and explore little-known remote areas, to appreciate their beauty and assess their fragility. To bear witness.

Launch in 2018

Dedicated to ship owners, captains or professional explorers

Actions implemented :

La Belle Classe Explorer Awards

Since 2008

Environmental awareness

Today we are 7.6 billion individuals on the planet. In 30 years’ time we will be 10 billion. The ocean will be the principle resource of life on earth. Through their choices, actions and voyages, the men and women united in La Belle Classe Explorer by the Yacht Club de Monaco are innovating and raising awareness of the ocean’s importance for humanity, and the absolute necessity to preserve it and ensure its biodiversity flourishes.


In the wake of Prince Albert I

The aim of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s La Belle Classe Explorer is to perpetuate the spirit of Prince Albert I’s expeditions. He was an early pioneer of oceanography when he made his first voyage in 1885 on L’Hirondelle, a 200-ton sailing ship bought and fitted out in 1873 with a view to discovering the ocean and innovating in many fields, including development of new scientific equipment. As Prince of Monaco his goal was to testify to the ocean’s infinite beauty and usefulness to humanity, hence the vital necessity to protect and preserve its biodiversity for the benefit of future generations. For many years, HSH the current Sovereign, Prince Albert II, has been ensuring this spirit of exploration and ocean preservation continues to develop, as did Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau who in 1950 converted his vessel Calypso for oceanography.


YCM Explorer Awards by La Belle Classe Superyachts

These men and women in La Belle Classe Explorer are the future of yachting and perpetuate the ‘Art de Vivre la Mer’ philosophy enshrined in the YCM’s core values. As recognition of their commitment to eco-responsible sailing, every year HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II presents trophies, at the YCM Explorer Awards by La Belle Classe Superyachts, to owner-explorers who have distinguished themselves.

Information2023 Winners


LBC Explorer

Phone Number

+377 93 10 63 00