A "Free Spirit" building designed by Lord Foster

At 43°44’15’’ N and 7°25’40’’ E, this hi-tech building which looks like a liner docked on Quai Louis II is home to two of the Principality’s historic clubs: the Société Nautique (rowing club) and the Yacht Club, a meeting point for owners and focus of international yachting activities. Alongside Lord Foster and Monegasque architect Alexandre Giraldi, Jacques Grange and Nelson Wilmotte have put their talents to the service of the new building’s interior and exterior layout and design.


Interior spaces




Length of the building


Height of the building(Sea level/terrace)


An eco-responsible approach

This emblematic building has been designed in response to the local climate and sets high standards in sustainable design that complies with HQE standards. A passive design, the structure balances shade and natural light and the glass facades can be opened for natural ventilation.

Photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels and sea water cooling systems take advantage of the sun and waterfront site. LED low energy lighting, state of the art systems to manage energy use, waste and water, and points to recharge electric-powered cars have been integrated into the design.

Account has been taken of the life-time sustainability of the building, a factor behind the choice of local materials such as the use of European oak on the terraces, isolation panels and recycled aggregates for the foundations, as well as employing local companies. The Green Building approach also aims to minimise the impact of building works on the neighbours.

ISO 14001 NORM

A commitment for the planet!

In an ongoing quest to seek solutions to the environmental problems of our time, since 1st January 2018, the YCM has been committed to ensuring the electricity it uses comes from renewable energy sources. The initiative follows various actions already taken which include achieving ISO 14001 certification in June 2016, a management system giving the Club eco-responsible organisation status.

It is this spirit which drives the YCM’s sustainable policy, the aim being to guarantee the needs of present generations while preserving resources for future generations. This commitment to the environment determines key objectives of the environmental management system, namely to accelerate our progress on waste management, prevention and control of pollution risks, preservation of natural resources and implementation of a sustainable purchasing policy.

 Inauguration of the new building

Guided Tour


Atrium - Quai Louis II

On the ground floor the Yacht Club is entered via a glazed atrium with views across the harbour to the palace on the Rock. A masterpiece of design at the heart of the building, a monumental staircase links all the new areas.

YCM Valet Parking

Our team is available every day on the access ramp from Boulevard Louis II, offering a service to take you home within the Principality on request. Parking spaces are reserved exclusively for society members when they visit the Clubhouse (membership card required to gain access).

Deck 2 is reserved exclusively for YCM members.

The Clubhouse has a library of 1,600 nautical reference books, a restaurant and outdoor swimming pool.

On Deck 1 there is a gym, also just for members, where yachtsmen and the Club’s youngsters in the competition teams can train.

The Sunrise Restaurant with a panoramic view.

In addition to these private areas, others are reserved for the yachting industry for the organization of nautical events

Meeting Room

Quai Louis II

This multi-purpose room complete with large screen is located right beside the YCM Marina with direct access to Quai Louis II.


Deck 3

The very large volumes of this elegant space, overlooked by a mezzanine level, is the scene of many a prestigious party.

Observatory Deck

Deck 5

Panoramic terraces, inspired by the deck of a superyacht, are shaded by retractable fabric screens supported by a mast and booms.

Aquarama Riva Bar

Deck 5

This beautiful lounge pays tribute to Carlo Riva, the “Ingegnere de Sarnico” and inventor of a certain “Art de Vivre”, and offers an uninterrupted view of the harbour and the Rock.

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Sports Section

Remaining as committed as ever to its training policy, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Sailing Division, founded by Prince Rainier III in 1970, offers its members a wide range of sailing activities suited to their age, level and nautical experience.

Be it on Optimists, Bugs, Toppers, ILCA, kitesurfs and J/70s, lessons, coaching and training sessions are organised all year round by eleven state qualified instructors and coaches, whose mission is to teach them all about sailing, discovering the sea and safeguarding the maritime environment. The youngest, from 6 years old, can start learning on Bugs or Toppers.


YCM Marina

Located directly in front of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building on Quai Louis II, the YCM Marina has been in operation since October 2013. With 26 berths for yachts from 25m to 60m, the complex has a pontoon for tenders and departure point for charters. Superyacht owners will have privileged access to the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Clubhouse throughout their stay in the Principality, as well as facilities offered by BMW, the YCM’s Official Car.

Not only is this orientation towards the luxury yachting sector a big opportunity for Monaco to consolidate its position as a mecca for yachting, but also a source of direct and indirect revenue.



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