What a beautiful sight! There were seventy boats in all in a fleet dominated by the forty sailing yachts and the imposing steam-boat SS Delphine, but where the meticulously maintained motor-yachts aroused just as much admiration. The small racers, playthings from another era, took again to the waters off Monaco where had attained such notoriety all those years ago. Numerous personalities had also responded to the Yacht Club de Monaco's invitation, among them the American sailor Dennis Conner, the marine writer and painter Titouan Lamazou, the British swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh, the French explorer Jean-Louis Etienne, the French sailor Sébastien Josse, the Spanish aristocrat Alvaro de Marichalar and the Japanese artist Tsuji Hitonari, winner of the 1999 Femina foreigner's prize for his Le Bouddha blanc. Organised in collaboration with Hublot, official timekeeper of the Yacht Club de Monaco, and the Italian manufacturer Lancia, this eighth edition of Monaco Classic Week was notable for its adhesion to the values developed at the heart of the club "La Belle Classe": honouring and passing on our heritage, respect for etiquette and a certain art of living, and preservation of the

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