There are few things in life that can be guaranteed; the spectacle of the Monaco Grand Prix just so happens to be one of them. Now in its 77th Edition, year after year the cars get faster, the drama intensifies and the parties get that little bit more dazzling.
Contributing to the razzmatazz down at the Port during the Grand Prix weekend, My Yacht Group hosted another one of their sensational events to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, with an equally magnificent backdrop aboard M/Y Skyfall. The long-weekend’s festivities kicked off with an intimate dinner in the shadow of the racetrack at the Yacht Club de Monaco, easing UHNW guests and brand partners into the palpable excitement Monaco exudes at this time every year. Taking the format of their 2018 Blockchain summits in Monaco, Monterey and Art Basel Miami, 2019 saw a New Tech Summit fascinate guests of superyacht and super car owners, international VIP guests, F1 drivers, Olympians, and IAAF President and Olympic Champion Lord Coe. MYG founder and CEO Nicholas Frankl introduced presenting partner Axiom Space Inc, who took everyone’s childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by working towards making it a reality, building the world’s first internationally available commercial space station.
Guests were wowed by CEO Michael Suffredini – NASA’s former International Space Station program manager – and astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria – 4-time NASA astronaut with the record for most logged space-walk hours. Axiom’s plans for providing 10-day private astronaut missions for ‘Space Tourists’ were presented, their out-of-this-world plans to expand human access to low Earth orbit seeing many of the guests’ eyes light up with childlike wonder, and wanderlust. Moving closer to home, the former Carolwood Estate of Walt Disney in Los Angeles was showcased by Sally Forster Jones and Tomer Fridman of the SFJ Group, while Fabrice Marquet – MD of MonacoTech – talked passionately about the incubator startup, Centre of Excellence, that was co-founded by the Principality of Monaco. These fascinating talks closed with CEO of Crescent, Grant Roscoe, introducing his robo-investing crypto app that won the top price of a €100,000 investment at Monaco’s recent International Blockchain event.
“The collective level of achievement, innovation, technology and ground-breaking ideas and knowledge in the room was simply extraordinary. These are exciting times and we’re proud to be the connector to this exciting collection of companies and individuals.” – Nicholas Frankl
Inevitably, drinking and dancing continued into the early hours, all while spotlighting charity partner Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The crux of the weekend was the private VIP viewing of the Grand Prix on board the MYG 50m superyacht moored on Quay Kennedy, with transport to and from the yacht via electric propulsion Laneva Boats. After an emotional 1 minute silence for racing legend Niki Lauda, festivities continued long into the night.
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