The Monaco Yacht Show should have been bedecking Port Hercules with 125 glistening yachts and 580 exhibitors this week. Instead, due to its cancellation from Covid, various Monegasque entities have joined forces to organize a 3-day conference “Monaco: Capital of Yachting Experience” at the Yacht Club.
This falls under the umbrella of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s “Planetary Health Week,” which runs from September 22 to 27, and officially teed off yesterday with a Golf Day.
Thirty-six wealth management advisers, bankers, CEOs and entrepreneurs from Monaco played at Terre Blanche Resort—voted 2019 France’s Best Golf Hotel—in Fayence, although their game was cut short after 11 holes due to stormy weather.
The golf tournament was the inspiration of Michel Bouquier, Senior Advisor at Monaco Private Label (MPL), in cooperation with Susan Feaster, Chairwoman of the biannual U.S. Monaco Celebrity Golf Cup. “Golfing creates perfect opportunities for exchanges and group stimulation. Kicking off the Monaco Planetary Health Week with a friendly golf tournament gives the perfect tone to this concept,” Bouquier tells Forbes Monaco.
“Monaco Private Label had proudly joined forces with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Monaco Red Cross to drive real-time impact actions benefitting the health of our planet,” Bouquier says, adding that there will be a virtual event this week with former 4-time NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alégria. “This is an opportunity for MPL members to immerse themselves in conversation and action.”
Golf Day’s 19th hole was a cocktail at the Yacht Club with Prince Albert awarding trophies to the winning—and best dressed—teams. A silent auction, including two tickets to the sold-out 2021 Ryder Cup and a basketball signed by Monaco’s pro team, benefited the Prince Albert Foundation and the Monaco Red Cross. The prince—aka “The Rock,” the current Forbes Monaco cover story—thanked participants for their generosity and said, “Let’s keep this golf tradition going, it’s great to support different charities.”
The evening also served as the official launch of the 2021 Monaco-U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup (June 25-28) of which Prince Albert is Honorary Captain of Team USA. “I hope this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with Monaco Private Label and the Prince Albert Foundation,” Feaster tells Forbes Monaco. “Golf is a sport that anyone at any age can play and we look forward to the second edition of Golf Day, and to be able to bring Team USA over next June to defend their title in the Celebrity Golf Cup.”
Planetary Health Week will close with the Prince’s Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health (formerly the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean) at the Opera Garnier terrace on Thursday with funds raised to also support the Monaco Red Cross. Guest of honor Sting, Andy Garcia and Helen Mirren are reportedly a few of the stars attending the black tie dinner with the theme “Standing together for the future of Humanity: One Health, One Planet.”
Alex Vik (Captain Team Europe St. Moritz U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup), Nicolette Casellini, Jose Marco Casellini, Pia Manuela Souny (Winner: Second Place Net Score)
Benito Perez Barbadilo, Jean-Charles Cambon, Romain Benoist, Laurent Jeannel (Winner: First Place Net Score)
Karin Torriani (Winner: Longest Drive) Nick Torriani, Ilija Djurdjevic, Matthieu Loup
Jean-Francçois Calmes,i, Pierre Henry Mottet, Roberto Giorigi, Kory Tarpeninng (Winner: Best Dressed, 3rd Place Net Score)
Steven Urquhart, Remy Bersier, Mo Iqbal, Criss Roux
Quentin D’Ursell, Nicole Feaster, Laetitia Chang, Stephan Pollet (Winner: First Place Overall)
Roger Damiano, Mark Sandel, Michael Rowland, Gary Gueye
Shane Heminway, Nicolas Duban,Paolo Risso, Joseph Strubel
Tony Torianni, Mike Powers, Ilia Milia, Raymun Ratti (Winner: Best Spirit)