Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sail to the Historic Grand Prix Races in Monaco On Board a Historic Star Clippers Ship

Every spring, racing fans flock to Monaco for the famous Grand Prix races, held in the city’s narrow streets and considered by many to be the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. In addition to the Formula One Grand Prix trials and finals, the streets of Monaco also play host to the lesser-known Historic Grand Prix, a series of races featuring seven categories of historic automobiles from pre-war "Voiturettes" and other 1930s-era racing equipment to F1 and sports cars dating from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. Attending the Historic Grand Prix is a great way to see a race through the famed Circuit de Monaco without the crowds associated with the F1 events, and appeals to car enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Continuing this historic theme, the Royal Clipper—Star Clippers’ thoroughly modern vessel based on the historic tall ship, Preussen which launched in 1902—offers a round trip sailing departing out of Cannes on May 12, 2018 timed to coincide with the Historic Grand Prix races. After departing Cannes, the ship docks in Monaco on May 13, where interested guests can attend the Historic Grand Prix races. From there, the Royal Clipper will call on Lerici, Sardinia and Elba, Italy as well as Bonifacio, Portoferraio, Palombaggia, Porticcio Beach and Ajaccio in Corsica, France before returning to Cannes.

Star Clippers also offers sailings aboard the Star Flyer timed to coincide with the Formula One Grand Prix trials and finals. The May 19 Barcelona to Cannes sailing stops in Monaco on May 24 for the trials, and the May 26 Cannes round trip sailing docks in Monaco on May 27 for the finals.

For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has been introducing travelers to the thrill of modern tall ship sailing to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The company operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut end of 2018.

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