45 years of experience on the international yachting scene
Passionate about sailing, Bernard d’Alessandri has been at the helm of Yacht Club de Monaco for over 30 years as Managing Director and General Secretary. An exclusive, private club founded by Prince Rainier III in 1953, today YCM unites 2,500 members from 79 nationalities and employs 187 staff, all sharing the same values reflected in its motto One Spirit One Team One Club.
In 1985, he led a 100% Monegasque project by skippering the monohull Biotonus in the Monaco-New York transatlantic race, the first transoceanic crossing ever to leave from the Principality. Equally passionate about classic yachts, Bernard d’Alessandri was the man who in 1994 established Monaco Classic Week, a biannual rendezvous. It is truly unique in that it brings together sailing, motor yachts and vintage power boats of a bygone era, thus commemorating the early powerboat meetings of 1904. Since 1995, Bernard has been helming Tuiga, a 1909 gaff rig cutter, the YCM flagship.
A key player who cannot be ignored in the yachting industry and who is acutely aware of the development of the leisure yachting market, Bernard is one of the administrators of the SEPM (Ports de Monaco) and has been appointed in 2012 President of the ‘Monaco Capital of Yachting’ Commission, set up by the Conseil Stratégique pour l’Attractivité (top-level committee studying how best to promote Monaco’s appeal). Wishing to make the Principality a centre of excellence and innovation in the luxury yachting sector, he has been at the initiative of the creation of the Cluster Yachting Monaco that he has been chaired since 2014. The Cluster unites all those involved in the sector to work together to develop and promote it internationally. In Monaco, the industry employs 1,561 people and generates €753 million a year.
Today, Yacht Club de Monaco is a major player in the Principality, with a public service remit to contribute to promoting the Principality of Monaco, an essential port of call for the Luxury Yachting industry, with an eco-friendly approach. The ambition for Monaco is to consolidate its position as world capital of yachting.