MYS 2023: A preview of the superyachts on sale and at anchor

Monaco yacht show

With less than a week to go until the world’s highest profile yacht show kicks off in Port Hercule, Monaco Life takes a closer look at some of the most exciting vessels expected at MYS 2023.  

From Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September, the Monaco Yacht Show will be the main focus of the Principality.

It’s easily one of the biggest international events of the year to be held here, with tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world flocking to Port Hercule to discover the biggest and best superyachts on the market for sale or charter, not to forget those still in development. 

Between the harbour and the waters just off the coast, more than 130 yachts of the highest calibre are expected to make an appearance. The fleet averages 50 metres in length, but there will be several examples nearly touching the 100-metre mark this year. Here are some of the most hotly-tipped vessels, as well as a mention of an interesting new category… 


After the sale of the 95-metre Kismet earlier this month – a good sign going into one of the major meeting opportunities between buyers and brokers – Cecil Wright’s leading yacht will now be the immense Phoenix 2 from Lürssen. It’s a joint central agency venture, between Cecil Wright and Burgess, and this incredible 90-metre is being listed for €124,950,000.   

Delivered in 2010, but refitted in 2019, she can accommodate 14 guests across seven luxury cabins. The owner’s suite features a private observation lounge and upper deck, while almost all guest cabins benefit from owner-quality finishings, from marble baths and showers to walk-in wardrobes.  

Other stop-you-in-your-tracks features include a gilt Steinway grand piano, an Art Déco-inspired “ballroom”, a cinema, a winter garden with climate control, a beach club and an onboard beauty salon with hammam. That’s not forgetting the seven-metre oval pool, two jacuzzis and two helipads. 

Phoenix 2 is replacing Kismet after a last-minute sale earlier this month


This classic Feadship, which was built back in 1982, is actually the oldest yacht to feature at MYS this year. She measures just shy of 42 metres and is fresh from a considerable three-year build and renovation overseen by Boutsen Monaco at Monaco Marine. The yacht is now back into Lloyd’s classification and pairs all the luxury amenities a 21st century yacht guest expects with original elements, such as the stunning woodwork.  

The new and revamped outdoor spaces reign on Synthesis 66, from the jacuzzi to the alfresco dining facilities and a generous bar. The yacht can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests across five cabins.  

She is being listed by Northrop & Johnson for €23,000,000.  

Synthesis 66, a classic Feadship listed by Northrop & Johnson


Next up is the biggest yacht confirmed to be appearing at MYS 2023 by our count: Carinthia VII. “Biggest” doesn’t really cover it, though, as at 97 metres, she is absolutely vast. The vessel spans six decks, weighs over 3,600 gross tonnes and offers interior/exterior volume that not many other superyachts in the world can match.  

She can accommodate 14 guests across eight staterooms, which, thanks to the top-quality Tim Heywood design, are astounding in proportion. Among the many glamourous features of the vessel are a fully-equipped spa and two elegant bars, including one with a teppanyaki specialty. There’s also a gym, a cinema, a club lounge for intimate get-togethers and a truly magnificent 12-metre pool.  

Charter rates for this epic yacht start at €1,400,000 per week with brokerage Frasers.  

The 97-metre Carinthia VII


Less of an individual listing and more of an extremely exciting group… Let’s talk a bit about the new build catamarans shaking up the traditional yachting industry that will be showcased this year at MYS. 

There are five currently listed: 80 Sunreef Power Eco and Sunreef 80 Eco from Sunreef Yachts, Art Explorer and This Is It from the Italian Sea Group-Perini Navi, and BGM75 from Bluegame.  

The first three of these five fascinating vessels play well to the demands of the emerging category of eco-responsible owners, with innovative features such as built-in solar panels.

Sunreef 80 Eco, for example, is an all-electric, fully-autonomous craft “using revolutionary green tech for fuel-free cruising in total silence and luxury”. Art Explorer, meanwhile, is the world’s largest sailing catamaran, measuring an impressive 46.5 metres in length with a width of 17.30 metres and a 50-metre mast. A concept yacht, it will be at MYS on exhibit, a role that it suits well as the idea is that the vessel will host virtual exhibitions on its flybridge, while the central part will house a gallery for the inaugural “digital” exhibition ‘Icons’ on women in the Mediterranean. 

Sunreef 80 Eco from Sunreef Yachts


And finally is one of only eight sailing yachts to feature at the show: Destination. According to Northrop & Johnson, which is listing Destination for €12,400,000, the yacht is a “tried and true world cruiser built for voyages from the tropics to the polar climates”.  

“She is in immaculate condition courtesy of a meticulous maintenance schedule, generous budget and loving care from two owners and one main captain that has been with her for most of her life [Destination was built in 2003],” continues a spokesperson for the brokerage, which has an office in Monaco.  

Sleek on the outside and timeless on the inside, Destination has received careful updates over the years in terms of décor and upgrades to optimise the sailing and leisure experiences of guests.  

The 41-metre yacht can house up to eight guests in four beautifully-appointed cabins, each impeccably styled with natural materials, such as high-quality linens and silk.  

Sail yacht Destination, listed by Northrop & Johnson

 For the full list of yachts on sale or available for charter at MYS 2023, please click here.


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Alcohol’s influence on health, well-being, and sports performance

We’re all familiar with those moments of celebration and relaxation that often come hand in hand with a glass of our favourite alcoholic beverage. But before you clink glasses and raise a toast, let’s dive into the world of how alcohol can influence your overall health, well-being, and sports performance.

I would like to emphasise that the goal is not to discourage alcohol use but rather to inform and guide you towards responsible drinking habits. 

Guidelines for alcohol drinking in France are no more than 2 glasses per day and not every day (no more than 10 glasses per week).


You may know the liver as your body’s detoxifier. It faces daily challenges in processing food and medications. Excessive alcohol consumption overburdens this precious organ, which may lead to fatty liver (excess fat in liver cells), hepatitis (liver inflammation), and cirrhosis (liver scarring).

Moving on to the heart, your vital organ that diligently pumps blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to the entire body. However, overindulgence in alcohol can raise your blood pressure, which can cause irregular heartbeats, and increase your risk of heart disease.

But it’s not just your physical health that’s affected. Your mood and emotions can also be impacted. It has been observed in many situations where excessive alcohol consumption leads to mood alteration that can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Beyond that, alcohol can play tricks with insulin regulation, potentially affecting blood sugar levels. This can be particularly concerning for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing it. It can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels, potentially causing hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia. These blood sugar imbalances can have adverse effects on overall health, requiring careful monitoring for those with diabetes.

Lastly, in light of the growing emphasis on weight management as a key health indicator through BMI, it’s important to acknowledge that alcohol plays a role in weight gain. This calorie-dense substance not only promotes overeating but may also hinder metabolic processes, potentially reducing daily calorie burn, which is regrettable for those striving to maintain a healthy weight.

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When exercising, your muscles rely on proper hydration, but alcohol can deceive your body, making your muscles thirsty and more susceptible to injuries. It’s advisable to not drink around training and competitions.

After an intense workout, your body undergoes a remarkable process to repair and rebuild muscles. Unfortunately, alcohol can be a roadblock on this path to recuperation. Excessive drinking may interfere with the secretion of growth hormones, potentially slowing down your muscle repair abilities. This means you might find yourself feeling less ready to exercise at your best, delaying your training progress and making your fitness journey a bit bumpier.

Quality sleep is indispensable for recovery and peak performance (as well as your overall health). Yet, alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns, resulting in less effective rest and recovery. So, that nightcap might seem tempting, but it could hinder your body’s ability to fully recharge and leave you feeling less than your best for the following day.

Essential nutrients such as B vitamins and minerals are vital for energy and overall health. Alcohol, however, can thwart your body’s ability to absorb these nutrients, further complicating your sports journey.

Alcohol can be an obstacle to your endurance during activities like running or cycling, it affects your body’s ability to transport oxygen efficiently, potentially leaving you gasping for breath sooner than you’d like. Additionally, it can weaken your muscles, negatively impacting your strength training efforts.

Maintaining balance and coordination is crucial for injury prevention in sports and exercise. After consuming alcohol, expect a decline in these vital skills. Your coordination may become less precise, and your balance may waver, making you more susceptible to sports-related injuries.


  • Set limits for yourself and stick to them.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with water to stay hydrated.
  • Drink slowly to allow your body to process the alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking before or straight after strenuous workouts or competitions.
  • Pay attention to how alcohol affects your mood and overall well-being.


By being informed and making conscious decisions, you can enjoy the occasional drink while safeguarding your health, well-being, and athletic performance. Remember, moderation is key, and your body will thank you for it.

Tristan Boetti is a sports nutritionist. Through his company Performance & Bien-Être Monaco, he works with professional athletes as well as recreationally active individuals to help them achieve their goals through customised nutrition plans and expert advice.



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Interview: Film Writer and Director Johnson Cheng

Monaco Life, in partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, is proud to present a monthly series highlighting the lives and artistic work of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s illustrious Award winners.

In this month’s exclusive interview, Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s Chief Program Officer Diana Kemppainen catches up with Princess Grace Award winner Johnson Cheng (2018, Film). Johnson is a film writer and director whose films have screened at Tribeca, AFI Fest and Toronto Film Festival. His work has been acquired by HBO where he also received the HBO APA Visionaries Award. Most recently, he has moved into directing for television, directing episodes of American Born Chinese (Disney+) and The Chi (Paramount+ and Showtime).

Johnson spoke to Diana about his inspirations, what it’s like to direct for television and what motivates him to continue pursuing his craft.

You grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, in the vicinity of Hollywood. What was your path to becoming a filmmaker?

I had a roundabout path to becoming a filmmaker – I think I tried a bunch of things that were adjacent to filmmaking and finally decided that I should finally take the leap. Once I did, I was so happy that I had figured out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Who are some of your favorite storytellers and artists?

My answer to this will constantly be changing, but at the moment I’m grateful for these filmmakers because they made films that are important to me.

Edward Yang – Yi Yi, Brighter Summer Day; Ozu – Tokyo Story, Late Spring; Bergman – Fanny and Alexander; and Hu Bo – An Elephant Sitting Still.

You’ve recently started directing series episodes; you directed episodes of American Born Chinese and The Chi. How did you get into directing for series?

I feel insanely lucky to have been able to be part of these shows, and I owe it all to the people behind these shows who took a chance on me. I was lucky to have the opportunity to shadow many great filmmakers such as Destin Daniel Cretton prior to directing on the series so it feels like I’ve won some crazy lottery where I get to learn and work alongside these people who I’ve admired for so long.

How do you balance taking episodic directing work and the creation of your own work?

I think that as long as I’m learning something or pushing myself artistically, I’m happy with doing the best I can in whatever project is in front of me. I think they are both equally exciting and ideally, I’d get to do both for the rest of my life. 

How do the processes differ when you’re contracted to direct vs. your work that you have written?

I feel like they tickle different parts of my brain. When I’m working on my own writing I’m constantly revising, and it can be a lonely process that seems to never end. When I’m working with someone’s writing, I get excited at the thought of collaborating with a partner and putting our heads together to make something great.

A career in the arts is hard. Recently one of our 2023 Princess Grace Award winners (fellow Columbia grad Aiman Mimiko) compared it to running a marathon. What are some of the milestones or markers that have encouraged you to keep going?

I think the most encouraging thing is getting to work with friends over and over again and seeing their growth, and how we’ve grown together. I hope to be making films for the rest of my life, so I want to think of filmmaking and the way I live and the people I spend time with as things that are all connected. Getting to do the thing I love with people I love is something I cherish.

What’s next for you?

Very excited to be writing and working on my first feature film.

Any words for aspiring artists?

“Don’t forget to have fun!” I recently had someone shadow me for the first time on an episodic directing job, and I kept trying to think about what I wish someone had told me when I was super anxious and sitting in that chair for the first time. I’m still learning a lot and didn’t know if I had any wisdom to share, but I’m very proud that I can look back on each project I’ve done fondly because I had a blast every time.

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