Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the finish line in front of the Palais Princier to greet the teams of cyclists who completed the eight-day journey from London to Monaco, raising more than €100,000 for the Blue Marine Foundation in the process.
After eight days and 1,100 km, the more than 100 cyclists who participated in the 2023 London to Monaco bike ride benefitting ocean conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation reached the Principality on Tuesday 26th September, where they were warmly welcomed by Prince Albert and a much-needed glass of champagne.
It was also here, at the finish line, that Peter Lürssen, CEO and Managing Director of the German ship building company that bears his family name, gifted a bespoke Blue Marine Electric MOKE to the Prince.
The ocean-inspired Blue Marine Electric MOKE was exclusively custom-designed by Steve Edge and manufactured in the UK by MOKE International, the world’s first and only heritage brand to go fully electric, and a partner of the Blue Marine Foundation.
“The London to Monaco cycle ride is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on the necessity to protect our fragile oceans,” said Prince Albert on the day, whose long-standing activism on behalf of ocean protection is well-documented.
The Prince then hosted an exclusive Blue Marine Yacht Club event on Thursday 28th September. This took place aboard the incredible MY Phoenix 2 from Lürssen, which was originally designed by another Blue Marine Foundation partner, Winch Design.
Partygoers had the opportunity to contribute to Blue Marine’s worldwide network of projects, bid on some fantastic items up for auction, become Blue Marine Yacht Club members and have first dibs on purchasing one of only 30 limited edition Blue Marine 30×30 MOKEs. The name is derived from the Foundation’s aim of protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030, and a £10,000 (€11,500) donation was made on the sale of each vehicle.
The London to Monaco ride, which set off from Somerset House in London, had raised over £100,000 before the ride began. The goal was to raise a further £50,000 by the end of the endeavour, but a final official tally is yet to be announced.
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