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Dynamiq, the official sponsor of the Yacht Club de Monaco Malizia team, led by skipper Pierre Casiraghi, has launched a new model, the 50-metre GTT 165, the latest and largest model in its range of next-generation superyachts.
The company said it is proving again that the days of dull yachts are over. “What makes the GTT 165 unique, is that the first time a superyacht is equipped with two underwater foils: an aft Hull Vane and a forward T-foil developed by Dutch hydrodynamics specialists Van Oossanen in association with US-based Naiad Dynamics, world leaders in motion control systems.
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“As the yacht increases its speed, the foils lift the hull up, decreasing drag and increasing speed. As a result only Dynamiq can offer a 50-metre yacht capable of 20 knots that is also capable of crossing the Atlantic at 17 knots, and for those who want even more speed for faster transfers, a GTS version is available powered by more powerful engines that can reach 25 knots.”
Running on “green” electrical power, the yacht can stay at anchor in complete silence overnight with no generators running, or provide a couple of hours of low-speed “breakfast cruising” in zero-emission mode.
“Price and performance are the key factors here,” says Sergei Dobroserdov, founder and CEO of Dynamiq. “The GTT 165 is aimed at today’s active owners who spend most of their time on deck in the open air and want to experience different destinations, or cross the Atlantic quickly and enjoy endless summers in the Med and Caribbean, on a more manageable and economical size of yacht at the very attractive starting price of €24,400,000.”
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Monaco’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office is harmonising the format of licence plates for two-wheelers. For any new registration since March 1, the square format for motorcycles, tricycles, mopeds and quadricycles has been replaced by a rectangular plate.
The new format will also apply to two-wheelers that are already on the road. All owners of vehicles affected by this change, registered before March 1, 2018, have received a letter inviting them to replace their licence plate before August 31, 2018. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the government's website for details about vehicle registration.
Another week, another ride on the Monaco Express, as I call the BA Friday flight from London.
But this was no ordinary day. With a dense drizzly fog clinging to the ground, it had the hushed atmosphere of a Sherlock Holmes movie. Planes were grounded, passengers stranded, the BA Lounge packed. I grabbed a coffee and asked a pretty blonde if I could share her table.
We soon struck up a conversation about what we both did for a living. “Dating Industry,” I shared. “Nanny for an Oligarch in Monaco,” she said.
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“Ah, so you look after someone’s loved ones and I look after the love lives of others,” I replied.
I explained that I was an International Matchmaker. “Ooh, what’s that?”
“Well, we’re like head-hunters. We find serious partnerships for exceptional but time-poor people. This is our busiest month and, in fact, the first working Monday of the year is what lawyers dub 'Divorce Day'. We get most of our enquiries this month.”
“Really, so how does it work?" Ines, my table sharing friend, asked inquisitively.
“Well our clients pay us from £10,000 to £50,000 depending how many locations we cover for them. Clients work with a matchmaker who searches our extensive network of vetted singles, honing in on the closest matches.”
“So how successful is it – do you go to lots of weddings and christenings?”
“Well, we have an 85 percent success rate. But that’s because we turn away about a third of our enquiries and concentrate on the people that really are serious and know what they want, or can let us help them find out.
"The prospective date of the client isn’t charged – so if we ask someone to be part of our database as a potential match, it means they’re a good fit for us.”
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It transpired that Ines the nanny was single and needed help with her online dating profile. With time on our hands, I offered help. She was using an app called Bumble, which matches like Tinder but lets the girls text first. The result is that men try harder with their “Billboard” and women get to be choosy and not constantly bombarded.
“Oh, Ines this won’t do!”
“Why not”, she asked, “men just look at pictures?”
“But your profile picture is of you straddling a giant tortoise! If you’re going to be astride anything, better make it a racehorse! And the others are just your face? You’ve got a great body, find one with all of you in it and add one with you smiling in the middle of a group of friends. We always photograph better surrounded by loved ones.
“Now let’s write something about you. Men are visual creatures, but they do read … What do you do that’s interesting? Men love sporty girls. Do you do any sport?”
“Oh, I run the marathon in Istanbul every November and love No Finish Line in Monaco – my girlfriends and I get competitive with that.”
"Well I did Politics at Gothenburg, but I’m originally from Stockholm. And I did TEFL in London where I was working in financial PR for a few years. That’s what I’m doing in Monaco, teaching twin four-year-old Russian boys English. “
“Well I spend all my free time travelling. I share the children with another nanny, so we can each have some time off. I’ve been exploring France and Italy mostly.”
“Lastly, what are you looking for in a partner?”
“Well, I’m 35 and I love children, so someone serious, not a player. He needs to love the outdoors, have a great sense of humour and good family values. Spontaneous, not stuck-in-a-rut square. Preferably blonde.”
While I was writing up Ines’ little profile for the big wide world of online dating, I had a thought. We have a Scandinavian client, Lukas, who travels like crazy and wants to meet someone with a super-flexible career, someone with great values and a solid degree. Preferably a pretty blonde. Boom.
Lukas was in Monaco for business the following month, so I struck the match and they’ve been dating ever since.
The moral of the story? A high-flyer doesn’t always want another high-flyer. For our client, it was more important to be able to find enough time for a relationship.
Barbara Brudenell-Bruce is a matchmaker with London’s exclusive matchmaking agency, Vida, and her network boasts an impressive list of entrepreneurs, celebrities and aristocrats. She lives between Monaco and London. Article first published January 16, 2017.
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Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December, 8.30 pm; Saturday 2 December, 9 pm; Sunday 3 December, 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses
Visiting Mr. Green, contemporary theatre by Jeff Baron with Jacques Boudet and Thomas Joussier