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JAYC Sailors Deliver a Strong Showing at 2024 i420 Midwinters West


The recent 2024 i420 Midwinters West regatta hosted 23 boats all vying for a qualifying spot to Youth Worlds, which will be held later this summer on Lake Garda. Three talented JAYC sailors were on the water: Estella Morris, Glen Foster, and Melanie Lahrkamp. After four days of tight racing, Estella Morris and skipper Freddie Parkin came away with the win, chalking up 5 bullets across 12 races, and that coveted spot at Worlds. Glen Foster skippered his boat to a 4th place finish and Melanie Lahrkamp skippered her boat to an 8th place finish. ( overall results here )

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Bell 42 caught up with Estella, a sophomore at Holy Child High School, to hear more about the event.

Bell 42: Congrats on the win and the chance to go to worlds! How long have you been sailing with Freddie Parkin?

Estella : Thank you! Last Fall, Freddie was looking for a new crewmate to train with. I started working with him and by December we had decided to pair up.

Bell 42 : What were the conditions like for the event?

Estella : We had a full range of conditions. The first two days were quite light, about 7 to 13 knots. The 3rd and 4th days were more like 17 to 20 knots. While most days were on fairly flat water, on the third day we went outside the break wall and sailed in 8 to 10 foot waves.

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Bell 42 : Being on a trapeze in 10 foot waves must have been exciting!

Estella : It was. At the bottom of the wave we would look forward and all we could see was the next big wave to climb. I managed to find a decent position on the wire where I could get low enough but not hit too much by the water.

Bell 42 : What do you think contributed to winning the regatta?

Estella : Freddie and I communicated really well. On the windy days, we were super clear about each leg and where we wanted to go. Speaking for myself, I also tried not to treat it like a regatta, but rather approach each race as if it was practice. And of course starts were key. The line was long but we worked hard to be in the favored position and get off the line at full speed. Lastly, I think our prep work helped. We did a clinic right before the regatta and practiced a lot down in Miami in heavy wind. 

Bell 42 : Where there moments you particularly remember?

Estella : On the 3rd day, we rounded the first windward mark in 4th. Because of the strong wind and waves, a lot of other skippers were sailing more conservatively. Freddie, though, loved to really work and surf the waves. We pulled ahead in the downwind and kept our position for the rest of the race to take first.

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Bell 42 : Any challenging moments?

Estella : On the second day, we were postponed for 5 hours waiting for wind, which finally came in around 5:30pm. We didn’t adjust quickly enough to the new conditions after all the floating around. And on the 4th day, 5 minutes before the first start our vang shackle broke. We attempted a tie-down line but it didn’t fully work. Our leech was totally open compared to the other boats. Thankfully, after the race we managed to get a proper fix in place. 

Bell 42 : Last thoughts on the regatta?

Estella : Being on the water at this regatta, with the level of competition, was super fun. To think back to Melanie, Glen and myself all in optis in JAYC, to see how far all of us have come — it’s exciting.

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Congrats to Estella, Glen and Melanie for your great performance at the event. You make AYC proud. AYC Sailing Director Kevin Broome also gave a special shout-out to Estella not just for her accomplishment but also how she volunteers her time to work with newer and younger sailors. Kevin said, “Estella works hard on and off the water. Her high energy and passion shows in her sailing, and she has tried different boats and different positions to broadly level up her skills. She’s a fan favoritie for our after-school Optimist sailors when she visits as a guest VIP.”

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The 28 best things to do in D.C. on Memorial Day weekend and next week

Celebrate Memorial Day at a parade or street festival, gather at D.C. Black Pride or an outdoor dance party, or mark AAPI History Month with food and trivia.

This long weekend brings days full of solemn tributes, parades and music at Arlington National Cemetery and a concert on the Capitol’s West Lawn. (We have a roundup of events across the area , not all of which are also included in this column.) But it’s also the unofficial beginning of summer, with the multiday D.C. Black Pride Festival; a house music party with Crystal Waters in Franklin Park; the Funset’s big dance party at the Dew Drop Inn; blues music until the wee hours at Glen Echo Park; and events celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, including a trivia night at the Smithsonian and a night market atop Union Market.

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Thursday, May 23

Jazz in the Garden ticket lottery

For the third consecutive year, the National Gallery of Art is limiting admission to its summer Jazz in the Garden concert series to those who win a weekly lottery for admission. If you’d like to attend the first event of 2024 — an evening with Grammy-nominated Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, whose music is as bouncy as the name would suggest — you have until noon Friday to request up to four free tickets. You’ll find out Monday whether you need to pick up a picnic after work on Friday, May 31. Registration available on Free .

Kristin Hersh at the Kennedy Center

Kristin Hersh’s first band, Throwing Muses, became an icon of college radio back in the days when “college radio” and “alternative” actually meant something, thanks to Hersh’s fraught, ripped-from-a-diary lyrics and the group’s fusion of post-punk and folk. Her dozen albums of solo material — including last year’s “Clear Pond Road” — are more stripped down, singer-songwriter style, but keep the rough edges intact. Both the Muses and later group 50 Foot Wave have re-formed and recorded in recent years, but Hersh’s current focus is on her solo work. If recent shows in Europe are any guide, this free performance on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will feature some of her old band’s songs, including “Cottonmouth” and “Sunray Venus.” 6 p.m. Free .

Mr. and Miss D.C. Black Pride Pageant at the Westin Hotel

Before the D.C. Black Pride festival officially gets underway on Friday, the annual Mr. and Miss D.C. Black Pride Pageant warms the crowd up. Beyond the competition, there are performances by entertainers including Miss Black America Jazell Barbie Royale, Miss Gay Arlington Raven Samore and Mr. So Seductive Marcus B. Lee. 5 to 9 p.m. $25 .

Friday, May 24

D.C. Black Pride at the Westin Hotel

“Black Pride Forever” is the theme of this year’s D.C. Black Pride festival, a celebration that has grown from a Memorial Day party called “The Children’s Hour” at a Petworth nightspot called the ClubHouse to a four-day parade of dance parties, workshops, brunches and outdoor parties. The Westin Hotel near Mount Vernon Square is the main event space, hosting Friday’s opening reception, headlined by comedian Paris Sashay (5 to 10 p.m., free); Saturday’s Black Trans Pride town hall and social (2 to 5 p.m., free), Sounds of Black Pride DJ dance party (3 to 6 p.m., free), and annual Mary Bowman Poetry Slam (6 to 9 p.m., free); and workshops ranging from self-care to the history of drag culture (free). Through Monday. See a full schedule of events on .

Red Hot Blues and BBQ Festival

First, the bad news: The barbecue portion of the Red Hot Blues and BBQ Festival is sold out. But even if you won’t be picnicking with sliced meats from Federalist Pig, the four-day festival will be of interest to dedicated blues fans. Most of the action is centered at Glen Echo Park, where bands are performing on Friday (powerhouse vocalist Carly Harvey) and Saturday (up-and-coming Louisiana guitarist D.K. Harrell) for dancers in the historic Spanish Ballroom and the former amusement park’s bumper car pavilion, before DJs spin into the wee hours of the morning. Dance lessons are included in ticket prices. Sunday features singer Stacy Brooks in the bumper car pavilion, followed by dancing until 2 a.m. at Adams Morgan’s Bossa. The festival wraps up Monday with dancing around the Dupont Circle fountain, free for all comers. The weekend also features dance lessons, picnics and, on Sunday, an afternoon blues jam spearheaded by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. A negative coronavirus test is required to attend events at Glen Echo Park. Friday through Monday. Free-$30 for individual dances and events; $85 passes for all live music .

‘Point Break’ at AFI Silver

Does the world need a 4K Ultra HD version of “Point Break”? That’s not the … point. But this weekend is your chance to see Kathryn Bigelow’s camp bromance in a way you’ve never seen it before, with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in all their skydiving, tube-catching, bank-robbing glory. Not because it’s good for you, but because you know you want to. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9:15 p.m. $8-$13 .

Saturday, May 25

Black Birders Walk at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Sunday is the beginning of Black Birders Week , an annual event celebrating Black bird lovers and nature enthusiasts, with a focus on getting new and underrepresented communities out to enjoy wildlife. The Smithsonian is getting an early jump on the festivities with a guided morning walk through Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, where more than 250 species of birds have been observed in the park. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars if possible, though the park will have some pairs to share. 9 a.m. Free .

ViVa! Vienna! Festival

This Memorial Day weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the ViVa! Vienna! festival, an annual community event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vienna that brings funnel cake and merry-go-round rides to the pedestrianized streets around Vienna Town Green. Kids will love the traditional amusement rides, vendors selling treats like cotton candy and entertainment from the Vienna Singing Princesses, while adults can spend time in the BrewFest beer garden with brews from Caboose Brewing Co. and Settle Down Easy Brewing Co. and listen to cover bands on multiple stages. Shuttle buses will ferry visitors to the festival from the Vienna Metro station and an overflow parking lot. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission; tickets required for BrewFest, raffle and rides .

Rockville Hometown Holidays Music Fest at RedGate Park

The city of Rockville’s free, family-friendly music festival brings in 1990s alt-rock radio fixture Everclear and a Bon Jovi/Journey tribute band to headline its two-day run. (BonJourneyNY’s set starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and Everclear plays Sunday at 5:45 p.m.) Beyond the main acts, the pair of stages at Hometown Holidays host all sorts of music, from Colombian folk fusion to go-go to big band. Meanwhile, kids can jump in a moon bounce, create crafts or build sandcastles in a sand dune. Beverage booths and a food court provide refreshments, with poutine, gyro platters, bubble tea and shaved ice among the offerings. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Free .

Capital House Music Festival at Franklin Park

The annual Capital House Music Festival brings a variety of grooves — deep, soulful, funky, Baltimore — to Franklin Park for a day-long party. The headliner is Crystal Waters, whose breakthrough hit “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” was written about a homeless woman singing in front of the Mayflower Hotel, but there’s much more, with music coming from DJs and vocalists including Teddy Douglas, Tantra, Chosen, Michele Miruski and Kini Sullivan West. Donations benefit the Sam “the Man” Burns Legacy Foundation, named in honor of the late D.C. DJ. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free; donations requested .

Pixar Putt at the Wharf

Bring the kids along for a Pixar-themed mini golf pop-up at the Wharf — featuring characters from classics like “Toy Story,” “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc.” — unless it’s after 7 p.m. on Fridays or Saturdays, when the course is reserved for golfers 18 and up. Daily through Aug. 4. $30-$32.50 for adults; $27.50-$30 for children under 12.

Heavy D Day Party at Songbyrd

The girls, the girls, they loved Heavy D, the smooth, charismatic hip-hop star known as “the Overweight Lover.” The string of hits that Heavy D and the Boyz produced in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including “We Got Our Own Thang” and “Now That We Found Love,” were romantic but danceable, endearing him to a generation of female fans — and guys who wanted to dance like Heavy D, too. Six DJs are teaming up at Songbyrd to pay tribute to Heavy D, a.k.a. Dwight Myers, who died in 2011 at the age of 44, including some of D.C.’s most veteran party rockers: Quartermaine, 2-Tone Jones, Oso-Fresh, Roddy Rod, Jahsonic and RBI, playing tunes by Heavy D and compatriots Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Al B. Sure. 1 to 5 p.m. $10-$15 .

Ahadadream at Flash

London-based DJ and producer Ahadadream has been creating percussive club music for a few years, with his tracks regularly working their way into sets by Skrillex and Fred Again, but it’s only in the last year that his reputation has really taken off: He’s been named part of Beatport Next 2024 , and one of “ Dance’s Future Stars ” by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. Hear Ahadadream’s propulsive sound, which draws influences from South Asia, the Middle East and Britain’s underground dance scene while always keeping the drums moving forward, for the first time on the rooftop at Flash during Nu Androids’ Sundown sessions. 4 p.m. $35 .

Alive & Outside: The Block Party at the Sandlot Georgetown

With an “attitude of gratitude,” the Sandlot is celebrating the possibility of hanging out outside, together, with people in a world three years out from pandemic lockdowns. Listen to a local DJ lineup and grab a bite and beverage from a food truck. Note that the event is 21 and up. 3 to 9 p.m. $20-$30.

Arab American Culture Festival at Dew Drop Inn

From music school Quartertonez Music and dance troupe Malikat Al Dabke , this celebration of Arab heritage has vendors and performances from countries across the Arab world. Stick around for the after-party, which runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 4 to 9 p.m. $25 suggested donation; after-party ticket $25.

KolschFest at Silver Branch Brewing

A bright, refreshing, gently fruity kolsch beer is perfect for summer heat, and with Memorial Day serving as the unofficial start of summer, two local breweries are featuring their kolsch at events this weekend. First up is Silver Branch, whose all-day Kolschfest features singalong music from the Polka Terps and glasses of freshly brewed kolsch ($7.50 for one, $35 for six), as well as a special food menu. Noon to 10 p.m. Free admission .

Sunday, May 26

Flowers of Remembrance Day at Arlington National Cemetery

For most of the year, the only people allowed to set foot on the plaza next to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery are the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, “the Old Guard,” who keep a vigil at the site 24 hours a day. But since 2022, the cemetery has allowed the public to enter the plaza to lay flowers at the tomb on Memorial Day, a solemn tradition dubbed Flowers of Remembrance. Visitors who wish to lay flowers are asked to register in advance on ; flowers will be provided, and visitors should not bring their own. At 10 a.m., cemetery historians give a talk about the history of Decoration Day (now Memorial Day), followed by a walking tour. Registration is not required. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free .

National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert, which is broadcast live from the Capitol’s West Lawn, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise are the hosts, and the National Symphony Orchestra performs alongside guests including Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts. Tickets aren’t necessary for this free concert, but you’ll want to arrive early to get a good spot — lines are often long because of the security screenings and bag searches. The public is also able to attend the concert’s dress rehearsal on Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 8. Free .

D.C. Black Pride events

Black Pride events continue across the city, including the Pride by the River cookout, bringing music, grilling and games to Anacostia Park ( noon to 8 p.m., free ); the Brunch and Babes drag brunch at Hook Hall, raising money for the Veterans Pride Suicide Prevention Coalition ( 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $60 ); and readings of new, short LGBTQ plays at the Undercroft Theatre, presented by the African American Collective Theater ( 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., $20-$30 ).

The Funset at Dew Drop Inn

Is there a better outdoor weekend dance party than the Funset, which finds huge crowds grooving to hip-hop, funk, disco, yacht rock and ’80s tunes outside the Dew Drop Inn, or pulling up at rows of picnic tables to catch up with friends or feast on a dish from a food truck? You need to experience it for yourself. This week’s party is the second edition of a gathering dubbed “Chuck and Barry,” after Washington icons Chuck Brown and Marion Barry Jr., which provides a good idea of the direction the DJs are taking. Jahsonic, Jerome Baker III, Harry Hotter and Kenny M join host DJ Smudge on the decks. 5 p.m. Free .

AANHPI Heritage Month Celebration at Purple Patch

Purple Patch owner Patrice Cleary, a native of the Philippines, is responsible for some of the most delicious Philippine cooking in the area . But community is just as important as cuisine to the Mount Pleasant restaurateur, which is why she hosts an annual AAPI Heritage Month party at Purple Patch. Bring the family for karaoke, music, DJs, face painting and activities for the kids, and the best lumpia around. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. 6 p.m. Free .

Lvrs & Frnds Vintage Night Market at the Black Cat

You can find the usual items at the Black Cat’s market — band tees, handmade jewelry, vintage clothes, vinyl records, scented candles — but you might also go home with a tarot reading, flash tattoo, tooth gem, sage bundle, spiritual bath or tarot reading. You can also make your own zine or craft, dance to a DJ, or grab a drink at the venue’s bar. Note that the market is 18 and up. 5 to 9 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 day of event.

17 Year Anniversary Party at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

The neighborhood has seen some changes since Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club opened on Bladensburg Road NE back in 2007. The bar itself, once unmarked, now lets neighbors know it’s nearby. But the vibe — cool, grungy, diverse, laid back, with a tendency toward cheap drinks and weird art — remains intact. To mark its anniversary, Jimmy’s features a lineup of DJs, including Hugo Z, G.E.N.E., Cassia, Neko and Rainier, and Russell Sullivan, spinning from 10 p.m. until late. Doors open at 8 p.m. Free .

Kolsch Service at Lost Generation

Lost Generation, the second local brewery featuring kolsch this weekend, offers the beer closer to the way it’s served in its namesake city of Cologne: Order a kolsch, and servers will keep bringing 7-ounce glasses to your table unbidden until you cover the glass with a coaster. Each one is $3 per pour. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission .

Monday, May 27

National Memorial Day Parade

Snag a spot along Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and 17th streets NW to watch the annual National Memorial Day Parade, led this year by World War II veterans in honor of the upcoming 80th anniversary of D-Day. Actors Anthony Anderson and Drew Carey are the hosts for this televised parade, which features active-duty military personnel, marching bands and musicians. 2 to 4 p.m. Free .

Tuesday, May 28

AANHPI Heritage Month Trivia Night at National Portrait Gallery

Some trivia nights might give participants a clue on social media. At the National Portrait Gallery’s monthly After Five Trivia Night, you’re wise to show up early and wander through the galleries, since answers are related to people whose portraits are in the collection. This month, the theme is AAPI history, so you might field questions about Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku or actress Anna May Wong. Play solo or on a team of up to six in the spacious Kogod Courtyard, where the cafe is open late for food and drinks. 5 to 6:45 p.m. Free .

Wednesday, May 29

Rock the Dock at the Wharf

Outdoor movie season got underway earlier this month, and now outdoor concerts are making their way back to parks and public spaces across the area. Among the earliest adopters is the Wharf’s Rock the Dock, unique among local music series in that it features performers on a floating stage, while the audience perches on terraced seats on the nearby Transit Pier. Concerts are held every Wednesday through Labor Day, and range from reggae to Americana to 2000s party bands. The series kicks off May 29 with the funk and soul vocal trio Pink PaLiSh. While there’s a bar on the pier serving beer and margaritas, listeners are welcome to bring in food from any restaurant at the Wharf. If movies are more of your thing, the Sunset Cinema series starts the following night with “Toy Story 2,” and runs at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 29. 7 to 9 p.m. Free .

Hi-Lawn’s Spring Night Market

Hi-Lawn’s first night market, held last September, drew more than 4,000 revelers to the spacious and grassy bar atop Union Market. Its next one, a two-day Hong Kong-inspired market honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and raising money for Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate, should be even bigger. Chefs from Chang Chang; Lucky Danger; Tiger Fork; Magpie and the Tiger; Love, Mokoto; and other local restaurants are cooking street food and sweets, while DJs spin, attendees browse market stalls and sip baiju, and lion and dragon dancers perform. Reservations are required through Eventbrite, but those tickets do not guarantee entry. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if Hi-Lawn is full — and its capacity is 1,000 — those holding tickets will have to wait until other people leave. In other words, the early bird gets the dan dan noodle. Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Free; RSVP required .

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  • F1’s Monaco Grand Prix Is Happening This Weekend. Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

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“No question, in Formula 1, outside of winning your home Grand Prix, I’d say Monaco is the other really precious, precious event to put on your resume,” says racing great Mario Andretti when asked by Robb Report to comment on the contest’s importance. “Monaco is one of the absolute premier events—look at the tradition it has,” adds the 1978 world champion, who did win his home grand prix but never took Monaco. “I wish I could have had that as part of my trifecta,” he admits, in reference to his other major wins.

A practice session underway prior to the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.

Yes, the Monaco Grand Prix is a race like none other: a spectacle fusing the glamour and prestige of a Hollywood gala with pure speed. Nestled into the Mediterranean coast, the Principality itself is a fairy-tale world of sun-kissed cliffs, yacht-filled harbors, and opulent palaces.

Mario Andretti pilots his Lotus-Ford 78 race car during the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix.

Jenson Button, who won the race in 2009, called it the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. “Monte Carlo is a place where every driver wants to win,” he said at the time. “But achieving it is so satisfying because you know you’ve conquered one of the toughest circuits in motorsport.” In that regard, the race is a bit of a paradox: In a sport that’s all about speed, this street circuit is both the slowest course on the calendar and one of the most dangerous.

Lewis Hamilton , seven-time winner of the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, has stated, “Even though Monaco has the slowest average speed of all the circuits we visit in a season, it always feels incredibly quick.” Hamilton won in Monaco while driving for McLaren-Mercedes in 2008, and then at Mercedes in 2016 and 2019. He’s also on record explaining that the dichotomy is “because the acceleration is so rapid and the walls so close: There really is no room for error.”

Lewis Hamilton successfully navigates wet conditions on his way to winning the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.

From the hairpin to the tunnel section, every corner presents a unique challenge, testing the limits of both skill and courage. The record-holder, with six victories, including five consecutive first-place finishes from 1989 to 1993, is the late Ayrton Senna , who described a particular qualifying lap around the track in almost supernatural terms.

“At that moment, I suddenly realized that I was going beyond the threshold of consciousness,” Senna once said, adding that while doing his lap he felt as if he was seeing himself from above, with the track as a kind of tunnel.

The field of drivers snakes around the Fairmont Hairpin during the initial lap of the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.

Although every driver will say that scoring the pole position is almost a prerequisite to victory on a track where overtaking the leader is nearly impossible, history has produced outrageous scenarios time and again. Torrential rainfall, enemy to the drivers hoping for a procession from pole to checkered flag, has often provided the key to success for those whose cars are not otherwise up to it. The rain has written several of the most memorable moments in the race’s epic story, including the event 40 years ago that announced the arrival of Ayrton Senna.

Alain Prost, himself a rising star that year, started from pole position in the rain. But way back in 13th place, the rookie Senna took center stage in an uncompetitive Toleman. By lap 32 of the 76 projected laps, the Brazilian had climbed up the pack to finally pass Prost and cross the finish line in the lead as the race was red-flagged due to danger. The rules stated that the official classification had to be counted from the last lap during which all cars still running had crossed the finish line—in this case the 31st lap—and so Prost was named the winner. 

Ayrton Senna racing in Formula 1's 1984 Monaco Grand Prix.

The Senna legend and the Prost-Senna rivalry, however, had just begun. The two drivers would be the only winners of the race from that year until 1993, the last time that the Brazilian participated before his death in a crash the following season.

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Beltoise is all smiles after his first-place finish in the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix.

The only other driver to make Monaco his sole Formula 1 victory was Jarno Trulli, who won at the 2004 edition in a Renault. In that race, Trulli started from pole and led to the end. But he had always prepared well for the coveted event, saying that the best method for learning the track was the one that he discovered in his first year there in Formula 3. He awoke at 4 a.m. on the Tuesday before the race so that he could jog around the route when there was no public traffic. 

“In Monaco, more than any other circuit, you want to know everything about all the bumps and curbs, any change in the circuit, in the tarmac,” said Trulli. “You really want to have a good idea of where you are going to put your wheels.”

Renault driver Jarno Trulli celebrates his only Formula 1 victory at the 2004 edition of the Monaco Grand Prix.

After Senna, the drivers with the second most victories are Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher with five each, followed by Prost with four, then Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Nico Rosberg, and Lewis Hamilton—all with three victories. Fernando Alonso, currently driving for Aston Martin, came close last year to taking his third victory in Monaco, finishing second. Some drivers, though, dislike the track, the best known among them being Nelson Piquet, who some say famously compared racing in Monaco to flying a helicopter around your living room.

Fittingly, the overall spectacle of the Monaco contest has been the setting for some of the most memorable scenes in John Frankenheimer’s 1966 film Grand Prix , starring Yves Montand, James Garner, and Eva Marie Saint.

Actor James Garner (seated in car) with Ferrari racer Lorenzo Bandini in Monaco during filming of John Frankenheimer’s 1966 film Grand Prix.

For sponsors, Monaco represents an all-important opportunity to hobnob with the glitterati and showcase their brands amidst the extravagant setting of Monte Carlo. And for many of the drivers who have chosen to live in this tax haven—such as Hamilton, Verstappen, and Sergio Perez—it’s also a home race of sorts. That’s truly the case, though, for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who was born in Monaco and has lived there all his life. 

Monaco's Princess Grace and Prince Ranier III are flanked by the winner of the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix, Jackie Stewart, and his wife.

“It’s the same roads that I took by bus to go to school when I was younger,” said Leclerc to the media last Sunday. “Now it’s in a Formula 1 car. So that makes it extra special for me. So I’m really looking forward to it.”

Yet despite the legendary status of the Monaco Grand Prix, questions remain. Can a race so at odds with modern safety standards continue to exist? Formula 1, forever pushing boundaries, struggles to reconcile its ever-evolving technology with the limitations of Monaco’s streets. And one of the most impressive aspects of the race disappeared when the hybrid engines arrived in 2014 and the cacophony of the power trains no longer bounced quite so strongly off the buildings and hills around the city. 

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  1. 2024 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta

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