There are many things that make the Cannes Yachting Festival an exciting and enjoyable event. The setting is of incomparable beauty, with the Vieux Port providing a perfect frame, and yet more boats at Port Pierre Canto just across the bay. Above all, most of the 600 boats presented are on the water, making it the largest European yacht show, and giving visitors the possibility of arranging a sea trial. Other points of merit for the Cannes Yachting Festival comprise the fact that it is the first in the season (followed in quick succession by Monaco and Genoa), and has the highest number of premiere presentations, over 100 this year. The organizers say that Cannes is the show that puts an R into “contacts.”
Many premiere presentations
The largest motor yacht to be premiered at Cannes 2018 is the Baglietto 48 Disp, 48 metres in length, which features an anti-roll stabilization system. Sailing enthusiasts will no doubt want to visit the Swan area, which will feature the new Nautor Swan 78, just under 24 metres in length, with all the marque’s sea-going heritage along with sleek, contemporary design.
Brokerage and toys
Port Pierre Canto features pre-owned yachts from 22 m to 65 m, the so-called brokerage area that includes fully crewed yachts available for hire. Last year we saw the 65-metre charter yacht Double Down, with 9 guest suites, a crew of 20 and a lift to all floors. It cost €415,000 per week plus expenses to rent, and though this may seem rather pricey, it should be put into comparison with the sale price of €45 million. Also at Port Pierre Canto are the toys, all the things that emerge from the garages of superyachts once they have anchored in their chosen bay. Things like jetsurfs (a powered surfboard), watersleds, hydrofoil bikes, jet-pack machines such as the JetLev Flyer, and of course the latest jet-skis. Just reaching Port Pierre Canto is a pleasure, with an exciting motorboat shuttle service.
It’s an interesting event even if you’re not all that interested in yachts. The Luxury Gallery, present for the third year, has stands presenting watches, fashion, champagne, spirits, jewellery, art, design, luxury furnishings, high-tech products and more. Another highlight of the show is the Concours d’Elégance competition, a parade of rare vintage and modern-classic boats, taking place on Saturday 15 September.
We recommend purchasing tickets online, in advance, price €15. At the show, tickets cost €19. The show is open every day from 11 to 16 September from 10am to 7pm, staying open until 10pm on Friday, and closing at 6pm on Sunday.
Address: Palais des Festivals, Quai Max Laubeuf & Port Pierre Canto, Cannes
Tel. +33 (0)147 566 479
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