Cannes Yachting Festival opens with over 120 world premieres

More than 50,000 visitors will get the first chance to see the latest, greatest, and largest new boats that are being launched this year at the 6-day Cannes Yachting Festival

A view of the Yachting Festival in Cannes, France. The UAE News photo by Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit

CANNES, France: The 42nd edition of the Yachting Festival in Cannes, France, kicked off on Tuesday, September 10, with more than 120 world premieres of luxury yachts.

More than 540 exhibitors are showcasing 219 new items at the six-day exhibition. The festival, which has brought together 638 boats from 2.10 to 55 metres long boat, expects more than 50,000 visitors.

Since 1977, the Yachting Festival takes place every September in elegant, luxurious surroundings in the sparkling bay of Cannes. The major players in pleasure yachting come here to launch the show season by showcasing their new worldwide models.

An unmissable event for stakeholders and enthusiasts of French and international yachting, the Yachting Festival is taking place from 10 to 15 September, extending from one end of the Croisette to the other and throughout Vieux Port and Port Canto.

“After nearly a month of fitting and installation, we’re ready! As is the case every year, we’ve put all the necessary means in place to enable visitors to discover the very best of the French and international offer in luxury yachting and monohull or multihull motorboats or sailing boats, in the idyllic setting of the French Riviera,” says Sylvie Ernoult, Director of the Cannes Yachting Festival.

While maintaining its identity and positioning, the year 2019 marks an evolution for the Yachting Festival, which now revolves around Cannes’ two ports: the Vieux Port will continue to welcome the ultimate in motorboats while Port Canto becomes the new showcase for the most beautiful sailing boats. The brokerage sector remains based at Port Canto.

Following the relocation of the sailing boats to Port Canto, the Vieux Port is primarily devoted to the motorboating industry with new boats, both monohulls and multihulls, in the water measuring more than 10 metres in length. Equipment manufacturers and service companies primarily engaged in the motorboat sector are located onshore.

To improve and optimise the visit, a new layout of the Vieux Port has been unveiled. This configuration will be more consistent and will make it easier to identify the main categories of boat types and sizes, all while taking into account the port’s considerable technical constraints (height and space in front of quays, draughts, accessibility, etc.).

While the Jetée, which will continue to accommodate yachts and, for larger yachts, the Super Yachts Extension, will not undergo any noticeable changes, the situation is somewhat different for the other quays.

Thanks to the installation of new pontoons, the Terrasse Pantiero accommodates boats of between 14 and 20 metres, creating a link between the yachts at the Jetée and the smaller boats at the Pantiero.

At this location, visitors are able to discover motor boatyards of scaled sizes, with the smallest of them exhibiting their 10- to 12-metre boats at the end of the Pantiero. Opposite them will be a new site dedicated to much-loved RIBs.

Enthusiasts will have the pleasure of finding all of these small and medium boats at the heart of the event in this new dedicated space, which will also allow them to take sea trials at their own discretion, free from any technical constraints.

Quai Saint Pierre showcases motorboats from 12 to 16 metres in length. These units will also be exhibited on the Quai Max Laubeuf alongside the motor catamarans, the largest units of which (15–22 metres) are situated next to select large yachts being showcased at the end of the quay.

These larger units, exhibited for the first time on this quay, are part of the extension (via the large traversante) of the Jetée and the Super Yachts Extension.
In addition, on-land the Quai Max Laubeuf accommodates a brand new village devoted to inboard and outboard engines. –