The signs of spring along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea are evident, soon to be followed by summer’s bloom. From the bevy of gleaming yachts calling at gorgeous ports stretching across Ibiza toward Istanbul, to the glamorous events of the Cannes Film Festival and the Formula One Grand Prix race, exquisite watercraft and elegant crowds begin for the superb Mediterranean yachting season from April to September.

Named by the Romans as the sea in the middle, “medi,” of land, “terra”, the Mediterranean truly is the center of the yachting universe for summer celebrations, yacht shows, sporting events, and cultural festivals, drawing a discriminating audience expecting only the best the world has to offer. Scheduling a Mediterranean yachting experience this summer offers more rewards than perhaps any other option. Highlights of the season, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix Race, provide the ultimate Mediterranean holiday, delivering memorable moments set in one of the world’s favorite seaside playgrounds.

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While every day on board a private yacht in the Mediterranean is exceptional, excitement and enjoyment of the events associated with the Cannes Film Festival are especially noteworthy. The festival, scheduled May 14-25 in 2014, gathers legions of stars for a curated review of the most impressive films of the year, presented in the lovely setting of Cannes on the Côte d’Azur. This year, Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and Tim Roth as Prince Rainier, will greet guests as the opening film, leading into 12 days of screenings, galas, and well-deserved awards. The entire French Riviera is alive with cinema details, filling the air with the heady buzz of a privileged social agenda.

The Grand Prix of Monaco Formula One race roars through the narrow, winding streets of the principality with an exhilarating pace, quickening pulses with every turn. The world’s top drivers navigate 78 laps on this challenging course of curves, chicanes, and tunnels. Exclusive parties, both on board stunning yachts and in gorgeous mansions, pull all rank of royalty, dignitary, and celebrity, wrapping the May 22-25, 2014 races with a glittering social whirl. Earning passage to the top notch festivities will mark your calendar for years to come with impressive invites.

Cruising along the 22 countries, 3,300 islands, and delightful superyacht marinas dotting the Mediterranean coastline on your private yacht expands not only your social scene, but your entire sphere. There are lovely ports, idyllic beaches, and iconic parties, like the Nikki Beach White Party in Mallorca. Opening the season May 1, 2014, The Nikki Beach White Party effortlessly combines fashion, film, art, entertainment, dining, and music in an outstanding clutch of events. Stopping by destinations such as Cassis, St. Tropez, Capri, Porto Montenegro, Positano, or Naxos, these varied and fascinating experiences offer up wine, culture, shopping, and dining excursions unmatched by any other collection of ports, exuding a cosmopolitan air and subtle power built by centuries of exchange.

Should a yachting experience in the Mediterranean sound like the perfect addition to your summer schedule, The Best of Yachting stand ready to assist you in choosing a superior yacht to match your expectation. It would be both pleasure and privilege to acquaint you with the details, whether first or frequent yacht enthusiast. Inquiry at [email protected] to chart your course for a custom yacht excursion.

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