There’s always a special feeling of accomplishment or nostalgia that comes with milestone events. It was back in 1977 that the first Cannes Yachting festival took place in the Vieux Port with 30 boats on show at the Quai Max Laubeu. Fast forward to 2017 and this same festival is marking its 40th anniversary having grown to an event that now shows 630 boats, both in and out the water, stretching across each end of the famous Cannes Croisette.
This years event is set to take place September 12-17, drawing in 530 exhibitors and 51,000 attendees from around the world. Traditionally known as the show with the highest number of new model launches, this year will not disappoint with 107 boats getting set to make their world premiere.
Italian builder Canados is just one of these said exhibitors. Not one to disappoint, the yard is planning a Triple World Premiere with their 428 Gladiator, 808 Maximum and 888 Evo model, all ready to impress.
Never resting on its laurels, year over year the festival continues to introduce new and exciting concepts, expanding the show’s appeal and keeping things fresh.Riding on last years’ success, attendees will once again enjoy a stroll through the Luxury Gallery, situated just past the main entrance inside the Palais des Festivals. Exhibitors representing quintessential luxury brands in cars, watchmaking, jewellery, gastronomy, fashion, art and spirits for example will all be on hand under one roof giving potential customers an up close and personal experience with their products.
One of the newer events to be repeated this year is The Concours D’élégance whereby rare vintage and modern day boats under 12m will be paraded in the Vieux Port at 5pm on the 14th of September. This event is reserved for owners or collectors of such boats. Prizes are awarded by a jury for boats built before 1980 and boats built after 1980. Quality of restoration, design of the boat, rarity of the model and even elegance of the crew are part of the criteria being measured.
This show features boats ranging in size from 2.1m to 52m with an impressive 20% represented by the mono and multihull sailboat sector. The Y8 SRD Brenta Design 24m(80ft) carbon fibre sailboat built by Michael Schmidt Yachtbau is one of the top 5 largest sailboats on show this year and another example of a World Premiere boat available to be seen for the first time.
If your interest lies more in chartering, then the Brokerage and Charter area is set up in the Port Pierre Canto, made easily accessible by public or VIP water shuttle. There you will have the opportunity to discuss your chartering or second hand boat purchase inquiries with seasoned professionals, all passionate and very knowledgeable about the world of Yachting.