Saying goodbye to the end of the summer Mediterranean season in style, the annual Cannes Yachting Festival is Europe’s most prestigious yachting show and the highlight of the year for many yacht enthusiasts. This year the 41st edition of the show will run from the 11th to the 16th of September in the Vieux Port and Port Canto in Cannes. Over 50,000 guests are expected to attend this year with over half of these travelling from abroad to be at the event.
With over 528 exhibitors at the festival this year, choosing what to see and where to go can be tricky. The best place to start is with a courtesy car service for VIP or Riviera ticket holders to whisk you straight from Nice Airport direct to the festival in a slick Maserati. The legendary Italian brand is again the Official Partner for the Cannes Yachting Festival, so don’t miss the Maserati lounge where you can get up close and personal with the very latest releases and VIP ticket holders will be able to book test drives in any models that take their fancy.
Also on display will be the record-breaking Maserati Multi 70 trimaran which successfully completed the Tea Route from Hong Kong to London in just 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 12 seconds. This impressive new record for the completion of the Tea Route was achieved by skipper Giovanni Soldini and his crew last year during January and February. Visitors will be able to view the vessel and learn more about Maserati’s yachting division.
Another unmissable highlight of the six-day festival is the Concours d’Élégance parade of magnificent day boats under 39.37 feet/12 metres. The rules stipulate that only vessels with graceful lines can enter and the crew must be elegantly presented with least one female crew member on board. This unique contest pays tribute to the yachting heritage of Cannes and will take place on Saturday 15th of September at 4pm.
This year the show will boast over 600 boats with over 120 new models expected to make their world debuts at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Amongst the top yachts on show will be the breathtaking 1414 Demon built by the Austrian shipyard Frauscher. Her classic lines call to mind the graceful motor yachts of a bygone era, while providing her discerning owners with the very latest technology and modern amenities. This sporty 46 foot/13.90 metre offshore cruiser is ideal for weekend escapades thanks to her clever layout which can comfortably accommodate up to four people overnight. She also boasts a large deck area for sunbathing, an outside bar, spacious lounge area inside and a large bathroom.
If you’re after something with a bit more space, take a look at the magnificent 131 foot/40 metre C133 by Conrad shipyard who are based in Poland. The brand new yacht was delivered to her new owner in June of this year and given the name Viatoris which means “traveller” in Latin. Her stunning exterior lines are the work of legendary designer Reymond Langton with interior styling being handled by the shipyard. The result is a very capable steel hull which boasts numerous outside spaces for lounging and entertaining and a lavish interior finished with the very best furnishings and materials like santos rosewood and makassar ebony. On board there is accommodation for up to 10 overnight guests with four double cabins on her lower deck and a roomy full-beam master suite which boasts fold-out terraces on both sides of the yacht. The tri-deck yacht also has capacity for up to six crew members.
The 121 foot/37 metre Maiora 36 is the first model to be delivered from Maiora’s NEWSERIES line. Her key feature is the impressive 26.9 foot/8.20 metre beam which helps to create roomy social spaces on board which are completely unexpected for a yacht of this size. The main winner is her massive flybridge which is the ideal spot to indulge in a spot of sunbathing or watch the sun set over the sea with a glass of chilled Champagne in hand. Also impressive is her top speed of 3o knots which makes her perfectly geared up for fast-paced cruising around the chic marinas of the Eastern Mediterranean. Onboard are five en-suite cabins that can accommodate up to ten guests and separate crew quarters with capacity for a staff of up to five.
Also on show will be a selection of vessels from Sanlorenzo, including the 31 metre SL102 which is the world’s first asymmetrical yacht and their 23.35 metre SX76 crossover yacht. The bold SL102 design eliminates the deck on the port side which is carried upwards to the roof of the structure, giving a striking asymmetrical appearance and adding an additional 10 metres of space to the interior. The SX76, on the other hand, reimagines the popular SX88 in a smaller format. Her slick design is the work of Studio Zuccon International with interior styling by Piero Lissoni. Highlights include her wide open spaces and deep connection with the sea thanks to large windows and an impressively large swim platform.
Our final pick of must-see yachts at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival is the 131 foot/40 metre Thumper by Sunseeker. She’s one of the largest Sunseekers on the water and boasts an elegant beach house interior decor which is sure to go down a storm at Cannes. Below decks you’ll find comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests in her master suite, two double and two twin cabins. Highlights onboard this slick yacht include her fold-down side balconies which give even more space on board and her remarkable interior which is kitted out with premium leathers and semi-precious stones.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
The Cannes Yachting Festival will be open every day from 10am until 7pm, with the exception of Sunday 14th September when the show will close at 6pm. On Friday 14th of September there is a special late night opening and the festival will close at 10pm. Visitors can choose between a range of ticket options, ranging from the solo entry ticket which costs €15.00 to the full 6 day VIP card costing €566.50 which gives access to the VIP Club and transfer services or the Riviera card for €1122.00 which includes lunch at the Panoramic restaurant and helicopter transfers. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Cannes Yachting Festival website.