“It’s a success,” said Sylvie Ernoult, show director. “Even though there is a lack of space, and we are having to work with additional security constraints, we achieved our target of 600 boats in the show. This is about the same number as last year, but with higher quality. For the second year, the Luxury Gallery offers additional content with 30 exhibitors.” Sylvie Ernoult was justifiably proud at the press conference. Here are our top ten reasons for visiting the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017.
1. It’s on now.
The Cannes Yachting Festival runs until 17 September 2017. If you’re reading this after that date, you’ll have to wait for next year’s edition.
2. More boats, better boats.
“The Cannes Yachting Festival is number 1 in Europe in terms of numbers,” said David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, “and number 1 in the world in terms of beauty on the water.” He is naturally a little biased, but he has a point. Of the 600 yachts exhibvited at Cannes, 500 are on the water. That’s more than at the two competitor boat shows in Monaco and Genoa.
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3. You can test the boats on the water.
This follows on from Cannes’ status as the largest on-water boat show in Europe. Many brands arrange sea trials. It’s the best way to appreciate the characteristics of a boat. Much better than seeing a yacht indoors in a pavilion and trying to imagine what it will be like at sea.
4. Big range.
Cannes has everything from 2-metre to 65-metre yachts, making it the show that provides the most extensive cross-section of the yachting industry. 148 yachts are 20-metre or over, and there are 103 sailing boats. There are 214 new yachts, with 108 world premieres. The Monaco show is more polarized towards superyachts, while the Salone Nautico in Genoa has many exhibitors presenting accessories and smaller vessels.
5. Interesting exhibits even for non-yachters.
The Luxury Gallery in the Palais is a nice place to browse if you want a change of atmosphere with respect to boats. There are stands for Breitling watches, Charles Clavem champagne, Lalique crystal, Serena luxury mosaics, Sanlys jewellery and many more brands.
6. Rare yachting beauty.
The Concours d’Elégance on Thursday 14 September brings together some of the most beautiful vintage, classic and modern yachts. A pleasure to see.
7. People watching.
Cannes is a beautiful setting, and the people are equally smart. The Yachting Festival attracts a lot of stars. Some of them are there to keep an eye on their own yachts. Often the boatbuilding company makes an agreement with the purchaser of a yacht so that it can be exhibited at Cannes for a week.
8. Lots of toys.
This is a sector enjoying incredible growth. Top toys include sea bobs, jet power surfboards, jetskis, water jetpacks or hoverboards, folding bikes, wakeboards, water go-karts, inflatable islands, mini-submarines, drones and more.
9. Relaxed atmosphere.
The Cannes boat show is divided into two main areas, one at each end of La Croisette: Vieux Port, and Port Canto. They are linked by shuttles on dry land and on the water. The Port Canto area is quieter, and has more charter yachts. It’s easier to organize visits.
10. Not expensive.
The ticket for a day costs €19. For anyone with an interest in yachts, it’s hard to think of a better investment. For everyone, it’s a fantastic day out.
The Cannes Yachting Festival is open every day from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. It is open until 10 p.m. on Friday 15 September 2017. It closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday 17 September. Admission is free for children up to 12 years old. Information from tel. +33 (0)1 47 56 64 79 or from the Cannes Yachting Festival website.
Address: Palais des Festivals, Quai Max Laubeuf & Port Pierre Canto, Cannes
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