Unveiling a new name for the 37th edition, the Cannes Yachting Festival, previously known as the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, represents Europe’s leading in-water boat show. This year’s event will take place on the glittering Bay of Cannes, a beautiful French Riviera yacht charter destination, running from September 9 to 14.
Living up to its reputation as Europe’s leading yachting festival, showcasing the latest boats from the world’s finest shipyards; the Cannes Yachting Festival welcomes a host of international exhibitors. The regular exhibitors are joined by new companies, all of which come to present their latest releases, including world premieres, such as; Benetti Tradition Supreme 108 superyacht My Paradis – with its hybrid diesel-electric model; the debut of the 58 HT Chaseboat from Otam – celebrating its 60th anniversary; the Riva Mythos 133; the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht – 1st motoryacht of the French Shipyard; and the Jeanneau Oceanis 60, amongst many others. In addition, more than 500 new crafts and 50 second hand boats – with both sails and engines, mono and multi-hulls – are already expected to dock at the Festival to launch in the 2014-2015 season.
To coincide with the rebrand of the Festival, the Nice-Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has undertaken major renovations to Cannes’ marinas, which completed for the summer will welcome over 50,000 visitors to the show. As well as the chance to see the famous ships from the likes of Benetti, Sunseeker and the Beneteau Group, guests will be able to enjoy new spaces for day-boats and RIBs as well as to explore a new Shopping Village of lifestyle brands.
For 2014, the Festival has simplified the layout of the show and it will now be divided into eight different exhibitor category zones (seven in the Vieux Port, one at Port Pierre Canto), each with its own name and associated colour, for clearer navigation.
The Vieux Port will showcase inspiring new models and products over the six day event, with a mix of motor boats and sailing boats ranging from 5 to 50 metres on the water, and parts manufacturers and service companies positioned on the land.
At the other end of the Croisette, Port Pierre Canto, that is also finishing a makeover that began in autumn 2012, will reveal a brand new harbour master’s office, to restore the area to all its glory. It will also act as the destination where the world’s most important brokers will gather at the “Espace Brokerage & Charter”. As well as a range of used boats, companies offering brokerage, luxury yacht charter, and services will also be present.