A Record-Breaking Event
| ICONIC YACHT | Delfina Remi
The Yachting Festival is an event that can’t be missed for French and international yachting enthusiasts and leading players alike, taking place from September 10 to 15, extending from one end of the Croisette to the other, in the setting of Vieux Port and Port Canto. 2019 marks an evolution for the show: Vieux Port will continue to host the non plus ultra of motor boats while Port Canto will become a showcase of the most beautiful sailing vessels. The brokerage sector will be located at Port Canto, like always. “We still have a few places available at each port. We are also waiting for second-hand boat reservations, which always comes later than new boats. Our sales team is finalizing the implementation of the around one hundred on-land boats. We are therefore very optimistic about the total number of participating French and international shipyards and the number of associated boats that we will have the pleasure of welcoming this year.
The latter should exceed the previous record figure of 2018 by 8%, which will enable buyers and visitors to discover an unparalleled nautical offering in Cannes!” says Sylvie Ernoult, Director of the Yachting Festival. 529 boats over 10 meters are confirmed in-water, 119 of which are sailing units and the other 410 motorboats. This represents an increase of over 7% compared to last year.
As far as exhibitors are concerned, the number of those registered currently exceeds the number from 2018 by 8%. Following the move of sailing boats to Port Canto, the Vieux Port will mainly be devoted to the motor boating industry with new boats, monohull or multihull over 10 meters in-water. In order to improve and optimize the visit, a new layout of the Vieux Port area will soon be unveiled. Thanks to the installation of new pontoons, the Terrasse Pantiero will accommodate boats from 14 to 20 meters in length, connecting the yachts at the Jetée to smaller boats at Pantiero. Here visitors can see motor boat yards of scaled sizes, down to the smallest from 10 to 12 meters presented in-water at the end of the Pantiero. Opposite them you will find a new area for semi-rigid boats, the famous RIBs.
The Quai Saint Pierre will host motor boats from 12 to 16 meters in length. Other similar units will also be on display along the Quai Max Laubeuf next to motor catamarans, of which the largest units (15-22m) will be shown next to select large yachts at the end of the quay. Furthermore, the Quai Max Laubeuf will host a new village on land for inboard and outboard engines. The Palais des Festivals will remain a treasure trove of elegance, with dinghies on display at the entrance in addition to equipment manufacturers and high-end service companies. The Luxury Gallery will be expanded and will remain an area dedicated to excellence, unique styles, craftsmanship and the art de vivre with renowned brands and key players in the sector.
Likewise, “Catering is a key element of a good event. We pay particular attention to ensuring the satisfaction of our visitors and exhibitors during their presence at the Yachting Festival. For the opening of the Sailing Space, we are creating a new upscale restaurant called ‘Restaurant Skipper,’ which will be the counterpart of the Vieux Port’s Panoramic Restaurant. The menu will be sponsored by Dalloyau and Louis Roederer. The terrace will offer a breathtaking view of the masts and hulls of the exhibited sailing boats! A food truck village will also welcome visitors, offering them a world tour of flavors in a chic, original, and friendly setting. And just like every year, a catering
area will also be available in the Brokerage & Toys area,” explains Sylvie Ernoult.