Cannes, France — The Yachting Festival of Cannes returned this year to blaze in the starlit sun of the French Riviera for the first time in two years and enjoyed a splendid attendance. The show was held from September 7th and closed on the 12th and a full display of yachts, luxury, accessories and the glamorous lifestyle were played out in the festival’s two beautiful venues, the Old Port of Cannes and Port Canto. It is regarded as Europe’s leading in-water boat show and some 600 exceptional boats and yachts ranging from 5 to 50 meters shimmered in the sparkling waters of Cannes in the heart of the French Riviera. Some 470 French and international yachting figures participated in the show.
Highlights of the show included an area reserved for 100% electric and hybrid boats and an area reserved for sea trials offering fast and direct access to the open sea for exhibitors and their visitors. Sustainable development and the environment were also on the agenda with a Green route organized for visitors showcasing over 50 exhibitors developing or presenting boats and equipment that are innovative from an environmentally-friendly viewpoint.
For more than 40 years the Yachting Festival of Cannes has been the place for myriad world previews presented by the renowned shipyards of the world. Highlights of this year’s show included the unveiling of the super yacht project WHY 200 (SYE025) from Wally a brand of the Ferretti Group. This elegant monohull has an exceptional panoramic view and provides up to 50% more living space than traditional yachts without compromising on speed.
Prestigious Partners of the Yachting Festival included the family-owned champagne house Louis Roederer with the seventh generation of Rouzaud family at the helm, the gourmet caterer Dalloyau and the house of Bentley the luxury car manufacturer.
Yachting, once the sport of kings only, can trace it routes back to 14th century Dutch who used small fast boats to chase smugglers and pirates. Wealthy ship owners began using these small jaghts to sail out to celebrate their returning merchant ships and it became on trend to use these boats to take out friends just for pleasure. For a yacht is just that, a boat that is designed for the pleasure of its owner.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette