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Cannes Yachting Festival Returns To The French Riviera

The Côte d'Azur is awash with prestigious boats as the 39th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival takes place this week (6-11 September 2016)

More than 600 boats and luxury yachts, from 2.10 metres to 52 metres, are being exhibited by shipyards and brokers from around the world — both in and out of the water.

The Cannes Yachting Festival, hosted in Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, marks the start of the international yachting calendar, with the Monaco Yacht Show (28 September to 1 October 2016) and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (3-7 November 2016) yet to come.

New to the festival this year is a premium area exclusively for luxury industry stakeholders and VIPs. For the full list of appropriate industries see the Cannes Yachting Festival website, but we can reveal imdustries include watches, automobiles, private aviation, couture houses, and luxury yachts (of course). La Terrasse  overlooks the old port and has a 180-degree view of the biggest yachts on display at Vieux Port, the Bay of Cannes, the Croisette and the Lérins Islands.

Also new this is a perfectly paired partnership with Porsche, the official carrier of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016.  

Returning to the festival for a second year is Concours d’Elegance on Thursday 8 September (5pm). This prestigious parade is an ideal opportunity for boat enthusiasts to admire an exquisite fleet of classic yachts, antique vessels and the latest releases on display and pays homage to the rich history of boating on the French Riviera.

Must-see vessels at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016

Majesty Gulf Craft – Majesty 155 – 47m

A 47m motor yacht, Majesty 155 was custom built in 2015 by Gulf Craft in Ajman (United Arab Emirates). This luxury vessel's sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of Gulf Craft. Her exterior is styled by the Gulf Craft team who are also responsible for the entire engineering package. 

Baglietto – 46 FAST – 46.3m

The new 46 m FAST stands out for its streamlined bow and rakish lines expressing a strong personality, but can also boast an imposing stern with hawses. The trapeze-shaped windows in the hull alternate with rectangular ones arranged on two different levels, enhancing the slender shape of the hull and giving a more contemporary touch to the yacht’s highly charming outer profile. Another new element characterizing the exterior lines is the compact shape of the superstructure, which is not too high to enhance aerodynamic penetration. The warm shades of rosewood alternate with the colder white lacquered ceiling and side panels, resulting in very refined, contemporary, stylish interiors.

Sarp Yacht – Sarp 46 – 46m

Sarp Yachts has created an 10,000 m² facility in Antalya. The shipyard has hall that can accommodate new construction and refit project up to 70 meters. Sarp Yachts is the only shipyard which has Integrated Quality Management System (ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 & ISO 18001 OHSAS) from ABS in the Antalya.

Arcadia Yacht SHERPA

SHERPA can be favourably compared with much larger yachts (65 ft) by its LWL (15.53m) and extraordinary beam (5.60m). The efficient length to beam ratio of the specific NPL hull also contributes to an upgraded yacht size for SHERPA. The incredible volume of the yacht is certainly a winning factor as well as the innovative easy-to-close flybridge which can be converted into a closed deck, completely protected by side windows that can be raised and lowered.

Benetti Mediterraneo 116

At the oncoming Cannes Yachting Festival, Benetti will officially premiere the new Mediterraneo 116’. The new Class Displacement series’ model, a 35,5-meter characterized by smooth and slender lines, represent a true stylistic revolution for the shipyard. One of the main focus of the project is surely the brightness theme: the careful superstructure’s design provides a sensation of luminosity, amplified by several elements on board. For instance, the 2-meter-wide crystal doors that from the main deck gives onto the main salon, or the continuous 3-meter tall picture windows. Always in the same salon, in the dining area, two windows give onto the exterior walkway that, thanks to its width, can also be used as a balcony.

READ: The Beginners' Guide To Yachtiquette by Cannes Yachting Festival Show Manager, Sylvie Ernoult