The Cannes Yachting Festival, the largest afloat boat show in Europe, confirms its leading position in terms of innovation and yachts launches.
The Cannes Yachting Festival, created in 1977 by the French Nautical Industries Federation (FIN), opens the season every year in September. The afloat Boat Show is a major event for the global marine industry, with the presence this year of nearly 50% of international visitors and 60% exhibitors from 40 different countries, out of the 530 exhibited.
A flourishing 2016 edition
The 39th edition of the Yachting Festival has broken a record in terms of number of boats on the water, innovations, exhibitors and frequentation. The Cannes Yachting Festival is a nautical event eagerly awaited by all yachting professionals as it is a good barometer of market developments and future trends in the world of boating. In recent years, it has become the yachting world major event thanks to the many quality products and services it offers and the volume of business it generates.
Improving world of yachting
With an attendance skimming the 50,000 visitors, the 2016 festival confirms the new upturn in the world of yachting. No more repeated crises, no more gloom. In a global context still in shock of the attacks, the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2016 reaffirmed – through the number of exhibitors and visitors constantly evolving – its status of first international show for multihulls.
The Cannes Yachting Festival arrived at its apogee during the closing weekend by recording more than half of its boat sales. The to ports of Cannes, located at each end of the Croisette, welcomed on the waves more than 600 boats from 2,40m to 46,30m long. A fleet of motor boats including 134 yachts over 20 meters long, sailing boats including monohulls (38) and multihulls. Some 200 new features have also appeared, always bigger, more luxurious, faster, ith range of more and more sophisticated navigation instruments.
Ten kilometers of boats
The Cannes Yachting Festival is unique in Europe by its size, 300 000m2 of exhibition, and the number of boats afloat on two marinas, representing 10 km of boats positioned for some along 3 kms of floating dock installed for the occasion, welcoming 4 traversantes and floating passages that open to let the boats go at sea during the trials.
The Yachting Festival also broke a world record by hosting 45 catamarans from 42 to 77 feet in a large exhibition space in the heart of the Old Port. The event also put sailboats in the spotlight, 120 this year, nearly 20% of the total fleet presented. It also celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Brokerage & Charter sector at Port Canto.
Among the novelties, the Supreme 68 Power
Among the novelties presented at the Cannes Festival Yachting, the Sunreef shipyard has presented the Supreme 68 Power. This yacht, presented in engine version, is the brand’s latest revolutionary 68-feet concept, offering an imposing living space of 300 sqm. This ultramodern catamaran with innovative features opens a new chapter in the history of the luxury yacht industry. The radically new concept of its superstructure allows to open the living space onto both the cockpit and on the sides to get a huge area where the outer and inner areas merge into one space for relaxation. The boat is equipped with a large rear garage with a rear platform and storage space for the annex, jet skis and water toys. The living areas of this catamaran were decorated and fully customized to meet the needs of its owner.
A relaxing terrace
This year, the Cannes Yachting Festival innovated with La Terrasse, a space dedicated to luxury brands. The exceptional location of the terrace, its 180° view over larger yachts shocased at the Old Port, the bay of Cannes, the Croisette and the Lérins islands shoed the strong the will of Yachting Festival to constantly renew itself for stay in a trail of excellence. Built on stilts, this new space offered a unique experience to visitors who were able to indulge their taste for exceptional products and admire the unique know-how and the art of living that characterize these luxury brands.
Charm and elegance
As in 2015, the Festival Yachting organized the second edition of the Concours d’Elegance in the old port of Cannes. This unique parade of Day Boats of yesterday and today, pays homage to the rich history of yachting on the French Riviera. Vessels less than 12 meters have paraded with excellence and grace before the eyes of spectators gathered on the dock and the beach festival.
The 39th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival saw the arrival of new partnerships like the car manufacturer Porsche, but also of Studio Harcourt Paris, the Champagne house Louis Roederer, Façonnable and Interni. Thanks to these internationally recognized brands, the Festival offered its visitors an experience of unparalleled luxury. These new partners have joined the Festival’s faithful brands: Lise Charmel, Wajer Yachts, Azur Helicopter and Fenwick-Tohatsu.
VIP cards and exclusive services
This year the Riviera Card, a VIP program, was a great success with visitors illing to enjoy this customized experience. The card gave access to exclusive services, such as the visit of the Yachting Festival aboard a boat, a direct transfer by helicopter from the heliport of the Old Port, access to Concierge services, VIP Club and a courtesy vehicle provided by Porsche.
The Cannes Yachting Festival 2016, with exhibitors enthusiastic of the quality of visitors and the business concluded, was an excellent vintage.
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