Countdown ‘til Cannes

Founded in 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival is celebrated as the first show in the European boating season and is one of Europe’s leading in-water yachting event.

03 September 2019


The Cannes Yachting Festival, adjacent to the iconic Palais des Festivals, extends from one end of the Croisette to the other and throughout Vieux Port and Port Canto.

In 2019, the Festival welcomes Guest of Honour, Ms Isabelle Autissier, the French marathon sailor and first woman to sail solo around the world, and event Ambassador, Armel Le Cléac’h, IMOCA world champion in 2008, French champion in single-handed yacht race in 2003, and winner of the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race in 2016.

The major change this year will see all sailing vessels both monohull and multihull have their own dedicated section on Port Canto. A full tender service will run from both ports each day.

There are seven sectors at the Vieux Port:


  • Luxury Galley, which is dedicated to luxury lifestyle brands;
  • Palais Des Festivals, dedicated shipyards, architects and designers, interior layouts, clothing, accessories, marinas, and outside, the Tender and Toys area with the latest innovations;
  • The Superyachts Extension with vessels from 25 to 55 metres, as well as shipyards, brokers and allied services on the marina;
  • La Jetée for boats from 10 to 45 metres as well as engines, propellers, thrusters, refitting and yacht transport;
  • La Pantiero for boats from 10 to 34 metres including open, sport, fly and sport fishing, plus the equipment village and nautical accessories;
  • Quai Saint-Pierre for boats from 10 to 25 metres, including sailing and motor boats;
  • Quai Max Laubeuf which will showcase 160 boats of 10 to 20 metres and a dedicated space for RIBS.

At the entrance to Port Canto, the fascinating Energy Observer will be on show. The original hull of the legendary racing boat on which Peter Blake won the Jules Verne Trophy in 1993 has been transformed into an electric-powered ship of the future, running on a mix of renewable energies and a carbon-free hydrogen production system that is seawater-based. Energy Observer is undertaking a global circumnavigation taking in 50 countries and 101 stopovers.

And for connoisseurs of classic, vintage and modern launches and day boats, the fifth edition of the Concours d’Élégance, Saturday 14 September, invites vessels under 12 metres to show off their elegant profiles and exceptional design aesthetic.

Australian boating brands who will have a presence in Cannes are Riviera and Palm Beach Motor Yachts, both of whom enjoy a strong following in this part of Europe.

Riviera will present its 39 Open Flybridge, the 545 SUV, as well as its widely acclaimed 5400 Sport Yacht, which is now being offered in the new Platinum Edition.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said the Cannes Yachting Festival was the opportunity to introduce the spectacular trio of luxury motor yachts.

“For almost 40 years Riviera has helped make boating dreams come true for motor yacht owners the world over and I know that tradition will continue at Cannes in September,” he said.

“Europeans have always had a great appreciation for the built-to-last qualities of our yachts, their luxury and incredible sea-keeping capabilities. Our team are certainly looking forward to showcasing our very latest models in Cannes.”

The Palm Beach GT50 Open will make her European debut in Cannes. Following on the heels of her successful world debut at the Miami Yacht Show last February, the GT50 Open is capable of 40+ knots and has an open main-deck arrangement that deepens the connection with the sea for her owners and guests and combines it with the well-matched hull and propulsion package.


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