Countdown to Cannes

Taking place from 11 to 16 September, the Cannes Yachting Festival is expecting once again to welcome more than 50,000 visitors from across the world to view and trial 600 boats.

10 September 2018


Since 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival has seen an incredible number of new models launched and innovative designs revealed. This year, more than 100 boats will make their world premiere at the show, positioned at each end of the famous Croisette. Here’s some of what you can expect to see.

Riviera’s 68 Sports Motor Yacht will be the centrepiece of a two-model red-carpet display from the Australian builder that will also include the sophisticated 5400 Sport Yacht.

Maritimo are set showcase their M51 long range motor yacht, a vessel that hits the sweet spot for boat owners who are looking for all the benefits of a larger yacht in a more compact package. However, the focus will be on presenting their new X-Series Sport Yacht range to an international audience. The brand will be providing information at the show on the X-Series, which includes the X60, the first model in the revolutionary new X-Series range, and designs for the X50 revealed at Sydney International Boat Show.

Azimut Yachts is gearing up for Europe’s leading boat show with a fleet of 18 yachts, including three new models making their world debut. The Azimut S6, the Azimut Grande 25 Metri, and the Azimut Grande 32 Metri, the latter two being superyachts.



Gulf Craft will showcase the Majesty 125 and Majesty 100. The Majesty 100 is the first in the brand’s Superyacht Collection to have a sky lounge. The ocean-going Majesty 125 is features three closed decks and one open deck, with a striking hawkbill profile.

The Horizon RP110 superyacht will also appear at the Cannes Yachting Festival. This design from J.C. Espinosa features a streamlined superstructure with a raised pilothouse. her double chine hull design provides excellent seakeeping.

Sunseeker will display a line-up of eight models, including the world premiere of its 74 Sport Yacht and the flagship 131 Yacht.

Invictus Yachts continues to expand their range of models, launching the new 320 GT. The new GT utilises all length available, with layout options focusing on creating space on deck.

The much-anticipated Princess R35 will be revealed for the first time in Cannes. The R35 is the first Princess R Class performance sports yacht, with an impressive speed range of 45 – 50 knots.  Designed in partnership with the world-famous BAR Technologies and Pininfarina, it features Princess’ Active Foil System (AFS). Princess Yachts will also feature the V60 and F70, along with show debuts of the V50 and S78.

UK-based shipyard Pearl Yachts will attend the boat show with two models: a European preview and a worldwide premiere. The Pearl 80 will make her European debut. With a length of 24 metres and a six-metre beam, she’s available with a choice of three interior themes: ‘Studio,’ ‘Taupe,’ and ‘Luxury.’ Making her world premiere, the Pearl 95 is a 29-metre yacht representing a collaboration between Bill Dixon, in charge of the exteriors, and Kelly Hoppen, who developed the luxurious interior.

Recognised as one of the most important international boating events and Europe’s largest in-water show, the Cannes Yachting Festival is known for its eclecticism and the wealth of vessels presented in a range of sizes.

Even with all of these power yachts, sailing yachts aren’t forgotten. In fact, the Cannes Yachting Festival will feature over 100 of them, including many multihulls.

Sunreef Yachts shipyard will feature not less than three premieres. The Sunreef 80 and Sunreef 60, two yachts belonging to the shipyard’s all-new sailing range, will make their official international debut at the show. But, the builder will also have power craft on hand, including the head-turning 40 Open Sunreef Power Diamond Edition. The Sunreef Supreme 68 Power and Sunreef 74 will also to join the shipyard’s lineup.

Following the successful launch of the ‘Luxury Gallery,’ situated within the Palais des Festivals, the Cannes Yachting Festival will once again showcase luxury brands outside of yachting. This will include watches, jewellery, fine sprits, fashion and accessories, design, art, high-tech products, and services.

Returning for a fourth year, the Cannes Yachting Festival’s Concours d’Elégance competition provides a spectacle of rare vintage and modern-day boats. Scheduled for 15 September, it’s an event not to miss.

Luxury car brand Maserati has reconfirmed its presence as Official Partner of the Cannes Yachting Festival this year. All VIP and Riviera card holders will enjoy a courtesy car service from Nice Airport to the show, brought to them by the prestigious ‘House of Trident.’ At the heart of the Yachting Festival, in the Maserati lounge, all visitors can explore the latest Maserati models, too.


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