An unmissable event for stakeholders and enthusiasts of French and international yachting, the Yachting Festival will take place from 10 to 15 September, extending from one end of the Croisette to the other and throughout Vieux Port and Port Canto.
While maintaining its identity and positioning, the year 2019 marks an evolution for the Yachting Festival, which will now revolve around Cannes’ two ports: the Vieux Port will continue to welcome the ultimate in motor boats while Port Canto will become the new showcase for the most beautiful sailing boats. The brokerage sector will remain based at Port Canto. At 110 days from the opening of the Yachting Festival, 529 in-water boats of over 10 metres are confirmed, including 119 sailing boats and 410 motor boats, representing of more than 7% compared to last year. Regarding exhibitors, 8% more than in 2018 have registered to date.
“We still have a few places available at each port. We are also waiting for second-hand boat reservations, which alwayscome later than new boats. Our sales team is finalising theimplementation of the around one hundred on-land boats.We are therefore very optimistic about the total number ofparticipating French and international shipyards and thenumber of associated boats that we will have the pleasureof welcoming this year. The latter should exceed the previousrecord figure of 2018 by 8%, which will enable buyers andvisitors to discover an unparalleled nautical offering inCannes!” says Sylvie Ernoult, Director of the Yachting Festival.
PORT CANTO FOR SAILING IN XXL VERSION
On the occasion of its next edition, the Yachting Festival will be present on three new quays of Port Canto: the Quai d’Honneur, the Quai de la Roseraie and the Quai Ouest, taking over nearly 1,000 additional linear metres to present in-water boats, alongside nearly 4,000 m2 for on-land stands. These quays will host the brand new “Sailing Space”, reserved for new monohulls and multihulls sailing boats measuring more than 10 metres.
“The opening of the Sailing Space is fully in line with the history of the Yachting Festival at Port Canto which, up until now, was used as the Brokerage space. Originally discussed and supported by the Fédération des Industries Nautiques, the urgent need to spread the Yachting Festival beyond the Vieux Port resulted in the Sailing Space at Port Canto; in close collaboration with our exhibitors, our suppliers, the Cannes city council, and the Nice – Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Now four months away from the opening of the next edition, I am happy to confirm that we will welcome more than 80 exhibitors dedicated to sailing and more than 20 boats presented by the largest registered French and international shipyards. Among them we will welcome 17 new exhibitors. Equipment manufacturers specialising in sailing boats have also come forward and will share the on-land spaces.
This commitment is a sign of support for the how and confidence in the initiative we have taken to better showcase the sailing offer”, explains Sylvie Ernoult. The installation of the in-water boats represents a real technical challenge both above and under water. For the part visible to visitors, some exhibitors have chosen to present their fleet in a hub-style exhibition, using a central pontoon that offers a 360° view of the boats on display. For the submerged part, nd in order to secure the boats and ensure their stability, Port Canto’s anchorage plan will be reinforced by specially adapted anchorages (mother-daughter chains), which will set up for the duration of the show.
“Based on the experience we have acquired at the Vieux Port and thanks to the close collaboration between our technical team, the Port Canto team and our service provider Locaponton, we have reviewed the entire anchorage planfor the Sailing Space to allow safe installation of the boats, whatever the weather”, reassures Sylvie Ernoult, adding “We will provide the necessary moorings to our exhibitors to help them in their installation. Thanks to its orientation, this art of Port Canto enjoys natural protection in case of any stronger swell. This special exhibition of so many sailing boats should produce a very strong visual effect, unique worldwide, which will delight our visitors when they discover what we are preparing for them.”
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