Cannes. Glitz, glamour, premieres, models and luxury… No, it’s not time for the legendary Film Festival, which is in May, but a festival of a different sort, with appearances on the blue water rather than the red carpet. Le Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, the International Cannes Boat Show, takes place from September 11 to 16.
More than 580 types of luxury yachts and motor boats will be displayed on the water at the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, at either end of the legendary Croisette. The Bay of Cannes show will exhibit some 150 boats for the first time ever – the nouvelle vague, if you like – including the Couch 5000 Fly, Azimut 55S, Moonen 82 Alu, MCY 70, Pershing 82, Catana 55, Canados 120 and Sunreef 82. Le Vieux Port will be home to the new models (from 10m to 61m), while some of the best parts manufacturers, interior design and other service companies will be based on shore.
For those who like their boats seriously voluminous, the 61m Diamonds Are Forever Benetti (second picture) – owned by the yachtsman and James Bond fan John Staluppi – will be present. It’s the biggest boat ever to attend the show. Or for those who are thinking of chartering or buying a superyacht (22m to 50m), the Port Pierre Canto’s Espace Brokerage & Charter will host some of the world’s most renowned brokers – Camper & Nicholson International, Burgess, Ocean Independence, Northrop & Johnson, Oceanstyle Yachting, Dbeere Yachts, Fraser, Yachting Partners International, Blue Water and SNP Boat Service among them.
The Cannes Boat Show is celebrating its 35th year, while Riva, the Italian maker of those iconic boats that encapsulate 1960s Riviera chic, should feel very much at home marking its 170th anniversary here. If you can’t treat yourself to a boat, join in the festivities by indulging in Petrossian caviar on the brand’s “floating island” Caviar House restaurant in the Vieux Port, where lunch and dinner will be served. For le Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes is as much about soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the views as it is placing an order for a Wally Ace – another of the new craft making an appearance on the water.