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Cannes Yachting Festival

Cannes, France

10 - 15 Sep 2024

By Editorial Team

Every September the beautiful seaside town of Cannes welcomes an impressive fleet of luxury yachts and sailing boats for the prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival.

Best known for hosting incredible social events like the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, the glamorous yacht charter destination of Cannes provides the perfect backdrop to one of Europe’s leading boat shows.

Established in 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival (CYF) has become one of the most important platforms for builders, designers, and yacht brokers to present a wide variety of boats, ranging from motor yacht charters and sailing yachts to multihulls, day boats, and tenders.

CYF show layout

Divided between two main locations in Vieux Port and Port Canto, there's a seamless flow throughout the clearly zoned exhibits, with ample transportation between the various areas on land and sea. For those wanting to take in the sights along the way, a walk along La Croisette is an enjoyable route boasting staggering views of the show and is just a stone's throw from authentic cafes and premium restaurants.

Visitors at the Cannes Yachting Festival walking along and viewing berthed motor yacht charters

Vieux Port

Home to the showstopping Super Yachts Extension and some of the biggest names in the industry, Vieux Port is the exhibit for you if you're looking for some of the most innovative motor yacht charters operating in the Med.

As one of the oldest marinas to be visited during French Riviera yacht charters, Vieux Port has an undeniable charm and looks truly spectacular with the gleaming array of motor yachts around the pontoons.

Motor yacht charters berthed at the Cannes Yachting Festival
Exhibitor stand at the Cannes Yachting Festival with motor yachts berthed in the foreground
  • Jetée - Dedicated to exhibiting large motor yachts and superyachts
  • Quai Max Laubeuf - A comprehensive display of motorboats, powerboats, and multihull yacht charters
  • Palais des Festivals - The main venue for viewing luxury yacht exhibitors and marine equipment displays
  • Quai Saint Pierre - Exhibit for showcasing luxury motor yachts
  • Superyacht Extension - The showcase for the largest and most luxurious superyachts
  • Pantiero - Home to smaller luxury motorboats ranging from 32 - 111ft (10 - 34m)

Port Canto

Situated across the bay, Port Canto boasts a great selection of specialist areas including a section dedicated to around 55 large second-hand yachts available for both sale and charter, where brokers will be on hand to assist visitors with purchasing and charter inquiries.

Priding itself with the inclusion of multiple yachting niches, those who prefer a relaxing sailing yacht charter will revel in an exhibit hosting the number one fleet in the world for large sailing yachts, including nearly 120 new sailing yachts.

Introduced for the 2024 edition, a new marina was introduced between the Sailing and Yacht Brokerage & Toys sections to showcase new motor boats measuring up to 39ft (12m), marking the first time that boat charters of this size are displayed on the water at this yacht show.

Sailing boats on display with flags at Cannes Yachting Festival, surrounded by sea and clear blue sky.
  • Sailing Yachts - Special exhibit of the world's top fleet of large sailing yachts, with nearly 120 new sailing yachts, plus monohulls, and multihulls up to 98ft (30m).
  • Yacht Brokerage - A collection of nearly 50 pre-owned yachts up to 164ft (50m)
  • Water Toys - An immersive showcase of the latest water toys and gadgets ideal for watersports yacht charters
  • Powerboats ≤ 39ft (12m) - One of the largest selections of powerboats in the water

Superyachts at the Cannes Yachting Festival

Welcoming almost 700 boats each year ranging from 16 - 164ft (5 - 50 m), with approximately 200 of the attending fleet making their global or show debut, the six-day event is renowned for unveiling the latest luxury charter yachts and presenting visitors with multiple niches that cater to every desire and requirement.

Motor yachts berthed at the Cannes Yachting Festival
Superyacht charters berthed at the Cannes Yachting Festival
Bows of superyacht charters berthed at the Cannes Yachting Festival

In a region that is undisputedly one of the most popular Mediterranean yacht charter destinations, anyone looking for inspiration for their next charter vacation is sure to find some great options here that match their requirements.

With displays of Sanlorenzo, Azimut, Princess, and Sunseeker charter yachts included around the marinas, visitors to the Cannes Yachting Festival have seen stunning luxury yacht charters around the pontoons since the show's inauguration in 1977 including the likes of 125ft (38.1m) motor yacht charter CHARADE, 131.3ft (40m) yacht rental BRAZIL and 114.10ft (35m) yacht charter STELLAMAR.

Tickets to the Cannes Yachting Festival

Offering access for general and VIP admission, the Cannes Yachting Festival operates on an e-ticket system which is pre-bookable online.

Ladies walking on a red carpet at the Cannes Yachting Festival
Lady walking along the docks of the Cannes Yachting Festival with shopping bags

The three types of e-ticket available for the show are:

  • Visitor e-tickets - for general admission with single or multi-day passes available
  • VIP e-tickets - providing exclusive access to a range of premium concierge services, including a courtesy car service, VIP entrances to the show, access to the VIP clubs at both Vieux Port and Port Canto, plus a VIP water shuttle service between the two ports
  • Platinum e-ticket - access to all VIP services, in addition to boat tours of the show, priority access to courtesy cars, helicopter transfers and lunch at the Panoramic or Skipper restaurant

CYF attractions

Welcoming around 55,000 visitors each year, the Cannes Yachting Festival offers an ideal platform to experience every element of the yachting lifestyle under one roof. 

In addition to the enticing collection of boat charters and exhibitors around the pontoons, prospective France yacht charter guests can also enjoy a range of extra attractions that aim to inspire, educate, and entertain.

Palais des Festivals and the Luxury Gallery

Offering premium shopping opportunities, Palais des Festivals is situated just beyond the main entrance to the show, and is a familiar sight for those who have visited Cannes on MIPCOM or MIPIM yacht charters.

Overview of the Palais des Festivals
Close up of a Cannes Yachting Festival bag

Presenting a curated collection of exhibitors, Palais des Festivals hosts a good variety of nautical products, merchandise, and services, with relative brand representatives close at hand to advise on the latest gadgets and assist with finding the right equipment for every visitor's particular requirements.

Further premium products can be found in the Luxury Gallery, where top-tier brands display jewelry, fashion, art, technologies, and lots more.

Concours d’Elégance

The Concours d’Elégance at the Cannes Yachting Festival honors the beauty and craftsmanship of both vintage and contemporary yachts.

Featuring a parade of meticulously restored classic yachts and sleek modern yachts, the enticing event highlights their unique designs along the scenic Bay of Cannes. Expert judges assess the participating yachts based on criteria such as design, restoration quality, originality, and elegance, with awards presented in various categories.

Tenders and Toys

A boat show would not be complete without a range of the latest tenders and toys and Cannes doesn't disappoint. Boasting a dedicated zone in Port Canto, visitors to the Cannes Yachting Festival can explore the latest toys and learn how to hone their skills.

A tender on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival

If you are interested in taking part in the upcoming edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, or would like to integrate the event into your next South of France yacht charter, please speak with your preferred yacht charter broker

Cannes Yachting Festival Photos

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