Docks opened to the 51,000 visitors of the 42nd Cannes Yachting Festival on Tuesday, effectively kicking off the fall boat-show season. The seaside city of Cannes, set along the French Riviera, makes way each year for everything from go-fast speedboats to tenders, dayboats and superyachts, both motor and sailing. In total, this year’s show features 542 exhibitors and 640 boats in the water, from Astandoa to Wally—and beyond.
“This year the Yachting Festival is organized between the two ports,” says Sylvie Ernoult, director of the Cannes fest. “The Vieux Port hosts the ultimate in motor boats while Port Canto becomes the new showcase for the most beautiful sailing boats.” Ernoult points out that free sea and land shuttles are provided to help visitors get from one port to another easily. She recommends taking the day boat—which offer magnificent view of the Croisette and the bay of Cannes—to enjoy a fleeting moment on the water.
You also don’t want to miss the Concours d’Élégance, an in-water parade of vintage and modern day boats that pay tribute to the history of yachting on the French Riviera. Of course, no boat show would be complete without the proper yachting accoutrements. The event’s Luxury Gallery showcases watches, jewelry, artwork and other handcrafted items.