This September, boating aficionados from around the world will convene on the beautiful bay of Cannes for the beginning of the sailing season. The Cannes Yachting Festival showcases the world premiere of 120 pleasure yachts and almost 600 boats in total, across the stunning Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto. The festival is closely followed by the Cannes Royal Regattas, which offers a remarkable series of races featuring some of the most beloved yachts worldwide.
Are you keen to join the who’s who of yachting on deck in Cannes this September? Here’s what you need to know…
Before you take to the seas, take to the skies
What better way to arrive at a celebration of the finest seaborne luxury that Europe has to offer than with a spectacular aerial view of the action? A Nice or Monaco helicopter transfer offers the ultimate in VIP style, convenience and safety for you and up to five of your guests. And beyond that, it’s also the quickest method of transfer available, so you won’t miss a second of sailing action.
Enjoy the Old at the Cannes Yachting Festival
Upon arrival at Cannes, the first port(s) of call for the luxury seafarer simply must be the Vieux Port de Cannes and Port Pierre Canto for the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 11th to 16th. As joint hosts, the twin ports harbour exhibits from some of the world’s largest shipyards, including superyachts, motor and sailing boats, catamarans and trimarans.
For the discerning yachting enthusiast keen to make an informed choice about their next seafaring purchase, the shipyards offer trips out to sea for a first-hand experience of the finest luxury yachts on the market. And with VIP and public shuttles operating between the ports every 15 minutes, exploring the entire exhibition is a breeze!
For those with a penchant for history and tradition, the Concours d’Elégance offers an unmissable showcase of nautical elegance featuring some of the most aesthetically striking lines in boating. And if you’re looking for an accessory to compliment your current sailing setup, there are water toys for all ages on offer at Port Pierre Canto, including longboards, Jet Skis and much more.
Experience regal racing
Following the action from the season-opening Cannes Yachting Festival, the French Riviera festival plays host to adrenaline-fuelled action from the yacht racing elite, set against the jaw-dropping beauty of the Côte d’Azur. An event with enormous racing heritage, the celebrations at the Cannes Royal Regattas overflow with good cheer and camaraderie.
From September 22nd to 29th, more than 150 classic and traditional yachts will feature amongst the competitors. Many are considered to be some of the finest examples of maritime heritage in existence worldwide.
But where is the best sport to watch the races? Visitors are spoiled for choice – whilst Cannes can offer many superb settings from which to view the action, particular highlights include Le Suquet and the square of the Musée de la Castre, and the five-star surroundings of the Yacht Club de Cannes on La Croisette.
So what are you waiting for? Book your unmissable yachting experience now for a September filled with sun, sea and sailing. From the moment you catch the first glimpse of Cannes from the skies on your helicopter transfer from Monaco or Nice, you’re guaranteed a trip you will never forget.