Thanks to the renewed confidence of their exhibitors, the 2022 edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival is shaping up to be exceptional with projections for 550 exhibitors and more than 640 boats in and out of the water.
“Visitors will enjoy discovering some real gems in-water and on land, boats of all types, equipped with traditional engines or anticipating the future with the first on-board electric, hybrid or hydrogen power systems” explains Sylvie Ernoult, Director of the Yachting Festival, adding that “We are delighted to support our exhibitors in their eco-friendly development by enabling them to showcase their innovations, in particular through our “Green Route” and “Innovation Village”. Little by little, the nautical industry is improving its environmental footprint and we too are following suit by developing our own eco-responsible commitments within the framework of the organisation of this exhibition (for example: less paper, better waste management, etc.).”
From 6 to 11 September, Europe’s largest in-water show will be the first major international event of the season. For 6 days, under the sun of the French Riviera, the finest gems of the seas, the latest nautical equipment, exclusive high-end services and numerous innovations will all be on display for everyone to enjoy.
The Vieux Port, one of the oldest on the Côte d’Azur, plays host each year to the most prestigious boats presented by the world’s leading shipyards. Dedicated exclusively to the motor nautical industry, some 490 boats from 5 to 45 metres are expected to be on display, of which 80 (less than 10 metres long) will be exhibited on land.
With its air of Italian dolce vita, the Jetée will welcome boats 22 metres and longer from legendary international shipyards as they compete in luxury and design and unveil their latest innovations. A true technical achievement, the Super Yachts Extension (SYE) comprises three floating barges positioned as an extension to the Jetée. Built for the festival, this seaward extension will feature some thirty of the largest motor super yachts, all 24 metres or larger.
The Palais des Festivals has a large area devoted to luxury yachting players. Here you’ll find shipyards, architects and designers. Also displaying are ready-to-wear boating fashions, accessories, tourism institutions, marinas, and service companies, such as banks, insurance, etcetera. You’ll also find the Tender and Toys areas presenting the latest innovations. The Luxury Gallery, located in the heart of the Palais, is dedicated to the art of living. Each year it brings together an exclusive selection of famous luxury brands presenting their latest products.
The sea trial area (located outside the visitor itinerary and accessible only when accompanied by an exhibitor) has been enlarged to make sea trials easier and ensure the Festival is safe by reducing maritime traffic within the port. On the other side of the traversante, continuing on from the SYE, the Quai Max Laubeuf will present a number of large yachts. A marina will showcase twenty or so motor catamarans including some very impressive vessels up to 24 metres long and 12 metres wide. Also exhibited on this quay will be some 40 small single hull boats in-water and nearly 60 small hard and semi-rigid motor boats (5-10 metres) on land.
An area reserved for outboard and in-board engines will ensure better visibility and ease of exhibition for the leading engine manufacturers presenting products for small and medium-sized boats.
The Quai Saint-Pierre will exhibit boats ranging from 10 to 20 metres. In-water will be the realm of luxury dayboats and the new generation of very impressive and highly appreciated fast and stylish motorboats. Medium-sized open boats and flybridge boats will also feature on this quay.
The Pantiero quay will showcase a wide range of motorboats up to 20 metres long. First along the quay will be boats from 10 to 12 metres long.
Installed since 2021, opposite the Pantiero and the Quai Saint Pierre, over 60 semi-rigid 10 and 17 metre boats will be in-water; there is also a new area for some fifteen electric and hybrid boats. On land the shipyards are set up along the Pantiero quays. Occupying more than 4,600m² in the central aisle, the boating equipment and accessories village is well known for the wide variety and international flavour of its content.
Port Canto, on the other side of the Croisette, is the second port in Cannes. It is divided into three separate areas: The Sailing area is the biggest global in-water showcase for new sail yachts. The width of its 4,000 m² quayside area means visitors can enjoy their visit in comfort. This magical place offers a fine view of the 115 monohull and multihull boats from 10 to 28 metres on show.
Also in the heart of the Sailing area is the “Innovation Village.” First launched in 2021, it is set up in partnership with Mer Angels & BNP Paribas Banque Privée. Innovation Village showcases intelligent start-ups in the nautical sector offering breakthrough technologies or high added-value services. From boat design to putting owners in contact with captains, these start-ups share the same values of supporting and developing the sea economy, while also protecting the seafaring space. These start-ups are creating the future of yachting, which will be more powerful, more responsible and more environmentally friendly.
The Yacht Brokerage area has, for 15 years, played host to the leading French and international players in the previously owned yacht market. For 2022, a selection of previously-owned boats from 22 metres long will be available for purchase or rental. It will be possible to meet with the crews, explore their boats and experience the elegance of their worlds.
Positioned opposite the previously-owned yacht area is the “Toys” area with an increasingly large selection of sport, fun and nautical activity equipment. A fast-growing sector, “Toys” for the young and the not-so-young have become must-have equipment on yachts. Increasingly stylish, sporty, technical and eco-responsible, these toys are great fun and thrilling for those who use them!
Tickets for the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022 are now on sale with a wide offer of e-tickets available. Tickets range from €19 for a single day, one person pass, to €1,166 for two people for 6 days. This exclusive VIP ticket includes a courtesy car service provided by Bentley Motors. For the second year, the Yachting Festival ticket sales desk will be exclusively on-line and no tickets will be sold at the Festival entrances.
Since 1977 the Cannes Yachting Festival has been delighting yacht enthusiasts with hundreds of sailing boats, monohulls, multihulls, sailing yachts, motor yachts, super yachts, tenders and day boats, and all in luxurious surroundings in the sparkling bay of Cannes.