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Amid a scorching summer in Europe, there’s never been a better time to get closer to the water. Hosted from September 6 to 11, the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2022 is the perfect place to quench your thirst for summertime yachting in the Mediterranean.
For those lusting after the latest in luxurious superyachts, the Cannes Yachting Festival is a fantastic opportunity to explore the latest in the boating industry. Taking place on the doorstep of stunning beaches and the iconic Boulevard de la Croisette, attendees will find that a glass of Champagne or a freshly made Aperol Spritz will always be within reach.
The Cannes Yachting Festival is a unique opportunity to come to Europe and [enjoy] the benefits of staying in the French Riviera, the sun, the ambiance. It’s very important, the spirit.
The six-day festival is in its 45th year and has become a staple event in the European summer yachting calendar.
Record visitor numbers were seen in 2021, with over 54,000 visitors heading to admire 110 new boats between 10 and 35 metres in the Sailing Area in Port Canto. This year, there are expected to be 570 exhibitors and 620 motor boats from five to 50 metres in length in the Vieux Port.
Most larger yachts will be located in the Vieux Port and Jetée. This area holds yachts greater than 22 metres in length and an attached floating platform. The ‘Superyacht Extension’ has been added to provide further berthing for superyachts and exhibitors.
A range of renowned superyacht builders and designers will be exhibiting at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The Jetée will feature Sunseeker, Princess Yachts, Azimut-Bennetti, Arcadia and Sanlorenzo. The Superyachts Extension will feature such builders as Astondoa, Bering Yachts, Custom Line, Baglietto, Gulf Craft and Wally to name a few.
Getting to Cannes from Nice is relatively easy, however, attendees can also stay nearby in Antibes. A taxi will take around 45 minutes from the airport or you can always book a helicopter with Azur Hélicoptère, which will take you from Nice to Cannes in around seven minutes and for just over A$720 (€500).
Cannes has seen some stunning examples of yacht design in previous years and 2022 is set to deliver attendees a plethora of yachts and yachting products to interact with for days. These are some of the most notable yachts set to be on display this year.
Bering Yachts
A 44-metre full displacement hull should not have a range of 12,000 miles, but this Bering 145 is no ordinary explorer yacht. Built to easily traverse the wildest of oceans within complete luxury. This vessel’s massive 9.7-metre beam means there is no lack of deck space; the aft deck alone is 40 square metres.
Her volume, 514 gross tonnes, is enough to fit 10 guests in five suites with 11 crew. A specialised stabilisation system minimises rolling and listing. The cutting-edge hybrid electric propulsion system gives the Bering 145 that awesome range but also facilitates the vessel silently leaving a pen or berth under electric power.
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Plenty of room for tenders and jet skis means exploring exotic destinations is on the itinerary. A flybridge jacuzzi ensures cocktails with a view. Interior spaces are sumptuous and inviting, and extensive use of glass means you will be immersed in the rugged destinations this yacht is designed to frequent.
The main deck full beam master suite is the icing on the cake. Shining stainless steel, opulent wood panelling and a neutral colour palette help this supremely luxurious superyacht stand out from the rest.
Gulf Craft
The stunning interiors of the Majesty 120 are sure to turn heads at the Cannes Yachting Festival and with the pedigree of Cristiano Gatto Design Studio taking care of the interiors, it is sure to impress. The third largest model from the UAE-based Gulf Craft’s Majesty series, this yacht features a fantastically proportioned full beam owner’s suite, two VIP rooms and a pair of twin rooms on the lower deck.
The construction of the Majesty 120 has clearly spared no expense. Lightweight GRP and even carbon fibre are used extensively to help the luxury superyacht to a respectable 23-knot maximum speed, a cruising speed of 18 knots and a heady range of 3,000 nautical miles.
Source: Gulf Craft
The wide body design and cutaway bulwarks on both decks of this vessel mean guests seated in the saloon have an excellent view of the action whilst underway. The flybridge offers the best vantage point for evening socialising and a roomy jacuzzi is on hand to allow a little respite from the blazing Mediterranean sun.
A full-size alfresco dining table easily seats 10 and you will be able to enjoy dinner surrounded by lush seascape scenery thanks to her very shallow two-metre draft.
The Italian superyacht renaissance is in full swing and apparently someone let Sanlorenzo know because the shipbuilders are clearly throwing caution to the wind, showing off some futuristic superyachts that really break the mould.
Size isn’t everything, but the SD118 manages to elegantly squeeze a lot of class and sophistication into this 35-metre yacht. To describe the exteriors and naval architecture, avante-garde would be an understatement.
Source: Sanlorenzo
Masses of glass bathe the main saloon in natural light while a foredeck outdoor living area is split across two levels. This combines with an aft which can be transformed into a 19-square-metre swim platform, giving this vessel some signature Italian class.
The muscular hull provides a surrounding for the gloriously futuristic interior spaces, which sit snugly in the centre of the vessel.
Powered by an upgraded power plant, two CAT Acert C32 1622hp engines, the yacht achieves a somewhat unsurprising maximum speed of 19 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots.
The Sanlorenzo SD118 sleeps up to 10 guests and accommodates five crew.
Italian flair combines well with blistering speed and the Ferretti FY 1000 shows us just why so many Italian builders are having a bumper year. They know what we want!
The mad dash along the Côte d’Azur couldn’t be more swift or belied by so many luxury inclusions as there are onboard the iconic builder’s most recent accomplishment.
Let’s start with the speed. A pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines give the vessel a maximum speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots, more than quick enough to make it to Monaco by lunchtime.
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Once you have arrived, drop anchor and decide what to do with the rest of your day on the water. A Williams SportJet 445 tender, as well as an aqua bike or multiple SeaBobs, can be accessed through a separate side door. The 40 square metre aft deck has a fold-out table and two sofas, and a glass bulwark creates a single area with a multi-level beach club just above the water.
Attendees of the Cannes Yachting Festival will be able to see why the Ferretti FY 1000 is one of the most desirable yachts in Cannes in September; she impresses at every turn.
A 6.8-metre wide beam and masses of deck space on all levels give it appeal to those who like to stretch out and relax. Multiple living areas will give all members of the group their own space.
Wally Yachts
In the exciting world of superyachts, there is currently one name on everyone’s lips: Wally. The relatively young Wally Yachts brand has produced some radical designs in recent years.
The designer of the Wallywhy200, Luca Bassani says: “Non mi piacciono le curve” or “I don’t like curves.” At first glance, it is easy to see that the Italian has stayed true to his feelings on superyacht design and the Wallywhy200 is an exercise in thinking outside the box.
Two-hundred stands for her gross tonnage and on a 24-metre superyacht, this figure is an impressive achievement. Beam length is becoming more important for superyacht buyers and the Wallywhy200’s 7.6-metre beam makes it wider than any other yacht in its size range. The stunning superyacht has over 200 square metres of deck space.
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The semi-displacement hull is another stand-out feature that Wally is particularly proud of. A tiny 1.5 degrees of trim means she rides far more level when underway than other displacement hull vessels.
We have 1.5 degrees of trim instead of the usual three to five, so it’s more comfortable – you’re not on the incline of a mountain. Being wide, it also has a lot of space and stability. But if we have a hull that’s good through the waves we can go faster, say at 15 to 20 knots, and still stay comfortable.”
Four Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350 engines power the Wallywhy200 to a respectable maximum speed of 23 knots and a long-range cruising distance of 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. But this boat is all about the beach club; curved teak cascades down from the sun pad-clad main deck aft to a spacious swimming platform, allowing for easy access to the water.
The Wallywhy200 also has two garages for tenders or waverunners up to 4.05 metres in length.
Silent Yachts
Sustainability will be a hot topic at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. The festival will provide attendees with a “Green Route” throughout the event, displaying the exhibitors who have made eco-conscious advances in yacht-making or operating technology.
But if you are looking for state-of-the-art eco-friendly yachting, look no further than Austrian company Silent Yachts and its Silent 60 Front Master Version, a solar-powered catamaran. Touted as a true bluewater cruising yacht, this vessel enjoys the advantages of an almost nine-metre beam.
The Silent 60 exhibited at the Cannes Yachting Festival will feature access to the full beam master from the spacious main deck saloon. Another version of the yacht features an exit onto the foredeck at the front of the saloon.
Advantages of this layout include better circulation of guests onboard the yacht and a huge saving on cooling the interiors of the yacht due to vastly increased airflow.
A solar-powered Silent Yacht 64 became the first solar-powered yacht to cross the Atlantic back in 2021 and the company is the leader in solar-powered catamaran construction.
The Silent 60 Front Master Version on display in Cannes will come with a kite wing, which can be used to propel the yacht when windy, vastly reducing the amount of energy used. This makes it easier to charge the electric tenders, whilst using far less fuel than when the kite wing is stowed away.
There will also be a fully electric Silent Tender 400 on display; a world premiere, in fact, as well as a Silent VisionF 82 hybrid-powered catamaran, the result of a collaboration with Turkish firm VisionF.
Three stately guest suites mean this offering from German builder Fjord is perfect as an extended weekender. With a generous aft deck, the Fjord 53 XL offers plenty of space for hosting family and friends.
This hotly anticipated release is sure to make waves at the Cannes Yachting Festival this September where we will see it in person for the first time. Fjord combines the luxurious style of a Mediterranean yacht in a compact vessel with the extremely high standards that a German build brings to the table. The Fjord 53 XL is as tough and rugged as it looks.
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An efficient v-shaped hull is powered by two 600-horsepower Volvo Penta D8 IPS 800 inboard engines. If the upgraded engine package is purchased, the 53 XL can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots and has a cruising speed of 23 knots.
The shining golden hull is certain to turn heads and there will be very few comparatively sized vessels with such classy aesthetics at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The Fjord 53 XL is for those who really value their time on the water and like to leave a lasting impression.
Interiors are fully customisable and Fjord has chosen a range of colour combinations using different materials so you can apply your very own personal touch to the look and feel of your vessel.
On the lower deck, natural lighting is excellent through side windows that run almost the entire length of the hull.
Why go to Cannes unless you can experience some legendary French Riviera hospitality and stay in a glamorous hotel? For those who don’t have access to luxe accommodation on the water in the form of a luxury superyacht, these are three of the best hotels for attending the Cannes Yachting Festival.
This hotel was built on the site of the original Palais des Festivals which hosted the famous Cannes Film Festival up until 1979 when the festival moved to the new cinema and convention centre. The original 825-seat theatre hosted some of the most famous and iconic film stars of the 60s and 70s along with the ubiquitous paparazzi and festival press.
The five-star hotel is the perfect place to stay during the Cannes Yachting Festival. It is less than 50 metres from the beach on the famed Promenade de la Croisette and a very brief seven-minute walk to the yachts at the Vieux Port. Shopping along the promenade is some of the best in the French Riviera and if you are looking to cool off, the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool enjoys wonderful views.
An onsite fitness centre will keep you slim and trim and you have the choice of sea view rooms or deluxe city view rooms. Le Panorama rooftop bar is the perfect place to take a dip and enjoy a few cocktails in the afternoon, before making your way down to one of the gourmet restaurants for some delectable French dining and to sample some of the region’s wines.
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This art deco icon is the preferred hotel of actors attending the Cannes Film Festival, but its opulent rooms and luxe amenities are just as suitable in September for those attending the Cannes Yachting Festival.
For the ultimate Cannes experience, book one of their Exception Suites which are each individually designed to provide guests with the most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing place to stay in Cannes.
The Michèle Morgan Suite is a spacious 85 square metres and is dedicated to the glamorous French film star. An exceptional sea view is complimented perfectly by a neutral interior colour palette.
For those who consider themselves more fashion conscious, the Suite Christian Dior was designed by the famous Parisian brand to be the ultimate in comfort, attentive butler service and chic surrounds.
A private pool, fitness centre and spa provide places to relax and look after your health while the private beach is the perfect place for water activities. Of course, in a place famed as the home of French cinema, the private Diane Room with its projector is a great place to watch some cinematic classics, a romantic comedy or the latest blockbuster.
Source: Hotel Barrière Le Majestic
This historic building could not be closer to the action of Cannes Yachting Festival. A leisurely four-minute stroll across the promenade will have you inspecting the finest wares from the cream of European yacht building in Vieux Port.
Enjoying access to its own private beach and pontoon, watch the kids enjoy one of the most exclusive patches of coastline in the Med while you are waited on hand and foot by attentive hotel staff. The hotel’s very own beach restaurant Mademoiselle Gray offers an à la carte menu inspired by the Orient created by Pierrick Cizeron, Executive Chef at Barrière’s hotels in Cannes.
Private golf, tennis, boutiques and a dedicated water sports centre are amongst the vast range of activities on offer if you need a break from yacht spotting. The hotel even offers an educational experience for children called The Studio by Petit-VIP.
Innovative, stimulating activities, workshops in foreign languages, awareness activities about conservation and a unique gateway to art are all on offer. A A$50 (€35) course menu is available and the Petit VIP experience allows children to compose their own soundtrack or music video, dance, mime or play, making this hotel perfect for the whole family.
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This historic hotel is a 10-minute walk to the Cannes Yachting Festival and is an excellent choice of accommodation if you are looking for the authentic French Riviera experience. Located very close to the old harbour and overlooking the superyachts and other vessels in Vieux Port for the Cannes Yachting Festival, guests at the Radisson Blu 1835 enjoy views of the crystal clear Med and the palms of Cannes swaying close to the vast Vertigo Rooftop.
The hotel offers 95-square-metre king bedrooms with balconies and panoramic sea views. The hotel is located perfectly outside the busy city centre but still very accessible from all corners of Cannes, while the beach is just 50 metres away and the architectural wonders of old Cannes are equally close.
The magnificent 14th-century Notre-Dame-de-l’Espérance church sits atop Suquet hill and enjoys breathtaking views of the city and the glittering Mediterranean, while the rustic charm of the Forville Market is a short stroll from the hotel. Here you can find exquisite olive oil, freshly caught fish, and fragrant tomatoes.
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