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Cannes Yachting Festival 2015 : The Essential Guide You Need

Cannes Yachting Festival 2015 (formerly known as the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes) is the largest in-water boat show in Europe and an important fixture for the yachting industry with the show scheduled for 8-13 September 2015.

Cannes Yachting Festival binds key figures from the international and luxury yachting sectors including yacht builders, brokers, exhibitors for yacht equipment and services, owners, and buyers who descend on Cannes for this prominent event on the yachting calendar in the Mediterranean.

Visitor numbers average around 50,000 over the duration of Cannes Yachting Festival and regardless whether you are a regular attendee at Cannes Yachting Festival or a first-time visitor, Bespoke Yacht Charter have compiled The Essential Guide You Need here with tips and useful advice to help you enjoy this fabulous boat show.

Cannes Yachting Festival - An aerial view of the yachts in the Vieux Port de Cannes

1. A Brief Overview

Cannes Yachting Festival 2015 is organised by Reed Expositions France in partnership with the Fédération des Industries Nautiques and is located at each end of La Croisette – at the ‘Vieux Port’ and ‘Port Pierre Canto’.

The first yacht show of the season, Cannes Yachting Festival is a hive of yachting excellence with every major player in yachting coming to network and showcase their yachts, equipment or services and buyers eyeing up new builds and pre-owned yachts. The yacht charter element is also strong with expert guidance from Bespoke Yacht Charter on the perfect charter options to satisfy any discerning requirements.

Cannes Yachting Festival in figures:

583 yachts exhibited at sea and on land, 84% of which are from abroad
425 exhibitors from 25 countries
173 previews of new vessels
181 yachts over 20 metres

Entrance price:          General public door sales: €18. Free entry for children under 12

Bespoke Yacht Charter’s top tip: Buy your general admission tickets online via Cannes Yachting Festival’s official website to get a small discount: Single ticket €15, Double ticket €28

VIP ticket options: Priced from €66 excl VAT (two people for one day). The fully-inclusive option €1320 excl VAT (two people for six days) includes a helicopter transfer from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and invitations to both the Concours d’Elegance award ceremony and gala dinner of the World Yachts Trophies and Parade.

Professionals: Pass’Port Nautique badge €22

Opening times:          Open daily from 10am to 7pm

Open in the evening on Friday 11 September until 10pm
Closing time at 6pm on Sunday

To get an insight into Cannes Yachting Festival, watch this video of Day 1 from last year’s show (video courtesy of CYF/Cannes Boat Show):

2. General tips for Cannes Yachting Festival 2015

Cannes Yachting Festival is split over 2 locations – ‘Vieux Port’ and ‘Port Pierre Canto’:

Vieux Port: Presents avant-premières and new releases from international shipyards with in-water motor yachts and sailing yachts from 10-50 metres. A Superyacht Extension consisting of new walkways and barges is installed to accommodate the largest yachts. Smaller boats are displayed on shore along with exhibitors dedicated to design, equipment and services.

Port Pierre Canto: This location is a Yacht Brokerage and Yacht Charter space where you’ll find international yacht brokers will share their expertise as they present pre-owned yachts for sale or charter; half of them are 30 metres+ in length.

Yacht Buyers

The Cannes Yachting Festival is famous for its large yachts, but also hosts a variety of smaller sub-25 metre vessels that allow accessibility to the world of yachting. Most buyers will consult with experienced brokers who can advise the most suitable yacht for your needs. If you decide to venture into purchasing, some important considerations are:

  • What category of yacht you want – sailing yacht or motor yacht
  • Whether you want a new build or existing yacht
  • How you will use your yacht – relaxation, business, investment
  • Financial and legal aspects – financing your yacht purchase, tax implications, insurance, registration, build contracts and/or sale agreements
  • Is your yacht sea-worthy? Sea trials are crucial
  • Where you will keep your yacht – moorings and berths

Bespoke Yacht Charter recommend sourcing a trusted and knowledgeable yacht broker for in-depth professional guidance about buying a yacht.

Yacht Charters

Tenders and day boats are available for day charter at Cannes Yachting Festival. Cannes is a popular yacht charter destination with a busy annual event calendar keeping Bespoke Yacht Charter busy! Bespoke Yacht Charter are readily available for any questions you have about private or corporate yacht charters in Cannes or further afield throughout the Mediterranean – Please contact us to discuss your requirements or arrange a meeting.

3. New in 2015

Concours d’Elegance: A contest for motor and day boats under 12 metres whereby exhibitors and owners offer visitors the chance to see collector boats. Held Thursday 10 September from 5 pm – 6.30 pm at Vieux Port near ‘La Grande Traversante’.

RIB Village: RIBs are an ideal boat category for those taking their first steps as boat owners. Both on land and in water, a selection of inflatable boats and RIBs will be exhibited in the Festival’s RIB Village.

Design & Services Area: Located in the Palais des Festivals, this area is dedicated to financial advisors, yacht architects, yacht designers, crew recruitment and consultants working with various manufacturers and buyers of boats and large yachts.

Festival SUP Night: Festival goers will be able to enter solo or in teams with a maximum of 4 in a Stand Up Paddleboard race that will loop around 3 buoys along the Croisette. This nocturnal event starts the evening of Friday 11 September – bring a healthy dose of stamina, the course length is 100 kilometres!

Cannes Yachting Festival SUP Relay Race

4. Transport to/from Cannes Yachting Festival

Flights: Preferential airfare discounts to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport with Air France and KLM

To access preferred airfare discounts for attendees at Cannes Yachting Festival, go to www.airfranceklm-globalmeetings.com (valid for travel from 03 September – 18 September 2015).

If you buy your ticket via this Air France & KLM Global Meetings website, your electronic ticket will carry a special mention which justifies the application of the preferential fares.

You will need to quote the reference Event ID: 25722AF which is registered in AIR FRANCE KLM data into GDS Amadeus: GGAIRAFEVENTNEGO or GGAIRAFGLOBALMEETINGS

Keep a look out for ‘Le Mag’, the official magazine of Cannes Yachting Festival that is now available in the Air France Lounges of Paris Airports (Roissy CDG 2E and 2F1 and Orly Ouest H2).

Disclaimer: Bespoke Yacht Charter is not a sales representative or affiliate for this official website and holds no responsibility for bookings and/or payments made via this portal.

Taxis: At Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, taxis are located outside both Terminals 1 and 2 at the Arrivals level. The average oneway fare to Cannes is between €70-€85 with a journey time of around 40 minutes travelling mainly on the A8 highway (dependent on traffic).

Trains: Trains service Cannes regularly with reduced schedules on weekends; a oneway journey from Nice St-Augustin (the nearest train station to the airport) to Cannes has a duration of approximately 40 minutes.

Buses: A daily express bus service, Number 210, operates between the airport and Cannes; a oneway journey averages around 50 minutes. The Cannes 210 bus stops are near Hôtel de Ville (adjacent to Vieux Port), and outside Hotel Gray Albion on rue des Serbes (6-minute walk from Vieux Port). Current timetables for RCA Number 210 are found here: www.rca.tm.fr/presentation/index.asp?rub_code=22&thm_id=264

Private transfers: There are many fly-by-night transfer drivers that pop up during Cannes events, however we recommend you get current advice from the Office du Tourisme at the Palais des Festivals for reputable transport operators. If you do book a transfer online, it is imperative to check they are a registered and insured VTC (transfer service with driver) and hold a Carte Professionelle VTC.

Helicopter transfers: Festival partner Azur Helicoptère operates daily helicopter transfers between the helipad at Cannes port and Nice Côte d’Azur airport with flight duration around 7 minutes. They also offer scenic flights and aerial videos/photos for Festival participants. www.azurhelico.com

Jet Taxi: Wijet is the first Jet Taxi airline in France with a fleet of 6 planes. Cannes Yachting Festival participants will receive a 10% discount on all flights with code ‘YACHTING2015’. Bookings and enquiries via email reservations@wijet.fr


5. Something Fancy

Bespoke Yacht Charter are skilled at going beyond expectations for luxury yacht charters; for on land options when you need the ‘best of the best’ in Cannes, our brokers suggest:

For premier accommodation you can’t beat Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, one of the luxury hotels perched right on the Croisette. Saunter to their Spa Diane Barrière for some Clarins pampering before dining at one of their 4 restaurants including a lively Dinner Show at beachfront La Folie Douce. The Majestic is also the venue for the SO! Cannes yachting event on the evening of Thursday 10 September hosted by China Rendezvous that aims to bridge a gap between Asian and European yachting.

Located on boulevard d’Alsace on the far side of the Voie Rapide main road, Restaurant L’Antidote is away from the port action in Cannes but is worth a detour. Chef Christophe Ferré churns out plates of exceptional Provençal dishes in a petite maison with a pleasant terrace. Reservations recommended.

6. Time Out

Looking for some respite from the Festival? Try Bespoke Yacht Charter’s recommendations here for low-key spots to unwind:

Barista, 6 rue Teisseire, 06400 Cannes. Telephone +33 4 93 38 17 92

If you’re searching for a superb caffeine fix head here. As the name suggests coffee is the main element at this cafeteria, however you’ll also find a good selection of sandwiches, salads, freshly squeezed juice, pastries and cakes. Bonus: They have Wifi (not always easy to source in Cannes).


Château de la Napoule Tearoom, boulevard Henry Clews, 06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Telephone +33 (0)4 93 49 95 05

Situated 7 kilometres west of Cannes, the tearoom at the Château in La Napoule has one of the prettiest outdoor terraces with sea views. Open for lunch, you must pay the entrance fee for the Chateau gardens to access the restaurant – a lovely location for coffee, a glass of wine or dessert.


Tetou, 8 Avenue des Frères Roustan, 06220 Golfe Juan. Telephone +33 (0)4 93 63 71 16

Located beachfront at nearby Golfe Juan, is this seafood institution that prides itself on discretion and offers excellent yet unobtrusive service which is why it’s a favourite for stars during other Cannes events including Film Festival – Charlize Theron and Sean Penn dropped by with the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road back in May. Reservations recommended and be aware they don’t accept credit cards.


Useful Weblinks:

Official Cannes Yachting Festival 2015 website (site available in English, French and Italian): www.cannesyachtingfestival.com/en/Home/

‘Like’ the Official Facebook page for Cannes Yachting Festival: www.facebook.com/pages/Cannes-Yachting-Festival/180413645312841

Official Cannes Yachting Festival Twitter feed: @YachtingCannes

Official Cannes Tourist Office website (site available in English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian): www.cannes-destination.com

This guide was compiled by Rebecca Whitlocke, who with over 10 years travel industry experience loves to share ‘must-do’ destination tips and hidden spots to discover in France and beyond.

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