Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 : See 100 of the World’s Newest Yachts

Bespoke Yacht Charter's Guide to Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 which takes place from 6-11 September 2016 in Cannes, France.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 : See 100 of the World’s Newest Yachts

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 is the largest in-water boat show in Europe and is forecast to animate the quays at Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto from 6-11 September 2016.

This prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival welcomes visitors from the international pleasure boating and luxury yachting sectors including exhibitors for yacht products and services, current and potential owners, yacht brokers, boat designers and builders, and media.

After Cannes Yachting Festival 2016, many attendees will be heading to the Southampton Boat Show in the UK or staying around a week to enjoy the action of the Régates Royales in the Bay of Cannes. Following that, the industry is making preparations for the Genoa Boat Show and Monaco Yacht Show at the end of September.

If you are attending Cannes Yachting Festival 2016, read Bespoke Yacht Charter’s overview for an idea of what’s to come:

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 at a glance
  • 2016 is the 39th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival which is deemed the leading European boat show.
  • Cannes Yachting Festival is organised by Reed Expositions France in partnership with the Fédération des Industries Nautiques and is one of the largest boat shows globally.
  • Cannes Yachting Festival is located at each end of La Croisette at the Vieux Port, Palais des Festivals and Port Pierre Canto.
  • Almost 600 boats exhibited at sea and on land. The Cannes Yachting Festival is well known for its large yachts, but also presents a variety of smaller sub-25 metre vessels that allow accessibility to the world of yachting.
  • 100+ world premieres of new vessels.
  • Over 420 exhibitors from 25 countries.
  • New technological innovations offered by equipment and engine manufacturers and pleasure yachting services.
  • 188 media partners.
  • 575 accredited journalists from 5 continents.
  • An estimated 50,000 visitors during the Cannes Yachting Festival (almost half are from abroad).
Admission prices and Opening hours

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 before Monday 5 September to receive a small discount: Single ticket €15, Double ticket €28

VIP ticket options: VIP admission for the Cannes Yachting Festival is priced from €132 including tax (for two people for one day). The fully-inclusive Riviera Card costs €1045 including tax (for two people for six days) including access to the VIP entrance to the show, an exclusive guided tour on a tender, access to all yachts, a helicopter transfer, lunch, Porsche courtesy car service, VIP Club and VIP water shuttles.

VIP Concours d’Élégance: €80. Watch the parade of the Concours d’Elégance at the VIP box on the beach and enjoy a cocktail of the award ceremony at the VIP Club at 7 pm.

Gala Dinner for 2016 World Yachts Trophies: €264. Gala dinner, yacht parade, fireworks and dancing at the Carlton Hotel.

Professionals: The Pass’Port Nautique badge gives access to 3 major shows of the boating season: the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Grand Pavois La Rochelle and the Nautic-Salon Nautique International de Paris. Available for €22, you can find out more info at

Opening times:          

Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm

Open in the evening on Friday 9 September until 10 pm

Closing time at 6 pm on Sunday

Cannes Yachting Festival overview of exhibited yachts

What to expect at Cannes Yachting Festival 2016

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 is hosted across Vieux Port, Palais des Festivals and Port Pierre Canto:

Vieux Port: The main exhibition area, Vieux Port, presents new models from leading international shipyards with in-water motor yachts and sailing yachts from 10-55 metres.

The Superyachts Extension (SYE) is home to the Show’s largest vessels with a wide range of motor yachts and sailing yachts 25 metre+, some reaching 55m. This is also where the free public shuttle leaves for Port Pierre Canto.

The Jétee (JÉTEE) Jétee Albert Edouard, the closest quay to the Palais des Festivals, hosts the world’s largest shipyards, the most famous names in luxury yachting. Engine manufacturers, a variety of service exhibitors, and some of the Festival’s partners will also be found here

The Pantiero (PAN) presents smaller, high-end motor boats. This space displays open, sports, flybridge and sport fishing boats. You will also find insurance and service companies, the Equipment Village and marine accessories for fishing, marine optics, etc.

The Catamarans zone (CAT), presents around forty 12 to 35 metre sailing and motor catamarans exhibited in water.

Quai Saint-Pierre (QSP) presents many 12 to 25 metre craft: a wide range of large sailing and motor boats, including traditional, open, and flybridge.

Quai Max Laubeuf (QML) hosts over 160 vessels. The powerboating industry as well as the RIB Village — home to all the inflatable and semi-rigid boats; ideal for buyers taking their first steps as boat owners — are displayed both on land and in water.

The 2nd edition of the Concours d’Élégance: The ultimate dayboat défile will be held on Thursday 8 September from 5 pm at Vieux Port whereby you can see the sleekest vintage and contemporary day boats under 12 metres. There is a maximum of 20 entries after which an award ceremony will be held at the VIP Club at 7 pm.

Vanquish VQ48 yacht
Vanquish VQ48


Palais des Festivals: Here, you’ll find a number of exhibitors representing shipyards, interior designers, architects, financial advisors, and other nautical service activities. Along the beach outside, are Toys and Tender zones.

Additionally, a new and exclusive partnership with Studio Harcourt will further amplify the prestige of the event. Studio Harcourt is renowned for its photography of stars including Edith Piaf, Cate Blanchett, Salvador Dali etc and Festival attendees have a unique opportunity for a make-up and photo shoot session, with their very own Harcourt Paris Portrait to take home as a souvenir. A maximum of 40 portraits will be shot during Cannes Yachting Festival (charges apply).

La Terrase: La Terrasse is exclusively reserved for luxury industry stakeholders and high-end services at this year’s event.

Ideally situated at the departure of the VIP shuttles, this new privileged area overlooks Vieux Port and its 500 yachts on one side, and the Cannes bay and Croisette on the other.

Expect to see product promotions from the automobile industry, private aviation, luxury yachts, watches, jewelry, prestigious property, gastronomy, tableware, couture houses, leather and saddles, furniture & design, art & photography, hotel, high-tech products, perfume & beauty, and premium services.

Port Pierre Canto: This location is dedicated to pre-owned yachts. Here, you’ll find international yacht brokers will share their expertise on a range of vessels 22-50 metres for sale or charter; half of them are 30 metres+ in length. A free public shuttle leaves every 15 minutes from Vieux Port to Port Pierre Canto during the Festival (from the Super Yachts Extension). There is also a VIP shuttle for VIP cardholders that departs from La Terrasse.

2016 World Yachts TrophiesThe World Yachts Trophies will take place on Saturday 10 September at 7 pm on the Carlton Hotel’s beach. Over 700 guests are expected to attend this unique night with a Gala Dinner, yacht parade, fireworks and dancing till late!

Keep a look out for some Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 debuts:

  • The first boats available for public viewing from the Williams Jet Tenders Minijet tender range
  • The Sunseeker 116 Yacht and Benetti’s global premiere of their Mediterraneo 116’
  • Ferretti Yachts 850
  • The wordwide debuts of Monte Carlo Yachts 80 and 6S models
  • Riva’s newbies – the 76’ Bahamas and Rivamare
  • Princess Yachts S72
  • The first appearance at Cannes for the Azimut 66 Fly
  • The European debut for the Sunreef Supreme 68 Midori
  • Fairline Yacht’s Targa 53 OPEN
  • The global premiere of Baglietto’s 46m Fast
  • Gran Turismo 46
Local Tips

Looking for a break from the Festival zones? Try Bespoke Yacht Charter’s suggestions below:

Big Fernand, 6 rue Teisseire, 06400 Cannes. Telephone : +33 (0) 4 93 30 28 41

Newly opened in Cannes after the success of their Nice store, Big Fernand has tasty burgers such as the Bartholomé burger with raclette cheese and BBQ sauce, or try a vegetarian option. You can also make your own burger to your preference.

Les Relais des Semailles, 9 rue Saint Antoine, 06400 Cannes. Telephone : +33 (0) 4 93 39 22 32

Located at the foot of the Le Suquet district, this is a fantastic place for a meal with a few tables outside to watch people go by or head indoors to a stone dining room. The Menu du Marché is priced at €32 and good value for the level of service and cuisine you get.

Centre d’art La Malmaison, 47 boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes. Telephone : +33 (0) 4 97 06 44 90

Just 5 minutes’ walk from Vieux Port, art enthusiasts should head here for Spanish artist Salvador Dalí’s exhibition ‘Ou l’ivresses des rêves’. The exhibition features more than 170 original works from the Jean Ferrero collection – some extremely rare. Open daily during Cannes Yachting Festival from 10 am – 7 pm.

Useful Weblinks

Official Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 website:

Official Facebook page for Cannes Yachting Festival 2016:

Official Twitter feed: @YachtingCannes (use hashtag #CannesYachtingFestival)

Official Instagram account:

Official Cannes Tourist Office website:

This guide was compiled by Rebecca Whitlocke on behalf of Bespoke Yacht Charter.

Also see: Monaco Yacht Show 2017 : The Ultimate Guide

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Luxury Yacht Charters in Cannes and the Mediterranean

Tenders and day boats are available for day charter at Cannes Yachting Festival. Bespoke Yacht Charter can assist you with any questions you have about private or corporate yacht charters in Cannes, the French Riviera and throughout the Mediterranean – contact: