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Cannes Yachting Festival Debuts Separate Motor and Sail Zones

The Cannes Yachting Festival features about 630 yachts including over 100 world premieres, although this year motor and sail boats sit in separate sites.

Sep 09, 2019 | By Yacht Style

This year’s edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 10-15) marks a bit of a shake-up as the motor and sail boats event are completely separated, with all motor yachts lining up in the main hub of Vieux Port and over 100 sailing boats lining up in Port Canto, a shuttle ride away.

Vieux Port is dedicated to motor yachts for this year's Cannes Yachting Festival (September 10-15)

Vieux Port is dedicated to motor yachts for this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival (September 10-15)

Azimut Yachts and Ferretti Group are again Vieux Port’s dominant exhibitors. Azimut is staging the world premieres of the Grande S10, 78 Flybridge and Atlantis 45, which are all covered in the World Premieres feature in Yacht Style Issue 49. The trio are among 21 Azimuts on show, representing the Italian shipyard’s five Collections.

Marco Valle, Managing Director of Azimut Yachts, said: “There’s no question that Cannes represents a strategic event for our brand. This year I’m particularly happy to be showing three yachts like S10, Azimut 78 and Atlantis 45, all so different but equally important for what they can add to their segment. Exhibiting three boats with such distinctive features is the best way for us to open the yachting season.”

Azimut’s sister company Benetti is exhibiting the Asian-owned Bangadang, the eighth hull of the Fast 125 series, Aslan, the seventh Delfino 95, and Botti, the third Mediterraneo 116.

Ferretti Group’s 25-strong fleet includes the world premieres 
of the Ferretti Yachts 720 and 48 Wallytender. Other 2019 models include the Pershing 8X, which premiered indoors at Boot Dusseldorf in January, the Riva 90’ Argo, unveiled in Miami in March, and the Custom Line 106’, which premiered at the Venice Boat Show in June.

The Riva 90' Argo premiered earlier this year and is making her Cannes debut as part of a strong Ferretti Group display

The Riva 90′ Argo is making her Cannes Yachting Festival debut in a strong Ferretti Group display

As well as the 720, the Ferretti Yachts display includes the 920, 850, 780, 670 and 550, while Pershing’s 8X is joined by its big sister, the 9X, plus the brand’s 70 and 108 models.

Riva’s 90’ Argo is joined by the 110’ Dolcevita – one of the stars at Cannes last year – as well as the 100’ Corsaro, 88’ Domino Super, 76’ Bahamas, 66’ Ribelle, 56’ Rivale, Rivamare plus another world premiere. Other Ferretti Group models include the 52 Wallypower, Itama 62 and Custom Line’s Navetta 42.

Sanlorenzo’s powerful display is led by the world premiere of the SD96, which is joined by the SX76, SX88, SL78, SL86, SL102 Asymmetric and SL118.

Monte Carlo Yachts is staging the world premiere of its new MCY 76 along with its two other ‘second-generation’ models of 2019, the 70 and 66. The seven-strong display of its full current range includes its four largest models – the 80, 86, 96 and 105.

About 50,000 visitors usually attend over the six days

About 50,000 visitors usually attend the Cannes Yachting Festival over the six days

Absolute is another Italian brand with a strong line-up that features world premieres of the 47 Fly and Navetta 68, along with three more Navetta models (48, 52, 58 and 73) and five more from the Fly collection (50, 52, 58, 62 and 72).

Sunseeker’s display includes the world premiere of the 62-knot Hawk 38 along with two Predators (50 and 57), two Manhattans (52 and 66), 74 Sport Yacht and three Yacht models (76, 86 and 116).

Fellow British builder Princess is staging the global launch of its F50 alongside three more F Class models (45, 55, 62), two S Class yachts (65, 78), the R35, V65 and Y85, the latter making its show debut.

Fairline’s line-up is spearheaded by the world premieres of its flagship Squadron 68 and the F//Line 33, the builder’s smallest, fastest yacht, which are joined by three Targa models (43 Open, 48 Open, 65 GTO).

Transfers could increase – on water and land – between Vieux Port (Old Port) and Port Canto following the split between motor and sail

Transfers could increase – on water and land – between Vieux Port (Old Port) and Port Canto following the split between motor and sail

Pearl Yachts, which recently appointed NextWave Yachting as its dealer in Hong Kong, is showing its 80 and flagship 95, while will also be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show. Spain’s Astondoa is exhibiting its 377 Coupe, 66 Flybridge and 100 Century.

Sunreef’s power catamarans in Vieux Port feature the world premiere of the Polish builder’s 80 Power as well as the Supreme
68 Power. French brand Lagoon is launching its Sixty 7 powercat alongside its flagship Seventy8, while China’s Aquila is showing its 36 and 44 powercats.

French builder Prestige has three world premieres – its 420 and 420S, and the 590S – within a display that also includes 460, 520, 590, 630 and 680 models.

Meanwhile, French giants Beneteau and Jeanneau are among brands splitting their models between Vieux Port and Port Canto.

Beneteau’s power display includes premieres of the Monte Carlo 52, Swift Trawler 41 and Gran Turismo 32, along with other models from its Antares, Flyer, GT, Swift Trawler and Monte Carlo ranges. Jeanneau’s motorboats includes the Fly version of its Merry Fisher 1095 and other models from its Merry Fisher, Cap Camarat, NC and Leader series.

Port Canto hosts sail boats and toys this year, having previously only hosted brokerage and charter yachts

Port Canto hosts sail boats and toys this year, having previously only hosted brokerage and charter yachts

In the sailing zone, Beneteau is staging the world premiere of
 its First Yacht 53 alongside four Oceanis models (30.1, 38.1, 46.1, 51.1) and an Oceanis Yacht 62. Jeanneau’s display includes the Sun Odyssey 440 and 490, and swing keel version of the 410, plus a 51 and the flagship 64 from its Jeanneau Yachts range.

Finnish builder Nautor’s Swan is staging the world premiere of its Swan 48 with the 65 unveiled at Boot Dusseldorf in January and the 78 launched last year, while France’s CNB – soon to build its yachts in Italy – is showing its 66 and 76.

Sunreef is staging the world premiere of its 50 sailing catamaran with the Eco-Electric version of its 60, while the fast-selling 80 returns after its memorable debut at Cannes last year. Lagoon’s sailing cats include 40, 42, 46 and 50 models, and the enormous Seventy7, while France’s Fountaine Pajot is launching its new 45 sailing cat.

Last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival featured 219 show debuts – including 122 world premieres – among over 630 boats on display, with 51,000 visitors attending over the six days.

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