The South of France sure knows how to celebrate the end of the Mediterranean yachting season in style! All eyes turn to the glamourous trio of French Riviera ports, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez, this September for three of the yachting industry’s marquee events: the Monaco Yacht Show, Cannes Yachting Festival and Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Yacht owners and charterers enjoy the season’s dramatic culmination, with many heading to French waters to make the most of the festivities.
The city of Cannes kicks off the end of season celebrations with the 39th edition of the long-running Cannes Yachting Festival. The 2016 show runs from September 6th – 11th and is billed as Europe’s leading in water event. The event, which regularly transforms the dazzling bay of Cannes, will welcome over 500 yachts and a similar number of exhibitors. It’s no surprise that organisers are expecting more than 50,000 visitors in attendance at the event, which will be held across the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, at either end of Cannes’ famous La Croisette. The show offers an incredible opportunity to discover the latest innovations in yachting, including many exciting world premieres. La Terrasse, a new feature for this year’s show, will offer a dedicated space for visitors to discover the latest commodities from various luxury industries.
On display in Port Pierre Canto at the event will be the 23.60m M/Y BLACKMAIL, a stunningly distinctive Maori built yacht that is offered for sale in spectacular condition. The shipyard’s flagship yacht is built with both speed and comfort in mind. She boasts an impressive top speed of 44 knots, sleeps up to five guests in two cabins and can accommodate up to 16 day guests onboard. She is the ideal yacht for day cruising. With a sleek, stylish black exterior and a cool red motif throughout, the vessel is sure to turn heads at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016. M/Y BLACKMAIL is listed for sale at EUR 2,750,000.
From Cannes, eyes turn to Monaco and the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show. This year’s event runs from September 28th to October 1st and is undoubtedly the world’s most significant show for superyachts for sale. Industry players from all over the globe fly into the glamourous principality for the week, and the leading luxury yacht brokerage firms all have an important presence. Over 120 yachts for sale will be on display in Monaco’s Port Hercule, and many more at anchor just beyond. Complementing the display of these extraordinary vessels will be more than 500 exhibitors, including some of the most reputable shipyards in the world. For those looking to purchase a superyacht, this is an unmissable event.
If the events in Monaco and Cannes are all about showcasing the latest yachts and innovation in the industry, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is a celebration of sailing and its accompanying sense of tradition. Enthusiasts from the world over descend on this charming fishing village, which is so popular with the jet-set crowd, for this weeklong regatta. Spectators will admire over 300 sailing yachts battle it out for the coveted Rolex trophy. The modern yachts race over five days and the classic yachts compete over four days of fleet races. The sparkling French Riviera coastline makes for a memorable backdrop. This year’s event marks the 18th edition and runs from 24th September to 2nd October.
Yachting enthusiasts hoping to take part in the Regatta’s action first-hand can do no better than chartering S/Y ELENA. A frequent regatta podium finisher, S/Y ELENA offers sailing performance, a regal interior and expansive deck spaces. She can accommodate up to eight guests in four lavish staterooms. This is a unique chance to experience the exhilaration of racing in a regatta.
JEMS, a 44m motor yacht, is available for charter throughout the summer months in the French Riviera. Offering many luxurious features and the ultimate in seafaring comfort, JEMS is the perfect vessel to experience these three iconic yachting events. Charter guests enjoy the use of an on-deck Jacuzzi, a gym, a selection of watertoys and an open-air cinema. She accommodates up to 10 guests in five luxurious staterooms. Cruise with the wind between St Tropez and Monaco on this spectacular Heesen-built yacht, and experience the Mediterranean Sea as it should be experienced. M/Y JEMS is available to charter from EUR 120,000/week this September.