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For over 45 years the Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s largest in-water show, has been the first major international event of the season. In 2023, the festival will return to the French Riviera for six days from 12 to 17 September.

Photography by Cannes Yachting Festival

29 August 2023


With more than 650 boats from 5 to 50 metres plus the latest nautical equipment, innovations and world previews, the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival will have something for each of the expected 55,000 visitors.

The 2023 edition also features a new area afloat in the Vieux Port, which will accommodate smaller boats from 8 metres up. Sylvie Ernoult, Director of the Yachting Festival, says: “Once again, our visitors will enjoy discovering some real gems in water and on land – boats of all sizes and types, equipped with traditional or carbon-free engines with the first onboard electric, hybrid or hydrogen power systems.

“Thanks to the renewed confidence of our exhibitors, this edition is looking very good – 600 exhibitors, more than 650 boats and 140 previews,” she adds.


“The show will also highlight small boats in a brand-new area in the heart of the Vieux Port, which will accommodate more than 50 small motor boats from 8 to 12 metres.

“As the show’s DNA is to offer the most eclectic range possible, it seemed natural to host the small units that are traditionally displayed ashore in a dedicated floating area,” she continues. “As is the case every year, our teams are mobilised on a daily basis to offer a memorable experience to our exhibitors and visitors.”

The show is split between two sites, the Vieux Port and, at the other end of the famous Croisette, Port Canto – a showcase for sailing, brokerage and toys.

The Sailing area will showcase 120 yachts from 10 to 26 metres (70 monohulls and 50 multihulls).

At the heart of the Sailing area, the Start-up Village highlights smart start-ups in the marine sector offering breakthrough technologies or services.

The Yacht Brokerage area has a selection of previously owned boats from 22 metres available for sale or charter. The Toys area exhibits on land a large selection of sport, fun and nautical toys.

The Vieux Port, one of the oldest on the Côte d’Azur, plays host to motor yachts from 5 to 45 metres, with an exceptional variety of products totalling more than 480 boats in water and on land. The largest yachts are displayed on the Super Yacht Extension.

On the quays and occupying more than 4,600 square metres, the nautical accessory and Equipment Village is well-known for the wide variety of its content. The Palais des Festivals is home to shipyards, architects and designers, interior fittings, ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, tourism institutions and marinas, as well as service companies (financing, banks, insurance). There’s also a Tenders section and the Luxury Gallery.

Finally, the Green Route will be showcasing environmentally friendly solutions.

The Cannes Yachting Festival 2023 runs 12 to 17 September. Tickets are available online.

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