UPDATE August 22, 2020: Since posting this, the event has since been cancelled following a dispute with the regional authorities (not the city of Cannes) concerning the numbers of people that could attend.
One of the Riviera’s foremost autumn events (and Europe’s leading in-water boat show), the Cannes Yachting Festival, has been given the green light to go ahead in 2020 from September 8-13, following strict health guidelines. It is the first event of its kind to go ahead since the corona virus shut down public events in Europe.
Traditionally the first show on the nautical calendar and Europe’s leading in-water boat show, in this year unlike any other, the 2020 Yachting Festival will also be the first event on an international scale to reopen in the post-lockdown period.
400 boats at the Vieux Port and Port Canto
For its 43rd edition, almost 400 boats ranging from 3 to 43 metres will be presented. These include in-water or on-land, sailing or motor, mono-hull or multi-hull boats, with hard or semi-rigid hulls. Some of the top names in the international nautical industry will attend, presenting a host of world previews spread across Cannes’ two ports, the Vieux Port and Port Canto. Everything will strictly comply with the health regulations in force.
The Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 is the first event to have obtained the “Safe & Clean” label. The aim of this new label is to reassure visitors and exhibitors regarding adequate safety conditions in compliance with current standards. Created by APAVE on 18 May, the “Safe & Clean” label attests that health measures in the light of the risk of Covid-19 have been properly implemented to support public and private establishments.
The Vieux Port will host the world of motorboats and the sector devoted to luxury and lifestyle. Port Canto will be devoted to sailing with a selection of nautical toys on its quays. Numerous stands featuring luxury goods and veteran cars will also be present.
Access is from €16, with a wide range of VIP possibilities for viewing the boats in comfort. Boat and bus shuttles will run between the two ports.