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8 Incredible Sailboats from the Cannes Boat Show

There are plenty of luxury yachts here in America, but if you want to see some new and exciting sailboats that won’t necessarily be seen on this side of the pond, head to Cannes, France. Here are eight of the best sailing yachts our European editors found at the show.

Fitzroy 41 meter under sail
One of the largest sailing yachts at the show was this aluminium 41m Dubois designed sloop built by Fitzroy Yachts in 2008, but newly refitted in 2013/14 and priced at a cool €7.5 million (about $9.1 million, in US dollars).
oyster 825 under sail
Oyster Marine featured the new Rob Humphreys designed Oyster 825 for the first time in its natural element, having first unveiled the boat inside at the Dusseldorf  boat show. It’s a contemporary twin-rudder design with crisp lines, and an impressive 15% increase in accommodation volume compared to its predecessor.


Shipman 59 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014
A smaller boat, but no less interesting, is the new Shipman 59. This innovative boat builder has carved a niche for fast long distance cruising yachts built using carbon epoxy materials. The new model is capable of speeds under sail in the upper teens, while the 1,400W solar panels and lithium ion batteries will drive the boat under power for 20 miles before additional charge from the diesel generator is required.


Solaris One 58 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014
The Italian Solaris One 58 is a semi-custom luxury performance cruiser with great looks. The up-to-date hull shape benefits from less wetted surface area aft, while still maintaining high stability, which helps speed under sail in light airs. The Lucio Micheletti designed interior is offered in different arrangements to suit owner’s individual needs.


Set Marine 625 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014
There were plenty of multihulls on display as well, including the first sighting of another new Italian yacht, the distinctively styled Set Marine 625.


Ocean Explorer C 60 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014
Another new multihull at the event was the Ocean Explorer C-60. Designed by German Frers, a hugely successful design office that until now has focussed on monohulls, the C-60 is intended to offer superyacht style and space in a smaller package.


Sunreef 102 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014
Sunreef Yachts was showing two designs: a new 58-footer that’s now the smallest model in the company’s range, as well as this Sunreef 102, a double deck model that offers a truly impressive amount of space.


Truly Classic 90 at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014
The show also featured a collection of superyachts looking for new owners, including this Truly Classic 90. Built by Classen in Holland to a Hoek design and launched in 2009, it’s a larger model in the same series as Sir Ben Ainslie’s 65ft Rita.

If you’re more interested in what actually makes it to our shores, or if powerboats appeal to you more than sailing yachts, the Fort Lauderdale show is one of the best in the US for gawking at major-league luxury yachts. Read Five Fantasy Yachts from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to see our top picks.


Written by Rupert Holmes

Written by: Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests.

He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.


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