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Cannes Yachting Festival 2023 Guide

The Cannes Yachting Festival is set to make its grand appearance, from the 12th to 17th of September 2023 in Southeast France. Established in 1977, this annual event graces the picturesque city of Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera (known in French as the Côte d’Azur) along the Mediterranean coastline, famed for its association with the rich and famous and its international film festival as well as numerous other global conferences.

Every September, the Yachting Festival presents somewhere around 600 boats ranging from motor yachts and superyachts to catamarans, tenders, and sailing yachts. The event is stationed over the Bay of Cannes and sprawls across two major ports: the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto. Visitors to the region can choose from an array of lodging options, from opulent five-star hotels to more budget-friendly apartments and Air-Bnbs.

Cannes Yachting Festival in France

Above: The waterfront and yachts docked in Cannes, France. Photo by Photo by Mike Kit via Pexels.

2023 Innovations at the Festival

A notable addition in 2023 is the introduction of a section dedicated to smaller boats, with sizes ranging from 8m to 11m. This newly developed marina, located in the Old Port on the Pantiero and adjacent to the inflatables, grants attendees a panoramic view of all boats in this size category, which has garnered significant attention.

Location And Reaching the Festival

Cannes is easily accessible from Nice airport. Visitors have the option of hopping on a direct shuttle to Cannes, or taking buses numbered 200 or 210. Taxis are also available, typically charging about €55, contingent upon the number of riders. For those who prioritize luxury and swift travel, Azur Hélicoptère offers a speedy seven-minute helicopter ride from Nice to Cannes for a little over €500.

Notable 2023 Yacht Debuts

Wally WHY150

Founded in 1994 by Italian entrepreneur Luca Bassani, Wally is a top yacht builder and we’re always excited to see their latest models. Owned by Ferretti, the yacht builder is headquartered in Monaco and known for being a leader in innovation in yachting, including pioneering carbon-fiber as a yacht-building material. Part of Wally’s newer “spaceship line”, the builder boasts that the new Wally WHY150 is “redefining the volumes, exterior areas and features available in yachts of this size, drawing from a palette of elements such as wrap-around glazing, forward owner’s suite and high bow”.

Wally WHY150 Yacht

Above: A 2024 Wally WHY150 Yacht. Photo by Wally.

The yacht features a raised pilothouse design and a main deck saloon with floor-to-ceiling glass and over 8 feet of headroom. Moving the helm up top to the pilothouse has opened up the main deck for an extpansive master suite owner’s cabin. Owners can choose from optional layouts with either three mroe guest cabins, or two large VIP suites. On top she features a large open upper sundeck ideal for entertaining. Below, she’s able to carry numerous water toys with an aft deck featuring a large platform and hydraulic ladder.

LOA: 78’8″ (23.99m)
Beam: 22’3″ (6.78m)
Engines: Triple Volvo D13 IPS1200-1350s
Max Top Speed: 23 knots

Sanlorenzo SX100

Since 1958 Sanlorenzo has beed crafting tailor-made motor yachts with a 5-stage customization process. New model Sanlorenzo’s are known to turn heads and inspire, as they are regularly partnering with leading international interior designers and naval architects to produce some of the most stunning yachts on the water.

Sanlorenzo SX100

Above: The 2024 Sanlorenzo SX100. Photo by Sanlorenzo Yachts.

The builder’s new SX100 is a bold two-decker with various optional layouts that features a striking superstructure and fold down bulwarks. Her main helm is on the topside wheelhouse where there is also a dining and lounging area offering great 360-degree views. Her interior is spacious and open and the boat is powered by four Volvo D13s an IPS propulsions system and 3,200 total horsepower giving her a top speed of around 23 knots, cruising most efficiently between 12-12 knots.

LOA: 100’1″ (30.50m)
Beam: 24’11” (7.60m)
Engines: Four (4) 800-HP Volvo D13 IPS
Top Speed: 23 knots
Cruising Speed: 10-12 knots

Riviera 505 SUV

World famous and ocean tested, Riviera Yachts builds vessels of high quality and enduring strength with excellent performance resulting in boats that last for years and retain resale value. This year, Riviera will showcase its new 505 SUV at Cannes 2023, where she’ll be making her European debut. When the builder’s design team set out to create their newest addition to the SUV Collection their first and foremost objective was to make the best of both world’s even better. The result is this Australian-built vessel with a spacious cockpit and multi-purpose aft area idea for lounging, fishing or diving.

Riviera 505 SUV

Above: A 2024 Riviera 505 SUV yacht. Photo by Riviera. 

The 505 SUV features the same pedigree of a single-level alfresco entertainer with thrilling blue-water ability as her sister models, but with the added dimension of a mezzanine: a beautiful wining, dining and relaxing space offering privacy and protection from harsh sun and weather all year round. The SUV concept demands a generous cockpit, low to the water to maximize the action and adventure of the full spectrum of water sports. And that’s what the cockpit of the 505 delivers. Picture yourself cruising the great waterways of the world, diving in the Bahamas, or fishing on the Reef.

Length Overall (inc. swim platform & bow sprit): 55′ 10″ (17.01m)
Hull Length: 50′ 7″ (15.43m)
Beam: 16′ 3″ (4.96m)
Maximum Draft: 4′ 6″ (1.38m)
Dry Weight (approx.): 54,013 lbs (24,500 kg.)
Fuel Capacity: 872 US gallons (3,300L)
Water Capacity: 164 US gallons (620L)

Further Anticipated Boats at the 2023 Festival

Other notable boats we expect to see at Cannes 2023 include:

  • Aegean Explorer 26m
  • Apreamare Gozzo 35 Speedster
  • Azimut Magellano 60, Verve 48
  • Beneteau Antares 12
  • Bluegame BGM75 (styled by Zuccon International)
  • Greenline 58 Fly (boasting a top speed of 26 knots and 30nm at 6 knots on solely electric power)
  • Leopard 40PC
  • Pershing GTX116
  • Princess Y80
  • Silent 62
  • Sirena 48 (a harmonious blend of contemporary and classic with spacious walkaround decks and an expansive flybridge)
  • Sunreef 80 Power Eco
  • Sunseeker Superhawk 55  and 75 Sport Yacht
  • [and many more]

Visit Cannes Yachting Festival for more information on attending the show

Written by Ryan McVinney

Written by: Ryan McVinney

C. Ryan McVinney is a film director, producer, writer, actor, boat captain, outdoor enthusiast and conservationist. He's currently the host and director of Boat Trader's award-winning Stomping Grounds TV show that explores boating culture across America. McVinney also directs and produces the documentary series Cult Classics and the extreme superyacht show LEGENDS for YachtWorld, as well the popular Factory Fridays video series for He is a regular contributor to leading marine industry publications.