Cannes is hardly unfamiliar with pomp and pageantry, but rarely does the city put on the ritz as it does for the annual Cannes Yachting Festival. While its better-known film festival draws the Hollywood A-listers, the yachting fair attracts those who live life well. There’s no better place to see the latest and greatest in on-water luxury and indulgence than yachting’s most prestigious event.
Now in its 47th year, the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, from September 12 through 17 at the Vieux-Port and Port Canto, promises to be the best yet, with new launches from a veritable who’s who of global brands. What’s more, the creation of a new small-boat display area in the Vieux-Port for vessels from eight to 12 metres in overall length brings a new level of excitement to the event, adding to the existing large-yacht and vintage-vessel Concours d’Élégance displays.
So what’s new and hot among the more than 650 vessels on display? The official lineup is still being finalized, but the list of anticipated launches already offers plenty of excitement.
Making its world premiere at Cannes, the A96 from Arcadia Yachts is a unique crossover yacht that puts the focus on enjoying the outdoors with its expansive beach area, balconies, and outdoor spaces that transform into living rooms. A massive main-deck salon integrates with the cockpit to blend indoor and outdoor spaces, while a versatile lower-deck arrangement provides up to four exquisite private staterooms.
Azimut Magellano 60
Also expected to make its global debut at Cannes is Azimut’s new midsized Magellano 60. The sporty 18-metre crossover provides up to three spacious staterooms plus crew accommodation in a nimble package that can attain top speeds of 26 knots thanks to its twin MAN I6 diesels. A spacious covered cockpit and a roomy salon and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows are flooded with fresh air and natural light, ensuring every day at sea is a joy from start to end.
Greenline 58 Fly
Available with a choice of diesel, hybrid, or full electric drive, Greenline’s new 58 Flybridge brings ecologically sustainable propulsion to luxury yachting. A roomy cockpit invites you to get comfortable at once, enjoying sumptuously soft upholstery and Greenline’s iconic attention to detail throughout. A spacious interior salon, lower deck accommodations featuring three ensuite staterooms, and a flybridge with ample sunning and relaxation spaces are just the beginning of Greenline’s newest launch.
The new Pearl 72 joins fleetmates Pearl 62 and Pearl 95 at Cannes, representing an important new midrange model from the celebrated U.K. yacht builder. Stretching 72 feet in length with an impressive 18-foot-10-inch beam, the Pearl 72 presents a choice of Kelly Hoppen interior design schemes, up to four ensuite double guest cabins, a forward master stateroom, a second full-beam master stateroom, a tender and PWC garage, and a top speed of up to 32 knots—all in a trim and stylish form from Dixon Yacht Design.
Sure to make a splash at Cannes is the new M8 from French yacht builder Prestige. The motor multihull configuration gives the M8 an astounding 2,900 square feet of living space with a full beach club, multiple interior configurations, a massive 322-square-foot owner’s stateroom and abundant outdoor spaces for sunning and relaxing, including up top on its enormous flybridge. Twin Volvo Penta D8-600 diesels deliver a 17-knot cruising speed with a range of over 350 nautical miles.
With its 16-metre overall length and draft of just 1.2 metres, the all-new Sirena 48 is a true explorer’s yacht with its ability to access small, intimate ports of call that are beyond the reach of larger, deeper yachts. Extensive outdoor spaces including a bow deck sunpad and an expansive flybridge complement the yacht’s open salon and flowing layout. Belowdecks, three spacious staterooms ensure a pleasant night’s rest for the new day ahead.
With its 24-metre length and 150 GT, the Wallywhy150 is a flexible yacht, ideal for experienced owners who understand and appreciate the skilful use of space, the considerable living areas, and its unmistakable personality. On board, owner and guests can enjoy a full dining setting on the sundeck, a sunbathing area, and a shaded lounge. Inside spaces are bathed in light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. A main-deck master suite with 270-degree panoramic bow views and two guest cabins offer opulent comfort.
Williams Jet Tenders
The world’s leading jet tender specialist, Williams Jet Tenders will showcase two of its most popular models at Cannes, including the TurboJet 285 and 325 models. Designed as practical, powerful, and fun yacht tenders with seating for up to four, the TurboJets are designed to fit a large variety of yacht garages from all the major luxury yacht builders around the world.