Fifteen years ago, the Cannes Yachting Festival was a small, regional boat show in a city most widely known for hosting glamorous film festivals. Today, Cannes is the official kick-off of the international boating season and draws 50,000 yacht lovers from five continents. Flanked by the stunning waters of the Côte d’Azur and the city’s postcard-perfect waterfront, this year’s event showcased 570 yachts—including 166 new launches—lining Vieux Port.
The docks were buzzing with visitors, and many exhibitors excitedly claimed this was the best show they have seen in years. Besides the gleaming new hulls in the marinas, this year’s event also featured a Concours d’Elegance that paraded antique and classic boats alongside modern yachts. The superyacht presence at the festival continues to grow, with nearly 40 floating shoulder to shoulder in a special area dedicated to large vessels. Cannes has become so popular, in fact, that many builders now use the occasion to launch their 80- to 150-foot models, rather than wait two weeks for the Monaco Yacht Show. Here are our 10 favorite new launches at Cannes. (cannesyachtingfestival.com)