September is always a strange month on the Cote d’Azur. The weather is still glorious and the sea particularly warm, but there is a feeling that summer is almost over and that winter is not far away.
So, to beat any premature winter blues which might be lurking around in your head, there are two fantastic local yacht shows which take place this month. The Cannes Yachting Festival kicked off the season when it opened at three sites in Cannes on Tuesday September 9th. Meanwhile, the much-anticipated Monaco Yacht Show – seen as one of the most important events in the world for the yacht charter industry – launches this week, on Wednesday September 24th.
There is no better medicine for a blast of post- holiday blues than to plan your next luxury yacht hire and both events give ample opportunity to take a look at some of the new mega yachts available for charter as well as discover new destinations, the latest ‘toys’ and lots more.
The 36th Cannes Yachting Festival was the first of the seasons post-summer yachting exhibitions. More than 550 boats were showcased in three central Cannes locations – the Vieux Port, Port Pierre Canto and the Palais des Festivals – making the event the largest leading in-water boat exhibition in Europe.
Of the hundreds of boats on show during the six day event, more than one third were making their debut on the international yachting scene. Many of these boats were for sale, while others will be available for the first time ever for a French Riviera yacht charter next season.
The Cannes Yachting Festival is unique in the fact that it even allowed potential buyers to trial the boats on the open sea before parting with any money.
If you haven’t found what you are looking for at Cannes, then why not head to Monaco this week for what is being billed as the best ever yacht show held in the Principality?
The show, taking place in and around Port Hercules from September 24th to 27th 2014, will showcase 115 of the world’s most stunning superyachts available for charter or for sale.
This is an increase of 15 yachts compared to previous years, with additional berths having been added to cope with an unprecedented interest in the event from both superyacht brokers and potential buyers.