Cannes Yachting Festival 2024: Port Canto will host a new marina for boats up to 12 meters

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With only eight months left until the opening of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2024, this edition is set to introduce a series of exciting innovations that will redefine the visitors’ experience, aiming to further consolidate the Festival’s position as one of the most prestigious yachting events worldwide.

Already recognized as the “number one” in-water boat show in Europe, the Cannes Yachting Festival 2024 will bring many novelties to visitors and industry professionals. The transformation of Cannes’ Vieux Port, initiated this year and scheduled until 2026, has garnered significant attention, paving the way for various innovations that enhance the Festival even more.

However, the most surprising development is the creation of a new marina at Port Canto, dedicated to motorboats of smaller size, ranging from 8 to 12 meters. This bold yet necessary move brings smaller-sized boats to the Cannes Yachting Festival. The new marina, spanning over 1,700 square meters with over 300 meters of quayside, will be positioned between the Sailing and Brokerage & Toys areas, accommodating 170 units – 150 in the water and around twenty on land, with rigid or semi-rigid hulls. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to admire a selection of outboard motors suitable for boats of these dimensions.

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Another interesting innovation is the opening to the public of sea trials for small motorboats. Thanks to motorized pontoons, visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience these boats firsthand, adding an interactive and engaging element to the Festival.

This initiative, in addition to overcoming the logistical challenges of the ongoing work at Vieux Port, will allow visitors to take a complete tour of the harbor, exploring nearly 340 boats covering a wide range of sizes and categories. In particular, 120 new boats over 10 meters, 170 power boats of 8 meters, and approximately 50 used yachts larger than 24 meters will be on display.


«2024 represents a year full of challenges for the Cannes Yachting Festival. The works in the Vieux Port have an impact on our show. The situation is gradually becoming clearer and, thanks to working closely with everyone playing a role in Cannes, we are making progress on setting up this edition – explains Sylvie Ernoult, director of the Cannes Yachting Festival The new marina located in Port Canto, mainly dedicated to 8- to12 metre motor boats, will give incredible visibility to this boat segment, attracting new visitors. I would like to reassure our exhibitors as well as our visitors about the quality of the 2024 show and the offer available. Our teams are working hard to put on a stunning 47th edition! »

Additional improvements at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2024 also include the introduction of new services: an additional restaurant spanning over 450 square meters with a capacity of 130 guests, a dedicated entrance for exhibitors, and a renovated VIP Club that we look forward to exploring.

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