Cannes organizers to move sailboats to different harbor for next year’s show

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Organizers of the Cannes Yachting Festival announced this week that next year they plan to move about 110 new-model sailboats from the main show at Vieux Port to Port Pierre Canto, where brokerage boats and water toys currently are exhibited. The two areas are on opposite sides of the main harbor in Cannes.

“For the past three years, we have seen the Vieux Port become very overcrowded both on land and in the water,” show manager Sylvie Ernoult said in a statement. “This led us to rethink the Cannes Yachting Festival overall for its 2019 edition. This project was made possible after a long consultation with our exhibitors and many other partners.”

Ernoult said that sailing has represented 20 percent of the boats on display at most shows. “This is a much higher proportion than the global market share for this segment,” she said. “It was therefore a natural and obvious choice for us to reconsider the layout of the show and move the sailing sector to the other side of the Croisette.”

The new space will include more than 1,300 linear feet of dock space for monohulls and about 1,500 feet for multihulls. Organizers said they would increase free water and land shuttle services to link the two locations.

The Cannes Yachting Festival runs through Sept. 16.