Cannes Yachting Festival opens today

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The Cannes show has nearly 600 boats on display in water and on land.

The 40th anniversary Cannes Yachting Festival opens today in the Bay of Cannes in France with nearly 600 boats on display.

The Cannes show, one of the largest in Europe, will be open through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Friday night, when it will close at 10 p.m.

The show is presented in two harbors, with the Vieux Port, one of the oldest harbors on the French Riviera, hosting the majority of the exhibitors in eight sections. The Palais des Festivals is the event center and is home to the best-known names in luxury yachts, including shipyards, architects, interior designers, clothing, tourism and services such as financing and insurance.

The show’s superyacht extension has boats on display from 72 to 180 feet, and the jetty will have in-water exhibits featuring boats from 33 to 147 feet, plus on-land displays with engines, propeller companies and thrusters.

Visitors who prefer open, performance and fishing boats from 33 to 112 feet can check out the La Pantiero section. The multihull area has more than 40 boats from 33 to 105 feet and the largest collection of motor and sailing trimarans in Europe.

Quai Saint-Piere will feature power and sailboats from 33 to 82 feet, plus land-based exhibits with sailing and motoring accessories. The Cannes show started on the Quai Max Laubeuf with 30 boats; this year the section will have 160 boats ranging from 33 to 66 feet, and it has an area dedicated to inflatables and RIBs.

The Port Pierre Canto is devoted to large secondhand yachts. Brokers and charter companies are offering about 50 boats from 72 to 213 feet, and there are free water shuttles and VIP water taxis running between the two venues.

One of the highlights of the show is the third edition of the Concours d’Elegance boat parade, which will be held on Thursday at 5 p.m.