Organizers of one of Europe’s largest in-water shows, the Cannes Yachting Festival, announced that they are going forward with the 43 iteration of the event, slated for Sept. 8-13.
“The close relationships forged with exhibitors over the years have enabled us to maintain regular exchanges with the shipyards and equipment manufacturers since the beginning of this crisis and these difficult times… we have adapted our conditions of participation, allowing exhibitors more time and flexibility to confirm their participation intentions more precisely,” the organizers, Reed Expositions France, said in a statement.
The bulk of the vessels with be at Cannes’ Vieux Port, with Port Canto hosting sailboats. To get between the two shows, organizers plan on increasing ferries between the two locations.
There will be significant safety and social distance measures in place — still being finalized by the country’s federation of the events industry — to ensure full compliance of steps taken to restrict the spread of covid-19. These will then have to be submitted for review to the French government.
“We remain very attentive to the global situation of our industry which has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 health crisis,” the statement read. “The aim is to open the Yachting Festival 2020 in such a way as to allow the event to be held in the best possible conditions and in full compliance with the protection of exhibitors and visitors.”
Cannes show manager Sylvie Ernoult acknowledges that there’s still a lot of work to be done and many things have to fall into place for the show to be a success.
“Many customers with whom I have spoken are hoping that the Yachting Festival can be the light at the end of the tunnel. And even if there are still many steps to take before opening the next session of the Yachting Festival, this hope is a goal for us,” Ernoult said.