Along the Riviera

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Cannes and Monaco boat shows ready spectacular premieres.

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We’re sailing for points of excursions along the French Riviera, stopping at the key ports and attractions between Cannes and Monaco. But the prompt that has us cruising this area are two very important boat shows.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 takes place from September 9 through 14 on the glittery Bay of Cannes. There’s always a world premiere to be found here and this year will be no exception. Sights are set on the Benetti Tradition Supreme 108 with its hybrid diesel-electric model — great for the green sailors among us — and the debut of the 58 HT Chaseboat from Otam.

along-the-riviera-3Then there’s the long awaited debut of Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht, the first motor yacht from the French manufacturer, making its premier and creating quite a buzz. The brand new 630 catamaran left Bordeaux for Cannes in mid August. Lagoon touts its motor yacht for pleasure boaters who want to broaden their horizons. They say the 630 is for those who dream of a motor yacht with a large cruising range and a good performance, while offering great comfort and a sense of complete safety. After debuting at Cannes, it will then travel to the Barcelona and Genoa shows, crossing the Atlantic to the Miami Boat Show in February 2015, and then continuing across the Pacific to be exhibited at the Hainan and Singapore boat shows in April 2015.

We’ll cruise on to Monaco and pass through the Old Port of Antibes, arguably the sailing and yachting capital of the Riviera — where boats are a way of life — and home to some of the most notorious super yachts.

along-the-riviera-4The last stop is Port Hercules in Monaco for the Monaco Yacht Show from September 24 to 27. This year, the show — as always under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco — is expected to be the biggest ever with organizers heeding the demand for a showing of giant vessels. The latest and most anticipated yachts range from about 82 feet to 328 feet. The show is a compilation of the best super yachts in the world in one harbor.

Boatyards such as Lürssen, Feadship, and Royal Huisman will be present and launching new ships. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be the unveiling of Feadship’s Como, a 151-foot yacht created for the highly experienced yachtsman Neville Crichton. The yacht has unprecedentedly large windows in the hull and glass in the superstructure.

The Monaco Yacht Show promises 110 floating palaces, of which 40 will be unveiled in world premiere. Happy hours plus cocktail and evening parties are planned on board many of the yachts.

IF YOU GO

Cannes Yachting Festival
9-14 September 2014
www.cannesyachtingfestival.com
+33 (0) 147 566 479

Monaco Yacht Show
24-27 September 2014
www.monacoyachtshow.com/en/
+377 93 10 41 70

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