The 2020 Yachting Festival is “Safe & Clean”: Cannes is ready to welcome exhibitors and visitors

The Cannes Yachting Festival is showcasing 400 vessels ranging from 3 to 43 metres from some of the most prestigious names in international boating

12 August 2020 | by Redazione
Vieux Port

From Tuesday 8 to Sunday 13 September, the 43rd edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival will be held. Traditionally the first event in the boating calendar and this year, the first international boat show to reopen after the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus emergency.

The large French expo will showcase, both on land and sea, 400 vessels, ranging from 3 to 43 metres, sail and motor, monohull and multihull, stiff and semi-stiff keels, coming from some of the most important brands in the international boating industry, also including  a number of international premiers.

Strictly enforcing hygiene protocols, all units present will be divided over the two ports of the city, the Vieux Port and Port Canto: the first will house motor boats and the luxury and lifestyle sectors in the  Luxury Gallery, the second will be dedicated to the sailing industry and will showcase a wide range of water toys.


The reopening of this edition of the festival has been possible thanks to two elements: the government’s green light and the acquisition of the “Safe & Clean” certification from APAVE.

On 27 July,  Franck Riester, deputy minister for the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, confirmed that professional events, expos, trade shows and conference can recommence from 1 September, without any maximum limit of visitors but in full respect of social distancing.

In addition, thanks to the General Plan for Health Safety (PGSS), implemented with the aim of allowing for the reopening of the show in the best health conditions possible, the event is the first to have obtained “Safe & Clean” certification, created by APAVE on 18 May, in response to the unprecedented health crisis we are currently facing.

Created to help both public and private bodies, this new certification audits the correct implementation of health measures established to fight the spread of Covid-19 and, as a consequence, aims to reassure visitors and exhibitors about the festival’s ability to welcome them in safe conditions in line with current standards.

Not only but the PGSS responds in a precise and effective manner to the requirements, from respecting social distancing to cleaning and hygiene, new protection processes caused by any form of contact (circulation, payment, suppliers etc.) to the communication of key indicators. To this is added a nominated person of reference to monitor the correct application of the health protocol both before and during the show, a protocol which will obviously be modified based on measures enacted by the government regarding trade events.

The health safety of our exhibitors, visitors and employees – explains  Sylvie Ernoult, director of the Cannes Yachting festival – is at the heart of our concerns, this year more than ever. We want to welcome them and allow them to visit the show with peace of mind. For us it is important that the health protocol which we have been working on over a number of months has been certified “Safe & Clean” by APAVE, to strongly demonstrate our hard work and reassure our clients.”

Our work as event organisers – highlights Ernoult – leaves no space for improvisation and we work in the best way possible to make sure that visiting the show happens under the best conditions. Visitors and exhibitors can therefore fully and safely enjoy the Yachting Festival, which promises to once again be captivating with a number of premiers to discover.”



From Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 September: 10:00-19:00 Friday 11 September: 10:00-22:00 Saturday 12 September: 10:00-19:00 Sunday 13 September: 10:00-18:00

Health and safety measures at the show

Vieux Port

The Luxury Gallery: a space dedicated to the luxury market, artistry and lifestyle.

Le Palais des Festivals: dedicated to pleasure boating.  Inside are a number of shipyards, architects and designers, interior decorators, prêt-à-porter, accessories, organisations and tourist marinas, service companies (financial services, banks, insurance), while outside is the space for “tenders” and “toys” with the latest innovations.

La Jetée: exhibits vessels from 10 to 45 metres (on water, a highly desired location for many international shipyards, the best international selection of yachts and super yachts; on land, shipyards, engines, propellers, refits, yacht transport, etc.)

La Pantiero: hosting vessels from 10 to 34 metres (on water, high end motor boats, open, sports, fly, fishing, and pleasure: on land shipyards, equipment and accessory village).

Il Quai Saint-Pierre: exhibiting vessels from 10 to 25 metres (on water a large range of large sailboats and traditional motor boats, open, fly, etc.; on land shipyards, sailing equipment, engines, financial services, etc.)

Il Quai Max Laubeuf: housing over 160 vessels from 10 to 20 metres (on water sailboats and motor boats; on land a village dedicated to inflatable and semi-rigid vessels).

Port Canto

Port Canto

Brokerage & Charter: brokers and charter operators will showcase around fifty splendid yachts from 22 to 65 metres carefully selected, while the crews will show the vessels and will share the pleasures of life on board.

Toys Area: fundamental accessories for yachts, this is a sector in full expansion ((jetboards, longboards, jet skis, etc.)

Sailing Area: with over 400 metres jetties for monohulls and over 450 metres for multihulls, this is a display dedicated to sailing hosting up to 70 yachts.


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