Cannes Yachting Festival has announced it will host its first nautical Concours d’Élégance this September. The parade will be staged at the heart of the show, in the Vieux Port, providing a spectacle of rare vintage and modern day boats to honour the rich maritime history.
Cementing the show’s luxury credentials and entertainment offering, the Concours d’Élégance will take place on Thursday 10th September from 5.00 to 6.30pm. The event will be a unique occasion for visitors to admire a fleet of the finest classic yachts, antique vessels and powerboats, as well as the latest releases on display at Cannes Yachting Festival.
Yacht enthusiasts and owners are invited to show off their day boats, and for them to be judged. A spectrum of boats from yesteryear and today will congregate in the port and parade one by one in front of a ‘floating’ jury and spectators. Boats will be drawn from three different categories including vessels from before 1975, those built between 1976 and 2000, and newer models built after 2000.
Judging will examine every aspect from the quality of restoration, design of the boat and conservation status, with points for the history and rarity of the model, through to the elegance of the crew and quality of the parade. The jury will be composed of famous names from the yachting industry, Festival partners and journalists, as well as well-known experts and enthusiasts in these day boats.
Following the procession, Cannes Yachting Festival invites participants, partners and Riviera card holders to a cocktail reception and award ceremony in the VIP Club from 7.00pm until 10.00pm.
Registration for participation is free and includes a VIP card for two for the duration of the Festival. Visitors can purchase entry tickets to the show on the Cannes Yachting Festival website, from 15€ per person, or 28€ for two.
Cannes Yachting Festival – 5.00pm to 6.30pm, Thursday 10th September 2015
Participants can apply via the website www.cannesyachtingfestival.com