Cannes Yachting Festival to go ahead in September


The 43rd edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival will go ahead as planned from 8 to 13 September, the organiser Reed Exhibition Group has confirmed.

The show will take place fully complying with recommended protective health measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, a review is being conducted of the organisation of trade fair queues, the installation of ground markings, a counting and/or flow regulation system (in the aisles, quays, stands and on board the boats), the wearing of masks, the provision of hydro-alcoholic gel and increased daily disinfection of the areas through which visitors pass.  

“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, says Sylvie Ernoult, show manager of Cannes Yachting Festival.

Reed Exhibition Group’s staff remains working remotely to deliver the show, liaising with exhibitors and, where necessary in response to the difficulties that many businesses in the sector are facing, allowing more time and flexibility for them to confirm their participation.

“The Festival’s teams are doing everything possible to accompany customers and provide them with the necessary flexibility while ensuring that work schedules are respected, thereby enabling everything to be operational in due course,” continues Sylvie. “We wish courage and energy to all our exhibitors, partners and service providers in this extraordinarily difficult period.”

At the moment, all the in-water and on land projects are continuing to evolve in close collaboration with exhibitors, the port authorities and partners in Cannes, and the installation of the boats and stands in the Vieux Port and Port Canto is well under way.

New features for the 2020 edition include the Quai Saint Pierre, in the Vieux Port, which groups together the fast day boats. The Quai Max Laubeuf has been redesigned creating a marina dedicated to motorised multihulls. 

On land, the area dedicated to outboard and inboard engines launched last year has been reorganised to offer greater visibility and exhibition comfort for manufacturers of small and medium sized engines.

At Port Canto, the Sailing Area has been designed with some 110 units registered, of which sixty exceed 15m. The sea accesses between the two ports have been increased and will benefit from enhanced signage. In addition, a new catering area is planned.

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