It won’t be long now until the summer sailing season in the Med is almost over, another blissful summer consigned to the box of marvellous memories. But this is no reason to stay away from the French Riviera. Dwindling crowds, sunny but cooler days and the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show make September a wonderful month to visit the Cote d’Azur.
Charter a helicopter to Cannes from Saint-Tropez any day between the 6th and 11th September and check out the 500-plus boats on display in the town’s Old Port, as well as the Port Pierre Canto, at the other end of the town’s famous La Croisette.
The Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show, a short 15 minute journey from Saint-Tropez in a charter helicopter to Cannes, is Europe’s leading in-water exhibition. The prestigious event offers sailing enthusiasts the opportunity to preview some of the most magnificent boats on the market for sale and charter.
Wander along the pontoons which become the temporary home to some of the world’s most stunning sailing and motor yachts before heading back by helicopter from Cannes with a few ideas for next year’s charter firmly in place. Alternatively, you might be so mesmerised by the yachts you see at the 34th Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show that you return by helicopter from Cannes with the deeds to your very own vessel.
This year, a staggering 160 brand new yachts never before seen by the public will be exhibited in what is being heralded as an exciting exclusive for the popular show. The show also offers interested parties the unique opportunity to try out the luxury yachts before making the purchase.
There will also be more than 400 exhibitors from shipyards, naval architectural firms, luxury products and services displaying the very latest in the super yacht industry.