Yachting: 5 major events on the Côte d'Azur

Whether you are a sailor, a water-sports enthusiast or simply love boats, the boatyards go all out every year to delight you. From traditional sailing boats to luxury super yachts, the Côte d’Azur has plenty of events to whisk you off on a voyage of discovery to this prestigious world.

Les Voiles d’Antibes

📅 From may 31 to June 4, 2023
📍 Port Vauban, Antibes

Hoist the mainsails! The Voiles d’Antibes has marked the start of the Mediterranean season for traditional yachts since 1996. During the first week of June, vintage yachts come here to compete in a frenetic race, following strict sporting traditions. Nearly 60 boats with 500 crew on board fight it out to be the first to cross the finish line in their boats from another century. Adventure and luxury unite as the yachts take to the sea with their wires strumming in the wind.

At the south pier of port Vauban, amateurs and connoisseurs can admire these exceptional sailing ships and enjoy exhibitions from local artists, giving both young and old plenty of opportunities to discover this maritime world.

The esplanade of the Pré aux Pêcheurs changes character as dusk falls with a programme of musical entertainment to transport us into an exceptional atmosphere with a breathtaking setting!

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The Cannes Yachting Festival

📅 From September 12 to 17, 2023
📍 L’espace voile in Port Canto in Cannes

Every year from 6 to 11 September, in the heart of Cannes, the Yachting Festival welcomes an eclectic selection of boats including monohulls, multihulls with hard or semi-rigid hulls and luxury yachts. These, the most prestigious of motor yachts are presented both in and out of the water. The Palais des Festivals is given over to an exhibition of the architects and designers who built these stylish little gems. The latest models are presented as a world premiere on the jetty, while the Super Yachts Extension gathers about thirty of the biggest superyachts in the world. The Vieux Port also hosts an area on the water entirely focused on electric and hybrid boats, while traditional yachts confront innovation in the ‘Toy’ Area of Port Canto. Here, a wide variety of novel motorised personal watercraft for skimming and fun water sports activities are displayed. Essential equipment for a pleasure yacht! If you have set your sights on a second-hand yacht, head over to the Yacht Brokerage area. You can take the helm and try out a boat. Enjoy the thrill of the sail!

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The Royal Regatta in Cannes

📅 From September 19 to 23, 2023
📍 Quai St Pierre in Cannes

In the mild autumn climate of Cannes, the world’s most beautiful traditional yachts gather at the Royal Regatta, in the Bay of Cannes. Whether you are an interested observer or a keen yachtsman (or woman), the sheer spectacle and atmosphere along the quays are quite exceptional, especially at the start of the races! Traditional sailboats, classic yachts, Tofinou, 5.5 Metre, Star and Dragon classes are all on the programme from 18 to 24 September in the Vieux Port. The authenticity of the event is built around the incredible ‘lords of the sea’ as most of the yachts are over a hundred years old. The aesthetic appearance of these historic yachts, which sail under the power of the wind and the elbow grease of several dozen crew, give this race a unique charm. If you want to see the spectacle close-up, some boat companies even offer boat trips to follow the yachts in the bay! On Quai Laubeuf, there are many activities and events to enjoy throughout the day and evening in the Royal Regatta Village in Cannes: crew parades, tugs-of-war, concerts and festive entertainment… In Cannes, we party on land and at sea!

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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

📅 From September 30 to October 14, 2023
📍 Port of Saint-Tropez

For a fortnight, the famous little fishing village welcomes a mix of prestigious traditional sailing boats and the latest, most cutting-edge racing prototypes. For the first week, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez welcomes more than two hundred classic and modern yachts, while the second week sees the arrival of the large modern yachts including around 50 ‘Maxi Yachts.’ Alongside these famous fleets of yachts, a new class of competitors will compete in the last regatta of the season: The Performance Cruising Multihulls. These catamarans of over 55 feet in length combine pleasure and performance to offer a grandiose spectacle. A wonderful first! With yachts setting off at full speed, the precise movements of the crew, the wind in the sails, it will certainly be a breathtaking show!

If you would like to have a front-row seat to enjoy this event in Saint-Tropez from 24 September to 8 October and see the crews at work close-up, opt for a day boat trip during the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Colours, noise, atmosphere, breeze and lunch at sea, everything is combined to make this a memorable moment in one of the most beautiful bays on the French Riviera.

Back on land, make sure you visit the official Voiles de Saint-Tropez village where you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of the village!

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Monaco Yacht Show

📅 From September 27 to 30, 2023
📍  Quai Antoine 1er

Considered to be the most prestigious yachting show in the world, the Monaco Yacht Show welcomes the world’s leading boatyards and luxury yachting companies afloat in the Port d’Hercule. From 28 September to 1 October, come and visit the exhibition of superyachts and mega yachts available for charter and purchase and discuss your project with industry experts and future yachting trendsetters. In three new exhibition areas that focus on exclusivity, innovation and excellence, you can totally immerse yourself in the world of luxury yachting. The Dockside Area presents the in-water and on-dock exhibition of superyachts, tenders and all the service activities directly linked to a yacht project. Here you will find the most prestigious shipbrokers and shipyards from around the world. The Yacht Design & Innovation Hub presents a selection of superyacht concept models with videos of the designers’ work. One floor is also dedicated to conferences. Finally, the Sailing Yacht Area is centred on sailing, where you can climb aboard a selection of luxury yachts. The Sapphire Experience is the VIP programme that provides a tailor-made tour of the Monaco Yacht Show. Yacht interior design and decoration companies, luxury products and services, equipment manufacturers, sailing gadgets, luxury car and motorbike exhibitions round off these areas to create the ‘superyacht lifestyle!’

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