The world of yachting, on show in Cannes next week, does not escape ecological awareness. Reconciling boating and respect for the environment represents the challenge for the future. For some years now, marinas, the nautical sector, professionals and users have been becoming aware of the real consequences on the planet of their activities at sea. Even if the supply chain seems to find it difficult to come together around a single impulse, many isolated initiatives are emerging and give a glimpse of the nautical sector of tomorrow: more respectful of nature, more responsive to current concerns.
To concretely support this “green” approach and fully assume its role of raising awareness, the Cannes Yachting Festival had already started an ecological turning point in 2019 with the educational exhibition “Energy Observer” which presented the works on hydrogen and energy renewables conducted by the laboratory of the first hydrogen boat, the Energy Observer precisely. Last year, the fair launched a new “green” path: an ecological path that highlights exhibitors who develop or present a concept in favor of ecology. Strengthened by the success of this first edition and driven by the desire to go further in this approach, the Yachting Festival renews the experience by highlighting in its new “Green route 2022” more boats, products and eco-efficient solutions that will be offered to visitors eager to discover or consolidate their knowledge on the environmental evolution of the nautical industry in the context of the sea and marine ecosystems.
All exhibitors participating in this route are indicated with a special “Green route” logo.
In addition, like last year, the Yachting Festival will host a nautical area exclusively dedicated to 100% electric and hybrid boats that will present a dozen boats from 8 to 12 meters. Finally, numerous eco-responsible boats will be exhibited from the Vieux Port to Port Canto.
Cannes Yachting Festival: the neo-vintage travels with the wind in its sails
Among the most important trends that we will see in Cannes, more than a simple nostalgic impulse, the neo-vintage design is the crossroads between tradition and modernity, passion and empiricism. Long associated with the automotive sector, the wave of vintage and nostalgia for luxury also inspires designers in the nautical sector. To design and market boats with a design similar to those of the 60s and 70s, specialists rediscover and modernize the beginnings of pleasure boating.
A selection of motor and sailing boats, combining the elegance of the ancient and the performance of the modern, will be presented at the next edition of the Yachting Festival, which will open from 6 to 11 September at the Vieux Port and Port Canto in Cannes.
“All these exceptional boats will be present at the next edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, the largest show on the water in Europe. About 650 boats will be exhibited this year, with over 140 new models in world premiere. The Yachting Festival is an exceptional setting that welcomes motor and sailing boats and the greatest yachts in the world. Everyone, sea lovers, yachting enthusiasts, expert visitors or simply curious, will be able to discover a magical universe in an idyllic setting, emblem of the Côte d’Azur”, concludes Sylvie Ernoult, director of the Yachting Festival.