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As yachting events go, for glamour nothing quite matches the Monaco Yacht Show – the proliferation of superyachts jostling for space in the principality’s harbour is a sight to behold – but its reputation for showcasing new and unexpected vessels is ensuring the annual Cannes Yachting Festival continues to make a reliably positive and knowledgeable impression.

Running from 12-17 September, the festival is proving something of a must-visit for the yachting fraternity. Since 1977, the Festival takes place every September in elegant, luxurious surroundings in the sparkling bay of Cannes.

As the first show in the boating season, and Europe’s leading in-water boating event, the major players in pleasure yachting come here to kick-back and admire nearly 600 boats displayed in water and on land in the two exceptional French Riviera ports – The Vieux Port and The Port Canto – including around one hundred world premieres. The shipyards offer trips out to sea so that new buyers can try out the finest yachts in the world and make an informed choice.

The Cannes Yachting Festival has launched a new space devoted to luxury: the Luxury Gallery. This prestigious area is dedicated exclusively to luxury players in the sectors including: watchmaking, jewellery, spirits, fashion and accessories, household linen, decoration, furniture, design, art, high-tech products, services, etc.

Maserati has become the official partner of the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival. All VIP and Riviera card holders will enjoy a courtesy car service from Nice Airport to the festival. In the Maserati lounge, all visitors can explore the latest Maserati models.

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