BY Anna Cummins on 13 Jul 2023

There will be a brand new area in the Vieux Port, which will accommodate smaller boats from 8 metres.


Organisers of Europe’s largest in-water boat show, Cannes Yachting Festival, has released more details of the 2023 edition this September after tickets recently went on sale. 

This year’s event will feature a brand new area afloat in the Vieux Port, which will accommodate smaller boats from 8 metres.

“This new edition will highlight the small units with the creation of a brand new area, a marina in the heart of the Vieux Port, which will accommodate more than 50 small motor boats from 8 to 12 metres,” says Sylvie Ernoult, director of the Cannes Yachting Festival.

“As the show’s DNA is to offer the most eclectic offer possible, it seemed natural to us to host in the best way its small units, traditionally displayed ashore on the Quai Max Laubeuf, in a dedicated floating area.”


Running 12-17 September 2023 in the southern French port town, the Cannes Yachting Festival is set to feature over 650 boats, with the latest nautical equipment, innovations and world previews being unveiled for 55,000 expected visitors.

The ‘Green Route’, originally launched in 2021, returns this year to showcase environmentally friendly solutions developed and exhibited at the trade fair by the exhibitors. Organisers say they will ‘place more emphasis this year’ on the Green Route ‘to improve its visibility’. The list of exhibitors on the Green Route will be confirmed in August.

“Thanks to the renewed confidence of our exhibitors, this 2023 edition is looking very good with similar forecasts to the previous year — 600 exhibitors, more than 650 boats and 140 previews,” says Ernoult.

“Once again this year, our visitors will enjoy discovering some real gems in-water and on land, boats of all sizes and types, equipped with ‘traditional’ or carbon-free engines with the first on-board electric, hybrid or hydrogen power systems.”

The festival’s activities are centred around two areas: Port Canto, located at the end of the Croisette, which offers a showcase for sailing, brokerage, marine start-ups and toys; and Vieux Port, which invites motorboats and the show’s largest superyachts.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2019

Tickets are now on sale, ranging from €31 for a single day, one-person pass; to €1,375 for two people for six days with VIP services.

Tickets are also available for boat industry professionals – €39 for a four-day pass from Tuesday to Friday.

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