Loved and hated in equal measure by those who exhibit at the Cannes Yachting Festival, as it is correctly known, runs this year from 11th-14th September.
The close calendar proximity and the clash with the dates of the Southampton show means that yacht builders and exhibitors have to go to extraordinary logistical lengths if they are to pull off a successful show. It is a staggering statistical fact that 80% of all large yachts sales begin with a meeting twixt brokers and purchasers at a show.
The show is loved by those who attend because of its laid back feel which spills out into the old town of the French city filling the bars, pavement cafes and wonderful restaurants. What business cannot be achieved in the show ground is often concluded in Cannes during an evening offensive on its catering establishments. One of the shows greatest attractions is its willingness to allow exhibitors to take their display yachts off the docks and engage in an impromptu sea trial. Perhaps this explains why we have seen the Cannes show grow in such popularity over the years to become such an important fixture. Certainly it is an important element because now both Southampton and, to a lesser extent, Monaco are beginning to emulate.
Cannes, this year, offers the exciting opportunity to see both the 26 and 32 metre models of Numarine’s XP (Explorer Yacht) series make their European debuts side by side. The Turkish superyacht builder, best known for its fast sleek production yachts that rival Britain’s Sunseeker and Princess Yachts, has diversified following the trend in large yacht circles where builders are concentrating on explorer yachts, whose large open deck spaces allow for the carriage of a large tender. Using the smaller craft, the increasingly popular practice is for the yacht owner and guests to take off in the tender for a day of fun on the water, be it watersports, fishing, swimming or simply exploring the coastline. Once they are on their way, the crew of the mother ship pack up all the watertoys, weigh anchor and set off for the owner’s final destination, quite literally moving the 5 star hotel to another location to which the tender returns and is hoisted aboard. After using the onboard spa, the guests then enjoy pre dinner cocktails on board their superyacht, followed by dinner prepared by their devoted crew. And so the cruising continues.
The yachts in Numarine’s new XP Series look very different to the shipyard’s performance models. Both the 26xp and the 32xp are designed inside and outside by the shipyard’s long-term collaborator Can Yalman. Naval architecture is by Umberto Tagliavini, another perennial partner of the shipyard. Both models have a modern, even futuristic feel about them, perhaps because of their angular windows and vertical bows. Either which way they have a well-proven and efficient hull, especially designed for ocean cruising.
Numarine has taken great care in eliminating or reducing all sources of noise and vibration. The on-board systems that resolve these issues are from Silent Line, who are noise and vibration experts for luxury yachts, commercial vessels, and industrial and architectural projects. Usually, this type of advanced technology is found only in much larger superyachts over 80 metres in length.