Now into its 8th year, The Antibes Yacht Show has become an important fixture in the yachting industry’s calendar. Held in the old port of Vauban in Antibes, the event was originally set up due to the demand for a show in one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. The 2014 event was seemingly another success for organizers, with the date chosen for the event coinciding perfectly with the beginning of the Mediterranean yachting season, which really begins in earnest in May and June. The show also comes just a few weeks before two of the most important dates in the calendar for the South of France, the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, both of which will take place in May.
The event opened on Thursday 23rd April, when the Mayor of Juan-les-Pins cut the ribbon to start the show. This year the show had representatives from a wide variety of different sectors of the yachting industry, from brokers and charter agents to suppliers and superyacht toys. With such a wide variety of interests and the good weather which accompanied the majority of the event, it was little wonder that the show was so popular among guests and exhibitors alike.
The show, which has been running since 2007, was the first of many throughout the Mediterranean summer season, with the Genoa Yacht Show following just one week later and the Palma Superyacht show also in relatively close proximity. As usual, there were some truly stunning yachts on show at the event, whetting the appetite of those that are interested either in buying or chartering a yacht this season.
For the first time shipbuilders were allowed to attend the Antibes Yacht Show, with Italian manufacturers Azimut probably the biggest builder who decided to showcase. The luxury shipbuilders brought along the 110 metre motor yacht Avella, which had recently been refitted. Other impressive yachts on show included the motor yachts Project 12 and Devocean and there was a good mix of both sailing and motor yachts to be viewed.
With an impressive turnout once again at the event, it is clear that the Antibes Yacht Show has become an important event in a busy yachting schedule. Organizers will hope that the good weather and variety of interesting exhibitors will mean that the number of visitors will top the 13,000 that attended last year’s event.