Sylvie Ernoult - Cannes Yachting Festival - luxury lifestyle magazine editorial - EAT LOVE SAVOR
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A Moment With… Sylvie Ernoult, Commissioner General Of The Cannes Yachting Festival

a moment with

Sylvie Ernoult, Commissioner General Of The Cannes Yachting Festival

The Cannes Yachting Festival and the 42nd edition of this unmissable event, the Festival will take place from 10th to 15th September, extending from one end of the Croisette to the other and throughout Vieux Port and Port Canto. It will mark the official start of the international boat show season.

The Festival expects more than 50 000 visitors (likely made up of 60% of foreigners), coming in from all around the world, to admire the more than 600 boats on display, and more than 100 world premiere and enjoy a the shared experience and love for all things yachts and yacht lifestyle.

Renown as one of the most important nautical events in the world, as well as the largest on water show in Europe, the Cannes Yachting Festival is recognized for the eclecticism and wealth of the wide range and dimensions of boats presented. Following the success of the Luxury Gallery, luxury brands of watches, fashion and accessories, design, art, and high-tech services will once again be present at the show.

This years show is preparing to showcase more than 638 boats : ecological boats, foils, yachts, sailboats, boat house, more than 100 that are a world premiere, yachts from 2 meters to approximately 55 meters long; around 1 billion euros of exhibited boats on display to be appreciated.

EAT LOVE SAVOR had the pleasure of spending a few moments with the show’s Commissioner General Sylvie Ernoult to chat with her about the show and her experience at the helm of this incredible show set to receive a record number of visitors.

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Photo courtesy of The Cannes Yachting Festival

Q -What drew you to the world of yachts? What sensibilities and influences did you bring to the show?

I began my career in the marine industry and moved into leisure boat rental before changing direction and branching out into the hospitality and luxury property sectors.

I took the opportunity to work with boats when I was asked to manage the Yachting Festival and I have now been organising this event for the past seven years. It brings together both my professional experience and personal interests, as I have been sailing since childhood.

Q – What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen to the yachting industry in the last five years? Where is it headed?

The biggest change has been the awareness of the industry’s impact on the environment. Many complex developments are needed in relation to hull materials, paint, engines and more, but the revolution is slowly but surely taking place, and things are changing. We are starting to see solar panels on boats and electric boats. This year, we are presenting the exhibition that showcases the work done on hydrogen and renewable energies on board the Energy Observer boat.

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Q – What was the inspiration behind the Luxury Gallery? What inspired the showing of non nautical luxury?

The Yachting Festival is developing in terms of its quality and we welcome a very rich “nautical” offer. We wanted to complement this with high-end products and services from outside the nautical industry to offer our visitors an enhanced experienced and also because ultimately, the two go hand in hand. Boats feature the décor, luxury objects, etc. that are also found on land in apartments or houses.

Within the Luxury Gallery, our visitors discover renowned and more exclusive companies dedicated to luxury, craftsmanship and lifestyle. Our exhibitor spaces are elegantly presented and staged.

This year, we are delighted to welcome nearly 40 exhibitors.

Q – What makes your show unique? What are some of its key features?

There are several elements that make the Yachting Festival unique.

First and foremost, I would say its location. We are lucky to be in the city of Cannes, at the heart of the French Riviera, exhibiting from one end to the other of the famous Croisette, from the Vieux Port to Port Canto. The weather is generally extremely pleasant in early September.

Secondly, we present the boats in-water, in their natural environment! What could be more beautiful than the chance to see all the hulls lined up and sparkling in the sun.

One of our strengths is also the diversity in the range of boats on show. This year, our visitors will be able to discover nearly 600 boats ranging from 2 to 50 metres including monohull and multihull, sailing and motor boats, new and used. Among these 600 boats, 120 will be sailing yachts presented in our new Sailing Area. In addition to that there are 230 boats over 15 metres, 130 boats making their world premiere, 90 semi-rigid hulls and 55 multihull sailing and motor boats.

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Photo courtesy of The Cannes Yachting Festival

Q – Tell us about the Concours D’Elegance and what inspired it.

Five years ago, we created the Concours d’Elégance. The idea was to pay tribute to the rich history of sailing boats on the French Riviera.

The Concours d’Elégance is reserved for vintage and modern day boats and motor boats of up to 12 metres in length.

The boats and their elegant crews parade along the foreshore of the Cannes Yachting Festival in front of visitors and members of the jury and are divided into two categories, before and after 1980. This event is the unique opportunity to admire older craft alongside the latest innovations and enjoy the fine spectacle of the most beautiful craft as well as an overview of the development of shipbuilding. This year, we are hoping to welcome around fifteen boats, registration is open until the end of August and is free on our website.

Q – What are your personal philosophies about luxury as a mindset and approach to living?

Luxury is often what we want but don’t have. For me, time is luxury. My job is certainly extremely exciting but very demanding. My luxury is having time for my family, my friends and if we can also spend time on a boat – even better!

For more details about the Cannes Yachting Festival

DATES: 10-15 SEPTEMBER 2019, Cannes – Vieux Port & Port Canto

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