Love cruising and discovering the world’s seas aboard beautiful luxury superyachts? Sailing in the South of France is undoubtedly one of the best locations in the world to do this. The gorgeous sun, sparkling sea, picture-perfect scenery, peaceful islands, marinas with rooftop bars and Michelin starred restaurants… And so the list goes on! In addition, the French Riviera is buzzing with some of the finest and most impressive maritime boats around. Take a stroll through the many nearby marinas to take in the grandeur of the superyacht world. Certainly, for yachting enthusiasts, the Mediterranean coastline is a dream playground – and right on your Parc du Cap doorstep.
However, there is a strong underlying theme that surrounds the yachting world today. In other words, embracing sustainability has become a predominant focus. In this blog, we will explore how the Côte d’Azur has gained its reputation in the sailing world. Subsequently, we will look into the numerous yachting opportunities here in Provence – specifically related to driving positive and green change.
The Mediterranean – high waters for the sailing elite
Firstly, it is not surprising that the South of France has attracted the world’s yacht sailing elite for many years. That is to say, luxury yachting had its beginnings on the French Riviera in the late 19th century. During this time, European royals and high society would compete in local regattas in their beautiful wooden yachts. After that, dropping anchor off the crystal-clear coves of Cap Ferrat and Cap d’Antibes. Since then, sailing enthusiasts have continued to flock to these waters to enjoy breathtaking sailing conditions and exhilarating racing. And all with the Esterel and Mercantour massifs as a backdrop. What could be better!
The superyachts of the future
Times have changed though and today sustainability is becoming increasingly important to those building and buying yachts. As a result, boats are notably being designed and built with the latest technologies and innovations – all environmentally focused. Therefore, making it possible to enjoy time onboard knowing we are contributing to protecting marine life and reducing the environmental impact. For instance, initiatives for lower-impact yachting include hybrid engines, more efficient hulls, renewable energy power, and choosing sail over motor.
Here are a handful of some of the most eco-friendly yachts of the 21st century:
- Black Pearl – 350ft superyacht launched in 2016 Oceanco. She is not only the largest sailing superyacht in the world but also the most advanced offering zero-emissions cruising. Her top speed is 17.5 knots and she can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.
- Artefact – an impressive 262ft award-winning yacht. Her eco-credentials include 248ft of solar panels and a battery storage system that allows the yacht to operate without its main engines. Artefact is also capable of silent operations offering reduced disruption to her surroundings.
- Eco Explorer – a design concept of the future, by a collaboration between French design studio Merveille Yachting and Dutch yard Feadship. The yacht is the best hybrid of motor and sailing. Further, she creates energy through underwater turbines, wind turbines and solar panels. There is also plenty of space on board, with an inviting interior and decking including a 49ft swimming pool.
Prestigious Riviera events dedicated to the world of yachting
On an annual basis, the South of France hosts many well-known events on the yachting calendar. To clarify, the two biggest names are Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show. Each show takes place annually in September and both offer a true feast for the eyes.
For example, the Cannes Yachting Festival has been around since 1977. It is held in the elegant and luxurious surroundings of the sparkling bay of Cannes and makes for a perfect day out. Moreover, the festival has also introduced an Innovation Space where visitors can explore the latest breakthrough technologies in the nautical sector. Including more environmentally responsible and respectful innovations for the future.
On the other hand, the Monaco Yacht Show represents luxury in its finest form. Just over an hour drive from Parc du Cap, this event is located in Port Hercule. In this year’s show over 60 superyachts with an average length of 49 metres are set to participate. Included in the line-up will be some of the most innovative and cutting-edge yachts – such as Blue II, Synthesis, Artefact and Moskito. Further, there is a specific dedication to design and innovative solutions in superyachting at the Yacht Design & Innovation Hub. An event not to miss!
Other exceptional yachting events to spectate or take part in in the region:
- Cannes Royal Regattas – 19 – 25 September 2021
- Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – 25 September – 9 October 2021
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