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Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 Now Canceled



Organizers of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 have confirmed the cancelation of this year’s event due to decision made by Cannes Regional Health Authority.
Cannes Yachting Festival Aerial View
Cannes Yachting Festival is held across Vieux Port and Port Canto. Credit: Cannes Yachting Festival

It’s been a bleak year for large scale events amidst the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the Cannes Yachting Festival is the latest casualty.

Earlier this year, shows like the Geneva Motor Show and Basel World were forced to cancel at the last minute as the Swiss government moved swiftly to limit large gatherings during the early stages of the pandemic. However, events held later in the year like the Cannes Yachting Festival, have been playing a waiting game and holding out hopes for improved conditions.

Unfortunately for the Cannes Yachting Festival and yachting community, those hopes have been dashed as organizers have now had to announce the last-minute cancellation of the 2020 event.

While previously confident they could proceed with the proper health and safety measures in place, ultimately, in light of new and changing health circumstances in Cannes, the Regional Health Authority decided not to grant the permissions needed for the Cannes Yachting Festival to proceed.

Cannes Yachting Festival Panorama Night View
Evening at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Credit: Cannes Yachting Festival

The Cannes Yachting Festival released a statement detailing the circumstances and ongoing decisions that led to the cancellation:

“Despite a very rigorous sanitary plan with a series of additional health and safety measures, presented by the Yachting Festival and deemed “satisfactory” during a meeting held on 17 August at the sub-prefecture of Grasse in the presence of the prefectural authorities, the city of Cannes and the Regional Health Authority (ARS), the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, the only official empowered to rule ultimately, decided not to grant the dispensation that would have allowed the Yachting Festival to go ahead.

It is with our greatest regret and with some misunderstanding that we are therefore forced to announce the cancellation of the Yachting Festival 2020.

As a recap of the facts, three weeks ago, following the speech by Franck Riester, the French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, the decree published on 27 July 2020 confirmed, as we had anticipated, that trade shows could be held from 1 September, without a restriction on the number of visitors. This reaffirmed our decision communicated on 2 July to open the Yachting Festival on 8 September 2020, to allow the European nautical industry to present around 400 boats at the Vieux Port and Port Canto.

Faced with the crisis which has deeply affected the French and international nautical industry, we were committed to providing our exhibitors with a platform to engage with their customers face to face and display their expertise.

For many months, with the unwavering ambition to continue to serve the European nautical industry despite the difficulties this entails and the persisting major uncertainties, the Yachting Festival team had worked to create the conditions required to be able to open. Among other measures, a rigorous health protocol had been drawn up, aiming to welcome all participants with peace of mind, all while enabling them to enjoy a quality customer experience. In addition to adopting the health measures of the trade association of the exhibition industry we belong to, UNIMEV, approved by the French Health Ministry, and that Reed Exhibitions has put in place worldwide, the Yachting Festival’s health protocol stood out as being the first in France to receive APAVE “Safe & Clean” certification.

Cannes Yachting Festival Yachts
Visitors will have to wait until 2021 for the next event. Credit: Cannes Yachting Festival

However, on 11 August 2020, less than two weeks after the announcement of Minister Riester, the government through the Prime Minister reversed this announcement suddenly and unexpectedly, and decided to ban, because of worsening of the health situation, the holding of events of more than 5,000 people in France until October 30, 2020, a decision which resulted in the decree published on August 13.

The Yachting Festival team, in order to be able to urgently decide whether or not to hold the show, on the one hand, has questioned a significant part of the shipyards who declared themselves in favour of maintaining the show by a large majority despite the latest developments and, on the other hand, filed an emergency exemption request with the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture.

As previously mentioned, an initial meeting took place on Monday, August 17, at the subprefecture of Grasse attended by the prefectural authorities, the City of Cannes, the Regional Health Authority (ARS), safety services and Reed Expositions France. During this meeting, Reed’s enhanced protocol was reviewed in detail and deemed satisfactory, which gave hope for a positive response.

Unfortunately, following a new meeting on-site in Cannes Thursday afternoon, in the presence of the Prefect, the only person empowered to rule in fine, the latter decided not to give the expected exemption, thus making it impossible to hold the Yachting Festival. This final decision does not call into question the conclusions expressed on 17 August on the health protocol, qualified as “serious” by the prefect, but is mainly due to the recent deterioration of the health situation in general and in Cannes in particular, and the fear of this declining further.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2020

Sylvie Ernoult declared: “This decision is a huge disappointment for the entire nautical industry, with exhibitors in the lead, the City of Cannes and its professionals, the show’s service providers and the Reed team, who have worked together relentlessly for months to prepare the 2020 edition in the best possible conditions taking into account the context. I would also like to thank the City of Cannes, which has been very active alongside us in this final stretch. The implementation of the health protocol that we drew up, certified by APAVE and recognised as completely satisfactory by the prefecture’s services and the Regional Health Authority (ARS), would have made the 2020 Yachting Festival one of the safest events in terms of health in France. Also, it is with great surprise and incomprehension that we take note of the prefect’s decision”.

“We thank you for the trust and support you have shown us over the past few months and will see you on the pontoons in Cannes from 7 to 12 September 2021.”



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Silent Yachts New 80ft Solar Power Catamaran Designed For Sustainable Yachting



Silent Yachts is focusing on sustainable yachting and has already received three orders for the new 80ft Tri-Deck Solar Electric Catamaran, with an even larger model currently in the works.
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with "open top" option. Credit: Silent Yachts
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with “open top” option. Credit: Silent Yachts

Austrian-based Silent Yachts is focused on sustainable yachting and with three new orders for the solar powered 80 ft Tri-Deck Catamaran, are glad to see increased interest in a greener future for yachting.

“We are happy that the interest to fully sustainable yachting keeps growing,” said Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of SILENT-YACHTS. “Our latest orders are another confirmation of this trend for a much greener future. The first SILENT 80 Tri-Deck closed version will have a master cabin in the top deck, but a lounge or studio could possibly also be placed here on future units.”

Silent 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with "closed top" option. Credit: Silent Yachts
Silent 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with “closed top” option. Credit: Silent Yachts

Referred to as the “Tesla of the Seas,” the SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran is a self-sufficient ocean-going solar electric catamaran that utilizes silent electric propulsion for unlimited range without noise or fumes.

Powered by solar panels located on the deck roof. Credit: Silent Yachts
Powered by solar panels located on the deck roof. Credit: Silent Yachts

The three-deck catamaran is capable of speeds up to 20 knots with the most powerful e-motor options and can travel up to 100 nautical miles a day at cruising speed without consuming any fuel. It also incorporates lightweight and recyclable materials to support the green and eco-friendly nature of the build.

SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Main Saloon. Credit: Silent Yachts
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Main Saloon. Credit: Silent Yachts

Without the need for a standard engine room (as it’s solar-powered, it is fitted with a pair of electric engines) and has one of the largest garages for a catamaran its size and can fit a 17ft meter tender.

The SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran price begins at 5.51 million euros, and a larger model is currently in design and will be revealed later this year by Silent Yachts.

Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Saloon
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Saloon 1
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Galley
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Owner Cabin
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Owner Cabin. Credit: Silent Yachts
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Master Cabin
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Master Cabin. Credit: Silent Yachts

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Dynamiq Launches New Golden GTT 135 Superyacht “Stefania”



Dynamiq has launched their first GTT 135 hull, the golden Gran Turismo Transatlantic (GTT) superyacht known as Stefania.
Launch of Dynamiq GTT 135 "Stefania" superyacht at Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq
Launch of Dynamiq GTT 135 “Stefania” superyacht at Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq

After two years of construction, Italian shipyard Dynamiq have launched their first Gran Turismo Transatlantic GTT 135 hull, known as Stefania, from their shipyard in Massa, Tuscany.

The 135ft ft metallic golden hull design is an evolution of Dynamiq’s GTT concept and is a truly international collaboration with exterior design of the superyacht completed by Monaco-based Dobroserdov Design, interior styling by Miami-based Giuseppina Arena, and engineering completed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects in the Netherlands.

Built at Dynamiq's shipyard in Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq
Built at Dynamiq’s shipyard in Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq

Designed around the owner’s desire for a superyacht that would fit their active lifestyle, Stefania was created with an oversized pool deck on the main deck and a beach club that adjoins the bar area to maximize the outdoor living space.

The large sundeck area is also divided into multiple spaces with a Jacuzzi, large sun pads, and two 75inch tv screens in one section, and an entertaining bar in the other.

The golden fast displacement hull design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
The golden fast displacement hull design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq

Built to accommodate ten guests in five staterooms, Stefania’s Art Deco-inspired master suite and guest bedrooms are located on the lower deck, while the living areas and saloon are found on the main deck.

Art Deco inspired main saloon design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
Art Deco inspired main saloon design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
Art Deco inspired bedroom design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
Art Deco inspired bedroom design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq

“We are very proud of this achievement, especially in these challenging COVID-19 times” says Dynamiq founder and CEO Sergei Dobroserdov. “This beautiful 41-metre superyacht looks impressive and fresh and expresses the innovative and chic soul of Dynamiq yachts. Just as importantly, she also performs at the top of her class with the latest technology on board such as the Hull Vane aft foil and a unique torque compensation system by Rubber Design, to name just a few. We’re sure she’ll be a source of exclusivity and pride for her owners, a family that didn’t follow the mainstream path and selected the Dynamiq GTT 135 because it’s the best vessel in her size range, together with her reverse bow, long waterline and master cabin located in the most comfortable place amidships on the lower deck. We are now completing the sea trials where our team and surveyors witnessed how her technical innovations took performance and comfort to the next level.”

Created with a focus on outdoor living areas for the owners family. Credit: Dynamiq
Created with a focus on outdoor living areas for the owners family. Credit: Dynamiq

After Stefania has completed her sea trials, she will be based in Monaco for charter and managed by Arcon Yachts (who also oversaw the build throughout construction).

Dynamiq have noted a second GTT 135 hull will be available for a Summer 2022 delivery with price starting from 16,500,000 € (approx USD$20 million).

Dynamiq Stefania Yacht Shipyard Launch
Another GTT 135 hull will be available for a Summer 2022 delivery. Credit: Dynamiq

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Vripack Expands SUV-Style Explorer Yacht Range with New “ROCK XL”



Vripack has revealed designs for the new ROCK XL explorer yacht which joins the SUV-style series featuring the smaller ROCK yacht and its larger sibling BIG ROCK.
Vripack Yacht Rock XL Stern
Vripack’s new ROCK XL explorer yacht. Credit: Vripack

The new Vripack ROCK XL explorer yacht is one of three rugged SUV-style designs in the ROCK series and sits between the first ROCK (79ft/24m) and its larger sibling BIG ROCK (138ft/42m), which is yet to be revealed.

Vripack Yacht Rock XL Starboard
Fifty percent increased living area compared to the original ROCK yacht. Credit: Vripack

Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack, ROCK XL expands on the key elements of the original ROCK yacht first created in 2017, making it “bigger and better” in more ways than one.

Vripack Yacht Rock XL Bow
Designed to be an SUV of the seas. Credit: Vripack

“The original ROCK is now owned by a Swiss client who gets heavy use out of the yacht,” shared Vripack designer Robin de Vries. “They are on board for six months of the year and treat it as their home at sea. The bonus for us is that all of the owner’s feedback that we receive is implemented in the subsequent designs and build. At the core of that premise is an evolved owner and guest experience.”

Vripack Yacht ROCK Range
Vripack ROCK SUV-style explorer yacht range. Credit: Vripack

As part of the evolved experience for all onboard, Vripack’s ROCK XL pays special attention to the living areas, with the master suite doubling in size and the new guest staterooms designed with a 50% increase in size compared to the smaller ROCK.

The guest staterooms have also been given an ergonomic open plan design that affords expansive views from their corner position, while the updated owner’s quarters include the owner’s stateroom, a spa, private office and a dedicated drop-down balcony at water level.

Vripack Yacht Rock XL Deck
ROCK XL’s sky deck lounge and living area. Credit: Vripack

Also new for ROCK XL is an expanded sky lounge for guests to relax away from the day-to-day activities, which features an updated alfresco living area and pool.

Vripack Yacht Rock XL Interior Sketches
Internal living space sketches of ROCK XL. Credit: Vripack
Vripack Yacht Rock XL Sketches
Exterior sketches of Vripack’s ROCK XL explorer yacht. Credit: Vripack

Vripack’s first explorer yacht Rock XL began construction last year at Evadne’s Turkish shipyard and is expected to be finished within 18 months.

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