Motorboat & Yachting: Cannes Yachting Festival in September will see the launch of the new Monte Carlo Yachts 80 which will slot in between the 76 and 86 when it hits the water in the autumn.
The boat yard is using Nuvolari Lenard design house to carve out a familiar Monte Carlo Yacht shape on an 80ft canvas with typical styling points like the feature windows in the topsides, round ports, stern “eyebrow” over the windscreen and a Portuguese bridge.
The flybridge reaches right back over the cockpit and is protected by a sleek hardtop. There is the option to have a hot tub up here as well as more regular amenities like sun pads, dining space and a comprehensive bar and cooking area.
Emphasis on the main deck has been on getting as much light into the saloon as possible through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows but this is bolstered by light woods and materials, including bleached oak flooring throughout the décor.
Details on exact cabin layouts are yet to be revealed but we do know that there will be a sumptuous, full-beam master cabin with a typically spacious ensuite and likely a similarly smart VIP ensuite in the bow.
Motorboat & Yachting: The craze for stand-up paddleboarding is set to sweep this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival in the form of a 100km all-night race.
With everything from superyachts to supermodels in attendance, the Cannes Yachting Festival is not the kind of boat show that does things by halves. So when the organisers decided to stage a stand-up paddleboard race, they weren’t content with a leisurely paddle across the bay.
Instead, this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival will be hosting the world’s first night-time long-distance stand-up paddleboard race.
That all sounds a bit vague, so let’s narrow in on some of the specifics: the total distance is 100km with competitors completing laps of a course taking in Croisette and the Vieux Port. Both relay teams and solo competitors will set off at 1900 on Friday September 11, with the fastest paddleboarders expected to cross the finish line at 1000 on the following morning.
An awards ceremony will take place on the beach at 1130 (assuming these poor souls are still standing at that point!). If this gruelling ordeal seems like your idea of fun, then registration costs €75 (£54) for individuals or €150 for teams.
The 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival takes place from September 8-13 and ticket prices start at €15 per person or €28 per couple. More than 80 brand new boats will be making their world premiere at the show, and we recently picked out a dozen of the most exciting arrivals.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have launched a new private jet service to make it easier for billionaire buyers to make a flying visit.
One of the big highlights of the boating calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival will take place from September 8-13 this year, and the organisers have announced plans to up the luxury stakes.
This year, wealthy buyers can arrive in the utmost style thanks to the Cannes show’s new private jet transfer service.
Laid on in conjunction with luxury airline Wijet, the new jet taxi service can pick you up from any one of 1,200 different airports across Europe and includes exclusive rates for those visiting the show.
Other premium offerings include the Riviera card, which is new for 2015. Priced at €800, this grants visitors access to exclusive VIP champagne lounges, priority access to the most exclusive superyachts, a tour of the show by tender and helicopter transfers across the harbour.
This year’s Cannes Yachting festival is expected to have more than 550 models on display from the likes of Benetti, Fairline, San Lorenzo and many more.
And for those whose budgets don’t quite stretch to the full VIP experience, day tickets are available from €15 (£11) per person.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new Prestige 680 will come with twin Volvo IPS 1200 and a choice of three or four cabins, UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed.
The 21m-flybridge cruiser will be unveiled in September, but Prestige has released a few select details to build up the hype. UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed that the new arrival will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS drives, which will generate a total of 1,800hp.
These sizeable units will return a top speed of 30 knots and a fast cruising speed of 25 knots, the brokerage firm added. Other key details to emerge include the layout, which will be available in a choice of 3-cabin or 4-cabin.
Fit and finish
Exterior styling by J & J Design includes stretched lines and a pronounced hull strake for comfortable, fast navigation. On board, three large windows let in plenty of light and give the skipper a 360-degree view, while the side access door makes the Prestige 680 a practical choice for cruising short-handed.
Below decks, there are two main accommodation areas; the full-beam owners suite in the bows, and the guest cabins amidships, which can be laid out as two doubles or a double and two twin cabins. Add in the twin crew cabin at the stern and the Prestige 680 can accommodate a maximum of ten people overnight.
We’ll have to wait until September to see the finished article hit the water, but in the meantime Prestige has released plenty of renders to whet our appetite.