The first Antibes Yacht Show

On Friday 7 April the first edition of the Antibes Yacht Show came to life in Port Vauban of Antibes. Nearly a mile of red carpet dressed the quays of the Old Port and the Quai des Milliardaires spreading throughout the entire old Chantier Naval Opera set the tone of the luxury of the show. Around one hundred exhibitors, 70 yachts in the water from 55 to 200 feet and almost 8 500 visitors have participated at this premiere of the Antibes Yacht Show.

The exhibitors were very different, along with the brokers, there were also companies offering services around yachting, crew placement, interior decoration, naval architecture, suppliers, wi-fi connection but also luxury products and nautic magazines etcโ€ฆ

The VIP area and the caterer dominated the show from the terrace of the Chantier Naval Opera recently restored by the town. It was there that the exhibitor cocktail evening took place on Saturday April 7th sponsored by Only Yacht and animated by a Jazz trio. The setting was superb, we could enjoy the appetizers prepared by the showโ€™s caterer Ruban Bleu while enjoying the sunset over the town of Antibes.

Antibes Yacht Show also hosted an evening for the captains and their crews. With the help of EGP, a barbecue was improvised on the Quai des Millardaires the Sunday evening while the MY Magna Grecia participated with music and a fabulous light show.

Many of the exhibitors organised cocktails for their clients. Riviera Yacht Support animated a part of the Quai des Milliardaires every afternoon with a golf competition whilst collecting funds for the Montessori School. Golf amateurs could swing 5 balls towards the sea for the amount they chose. A boat shuttle picked up the floating balls after the distance was measured. Every day the best performance (male and female) was rewarded with a bottle of champagne. The entire amount collected of 1 417โ‚ฌ will be given to the school, while the record of 279 meters will remain in the books until next year.

This show so expected gathered professionals from about twenty different nationalities and made us discover the Port Vauban, the IYCA and the town of Antibes and the renovated Chantier Naval Opรฉra. On April 9th, the show finished with a unison of horns from the yachts, to the pleasure of the visitors present who still have the chills.

The stands of Kalin SRL and Aicon Yachts

The stands of Marina Genova Aeroporto and Edmiston, the biggest exhibitor with 9 yachts on display

The huge wing of Opal C with in between her atypical tender, a Smart car.

The sun deck of Baglietto's Sarama (formerly Saramour) with next to her the Mangusta 105 Oscar 2 and on the background the Benetti Desamis B, all on display by Edmiston

More boats from Edmiston with in front the classic Thendara and next to her Royal Huisman's Diamod For Ever

From left to right; Thendara, Paragon, Sarama, Oscar 2 & Desamis B

Magna Grecia, the biggest yacht on show, seen from the sun deck of Desamis B

The sundeck of the ISA 120 Sun Glider II with on the background the Sunseeker Hero and Magna Grecia

Captain Stan of Sun Glider II

First mate Alex of Opal C standing below her huge wing

Brian and Craig from Any-Port

Experienced deckhand Fraser Sharp on the aft deck of Xenon

Captain Neil of the Princess Xenon with his sister Helen

Yachting Partners International showed, among others, Costa Magna and the ISA 120 Midnight Sun II

YCO (pronounce "WhyCo") had two yachts on display, the Leopard 34 Onda and the Akhir 125 Abrouq

The foredecks of Magic Dream, Nobody, Onda & Abrouq

Greece based superyacht broker Melitas Marine showed the Akhir Samora's Dandy

Dahm International showed two Jongert Yachts, Ameena & Black Molly III

Photo credit: Maarten Janssen & Merijn de Waard /, Vertige Photo & Video Home Concept



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