Cannes Yachting Festival is to go ahead in September as planned.
Organisers Reed Expositions France, say the decision is in response to exhibitor expectations with all the on-water and on land projects continuing to evolve.
And the organisers say they are currently drawing up protective measures in relation to COVID-19 that will be submitted to the French government.
Installation of the boats and stands in the Vieux Port and Port Canto is already under way.
“By definition the installation of the Yachting Festival is complex and the current situation represents a real challenge for the organisation of the site,” said Sylvie Ernoult, show manager.
“Our teams are rising to this new challenge with determination and adaptability. We remain very attentive to the global situation of our industry which has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 health crisis.”
New features the 2020 edition include a section for fast day boats, the creation of a marina dedicated to motorised multihulls and on land, the area dedicated to outboard and inboard engines (without hulls) launched last year has been reorganised to offer greater visibility for engine manufacturers of small and medium size units.
The sailing area at Port Canto currently has 110 boats registered, of which 60 exceed 15m.
Health and safety measures will include a review of queues, the installation of markings on the ground, a counting and/or flow regulation system (in the aisles, quays, stands and on board the boats), the wearing of masks, the provision of hydro-alcoholic gel and increased daily disinfection of the areas through which visitors pass.
“Many customers with whom I have spoken are hoping that the Yachting Festival can be the light at the end of the tunnel,” added Sylvie. “Even if there are still many steps to take before opening the next session of the Yachting Festival, this hope is a goal for us. The Festival’s teams are doing everything possible to accompany customers and provide them with the necessary flexibility while ensuring that work schedules are respected, thereby enabling everything to be operational in due course.”
The show will take place from September 8 to 13 2020. The Concours d’Elégance parade, for festival exhibitors and owners and collectors of vintage and modern day boats and motor boats of up to 12m, will be held on September 12.
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