Every year at the end of summer, yachting enthusiasts across the globe gather at boat shows to explore the latest trends in the yachting industry and to tour the most magnificent yachts in the world. From France to Amsterdam, Monaco to Annapolis, here is the ICOYC’s guide to boat show season:
Cannes Yachting Festival
The French and Italian Riviera keep everybody dreaming. Last week, it was “Bienvenu a Cannes!” at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which has been active since 1977. From 12-17 September, showgoers were able to tour nearly 700 boats that ranged in size from 5 to 50 metres, presented ashore for boats less than 10 metres and on-water for those beyond 10 metres. The fleet ranged from sailing to motor, monohull to multihull, rigid to semi-rigid hull.
Genoa Boat Show
After Cannes it was time to go to Italy, and “Benvenuti a Genova!” Since 1962, the Genoa Boat Show has shown off the best of “Made in Italy” yachts as well as a sampling of the best of the international yachting industry, from 5 to 90 metres. The boat show, 21-26 September, is just walking distance from Yacht Club Italiano.
Monaco Yacht Show
Next, it is time to travel back to Monaco for the Monaco Yacht Show on 27-30 September, entirely dedicated to the world of superyachts. Among the 100+ units on display, 40+ new models are unveiled as world premieres each year. The fleet has an average length of 50m and mega yachts exceeding 100m. The Monaco Yacht Show is in front of Monaco Yacht Club.
Newport International Boat Show
Across the Atlantic, the U.S. sailboat show season kicked off at the Newport International Boat Show, from 12–15 September 2023.
Annapolis Boat Show
Now, American boat enthusiasts prepare for the Annapolis Sailboat Show in Maryland from 12-15 October. This annual celebration of sailing features floating docks lined with sailboats from manufacturers around the world, showcasing multihulls, monohulls, cruisers, racers, sailing dinghies and more. Just down the road is the Annapolis Yacht Club.
Those in the marine industry already have their calendars marked for METSTRADE in Amsterdam on 15-17 November, the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems. This is the METS’ 35th Anniversary, and the showcase promises to be filled with interesting displays.
Boat show season ends as the new year begins, at Boot Dusseldorf, the world’s largest yacht and watersports show. With almost 237,000 visitors from over 60 countries, and more than 1,500 exhibitors across 16 exhibition halls, both sailors and powerboaters can find their perfect boat here. The show also appeals to divers, surfers, kiters and even SUPers!