Last week's HISWA Te Water show in Ijmuiden (Holland) traditionally marks the start of the European Boat Show season, and this year, it featured more than 400 boats. This week, the show season really picks up the pace with two major events in adjacent countries, France and the United Kingdom.

Staff at the ready at the Salon Nautique Cannes

Staff at the ready at the Salon Nautique de Cannes

Currently, some of the staff are split between the PSP Southampton Boat Show (which opened earlier today) and the prestigious Salon Nautique de Cannes on the Cote d'Azur. cannes-1738

We will report more from Southampton next week, but for the meantime offer some interesting statistics about the multi-national event going on in the south of France:

  • There are 511 boats in the water in two locations, the famous Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto.

  • 80% of the boats on display have come from outside France

  • 180 new models are being launched here in Cannes this week

  • 140 of the boats on display are over 20 metres long

  • The show has attracted 460 exhibitors from 25 countries, including 140 newcomers

According to Rich Lazzara of Lazzara Yachts, who is showing their LSX75, the number of boats at the show seems equal to last year and although the crowd was lighter on opening day, it's picked up well since then. Here's a shot that Rich shared via Twitter that shows the extent of the show.

The Salon Nautique de Cannes is 25 minutes from Nice airport. It closes at 1800 on Monday 14th September. If you can't make it, here are some nice images from the event, courtesy Mathieu Walter.

—John Burnham, with Alastair Walton

180 new models on site

180 new models on site