Some of the most famous events in the world make headlines year after year. And no wonder. From film festivals to holiday bashes, they’re held in top-notch destinations, plus attract celebrities, titans of business, and more. The atmosphere is exciting, even electric, with red-carpet arrivals and galas aplenty, providing all sorts of eye candy. Adding to the eye candy in seaside host cities: superyachts. Increasingly, superyachts host meetings and parties during these events. In addition, people who enjoy having a virtual front-row seat charter yachts during them, ensuring they’re in the midst of all the action.
If you fall into the latter category, you’re in luck. Here are five hot events where you can rub elbows with fellow cruisers, to see and be seen.
Cannes Film Festival
While Hollywood heavyweights hotel- and theater-hop following the Academy Awards in Hollywood, they party aboard superyachts at the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, the major charter brokerage firms have several superyachts available for charter, too. This year’s festival takes place May 9 to 19. If you’re lucky, the yacht has a spot secured in the Old Port of Cannes. That’s a stone’s throw from the Palais des Festivals, the central location for the event. If you’re without a berth, you’re not out of luck. Dozens of yachts anchor just offshore. Keep your eyes open for the 414-foot Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen. Octopus is renowned for fantastic parties year after year.
Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is set for May 27. The principality of Monaco saw 200,000 people line its streets last year for this famous road race. Port Hercules is perfectly positioned alongside the route, ensuring superyacht guests need not crane their necks to see the cars whiz by. Because the Monaco Grand Prix is so popular, the slips book up well in advance. This means plenty of yachts sit just outside the harbor, at anchor, still keeping you close to the action. Thankfully, charter brokers still have several yachts available for booking, so check their websites. Between Port Hercules and offshore, you’ll see the who’s who among superyachts, including several of the largest in the world.
Held in San Diego, Comic-Con runs from July 19 to 22. This multi-genre entertainment and comic convention brings together filmmakers, actors, and actresses, along with fans. It takes over the San Diego Convention Center, conveniently in the Marina District. That also means it’s conveniently near 5th Avenue Landing, a 12-slip superyacht marina. IMDb.com, a website devoted to TV shows and movies, hosted a yacht party there last year. While a high-profile event among entertainers, Comic-Con is lesser known among charter clients. Therefore, fewer yachts head here than elsewhere, so contact your favorite charter broker for availability.
Art Basel Miami
December 6 to 9 marks the return of Art Basel Miami. Art collectors and celebrities alike are attracted to the event. Because the exhibitions are spread across the city, there’s no single “best” place to dock. Instead, you can choose from destinations like Island Gardens Marina as well as One Island Park Marina, each purposely created to accommodate superyachts. If you’re a VIP client of a charter or brokerage firm, you might just find a superyacht party invitation arriving in your mailbox as December approaches.
New Year’s Eve in St. Barts
Fireworks ring in the New Year in cities around the world. In the Caribbean, the not-to-be-missed show takes place in St. Barts. Because it is incredibly popular, the 60 slips in Port de Plaisance, in Gustavia, book up months in advance. It’s therefore never too early to inquire with a charter broker about availability. You’ll be especially glad you did this year, given the island’s recovery from last year’s hurricane season. A-list celebrities will be aboard the yachts beside you, as will A-list superyacht owners. The latter perennially includes Roman Abramovich, owner of Eclipse, and Ron Perelman, owner of C2 (and chairman of Revlon cosmetics).