Attended by icons of style, showcasing elegance and sophistication from around the world, the 64th Festival de Cannes 2011 is now a glittery page in 2011's calendar. We can now take a look at how this year's event embodies the finer points of the luxury yachting lifestyle.
This international event was once again one of the largest super-yacht meetings in the world, with a bevy of parties organized on-board, yachts were moored all along the coast between the bay of Cannes, the Lerins Islands, the Cap d'Antibes with its famous Eden Roc hotel and with Antibes close by. As the elite members of the international film community arrive in the South of France for this year's most highly awaited premiers, some of the largest super-yachts in the world dropped anchor just off the coast; a site which perfectly complimented the events happening on shore.
With premiers such as Sleeping Beauty, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Tree of Life, Drive, Ichimei and We Need To Talk About Kevin attracted stars such as Johnny Depp, Tilda Swinton, Penelope Cruz, Emily Browning, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Geoffrey Rush and a whole host of internationally acclaimed film stars.
Luxury super-yachts chartered to the stars are side by side at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The Festival also drew awe-inspiring examples from the world's privately owned mega yachts, including the 355ft 'Lady Moura', owned by Nasser Al-Rashid, the Saudi billionaire businessman, and the 'Octopus', one of the many luxury yachts owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and at 126 metres long, boasting swimming pool, two heli pads, movie theatre, two submarines and a music hall, is ranked as the 9th largest yacht in the world! In fact most of the world's largest super-yachts were scattered across the harbor this week, creating the perfect opportunity for these acclaimed members of the international film community to retire to a life of true luxury.
More notably Lady Moura, Luna (Rock stars Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale made the scene on the oligarch's yacht. Abramovich purchased the 377-ft. craft, the world's largest expedition yacht, last year), Audacia, Octopus (While Leo was schmoozing with Spielberg, his gorgeous ex, supermodel Bar Refaeli found solace on the Microsoft mogul's megayacht. The 414-ft. behemoth ), SnowbirD, Odessa (Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jane Fonda all celebrated aboard the Russian investor's impressive vessel) Vantage (Calvin Klein threw a party aboard the sleek 150-ft. ship, where the likes of actor Owen Wilson put in an appearance and Idol.
This year, many US owners came with recently launched super-yachts, like Pelorus, Cakewalk or Seven Seas (Leonardo DiCaprio visited the dapper producer/director aboard his new megayacht. the stylish 282-footer from Dutch shipyard Oceanco). Some neighbors also decided to cruise for the event including RM Elegant (Pharrell William's, the music mogul chartered the stunning 236-ft. super-yacht, long a favorite charter of P. Diddy's, Sunrays, Alfa Nero, Lady Anne and Natita.
The marina is an irresistible yearly mecca for the exclusive private luxury yacht charter and crewed yacht charter corporate community. It is a golden opportunity to be seen and to network at the numerous prestigious cocktail parties, press launches, screening receptions and fashion shows, often held by Private VIP invitation within the spectacular super yacht stateroom interiors. With the main exhibition hall directly adjacent to the marina, demand to charter a private yacht to Cannes is always overwhelming!
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