The Unofficial Start of Summer

Each May, many of the world’s most impressive megayachts converge on the South of France for two events that mark the unofficial start of the charter season: the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival.


This year’s Monaco Grand Prix is scheduled May 24-27 while the Cannes Film Festival is slated to take place May 16-27. And yes, the overlapping dates mean it’s possible to charter a yacht for the start of Cannes this year and then cruise down to Monaco in time to dock there for the races.

A good number of megayachts are still available for these events, including several that can accommodate at least 100 people for parties at the dock. Any reputable charter broker can help you book not just a great yacht for the events, but also score prime dockage at the Cannes or Monaco marinas—which can be hard to come by if you wait too long to book.

With just three months until the red carpets line the docks, now is the time to book your trip to the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.