14 Oct 2014

Talk about a boating feast – France’s premier boat show at Cannes was a huge success this year  with an the endless spread of over 500 Sailing Yachts, Tenders, Cruisers and Super Yachts (over 100-footers) all shown off to perfection on the water covering two marinas.

Over 50 000 visitors making pilgrimage from around the world were spoiled for choice and hard-pressed to distinguish which one of these magnificent craft outshone the next.  Boating World’s Derrick and Suzanne were delighted to find several stunning Fairline models languishing in this prestigious company and attracting loads of attention.

The brand new Fairline duo making their show debut – the Targa 48 and Squadron 48 - along with the Targa 38 and Squadron 60 were quite at home in the crowd of famous name brands and clearly made a huge impression on the many visitors clamouring for a closer look.

A fitting highlight indeed after the Fairline dealer meeting on the Monday followed by a lovely dinner with the Fairline team -including new acting CEO Colin Sykes and Douglas Culverwell who is the Regional Director from EAME.

After reveling in Fairline’s success they spent many hours wandering the jetties (spread over 10kms) and admiring the gorgeous exhibits. The world’s top manufacturers were well represented and they were interested to see several American boats making a showing for the first time. Sea Ray also had a much bigger presence and they enjoyed a lovely cocktail party with them.

And in another exciting development, Derrick and Suzanne have secured three new agencies – French-built Jeanneau and Fontaine Pajot and Zeelander (Dutch-built). This is good news for the local big boat and yachting community who will now have an even wider choice of quality craft from Boating World.

Jeanneau boats are part of the world’s largest sailboat building group and have a reputation for being responsive, agile and fast. They boast exceptional handling under power, smooth passage through heavy seas, confidence and control enhanced by their modern hulls, high-end sails and quality deck hardware.

Fountaine Pajot is the world's leading luxury cruising catamaran builder (38-75 feet) and has produced more than 2100 catamarans, which are sailing all over the world.

Zeelander builds beautiful semi-custom yachts (motorized), offering great sea keeping, low noise levels and reduced vibrations with, minimal maintenance, low cost of ownership and easy handling.

Derrick says each visit to this fantastic show seems better than the last and the opportunities are endless. As a visionary entrepreneur he is always on the lookout for luxury craft with the most appeal to suit our rugged coastline and his instincts are always right on the button!