Each April, the Mediterranean comes to life with a full calendar of internationally renowned yachting events. From classic sailing regattas to vast superyacht shows, the events are varied, fun, and a great opportunity to network with crewmembers and Captains. If you're in search of a superyacht job in 2017, or you are looking for a reason to explore the Mediterranean while on leave, visit one of these yachting events and interact with the seafaring community.
Palma Superyacht Show 2017, Palma - 28th April-2nd May
The Palma Superyacht show 2017 is sure to be a highlight of the Mediterranean yachting season. The Balearic yachting hub has seen an increase in popularity amongst the yachting community over recent years, causing this popular yachting event to grow in size. The 2016 edition of the event proved to be the most popular yet, with 65 spectacular vessels in attendance - each of which exceeded 24m in length. As well as interacting with the Captains of 70 superyachts and other industry professionals, crewmembers will be able to explore the island of Palma, which was voted as the best place to live in the world by The Sunday Times. The Captain's Corner will welcome Captains and will offer refreshments and seminars. While, ACREW will be hosting the show's official crew lounge, which will offer over 20 hours of workshops, as well as lunches and career advice.
Les Voiles d'Antibes 2017, Antibes - 31st May-4th June
For sailing enthusiasts and fans of classic vessels, Les Voiles d'Antibes 2017 is a must. The famous Port Vauban comes to life for 4 days of the summer months to welcome various classes of the most stunning, antiquated yachts on the water. The event also launches the Mediterranean stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. More than just regattas, Les Voiles d'Antibes 2017 will also provide visiting crewmembers the opportunity to socialise with other crews and share a mutual passion for yachting. Exhibitions and seminars will be held on the theme of yachting and the environment. Post-regatta entertainment will ensure a good time is had by all, with live music lighting up the port. Don't forget to drop into the YPI CREW office in Antibes to speak to an industry-leading yacht crew recruitment agency ahead of the Mediterranean yachting season.
Video credit: Officine Panerai - The pre-race preparations from 2015.
Cannes Yachting Festival 2017 - 12th-17th September
The Cannes Yachting Festival is the biggest in-water boat show in Europe. The 39th edition in 2016 welcomed 630 vessels and 51,000 visitors, making it a record-breaking year for the show. The 40th anniversary of the esteemed show will take place across the two ports of Cannes: the Old Port of Cannes and Port Pierro Canto. A tender shuttle will connect the two sites. Aside from being able to explore one of the yachting hubs of the French Riviera and meeting Captains and crew, attending crewmembers will be able to visit The Luxury Gallery - a new addition to the show from 2016 - which will exhibit jewellery, watches, aviation, real estate and much more.
Genoa International Boat Show 2017 - 21st-26th September
The Genoa International Boat Show, or the Salone Nautico, is the most visited boat show in the Mediterranean; over 127,000 visitors attended in 2016, over 1,000 boats were on show, and more than 800 exhibitors entertained the crowds. In addition to exhibitions, talks and demonstrations, members of the public will be able to try their hands at stand-up paddleboarding, SUP yoga, SUP polo, SUPs with pedals, surfing, windsurfing, jetsurfing, and kayaking, with competitions also arrange in similar activities. ISA instructors will be on hand to oversee activities in an inflatable pool. Italy's premier yacht show is a fantastic place for visiting crew to network and make contacts.
Royal Regatta Cannes 2017 - 23rd-30th September
The Royal Regatta Cannes 2017 event coincides with both the Genoa International Boat Show and the Monaco Yacht Show, but offers something entirely different. The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge returns to the French Riviera towards the end of September, and promises to grip yachting enthusiasts with adrenaline-pumping action and spectacular classic sailing yachts. Celebrations get under way after the regattas, with animated entertainment and activities. Live music will bring the yachting community together, creating the perfect environment for both networking and socialising.
Monaco Yacht Show 2017 - 27th-30th September
The Monaco Yacht Show is one of the last great fixtures on the Mediterranean yachting calendar, yet it is by no means the least. This illustrious event offers the perfect opportunity for crewmembers - both current and prospective - to interact with potential employers ahead of the Caribbean yachting season. The ACREW lounge, which will be returning to the event in 2017 for the third time, is one of the best places to interact with the right people. As well as masterclasses and talks from industry-leading professionals, the ACREW lounge will offer lunches and parties. The MYS Captains' & Crew Lounge also accommodates crewmembers of exhibited yachts, offering a space to network and relax. Enjoy a massage, eat at the restaurant or get a cool drink at the bar. Crewmembers must be wearing uniform and must present a business card.
Video credit: Monaco Yacht Show
Les Voiles de St Tropez 2017 - 30th September-8th October
Les Voiles de St Tropez is the final significant event on the Mediterranean yachting calendar. In 2016, almost 4,000 sailors competed in the coveted Les Voiles de St Tropez, including many celebrated seafarers that have completed round-the-world voyages, making for riveting entertainment to spectators. An internationally renowned yachting destination, the beaches and old town of St Tropez are worth making the trip alone, let alone the array of stunning classic yachts and networking opportunities.