Cannes Rolls Out Red Carpet for ‘Great Ladies’ of the Sea


Gaze across Cannes Bay this week, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time. Each year, the French seaside town — better known for its glamorous film festival and extravagant superyachts — is transformed into a haven of historic nautical engineering. Over 100 elegant wooden vessels, their white sails billowing like giant quills, will cruise the Mediterranean in one of the biggest vintage yacht races in the world — the Régates Royales de Cannes.Forget throbbing engines and high-tech satellite gear. These multimillion dollar boats hark back to an era when sail ruled the waves, built from designs dating back centuries.

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