May means movie stars descend on the South of France for the annual Cannes Film Festival, which opened this week. Naturally, the yacht parties are as hot of a ticket as the movie screenings themselves.
Octopus, owned by the consummate businessman, investor, and philanthropist Paul Allen, is renowned for having one of the best—and most exclusive—Cannes Film Festival parties year after year. Equally famous parties are hosted aboard Odessa by her owner, Warner Music chief Len Blavatnik, and aboard C2 by her owner, Revlon head Ron Perelman.
While these and other yachts are typically at anchor during the Cannes Film Festival, a good number of megayachts are at the docks. Here’s a sample of the who’s-who along Jette Albert Edouard this week:
- Harle. Part of the Fleet Miami group of megayachts and smaller yachts, Harle has had strong success with Mediterranean charter bookings in recent years.
- Heureka. This 154-foot (47-meter) sloop (above) was made for Med sailing. She’s been chartering since delivery about two years ago.
- Kinta. Perhaps better known under her previous name, Vinydrea, Kinta is a 174-footer (55-meter) that charters and cruises privately.
- Rio Rita. Thirty-two years young and still going strong, Rio Rita was one of the biggest yachts by far commissioned in the 1980s. She’s still impressive today at 171 feet (52 meters). No surprise to see Rio Rita back at the Cannes Film Festival: She hosted a party attended by actress Uma Thurman last year.
- Secret Life. Yet another return visitor for the Cannes Film Festival, and no wonder, as Secret Life is marketed for big corporate charters plus intimate gatherings. She can host upwards of 100 people when at the dock, for example. Just as impressive, this 148-footer (45-meter) was built in 1974.
- Sea Owl. Delivered by Feadship just last year, the 197-foot (60-meter) Sea Owl (top) is strictly for private use of her owners’ family, comprising a few generations.