ACY will host both professionals and yachts in the Bastion Saint Jaume, at the heart of Port Vauban, and on the Quay Camille Rayon (IYCA

ACY will host both professionals and yachts in the Bastion Saint Jaume, at the heart of Port Vauban, and on the Quay Camille Rayon (IYCA

Antibes Celebrates Yachting (ACY) is scheduled to open in Port Vauban from 24-25 April 2015. The event is organised by local yachting association ASAP at the request of the Port and the City of Antibes and takes over the recently cancelled Antibes Yacht Show.

ACY has a threefold focus: introducing professionals to crew and skippers using a speed networking concept, interactive workshops to understand changes in the complex legislation governing yachting, and a job and services forum for crew members.

This first event of its kind aims to be social and informal, with a BBQ on the Friday evening and a party on Saturday at Villa Eilenroc in Cap d’Antibes.

Over 40 participants and sponsors have signed up to date. Attendance fees are between €1,000 and €6,000, depending on the size and visibility of participant or partner.

Originally planned as a boat-less event, the support of broker’s association MYBA and the one of the IYCA quickly allowed to showcase boats. ACY organisers say there will be some 30 large- and medium-sized yachts on display.

Antibes Celebrates Yacthing has the support from the town and port authorities, both encouraging Antibes to continue to develop the event over the coming years.

“Our wish is to show that the port and ACY are beacons in yachting,” says Eric Pauget, president of the port authorities and assistant mayor of Antibes. “We have a little gold nugget and we want to see it shine.”

With 1,600 berths, Antibes is Europe’s leading leisure boat port in terms of tonnage.