The QH Complete Guide To 


With expert tips from Sylvie Ernoult, Show Manager of
Cannes Yachting Festival

It's the yachitng event that every gentleman should have in his diary. Cannes Yachting Festival is less than three weeks away, taking place between 8 and 13 September 2015, and offers visitors a taste of the jet-set life where understanding Yachtiquette is a must. 


So to prepare you for a week of some of the world's best yachts, QH asked the Festival's Show Manager, Sylvie Ernoult for her expert tips on how to behave whilst aboard.



Look the part. For yachting we usually wear light-coloured clothing that can wrinkle, and get wet. Be aware that it is customary whilst on board a luxury yacht to abide by the ‘bare feet’ rule and if shoes are allowed on the deck they should be soft soled boat shoes.  Do not wear heels as these can scratch and damage teak decking. Finally don’t forget to bring a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. 


When in the harbor, be courteous and considerate of crews on neighboring boats when socialising in the cockpit early in the morning or late at night. Keep noise to a minimum before8 a.m. and after 11 p.m. Music and lively conversation carry easily over the water.


Be punctual for the sailing, or even try to arrive early. Not only are you keeping the other guests waiting if you are late but also your host and the crew. If it is a busy dock, other boats will be waiting as well.  Always allow extra time to get to your boarding destination.

Ask permission to board the yacht.  When on the pier, call up to the deck saying something along the lines of “Good morning! May I come aboard?” or “Permission to come aboard, captain?” Of course you are welcome to board, but this gesture is a formality and courtesy.


Children are welcome aboard many yacht charters though it is important for guests to remain responsible for them. Some families bring along a nanny who can be accommodated on board though if not, crew members should not be expected to babysit.


A Home from home - whilst on board a luxury yacht it is essential to remember that although the yacht is yours for the duration of the charter, it should be treated as though it were your own home. Owner’s offer their luxury yachts for charter under the circumstances that they will be treated well. Keep in mind the behavior of yourself and your guests.


Food and drink - your own personal chef will have a galley stocked with items that you have requested and will tailor each day's menu to your tastes and dietary needs. They will be sure to accommodate all restrictions (including special menus).


Depending on space on the yacht, I suggest packing your personal items in soft luggage bags as this enables easier storage whilst on board.


To test your Yachtiquette, tickets for Cannes Yachting Festival are priced at 15€ per person, 28€ for two in advance, or at the show for 18€ per person: