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Grand Soleil at Cannes - Key Yachting

21st August 2022
The new Grand Soleil 40, which will premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival from 6th to 11th of September
The new Grand Soleil 40, which will premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival from 6th to 11th of September

Key Yachting is excited to be heading to Cannes Yachting Festival this year with Grand Soleil with a range of models, among our three other brands.

The festival is taking place from 6th – 11th September, we will be located in Port Canto, the sailing area, for the duration of the show.

Grand Soleil 44, Samatom on way to 2nd in Class in Round Ireland race 2022Grand Soleil 44, Samatom on way to second in Class in the 2022 Round Ireland Race Photo: Afloat

Grand Soleil yachts are an icon of ‘Made in Italy’ style. With over 40 years of history, Grand Soleil has left its mark on a fundamental chapter in the history of modern sailing.

The festival will see the world premiere of the Grand Soleil 40 and 72 Performance.

The new Grand Soleil 40 Performance has all the credentials to replicate the success of the GS 44, well know in Ireland due to the success of GS 44 Samatom, owned by Mr Bob Rendell of Howth.

It maintains the style, elegance and safety seen throughout the range. A fast and responsive boat that reflects its sporting personality in its performance on the water. The GS40 will share most of the attributes of the GS 44, with both looking very similar.

As most Irish sailors will know, a previous GS 40 model has also been very successful. Nieulargo, GS 40, was the winner of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race.

Grand Soleil 71

Grand Soleil 71, which will also Premiere at Cannes Yachting festivalGrand Soleil 71, which will also Premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival

Performance, design, innovation: the extensive construction experience of the shipyard is combined with the development of innovative solutions that place increasing emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency. The new GS 72 will represent the pinnacle and synthesis of GS’s shipbuilding experience. The aim: to launch a spacious boat to guarantee ample accommodation and comfort on board, while maintaining high levels of performance.

The new GS 40 and 72 Performance will sit alongside the 44 Performance, 42 Long Cruise and 52 Long Cruise, all staples in the Grand Soleil range.

Cannes Yachting Festival will be a unique opportunity to see a great selection from the Grand Soleil range. Definitely not one to miss!

If you’d like more information about Grand Soleil or would like to book an appointment at Cannes Yachting Festival to see the range, then contact us at [email protected] or contact Irish Agent Mark Mansfield at [email protected]

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. He is Irish Agent for Key Yachting Ltd, the sole U.K. and Irish agent for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and the Tofinou range of boats. More on Mark here

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