Rookies and veterans

Like every year some leave and some arrive, veterans leaving their place to newcomers... For the 38th Régates Royales de Cannes, the turnover is positive with three 12 Metres coming to fight with old-timer Seven Seas of Porto. Three boats that were originally owned by Baron Bich, challengers at 1970 America's Cup, are moored at the quai Laubeuf: France , designed by André Mauric is in Cannes for the Royales for the first time, after being refit and re-launched in La Trinité in 2013; Britton Chance's Chancegger and Sovereign, built in 1964 in England.

Yet Cannes represent a great chance to discover or re-discover famous racing boats like Resolute Salmon, winner of the One Ton Cup in 1976; Ojala II (One Ton Cup 73) or Maria Giovanna II (One Ton Cup, 1968). Other boats that made history are also racing in Cannes this year: Linnet, one of the 18 NY 30 one-designs created by Nathanaël Herreshoff and her sister ship Oriole, Entreprise, a ketch designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1937 and identical to Manitou, the yacht originally owned by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.