This week we took three guests for a sunset cruise to the beautiful Lerins Islands. Their day on Motor Yacht Bettina started when they were driven to the Jetee Albert Edouard, just a few feet from our passerelle in a gleaming black executive Mercedes Minibus from Rivera Come True. Sasha from Riviera Comes true had already let us know of the guests liking for Japanese Whisky, so we had specially sourced two of Japans finest single malts ahead of time whilst we shopped for fresh ingredients in the fantastic Marche Forville in Cannes for the guests dinner.
When everyone was comfortable we set of into the afternoon sun and cruised across the Bay of Cannes whilst a selection of freshly prepared on board canapés were served, including; feta and goats cheese spheres in a pistachio and bacon crumb, colourful beetroot stacks with balsam, little smoked salmon and caviar blinis and prosciutto and basil roses served with gorgonzola and melon.
We cruised around Île Sainte-Marguerite, where Sasha used his multi-lingual skills to describe the island; famous for its fortress prison, in which the so-called Man in the Iron Mask was held in the 17th century.
We anchored in between the islands, an area known as the Plateau du Milieu, a truly unexpected and amazing lagoon with turquoise colours which offer a magnificent sight to all its visitors. Our guests took the opportunity to use Bettina as their very own floating pontoon to swim from and enjoy the crystal blue waters.
Deciding to take in some more of the beautiful Islands, we cruised around to the southern side of Île Saint-Honorat and then anchored again in a small empty bay for more swimming and snorkelling in the shadow of the Abbaye de Lerins, which afforded beautiful views of the Forteresse de Saint-Honorat; which looked magnificent in the evening setting sun as dinner was served on our top deck.
The guests were served a starter of foie gras parfait crostini with micro-herbs, pickled diced cornichons and a balsamic reduction, followed by Argentinian filet steak with baby hassleback and baby boiled potatoes and asparagus, served with a bernaise sauce. For dessert they enjoyed raspberry and citron tartlets with ice-cream, then as the sun set they finished with a great cheese board, with a selection of fresh breads, figs and grapes.
We cruised back to Cannes for about 10pm, a truly great day.
It’s Englands turn next week to present the Cannes Pyrotechnic Show and France set a very high bench mark this week. Les and I were joined by crew member Pasquale, her son Nathan, her niece and a few of her friends that were celebrating passing their baccalaureate. Also Gary and Karen Cook from the UK. There were thousands of people lined up along the sea wall just in front of Motor Yacht Bettina, but of course we had a grandstand view from the top deck.
Since 1967, the bay of Cannes is strongly linked with colours and sounds of fireworks. There are all the time novelty and technical improvements which let us enter in an outdoor show where all the ages can find pleasure.
The International Cannes Fireworks Festival is inked in the memories of strong emotion and gorgeous display fans, but also in the history of pyrotechnicians, creators of pyrotechnical events.
Security Rules and precise organisation have to be respected by us. The Working rhythm imposed to the pyrotechnicians is hard: Working at night, imagination, creativity… The competition for the Vestal, the Jury Prize and the Public Prize are the main axes of the Festival and the pyrotechnicians. Of course, the reception and the organisation of the public is not forgotten, in fact, it is the real value of the Festival: the mix between artists and public.
BBH left Motor Yacht Bettina with a grand total of 12 awards this year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, including the Integrated Grand Prix for BBH New York’s ‘FU2016’ campaign for Netflix House of Cards.