After five consecutive years of successful cooperation, leading French manufacturer and provider of lighting balloons for the event industry Airstar became an official partner to the prestigious Regates Royales Cannes this year. Airstar’s lighting solutions were once again installed at the heart of the historic classic yachting event – the 160th edition of which took place between 23 and 30 September.

The Regates Royales Cannes is steeped in heritage and tradition, having been established in 1857. The 2017 event was no exception, with the world-famous Croisette playing host to some of the most iconic classic yachts of all time. The event was enjoyed by almost 17 000 people – from the crew members, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and officials such as the Mayor of Cannes present in the village itself, to the spectators throughout the week who came to watch as they called at Cannes on visiting cruises.

This year, Airstar’s Crystal lighting balloons took pride of place, with two 160cm and three 200cm envelope balloons in situ on the docks around the boats and at the stands in the exhibiting village in the centre of Cannes opposite the Palais des Festivals. Some were then relocated to Palm Beach for the evening’s festivities.

With a quick set up time of just 15 minutes, yet designed to withstand tough outdoor conditions including wind resistance up to 70km/h, the Crystal range is perfectly suited to an event of this nature and are maintenance free. The Crystal lighting balloons can be fitted with either LED or halogen lamps, and are equipped with an extremely quiet fan for cooling rendering them almost silent, making it the perfect solution for high-end events.

For this prestigious event, the team at the Cannes office of Airstar European Network (AEN) fitted six 400watts halogen lamps in each Crystal balloon, making each of them capable of lighting up a surface of 1500sqm.

With its larger surface area, the two metres wide balloons also carried partner logos on each side for additional impact, giving Air Mauritius, Champagne Comte de Cheurlin and the Mauritius Island outstanding visibility towards a prestigious audience.

Pascal Gard, race director at the Regates Royales Cannes, comments: “It is fantastic to have Airstar on board as official partner. Through our collaboration over the past five years we have consistently improved the village set up and ambiance year on year as Airstar rolls out ever more impressive and innovative products. The balloons make for an impactful visual spectacle, helping us to draw attention to our prestigious partner brands whilst also lighting large spaces on a practical level. Airstar have become an important part of our iconic event and we are very happy to have them on board.’

Francois Venzac, director of the AEN Cannes office, adds: “We were delighted to be invited to become an official partner to the Regates Royales Cannes, a highlight in the Cannes event calendar each year, and a fantastic showcase for our high end lighting solutions.

“We were first contacted by Regates Royales Cannes five years ago when they were seeking an aesthetic, efficient and glare free lighting solution to illuminate the docks of the port where the boats are moored. Since then, our relationship has gone from strength to strength. At an event such as this, innovation and quality are paramount – which makes Airstar products the obvious choice. We look forward to showcasing the very latest in lighting design and technology at the regatta in Cannes for many years to come.’