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Yes we Cannes: Classic yachts make waves at Regates Royales

Updated 1613 GMT (0013 HKT) September 23, 2016
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Each year, Cannes plays host to stunning vintage yachts from around the world as it stages the Regates Royales. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Races fall into three categories -- for yachts constructed before 1950, those built before 1975, and those dating from after 1975 but built to traditional designs and using traditional methods. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The event in its current guise began in 1929 when a decision was taken to give it a regal name in honor of Christian X, King of Denmark, who had his own racing yacht in the bay. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
This year's edition is the 38th in the history of a competition that has brought some of the world's finest vintage yachts to Cannes. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The oldest yachts competing in the wide 2016 field date from 1896 and 1906, but there are also boats built recently using traditional construction methods and designs. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The postwar years saw a decline of interest in the event, which fizzled out altogether in the 1960s before enjoying a renaissance in 1978. Today, it continues to go from strength to strength. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
It's an unabashed celebration of the virtues of tradition and old-fashioned craftsmanship. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Every year, more than 40,000 people attend to revel in the sight of majestic yachts competing just as they would have done in the days of Christian X.
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