Cockwells Titian Custom Superyacht Tender

Cockwells’ Titian Tender takes the Concours d’Elégance trophy at the Cannes Yachting Festival

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding has triumphed at its first Cannes Yachting Festival with the British company taking the top spot in the Post-1980 category of the Concours d’Elégance with its ultra-luxurious Titian Tender.

The Titian Tender is not just another beautiful bespoke boat from the Cornish boatbuilder but a modern masterpiece of artisan craftsmanship and technical ingenuity; the sublime synthesis of speed and style. The judges of the Concours d’Elégance – an exclusive contest for motor boats and day boats of less than 12 metres presenting incontestably elegant lines – clearly thought so too.

Concours d’Elégance is a term of French origin that means a ‘competition of elegance’ and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged. It dates back to 17th-century France when aristocrats paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays.
At the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Concours d’Elégance pays tribute to the rich history of yachting in the heart of the French Riviera and provides visitors with an opportunity to view the world’s most elegant vintage and modern day boats.

Sponsored by Maserati, Fred, Dalloyau, Louis Roederer, Sisley and Skippers Motor, this year’s Concours d’Elégance took place on the Festival beach on Saturday 15 September. The jury was chaired by Chief Editor of Yachts Italia, Robert Franzoni and included journalist, Dominique Garibault; nautical enthusiasts, Nicolas Kappenberger and Denis Delgado, and Instagram influencer, Mrsuperyachts, also known as Matthijs Rhee. Winner, runner-up and second runner-up prizes were awarded in Pre-1980 and Post-1980 categories. Cockwells received an elegant FRED Force 10 bracelet as the top prize in the Post-1980 category.

Combining durable composites with the resilience of yellow cedar and the sleekness of teak, the Titian Tender fuses the time-honoured traditions of the shipwright with modern materials and technological techniques to create the ultimate in luxury for ten guests.

Based on a concept by Redman Whiteley Dixon and with an interior designed by Cullum Bespoke, who contributed expertise in luxe car design to the mix, this superlative craft was created by Cockwells’ in-house design team with the Mediterranean very much in mind.

“To have debuted at Cannes with the Titian Tender and taken first prize in the Concours d’Elégance is immensely pleasing,” comments Founder and Managing Director, Dave Cockwell. “From the contemporary chic of the Corian and copper galley to its copper-infused caulking, intricate carpentry and silk panels adorned with original fine art, the Titian Tender exudes elegance at every turn. Cockwells is gaining international renown for elevating the traditional skills of the artisan boatbuilder to meet the needs of the most discerning clients and to have received this endorsement in Cannes is a compliment indeed.”