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  • The Antibes Yacht Show went ahead successfully -- defying the credit crisis
  • Over 12,000 people attended the show and saw boats of the 170 exhibitors
  • The show was the third annual spring event held in Antibes, France
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The recent Antibes Yacht Show has shown that some people may already be beginning to emerge from the international financial crisis.

On show: The Antibes Yacht Show was a major success, despite the current financial climate

On show: The Antibes Yacht Show was a major success, despite the current financial climate

More than 12,000 people attended the 2009 edition of the spring show in the French port, now into its third year. This year 170 yacht owners exhibited their vessels.

The small resort town, located between the more famous towns of Cannes and Nice, is on the southern coast of France.

Featuring an area called "Billionaire's Quay", this year's event also included a fashion show, a gold driving competition and a kayak contest.

A major highlight of the show was the exclusive release of the new Mercedes "E Class" vessel. The whole event defied the current international downturn.

Yacht owners and boating enthusiasts also used the show as an opportunity to hold seminars and share knowledge of the latest nautical news and technologies.

SuperYachtWorld's Mike Edwardson was at the show, reporting for the magazine and taking photos for CNN's MainSail.

Photo View Mike Edwardson's photos from the Antibes Yacht Show »

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