The Palma Superyacht Show, the only public brokerage and charter show organised by the superyacht industry, has not only established itself as an attendable event on the yachting calendar but has also developed into a show of some standing.

Pat Bullock, director of yachting at Network Marine Consultants, stated, “This year the Palma Superyacht Show was better than ever! We have been exhibiting since its beginning and have witnessed a marked increase in both the international visitors attending and the interest it has created within the industry as a whole.”

Exhibitor stand space was filled by key players in the yachting sector months prior to the start of the show and all benefitted from various networking opportunities, whether during an organized conference or over an impromptu get-together.

The Palma Yacht Show (credit: GW Yacht Photography)

“We noted a definite improvement in the quality of the visitors and also noted a good range of yachts on display”, said Diane Franklin from The Consortium. “We signed contracts during the show and will definitely return next year”,

This 4th edition showcased some premier super yachts over 30m, all immediately available for charter and/or sale - just in time for the summer season. A line-up of 65 yachts included the 45m record-breaking, high-performance sailing yacht Mari Cha III, which beat the Transatlantic Record in 1998 and the Sydney to Hobart record in 1999, to the iconic 49m Feadship motoryacht MQ2 - fresh from an extensive refit in Palma.

The Palma Yacht Show (credit: GW Yacht Photography)

On the social side, there was an abundance of parties. The Palma Superyacht Show Welcome Cocktail, hosted by Marine Survey Bureau, took place after the first day of the show and provided a networking event for both captains and exhibitors to meet and catch up over a drink and enjoy the wonderful canapés provided by Marc Fosh catering.

The Palma Yacht Show Part (credit: Stuart Pearce Photography)

For the third year running the team at Blue Café & Gastrobar served Michelin starred Marc Fosh’ famous creations from tasty tapas to mouthwatering main courses. The adjacent Nyetimber Lounge, sponsored by the makers of the British award-winning Nyetimber sparkling wines, perfectly complemented the experience.

In the right place at the right time, the Palma Superyacht Show ticks a number of boxes for yachts, exhibitors and visitors alike. However, it was the show’s laid-back and friendly atmosphere that epitomises Mallorca itself and separates The Palma Yacht Show from some its European counterparts.

The Palma Superyacht Show might remain relatively small compared to some, but on a professional level it remains relevant – and enjoyable.