A flurry of boat shows, including focused charter shows, are to be held over the next three weeks ahead of the 2018 Mediterranean season.

Already underway is the 29th edition of the MYBA Charter Show which, for the second year, is being held at Marina Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain. This year’s show will highlight the marketplace over the last three decades.

The MYBA show has some 55 superyachts on display – from the 21m (68ft) Mayrilou to the 82m (269ft) Alfa Nero. In total the yachts measure some 2,580m (8,741ft) in length. Around 150 brokerage houses and nearly 80 exhibitors are participating in this professionals-only event.

Also in Spain, the 35th edition of the Palma International Boat Show and Palma Superyacht Show will follow. While both shows are open to the public, there will be a strong emphasis on charter and brokerage – especially in the superyacht show. In total, there will be some 600 boats with around half afloat and over 250 exhibitors between the two events.

Running on similar dates to the Palma events is the Nafplion-based Mediterranean Yacht Show, which again is very heavily charter-focused. It runs from April 28 to May 1 and this year expects to attract nearly 100 yachts, as it did in 2017. The event, which focuses particularly on the East Mediterranean market, is supported by the Greek Yachting Association and the Greek Ministry of Tourism.

Immediately following will be the East Mediterranean Yacht Show, held at Zea Marina in Athens from May 3-6. The annual event is supported by the Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association and the Hellenic Yacht Owners Association.

Just to add to the flurry this year, there is the new Superyacht Show at Barcelona’s Marina Port Vell from May 2-5. The event is being organised by the Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA) and its eight members – Burgess, Frasers, IYC, OCI, Northrop & Johnson, Merle Wood, Yachtzoo and Edmiston – will be participating. Between them they will be showing some 20 superyachts from 30m-81m (99ft-265ft).

After a few days’ rest, two shows – one in Italy and one in the UK – will compete over similar dates. In Italy, the second edition of the Versilia Rendezvous in Viareggio, held from May 10-13, is expected to be larger and have more yachts than in previous years. In 2017, it attracted 120 exhibitors, 85 yachts of up to 60m (197m), and over 18,000 visitors.

At the same time, St Katharine Docks in London will be the location of the 2018 London On-Water Show from May 10-12. Some 20 yachts of up to 25m (80ft) are expected, and the whole event has had a major upgrade, including the creation of a floating village. Around 160 exhibitors will share in the gathering.