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Barcelona to Host MYBA Charter Show 2017

Barcelona to Host MYBA Charter Show 2017

The OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain, will host the annual MYBA Charter Show for the next three consecutive years, starting in 2017.   

The change of location follows much consideration and inspection of various ports by MYBA – the Worldwide Yachting Associaition – who eventually comprised a shortlist of Nice, Genoa and Barcelona, with the MYBA board revealing the Spanish city as the new host yesterday.

This means the MYBA Charter Show will no longer take place in Genoa, Italy, the host city for the past 16 years.

One of the deciding factors in the choice of new location was that OneOcean Port Vell is capable of berthing 68 yachts ranging from 22m to 190m. This means the show can now welcome more charter yachts of a longer length.

OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona
OneOcean Port Vell quay with close up of a superyacht

Indeed, the 2017 event will be held across OneOcean Port Vell’s four quays - Spanish Quay, Barceloneta Quay, Deposit Quay and Sota Muralla Quay – and will make use of the marina’s entire 930 linear metres of quay to house exhibitor tents.

President of MYBA, Fiona Maureso, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Pesto Sea Group and the city of Genoa for having hosted the MYBA Charter Show so successfully over the past 16 years. We are naturally very excited about this opportunity to discover OOPV and the city of Barcelona but we will, of course, miss our friends in Italy.”

Accessibility and availability of suitable accommodation also played a significant part in the final decision, with Barcelona’s International Airport just a 25-minute drive away from the marina and operating direct flights daily from 182 destinations.

One of the deciding factors in the choice of new location was that OneOcean Port Vell is capable of berthing 68 superyachts ranging from 22m to 190m

Barcelona colourful skyline
Famous ceramic decoration in Plaza de Espana, Sevilla, Spain
Barcelona skyline from the water with superyachts in shot

What’s more, Chair of MYBA Charter Shows Panel, James Graham-Cloete, hopes bringing the show to Barcelona will further speed up and enhance any progress in opening up the charter market and corresponding regulations in the region’s beautiful cruising grounds.  

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