Following three busy days at the recently extended Port Adriano superyacht marina El Toro situated only 20 minutes away from the fabulous Palma de Mallorca, the inaugural Superyacht open days event taking place in The Balearics, running from 28th to 30th April, reported a huge success. The event was organised by a group of the top Palma based yacht brokers, and hosted a total number of 42 superyachts, the majority measuring more than 30 metres. These were split exactly 50/50 motor and sail, with two of them at the max 60 metre length that the marina can accommodate.
Marc Handl of Ocean Independence and Arne Ploch of Camper & Nicholsons International Palma were the senior brokers who first conceived the idea back in October last year. The pair were interviewed on the foredeck of the 42m Jongert sailing yacht Passe Partout by Palma based yachting magazine The Islander for its NTVE nautical TV channel.
Marc said: “This event has exceeded all of our expectations, and has been a tremendous way to bring people to this spectacular new port with its extensive facilities.
Arne commented: “The unique thing about this display of superyachts is that it was a totally cooperative effort, with all the brokers working together on a non profit basis, assisted by great support from the Port Adriano management team.
Marc added: “We believe that this concept has created a relaxed ambience around the port which has been conducive to a pleasant experience for the visitors and potential clients. Many enquiries have been taken for both charter and sales, and the number of serious viewers has more than met our expectations.”
When asked: “Will the Superyacht Days be repeated again in 2013?” Marc Handl said with a wry smile: “We would certainly hope so, and although it would obviously depend on the port being made available, the marina’s director Tony Zaforteza has said that he would do his best to enable it to happen here again.”
Other brokers who each had several yachts for viewing were Camper & Nicholson, Frasers, Burgess, Oceanstlye, Northrop & Johnson and Dahm International.
The new two storey commercial area at the heart of Port Adriano Marina, designed by French architect Philippe Starck, and directly overlooking the superyacht berths was buzzing with activity. Hundreds of local residents, tourists and yachting enthusiasts all mingled together enjoying the sunshine and the extensive range of newly opened food and beverage outlets at the port.