FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Boating Writers International Posts Media Events for MIBS

BWI HQ has received a number of media meeting announcements. Included below are those from BWI member firms and organizations involved and links to events maintained by shows media managers. Verify time and location of events with hosts and RSVP or contact as needed.

BWI's Annual Meeting

BWI's Annual Event, Writing Contest Awards, breakfast and prize raffle will be Thursday February 14, opening day of the Miami Boat Show on Virginia Key. Joining in the mix of events will be presentation of the Marine Marketers of America's Neptune Awards. Timing is 8 to 9:30 a.m.; coffee available at 7:30 a.m. Location is The Peroni Lounge, an on-dock restaurant on Pier 4 directly in front of the center of the Marine Stadium. Those planning to attend should take a cab or Uber or arrange to park on-site at the show. Buses and water taxis don't run until 9 a.m., an hour before show opens.

Prize Raffle Items:

- BoatUS - 1 year unlimited Tow Membership plus others perks; value $159

- Costa Sunglasses - Hat & Sunglasses; value $199 - $249

- Freedom Boat Club - Stylish book bag perfect for notebooks, press kits and test gear; value $50

- Mercury Marine - Nautic-On Vessel View Mobile that monitors all aspects of a boat, informs of its whereabouts and keeps tabs on it remotely via a phone or tablet; value $840

- Pelagic - Hat and shirt; value $60

- Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation - $100 West Marine gift card

- Rushton Gregory Communications - Two Fusion Stereo Active portable Bluetooth stereos, great sounding, rechargeable, battery-powered, waterproof that float; value $170 apiece

- Seakeeper - swag bag, Yeti cup, shirt, notepad; value $60

- Sport Fishing Magazine - Editor Doug Olander is donating a box of some of his favorite lures; value $150

- Yamaha Outboards - First 50 BWI arrivals, a 10,000 mAh battery bank charger to start cars or boats or phones, cables and accessories; value $50 apiece

- Yamaha Outboards - 25 Bluetooth earbud sets wireless earbud sets that sound amazing and perfect for active music lovers; value $65 apiece

Miami International Boat Show

Held on Virginia Key at the Miami Marine Stadium site, MIBS Media check-in is located in the Registration area (there will be a dedicated lane marked with 'Media Check-in' signage) and will be operational at 7 a.m., according to show staff. For check-in remember to bring an ID, business card and/or BWI member card. Registration is available at http://www.miamiboatshow.com/mediacenter/badge. For more information on MIBS go to http://www.miamiboatshow.com/mediacenter.

For an online media events list maintained by the show, the link is http://www.miamiboatshow.com/news?id=22489

Miami Yacht Show

The Miami Yacht Show, co-owned by Informa and the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), also runs February 14-18 but has a new location for 2019 in downtown Miami at One Herald Plaza. It has an additional "Super Yacht" location at Island Gardens on Watson Island. Free shuttle bus transportation will be available between MIBS and "Yacht" locations; check available times. For registration and more information visit https://www.miamiyachtshow.com/en/media.html.

For an online media events list maintained by the show, the link is https://www.miamiyachtshow.com/en/media/media-special-events.html.

Thursday February 14

7:30 - 9:30 a.m., BWI's Annual Meeting, see details above.

9:30 a.m., Yamaha WaterCraft - World reveal of the new 27-foot jet boat that features a first-of-its-kind low-speed handling technology. Pier 2, Slips 244, 246, 248, 250. Contact Bob Gonsalves, (770) 688-5969, bobg@icbmmedia.com.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Dometic Press Brunch and new product introductions. Booth C289, Tent C (Marine Accessories Pavilion). Contact Ned Trigg, ned.trigg@dometic.com or Rick Hauser, rickhauser@rickhausergroup.com.

10:15 a.m., Mercury Marine President John Pfeifer will present and unveil the company's latest innovations and reflect on the firm's 80th anniversary. Booth F113. Contact Lee Gordon, Lee.gordon@mercmarine.com.

10:45 a.m., Indmar Marine unveils an industry first eco-technology and all-new propulsion system. Interviews available with execs from Indmar, Ford Motor Company and Roush Performance. Booth F300. Contact Natalie Carrera, ncarrera@indmar.com, 865-441-6121.

11:30 - 12:30 p.m., SeaStar Solutions will host a press conference introducing new products. Booth 309 on Pier 2. Contact Contact Ned Trigg, ned.trigg@dometic.com or Rick Hauser, rickhauser@rickhausergroup.com.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Evinrude will announce a multi-million dollar engine donation to the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation to support ABYC's marine technician training curriculum. Booth F145. Contact Wendy Wilson, wendy.wilson@BRP.com and/or Shannon Aronson, saronson@abycinc.org.

1:30 p.m., Volvo Penta, Seven Marine and Tiara Yachts provide details of their latest collaboration. Tiara Display, Pier 5, Slips 521 - 535A. Contact Christine Carlson, christine.carlson@volvo.com.

3:30 p.m., Regal Boats World Debut Launch of the All-New Outboard-Powered 380 XO Sport Yacht. Booth #711, Floating Docks, Contact Wanda Kenton Smith, wanda@kentonsmithmarketing.com.

5:00 p.m., Suzuki Marine will host a press conference introducing new products. Booth F246 in the Engines Tent (F). Contact Rick Hauser, rickhauser@rickhausergroup.com.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Torqeedo presents "Germany Meets Miami" tasting menu while viewing the firm's new line of marine electromobility products. Booth F616, F Tent. Contact Tess Smallridge, tess.smallridge@torqeedo.com.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Martin Flory Group hosts Client Press Suite, Rusty Pelican, adjacent to the Miami show, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key in the Pelican Ballroom. Can arrange meetings with clients or assist with other editorial projects. Contact news@martinflory.com, 847-662-9070.

Friday February 15

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. - NMMA's Innovation Breakfast featuring Innovation Awards judged by BWI members and keynote speaker NMMA president Thom Dammrich. Center Courtyard, Miami Marine Stadium. Contact Sarah Salvatori, ssalvatori@nmma.org.

4 p.m., Launch of the new Cabo 41 and Hatteras Cup 2018 Tournament Awards Presentation.

Miami Yacht Show, IWS Ramp B, Slip 119-126. RSVP Louisa Beckett, louisa@turnkeywords.com.

Ongoing

Meet author Charlie Levine at the FishTrack booth located in the D tent at D241 to get a signed copy of his book, "Sucked Dry: The Struggle is Reel," and check out offers on satellite imagery services. Contact Levine at editorialoutfitters@gmail.com.

G Marine will be showing a new version of Astondoa's 52 Flybridge, a sister ship, the 66 Flybridge, two new cruisers in the 44 to 80 foot range and the new 377 Coupe. Miami Yacht Show Ramp B Slips 101-103. Contact Marilyn DeMartini, md@prpower.biz.