This month, the Bonnier Fish Group launches its first podcast: “Women in Fishing,” hosted by Sport Fishing executive editor Chris Woodward and sponsored by AkzoNobel Yacht Coatings.
“Women in Fishing” will feature conversations with top women anglers, executives and leaders in the fishing industry. A new video podcast will be posted every month on a special content hub devoted to women anglers: sportfishingmag.com/women-fishing. The hub will offer female-focused content about apparel, tackle and gear, women in the sport, how-to topics, fishing travel, seafood recipe and more.
For January’s episode, the featured guests are Stephanie Vatalaro, senior vice president of marketing and communications at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, and Sarah Harper Burke, senior manager of marketing, Shimano North America Fishing.
Woodward is a lifelong angler who has served as a Sport Fishing editor for more than 17 years. She is currently the brand’s executive editor, as well as Bonnier’s marine electronics editor.
“I’m excited to present a menu of great content — from all of our fishing and boating brands — to entice more women to try the sport of fishing and stick with it,” says Woodward. “This has been a fun team effort as everyone feels passionately about this project. Kudos to [Marlin publisher] Natasha Lloyd for connecting us with our sponsor AkzoNobel, and recognizing an idea whose time has come.”
In April 1982, the inaugural issue of Marlin was published, dedicated to the idea of “establishing in the eyes of the world that billfishing is the greatest sport in the world today.” Four decades later, the “magazine for the billfisherman” is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Marlin was launched in the spring of 1982 by Bill McLellan and Lee Stevens. The publication aimed to be a prestigious voice within the global offshore fishing community. By any measure, it has achieved that status. Today, Marlin is part of Bonnier Corp’s extensive fishing media and event portfolio which includes Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Offshore World, Salt Water Sportsman Seminar Series, Offshore World Championship, Bermuda Triple Crown, Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, and Scrub Island Invitational. Forty years later, Marlin continues to provide the same high-quality content that offshore fishing enthusiasts have come to expect.
While it began as a quarterly, Marlin is now published seven times per year. It also has an educational component, Marlin University, an immersive, on-the-water classroom where world-class anglers teach the most exciting and cutting-edge techniques to catch billfish.
The brand will celebrate its anniversary throughout 2022, including a feature story about the magazine’s history in the February issue.
“I’m proud to continue the legacy of this brand with such a great history as we head into 2022 and beyond,” says editor-in-chief Sam White.
The magazine is not the only notable anniversary that Marlin is commemorating. Publisher Natasha Lloyd recently celebrated her 25th year with the brand.
This year’s Los Cabos Billfish Tournament faced an unpredictable slow moving weather system that developed into hurricane Pamela eventually causing both ports to be closed on two of the scheduled fishing days. The tournament became a one day shootout with all prize categories up for grabs.
Team Sneak Attack, a 65’ American Custom led by owner Shawn Guttersen out of Napa, California with Captain Vicente Bojorquez, mates Chris Choy and Jesus Alberto Capri with teammates Arthur Guttersen, William Parker, Kama de Silva and angler Steven Perry made their good fortune besting a 554-pound black marlin, the largest of the tournament. Team Sneak Attack was all-in earning First Place Team honors, Largest Marlin Jackpots and Daily Largest Marlin Jackpots winning a total of $498,140 and invitation to the Costa Offshore World Championship.
Team Karma, a 54’ Scully out of West Linn, Oregon with Captain Ramon Agundez and teammates Bill Rosengarten, Ray Gannon, Luis Vela, Jeremiah Sullivan, and Butch Gunnels were on the bite releasing two blacks and one stripe earning Second Place Team, Daily Billfish Release Jackpot and First Place Overall Release Points Jackpot winning $106,875.
Team El Suertudo, an 80’ Weaver out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with Captain Greg DiStefano mates Rene Moreno and Alfonso Ortega, anglers Bruce McDonald, Guy Yocom, Gary Mason, Jeff Richardson, Oswaldo Ortega, and Bran Javier Garcia scored two blue marlin releases earning Third Place Team and Second Place Overall Release Points Jackpot winning $47,735.
Team Hooray, an 80’ Viking led by owner Eric Dunn from Kingsman Kansas, Captain Pancho Bojorquez and mate Rene Moreno were the only other team to boat a marlin. The black marlin caught by Dunn weighing in at 343-pounds winning the Second Place Largest Marlin Jackpots taking home a nice check for $99,360.
Other teams making the stage and taking home some cash and prizes included:
Bill Collector II with Captain Gilbert Castro – Wahoo Jackpot with a 38.90-pound wahoo caught by Scott Kindseth Wins $20,700
El Torito with Captain Antonio Romero: Dorado Jackpot Winner with a 37.50-pound Dorado caught by Frank Cappoccia Wins – $20,700
Bill Collector with Captain Juan Carlos: Tuna Jackpot Winner with a 28-pound tuna caught by Mitch Maggetti $20,700
Game Plan with Captain John Brennan: Third Place Overall Release Points Jackpot with 350-points from 1 blue and 2 stripes: $12,240
It was a difficult year due to hurricane Pamela but Cabo came through with the 55 teams taking advantage of a dual start, catching 34 billfish including 13 blues, 12 Stripes, 4 black marlin and 5 sailfish. Two very nice marlin were boated including the 554-pound black marlin on team Sneak Attack and the 334-pound black marlin on team Hooray. Every entered prize category in the tournament was won and featured two Captains that happen to be the Bojorquez brothers battling it out at the scales. The tournament awarded $826,450 in cash plus prizes.
August 18, 2021 — WINTER PARK, FL — Bonnier Corp. has sold its Seramount division to EAB, a leading provider of education research, technology, and marketing and enrollment solutions. Seramount is one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) services today, partnering with more than 450 of the world’s biggest and most well-known corporate brands, including half of the Fortune 100. Subha V. Barry will continue to lead the Seramount team as its president.
“Seramount is one of the most successful organic transformations in American publishing. Bonnier Corp. has pivoted Working Mother magazine into what it is today: the nation’s leading DE&I platform guiding corporate America along the path towards equality,” said Bonnier Corp. Executive Chairman Dr. Jens Mueffelmann. “EAB is a highly respected and mission-driven organization where Seramount will thrive further.”
“I look forward to working with Seramount’s leadership to make schools, colleges, and workplaces more inclusive,” said EAB Chief Executive Officer David Felsenthal. “EAB and Seramount both have long histories of sharing insights and solutions that spur action and change. Our combined experience, deep relationships with corporate and education leaders, and complementary expertise and connections will expand our ability to work with our partners to drive societal change.”
EAB has more than 40 years of history in best practice research, including a growing library of research on educational equity and several initiatives that advance DE&I in education and beyond. The company’s Moon Shot for Equity, for example, brings regional cohorts of two-and-four-year schools together to achieve the shared goal of eliminating equity gaps in higher education graduation rates by 2030.
Seramount is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Over four decades, partnering with some of the most iconic companies in the world, we have built a deep data-driven understanding of the employee experience which lays the groundwork for everything we do. Our comprehensive DE&I toolkit includes actionable research and insights, membership, strategic guidance and consulting, and inspiring events, meeting each client’s needs no matter where they are on their journey and guiding them along an ever-changing landscape. Seramount has empowered over 450 organizations to realize the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more at seramount.com.
July 1, 2021 (Winter Park, FL)—Adding to the Bonnier Fish Group’s growing list of special issues that includes the Fishing Boat Buyer’s Guide and Marine Electronics & Technology, Sport Fishing has published the Skinny Water 60, a deep dive into our favorite things in the world of shallow water fishing.
Shallow water content is among the most popular topics on Sport Fishing’s website, which draws approximately 300,000 readers every month. Based on readership and engagement data, the editorial and sales teams developed the special issue to target this fast-growing category, which was driven in large part by the influx of new boaters and anglers in 2020.
The 100-page issue features 60 unique entries that range from small (artificial lures that work anywhere) to medium (the best 8-weight fly rods) to large (the top five bonefishing destinations on earth), curated by a team of contributors that includes guides, captains, fishing lodge owners, photographers, outdoor journalists, influencers, and the editors of Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman. Creative director Dave Weaver built the design around high-impact photography, illustrations, and custom hand-painted fonts, creating a look that is totally unique in the Bonnier print portfolio.
The issue is complimented by a new content hub – https://www.sportfishingmag.com/inshore-fishing/ – which is a collection of Sport Fishing’s most popular shallow water content, as well as deeper, expanded versions of stories that appear in the Skinny Water 60.
“The dynamic, surprising look and tone of the Skinny Water 60 reflects the fun we had producing it,” says Shawn Bean, executive vice president of creative. “The response from readers and clients has been very encouraging, and we hope to expand this issue and initiative in 2022.”
World-Renowned Marine Artist Guy Harvey Teams Up with Bonnier Corp. to Produce Guy Harvey’s Underwater World
May 19, 2021 (Winter Park, FL)—Angler, diver, photographer, marine scientist, conservationist and artist Guy Harvey has published his highly anticipated new book, Guy Harvey’s Underwater World, a personal account of his many adventures over the past two decades. The 340-page tome was a partnership between Harvey and Bonnier Corp., which served as the custom publishing house for the book’s production.
In Guy Harvey’s Underwater World, Harvey shares his signature artwork, knock-out photographs, and fascinating stories of his time on and in the waters of the world. From Alaska to Australia to the Galapagos and beyond, Harvey takes us along on the international fishing experiences of a lifetime. The strikingly beautiful, large-format book showcases Guy Harvey’s around-the-world fishing and diving adventures. Drawing from his handwritten journals, deep well of photography and signature artwork, Harvey weaves together fascinating stories, scientific discoveries and insights into the behavior of dozens of gamefish species to give us an up-close picture of his time on and in the water. Chapters highlight expeditions to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Belize, Cuba, the Caymans, Bermuda, the Yucatan and Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Costa Rica, Australia and the Galapagos. The book also reveals that Harvey’s contributions to conservation and scientific research are as recognized as his accomplishments in sport and art. Harvey has lived the life anglers dream of, and this is the book that documents that dream.
Guy Harvey’s Underwater World is published by Stackpole Books, and is available at www.guyharvey.com
Bonnier Corp. taps Industry Veteran Sarah Renz to lead National Sailing Series as Event Director for Sailing World/Cruising World
Sarah Renz has been named Event Director for Sailing Events, Bonnier Corp., it was announced today by Jonathan Moore, Executive Vice President, Events. Renz will oversee the execution of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series and develop new opportunities in the sailing category.
“We are very excited to have Sarah joining us at Bonnier Events,” Moore said. “Our sailing portfolio is one of the strongest in the industry, and Sarah will bring a wealth of knowledge, relationships and new ideas to help us build upon our existing strengths. Her experience in business development and sailing events will open new doors and create new opportunities for Bonnier Corp.”
Renz spent the past seven years working as VP of the Berteau Group, a a full-service marketing collective, she founded. In her new role with Bonnier Events, Renz will focus on strategy and activation.
“Sailing World and Cruising World are the pinnacle of content and expertise in the U.S. sailing market,” Renz said. “With the new executive team and Board leadership at Bonnier, and the growing interest in boating across the country, my intent to leverage growth in a sport that I’m passionate will help expand opportunities for our youth who can design incredible paths for the sport into the future.”
The regatta series, known as the Helly Hansen NOODs, is America’s largest and longest running national regatta series. It is truly a one-of-a-kind series, known for its phenomenal racing platform for pros and amateur, at the most highly acclaimed clubs and sailing destinations in the U.S.
“The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Chicago, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club, June 11 to 13, 2021 will be a welcome return to racing for many freshwater sailors. We look forward to welcoming our sailors again withthe on-site support of our partners at Helly Hansen North Sails, Mount Gay Rum, Team One Newport, Sunsail and Torqeedo.”
Visit www.sailingworld.com/helly-hansen-nood-regattas to learn more about NOOD regattas and register.
About Bonnier Corp.
Bonnier Corp. is an American multichannel media, events and professional services company. Iconic, enthusiast brands include Yachting, Flying, Sailing World and Salt Water Sportsman. Bonnier Corp. also operates Bonnier Events, a full-service promotion and live-experiences group, and Seramount, a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion that drives culture change. Bonnier Corp. is owned by Sweden-based Bonnier AB, a globally operating media conglomerate.
ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 1, 2021 — “Challenging, puffy conditions” is how J/111 skipper Peter Wagner (Atherton, California) described conditions on the second day of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis. “We had to keep our eyes out of the boat and change gears frequently, but it was really good racing.”
With three races in winds that started near 20 knots and faded and shifted through the day, Wagner and his crew on Skeleton Key, emerged as the top boat in the seven-boat J/111 fleet, winning the first two races and finishing fourth in the third. The outcome, he says, was better than he expected having not raced the boat since August 2019.
“It’s been a long time,” Wagner says. “We got out to do some boathandling work in San Francisco before we brought the boat here, but no racing, it was just putting ourselves through our paces and making sure the boat was still functional.”
For the day’s first two races, Wagner says, they were able to get off the starting line clean and control their own race, sailing the course as efficiently as possible. “That was pretty important because things were changing quickly and we had to be able to react to the changes as they happened. In the third race, we ended up on the wrong side of one windshift and the result showed, but that will happen sometimes. In that race, you had to be on the right [side of the course]. We got stuck a little too far left and couldn’t quite find a shift to come back. We almost did, but our friends on [Rob Ruhlman’s] Spaceman Spiff faceplanted us at a critical moment, bouncing us back left and sealing our doom. That was a good move by them.”
Wagner says his team did a great job settling into their roles after a long absence and their boathandling and speedwork were as good as could be expected. For tomorrow, the third and final day of racing, Wagner’s goal is to continue sailing well and not worry about the rest of the fleet, which are not far behind on the scoreboard. “It’s about incremental improvements,” he says, “and for me, I guess the one area to improve getting back in sync with my mainsail trimmer, so we’ll continue to focus on that.”
While Wagner and the regatta’s 10 other classes were doing laps around buoys on three individual racecourses, the North Sails Doublehanded Distance Race fleet—nine boats with two-person crews—were laying tracks around Chesapeake Bay in one fast and physical test of teamwork. Race winners Mike Beasely and Chris Coleman, in their lightweight 26-footer, had their hands full, but made quick work of the 20-mile course.
“We knew we had to make our gains downwind so we pushed pretty hard,” Beasley says. “We had two jibes into the bottom mark and there was a bit of indecision on my part on what sails to use on the reach down the Eastern Shore, but we eventually got it all sorted and played the windshifts aggressively on the beat back toward Thomas Point Light. We knew the 40-footers were coming at us pretty hard but were able to get the right sail combination up for the reach. Full credit to Chris, my bowman.”
Beasely had never raced the boat doublehanded in strong breeze—he normally races with five or six crew—so the experience was useful for future shorthanded races he plans to do. It was a day of learning, he says. “We had some systems sorted out,” he says, “but this is a new level of sailing the boat. Today, it was about the old saying—to finish first, first we have to finish—so that was the primary goal.”
The North Sails Doublehanded Distance Race course started with a downwind leg that required carefully orchestrated jibes, and then on the next leg Beasely “put up every sail that we own.” They started with only a furling jib set on the end of the sprit, which Beasley says wasn’t enough sail area, so they put up the bigger spinnaker.
“We had a bit on at times, and I’m sure everyone did as well, but it was fun,” Beasley says.
The most challenging part of the day? The two jibes: “I’ve got the tiller between my legs and Chris is on the spinnaker sheets. We basically pre-set the main with the traveler in the middle. With this boat we have to put the runners on, so we don’t pull the sheet on until the runners are made. The spinnaker is just flagging for a portion of the jibe, but once the runners are made and the main is across, we can get back to planing.”
There was plenty of planing in the early races of the morning for the regatta’s J/70 sailors, using the event as warm up for their upcoming North American Championship, and these conditions suited the day’s overall leader, Travis Odenbach and his crew on Honeybadger. Odenbach and crew won the first two races, finished fourth in the next and now sit atop the standings with a 2-point lead.
“The course today was right favored, but then left toward the top of the beat,” Odenbach says. “We said we had to get on port as soon as possible. In the first race, we had a terrible start, ducked a few boats right away and popped out. No one tacked on us so we were pretty much clear up the rest of the course.”
That was kind of the story for the second race as well; but this time we actually got a good start and were able to tack 3 minutes after the start on the port. Those two first races were kind of easier for us because it was windy enough we could just plane. Toward the end of the second race it started to be more about switching between modes. We were leading the third race, but at the bottom of the course it got light and we got passed by three boats that did a great job getting downwind. It got tricky in the end.”
Odenbach and his team— Orrin Star, Ian Coleman, Andy Horton—have raced plenty this winter in Miami, but the waters off Annapolis are far trickier. Odenbach says that played a factor in his starts today. “It was me getting used to starting in current again. I struggle with that sometimes, being a lake sailor, and that’s why the first start was not great, the second was OK and the third was good, so I guess I got used to it.”
With racing cancelled on Friday because of strong winds, the three-day regatta has been compressed into two race-packed days, so the regatta’s race committee were keen to get maximum races today across all circles. Races will start early again on Sunday, after which one overall winner will be selected to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship in October.
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For more information on the NOOD events, visit sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.
About the National Offshore One Design Regattas
The National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) Regattas are the largest sailing regatta series in North America. Founded in 1988 by Sailing World, the NOODs, showcasing five or more events every year, have grown to become the largest and most popular sailing regatta series in the United States The NOOD Regattas are recognized as officially sanctioned US SAILING events and sponsored by Helly Hansen, Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, Torqeedo, Sunsail, Regatta Craft Mixers, and Anchor Brewing.
About Sailing World
Sailing World connects the community of racing sailors through words, images and shared experiences. Across its many channels, it explores the sailor’s passion and showcases the lifestyle, destinations and technology. It links knowledge-hungry participants to the sport’s top experts, providing unrivaled instructional content.
About Helly Hansen
Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional-grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive. Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics almost 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow® temperature regulating system.
Helly Hansen is a leader in both technical sailing and performance ski apparel. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 50,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.
Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit http://www.hellyhansen.com.