February 1, 2022 — Newport, RI — With the 2022 racing season now underway, Bonnier Events continues to build on the rich tradition of the iconic brand of Sailing World magazine and its long-running racing series by introducing the rebranded Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series.
Featuring both a new name and event branding, the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series will kick off its 33rd season in St. Petersburg in February. Formerly called, the National Offshore One-Design Regatta, the format was an immediate success with its unique concept of racing level in larger production boats, its unrivaled post-racing social experiences and its professional race management. The Sailing World Regatta Series grew nationally and remains the most popular weekend racing series in the United States.
The Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series today encompasses more than larger one-design raceboats. Embracing popular fleets at each location, the regatta series now features many different boat types: dinghies, multihulls, and keelboats that race under established handicap systems.
This year’s series will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., San Diego; Annapolis, Md., Chicago, and Marblehead, Mass., thanks to the premier host yacht clubs located in these renowned sailing venues.
The Helly Hansen Sailing World series will continue the traditions that have made it a sailor-favorite series like its post-racing parties and social events at each yacht club, and awarding one top-finishing team at each regatta a chance to compete in the overall season championship, held in the British Virgin Islands in October.
“The Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series has grown exponentially since its inception and now reaches a very broad audience. It only made sense to evolve with the all-inclusive nature of our events,” said Sarah Renz, Director for Sailing Events, Bonnier Corp. “The sport has evolved dramatically since Sailing World started this series more than 30 years ago, and our goal is to reflect the evolution in our name and branding. It remains a national series, but there’s now much more than just offshore one-designs. With the support of our longtime partner, Helly Hansen, we can’t wait to get the 2022 season underway.”
In 2022, the regatta series will feature races for cruising sailors, long-distance sailors, one-design fleets, handicap keelboat classes, dinghies and even remote-control sailboat racing. Competitors can expect the ever-popular social events with new and exciting additions to the nightly parties.
More information, including registration and race updates for the series can be found
January 25, 2022 — WINTER PARK, FL — Bonnier Corp. has hired Steven Olsewski as the editorial lead for its motorsports brands. Olsewski, who has a long history of content creation within the market, will oversee editorial-content creation as Bonnier expands its offerings within key motorsports segments.
“As an event producer and publisher of world-leading content across an array of markets, we have long believed our authoritative voice in motorsports represents a tremendous opportunity to provide value to our engaged audiences,” said Jonathan Moore, Bonnier’s executive vice president of events.
Olsewski previously served as editor of Power Automedia’s leading brands, Off Road Xtreme and Diesel Army, and more recently was the driving force behind Off-Road Assassin.
Beginning with Off-Road Expo and Sand Sports Super Show, Olsewski will develop the editorial plans for motorsports content, work to develop content partnerships with key stakeholders, build out new editorial offerings, and leverage Bonnier’s market-leading events as year-round content engines.
“I am excited to be joining the Bonnier team and have the opportunity to further develop their motorsports business. Having been a lifetime participant and advocate of these markets, this is a tremendous fit for my experience. Creating the content in support of authoritative brands such as Off-Road Expo and Sand Sports Super Show will generate new value for the passionate enthusiasts, sponsors, and exhibitors who support those events, as well as the industry at large,” Olsewski said.
About Bonnier Corp.
Bonnier Corp. is an American outdoor adventures company with a broad portfolio of experiential events, supported by iconic media brands. Notable brands include Boating, Off-Road Expo, Yachting, Sand Sports Super Show and Salt Water Sportsman, among others. Bonnier Corp. is owned by Sweden-based Bonnier AB, a globally operating media conglomerate.
January 24, 2022 – MAITLAND, FL – Andrew Parkinson has been named editor-in-chief of Cruising World. A lifelong sailor based in Ft. Lauderdale, Parkinson comes to Bonnier with more than 22 years of experience in publishing, marketing, multimedia, and public relations.
Parkinson most recently served as editor-in-chief at Passagemaker, where he led a full-scale redesign of the print product while directing best-in group measurables across the brand’s digital, social and events platforms (Trawler Fest), including the conceptualization and launch of the brand’s first podcast, “Trawler Talk,” which surpassed 50,000 downloads in its first year. Before joining Passagemaker, Andrew held managing and executive editor roles at Southern Boating and Yachts International, and has a solid understanding of both the power and sail sides of the marketplace.
Parkinson has plans for a 360-degree content plan that evolves the brand in its current channels and expands into new ones to grow the audience base and optimize revenue opportunities.
“Andrew’s reputation as an editor, creative and mariner precedes him, and he’s a perfect fit for our company culture,” says Shawn Bean, Bonnier’s executive vice president of creative. “We don’t just expect great things from him – we know they’re coming.”
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.”