Superyacht at Fort Lauderdale boat show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Announces Date Change for 2017 Event

Organisers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) announced new dates for the 58th annual event: Wednesday 1st November through Sunday 5th November 2017.

Historically, the show has opened on the first Thursday of November and closed the following Monday. The 2017 event was previously scheduled to open on Thursday, November 2 and run through Monday, November 6. Exhibitor contracts do not need to be changed, organisers said.

Owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and managed and produced by Show Management, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws hundreds of leading marine businesses from around the world and thousands of boating enthusiasts who come to browse, buy and learn about what’s new on the water. 

“We decided to change the days of show after listening to strong industry feedback supporting an earlier event,” said Charles McCurdy, Chief Executive of Informa’s Global Exhibitions division, which purchased Show Management in March. “We worked diligently with all stakeholders involved, including exhibitors, venues, local hoteliers and the MIASF, to ensure a seamless transition and build upon the strength of this annual event in the Yachting Capital of the Word.”

Show organisers plan to keep the new Wednesday-through-Sunday date pattern in future years.

“Over the past 57 years, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has evolved from a local boat show into a truly international exhibition,” said Phil Purcell, CEO/President of MIASF. “In today’s world of financial transactions, it is no longer necessary to use Monday as a banking day, and with more frequent client visits and exhibitor opportunities on Wednesday, we think it’s in the best interest of both exhibitors and consumers to activate the Wednesday of show week and deactivate Monday,” he concluded.

The largest in-water boat show in the world, FLIBS takes place at seven locations connected by a network of water and land transportation. Show locations included the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

With a strategic plan to expand its Global Exhibitions business in the United States, London-based Informa currently delivers 200 industry events annually, including the Monaco Yacht Show. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: INF.L) and is a member of the FTSE 100.

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View over Porto Mirabello

Porto Mirabello – Discover the Megayacht Quay and Poet’s Lounge

Providing exceptional service for megayachts, Porto Mirabello is the only dedicated luxury port in Italy that can host yachts up to 130 meters long. The number of moorings for vessels longer than 65m is set to increase, beginning this year, which will transform the Port into one of the biggest superyacht hubs in the Mediterranean.

The Poet’s Lounge, a terrace with breath-taking views of The Gulf of Poets is available exclusively for those moored in the Megayacht Quay, offering a space to relax, enjoy the view and perhaps indulge in a complimentary BBQ.

View of La Spezia

Access to the Lounge has traditionally been gained through the parking and storage facility underneath the terrace. In the next few weeks, the Sky Stairs, a staircase directly from the Megayacht Quay to the Poet’s Lounge will be open, completing the convenient, private, elegance of this Quay.

The updated Megayacht Quay and all the facilities are available for megayacht owners, guests and crew. Members receive state of the art entry badges to gain access through the private security gates, and Porto Mirabello is in the process of obtaining ISPS certification – International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code, a certification that is currently attributed to very few marinas in Italy. There are technical staff available 24 hours a day to assist with docking and unmooring and there is no need for additional manoeuvring to refuel, this can be done directly from berth using the two high-capacity fuelling stations within the Megayacht Quay.

Megayacht Quay Porto Mirabello

Porto Mirabello is a unique marina, built on the sea, leaving the coast intact. The Port is linked to La Spezia by footbridge and offers users the latest technologies and all the modern conveniences you could hope for. As well as 11 superb restaurants, wine bars, and regular bars in the port, there is also a typically English pub called The Royal Mirabello, a little slice of England where you can enjoy a good pint! If you would prefer to dine on the yacht there, is catering available for large galleys and onboard delivery.

The wellness centre on site offers further relaxation, or you could choose to take a dip in the lovely 25m swimming pool. Porto Mirabello also boasts a shopping centre, housing over 30 shops run by local entrepreneurs, and a gym.

Owner of the Port, Alessandro Menozzi explained ” Porto Mirabello is the ideal place for you all year round and from all points of view – Reception, service, attention, safety, privacy, relaxation, wellness, fun, cuisine and entertainment. At Porto Mirabello, everything is possible!”

concierge at Porto Mirabello

Concierge at Porto Mirabello will happily welcome any requests, suggestions and ideas, and transform them into personalised services. Staff will run errands and work hard to take care of all your needs. They also specialise in organising unique outings for guests and or crew, from mountain biking to kayaking and skiing to canyoning.

The Port really does have all bases covered when it comes to making your stay as pleasant and smooth as possible, and will endeavour to exceed your needs and expectations. Improvements and updates are continual in Porto Mirabello, so keep up to date via social media and the website. |

cogs4cancer fighter pilot showing supporters band in selfie

Fighter pilot endorses superyacht charity Cogs4Cancer as epic 2017 route is confirmed

A fighter pilot has endorsed the superyacht charity Cogs4Cancer as the 2017 route is confirmed, with a selfie taken at over 30,000 feet above sea level.

The charity has benefited from a number of celebrity endorsements including Rihanna, Sylvester Stallone and Roman Abramovitch since the first endurance cycling challenge four years ago.

C4C has planned the longest route yet for the 2017 ride, starting from the London headquarters of Cancer Research UK and ending in Mediterranean yachting hub Antibes.

The new route promises to be the most beautiful and toughest itinerary to date. Full details can be found on the new look website which was launched last month

This years peloton comprises of a mixture of superyacht captains, senior crew and industry professionals who will start in London, heading across the channel to Caen in northern France and then travelling south via Condeau, Cheverney, St Amend Montrond, Vichy, Le Puy, Vallon Pont D’Arc, Malaucene, Riez before finishing up in Antibes just ten days later.

Cogs 4 Cancer is managed by a group of volunteers who all work within the superyacht industry. 100% of all money raised goes to the designated cancer charities across Europe and the UK, and the volunteers not only put in countless hours planning, preparing and promoting, but also pay for all their own travel and equipment needed to make the cycle rides happen.

All 36 riders needed for the 2017 challenge are confirmed, and the charity asks that any yachting businesses that are interested in supporting this worthwhile cause to email to discuss how they would like to participate.

Cogs4Cancer has been going since 2013 and has raised over 700,00 Euros for both Cancer Research UK and local French cancer charities.

They plan to hit their fundraising goal of one million Euros this year. To help them achieve this, please donate online at

For more information about Cogs 4 Cancer and how to support them, email, or head to