Marine Advertising Agency (MMA) Press Lunch

There is nothing we yachting journalists love more than a free lunch and today we got one to remember

The is well established on the industry calendar. The event has grown considerably, attracting top journalists, editors and leading industry names from across different marine sectors.

The event, which is held at Haslar Marina, is organised by MAA with sponsorship from Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas plays host to over 130 press and industry guests.

It builds on relationships and facilitates connections, which can only be positive for our industry, and being able to have lunch together with other like minded souls at Haslar is a nice bonus!”

With the America’s Cup in Bermuda just two weeks away, one of the guest speakers this year was Matt Sheahan, Head of Performance Sailing at Sunset & Vine, who produce the TV coverage of the America’s Cup for BT Sport.

Matt shared his thoughts on the 2017 America’s Cup and gave his perspective on the challenges facing the teams.

Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, also spoke at the lunch. He talked about the OYT’s work with disadvantaged young people and the chance that sailing gives to improve outcomes for these young people. The new sail training vessel, Prolific, which has undergone an extensive refit and modifications to meet the Trust’s unique requirements was open to journalists.

Companies can choose to showcase products and services to guests at the event. MAA client Navico was present with its B&G, Simrad and Lowrance brands.

Kraken Yachts used the lunch as an opportunity to introduce the UK marine media to its range of blue water cruising yachts, the Kraken 50, Kraken 58 and Kraken 66.

Crewsaver, Ancasta, the Andrew Simpson Foundation and Landau were amongst the other exhibitors.