Opening day at the Miami International Boat Show: gorgeous weather, new boats and gear, and even awards. Cruising World authors scored at the annual Boating Writers International award presentation in several categories. This year marked the 25th running of the BWI awards, and attracted 126 participants submitting 277 entries.

The view in the electronics tent.Jen Brett

Longtime CW contributor Tom Zydler placed first in the Boating Adventures category for his feature "Chasing Icebergs"; CW columnist Fatty Goodlander placed first in the Seamanship, Rescue and Safety category with his piece "Take it Slow"; CW contributor Heather Francis won a certificate of merit for "A Small Boat for the Big Emergency"; CW editor Mark Pillsbury placed second for his feature "Rum Runners"; and systems expert Ed Sherman took home a certificate of merit for "Driven to Vigilance".

Impressive flybridge on Lagoon 50Jen Brett

Lagoon catamarans debuted a new 40 and a new 50 footer. The 50 footer is an impressive new design with loads of cool interior features that make life aboard better. The new Lagoon 40 features a bright, beautiful interior, and a rig that’s been positioned more aft than on previous models, which will reduce pitching considerably.

A new Bavaria Open 40 CatamaranJen Brett

Heading to the show? Make a plan to stop by Sailor's Cove to check out the seminar series schedule here.