Pedaling for a Purpose

At the MICF’s upcoming Spin-a-thon, Oceanmax’s James Maitland and the Young Professionals in Yachting are exercycling in support of local agencies dedicated to child welfare.

James Maitland and the Fort Lauderdale Young Professionals in Yachting at last year's Spin-a-thon

James Maitland and the Fort Lauderdale Young Professionals in Yachting at last year's Spin-a-thon

The Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) is once again gearing up for the Marine Industry Cares Foundation’s annual Spin-a-thon. The four-hour event, which kicks off at 3pm on Friday, April 27, at DC Alexander Park, Fort Lauderdale Beach, combines fun and fitness to benefit two community causes: Kids in Distress (KID) and the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC). KID works to prevent and treat child abuse while CDTC provides comprehensive healthcare services to vulnerable children and their families.


As in past years, more than 50 teams will ride 50 stationary bikes nonstop for the duration of the crowdfunded event, with each rider helping their team reach a specified pledge goal. For the second consecutive year, Oceanmax, the makers of Propspeed foul-release coating, is sponsoring the YPY team, this time in conjunction with Underwater Lights Limited. Given that eight is the optimal number of riders per team, James and his five teammates will have to pedal extra-hard to reach their $2,000 goal, but they’re certainly up for the challenge. 


“The Spin-a-thon is one of the best charity events the marine industry puts on, I believe,” says James. “Always a great event that brings us all together for an outstanding cause.”


Last year, James raised funds and eyebrows, donning a skintight, hydrodynamic gold spandex bodysuit that effectively transformed him into a human propeller: “The Oceanmax home office team in New Zealand challenged me to wear the gold morph suit. You’ll have to attend and donate to find out what this year’s costume will be.”

Oceanmax's James Maitland represents Propspeed in a gold bodysuit
Last year, Oceanmax national sales director James Maitland wowed the crowd in a gold spandex bodysuit


This year is the Spin-a-thon’s ninth, with a total fundraising goal of $100,000. To date, Spin-a-thon has raised nearly $1 million for these important organizations and become one of MICF’s most popular events. Those interested in participating can do so in a number of ways: as an individual rider, as part of a registered team, as a fundraiser soliciting donations (it’s free to register and attendance is not required) or simply by making a donation. You can also give by texting Spinathon49 to 71777.


Advance registration fees of $50 per rider count toward each team’s fundraising goal; registration on the day is $100. Up to 90 percent of the proceeds go directly to benefitting charities while a nominal portion is used by MICF to cover event costs.


Spin-a-thon is a Winterfest-sanctioned event in partnership with local marine industry groups including the Marine Industries Association of South FloridaUnited States Superyacht Association, International Yacht Brokers Association and Young Professionals in Yachting.

Take a look at some highlights from 2014's event below.

By Anna Ngo

Oceanmax International

Blog post published 12 April 2018