On the way to Pendennis Worldclass Superyachts in Falmouth, to complete filming for our Maritime Foundation Maritime Media Awards keynote film, ‘Boat Nation’. The awards come every year, celebrating those in the media who’ve done the most to drive home the importance of the sea and sea trade to Britain. With 95% of everything we use – reckoned by volume – coming to us by sea, it’s a vital message, especially with a shrunken British merchant fleet and Royal Navy. For sure, the Silent Service is re-tooling with some spectacular kit like the new aircraft carriers, the Type 45 destroyers and the Astute class submarines, so though small it’s still a force to be reckoned with. The awards aim to encourage journalists, writers, film-makers and internet operators to do more on the maritime. We reckon they’re having a real impact.