3 Directors Re-Elected, 1 Appointed

BWI members have re-elected three Directors and its Board appointed a new Director to fill a vacancy. The returning Directors, who serve three-year terms, are: Alan Jones, editor for Boating World Magazine; Zuzana Prochazka, a freelance writer and photographer who contributes to a number of boating titles; and Lindsey Johnson, Director of Communications for West Marine.

The Board voted to appoint Gary Reich to fill a Director vacancy. Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer, editor, and photographer who has worked in marine for more than 25 years, the last 15 in publishing where his writing and photography regularly appear in several periodicals and online. The vacancy was created by the departure of Michael Vatalaro of Boat/US who recently changed jobs in the consumer organization and was recognized for his service to BWI.

Officers elected by the Board to one-year terms are Boats Group Senior Editor Lenny Rudow, President; Alan Jones, 1st Vice President; and Editor/Publisher of FishTrack.com, Charlie Levine, 2nd Vice President.

Continuing as Directors are: Immediate Past President Alan Wendt, a freelance writer and communication agency executive; Chris Woodward, Editor of Sport Fishing Magazine; and Michael Sciulla, a Soundings Trade Only columnist and communications strategist. BWI Executive Director Greg Proteau serves as secretary/treasurer of the board.

Boat Writing Contest Underway

BWI’s Annual Writing Contest is open for business with 17 categories funded and offering $17,000 in prize awards. Entering was simplified several years ago by uploading PDF files or URL links. All of the details are included in a brochure posted on this site under the Writing Contest tab (www.bwi.org/downloads/BWI-Contest-16.pdf). The electronic entry form (www.bwi.org/bwicontest) provides the process for slotting the entry, “doing the paperwork,” and handling member dues or entry fees. BWI members get two free entries; non-members can enter at $50 apiece (or join for $100 and get the two free entries).

This year’s categories include a new one for “Boating Videos.” Several others have recently been redefined, including “Boating Photography,” “Environmental Awareness & Education,” and “Gear, Electronics and Product Tests.” Entries in all categories are welcome from digital-only or print sources (except Boating Videos). Category definitions are included in the contest brochure. Deadline for entries is December 31, 2016.

2016 marks the 24th year of the contest which recognizes the best marine writing in the world and presents cash awards to first- ($500), second- ($300) and third-place ($200) scorers in 17 categories. Presentation of awards will be made at the Miami International Boat Show during the BWI Annual Meeting in February 2017.

Each winner also receives a handsome recognition plaque noting “Excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle through entertaining, educational and inspiring journalism.” Certificates of Merit are presented to every writer who scores within 95 percent of third-place winners in each category.

Ft. Lauderdale BWI Breakfast Social

Celebrating its 5th year, ZF Marine is again hosting the “best kept secret” of the Fort Lauderdale boat show for BWI members on Friday November 4. Marketing Manager Martin Meissner notes, “Come and join your fellow scribes in ZF Marine’s air conditioned tent for a European breakfast complete with all the trimmings, including Bavarian Weisswurst! Get into the show while things are still quiet, enjoy a great breakfast with fellow BWI members, and then hit the docks ready for your day.” Breakfast runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday November 4 at the ZF Marine booth – 1042, right beside the Engine Tent and just inside the South Gate entrance to the show at Bahia Mar. RSVP to martin.meissner@zf.com.

Marine Innovations Abound at Fall Trade Events

The two fall major business-to-business marine trade expositions provide special recognition for innovations and product quality by providing a stage for manufacturers and service providers to highlight what they recently introduced or will be bringing to market in the next model year. BWI members serve as judges to help select the most intriguing and useful offerings at these venues.

At the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), Innovation Awards were announced in early October. The Awards honor achievement in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry. Alan Wendt and Zuzana Prochazka, co-chairs of the judging effort, noted two of the industry’s biggest growth categories, tow boats and pontoons, were well represented with products to enhance on water enjoyment and manufacturing processes.
This year’s award recipients included:
– Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Banova, 3A Composites Baltek Inc.
– Deck Equipment & Hardware: Dual Winners – Roswell Marine, Triton Board Rack; T-H Marine Supplies, Snapflex LED Stern Navigation Light
– Furnishings & Interior Parts: Kenyon International Inc., Texan Grill
– Mechanical Systems: Xylem, Rule Bilge Pumps
– Electrical Systems: Mercury Marine, Electronic Steering Helm
– Inboard Engines: Volvo Penta, Easy Drain
– Outboard Engines: Honda Marine, BF6
– Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Mercury Marine, VesselView Mobile App
– Boat Care and Maintenance: Pettit Paint, SeaGold
– OEM Electronics: Dual Winners – Garmin USA, Fantom 6; Wet Sounds Inc., Syn-Dx 6-Dsp.
See a summary of the IBEX innovations in the BWI October newsletter or by visiting NMMA’s website.

The marine electronics industry honored manufacturers with product awards at the annual National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held in September. Top products were named for both the Product of Excellence Awards and the Technology Award. NMEA members select the Product of Excellence Award winners through an on-line voting process. There were 16 product categories this year with recognition going to:
– Autopilot – Garmin GHP Reactor
– Satellite TV Antenna – KVH TracVision TV3
– Multi-Function Display – Garmin GPSMAP 8624
– AIS – Garmin AIS 600
– Radar – Furuno DRS4D-NXT
– NMEA 2000® Sensor – Actisense NGT-1
– Fish Finder – Garmin GSD 26
– Marine App-Aids to Navigation – Garmin BlueChart 2.0
– Marine VHF Radio – Icom IC-M506
– Marine App-Technical – Garmin Helm
– Satellite Communications Antenna – KVH TracPhone V3-IP
– Marine Camera – FLIR M618CS
– Underwater Lights – Lumishore EOS SMX152
– Multimedia Entertainment – Fusion AV750 Marine Stereo System
– Commercial – Furuno FAR2117 IMO Radar
– Safety & Security – ACR GlobalFIX V4 EPIRB
For NMEA’s Technology Award an independent five-person panel of judges including two BWI members selected Furuno’s DRS4D-NXT Doppler solid-state radar from among 10 nominated products. The annual award scores new products based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality, and value. An overview of the electronics awards are included in the BWI October newsletter and posted at NMEA’s website.

Innovations Barrage Repeats at IBEX

Rapid-fire presentations of approximately 20 new boating-related innovations will be on tap for a return engagement of “Pitch The Press” at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The “Pitch” session is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday October 5 in the second floor lounge area at the Tampa Convention Center. The concept was well received by media and participants last year: innovators have 2-minutes to explain their “new thing” and 1-minute to answer questions before the next pitch-person is given the stage.

The end result allows those with pre-screened intriguing new products or services opportunity to briefly explain what sets their innovation apart from others, gives boating writers a quick review to see what’s heading to the marketplace and alert their readers, and industry buyers a close look at items they may want to add to their distribution chain … all in an hour. Emceeing this year will be BWI Director and 2nd V.P. Alan Jones.

Organized by IBEX and Boating Writers International, participants are drawn from IBEX exhibitors by the BWI Innovation Award judges and other “industry insiders,” who walk the floor looking for items and products, etc. that are new, or unique or stand out in a crowded field. Those selected are not necessarily earlier recipients of IBEX Innovation Awards. There is no cost to participate or present or for interested media.

IBEX, which has a mission statement of “Where Better Boats Begin” (www.ibexshow.com), is described as the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder (www.proboat.com) magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and annually gathers thousands of industry professionals. It will offer over 80 education sessions at the upcoming event taking place October 4 through 6 at the Tampa Convention Center.

To obtain a press badge for IBEX, working members of the editorial media may register in advance by contacting Amy Riemer (amy@riemercommunications.com). Those approved will have credentials available for pick up at the show.

Summer’s Boating Promise, Cautions

As spring turns to summer across the entire U.S. and Canadian boating landscape, boat owners are all-in for the traditional pursuits of cruising, fishing, sailing, skiing/tubing, paddling, etc. on nearby and travel-related rivers, lakes and offshore. The resources for getting the best ROI on the boating investment, whether it’s from ownership, time-sharing, clubbing, chartering, or rentals are abundant on the internet, from organizations both public and private.

Two robust websites that cover the waterfront are Discover Boating (www.discoverboating.com) and Take Me Fishing (www.TakeMeFishing.org). The first offers extensive boating information, stories of families and individuals who share their experience on-water, and links to resources including instruction, a guide to choosing, owning and operating boats, reviews of popular boating destinations and more. The fishing focused website helps anglers and boaters of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a successful day on the water featuring how-to videos, state fishing license and boat registration information and links, and an interactive map that allows visitors to find local fishing and boating spots and launching sites.

For any boating outing, it’s best to have a plan and an understanding of how to insure fun and safe outcomes. The U.S. Coast Guard (www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/index.php?m=rb) is the nation’s go-to source of information of recommended boating practices and statistics which highlight preparation for pleasant experiences, such as life jacket wear. To help draw public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators campaigns each summer in partnership with the Coast Guard on “Operation Dry Water” (at www.operationdrywater.org/boaters).

New BWI Officers & Directors

BWI members have elected two new Directors and re-elected another and its Board elected three Officers. The new Directors, who serve three-year terms, are Chris Woodward, Editor of Sport Fishing Magazine and Charlie Levine, Editor & Publisher of FishTrack.com and Buoyweather.com. Re-elected a Director was Michael Sciulla, a Soundings Trade Only columnist and communications strategist.

Officers elected to one-year terms are Dominion Marine Media Senior Editor Lenny Rudow, President; Director of Communications for West Marine Lindsey Johnson, 1st Vice President; and Writer & Videographer Alan Jones, 2nd Vice President.

– Rudow has been a writer and editor in the marine field and fishing journalist for over two decades, authored six books, gained numerous BWI writing awards and previously served BWI as a Director and 1st Vice President.

– Johnson is a long-time member of BWI, has served as chair of the BWI Writing Contest Committee for nine years and as 2nd Vice President. Before joining West Marine recently, she was Editor of Lakeland Boating Magazine.

– Jones is a full-time writer and editor for Boating World Magazine and contributing editor for Sea Magazine.

– Levine has covered recreational boating and fishing as an editor, freelance writer and most recently, an online publisher. A lifelong love of fishing led to editorial posts at The Fisherman, Sport Fishing and a 10-year stint as Senior Editor of Marlin Magazine.

– Woodward joined the Sport Fishing magazine team as Editor in 2001, after stints as a newspaper and online journalist. She has served on a Georgia boating advisory panel and advisory panel chair for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Continuing as Directors are: Immediate Past President Alan Wendt, a freelance writer and communication agency executive; Zuzana Prochazka, editor of Talk of the Dock and freelance writer for a number of boating magazines and online venues; and Michael Vatalaro, Executive Editor of BoatU.S. Magazine including the Practical Boater section and annual Trailering Guide. BWI Executive Director Greg Proteau serves as secretary/treasurer of the board.

Tubing Safety Shown in Video

A new Inflatables Safety Video, produced by the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association), features important updates regarding safely using inflatables as a part of water sport activities such as tubing. The video speaks directly to consumers, putting the viewer in the driver’s seat and encourages everyone to enjoy a fun and safe day on the water.

The video was produced with help from The Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation (ECFF), a family foundation that provides funding to spread education, advocacy and awareness of boating and water sport safety for adults and children. It was established after Emily’s death in 2014 in response to a tubing accident that might have been preventable. ECFF hopes to educate teens and adults about safe boating practices and help advocate for additional training, specifically for tubing and other water sport activities.

Fedorko, 16, was killed while being towed on a tube in Long Island Sound off Greenwich Point. A new Connecticut law which passed last year will make it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to operate a boat towing a tuber or water skier and require any boat operator to complete a safety course on safe towing. “We did not want in any way to discourage or impede the ability of people to enjoy boating,” Emily’s father, Joe Fedorko, told the Greenwich Times, “Rather, we wanted to encourage having fun in the water with further safety requirements.”

Access the video here: www.wsia.net/inflatables-safety-video/.

Digital’s Influence on Journalists

A panel discussion in Miami focused on “How the Digital Revolution Has Changed What Editors Want From Freelancers and Marketers,” examining how the proliferation of media platforms has changed the editorial marketplace and what editors now expect. A joint effort with colleagues from Marine Marketers of America, BWI and MMA Director Michael Sciulla moderated a group of editors, freelancers and marketers including: Kevin Falvey, Editor-in-Chief, Boating magazine; Marilyn Mower, Editorial Director-USA at Boat International Media; David Pilvelait, COO of Home Port Marketing; Jim Rhodes, President/CEO of Rhodes Communications; and Bill Sisson, Editor-in-Chief, Soundings Publications.

Comments made by the speakers included:

– Writers and publicists must work harder to gain the attention of editors as the outlets for media multiply;

– Targeting publications’ interests and audiences are more important than ever, and maintaining personal contact with editors still counts a great deal;

– Editors are being pulled in various directions depending on the platforms they are using to deliver their reporting, and they must be fast and comprehensive when necessary;

– Videos are important in telling the story, but they should often be short and concise, especially when pitching stories;

– When pitching via email, sharpen subject lines and underscore the benefits of thw writing for the publication and its audience.

The session was reported by Jim Flannery in Soundings Trade Only. To read his report, go to www.tradeonlytoday.com/2016/02/miami-2016-mma-event-addresses-impact-of-digital-media/.

Co-sponsors for the breakfast meeting and panel were National Marine Electronics Association and Freedom Boat Club. NMMA Boat Shows arranged to make the meeting space available and assisted with logistics.

Award Top 2015 Boating Stories

Boating and fishing journalists were recognized during the Miami Boat Show in an annual writing contest conducted by the membership of Boating Writers International (BWI). Presentations in 15 contest categories representing $15,000 in awards were made to first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place scorers. Cash award recipients also received a recognition plaque noting their “Excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle through entertaining, educational and inspiring journalism.”

In its 23rd year, the BWI contest attracted 127 participants submitting 322 entries. In addition to cash awards, Certificates of Merit were presented to writers of another 45 articles which scored within 95 percent of third-place tallies in each category. All submissions to the contest were published in 2015. Each of the categories (noted below along with sponsors) was judged by four active journalists in the first few weeks of the New Year. Results (First- to third-place awards are linked):

Boating Travel or Destinations – sponsored by Martin Flory Group

1st place, “Hung Up on Hongs” by Fatty Goodlander (Cruising World, Nov.); 2nd place, “An Accidental Paradise” by Ben Zartman (Cruising World, May); 3rd place, “Is It Windy, No?” by Herb McCormick (Cruising World, Aug.). Of the first place entry judge Mike Sciulla said, “The author transforms a journey to and through Thailand’s watery caves – literally pools located inside an island – into a richly nuanced meaning of life tale. At the heart of this piece is a thoughtful story about friendship, hardship and the joys of chucking it all replete with a masterful use of the English language and some great photography.” Certificate of Merit Awards: “Into Antarctica” by Kim Kavin (Yachting, Aug); “Seeking Higher Ground” by Darrell Nicholson (Cruising World, June); “This Must Be the Place” by Jody Argo Schroath (Chesapeake Bay, April); “Haida Gwaii: The Best of Canada’s Pacific Northwest” by Stephen Blakely (Soundings, March); “Back From Extinction” by Janet Hein (Classic Boat, Nov.).

Fishing – sponsored by Suzuki Motor Corporation

1st, “Hired Hands” by Zach Harvey (Anglers Journal, Spring); 2nd, “A Way Home” by Bill Pike (Anglers Journal, Winter); 3rd, “Northern Gravity” by John Jinishian (Anglers Journal, Summer). Judge Jennifer Chesak said “The author of ‘Hired Hands’ takes the nagging injuries a working fisherman sustains and turns them into beautiful imagery. The prose of this short piece evokes the passion, commitment, and grit it takes to make a living this way, and why some folks wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.” Merit Awards to “Catch ‘em up, Boys” by Bill Sisson (Anglers Journal, Fall); “The Thump” by Arnold Markowitz (Anglers Journal, Summer); “Fishing For The Table” by C.J. Chivers (Anglers Journal, Fall); “Can Congress Finally Get It Right For Recreational Fishing?” by Ryck Lydecker (BoatUS Magazine, April); “Does Your Boat Freak the Fish” by Lenny Rudow (BoatUS Magazine, April); “A Bay Runs Through It” by Gary Reich (Chesapeake Bay, April); “Atlantic Canyon Runners” by Vincent Daniello (Sport Fishing, March).

Gear, Electronics & Product Tests – sponsored by Xantrex/Schneider Electric

1st place: “Tricks of the Trade” by Ron Ballanti (Anglers Journal, Winter); 2nd, “The Halo Effect” by David Schmidt (Yachting, Aug.); 3rd, “Single vs. Twins” by John Page Williams (Boating, Oct.). Judge Kim Kavin said, “The Gear category had a lot of great writing and innovative ideas for covering the subject matter … ‘Tricks of the Trade’ taught us all something new and interesting about using radar to catch more fish.” Merit certificates: “The Quiet Revolution” by Michael Vatalaro (BoatUS Magazine, Aug.); “Peripheral Vision” by Lenny Rudow (Boats.com, June 21); “Joy(Sticks) to the World” by Chris Caswell (Sea, March); “Hooked on Networks” by Nigel Calder (Professional Boatbuilder, Aug.); “Simrad’s Halo Radar” by Bill Bishop (Practical Sailor, Oct.); “Getting Connected” by Green Brett (Cruising World, May); “The Battle in the Bay” by Alan Jones (Boating World, March).

Boating Columns – sponsored by KVH Industries, Inc.

1st, “Between Fish” by Bill Sisson (Anglers Journal); 2nd, “Editor’s Letter” by Patrick Sciacca (Yachting); 3rd“Off Watch” by Herb McCormick (Cruising World). Judge Frank Sargeant described the first place entry as, “Masterful, poetic writing along with an obvious level of angling expertise. Nearly every line requires a closer look, evokes a feeling or an image. These columns make you think, ‘Damn, I wish I could write like that!’” Certificates of Merit: “On Watch” by Fatty Goodlander (Cruising World); “Weather Eye” by Wendy Mitman Clarke (Chesapeake Bay); “Jody’s Log” by Jody Argo Schroath (Chesapeake Bay); “Under Way” by Mary South (Soundings).

Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance – sponsored by Interlux Yacht Finishes

1st, “Dead in the Water” by Edward Zacko (Good Old Boat, Jan.); 2nd, “Eyes on the Rode (and More)” by Frank Lanier (Sea, Jan.); 3rd, “Captain Frank’s Seachest of Horrors” by Frank Lanier (BoatUS Magazine, Feb.). Glenn Hayes explains the first place entry, “Grabs your attention right away and takes you to a place you don’t want to be, then explains how not to get there in a captivating and educational manner despite its technical nature.” Merit Awards to: “What’s In a Name” by Dennis Mullen (Multihull Sailor, Sept.); “Slip ‘n’ Slide” by Ralph Naranjo (Cruising World, April); “Make an Old Outboard Engine New Again” by Charles Plueddeman (Boats.com, Sept.25); “Spin Doctors” by Vincent Daniello (Boating, May).

Boat Tests & Reviews – sponsored by Volvo Penta

1st, “Concept Craft?” by George Sass, Sr. (PassageMaker Magazine, May); 2nd, “Moonen 100’ Explorer” by Judy Waldman, (YachtForums.com, Jan. 28); 3rd, “Cape Dory Typhoon” by Wayne Canning (Good Old Boat, July). Judge Carol Pierini offers that “Concept Craft” “was superbly written and very well balanced … an amazing job of laying out what [the builders] are doing to design and plan for the future. Details in this article are exciting and boaters will learn a tremendous amount … it promises a positive outcome for this vessel, but considers the cautions of this research.”

Boating Profiles – sponsored by ZF Marine

1st, “Here Be Dragons” by Kevin Koenig (Anglers Journal, July); 2nd, “Voyages of a Forgotten Hero” by Thies Matzen (Cruising World, Jan.); 3rd, “Farr Out!” by Wendy Mitman Clarke (Chesapeake Bay, Oct.). Of the first place entry judge Darrell Nicholson wrote: “This humorous, insightful account of a fishing trip with the legendary basketball coach Bob Knight tells us as much about human nature and the challenges of being a journalist as it does about the fascinating subject of the profile. Weaving Knight’s oversized character with detailed descriptions of the islands and the pursuit, the story leaves the reader with a gnawing desire to know what happens next.” Merit Award to “The Gospel According to Jim” by Chris Dombrowski (Anglers Journal, Oct.).

The Business of Boating – sponsored by Home Port Marine Marketing

1st, “Bracing for Life Without Boomers” by Reagan Haynes (Soundings Trade Only, June); 2nd, “The Storm That Won’t Go Away” by Richard Armstrong (Soundings Trade Only, Oct.); 3rd, “Building Profits Through Export” by Craig Ritchie (Boating Industry, Jan.). “Boomers,” says judge Gary Beckett, is “a well-researched and well-written business story; drawn from the insights of a variety of quality sources, that exemplifies the type or reporting we like to see. It examines in detail an important and highly topical marketing issue and explains how industry professionals are reaching out to boaters in overlooked user demographics.” Merit Awards: “It’s All About Sharing” by Michael Sciulla (Soundings Trade Only, Aug.); “The Joys of Boat Loanership” by Pete McDonald (Boating, Feb.); “Sail Freight Experiences a Rebirth” by Jim Flannery (Soundings, Sept.); “To the Ends of the Earth” by Chris Caswell (Yachts International, Dec.).

Online Expressions – sponsored by Boat Owners Association of the U.S.

1st, “Turf to Surf” by Tasha Hacker; 2nd, “WaveTrain: A Blog About Cruising Sailboats and Other Aquatic Miracles” by Charles Doane; 3rd, “Got Bait? – Marsh Island Mayhem” by Lenny Rudow (on Boats.com). Judge Craig Ritchie described “Turf to Surf” as, “Outstanding work – well written, highly engaging, with strong production values in a cleanly designed package. The writing is crisp, the subject matter interesting … fully leveraging the strengths of its medium.” Certificates of Merit: “Pedestal Steering Maintenance” by Wayne Canning for Ocean Navigator magazine on YouTube; and “Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub” by Ben Ellison.

Technical Writing – sponsored by Dometic Marine

1st, “Let’s Go Foiling” by Roger Marshall (Megayachts, Nov.); 2nd, “Captain Boyle and the Messerschmitt” by Jan Adkins (Chesapeake Bay, Jan.); 3rd, “Bathymetric Break-Out” by Lenny Rudow (BoatUS Magazine, June). Judge Jim Rhodes said “Foiling” is, “Good, solid technical writing. A thorough and clear explanation of a complex subject, written in a straightforward and readable expository style that does not get in the way.” Merit: “AIS for the Rest of Us” by Edward Zacko (Good Old Boat, July).

Seamanship, Rescue & Safety – sponsored by Sea Tow Services International

1st, “Helicopter Rescue” by Chris Caswell (Dockwalk, Jan.); 2nd, “A Cry In The Dark” by Bill Band (Chesapeake Bay, Oct.); 3rd, “The Ship’s Log” by Edward Zacko (Good Old Boat, Nov.). “Clear, nicely articulated instructions on preparing for an airlift …well researched,” said judge Louisa Beckett about the first place entry. Certificates of Merit: “Anchor Like a Voyager” by Mike Litzow (Cruising World, Nov.); “Hell or High Water” by Daniel Harding (Power & Motoryacht, Sept.).

Boating Adventures – sponsored by Yamaha Marine Group

1st, “Frontier Foray” by David Schmidt (Sailing World, Sept.); 2nd, “Our Life on the Water” by Diane Selkirk (Saturday Evening Post, March); 3rd, “Pioneers of the Amazon” by Shaw McCutcheon (Showboats, Sept.). “Frontier,” says judge Bob Duthie, is “An exciting account of a small boat race through some of the most beautiful yet dangerous waters in North America. This well written story really brings the adventure to life.” Merit: “Seven Days in the Faroes” by Nigel Calder (Yachting Monthly, July); “The Big Blue Show” by Bill Mitman (Chesapeake Bay, June); “The (Not So) Great Circle Route” by Herb McCormick (Cruising World, Oct.); “The Best Yet” by Elaine Lembo (Cruising World, March); “From Fallujah to Fiji” by Ronnie Simpson (Cruising World, Nov.); “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by Nadine Slavinski (Ocean Navigator, Sept.).

Boating Lifestyles – sponsored by Discover Boating

1st, “The Transition” by Lin Pardey (Cruising World, Oct.); 2nd, “Very Big Passages, Very Little Kids” by Mike Litzow (Cruising World, May); 3rd, “Pat and the Rat” by Doug Logan (Boats.com, Feb.19). Of the first place entry, judge Charles Fort said, “A bittersweet story that everyone who’s ever been In love with a boat will face when it comes time to find a new owner for her.”

Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits – sponsored by Awlgrip North America

1st, “Never Wax Your Boat Again” by Kevin Falvey (Boating, Nov.); 2nd, “Malahne” by Marilyn Mower (Refit Annual, Nov.); 3rd, “Saving Mariposa” by Mickey Raup (Chesapeake Bay, Aug.). “The author of ‘Never Wax’ manages to make a description of serious grunt work informative, educational and entertaining,” noted judge Roger McAfee.

Boating Issues, News and Analysis – sponsored by Mercury Marine

1st, “Florida’s Aging Bridges” by Kim Kavin (Yachts International, Dec.); 2nd, “All Hail the Green Machine” by Vincent Daniello (Boating, April); 3rd, “Sophisticated Lady” by Jan Adkins (Chesapeake Bay, July). “The ‘Bridges’ piece was well reported, well sourced, well researched, and delivered comprehensive information about the subject in an authoritative voice,” said judge Chris Landry.  Merit: “Virtual Navigation is Here” by Ryck Lydecker (BoatUS Magazine, Aug.); “For Want of a Working Waterfront” by Marty LeGrand (Chesapeake Bay, May).