MIAMI: AIM writers earn awards

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MIAMI — Active Interest Media’s marine group won 17 Boating Writers’ International awards, including five first-place awards and an additional 14 certificates of merit.

Anglers Journal editor-in-chief Bill Sisson took first place for his column, “Between Fish,” in the boating columns category; Jay Fleming, also of Anglers Journal, won first in the photography category for “Just Scraping By.”

Peter Nielsen of Sail magazine category first place for his story, “A New Head,” in the category covering boat projects, renovations and refits.

Jeff Bolster claimed first place in the boating lifestyles category for “A Boy and His Raft,” and Dieter Loibner won first in boating profiles for his article in Soundings titled “A Madman In a League of His Own.”

Robert Glover of Power & Motoryacht won second place for his photography in “Alligator Reef,” while Power & Motoryacht editor-in-chief Daniel Harding won second place for his “Logbook” column.

Bill Pike accepted second place in the boating issues, news and analysis category for his Power & Motoryacht story, “Hard Lessons;” Reagan Haynes took third in the category for her article, “Salvaging Boats as Life Goes On,” in Soundings Trade Only.

David Buckman won second in boating lifestyles for his Sail article, “Into the Quiet,” and Bob Arrington won third in the category for his PassageMaker story, “Family Ties.”

Ron Ballanti won second place in the boating profiles category for his Anglers Journal article, “Monster Man;” Dieter Loibner won third for his article in Sail, “Against All Odds,” as well as second place for his Soundings article, “Rite of Inside Passage,” in the boating adventures category.

Charles Diane won second place in technical writing for his story in Sail, “The New Frontier,” and Paula Casanovas won third place for her article in Soundings, “54 Days of Rain.”

Mario Vittone won second in the seamanship, rescue and safety category for his story in Soundings titled, “Hyperthermia Myths and the Truth About Cold Water.”


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AIM announces new hires

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