Active Interest Media received 18 Boating Writers International awards at the Miami International Boat Show — including seven first-place awards. And Jim Flannery, who wrote for the AIM magazines Soundings, Trade Only and Anglers Journal for more than 30 years, received four awards.
Flannery won first- and second-place awards in the Environmental Awareness and Education category for “The Fiberglass Dilemma” in Soundings and “Troubled Waters” in Anglers Journal, respectively. He won second- and third-place awards in the “Boating Profiles” category for “Backcountry Boy” in Anglers Journal and “The Real Deal,” also in Anglers Journal.
The recently retired Flannery was at the Miami show briefly to collect his awards, but for the first time in more than three decades, he was not covering the show.
Soundings Trade Only associate editor Reagan Haynes received a third-place award in the Business of Boating category for her story “Who Will Replace the Boomers?” that ran in the magazine’s May issue.
Anglers Journal and Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson won first place in the Columns category for his “Between Fish” columns.
Dan Harding of Power & Motoryacht, another AIM title, won a second-place award in the Boat Projects, Renovations and Retrofits category for his story “Legends Never Die” in the June issue.
Presentations in 17 contest categories representing $17,000 in awards were made to first- ($500), second- ($300) and third- ($200) place scorers. Each cash award recipient also received a recognition plaque honoring “excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle .”
The contest attracted 151 participants who submitted 378 entries. In addition to cash awards, certificates of merit were presented to writers of another 43 articles that scored within 95 percent of third-place tallies in each category.
These are the first-place winners in each category:
Fishing (sponsored by Suzuki Motor Corp.) — “On the Edge” by Zach Harvey (Anglers Journal, Winter);
Gear, Electronics and Product Tests (sponsored by Xantrex/Schneider Electric) — “Splash Test Dummy” by Drew Frye (Good Old Boat, September);
Boating Adventures (sponsored by Yamaha Marine Group) — “Rite of Passage” by Daniel Parrott (Soundings, August);
Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance (sponsored by Interlux Yacht Finishes) — “Sam’s Dead” by Dennis Mullen (Multihull Sailor, October);
Boat Tests and Reviews (sponsored by Volvo Penta) — “Reign Supreme” by Marilyn Mower (ShowBoats International, June);
Boating Photography (sponsored by Freedom Boat Club) — “Rainbow Over the Columbia River Gorge” by George Sass (PassageMaker, November);
Seamanship, Rescue and Safety (sponsored by Sea Tow Services International) — “The Storm Trysail” by Edward Zacko (Good Old Boat, January);
Environmental Awareness and Education (sponsored by the American Boat & Yacht Council) — “The Fiberglass Dilemma” by Jim Flannery (Soundings, March);
Boating Videos (sponsored by BoatUS) — “Cruisers 60 Cantius Review” by John Burnham (Boats.com, Jan. 26)
Boating Lifestyles (sponsored by Discover Boating) — “Class Act” by David Reed (Sailing World, September);
Boating Issues, News and Analysis (sponsored by Mercury Marine) — “The Future is Now” by Kim Kavin (Yachts International, November);
Boat Projects, Renovations and Retrofits (sponsored by Awlgrip North America) — “Closing the Loophole” by Ronnie Simpson (Cruising World, May);
Boating Columns (sponsored by KVH Industries) — “Between Fish” by Bill Sisson (Anglers Journal);
Boating Profiles (sponsored by ZF Marine) — “Tuned In” by John Page Williams (Anglers Journal, Fall);
The Business of Boating (sponsored by Home Port Marine Marketing) — “Boat Lover’s Guide to Marine Tech Schools and Colleges” by Stacey Wigmore (BoatUS Magazine, December);
Boating Travel or Destinations (sponsored by Martin Flory Group) — “Beckoned by a Clearing” by Thies Matzen (Cruising World, March);
Technical Writing (sponsored by Dometic Marine) — “Black Magic” by Chris Caswell (Boating, July).
This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue.