Boating Writers International Hands Out Annual Awards


Boating Writers International announced the winners of its annual writing contest yesterday on Facebook Live. The competition drew 283 entries in 15 categories from 108 participants.

Writers in Active Interest Media’s Marine Group received 14 awards and five Certificates of Merit. (Soundings Trade Only is part of the AIM Marine Group.) AIM titles earned six first-place awards, five second-place awards and three thirds.

“Our editors, writers and contributors continue to produce the kind of content that wins readers and viewers across brands and categories,” said Gary DeSanctis, president of the AIM Marine Group. “It’s nice to see them get the recognition they deserve.”

Marine Group editorial director Bill Sisson said the editorial team on the seven marine titles encompasses a broad range of skills, boating backgrounds, life experiences and ages. “There’s strength and creativity in this group from the youngest to the oldest,” said Sisson, editor-in-chief of Anglers Journal. “We know boats, we get along well, and we’re always willing to help one another out. It’s as good a bunch of professionals as you’ll find.”

Soundings executive editor Pim Van Hemmen took the top honor in the Boating Profiles category for “Threading the Needle,” with second place going to Dieter Loibner for “Able Artisan,” also for Soundings. Power & Motoryacht editor-in-chief Dan Harding received a merit award in this category for “Legend of Al Grover,” which appeared in Outboard magazine.

Van Hemmen also took first place in the Boating Photography category for “Yellow Warbler,” and third in the Boating Travel or Destinations category for “The River that Flows Both Ways,” both of which appeared in Soundings.

First-place awards also went to Kim Kavin in the Business of Boating category for “Pandemic Boat Buying,” which appeared in PassageMaker, and to Wendy Mitman Clarke in the Boating Lifestyles category for “Sailing for the Soul,” writing for Soundings.

Sisson placed second in the Boating Columns category for “Between Fish.” AJ also took the two top spots in the Fishing category, with first place going to David Zoby for “Halibut Hunter” and second to Power & Motoryacht senior editor Simon Murray for “Big Time.”

Writing for PassageMaker, Chris Caswell was awarded first place in the Boating Columns category for “A Dash of Salt.” Merit awards went to Bill Pike, deputy editor of Power & Motoryacht, for “Unchartered Waters,” and to Charlie Doane for “Waterlines” in Sail.

In the Environmental Awareness & Education category, Sail managing editor Lydia Mullan took third place for “Green is the New Black.”

Power & Motoryacht executive editor Charlie Levine took third place in the Boat Tests & Reviews category for “Building Buffet’s Boat,” which appeared in Outboard. Caswell received a merit award in this category for “Outback Bahamas,” which ran in Power & Motoryacht.

Kavin was also recognized in the Boating Issues, News and Analysis category with a second-place award for “The Chaos is Real” in Soundings. Pike took home a merit award in this category for “Outboard of Tomorrow” for Outboard.

In the Boating Lifestyles lifestyle category, Caswell notched second place with “Just an Old Chart” for PassageMaker.

Click here for a complete list of winners.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.