MIAMI — Writers from Active Interest Media’s Marine Group won 13 Boating Writers International awards and several honorable mentions at an event held during the Miami International Boat Show today. The annual awards recognize excellence in marine journalism by association members. AIM writers had the highest percentage of awards by any publication.
Reagan Haynes, senior reporter for Soundings Trade Only, won first place in the Business of Boating category for “Wanted: New Boaters.” Judges praised the story for its depth of coverage.
“Haynes’ article did more than merely report business news, but delved into different aspects of the issues facing our industry,” said category judge Lenny Rudow. “The story included numerous expert viewpoints, considered possible solutions, and managed to remain entertaining and interesting.”
Anglers Journal swept the Fishing category. Greg Thomas’ “Alaska Unfiltered” won first place. “It brings to mind the enthusiasm of youth and how going from being employed to unemployed and back again should never crush your passion for adventure,” said judge Pete McDonald. Lenny Rudow won second place for “Last of its Kind,” and Zach Harvey took third for “Calculus of Fluke.”
Soundings writer Kim Kavin won the top award in the Boating Issues, News and Analysis category for “ACLU Joins Boater’s Case Against Suspicion-less On-Water Searches.” Said judge Kelly Flory: “Kavin draws you in with an intriguing lead, then skillfully guides you through the complex legal battle one boater has faced in defending personal liberty.” Bill Pike, deputy editor of Power & Motoryacht, won second place for “Future Shock.” Soundings Trade Only senior editor Eric Colby won an honorable mention for “Hidden, Deadly Dangers in Marina Waters.”
Kavin also took second place in the Environmental Awareness and Education category for “Slowing Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Will Bring Rising Sea Levels.”
Soundings executive editor Pim Van Hemmen won first place in the Boat Tests and Reviews category for “Bigger Faster Stronger.” Judge John Wooldridge said Van Hemmen “draws on multiple sources of information and hands-on experience, blended with well-honed writing skills, to craft a balanced, informative entertaining feature.” PMY editor-in-chief Dan Harding claimed an honorable mention in this category for “65 Feet and An Army of Horses” in Outboard magazine.
Anglers Journal editor-in-chief Bill Sisson won the top award in the Boating Columns category for “Between Fish.” Judge Charlie Levine said the column “uses vivid language and a reminiscent tone of voice that captures the magic and joy of time spent on the water pursuing a love of fish.” PMY’s Pike took third place for his column, “Uncharted Waters.”
PMY managing editor Simon Murray won first place in the Seamanship, Rescue and Safety category for “Back to School.” Judge Jim Rhodes praised the story: “From the lead sentence, Murray captured the reader’s attention and held it throughout this well-written article. He writes with an effortless style for easy reading, with personal anecdotes that helped drive home the message.” Murray also won third place in the Boating Adventures category for “Fast to the Finish,” published in Outboard magazine.
Anglers Journal senior writer Gary Reich won first place for “Lefty.” (Reich also is senior editor of Soundings.) Harding won an honorable mention for “The Maine Difference” in PMY, and Frank Saccente won an honorable mention for “Postgame,” which appeared in Anglers Journal.