MIAMI: AIM Marine Group honored with BWI awards


MIAMI BEACH — Soundings and Soundings Trade Only won three awards, including two first place-awards, in the annual writing contest sponsored by Boating Writers International.

The award winners, announced this morning at the Miami International Boat Show, were Bill Sisson, Soundings’ editor-in-chief, first place in the Original Online Content Category for his blog, “A View From Here: A Marine Industry Blog;” Dieter Loibner, first place in the Seamanship, Rescue and Safety Category for his story “Rescuing the Sailor and Saving the Boat;” and Jim Flannery, third place in the Boating Profiles Category for his story “Salt Water in their Veins.”

The AIM Marine Group swept the Original Online Content Category. Besides Sisson, Ben Ellison, senior electronics editor at AIM Marine Group, took second place in that category for “ — the Marine Electronics Weblog,” and Charles Doane, cruising editor at Sail, took third place for his “, a Blog about Cruising Sailboats and Other Aquatic Miracles.”

Soundings and Soundings Trade Only writers winning Certificates of Merit were:

Mike Sciulla — Boating Columns — “Marketing Insight” (Soundings Trade Only) and Business of Boating — “It’s Time for the Industry to Take a Bite of the Apple” (Soundings Trade Only).

Dieter Loibner — Boating Profiles — “No Quit and No Limits for this Solo Sailor” (Soundings).

Tom Neale — Seamanship, Rescue and Safety — “The Blinding, Paralyzing Blanket of Fog” (Soundings).

Eric Sorensen — Original Online Content — “Soundings Online: Special Report: Analysis of a Capsizing” (Soundings Online)

Click here for a full list of the winners.

— Jim Flannery


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